• There's no time like now to embrace the present

    We are all overwhelmed these days. We are focused on what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow. We often forget to stop and focus on the present moment we are in. When we try to focus on the present we feel inspired and happy. It is not an easy journey. Here are some ideas to move forward along this path.

  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Everyone has heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While there is no actual scientific evidence to support this saying, there is evidence that apples are a healthy snack.

  • Reducing stress through mindfulness

    Fingers holding cell phones. Constant updates via social media. 24-7 news alerts. Demands from work and home help create a world that is full of noise, chaos and all kinds of stressors that bombard us each day. Sometimes, we can get caught up in these stressors or events and allow them to take control over our lives and reduce our quality of life. Next time you are faced with a particularly stressful encounter or situation, try using mindfulness to reduce your stress and return your focus to what is important to you.

  • Learning more about backyard stream care

    Many urban homeowners are not sure what to do about the stream in their backyard. Who owns it? How can I take care of it? What plants are good for my streambanks?

    These common questions lead to some confusing answers. This website is designed to help homeowners to backyard streams appreciate this resource, protect personal property, and improve water quality and habitat. https://www.uky.edu/bae/backyardstreams

  • Helping children with healthy sleep habits

    The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey in 2014 among families in the United States.

    They wanted to get a better picture of sleep patterns in families with at least one school-aged child. Parents were asked to rate the importance of sleep for their family’s health. They were also asked about their children’s sleep habits. Habits included things like sleep total, quality, bedtime rules, routines and sleep issues.

  • Keeping exercise a daily habit, not an occasional one

    We all know we should exercise every day for better health. But fitting it in can be tricky with the demands of home, family and career. If you have fallen off the exercise wagon before you know how easy it is once you miss one day to skip the next one.

    That’s why it is so important for us to make exercise a daily habit. Research suggests it takes 21 days of doing an activity before it becomes a habit. Actually, if the habit is a new or a harder one (like exercise), it can take the average person up to 66 days to form a strong habit.

  • Tips for cooking, storing venison

    Depending on your weapon of choice and area of the state, deer season in Kentucky begins as early as September and runs through December.  Deer meat (venison) is as popular as ever. It is a lean meat and a great source of protein. It also adds variety to your table. Venison can be preserved and enjoyed all year long. It is an easy substitute for any meat in your favorite recipes. Follow the guidelines below for storing, cooking and preserving venison.

  • Managing bagworms

    Whenever pests of landscape plants in the eastern U.S. are rated, bagworms invariably land in the top 10. Bagworms are most commonly found on evergreens, but they will feed on deciduous hosts, too.

    Bagworm feeding should be about over for the season. The insects will spend the winter as eggs in bags containing flightless female moths. A bag may contain up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs will hatch in late May or early June of the following year.

  • Practices for safe canning

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of your labor. Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

  • Poison hemlock poses danger to livestock

    In recent months, evidence of poison hemlock is widespread in Kentucky. Poison hemlock is toxic to a wide variety of animals including birds, wildlife, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and to humans.