I consider myself very lucky that I have a father who can do just about anything when it comes to home improvements. Not only does it save money, but he thoroughly enjoys it. So, when my husband and I recently bought a newer home, I think my father was a bit disappointed(though he loves the house). It didn’t need a new bathroom, the floors were new and its windows and walls were in perfect condition. Luckily for my dad, I hit on one little thing for him to do: a deck. As the soon as the ground thaws, he said he’ll be up digging for the footers.
For those of you who don’t have a father who’s good with tools, this issue is for you. You’ll learn tips on hiring the right contractor, prepping your walls for painting, choosing home renovations that will bring a return on your money and easy DIY projects like installing molding and ways to make your home more functional.
This issue is not all work and no play, however. With Valentine’s Day in the air, wellness columnist Diane Lykes ponders the age-old debate of love versus infatuation. It doesn’t matter if we’re teens or adults, we’ve all been there, and Diane’s column will help clarify any confusion you may have about your relationship.
I also have a few favors to ask of you. First, I want to meet people in the community who are doing extraordinary things. It can be an amazing child, a business leader, or a patient with a positive attitude. Whoever it is, please email me at Marybeth@crlmag.com and tell me about this person. He or she may be featured in an upcoming issue. We are also looking for nominees for a parental “make-over” and are soliciting comments of 500 words or less touting your nominee for our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day makeovers. Along the same lines, we are accepting photos of ridiculously cute dogs, cats and other endearing pet pics. If you have one, send it to me and look for the March issue—your pet may be in it! Finally, it is our 5th Annual Best of the Capital Region survey. Be sure to vote for your local favorites. Results will be published in the May issue.
In the meantime, we are printing reader’s favorite comfort food recipes in the March issue. Though spring is on the horizon, it’s still winter and there’s nothing like down home comfort food to feed our souls. Until then, keep warm and think spring!