SKI TIPS for December
Do not remove ice from plants. Ice covered branches on trees and shrubs are brittle and can break easily damaging plants.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
Frostbite can occur in just 30 minutes when it’s 10 degrees and very windy. To warm up, stick your hands down your pants because the groin area has high blood flow and gives off a lot of heat.
Adults typically average two to four colds annually.
Cholesterol lowering spices—garlic, onions, chili pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
Evergreens, except pine and spruce, can be trimmed now for a fresh supply of holiday greenery.
Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
On average, ten inches of snow equals one inch of water. Heavy, wet snow can contain about double that amount of water. A dry, powdery snowfall might require 15 inches of snow to make on inch of water.
The average spider that makes a round web takes 30 to 60 minutes to finish it. Some species make new webs every night, while others repair their webs as needed.
A winter storm watch means a winter storm is possible in your area. A winter storm warning means a winter storm is headed for your area.
Winter care of our feathery friends
With the threat of cold winter weather, Indiana's local bird population needs help finding food, water and shelter. You can turn your backyard into a favorite haven for a wide variety of feathery friends.
To attract the greatest number of birds, it is important to offer several different bird feeders scattered throughout the yard. Feeders most useful in winter have a wide cover over feeding ports, perches and dispensing trays so seed is not buried during snowfalls. Ideally, feeders should be placed at the south side of your home to catch winter sun. They should be placed in a sheltered location near protective cover such as hedges or a brush pile to keep birds safe from predators.
Feeders need to be cleaned and sterilized regularly to minimize mold, mildew and other unhealthy conditions that cause disease among backyard birds. Make sure to clean feeders after each storm so seed is easily accessible.
The best foods to offer birds contain a high fat or oil content which provides energy for winter survival. Nutritious winter foods for birds include:
Black-oil sunflower seed--eaten by almost all birds.
Peanuts--de-shelled, dry-roasted and unsalted are high in protein and a high energy food.
Suet--high in fat which provides energy and helps birds stay warm. Suet can also tolerate the colder temperatures.
Mixed seeds--combining sunflower seeds, cracked corn, millet and maybe some peanut hearts creates a tasty treat for most birds.
Thistle--especially good for small finches.
Safflower--a favorite food for cardinals.
Cracked corn--broken into small, manageable bits for birds. Squirrels and deer love cracked corn also.
Fruit--an important dietary element for birds. Set out grapes, slices of citrus fruits, apples or banana slices.
Ground dog biscuits--loved by bluejays and chickadees.
Birds also need water for drinking and bathing. A heated birdbath will provide birds with liquid water all year long.
Leave nesting boxes and birdhouses up to provide winter roosting areas.
By taking care of wintering birds, you can enjoy their lively backyard antics from the comfort of your warm home making these long, cold months not so bad.
SKI TIPS for November
Don’t let leaves sit on the lawn for more than three to four weeks. Fallen leaves will deprive your grass of crucial sunlight during the fall months.
Spinach is a great source of Vitamin A, B2, C, K and folate potassium, magnesium, beta carotene, and fiber. It is helpful in controlling blood pressure, keeping blood vessels healthy, reducing cancer risks, and slowing development of age-related eye damage.
Daily dog walking can help you drop 14 pounds in a year.
Take up summer-flowering bulbs—cannas, dahlias, gladioli, caladiums, and tuberoses—dry them thoroughly, and store in a dark, cool, dry place.
If you are planning to order a live Christmas tree, dig the hole before the soil freezes. Mulch the area heavily to prevent freezing, or dig the hole and put the fill in a protected, non-freezing area, such as a garage or basement.
Mow lawn to maintain a 2-2 ½-inch height.
Molecules called flavonols found in cocoa and dark chocolate have demonstrated to be not only healthy for the heart but may also influence blood flow to the brain.
Watch for the shape of birds to change in the winter. Birds fluff their feathers to increase insulation quality. This helps them stay warm.
More wild things eat acorns than any other food, not only because they are abundant, but because they are nutritious.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house.
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