Soaking for Good Health

By Nancy Moffett Oh, the woes of life in the 21st century…arthritis, bursitis, aching muscles, cranky back, stressful days and sleepless nights. Long ago, our ancestors discovered they could relieve these and other ailments by soaking in hot springs. In the United States, resort hotels and towns grew up around these watery retreats. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “... »

Changing Seasons, Changing Decor

By Nancy Moffett Much as I hate to see summer come to an end, each new season stirs its own emotions. As the days grow shorter and the nights turn cool, I have the urge to get out the fuzzy throws, replace summer accessories with candles and dark throw pillows and light the pilot on the gas fireplace. Fall is the perfect time to spruce up your home. Look at the walls, the ... »

Picture-Perfect Pond

By Nancy Moffett Oh, the joys of summer! Lounging on the patio with a cool drink…soaking up the sunshine in a warm summer breeze…listening to the sound of running water and the chirping of birds. What’s wrong with this picture? No sounds of running water? Perhaps you’ve thought of adding a water feature to your backyard, such as a pond with plants and fish, but are concern... »

Do-It-Yourself Gardening

By Nancy Moffett They make it look easy on those DIY television shows. A crew shows up with lots of plants and hardscape material and within two days, someone’s backyard has been transformed into an outdoor paradise. However, no one talks about the cost or the planning that goes into a real landscaping project, DIY or otherwise. To get the scoop, we consulted Bryan Smith, ... »

Green Your Home

By Nancy Moffett Did you know the air inside the average American home can be two to five times more polluted than outside air? That only 30 percent of the 17,000 petrochemicals available for home use have been tested for environmental and human safety? And, according to the EPA, the antibacterial soaps and cleaners so popular today may contain 275 active ingredients that ... »

Wine Storage Solutions

By Nancy Moffett~ Even if you’re a casual wine drinker, it’s important to know the basics of wine storage. Many a bottle has been spoiled sitting on top of a refrigerator where the motor running causes harmful temperature fluctuations. And, if you don’t have the space, desire or budget for a full-blown wine cellar, check out these tips from local cabinet makers on incorpor... »

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