12 Arrowwood Court South Portland Maine

12 Arrowwood Court South Portland Maine
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine


Home Catering
Lovely little store with fantastic chocolate chip cookies and fresh sandwiches and other provisions!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Salty Bay in Pine Point Maine


Fantastic and fresh fried clams in batter or crumbs!

10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know


    Successful burglars have lots in common — home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity.

    You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How did they get in?

    In these 10 thank-you notes, your friendly neighborhood burglars share advice on how to stop lending them a helping hand.

    1. Thanks for the ladder!

    Call me a social climber if you will, but I did discover a ladder in your back yard. Thank you for leaving it where I could lean it against your home and easily reach a second-story window. I really love it when upper story openings aren’t wired to a home security system!

    So, if you want to keep me out, store your ladder in the basement or a locked garage. And call your security company to wire upper-story windows into your alarm system.

    Vertically yours,
    A rising star


    2. Loved your trash

    Can’t tell you how much fun I have driving around neighborhoods on trash day (especially after big gift holidays) when the empty boxes on the curb reveal what wonderful new toys you have. Your thoughtfulness made it possible for me to land a new laptop and a flat-screen television in one easy trip to your home!

    Next time, break down the boxes and conceal them in the recycling or trash bins.

    Happy shopping!
    Curbside Cruiser


    3. Dear Can’t-Get-Around-to-It

    Recently, I noticed you hadn’t trimmed trees and shrubs around your home, so I knew I’d have a wonderful place to hide while I worked to break into your home. I really can’t thank you enough for all the great new things I grabbed.

    Next time, trim back bushes and trees near windows and doors. Make sure entry points to your home are easily visible from the street — I much prefer to work in private! While you’re at it, install motion-sensor lighting. I’m scared of bright lights!

    Cordially,
    The Tree Lover


    4. Su casa es mi casa!

    I was sincerely relieved to find your back door was a plain wood-panel door. I had no trouble kicking it in (my knees appreciate how easy that was!) Imagine how silly I felt when I discovered that your windows weren’t locked anyway.

    You may want to take a cue from your neighbor and install steel-wrapped exterior doors with deadbolts on all your entries. And be sure your windows are locked when you’re away.

    All the best,
    Buster Door


    5. Bad reflection on you.

    You’d be surprised how many home owners position a mirror in their entry hall so I can see from a window if the alarm system is armed. (Yours wasn’t, but I’m guessing you know that by now!) Thanks for taking a lot of pressure off of me.

    A little free advice: Relocate the mirror so your alarm system isn’t visible if someone else would peer through a window.

    Fondly,
    Mr. Peeper


    6. The telltale grass

    Wow, isn’t it amazing how fast the grass grows these days? I swung by now and then and noticed your lawn was uncut, newspapers were piling up on the front steps, and your shades were always closed. To me, that’s an open invitation.

    Next time, hire someone you trust to mow regularly, pick up around the doorstep, open and close various window shades, and turn different lights on and off (or put a few on timers). One more thing: Lock any car you leave in the driveway, or I can use your garage door opener to get in quickly.

    Best,
    Your Trip Advisor


    7. Getting carried away

    Many thanks for putting your valuables into an easy-to-carry safe that I could carry right out your back door. (Nice jewelry, and thank you for the cash!)

    You may want to invest in a wall safe, which I rarely attempt to open. Or, rent a lock box at your bank.

    With appreciation,
    Mr. Safe and Not-So-Sound 


    8. Dear BFF

    Thanks for alerting a professional acquaintance of mine via your social network that you were away for the week in Puerto Vallarta, having the time of your life. Me? I enjoyed a very relaxing visit to your home with no pressure of being caught.

    If only you had known that posting comments and photos of your trip on social networks is fine — but do that after you return so you won’t broadcast your absence!

    Sincerely,
    Cyber Savvy


    9. Tag, you’re it!

    Where are you? When you use popular geo-tracking apps, such as FourSquare and Glympse, I might know if you’re not home. Web sites such as www.pleaserobme.com help me keep track of your whereabouts.

    If you prefer that I not visit your home, be careful about geo-tagging. But, otherwise, thank you for the loot!

    — Just Tagging Along

    10. Thanks for the appointment

    Thanks for inviting me into your home to view the laptop you wanted to sell. I do apologize for the scare I gave you when I took it (and your purse).

