SECTION 3 • VOICE NEWS, Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Page 29
Home & Garden
special fall section
Structural insulated panels provide wall
strength without studs for Hanau’s home
By Natalie Schwarz
For the last sixteen years, Dave goes 20 percent faster than wood struction business for ten years,
and Kelley Hanau, of Cortland, have frame construction because the pan- mentions that some builders are “Turning
owned ten acres of land in the hesitant on using newly designed wood is my
Spring Lake Estates area in Firth. products in their buildings since passion,”
He bought the land as an invest- they are unsure on how to work with Hanau said.
ment, with the hopes of one day the materials and what the out- H a n a u
building his dream home on a hill comes will be. In his own work he and his fam-
overlooking a small lake. The time doesn’t shy away from uniquely ef- ily are excit-
has finally come and the construc- ficient products and believes that edly waiting
tion of his home is currently un- once more builders open them- for their
derway, but this isn’t just any new selves up to these energy-effi- money-sav-
construction, it is a home being ciency materials, they will be sur- ing, energy-
built with energy-efficiency in prised at how practical they are and efficient
mind. will continue to use them on future dream home Dave and Kelley Hanau’s home under
Hanau enlisted the help of ar- projects. to be com- construction in rural Firth, sports a spacious
chitect Mike Fakler, builder Mark Hanau’s home has another inter- plete, even yard. Photos by Natalie Schwarz
Otto, and material provider Tom esting feature, other than its energy- though there
Van Scoy, to help make his dream efficiency. There will be a tornado are a few months of construction the lake from their backyard deck
home into a reality. The material shelter/safe room in the basement left. Once it is finished, the Hanau’s and watch the deer and fox that fre-
that Van Scoy is providing is struc- of the house. It will be under the will be able to enjoy their view of quent the property.
tural insulated panels or SIP’s. “I porch, not under the main part of
want a well built house,” said the house, so there is little chance
Hanau, and with this product he is
guaranteed an exterior that is stron- Mark Otto, Dave Hanau, Tom Van
the ceiling can be removed in the Quality Service to the
event of a tornado. It will also have
ger than the typical wood frame Scoy (l-r) confer on the house.
home. els are all in one piece. “Once you
a steel door for added protection
and the space can be used for extra
Community for over 30 years
The ingenuity behind SIP’s is get through the first few panels, storage. Their close call with the
that it is a composite building mate- they go up quickly,” said builder 2004 Hallam tornado (their home in
rial made of polystyrene foam that Mark Otto. It is believed that Hanau Cortland was only a few miles from
is sandwiched between two layers will recoup his costs in the next 3-5 the tornado’s path) surely added in
of structural board. In the case of years due to energy-savings. their decision to add a tornado shel-
Hanau’s home, the boards are ply- The use of polystyrene is very ter to their new home.
wood. There are no studs in the ex- effective in keeping the flow of air The part that Hanau seems most
terior walls. This building material out, which makes the home more en- excited about is his ‘man shed’ lo-
is strong and energy efficient. ergy-efficient. Hanau wanted to use cated across the yard from the main Residential • Commercial
“These walls are amazingly strong. this type of material because he sees home. Here, Hanau plans to have a
This system has been engineered that is the way the country is woodworking shop. His interest in Rick Young • 435-2200 • firstname.lastname@example.org
to withstand category 4 hurricane headed- towards efficiency. “I be- woodworking came from his father.
winds” said Van Scoy. lieve in being as economic as pos-
Using SIP’s is very cost-effec- sible and if I can save money on my
tive. It can save the homeowner with energy bill, I win,” said Hanau.
construction fees since instillation Otto, who has been in the con- It’s time for a change
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Page 30 - SECTION 3 • VOICE NEWS, Thursday, September 23, 2010
“Check out” the kitchen
when shopping for a new home
Although buying a home is the tions and day-to-day activities, which • Do I like the layout of the kitchen?
largest investment most people will is why it is so important for prospec- (Consider the kitchen from an overall
ever make, the decision doesn’t have tive buyers to ensure that their new perspective and keep in mind all the
to be as daunting as it may seem to kitchen will meet the needs of their items that will require storage.)
many. There are some simple guide- family from a design and functional- • Does the kitchen look comfort-
able and make me feel good when I’m
• Does the kitchen help facilitate
frequent casual interactions with fam-
ily and friends? (Consider the views
into the surrounding rooms. Do the
spaces enable you to easily associ-
ate with family and friends?)
• Is the cabinetry durable and well
built? Is the finish on the cabinetry
smooth and consistent? To achieve a green and luscious lawn, you need to be mindful
• Does the kitchen have visual im- of fertilizing and mulching.
pact or a good focal point such as an
island, cooking grotto or other unique
feature? (Islands are a useful feature
Take the “waste”
that many homeowners desire. When
examining an island, identify the tasks
or storage functions it serves to be
out of yard waste
Routine lawn and yard maintenance ternatives as your property contrib-
sure it will meet your needs.) is usually on every homeowner’s to-do utes to a richer ecosystem.
• Does the kitchen have adequate list. Keeping the lawn neat and green Landscape the
storage space and built-in features to can become a neighborhood goal, with Border of Your Yard
accommodate my possessions? (The everyone competing for the title of “best Perimeter plantings provide a
study found the biggest regret kept lawn”. Reducing resources and convenient place to recycle tree trim-
“Test-driving” the kitchen allows you to get a feel of how homeowners have after a kitchen re- minimizing waste in a landscape should mings, leaves, and garden debris.
day-to-day life may be in a house you’re thinking of buying. model is that they didn’t include be another worthy goal. Decomposition is speeded up by
lines that can help you find a home ity perspective,” said design expert enough storage features. Look for Reducing yard “waste” is the route cutting twigs and other materials
you will be happy with for a very long Paul Radoy. drawer organizers, pullout trays and more people are taking, while finding into smaller pieces.
