We are only a week and a half away from the spookiest holiday of the year! With our penchant for lists, we want to provide a general guide for celebrating this wonderful boo-ha-ha and trick or treating. We know that the residents at Cedar Heights would not be prime candidates for hosting trick or treaters, but may have kids, nieces, nephews, etc. where this information would be valid. Have fun reading our list on how to get ready and Happy Halloween!
- First, be aware of weather conditions for Halloween Day and Night. Weather reports for Omaha for October 31st shows a daytime high of 55 degrees, and a nighttime high of 39 degrees, with it being clear skies and very low chances of precipitation. Make sure to dress yourself and any children with you in warmer layers, especially at night.
- Plan your night and schedule prior. For adults who may be attending parties, make sure to plan any possible need for a designated driver. For those with children, plan the route that you all will be taking. Also, more eyes are better in the group to make sure nobody gets lost or left behind!
- Bring flashlights. If you will be walking at night, it is important to see the path in front of your clearly, as well as making sure cars nearby can see you and your party. Reflective strips on clothing are encouraged for this purpose as well.
- Only approach houses that are properly lit and make sure that anyone kids in your party stay in your sight.
- A smaller thought, but make sure to your trick or treaters carry a bucket or bag that is neither too big or too small. The recommended size to maximize their intake of sweets without overdoing it is the size of a plastic grocery bag.
- Parse out the candy. We know it is the holiday known for unadulterated intake of candy, but no one wants to be nursing a child back to health after they overdo it. Limit them eating sweets to a few pieces every night. Also, please inspect all candy passed out to your children or group prior to it being eaten.
- For those without trick or treaters, be aware that holiday attractions such as pumpkin patches, haunted houses, etc. will be heavily visited on the nights leading up to Halloween, so try to go early or visit these places a weak or more in advance.
- Finally, have a great time and enjoy yourself. It really is a hauntingly good occasion!
The more time we all spend at home, the more time we spend looking at all the extra stuff we have accumulated over the years. Many of your Robert Hancock & Co. properties have storage units available for all those things you don’t want to look at but aren’t ready to get rid of. Things like holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, extra furniture, and even electronics, can add to the everyday clutter that gets on our nerves. A storage unit can provide that little bit of extra space.
Now, just because all these items can FIT in a storage unit, that doesn’t mean they will be easy to find. To maximize the use of your storage unit, follow these simple tips!
- Write it out:
- Keeping a list of everything that you bring into a storage unit will save you time looking in the wrong place! A list will help you keep track of what you have in a storage unit at any time, which saves you time digging around.
- Picture this:
- Keep a picture or diagram of where things are within the storage unit to keep everything organized and easily accessible. A picture of sections of your storage unit can be kept on your phone so that you can see where the item is before you even start looking!
- Safety first:
- Place large, heavy, or bulky items closer to the ground for safety. Heavier items toward the top of a pile have a tendency to fall or damage the items below.
- Think CLEAR-ly:
- Investing in clear plastic storage bins so that you can see everything before you start stacking gives you a better chance at finding anything you’re looking for. One alternative would be large labels that you can briefly summarize what each box contains.
- Organization is key:
- Having an organized storage unit not only looks better, but it saves you the hassle of digging around looking for things. Organizing things by holiday, color, size, or function, can really come in handy when you’re looking for something specific. The items that you are going to use the most should always be the most accessible, so they should be stored near the front of the storage unit.
If you have one, or are thinking about getting one, these tips and tricks should help you get the most out of your storage unit!
We are back with more activities for those looking to celebrate the holidays while staying safe and healthy! As we love the holidays over here at Cedar Heights, we would love to list a few ideas for events/activities to partake in during this Christmas season. Read on to get more details on wonderful things to do during December:
- Omaha Community Playhouse is streaming performances of the classic A Christmas Carol. Although there is a cost to stream this program, it is an OCP staple, and a welcome sight for those looking for a bit of normalcy this year!
- Christmas at Union Station: An annual event at Durham with décor galore! It appears that admissions will be reduced, and masks requirements enforced, but another welcome return, and a great chance to see great exhibits with a festive twist!
- Light Shows Aplenty: Take a look at many places in Omaha, such as the Old Market or Midtown for amazing and breathtaking light displays! It is good enough to make you feel warm inside, even in the midst of the winter cold. Werner Park even has a paid light show that is a drive thru, and honestly, that is our kind of holiday display!
- Window Displays: We just found out that Chocolat Abeille’s in the Old Market has a window display that boasts… a real Santa and Mrs. Claus?! I can’t believe we even get to read that! They are positioned in the window in a snow globe and even pose for photos! Go pay them a visit on 12/19/2020 from 2-4 for a special and safe display that really comes to life in front of you!
This is only a taste of all of the things that you can do in Omaha for the holidays this year! So many shows/orchestras that are streaming performances, lights/trees/décor all over, and ways to still eat and drink all of your holiday sweets and treats responsibly. Take a look HERE for more! We at Cedar Heights wish you well, ask that you do your best to stay safe and hope that everyone has a joyous and happy holidays.
Goodness, it really has been a busy Spring and Summer for the Pacific Gardens Staff! Lots of residents coming and going, plenty of work going on around the community, and many more changes on the horizon. Eventually, we knew that we would want to come back and detail a few quick thoughts that we had in order to make sure we were all on the same page. We hope this will be seen as useful for our residents, or simply for guests inquiring about coming here. Here are a few thoughts:
- With the warmer weather, it is common to see more people entering and leaving the buildings. A little time outside or away is good, and while the inside is a great shield from the heat, we should also be careful about who we let in, and who we give codes or keys to. Please make sure that if anyone approaches you to let them inside that you inform them that it is against your lease. Our vendors will always be given access by us prior to coming into the building, but guests should always attempt to make contact with the resident that they are visiting to be let in. Also, please do not distribute keys or codes to anyone that is not a resident. This leaves not just yourself, but others in your building, open to security issues down the road. All guests should be let in at the door or use the panel systems to call out to the apartment for entry.
- Animals galore! While it is amazing to see pet owners out and about with their beloved, hairy companions, it is absolutely necessary that everyone clean up after their pet immediately. Pet waste is not just gross because of poor grounds keeper sometimes has to pick it up, but also because our residents have to see it in their front lawns. Let’s face it: our community is much to beautiful to have waste just laying around.
- During the summer months, our community sees its fair share of people moving in and out. While it is sad to see residents go, it is important that residents properly dispose of trash and other items accordingly, and that they make sure to provide us a correct forwarding address for deposit. IT IS IMPERATIVE that no large pieces of furniture be disposed by our dumpsters, and that all bagged trash goes into the dumpster, and is not laid beside it. In addition, we want to make sure that everyone receives their deposit, and in a timely fashion, so make sure to provide an address for its delivery!
- One more thought comes to mind: we know that a lot of people will find times away from their home, or will be spending a lot of time inside avoiding the summer heat. As such, we ask that everyone be diligent in submitting maintenance reports for items that are damaged or need replaced (especially for emergency items like leaks, power outages, total drain blockages, etc.). We will respond as quickly as possible to these requests. Lastly, our office and staff are taking the safety of our residents as a matter of utmost priority. Try to refrain from submission of very small work orders, and make sure that all residents are feeling well, and are able to either be out of the apartment or in a separate room while the work is being completed (REMINDER: your Rent Café portal is a great place to submit electronic maintenance requests).
With this all in mind, it is our hope that we all have a great summer. Thanks to everyone for making Pacific Gardens a great place to live, and we look forward to finding more ways to engage with all of you in the future.