Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Home trends

Today's home trends:
 
Here are some of today's trends according to HGTV Magazine (June issue):
 
Instead of a doggie door, the dog house should imitate The Big House. (OK, few people are doing that, I hope.)  Uh, my dogs live in my house, as do most dogs whose owners love their dogs--and not that expensive designer dog fad.  (I get my designer dogs--crosses--from shelters.)
 
It used to be hardwood floors; now it's eco-friendly alternatives.  Instead of a fourth bedroom, opt for a room-size closet.  Out with jetted tubs and in with fancy showers; and among other things, chrome and brushed nickel are out, and matte gold and rose gold are in.  They didn't mention the glass tile backsplashes and quartz countertops.  (Quartz at least makes sense.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Roof inspections

We recently had our lawn guy blow the leaves and branches off our roof.  Wow!  What a job that was; there were piles of leaves and branches--big and little--all around the house (that's lots 'cause we have a long rancher).  He did a great job of clean-up, btw.  However, later he told us that there was a depression on the flat part of our roof in the back--and the flashing wasn't looking so good.  Yep, we had to have that part of the roof replaced.  (We got our basic three estimates, of course.)  Oh, the roofers said that the house should be cooler this summer too, which was good news!  We talked to the city roof inspector when he did the final check, and he said they did a good job.  Anyway, in the latest issue (June 2015) of HGTV Magazine, they said--via Chip Wade of Elbow Room, that it's worth the money to have your roof inspected every three to five years.  I'm certainly grateful to our lawn guy (thanks, Steve!) that we got our roof fixed in time 'cause we've never had a roof inspection.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Filling those open concept homes (link)

Even with today's trend of open concept houses--you know, rip out the walls and hope the beams and posts you replace them with (for load-bearing walls) will hold--you can make them look cluttered: 15 Ideas for Open-Floor Plans


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Subtropical Storm Ana

Subtropical Storm Ana is scheduled to be a tropical storm soon.  All we got here in central Florida was a shower from a rotating band as it headed away.

Update: Ana is a tropical storm now and heading for the Carolinas.

Update: It's moving NW and should make landfall on the Carolina coast.

Update (8-10): Ana is now a tropical depression.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Good Book Alert: Meet the Author of Detour Trail

Good Book Alert: Meet the Author of Detour Trail: Guest Post by Joy V. Smith I did a lot of research for my frontier novel, Detour Trail, including the history of the Oregon Trail; and I...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Art Deco design (link)

Check out these strong black and white geometric designs on the floors, especially the one that looks as if the floor is buckling.  It makes me a little dizzy: Never Too Tmeless--from Kohler.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Joy V. Smith's SF ebooks


Joy’s science fiction ebooks

The Doorway and Other Stories: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place.  Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians.
Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 is free until April 30 with coupon code: UX77Y
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.
Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flooring options (link)

Here are some flooring options from HGTV.com: Top 10 Flooring Options

Btw, I was in a kitchen the other day where the laminate flooring had warped in the kitchen; the same house had beautiful refinished wood floors and a carpet that needed to be replaced.


Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quartz countertops (link)

Quartz is better than granite, and I'm still sorry I got granite for the remodel.  I knew better, but we just looked at granite at the store...  Check out these countertops from HGTV.com:  Quartz is the New Granite