A Notebook About Our Home and Its Surroundings

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Hi! Welcome to House Notebook. My wife and I bought a new house in Delaware. We are very excited to have a new home but have a lot to learn about homeownership. This is the site where we share everything we learn about our new home and its surroundings.


  • What Does it Mean to Have a Blue Porch Light?
    If you are driving through a neighborhood, you might notice that people have different colors of lights on their porches. This trend has become popular in recent years as a way for people to show their support for different causes. There are several different colors that you will see, including green, red, purple, and blue. … Read more
  • Do Bat Houses Help with Mosquitoes?
    Mosquitoes can ruin your outdoor plans in the summer. Some of them are active all day long, so naturally, people want to get rid of them. Pesticides can be problematic because they kill all kinds of insects, including those that are beneficial. Bats are a natural predator of mosquitoes, and they eat about half their … Read more
  • Pros and Cons of Living Near a Freeway
    People always consider location when they buy a new home. Different families have different needs, such as the neighborhood, the schools, or the proximity to work and places where they need to shop. Others want to be in a busier part of town. Some homes are located near a freeway. There are advantages and drawbacks … Read more
  • Will Rain Hurt a New Asphalt Driveway?
    Asphalt is a popular material for driveways and roads. It is attractive and holds up similar to concrete, but it is less expensive. Depending on how well it was installed, it may require maintenance every few years, but it is less likely to crack because it is more flexible. The key is to ensure that … Read more
  • Why Do Some Kitchens Have Fluorescent Lights?
    The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, and it needs to be well-lit. This has always been the case, and over time, people have looked for ways to make their kitchens the brightest room in the house. Some kitchens have fluorescent lights because they light up the space better than … Read more
  • Are Swallows Good to Have Around?
    Every spring, barn swallows come and make nests in warehouses, barns, residences, and other buildings. They are beautiful birds with blue backs, dark orange faces, and a light-colored chest. They have long, pointed wings and a forked tail. Although European legend says that barn swallows bring good luck, they can cause a great deal of … Read more