The gift registry forever revolutionized gift-giving. While, unfortunately, it took out the surprise factor, it also meant not having to deliver insincere thank-yous, not receiving four toaster ovens and not having to make multiple returns to stores.
New to the gift registry business is the Home Depot. The home improvement retailer has just launched its online gift registry in time for the summer wedding season. The registry offers more than 9,000 items, including barbecue grills, ceiling fans, miter saws and pressure washers. The registry can also be used for baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and housewarmings.
As each registered gift is purchased, registrants receive e-mail notifications, allowing them to monitor, change and update their entries. Buyers can search gifts by price, occasion and category, and can easily purchase and plan for delivery of items.
Visit www.homedepot.com to access the registry.
A bagful of chores
Yard maintenance is a full-time job. The mowing. The trimming. The raking. The pruning. The planting. It's a thankless, exhausting task, season after season. Luckily for homeowners, new lawn products are being developed that ease the burden and lessen the legwork.
One smart, new product on the market is the Handy Dandy Lawn Caddy ($16.95), created by inventor Horton McCormick of Linthicum. The Lawn Caddy assists in bagging grass clippings, leaves, yard waste and trash. Lightweight, durable and simple to use, the product holds large bags (up to 42 gallons) open on its metal frame, allowing users to easily gather, bag and dispose of yard waste.
The Lawn Caddy is available at M.J.'s Hallmark, 5620 Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn Park, or by calling 410-789-7733 or 800-378-7744.
Breaking the mold mystery
Mold. It's a scary, mystifying and shudder-inducing word. We don't want it. Ever. Not in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, anywhere. And fears about mold are at an all-time high. But are they justified? Jeffrey C. May, a certified indoor air quality professional, and Connie L. May, a writer and former teacher, delve into the subject in their new book, The Mold Survival Guide (Johns Hopkins University Press, $18.95), available at Amazon.com and www.press.jhu.edu.
The Mays explore what mold is, where and why it grows, how it flourishes, and how it may or may not cause health problems. Readers learn how to identify mold, how to prevent it from spreading and when to call an expert. The book also includes a list of resources for further information on organizations, products and services to help with mold problems.
* Today, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., is your last chance to browse the International Fair Trade Craft Collection exhibit at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis, which includes metal sculptures by Haitian artists, rugs by Peruvian and Thai crafters, onyx chess sets by Indian artists, pottery, wind chimes, hand-woven baskets (pictured) and more. Call 410-990-4540.
* The Maryland Rose Society's annual rose show takes place noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Visitors can talk to rose experts, get tips on rose-growing and see all classes of roses on display. Free. Call 410-367-2217.
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