People must be anxious for spring because Saturday was super busy at Gardenscape. It started off slow and then the noise level kept increasing. The aisles were packed all day. Our Adirondack chairs always draw a good deal of interest and the condo size Tuscany Sectional was far more popular than we had anticipated. We are heading into the last day of the show beginning at 10:00 this morning until 5:00 this afternoon. Come on down and spend an hour of two enjoying the sights and sounds of spring.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I am one step away from being rich, all I need now is money.

HAPPY MARCH 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Amy Smart 41, Michael Imperioli 51, Keira Knightley 32, Diana Ross 73, Alan Arkin 83, Larry Page (co-founder of Google) 44, T.R. Knight 44, Martin Short 67, James Caan 77, Jennifer Grey 57, Marcus Allen 57, Vicki Lawrence 68, Steven Tyler 69, Kenny Chesney 49, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015), Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010), and Robert Frost (1874-1963).

25 Mar 2017
March 25, 2017

Day One Of Gardenscape 2017 – Done

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All the hard work is done, now for ‘the show.’ In a word…today was BUSY. The aisles were packed and people were buying everything! The many gardens are gorgeous, the super dog show kept people entertained all day and there are many artists who have their works displayed in a special section. So many old friends, acquaintances and customers stopped at our booth for a visit. It was great catching up and getting feedback about the show in general. Last year our ‘hot’ item was embroidered stadium cushions and this year it seems to be colorful outdoor metal birds and geckos to hang on the house or fence. Cheesy as they are, the pink flamingo watering cans are running a very close second. There is still lots of time to get down to Gardenscape and enjoy the beginning of spring. Today, Saturday March 25, Gardenscape is open from 9:00-7:00. Here is a little secret…the best time to come is from 5:30-7:00, that is when it is the least busy and you can enjoy every single booth.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: PRO TIP – Keep cake moist by eating it all in one sitting.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1973 – 76ers lose 73rd game; setting record for most single season losses in NBA history.

HAPPY MARCH 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Elton John 70, Sarah Jessica Parker 52, Katherine McPhee 33, Gloria Steinem 83, Laz ‘Tsu’tey’ Alonso 44, Paul Michael Glaser 74, Aretha Franklin 75, Danica Patrick 35, Marcia Cross 55, Kiowa Gordon 27, Anita Bryant 77, James Lovell 89, Jeff Healey (1966-2008), and Howard Cosell (1918-1995).

24 Mar 2017
March 24, 2017

Gardenscape 2017 Is Upon Us

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There is nothing like the smell of fresh flowers to get everyone in the mood for spring. I admit, the weather could be a bit warmer, sunnier or melt-ier but…we’ll take it. All the exhibitors have working their butts off to make the show a success, Thank you to the organizers and background staff who help keep things running smoothly.

Daily General Admission: $12.00
Two-Day Admission: $18.00
Three-Day Admission: $26.00
Student (15 & under): FREE

Show Hours
Friday, March 24: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Plant Auction: Sunday, March 26: 6:00 pm

Wheelchair Rental: Located at the Coat/Parcel Check Hourly Rental Rate: $5.00
A refundable deposit of $25.00 is required

A special thank you and hats-off to our staff who have been putting in extra hours and extra work. In alphabetical order:

Bill: Who was dragged out of retirement to help in the store while we’re out at Gardenscape. He brings a world of sales experience to us and no lack of stories to tell. He helped load the truck and set up the ‘bones’ of the booth and will help with the tear down.

Ken: He has lots and lots of booth setting up experience so things run a bit smoother every show. He’s the one to say, “This isn’t going to fit so we aren’t bringing it.” He is in charge of lighting, carrying the heavy stuff and reaching the high places. He and Bill are holding down the fort this weekend.

Mona: What can I say? She puts in tons of extra effort, makes great lists and keeps focused on the task at hand. Setting up goes so much easier when she is there to help. We even press-ganged her husband into helping put the final touches on the booth. Come to the show and meet Mona this weekend.

Scott: Even though he no longer works at Charter House, he made a special trip to lend tech support to three of the least tech-savvy people on the planet. How hard could it be to plug a lap top into a computer to run a power point presentation you ask? What cord? What button? “Fix it Scott, please.”

And myself, Jenny: There is no one else who can turn around six times and do absolutely nothing physical but has done 20 things in her head. I fine-detail, micro-manage, list make and organize the bejeebers out of the entire trade show process. Thanks guys for putting up with me.

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SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Boston drummer Sib Hashian has passed away after collapsing on stage. The musician died on Wednesday night at the age of 67. Hashian was in the middle of a show while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise when he suddenly collapsed. All efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: My mind says I am in my 20’s. My body says: “Yeah, you wish.”

