Let’s see. The turkey is in the oven, the pies are cooling on the rack, there’s plenty of ice in the freezer, and Aunt Esther and Grandma Lil have been told to be on their best behavior for the evening holiday dinner.
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This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partiers or trick-or-treaters.
Q: I want to install a waist-high railing between the exterior wall of my home and a column on my front porch. The railing has holes at the bottom so that it can be mounted into the concrete, but therein lies my problem. How can I do that?
Q: I understand that sago palms like afternoon shade. Can this plant handle afternoon sun with reflected heat and rock mulch?
The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, the color brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? I digress.
Plants (and people) aren’t the only ones suffering through the epic drought. The soil has taken a huge hit, too.
How often do you redecorate your home? A survey by retailer HomeGoods found that 47 percent of Americans haven’t redecorated in the past five years, with 9 percent saying it’s been more than 10 years since they made decor changes.
Count me among those who find the “Elf on the Shelf” just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn’t it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keeping an eye on your kids around Halloween instead of Christmas?
The other day at the dentist’s office, I was having a one-way conversation with my hygienist Rose (she was talking, I was grunting as one does when in the dentist’s chair) about change. Rose’s tradition is that every fall, she makes a change — whether it be a new haircut or the color of her sheets — to keep life interesting.
Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost.
Dear Gail: I read a lot about focal points in rooms, but how do I know what they are in my home? — Kari
Halloween is the second most popular holiday among collectors of holiday memorabilia. Christmas comes first. But Halloween decorations are in such demand today that there are even mail-order catalogs and pop-up stores that feature nothing but Halloween.
Fueled by technology, media and an abundance of do-it-yourself and home makeover shows, this generation of children and teenagers knows what it wants from fashion to furniture. While their parents may have been clueless, today’s kids are much more sophisticated.
Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular. Many factors are driving the trend: lower system costs, improved performance, environmental awareness and new options for system acquisition. I’ve received a ton of calls and emails about the issue lately, especially regarding the topic of solar leases.
Q: I would like to grow both yellow and red onions. When is the best time to plant them?
What a bargain! Often an authentic antique sells for less than a modern copy. Since the price of antique wooden (“brown”) furniture has dropped in the last few years, the good news is that there are many bargains for a buyer looking for an older style. Fewer home sales mean fewer furnishings sales, and the prices of antiques have suffered.
The community mulch pile is back by popular demand. This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community. Rather than send this valuable resource to the landfill, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is making it available to the community, free of charge.
Just as there are lots of products on the market to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, so there is a good selection of such products for senior dogs and cats, as well.
Almost everyone prewashes dishes before they put them in the dishwasher. This could be a waste of both time and water.
Green is the new black. In home decor, it is a trend and increasingly the go-to choice for those looking to rejuvenate their home and be healthier at the same time.
Dan and I don’t fight over who is the head of the household. That power position is undisputedly held by Lyric, our golden retriever. We inherited this sweet pooch from some dear friends, and within minutes, she had stolen our hearts — and taken over our home.
I am about to take on some significant work as I add many new trees and plants to my landscape. But I’ve been holding off until now to do so. So why have I been waiting? Without a doubt, fall is the very best time to plant trees and shrubs for several reasons. Simply put, the cooler air and warm soil temperatures of autumn make for the best combination for establishment.