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Home & Hearth
12 Acres in Ohio


Squirrels, the Cute Little Rodent

Besides our backyard bird feeders, Robin has scattered a few feeders in various “photogenic” spots around our property. She checks them every morning when she walks the dogs. Recently she has been doing some catalog photos for Duncraft, a leading supplier of wild bird feed and feeders, so she was really excited the morning she discovered that all of the Duncraft Peanut Butter “Miracle Mix” had been cleaned out of one of the feeders—she thought maybe the chickadees had finally found it! Hoping to get some photos she went back out with her camera only to discover a fat fox squirrel sitting up in the tree munching the tasty—and expensive—treat.

Squirrels are common, but we don’t see many of them up around our house—they seem to hang out more in the back where the trees are more mature. A few years ago we were entertained by a family of fox squirrels that spent a lot of time playing in our backyard and cleaning out the bird feeders… until one day a gray squirrel moved into the area and took over. The fox squirrel family left and never came back. Shortly after that, the gray squirrel disappeared, too.

Dec 19, 2010, 19:01

Home & Hearth

“Take Two and Butter ‘em while they’re Hot!” is the name of a cook book that boasts of “Heirloom Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom”. The recipes from the 1880’s include such old time favorites as Garden Fresh English Pea Soup, Tipsy Pork Chops, Fried Green Tomatoes, Turkey corn Chowder and Lebkuchen. Bits of kitchen wisdom include, “There’s not a pot so crooked that there isn’t a lid to fit it.”  Another, “A person who gets all wrapped up in themselves makes a mighty small package.”  “Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward.” 

Dec 19, 2010, 18:58

Miss O'Dell

Miss O’Dell

By Helen Marketti


     To be part of an inner rock and roll circle where trust was earned, not just given was a place that Chris O’Dell found herself in during the late 60s.  If Chris had not taken the leap of faith to move from Tucson to LA and embark on a new way of life - certainly things would have turned out completely different.

Feb 22, 2010, 18:40

Healthy Living
The Truth About Vitamin D


By Dr. Darren Snodgrass


Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has recently garnered much media attention.  The difficulty with Vitamin D is that it is naturally present in very few foods.

Jan 26, 2010, 18:51

Healthy Living
Get a Pet, Stay Healthy
Get a Pet-Stay Healthy!
Pets love us unconditionally but they are more than companions, owning a pet may improve your health. Here's what some experts say:
* Blood pressure. Petting your dog or cat can lower your BP, as well as your pets. One study of New York stockbrokers found that those who adopted pets experienced better blood pressure and heart rates.
* Physical activity. Owning a dog almost forces you into taking several walks a day. The exercise can improve your health and bring you into contact with other pet owners, relieving stress and loneliness.
* Heart attack recovery. The odds for surviving a heart attack seem to improve dramaticaly if you own a pet. Pet ownership contributes to an increased one-year survival rate for people who have been hospitalized for heart problems.
*Alzheimer's disease. Some studies suggest that elderly people with Alzheimers have fewer outbreaks of anxiety with an animal companion nearby. A pet can also help relax a patient's primary caregiver who's also at risk of stress-related ailments.
(Information from Health Advocates Alliance)

Jan 26, 2010, 18:46

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