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IDEAS TO FALL FOR

And on a lighter note, Fall is here, and I love this time of year.

Those dog days of summer are over and it is time to start planning for cooler temperatures, Halloween, Turkey Day and that festive Holiday time. I am hoping to see some changing colors as I travel later in the week from New Mexico to California, although it just might be too early. Before I leave I thought I would share my checklist for fall.

  • BestHomeFashion.com    Stay warm and cozy, choose from a fantastic selection of faux fur and wool throws
  • mypotsandplanters.com  Bring some plants indoors for winter with great new pots – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49
  • bloomingbulb.com  Think about next year with fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF
  • wallpaperforwindows.com  Add privacy and/or decor to change up some windows
  • blindsexpress.com Add or replace some blinds and shades at discounted pricesFREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)
  • sunglasswarehouse.com  Enjoy new sunglasses in the winter sun with great styles – super pricesFREE SHIPPING on orders over $25 

And if your windows are dirty, you know me by now! HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. Those squeegee artists know what they are doing.

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Warm and Cozy

It must be cooling down. Cozy is starting to look so appealing!

SNAKESKIN 

Middle of September, and even though the temperatures here in the Land of Enchantment are still hitting 90 and above, I am thinking it may be time for some new throws. The dog that lives at my house seems to have taken over my favorite from the last two years. I love a good excuse! BestHomeFashion.com has a fantastic selection of faux fur and wool throws.

RABBIT FUR POM POM WOOL

 

FAUX MINK BLACK

These and more are all on sale right now for at least 20% off. And, shipping is FREE when you spend $50 or more. Great idea for holiday gift giving.

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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Shady Spectacles

 

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Blocking out the sun’s glare is almost as old as the sun itself. Exposure to UV light can increase the chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, conjunctival growths and certain cancers in the eye. New studies show that high altitude, mid-day exposure and some medications can make things worse. Why take that chance? Get some polarized protection at Sunglass WarehouseYou can buy them with prescription lenses, to wear over your normal glasses or just for fun. Even if you love to buy a top brand pair, having extras or substitutes is a great idea.  

Sunglass Warehouse is the place to visit!  You can get both protection and fashion. Their prices are so affordable you can have a pair handy anytime. Right now, they have many styles for under $20, and a code to use to get 15 % off your order. You will be amazed at the wide selection, and the options for protection and style. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25!

                                                           

        SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE

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BOGO 60 SHADES

Double meaning for sure! Yep, you can check out shades for your windows here at For Your Windows, but this announcement is for those shades on your eyes.

When we are outside the windows, and in the bright sunshine we need protection and fashion.  SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE’s prices are so affordable you can have a pair handy anywhere. Today only, they are discounting your second pair at 60% OFF!  You will be amazed at the wide selection, and the options for protection and style.

Whether you are working or having fun, choose the best windows for your eyes.

 

 

BOGO 60 is only good until midnight tonight (ET), so be sure to save today on already super low prices.

 

 

 

 

Buy one, get the 2nd one 60% off
Promo code: BOGO60
Ends: July 18th

SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE

Hundreds of styles and free shipping on US orders over $25.

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Planning For Fall

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So, I am convinced I brought the hot New Mexico weather to the Pacific Northwest. Here in Portland, it is probably going to have record breaking temperatures this weekend. The windows will be closed and the AC’s on for sure! However, it is not too soon to plan ahead for what you want to plant outside those windows this fall. I love crocuses. BloomingBulb has some great fall planting specials right now. Besides finding the bulbs you want, you can learn where to plant what, and when. Those pretty crocuses are on sale and the bulbs will get shipped to you in the fall, mid September or so.

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Think daffodils!

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Amaryllis too!

You will love their selection for fall, so plan ahead and take advantage of the great deals.

Meanwhile, I am hoping to see some pretty flowers, even in the heat, as I head up the Columbia River Gorge to an open house for the Girl Scout camp I spent a lot of time at many years ago-what memories.This should be an interesting adventure!

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Camp Wind Mountain (Arrowhead)

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For Your Windows Weather: HOT

 Bali Exterior Solar Roller Shade Lattice 5%

The heat is on! It has been reaching about 95 degrees so far this week here in Albuquerque.  Forecast states it will reach 108 in Phoenix today. Wherever you are, summer is here and you will have some hot weather now or soon. If you have windows that face south or west especially, you should consider some exterior solar shades from BlindsExpress.com.

Bali Exterior Solar Roller Shades Style Boxwood 5% and 7% openness

If you block the sun’s rays before they get to the window, deck or patio, you stop heat transference, and that keeps the inside cooler. Extra benefit is lower air-conditioning cost. You can get low or high openness (5% to 10%) depending on the specific situation. Even the 10% blocks out 90% of the harmful UV rays.

 

  Bali Exterior Solar Roller Shades Style Shoji 10% openness

The fabric on these effective solar shades is sun fade resistant, and they come with sturdy, stainless steel cord chains. Right now they are on sale for 15% off at BlindsExpress.com, and SHIPPING IS FREE!

Stay cool, protect belongings from sun damage and keep the costs down all at the same time! Check out all their selections for any shades or blinds.

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INSIDE OR OUTSIDE WINDOWS, GARDENIAS RULE!

My Gardenia plant, that sits inside my sunroom/office windows, took a rest for about a year, and now it is back manifesting lovely blooms.

The fragrance is wonderful, and I am looking forward to at least 10 more buds to open.

Here is the second one, just opened this morning.

I am grateful it blooms, since I have to remove spider mite often from it. Glad I did not toss it back when I first spotted the little buggers. It is also surviving fairly well in a very dry climate even though it thrives best in high humidity.

I did not know that gardenias are also known as cape jasmine. The gardenia is the national flower of Pakistan, and supposedly it was Freud’s favorite flower. Billie Holiday wore them in her hair as a sort of trademark. I used to wear them in my hair too, only I do not sing anywhere near as well.

Just a little more time and the hummers will be back too!  I love spring.

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WINDOWS WITHSTAND WHATEVER WEATHER

Whether the weather be fine,

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold,

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather,

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.

Author Unknown

I have been rolling up my sleeves lately and working to help schedule work for my favorite window cleaning company here in Albuquerque, My Window Man. It might have just a little to do with the company being owned by family. To get the year started out with a boost we are offering a discount to repeat customers. The weather has been incredible, up until today’s windy presence.  We have had cool, but sunny New Mexico skies – perfect for window cleaning.

That condition does not stop customers from questioning the weather. I get amused when I look at their past notes from May or August and it says, “Call me when it is not so windy” or “I will call you when it is not so hot.” I am pleasant with them of course, but weather is weather whenever.

If you windows are dirty, don’t hesitate to hire a professional to clean them in the winter. Cool crisp winter days look better with clean windows.

And, it is always a good time to check out cheap  discounted window covering at For Your Windows.

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WINTER WINDOWS

I could say I have been trying to thaw out this week. That certainly is what the fish in the pond outside my window have been doing.  The birdies have been walking on the frozen water every morning.

We had some record cold temperatures here in NM this past week.

It has been fun observing the persistence those window washers across the nation have when the weather turns cold and snowy. Trust me, they are all ready and willing to do their job, which is to make your windows sparkle.

Don’t let the weather stop you from getting yours clean for the holidays. Your window washer will appreciate you!

And, if you are missing your hummingbirds like I am, and want to see windows they are still outside of, be sure to check out the  live Phoebe Web Cam in Southern  California. The first babies of the season are fun to watch. One hatched yesterday, and the other just might today, so visit often.

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