time. The kitchen deserves special at- a lazy Susan.) more satisfaction in routine yard care Select Plants for
A recent study conducted by tention when shopping for a new Test-Drive The Kitchen at the same time. Here’s how you can Proper Size and Vigor
Merillat, a leading manufacturer of home and has many aspects not al- • Open and close the drawers sev- reduce yard “waste” and transform it Reduce trimmings by selecting
cabinetry, found that the kitchen is ways visible with a quick glance. Fol- eral times to be sure they roll in and into yard “wealth”. dwarf varieties and always plan for
the most influential room when de- low these two simple guidelines and out smoothly and quietly. Use Organic Mulches the natural height of trees and
ciding to buy a home, followed by you’ll be better able to decide if the • Open the wall and base cabinets, Recycle leaves, wood chips, shrubs before planting. Pest resis-
the great room and then the master kitchen is right for you. because you may discover unique grass clippings, and other yard trim- tant varieties reduce both chemical
bedroom. Keep A Checklist storage solutions. mings as mulch to retain soil mois- usage and the dead wood from dis-
“The kitchen is the gathering place Ask yourself: • Pretend you’re making a meal and ture, reduce weed growth, moder- eased plants. Match plants to
for special occasions, family func- role-play the necessary steps in- ate daily and seasonal soil tempera- proper climate, soil, light conditions,
volved to see if the space is laid out tures, and reduce soil erosion. and topography.
as efficiently as possible. Plant Ground Covers Manage Lawn Areas Wisely
"Local people have trusted me for 27 • Examine the thickness of the Reduce impractical lawn areas Recycle nutrients by leaving clip-
years to help reduce or manage their wood on the drawer fronts and sides, (steep slopes, shady areas, low spots) pings on the lawn where they belong. If
as well as the cabinet doors. and keep tree roots moist and cool. Less you must collect them, reuse the grass
pain and keep them healthy and active." • See if the hinges are adjustable lawn means fewer grass clippings. It clippings as mulch or compost. Proper
to make for a correctly aligned cabi- also can reduce the amount of pesticide, care keeps lawns growing vigorously,
net door. and fertilizer use. which greatly reduces disease and pes-
• Investigate the cabinet interiors Direct Downspouts into
Holmes Lake to determine whether they’re covered Planting Beds or Lawns
with a durable water--and stain--re- Reduce runoff from downspouts Test the soil and reduce fertilizer
Chiropractic sistant material versus a lower-qual-
directed onto paved surfaces which
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which contributes to potential yard
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SECTION 3 • VOICE NEWS, Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Page 31
Spa safety Home floor plan
with fall colors suggestions
During these late summer days,
many home gardeners begin to no- You and your family and friends
tice their plants and container ar- may be able to enjoy a minivacation
rangements looking pretty tired. Now every day, just by relaxing in your own
is perfect time to refresh your con- home spa.
tainers with new plants and extend Whether you use it to enhance to-
their decorative appeal into the cool getherness, as a place to get away
season. Use autumn influences to cre- from it all by yourself, scent it for
ate a whole new look and feel for any aromatherapy with soothing herbs and
container. Lauritzen Gardens Plant fragrances, or include it in your exer-
Records Curator Sara Straate gives cise routine, your spa can be an im-
tips on how to create a beautiful ar- portant part of your life--as long as
rangement. you keep it clean. Here are six things
A smart and stunning container ar- to consider: Preventing problems before
rangement consists of three important 1. Circulation: Run your spa’s cir- they occur can help you have
components: a “filler” (the bulk of the culation system every day. Proper wa- more enjoyment and relaxation
arrangement), a “spiller” (something to ter circulation helps spa care products in your sparkling-clear spa.
trail over the sides) and a “thriller” (a get distributed evenly and promotes ers divided by three equals Days
vertical accent). There are a large vari- proper filtration. between draining.
ety of familiar and unique plants and 2. Filtration: Many spa issues can 5. Chemistry: Two main things
flowers that can be utilized for a fall ar- be caused by poor filtration. If the fil- affect spa water quality: sanitizer
rangement such as this. ter is dirty or clogged, debris stays in (bromine or chlorine) residual and
Plants commonly used in fall displays, the water. Because spa filters trap pH. When both are within their rec-
which are suited to the cooler months many contaminants, cleaning involves ommended ranges, the water
include bold-colored chrysanthemums two steps: spraying off loose debris, should be comfortable, protected
and asters, brightly colored pansies, then using a filter cleaner to remove and clear--sanitizers and “shock
delicate snapdragons and sweet potato oils and other contaminants. You products” will work efficiently--and
vine. These are all great starting points should clean your filter every four to spa surfaces and equipment are
for any container and all can easily be six weeks. protected. Maintain pH between 7.4
found at local garden centers. 3. Cleaning: Contaminants such as and 7.6. SpaGuard Spa Sentry can
Spice up a standard container with dirt, oil and bacteria can accumulate protect water from pH changes.
visually interesting plants such as orna- at the waterline, much like a bathtub 6. Testing: Use test strips to
mental cabbage and kale, English ivy, ring. A surface cleaner and cleaning regularly check spa water chemis-
coral bells and sedum, ornamental mitts can be used to remove the ring try. Products from SpaGuard can
grasses, sedges, coleus, asparagus of oil and dirt that serves as a breed- help you maintain the three essen-
ferns, and small evergreens. These ing ground for bacteria and to prevent tial chemical areas:
plants give a personalized and unique residue from building up around the • Sanitization--kills bacteria to
look to a container arrangement since waterline and inside skimmers. help prevent the transmission of
many do not think to use them in au- 4. Draining and Refilling: Over disease
tumn. time, the water absorbs and dissolves • Oxidation/shock--removes resi-
Coral bells and sedum are perenni- minerals, chemicals, and other soluble dues and restores clarity and com-
als that add texture in containers. Or- material. A Total Dissolved Solids fort
namental grasses come in greens, (TDS) test can help determine when • Water balance--ensures spa
purples, reds or gold, and along with it’s time to replace your water. High user comfort, water clarity, sanitizer
sedges and evergreens, offer height to TDS can make the water look dull, efficiency, and longevity of spa
a container arrangement. There are nu- become foamy and develop an odor. surfaces and equipment.
merous coleus, which boast dramatic How often should you drain and refill Learn More
autumn colors like rust, orange and scar- your spa? That depends on how often For more on spa care, visit your
let hues. Asparagus fern provides fine- you use it. A simple formula can help: local SpaGuard retailer or
textured foliage and may also be over- Spa gallons divided by Daily bath- www.spaguard.com.
wintered inside. If desired, move this
fern indoors before frost, and enjoy it A really green way
as a houseplant all winter. Pumpkins,
gourds, and dogwood twigs are often to cool and heat a home
overlooked elements, since they are usu- A growing number of environmentally conscious homeowners are using a home
ally set into an arrangement. However, energy system that really is considered down to earth. Audrey Hepburn’s given name originally was Andrey. Andrey is a feminine form of
when placed in a planted container, They’ve installed a geothermal comfort system, considered by many to be one Andrew. Belgian-born Hepburn changed the n to a u to become Audrey.
