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Congratulations! So many of our valued tenants participated in April’s Newsletter Puzzle. Although our webmaster made a slight spelling error, we still got numerous correct responses. For this reason, we also accepted answers that included our error in our "correct" pool. After a random drawing amongst all of our correct responses, this month's winner is Cameron Cochems who won a $25 Visa Gift Card. Congratulations Cameron!
Solve this month’s crossword puzzle! Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for this month’s prize of a free beer flight and pitcher at Boise Brewing - $23 value. Read this month’s reminders and newsletter below for clues. Good luck!
1)Everything is growing like crazy, especially the grass and the weeds! Weekly lawn mowing will be required for the next several months! Now is the time you will find grass invading the planter beds. If you pull it out now, and edge the lawn, you won’t be battling it all summer long.
2)Dandilions may be pretty and good for bees, but they are not welcome in lawns and planter beds! And if we see them dotting your landscaping during our drive bys, you will receive a notice. Please be diligent in pulling them up, being sure to get all of the tap root, ideally before they bloom and turn to seed.
3) Sprinkler turn ons started in mid April and will continue through May. Sprinkler systems on city services will be the first to be turned on. We have to wait for the irrigation districts to fill the canals before we can turn on pressurized systems. In many cases our vendor is unable to access your sprinkler control panel, so please be sure to plug it in and reactivate it for the season. It may need new batteries too. Perform a test cycle so that you can make sure all sprinkler heads are operating correctly and offering full coverage. If you have any problems with this, please contact our maintenance department but following the directions at the bottom of this reminder section.
4) Our monthly reminder - have you changed filters recently? Your lease requires you to change them every two months. Clean filters improves the performance of your furnace and keeps your air quality free of allergens and dust. If you don’t know where to find your filters, or how to change them, please call your property manager.
6) Did you open up your foundation vents yet? This needs to be done to allow for healthy air circulation through the crawl space to avoid mold!
If you have any maintenance concerns for your yard or your home please CONTACT US! All maintenance concerns should be submitted through property meld, accessed on our website, under the Tenant Tab – Maintenance Request – Submit Work Order.
Noise Levels – How They Effect You
By Athena Savoglou
Noise is present in our everyday lives, but it is not something we tend to think about much. In today’s day, which includes technology, heavy machinery, even loud speakers, it is easy to live in a state of constant tolerated chaos caused by noise. It is important to start examining the noise levels in your life, and mindfully engaging in behaviors to mitigate their impact.
Noise is defined as “unwanted sound” and too much of it is bad for you. Surprisingly however, noise is bad for more than just your ears. Noise can cause stress levels to rise, which increases your cortisol levels. Over time, this can lead to high blood pressure and even a higher risk of stroke. Noise can also disturb sleep. Sleep is crucial for our bodies’ cell regeneration and general health, both mentally and physically. Even faint noise may disrupt sleep and cause negative effects, though it may not be loud or sustained enough to wake us up completely. Finally, noise can disrupt concentration, which can be detrimental to your work or relaxation.
So, now we know how bad copious noise is for us, but what can we do to control it? In his TED Talk, noise and sleep researcher Mathias Basner suggests a few easy steps that could improve the impact noise levels have on your life—especially when choosing or moving into a new home. Firstly, make noise levels a priority when house or apartment hunting—take note of the noise levels at different times of day. Secondly, try to set your bedroom in the quietest part of the home (i.e. if there is a busy road to the front of the house, sleep in the back). Next, if you still find noise to be an issue, invest in noise-cancelling headphones, which are able to drown out the loudest of noises. Finally, it is always beneficial to reduce your own noise footprint. In other words, do not engage in loud activities or maintenance behaviors (e.g. lawnmowing) during the night or early in the morning.
In conclusion, we all know how annoying noise can be—but the amount it impacts your life is controllable, so long as you are mindful for yourself and for those around you!
To listen to Mathias Basner’s TED Talk
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