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It was a week of little round things. Years ago, Michael made a sculpture out of tires for a show in Elgin, Illinois featuring spheres. My husband is mostly a painter but sometimes he makes sculptures as well. After the show the tire sculpture landed in our yard and after many years of weath…

New homeowners often wonder about the value of planting shade trees when they first move in when there are so many more areas to focus on with a new home. “Planting shade trees is an investment for the future just like other home upgrades,” says Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Exte…

A hot dry wind blows through Birdland, and I heard that not too far from here, fields caught afire. Leaves are tumbling down from Hackberry trees already curled up and dried. The corn still stands, but the beans have been harvested. Rosabell, my old lady turkey has molted all her tail feathe…

I just love the beautiful colors that come with the Fall season. And I welcome the cooler weather with open arms as well. It is my favorite time of the year and gives me the perfect excuse to warm up my house by baking all my favorite dishes.

(Editor’s Note: Piatt County State’s Attorney Victims Advocate Kelle Sebens wrote several informational articles to spotlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month.)

As fall draws near, it’s time to bring houseplants inside for winter. Many houseplants are native to tropical and subtropical climates and do great outside in Illinois in the summer, but cannot tolerate cold temperatures. “When temperatures drop below 55°F, it’s time to bring plants indoors,…

With having family scatter throughout the United States, I like to catch the world news each night to hear what is going on near or around my loved ones.

Birdland is suddenly cool, and the evening comes earlier every day. The corn is turning papery and golden. The wind rustles through it, shaking it like a rattle. There’s a little green yet, in a some of the leaves, but soon the combine will come and collect the corn. The turkey poults are no…

As I buzzed around the yard on my tractor mower the other day Kenny Chesney’s song, She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy came to mind.

As fall approaches, many perennial plants are ready to go dormant for the winter. Now is the time to start thinking about next spring’s floral display and planting spring-flowering bulbs. Since spring bulbs need a cold period during the winter in order to bloom, the best time to plant is lat…