A Living Forest in an Apartment Building

th5OQPJ3L5Many people do not know this about me but I own a few apartment buildings. That is right I am a real estate mogul. Well, maybe not quite but I am on my way. I own and operate affordable housing for working people. Nothing too fancy just simple homes for regular people. I am always looking for way to cut down on the cost of operating. Currently the heat is included in the rent. I have been researching different ways to reduce the heating cost on a particular building. My other buildings were renovated by the previously owner before I bought them. I made sure of it. Each were tightly insulated and energy efficient. Nevertheless, this other building, the one that is costing me an arm and a leg in heating cost, was a gift. My great uncle gifted me the building in his will. I am grateful but building is an older building, so there is some updated I must do before I can bring in tenants.

After some researching I have decided incorporate a living forest within the building. After reading some of the benefits and looking at pictures, I think that would be perfect for this old building. Tomorrow I will contact a tree service that I have been using for years. Talk to their arborist about the best trees I should use in such a project, where to get them, and how to maintain them.

Those that have incorporated living trees within their home and building structures have reaped many benefits and positive effects from them. From an increase in the air, quality, to a reduction in heating and cooling, even report more positive and spiritually uplifted residents. Just from being that close to nature. In fact, if I include one hundred and fifty trees they will have to ability of taking in about two hundred thousand liters of carbon dioxide that we breathe out. Then releasing clean and purified oxygen for us to breathe. The leaves have their own climate, which in return affects the heating and cooling of a building or whatever space they are in. This means they provide substantial in aid in the heating and cooling of a structure. Making it more efficient and less expensive to do so for the owner or occupants.

Of course, there are some other things that I will have to do to the building. Or rather have done. I need to have it insulated, new energy saving window, update the heating and cooling system, that has just to name a few. I am going to keep researching to see what other naturally elements I can add that can improve the building and save me a few dollars.

Normally I would not purchase a building like this; the upfront cost of renovations is enough to scare me. Although I have always wanted to but as I mentioned the cost can be astronomical. But thanks to my generous Great Uncle Napoleon I received a building that’s paid for, even the taxes are paid up for twenty years. My uncle was an efficient and wise man. All those components have made it possible for renovations to be done. Thanks Uncle Napoleon!

New Orleans my Vacation Spot

Everyone once in awhile its great to treat yourself.  It doesn’t matter if its to a new purse, pedicure, ice cream, or a vacation.  If you work hard don’t you deserve a little positive reinforcement?  I whole heartily agree.  After doing vewy well this quarter my husband and I decided that we will treat ourselves to a week long vacation.  We only had a week both of us could get away from our work without everything falling apart, this narrow our travels to somewhere in the united states.  A week is not enough time to spend in another country especially if its suppose to be a vacation.  And what a glorious trip it was.  So, last week my husband and I went on a vacation.  To New Orleans, Louisiana.  If you haven’t been you really should think about making a trip.  There is so much to do and see. I love it there.  As a matter of fact this is our third trip together since we were married a couple of th03Q1MICYyears ago.

Here are a few tips for visiting the crescent city that has always made my travels easy and memorable.  Hey there is a reason we keep returning!

ACCOMMODATION

You see I’m lucky.  My family owns houses in New Orleans and some of the surrounding parishes, when we travel there we are able to stay in one of their homes.  Saving us a lot of money.  But there are many beautiful hotels in New Orleans that come highly recommended.  Determine where you will be spending most of your time by going to New Orleans official web page and checking out a map.  Another great tip is to go on a site such as Yelp to see what others have said about the different hotels in the area.   This is something I have done on others trips, check out the cost of renting a house or room for the time you will spend there.  Depending on how many people will be joining you on your trip this could save you a lot of money.  If you don’t have any plans on getting out of the city you can easily get around without renting a car.  Between the trolleys, taxis, and Uber it maybe an expense that could be eliminated.  We go we usually don’t bother with a car rental, unless its just for a day.  Just a little tip.

