Important safety tip: If you're going to be working with raw meat, make sure that any cut on your hand is covered. Also, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. This applies even if you just have a paper cut. If you're not careful, the bacteria from the meat can get into your cut and can cause a really nasty infection. I was going to include some pictures of people with these infections. However, my wife saw them and said they were too gross!
Warm weather is a welcome sight for gardeners. But the problems it brings with insects and disease are not. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help prevent and control them.
Question: I recently saw a reference to a plant with the common name "catchfly." Is this the same as a Venus flytrap?
Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time?
For a couple of years, I had been trying to get Mama to write my column one week.
Marital satisfaction tends to decrease during the early years of marriage, and for some it reaches a low point during the middle years. This change in satisfaction is most often related to increased stresses, such as increasing work demands, parenting adolescents, caring for aging parents and planning for retirement.
The next time you go to a live concert, don't forget to bring the ear plugs. I'm serious. Over the years I've attended a number of concerts ranging from hard rock to country to contemporary Christian. The one thing they all had in common is that the music was so loud I wouldn't get my hearing back until noon the next day. A friend recommended the ear plugs tip to me and it works great. Believe it or not, you can still hear the music really well even with the foam pieces in your ear canals ...
Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home landscape.
As a toddler I cherished the time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother. Her time and patience encouraged and developed my love of cooking and trying new recipes.
To be quite frank, I don't remember from where the idea arose. It could have been at the suggestion of one of two friends or - and this is quite possible - it was my own bright idea.
"I'm going to get you!" I threaten as I start to slowly lumber toward her, wiggling my fingers in the air.
Here's a great recycling tip from Betty Duff. Instead of throwing your newspapers away, save them and give them to the Humane Society. They can always use them for the animals. Just make sure that you don't include the glossy inserts or the comics. (I was told by the Humane Society that the cats and dogs really like my column). The Society's address is 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. They're open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Also, consider donating cat food during the ...
If you're a gardening novice and a vegetable lover, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.
Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."
Men, here's something you may not have thought of. Instead of throwing out long-sleeved shirts that have frayed cuffs or soiled elbows, turn them into short-sleeve shirts. Most tailors can do the work and it's fairly inexpensive. (Contributed by Mark Mele).
Summer will be here before you know it.
Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.
A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.
Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.
When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.
For me, Easter is a time of reflection.
Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.
Marijuana has been legalized in several states.
"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.
The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.
Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.
Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.
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