Decorating Ideas for Fall

Posted: October 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

At our apartments in Lynchburg, VA fall is here! The change in weather has us wanting to make our homes cozy and warm.  Do you want to do some fall redecorating? Here are some suggestions that will not break the bank.

Fresh paint-  For under $100 you can dramatically change any room’s appearance with paint and a few basic supplies. Pulling a vibrant color from a room’s patterned upholstery or rug and putting it on the walls can have a dramatic effect.

Throw rugs -  Throw down a rug as the seasons change. A soft area rug could really pull all the colors together in a room, and reduce echoes from hardwoods and tile.  

Add Fabrics -  Fabric can really brighten up a room.  Plain sofas can be livened up with patterned pillows. New place mats are a great way to change the presentation of a meal. Pair a contrasting color or a pattern with plain plates. Dining room chairs or bar stools can be recovered for a whole new look.

Add photos to the wall -  Use family photos and mismatched frames to fill a blank wall space in a family room or hallway. Lay them out on the floor and make a grid. Play with the design until it feels balanced and looks good. If you have trouble following the pattern, make paper bag cut-outs of the same pictures and tape them to the wall for the placement of the frames.

Window Treatments – inexpensive sheers, curtains, blinds or drapes can really change the feel of your room.

New Hand Towels - New towels and a bath mat in can give your bathroom a whole new look.

Have fun making some colorful changes in your apartment homes at Old Mill Town Homes.

The Virginia 10 Miler Race in Lynchburg

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA, hopefully you have been getting ready for The Virginia 10 Miler Race in our fitness center. The Virginia 10 Miler Race weekend isn't just about the elite athlete out there running 10 miles.

There is a race for everyone, even the kids.

The weekend of festivities begins this Friday, September 28 with The Amazing Mile Children's Run.  Lynchburg City Schools are encouraging their students to get healthy and be prepared for the challenge.

To get the finish line, Lynchburg City School students are pounding the gym floor.  It's all part of the 10th Mile program geared at 3rd graders.
Like a lot of the races, organizers are making more room for kids who want to participate this year.  Ashleigh Karol is helping for Amazement Square.

Last year the race actually went over capacity at 550 runners and this year 200 more spaces were opened up.

This is a family event. The earlier kids learn to exercise and that exercising is fun and staying active is good and healthy the whole family will catch on.

There's more than just the mile race for kids.  There's a 1/4 Mile Run for kids younger than 5 and the 1/2 Mile Run for ages 6-9 too.


Should You Buy or Rent Your Home?

Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Considering all of the volatility in the housing market in recent years, does it really make sense to own a home? Or is it better to rent an apartment in Lynchburg, VA?

It used to be that the American dream included owning a home. Now the pendulum seems to have swung dramatically in the other direction. Since the housing bubble burst, some are beginning to rethink the conventional wisdom that owning a home is a good investment, even though declines in home prices have made purchasing and owning one somewhat more affordable.

Home prices and interest rates are only one consideration, as many found out during the housing market bust. Home ownership is great if are going to settle in the same place for around 10 years and can continue to afford the payments. Unfortunately, these circumstances can be unpredictable.

When deciding to buy or rent a home, financial considerations are important, but lifestyle issues should also be taken into account.

Be sure to consider everything when it comes to homeownership; benefits should be tempered by other considerations. Taking on a mortgage obligates you to live up to the terms of the loan for years, and homes typically require a significant investment in maintenance and occasional improvements. And as far as an investment, there's no guarantee you will be able to sell your property for more than what you paid for it.

Renting is a realistic starting point for most. As your savings grow and your credit score rises, you might be in a position to qualify for a mortgage and make the leap to home ownership. But choosing the right time to buy is important -- you need to feel secure that your sources of income will be there for the long run.

Lifestyle considerations. Personal traits and current life circumstances are other considerations as you assess whether to buy or rent.

Homeowners should be up to the task of maintaining their own property; from lawn work to minor home repairs. It also means being able to pay for professionals to do occasional work, including plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Renters enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle.

Another issue is the need for mobility. Those who are quite certain they can count on their job being in the same area can feel more comfortable making the jump to home ownership, provided they can afford it. Those who expect to be on the move for a job change or educational opportunities in the next three to five years might appreciate the relative mobility they have as a renter.

What's right for you?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to the question of whether you should own or rent your home. A good starting point is to honestly answer questions such as:

Are you comfortable with your current life circumstances and income stability?

Are you disciplined in managing your expenses and paying off debts on a timely basis?

Are you fairly confident you won't be required to move to another city or area in the next five years for personal, work or education purposes?

Interested in renting in Lynchburg, VA? Contact Old Mill Town Homes.

Ultimat Game Day Food

Posted: September 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA, you may be familiar with Alex Richardson, owner of Robin Alexanders American Bistro in Lynchburg.

