• Ray Ridlen: Don't let your firewood bug you

    Ray Ridlen column | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Firewood can sometimes bring unexpected pests into our homes. Luckily, most of them pose no danger to us, our homes, or our belongings.   Insects and other hitchhikers are commonly found living or hiding in firewood. Some feed on dead wood, some nest inside the wood and some simply hide under the loose bark.   The following suggestions will help you avoid the annoyance of insects entering your home from your firewood. First, stack firewood off of the ground. This aids in drying and makes it more difficult for insects to crawl into the woodpile. Second, leave firewood outside until a day or two before it will be burned. Insects in firewood stored outdoors remain cold and inactive.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Jan. 8

    Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    CALENDAR  For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@oklahoman.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS •OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. January meeting. Visitors welcome. •OKLAHOMA ORCHID SOCIETY, Jan. 17, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Green Growers program is at 1 p.m. and will feature “Using Greenhouse Space more Efficiently.” Main program is at 2 p.m., featuring the video “Cattleya Leudemanniana.” Visitors welcome. •VIOLA GARDEN CLUB, 11 a.m. Jan.

  • Marni Jameson: When to say I do and I don’t when planning a wedding

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Before you go and call me a cynic, which you may by the end of this column, I want the record to reflect that I believe in celebrating life's milestones. I believe that special occasions such as births, graduations and weddings should be elevated well above the string of ordinary days that tie them together. What I don't believe in is the rampant commercialism that surrounds these events, the businesses that turn momentous moments into money grabs by preying on the anxiety and social pressure of those in their midst. New parents, new grads and the about-to-be married get bombarded by propaganda coaxing them to dole out dough for products and services ranging from the unnecessary to the inane.

  • Oklahoma City-area apartments sell in quiet holiday transactions

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Three big Oklahoma City metro-area apartment sales slid through over the holidays, almost unnoticed because they involved out-of-state buyers and sellers.

  • Sod House Museum in northwest Oklahoma to offer quilting workshop

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Quilting basics for beginning quilters will be presented at a workshop Jan. 16 at the Sod House Museum.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 5

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 5, 2016

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jan 2, 2016

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • 'Star Wars' Day planned at the Devon Ice Rink in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jan 2, 2016

    "Star Wars" Day will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Devon Ice Rink and the southern lobby of the Crystal Bridge at Myriad Gardens.

  • House plan: Vaulted great room stands out in the Birmingham

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    A vaulted great room dominates the main floor of the Birmingham, an approximately 1,800-square-foot country-style home with a partial second story. This plan could serve as a starter or empty nesters' home, with the two bedrooms upstairs kept ready for grandchildren or other guests. The first impression is one of openness. In the entry hall, the ceiling is two stories high with light spilling in through two overhead windows. On the left, it's open to the expansive great room. This room spans the left, front to back. Tall, slender windows flank a fireplace centered on the long exterior wall. Wide bay windows in the front face the street, with views across a nostalgic railed and covered porch. At the rear, atrium doors in

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Jan. 1

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    Oklahoma City Lingo Construction Services Inc., 627  Couch Drive, condominium-townhouse, erect, $2,375,000. Lingo Construction Services, 627  Couch Drive, condominium-townhouse, erect, $2,375,000. Mike Davidson & Co. LLC, 13500  Old Iron Road, residence, erect, $795,000. D&R Development, 201 E Memorial Road, automotive repair-wash, erect, $600,000. Landmark Fine Homes LP, 12817  Pond View Drive, residence, erect, $488,540. John Paul Mays, 13643  Lake Shore Drive, residence, erect, $460,000. J.R. Bowers Jr. Construction Co. Inc., 5301  White Fences Road, residence, add-on, $380,000. Sheppard & Sons Construction Inc., 12700 Highway 4, residence, erect, $380,000.

  • Oklahoma City metro housing: more highs than lows in ’15

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    “Slow and steady wins the race” is heard a lot in Oklahoma City homebuilding, meaning that with no bubbles come no busts — and 2016 will be another test of that. The national housing crash almost a decade ago missed us by an Oklahoma mile. Last year certainly was no bubble.