MUST SEE SIGHTS AND STOPS

When eating in New Orleans or any place that your are not familiar with always go with the locals.  Ask around, look around, where they eat is guaranteed to be great and less expensive then what’s geared towards tourists.  When I’m in New Orleans there are a few foods and treats that I must eat before returning home.  In my mind it never tastes as good as it does when you’re there.  First is a po’boy.  For those who don’t know what a po’boy is, its a sandwich that comes on a delicious French bread.  You can have it filled with any variety of seafood.  From oysters, to shrimp, to crawfish, to name a few.   I always get a crawfish or a shrimp po’boy depending on which one is in season.  After I have enjoyed a fresh and delicious po’boy my next must eat is a beignet.  A delectable and light French doughnut that is covered in a heavy dusting of powered sugar.  My next sweet treat is some pecan pralines.  Then I like to cool down with a snow ball (shave ice), usually a pina colada flavor with sweetened condensed milk poured over it.  After all this I’m starting to get a little hungry.

THINGS TO DO

There are so much to do, for any type of budget, and all ages.  There are voodoo and ghosts tours.  You can hear a great jazz band perform right there on the sidewalk.  To great ferry cruises and gator sightings.   New Orleans also have one of the best zoo’s and aquarium in the country.  Have brunch and go shopping.  Or simply get lost starting at the breathtaking architecture and colorful people.  Possibilities are endless.

 

The Storm of My Life

 

Every summer it never fails.   We have the worst storms ever.  But this summer, this July in thO9U313FPfact we had the worst storm that I can remember.  It was so scary and awful.  The perfect scene to any horror story. Have you ever woke up to howling winds, the punding of hail on your roof and the crack and rumble of lightning and thunder?  Well that awful day in July I did, my family did.  I woke up to all that and more.

It was crazy and totally unexpected.  The night before the news weather man, Jim Luster, said that we would havbe some gentle summer rain with maybe a few rolls of thunder to lull us to sleep.  I’m sorry Mr. Luster but you were wrong.  It may have started out like that but it ended with a bang. Hearing the noise from this raging storm, I woke up and rushed outside to secure some things we had left out.  My husband and I had dinner out on the porch and there was still place settings and a vase with flowers on the table.  Quickly I dragged all those things into the foyer of our home.   Then I grabbed our keys and rolled our windows up on our vehicles.  Not too long after I closed the windows on our cars that a huge bolt of lightening hit the transformer at the end of our road and all of the power on the street went out.  A black out.  We didn’t even have a chance to prepare for it.  Hopefully, it will not last for long.

Those sixty miles per hour winds did some amazing damage to my home and my neighbors’.  My husband and I were blown away at the destruction that one storm left behind.  Trees were split in half, some had fallen over.   It look like a kid had a very bad day threw a tantrum then preceded to through and broke all of his crayons during his fit.  There was debris strewn everywhere. As I walk into the back yard I noticed three of our elm trees were either fallen over or split.   There were more grounded tree limbs and branches than I can count on my hands.  As I glance around at my neighbors homes I could see that we were not alone.  Everywhere, up and down the street it was the same picture over and over again.  With the exception that some people had branches and trees going through or on top of their homes.  Luckily we were spared that kind of destruction.  Out house and cars were intact and more or less without any real damages.  Just a couple of missing shingles from our roof that my husband said can easily repaint and replace.

That was one bad storm.  That just took everyone by surprise. If only we had some type of warning we could have prepared for it.  But that how life goes, doesn’t it?  Anything can happen.  As they say we plan and God plans.  Now I am in search of a decent tree service.  Hopefully we can find a one to come out in the next day or two and take care of those fallen and split trees in the back.  I’m sure that they are all super busy after a storm like this.  My neighbor, Patty, recommended Oklahoma City Tree Service to my husband.  She said that they are fair, understanding, and great to work with.  I’m going to give them a call and have them come out take care of our trees in the back.  And whatever branches that are too large for my husband and I aren’t able to remove on our own.  Time to get to cleaning up.