You shopped ‘til you dropped on “Black Friday,” and web surfed on “Cyber Monday” ‘til your fingers hurt, but still need holiday gift ideas? These nifty gifts are useful all year long:
NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio—A must-have item, these handy little radios broadcast warning information for all hazards that may affect your community.
Solar Battery Charger and Rechargeable Batteries—A great way to be sure you’re ready in case of disaster or whenever you need batteries.
First Aid Kit—Another must-have item, it’s wise to keep one in each of your cars as well as in your home.
Hand Crank Radio—Just turn the handle and you’ve got power for the radio, and it will even charge your cell phone!
Quick Drying, Moisture-Wicking Clothing—Should the electricity go out for several days, you will be glad to have clothes you can rinse in the sink and hang up for quick drying. Outdoorsy types will especially love these for getting out in nature. Find stores that sell these items through a quick Google search.
Here’s a siding option that is starting to make a comeback—tree bark. Proponents of this exterior cladding applaud the way it reduces the visual impact of the home on the surrounding environment and its low-maintenance longevity—bark siding can last as long as 75 years. When harvested properly (without chemicals), bark is also an environmentally friendly product. Typically sourced from poplar trees, this by-product of the furniture and plywood industry would otherwise be discarded or turned into mulch. Opting to use it as siding helps make full use of trees are already felled for other purposes. Kiln-dried bark is apparently best, as the heat sterilizes the product against fungus and insects. Again—no chemical pesticides or fungicides used. Now before you go running off to find a local supplier, I suggest doing a little extra research. I’m not certain in what regions this siding performs best. The last thing a homeowner wants is a failing first-line of defense. Check out Highland Craftsmen’s website at www.barksiding.com for more info. This is the tree to bark up—they’ve been at it for years.