Home 'n' hearth
John Ford reports one Beacon Hill house under agreement recently failed its home inspection because the granite counter tops in the kitchen were emitting more than the safe amount of radon.
Jenn Martinelli, late of Beacon Hill and Fenway, is learning to love her new digs in East Boston:
... In the Fenway and Beacon Hill there were always ambulances and police cars and fire engines screaming past. We're in a quiet residential neighborhood now and have heard no such thing.
Photos of a house being moved from one street to another in Wellesley.
Does anyone here know what this plant is?
Karen Wise explains why her entire family is now getting rabies shots, not that she knows for a fact that the bat that was flying around in her house was rabid, since her husband let it fly out, when, as they now know, you're supposed to trap it somehow and let Animal Control test it for rabies.
William provides the blow-by-blow for his neighbor's re-reroofing project, which he started today:
... Luckily I had a huge tarp to add to Josh's collection and the guys frantically started to cover up the house. This was no easy job. Check out the driving rain and the look of grit determination on Bill's face. They got it covered up in short time and now it looks like some of the houses from back home in the Ozark Mountains. ...
It seems that the local food movement has grown by leaps and bounds in and around Boston. More and more people are buying local produce and meat through CSA's and farmer's markets. This week on Radio Boston, we'll visit a young farmer in Western Massachusetts, and hear from the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture with the Obama Administration, Kathleen Merrigan, a longtime advocate for sustainable agriculture in New England. Tune in or comment at www.radioboston.org.
Ian and Lis have squirrels living in their walls - or maybe something else:
... "Listen," she said.
Adorable chirrups and purrs were coming from the walls.
"We've got a tribble infestation."
Just ask Be, who planted a bunch in her front yard yesterday.
The New England Home Show opens in Boston this week, and there's renewed interested in green technology. What have you done to reduse your carbon footprint? Have you "green converted" your home, and how? Check us out at www.radioboston.org.
Eileen begins to ponder purchasing some boa constrictors for her apartment. Before it comes to that, however, she dons her Ninja hazmat suit and declares all out war on the vermin in her vicinity.
Charting mouse elimination.
Nathanael graphs his efforts at de-mousing his place.
I find it hard
It’s hard to find
oh well whatever
Contribute your our own word play or someone else's. Have at it.
John Ford posts fourth-quarter apartment-rent numbers for Boston.
Note to self: Next time you open your bedroom window and use a loose bedpost to knock down some of the two-to-four-foot-long icicles hanging from your front gutter because you and the kidlet think that might be cool, you might want to let the wife, sitting downstairs watching TV, know first so she doesn't think the house is under attack or something. But at least I proved to the kidlet that just because I'm going to do something stupid (i.e., use a loose bedpost to knock down giant icicles), it doesn't mean I'm going to do something really stupid (i.e. lose my grip on the loose bedpost and then have to go outside and navigate the three feet of snow in the front yard to retrieve it or, even better, listen to it bounce off one of the shrubs and crash into a living-room window).
As a J.P. resident, the short walk down Boylston St. to the Stony Brook T stop becomes treacherous during the winter because several neighbors rarely clear away snow and ice from the narrow sidewalk in front of their homes.
I know it's a pain to shovel. I'm a condo owner in one of J.P.'s triple deckers, and we share shoveling duties. It's no fun, but we do a decent job of it. These folks, however, don't even make the effort. Perhaps there are extenuating circumstances, but in any event it's a genuine safety hazard.
Well...you won't have much to choose from. While Back Bay was formerly made up almost completely of single family homes, over the past 30 years this has dramatically changed. It started with landlords converting many of these into multi-family apartment homes and more recently with developers converting them to multi-unit luxury condos.