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Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

Smart Design With Suzette: Countertops – Granite vs. Quartz

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50pm

Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. Research says that for most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces. If you, too, have whittled it down to granite or quartz, here’s a quick way to learn all about their pros and cons.

Granite
Pro: It has longevity. Granite has had staying power. It is time-tested and has universal appeal.

How The Hen House Turns: The Mind Of Chickens

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50am
Cary Neeper. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As our girls were growing up in our ¾ acres above Walnut Canyon, we came to know many chickens.  The first hen, Peeky, hatched an only child, Peeper. He became a sensitive gentle person, a lovely gamecock whose caring behavior echoed his upbringing.
 
He also was a patient playmate for our youngest daughter. She carried him, 3-inch spurs and all, in her arms and dressed him up for the pet parade with no struggle. His quiet acceptance spoke volumes about trust between species.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

on March 17, 2017 - 7:43am

A St. Patrick's Day religious procession in March of 2010 in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, where Saint Patrick is said to be buried. Photo by Ardfern

COMMUNITY News:

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held March 17, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland. Courtesy image

Saint Patrick's Day was made an

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
By MARYBETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
 
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

NNMHGG Supports Life-Skills Classes At YMCA

on March 12, 2017 - 7:14am
Española YMCA Teen Center honored as Non-profit of the Year. Courtesy photo
 

Courtesy photo
 
YMCA News:
 
ESPANOLA  A group of youth, looking like EMTs, hands on the motor, hover around a motorcycle. They are in the Automotive Class at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Nearby, others move through Tae Kwon Do forms on the Center’s outdoor basketball court.
 
Con Alma’s Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group (NNMHGG) has awarded a $13,000 grant this year to the Española YMCA Teen Center in support of healthy activities for youth, mentoring support and connecting youth to health

Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Four Current Trends Impacting Insurance

on March 10, 2017 - 8:29am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Car insurance. Does it seem like it’s a bigger drain on your wallet than before? It very well could be. Just look at these four trends that may be contributing to higher costs:

More new cars with more advanced features: Today’s drivers have a healthy appetite for new cars, and most of the vehicles are laden with technology. That makes them expensive to repair or replace after an accident.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Slow Down Dinner!

on March 10, 2017 - 7:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Early in your career dinner-time is pretty much the same as happy hour—you look forward to leaving work, relaxing with friends and family, and then enjoying a sociable meal.

After you start having children, dinner-time, formally known as happy hour becomes unhappy hour. For decades now I have called it arsenic hour but I am no longer sure if this is an original thought or if I have plagiarized it from someone—it has just been so long.

If you have babies, dinner preparation time coincides perfectly with the ideal hours for colic.

National Puppy Day March 23

on March 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
WELLNESS News:
 
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more.

2017’s Property Taxes By State―WalletHub Study

on March 5, 2017 - 10:11am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Each year, the average American household spends $2,149 on real-estate property taxes plus another $402 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.
 
With such high costs, it’s no surprise that about $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. 

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Property Taxes by State report, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Shamless

on March 2, 2017 - 10:33am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I have been married nearly 25 years. When you are in a relationship for that long, over time you learn and accept there are some fundamental differences in expectations.

In order to keep the peace long-term, many times your only option is to agree to disagree. I think it is important to pick and choose your battles carefully – choose wisely when to stand your ground, when to give some space, or when to let go entirely.

Letting go can be hard because it may mean giving up something that feels important or means a lot to you, or maybe it just appears to be

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Arrange Flowers Like A Pro

on February 27, 2017 - 9:18am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
I am a lover of flowers; ever since I was a little girl, I would bring in cut lilacs from our property and arrange them throughout the house.
 
As I grew, wherever I moved, I made sure to have flowers planted that I could cut and bring in.
 
I always loved how cheery they made a room feel. I would have to say my favorite flowers are lilacs, gardenias, white roses, peonies and lily of the valley.
 
Lily of the Valley flower arrangement. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
 
When working with fresh flowers, something wonderful happens.

