Disinfecting your home is important especially now as illness is being spread from person to person. What many people don’t realize is there are “rules” to disinfecting so that it does the job you expect it to do and there are many ways to make mistakes when disinfecting.
The First Question to Ask is “Do I Need to Disinfect of Just Clean?”
Cleaning and disinfecting are both important practices in taking care of your home. Many people are unaware that these are two different things. Right now, more than ever it is important to know what each of these terms mean and how to correctly disinfect your home when it is necessary.
Cleaning is the act of using solutions that grab any germs and bacteria from a surface and lift them away on your cleaning rag. Disinfecting is the act of using stronger cleaning solutions to kills the germs in their place. To effectively disinfect and thoroughly kill all germs on a surface there are correct practices, it means more than just wiping down a surface.
Cleaning should be done frequently when everyone in your home is healthy and in great physical condition. Disinfecting should be done periodically or when someone in the home is ill or has possibly come in contact with someone who may be ill. The overuse of stronger disinfecting chemicals could be more harmful than helpful in your home.
Let’s take a look at some mistakes to avoid when disinfecting your home to ensure your home stays properly clean and safe.
Using the Wrong Solutions
Sometimes this can come back to getting a cleaning and disinfecting mixed up or thinking they are the same. To properly disinfect you need to have an actual effective disinfectant solution. Eco-friendly solutions are wonderful for everyday safe cleaning, but when it comes to knocking out bacteria on contact you need stronger solutions. The CDC currently recommends high alcohol percentage concentrates, or diluted bleach solutions to ensure you have killed virus germs such as COVID-19.
Mixing Different Disinfectants Together
You may find yourself running low on your disinfecting solution at some time and be tempted to mix it with another germ-killing ingredient to make it stretch. This could be a dangerous or even deadly mistake. Bleach is almost never safe to mix with anything other than water so just stick to diluting it in water. Always make sure labels are clear and readable and never mix things together.
Not Cleaning First
That’s right you need to clean a surface before disinfecting it. Even if the surface you want to disinfect looks clean to the eye, you need to clean it before disinfecting it. This will ensure your disinfecting solution is as effective at killing everything on the surface as possible. Layers of dirt and grime can get in the way of the disinfecting process so give every surface a quick clean with a green solution or just simple soap and water then follow up with your disinfecting solution.
Not Prepping Yourself
Before you start cleaning your home, you should be clean yourself. Be sure to properly wash your hands by scrubbing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds and then using gloves to protect your skin. If you use reusable gloves make sure to clean them well when you are done.
Not Letting Solutions Sit
A frequently made mistake by many people is to spray disinfectant everywhere and to quickly wipe it away immediately after spraying it. Disinfectant needs a little time to go to work on attacking germs and killing them. Make sure to read labels on disinfecting products and follow the instructions exactly, especially when it comes to how long to let them sit and kill germs.
When cleaning several surfaces or even just a very large surface, you should have several rags. Ideally, you should use one rag per surface area. A couple should be used when a surface area is substantial in size. Overusing your cleaning rags just results in spreading germs around instead of eliminating them.
I'm always looking to help homeowners in Sun City Texas, buyers and sellers. This is a great way to keep our home clean and keep this virus at bay.
Berry Springs Park & Reserve is an extensive park located in Williamson County just outside of Georgetown. The park is primarily on farmland with several pecan and oak trees as well as Berry Springs, a small fishing lake. It's bordered by Berry Creek and Dry Berry Creek.
This little gem of Georgetown also sits just outside of Sun City Texas. I say it's a little gem because it was voted the "Best Kept Secret" in the Best of Georgetown contest in 2010. This gorgeous historic compound features nature trails, boardwalk, gardens, animals, and a fishing pond. Yet it's much more than that, without seeing it in person, it's really hard to emphasize the extensive beauty of this beautiful hidden gem.
Located at 1801 CR 152 in Georgetown, this beautiful preserve offers passive recreational uses as well as camping, hiking, and fishing. It offers a 2.5 mile hiking and biking trail that connects to many Georgetown parks and recreational trails. It's open from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM and is completely free.
