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What the cluck?

If you have been paying attention to recent events this past year, you’ll know that chicken-keeping is the newest back-to-basics obsession. In fact, I’m not sure which is the hotter item, …
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Seeds of something greater

REGIONAL — Planning your first garden this year? So are a lot of other people. And seeds are in high demand.
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Get ready for spring

This is a perfect time to prepare for spring. Here is a to-do list that will keep you on track as the weather gets warm. Call your plumber or licensed heating contractor and have your furnace …
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New resident 101

By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There’s talk that Sullivan County land is being bought up for development. Cochecton’s planning board approved a major subdivision. …
I turned 65 this past February, which makes this summer my 65th in the Catskills. Yeah, we missed one. My father was a public school teacher, later guidance counselor in the NYC system. Dad was a …
LONG EDDY, NY — Linda English is telling me about her life here, but let’s begin this story with her second tale: the one about the house. Linda Doyle English was born and raised in …
In the summer of 1996, my sister, Janet, and I rented a house in Callicoon. I was such a city girl at that point that it took me a while to realize more than a few facts of country life. One of …
The stick doesn’t talk, the person holding it does. The stick gets passed around the room and each person gets a chance to be heard without interruption. Wouldn’t that be grand? I once …
The house may have taken almost two years start to finish, but done it is, and veterinarian Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio can finally relax and enjoy his home... When the pets and farm animals and their …
This issue of Our Country Home is different from, well, all the others. This spring, driven by coronavirus, one of the usual fault lines here re-opened. There’s always been a split …
NEW YORK — It wasn’t one particular incident that drove New York City-based artist Bernard Solco to think hard about leaving the city for the country. It was changes piling on and …
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — When designing a kitchen or bathroom, everything comes down to choice. Whether you’re undertaking a remodeling project or new construction, Linda Lee Babicz and …
Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. To comfort: to give solace or to soothe, to ease a person’s feelings of grief or distress, to shore up the mood or …
There’s a warm humming sound coming from inside my wall. I find it comforting but my husband is completely freaked out. We investigate by looking out of the window because that’s where …
COCHECTON, NY — How do you know when you’ve come home? Not the house you were raised in, but the house you were meant to have. For Rachelle Carmack, the flat tire might have been a …
Welcome back for the fall edition of Our Country Home! It’s been a year, all right. Let’s just leave it at that. We decided that what everyone needed right now was a little comfort. …
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Power equipment makes it easier to have a neat, attractive yard that turns the neighbors green with envy.

Powering Up Your Backyard: The Right Equipment

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(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to move all sorts of indoor activities outside—has become a permanent part of many people’s …
The worst of times can bring out the best in people, as many Texans discovered during a terrible winter storm.

Apartment Living Fosters Much Needed Sense Of Community

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(NAPSI)—Communities are more than groups of people who live together in the same geographical area. In their truest sense, …
Try the connected Bowflex T22 treadmill, which offers a 22-inch console with an adjustable HD touchscreen, plus engaging content and custom coaching with the JRNY digital fitness platform.

Goodbye Gym Membership—The Reimagined Connected Home Gym Is Here To Stay

Tuesday, May 4
(NAPSI)—After nearly a year at home and with access to more exercise resources and choices, including online workouts and classes, …
Professionally cleaned air ducts can cut down on allergens in your home.

Healthy Air, Healthy Home

Monday, May 3
(NAPSI)—Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children, reports the Asthma and …

Backyarding With A Purpose: Know Your Personality Type

Monday, May 3
(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working to working out to relaxing—has a different …

COVID-19 led to homeowners prioritizing outdoor living

(BPT) - Green spaces have always been a welcome addition to a home, but the COVID-19 pandemic elevated people's view on these areas from a nice-to-have to a necessity. Accessing a lawn or patio area …

Refresh your kitchen with an easy DIY tile countertop that requires no demolition

(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and many people have been spending much more time at home. If you look at your laminate countertops and long for something new, consider a refresh rather …

Spring project inspiration: A bidet leaves you and the bath clean and refreshed

(BPT) - There’s nothing like the arrival of warmer weather to get you energized to pick up some home improvement projects.If you’re feeling a bounce in motivation for a bath update, …

Survey: Pandemic Has Forced Americans to Reevaluate What They Consider as Good Indoor Air Quality [Video]

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Going green: 5 tips to create an eco-friendly home

(BPT) - With sustainable practices top of mind and a revived shift toward conscious consumption, Americans everywhere are seeking ways to lead a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. From saving …

4 areas to consider when doing a home upgrade

(BPT) - With more Americans working remotely, the pandemic has sparked an unprecedented wave of home improvement projects, with three out of four homeowners reporting having completed a major upgrade …

Senior safety campaign in response to rising senior fire deaths

(BPT) - U.S. Fire Administration data shows since January, more than 285 older adults (age 55 and older) have died in house fires, accounting for more than 53% of known fire deaths in the U.S. By age …

Your first line of defense in home safety

(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your emergency escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers — and knowing …

Perfecting your imperfect pantry: Tips to achieve inner calm through an organized space

(BPT) - When you open your kitchen pantry, is it streamlined and tidy or more cluttered and chaotic? The state of your home impacts your state of mind, so getting better organized in the kitchen can …

The Ultimate How-To for Homebuyers: Key Considerations to Make When Purchasing a Home

(BPT) - Purchasing your first home is one of life’s most thrilling milestones. Whether you prefer an urban loft or a sprawling suburban dwelling, most homeowners hope to find a home that feels …

Relax: Five simple steps for satisfying spring cleaning

(BPT) - There’s something calming about a clean and tidy home. Particularly after a dirt- and dust-busting spring cleaning session, it can feel like a total reset for the entire home. In fact, …

5 inspiring ways to bring the beauty of nature into the home

(BPT) - It’s no secret that nature has the power to inspire, invigorate, restore and refresh. Research shows that nature can offer mental health benefits including decreasing stress and …