It may feel as though you’re too busy to slow down and enjoy life. But even little changes can have a big effect

Slow Living 101: Tips for Turning Off the Chaos

What do urban gardens, the home canning craze, the resurgence of vinyl records and the renewed popularity of old-timey crafts have in common? They’re all ways of addressing the same issue: rushed modern life. Boiling farm-fresh berries on your stovetop for jam lets you experience the satisfaction of producing something for yourself that you would normally buy in a store. Knitting a scarf during your train commute helps you savor a sliver of time in your day that would otherwise be a chore. But crafts and cooking aren’t the only ways to access slow living — you can begin today with a practice as simple as looking up and noticing the clouds.

Chalk Run down Exterior Paint Solution

Chalk Run-down: The washing down of chalk from an excessively eroding paint onto another area below (a brick foundation, for example), ruining its appearance.

Possible Cause:

Use of a lower quality, highly pigmented paint.

Use of an interior paint for an outdoor application.

Erosion of factory-finished metal siding.

Solution:

Remove as much of the chalk residue as possible (see Chalking). Scrub any stained areas with a stiff brush, using a detergent solution; rinse thoroughly. In cases of severe staining, an acid wash may be necessary. Either way, if the affected area dries to a different color, consider painting it with a quality latex paint. Eroding aluminum siding should be thoroughly cleaned (power washing recommended) before painting with a quality exterior latex paint.