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Keeping Your Portfolio In Order With Organic Termite Control In Garden Grove

Keeping Your Portfolio In Order With Organic Termite Control In Garden Grove

Bonjour, mon amis! It has been quite some time since I last updated you on my goings-ons! As it just so happens, I was on expedition to one last few areas on Earth with not so good signal, isolated from the bothersome hum of modernity.

Some of you may ask where this magical place is, and to you I tell you: non! Buzz off! I must have refuge free from prying eyes, and I am aware many of you are spies for various nefarious organizations, bent on seeing my downfall. You will never catch me!

This piece of writing, however, is not about my treck through misty mountains in continent of Eurasia; it is about the indignities I find when I return to civilization. As it always happens after long sojourns away from my work, upon my return I am once again sat face to face with the bothersome little devils that chew away at my life’s work.

No, I am not talking about my leeching employees, though they will once again face the lash for their continued bungling. I am talking about the evil creature known as the termite, which has once again found fertile purchase in the walls of my vast real estate portfolio.

It began innocently enough, but with our long experience battling these pests, we knew what the signs meant. Little piles of sawdust here and there, holes popping up in walls and ceiling, an occasional corpse found on floor.

Many would just shrug at this and go about their day, but my organization has been put on high alert to monitor for any of these signs. The call was put out to use one of our many partners in the area to provide a timely termite inspection, and this time we once again had the pleasure of working with Natural Science Exterminating.

I love working with Natural Science because, unlike the people, America’s ecology fills me with wonder and happiness and I do what I can to protect it. Unlike in years past when I had to fret endlessly about the bioaccumulation of industrial poisons after a termite treatment, Natural Science’s use of natural chemicals means far less danger to the local wildlife.

The company also provides complimentary inspections, which means I don’t have to pay some troglodytic, foul-smelling scammer to come and tell me what I already know. The team works quickly and efficiently, destroying infestations, ensuring they don’t come back, and repairing any damage they or the termites created during the process. Magnifique!

If you are suffering from constant attacks by termites in the Orange County area, do not bother to search for a better company. Give Natural Science Exterminating a call today:

Natural Science Exterminating

+18002467378

11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

The Greener Side With Synthetic Grass Installations 

The Greener Side With Synthetic Grass Installations 

Is the grass really greener?

The mentality of never being satisfied or content with the present despite its obvious goodness is known as “grass is greener syndrome”.

When they first meet me, people usually ask which country I enjoy more. Since my move from France to America, my old friends and acquaintances have emailed and messaged me, curiously considering if they should also make a bold move. 

We live in a time when anything is possible. Communication and transportation have never been more advanced. You can go anywhere at any time, as cheap and fast as it has ever been. Moreover, when the dust settles after an intense period of turmoil, people tend to be hungry for the thrills and pleasures of life that they have seemingly missed out on. 

Someone once told me that if you walk up to any stranger on the street and say “I heard about your problem,” they might be surprised that a complete stranger knew something about them, but they won’t reply with “I don’t have one.” The philosophy is that you can always find someone with some problem at any given time. There is no such thing as a problem-free existence. 

So when people ask me to share my thoughts and compare the two countries, I make a joke of the question and say “there’s no comparison. They are simply different. But when it comes to where the grass is greener, I will say that my home in France had a natural lawn of real grass, whereas my current home has an artificial lawn of synthetic turf. So it turns out that the grass is greener on the other side.”

They usually look at me either puzzled or annoyed. 

You see, ever since the installation, I can’t stop bragging about my synthetic lawn. Despite what you may think about California, fake greenery is quite common in Lake Forest. We have great soil and sunlight, but our state is quite dry. Synthetic grass helps us conserve water in a drought.

I often hear about how rude Americans think French people are. I’m not sure why. But I will say that I think Americans are more open-minded and laissez-faire towards homemaking. My French mère might faint if she knew my home had anything fake disguised as being real. She believes in placing the most elaborate bouquets in extravagant vases and pots indoors. 


Movies romanticize France as a romantic, exquisite, and glamorous fairytale while making America out to be hyper-productive and hyper-focused. I will say that I am quite surprised at how welcoming people here are to anything new on the market. When I first began exploring grass alternatives, I was surprised to discover that plenty of residential and commercial properties in my area had already adopted synthetic turf through NoMow Turf installation. I now live in a home that is surrounded by green grass all year round, and I never have to worry about mowing, trimming, watering, or weeding.

The grass on the other side might not be real, but it certainly is greener.

Natural Termite Control For New Beginnings

Natural Termite Control For New Beginnings

“Wherever you go, there you are” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

I recently met another French expat living in the United States!

It was a sunny Tuesday morning. I entered my favorite cafe to order a light roast cappuccino to-go. To my surprise, the barista already knew what my order was going to be and asked me where I had been. I explained that I had taken an interest in learning how to pull my own espresso shots after buying a new machine. To my dismay, I had not mastered the craft nor perfected the taste. Though I sincerely missed the cafe where I could pay an expert to make cappuccinos for me, it had been a stressful month where I needed to save any time I could and my own machine saved me a trip to the coffee shop. The barista was understanding and non-judgmental. They only thought I had moved back to France. I replied that I had actually thought about moving back for a month or so to visit some friends and family. 

I turned around to find a place to sit while waiting for my order and the cafe was pretty packed. Someone who was sitting alone at their table noticed me and offered me a place to wait. “I heard you mentioned that you are also from France!”

I suppose you never know who you’re going to meet when you leave your house on a given day. So it was quite pleasantly serendipitous that I had met a fellow French.

Free Assorted Decors With Brown Rack Inside Store Stock Photo

They told me that they had moved here a few months ago and that this was their second time after ten years. So much had changed and it wasn’t a smooth landing, they said. Losing their baggage as well as losing their direction while trying to find their apartment, a silver lining seemed to emerge once they found their dream house to settle down.

But a few days after moving in, they discovered that the living room floor had severe termite damage! “L’univers n’arrêtera pas de me donner le chaos,” they said. Translation: The universe will not give me a break.

“And so it is,” I replied. 

The fellow responded that they had recently been meditating on this philosophy. Sometimes things are what they are, and rather than overcoming or ignoring what it is or happens to be, we have no choice but to accept reality.

Little did they do that I had also already been through the ordeal of having termites and when it comes to pests, I couldn’t care less about maintaining peace and I am more than happy to wage war.

In my experience, termites have to go. Their infestations are what cause billions of dollars of damage across the nation each year. Luckily, the great local Natural Science Exterminator was able to exterminate and repair my home in a day. I recommended the company to my fellow Frenchman and assured them that everything would be alright. I offered to keep in touch and left with my cappuccino in hand to start my day, feeling joyful that I was able to help someone that day.

If you ever need an exterminator, I hope that this information helps you too. You can give Natural Science Exterminating a call.

Natural Science Exterminating
11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

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N’est-ce pas: San Diego Drain Cleaning

N’est-ce pas: San Diego Drain Cleaning

It has been many months since my last writings and I must apologize to my loyal readers for this. I have been taking my biannual holidays in tropics of Suriname. As usual, I will not reveal what I do when I travel to dark reaches of rainforest, but I will tell you if you seek hospitality at Madame Chevalier’s in Paramaribo, just mention my name, and you will be taken care of.

I also suffer my usual bout of nausea and depression upon returning to the United States. I get off plane and am immediately assaulted by sight of heifers and their smell working at the customs office in airport. I believe employing such creatures is a form of aggression by United States government against the rest of the world.

After yet another unpleasant car ride with overly chatty Uber driver (never leave tips for these fiends), I finally reached the seclusion of my house on hills in Northern San Diego. Ready to breathe a sigh of relief, I entered my backyard facing the ocean, hoping sounds of crashing waves will soothe the pressure building in my head…and then I see it.

Each drain had a halo of dirt, mud, and detritus surrounding it. The yard I had left so pristine was now a shambles, and the assistant I had assigned to assure it would stay this way would be sorely punished.

First, though, I would need to find out why water was not draining correctly. I opened my address book, hoping to find the plumbing company that had initially installed drains, but realized in my many years of doing business in this joke of a country I had never directly worked with one.

Instead, I called the assistant that had so failed in his duties to upkeep my property and growled over phone that he had better find me the best plumber in the entire city of San Diego to come get to work on my drains, très vite, if he still wanted job in the morning. The company he came up with was California Plumbing, and he had lucked out; they were indeed very good.

The company comes out within days of the initial phone call, which is far better than most contractors you work with today. They were respectful of both my personal boundaries and my property, which is a surprise considering the boorish nature of most American tradesmen. With my drains now satisfactorily draining the water and my assistant serving out his punishment by retiling the surrounding area, I jotted down the contact information for the company. I consider this a very high honor.

Much like the body, drains must be cleansed regularly to ensure the entire system works as it should. For those who value service and speed, it would behoove you to get in contact with a company like California Plumbing, as they impressed even a discerning eye such as my own.

California Plumbing

+16197873443

Dream Of Green

Dream Of Green

Bonjour, mon amis. It has been some time since last writing – I have been on the move, yet again. I am hounded and pursued constantly by those that watch and move in darkness…

I recently returned to appraise some stateside properties that assistants have long rented out to tenants I have never seen or spoken to. A site greeted me that I found most distressing – dead, patchy yards!

As some of you remember, I was born in Paris but was raised in Mediterranean southern coast of France. Both California and southern France share a similar climate with hot, dry summer and mild winter. This is one of primary things that drew me to California when I was considering expanding my operations to America.

One major difference that has become quite apparent in the decades since is the unpredictability of California winters. While southern France has very pleasantly wet winters, California is choked, dusty hellworld where fire is more common than rain most years.

Pacific conditions dictate much of the winter weather patterns, with cycles of wet and dry being determined by faraway tropical water conditions. Meanwhile in France, weather is kept stable by isolation of the Mediterranean and the Gulf stream.

Why fixate on this? Because it means landscaping methods I brought from the Riviera, where water is plentiful and gardens flourish, are untenable in this cursed land. I can’t even grow grass the way I want!

This predicament has led me to begin considering alternatives I would have at one time considered unthinkable. Succulents, clover, river stone…and the option I dreaded most as young man, synthetic grass.

When assistants drove me out to make selection, I was fully prepared and expecting to flat-out reject all I saw. I was not prepared to see how much the quality of synthetic turf had improved. Where astroturf was unpleasant to touch, sight and smell strands of green plastic when I was a young man, the modern materials looked and felt far more natural.

I still argued against it for days with assistants out of principles – my office desk is still broken – I allowed them to convince me that it was the right decision for the properties. All that was left was to decide on the installers.

After a cursory search, we settled on the company with the highest reviews on Yelp – NoMow Tow. My assistant seemed very pleased when talking to them over phone, so I can only assume they have the excellent customer service attested to in their testimonial page:

I had reached out to several companies and most would not even take the project because it was such a small area. We see so grateful to have found NoMow Turf and work with Patrick, Sierra, and the guys to help beautify a patch of dying grass we had in the front of the house. We received responses from our initial inquiry very quickly and the booking process was very easy. Great communication, great job well done, and the turf looks like the real deal! Look no further, this is the company you want to work with!

Courtney D.

If you are on the lookout for a southern California artificial grass installer, you could do much worse than NoMow Turf. Give them a call and get rid of the disappointing lawn for good.

NoMow Turf

+18559688873

26774 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Insuring Big Dreams

Insuring Big Dreams

France’s history, architecture, and art are among the richest and most beautiful in the world. It’s home to some of the greatest creative minds of all time, from the Coco Chanels of fashion and the Claude Monets of art. 

When I lived there, life felt like a dream. I was surrounded by elegance and exquisiteness. It was home to my joy, but it was also home to my pain. I couldn’t make ends meet by selling paintings alone, so I also worked a full-time corporate finance job. This meant that I used all of my “free” time on evenings and weekends to paint and sell paintings. 

After years and years of doing both, I burnt out. If I got too tired from my job in finance to paint on evenings and weekends, I’d feel guilty—but mostly, I felt like my life was being stripped of work in which I found joy and meaning. Without art, I was just another cog in the wheel, a replaceable and disposable unit of human labor. On the other hand, when inspiration struck at night, I’d feel exhausted during the day. My eyes would glaze over the spreadsheets in front of me. I felt like a zombie staring at numbers that had no meaning to me. But I couldn’t quit my corporate job; if I didn’t have a full-time job to keep me alive, I would be a starving artist.

While most Americans dream of quitting their jobs and relocating to Europe or Asia, I wanted a different escape. I wanted to find a way to turn painting into a profitable entrepreneurial venture. I wanted clients who were willing to pay me for what my paintings were actually worth. The challenge in France was the competitive art market. In a country with such rich art history, people here have seen it all.  

What I love about the United States is the motivation that so many people have here to succeed and achieve the American dream. When I first arrived, I met someone who is now a dear friend of mine. He had been a truck driver for his entire life, and then he decided that it was time to become a commercial trucking fleet owner and operator

Free Man Wearing Black Denim Jacket in Driver's Seat Stock Photo

I asked him why he hadn’t started his commercial trucking company sooner. After all, he had the experience and had saved up enough money as startup capital. It turns out that most truckers love driving but hate paperwork. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires proof of insurance alongside the application for Operating Authority. Luckily, my friend discovered an insurance expert who specializes in commercial trucking and made it simple to get insurance for his truck fleet

Imagine delivering an online order for a painting worth tens of thousands of dollars and then having to navigate through narrow driveways and cramped cul de sacs in a truck. Last-mile deliveries are no easy business, as precious cargo needs to be delivered in mint condition. Truck insurance is especially important for last-mile deliveries, as there are many risks involved in transporting finished goods to the customer. Trucking insurance like last-mile trucking insurance helps fleet owners and operators manage safety and financial risks.

A Blessing In Disguise

A Blessing In Disguise

On most days, I feel like life can’t get any better. 

And then there are days where I wonder why I even moved here.

Sometimes I wake up and I think that this is all a dream. And then, from the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of my windows and remember that I’m not in France anymore. My window blinds are vinyl, not wooden. And I hate the way they slide open. I miss being able to actually swing my windows open and hear the church bells ring. 

You can take the boy out of France, but you can’t take France out of me. 

I have been thinking about renovating my house for a while. Specifically, I have wanted to switch the windows from the North American style to the European. In fact, I wanted to redesign my entire home to look and feel less American and more French.

The walls had to be repainted; boring and plain eggshells had to be replaced with mahogany, emerald, or pomegranate. And the light wooden and carpeted floors desperately needed to be replaced with dark wooden floors and Provence rugs.

White Leather Sofa Near Window

Trouble In Paradise

They say that nothing feels like home sweet home, but mine didn’t feel homely at all. The renovations, however, would change all that. 

So imagine my shock and horror when my contractors pulled out the floors…

…and found termites.

I couldn’t help but wonder if this was some divine karmic punishment for something bad I did when I was a child. Not only was I living in a house that didn’t feel like mine, but the house had also been infested with uninvited inhabitants. Was this a sign that I wasn’t meant to be here?

I could have just given up right there and then—pack up the life I had moved here, all the way from France, and quit trying to make it work here. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be here. 

But then I decided that I couldn’t just give up at the first sign of trouble. Bad stuff happens all the time, especially when starting a new life somewhere new. I could retreat back to comfort, or I could persevere and finally make my home feel like home sweet home. 

The contractors said that this had happened to previous clients and recommended Natural Science Exterminating, a professional pest control company specializing in natural termite control. It turns out that orange oil isn’t just a favorite for French pastry chefs—it’s also one of the best natural compounds for termite exterminations. 

A Natural Miracle

Organic pest control doesn’t involve traditional chemicals; it uses natural compounds like orange oil, which can be just as effective as a chemical termiticide in moderate cases.

When the exterminators arrived, they told me that if the termites had been discovered later, extermination and repair would have been more expensive. 

I realized that this was all actually a blessing in disguise…that I hated the floors enough to renovate them, which led to the discovery of termites. 

So maybe this was actually a karmic reward for something I did in my youth that was good.

If you need effective natural pest control solutions, you can give Natural Science Exterminating a call today.

Natural Science Exterminating
11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

Source D’Inspiration

Source D’Inspiration

Bonjour, mon amis! It has been long time since I talk to you, but still I must make this short.

Inspiration strikes me at odd times and with no measurable pattern in frequency. I can go years with almost nothing going through head, sitting staring at walls, no registry of world around me. Like snake after big meal – stare into my eyes and see nothing.

At other times, I am struck with divinely inspired madness – a Dionysian frenzy causing me to CHIMP and accomplish whatever goal or pursue whatever idea has caught my attention so. This has led to my great and impressive wealth – but it has also cursed me with an inability to pursue normal relationships and has landed me in hot water with both sides of law many times.

The last few months I have been inspired once again to travel – this time to lands of the Eurasian steppe, where I can hear the call of many horses; their hooves pounding against the parched earth. I know not where they ride, but I must join them.

Before that, the inspiration came for something somewhat more mundane – remodeling my kitchen. I decided that I would once again be calling friends from Inspired Remodels, as I always do for the sake of irony.

Then again, they have been hard at work during the last few years, gaining even more incredible testimonials than the last time I checked. Here’s a few:

“After spending time looking for a contractor to renovate our master bathroom, laundry and power bath, we settled on Inspired Remodels and I’m so glad we did! From start to finish every single person that worked in our home was professional, considerate and communicated with us throughout the process. I am rather “particular” about things being just right and they went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. Joe and Collin were very patient with me during the selection process and Jason was responsive and made me feel at ease with any questions I had along the way. The tradesmen were all outstanding but I need to give a special shoutout to Haime and Rudy, Mark and Ulysses, for their attention to detail and the long hours they put into making our home beautiful.  Thank you, thank you! I highly recommend using IR if you have high expectations – they will be met!” – Lisa G., Yelp Review

Read Mindy A.‘s review of Inspired Remodels on Yelp

“Here’s my story. We hired IR to remodel our master bathroom and handle a few other small things around the house, mostly electrical and paint. I’m an HVAC contractor and perfectly capable of hiring and handling my own sub-contractors for this project but after doing that for the downstairs remodel, I decided I’d rather have a general do all of this for upstairs. That’s when I found IR on Yelp. I found many companies highly rated but it proved to be difficult just to get someone on the phone let alone schedule an estimate. Anyways, IR was a clear choice for me to hire and I’m glad I did.

Now not everything went perfect but you can’t expect a project like this to be that way. I wish some things had gone a bit smoother but I’ll focus on the positives here as they far outweigh any negatives. Jason, the foreman was incredible with keeping me up to date and still to this day is just a text, email or phone call away if anything comes up. Great service during and after the project. It’s after the project you tend to get burned but not with these guys. I trust them 100% and will hire again. I’ve already used one of their subs for a project with my company.” (Chris P., Yelp Review)

Over the years, they have performed a great number of highly impressive feats, catering to my admittedly capricious and oftentimes ridiculous requests and desires. Regardless, I have never heard one negative thing about them from another of their customers, so their work on normal jobs must be top notch.

If you are like me and have been inspired to get your home remodeled, do yourself a favor and call my friends at Inspired Remodels. Now, I must prepare myself for the trials ahead.

Inspired Remodels, Inc.

(949) 716-1938

21098 Bake Pkwy Ste 100 Lake Forest, CA 92630

Protecting The Best Of US

Protecting The Best Of US

When I was small boy growing up in southern France, I did not get along with many of the other children. Even from young age, I knew myself to be better than them, above their petty cruelties and concerns.

I got in many fights with the other boys (and occasionally the girls!), their meaty peasant fists were all too familiar, as was the taste of blood in my mouth. The companions I kept were limited to the small cadre of boys who came from similar backgrounds in both familial origin and psychological orientation; them, and the stray dogs that wandered the alleys of the seaside town.

I remember being approached by pooch after one particularly vicious beating from large boy who had been offended by my calling him and his mother beasts of burden. The doggy licked my injured face, and I held him, tail wagging, while anguished tears ran down my face, cursing my small stature and physical weakness and vowing revenge.

This doggy, whom I never named, became my constant companion for next two years. He drove off many an older bully, lazed about in the courtyard as I read during hot summer months, ran with me as I caroused through streets of town.

The dogs of the town were all my friends, but he and I shared a special bond. One day, however, upon leaving my villa, I notice he had not come to greet me as he would any other day.

Knowing something was amiss, I search the town for hours, checking all of his favorite spots to sleep and pick through garbage. At last I came upon him, head in upturned trash can, unmoving but breathing.

I pulled him out, tears once again streaming down my face as I held him close. His tail wagged weakly, he still licked my face, but I knew from his coughing and wheezing that he did not have long. I sat with him until he passed, not much longer after that.

The other stray dogs in town came and went, pausing to sniff and lick his body as if paying their respects. I sat there with him, until the shopkeeper next door noticed me and called for my caretaker to come take me away. We buried him in the courtyard.

My caretaker had some experience caring for horses, and once I had told him what happened, he explained to me that the dog’s heart was old and weak, and had finally given out. He told me that he had noticed the dog coughing strangely before, but had not given much thought to it besides that.

It took me many years before I could once again befriend a dog to that level again. I vowed to never be as careless of a friend’s health as to ignore the obvious signs of trouble, like my caretaker had.

To these ends, if you are concerned for your animal friend’s heart health, do whatever you can to ensure they get the proper care and screenings they need. Local companies such as Cardiac Vet provide animal diagnostics and screenings, so be sure to get in contact with her or your vet to give pet long and healthy life.

I still get tears in eyes from telling this story. I must now drink wine.

Cardiac Vet

+13109134122

Synthetic Lawns May Increase Your Home’s Market Value

Synthetic Lawns May Increase Your Home’s Market Value

As readers of my blog know, I have had synthetic grass installed. I have recently been considering making more investments in real estate, and given my positive experiences, I would highly recommend artificial grass installation for property owners.

Real estate investors are always looking for the best opportunities to buy and sell properties for a rewarding profit. The price of a home usually depends upon the forces of supply and demand at a particular location. There are many factors that can influence the overall value of your home. 

Location

The location of the property plays the most essential role in determining its market value. Homes that are located in close vicinity to shops, schools, public transportation, and restaurants are likely to receive higher price valuations. On the other side, properties located in areas with higher crime rates and unemployment rates are likely to have low worth. 

Size and features

The size and features of the home will also influence the overall worth. The four bedroom home could have a higher price tag as compared to the two bedroom house, even if they are located in the same area. In addition, the availability of outdoor entertaining areas, swimming pools, garages and bathrooms can be a considerable factor in the property valuation.

Renovation potential

Investors and homebuyers are always interested in making updates to the property to increase the valuation. If your property has enough renovation potential such as the ability to add an extra room or exterior modifications, the property may receive more competitive offers. The more renovation potential, the higher the property is likely to be valued.

Photo Of Green Grass
Photo by Kellie Churchman from Pexels

Consider installing a synthetic lawn to boost your property’s value

Those who are looking to boost the overall value of their property are advised to consider the installation of synthetic lawns. Professionals in the real estate industry believe that a well-maintained lawn significantly enhances the appeal of the property.

Synthetic lawns are low  maintenance

The greatest benefit of synthetic lawns is that they are easier to maintain in the long run. Once you have installed these beautiful artificial lawns, they create the perfect space for family outdoor activities and relaxation. These lawns require only minimal efforts for maintenance and management. Small irrigation channels are added during the installation process so that water can be drained away automatically to prevent pooling. 

Read Dennis Z.‘s review of NoMow Turf on Yelp

Artificial turf does not require harsh fertilizers

As these lawns do not grow or die, there is no need to use fertilizers like normal grass lawns. Once you have installed this turf, it will remain green, lush, and toxin-free—even in the long run. Harsh fertilizers may be detrimental to the local environment while posing a serious threat to children and pets at home. But these synthetic lawns make fertilizers and other harsh chemicals unnecessary.

Synthetic grass is highly cost-effective

Another amazing benefit of synthetic lawns is that they offer long-lasting value with minimal installation costs. As there is no need to invest in the maintenance of these turfs, you have to manage the upfront cost only. Once installed, these lawns can enhance the overall appeal of your property by a considerable level. 

There are so many benefits to installing synthetic lawns for your home. It is a highly effective way to enhance the overall value of your property. You can give NoMow Turf, Inc. – Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens a call today to book an appointment today.

NoMow Turf, Inc. – Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens
26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States