"Begin your bathroom beautifying project with our collection of decorating and remodeling ideas, interactive features and online videos." Link: Around the House: Bathrooms : Home & Garden Television
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Update (9-30-06): It's now Hurricane Isaac (category 1).
Update (9-29-06): It's east of Bermuda and may reach Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Well, this one snuck up on me. Last I heard there were two waves--or one wave and one low--and they weren't doing much. I don't even know if this was TD 8 or 9. Hmm. Maybe 9. Its path should be similar to Gordon's and Helene's.
CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL WAVE AND A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 975 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS HAVE BECOME A LITTLE BETTER ORGANIZED TONIGHT. ATMOSPHERIC
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME A LITTLE MORE FAVORABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION COULD FORM DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
(Thanks for the updates, Lloyd!)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
It's certainly been quiet this season; now we have another possibility:
SHOWER ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH A LARGE TROPICAL WAVE AND A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED 760 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS HAS CHANGED LITTLE IN ORGANIZATION THIS EVENING. HOWEVER...SOME GRADUAL
DEVELOPMENT THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS IT MOVES TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 MPH. ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL STORM FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED THROUGH SATURDAY. $$ FORECASTER BEVEN/MAINELLI
Here's this year's list of names:
(Thanks, Lloyd, for the updates)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Choosing Kitchen Countertops
Scott Gibson summarizes pros and cons of a variety of materials used for kitchen countertops, from wood butcher block and concrete to tile, solid surface, and stainless steel.
This link takes you to another link that takes you to a PDF file (8 pp): Fine Homebuilding : HGTVPro.com (Hmm. I see that the first link--at the top of this post--takes you straight to the PDF file.)
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Remodeling Market Adjusts to Housing Slump
In a housing downturn, remodeling is holding its own.
Here's a wrap-up of today's realities about remodeling, as well as the national and regional markets:
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Hurricane Preparedness: Best Practices Around the World
Storm experts meet in New Orleans one year after Katrina.
As horrified as Americans were by Hurricane Katrina, storm and disaster experts around the world must have been more aghast at the complete lack of preparation and the equally ineffectual reaction when catastrophe struck the wealthiest nation in the world.
Update (9-23-06): Helene's a category 1 now and is headed for Ireland.
Update (9-22-06): Helene may reach England.
Update (9-17-06): Helene is now a category 3 hurricane.
Update (9-15-06): Helene should become a hurricane soon; it's strengthening and becoming more organized.
TD8 is now TS Helene and might make it to a category 2 hurricane. Here's an earlier report:
A STRONG TROPICAL WAVE NEAR THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA IS MOVING WESTWARD AT ABOUT 15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS SOME POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO AS IT MOVES OVER THE FAR EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Viva Terra carries "Exceptional artisan goods inspired by nature's purity and grace. Designed with care to tread lightly on the planet." It has beautiful home accessories made of wood, stone, fabric, and glass. I've never bought anything from this catalog, but their goods look serene and soothing. Link: VivaTerra - Eco Living With Style
(Viva Terra is mentioned in a list of green catalogs in the October issue of Country Home.)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Update (9-23-06): From a friend in England: We did have some pretty serious rain this last week thanks to Gordon. Local flooding that lasted a day or so was as bad as it got.
Update (9-22-06): Gordon reached Europe. I believe that doesn't happen very often.
Update (9-13-06): Gordon is now a hurricane; and Florence is pretty much out of the picture. Both Gordon and Helene will probably only become category 2s.
Update (9-12-06): TD7 is now TS Gordon, and Helene may be upcoming; it's predicted to follow Florence and Gordon's paths.
Update: Well, TD7 isn't a tropical storm yet, but Florence is a hurricane.
Tropical Depression #7 should become Tropical Storm Gordon this morning. It's expected to follow Florence's path. Here's an earlier report:
A SMALL AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 550 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS IS MOVING WESTWARD AT ABOUT 10 MPH. SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS BECOME MORE CONCENTRATED NEAR THE CIRCULATION CENTER AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION COULD FORM TONIGHT OR TOMORROW. ELSEWHERE...
