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Editor's Letter: Of trees and wood

Dear readers, It seemed spring was an eternity of cool, damp weather, and now—bam!—here we are in summer already. Summertime, to me, means poking around in my gardens, walking along …
Our country home

Welcome to spring

I haven’t seen flowers yet—it’s a bit early—but the ice is melting and the earth is muddy with promise. The news is not good but we can step away from the headlines, look …
Our country home

Renovating your home

REGION — Remodeling your home can be an expensive undertaking, but overspending can be avoided if you can stay within your budget. Despite the belief that every remodeling project will exceed …
Our country home

Bees, please

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — “Oh, I was always interested in bees,” said Art Riegal. “I saw the beekeepers in their white hooded suits and gloves. To a nine-year-old they looked like …
IN OUR GARDENS—Why prune at all? Because it helps trees become stronger and healthier.  Foliage becomes more lush.  Leaves grow bigger.  Flowering bushes produce more flowers; …
REGION — An unexpected effect of the coronavirus pandemic was a massive leap in the local real estate market. According to local real estate agents and brokers, that wave of homebuying …
For years, right after celebrating the New Year, my sister Janet and I would have the pipes drained, take down the bird feeders and wind chimes, clear out the fridge and freezer, and close our little …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Comforting Color: Fill your home with balance and hope

(Family Features) In the world of design, what's old inevitably becomes new again, and a similar pattern is inspiring today's on-trend color palettes for home decor. The latest styles reflect reviving and comforting colors influenced by heritage and romance.

High-ROI Home Upgrades to Improve Curb Appeal

(Family Features) If you're looking to sell or just want to increase the overall value of your home, consider these high-ROI exterior upgrades that can improve aesthetics and increase resale value.

Unexpected Spaces: Surprising home upgrade ideas

(Family Features) Unexpected, smaller spaces may not get the same attention as high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms and living areas, but their impact can be just as powerful. Get inspired to make improvements to the lesser-used areas of your home with these tips.

(Family Features) Kitchen and bath upgrades are among the most popular home improvement projects. While current design trends offer some inspiration, it can be easier to visualize those concepts in your own home when you see them applied in show-stopping, award-worthy designs like these.
(Family Features) Backyard kitchens allow you to entertain and dine outside with ease. Whether modest modern or full-service functional, consider these ideas for integrating or updating backyard kitchens.
(Family Features) From decks and outdoor kitchens to guest houses and whole-home makeovers, there are a variety of ways homeowners can enhance the look and feel of their outdoor spaces while also creating new ways to enjoy time outside with family and friends.
(Family Features) Whether you've purchased a new house or are just looking to invest in what is likely your largest asset, home improvements like these can make your living space more comfortable, functional and stylish as well as increase resale value down the line.
(Family Features) Home upgrades are necessary for a variety of reasons, but many homeowners look to update their homes to add comfort and beauty. Consider these DIY ideas to spruce up your home's aesthetics and create a more attractive place to live.
Create a Space for Chillin’ and Grillin’

(NewsUSA) - It’s outdoor living season and there’s nothing better than kicking back and enjoying some fun in the sun with family and friends. And whether you’re looking to build an …

Smart Strategies for Choosing Your First Apartment

(NewsUSA) - Whether you are a recent college graduate, a grad student in a new city or a young professional shifting gears into a new job, finding your first home as an independent adult can seem …

Smart Strategies for Choosing Your First Apartment

(NewsUSA) - Whether you are a recent college graduate, a grad student in a new city or a young professional shifting gears into a new job, finding your first home as an independent adult can seem …

(BPT) - Attention, teachers! It may feel like summer, but it’s almost time to get your classrooms ready for the new school year. With back-to-school season already sneaking up, it’s …
(BPT) - Do you feel like you're constantly cleaning and it's never enough to stay on top of all the dirt, grime and germs? Do you wonder how professional cleaners get everything so sparkling and …
(BPT) - According to recent research from Zillow, 72% of homeowners will consider at least one home improvement project in 2022. While the most popular, highest-ROI projects are bathroom and kitchen …
(BPT) - You want to change how you clean to be more green, but there is an overwhelming amount of products that claim to be better for the environment. Separating hype from reality can be confusing, …
(BPT) - By Ron Lazarus, COO of New Cosmos USA, Inc.Keeping your home and family safe is a priority for everyone. While we can’t control every potentially dangerous scenario in our lives, one …
HVAC Technicians

(NAPSI)—The next time you walk in to a cool, comfortable home, you may care to thank an HVAC technician.  These men and women often have to brave extremely unpleasant conditions, especially …

Weathering A Storm Or Power Outage Safely

(NAPSI)­­—Having the right outdoor power equipment on hand year-round is important—in more ways than many people realize. That’s according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), …

Prepare Now For ‘Above Average’ Hurricane Season

(NAPSI)—The 2022 hurricane season is underway, with the Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project Team forecasting an above-average storm season for the Atlantic basin. Emergency …

(NAPSI)—A fast, reliable Internet connection has become a critical part of our daily lives. From remote learning and working to networking and searching for jobs, Americans everywhere felt an …
(NAPSI)—More than 5,400 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal …
(NAPSI)—For years, people have been told by brands and influencers to be “body positive” and embrace the way their bodies look—no matter the shape or size. Sounds good, right? Well, the …
(NAPSI)—The joys of warm weather are somewhat reduced for the more than 50 million Americans who have allergies or asthma.  The Problem When it comes to allergies, most people consider …
(NAPSI)—If you have 30 seconds—and a free new app—you can save yourself time, money and trouble, and help preserve the planet at the same time. The app helps people tackle and reduce home …