The Stonebrook Letter
How’s Real Estate
Home sale prices rose 11% in August vs. last year. The total number of homes sold for the year is actually down 8% because of low inventory. August home inventory is down to 2,876 homes … back in the 80’s the average home inventory was 13,000 plus!
Did you know Memphis-based ServiceMaster will soon change its name to Terminix? Of the ServiceMaster brands, Terminix accounted for 88% of the revenue and the corporation is selling the other companies it operated.
Terminix started in Memphis in 1927 by E.L. Bruce, who founded his sawmill operation in Bruce, MS, in 1884. Bruce sought to termite-protect the hardwood floors they manufactured and founded the Bruce Terminix Research Laboratory. In 1932, Senior Chemist, Frank Lyons, created the first termiticide.
In 1955, the company, with franchising under Bruce Terminix, was the first to offer a termite protection contract. Terminix operates in 22 countries and is one of the world’s largest pest control companies, reporting 1.8 billion dollars in revenue in 2019.
Convert VHS to Digital
My wife, Mary, is busy converting family video from the 1980’s to digital format so we can edit, save, share, etc., with other family members. We watched YouTube to learn the how-to steps and a variety of converter options for Mac. Mary ordered the Elgato Video Capture converter kit, about $88 from Amazon Prime. We borrowed my brother’s old VCR and hooked up the converter cables, downloaded the software and began seeing our videos on our laptop. If the tape is 120 minutes, it takes 120 minutes to play for the digital conversion. We recommend this for its ease of use, and are excited to see videos of our “little” boys again!
We are enjoying great aerial shows lately at our back yard feeders. Mary keeps 5 feeders, 2 of which are under our covered patio area, only 4-5 feet from where we sit, so we get the action, sound and even the feel of their close-by fly-overs!
1011 W. Poplar, Suite 8
Raised Bed Watering System
A dry late July/early August made watering the garden critical. I have 10 raised bed garden spots and it took time to water each with a hose. I searched YouTube and watched several videos using 3/4” PVC pipe. A 10’ section of 3/4” PVC was $3.99 and most fittings were about 80¢ each. Using a shut-off valve at the end of the hose, I keep the water pressure low and did not need to cement connections. Quick connect attachments makes it easy and I use 2 hoses to speed the process. Now I am watering every 2-3 days and flowers and vegetables are liking it.
6 hummers on one feeder!
Wet & Forget Roof Spray
Costco recently introduced a Wet & Forget roof cleaning formula in a one gallon plastic spray bottle that shoots 30 feet! My main concern is the north side shingles of my roof that get discolored as they do not get the sun. For my one-story home, I can use a ladder at gutter height and shoot the foamy spray to the top of the ridge … and avoid getting up on the roof! The gallon size bottle has a hose end connection and covers 2,000 sq. ft., enough for a 2nd application since I only spray the north side.
Prevent Spring Weeds
Now is the time to apply a pre-emerge to prevent Poa Annua, Hairy Bittercress, etc., that will spring up in March. These seeds germinate when the ground temps fall below 70˚. I use Stonewall, effective ingredient Prodiamine, from Site One on Macon Road. A 50# bag is about $25.00 and covers 12,000 sq. ft.
PVC watering system: Note quick connect for hose
Thought for the Month
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
— William W. Purkey
RECIPE: Miss Bobbie’s Mocha Pie
1/2 cup sugar
Cook sugar, cocoa, coffee, cornstarch, flour, milk and salt together until thickened, stirring constantly. Let cook and add vanilla. Whip cream, fold 2/3 into mixture, then add the other 1/2 to achieve marble effect. Pour into baked pie shell and chill before serving.
From the kitchen of Julia Russell