Our country home

Design workshop: country style

There are many things to love about living in the Upper Delaware River Valley: fresh air, mountains, farmland, lakes, majestic rivers, big skies and plenty of natural light all year …
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Cheers to the ground cherry

When my family and I went on vacation, a good friend volunteered to water my garden while we were away. On our trip, she texted me a photo of one of the plants, asking, “What are those …
Our country home

Shopping locally saves rural agriculture

Dear reader, we’ve discussed a lot of things here in Our Country Home these past few months: chickens, homesteading, what not to do on a homestead, how to get your homestead started. And today …
Our country home

One potato, two potato

Autumn, when the air turns cooler, is when I think of adding potatoes to our meals. Growing up, we rarely had the starchy goodness of potatoes or bread. The occasional exception was rich, eggy …
I’ll thank our Stone Age ancestors, Homo erectus, for taming fire to warm their caves—with wood! It’s now 1.4 million Septembers later, here in the Upper Delaware River Valley …
EQUINUNK, PA — Looking for a private oasis? This cheery home is tucked in among the trees and lies not far from the Delaware River. Drive up a long country lane that’s pretty in the …
Dear reader, When you think of the Catskills/Upper Delaware, what comes to mind? This time of year, it’s probably flannels, knit hats, warm boots… but really, what makes our area so …
Summer is slowly slipping away. Fall is just around the corner. The gathering season is almost here. I often find myself gathering things: pinecones, twigs, dropped feathers—anxious to …
Anyone can make a home look like a million—if you have a million dollars. The reality is that most homeowners tend more toward a beer, rather than a champagne, budget. Here are some …
Cold breeze tickling the back of your neck in winter? Don’t be in a hurry to seal around that window. The point of ventilation is “to get fresh air into a room,” Robert Dadras, …
Hey, chicken tenders! It’s Kristin, from the Chicken Librarian, here to tell you all about feeding those beautiful birds. If you caught us in the last Our County Home, you learned all about getting started with keeping chickens. This time, let’s dive in to discussing how to feed your birds. You’d think it was pretty straightforward, and it is, but there are a few things you need to know.
This past year has been a challenge for many of us. Having to stay home, social distance and, in some cases, isolate, it’s no wonder we turn to our homes for comfort. One of the ways to create a comfortable home is to get organized and get rid of clutter. Organizing means different things to different people. With some, it’s paring down; others need more storage; and for most of us, it is a little of both.
If you’re used to flushing everything into the sewer, coming to grips with a septic tank can be a new experience.
“I lived through the 1994 earthquake, and almost everything I had broke,” said Jonathan Charles Fox, River Reporter columnist and photojournalist. The Northridge Earthquake taught him that stuff “is not the be-all and end-all of existence.”
Remodeling ideas

Home Upgrades to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Sunday, June 20, 2021
When most people think about air quality, they’re typically thinking about outdoor pollution.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Monday, June 14, 2021
A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make …

Four simple DIY tips to spruce up your home

Thursday, June 24, 2021
(BPT) - After spending more time than normal in our houses this past year, a home décor refresh can be both tempting and …

5 simple, sustainable backyard improvements

Friday, June 11, 2021
(BPT) - One in three consumers say they have increased their efforts to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, and 70% prefer …

On-Trend Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Deck

Sunday, January 30
(Family Features) Installing or updating a deck can transform your outdoor living area. If you're planning a deck build or …
Upgrade your summer living
How To Have the Perfect Summer at Home

(BPT) - While cookouts and trips to the beach are great, sometimes it’s also nice to spend a hot summer’s day relaxing in the comfort of home. Especially on those break-the-thermometer …

Keep your cool this summer with these energy-saving tips

(BPT) - There's a lot to love about summer. At the same time, the season can run up your electric bill fast, especially for Americans living in places where summer temperatures are reaching record …

6 tips to make your house safer this summer

(BPT) - We all like to think our homes are a safe and secure place to relax and enjoy time with our family. Even though we try to make our homes as safe as possible for our children, accidents and …

A Budget-Friendly Flooring Option with Vibrant Variety

(Family Features) When you're sitting down to plan out a remodel, you don't typically start with a designer lamp or a sleek lounge chair - you design your spaces from the floor up. Consider these reasons to opt for resilient flooring during your remodel.

