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WHOSE FEEDER IS THIS ANYWAY?

I can usually find ways to keep ants away from the hummingbird feeders. But, I have not figured out how to stop the woodpeckers from checking them out. This one, and ones like him, enjoy taking over the feeders whenever they feel like it. Probably is a lot easier than pecking away at the bark of a tree to find sap. As I was shooting a few pictures, a hummer tried to visit. After all, it is her feeder, or at least it was. There is tree just a few feet away in the front yard, but Mr Woodypants chose to sit on the feeder for at least 5 minutes.

If you enjoy watching the birds outside your windows like I do, consider heading over to myPotsandPlanters.comThey have some great bird feeders.

 

EDWARDIAN

Marked down to $44.95 from $64.95

Beautifully detailed feeder welcomes a variety of songbirds

Outer cage excludes squirrels and large birds

Fill with any type of bird seed

Powder-coated steel, aluminum alloy, polycarbonate ​

9-1/2″ in diameter x 14″ H (not including hanger)

Weighs 2 lbs.

           Holds 3-1/2 cups of seed

And, I love this bird bath! Those frogs are adorable.

ARCADIA TRADITIONAL

    Marked down from $99.95 to $84.95

Creates a relaxing atmosphere on your patio, deck, balcony or in your garden

Constructed of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)

Has an olive green finish

Water capacity of approximately 1.5 Gal.

1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $49

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The Green Mess


 

Considering I live in New Mexico, where it can look brown and dry a lot, seeing all this green as I look outside my sunroom/office window is sort of refreshing. Our pond is overrun with water lilies. About 5 years ago a fellow bought almost all of them from us to put in a new housing development. As you can see, it did no permanent damage. I think I need to promote that happening again soon! Yes, there are fish trying to swim amidst that green mess. And, there are even flowers hiding somewhere. I did manage to get a pose from one of them.

 

Things to do:

             Remove many lilies as soon as possible.

             Find the fish.

             Head back over to myPotsandPlants.com to shop for pond and fountain goodies.

They have some amazing creatures to keep the fish and lilies company.

Hanna, the Hippo Spitter

Or how about …

Quack, The Duck

These two are only an example of the great selection of accessories you will find at myPotsandPlants.com. My work is cut out for me, and I will be sure to blog any progress.  Watch out Green Mess! Here I come.

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LEAPING INTO SPRING

I just might be one of the only bloggers who did not blog on February 29th as we began a year of “leaping” over the day we would normally be on during most years. I thought about addressing the issue, but decided to wait until March arrived.

Ah…March is here, and even if we have wind (we do today)  or a slight snow storm, I am delighted. The fish in my pond act like they want food, but I will wait until a bit later to start feeding them again. Then, it will be time to bring out the hummingbird feeders. 

Springtime means sprucing up the backyard and the windows. Inside you might need curtains or blinds. Outside maybe some solar shades. For Your Windows can help you with a lot of window related issues. Check out the Outside Your Windows page that offers greenhouses and bird feeders. 

Wouldn’t this be fun to visit in your own backyard?

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PAMPERING THE PLANTS AND BIRDIES

For Your Windows is proud to announce the addition of Outside Your Windows!

I could no longer hold back. I just happen to spend a good portion of my time in my sun room office. It has no quality cheap window coverings (those adorn windows in other rooms of my home), just usually clean windows. I like my windows clean so I can see out of them to enjoy the plants and birds. It seems only fitting to offer products that compliment those pleasures.

Please visit the new department and let me know what you think.

One of the Bird Feeders.

A Greenhouse Selection

Make sure you check out all the new selections. There is something for everyone.

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STICKY NOTES PLEASE

Yesterday, I attended a fun workshop called No BS Marketing Power Circle. I enjoyed it mostly because it did a great job of mixing new and old strategies to promote a business. The topic at this meeting was Informational Marketing.

I still get amazed at how easy it is to get information out these days with social networking, blogs, online videos and even our cell phones. Now we have the power to impart great data to millions within minutes.

Don’t mind me for seeming naively impressed, but when you recall what seems to be yesterday that it took a week or more to turn around a advertising flyer. And then, in the 90’s we could actually burn a CD to hand to someone. Wow, that was really cool.

Technology…information…wonder what is next tomorrow. Rolling right in to giving you some. Glenn, that window expert I have been married to for 34 years, took these before and after pics at an installation yesterday. I really like the view outside the doors, but the customer wanted some privacy too. 

Then, we have the after picture.

These are the Hunter-Douglas Architella cellular shades he installed. Not only are they attractive, they insulate well and qualify the customer for a tax-rebate.

Amazing to be able to use a cell phone (with a camera), a computer and a blog to present information in a matter of minutes. So tell me, why do I have an old-fashioned, file folder, that says For Your Windows, with sticky notes all over it, on my desk?

Guess I still like that blend of old and new.