these additions allow for unlimited cre- of the “greenest” ways to cool and heat a home. By installing this type of system,
ative ideas. homeowners can save energy, lower their heating and cooling costs, and help pro-
Use this weekend’s beautiful weather tect the environment by using renewable energy from the earth. Using such a sys-
to get your hands dirty and revitalize tem can also provide your home with hot water.
your containers at home. A geothermal home comfort system uses a series of pipes-called an earth loop-
buried just below ground level to efficiently cool a home in the summer and provide
Tiling made easy heat in the winter. It is able to do this because the temperature below ground stays
fairly consistent year-round, absorbing the sun’s energy regardless of climate or
Updated kitchens and baths are season.
key selling points for homes, and til- Investment in geothermal systems can contribute to the growth of renewable
ing countertops, backsplashes, and energy and homegrown energy solutions. And because geothermal systems utilize
tub and shower surrounds can add in- the free renewable supply of energy found in homeowners’ backyards, the use of
stant style and resale value to your geothermal reduces U.S. dependency on foreign oil.
abode. Beautiful, durable tile can in- It also makes it possible for homeowners to reduce both their carbon footprint
fuse color and drama and set the tone and their utility bills. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, a leading manufac-
for any decor. turer of geothermal cooling and heating equipment, the energy savings provided by
Many do-it-yourselfers hesitate to one of their geothermal systems can be as much as 70 percent compared to using
take on tiling projects because the a traditional system.
process is messy and the technical In addition, geothermal systems don’t emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide,
demands of traditional tile adhesives, or other greenhouse gases that are considered to be major contributors to environ-
such as mortar or mastic, can be in- mental air pollution. This can help to reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint.
timidating to even the seasoned DIYer.
Fortunately, the latest tile adhesive
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Decorating mistakes everyone makes
Decorating mistakes every makes
+Rachel Ashwell, designer of Sim- larger. Clustering chairs together of windows at the same height. De-
ply Shabby Chic for Target, shares a creates an intimate setting. tails are also important. Rod pocket
few common home-decorating pit- Simply Chic: Less is always so curtains, blinds, Roman shades and
falls and suggests easy ways to much more. Invest in a few key drapes help define a room’s feeling.
Find the Light: Turn overhead
lights off and purchase an array of
lighting, such as table lamps,
sconces and floor lamps. A trio of
light sources, positioned at differ-
ent heights, will create flattering
pools of light. A mix of lighting styles
will provide brighter wattage for
reading and a softer glow for ambi-
ence. If you do choose an overhead
light source, install dimmer switches
so you have the flexibility to go from
romantic to practical.
Pack Rat Tendencies: Once a
year, make it a priority to edit the clut-
ter. If you don’t use it, lose it. If your
heartstrings tug on an item, remind
yourself that by donating to charity,
someone else can enjoy and benefit.
When editing your home, keep Measuring and not trying to do too much are just a couple
beauty, comfort and function as your of things that can make your decorations in your home stand
criteria. Items such as decorative out, in a good way.
boxes or storage ottomans serve The color of the hardware adds the
double duty, adding to a room’s de- pieces, but don’t buy things just to final touch, helping to bring the
cor and helping to keep the room or- fill space. It’s always safe to pur- room together.
ganized. chase large furniture in solid col-
Joe Meehan, of Greenwood, formerly of Hickman, has
Measure It: A tape measure is
your best friend. Before heading to
ors. Variations of color, tone and
texture are more interesting and
A new color
accumulated several VOICE garden records over the years.
Last week, he came to the office with two oddities, an
Target for decorative furnishings,
measure the space that you are in-
soothing than jarring prints and palette for
Armenian yard long cucumber (a new category) setting a
record at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and 27 inches long. He also had
tending to place your purchase in,
loud, diverse colors. Let comple-
mentary hues on walls and neigh- a new year
as well as doorways and halls, which boring textiles tie everything to- Color forecasters are saying green just
a 4.15 pound yam, (also a new category). The VOICE staff will allow for easy move-in. Propor-
thought a yam was a sweet potato, but according to Google, it gether. Add unique, personal may be the “it” color of 2010, reflecting,
tions are also an important consid- touches with decorative pillows they believe, a desire for new beginnings.
is not. The Roger Bruss family, of Clatonia, set a record in eration. A huge bed will overwhelm
1994, for a 9 pound, 11 ounce sweet potato. See all the VOICE and colorful artwork. For many, it also represents renewal,
a small room, just as a little table Look to the Windows: Curtains as well as being the color of spring and
garden records on our home page on our website at against a vast wall can look lost.
www.voicenewsnebraska.com or in the August home and or decorative window coverings are new growth. In recent years, it has also
When you add measurements to a beautiful way to define the tone, become, for many, the emblem of the en-
garden section (also on our website as are all of our special your shopping list, you’ll be happier
sections for easy reference. style and palette of a room. For ex- vironment--a shorthand for the global
with the end result. ample, whimsical lace panels create movement that’s dedicated to preserving
Furniture Flub: One of the most a different effect than silks or plush and conserving our planet.
Ask How. Ask Now. common home-decorating blunders velvets, which evoke a warm, for- Green is also the easiest color for the
is to place furniture against walls. mal feel. If your windows are non- eye to see, and considered the most rest-
Ask Sherwin-Williams. Leave some space between the wall standard sizes, place each curtain’s ful and comforting of all. So says Sonu
and pieces of furniture so they can tension rod at the same distance Mathew, ASID, a Benjamin Moore Paints
• Color Matches “breathe” and allow the room to look from the ceiling to create an illusion senior interior designer. She believes that
Benjamin Moore’s Cedar Green 2034-40,
• Wallpaper 30 Years in particular, is a compelling hue.
Said Mathew, “You’ll find it on the yel-
low end of the spectrum. It’s a color that,
• Paint Concrete Experience on its own, can contribute a vibrant pop to
a room, or creates a softer look when
• Stains Sidewalks, Driveways, Steps, paired with neutrals. It is also a perfect foil
for bright contrasts, such as deep blues and
Patios, Curbs, Retaining Walls orangey reds.”
