When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they’d built and tended for years. It was brimming with elegant plants, fish and its own ecosystem.
Flooring America of Chandler and Almost Home Boxer Rescue is thrilled with the response of its Pets for Patriots promotion and would like to thank all its customers. A portion of all August sales have been given to Almost Home Boxer Rescue, a local Ahwatukee rescue and Pets for Patriots Rescue.
Due to last Monday’s huge storm, it actually rained on the inside of our house for awhile. Water found a way between floors and began to stream through the ceiling on the first floor while leaving soggy carpet in the room directly above. And I had just been feeling confident because our pool hadn’t overflowed.
Dear Claudia: My husband and I decided to replace the flooring in the second level of our two-story house. We are having a hard time choosing from hardwood, engineered wood floors, laminates, bamboo, ceramic tile (wood like) and vinyl (wood like). Which flooring do you recommend?
When East Valley residents are looking for a brief getaway to decompress and escape the sweltering summer heat, they usually turn their eyes northward to the cooler climes of Prescott, Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim. However, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they chose to ignore our neighbor to the south.
Wednesday Catdams — creatively named after Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family — is a beautiful, all black 4-month-old kitten, until you catch her in the sunlight. That’s when you can see faint tabby stripes on her legs and tail. She has pretty eyes and a fun, energetic personality. She is long and lean, and she loves to play and jump and run. Unfortunately, she doesn’t show well at the PetSmart adoption center and is not happy there; as a result she seems like the fiercest, most unfriendly kitten around, when the opposite is the truth. She is a love bug when she is comfortable with her surroundings, she just needs time to get there. She is slow to accept other cats and kittens too, but when she does, she loves them unconditionally. She loves to play with fingers and toes and is always on guard for the under the sheets toys. She has accepted all of the fosters and older cats in her foster home. When tired, she likes to cuddle with her fellow cat friends or stretch out on a comfy bed or blanket. At night she contentedly lays by her human companions. She has impeccable litter box manners, loves her floor scratchers and scratching posts, carpet and sisal (rope). Can you give Wednesday a second chance at a new life?
Homeowners association members and board members alike may learn something useful at the HOA Legislative Update meeting hosted by the city of Phoenix from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. The meeting will be held at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., in the lecture room on the fourth floor.
Where do central Arizonans go for a quick, out-of-state escape? Families with younger kids often go west to San Diego, hedonists south to Rocky Point, Mexico, and those who like to be active in mountains and canyons can go north to Moab, Utah, a kind of Disneyland for the outdoorsy set.
If you haven’t been to a Justin Timberlake concert, warning: Nobody sits down! The 33-year-old really is a triple threat. He can sing, dance and act, and he brings it all to one spectacular stage in “The 20/20 Experience” tour. One minute he’s dancing and singing, the next he’s sitting at a white baby grand or out in the audience performing on a smaller stage with his guitar.
One-year-old Crosby is an incredibly handsome little guy with bold orange markings and striking orange eyes. This sweet boy is very friendly yet charmingly shy at the same time. He warms up quickly though and turns into a total pushover once he knows you’re there to pet him or ring the dinner bell. Crosby is a very affectionate guy who loves one-on-one time with his people. When he wants attention, he’ll rub against you and softly head butt you to say hello. Purring commences immediately upon being petted, especially if the petting includes ear rubs and chin scratches. He also enjoys being brushed. His purr motor gets even louder when he scores the opportunity to snuggle in your lap. Whether he’s lying next to you, on you, or being held, Crosby will be content because he is with you. Hugs, kisses and conversation suit him just fine as well. He is quite curious — a trait that marries up quite nicely to the fact that Crosby loves playtime. He will play with just about anything you offer him. Dangle a toy mouse or stuffed toy in front of him and he’ll take it away from you only to bat it across the floor until he once again captures it and bunny kicks it into submission. Crosby is also a fan of swizzle and feather wands, taking great delight in capturing them and proudly dragging them to his lair. Attach a stuffed toy to the end of a wand and it is the best of both worlds— Crosby will skid across the room and fly through the air in his efforts to capture the toy. Crosby gets along well with other friendly kitties and enjoys their companionship.
Modern features, customizable options and reduced maintenance are among the many reasons most Americans — twice as many to be exact — would prefer purchasing a new home rather than an existing home, according to the latest online survey from Trulia, a leading online residential real estate site. Of the more than 2,000 survey respondents interviewed last spring, 41 percent said they’d prefer buying a new home, whereas only 21 percent would choose an existing home. The remaining 38 percent of respondents had no preference.
Books are written to help readers change their perspective on life, to go after their dreams, and to help shape us all to become the people we are going to ultimately become someday. They are written to help us learn about the past, give us insight to current events, and to prepare us for the future. When children are given a book, they are given a key to another world that will help expand their mind and start to show them what their interests are. And what better place to exercise their creativity than by that of a bookstore.
Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.
With the average age of our properties here in Ahwatukee at around 20 years there seems to be a shift in what is most important to buyers out here looking to purchase. Ten years ago interior upgrades like granite counter tops, newer fixtures and flooring were on top of most buyers list when searching for a home. Top of the radar these days are big-tickets items that have reached their life span like roofs and air condition units. Another non-cosmetic item high on the list is energy efficiency such as newer windows and solar equipment.
Clean ‘n Fresh Cleaning Service, LLC, a business specializing in commercial office cleaning and carpet cleaning in Ahwatukee, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald