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7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:20)

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It's "Small Business Saturday!!!"

Here's our Arizona gift ideas:

Segment 2 (running time 7:29)

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More Local Holiday Gift Ideas:

*Jen describes making "mesquite flour"

Segment 3 (running time 12:49)

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Rachel (Romero)Dahl and her family join us via Skype from Tbilisi, Georgia!

  • When and why they are there.
  • Thanksgiving shopping abroad and traveling their road systems.
  • Impressions of the US by people abroad.
  • Observations on the construction processes.
  • The long history of the area.

*Pick up local Arizona Wine, here!

Segment 4 (running time 7:49)

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Sign Up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation Here!!!

*Thanks to great partners like the Cactus Candy Company, Coyote Oatie Cookies or Cerreta Candy Company.

When shopping, go with the "5 C's" Can you name them?

  • Climate, Cotton (Pima Cotton), Copper, Citrus and Cattle (A 6th has been added, Cactus)
  • Go to the Arizona Farm Bureau to find local farmers markets.
  • For local dairy products, look for products from the Danzeisen Dairy.

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 11:27)

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Jay from Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company is here to take your questions!

Tip of the Week: Jay describes caring for a Poinsettia or Christmas Cactus. Remember, they are a tropical plants and think of that while you care for it.

  • We discuss Christams Tree Care and what to look for and how to keep it looking great through the whole Christmas season.
  • Choosing the right variety of tree and if you have a pool, should you soak it overnight?
  • Have you considered a Potted Christams Tree? We share tips on caring for them.


  • Jerry - He was out of town and wants to know if it's too late to re-seed his lawn?

Recommendation - No. It should be fine, but it will grow much slower and he might need to consider a cover to help it germinate. Dont get it too wet, though.

*Watering tips for this time of year.

Segment 2 (running time 7:01)

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  • We discuss "Black Friday" & "Small Business Saturday"  
  • Planting this time of year.
  • Consider a pot planted with veggies as a gift!
  • Gift ideas for the gardener in your life.

Segment 3 (running time 14:45)

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Rosie talks about the "Rosie Santa Bag" and thanks Stampede Plumbing and Pella Windows & Doors for providing great gifts this year!

  • We add a new dimension to the show...texting in questions.
  • The meanings behind "Black Friday"
  • Rosie talks about our challenge to lower water consumption by 10% this year.
  • Irrigation wastes the most water during the winter season because so many of us don't change the watering schedule when you don't need the same amount as you do in the summer.

Question by Text:

  • Doug - He has horses and wants a suggestion for screening plant other than oleander?

Recommendation - Most horses won't eat oleander if they are fed properly (we don't condone this) but he could consider a sour orange bush, common murtle, hop seed or orange/yellow bells. 

  • Tucson listener - How far apart should pines be planted in SE Arizona for a good wind screen?

Recommendation - It depends on the variety, but Jay would go 12 to 15 feet apart so the edges touch and block more of the wind. 

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Questions by Text:

  • How do you eliminate burn spots in his lawn from the pets?

Recommendation - Tomato juice on your pets food will help stop it before it starts. If it comes in darker green, you need to fertilize your lawn!

  • Ryan - When should I cover my bushes so they don't get damaged by frost?

Recommendation - Usually, there is a frost warning the night before that will tell you. Remember, temps at your home are relative to the temps listed on forecasts. You may be cooler or warmer than temps registered near your area.

If you have questions for Jay during the week, find him at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company in Scottsdale.

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:33)

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Remember you can find great contracters in our "Casa Grande Connection"


  • Kay - She noticed mud tubes (termites) while getting rid of a popcorn ceiling. Is this the time to "get aggressive" with eliminating them?

Recommendation - Yes. This year has been extremely active for termites so fixing it now is big. She can call Blue Sky Pest Control or Action Termite Control in her area.

Segment 2 (running time 6:02)

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  • Rosiee gives our weekly football update. (I was wrong NAU had a great season but unfortunately they did not make the playoffs.

Texts from Listener's:

  • Rick wants to know the proper usage ofthe workd "y'all"
  • Tim - He's new to Arizona and wants suggestions on views for city lights.

Recommendation - She could try South Mountain or the Fountain Hills area.


  • Mike - He's renting a condo that has hard-wired smoke alarms. What do we think of the combo smoke/carbon monoxide alams and what do we think of the 10 year lithium batteries?

Recommendation - He could go either way, but Rosie likes that the Lithium batteries die slowly so you have time to replace them......we'll continue in the next segment......

Segment 3 (running time 13:10)

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  • Dave called in to talk about football!


  • We continue with Mike's situation.

Recommendation - Rosie loves either situation and recommends Mike call TEKNA Security for his opinion.

Text from a Listener:

  • Denise - What can she do about wood peckers on her 2nd story?

Recommendation - Rosie talks ladders safety and then gives tips on the birds. Tabasco sauce and vasoline with pepper has worked for many homeowner's. Here's our article on the topic.


  • Fay - She has a small halogen lamp and when she replaced the bulb. The line switch was so hot after replacing it, they had to unplug it from the wall. She doesn't know what to do....

Recommendation - Call Al at Statewide Lighting for their advice. They're the experts!

Segment 4 (running time 6:29)

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  • Nancy - She has a crack in her polished concrete floor. What can she do?

Recommendation - You could try to re-coat it and call Arrowhead Deck & Concrete. We discuss the coating options and what Romey has done at his home.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:48)

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  • Rosie talks about what it takes to be "Rosie Certified" & How you can use our website for projects at your home. 


  • Tom - His water line to his house and to his irrigation are on the same water line. Can he seperate the two and how big of a job is it? He wants to shut off the house water when he goes back to Wisconsin in the summer.

Recommendaion - Rosie thinks his house already has this but the shutoff valve is in the wrong place. He walks him where to investigate and look for it. He can just add a shutoff line. Call Stampede Plumbing, Babcock Plumbing or Walker Plumbing in his area. 

  • Bruce - One of the electric lines in his home went dead and he's done a lot of work to fix it, but doesn't want to start tearing into the drywall to solve it.

Recommendation - Rosie is impressed with how he investigated the electrical lines. (Not Rosie recommended, but very clever) Listen for Rosie's description on figuring this out. If he needs help, he can call The Solar Store.

*Remember that electrical work should be left to the experts!

Segment 2 (running time 7:02)

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  •  Mike - "How did you brainwash my wife to only use certified partners?!  How do I brainwash her into cleaning up around the house" 


Rosie talks about the "Santa Bag" giveaway!!

  • Paul - His daughter has a brand new composite marble counter that has been cracked. Can that be fixed?

Recommendation - Rosie doesn't think there is anything to fix it to make it look new. He can call Aztec Marble & Granite for their advice.

*Paul also shares a story about an electrical issue at his house. It's a good reminder to stay safe around electrical work.

Segment 3 (running time 13:01)

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Rosie talks through our topic of the day, Christmas Lighting:

  • Consider LED light bulbs.
  • Electrical costs will be considerably lower if we all made the switch. 

Text From Listener's:

  • Ryan - He wants tree recommendations for his new property.

Recommendation - Head to Warner's Nursery in Flagstaff for the best advice in your area.

  • Ray - He heard us talking about irrigating during rainy weeks or winter and he owns a Weathermatic - SmartLine Controller and loves it. He claims it saved him 30%.
  • Apache Junction listener - Wants the best type of weed killer available.

Recommendation - KleenUp by Bonide works great. He can pick it up at Treeland Nurseries.

  • Peggy - What is the cause of her re-occuring mold and what can she do to eliminate it?

Recommendation - It'll usually take a site visit to be sure. If she's unsure if it's been completely taken care of, she can call Indoor Air Quality Specialists or have Brad at BC Renovations help her out. 

  • Richard & Karen tried using tabasco sauce for their woodpecker but they hung up a Snoop Dog CD and they never came back.
  • Dave texted in with a nice message.
  • Will LED lights keep plants warm like traditional lights will?

Recommendation - We have mixed advice on this. Romey says no. Rosie says maybe...

Segment 4 (running time 6:38)

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Jennifer shares a few places to see holiday lights across Arizona.

Rosie reminds you to sign up for the Astronomy Cruise with Dr. Sky and the Romero's!

We give 2 tickets to the Phoenix Suns game in January, courtesy of KTAR News. Congratulations to Cheryl in Dewey, Arizona!!

Join Rosie On The House Every Saturday Morning!!!