HAPPY MARCH 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Jessica Chastain 40, David Suzuki 80, Payton Manning 41, Valentin Chmerkovskiy 31, Alyson Hannigan 43, Robert Carradine 63, Chris Bosh 33, Jim ‘Sheldon Cooper’ Parsons 44, Louie Anderson 64, Star Jones 55, Tommy Hilfiger 66, Lara Flynn Boyle 47, Kelly Lebrock 57, Lake Bell 38, Fin Jones 29, Steve McQueen (1930-1980), Harry Houdini (1874-1926), Clyde (Bonnie & Clyde) Barrow (1909-1934), and Joseph Barbera (1911-2006).

We all have our household gripes: The bathroom faucet drips, the closets are too small, and remodeling that dated kitchen won’t make it onto the list (again) this year. But whether you’ve just moved into an new, unfamiliar house, or you’re simply tired from years of living in a space that never quite suited you, there are easy tactics you can employ to put the “sweet” back in “home sweet home” this year.
1. Fill the spots you hate with stuff that you love. If you loathe busy wallpaper in hallway, cover it with a gallery wall of family photos. Can’t figure out what to do with an oddly placed shelf the previous owners hung? Place some special knick-knacks there to reclaim it as your own.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of a houseplant. A well-placed succulent or fern can bring life (literally) into a dull space. They’re simply beautiful, can camouflage eyesores, and offer an organic design punch. Plus, numerous studies have shown that a bit of greenery can improve your health and well-being.
3. Fix minor annoyances. Set aside a weekend to take a lap around your house with your tool kit, and repair all of the little things that drive you bonkers. Patch tiny holes, tighten fixtures, and nail trim back into place. You’ll feel so much better when you’re not tripping over that loose baseboard or fighting with a wiggly doorknob every day.

4. When in doubt, try a tray. If you’re space is too small for your everyday necessities, corralling the clutter can help things feel more tidy. Park a cute tray on your coffee table to hold catalogs and magazines, place one in your entryway for keys and gloves, and use another on your nightstand to drop jewelry, eyeglasses, and bedside reading. (But remember, some things aren’t as hard to purge as you think, so think about clearing some of that clutter, OK?).

5. Pick up some pillows. They’re inexpensive, colorful (if that’s your thing), and cozy. Plus, they instantly freshen up that worn-out couch you just can’t replace right now.

6. Create conversation spaces. Sure, it makes sense to face all of your living room furniture directly toward the TV. But create a spot where chairs turn into each other, too. This will foster a close-knit vibe amongst your family (as well as visitors) and encourage fulfilling conversations you might not have had otherwise.

7. Invite the neighbors over. If you’re new in town, you might feel uncomfortable in your house simply because it’s a symbol of your (temporary) isolation. So get to know the people who live next door by hosting a dinner party or game night. Soon, happy memories will fill your space, you might develop a soft spot for that cramped dining nook or awkwardly shaped living room.

8. Make your bed every day. This simple task starts your day off on the right foot, and you’ll appreciate slipping into a tidy sleeping space each evening. Plus, research shows that making your bed might help you develop good habits all day long.

9. Go for a walk (or a drive). If you’re not in love with a space, it’s obviously best to just leave it every now and then. Get out and clear your head (move at a brisk pace to stockpile some rose-colored endorphins), or hop in your car and explore a section of town you haven’t seen yet. You might just discover the park bench, coffee shop, or bookstore that makes you feel right at home.

10. Focus on silver linings. Bummed you don’t have a dishwasher? Turns out, hand-washing dishes might be healthier for your kids. Dealing with a dim bedroom? The lack of light could foster a great night’s sleep. Sad you don’t have a dining room? That’s just less square footage to dust, vacuum, and furnish!

Thanks to: Good Housekeeping for this helpful blog.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If we are ever in a situation where I am ‘the voice of reason’ then we are in a very very bad situation.

HAPPY MARCH 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Stephanie Mills 60, Reese Witherspoon 41, Nick Robinson 22, M. Emmett Walsh 82, Elvis Stojko 45, Bob Costas 65, William Shatner 86, Dave Keon 77, JJ Watt 28, Andrew Lloyd Webber 69, Wolf Blitzer 69, Tanya Raymonde 29, and Werner Klemperer (1920-2000).

