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  • Easy Halloween decorations can last into late fall

    Halloween isn't just for kids anymore - it's become a real treat for grown-ups, too. The holiday has become one of America's favorites, and folks are ready and willing to spend money on it. "It's changed a lot," said Laurie Baker, customer experience manager at Michaels. "It seems like it's more of a holiday people are recognizing. Our...

  • Around the House: Rely on chemicals when softening water

    Dear Ken: Do you know anything about a water softener that works with sound waves? My husband noticed it at a recent home show. They say they can hook it up outside and that it's harmless to plants and pets. - Mary Answer: I'm sure it is, because I can't imagine this system having any effect on the incoming water quality. This reminds me of...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden calendar for Oct. 18, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR friday Pikes Peak Environmental Forum - Topic will be "Permaculture - The Evolution of Amazing Space," with Tim and Laura Spear, noon- 2 p.m., The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road. Free admission, pay for lunch. Registration required by Wednesday: 231-6265,...

  • After losing 'life story,' Colorado Springs woman helps others explore sense of home

    After Susan McConnell's home burned to the ground during the Waldo Canyon fire, she did not want to rebuild. So she opted to move away from Mountain Shadows to a bungalow near downtown. The new place was emotionally disorienting. The home and old neighborhood had been where her kids were raised and where much of her identity had been...

  • Around the House: Learn how to turn off utilities before emergency happens

    Dear readers: Do you know how to turn off your utilities in the event of a crisis? Let's go through them one by one. You're most likely going to have a water leak at some point, so it's important to locate the main shutoff. Usually it's next to the water meter where the pipe first comes in from the city line. In many cases, it's a round, blue...

  • Home and Garden calendar Oct. 11, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR TUESDAY Horticultural Art Society Talk - Pat Sullivan will present "21 Things Your Plants Wished You Knew," 7 p.m., Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., free; 357-9427, Doris, 481-4608. OCT. 18 Fall Garden Class - "Our Most Challenging Year in the Garden - What We Did to Have a...

  • Year-round gardening: Tips for winterizing your garden

    October signals the end of the growing year, but when exactly that happens is hard to predict. A light freeze of 29 degrees to 32 degrees will kill tender plants. To extend the season, you can cover the most tender plants at night with a sheet or something similar. Be sure to remove the covering first thing in the morning. You might even...

  • Around the House: Time to blow out your sprinkler system?

    Dear readers: It's time to start thinking about winterizing your sprinkler system. Should you blow it out with compressed air? The answer usually is no. But let's get the exceptions out of the way. Older sprinkler systems plumbed with hard pipe, like galvanized steel or white PVC, should be drained. However, most systems installed during the...

  • Home and Garden calendar Oct. 4, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Thursday Winterizing Your Home - 10-11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $4. Registration required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. OCT. 14 Horticultural Art Society Talk - Pat Sullivan will present "21 Things Your Plants Wished You Knew," 
7 p.m., Colorado Technical University, 4435 N....

  • Creature comforts: Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

    These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California, including Parker and Castle Rock in Colorado, and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise...

  • Home is where the hearth is: Cozy up to a fireplace

    Just as porches and patios are warm-weather hubs, when temperatures drop and dusk comes early, focus turns inward to the fireplace, the historical heart of the home in concept as well as construction. Though rarely used as a main, sole heat source in modern times, roughly 60 percent of newly constructed homes include at least one fireplace,...

  • Author Cheryl Najafi highlights Colorado Springs Fall Home Show weekend lineup

    Author Cheryl Najafi has a treasure trove of recipes. Not just any recipes, but the ones cherished by daughters, with little notes handwritten by mothers and grandmothers that have been passed down through the years. Knowing that many of those special comfort foods have "been parked" by modern cooks who are foregoing the butter, cream and...

Colorado couple grows giant pumpkins for something to do

Oct 11, 2014

GREELEY — When Jim Ferguson and his wife, Barb, got rid of their...

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