10 Inspiration Drive, Scarborough ME

10 Inspiration Drive, Scarborough ME
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Overnight Trips from Portland Maine~~Cape Cod

I recently travelled to the Cape for a show at Cape Cinema in Dennis.  On the return I stopped in Falmouth, a wonderful area for shopping and a true New England village.  Don't miss the cupcakes at Cape Cod Cupcakes!  They are delicious and have buttercream frosting!

The trip is about 3 hours from Portland and well worth it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How to Start a Veggie Garden

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By RosaT, updated July 09, 2010

Growing your own vegetable garden is a rewarding experience as you become more in tune with your natural surroundings as well as reap the benefits of the seeds you sow. You can start your own vegetable garden even if you do not have adequate cleared ground by using garden planters. These containers come in a variety of sizes and can accommodate many types of vegetables. Look for vegetable seedlings that have already begun to grow to get a head start on your garden.

Things You'll Need
Garden plants
Trowel
Potting soil
Balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer
Vegetable seedlings
Water


1. Place a garden planter in an area with at least six hours of sunlight a day.


2. Fill the garden planter with potting soil formulated for potted vegetables. Use a trowel to scoop the potting soil from its bag into the planter, filling the planter just a few inches from the top.


3. Mix in a balanced fertilizer to add time-released nutrients to the soil. Refer to the manufacturer's label to determine amount needed for your size container.


4. Dig holes in which to place your vegetable seedlings. Refer to the planting guidelines for the particular plants you have chosen to determine spacing and depth. Such guidelines are often included with seedlings that come from a nursery; if this information is not included, look up "[vegetable name] planting guidelines" on an online search engine.


5. Place the vegetable seedlings into their proper holes, gently removing from their original containers by pinching the bottom of the pot while tipping slightly sideways. Fill in the area around the seedling with additional potting soil, tamping the soil down gently around the young plant to secure.


6. Water in the seedlings, being careful not to dislodge the young plants.

Read more: How to Start a Veggie Garden

eHow.com  http://www.ehow.com/how_6675231_start-veggie-garden.html#ixzz1PG27AxvC

Sunday, June 12, 2011

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine


164 New Chain Restaurant in Portland's Old Port~~Five Guys Burger and Fries:  Pick up a cup of salted peanuts on your way in, order your burger, fries and drink and prepare for a treat.  Regular cheesebuger is 2 succulent patties with  condiments of your choosing.  Fries are handcut and looked good.  Smooth operation.

Checkout this beautiful lot in Falmouth Maine~~~~

  New Listing:  http://www.postlets.com/res/5695254

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dealing with Insects

By: Brad Broberg




Published: March 9, 2010



Eliminate access to food, water, and shelter to stop wood-damaging pests from bugging you.
Investment Med $20 (materials)

Many pests will use trees and shrubs as bridges to enter your house, so keep vegetation trimmed back away from your home. Image: Steve Cole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Household pests want the same things you do—food, water, shelter—and will seize any opportunity to satisfy their needs. You can’t stop every pest from ever flying, crawling, or burrowing into your home, but you can make sure the occasional intrusion doesn’t become an all-out invasion.

Once a major infestation occurs, you’ll likely need professional help. But if you focus on prevention, you can tackle many aspects of pest control yourself, save money, and avoid adding pesticides to the environment.

You’ll find the materials—hardware cloth ($8 per 6-inch-square swatch), door weather stripping ($8 per 17-foot roll of 7/8-inch v-strip polypropylene), O rings for faucets (pennies)—you need at most home improvement stores.

And many of the steps to impeding pests’ access—clearing overgrowth from around foundations and disposing of wood scraps and other debris that accumulate in garages and along sides of houses—are things every homeowner should do as part of regular house and yard maintenance.

The effort—a few hours or a weekend a few times a year—and cost of supplies are well worth it to avoid having to repair thousands of dollars in damage caused by pests.

Start outside

Termites eat wood and carpenter ants tunnel into wood to nest. So remove piles of wood and other debris from around your home. The same goes for rotted stumps and logs. Keep firewood at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground. And never bury wood scraps or waste lumber.

Maintain at least 6 inches of clearance between soil and structural wood to prevent decay, which attracts carpenter ants, and to make it tougher for termites to find their next meal.

Keep it dry

Termites, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles thrive in moist areas, so maintain a Sahara zone around your home’s perimeter.

In general, you shouldn’t have any vegetation—bushes, shrubs, vines, trees—touching the house, which can trap moisture that causes rot and attracts pests. Many pests use vegetation as a bridge between the ground to the walls and roof of your home.

