August 31st, 2015

Keeping life in your garage

Posted by at 11:42 pm

  A little more than 100 years ago, there was no such thing as a “garage.” Houses were built as stand-alone structures, with bedrooms, kitchens and common living rooms – or as they were often called back then, “parlors.” People built barns to keep the few things they had that didn’t belong in the house. Barns were housing for the livestock, and kept valuable commodities – like hay and farming equipment – dry. If there were a need for any additional storage, some people built sheds. Then came cars. Just horsing around The first garages were actually carriage houses – essentially barns for the rich – where cars shared space with carriages and the horses who pulled them. There’s no proof of this, but it may be that cars infused with the scent of horse manure inspired the transition to...
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August 25th, 2015

Too Fruity

Posted by at 11:28 pm

  Thousands of homebuyers picked their homes partly on the prospect of picking, preserving and consuming an abundance of personal produce. Some even moved in during the late summer or fall, when the beautiful pears, apples, apricots or other fruit were practically falling off the trees, practically hypnotizing new homeowners with the promise of free fresh fruit, pies, jams and other delicious delights. Then the truth sets in: Maintaining and harvesting fruit takes a lot of time and effort. Even if you have a green thumb and can manage all the trees and vines, you may have trouble controlling the output. Fruit often ripens in a short period. If the mature crop is not harvested, it puts pressure on the tree and makes a mess on the ground, attracting bugs, diseases and pests. Second, even if one makes the time...
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