Spruce Up Your Interior Living Spaces This Spring

(Family Features) Spring is an ideal time to make functional and aesthetic updates to your home, including surfaces in oft-used rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Get started on your home upgrade with these ideas.

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time to clear out unused items and give forgotten corners a good scrub. To help you reach every nook and cranny, consider this handy checklist.
(Family Features) Consider these ideas to create spaces that are not only functional and beautiful but also impart a sense of well-being.
(Family Features) If you're looking to update one of the most-used spaces in your home, consider these easy and cost-effective ways to give your bathroom a facelift.
(Family Features) When you decide to renovate your home - whether to sell or make improvements for you and your family to enjoy - setting a budget can be a challenge. Consider these tips to help build an appropriate remodeling budget.
(Family Features) Incorporating colors inspired by simplicity and serenity can create spaces that transform the home into a soothing and comfortable space.
NFL Week One Odds Released: Bronco's Host The Seahawks

(NewsUSA) - The 2022-23 NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8, as a marquee matchup headlines several intriguing matchups. Here is a look at what you can expect. Game of the Week Buffalo Bills …

Baseball Bettors Find Value in World Series Futures Markets

(NewsUSA) - May is here and baseball season is in full swing. Of course, the regular season offers any number of opportunities to beat the sportsbooks, as long as you keep a close eye on the MLB odds …

Strategies for a Smooth Retirement on a Fixed Income

(NewsUSA) - When making financial plans for retirement on a fixed income, remember that your retirement life at the beginning is not how it will continue indefinitely. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM …

(BPT) - Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate Dad or the father figure in your life than with a homemade gift that will last for years to come? Whether it be …
(BPT) - When you think of summer cleanup, you likely picture decluttering and deep cleaning your indoor spaces. However, your outdoor spaces need just as much attention as your home’s interiors …
(BPT) - Interest in green home improvements continues to soar as people look to make their properties more eco-friendly and comfortable. One top trend of the year is adding a modern electric …
(BPT) - Can’t wait to go hunting or fishing on your back 40? Or maybe you just love watching wildlife in the backyard through your kitchen window? If you want to attract more deer, wild turkey, …
(BPT) - Warm weather brings people outdoors where they are greeted with sunshine and breezes, as well as allergens like tree, grass and weed pollen. This is a big problem if you have allergies or …
Spring Shopping For Yard Equipment: Things To Know

(NAPSI)—Warm weather is here, and you are ready to get outside and make your yard both beautiful and functional. Maybe you’re aiming to have the best yard on the block, want to install an outdoor …

Get Your Ducts In A Row

(NAPSI)—Before you spring into action cleaning your home this season, you may want to consider a source of dirt you can’t see but do need to deal with: air ducts. Your home’s heating and …

The ABC’s Of 3D House Printing

(NAPSI)—It may sound futuristic but there are people today living in homes created by a 3-D printer—and you can too. A. What is 3D Printing 3D printing started out as a way to make design …

(NAPSI)—More time spent at home is prompting homeowners across America to improve their property’s curb appeal. With an increased focus on their yards, many individuals are looking to upgrade …
(NAPSI)—The day may come soon when you turn on the AC—and it won’t be there. That’s because climate change could mean such an increase in summer air conditioning use in the United States as …
(NAPSI)—They say old habits die hard, but for a lot of people the last two years have proven otherwise. The COVID-19 pandemic fueled a seismic shift in the way people view physical and mental …
by Whitney Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM (NAPSI)—Whether you’ve just decided to welcome a new pet to your family or you’re in the throes of early pet parenthood, like all pet parents you may …
(NAPSI)—With inflation rising to 7.5% in January, Arizona residents are feeling the pinch no matter where they turn. From the grocery store to the gas pump, it seems like every cost is out of their …