turned out to be Cozy Casual, which came as no surprise
– especially when I saw a photo of a room that
exemplified the style. It included a slipcovered sofa
that looks a lot like mine.
you’ve identified your decorating personality, you can
mosey over to a site with more information, including
hallmarks of the style, suggestions for good places to
shop and blogs and other resources you can turn to for
more information. I also enjoyed looking at the photos
of decorative products that fit my design personality.
a $4,800 rug? I don’t think so.
Cozy Casual, not Money Bags.
NEW: HOME KIT TESTS FOR METH
seen kits that test your home for radon and asbestos,
but I’ve never seen one that tests your home for
company called Meth Lab Cleanup is selling kits that
tell you quickly whether a site has been used as a meth
lab. The results take only four minutes.
AccuMeth test kits are intended for use by anyone who
needs that information, such as child protective
services, police and landlords. It can also be used by
real estate agents or prospective renters or buyers to
ascertain whether a home is a safe place to live.
kit is designed to be easy to use and employs components
that are considered regular household waste, not
cost $24.95 each plus shipping.
I have holes about 1 to 2 inches wide in my yard and
tunnels through the snow. What could be causing them?
It sounds like you have voles, said Marne Titchenell, a
wildlife specialist with the Ohio State University
Extension. Voles are sometimes confused with moles, but
they’re different animals. Voles eat plant material;
moles eat insects and earthworms.
can damage plants by eating roots and other plant parts.
They create surface tunnels in grass or snow and
sometimes underground tunnels with openings like the
holes you described.
the problem isn’t too extensive, Titchenell said, you
can catch the voles with snap-type mousetraps placed
just outside the holes, baited with an apple slice or a
mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal. Cover the hole and
the trap with an empty, upside down plant pot or similar
container to protect pets, children and other animals,
she said. You can put something heavy on top of the pot
to keep animals from tipping it over.
you have a large infestation that’s resulting in
damage to your landscape plants, Titchenell said you
might want to call in a professional pest control
operator. You can also try using a rodenticide labeled
for use on voles, she said, but it’s critical that you
cover the bait the way you would a snap trap to keep
other creatures out of harm’s way.
a question about home maintenance, decorating or
gardening? Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth
Breckenridge will find answers for the queries that are
chosen to appear in the paper. To submit a question,
call her at 330-996-3756, or send email to