Other amenities include barbecue grills, picnic tables, rentable pavilions, playgrounds, restrooms, wildlife viewing areas, camping, biking, and much more. If you're looking to get lost in the woods, Berry Springs Park is a great location. There are both primitive and improved campsites available and is popular with hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders with its miles of trails, trees, and prairie areas. It has a great combination of all of the above as well as an extensive forest perfect for riparian habitats.
Grab a picnic lunch or stop by Wrigley's Pub and grab lunch and head to the park for a great day relaxing in the sunshine, exploring the grounds, or getting in your 10,000 steps for the day. It's also a great place to take grandkids letting them run wild, explored the Born Learning Trail, and burn off some of that energy on the playground.
Speaking of grandkids, it's a perfect place to grab a butterfly net and head down the trail looking for grasshoppers, dragonflies, and butterflies. There are several picnic tables along the water so it's a perfect place to stop, have a snack, and enjoy the wildlife. There are several bird viewing areas and a beautiful wildflower meadow with maps all along the way so you really don't get lost.
Berry Springs Park and Preserve is a great place to spend an afternoon. If you've never explored this area, we urge you to set aside a weekend or even a week day and explore the park either on your own, with family, or friends. And remember your less than 15 minutes from downtown Sun City. Simply take Highway 195 to Interstate 35, taking the 130 Frontage Rd. exit and turning left on 152, you'll head straight into the park.
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The Sun City Farmers Market is located at the social center parking lot at 2 Texas Dr. in Georgetown every Tuesday from 9:00 AM until noon. And is a seasonal, open air market with vendors selling everything from fresh veggies and fruit, to beef, pork, eggs, and baked goods. So what kind of things are you likely to see at the Sun City Farmers Market? Well, it's a perfect way to set up your menu for the week. Here are some of the vendors and some of our favorite things to buy and eat at the farmers market.
Carrots, broccoli, spinach, and kale from the many booths can make a delicious salad.
Carrot and Broccoli Salad
6 medium carrots shredded
1 small bunch broccoli (about 12 ounces) chopped
1 cup raisins
1 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2/3 to 1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/ pound chicken cooked and shredded (or leave out if vegetarian or side dish)
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, nutmeg, and mustard. Add to vegetable mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. Stir in chicken just before serving.
If the local, artisan bread smells good, take some home, enjoy with your salad and the next day, make a delicious Panzanella salad!
3 tablespoons good olive oil
About 6 cups of cubed bread
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons capers, drained
For the vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
Of course, there are a lot of other things besides food the farmers market. Enjoy the arts and crafts of local artists, essential oils, woodworking, jewelry, and lots more. It's a great place to do your weekly shopping, or find that gift for a certain someone that you won't find anywhere else.
Wrigley's Pub is located in Sun City Texas at the corner of Sun City Blvd. and Del Webb Boulevard. It's located within the City Market strip mall and community center just across the street from Sun City Fitness Center and the Community Association. Wrigley's Pub is been here for several years and is a staple to many Sun City residents.
"Good place to go for a burger and beer when your out by Georgetown Lake area. We go there occasionally but are not residents of Sun City for another 10 years.
I haven't had the pizza but am wanting to try it since they have a nice oven and a lot people order it." - Yelp Review
Wrigley's Pub offers various pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and salads and is fully stocked with beer, wine, and spirits. They have happy hour offers and shuffleboard tournaments ( COVID-19 notwithstanding)
They offer daily specials such as grilled brought worse, barbecue pork sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, chicken salads, and Saturday and Sunday custom omelets, potatoes, and biscuits as well as a waffle bar.
"We had a great time. The bartenders poured good drinks and the crowd was having a blast. ...great smells coming from the pizza oven." - RestaurantGuru.com
Looking to cool off on the hot summer afternoons? Pull up to Wrigley's Pub and enjoy queso and chips, a cold beer, a fantastic oven-fired pizza, or refreshing salad. It's a great place to go after a day of golfing or just to cool off. Most folks feel that has reasonable prices and the food is well prepared and served hot.
If you're looking for a great spot for Sunday brunch, head on into Wrigley's for their fantastic waffle bar where you can top custom made, fresh Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, whip cream, real maple syrup, whipped butter, and lots of other toppings.