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While Cedar Green leads the parade
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The publication is illustrated with pho-
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“Of course, one pervasive trend in 2010
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Wal-Mart stores in Lincoln make
competition for Habitat for Humanity
Beginning Tuesday, August homeowners lack the proper lawn
31 with a “kickoff,” and continu- care tools, or resources to pur-
ing throughout the first half of chase them at the time they move
September, the three Lincoln Wal- in.”
Mart stores will be “teaming up” As a nonprofit organization,
to participate in a project as a part Habitat for Humanity relies almost
of Wal-Mart’s Community In- entirely on volunteer efforts to work
volvement Program. The three in partnership with people in need,
local stores will be helping three to build simple, decent homes. So
of Lincoln/Lancaster County Lincoln Habitat went searching for
Habitat for Humanity’s new some generous volunteers and do-
homeowners start and establish nors to give a little of their time and
a green, healthy lawn. The win- support to help improve their fami-
ner of this competition between lies’ chances of becoming good
the three Lincoln Wal-Mart stores neighbors. Here is where the Lin-
will receive a BBQ lunch provided coln Wal-Mart stores answered the
by the other two stores. call.
Starting from scratch—each with “We are happy to share our time
a freshly graded and ready to seed and lend our support to these fami-
yard—these three teams of volun- lies in the community,” says Jeff
teers (one team from each store) will Livingston, store manager of the
compete to see which can produce North Wal-Mart and project orga-
the best looking lawn. Armed with nizer. “We believe our volunteers will
plenty of donated grass seed, flow- benefit greatly from this experience
ers and shrubs, each store team will and have fun doing so as well.” This
do the seeding, mulching, watering, kind of partnership illustrates that
and a limited amount of landscaping, Lincoln’s corporate community has
along with enough TLC required to Leaves gather under this decorative bench in a rural backyard. Photo by Logan Seacrest
a strong sense of duty when it comes
get each lawn started and looking to improving and maintaining the
good before winter. At the end of
this process, Wal-Mart will provide
neighborhoods in our city as well as
enhancing the lives of its citizens.
Three tips for Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for
Humanity wishes to recognize the
their own panel of judges and incen-
tives for the winning team.
About Lincoln / Lancaster Habi-
tat for Humanity selling your home Wal-Mart Foundation for their
outstanding philanthropic gesture!
Michele Williamson, resource Lincoln / Lancaster County
Coordinator for Lincoln Habitat, Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit When it comes to selling your home
Volunteers from 3 Lincoln Wal-Marts will
wishes to emphasizes the fact that Christian housing ministry dedicated in a tough market, Realtors say a few be helping 3 of Lincoln/Lancaster County
when Habitat partners to build a fam- to building decent, affordable hous- simple, cost-effective improvements can Habitat for Humanity’s new homeowners
ily a home, the family receives in- ing in partnership with those in need make a big difference. start and establish a green, healthy lawn.
struction along the way on basic in Lancaster County. Since 1988 For instance, the first thing many pro-
home maintenance and lawn care, but Lincoln / Lancaster County Habitat spective buyers notice in a home is its 477-9184
sometimes they need a bit more di- for Humanity has worked with over floors. Restoring-rather than replacing- 144 N. 19th St • Lincoln
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homes for low income/first time
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“Like many of us, our homebuyers
istry that welcomes to its work all
people dedicated to the cause of
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sional, if you do the cleaning yourself,
use products made for carpet and care-
fully follow manufacturers’ instructions.
often work long hours—some hav-
ing more than one job just to be able
to purchase their new home. Often,
founding in 1976, Habitat has built,
rehabilitated, repaired or improved
more than 350,000 houses world-
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Firth couple builds home from ground up
By Gerry Baksys
It’s hard to imagine what the of color.” “I made quilts for our kids
five acres looked like before the Mission accomplished! when they were little,” JoAnn
Moseman’s moved in. A lot more They have approximately said. “I quit for awhile, but started
barren, that’s for sure. 1,800 square feet on each floor of up again when we retired and
A decade ago, Dan and JoAnn their home. The upstairs contains moved back here.”
Moseman bought the land in ru- a living room, dining As beautiful as the upstairs is,
room, spacious the downstairs level is more
kitchen, two bed- amazing; not because it is deco-
rooms and two bath- rated more lavishly, but because
rooms. The basement it was finished by Dan and
has one bathroom, JoAnn.
an office, two bed- “In order to keep costs down,”
rooms and living Dan said, “we had the contrac-
room/game room tors finish the upstairs and leave
area. the downstairs alone. It took
Warm light browns about five years working nights
and golden/butter- and weekends until it was com-
scotch colors perme- pletely done.”
ate their home, ac- The basement follows the
cented by colorful decorating scheme of the upstairs
wallpaper borders in level: warm earth tones, color bor-
their kitchen, dining der accents … and a wood ceil-
room and downstairs ing?
bedrooms. In the lounge area of the base-
The kitchen is ment living room, not only is there
both Dan and a wood ceiling (the basement
JoAnn’s favorite floor is carpeted and the rest of
room in the house. It the ceiling is plaster), but they
boasts a solid wood have a tree jutting out from the
floor, wood cabinets wall.
and a spacious work “It took me awhile to find a tree
area with an island. that would fit properly,” Dan said.
“We wanted to have “I needed one with branches in
In the corner of the upstairs living room enough room in here
the right position and I applied
hangs a pure white quilt her mother for both of us to several coats of polyurethane to
made years ago, as well as the various work without bump-
seal it and prevent insect infesta-
county fair ribbons the quilt won. ing into each other,”
JoAnn’s mother died five years ago, and JoAnn said. “Plus it The yard
her father gave the quilt to her. seems whenever the Both JoAnn and Dan work for
Photos by Gerry Baksys family gets together,
the University of Nebraska at Lin-
ral Firth that would become their everyone congregates in the coln. JoAnn is the academic
home. At the time, Dan was still kitchen.” transfer coordinator while Dan
in the Air Force and stationed in In addition to all of those won- works in the landscaping depart-
Altus, Oklahoma, but was prepar- derful features, the kitchen has a The Mosemans brought nature into their living room with a
ment. Most spouses might get wood panel-ceiling and a tree.
ing to move back to Nebraska. breakfast nook that overlooks upset when their significant other
“JoAnn and I are from Ne- their yard. (More on that in a bit!) brings their work home with them, summer. nance and additional time when-
braska and my sister lives right A careful observer might no- but JoAnn doesn’t seem to mind. “When you build a new ever he wants to plant new trees
up the road,” Dan said. “After 20 tice a few small quilts hanging on There are a variety of trees house,” Dan said, “you start with- or install a new feature. In fact,
years in the Air Force, JoAnn the walls of their home, along spread out across two of their five out landscaping. We started with he is already mapping out the lo-
and I were interested in coming with hand made table runners and acres of property. (The remaining only the trees planted along the cation for what promises to be an
back and building our own other crafty creations. JoAnn three acres are uncultivated na- road that act as a windbreak. For- exciting new water feature.