    Did you know that some large U.S. cities are averaging one so-called “robbery by appointment” per day? If you want to sell high-ticket items to strangers, I suggest you arrange to meet at the parking lot of your local police station. I definitely won’t show up, and you’ll still have your valuables (and your purse!)

    Regards,
    A Tough Sell
    P.S. For more tips, see our list of low-cost tricks to fool burglars. Did you know there’s a gizmo that mimics the glow of a TV?


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    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    9 Things You’ve Got Wrong About Green Homes

    9 Things You’ve Got Wrong About Green Homes

    Although most folks know green homes pack plenty of eco-friendly benefits, there are some pesky misconceptions that need correcting. Here are 9 myths busted.

    1.  Myth: Green Homes are Expensive

    Fact:
     Eco-friendly homes come in different types, sizes, and price tags, from a green-minded prefab that can cost less than $150,000 to an eco-urban condo for $690,000 or more. The big difference is in resale value: Eco-friendly homes fetch higher prices compared with conventionally built homes.
    2.  Myth: Green Homes Look Kooky
    Fact: Not all green homes look like grass-roofed hobbit holes or extra-crunchy Earthships. That’s old school. Eco-friendly abodes being built today can look just like traditional houses — except they may have solar panels or small wind turbines.

    3.  Myth: Green Homes are a “California Thing”

    Fact: California has the strictest environmental laws in the country, so it would make sense to think green homes are a hot property in the Golden State. But when you add up the number of houses that were certified in 2012 by Energy Star for their energy savings and eco-friendly benefits, Texas is a green home leader, with more than three times the number of Energy Star-certified homes than California.
     Energy Star-Certified Homes
    California6,173
    Texas21,351

    Plus, both Delaware and Maryland have a higher penetration of Energy Star homes. Both have 40% compared with California’s 23%. (Texas is 27%.)

    4.  Myth: Green Homes Use Only Non-Toxic Materials

    Fact: Not always. Spray polyurethane foam is a petroleum-based product that’s a controversial green building favorite. Although it’s considered an energy-saving rock star because it creates a tight seal and has a high R-value (insulation), the off-gassing it creates during and shortly after installation can cause serious respiratory issues. The EPA still supports its use, but the Passive House Institute U.S. won’t certify homes insulated with the material because it contributes to global warming.

    5.  Myth: Green Homes Require Newfangled Technologies

    Fact: Green homes aren’t about gizmos and gadgets. They’re about better construction methods that boost energy efficiency and promote healthy indoor environments. With that said, developing eco-friendly home habits like unplugging vampire devices or mastering how to program a digital thermostat can help to further shrink your home’s carbon footprint.

    6.  Myth: Green Homes Need Exotic New Building Materials 

    Fact: Nope! New building materials have a negative impact on the planet because they produce greenhouse gases during both manufacturing and shipping. That’s why locally salvaged flooring is considered greener than the bamboo stuff that’s harvested from a sustainable source thousands of miles away.

    7.  Myth: Green Homes Need New Energy-Efficient Appliances

    Fact: It’s not very green to trash appliances in good working condition, even if they’re not rated for energy efficiency, according to the EPA. With proper maintenance major appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines, can be useful for 10 to 18 years.

    8.  Myth: Green Homes are Needed More in Urban Areas

    Fact: In actuality, rural and suburban homes are the ones that need some serious greening. Thanks to walkability, people who live in high-density cities have a smaller carbon footprint since they burn fewer fossil fuels. Bonus: Walkability can actually increase your home’s value.

    9.  Myth: Existing Homes Can’t Be Green

    Fact: False! Retrofitting an existing home is much greener than building a new one, according to a study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. New green homes take 10 to 80 years to overcome the negative environmental affects of the construction process. Since remodeling older homes requires fewer building materials, retrofitting can leave a much smaller carbon footprint.
    deirdre-sullivan Deirdre Sullivan
    is an NYC-based writer who’s obsessed with maximizing every inch of her urban dwelling. She’s a former fashionista who has worked for Lucky Magazine and InStyle. She recently traded her high heels and Fashion Week pass for a drill and bandsaw. Follow Deirdre on Google+Twitter, and Pinterest.


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    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    101 Things I Love about Portland Maine

    Frontier Cinema and Cafe in Brunswick:
    Great river views, fun cocktails, interesting movies, and yummy desserts!!





    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    101 Thing I Love about Portland Maine






    Bao Bao Dumplings on Spring Street in Portland:  Wonderful refreshing cocktails, fabulous dumplings.
    All in a relaxing atmosphere!
    www.baobaodumplinghouse.com