Saturday, May 11, 2013
Here are some tips Patch put together for keeping the pesky critters at bay.
Taking Fido for a walk in this area can mean coming home with an unwanted stowaway - ticks. Whether or not you are employing a flea and tick control product on your dog, these tips can help to lessen the encounters and issues.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sure, it's a simple as getting a mower and cutting, but there is more than that to consider.
As the weather begins to heat up and on the heels of the rains we have had in the last couple weeks, you and your neighbors are probably all heading out on the weekend to crank up the lawnmower. Even if you have been mowing the lawn for decades, you can probably be reminded of safety considerations and tips for just how short you should be cutting. Turns out not all lawns should be cut the same. Kentucky bluegrass, for example, should be cut to 1.5 to 2.5 inches, while Bentgrass should be at 0.25 to 0.75 inches. You can find more information on lengths for particular grasses by clicking here. In addition to knowing how short to cut your lawn, you should always keep in mind what you should do to stay safe while mowing. No matter whether …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
From blowing to boiling, here are instructions on how to get those eggs ready to wear their most colorful coats.
Here at Patch, we know that a great many of you will be boiling eggs this weekend and next week in preparation to celebrate Easter. For those of you who are going to color those eggs, we offered you an option to color those eggs in a marbelized pattern, which we think would work best if you were not going to eat them. We wanted to give you instructions on how to blow an egg the modern way. You will need a couple tools Wikihow.com has some great instructions on how to do this step-by-step with nails or pins. Tinkerlab has instructions for doing it with a hand drill and also some cool tips for how to keep the eggs from getting ruined while painting if you are using acrylic paint. And while we know that the art is the goal for some of you, we…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Patch solves the mystery with a variety of recipes to go with your corned beef main dish on Sunday.
My mom is a great cook. It is because of her and my grandmother that I am such a great cook. On Sunday, she will be cooking corned beef for St. Patrick's Day. I am guessing she will also take a stab at making gluten-free soda bread for me since I said I was coming. But there is a standard to the American version of the St. Paddy's meal that she wants nothing to do with - cabbage. I said I would bring the cabbage. I am confident that I can manage this. But I have a variety of approaches to take when cooking the vegetable. Cabbage is really high in nutrients and low in fat. It belongs to the same family of vegetables as bok choy and califlower. It's a great source of vitamin K according to the nutrition and you Web site. The first option is …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Professional Organizers urge that we organize our paperwork and now is the perfect time of year
Tax time is upon us and that is always a good time to clean out your files, says Beth Randall, owner of Joe Organizer, a Plainfield-based business. "It's a necessity to clear out your old files to make room for the new, unless of course you enjoy collecting filing cabinets to store all of it," she said in a written release. And as a professional organizer, Randall has a system that works well for her. "What I usually recommend is that you purchase an accordion file folder," she said. You can usually find these at local big box stores for less than $10. "Take all your 2012 papers and store them in the accordion file," she said. "I store the papers in alphabetical order. If it's the Comcast bill it goes under C, Nicor until N, etc. I …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
When your driveway and sidewalks are covered in white, there is a right way to get the snow off and keep it off.
With snow in the forecast throughout the week next week, there is a pretty good chance you will be back outside in snow boots and gloves with a shovel or snowblower. Patch has compiled some tips for you on how to best get the driveway and sidewalks clear. "You can use liquid floor wax on the shovel, which reduces the friction because it makes the shovel a slicker surface as you are scraping the shovel through the snow," Danny Lipford, the host of "Today's Homeowner told The Early Show. "It also keeps the snow from sticking to the shovel itself and that makes it less heavy when you're working. Waxing will also help keep it from rusting." Ehow recommends going out to your driveway before it snows and installing stakes at the edges of the …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Snow and Ice Management Association provided a list of tips to keep you safe while walking in snow and ice.
It seems kind of obvious. When the streets are slippery and cars slow down to avoid sliding, we need to pay more attention to the way in which we walk as well. "Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed," Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Executive Director of the Snow & Ice Management Association said in a written release. "Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person." When the ground is icy or slippery, there are things you can do that will lessen your probability of falling. Founded in 1996, the Snow & Ice Management Association is the nation's trade …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Here are some tips to help you keep warm, but have the ability to not be uncomfortable as the temperatures rise throughout the day.
We have all heard it, the best way to dress for the weather is in layers. But what does that even mean? Patch has put together some tips on how you can get through the don't-like-the-weather-wait-an-hour Chicagoland reality. When experts say to dress in layers, they ideally mean layers that serve specific purposes. According to weather.com, the first layer, closest to your skin, should serve to move moisture away. "This means the fibers will wick (move) moisture away from your skin and pass it through the fabric so it will evaporate," weather.com states. "This keeps you warm, dry and comfortable. You should look for synthetic or polyester fibers or as a natural alternative, silk. The second layer should serve to insulate. Sweaters, …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Here are some tips for being thrifty but creative this year.
For those of you paying attention, this coming Thursday is Feb. 14. And, in case you started the year with an undated planner, that means that Thursday is Valentine's Day. If you are celebrating with a loved one, that celebration does not have to be expensive. And, if you are celebrating with your own fabulous self this year, we have some ideas for that too. DON'T MISS THE LATEST JOLIET NEWS. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER FOR A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TAKE, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
Friday, February 8, 2013
This retro stereo cabinet is stripped and ready for a creative person to re-purpose it.
It's a stereo cabinate those of us who lived through the 70s are very familiar with. The poster has stripped it of its original contents and it is ready for your uses. In fact, the post on Craigslist gives suggestions for uses. For $40, the options are affordable.