There are all kinds of ways to save money, but you have to make choices... Location is one of your first choices. We could have bought a cheaper property, but this one was so perfect--for us. Your choice may be based on a good or more prestigious neighborhood, closeness to good schools, stores, etc., a quick and easy commute to work, noise from nearby roads, a tranquil spot in the country with room for a horse or llama or two. Check out the neighborhood at different times of the week and the day. On a smaller property, you'll have to consider setbacks and easements. Think about views and the nearness of neighbors.
A way to save money on house plans, as mentioned earlier, is to buy stock plans. Find out how many you need. One expert says you may need eight to ten sets. Blueprints or vellum? Talk to your builder about that as soon as possible. What you need depends on where you build. Your house plan will depend on the size and placement of your lot. And watch out for holding ponds. In a development not far from us is a home next to a holding pond--not uncommon now, but the driveway is way too close to it. Erosion has already started, and the driveway may be undermined.
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Friday, September 8, 2006
Thursday, September 7, 2006
NAACP, NAHB Release Joint Housing Report
The two groups push for affordable housing and homeownership education and call for tough penalties for predatory lenders.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Update (9-6-06): Shear from a trough is keeping it from getting better organized, but it's still predicted to become a category 2, though models are showing it going north sooner. At the moment it's headed for Bermuda. Later update: It may become a category 3.
TD6 is now a tropical storm. It's expected to become a category 2 hurricane; the models have it moving WNW, but they think it should curve away from us eventually. Here's an earlier report:
THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ISSUING ADVISORIES ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX...LOCATED ABOUT 1235 MILES EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES. A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE... ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL WAVE... IS MOVING WESTWARD NEAR 10 MPH A FEW HUNDRED MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE STILL SHOWING SIGNS OF ORGANIZATION WITHIN A LARGE CIRCULATION AND THERE IS SOME POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
Monday, September 4, 2006
Steve Roberts, owner of Luv-A-Rug, a Victoria, B.C., based area rug cleaning company, never imagined being directly involved with any rescue efforts in New Orleans. But a telephone call from Jackson, Mississippi changed all that.
"I was an exhibitor at a Carpet Cleaning Trade Show in Las Vegas when I got a frantic call from George Bell, who owns a rug cleaning company in Mississippi," remembers Roberts. "He desperately needed one of my new 'RugBadgers' that I recently unveiled to the industry, so after the show, I flew down and personally delivered one to him."
When Roberts arrived in Jackson, George Bell lamented to him how he and all his best people were so busy restoring flood-damaged rugs from New Orleans that he didn't have anyone else that could go back down and pick up other rugs that needed to be saved. "There are thousands of rugs rotting away down there that still can be saved," explained Bell.
Roberts immediately volunteered to go and help rescue these rugs. Even with all the TV coverage, Roberts was not prepared for the devastation he witnessed. "Trees, roofs and even buildings were all blown down. I needed to use a GPS to figure out where I was because there weren’t any street signs left standing," Roberts remarked.
It was while driving through the older upscale district of Metairie that Steve Roberts saw all the front yards piled high with the damaged contents of the houses. "Anything left in the homes during the flood was ruined," Roberts said. "People were dragging out furniture, TVs, kitchen cabinets, washers, dryers, electronics, you name it, it was out there."
Even with all this clean-up going on, people would notice the area rug cleaning van that Roberts was driving and they would chase him down to get him to look at their rugs. "People were so happy to hear their rugs could be saved," recalls Roberts.
Whenever Roberts drove by a house with a rug on a garbage pile, he would stop and ask the owners about it. Many people said, "Oh, you can't save it," but Roberts would reply, "You know what, if it's a good rug, it's worth taking a look at." He was often surprised at what was thrown away. "People would go to the heap, pull the rug out of the pile and I would discover it was a $20,000 Isfahan, or a $10,000Tabriz, or even a $40,000 Beshir rug, all completely restorable!"
According to Roberts, the only salvageable personal item many people had in their flooded home was their oriental rug. Often it was a family heirloom. “In one trip alone, I was able to save over 80 waterlogged rugs that were covered in filth, slime and unimaginable stink,” said Roberts. “Good-quality handmade rugs are extremely resilient and can be easily restored because their dyes will not run, nor will they fall apart like many glued synthetic rugs even under severe conditions like what happened in New Orleans.”
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