6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE WHILE AWAY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

CHECK THE LOCKS

A few weeks before you leave, inspect the locks on all of your windows and doors. Make sure deadbolts slide into place, window locks aren’t easy to pry open, and sliding glass doors have security bar in place. If anything doesn’t work or is missing, repair it.

STOP YOUR MAIL

As soon as you know when you’ll be traveling, fill out the United States Postal Service’s online form to stop your mail. It is a surefire sign you’re away from home.

DON’T STAND OUT

While closing your curtains may seem like the obvious choice, it can backfire. Instead, leave a curtain or two open like you normally would, and move your stuff out of view. And if your’re traveling during the holidays, don’t leave presents under the tree in plain slight. Ask a neighbor to pick up any packages left at your door.

MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE AT HOME

Affordable automatic timers can make it seem like someone is home while you’re away. Add timers to lamps in different rooms and stagger the on/off times. Hooking timers up to a TV or Radio can also make it seem like someone’s home.

BEEF UP SECURITY

There are some inexpensive, temporary solutions you can use while you’re on vacation. Wireless alarms and sensors an be attached to doors and windows. If you want an even cheaper option, buy a set of window decals and yard signs from an alarm company. Even if you don’t actually have an alarm, thieves might not bother to test it.

 

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HOW TO CARE FOR THE AMERICAN FLAG

How to Take Care of the American Flag

You may want to show patriotism by flying an American flag outside your home. But do you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? Read the following tips from USAGov to take proper care of your red white and blue.

When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.

On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.

On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.

At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.

Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it’s common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

Source: USAGov

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FREE PRETEND CITY FAMILY FUN, HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR

Date: Saturday June 3rd, 2017

Time: 9:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Specifically for: Children (0 – 10); parents and caregivers

Free health screenings include:

  • Speech and language, social and emotional, developmental, vision, hearing, dental, and body mass index (subject to change without notice)

Each child that completes 3 health screenings will receive a free ticket to Pretend City Children’s Museum. And when you visit all the booths, you’ll be entered to win a special prize!

 

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MAKE GARDENING FUN AGAIN

Make Gardening Fun Again
Remember when you first ventured out into your yard to turn your landscape into the oasis you’d always imagined? Chances are your newbie enthusiasm may have become tarnished over the years as gardening has gone from therapeutic to back-breaking. Here are some tips for easing the strain of yard work, hopefully renewing your love of Mother Nature in the process.

  1. Stay ahead of weeds. If only you could get your flowers to grow as quickly as those pesky weeds. Help tackle the weeding challenge by staying on top of it. Rather than waiting for weeds to become widespread and overwhelming, pull them when they’re small. Also, whenever possible, make sure to do your weeding after a rainstorm. Weeds come up from wet earth more easily than arid dirt.
  2. Dedicate yourself to deadheading. Your flowering plants will last longer and produce blooms for weeks, if not months, if you make deadheading old blooms a regular process. This will save you the chore and expense of having to dig up and replace dead annuals.
  3. Containers are your best friend. Container planting can be easier than planting in garden beds. This tactic also allows you to put flora and fauna exactly where you want it, with the option to move it when the mood strikes. Remember that container plantings dry out more quickly, so be sure to keep the water flowing.
  4. Plant more perennials. While it may take a few years for perennials to spread and offer up abundant blooms, it’ll be worth the wait. More perennials mean less time, money and effort spent on planting annuals every year.
  5. Cheat a little. Instead of trying to get grass or plants to grow in areas where they just won’t take, use a decorative covering to fill in bald spots instead. Mulch, gravel, larger rocks or sea shells will all do the trick. You can even strategically arrange a bench or bird bath in these areas for instant décor value.

Remember, gardening is intended to bring joy, not stress, so start taking the necessary steps today.

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SPRING GARDENING —TOMATO SAUCE

PICKED ALL THE TOMATOES OFF MY VINE. ONE LARGE BOWL FULL, AROUND 30.

 

PUT THE TOMATOES IN MY VICTORIA STRAINER FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES. PROCESSED TWICE.

 

SKIN OF TOMATOES AFTER PROCESSING.

 

TOMATO PUREE SKIN FREE WITH SOME SEEDS FROM 1ST PROCESS.

 

TOMATO PUREE IN SAUCE PAN WITH GRATED ONIONS/CELERY/CARROTS/POBLANO CHILIES (FROM GARDEN), OREGANO, PARSLEY, GARLIC, AND PEPPER. SLOW COOK FOR 1-2 HOURS.

TOMATO SAUCE!

 

POUR INTO ICE CUBES TRAYS AND FREEZE.

 

POP PUT OF TRAY.

 

STORE IN FREEZER BAG.

 

PUT IN FREEZER AND YOU HAVE SINGLE SERVING OF FRESH FROM YOUR GARDEN TOMATO SAUCE FOR DINNER!