Home 'n' hearth

By - 7/26/09 - 4:20 pm

Does anyone here know what this plant is?


By - 6/22/09 - 9:08 pm

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.

By - 6/22/09 - 7:49 pm

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. ...

By - 6/11/09 - 11:53 am

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.

By - 5/27/09 - 10:50 am

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."

By - 4/8/09 - 8:04 am

Just ask Be, who planted a bunch in her front yard yesterday.

By - 2/26/09 - 9:32 am

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.

By - 2/19/09 - 8:15 am

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.

By - 2/11/09 - 11:38 am

Nathanael graphs his efforts at de-mousing his place.

By - 2/5/09 - 1:38 pm

I find it hard
It’s hard to find
oh well whatever
ne-ever mind

Contribute your our own word play or someone else's. Have at it.

By - 1/26/09 - 9:14 am

John Ford posts fourth-quarter apartment-rent numbers for Boston.

By - 1/23/09 - 10:12 am

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).

By - 1/10/09 - 1:52 pm

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.

By - 1/8/09 - 4:10 pm

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.

By - 12/30/08 - 3:34 pm

I got a thank-you note today for a Christmas tip, from the person who delivers the Globe! This was so unusual that I wanted to post it - there is still great service out there.

I also got a typed-up note saying that she would not be delivering the paper for a couple of days, but someone else would, and it included a phone number to call in case of any problem with delivery.

She also delivers the paper right to the front step, every morning, even during the awful weather we had last week. (I really love having the paper delivered.)

Ho ho ho to those who go that way today! Hope everone wasn't up too late last night wrapping or celebrating, especially if you have kids.

Happy Chanuka to those who celebrate for more nights than just one. Adam Sandler's classic has been getting a lot of airplay lately; I heard it twice in one morning, I think on the same station (hmmm, did Mix's playlists change dramatically when Lander went, or is that just my imagination?).

Joyous Winter Solstice for those who are thankful the sun has come back to us, a little more each day.

By - 12/21/08 - 10:29 pm

I need to build a "staircase" for my three-legged cat to get up to my couch; he's no longer able to jump up more than 3-4 inches.* I'm using phone books right now, but they're pretty slippery.

An old set of encyclopedias would be perfect; they're large, they're hardcover, and they have a nice grippable surface. Does anyone have a set that's too old to bother giving to schools, but too new to be a Valuable Antique?

By - 12/16/08 - 9:31 am

Kevn McCrea explains how that could happen - basically, commericial property values are plummeting even faster than residential ones:

The result is that residential taxes will rise, perhaps substantially, even if home values continue to deteriorate in 2009. Successful lawsuits from owners of larger commercial properties may exacerbate the shift of tax liability from commercial properties to residential properties in 2010 and beyond.

Because, remember: Prop. 2 1/2 only limits the total amount of money a city can take in in property taxes, not how much an individual property owner pays.