4 Things to Think About Before Declawing your Cat

Word Count: 320 Summary: Declawing is a major surgery known as onychectomy, performed under anesthesia, that removes the tip of each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat’s forepaws. Keywords: pet,cat,cat health,pet health,declawing,onychectomy,cat declawed Article Body: Declawing is a major surgery known as onychectomy, performed under anesthesia, that removes the tip of each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat’s forepaws. There is a slight chance of death in the surgery, and a declawed cat may have an increased risk of infection and life-long discomfort in its paws. This surgery is not recommended for an adult animal and is considered an act of animal cruelty in some countries (see below). People generally have cats declawed to …

Beat the Weeds and Save Time in the Garden

So often new gardeners are put off the idea of gardening by thinking about the time it might take, and the hard work involved. The popular idea of a low-maintenance garden is one of covering the space with decking and gravel, planted with a few grasses and pots of evergreens. However, I have discovered an ideal way to help thwart one of the most time-consuming chores in the garden – that of weeding. This came about almost by accident, as I have a cat who thinks that any uncovered ground is a glorious litter tray! I quickly had to find a way to cover up as much of the soil as possible, but soon realised that ground cover plants gave …

Ballroom Dancing Has Never Been Hotter

Ballroom Dancing has never been hotter than it is now since Dancing with the Stars hit the air. Who knew that this show would be such a hit and that it would revive ballroom dancing the way that it has. Ballroom dancing is an enormously fun thing that you and your partner or a friend can do together. Ballroom dancing is a great way to spend some time together away from all of the normal everyday stress of life, that is what makes ballroom dancing such a fabulous thing to learn. Ballroom dancing is something that everyone can enjoy whether they are young or old, man or woman. Not only is ballroom dancing fun it is great exercise and after …

Best Gift Ideas For Her And Him This Holiday Season

Word Count: 399 Summary: Holiday shopping can be crazy—there are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy highways, and too much shopping stress where there should be holiday fun. Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help from online coupons. Online coupons are your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. A single mouse click on a coupon could be your ticket to great giving. One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someo… Keywords: Article Body: Holiday shopping can be crazy—there are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy highways, and too much shopping stress where there should …

Best Gardening Gifts for All Occasions

There is nothing nicer than giving one of the best gardening gifts for friends and relatives who love nature and all its beautiful aspects right on their own backyard. The problem you may encounter is choosing the best gift there is for your loved ones. To ensure that your gift will be appreciated by the recipient and also your budget, here are some guidelines you should consider: In choosing the type of gardening gift, consider your budget. When your budget is holding you back from buying the best gift, don’t fret. There are garden accessories and gardening wear that would suit your fund. Gardening gloves, footwear and kneepads, may be bought in a variety of colors, texture, and material. You …

Beneficial Mycorrhizae – Your Plants Best Friend

Innoculating your potting soil mix or hydroponic reservoir with beneficial mycorrhizae has many benefits. With the chelating enzymes the fungus release, the plants uptake more useable nutrients. With the funal hairs acting as a secondary root system, plants grow big faster. Overall, plants grow up healthier. When fungal hairs, called hyphae, were first discovered surrounding plant roots on a 460 million year old fossil, it was believed the fungus must be robbing the plants of their energy. Further research has since proved this to be false. In fact, these very fossils became the evidence that suggests a relationship existed between the plants and the fungus that benefits both. The evidence goes on to conclude that it was exactly this symbiotic …

10 Country Do’s and Dont’s

Word Count: 1354 Summary: When we moved from the big city life to the mountains near Butte, Montana to realize a life long dream of opening the Fish Creek House B&B , I kept my eyes open and my mouth shut and and paid very close attention to other people’s botchery. Personally, I’d really rather watch someone else screw up than have to do it myself. Keywords: montana living, montana lodging, log home, country life, home improvement, renovation, bed and breakfast Article Body: What follows are 10 lessons from my “now I know better” collection. