Day: May 7, 2020

7 Types of Home Projects to Avoid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Quarantine means spending way more time at home—and for some people, that also means noticing everything you want to change about your space. But is now a good time to take on a major renovation project?

Probably not, experts say.

“If you’re not already in the middle of a renovation, I don’t think right now is the time to start a big project,” says Katie Kurtz, a real estate agent in Minneapolis and home design blogger at Adorned Homes. “You could get into the middle of it and realize you need help with it, and you’re probably not going to be able to find anyone to come in.”

In compliance with social distancing guidelines, many contractors are limiting the number of people on work sites, which means projects are taking longer than usual, Kurtz says.

But even DIY projects come with challenges during a pandemic.

“Most stores only allow

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Olive Garden is sending kids to virtual prom

Because they give out those chocolate mints, remember?

Because they give out those chocolate mints, remember?
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Olive Garden is a place where teen dreams come true. After all, the whole concept of bottomless breadsticks is perfectly tailored to people with small budgets, fast metabolisms, and no weekend plans beyond hours of lingering. Indeed, in a press release, the Italian-American restaurant chain called itself “the unofficial sponsor of the pre-prom dinner.” Since those dinners won’t be happening this spring, Olive Garden is creating a sort of virtual prom for the class of 2020.

Here’s how it works: Kids can take (solo) photos of themselves in their prom outfits, and have their date do the same. Then, they’ll tweet the photos with the hashtag #OliveGardenProm or submit them via Instagram DM. Then, Olive Garden will create one-of-a-kind magic with the photos (aka tap their one non-furloughed employee who knows how to use Photoshop). The resulting masterpiece

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Our Kitchen: Remarkable Food Prepared By Hand At The COOK Kitchen

Our Kitchen

OK, so this isn’t an official accolade, but the COOK Kitchen in Sittingbourne, Kent is like no other. It takes 300 people, working day and night, with immense care and pride, to create our meals. We love showing people round, but if you never make it to our corner of Kent, here’s a virtual guided tour.


1. Goods In

We check in all our ingredients with the same diligence as a sergeant major inspecting his troops on the parade ground. No ingredient enters the Kitchen unless we’re 100% happy and, as our suppliers will tell you, we are very, very fussy.



2. Prep

Under the watchful eye of Big Rob, the Prep Team prepares all the ingredients for the chefs. Vegetables are topped and tailed, peeled and sliced. Meat is trimmed and diced. In the Spice Room, herbs and spices are mixed for marinades. Prep is home to

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UK Muslim, 100, walks garden laps for virus victims while fasting | News

A 100-year-old man is walking laps in his east London garden to raise funds for coronavirus victims in the United Kingdom, Bangladesh and dozens of other countries.

Born on January 1, 1920 in modern-day Bangladesh, Dabirul Choudhury moved to London to study English literature in 1957.


Inspired by Tom Moore, a fellow British centenarian who attracted worldwide attention by walking garden laps and raising almost 33 million pounds ($41m) for the National Health Service (NHS), Choudhury had a target of 100 laps when he started his mission on April 26.

But Choudhury hit that goal within days, and continues with the garden laps to raise more funds.

As a Muslim, he is fasting during Ramadan while he walks. So far, he has raised about 75,000 pounds ($92,700).

Choudhury, as an elderly person in the UK, has been in self-isolation for about two months under the current lockdown

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Prospects for garden centers uncertain with people out of work

Workers at New Hampshire garden centers and nurseries don’t know what to expect as they enter what’s usually their busiest time of year.>> Download the FREE WMUR app At Countrybrook Farms in Hudson, eight acres are full of flowers, trees and mulch. Owner Jay Shattuck said 50 percent of his business is done in April, May and June, meaning the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t be worse.”I call it a big produce stand,” Shattuck said. “We have to care for it. We have to merchandise it properly. That keeps me up, anyway. The fact that we don’t know if we will be able to sell the stuff that’s here the way we normally would, that’s stressful.”He said business could boom because people living under the stay-at-home order could have more time and desire to spruce up their yards. He’s taking precautions, such as closing the inside part of the … Read More

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Public Garden’s Duckling Day will be held online amid coronavirus concerns

Boston’s Public Garden will move its annual “Duckling Day” Mother’s Day event online this year, as organizers seek to maintain some of the spirit of the kid-friendly gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the cancellation or postponement of so many other traditions.

Duckling Day will be held on the organization’s Facebook page May 10 starting at 12 p.m., the Friends of the Public Garden said in a statement Monday.

The broadcast runs for about 20 minutes, and it will feature a personal message from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a video from Duckling Days past. WCVB-5 anchor Rhondella Richardson will do a live reading of Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings.”

On most years, hundreds of people dress up like characters in the book on Duckling Day to celebrate the classic children’s story with a parade, crafts, and circus games.

“We know many families were excited and

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