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Planting bulbs in fall gives us a chance to thumb our noses at winter. It is an act of faith. You may be planting flower bulbs, but you are really sowing nature’s promise that the dark days of winter will eventually pass. These small bulbs are a miracle in themselves. Think of them as rechargeable batteries. They don’t store electricity but “growth energy.” When you buy bulbs, they’re all “charged up” for you by the producer in Holland. Daffodils, tulips…
The past year in the markets has been nothing short of tumultuous. After peaking in May 2015, the markets suffered two 10% corrections, only to shrug them off and rebound to all-time highs again this week. Since 2009, the public has been so conditioned by fear that every time the markets blink, individual investors go running to cash, where they remain in hiding far too long. The media doesn’t help, and being an election year, it’s not going to get…
One of the most important things we can teach children is how to process feelings in a healthy way. Often times if you were raised in a home that avoided any discussion of feelings or you grew up with a parent that was constantly ruled by anxiety and overwhelmed, chances are you too are uncomfortable dealing with anxiety and uncomfortable feelings. How you help kids navigate uncomfortable feelings can set the stage to promote feelings of security and confidence vs…
We all know the importance of protecting our eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays, especially in the summer with so much time spent outside under the sun. But to give your eyes proper protection all summer long, sunglasses are just the beginning. Protective Eyewear If your summer yard work goes beyond basic trimming and gardening, take a cue from professional landscapers and don a pair of protective eyewear. We see many eye injuries caused by weed eaters and similar…
Those of you on Facebook are likely familiar with notices like these that pop up every so often when you log in: “Kate, we care about you and the memories you share here. We thought you’d like to look back on this post from [x number of] years ago.” For me, most of my old posts are stories about the boys—funny stories or milestones or events. I actually do look forward to seeing what new memory Facebook has selected to…
As summer rolls along, we can begin to enjoy the fruits of our spring labor. Finally our flowering plants are leaping into life. It would seem that there is little to do now but enjoy the show. While that’s true, there are a couple of easy things we need to do now to keep the show going...deadheading and feeding. Deadheading is simply snipping off spent flowers and the seed pod that form after the flower. The main reason for deadheading…
Just 15 minutes east of Saratoga, on the banks of a mighty river, is a little park with a big presence. With dedication of a hundred volunteers (or more!), it has risen artfully from the neglected state lands that nestle as an island between the Hudson River and the Champlain Canal at Lock 5, just north of the village of Schuylerville. What begins as a curious turn off Rt. 4/32 North to see an operating lock up close becomes a…
We wait for it all year long; the season of scrumptious, sun-ripened foods. Their sweetness is dimmed only by the lingering question; “What to do with those extra beauties still left out on the vine?” It’s a common question of those able to grow, while those who are not are still left wanting. To balance and connect the excess of some, with the scarcity experienced by others, is the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program. Since 1995, this national initiative has…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Summer is the season for bed bugs, and although they are mostly associated with traveling, they are not uncommon in the home or businesses. We caught up with Chris Quinn, branch manager of Catseye Pest Control in Saratoga Springs, for some advice, and found that they had received over 100 calls from homeowners and businesses in the past year for bed bugs across Saratoga County. “Usually our calls will increase with people traveling over spring break, summer…
For four months each year, a little avian jewel sparkles amongst us, weighing in at about as much as a penny, but bringing priceless moments into our lives. It’s the Ruby-throated Hummingbird that has us anxiously anticipating their return each May and mourning their departure in September. Male hummingbirds, with their namesake iridescent ruby throat (gorget) were the first to arrive in early May. They return to the same breeding territory, even searching out that hummingbird feeder you had hanging…
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