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  • Around the house: Consider different options for painting garage floor

    Dear Ken: I would like to paint my garage floor. Which material would be best? - John Answer: There are several choices. Let's go down the food chain. The ultimate is an epoxy finish. This is the most resilient and, frankly, the prettiest. But it's also the most difficult, especially the preparation phase. Your floor must be cleaned...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 15, 2014

    HOME & GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Silk Flower Centerpiece for the Home - 11 a.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; ppld.org. NOV. 25 Fall Floral Class - Learn to make a centerpiece for holiday table, table décor, 3-4:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., $40 Registration: 471-2799. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs...

  • Scrapbooking remains a passion for many in Colorado Springs

    Whatever happened to the scrapbooking craze? For longtime fans like Mona Szoke, it's alive and well. "Once you get going on it, it's addictive," said the stay-at-home mom from Colorado Springs. "It's a way to get away from everything. It's very therapeutic." Although scrapbooking can be traced to the early 1800s - Thomas Jefferson was...

  • The scents of National Candle Month

    Leaves are falling, creating carpets of gold and red. Smells are warm and spicy: cinnamon, hot apple cider and pumpkin everything. Fall nesting time is underway. It's no wonder November was chosen as National Candle Month: Not only do aromatic, flickering candles smell heavenly, they also make great gifts and are wonderful additions to any...

  • Year-round gardening: November a good time to focus on trees' health

    Once the leaves and needles are raked up, it's easy to forget about the health of your trees. But November is a great time for a "tree checkup." Here's a few tasks you'll want to complete soon: Pruning: Deciduous trees are best pruned during their dormant period. Take a look at your trees for signs of diseased, damaged and broken branches and...

  • Around the House: Achieve savings with blanket around water heater

    Dear Ken: Do you need a blanket around your water heater if it's in a heated basement? - Dan Answer: Yes. All things being equal, it takes more energy to heat water than air, so there are definitely savings when you wrap the tank. These kits are cheap - less than $15 - so it's a worthwhile investment that will pay off in less than a year....

  • Preparing amaryllis for a Christmastime show

    Ready, set, go. As soon as you have new amaryllis bulbs, pot them up, and in a few months the spectacular, colorful trumpets will unfold. (Technically, what are commonly called "amaryllis" are really species of hippeastrum.) With luck, or if the bulbs were from South Africa, Brazil or greenhouses in Israel, you'll have blooms by...

  • Cast homework in the right light

    If you can't imagine how your kids can possibly see well enough to do their homework as they sprawl out on the floor, their beds or the couch; fear not: Though good lighting for the homework hour (or hours) is often forgotten, it is simple to achieve. "Sometimes we get so focused on making the room look cute, we can overlook the importance of...

  • How to make use of leaves piling up on your lawn

    Like a kid, I love to crunch through the dry leaves under my ash tree in the fall, releasing their earthy smell. If you have deciduous trees and plants, the leaves they drop every fall can be a curse or a blessing. We see plastic bags, lined up like soldiers, set out by the curb for trash collectors. According to a November 2011 report to El...

  • Colorado Springs fiber artist branches out - to yard

    First there was the branch, which broke from the tree and became a big stick, which then was dragged to the curb by Baerbel Froehlin's neighbor. Trash day came and went, and the stick remained. Waste Management didn't consider it trash. Neither did Froehlin. A fiber artist and semiretired hypnotherapist, Froehlin recently had downsized from a...

  • Fall decor gets cozy with sweaters

    Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home decor. So while you're wrapping yourself in a big, soft cardigan, you also can grace your space with a dollop of knitted comfort. Hannah Millman, executive editorial director of...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 1, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Nov. 8 Veggie Garden Class - A to Z in Gardening - 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Aspen Valley Ranch, 1152 County Road 231, Woodland Park, $60. Registration: tinyurl.com/m5y2un7. Nov. 15 Silk Flower Centerpiece for the Home - 
11 a.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; ppld.org. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs -...

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