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For every adult above 55 years, the next thing in their minds is to settle down in an adult community which is definitely cool. However, it is important as well as safer to ask some questions before taking that big step. These questions will serve as a guide to help navigate through that next phase seamlessly.
1) Does your expectation match what you see?
Having expectations is one thing but seeing your expectations being met is the bigger deal. Not every community will have what you desire. So, you need to look through and be sure you want to move in. Most adults want an active community that makes them feel at home and that is what sun city texas has that you can consider. In Sun City Texas, you can surely marry your expectations together with what you see because you will be satisfied.
2) What kind of houses are available?
This question should be one of the top questions to ask when planning a retirement community to move into. This is very important as everybody has different preferences. You might want to stay in a new house instead of a house on resale, so you need to ask if that would be possible. And pending the time your house will be constructed, you might need rentals. All these should be considered when you are planning to move.
3) How serene is it?
After all the many hard work that has gone by in the years, who wouldn't want a serene environment? This should be the next question you should not miss out. Additional to your serene space, you still want a bit of class and comfortable so don't forget to check out these also.
The community you plan to retire to should not be one that will cripple your budget rather it should be friendly. If you make the calculations of the general cost of living like electricity, gas, laundry etc. and it surpassing your budget, you might have to reconsider. A good choice is Sun City Texas that supports luxury at a friendly cost. Your guess at this moment will be to try out this community, why not?
5) How homey will it be?
Your new place should never feel like just another house but a home away from home outlook. This is what a homey community does for you, it makes you feel free as though you never left your previous place. The landscape doesn't matter if that feeling is lost. You will have no worries with Sun City Texas with the many friendly people living around to make you feel loved and at home.
By now, most of your questions are answered and you want to take that step. No doubt, moving in will be with great confidence because you know what great future awaits you.
Homeowner association fees are $1200 annually as of the publishing of this post. It's important to check with current listings as these prices and fees may change. There is also a one-time working capital fee of $650 paid at closing when you purchase a new property in Sun City.
Items covered by the HOA
Residents have use of all the amenities except for the golf course, the maintenance of all common areas, and maintenance to the twice-annual garage sale. Private or individual garage sales are prohibited by the community restrictions and covenants. Advertising, set up, and teardown of the community garage sale is also included in this.
Residents have the use of two fitness centers. One is located at 2 Texas Dr. and the newest facility is located at 1433 Cool Spring Way. Both facilities include swimming pools both indoor and outdoor, exercise equipment, aerobics studio, and classes. For new members, and orientation is provided. Both facilities offer aerobics and fitness classes each week and new members are given a complimentary consultation with one of their personal trainers. Each household receives two free passes to attend a class of their choice.
Del Webb Yard Maintenance
The homeowner association fees do not cover costs associated with the homes that are on the Del Webb Yard Maintenance Program or golf.
Seven neighborhoods out of the 60 in Sun City are part of a unique, all-inclusive landscaping program. For Garden Homes in neighborhoods 14a, 24a, 25, 30, or cottage homes in 24B1, 24B2, and 33, the homes are automatically on the landscape maintenance program. This requires an annual fee for tree and plant placement, maintenance of the lawn and shrubs, and other maintenance installed by the developer including sprinkler systems, aeration, soil enhancement and fertilization. This additional fee can bump annual HOA fees to about $2900.
Residents have the option of joining the golf community as well. Sun City features three courses including Legacy Hills, White Wing Golf Clubs, and the newest Cowan Creek course. Each course has its own 9-acre practice range, putting green, clubhouse, pro shop, and lounge. Annual golf passes are available for purchase at the main office and punchcards are available at the pro shop. It's a pay-as-you-go option.
To learn more about Sun City homes and the HOA fees and exactly what they cover for each property, contact my office today. I specialize in all Sun City real estate and can help you find the perfect home with the right HOA fee for your budget.
Welcome to your retirement! You have the whole world ahead of you now that you aren’t on the 9 to 5. But what are you supposed to do with all this free time? Here are 10 things that will hopefully keep you occupied through your golden years.
Travel the world - Being retired means you don’t have to worry about saving up your vacation time. Whether you are going around the world or just across the state, get out there and see something new.
