This week’s forecast does not look great unless you are the brown grass or trees in much need of rain. This cooler weather is a nice reprieve from the heat of the last few weeks, but often deters people from leaving the home and exploring. We put together a list of great indoor activities and places to go when it just sucks to be outside. Hopefully this will inspire you to get out and see more of the Puget Sound and try something.
The cinema is a great place to wait out the bad weather and enjoy yourself; with theaters adding great updates like comfy reclining seats, new food options and some places offering drinks while you watch. There have been some great new movies recently released, if you are looking for a great romance check out Crazy Rich Asians, if you are looking for family friendly try Christopher Robin, or maybe you want something with action and strong female lead Peppermint (starring Jennifer Gardner). Check Goggle or a theater near you for movie showings and times.
Pottery, painting and more:
There’s nothing better than a rainy day to bring out your inner artist. Many pottery places will let you walk in and start a project, you will have to wait for it to be completed usually takes up to a week. Grab your kids or friends or just yourself for a fun day creating a mug and some memories.
Paint Away in Redmond Town Center has options for ceramics and glass fusing: https://paintawaynow.com/weekday-specials/
Mud-house Pottery Painting in Issaquah’s Gilman Village: https://mudhousepottery.com/
Creatively yours Ceramic Painting Studio in Bellevue: http://www.paintedbykathy.com/
Glazed Art in Renton offers great weekday specials: http://glazedart.com/
Explore the Puget sounds renowned art and culture museums during the weekdays there are often reduced priced tickets. Museums include: Nordic Museum in old Ballard, The Museum of Flight* in Tukwila (my personal favorite), Northwest African American Museum* located in Seattle’s Central District, Museum of History and Industry in South Lake union, the Seattle Aquarium* located on Pier 59, many more if you search online.
*If you have a King County System Library Card you can get passes to some Museums, list can be found here: http://www.libraryinsight.com/mpbymuseum.asp?jx=kc
Don’t let this rainy weather to get you down or stuck in the house. Grab your umbrella and rain boots and explore somewhere new and exciting. Try painting something interesting, watch that movie everyone is raving about or stroll through a museum you’ve always wanted to see.
It may seem that Summer was just yesterday, but it’s officially November! Before life gets more hectic with the coming holidays, there are a few outdoor Fall home tips that are essential to tackle. Let’s face it, despite great intentions, most of us tend to lapse a bit on home care between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Plus, what a nice way to enjoy a few sunny Fall days. Your home will thank you for it!
Lawn: Aerate and fertilize your lawn (use a winterizer fertilizer). Once you’ve done this, over-seed it. The cooler temperatures outside create the perfect environment for grass seed germination. Experts suggest this is the most important lawn treatment of the year, and bonus, this lawn treatment will ensure that beautiful lush green grass that we all love so much during the Spring (especially if you’re planning to list your home!)
Garden Areas: To keep your garden beds looking their best next Spring remove dead annuals and prune back plants that have flowered in the Fall. Deadhead any plants that have spent flowers. Another critical step is to rake up fallen leaves as they can change the chemical balance of a flower garden (no one wants blue hydrangeas when they’ve planned for pink!). Get those bulbs planted! This will give them an early start and ensure they get the longest underground “freeze” that they need.
General Exterior Maintenance: Fix any cracks in fences, remove and store hoses, Install a “weather” cover over outdoor spigots to mitigate freezing. Clean gutters to ensure they don’t overflow when the rainy season begins. Drain pools, ponds, and other water features; as these are also prone to freezing and thus could be damaged.
Check Outdoor Lighting: Shorter days mean it’s probably dark when you get home from work, make sure you have pathways and driveways adequately illuminated. Not only is safer, but we always tell our clients that excellent lighting adds great curb appeal!
Be sure to store and cover outdoor furniture too!
These simple tips will help avoid problems and ensure that your home is ready and raring to go come glorious Spring. And if Winter gets you down, keep in mind that a lush green lawn and beautifully emerging plants are just a few months away!
If you are looking for any referrals to help you to get some of this essential work done, please do feel welcome to contact your experts at Sound-Properties!