Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring, Neighbors!  While it's officially Spring, we may still have a few cool days and nights.

The light at the entrance that has been out, has been reported.  Should be repaired, soon.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stay warm and safe, Everyone!

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect: 

There's a Winter Storm Warning from Wednesday 2/25 at 9 AM to Thursday 2/26 at 12 AM. 

You can keep up with the weather here:

Most of us have multiple things to do at home; but if the usual doesn't appeal, here are 50 things to do that you might not have thought of... Thanks to for these great ideas!  
I vote for # 33! :)

50 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter

by Kelly Medeiros on 18 February 20141 comment

It's all too familiar during the winter. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest snowstorm, bitterly cold polar vortex, or gloomy rain. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand. Try any of these entertaining ideas, and note that catching up on extra work and doing chores are not on the fun list! (See also: Fun Winter Staycation Ideas)

1. Plan Your Summer Vacation

What better time to get excited for your summer vacation than on a cold winter's day? Check out warm weather websites and magazines, and plan a future getaway with friends and family while you have the downtime.

2. Make an Awesome Breakfast

Time to step it up from the on-the-run breakfast you usually have and make some French toast, bacon, or eggs to enjoy. Or try something different, but easy, like skillet apple pancakes.

3. Nap

When was the last time you had a daytime nap? Relive your childhood and take an uninhibited, no alarm clock, midday nap in a cozy place.

4. Make Candy

Have fun experimenting with some fun and easy candy recipes that you or the whole family can take part in. You can also make your candy into little gifts to give out later. (See also: Delicious Gifts You Can Bake)

5. Take an Online Class or Tutorial

Take advantage of the time to learn something new for a few hours by taking an easy online class or tutorial. Search online for free options ranging from intro language classes to DIY tutorials to crafts.

6. Happy Hour

Assuming it's noon somewhere, use this lazy day to whip up an exotic cocktail, favorite glass of wine, or a delicious hot cocktail to enjoy. Add some small appetizers to the mix to make for your own little happy hour. (See also: Two-Ingredient Cocktail Recipes)

7. Redecorate

Moving things around in your home can be fun and refreshing if you are into decorating. Try hanging your pictures in different places, rearranging your furniture, or dreaming up new ideas online.

8. Fireside Camp Out

If you have a fireplace, a wintery day is a great time to light it up. Have a little camp-out next to it with comfy pillows, snacks, and games or a good book. This is also a great option if you are without power. (See also: Power Outage Staples)

9. Pajama Day in Bed

Turn your day inside into the ultimate time to do nothing but relax. Get on your most comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets,  and round up reading materials or watch TV, all while you do some serious lounging in bed.

10. Take a Luxurious Bath

Get your bubble bath going and make it extra luxurious with nice music, candles, and perhaps a nice book or beverage. And, if you have kids, an extra fun daytime bath with plenty of toys and bubbles can be a fun change from the usual nightly routine.

11. Shop Your Closet

Put the extra time you have today to playing grown-up dress-up. Try out some new combos, and put together outfits for upcoming events. This can help you organize your things, prune unused items, and discover cool outfits you never knew you had. (See also:No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe)

12. Indoor Fort

This is a great one if you have kids or just feel adventurous. Transform your living room into a fun fort using chairs and blankets to make a cozy hideout for the day.

13. Check Out Some Good Blogs

There are some great blogs (in addition to Wise Bread, of course) that can help you better your life or learn some great tips. Check out some of my favorites, like Zen HabitsThe Daily Green, or The Art of Manliness, to get started.

14. Afternoon Tea

Have your own tea party right at home. You can get fancy and use nice china and put out little sandwiches and treats. This is also a fun activity you can do with the kids, substituting hot chocolate for tea if you want.

15. Catch Up With Family and Friends

Getting in touch with the grandparents or a long-lost friend over the phone or Skype makes for a great indoor activity and can be a lot of fun for all.

16. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

The ultimate rainy day lunch is great on any day, let alone a cold one. Indulge in an awesome grilled cheese using any type of cheese you love and put on a pot of some delicious tomato soup. (See also: 3 Snow-Day Recipes)

17. Video Game Marathon

Anyone into gaming probably doesn't need a snow day excuse to play, but a day stuck inside provides a wonderful opportunity for a video game marathon. Or, involve the kids and do Wii competitions or learning games on your tablet or computer.

18. Popcorn and Movie Day

Sort of a given on any winter day, but pop up some popcorn and get comfy on the couch with your favorite movie(s).

