We visited a home today that is valued at $545,0000; unfortunately whomever has been doing repairs to the exterior has done such dirt cheap work there is decay around every single doorway and the double door garage frame. When you have rotted wood, you should NOT piece in a small section near the bottom of the door frame and spread caulk like it's frosting. That's not a professional repair. I replace the entire trim all around the doorway, for it has all been soaking up water and aged. Then, this new and dry wood is primed and painted. This is what wood rot looks like when it is allowed to go unchecked for years. Don't let your home devalue due to lack of maintenance of your doorways.
I remember hearing "Look for the Union Label" sung by women who made sewing clothes their livelihood. It's a song that makes a person feel patriotic and good about buying goods that are "Made in the USA." It seems strange that in my lifetime people have turned from buying a few quality clothing items for themselves, their children and family members at Christmas---items that can actually be handed down because the wool and cotton are of such high quality--to buying masses of clothing year round that is cheaply made and loses color and shape in but a few washings. The resurgence of all things vintage is proof that a certain sector of Americans want something better, and it starts with a focus on quality not bargain basement/"blowout" pricing. Let's pray that the worthy concept of taking the time to become skilled in a craft never die out. That's the true spirit of this country. --Rose