This is a video of D's Dish: Ultimate Game Day Grub. - ABC13

Here are the recipes for the Game Day Grub segment:

California Cobb Dip

•1 cup sour cream
•1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces)
•2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
•1 teaspoon kosher salt
•1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
•1 medium avocado, finely chopped (about 1 1/3 cups, cut just before serving)
•1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
•2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
•4 slices bacon, well-browned and crumbled
•Celery sticks , Zucchini slices,Carrots or Tortilla chips for serving

Place the sour cream, blue cheese, lemon juice, salt, and Worcestershire in a medium non reactive bowl and stir until well combined.
Fold in the avocado, scallions, and parsley, transfer the dip to a shallow serving dish, and top with the bacon. Serve with veggies and chips.

Margarita Mix:

•8 cups cold water
•2 cups agave nectar liter
•2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade, thawed in the refrigerator
•4 ounces frozen concentrated orange juice (1/2 cup), thawed
•1/4 cup bottled lime juice

To serve:
•Ice (optional)
•4 medium limes, each cut into 6 wedges
•Rich Simple Syrup (optional)
•Salt (optional)

For the BEER-rita:
Place all the ingredients in a large pitcher or container (at least 1-gallon capacity) and stir to evenly combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving.

To serve:
Shake equal parts of favorite lager or wheat beer serve the mixed Beer-rita up or over ice in a chilled margarita glass with a lime wedge.
Alternatively, to serve over ice with salt, fill a small, shallow dish with simple syrup and a second small, shallow dish with salt. Dip the rim of a glass in the simple syrup, then in the salt. (If you don't have simple syrup, rub a lime wedge on the rim to moisten.) Add ice and top with the mixed margarita. Serve with a lime wedge.

Creole Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

•2 medium lemons
•1/4 cup olive oil
•1 1/2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning
•Freshly ground black pepper
•24 extra-large shrimp, peeled and de veined
•12 ounces cooked kielbasa, cut into 24 rounds
•8 (12-inch) wooden skewers
•Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill


Heat an outdoor grill to high (about 400°F to 500°F). When using wooden skewers, submerge them in water for at least 30 minutes to keep them from burning on the grill.
Meanwhile, finely zest 1 of the lemons (for about 2 packed teaspoons) and squeeze 1 tablespoon of juice from the same lemon. Slice the remaining lemon in half, then each half into 4 pieces; set aside.
Place the lemon zest and juice, olive oil, Creole seasoning, and a pinch of pepper in a large, non reactive container with a tight fitting lid or a large resealable bag and stir to combine. Add the shrimp, kielbasa, and reserved lemon pieces and stir to evenly coat. Cover and chill for 20 minutes.
Skewer 1 shrimp, making sure to pass the skewer through both the thick portion and the tail, then skewer 1 piece of kielbasa through the casing, leaving no space in between the shrimp and kielbasa. Repeat until you have 3 shrimp and 3 kielbasa pieces per skewer, then skewer 1 lemon piece on the end of each.
When the grill is ready, use tongs to rub the grate with several layers of paper towels dipped in vegetable oil. Place the skewers in a single layer on the grill without touching (cook them in batches if needed), cover, and cook, flipping once, until the shrimp are just cooked through and firm and the kielbasa is warmed through the center, about 5 to 6 minutes total.
To serve, remove the lemon wedge from each skewer and squeeze the juice over the shrimp and sausage.


Mosh for Hunger

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA, there is an interesting way you can help fight hunger in your area. Some local metal bands have set out to change the reputation they have gotten over the years.

They're throwing a concert to help feed the needy in and around Lynchburg.

Next week, they're getting together to play in Appomattox to raise money for the Lynchburg Daily Bread and send a positive message about their music.

"We just want to show that we're not bad people," said Noah Wheeler, who is putting on the benefit concert.

Wheeler has been in the hardcore music scene for a quite a while. He currently plays guitar in the band Colonist.

Wheeler also lends a hand at the local soup kitchen.

"To me, one of the worst feelings in the world is having an empty stomach, I like to eat, everyone likes to eat, so why not help somebody eat," he said.

Wheeler and his wife frequently donate and volunteer at the Daily Bread in Lynchburg.

So Wheeler decided to bring his passion for food and heavy metal together. All 7 bands will play in the concert for free.
To get in, just bring $5 or donate canned goods.

Tracey Dixon with the Daily Bread says they've seen a huge increase in hunger in the local community.

The idea is a win-win. The food bank gets a helping hand, and the community can see that Metal Heads have a heart too.

Blue Ridge Sportswear donated 20 T-shirts that will be sold at the event that say "Mosh for hunger."

The concert is Saturday. September 8 at 4 p.m. at the Appomattox Moose Lodge.