Lecture Explores Pictorial Traditions Of Kiowa People

on February 24, 2017 - 7:33am
Untitled (Deer, man and stream). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Ca. 1897. Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55172.; Untitled (Boy and porcupine in tree). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55173. Courtesy photo
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is presenting a lecture exploring pictorial traditions of the Kiowa during the period of radical change in the plains Indian life and culture.
 
The lecture is 10 a.m. to noon, March 11 at the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.
 

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

How The Hen House Turns: Anthropomorphism Or Not?

on February 22, 2017 - 7:49am
BY CARY NEEPER
Former Los Alamos Resident
 
There's a very fine line to be drawn between anthropomorphizing animals and discovering who they really are.
 
I've been delighted by animal stories all my life—like Lassie Come Home, even Charlotte's Web. I also have been fascinated by anecdotal tales of dolphins rescuing drowning humans and dogs saving lives with their acute sense of smell.
 
Lately, these past 15 or 20 years, I have been relieved to read that ethologists, students of animal behavior, now recognize and are studying animals' checkered experiences of emotion and

McQuiston: Replacement Cost Value Versus Market Value ... What’s the Difference?

on February 19, 2017 - 7:44am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Many homeowners often wonder why the limit on their homeowner’s insurance policy is more than the market value of their home. In some cases, there can be a drastic difference between what you recently paid for your home versus how much insurance coverage you have. It’s just a way for the insurance company to get more premium, right?

Not quite! Keep in mind that market value and replacement cost value are two completely different things.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

on February 18, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Listen

on February 9, 2017 - 7:39am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

This Week: Listen

I hear my husband come through the front door.

“Hey ya!” I hear him shout cheerfully. “How ya’ been? Did you have a good day?” I can hear the smile in his voice.

I do not respond. This is because I know he is talking to our dogs. He is far more effusive when talking to our dogs than when talking to me. I have come to expect this, and accept this. I am guessing that when he enters the house, if I were to eagerly rush up to him while wiggling my butt with unbridled enthusiasm, he would probably speak to me with a little more exuberance.

How The Hen House Turns: More About Horses

on February 4, 2017 - 4:53am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
I've never known a horse well. That's why I was intrigued by Margit H. Zeitler-Feicht's book Horse Behavior Explained.
 
She goes into great detail about all their physical and emotional needs and how they can be served, as noted in an October article here. Parelli.com's "Natural Horsemanship," summarized so generously for me by my dear friend Christen Howell, takes a different approach. It adds a sensitive personality dimension to approaching and training horses.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise

on February 3, 2017 - 7:43am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

You know it was bound to happen. I have written about eating less sugar (a daily struggle), drinking more water (easier than eating less sugar), and getting more restful sleep (dream away), but now we have to talk about exercise. Of course, talking about exercise is the easy part.

Actually doing exercise is the hard part.

I have boxes of DVDs showcasing various belly-busting, butt-firming and thigh-slimming workouts. I found them again just this last weekend. I have not watched them in years, maybe decades, and some of the DVDs have never even been opened.

An Open Book: Ex Libris, Part I

on February 3, 2017 - 7:26am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Books are my touchstones. Opening a book I have already read takes me back in time; unread books sitting on my shelf beckon me to enter their world sometime soon. But this book world is not the story inside. A Kindle or a tablet may contain the same story as a tattered hardcover, but is it the physicality of the book that summons; touching the book again is what brings me back.

I have many stories about books that I would like to share with you.

Home Country: Mrs. Doc

on January 29, 2017 - 8:02am
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The problem was Mrs. Doc, you see. Oh, don’t misunderstand. She’s a perfectly wonderful lady and we all think the world of her, and as far as we know she has yet to burn down a house or start a war or anything.
 
The problem is, we don’t know her first name.
 
If you just come out and flat ask her, she’ll smile and say, “Well, don’t you think Mrs. Doc is a nice name? I’ve had it for a long time now.” But I guess there’s something deep inside us that hates a vacuum … a vacuum of knowledge, that is.

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