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QUITE THE INVENTION

Today I want to highlight a story from my hometown of Portland, the West Coast one, that my brother sent me. Thanks Mike, for seeing something about windows and thinking of me. You are better than a Google Alert in my email and a lot easier to hug.

An innovative fellow up there has invented a really neat way to insulate windows, especially ones that you would not want to modify appearance-wise, like those that have historical value. And, Portland has a lot of those. Right now, they are only available in the Portland area, but we might have to push for him to expand. His solution means not having to replace windows for energy reasons, and that means it is much less cost.

We founded our first window cleaning business in Portland, and a lot of people had storm windows still, and thermals were not as effective then either. I visualize this new business having great success and even expanding to other places. The window cleaner who lives with me (husband,Glenn) agrees.

Check out this article and see just how cool this is.  Meet INDOW WINDOWS!

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ALMOST NEVER DISAPPEARS

It sure is nice that glass is one of the easiest things to recycle. Now if we would all do it, that would be even better. Did you know  that glass takes between 1 and 2 million years to decompose, or maybe even longer, but who cares once you get to the first million. This is compared to plastic, which in landfill can take up to 1000 years, and to aluminum which will maybe do it 80 to 200 years.

Glass is mostly made of sand. The recycling process involves breaking it into small pieces called “cullet” and then melting it down to reshape into something new. This can be done over and over with the same glass. Black obsidian glass from volcanos has probably been around as long as Earth itself. Bottom line, glass may transform, but it isn’t going to disappear.

This old bottle is doing some transforming with a little color .

The process for recycling glass is easier on the environment than the manufacturing of new glass, which is one of the main reasons to recycle glass. Keep in mind that just reusing glass containers solves this problem too.  Start the new year out with recycling or reusing glass containers. If you throw them out  they may come back to haunt you  a couple million years from now.

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WARM ME UP PLEASE

The New Year blasted in with an amazing, close to record breaking, cold front here in New Mexico. I have skipped my morning walk for a few mornings because if it is not at least 20 degrees, it is not fun. We put extra blankets on the bed and the heater went off at least once, if not twice, in the middle of the night even though it is set at 60 overnight. I guess 9 degrees outside triggers that. I finally ventured out for the first time in two days to go get a few grocery items. I never warmed up inside the store, my hands were freezing, and the woman checking my groceries said that the money taking machines are even stubborn in the cold. They managed to get some of mine, however.

Did you know that the cellular shades we offer at For Your Windows will not only help direct light, but they also are very effective for insulation. The site shows you the single cell shades, and you can also get double or triple through our Special Order page. The fellow I am married to says that the single cell are almost as good as the double for this purpose, so that might save a little on the budget.

And, while you are here visiting, be sure to check out something I do when I am not blogging about windows: Colorful Cloths. I suppose they would provide a colorful way to clean you windows, but if you are like I am, you will use these for the kitchen and  hire a professional to clean the windows.

Hope you are keeping warm and cozy.

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ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT

I have mentioned previously here that you might want to take advantage of the window replacement tax credit available until the end of the year. You can receive up to a $1500 credit on your 2010 taxes for specific home improvement issues, window replacement being one of them.

Here are the qualifications:

Qualifying for the Tax Credit Program is Simple:

  • Purchase energy efficient qualifying windows/doors from Window World, and keep your sales receipt as well as the NFRC/ENERGYSTAR labels.
  • Have your windows/doors installed anytime between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
  • Using your sales receipt and ENERGYSTAR proof of purchase labels, claim the tax credit on your tax filing for the 2010 tax year.

You can only get a maximum of $1500 no matter what type of improvement you do that qualifies. You can use this for window treatments as well, as long as they are the kind that meet the requirements. For Your Windows offers those at our SPECIAL ORDER page on our site. They are manufactured by Hunter-Douglas and they the only ones that meet the requirements for a tax credit.

You better hurry if you want to take advantage of this. It ends in a little over 2 weeks!

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YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

That is certainly what I keep reminding myself anyway. I was a literature major in college, and the book You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe, often comes to mind, especially since I do not live in the town I grew up in. That novel deals with growing up and learning to depend on yourself. Fortunately, I have never felt like going back home was a problem. I always enjoy returning to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. However, I have to admit, I love having the never-ending blue sky that New Mexico offers, and Portland forgets at times.

It seems like I have not been home forever. I cannot believe it has been 4 years, and that is a record for me. I am definitely looking forward to visiting this coming April.

If you live in Portland, or in the surrounding area, and your main window coverings consist of cobwebs, maybe you should consider a good cleaning over the holiday season. I know just the place if you want your home cleaned perfectly.

Sparkling Palaces is an eco-friendly housecleaning service ready to take pride in making your palace sparkle for sure. Whether you want a one time deep cleaning or an ongoing plan, they are ready to provide you great service.

After you get the cobwebs out of there, check out some Window Wallpaper! Great ideas for the holidays too!

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