Yes, we know. You already have your Christmas lights up on the house and on the tree. But here's the deal. Now might just be the best time to buy those LED Christmas lights you've been considering.
With all the smoke and ash flying around in the air, and blazing brush fires displayed on your television, these days you're probably seeking less fire, and not more. Even so, with the coming of cooler weather, you may soon find yourself craving a curl-up in front of a cozy fire in your fireplace.
The day they make a scented candle or air freshener that really, truly fills my house with the smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree - well, that's the day I'll buy an artificial tree.
So, you've heard the market is on the upswing and decided now is the time to sell your home. You've painted, carpeted, cleaned, landscaped and spruced-up, and your house is the shining beacon of the block. Folks who pass by and view it swear they hear angels sing.
The Ventura Harbor lights up both sea and the sky with a spectacular 32nd annual Boat Parade of Lights, as well as a fireworks display Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
With the end of the playoffs last week for the local high school football teams, a special SCV Prep Zone is being prepared for this week. We'll sum up the season and have some fun, too. This little project will take a bit more time, so we intend to post this week's Prep Zone video Friday evening.
If you let your mind wander freely, you can imagine the dirt path is the Yellow-Brick Road, and that you're traveling in Oz.
So, OK, maybe this story catches you a little late. With the bit of rain we had just before Thanksgiving, you may have found out the hard way that your roof needs attention. Our best intentions here at The Signal were to warn you about this after those high winds we had, and before the first rains came. Best laid plans.
In these uncertain times, many people are cutting back on expenses by eliminating certain purchases or services they feel are less than vital. While no one, of course, would ever drop their newspaper subscription, they might buy a fewer lattes each week or start drinking tap water instead of bottled. They might only get one massage a month and maybe let the psychic figure out why they haven't been called. A few folks, innovative or misguided as the case may be, might even consider eliminating their gardening service. If you're one of these, here's a word to ...
Big fun, big business or big hassle, there's no getting away from it. These days Halloween is big time. Though the haunted holiday is still five weeks away, it's already in the stores, and if you want to get the good stuff, decoration-wise, now is the time.
Boys, I have your Thanksgiving-Friday activity right here. While the ladies are battling crowds at the mall, and in between your leftover turkey munching and college football watching, you can plant a tree.
So, we've had a small break in the heat lately, and whether it was a result of the changing seasons or only a temporary invasion from the beach, there was a hint of cool fall in the air. With that as a nudge, and with the calendar indicating that autumn begins Monday, it's really time to think about your fall home chores. Those chores await inside and outside your home and include both maintenance and cleaning.
So you lost your job, the wife is touring Europe with your therapist, and your dog wants a trial separation. Your retirement account is a shadow of its former self, and your home is slipping toward foreclosure. Is that what's getting you down? Well, fight it, brother, fight it.
The Schwartz family is pretty typical in size - two parents, three children, two dogs. But recently one of the five bedrooms in the family's Stevenson Ranch home has been given over to an additional family member - well, actually, about 2,200 of them.
I still find things I engraved with my Dremel tool back in the day. I think it was around 1982, and it was the last time I tried to inventory and document my possessions. And I also remember scraping my Social Security number off some of those possessions as they went to the Goodwill years later.