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Mother’s Day “Honey Do” List | DoItYourself.com

This is a great idea!

Mom will love it even if you are hiring someone else to help with these projects, it is still more personal than cut flowers.

Mother’s Day “Honey Do” List | DoItYourself.com.

 

  

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and like most years, you’re probably worried about what to get her (or maybe you haven’t given it a thought yet). This year, try giving her your time instead of buying her the predictable flowers and chocolate. Set aside a day, or even just a few hours, to take care of things for her around the house and yard that she may not be able to accomplish herself. Not only will you be taking stress off her shoulders, but she’ll love getting to spend time with you as you accomplish each task. (And if you’re already an avid DIYer, chances are you already have the tools and won’t need to buy anything!)

Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/mothers-day-honey-do-list#.U2gbCBBOXIU#ixzz30t1q1xCq

Be good to Mom’s!

Cass

 

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Quick tip for Friday; buying plants

Here is some simple but effective advice to really help with success in your landscaping and gardening.
Pay attention to the location of the plants you want from the nursery or garden center and choose accordingly.

When the beautiful, vibrant blooms of a fuchsia start singing to you ‘Take me home’ make note that you (and the plant) are in a bright, but somewhat shaded location. While you may imagine how lovely those colors will look in the full, bright sun outside your kitchen window, you won’t have them for very long if you put it there. It won’t be happy, trust me, I have tried!

red and purple fuchsiapink fuchsia

When you are looking to add some plantings to a shady spot whether it is flowers, fruit or ground cover then make sure you don’t need SPF and sunglasses while picking out what to buy!

Beebutterfly on bougainvillea

Your first step to success can be that easy, choose from conditions similar to where you want it to thrive!

And here is a picture of a dragonfly just because I am so excited that I got this shot. 🙂

dragonfly

Happy planting!

Cass

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April is National Garden Month!

We all know that Earth Day is in April but did you know the entire Month is dedicated to our lovely gardens?

Celebrate National Garden Month with some of these great ideas from the National Gardening Association!

 

http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/index.php?page=101ways

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Quick Reminder-Time change is almost here again!

Spring is on it's way!

Spring is on it’s way!

Is it just me or has the past year flown by? It is time once again for the ‘spring forward’ time change this weekend. Sunday March 10 we put the clocks ahead an hour again.
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and get ready for spring cleaning! Spring is on it’s way!

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Some of what I have been up to lately

It has been a busy few weeks and I have neglected my blog posts. While I sort out all the ideas swirling around in my head and transform them into useful information for my readers I will give you a taste of some of the projects I’ve been doing recently.

I love putting up these sorts of posts because the most frequent question I get from new customers is “Do you do that?” More often than not the task they ask for is something I do!

Here’s a sample of how diverse my work can be sometimes:

  1. Painted a room and window trim at a bridal shop. During this job I decided to replace the phrase ‘Bull in a china shop’ with ‘Painter in a bridal shop’ to indicate awkward and potentially dangerous scenario….wedding dresses are so….FLUFFY!! No harm came to any during my work, but it made me nervous to be sure!
  2. Replaced a kitchen garbage disposal (the one I removed was Montgomery Ward brand, remember them?).
  3. Helped someone finish moving out of storage.
  4. Helped someone finish moving into storage.
  5. Took large donations to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore location in Gardena, CA.
  6. Took small donations to Goodwill.
  7. Stripped old stain off hot tub. Re stained freshly stripped hot tub.
  8. Helped transplant orchids, which I had never done before and had the pleasure of my customer being the one to show me what to do!
  9. Provided set up assistance to vendors attending event put on by South Bay Woman Magazine.
  10. Planted spring flowers in pots on patio.
  11. Re hung sign in lobby of massage studio in Redondo Beach.
  12. Located, picked up, delivered and installed fitness equipment for home practice space.
  13. Installed string lights for outdoor seating area.
  14. Sold old sports equipment on Craigslist.
  15. Replaced tub spout that was no longer diverting water to shower head.
  16. Laid 15 bags of landscape rock.
  17. Pruned roses.
  18. Repaired section of carpet bordering tile that was pulling up.
  19. Un-clogged kitchen drain under sink (although the problem remained in the main line so I referred to a plumber for the rest of the work).
  20. Started experimenting with making my own shower cleaner using vinegar and dish soap instead of bleach based products, results are pretty good so far.
  21. Installed new light switch.
  22. Currently doing patch repair on stairwell railing that was damaged.
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Ready to Spring forward? Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On Sunday, March 11, Daylight Savings Time will begin in most of the United States.  Setting the clock forward is a good reminder that it is time to check on other seasonal items.