home.” said she created them to tie the tive grassland.) There are shrubs, tunately, this has been a hobby “I’m going to have a waterfall
In 2002, Dan retired and work colors together in the various bushes and even a patch of wild- of mine for several years now.” cascading down a small hill and
began on their house. They had rooms. flowers in the spring and early Dan said he spends about five into a basin,” he said. “The ba-
looked at a ton of house plans, hours a week just on mainte- sin, which will have Koi, will have
taking ideas from places they
lived and knew what they liked
and didn’t like to create their
“We wanted something that
would be warm, open and
friendly,” JoAnn said. “Air Force
housing is drab and dingy, so we
also wanted something with a lot
Dan points out the path his future water feature will take.
Dan and JoAnn Moseman stand in front of their two-story Firth
If you’ve got plans, home they built from the ground up.
we’ve got the tools, a stream running through our oak
trees and ending in a slightly
as well as reliable and larger pond right in front of Willie,
our Weeping Willow tree.”
experienced employees Dan will then install a pump,
sending the water back to the top
to get the job done- of the waterfall. If he can, he
whether it is wants to try and find an old
•repairs Winterguard farmer ’s windmill to pump the
water naturally. And of course, he
plans on installing the water fea-
•remodeling or with plus 2 weed control ture by himself.
“I’ve always been good with
•new construction. 5,000 sq. ft. coverage my hands,” Dan said. “When we
were in Oklahoma, we owned some
acreage out there and I installed
D&R $ .97reg. 24.99
19 a water feature on our property.
That was when water features
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The garden of five senses Refresh your kitchen... Tips for selecting
stone countertops that best fit your lifestyle
When you’re thinking kitchen preassembled with a substantial kitchen. Some marble, however, is
remodel, countertops rank right decorative edge profile. This more porous than granite and may
up there with the cabinetry as far eliminates any unfinished or awk- etch and stain if it comes into pro-
as importance. Evaluating your ward looking exposed edges at longed contact with certain
lifestyle is important when it the sink rail. The midrange option foods. Be sure to ask your stone
comes to this se-
lection. Are you
that take care
food and cook-
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A granite slab
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and function. Granite or marble slab countertops can help tie in the theme of the kitchen.
Prices range from
the very expensive to the afford- is a large-format tile (16", 18" or fabricator for information on
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little gem will make its way onto ite tile incorporated as the sink before selecting this material.
your “wants list.” Do your home- rail. The most affordable option While a kitchen remodel on a
work and you might be surprised is the smaller 12"x12" tile finished tight budget might seem like an
to find out that you can afford with a wood strip to finish off the oxymoron to some, it can become
The Norris Kindergarten Sensory Garden is now up and granite. It may not be that exotic countertop edge. When choos- a reality. Remember, inexpensive
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Black Walnut toxic to nearby plants
Black walnut (Juglans nigra do contain a smaller quantity. compared to the black walnut that
L.) is a valuable nut and hardwood Juglone is slightly soluble in wa- toxicity to other plants is rarely
lumber tree. In the home land- ter and thus does not move very observed.
scape, black walnut is grown as a far in the soil. Implications for Horticulture
shade tree and occasionally, for Since small amounts of juglone Gardens should be located
its edible nuts. While many plants are released by live roots, particu- away from black walnut trees to
grow well in proximity to black larly juglone-sensitive plants may prevent damage to susceptible
walnut, there are certain plant show toxicity symptoms anywhere plants. If proximity to such trees
species whose growth is hindered within the area of root growth of a is unavoidable, then raised beds
black walnut tree. However, afford a means of protection. How-
greater quantities of juglone are ever, the bed must be constructed
generally present in the area im- in such a way as to minimize tree
mediately under the canopy of a root penetration into the raised
black walnut tree, due to greater portion. Care must then be taken
root density and the accumulation to keep the beds free of black wal-
of juglone from decaying leaves nut leaf litter or nuts. If a garden
and nut hulls. This distribution of is separated from a black walnut
juglone means some sensitive tree by a driveway or other physi-
plants may tolerate the amount of cal barrier, then root extension
juglone present in the soil near a growth into the garden area may
black walnut tree, but may not sur- be limited and juglone toxicity
vive directly under its canopy. Al- problems minimized.
ternatively, highly sensitive From observation of native
plants may not tolerate even the stands of black walnut, decreased
small concentration of juglone toxicity seems to be associated
Black walnut lumber adversely beyond the canopy spread. Be- with excellent soil drainage, even
affects plants nearby. cause decaying roots still release among sensitive species. Thus,
juglone, toxicity can persist for any steps that can be taken to im-
by this tree. The type of relation- several years after a tree is re- prove drainage, such as additions
ship between plants in which one moved. of organic matter or replacement Organizing your closet could make items easier to find.
produces a substance which af- Species survival near or under of existing soil with a lighter type,
Get in the closet zone
fects the growth of another is black walnut trees is further com- should tend to minimize toxicity
known as “allelopathy.” plicated by the fact the amount of problems in a garden area.
The Source of Toxicity juglone present in the soil de- Leaves, bark, or wood chips of
Plants adversely affected by pends on soil type, drainage, and black walnut should not be used
to mulch landscape or garden You may be better able to win • Upper storage shelving (above
being grown near black walnut soil microorganisms. Competition the race for (storage) space with
trees exhibit symptoms such as for light and moisture under the plants. Even after a period of the highest hanging rod) can be for
composting, such refuse may re- your closet, if you heed a few hints. seasonal clothes you use less of-
foliar yellowing, wilting, and even- canopy also greatly affects which Although everyone’s closet storage
tual death. The causal agent is a species survive. lease small amounts of juglone. ten as well as pieces you rarely use
Plants sensitive to juglone: dilemmas vary, a systematic method of at all.
chemical called “juglone”, which Other trees closely related to organizing your stuff can lead to the
occurs naturally in all parts of the black walnut also produce juglone, Vegetables: cabbage, egg- • Personal and activity items such
plant, pepper, potato, tomato, as- highest level of efficiency. Besides, as your everyday watch, wedding ring,
black walnut. The largest concen- including butternut, English wal- when your closet is clutter free, your
trations of juglone occur in the nut, pecan, shagbark hickory, and paragus, pea. wallet, keys and phone can stay within
Fruits: apple, blackberry, blue- mornings can run more smoothly, giv- arm’s reach on a waist-level shelf or
walnut’s buds, nut hulls, and bitternut hickory. However, all ing you the right mind-set to tackle the
roots. However, leaves and stems produce such limited quantities berry. drawer.