20 Mar 2017
March 20, 2017

Sneak Peek At Gardenscape 2017

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Gardenscape 2017 will be held once again at Prairieland Park Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. Nothing says spring like the Gardenscape show with fresh flowers, gardening tips and displays. Charter House Interiors will be part of this premiere spring event once again. Catch us at booth #’s 400 and 401. Every year, we choose a theme or a color to decorate with. This year we are decorating the booth in cobalt blue and sunny yellow. Pictured here, are some of the dishes we plan to have on display to compliment the outdoor furniture and umbrellas we are bringing. Sales on outdoor furniture are starting to take off as the weather warms up. From now until April 15, you can pre-order your furniture at 20% off. Delivery from our suppliers to Charter House will be the first week in May and can be picked up by the customer any after that. Don’t miss out on this excellent sale.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2017 – To celebrate the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn, her image will be projected on to the white cliffs of Dover on Monday March 20, the day she officially becomes a centenarian. Dame Vera toured across the world to entertain the troops during wartime, often at great personal risk.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Cigarettes are like squirrels. They are perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and set it on fire.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Your truest friends aren’t the people who don’t walk out the door when life gets real hard. They actually pour some coffee and pull up a chair.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT:  1993 – The 274th and final episode of the comedy show “Cheers” airs on NBC.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1990 – The LA Lakers retire the Jersey of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – #33

HAPPY MARCH 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Vera Lynn 100, Dean Geyer 31, David Thewlis 54, Kathy Ireland 54, Nick Blood 35, Carl Reiner 95, Hal Linden 86, William Hurt 67, Michael Rapaport 47, Brian Mulroney 78, Bobby Orr 69, Holly Hunter 59, Ozzie Nelson (1906-1975), and Fred Mr. Rogers (1928-2003).


19 Mar 2017
March 19, 2017

Make Delicious Inside-Out Gravy Buns

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I have not tried these yet, but they do look easy enough to make and would be tasty.

Servings: 8

8 ounces ground sausage
3 tablespoons flour
1½ cups milk
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon sage
Cayenne pepper, pinch
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
14 biscuits
Egg (for egg wash)
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
2. In a cast-iron skillet, break up the ground sausage into small chunks and brown over medium-high heat until sausage is cooked through and no longer pink.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir until the flour has absorbed all of the sausage fat and is lightly coating the sausage pieces.
4. Add the milk in several increments while whisking.
5. Add thyme, sage, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt.
6. Cook the gravy for 5-10 minutes, frequently stirring until the gravy thickens. Let cool.
7. Fill a well-greased ice cube tray with the gravy. (If you do not have an ice cube tray, pour the gravy onto a greased parchment-lined ½ cookie sheet.)
8. Freeze for 20 minutes.
9. With your thumb, make a divot in the center of each biscuit.
10. Place a cube of gravy into each divot.
11. Fold the sides of the biscuit dough around the gravy cube pinching the dough together at the top.
12. Turn the dough balls upside down. With the palm of your hand, roll the biscuit ball around in a clockwise motion on your table surface to smooth out the dough balls.
13. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined ½ cookie sheet making sure the dough seams are on the bottom.
14. Brush with egg wash.
15. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
16. Enjoy

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1931 – Gambling becomes legal in Nevada – birth of the Nevada gambling industry.

SAD NEWS IN THE MUSIC WORLD: Legendary musician Chuck Berry, who was central to the development of rock ‘n’ roll beginning in the ’50s with indelible hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode,” died today in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90 years old.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Daylight Savings Time. Who came up with the brilliant idea of moving the clocks forward on the weekend…in the middle of the night?? Why not move them ahead at 4 pm on a Friday?

HAPPY MARCH 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Glenn Close 70, Ursula Andress 81, Ahmad Bradshaw 31, Bruce Willis 62, Eduardo Saverin 35, Connor Trinnear 48, Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), and Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009).

18 Mar 2017
March 18, 2017

How To Make A Birdseed Wreath

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It might be warming up but sometimes our returning feathered friends could use a home-cooked meal. Here’s how to make a birdseed wreath.

9″ bundt pan
2 packets gelatin
1 c. warm water
6 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups flour
8 c. birdseed
Fresh or frozen cranberries
Cooking spray
1. Mix 2 packets of unflavored gelatin with 1 cup of warm water.

2. Add in 6 tbsp of light corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups of flour. Mix until smooth.

3. Slowly add 8 cups of birdseed, stirring as you go. Heads up: It might take a while to get all the bird seed coated — keep at it!

4. Lightly coat the inside of the bundt pan with cooking spray.

5. Add a few fresh or frozen cranberries to the pan.

6. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the bundt pan, pressing down firmly.

7. Let the wreath dry for 24 hours.

8. Carefully remove the wreath from the bundt pan and loop ribbon through to hang it up.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You know what rhymes with Saturday? Vodka.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1967 – British supertanker Torrey Canyon hits a reef in the English channel, creating one of the largest oil spills in history

HAPPY MARCH 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Vanessa Williams 54, Queen Latifa 47, Adam Levine 38, Lily Collins 28, Irene Cara 58, Charlie Pride 78, Grover Clevland (1837-1908), Peter Graves (1926-2010), Wilson Pickett (1921-2006), and Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940).

17 Mar 2017
March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Just want to wish y’all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is observed by the provincial government, but post offices, stores, many schools, businesses and other organizations are open. Public transport services run on their regular timetables.

St Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada. Schools, organizations, businesses, stores and post offices are open as usual. Some organizations may arrange St Patrick’s Day parties, but these do not usually disrupt normal affairs. Public transport services run on their regular timetables. In cities, where parades or large public events are held, there may be some congestion or road closures.

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In Honor of St. Patrick, I’d like to start the day by pouring a pint of Guinness over a big bowl of Lucky Charms.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Happy St. Patrick’s Day to someone who finally has a reasonable excuse for being drunk at work on a Friday.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Blues harmonica virtuoso and onetime Muddy Waters sideman James Cotton died on Thursday at a medical center in Austin of pneumonia. He was 81.

HAPPY MARCH 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Rob Kardashian 30, Gary Sinise 62, Rob Lowe 53, Pattie Boyd 73, John Sebastian 73, Mia Hamm 45, Kurt Russell 66, Chuck Woolery 76, Coco Austin 37,  Patrick Duffy 68, Paul Kantner (1941-2016), Nat King Cole (1919-1965), and Bobby Jones (1902-1971).

Our Diving and Climbing Men from Abbott have been exceptionally good sellers and we seldom think to ask where the customer is going to hang them. We always assume it will be on a narrow wall or in a home office…but, there is always that one customer that comes up with the most unique idea. He, (and yes, the customer is a he) is going to hang the diving man over his toilet. Admittedly, this isn’t everyone’s taste in decorating but it is something to think about. After we all quit laughing and shared some toilet humor, he wanted suggestions how to hang the diving man. Since the ‘rope’ is twisted wire and ends in a loop, we suggested a vintage door pull instead of the traditional nail or screw. We wished him the best and he promised to come back and let us know what his friends and family thought of his decor idea.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: YOU: Why do I feel so terrible? BODY: Coffee is not a meal. BODY: Eat a vegetable. BODY: Sleep. YOU: Guess we’ll never know. BODY: Oh, my God!

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1972 Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather debuts and…in 1998 James Cameron’s Titanic becomes the highest grossing film in North American box offices.

HAPPY MARCH 15 BIRTHDAY: Eva Longoria 42, Kellan Lutz 32, Judd Hirsch 82, Jimmy Swaggert 82, Dee Snider 62, Bret Michaels 54, Sly Stone 74, Sean Biggerstaff 34, Mike Love 75, Kim Raver 47, Kevin Youkilis 38, Fabio 58, Harry James (1918-1963), Carl Smith (1927-2010), and Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).

You’re Feeling Motion Sickness, Here’s 5 Things You Can Do to Relieve it

Everyone has dealt with motion sickness. Whether it’s your first time on a moving boat, your 10th time in a flying plane, or your 100th time in a moving vehicle, you’re always at risk of having motion sickness.
A loss of your center of gravity that may lead you to feel sick and have the need to vomit. Yes, there are medications such as Dramamine that can relieve you of motion sickness, but what if you forget to bring it with you? Does that mean that it is inevitable that you will deal with motion sickness? Not necessarily.

Here are 5 ways to relieve motion sickness on your own!

1)  Focus on a fixed point, like the horizon. While everything is moving around you, it is best to focus on something that is not moving, like any fixed point. While you’re in a car, boat, or plane, it is good to look into the horizon. The horizon never moves nor changes direction, so by staring right at it, you feel less like you are actually moving. This is a great way to relieve motion sickness.

2) Do NOT read or look down at your phone. If you look at something stationary, such as book or cell phone, or even the bottom of your feet while looking down, that could cause motion sickness. This is because while you are looking at something not moving, your ears are hearing either the sounds of a moving car, or waves near a moving boat, which throws off your equilibrium. Avoid this!

3) Breath consistently and control your breathing. By focusing on your breathing, making sure to inhale fully, then exhale fully, you will take in good amounts of oxygen into your body. This will reduce the feeling of nausea in your stomach, and ultimately reduce the feelings of motion sickness.

4) Drink a good amount of water. It is best to drink a good amount of water, not an excessive amount of water. Drinking water consistently throughout your trip will keep you hydrated, which is a necessity in order to not have motion sickness. Dehydration is a main factor in motion sickness.

5) Have a taste of ginger in any form available. You can have ginger in my forms, such as by eating a ginger cookie or adding a tablespoon of ginger to a cup of tea. All these ways will help reduce many of the symptoms of motion sickness, and help you avoid drowsiness. Ginger contains both gingerols and shogaols, which help relieve nausea by relaxing your intestines.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: People start working and swear they have never been broke before. Start driving  and swear they have never had to walk. Get their own house and start to talk down to people who still live at home. Humble yourself because you can always end up right back where you started.

HAPPY MARCH 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Corey Miller 50, Dana Delany 61, Danny Masterson 41, Harry Melling 27, William H. Macy 67, Harry Melling 28, Neil Sedaka 78, and Joseph Mascolo 87 (1929-2016).