Oh, the joys of home owning! Walls you can paint any color you like, back yard barbecues all summer long, snow to shovel all winter long and plumbing problems you get to fix yourself. Well, whatever the reason(s) that drew you to get a mortgage and buy a house, you can take comfort in knowing that the cash flowing out of your wallet is not headed down a one-way street. Even if it seems so.
Of all the places I’ve visited in and around Seattle, Tacoma continues to surprise me the most. I’ve driven through it countless times on road trips down I-5, and you see so much of it from the road, it’s easy to assume you’ve experienced the city in its entirety. But if you head off the freeway and explore, you’ll see the best Tacoma has to offer. There are hidden gems everywhere in this town.
There’s so much emphasis on preparing for old man winter, then before you know it the mad rush of spring cleaning arrives. But what if you got a head start and did more than just a deep house cleaning? Just as you shift your home maintenance routines for the colder winter weather, you should consider what to change as the temperature rises.
Pity poor January. It comes on the heels of December, with its twinkly lights, festive sounds and all-around merrymaking – there’s no way Janus’ namesake could compete with that. Plus, for those of us in the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, the weather’s usually lousy. There’s just no win here for poor January.
If you decorated or threw a party for the holidays, odds are you’re still finding glitter, tinsel, needles, and confetti all over the house. There are probably a few scuffs, scratches and stains on your floors that you don’t remember seeing before, too. So how can you refresh your floors without completely redoing your hardwood?
With the holidays in full swing and time flying by like I’ve never felt, it is easy to lose focus on what is most important. Nowhere did this become more obvious than when I was on vacation recently. As I walked around a beautiful resort, I noticed that 80%+ of the people had their faces buried in their phones. They weren’t enjoying time with their families and friends, or taking in the scenery. I’m not trying to judge, because I have plenty of room for improvement.
If the popularity, not to mention the proliferation, of home-improvement shows is any indication, dreaming doesn’t stop once we actually own a piece of the American Dream. Indeed, programs on HGTV or DIY Network that tackle a remodel, a renovation or a simple redesign – in about an hour or less, thanks to the magic of television – only stoke our imagination and desire to remake our houses.
During the holiday season, the Mount Baker Community Club holds its biennial Home Tour, this year to be held December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at the Clubhouse at 2811 Mr. Rainier Drive. The Home Tour allows the public to get a special glimpse inside six of its older stately homes, as well as its newer modern homes, and enjoy the festive decorations and magic with friends, complete with warming holiday treats and tea at the Clubhouse. Guests can walk the tour or use free shuttle transportation.