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A – A – A – A – CHOOOO!
It’s easy to find something good to say about every season – except flu season. When the cold...
Natural Beauty Treatments: History and Recipes
For centuries, women have been using fruits, vegetables and other natural products for their beauty...
How to Save Money in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save...
Choosing a Cat Food
There’s a lot of competition for the cat food dollar out there, with advertising featuring...
Get Out and Hang Out (Your Laundry)
I don’t own a clothes dryer, which means using sturdy indoor and outdoor drying equipment. The year...
How to Keep More Money in Your Pocket
How to keep more money in your pocket? Here are ten money-saving ideas from The Old Farmer's...
Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Home
Don’t throw that away! Here are many ways to take something old and give it a second life. Give new...
What's in Bottled Drinks?
What exactly is in bottled drinks? Many bottled drinks advertise that they are good for you, but...
Get Outside! It’s Good for Body and Mind
Maybe you took to heart my recent post about the health dangers of sitting too much. Now it’s time...
Beekeeping 101: Collecting Honey
If you got your bees, you’ve now got honey: The last step is learning to harvest it. Read this Old...
Beekeeping 101: Common Bee Diseases
This is the last installment of our Beekeeping 101 series. Your hives should be humming along now...
Beekeeping 101: Where to Get Bees
Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? After you’ve built the hive, read this beginner’s guide on ways...
Beekeeping 101: Building a Hive
This is the fourth installment of our Beekeeping 101 series. Before you get bees, you should...
Beekeeping 101: Getting Started Part 2—Beekeeping Equipment
What supplies will you need to raise bees? Here is a beginner’s guide to the items that will help...
Beekeeping 101: Getting Started Part 1—The Bees
When it comes to raising honeybees, there’s plenty of buzz out there. Before you get started, be...
Beekeeping 101: Why Raise Honeybees?
Thinking of raising honeybees? Here is a beginner’s guide to beekeeping , starting with the pros...
Do You Sit Too Much? Get Up and Move!
Do you sit for long stretches of the day and/or evening for work, crafting, entertainment, or...
Spring Cleaning the (Hen) House
April is the beginning of the busy season for me. The snow is gone and the garden beckons but the...
Eating Weeds: Why Not?
In late March, three weeks after knee-replacement surgery (which explains my lengthy absence from...
Make Your Own Styling Gel
If you use thickening and styling products for your hair, but prefer all-natural ingredients and...
Three Ways Not to Kill Your Fish
As a pet store owner, I deal with a lot of questions about people’s pets. Every week, I take at...
Tea for Health -- and More
After water, tea (Camellia sinesis) is the world’s most popular beverage. You’ve no doubt seen...
Vinegar: The most versatile product in your home?
I’ve listed vinegar as one of my baker’s dozen of household essentials; I’ve extolled its virtues...
Winter Exercise: No Excuses
Motivation flagging? Live too far from a gym? No room in the house for exercise equipment? Not...
Splinter Removal: One More Use for Raw Garlic
I’d read about using a slice of raw garlic to remove a splinter when working on a previous post...
Feeling Sick? Take Action!
Feeling tired and achy? Scratchy throat? Queasy stomach? Suspect you may be coming down with that...
Winter Holiday Food-Safety Tips
Family gatherings, office potlucks, holiday buffets, neighborhood cookie exchanges, church suppers...
More to a Potato than Meets the Mouth
Our modern potato came from southern Peru, domesticated there 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. Humble,...
New Uses for Old Socks and Stockings
Don’t worry—there are actually a lot of uses for the sock who lost its mate! Find out great new...
Garlic's History of Healing
You might know garlic simply as your favorite fall crop, but it also has a long history of healing...
An Apple (Pear or Onion) a Day Really May Keep the Doctor Away
I’ve already blogged about the health benefits of eating a variety of richly pigmented plant...
Plant Pigments and Their Roles in Promoting Health
The chart below follows the previous post encouraging folks to eat more deeply-colored vegetables...
The Name Game
At a time when we seem to be surrounded by sameness, some parents want their children to stand out...
Eat Colorful Plants for Health
Even if you don't grow your own vegetables, you see their fall colors come alive in farmers’...
Birthing, Babies, and Raising Children
You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out...
Understanding Your Pet's Behavior
Why do pets eat grass? Why do cats rub against people? The Almanac helps you understand (and love...
When to Wean Your Baby (1881)
The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice...
Signs of a Sick Cat or Dog
Different pets will display sickness symptoms differently, but you should always be on the watch...
Caring for a Senior Pet
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats....
Proper Pet Nutrition: Cat and Dog Food
Keep your pets well with proper nutrition! Here are tips for feeding your dog and cat. Note: Your...
Save Money, Get Fit: Live Inefficiently
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously...
Training for Life
About six weeks after my 40th birthday, we had a freak April storm that dropped 18 inches of wet,...