CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ST. LOUIS BLUES! 2019 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!

The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1967 as one of the six teams from the 1967 NHL expansion and is named after the W. C. Handy song “Saint Louis Blues”. The Blues play their home games at the 19,150-seat Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis, which has been their arena since moving from St. Louis Arena in 1994.[3]

The Blues have qualified for the playoffs in all but nine of their 52 seasons, appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and won the Stanley Cup in 2019. Their 42 playoff appearances are the most of NHL teams outside of the Original Six, although the franchise struggled in the postseason throughout much of their history and were swept during each of their first three Finals appearances. With the Blues’ victory in their fourth Stanley Cup Finals, 49 years after their previous appearance and 52 years after their founding, they became the final active team from the 1967 expansion to win their first Stanley Cup.

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Wright City City Wide Yard Sale will be in August. Prepare now!

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Here are 6 ways to keep gross smells and other nuisances at bay this Summer

YIKES! That funky smell has got to go! Here’s how.

Sometimes summer stinks – literally. Here are 6 ways to keep gross smells and other nuisances at bay.

When did hanging out on your patio with that privacy wall you DIYed back in May stop being fun? All you can see is that rusty grill staring at you, and bird poop piling up on your outdoor chaise while you sweat and fight off bugs. And, eeeew, what is that you smell? Summer’s great — but, boy, can it turn on you when the dog days set in.

Don’t start job hunting in Alaska just yet. You can take back your summer. Here’s the worst of what it can inflict on you (in no particular order) — and how to fight back.

Stop a Stink Bug Invasion With Caulk

Squish a stink bug, and you’ll quickly learn how they got their nom de pee-yew. While the brown pests may be harmless, your family’s noses will be happier without them.

*Use caulk or sealant to close up cracks a sneaky stinker could use to enter your home. *Look around windows, doors, vents and outdoor faucets for any openings.
*Stick a nylon stocking over your vacuum’s hose to suck up stink bugs into the stocking     instead of the vacuum bag.
*Drown these nasty visitors by dumping captured ones into a bottle filled with an inch of soapy water. No tiny cement shoes necessary.

Kill Mildew with a Dehumidifier

Hot, humid summers create an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew, which your nose knows isn’t right. At the first whiff of these funky fungi, strike back hard.

  • Keep things clean and organized. It’s the best defense against summer’s musty aroma. That allows air to move around, keeping moisture (mold and mildew’s best mate) at bay.
  • Dry out your home with dehumidifiers and air conditioners — or at least increase air circulation by adding fans.
  • In rooms that tend to get that musty smell, line closet walls and drawers with cedar for a sweet smell all year long.
  • Waterproof your basement concrete and masonry with cement paint to prevent damp walls — and the sneaky mold that comes with them. But be sure to figure out the cause of the dampness before waterproofing. It only works if the moisture is coming from the soil outside.

Prevent Gross Garbage Funk with Baking Soda

Summer’s heat waves make the stench of garbage 10 times worse. Keeping trash cans clean (duh) is your first line of defense. But there are a couple more things you can do.

  • Yes, scrubbing out your garbage can is disgusting, but it helps control the stink and pests. Give it one good clean when your stomach’s feeling strong, and then quickly wipe it out each time you empty. You’ll never have to face that throw-up smell again.
  • Dust the bottom of the clean, dry can with baking soda to suck up future pungency.
  • Or slip a dryer sheet or two underneath the bag when you change it out.
  • Cat litter in the bottom of the can also works to absorb garbage odors.

Stop Excessive Bird Droppings with Netting

Not even the most dedicated bird watchers want to watch droppings accumulate on their porch and outdoor furniture.

The easiest and most humane solution is to install some yard art — the kind that moves or makes a racket. Think wind socks, chimes and fun whirly sun catchers.

If, however, the birds are barn swallows that have nested (you’ll know because their nests are made of mud instead of twigs), you mustn’t shoo them away, no matter how gently. Barn swallows are federally protected. Instead, install a flat board below it or place a newspaper on the ground to prevent droppings from ruining your porch. Then next year (because they will come back — and they will bring friends) install bird netting between your eaves and the side of your home before nests are built.

Eliminate Rusty, Greasy Grill Grates with a Drill

You never really got around to cleaning your grill at the beginning of the season, and now that you’ve invited some new work colleagues over for a barbecue, you realize your grill isn’t going to stir up any appetites with all that rust and grime.

  • Vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice are all natural rust eliminators. You can use individually or create a paste between wet and dry ingredients. Apply and let soak overnight. Then a little elbow grease should do the rest. Try these combinations: vinegar and baking soda; lemon juice and baking soda; or lemon juice and salt.
  • If the rust is really, really tough, do the above but get a wire brush attachment for your drill and use it to scrub the rust away.
  • Once clean, season the grates by rubbing with vegetable oil and heating them.

Keep Uninvited Homesteaders Out By Thinking Like a Critter

Snakes at the zoo: super cool. Snakes around or (gasp!) in your house: NO. NO. NOOOO. Snakes might be the worst intruder (or is it bats?), but any unwanted rodent or animal in your home is gross. Your best offense is defense. But if they break through, call a professional exterminator.

  • Cover holes more than a quarter of an inch wide (snakes don’t need much). Check behind gutters and roof flashing.
  • Trim trees to keep pesky animals, such as squirrels, from getting on your roof and into your attic. Keep branches at least eight feet from your house.
  • Eliminate any food sources — like a garbage bin with an askew lid — that might tempt a scavenging pest. The closer they are to your house, the more likely they are to find a way in.
  • Get rid of yard debris, such as piles of leaves and twigs, and mow frequently to eliminate hiding spots.
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JOIN US ON FACE BOOK FOR FRIDAY FUN DAY AND MANY OTHER FUN POSTINGS!

We have extensive advertising and fun things to do on Face Book! Please friend and follow Ivie League Homes on FACE BOOK!!

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Join us every Friday starting in May for FRIDAY FUN DAY!

FRIDAY FUN DAY!! Every Friday starting in May we, at Ivie League Homes, will give YOU a chance to answer a question or make a comment as well as “Like” and “share” to get your name entered into a drawing to win the Grand Prize! YOU MUST LIKE AND SHARE TO GET ENTERED INTO the drawing. The drawing  will be held Friday, December 13, 2019. The Grand Prize will be…..
$1000!!!! Good Luck! Have Fun!!

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

With Spring just around the corner, it’s good to keep up with the maintenance on your home.   Some seasonal tips for the Spring include:

1.  Re caulk and paint exterior as necessary.

2.  Inspect and repair roof and gutter systems.  Damage usually caused by snow or ice.

3.  Plant annuals and Perennials.

4.  Feed and seed your lawn.  Now would be a good time to contact your local nursery for lawn care/landscaping advice.

5.  Inspect driveway for damage due to winter weather and repair if necessary.

6.  Inspect all screens for any damage and repair if need

7.  Finally, sit down, relax and enjoy your home.

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DIY Upgrades for Under $100! Check These out!!

Invest a little cash and get a big improvement in how your home looks and feels.

Plant an Evergreen Screen

How to do it: Plant an evergreen screen on the north side
of your house to block winter winds. Arborvitae ‘Green
Giant’ can climb 3 feet in one year.

Hook Yourself Up

How to do it: Wall-mount a row of hooks above your kitchen counter to keep dish towels and measuring cups at the ready.

Turn a Closet Into a Home Office

How to do it: Unhinge the door and trade hanging rods for shelves—a deep one for the desktop and two shallow ones above for storage.

Tone Down Brassy Hardware

How to do it: Take the gleam off like-new brass hinges and doorknobs with a simple rub of a darkening solution

Doorway Display

How to do it: Add a shelf above a doorway, paint it to match the trim, then use it to display pottery.

Brush On a Welcome Mat

How to do it: Make this diamond-patterened ruglike mat on your stoop by mapping the design with painter’s tape and using a
roller to put colors in their places.

Give Your Porch Some Space

How to do it: Paint your porch ceiling sky blue to create a more spacious feeling.

Add a Ceiling Medallion

How to do it: Highlight a hanging light fixture with some decorative interest at the ceiling.

Hang a Mirror

How to do it: Hang an oval-shaped mirror like a pendant from a decorative chain for an elegant look in a bath, bedroom, or foyer.

Add a Stainless Backsplash Behind Your Stove

How to do it: Nail an easy-to-clean panel on the wall or right over tired tile.

 

 

 

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Next Door Wright City. The private social network for your neighborhood. Learn more!!

Join your neighbors! Keep up with the who, what and where of Next Door! Each area has its own personal site to exchange info with or help out your neighbors!!

Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them.

go to http://www.nextdoor.com

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