Friday, November 25, 2011

OWL Festival Of Trees

The Annual Oliver Wolcott Library Festival of Trees will be held November 26, 2011 at the Oliver Wolcott Library on South Street in Litchfield.  To get information on the Festival, click here.here

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Everyone here at Portfolio Properties Group and Litchfield County Living would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Local Market Real Estate Trends

The third quarter market watch  for Litchfield County (as compiled by LHSIR) is available.  Please click here to access the report.

Monday, November 21, 2011

2,000 Uses for WD-40

WD-40 - it really is a magical substance, isn't it? Sure, you probably reach for the familiar blue and yellow can when you need to quiet a squeaky hinge or add a little extra grease to a sticky situation.

But here's a little secret, friends -- there are oh-so-many more uses for WD-40. Two thousand and counting, to be exact. Intrigued? So are we!

The best news is that WD-40 has compiled the 2,000 uses into a free (yes, free) PDF that you can download, print and store away. Plus, the uses are divided by category, too, so it's relatively easy to find a potential solution to your problem.
How about a sampling of WD-40's power?
*Cleans black streaks from hardwood floors
*Removes gum from wallpaper
*Helps clean showers
*Cleans dust from artificial flowers
*Removes calcium deposits from a dehumidifier
*Lubricates rubber insulation around storm doors
*Helps shovel wet, sticky snow
*Keeps snow from sticking to satellite dishes
*Prevents weeds from growing through sidewalk cracks
Too cool, right? And, as you can see, we only covered a fraction of what this powerful substance can do. The best part is that you can submit your own use for WD-40 -- it just might be added to the list!
We'd love to hear your favorite unexpected use for WD-40. Ready, set, share!

Things To Do This Week in The Litchfield Area

Monday Afternoon Movie - 1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
‘Guy & Dolls. Jr.’ – 7:30 pm – Litchfield Intermediate School
 
Pre-School Story Hour - Tuesdays @ 10:00 am - Morris Public Library
Bouncing Babies - 10:30 am or 11:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Community Writer's Circle - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
'We Gather Together' - Thanksgiving Celebration - 7:00 pm - St. Michael's, Litchfield
"Drop-in" Volleyball - 7:30-9:00 pm - Litchfield Intermediate School Gym
 
Yoga Class - 6:00-7:15 pm - Bantam Gym (Litchfield Parks & Recreation)
Books for Bedtime - 7:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library & Cable 5
 
Goshen Turkey Trot - 10:00 am - Goshen Fairgrounds
 
Basic Italian II Class - 1:30-4:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
The Boxcar Lilies: Coffee House and Pot Luck BYOB Dinner - 6:00 pm - White Memorial CC
Star Party - 7:00-9:00 pm - White Memorial CC
 
Early Morning Hike to Little Pond with Gerri Griswold - 8:00 am - White Memorial CC
Hatha Yoga Class - 8:30-10:00 am - Bantam Gym
Christmas Bazaar - 9:00 am-2:30 pm - Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam
Annual Holiday Fair - 10:00 am-2:00 pm - St. Paul's, Bantam
Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Festival of Trees - 5:00-8:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
 
Litchfield Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting - 2:30-5:30 pm - Litchfield Center
PTO Holiday Shopping Night - 4:00-7:00 pm - James Morris Elementary School
Northfield Tree Lighting & Carol Sing - 6:30 pm - Northfield Village Green

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How To Cook A Turkey

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's about spending time with the ones you love, food and watching sport on TV.  I also now watch the National Dog Show, and parts of the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade as well. I love to cook, but not everyone does.  With Thanksgiving just days away, I am sure there are a number of people who will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner.  One of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, has a whole section of cooking.  Todays Post is on How To Cook a Turkey. Click here to go to the post at The Kitchen at Apartment Therapy. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Depsite our unexpected snow storm of two weeks ago, some of us are still running our lawn mowers.  It's almost that time of the year to put them to bed for the winter

Bob Markovich, Consumer Reports' Home and Yard editor, has a few tips (and for a how-to video, head to the Consumer Reports site.)
*Empty the gas.
*Clean the machine. Once the fuel has been emptied, hose down your mower's deck and give it a thorough cleaning to remove any grass clippings, dirt and other debris that may clog the machine or harm the exterior.
*Remove and sharpen the mower blade.