Create your dream home - You’re about to spend a lot more time at home, so make it the space of your dreams. Plan that big renovation you never got around to or put some fresh paint on the walls. Maybe your dream home is in another state or down the road. Or maybe it’s time to trade in your four walls for four wheels and take your dream home on the road with a trailer or RV.
Volunteer - Give back to your community and stay busy by volunteering at a local organisation. Animal shelters, food banks, churches and youth organizations can always use an extra hand.
Get an education - You’re never too old to learn something new. Keep your mind sharp and check out what your local community colleges are offering, or see if there are any clubs in the area that teach something you have always wanted to learn.
Spend time with family - Visiting your family can become a hassle when you are trying to work around a job schedule, especially if you live far away. Use the time you now have to visit the people you haven’t seen in a while.
Make new friends - Living in a senior living community doesn’t have to be dull. Go to some of the planned events or join a club to meet new people who share your interests.
Start a new hobby - Retirement is a great time to start a new hobby. You can pick up anything from photography, cards, art, fishing, gardening and so much more. See if there is a club in your community that caters to the hobby and you might even make new friends.
Stay active - Don’t let getting older stop you from keeping active. Go for a walk around the block, take a class at the fitness center, or see if there is a local sports team you can join.
Get a part-time job - Not having a job and having a lot of free time might not appeal to some seniors. Keep busy by getting a part-time job at a business you like or start your own. You can kill time and make some money on the side.
Do nothing - This is your retirement and you can spend it however you want. You can lounge around by the pool, get comfy with a good book, or take a walk in the park; the possibilities are endless. Do you dream of doing nothing? Well do it!
Your golden years are a time for you to relax and find yourself again. But it’s important to remember to live within your means, you don’t want to run out of savings halfway through your retirement. Make the most of it by doing all the things you couldn’t while you were working and who knows maybe you will discover something you never knew you liked.
Winters can be tough on seniors, with cold temperatures and snow piling up, it’s enough to make you want to fly south. Well by joining the snowbird community you can head to warmer climates in the winter and back up north when it gets too hot. But moving every few months isn’t easy, so here are some tips on how to smoothly transition into the snowbird lifestyle.
The first step is finding a location that fits your lifestyle and budget. If you like having friends around you might want to move into a community, but if you like quiet you might want a beach house. Sun City is a perfect place for people looking to stay active, with plenty of clubs and events throughout the year snowbirds here will always be busy. Living in two places means costs will add up as you pay for property taxes and maintenance. Travel will also be costly over time so you have to budget accordingly.
Since you will be in this new location for a while, take the time to get to know it. Before signing the paperwork for a new house you should spend a month or two there to make sure that you will enjoy it.
When you have decided on your new home, it’s time to get set up. For tax purposes, you will need to label one of your homes as your primary residence. This can be done by having your legal documents (driver’s license, taxes, and voter registration) completed with your main address. To keep you from missing important mail like bills, sign up for electronic payments and reminders. Letting mail like newspapers and flyers pile up while you are gone can make your house a target for break-ins while you are away, so have a neighbor pick up anything left on your doorstep or sticking out of your mailbox.
If you are expecting to host guests at your winter home it’s important to get insurance in case someone is injured or there are any damages. Insurance will also come in handy if you live somewhere that gets hurricanes, just in case the worst should happen. Traveling can be risky in the winter no matter if you are flying or driving. Getting travel insurance will keep you from canceled flights, lost baggage, or nonrefundable tickets.
Letting a house sit for several months can lead to problems if you don’t take precautions before leaving. Make sure that when you leave your heat on at a low temperature to keep your pipes from freezing, and unplug appliances (which means you may need to empty your fridge and freezer). Create a list of emergency contacts in case something happens while you are out of town and give them to a trusted neighbor or relative in the area. That way if something happens they can let you know and get someone out to fix the problem.
The final step in transitioning into the snowbird life is an easy one: make this new house your home. You are going to be living here for several months so bring some creature comforts to help you settle in. Put up pictures of relatives, pack your favorite warm-weather clothes, and bring plenty for you to do.
Being a snowbird means a chance to meet new people and see new places. So say goodbye to snow and hello to months of sun and relaxation as you join the growing community of seniors escaping heading south for the winter.
