Our friends from other states tease us "flatlanders" about riding our bike in Kansas. Obviously they have never traveled to the northwest part of Barton county and other parts of the state. I also like to point out that we may not have a lot of hills but we have lots of wind! This spring has been full of windy days so we plan our rides to head in to the wind first and then enjoy a tailwind on the way home.
The migration is really exploding at the Bottoms right now! New birds are appearing every day. If you want to see real magic in action-go to the Cheyenne Bottoms during the next month or so. It is absolutely breath-taking. It should be illegal to live close to this wonder of nature and not be there as much as possible. If you want to see Prairie Chickens, call KWEC and they will take you to a lek for another show you can hardly believe. You bird hunters need to drive a few roads and watch the pheasants in their tuxedos ...
On May 2-8, children, families, and communities around the world can re-discover the joys of life beyond the screen. By unplugging from digital entertainment and spending your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends a whole new world can open up for you.
Five Sterling College seniors will exhibit their final body work, Rendered, from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 27. An opening reception will be held in the gallery of the Sterling College Art and Media Center. Working over the last semester to complete their degrees in art and design, Erica Best, Brandon Givens, Josiah Gunn, Renee Lanham and Nathan Terry will display 60 works that will be exhibited through May 13.
Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendships and comradery of others while sanding away on a special treasure.
The first week of the 2016 Campaign of Walk Kansas is in the books. The temperatures were great for walking or other outdoor exercise but the wind made you work a little bit extra. I rode my bike as much as I could to work and local meetings. It was especially fun when I had a tailwind!
Spring turkey season is a very special time at our house. My Canadian friends come with their traditional archery gear to hunt turkeys. Turkeys do get hunted-- but it is a very special time in lots of different ways. Duane, from Saskatchewan, has a pair of Labradors named Blitz and Queen Smoochie. They are brother and sister. Smooch used to live with me, but would get really depressed when Duane and Blitz returned to Canada-- so I just let the temperamental hound move north with her brother and she is completely happy. They are aging well, and get a bit ...
The discussion led by two enthusiastic Barton County Master Gardeners, Monica Bowers and Karen Morton, energized the classroom at Barton County Academy alternative school earlier this week. Back in January when I was presenting information from my fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal Meals" one of the class members asked if I could show/teach them how to plant a garden. Well, that one question made me start thinking. It has been a long time since I planted a real garden and I certainly do not feel like an expert on the subject. But with the help of trained Master Gardeners ...
What is gluten? Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, and some related grains that provides the elastic, chewy properties in breads and other baked products. The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, meaning "glue." This glue-like characteristic allows bread dough to stretch, but not break, as it proofs or rises. Bakers and producers select flours for the amount of gluten they contain. Though gluten's elastic properties are essential in baking and cooking, some people must avoid gluten to prevent gastrointestinal tract symptoms and even intestinal damage.
With the amount of food that is currently processed in the United States, many consumers believe it is important to know the ingredients in the foods they eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with relevant state and local agencies, are responsible for holding food producers accountable for food products sold in stores. However, regulating farmers' market vendors and individual sellers can be difficult for regulators, which makes it important for consumers to ask for information.
Our marsh is very quiet right now. A few Sandpipers, lots of ducks and the Pelicans have arrived. Sandhill Cranes have mostly moved north, and the Whoopers have not yet arrived. There are no egrets, herons (except Great Blues that wintered over), Avocets, or Rails. It seems like everything is just getting ready to break into the fever of the migration.
With Easter just one week away, it is time to share the best food safety practices when handling those ever popular Easter Eggs. It seems no matter how old we are, there is something special about preparing hard cooked eggs and dying/decorating them for the family Easter Egg hunt. Read on for some great food safety reminders.
A poisoning is when someone swallows, breathes, touches or gets splashed in the eye with a substance that can cause sickness or death. Many times the substances in and of itself is not poisonous. An adult may take an aspirin to ease some pain, but when a two-year-old ingests a handful of pills, thinking they are candy, it can result in much more than a headache.
They are here!!! Ducks are relatively easy to identify. They display a pure and pristine beauty. "Daffy" and "Donald" entertain us as examples of Walt Disney's genius. Did you know that he lived in Kansas City during his early years? Elmer Fudd had lots of angst trying to put rabbit and duck on his table. I honestly think his inept hunting escapades form some of the structure of "Duck Dynasty" as well as countless true and imagined successes and tragedies that make their way into the current literature and publications. "Ducks Unlimited" and the "Audubon Society" reflect the huge ...