Landscape plants: azalea, bass- day. • Shoes worn most often should be
wood, white birches, crabapple, • As you begin to sort through the the easiest to reach. Keep special party
hackberry, Amur honeysuckle, contents of your closet, remember the shoes or rarely used running shoes on
Give us a call for 24 hour a day, Japanese larch, lespedeza, lilac, 80/20 rule: You wear 20 percent of your
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the floor or way up high.
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saucer magnolia, silver maple,
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tentilla, privet, rhododendron, egory, grouping shirts, pants, suits, These occasional items can be hidden
Norway spruce. dresses and so on. Depending on the away and pulled out when you need
• Licensed Flowers and herbaceous nature of your wardrobe, you can also them.
separate casual clothes from those you • Don’t underestimate the power of
• N.A.T.E. Certified plants: peony, chrysanthemum.
wear to work or on special occasions. closet accessories. Closet systems, like
Plants tolerant of juglone:
Dan Pester • Denton Vegetables: lima beans, snap • Add a center tower of shelving on those from ClosetMaid(r), can be out-
beans, beets, corn, onions, pars- each wall for frequently used items. It fitted with drawers, doors, cubbies,
440-5501 nips, carrot.
Fruits: cherry, black raspberry.
creates a place for folded things such
as T-shirts, sweaters and denim.
jewelry trays and pullout rods, putting
every last inch of space to work. To
Landscape plants: red cedar, • Pants, shirts and dresses can be learn more, go to
elm, winged euonymus, forsythia, kept on hang rods, making them easier www.closetmaid.com.
hawthorn, hemlock, hickories, to access.
black locust, most maples, oaks,
autumn olive, pachysandra, paw- What to screen out
paw, persimmon, wild rose, sy-
camore, most viburnums, Virginia when buying screens
creeper. If your window and door screens choose a contractor to do the job, start
Flowers and herbaceous have worn out, separated from the the process by doing your homework.
plants: bluebells, Kentucky blue- frame, or torn, you may need to re- Learning more about screen quality can
grass, daffodil, daylily, ferns, iris, place them. help you get the best deal.
narcissus, phlox, Shasta daisy, tril- Whether you install them yourself or Since all screens are not created
lium. equal, there are several factors to con-
sider when selecting one:
• Fire safety. Check to see that the
screen has been certified as flame re-
• Mildew and mold protection.
Choose a line with antimicrobial pro-
tection that can work 24/7 for an added
level of defense against stain and odor-
causing microbes, such as mold and
mildew, that can damage your screens.
Screens such as those made by Phifer
now have Microban(r) protection built
• Greener screens. For example,
BetterVue(r) Insect Screening is certi-
Your Underground Experts fied by the Greenguard(r) Environmen-
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•Tank Pumping rigorous emissions tests and undergo
•Backhoe/Trenching quarterly tests as well as annual recer-
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•Hydro Excavator to consider when enclosing your pa-
tio or porch. Choose screens that offer
•All types of footings superior visibility, attractive neutral
•Directional Boring Certified #C1125 tones to coordinate with your home,
and extra protection against insects.
Wrightsman If you are in the market for new win-
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Trenching, Inc. ing that will be installed in those win-
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BetterVue(r) preinstalled, ask for it.
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homeowners: Going green in style
roof Spruce up You don’t have to sacrifice style to
be eco-conscious at home. You can use
4. Saturate with one primary
plays these five simple tips from Linda
color--It’s important to pick a color pal-
ette and stay true to it. In the HGTV
defense on a shoe string Woodrum, designer of the HGTV
Green Home 2010, to make your living
Green Home, red is used prominently.
It’s easy to recreate the look with low-
Even a bare-bones decorating
against budget doesn’t mean you can’t give
environment more energy efficient, vi-
sually appealing and environmentally
VOC paint and environmentally friendly
harsh your home a fresh look.
“One of the easiest and least ex-
1. Welcome home--Create a wel-
5. Use durable materials in high-
traffic areas--Your front and back en-
weather pensive ways to spruce up your
home is to subtract what’s in it,” says
coming entrance to your home by mak-
ing sure your exterior relates to the in-
trances are subject to a lot of wear and
tear. A durable tile floor in the mud/laun-
Ginny Bean, publisher and founder of terior. For example, antique wicker dry room and powder room is a green
Chants of “Defense! Defense!” Ginny’s catalog and Ginnys.com. chairs painted red and placed on the
may be routine at basketball games, option that’s easy to maintain yet ap-
Here are a few of Bean’s low- front porch can introduce visitors to the pealing in a New England-style home.
but it turns out the thrust of the mes- cost, high-impact tips for giving your color scheme inside. And the unex-
sage-the need to protect against bad Learn More
home a lift: pected color demonstrates that you can For information on the HGTV Green
stuff that might lie ahead-applies Clear the clutter. Clear stacks be green without being boring.
equally as well to your home’s roof. Home Giveaway, visit www.hgtv.com.
of books and magazines on coffee 2. Reduce, reuse, recycle--
Roofs are actually the first line of tables and throws on couches. Put Unique pieces, such as a dining room
defense against rain, snow, cold air books on shelves and magazines in a table made from reclaimed wood and a
and harsh weather in general. And so rack or basket. Tuck the throws in light fixture made from a repurposed
if you’re smart, you’ll want to check the linen closet and pack away knick- basket, make a room richer and more
what kind of shape yours is in twice a
knacks for a few months.
Rearrange the furniture. Try
interesting. The HGTV Green Home
could inspire you to use everyday items
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Proper irrigation conserves water
at NO Extra Charge! Automatic irrigation systems can rigation area or zone will receive for turf. If you install a sprinkler
be designed to support zone water- the same amount of water. The system, the rate and uniformity
FOR ing. Zone watering means grouping water conserving value of of application must be carefully
buffalograss will be defeated if it designed. Plan emitter patterns to
is in the same irrigation area as fit water output to the shape,
RENT trees needing more water.