Change the clocks, change the batteries.  Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives … if they’re powered on by a fresh battery.  Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around.

Changing batteries isn’t enough, if it’s been awhile. I bring this up for the winter change and the spring change. If your smoke detectors are 10 years old (or more), it’s time to replace them altogether. It is a small expense to provide a LOT of protection to your home and loved ones.

Start thinking about summer!  The recent summer like weather makes it easy to remember summer is on the way. As the days grow longer and the temperatures get higher there are things to do now in preparation.

  • Check condition of screens – are they ready to keep out all those flying critters we will be seeing soon?
  • Check around the foundation and doorways for cracks and crevices – seal them up before crawly critters start looking for cool vacation spots inside your home when it heats up outside.
  • Do your ceiling fans wobble? Are your window fans securely in place? Don’t wait until you need to use these items everyday to check them out and get them ready for the season.
  • How is your yard looking? Did the weeds take over, or are you ready to plant some colorful spring flowers? We are so lucky to be able to start our spring planting early here in the South Bay! Feed your lawn now and it will require less water in the hot summer months to come.
  • Have you considered planting edibles? Herbs, peppers, strawberries…lots of typical plantings but take a look at all the choices of dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees! You can practically have your own orchard.
  • Time to dust off the grill! Here is a nice checklist for grill maintenance I found on Real Simple: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/more-rooms/gas-grill-maintenance-checklist-00000000002181/index.html#

Set your clocks forward and get set for SPRING!!

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50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things | Real Simple

This is a fun list. I don’t agree with all of them, but enough of them to be worth sharing.

Personally, I would use caution using real popcorn for shipping protection unless it is a fast trip and the contents protected, it has a big risk of attracting pests, rot etc.

I LOVE the colander for ice serving, and the life savers tip is awesome!

50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things | Real Simple.

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When you look at it that way…..

A friend sent me this email and I found it so funny because of the ring of truth to it I decided to post it here. I have no idea who is the original source/author, I would happily credit them if I did!

God, on Lawn Care

God said:  “Frank, you know all about gardens and nature.  What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago?  I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan.  Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon.  The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds.  I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now.  But, all I see are these green rectangles.”

St. FRANCIS:
It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord.  The Suburbanites.  They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD:
Grass?  But, it’s so boring.  It’s not colorful.  It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms.  It’s sensitive to temperatures.  Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS :
Apparently so, Lord.  They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green.  They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD:
The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast.  That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS :
Apparently not, Lord.  As soon as it grows a little, they cut it–sometimes twice a week.

GOD:
They cut it?  Do they then bale it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS :
Not exactly, Lord.  Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD:
They bag it?  Why?  Is it a cash crop?  Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS :
No, Sir, just the opposite.  They pay to throw it away.

GOD:
Now, let me get this straight.  They fertilize grass so it will grow.  And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS :
Yes, Sir.

GOD:
These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat.  That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS :
You aren’t going to believe this, Lord.  When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD:
What nonsense.  At least they kept some of the trees.  That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself.  The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer.  In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes.  It’s a natural cycle of life.

ST. FRANCIS :
You better sit down, Lord.  The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle.  As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD:
No!?  What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS :
After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch.  They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD:
And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS :
They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD:
Enough!  I don’t want to think about this anymore.  St. Catherine , you’re in charge of the arts.  What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

ST. CATHERINE :
‘Dumb and Dumber,’ Lord.  It’s a story about…

GOD:
Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis

Including a picture of my own lawn seems to be appropriate because I too of course am guilty of all of the above!

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