19. Scrapbooking

Even if you've never scrapbooked before, now is a great time to make a book of the kids' art or your accomplishments, or a gift for a friend's special occasion. (See also: 10 Gifts You Can Make With Paper)

20. Bake Something

Making good old chocolate chip cookies is an entertaining winter's day activity, as is making other delicious recipes like warm pies and fresh-baked bread. Or, try some easy winter treat recipes that the kids can help with, too.

21. Indoor Obstacle Course

Make an indoor obstacle course for the kids (or grownups) using pillows, toys, or other objects to burn off some energy and have fun.

22. Pretend Summer Day

If you desperately need to escape the harsh winter, bring summer to you. Look up tropical sites, make a fruit juice, and put on some Bob Marley. You can also get everyone in bathing suits and flip flops and fill the tub to "go swimming."

23. Catch Up on Your Shows

Another given for a cold day stuck inside, but catching up on your favorite shows that you missed during busy weeks is a fun way to pass the time. Or, indulge in some mindless daytime TV without the guilt.

24. Make Soup

Making a nice pot of homemade hot soup is not only easy, but it's also very satisfying on a winter's day. Try a good chicken noodle recipe, a roasted cauliflower, or my favorite,butternut squash and carrot soup.

25. Magazine Roundup

Spend the day catching up on all those magazines you've always wanted to read. Or, if you can plan ahead, buy some fun magazines just as you would for a long plane flight, and sit back and enjoy during your day indoors.

26. Music Library

Enjoy all that music you have been collecting and listen to some of the tunes in your music library. You can also take the time to make new mixes and organize your collection once and for all.

27. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Take some time to indulge by setting up an ice cream sundae station. Round up your ice cream and toppings you may have around, like whipped cream, nuts, chocolate chips, and fruits. Kids and adults alike will love it. (See also: 23 Microwaveable Desserts)

28. Feng Shui Your Home

The art of Feng Shui, which is the study of how the energy of our environment affects us, such as the placement and positioning of objects in your home, is both easy to embrace and beneficial. Use the time to learn some Feng Shui tips that you can easily apply to your own home.

29. Make Something

Get creative and make something with your hands. Crafts can be super simple, like paper crafting, to more skilled things like knitting, sewing, and jewelry making. Check out Joann's and Michaels for some great craft projects you can do at home based on skill level. (See also: 18 Upcycled Craft Projects)

30. Make a Fancy Dinner

Since there is time to actually enjoy cooking and eating a quality meal, why not make yourself or the family a delicious dinner? You can set the table with fancy dinnerware and make it like a restaurant for a change from the usual.

31. Workout

If working out is your thing, don't despair if you can't get to the gym or go outside. Do your own mini at-home workout using weights, a program online, or a workout DVD to get that much-needed exercise. (See also: Frugal Winter Exercising)

32. Brain Teasers

Games like Sudoku, crosswords, and word finds are great ways to relax and enjoy your time. Get cozy with a warm blanket and do some games from the newspaper, online, or any collections you may have.

33. Homemade Hot Chocolate

Make a delicious hot cocoa recipe, or vary it up by adding things like cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, or a dollop of vanilla ice cream. For diehard chocolate lovers, try a hot chocolate recipe using real chocolate pieces as well.

34. Mail a Letter

Spend some time writing a letter to someone special, which you can mail later on. Everyone loves to get a handwritten note, and it will be a nice surprise. (See also:Reasons to Write a Letter)

35. Window Shop Online

Take the time to browse around to get ideas or prices for any items you may be shopping for in the future. Just be sure you have the willpower not to aimlessly buy if you see things that catch your eye.

36. A Good Read

Curl up with a good book on the couch or by the fire while the winter weather keeps you inside.

37. Beauty Treatments

Give yourself a mini spa day with a variety of DIY beauty treatments. Whether it's a nice manicure/pedicure, a relaxing scrub, or an avocado mask, it's a good day to beautify and relax. (See also: Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home)

38. Arrange Your Photos

A whole day indoors gives you plenty of time to go through all those photos you have taken. You can make an album online or just enjoy looking through old shots.

39. Paint Something

Spreading out some paper and paints for the kids on a winter day indoors makes a great activity. Join in the fun and paint your own creations too, or find some extra jars, boxes, or other items to dress up with some paint for some new decor.

40. Yoga Hour

Give your body and mind a relaxing day by doing some yoga. If you're new to the practice, there are some great beginner yoga sites and apps that can help you get started. Follow your session with some meditation and feel good for the day.

