Home sale prices from San Jose and Peninsula areas, March 22

765 Woodside Drive, Woodside 94062; $5.1 million, 3976 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms. Built in 1956, 1.4 acres in Woodside Hills HOA. Each bedroom has its own bath. Extra-large kitchen with seating island, oversize refrigerator, wine refrigerators. Sliding glass wall from living/dining great room to large patio with pool and spa. Family office. Heated concrete floors, extensive cabinetry. Off Woodside Road just east of Interstate 280. Half-mile to Menlo Country Club, 0.7 miles to Woodside High School. Previous sale $1.9 million in 2013.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


How to avoid messages from the dead: 6 tips from Facebook

My last Facebook Messenger text to my mother-in-law was on Jan. 27. “How are you feeling?” I asked.

Lung cancer devastates quickly. She died a few days later. And like so many who lose loved ones, I posted a tribute to her on my Facebook page as the family gathered for her funeral.

Imagine my shock, then, when she wrote back on March 6.

Messages from my deceased mother-in-law. (Screenshot by Teri Sforza/SCNG, The Orange County Register)

“I am feeling very good now. It’s really very silent here. How are you all doing?” the Messenger message said.

Then, a few minutes later: “I hope that you are going to keep it a secret. Yes I can communicate with you.”

I stared stupidly at the screen. It was positively creepy and purposefully cruel — but my posts had unwittingly notified the ne’er-do-wells out there that she was gone, and they promptly hacked into her Facebook account. There, they surely tried to access any financial and personal information she may have stored.

This bit of “ghosting” is a 21st century take on the time-honored “obituary column thieves” phenomenon, made famous by a set of Pasadena sisters who scanned death notices, then systematically burglarized homes while grieving families were at funeral services.

As Facebook users skew older — the average age in the U.S. is now about 40 — dead members will surely become a bigger issue.

Users have complained that a dead man’s Facebook account was being used by an ex-girlfriend to follow people who had blocked her, and by scammers using dead people’s accounts to collect money, spam “friends” with sunglasses ads, and even tag people in photos.

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CVS is now selling CBD products in California

Select CVS locations in California and seven other states are now selling hemp-derived CBD products.

The national drug store chain will be marketing the topical cannabidiol products as “an alternative source of relief,” CVS said in a statement to NBC News. The popular chain will also be partnering with another company to test and verify the quality of the CBD topicals sold in 800 drug stores at this point.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 1, 2018 Marijuana plants grow under artificial light at the Green Pearl Organics dispensary in Desert Hot Springs, California. (AFP PHOTO/Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Make no mistake, this does not mean you can stock up on pot brownies while buying toilet paper and shaving cream. Hemp-derived cannabidiol, known as CBD, will be sold in topical products including “creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions and salves,” CVS Health spokesman Mike DeAngelis said to USA TODAY. Edibles are not on offer.

CVS was motivated by market forces and is responding to customer demand, store officials say. You can peruse some of the hemp products here. The other states where the palliative products are available are: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee, as NBC notes.

“Anecdotally, we’ve heard from our customers that have used those products that, gee, it’s helped with pain relief for arthritis and other ailments,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in a CNBC interview. “We’re going to walk slowly, but we think this is something customers are going to be looking for as part of the health offering.”

To be sure, you may never look at the drive-thru pharmacy the same way again.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Health


Angie’s List: How to prepare now for a beautiful lawn this summer

By Paul F. P. Pogue, Angie’s List

When you plan for spring lawn maintenance, don’t overlook aeration and dethatching. These two seemingly unglamorous, unexciting processes can play a big role in maintaining a healthy, bright lawn through the summer.

Aeration improves nutrient access

Soil tends to compact over time, and this hinders the passage of air, water and nutrients to your grass roots. Aerating a lawn involves creating deep, slender holes that create a pathway for water and nutrients to reach hungry roots.

You can perform a basic aeration with a pitchfork or any tool that digs slim holes — just poke into the ground every few inches. Specific aeration tools are also available to buy or rent. You can even purchase special aeration shoes with two-inch spikes on the bottom that let you aerate the lawn simply by walking around.

However, this process, known as spike aeration, is only partially effective, because while it digs holes, it also presses soil together and can increase compaction. For the most ideal results, consider plug aeration. This process actually removes a small core, or plug, of grass and soil with each hole. Plug aeration tools use cylinder-shaped tines to penetrate the ground and pull up the plugs. Mechanical aerators look like push mowers and work largely the same.

If you aerate your lawn, make sure you have a reasonably moist lawn, and make multiple passes.

A professional can also handle this for you. You’ll pay an average of $125 for this service. You can save time and money by combining this with fertilization service at the same time.

Dethatching removes buildup

Even the best-maintained lawn develops thatch over time. This brown buildup of dead and decaying matter above the soil and below the grass includes old grass clippings, compressed roots and stems. A small amount of thatch can be …read more

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