Choose the appropriate irrigation
soil, infiltration rate, and wind
characteristics of your site. If
3 Bedroom farmhouse, system and then install and maintain you are using a conventional
10 minutes South of it properly. It is estimated that 75- hose and sprinkler, remember
Lincoln, single garage, all 85 percent of plant problems result that the location and quality of
appliances, no smoking, from overwatering. If you know daily the sprinkler head determines
515 Washington St., evapotranspiration rates (combined how efficiently water is delivered.
no pets. $550/mo. + Clatonia, NE water loss from soil and plant), you There is one more consideration:
Deposit. 402-806-6773 can recharge root zones without over runoff. You want water on the plants,
or 402-673-5525 $79,500 *PRICE There are many ways we can
conserve water. or under watering. You can save even not down the gutter. Careful location
REDUCED* more if water emitters distribute wa- of emitters may not be enough to
3 bedroom - Nice Split Level, 1.5
For Sale bath, all electric, central air, heat
plants with similar water require-
ments in the same area of the land-
ter uniformly even when it is windy.
Drip and soaker hose irrigation
minimize runoff. You may need to re-
shape land to reduce slopes that en-
pump, new 10x12 deck, new roof,
1415 Hackberry St new water heater, all appliances scape. Remember that all the shrubs,
trees, flowers, and turf in a given ir-
systems place water on the soil sur-
face in the immediate vicinity of a
courage water to move too quickly
for soil to absorb it. The slope should
included. Upper level is estimated
in Bennet at 968 sq. feet plus a finished lower
plant’s root system, reducing
evaporation loss and irrigating
direct water toward the plants that
level with built in garage w/new are high water users and away from
1700 sq foot 3 bdrm 2 ba only the desired plants. An added
house with partially finished
opener. Nice back yard with
basketball court and alley access.
Stop in for bonus of these systems is the re-
hard surface areas such as drive-
ways, walks, and patios. Another
duction in foliar diseases, which way to reduce runoff is to incorpo-
basement built in 2006 Wilber-Clatonia School District,
$210,000 asking $79,500 or offer. May assist
in finding loan for qualified buyer.
Best Prices! can accompany sprinklers. These
systems best serve trees, shrubs,
rate compost into the soil to improve
the infiltration rate and water-hold-
Call 440-2571 Call 402-988-3515 Hundreds of remnant carpets and flowers. ing capacity of the soil.
or 499-7565 or 402-988-2995 for more Many at or below cost. Sprinklers are generally used Reprinted from The NEBLINE
information or additional photos.
Serving the area for 58 years.
Avoid damage with
Sept. 26th • 1-2 p.m.
108 Concord Ave • Hickman
A damp, leaky basement can be waterproofing easier than ever be-
a homeowner’s worst nightmare. fore--even for inexperienced do-it-
Active water leaks and excessive yourselfers. New waterproofing
moisture in basement or foundation paints are low odor and are easy to
walls can rob a home of extra stor- apply, eliminating the expense as-
age or living space. And, if left un- sociated with hiring a contractor.
Open House checked, more serious problems Getting started: Prepare the
Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. can result, including costly struc-
tural damage and high humidity lev-
surface. Before you get started,
make sure basement walls are thor-
3 bedrooms, and 1.75 baths. Low 4900 Woodland Ave • Lincoln
maintenance steel siding. The kitchen was els throughout the home. That’s oughly cleaned to get rid of dirt,
updated 5 years ago. New heat pump (1 block north and 1 block east why it is important to take care of grease and other contaminants. Kill
was installed a year ago and it is an all of 48th & Hwy 2) water problems before they start. any existing mold and mildew by
electric home. A wood burning stove in $145,500 414 Court • Beatrice Fortunately, there are state-of-the- washing with a solution of house-
the living room. There is a large family 1,062 sq. ft. home with 2 bedrooms 223-5204 art technologies that make basement hold bleach and water, consisting of no
room in the basement and a single attached upstairs, 2 bedrooms downstairs, more than one cup of bleach in one gal-
garage. PRICE REDUCED $114,900 2 full baths, 3/4 bath downstairs. lon of water. Next, remove any efflo-
Fran O’Leary, Realtor
Master 12x12, kitchen 10.5x10, 15 Years of Experience rescence, a powdery white deposit
living room 20x14 with vaulted found on many concrete surfaces, with
402 770-7907 ceiling. Large fenced yard, 2 stall a concrete etching solution to ensure the
garage. Great neighborhood - Custom Manure waterproofing paint sticks to the base-
close to elementary and middle ment walls. Patch any holes and cracks-
schools. Call 402-499-7713 Hauling & Solid Spreader -especially those that show signs of ac-
tive water leaks or those around win-
nature’s way dows, doors, and joints. Products like
Zinsser Watertite Etch, Watertite Hy-
to better crop yields draulic Cement, and Watertite Polyure-
thane Sealant are specifically formulated
for basement waterproofing prep.
Apply two coats of waterproofing
3 Trucks available | Backer Acres | Kent Backer 499.8060 paint. Waterproofing paints such as
Watertite Mold & Mildew-Proof Wa-
terproofing Paint are guaranteed to stop
water and offer a five-year mold-and-
mildew-proof paint film guarantee. Low
odor and easy to use, Watertite is avail-
able in an oil-base formula, which is
great for waterproofing wet walls, or a
convenient latex formula for routine wa-
Fall Sale terproofing.
To apply, use a thick synthetic brush
Everything is on Sale or large nap roller to apply the first coat
Beanpod Canles to a small section of the masonry. Use a
Woodwick Candles brush to work the coating into the pores
Unique Glass Decor 10-60% off of the concrete to produce a continu-
ous pinhole-free film. Apply the second
& so much more coat with a brush or roller.
Enjoy your basement. Watertite
can be tinted to a wide range of off-
white, pastel, and medium-tone colors
2701 No. 48th, Suite, 2, to help you transform a damp, leaky
basement into a beautiful living space.
Lincoln 402-466-2141 To learn more, visit www.zinsser.com.
