Mexican Survival Tip # 5: Transportation

When my wife and I first visited the city in Mexico where we eventually chose to settle, we had a conversation along these lines: Me: Do you know what I am thinking, my sweet darling dove? Wife: No, my hard hunk of a man. What are you thinking? Me: I think we could live here in Guanajuato and never have to drive! Wife: You mean, do you really mean, that we could dump that car we are forced to drive by Mr. Urban Sprawl and stop destroying the environment? Me: Oh yes. Oh yes. Oh yes indeed. And not only that but we would stop getting fat-induced illnesses that are the result of never walking anywhere in America. Wife: You …

DIY Plumbing Repairs – You Have Homeowners Insurance, Use It!

Since most home owners insurance policies don’t cover the cost of repairs few people think to check with them when plumbing problems occur. Although they may not cover the repair, they will usually cover the value of damaged property including cleaning up after the repair. The scope of this type of project is typically not a diy plumbing repair project so you will want to find any way you can to help pay for it. A few years ago I had the misfortune of finding water seeping through a wall in my basement one spring. First this was blamed on a very wet season. Next, when dry weather came around and the leak was still there a basement waterproofing contractor …

All About Rose Gardening Pitfalls

You might feel your rose gardening ventures are thwarted at every step – what with the hard winters wreaking havoc on the tender roses. Then the strong summer heat with the blistering sun and monsoon rains lashing down on them, you might wonder why you bother at all. Well, there is more bad news. Rose Gardening Fungus – This white, powdery mildew is deposited on the top and bottom of leaves and stems. It corrodes the growth of the plant and ultimately kills the flowers and stems. Rose Garden Rust – This is an orange powder which appears on the underside of leaves and has the same detrimental effects as rose gardening fungus. Rose Garden Black Spots – As the …

Historical Mechanisms Promoting Chestnut Survival Through Hybridization

Historically, chestnuts have throughout the ages provided food and wood products in both European and Oriental cultures. Chestnuts have saved some civilizations from vanishing during famines, wars, and natural disasters. Native American chestnuts offered many promises and comforts to the early colonists, but during a blight that was introduced by importing nursery stock from Asia, the chestnut trees of American were almost eliminated. Certain chestnut tree colonies survived in isolated locations and because of plant breeding advances, chestnut trees are being reestablished throughout the nation. The original stands of American chestnuts were far superior to all other types in the world in respect to the sweet taste and vast quantities of lumber that was produced. Foreign types of chestnuts such …