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Coyote Talk

September 6, 2013

The Mount Kisco Public Library is hosting an educational talk about Coyotes – check it out
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Old Swing Sets

August 24, 2013

playset 002It was finally time to say goodbye to the old Swing Set. It hadn’t been used in years except for the occasional guest that came over with young
kids. I tried to find a new home for it but had no luck. I asked a
friend to help me take it down so I could bring it to the dump.

152As we were dismantling it I started to see the swing set in a whole new light. I realized that I could re- use and re-purpose portions of the set.
I used the deck as a platform to store my garden equipment and snow
blower. This was perfect because it keeps it off the ground (and helps
keep the weeds down).

153My friend took the ladder to use for his kids Tree
House and I was left with the perfect structure to build a raised garden
bed. I left the posts so I can construct a fence to keep the animals
out.

I will use as compost this year to get the soil ready for next years
planting season. In early spring I will throw a tarp over it and use it
as a greenhouse to start my seeds

Coyotes in Kisco – Oh My

August 7, 2013

Recently there has been a lot of press about the Coyote attacks in Mt. Kisco. Honestly, I think the coverage is a little over the top. I have had many friends and relatives warning me to be careful with my two small dogs. I assure them that I am always careful and check the backyard first before letting them out and I always keep my eye on them; not because of a coyotes but because of Skunks! Coyotes are more common then we think. This is not the first time we have seen attacks in Mt. Kisco but there is no need for panic. The coyote sightings and attacks are nothing new (please see the following post  http://bestofkisco.com/2011/09/26/coyote-attacks-dog-in-mt-kisco/   )

Coyote     I guess it has been a slow news week because this story is on every station. I feel for the families that have lost a pet but let’s not scare every pet owner and family with small children. There is a great informational website that discusses wild animals like Coyotes – www.wilddog.org They have great pictures like the one used in this post.

Lice Oh My

August 1, 2013

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Oh those words can still send shivers down my spine. These words have been heard by Moms from all over at one time or another. You know what I am talking about Head Lice! I can remember the first time I heard my daughter utter those words “I think I have Lice”; this coming from a Kindergartner. Luckily I dodged a bullet – It seems that she had just watched an episode of Arthur and D.W had a bad case of Head Lice. You know it is just the suggestion of Lice that gets you to start scratching your head (I know many of you are scratching now).

My luck didn’t last; a few years later we were invaded by the head buggers. I was lulled into a false sense of security thinking that my daughter was protected because of her tight curly hair – WRONG. Although Lice prefer straight hair (because it is easier for them to lay their eggs) they are opportunists and will infest any kind of hair. I quickly found out everything I could about these buggers and the best way to prevent and rid my family of them. A few weeks ago I got a call from a friend who uttered the words ‘I think I have a situation’; I knew immediately what she meant. So here is what I told her

  1. Chemicals or no chemicals – I opted for a holistic shampoo to kill the live lice. It was a salt based product.
  2. To get rid of the eggs I used a metal lice comb (you can also use a flea comb that you can purchase in the pet section of any store)
  3. I combed out my daughters hair 3 times a day. I first applied hair conditioner to make the combing easier. Then I parted the hair into sections.
  4. The more you comb the better – If you can damage any part of the lice by combing they will die.
  5. No need to apply pesticide to rugs or furniture – Lice die when not attached to a host between 24 – 36 hours.
  6. Lice have a 21 day life cycle – so plan on doing this for 3 weeks from the last day you see a live Louse.
  7. Wash everything from linens to stuffed animals. Anything that can’t be washed I put in plastic bags and shoved in the hot attic for a few days.
  8. I vacuumed rugs and furniture – no need for pesticides because they can’t live long off the host. lice combs

I hope you never have to deal with Lice – but here are some tips I use to try to avoid any re-infestation.

  1. The obvious – no sharing of combs or hats – now that summer is here extend this to swim caps and goggles.
  2. Don’t share head phones
  3. I bring a sweatshirt to the movies and drape it on the back of the seat.
  4. sleepover – bring your own pillow and or sleeping bag.
  5. For all sports I would invest in purchasing your child their own helmets.

Enjoy the summer and here’s hoping that you never have to experience Lice first hand.

What are you doing this weekend

July 26, 2013

GIFlogoColorSmall Looking for something to do this weekend that is family friendly – then get to Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mt Kisco to experience Shakespeare in the Sanctuary. Four performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented. Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at 7, Saturday, July 27, at 2, and Sunday, July 28, at 1. The sanctuary’s 640-acre grounds will open 1-1/2 hours before each performance for picnicking, and strolling jugglers will help get audience members in the spirit of the play. Tickets are $20 ($17.50 for Westmoreland members) and should be purchased in advance.

If Shakespeare is not your cup of tea, how about Saturday movies at the Mt. Kisco Public Library – Saturday 1 to 3 The Hobbit.

Bedford Central School Dist. Budget VOTE

May 21, 2013

untitledPlease get out tomorrow and VOTE for the 2013/2014 school budget. You can vote at your local Elementary School from 7 am to 9 pm. It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a home (and you only rent) or if you don’t have any kids - the budget effects everyone ! If you need additional information please check out the Districts website.

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We Buy Homes ‘CASH’

May 12, 2013

       They’re back! Once again these’ homes for cash’ signs have popped up  in Mt Kisco?  Would you really trust the sale of your property to someone who can’t even splurge for a couple of professionally printed signs? In fact it looks like they left out the word ‘For’ in the sign , or maybe they just didn’t have enough ‘Cash’ for a bigger sign – who knows? I would love to hear from anyone who has used these guys.

Selling your home is one of the biggest investments you will make  and  should be left to a professionals ( like myself ) who has the knowledge needed to get the job done right (and licensed). According to a study done by HomeGain in August 2012, Home sellers are more than twice as likely to get their home sold if they use a Realtor and for more money than if they try to sell it themselves.

If you are thinking about buying or selling your home I urge you to call a professional . Check out my  website at www.FindAHouseNow.net  I happen to work for a great agency, why not check us out  www.JudyJohnsonRealEstate.com   ‘A Complete Moving Experience’ . The market has definitely changed in Westchester and it is a great time to sell. If you are looking to buy interest rates are still at record low rates. Don’t hesitate any longer make the move, just be sure to use a professional.

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