Our country home

Editor’s letter

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 …
Our Country Home

Decorating workshop

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 …

Chicken feed

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.

Creating comfort in your home

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.
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 …
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, …
Circa 1962. All three kids in our family are eagerly awaiting dinner: Mom’s baked chicken with macaroni and cheese. While the Ronzoni elbow macaroni boiled away in a large pot of salted water, …
Homesteading. It’s the latest topic for those of us who want a simpler life. We want to get back to basics. But how do we get started and how do we make our homestead successful? How do we …
What do you do when you close a beautiful hotel overlooking a picturesque lake? Why, you live in it, of course. Eddie Dudek and Scott Samuelson have embraced their beautiful, five-bedroom, …
Late summer is upon us. The August doldrums. Everything feels heavy and slow, and the mass of home-repair projects I planned, for when it finally stopped raining… hasn’t …
REGION — Welcome, new residents. Welcome, visitors!  Here are some more suggestions on how to get along, how to settle in and what to watch out for. There’s a lot of wisdom out …
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.”
Welcome to spring! Well, hopefully. There are still early-March snow piles at my house. But I’m sure spring is buried there somewhere. New spring, new ideas. I’m hoping to spend part …
Did you just arrive? Has it been a while? Sit down and rest. Think of this as a beginning, an explanation of who we are, what world you have landed in. Welcome. We’re glad you’re …
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 …
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, 2021
(NAPSI)—After nearly a year at home and with access to more exercise resources and choices, including online workouts and classes, …
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 …

On-Trend Home Designs for 2022

(Family Features) If you're planning to upgrade your living space in 2022, consider incorporating materials like stone and brick, which bring color, texture and functionality while complementing some of this year's leading design trends.

4 Stylish Color Trends for 2022

(Family Features) A new year brings new opportunities to refresh your living space and add new colors into your life. These four trends are all about incorporating more of yourself and your lifestyle into your home, whether it's answering your need for a serene escape or dialing up the energy with vibrant surroundings.

(Family Features) There may not be a lot you can do in your garden during the winter months, especially if you're in a colder part of the country. However, there is plenty you can do that will keep you connected to the garden you love while preparing to get your hands dirty next spring.
(Family Features) For homeowners who live off the natural gas line, propane is an earth-friendly option that can reliably and efficiently deliver warmer air all season long.
(Family Features) The front porch is typically the first thing guests and onlookers notice about your home. Though wintertime, you can add plenty of curb appeal with a few fun tweaks like these easy ideas.
(Family Features) The holidays are typically filled with warm, happy memories created by a plethora of beautiful sights and wonderful smells like newly cut pine trees. Actually, the fragrance of a fresh pine tree is no longer a holiday memory for many Americans. Consider these tips to help select and care for the perfect fresh tree or shop for an artificial tree. 
(Family Features) Universal design expands on regulations to create more user-friendly spaces regardless of abilities, resulting in more enjoyable, functional design.
Financial Planning for 2022 Taxes

(NewsUSA) - The new year has just started, but it is never too early to review your financial plan to meet your 2022 financial goals. Now is the perfect time to take steps to reduce your 2022 tax …

Three Financial Planning Tips for New Parents

(NewsUSA) - New parents have so much to think about that financial planning may not be at the top of the list. However, once sleep deprivation wears off, new parents will be thankful if they have …

Students Around the Globe Participate in CME Group's Trading Competition

(NewsUSA) -It's a unique educational opportunity when students get to experience the enthusiasm, energy and decision-making behind real-time trading. That's why CME Group, the world's leading and …

(BPT) - Smart home devices are everywhere. From smart speakers to kitchen appliances to thermostats, these devices are helping people live a more convenient, comfortable life. How this happens is …
(BPT) - Locks, fire safety, storing dangerous items properly — these are things that likely come to mind when you think of home safety for your family. However, there's one thing in your home …
(BPT) - When you think about your health, eating well, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep likely come to mind. What you may not realize is the dramatic influence your spaces have on your …
(BPT) - As unpredictable as winter weather can be, soaring energy costs are adding additional uncertainties as to what it will cost to keep your home cozy this season.Don't resign yourself to living …
(BPT) - Nobody wants to believe a catastrophic event like a fire can happen to them, but home fires affect tens of thousands of families every year. According to the National Fire Protection …
Backyarding Trends in 2022: TurfMutt Foundation Predicts Americans Will Continue to Expand Outdoor Living

(NAPSI)—“Backyarding”—the trend to move indoor activities outdoors that was made popular during the pandemic —is here to stay and will continue to expand in 2022, according to the TurfMutt …

Ring In The New Year With An ‘Anti’ Resolution List

(NAPSI)—As the world celebrates the new year, many will make an annual list of resolutions and goals, which often include improving overall health and fitness.  As we continue to weather …

The Royal Roots Of Today’s Christmas Traditions

(NAPSI)—Many Americans are not aware that some of the enduring Christmas traditions they enjoy every year are rooted in those started by the British Royal Family back in the 1840s. Here’s a look …

(NAPSI)—Sending gifts to friends and family and getting them there intact can be easy, if you know how. Fortunately, the United States Postal Service does and offers these helpful tips: • To …
(NAPSI)—For renters seeking a new apartment community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding the best place to live has come down to the three Rs—ratings, reviews and …
(NAPSI)—Every day, people miss out on educational, employment and social opportunities simply because they do not have access to clean clothes. Laundry services in transitional housing and …
(NAPSI)—Backyarding, the trend to move many indoor activities outdoors, is now a permanent way of life. During the pandemic, learning to work, entertain, vacation, work out and more right in …
(NAPSI)—For many families, the cooling weather means a return to routines: work, school, sports practice, meal prep and household chores.  Busy parents have a lot on their plate getting …