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Winter Fun: Ice Skating In Rice Park

February 20, 2015 8:28 am

We’re always looking for an inexpensive way to get some exercise during the winter. One of our favorite activities is the FREE ice skating in Rice Park – and it is only $4 if you need to borrow a pair of skates (or FREE if you are a Wells Fargo customer).  The rink is open seven days a week! Why not bring your friends and family and make a day of it?

Get more details here!

 

 

Spring in Winter? Add An Herb Garden!

February 11, 2015 8:32 am

There is nothing nicer than fresh herbs when you are cooking. Unfortunately, they just don’t last long in the refrigerator and a herb garden isn’t a practical solution if you don’t live somewhere with your own front yard

The perfect solution is an herbal window garden. If you have a kitchen window, you can grow your own fresh herbs right where you cook! Imagine just snipping a fresh branch of rosemary or parsley to toss in the soup pot or a bit of mint to add to your chocolate flan.

 

To get started, all you need are some containers, soil, and some herb plants or seeds. Seedlings are recommended since some herbs are difficult to start from scratch. Your local nursery will have seedlings for sale. You can buy a small bag of soil while you are at the nursery as well. Potting soil is perfect for your new plants.

 

As for containers, which ones you choose depends on the size of your window. You can get nice plastic or wooden planters at the dollar store or any large craft store if you want to plant everything together. Or you could go with smaller, individual planters. Add a couple of hanging ones in the corners of the window for extra herb-growing space!

 

Once you have your supplies, all you need to do is transplant your seedlings from their little cups to the planters. Put a layer of stones or gravel at the bottom of each plant pot to aid drainage and fill to within two inches of the top with potting soil. Now make a hole for your new plant.

 

Seedlings are delicate, so don’t be yanking them out of their cups. Instead, put your hand over the cup, allowing the seedling to stick up between your fingers so you can support the stem. Turn the whole thing upside down and use your other hand to gently loosen the cup from the plant. Many seedlings will be somewhat root bound, so it might be difficult to get the cup off. As long as you are supporting the fragile plant, you can shake the cup a bit to get it off.

 

Now, turn your plant over and stick it in the hole you made in the planter soil. Gently tamp fresh soil down around the roots and give it a bit of water. Being transplanted can be a trauma to a small plant, so make sure it has enough water to recuperate.

 

Your new plants won’t need much care. As long as they get daylight in the window and you keep the soil moist (not wet), they should thrive. Once they have reached about five inches in height, you can start snipping. The frequent cuttings will stunt their growth and make the herbs bushier, perfect for indoor growing conditions!

Good Neighbor Tips: Laundry Room Etiquette

February 2, 2015 8:39 am

Sharing a laundry room with other people requires that everyone cooperate and act courteously towards one another in making sure that everyone has a chance to get their laundry done.

Here are some tips on how to be a good laundry neighbor:

  • Know your laundry facilities –  Learn the time each machine takes to avoid leaving clothes abandoned for long periods of time. A typical washer operates for about 30 minutes on average, while a dryer can take between 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Never stop another resident’s laundry in mid-wash or dry to use it. It’s not only rude, but you never know what is inside the machine, whether it’s regular clothes or a heavy duty blanket.
  • Never insert another resident’s wet clothes into a dryer. Every person has their own specific way of drying clothes and their are some items that shouldn’t ever be placed in the dryer.
  • Avoid using heavily scented washer detergent. It can leave a residue and smell behind for other users of the same machine.
  • If there’s a limited amount of washers and dryers available and another person’s clothes have been in there for a long time, please be considerate.  Place their clothes on a clean plastic or garbage bag on a counter. Each resident is responsible for their own laundry, but it is also a two-way street way of using shared laundry facilities.
  • Always clean out lint trays and any spills you may have made before leaving the area.
  • If you have time available during off peak hours (after work or weekends), it can be a good time to get your laundry done quickly and without waiting!

These few little things can make sharing a laundry facility with others a much easier thing and keep the building nice and clean!

Entertaining Out Of Towners During Winter

January 21, 2015 8:44 am

It is cold out by the standards of those not native to Minnesota. If you would like to show your guests a good time, City Pages has put together a great top ten list of places you can have a lot of fun! One is even outdoors!

