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California “green” houses - CALGreen
There are two types of “green” houses. There are the certified ones which are usually new houses and then there are the fixes you do yourself with an existing house.
California’s “green” building standards code (CALGreen) is driving most of the changes in housing construction these days If you are interested in what those changes are, forget trying to read the full code. It’s incomprehensible. Try (this) instead. But, it is the first statewide green code in the US and the SFGate sums it up this way:
Homeowners can do all of those things for themselves and there are rebates available. But there is one area I question: why do so many people want to go all the way and create “intelligent” or “smart” homes? If you are not that into gadgets, why be a prisoner of your home’s technology?
Growing milkweeds for Monarch butterflies
I had read that monarch butterflies are in decline because of loss of habitat. The milkweed plants their young forage on along their flyways in the US have been decimated by pesticides and herbicides, extreme climate fluctuations and housing developments.
So I bought some milkweed seeds.
By far the easiest milkweed to grow from seed is Asclepias curassavica (photo) which you really don’t need to grow from seed since it can be found at most nurseries. But, bear in mind that nurseries use pesticides, and it is not really a native anyway. A better choice is Asclepias fascicularis (Narrow-leaved Milkweed). I have not seen it at nurseries but you can order it online. While it is more difficult to grow from seed than A curassavica, I did have some success with this one – moist soil, not too much sun. The seedlings are still too young for any passing Monarchs to notice but I have read they really like this plant.
In California is it legal to sell food made at home?
In California, this applies to bread, biscuits, candy, chocolates, churros, coffee, cookies, cupcakes, dried pasta, tortillas, trail mix, popcorn, vinegar, tea, nut butters, mustard, dried fruits and some jams and jellies, but NOT homemade food that contains meat, seafood or dairy.
Mental health including ADHD is now covered
Whatever you may think of mental health “disorders” and drug “treatment,” the following are covered by the Affordable Care Act in California (link):
If you are looking for ADD or ADHD on that list, it isn’t there, but it is lower down in a section on Mental Health Care for Children and therefore should be considered covered as well:
In effect, all policies and insurers should now cover diagnosis, treatment and medication. When choosing a plan, however, make sure it includes what you need. This applies to all the “disorders” mentioned above. You won’t easily find any of this on health insurance websites, so it is best to call them instead.
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