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  • The Country Life: How to handle a snowstorm and the challenges due to isolation

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Though winter appears to be taking a break this week, it'll be back. And recent snowstorms - including one that kept me holed up in a downtown hotel overnight instead of venturing home - have had me thinking about emergency preparedness. While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret,...

  • 'Lucky bamboo' may be lucky, but it's not bamboo

    by LEE REICH, Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The New Year is still young so let's continue to welcome it in — with some lucky bamboo.

  • Year Round Gardening: Extending the season frost protection

    by Fredricka Bogardus, Colorado Master Gardener
    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    In a good year, with no late or early frosts, Colorado Springs has an average of 128 frost free days. This makes our season short for growing warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers. If it takes 80 days to get tomatoes from a transplant, that leaves only about five weeks for fresh...

  • Around the House: Check the location of your doorbell transformer

    By Ken Moon, Special to the Gazette
    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Dear Ken: When I flush a toilet or run the dishwasher, a little water comes up through the basement shower drain. What do you think is wrong here? Brian

  • Earthship village will soon land in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Earthships aren't designed to take families out of this world to explore other galaxies. But they are taking off on this planet and will soon land in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Solar Village is seeking the greenest of the green to form a community of some of the most sustainable...

  • Free antique appraisals and host of HGTV's 'Room Crashers' at Springs Home and Landscaping Show

    By Jennifer Mulson -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Longtime antique appraiser Michael Amosson once helped a man earn $335,000 for a stack of 150 old letters bearing signatures of the major generals of the Civil War. The man thought they were worth about $5,000. "It was life changing," Amosson says. "He had no idea what he had. I've...

  • Ask a Designer: improving the kitchen in small (or big) ways

    MELISSA RAYWORTH, Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of counter space had a potential benefit more lasting than a good meal: When we really use our kitchens, we discover what does and doesn't work...

  • Get your garden off to an early start by seeding indoors

    Fredricka Bogardus, Colorado Master Gardener
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    There are good reasons to start some vegetable plants indoors, from seed. Plants that have a long growing season must be started prior to summer. Examples include tomatoes¸ peppers, eggplants, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

  • Around the House: Clean Out Dryer Vents Regularly

    Ken Moon
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    I think I need to clean out my dryer vent. What’s the most efficient way to do this?

  • Voice of the Consumer: sewer backup protection

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    I heard from a couple of people last week who received mailers from companies that sell sewer backup repair plans. They wanted to know if they need that kind of protection and, if so, what businesses are best. It's an important issue and something every homeowner should consider....