Check out the list!

 

Winter DIY – Creating Wall Decor

January 6, 2015 4:42 pm

If you don’t have the money to buy that original Picasso, there are still ways you can low cost art to adorn the walls of your home and apartment. It’s just a question of using a little creativity and elbow grease. Cheap original artwork can be had for a fraction of the cost of what you’d buy at an antique store or art gallery. Here are some ideas for creating your own low cost art:

Decorate your walls with vintage LPs

 

You can buy old LPs from estate sales, garage sales, and thrift stores for pennies on the dollar. Nail old LPs to your wall to give a room a touch of musical nostalgia. You can also attach favorite album covers to your walls from such artists as Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

 

Create a nature collage.

 

Go outside on a crisp fall day and collect some of the handiwork of Mother Nature. Select the best examples of fall leaves, pine cones, and seeds to take home for your collage. Once you return home, arrange your nature finds on a matt board background. Once you’re pleased with the arrangement, use a hot glue gun to permanently attach your pieces to the board. Mount it to the walls and your have a one of a kind piece of low cost art. You can also explore other nature themes such as a beach collage using seashells collected on your seashore explorations.

 

Hang a series of flags.

 

Hang flags from your favorite countries on the wall in a pleasing fashion. Do you have interesting travel photos from these countries? If so why not intersperse them among the flags? You can also frame vintage maps from around the world to complete the travel theme.

 

Hang book dust jackets.

 

Are you an avid reader? What way to have cheap original artwork is to frame the dust jackets of your favorite books and display them on your walls. If you have a separate room that houses your personal library, framed dust jackets would be perfect.

 

Use your camera.

 

If you any skill with using a camera, you have instant low cost art for your walls. Simply grab your camera and photograph scenes that interest and intrigue you. How about photographing some of the local architecture in your city or animals at the zoo? Nature is always a good target for the camera’s eye. Once you have your photos, take them to a print shop and have them printed out professionally. Pick up some frames at a local thrift store or garage sale and you have cheap, original artwork for almost nothing. Who knows? You may discover that you love photography.

 

Frame vintage postcards.

 

Interesting vintage postcards can be found quite inexpensively at local antique shops. Choose some interesting ones and frame them for your walls. You’ll be surprised at how much interest and beauty this can add to your walls.

 

There are so many more wonderful things you can frame to use as low cost art. Old restaurant menus, botanical prints, fabrics, lace, old concert tickets, letters, magazine covers, and much more can serve as cheap, original artwork. Use your imagination and you’ll have beautiful walls without spending a fortune.

Twin Cities Fall Fun

October 18, 2014 7:13 pm

There is so many options for having fun in the Twin Cities as the leaves start to fall! Be sure to check out this events calendar to keep abreast of all the good stuff going on in your own neighborhoods!

Like the Our Mighty Mississippi this weekend!

 

Find more events here!

Apartment Etiquette: Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

September 25, 2014 8:58 am

Everyone loves a good night’s sleep. As someone living with neighbors there are some very simple things you can do to be a good night time neighbor and make sure everyone gets their time with the Sandman!

  1. Be considerate of your neighbors
  2. Avoid Yelling & Loud Talking
  3. Keep Conversations INSIDE Your Apartment (not outside your neighbors door or neighbors windows, not out in the parking lot, people live next to the parking lot).
  4. If you live upstairs, try to avoid the squeaky area or stomping, please don’t put speakers on the floor . If you are a large person, try to get a downstairs apartment.
  5. We know that you have great taste in Music, but EASY ON THE “BASS” (BASS frequencies pass thru walls more than any other frequencies, Turn Down The Bass Please). Better yet . . .
  6. GET SOME HEADPHONES for your Stereo. Headphones sound better. You can cook while wearing them. You can dance while wearing them. You can do Yoga while wearing them
  7. You can get a “Y” cord or split adapter from Radio Shack so you can plug in 2 sets of Headphones at the same time. They also have long extensions for headphones.
  8. Most TV’s now have sound plugs so you can plug the TV sound into the Stereo and watch TV using your Headphones
  9. Portable CD Players or iPods are real cool… Music can really make your day or night
  10. CAR STEREO?  Please don’t play it in the parking lot!
  11. Kids need a place to have fun. Kids are people too, find more peaceful activities for kids or think about bringing them to a park where they can let off steam.
  12. If you encounter anyone making LOTS OF NOISE, try to be understanding, in a friendly manner, and try to explain calmly that you are trying to sleep. We have all been noisy people in the past, so being friendly is the best way to call attention to the problem.

