Spring Newsletter, 2017

Mani Pedi

By: Wayne Coolidge
   If you are a Dad and you have a daughter, then I am sure you can relate to this. It is just part of the father experience to have your young daughter paint your fingernails and toenails at least once. In my case, I had two daughters, so I was subject to many mani-pedis by Rebecca and Melissa when they were younger.
    It was a pleasant surprise when that tradition was revived last fall when my granddaughter, Emilia, visited for a few weeks. She went to the Dollar store with Grammie and they ended up buying some day glow, multiple color speckled, fingernail polish. I think Rebecca planted the idea in her head because when she got home she approached me and said she wanted to use the fingernail polish. I said, “Okay, I’ll paint your fingernails”. She said, “Okay, but I want to paint YOUR fingernails and toenails too”. How could I refuse? For the next half hour, we sat out on the deck and painted each other’s nails. To make sure the finish lasted – we gave each other two complete makeovers. For a 3 year old, she was very good, and my fingernails and toenails had a glowing sparkle about them.
    A couple weeks after Emilia went home, I arranged a golf outing with Terry. He asked if I could swing by his house a little early because his wife was home and she had a couple projects in mind for me to look at. I agreed and arrived at their house in my golfing attire (which included sandals because I would just put on my golf shoes when I got to the course). This wasn’t my usual attire when meeting a new client, but I’m sure she understood.
    After touring the site and discussing the different projects, she stopped and asked, “How old is your daughter?” I thought that was an odd question out of the blue because we hadn’t discussed children and how would she know I have a daughter? I answered her by saying that I have two daughters, ages 32 and 28. She took a step back and I watched an expression come across her face that was a cross between confusion and alarm. As I pondered her reaction, I saw her eyes glance down to my hands and then down to my toes. So I looked down at my hands, and then down at my toes, and recognized a still wonderfully glowing and sparkling nail polish. Then I quickly said, “But my granddaughter is 3!” As a wave of relief then washed across her face…

Island Living

   Adding an island to your kitchen may be one of the wisest decisions, and give you the most bang for your buck. Kitchens are usually the busiest and most happening spot in the house and what can be better than to have a hub right in the of middle of it all! A place for extra storage, counter space, appliances, a sink, or add some stools to make it an extra dining area. You may choose to design it to compliment the surrounding kitchen, yet different enough that it becomes the focal point. Size is important to consider as you want it to meet all your needs without becoming disproportionate to the rest of the kitchen. There also needs to be enough room surrounding it so that you can comfortably walk around all sides of it. For smaller kitchens, a worktable or rolling cart may be a better option. Here are just some of the many types of islands you can choose from:
Working island: Designed after worktables, they often have a “see- through” appearance with drawers and open shelving.
Storage island: Provides counter and cabinet space without appliances or a sink interfering. Just as the name implies, it maximizes storage.
Prep and wash island: A space for washing food and hands, or bartending for a party. Justify the sink to one side or corner to maximize counter space.
Dining island: A casual space for eating. It is important to keep in mind room for legroom and for scooting chairs back.
Cooking island: A cooktop on an island brings the chef to center view, but will need proper ventilation.
L-shaped island: When two islands are connected with different tasks. They can have different countertops and varying levels.
   Whichever style you choose, just remember the kitchen work triangle; you want close proximity to the stove, sink, and fridge.    

Spring Cleaning Checklist

-Clean your cabinets. Overtime, build-up occurs- especially if you don’t run the vent fan while cooking. You can use a kitchen cabinet cream (Amazon) to cut through the grease and bring out the wood finish.
-Wash the windows. Inside and out. It can be hard to get every smudge, but try doing it on a cloudy day as the sun won’t dry your cleaner before you’re done wiping!
-Clean your appliances. The inside bottom of the dishwasher, the inside of the fridge, the inside and top of the stove, and all the fingerprints on your stainless steel.
-Organize your closet. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year and any unwanted accessories.
-Clean your mattress. Vacuum all the crevices and sanitize with a disinfectant spray.
-Organize your pantry. Throw out any stale or expired food.
-Revive your drapes. Put them through the air fluff mode in the dryer with a damp towel to remove dust and re-hang. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth.

Keep up with the Coolidges

   Of course the business owners, Wayne and Wendy, understand the construction side of a renovation. But, what happens when their entire kitchen is out of service while Wayne and his crew completely renovate it? Check out their blog and follow their adventure from the homeowner point of view:

Master the Orbital Sander

   If you are not careful in using your orbital sander the right way, it can leave a random pattern of marks and scratches. Even though not always visible to the naked eye- a coat of stain will make them stand out. Always put your sander on the wood before you start it. Go slow, and light. You do not need to push down- even though it removes wood faster, it can create ugly swirl marks. Be sure to overlap your passes to keep the entire piece uniform. However, mistakes can still happen. To make sure all the sanding swirls are gone, wipe a small amount of paint thinner on the area. It will tempoarily expose the true grain and dry without a trace.

Fun Suggestion:

Plant a windowsill herb garden
1. Choose a window that gets a lot of light (preferably south-facing).
2. Choose pots (with drainage) and place saucers underneath
3. Pick out your desired herbs (be sure to research as some are easy to grow from seeds, but some are better to start as plants)
4. Add potting mix or soil
5. Water them. An infrequent, slow thorough watering is best 
6. Watch them grow and add more flavor to your home cooked dishes!
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