Remember when you could stroll down the lighting aisle when you needed a bulb and grab a couple of sixty-watts without even thinking about it? Those were the days! But times have changed. How many times over the past couple of years have you found yourself in that same aisle, scratching your head, puzzling over the myriad of confusing selections that are now available? It’s confusing. We know.
Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
It’s about time to start digging out those boxes of Christmas lights out from the basement or attic and begin the process of untangling years worth of knots. If your strands are starting to get stiff or, conversely, the braids are starting to unravel, it’s time to think about new lights. Odds are that most of your older lights are electricity-guzzling incandescents, so it’s time to make the switch to LEDs.
Let’s talk Maryland weather. The last two years notwithstanding, our winters tend to be fairly mild. That’s the upside. On the downside, our summers are brutally hot and humid with a great deal of rain from mid-May to late June. The grass is green as green can be, and gardens thrive. But then, the waterworks stop. From July through mid-September, Maryland enters a dry season. And that’s when things get dicey.
Maryland crab season starts in early spring which is fine if you like small, anemic crabs who have just groggily crawled out of the muck from their long winter snooze. Long-time residents know July is when the crabs start to get good and heavy. However, unless you’re not willing to fork out a substantial chunk of change for a bushel of crabs, you should consider catching them yourself. It’s easier than you think.
We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which is unusual for Maryland this time of year. Usually we’d be experiencing Maryland’s annual summer drought and we would be giving you watering tips. But not this year. That is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not lugging hoses all over the yard in the sweltering heat. But all the moisture, coupled with humidity and heat, can introduce a host of diseases and pests into your garden.
Decks made of composite materials have gained in popularity in recent years because, although they cost more to build, they are low-maintenance and last a long time. However, many people still have a wood deck and/or prefer the look and feel of a classic wood deck--which does take a bit of work every year. Even if your deck is just a few years old, it's a good idea to start a routine now to increase its lifespan.
Sure winter has its up side. There's skiing and...um...well we're sure there are a bunch of other things that winter is good for. But winter is NOT good for your hardwood or laminate floors. The salt and ice melt used on roads and sidewalks can scratch and dull your floor over the course of one minor snowstorm.