Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Better Homes and Gardens has design software for the home, landscaping, etc. And you can design online with Arrange-A-Room. Here's the website link: http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/ (Arrange-A-Room didn't load for me, even after I closed the pop-up ad. I'll try again later.)
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
A friend in Canada said they got a lot of rain yesterday from the rest of Hurricane Rita; there was flooding in Quebec City. I was glad to hear that friends in Houston and Arkansas (some rain and power outages) are fine.
My friend in Houston said: "I flew out the 2nd day of evacuations, but took all the backroads to the airport & went Very/Very early on Thursday - they closed the airport on Fri/Sat & then I came back Sun when it was back up again & the traffic was ghostly on the way back home...today [Monday] no work or school so everyone can get back into town & they can refill the gas stations!"
Later: Today [Tuesday], ... went out to the local post office [and] grocery [and] found the shelves were getting restocked ... Tomorrow/Wednesday ...it is Back to Work & Back to School, so it's time to beat the heat (another day of 100 degrees) & move on as best we can." [Btw, my friend wasn't evacuating; it was a planned trip...]
Monday, September 26, 2005
Concrete at Home
Concrete at Home by Fu-Tung Chen (The Taunton Press) is included in the Breaking Ground (ideas, facts, news & tips) section of Home Planning Ideas magazine (Fall/Winter 2005). Designer and author Chen describes the art and science of creating architectural elements with concrete. Lovely photos.
Good Green Homes
Another helpful book I found in the magazine--in Green Building, along with tips and web resources--is Good Green Homes by Jennifer Roberts.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
"Flooring can be one of the biggest expenses in furnishing your interiors, making it well worth all the planning time and attention you give it. But before you even begin to decide among the colors and textures you would like to use, consider the basics." Link:
Decorating : Other : Flooring Basics : Home & Garden Television (From HGTV website)
For new construction, it's not so much of a problem, but with remodelling...: Protecting house from rain while roof is open - Topic Powered by Groupee Community.:
From HGTVProFile newsletter
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Washington, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire
The full extent of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the overall economy and on the housing market is still unclear. The immediate focus is properly on human life and health, but the number of homes destroyed by this catastrophe is almost certain to dwarf the losses from any previous U.S. natural disaster. Past experience, together with the visible devastation, provides some basis for projecting the effects on construction activity, the supply and cost of building materials and construction labor, and other implications for the housing market.
Loss of nearly 200,000 homes in New Orleans alone
The number of housing units destroyed (made uninhabitable and beyond economically justified repair) by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was estimated at over 28,000; the combined effect of Hurricanes Jeanne, Ivan, Frances, and Charley in 2004 was nearly 27,500, according to estimates by the American Red Cross. Most of that destruction was caused by winds or the immediate force of the storm surge. The number of homes with major but reparable damage was more than twice the number destroyed.
... the flooding in New Orleans, Mobile, and elsewhere is likely to translate into much larger numbers of homes destroyed. ...
Monday, September 12, 2005
Friday, September 9, 2005
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Monday, September 5, 2005
David Summers is the editor of my audiobook, Sugar Time; and he's also a writer. His latest book is Vampires of the Scarlet Order. Check out the reviews of this intriguing book:
“We now have our very own Southwestern vampire lore and tradition thanks to the imagination and painstaking research of Summers...” S. Derrickson Moore, The Las Cruces Sun-News
“This is a fun book to sink your teeth into and a good addition to libraries of those readers with a taste for inventive vampire fiction.” Roy van der Aa, The Ink. You can read Roy’s complete review at: http://www.ink-artnews.com/august/art_news/vampires.html
Fred Cleaver of the Denver Post declares that Vampires of the Scarlet Order is a fine novel. Read his complete review at: http://www.denverpost.com/books/ci_2974094
Upcoming book signings:
Tuesday, September 20 from 5-8pm at Hastings in Las Cruces, NM
Saturday, October 8 from 1-4pm at Borders at Winrock Mall in Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, October 29 from 2-5pm at Borders on Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe, NM
Friday, September 2, 2005
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Oven that refrigerates
There are several “smart” ovens on the market that refrigerate food prior to cooking, then turn on at the specified time so it’s ready when you come home. Some have an Internet connection so you can use your cell phone to delay start time if you’re stuck in traffic; others go into warming mode after cooking is done.
If you wear a lot of handwashables, here’s a sink for you. Like a hot tub, a jetted sink has a deep-basin and agitates the water, so it takes less effort to clean your delicates and small loads.
From HomeOwner Tips e-newsletter (August 29 issue)