After The Fire

April 10, 2014 5:09 pm

We were unfortunate enough to have a fire in one of our apartment communities. It is incredibly important that we are all vigilant in protecting ourselves and our neighbors from damage to both our physical health and emotional health when we live in such close proximity.

Please be careful. This is what can happen if you leave your stove unattended for even a short period of time:

For those of you effected by the fire,  here is some important information on how to get help if you need it.

Tomorrow we will be posting a refresher on fire safety for all tenants to review for their own safety and that of their neighbors.

We are here to help all of you effected by the fire. Please let us know if there is more that we could be doing.

Thanks For The Great Reviews!

April 1, 2014 5:51 pm

We really love what we do and are happy it shows!

I’ve lived at Sela for 15 years and I have never had any problems with anything. Maintenance is always on time and very professional. – Molly A.
We love living here! Everything about it! – Clarissa B.
I have lived at Southwirth for over a year, and we have had nothing but great service and excellent management here. Kate takes great care of us, and John is an awesome and courteous maintenance man. We appreciate the service and would recommend this place as home to anyone of our friends or family in the future. We love the Holiday Lights up in our parking lot, beautiful! – Dannie E.

Snow Plow Notice – Saturday 2/22

February 21, 2014 6:23 pm

Snow plowing of the parking lots is scheduled for

Saturday, February 22, 2014

8:00 AM to 8:00PM

All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot by 8:00 a.m. and may return after the lot has been completely plowed and salted.

All vehicles that remain in the parking lot after 8:00 a.m. will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. There will be NO exceptions.

Towing Company

Bobby & Steve’s Auto World

Minneapolis, MN 55419

304 West 61st

612.CAR.HELP

612.227.4357

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our lots clean & safe If you have any questions, please contact our office at (952) 925-3878

Snow Plowing Scheduled For 1/27 Monday

January 26, 2014 7:53 pm

NOTICE

Snow plowing of the parking lots is scheduled for:

Monday, January 27, 2014

8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot by 8:00 a.m. and may

return after the lot has been completely plowed and salted.

All vehicles that remain in the parking lot after 8:00 a.m. will be towed

at the vehicle owner’s expense. There will be NO exceptions.

Towing Company:

Bobby & Steve’s Auto World

Minneapolis, MN 55419

304 West 61st

612.CAR.HELP

612.227.4357

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our lots clean & safe

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (952) 925-3878

Snow Removal Scheduled for 1/20!

January 19, 2014 9:04 pm

Snow plowing of the parking lots is scheduled for
Monday, January 20, 2014
We would like to advise you that all cars are to be removed from the property between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. After the lot has been cleared, you can move your vehicle back to the parking lot.
Any cars left in the parking lot will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense at:
Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
304 West 61st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419
612-227-4357
Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our lots clean and safe. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 952-925-3878 and after hours emergency at 651-229-3554.

November Is Refer-A-Friend Month!

November 4, 2013 9:16 pm

For the month of November, we are offering our current residents the chance to earn some spare holiday spending money if they refer a friend to a Sela property.

If your friend applies, gets approved and moves in, you will receive a check for $200 (for a two bedroom rental) or $150 (for a one bedroom rental).

If you have any questions, please email us!

Confused About Recycling?

September 19, 2013 6:10 pm

Recycling can be confusing. What can I recycle? Does my pizza box go with cardboard or in the garbage?

We have found some simple guides, by county, so you know what you can recycle and how!

For those of you that live in Hennepin County – here is a great user-friendly guide that breaks it down.

For those of you in Ramsey County, they break it down for your by your city so you know the rules of the curb!

And finally, in Dakota County there is full list of what and how you can recycle!

We are all trying to be good citizens of the Twin Cities and the planet and hope this helps you!