Contact us today for more information on being a snowbird in Sun City Texas
Summer is the time for road trips but with Austin’s abundance of sun, you can hop in your car and go for a drive all year long. Residents at Sun City are lucky to be in a great spot for traveling that doesn’t require spending all day on the road. Here are some unique Texas towns that are located under two hours from Sun City to help you get out there and explore.
Salado (about 25 minutes)
This town is an art lovers getaway (without going too far). Visitors can try their hands at creating their own works of art at a “Blow Your Own” event at Salado Glassworks, make your own stoneware at Ro Shaw Clay Studio, or paint (and sip) at the Sirril Art Gallery. Those who just want to admire the art (and maybe take some home) can visit the town’s many art galleries and studios like the Salado Sculpture Garden, Mud Pies Pottery (where you can also buy homemade fudge), and Griffith Fine Art Gallery.
If you plan your trip carefully, you might be able to watch a staged performance of Salado Legends at the Tablerock Ampitheatre. Twice in late July and once in early August the theatre tells tales featuring Tonkowa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Scottish immigrants. They also perform other shows during the year. And if you don’t want to drive home at night, stay at the historic Stagecoach Inn. Enjoy their luxurious rooms and a delicious breakfast before heading back home.
Dripping Springs (one hour drive)
This small town is perfect for people who love to soak up the sun while sipping their favorite adult beverage. Dripping Springs is home to many unique breweries, wineries and distilleries including Argus Cidery (one of Texas’ first hard cider producers).
Nature lovers can enjoy visiting the state parks and nature preserves like Hamilton Pool, a swimming hole created by a collapsing underground river. Entry requires a reservation but once you are in you can swim (if conditions allow) or hike through the preserve to try and spot the protected Gold-Cheeked Warbler. History buffs can take a stroll down Historic Mercer Street (built between 1870 and 1940) to see the original businesses and the namesake of Dripping Springs. And if you decide to stay overnight, take a walk and look up, Dripping Springs is an International Dark City so the stars aren’t blocked out by outside light pollution.
West (Hour and a half drive)
For those looking for unique shopping experiences and don’t mind a longer drive, head over to West. This town is the “Czech Heritage Capital of Texas” and home to many shops and bakeries showcasing Czech culture. One of the most popular spots is the Little Czech Bakery at the Czech Stop. The bakery serves up tasty lunch items and the very popular kolaches (puffy pastries surrounding fruit filling).
Going on a road trip is a great way to see the unique sights of your area, and just because you are retired doesn’t mean you need to stop adventuring. Grab some friends, your sunblock and go out and see what Texas has to offer.
Obviously, we know that social distancing is helping keep this virus at bay. But folks in Sun City Texas are getting antsy. And that's normal! But many residents have found a way to stay connected all by the most effective transportation in Sun City - Golf Carts.
And we even made the news!
Statesman.com stated that several residents took to their golf carts this past week driving around separately to chat with neighbors at a safe distance. Our golf course is currently closed along with many amenity centers and even fishing but people still want to check on their neighbors.
Many people were out sitting in their front yards, laughing and chatting up with other people driving by and golf carts. Typically, many of us get together and play games or participate in book clubs but now, we're simply leaving things on people's porches. Most of us still agree with the stay-at-home order because we want to be safe and because most of us are in that older age bracket. However, we can't stay locked up forever, sometimes phone calls and video chats just don't cut it. Were going a little stir crazy over here so if you see one of us driving by in a golf cart, simply wave and if you feel comfortable, come out and chat at a safe distance.
Golf Carts in Sun City
When people golf, the course requires everyone to use a motorized golf cart during play on each course. There is no more than two golf carts allowed in a foursome and personal golf carts must conform to the approved Sun City specifications posted at the golf committee website. No more than two individuals can ride on a golf cart at any one time and most people use them to and from the golf course. But because the golf course is now closed, we are using our golf carts for other reasons.
All golf carts driven on the course must be registered with the community association and have an assigned identification number. All carts must also have turf type tires.
So if you're brave enough, hop in your golf cart, tour the neighborhood, and get out and see some of your fellow community members. We're out there waiting for you.