*Change the oil. Your lawnmower, like your car, needs regular oil changes to keep it in tip-top shape. Be sure to also replace your mower's fuel filter.
*Replace your spark plugs. On your lawn mower, spark plugs will typically last 100 hours of operation. Get in the habit of changing your plugs annually, if you don't already do so.
Is your mower already stowed away for the season? Or are you keeping it out in hopes of one last turn around the yard before the temperatures plunge?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Things To Do This Weekend in The Goshen Area

Holiday Bereavement Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Friday Feat & Dancing Feet - 12:00-2:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Basic Italian II Class - 1:30-4:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - 3:30-4:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Women's AA-ALANON Retreat -6:00 pm - Wisdom House
'All the Good Stuff' Concert - 7:00-9:00 pm - First Congregational Church of Litchfield
 
New York City Daytrip - 8:00 am-8:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Hatha Yoga Class - 8:30-10:00 am - Bantam Gym
Christmas Crèche - 9:30 am-3:30 pm - Wisdom House
Post 44 Veteran of the Month Ceremony - 10:00 am - Bantam Borough Hall
Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
An Autumn Bird Tour of Bantam Lake - 10:00 am - White Memorial CC
Autumn Vendor Fair - 10:00 am-3:00 pm - Litchfield Firehouse
 
NSDAR Community Service Awards - 12:00 pm - Litchfield Country Club
Family Swim & Gym - 1:00-3:00 pm - CT Junior Republic (CJR)
‘Guy & Dolls. Jr.’ – 7:30 pm – Litchfield Intermediate School

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do You Know It All?

Do you know it all? If you do, come to the Goshen Public Library for it's Trivia Night, Friday the 18th at 6:30 PM.  Bring a friend and have fun!

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reminder on the Goshen Turkey Trot!

Goshen Turkey Trot- the Goshen Running Club’s annual Thanksgiving morning 6.2 mile race starts at 10 am on November 24th at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Old Middle Street. The course is hilly and mostly over dirt roads- the perfect prelude to a calorie laden holiday meal. The race is always held no matter the weather conditions. Race forms are usually available online after November 1st at www.goshenrunningclub.com . Pre-registration is encouraged and is cheaper.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Things To Do This Week in The Goshen Area

Pre-School Story Hour - Tuesdays @ 10:00 am - Morris Public Library
Bouncing Babies - 10:30 am or 11:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking Classes - 6:00-8:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Community Writer's Circle - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
"Drop-in" Volleyball - 7:30-9:00 pm - Litchfield Intermediate School Gym
 
Take a Walk Series: Autumn Bird Walk Up Apple Hill - 10:00 am-12:00 pm - White Memorial CC
Short Tales - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Learn About Medicare (Seniors) - 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Yoga Class - 6:00-7:15 pm - Bantam Gym (Litchfield Parks & Recreation)
Books for Bedtime - 7:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library & Cable 5
Litchfield in Transition - 7:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
 
Day Trip: Fuji Hibachi Steak House - 10:00 am - Morris Senior Center
Tall Tales - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Litchfield Garden Club Presents Tovah Martin - 2:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Basic Italian I Class - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Using Your Smart Phone - Part II - 7:00-8:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
 
Holiday Bereavement Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Friday Feat & Dancing Feet - 12:00-2:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Basic Italian II Class - 1:30-4:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - 3:30-4:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Women's AA-ALANON Retreat -6:00 pm - Wisdom House
'All the Good Stuff' Concert - 7:00-9:00 pm - First Congregational Church of Litchfield