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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, September 7, 1973 HOME OF THE WEEK Vertical boards at the front entrance accent the stone and brick exterior of this three bed- room ranch home. The study its large window and two closets can become a fourth bedroom. A 31 foot sweep of dining and living area overlooks fre rear garden through a charming bay window. The kit- el en is worthy of study for the Iioinemaker conscious of time- sa.'ing the actual plans show a bar by door tj garage and place for la'in- CTy appliances by front window :f desired. All bedrooms have L-.rge cupboard space, the bath- room larger than standard and additional closets are ev- ery'.here including inside and storage in the garage. P'ans cover building with or without a basement. (Copyright 1973. Toronto Star Syndicate) DESIGN R34-388 1734 Sq. Ft. Home-O-Graph Home Planning Service 40 JARVIS ST., TORONTO, ONTARIO M5C 2H1 I enclose each (plus 25 cents for handling end mailing) for two new books "Home Design for Cana- Book 1 presents designs for homes up to 1600 sq. ft. for 1 storey and split level, 1850 sq. ft. for one and one half and 2 storey. Book 2 includes larger homes and vacation homes. Also avai'able is an 18 page book of duplex and multiple home designs at 50 cents. Please send an order form so that I may order builder's plans for the design shown above. Winter's coming so get ready now NAME ADDRESS -T1J 3Z7 By MR. FIX Checking the house is a sea- sonal thing with spring and fall being the two seasons which you are most likely to make a thorough inspection. A spring checkup is in the nature of finding what damage the previous whiter did to your house. The fall checkup is in the nature of preventive main- tenance. Now is the time to button up your house for win- ter. Little problems can get big- ger if not tended to now. Those jobs you have been putting off have to be done nov; or never. If there is anything wrong with roof or gutters you have to take care of it now. A cold winter day is no time to be repairing gutters or replacing roof shingles. While you were able to get through the sum- mer with a substandard rocf or gutter, you won't be that lucky during the winter. Gutters should be clean. Get rid of accumulated leaves and dirt. In warm weather, blockage causes water to spill over the sidss of the gutter instead of flowing toward the downspout. In winter such blockage causes a buildup cf ice. This weakens the gutter. It also backs up ice under the edge of the roof shingles and when the thaw cames you can have water coin- ing through the roof or down the inside of tha side walls. Tighten loose hangers. Check the pitch cf the gutter. Repair small holes wi'h roof coating and a piece cf metal of the same type that the gutter is made of. Or use fiber glass patching. Replace missing roof shin- gles. Renail loose shingles. Put a dab of roof coating on the nail heads. Finish up painting gut- ters, downspouts, siding be- fore the weather drops be- low 50 degrees. Caulk all joints and seams. Look for cracks in sidewalks, drive, foundation. Clean out and repair with concrete patch. If neglected, the alternate freez- ing and thawing over winter will cause them to be several times larger by spring. Now is the time to take down screens and put up storm win- dows. While one is down and before the other goes up, check the condition of the windows. Do they need reputtying? Win- dowsills need painting? Wash the windows before you put the storms up. Is w eatherstripping in good condition. All outside doors should have a metal and rub- ber strip at the- bottom. If you have metal and felt strips, check their condition. Check the furnace. Set the thermostat so that the furnace goes on. Now is the time to find out if it won't. Does it click off when the right temperature is reached? Oil the motor on the blower. If your furnace hasn't been checked, and cleaned pro- fessionally in some time, get it done now. Check the condition of fence posts. Loose ones now will be sagging by spring. Turn off the water to outside faucets and drain the pipes. Caulk around the water pipe where it enters the house. Em- pty garden hoses and store them away. Take outdoor fur niture in. In general get all outdoo repairs done now. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) GLEAM AND CHECK GUTTERS YOUR GARDEN By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. SPRING COLOR For a more beautiful spring next year, now is the time to start thinking about planting fall bulbs. After a long, cold winter, no flowers are more ex- citing and satisfying than bulbs. You have every color of the rainbow at your fingertips in the many classes and varieties or tulips. Your garden will also sparkle with the beautiful bright yellow daffodils and the de- lightful fragrance and color of the hyacinths. By themselves in a border in the sun, as an edg- ing along walks or naturalized in the lawn, bulbs will find a welcome home. Planning your Bpring garden is a pleasure, what with all the colored pic- tures of bulb flowers in catalo- gues and stores. All bulbs do best in a well- drained soil, so sand or peat ness may be added to achieve this. Work some well-rotted manure into the bottom of the holes or trench, making sure it does not come in contact with the bulbs. You can also pur- chase a special "bulb fertiliz- er." Tulips, like all the spring flowering bulbs, give a big re- turn to the home gardener and are one of the most popular. A few bulbs go a long way. These grow in either full sun or light shade. Before planting, dust with a Bulb and Soil Dust. For a really effective display, plant in groups rather than in straight rows. Dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep, adding a layer of sand on the bottom of which the bulbs will rest to help prevent rotting. Firm the soil well after plant- ing, then give a little water and nature will do the rest. It is not wise to plant too close to a foundation or sidewalk as it