Fall is the best time to plant most trees. Cooler temperatures help trees build root systems without the stress of harsh sunlight and dry conditions. Wet fall weather means owners have to water trees less frequently.
Small bits of bread are fine as treats, but dough containing yeast can rise in your pet’s digestive tract and cause stomach or intestinal damage.
Mums are a colorful addition to any landscape. Plant mums in a sunny location for the best bloom.
The best thing you can do to help all your plantings prepare for the winter is to water them. Moisture helps trees, shrubs, perennials, and other plantings withstand freeze damage.
2-7 gallons of water is used to flush a toilet.
Seeding lawns before mid-September will allow grass time to mature and will control the broadleaf weeds of October.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs in late September.
In 1967 the compact microwave was approved for home use.
Clean all tools with rubbing alcohol before putting them away for winter. Place tools in a sand bucket and store tools in a safe dry place.
Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids, which are compounds that plants manufacture to protect themselves from disease and damage. It’s good to know that something so delicious may substantially increase the amount of anti-oxidant intake and beneficially affect vascular health.
Ophidiophobia—fear of snakes.
Agoraphobia—fear of any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable.
Arachnophobia—fear of spiders (Half of women and 10 percent of men have a fear of spiders.)
Cynophobia—fear of dogs.
Brontophobia—fear of thunder.
Claustrophobia—fear of being trapped in confined spaces.
Necrophobia—fear of death or dead things.
Trypophobia—fear of holes.
Glossophobia—fear of public speaking.
Monophobia—fear of being alone.
Alektorophobia—fear of chickens.
Vehophobia—fear of driving.
Gephyrophobia—fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
Koumpounophobia—fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
Pogonophobia—fear of beards.
Who doesn't love the Indiana State Fair? Or, more importantly, who doesn't love fair food? Once a year we are all tempted by the "best-ever" corn dogs, grilled cheese, milkshakes, elephant ears, lemon shake-ups and more. This year before you stuff your face with deep fried cookie dough, think about the calorie count and what might be a better choice.
On second thought, enjoy that funnel cake. The state fair won't be back around for another year!
August SKI Tips
Pick beans, tomatoes, peppers and squash often to encourage further production.
Before you toss or recycle plastic liter soft drink bottles, cut off the top three or four inches. You can use these bottle tops as disposable funnels around the house.
Harvest sweet corn when kernels are plump and ooze a milky juice when punctured with a fingernail. If liquid is watery, it’s too early; if the kernels are doughy, it’s too late.
Khaki pants, or chinos, have been around since at least 1848, when they became widely used in French, English and U.S. armed services. British colonialists stationed in India likely brought the fabric back with them.
Zinc helps to maintain your sense of taste and smell which decline with age. Zinc also bolsters your immune system.
Established lawns can be fertilized beginning in late August if moisture is adequate.
To remove a tick from humans or animals try filling a small pill bottle with ammonia. Uncap and tip on skin (or fur) where tick is. It will immediately back out.
The earliest images and descriptions of roses date back to 5 B.C.
To prevent galvanized watering cans from rusting after use, turn it upside down and store it in a dry place.
Nautical knots, which measure a ship’s speed, originally were determined by using a spool of knotted rope with a weighted end. The knots were spaced about forty-seven feet apart. Sailors uncoiled the rope behind the ship at timed intervals. By counting the number of knots that went overboard, they knew how quickly the ship was traveling.
Remember when the front porch was a gathering spot for friends and neighbors during warm summer days? It was a place to relax, sip a cold beverage, watch the kids play, and share details of the day. The front porch offered community bonding and a place to reconnect with the things most important in life.
The uniquely American front porch became an important status symbol beginning in the 1840’s when the leisure class grew, due to the advances of technology and industrialization. By the 1900’s the front porch became a universal architectural feature of the American home.
The desire to be outside but still sheltered by the home, led people to use their porches as a place to be seen. The front porch acted as an outdoor living room where a family could retire after a long day. Besides bringing a sense of community and neighborliness, the front porch helped to prevent crime and gave sitters a little cool reprieve from a hot summer day. The ultimate lounging accessory was a swing, suspended by chains at one end of the porch.
Technology all but erased the front porch by the 1950’s. While the back porch was more private, it also included things the family wanted to avoid—the vegetable gardens, trash heaps, and outhouses. The installation of municipal sanitary sewers led to the decline of outhouses which allowed homeowners to move their front porch living space to a more secluded backyard or side yard retreat.
As radio and television became more popular, a family’s evening entertainment moved indoors, leaving them to abandon their outdoor sanctuaries.
Automobiles contributed to front porch decline in two ways. As cars became more popular so did their exhaust fumes and noise, making leisurely porch sitting annoying. Cars also allowed families to seek entertainment outside of the neighborhood leaving vacant front porches.
With the introduction of air conditioning there was no need to stay cool on your front porch and activities, once again, moved indoors.
Americans became more individualistic and less community oriented leading to the elimination of the front porch. As lives became busier and more hectic, finding time to just sit, relax and enjoy the world going by became a dream of the past.
Today, the front porch, an American architectural phenomenon, is making a comeback as people are searching for ways to connect to friends, family, neighbors and community. How many of the world problems could be solved if we all did a little more porch sitting?
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