Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hurricane Nadine

Nadine is a hurricane again; it's been wandering  around the Atlantic for more than two weeks since it became a tropical storm on September 11.  It's moving NW.  Keep an eye on it at:

The record for the longest-lasting named storm is 27 days for Ginger.

Btw, tonight's full moon is the harvest moon or fruit moon.

Update (10-1): Last night it was heading NW, as I recall, but now it's moving SE, I think.  Those circles make it hard to keep track, but last I heard, it was the fourth longest-lasting named storm.

Update (10-2): Now it's moving east and is headed for the Azores for the second time.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall fun

The October issue of Southern Living is full of fall decorating ideas, including pumpkins and plants; there are some interesting heirloom pumpkin varieties, including Rouge Vif D'etampes.  (Rouge Vif is bright red in French.) There are also articles on restoring a log cabin and a dance hall, plus tempting recipes, such as Mississippi Mud S'Mores-Fudge Pie and Mississippi Mud Cupcakes. And I love the gardens and fall colors; the octagonal fountain with grasses, lilies, and colorful floating glass balls is eye-catching.  They remind me of my solar spheres.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Home decorating and entertaining ideas

In the October issue of Country Living is a nice selection of pumpkin decorating ideas. I like the one with the house number on it; you put it out by the curb for parties. And there's a scary idea for Halloween drink labels... And, of course, home decorating ideas, plus pear recipes. Did you know that pear skins get tough when heated? Peel them first. The Real Estate Sampler focuses on homes with secret passages and hidden rooms. That makes for an interesting and fun home too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tropical Storm Nadine

We have another storm in the Atlantic. It should curve away like most of the others, though Leslie did hit Newfoundland. Keep an eye on Nadine here:

(Thanks, Lloyd)

Update (9-14): Nadine is heading north and is still expected to become a category 1 hurricane; it is also expected to curve east.

Update (9-20): Nadine is still wandering around in the Atlantic; at one time the spaghetti models looked like a demented cat playing with a ball of yarn.  It did make it to a hurricane (cat 1), and is a tropical storm again and is now heading east.  Will this storm give Spain some much-needed rain?

Update (9-24):  Nadine is still wandering around in the Atlantic: I'm afraid it didn't make it to Spain, which could use the rain.  I believe it's heading east and will turn again...  Check its path out here:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vinyl flooring (link)

Vinyl has a beautiful selection of colors and patterns nowadays; it's soft, and it's warmer than tile too, and it comes in sheets, tiles, and planks. For more reasons to take another look at vinyl, check it out here:

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tips for new home buyers (links)

Check out these helpful suggestions for budgets, home improvements, and more--along with questions and answers. These web pages cover a lot of things you need to know:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Engineered stone for countertops (link)

Engineered stone is what I want for my next countertop! And here's why: "Those who love engineered stone say it's like natural stone only better: It has greater consistency, it's harder than granite, it comes in bright, modern colors, and it never needs to be sealed." Find out more:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tropical Storm Michael

TS Michael is in the Atlantic now--between Leslie and Africa. And it looks like the remnants of Isaac may return to the Gulf and form a low.

Update (8-5): TS Michael is still off to the east and is much smaller than Leslie.

A piece of the remnants of Isaac has made a loop and returned to the Gulf; it may or may not merge with the cold front, and if it developes further, it could become Nadine.

Update (8-6): Michael is a hurricane (cat 2) and is headed NE.

Recessed lighting

In the Plow & Hearth catalog, which I got today, there's a page of light fixtures that you can replace your recessed lights with. That caught my eye because I've never changed one, and my new house has them in the office. You "Just unscrew your old light blub, screw in the adapter, slide on the cover plate [however you do that] and flip the switch. They have a lovely selection of fixtures to choose from; I especially liked the stained glass/art deco look. They also have decorative rings to dress up your recessed lights if you want to keep them.

Catalog link: