JUST IN: Bertha gains strength to become the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season
And not just 30 minutes after our most recent post at hurricaneprepcenter, Bertha moves from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane. But as you see on that above image, Bertha won’t be achieving any sort of landfall any time soon.
You can also keep updated with storm activity with Bounce Energy on Twitter.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TESLA!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Tesla!
This piece from The Oatmeal on Tesla’s life and accomplishments always makes me smile.
Here’s our article commemorating the life of this amazing inventor.
Incredible view: Tropical Storm Arthur as seen from the International Space Station
Photo via astronaut Reid Wiseman
This is quite a spectacular shot of Tropical Storm Arthur as it moves up the Florida coastline.
For more on this storm and others during the 2014 Hurricane Season, check out hurricaneprepcenter.
Check out all this great kid-crafted “Don’t Mess with Texas” artwork!
Rounding Up Our “Prepare for Fall” Posts at Bounce Energy
Well, it’s the first day of November, which means that – even here in Texas – we’re well into fall. Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared a host of tips at our main blog to help ensure that your home endures the fall weather in style. We hope you find these helpful and useful.
From there, we explored the different parts of your house that are most susceptible to heat loss in the fall and winter. By paying attention to your attic, furnace, HVAC system, and fireplace, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and lower your electricity bills.
Moving to the exterior of the house, it’s also time to take care of some necessary yard work with these 11 chores. And for those of you privileged to have a pool in your backyard, it’s about time to close things down before winter.
Once you’ve got your house ready for fall and winter, we think it would be a good idea to enjoy a fun getaway with your family.
Hope you’re enjoying fall as much as we are!
Broom Collecting Fall Leaves image courtesy of Smabs Sputzer.
Happy Halloween from Bounce Energy!
Courtesy of the great folks at fastcompany, check out this fantastic series of maps chronicling all the places in the United States with especially “devilish” and “hellish” monikers.
We can personally attest to the chills and thrills you can experience while driving the twists and turns of the Devil’s Backbone in the Texas Hill Country.
8 Fun Halloween Activities for the Whole Family
With Halloween almost here, families may be in search of some fun, “G” and “PG” rated Halloween activities that are free from causing nightmares for your little ones. With that in mind, here are some fun family Halloween activities heavy on the fun, but light on the scary.
1) Decorate a Pumpkin. While carving pumpkins is a common activity in many households, decorating pumpkins doesn’t have to be just about carving. You can paint faces on them or use unconventional items like dried fruit or paper cut outs to make funny faces. Click here for a bunch of ideas and resources for decorating your pumpkin.
2) Visit the Local Zoo or Children’s Museum. Chances are your city’s zoo or children’s museum will have Halloween themed activities. For example, there is Zoo Boo in Houston or Boo at the Zoo in Philadelphia.
3) Watch a “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Movie. Pop some popcorn and huddle together to watch a kid-friendly Halloween movie like Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie [G], or all-time favorites like It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [Not Rated] and The Goonies [PG]. Click here for more Halloween movie ideas.
4) Stop at a Pumpkin Patch. Many pumpkin patches offer additional activities like hayrides and pumpkin decorating besides simply picking out your pumpkin. So visiting a pumpkin patch can be a fun-filled day activity.
5) Decorate Trick-or-Treat Bags. Kids can spend time painting, coloring, using stickers, and more to decorate their trick-or-treat bags. It’s a fun way to get ready for the big night while being extra creative by creating a bag that’s exclusively yours.
6) Kids’ Halloween Activity Book. Keep kids entertained with a downloadable Halloween Activity Book filled with coloring pages, puzzles, games and more. Find an online version here so your family can start having fun.
7) Hide-and-Seek with Paper Pumpkins. Color and cut out as many pumpkins as you’d like on pieces of paper. Then have one person hide them and race to see how many pumpkins people can find in a given amount of time.
8) Make Halloween Cookies. People of all ages love to make and eat cookies. So, get in the spirit by using Halloween cut-outs like ghosts and pumpkins. Once they’re out of the oven, decorate them and then enjoy!
Pirate Family for Halloween image courtesy of lorenkerns.
Decorated Pumpkins image courtesy of drumminhands.
Small Girl in Pumpkin Patch image courtesy of Philms.
Pumpkin Halloween Cookies image courtesy of OakleyOriginals.