41. Plan Your Next Get-Together

Take the time to plan some upcoming fun events for you and your friends by thinking up a great dinner party menu, wine tasting, theme party, or a fun pub crawl. You can have fun planning the menus, looking up details, and coming up with the guest list.

42. Board Games

Break out the Monopoly or other great board games you may have on hand for a game day marathon with your family or roommates. (See also: 5 Great Card and Board Games)

43. Dress-Up Day

This is a great event for the kids where you get out old Halloween costumes, dress-up gear, or sports equipment for some pretend play.

44. Self-Help Time

If you've been putting off reading your self-help book of choice or looking online for materials, now is the perfect time to take care of you.

45. Organize Something

You may need to skip this if you view organizing as a chore, but for many who get pure satisfaction after it's done, it's a rewarding task when you're not rushed. Pick a spot you have always wanted to organize, like the junk drawer, your jewelry drawer, or the laundry room closet, and go to town.

46. Enjoy a Hobby

Break out your knitting needles, woodworking gear, or model trains, and enjoy some time working on your favorite hobby. Check out some suggestions for new indoor hobbiesif you are in need of finding something entertaining. (See also: 10 Money-Making Hobbies)

47. Home Improvement

A day off due to the weather can give you the opportunity to try that home improvement project you have been wanting to do, but could never find the time to get done. Just be sure you have all your materials and can safely do the task. (See also: One-Day DIY Home Projects)

48. Story Time

Another great activity for the kids is to round up some good books, get comfy together with some snacks and blankets, and do an old-fashioned story time by reading aloud to them.

49. Plan Your Garden

A cold winter's day indoors is a great time to plan your garden for the spring. Look online for ideas at garden retailers and sketch out your plans in a notebook. Or, if you are short on space, look into container gardening.

50. Turn Your Videos Into Movies

If you have lots of video clips, try spending the time organizing your collection on your computer and burning them to DVDs. Your loved ones will enjoy seeing clips of the kids, and your friends will be so surprised to have video memories of that last vacation you all took together.
What are some of your fun ways to pass the time on a winter's day stuck inside?

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Saturday, February 14, 2015


     Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.

Valentine's Day is not a public holiday. Government offices, stores, schools and other organizations are open as usual.
      There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. Traditionally, lovers exchanged hand written notes.
     The most common Valentine's Day symbols are the heart, particularly in reds and pinks, and pictures or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who have fallen in love are sometimes said to be 'struck by Cupid's arrow. excerpted from

Heather Pointe  2015 Association Dues 

Under the direction of the Board, at the Annual Meeting of the Heather Pointe Homeowners Association, Inc. held Saturday, November, 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pinson Community Center, 6230 Dry Creek Lane, Pinson, AL  35126, it was unanimously voted there will be no increase in Association dues for the upcoming year.   The 2015 yearly dues will remain $175.00(You may view a copy of the 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes and Budget at or on Heather Pointe’s Facebook page.)

Your Board of Directors for 2015 are Carol Halderman, President, Becky Byrd, Vice-President, Sylvia McClain, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vanessa Cotton, Member at Large.

Your Association dues are necessary to pay for property services such as common area fire dues, street lights, front entrance and all common area maintenance (including  insurance), as well as irrigation, lighting and landscaping for these areas.  These services are not only to protect and maintain the property, but to insure continued appreciation of your home.
Your payment of $175.00 is due February 1, 2015.   (Please remember dues are due on the 1st and considered late after the 15th with a late fee of $50.00.) 

Please make payment payable to Heather Pointe Homeowners Association, Inc. and your telephone number and address are placed on your check or money order.  Payments should be mailed to Attn: Accounts Receivable, Metcalf Realty Company, Inc., 2710 20th Street South, Homewood, AL  35209

 A Belated Thank You
Thank you to Wayne Dykes for taking down the Christmas decorations and to Liz Reiff for agreeing to store them for the Heather Pointe community.

Is your pet missing?

A brown and black dog  has been seen roaming around the neighborhood. The animal looks to be  a cocker spaniel, collie mix. Somewhat skittish but appears to be gentle.  Protect your pets and others by keeping them enclosed when not on a leash.

The event is from 6-8pm. Students will showcase their talents in music, drama, FX makeup demonstrations and original artwork.  Refreshments will be offered .The event is free, but  donations are welcomed.
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Read Any Good Books Lately? 

The local Pinson Public Library offers numerous  services to  the community.  Storytelling Time, Family Night. Computers, DVDs, audio books and more. Take time out to visit.