  • Listing of the Week: 4809 Robin Hill Lane, southeast Oklahoma City

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    The 5,772-square-foot home at 4809 Robin Hill Lane — to be offered at public auction at noon Jan. 15 — has six bedrooms, six baths, two half-baths, four living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • Richard Mize: My treadmill's demise is one for the books

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    The good news is I hit the treadmill again two weeks ago, in self- defense of pie, pie, pie, pie and Christmas, after an extended absence. The bad news is the poor thing swooned on New Year's Eve Eve Eve. No kidding, on Tuesday, it just sputtered and quit. The lights were still on on the console, but nobody was home on the walking belt or platform. Talk about embarrassing. I felt like Charlie Brown the second after he hung that one lone red bulb on his poor little Christmas tree. The hep cat jazz playing in my head stopped cold, and I thought: "I've killed it. Augh! Everything I touch gets ruined." Well, not everything. But you step on a treadmill and watch it squirm and die. That hurts. I blame St. Augustine.

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $48 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more MSC OKC LLC from Penn Properties LLC, 12520 N MacArthur Blvd., $5,100,000. MSC OKC LLC from Edmond Storage LLC, 1000 N Santa Fe Ave., Edmond, $4,762,500. MSC OKC LLC from Security Self Storage II LLC, 12118 N Pennsylvania Ave., $3,675,000. MSC OKC LLC from MBP LLC, 13601 N Santa Fe Ave., $3,446,500. MSC OKC LLC from Rockwell Business Park LLC, 7100 NW 50 and 5000 N Rockwell Ave., $3,101,500. Hung Viet Do Family Trust from Timothy and Tesha Loven, 4823 NW 220,

  • Rodd Moesel: Take time to review landscaping, gardening goals

    By Rodd Moesel  | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    Welcome to the New Year 2016!  This is an exciting time of year as we say good-bye and close one chapter of our life and open and plan for an intriguing new chapter, full of hope and possibilities. Just as we take time to examine and assess our personal lives at this changing of the years, it's also a good time to review our landscape and gardening efforts of past years.

  • Marni Jameson: Decorating Mom's new room

    AT HOME WITH MARNI JAMESON | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    I arrived with four boxes my brother had shipped. That this was all my mother had left was a sad relief — sad because her material life had boiled down to what could fit into four boxes and a suitcase, and a relief because I didn’t have more to contend with.

  • The Nation's Housing: Are baby boomers causing shortage in real estate listings?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — They rocked at Woodstock, marched in protest on campus, distrusted authority, and then as adults, took out mortgages and bought lots of real estate. But now, say some economists, baby boomers aren't selling their houses as earlier generations did. They're not downsizing fast enough as they approach and pass traditional retirement ages, and that's contributing to inventory shortages of homes for sale as well as rising prices. Boomers are part of a "clogging up (of) the whole chain of home sales," Sean Becketti, chief economist of giant mortgage investor Freddie Mac, told me last week.

  • Smart Moves: Handling contractors without the headaches

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    Home improvement is a $300 billion business in America. Yet many sellers do a lot of head scratching when they need to hire a plumber, electrician, painter, carpenter or roofer to get their property prepped for market. ''Most people don't know where to turn to find the right contractors to get their walls repainted or their leaky faucets fixed without paying too much or waiting too long," said Eric Tyson, co-author of "House Selling for Dummies." Tyson said it's a rare house that doesn't need some level of help from contractors before it's put up for sale. Problems that should be addressed could include such relatively minor tasks as replacement of a non-functional doorbell or such complex ones as new roofing. But

  • Okahoma City area home and garden notes for Jan. 2

    Published: Fri, Jan 1, 2016

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@oklahoman.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETING •OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS, 10 a.m. Friday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. Program is “What's Happening at the Center” presented by Kenton Peters. Members from all garden clubs are asked to participate. WORKSHOPS •TERRIFIC TERRARIUMS, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Learn to build your own at-home terrarium. Pricing includes a standard

  • Homebuilding slows in Oklahoma City area, but sales thrive in 2015

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore and Norman — started the year off by 14 percent, judging by the number of building permits issued by each city.




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