is then difficult to keep the bulbs from sprouting too early in the spring, with the result they will be hurt by the frost. When buying bulbs get good sized, plump ones so as to bs sure of first-rate flowers in the spring. There are. several class- es of tulips the Darwins and Darwin Hybrids are fairly tall, growing 20 to 30 Inches and come in a variety of beautiful colors. For something different, with petals that are 'painted' with stripes and splashes of brilliant colors, grow some of the Rembrandts. These reach a height of 25 to 28 inches. Tri- umps are well suited for bed- ding purposes, growing 18 to "4 inces and are somewhat earl- ier than the Darwins. I like the Cottage type, which blooms in May. These have long, point- fd flowers and grow from 16 to 24 inches. Have you e v e i tried the exotic, Parrot tulips? These are quite fascinating witr. their deeply ruffled and fnngec petals, giving the appearance oi large, feathery, fluffed-up flow- ers. They are a later blooming variety. The Peony flowered are very showy, locking like a doub- le peony and coming in many bright colors. The .Eunch Flow- ering Tulips produce four to six flowers on a stem and are ac- tually very striking. For other varieties consult your catalogues or seed outlets. Although Daffodils are not as predictable as tulips and some of the other bulbs as far as per- sistent bloom goes, they are still beautiful and very colorful. It would be recommended to those wishing to grow them to plant them around the foundation of the house were they will be more protected and benefit from the extra heat. They are should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep and 8 inches apart. There are many different colors and kinds to choose from. The Crocus and Grape Hya- cinth (Muscari) are lovely in the rock garden or border and last for several years. They are planted 3 to 4 inches deep and grow in either sun or semi- shade. Snowdrop (Calanthus) and Scilla sibirica are also very nice, growing 'around 6 inches high, so are ideal for a rock- ery. These are planted 4 inch- es deep. After the bulbs have Finished blooming, cut off the flower head and leave the foli- age to mature. When wilted and it may be cut down. If you desire to plant annuals, etc. in between the tulips, etc. tie up the leaves of the bulbs, which will help to keep them out of the way of other flowers. Mrs. P. I have some small white sort of woolly insects on ny hoya and African violets. What are these and what can I I do to get rid of them. Arts. These sound like Mealybugs. For plants indoors I would recommend a spray specially for that purpose. FALL SPIREA FROBELiA Pink Flowering-Sun or Shade Regular 2.7S. FALL SPECIAL, each I CHRYSANTHEMUMS 500 Named Varieties Regular to ea SPECIAL ea. Most Other Perennials 756 Each Come and see our good selection of BLUE SPRUCE TREES LACOMBE NURSERIES LTD. Coaldale Highway 5 Miles East of For your convenience we are open Tues. and Fri. evenings CLOSED SUNDAYS camper Canadians are rediscovering what our forefathers knew about sightseeing: it's most en- joyable when done on foot. In ever-increasing numbers, families and friends wait for the first sign of good weather to don their boots and back- packs for weekend hikes in their favorite areas. Each year, new converts to this great sport visit provincial and national parks and take to the hills. One thing about hiking that has immeasurably improved since our forefathers' times, of course, is the gear. Modern ma- terials, especially synthetics, and advanced design and con- struction techniques have equip- ped the camper-hiker better while substantially lightening his load. A case in point is a new lightweight blanket manufac- tured by a company well known for its vacuum bottles and other products for outdoor living. The four-foot, six-inch by seven-foot, 12-ounce blanket is made of an insulated laminate consisting of a fibre scrim and thin sheets of mylar film coat ed with nonporous alumin- um. Originally developed for the Apollo space program to pro- tect astronauts and sensitive instruments against extreme temperatures, the mate rial used in the blanket has come to be prized among hikers for its lightness and excellent weath- :r-protective characteristics. KEEP THINGS DRY The blanket itself is com- pletely waterproof and wind- >roof, making it ideal as a Eproundcloth, windbreak, tarp or tent-fly. A sleeping bag or bed roll can be kept dry under the wet-test conditions by wrap- ping it in a blanket before strapping the bag to one's har- ness. To keep a change of clothes dry, the articles may >e folded in a blanket and put nto an ordinary back-pack. Perhaps the most important use of the blanket, however, is as an emergency item. An ex- >erienced climber who had a serious fall during a solo jour- ney up brutal Granite M' ,ain, the highest peak in I tana, says the blanket helped save bis life. I REPAIR SlDcWAUUTC. BEFORE WINTER REPLACE MISSING ROOF SHINGLES, CHECK WINDOWS FOR LOOSE PUTTY By DONALD R. BRANN Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle he replied that maybe it couldn't, but he wouldn't say so till he'd tried. We agree with the poet Edgar A. Guest: Just tackle the thing that "cannot be and you'll do it. If you've always wanted and needed a two car garage, a new book by Easi- Bild, simplifies doing by telling you how. Anyone who knows the differ- ence between a hammer and a saw should have no difficulty building a two car garage if they follow the simplified step- by-step method of construction outlined in a new 64 page book. Easy to follow, step-by-step di- rections and over 50 illustra- tions take all tne fear and mys- tery and more than half the cost cui of building. Ail inform- ation required, from purchase of materials, selecting site, ob- taining a building permit, to framing and stieathing is ex- plained and illustrated in the simplest possible manner. Best of a'l, this garage is no skimpy affair. Measuring 20x24', it not only provides amrie room for two cars, but also accommodates