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Spring is here! I have been doing some spring cleaning. Today I stayed home to meet the air conditioning guys who were just doing a maintenance check on the system (always a good idea before things get hot and you can’t get someone for days).  Reminder: Get the leaves off of your outdoor unit.  Here is another spring cleaning reminder…..



I was reading about natural gas and indoor air quality, and it turns out that if you are cooking with natural gas you can really be risking your health with excessive CO and NO2.  The answer? The vent hood. My vent hood has been acting a little weird so I decided to take a look at it.  And it turns out it has filters! Hey, how about that. Mine were really disgustingly dirty because I really hadn’t been paying attention.  Yuck! Reminder: use your vent hood often to improve your indoor air quality, and check your filters.

To end on a happy note, spring also means bluebonnets!  We found a patch in town (on Steck near Shoal Creek) and got to frolic in it on a beautiful cool spring day.

Bluebonnets, Spring 2014


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Do you like them? I made them myself!

My grandmother is an artist, which I think is why I was constantly enrolled in art classes in elementary school. As you can see, my clay sculptural skills were somewhat primitive– I can’t even tell what that pink animal is supposed to be. I’m trying to organize and decorate the house, and I have to say my decorating skills are as primitive as these little tchotchkes. Just like in the garden, I have affinities for so many different styles it’s hard to pick just one. And my stab at ‘eclectic’ is more college dorm than Todd Oldham. It’s like choosing one kind of music to listen to all the time. Ergh. I just got back from Ikea, and it reminded me that I am completely lacking in decorating talent. My masterpieces, however, are staying put on the screen porch next to the houseplants. I am confident in that decision, at least!

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