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Sample your way to a new paint palette
Giving your home a color complimentary Paint Your Place With your brush, paint (cut in)
makeover is easier and more eco- program through ColorSmart by around the perimeter of the wall.
nomical these days with handy Behr, choose from over 4,000 col- Start at a top corner and continue
tools such as paint samples that ors and browse color cards, color along the ceiling, down the side
let you try out new looks for less. families, stripe cards and product corners and around the
Here are three easy steps to brochures. baseboards. Tap excess paint off
help you get started: • View the “How to” and “Help” against the inside wall of the
1. The Color demos online and get style, design bucket.
“Today, many of the most popu- and color advice from experts, From the bucket, pour paint
lar colors are often versatile ones,” preparation and cleanup guides, into a paint tray and work your
according to Erika Woelfel, color step-by-step instructions and rec- roller into the tray until it is fully
expert for Behr Paints. “We see ommendations for products and loaded with paint. Use a 3/8" to 1/
colors appearing that have com- equipment. 2" roller cover for a light texture
plex, hybrid qualities; they can 2. The Wall and a 1/2" to 1" roller cover for
live in multiple color families. They Consider whether you want to heavier texture. For larger areas,
can shift in one direction or an- paint all the walls or just one. Cre- consider a 5-gallon bucket and
other and complement other ating an accent wall is a simple and bucket grid.
hues.” quick way to add depth and style, Starting in a 3' by 3' section at a
You can get a preview of what showcase your decor and high- top corner of the project area, roll
a wall will look like with help from light the architectural features of the paint onto the wall in a “W”
small paint samples and some your home. formation. For an even application,
good advice online that can save Choose a color that pairs well begin 3" to 4" away from the cut-
you time, trouble and money: with your existing wall color or, if in section.
• Before you buy large cans of your room is a neutral hue, add a Work the roller back and forth
paint, you can also purchase 8- bold shade. Just remember, warm across the section until the “W”
ounce paint samples through the colors advance and cool colors re- is completely filled in. Roll over
Behr from Home program at treat. the cut-in area. Forming a column
www.behr.com or at any The Home 3. The Way from ceiling to floor, paint the next
Depot store. The samples, priced Once you’ve decided what color 3' by 3' section directly below the
at less than $3, can be tinted to to place where, begin painting. previous one.
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Plus Ultra and most Premium Plus a bucket and use a quality 2"- to 2 sure a uniform finish, lightly pass
paint colors and cover an area as 1/2"-wide nylon/polyester brush. the roller over the newly painted
large as 4' by 6'. You don’t have to When using more than one gallon area. Repeat until the project is Before buying a can of paint, try purchasing an 8 ounce
commit to any color until you’ve of paint, combine the containers complete. Then apply a second sample to see how it looks.
tried several shades. for better uniformity of color. coat.
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• Install grab bars in bathrooms.
Problem: For children, fire, suf-
focation, firearms, drowning, and
poisoning are the leading causes of
deaths at home.
• Install and maintain smoke and
carbon monoxide alarms.
• Make sure that cribs, playpens,
and play equipment are safe and al-
ways keep a crib free of soft objects
or loose bedding.
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install four-sided isolation fencing
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Wallmans’ team up their talents on Adams acreage
den on a plot that had formerly func- “excellent stress reliever and gives
tioned as Terry’s hog lot. Things you lots of thinking time and even a
came up looking beautiful and little exercise.”
green! Soon afterwards, we What is paramount for her, how-
watched it all start to die off because ever, is spending time with her fam-
the ground had too much acid/ma- ily. Arguably, Lisa most enjoys
nure/etc. Haven’t planted one spending time with her two daugh-
since!” ters, Joni and Brooke. Joni is a reg-
Never one to shy away from a istered nurse, currently working at
new planting experiment, Lisa ven- Saint Elizabeth’s while pursuing her
tures from craft fairs to flea markets master’s degree. Brooke just started
and even as far as the West Coast graduate school at Creighton this
looking for new additions to add to fall and is in the Occupational
her plots. Therapy program. Lisa and Terry
“Last summer, while visiting San Wallman are extremely proud of their
Jose, California for my niece’s wed- two daughters. There is a fifth mem-
ding, I fell in love with all of their ber of the Wallman family, however.
flowers, but particularly a purple lily. Bo, the family Pekingese, helps fill
Of course, I had to inquire more the void left by Joni and Brooke
about it at the motel in which we when they left home.
Believe it or not,
had the gar-
dener dig me
and my aunt
of the plant to
take home. So,
Terry, Lisa and Bo Wallman on the front porch of their rural Adams home. we had to check
Photos by Machaela Beltzer in our Nigerian
By Machaela Beltzer Tiger Lilies at
Lisa Wallman, of rural Adams, “Both of my grandmothers the airport, just
is a nurse with quite a green thumb. were excellent with flowers, so I like everything
By day, she works in a medical of- guess I may have inherited a little else, and carry
fice at Saint Elizabeth Regional bit of (my green thumb) from them. these big
Medical Center, but when her shift Spring is my favorite time of the bushy plants in
ends, she can likely be found out- year and we’ll have quite a few our bags on the
side, digging in the dirt. tulips, hyacinths and a few daffo- trip home. Yes,
Lucky for Lisa, her husband, dils on display. Soon, the irises, they got a little
Terry, is a willing helper in the on- peonies and Sweet William (make heavy and it
going pursuit to beautify the their appearance). Fall is usually was kind of em-
Wallman’s acreage. When Lisa has a good show of yellow, red and barrassing. Of
a vision that requires heavy lifting orange chrysanthemums in differ- course, the rest
or digging, Terry is there to lend a ent areas. Recently, we planted of the family
hand. That is, if he’s not occupied quite a few of the red and white thought we
with his farming or hog confine- varieties so we’d even have some were crazy. The
ment operations. Nebraska red and white in the plant is still
“It seems like we’re always yard!” alive, but hasn’t
moving or transplanting some- Lisa and Terry have decided to bloomed nearly
thing. Last year, we dug up boxes concentrate their landscaping ef- as much as it did
and boxes of iris bulbs so I could The well pump Lisa rescued from forts in the flower department and in the California
have more room to plant new flower their property serves as a rustic forego the vegetable garden. One climate.”
varieties. It seems like when Terry centerpiece. of Lisa’s less-than-rewarding gar- L i s a
gets spring fever and begins plant- year. Of course, I always have to dening experiences is the dreaded Wallman enjoys Adorned in one of Terry’s old shirts, the
ing crops, I also feel the need to get add a few decorative yard sticks or vegetable garden. “About six to gardening be- Wallman’s scarecrow signifies the changing
out there and plant. I’m trying to other goodies that I’ve picked up seven years ago we planted our gar- cause it’s an of the seasons.
plant more perennials so I don’t al- along the way; most likely at a craft
ways have to go buy flowers every show.”
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