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Columns

  • Leaves help brighten November doldrums

    Are you ready to travel back in time? You don’t even have to pack a bag. You just have to remember to change all your clocks. At midnight, this Sunday, Daylight Savings Time officially ends. Soon, we’ll be driving home from work in the dark.
    I’ll miss my evening walks with the dogs after work. I’ll miss hopping on the mower after work. I’ll miss weeding and harvesting in the garden after work. The only things I get to pick now are the stick tights covering my clothes.

  • Hamburger, ground beef aren’t same

    Is there a difference between hamburger and ground beef? The answer is yes but it’s not a big difference.
    Ground beef must be made of trimmings that contain the targeted fat percentage. For example, if a package is labeled 80 percent lean/20 percent fat ground beef, then the beef trimmings that the ground beef is made from must contain those percentages. On the other hand, hamburger may be made of beef fat added to the meat block to create the desired fat percentage.

  • Know the facts before starting gluten-free diet

    Recent publicity about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet has led to misconceptions about gluten and its role in weight loss.
    As a consequence, many individuals without gluten intolerance are following a gluten-free diet.

  • Garden provides natural help for ragweed sniffles

    We are such creatures of habit. We know what we like and this time of year: chili.
    Chili with meat or beans, or both. Chili with spaghetti or macaroni, or both. Chili with cheese or onions, or both. When it gets chilly outside, we make chili inside. Casseroles or Crock-Pot soups come next.

  • Moved your iris, lilies and other perennials yet? Better get busy

    One of my most favorite things about the farm is the view that I have at sunset. The air has cooled to a pleasant degree and watching the sun send up its last horrah fills the sky with ribbons of color to rival any masterpiece.
    The dogs love to run and romp in the yard, taking turns to come say hello and get a good scratching. It clears my mind of the day’s events and helps me appreciate all that I have.

  • Time is ripe to put pumpkins, apples to good use

    Pumpkins and apples are at the Anderson County Farmer’s Market now. You can also purchase them directly from several local farms.
    A good carving pumpkin doesn’t usually make a good eating pumpkin. The carving pumpkins are tough and a little bland. Pie or sweet pumpkins are best for cooking and baking, as they have a more tender rind and are less fibrous.

  • October’s here so don’t forget to harvest next year’s seeds

    Happy October. The 10th month is upon us and it’s a very seedy time. It’s all I can do not to trim the faded flowers from the hydrangeas, echinacheas, cup plants and the myriad of other once blooming flowers that grace the farm. They look scraggly, but the birds love them. I got to enjoy the blooms all summer and fall so it’s only fitting that wildlife get to enjoy them now.

  • ‘Hypocrites’ on school board know they’re wrong on prayer

    I find it interesting that Roger McDowell, Anderson County School Board member, doesn’t know the teachings that his Bible teaches him.
    Matthew 6:6 is clearly against praying in public and that is straight from the big man’s mouth.
    “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”
    The Bible is very clear; it even says that folks that pray openly are hypocrites, but who am I to judge?

  • Enjoying the fading days of summer

    This Sunday marks the beginning and the end. The autumnal equinox arrives to say goodbye to summer. It has been a remarkable summer. Across the country it was the wettest since 2004.
    Those of us who lost garden plants to flooding need to come up with some solutions. I vote for raised beds.
    Cement blocks, rocks and old barn wood make great raised beds. If you know someone with a sawmill, those outside bark boards are really good, especially if they are cedar trees. The cedar helps repel insects. Mine lasted over 10 years.

  • Tired? Learn more about sleep Oct. 17

    Do you remember when you had a good night’s sleep?
    Dr. Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, from the University of Louisville Dept. of Neurology, will talk about sleep health on Oct. 17 in Anderson County.
    Here are some tips on getting a good night’s sleep. She will provide extensive information on sleep health which will help you or other family members from young children to seniors.