Doris Dixon only ever saw one mansion while she was growing up. She lived in Sleepy Eye, a small Minnesota town with less than 4,000 residents. That mansion in her hometown caught her imagination and sparked an interest in architecture. She said she liked to admire it from afar.
I stepped back into my past and also delighted in the present on my recent visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., half an hour west of Detroit. Years ago, I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, living on a shoestring and spending hours studying.
Clean out the birdbath, change the water in your fountains, fill in areas where standing water can collect, do your part to help control mosquitoes. The city of Roseville reminds you that not only can mosquitoes cause a lot of itching; they can harm you, your pets, birds and wildlife.
You've seen for sale signs on houses around town, and they've got you thinking. Maybe now is the time to declare independence from your landlord and buy your own home. Buying a house will be the largest investment you're ever likely to make.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) home-improvement projects usually start out well. Then, you set something on fire or cause bodily harm with a power tool. So, should you hire a contractor? That depends on you and the project.