On The Road

Lucia Coffey, soon to be Mrs. Chris Pearmund, relaxes near the beach at Placenia, Belize on a pre-honeymoon trial excursion.  This photo was very fittingly taken on Valentine’s Day. Along with this photo Chris muses, “Alexandria to Belize…the oceans connect but they are worlds apart.” Pearmund is the proprietor of Pearmund Cellars and managing partner […]

Pets of the Month

Pets of the Month Cali, Spayed Female, Senior, Calico, Domestic Shorthair Cali will warm your heart and your home with her presence and affection.  She will be absolutely devoted to her humans, especially the ones who know where the treats are. This older calico girl needs a bit of extra attention and care from her […]

Your Estate Planning Checklist: 10 Documents to Get Started

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Your Estate Planning Checklist: 10 Documents to Get Started If you’ve been dragging your feet when it comes to estate planning, you aren’t alone. According to a 2017 survey by Caring.com*, nearly six out of 10 American adults lack even basic estate-planning documents. Even if you’ve put some documents […]

The Senior Cat:  Striving for Longevity

By Jaime Stephens The Senior Cat:  Striving for Longevity The average life expectancy of an indoor cat is between 15-16 years, with females generally living one to two years longer than males. The Siamese and Manx breeds frequently surpass the average. This is why I was surprised when my ten year old tuxedo, the youngest […]

Logging for Bass

By Steve Chaconas Logging for Bass Effective angling starts with gathering information. The internet, magazines and classroom tutorials like Bass University yield details discovered well in advance of the waypoint generation.  In the late 70s angling pioneers took mental and written log notes transforming them into an art form. Ranger Mercury pro Dave Lefebre entered […]

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms By Melinda Myers Kaveri lilies bloom mid-summer and enliven gardens with their golden yellow petals painted with tangerine and burgundy. Photo credit:  Longfield-Gardens.com Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with […]

The C Word

By Lori Welch Brown The C Word I joined a new club recently—it’s not incredibly exclusive, the initiation is daunting, and you will be happy to pay your dues and look for the nearest exit.  I wasn’t in a hurry to join the ranks of The Colonoscopy Club, and now I understand why.  Holy Toledo, […]

House Plants 101

By Melinda Myers House Plants 101 Succulents should be kept within two feet of an east- or west-facing window and grown in a fast-draining potting mix. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Houseplants 101 Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, […]

The Birds and the Bees, and Your Cat.

The Birds and the Bees, and Your Cat. By Sarah Liu Mrs. Huggins does not celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Far from being attracted to any male cat, she hates all cats equally.  In fact, the very idea of romantic love seems an affront, as she joyfully shredded the last $5.50 card my husband bought me, and […]

February Pets of the Month

Oak, Baby, Male, White Mouse Oak is still a little sapling who is looking for a family to call his own.  He loves to spend time with his brother Elm, crafting their burrows and getting their exercise in.  He enjoys meeting new people, and with a little time and treats, will learn to love snuggling […]