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Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays
                               

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order.

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The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday

The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday
Holiday Craft Fair
Friday Dec. 2nd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
&
Saturday Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
@ the Lincoln Street Center Rockland's first indie craft show...
just in time for the holiday.

This will not be the church craft fair that you went to last year...trying to decide between the wooden geese, doilies and the rayon yarn vests in red and green.

This will be the juried creatives fair of Rockland, where artists, artisans, craftspeople, and foodies can sell their wares to folks who are looking for the perfect gift for friends, family and coworkers.  Maybe for themselves, too! 

We will be located in the gym of the Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln Street, with over 50 booths!

Questions?

Blueberry netting project.

Blueberry netting project.

About a year ago I planted out six blueberry bushes on our property.   With brand new plants you must be patient since you really are supposed to wait THREE YEARS before harvesting any blueberries.  We are just THICK with deer so to protect the plants I set up a small wire cage around each one.  Well now the plants are outgrowing the cages so I decided to build a larger structure that would protect the bushes from birds and deer.  I'm sort of experimenting here.  I don't really know of anyone else doing something quite like this.  My plan is to use large T-Posts that will hold up some heavy weight netting over the entire blueberry patch.  This netting will surely keep the birds away and my hope is it will deter the deer as well.  This is only part one of this project.  I don't have the netting yet.  I'll post results when I finish the project!

Homemade applesauce at Nate's KITCHEN!

Homemade applesauce at Nate's KITCHEN!

It's time to preserve more food!  This year's apple crop is just about to finish up so get into your kitchen and cook up some applesauce!  It's very easy to make and it really hits the spot with holiday ham or during those cold winter months.  This video is the first part in a multi-part video on my youtube channel NATE's KITCHEN which you can find by CLICKING HERE!  Enjoy!

Planting garlic for next year.

Planting garlic for next year.

Fall is the best time to plant your garlic crop for next year.  Garlic is a bulb which means that each little clove of garlic can produce a brand new BIG head of garlic with lots more little cloves for cooking!  The thing is a bulb needs a "wintering over", a cold period to set it's clock running.  Then in the spring when the earth gets to just the right temperature the bulbs begin to grow, just like a crocus or daffodil.  So the important thing to do is plan where you'd like to have your garlic patch for next year and then sow your garlic!  We planted these bulbs 4-6 inches apart and 2-3 inches down.  I should also mention that we have lots of heads of garlic in our basement from our harvest this year.  With proper storage techniques, ie. cool, dark and dry, we will have garlic right through the winter!