Keep foundation plantings (shrubs, bushes, perennials) and wood mulch at least 18 inches away from the foundation. Prune trees, bushes, and vines that touch or overhang the house. And don’t plant anything close to your home that’s aphid-prone, such as peonies or roses. That’s like ringing the dinner bell for carpenter ants, which feed on honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids.

Even an infrequent puddle close to the house can become an oasis for pests on the prowl for food, so take measures to direct water away from the house. Drain puddles, don’t overwater flower beds, point sprinklers away from the structure, and make sure the ground near the foundation slopes away from your home. Use drain tile if the site is flat.

Clean gutters so they don’t overflow. Use downspout extensions and splash blocks to direct rainwater runoff away from the foundation. Fix dripping faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units. Even small leaks can contribute to wood rot and moist foundations that pests find irresistible.

Deny access into your home

The tiniest gap or crack can become an express lane for pests—and not only insects. “If you can push a pencil through a hole, a mouse can get through it,” says Greg Bauman, senior scientist with the National Pest Management Association.

Inspect your home’s envelope (walls, doors, windows, roof) for possible points of entry as well as moisture-inducing leaks. Use caulk or epoxy to seal any cracks in the foundation or gaps in the structure. Use steel wool or hardware cloth (1/4-inch wire mesh) to block any openings where wires, pipes, and cables come into or out of the house.

Should you detect any moisture damage, repair it promptly. Carpenter ants flock to deteriorating wood, but often move from decayed wood into sound wood as the colony expands. Replace punky fascia, soffits, and shingles. While you’re at it, paint weathered and/or unfinished wood to stop carpenter bees from drilling holes to build their nests.

Ventilate attics and crawl spaces, and make sure vents aren’t blocked by debris or vegetation. Good air flow prevents the buildup of moisture. Cover any exposed earth in the crawl space with a plastic vapor barrier.

Make sure roof and foundation vents are protected with hardware cloth. Install screens on all floor drains and windows. And while you’re at it, caulk or install weather-stripping around windows and doors as well. Close any gap between your garage door and the floor by attaching a door sweep. And keep the door closed.

Be inhospitable

If pests do get inside, they’ll usually die or skedaddle if they can’t find anything to eat or drink.

Carpenter ants will eat almost anything you do, but are especially fond of sweet and greasy food. Put kitchen waste in a sealed trash can, sweep up crumbs, and wipe up spills right away. Termites typically feed on wood, but will eat anything with cellulose, so never store paper or cardboard—or wood—in the crawl space.

Deal with interior moisture, too. Inspect the base of toilets, around bath tubs and shower stalls, and areas where pipes go through walls, such as under sinks. Repair any leaks and wrap any pipes that produce excess condensation.

Check behind and under washing machines and dishwashers, which are notorious for leaks, to make sure there’s no condensation or old moisture damage. Fix leaky faucets; in some cases, replacing a simple O ring might not only save water, but also stave off a potential invasion of pests.

Brad Broberg is a freelance writer from Federal Way, Wash. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he writes about business, health care, and real estate for REALTOR Magazine, the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, among others. He’s lived in the same home for 22 years—a home he shares with seven towering Douglas firs.


Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/prevent-insects-damaging-home/#ixzz1Oicfnz5M

Hot Tips from Emily

Advice from Emily:  Never lock your car keys in the trunk~~especially if Daddy is not around and if you are driving a convertible!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

101 Things I Love about Potland Maine

163. Portland is loaded with fun and funky specialty shops with new ones popping up all the time.  If you are looking for something different for a gift or your own home, check out these 2 stores on opposite ends of  downtown on Congress Street.

The first is Ferdinand near Munjoy Hill.  Loaded with fun items--some old some new, you are sure to find something that you need--including cards, jewelry, and toys.  http://www.ferdinandhomestore.com/


Next, is a new store with about 50 different vendors--The Merchant Co.  This shop has everything from clothing, jewelry, notebooks and other stationery and decor pieces.  Have fun browsing through the 100's of items by Maine artisans.

101 Things I Love about Portland, Maine




162. Local artist--Francine Schrock~~currently displaying works at The Salt Exchange. 
Check out her colorful paintings small and large at the restaurant or at  her website: http://francineschrock.com/.  Also, talk with the artist as she is loads of fun!  She also does architctural portraits which would make perfect housewarming gifts or houseclosing gifts for all the realtors.

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine





161. The Salt Exchange on Commercial in Portland is a great place to celebrate a special occasion as my husband and I did on our anniversary.
The food presentation is outstanding and all the ingredients were fresh and delicious.  The complimentary truffle chips were the best!  You can select tastes, small plates~~hot or cold.
We started with tart apples with lemon stilton and proscuitto wrap.
My husband enjoyed the chicken leg confit dish and I had spring rolls loaded with crunchy veggies.
Plus, the service was perfect thanks to our lovely server!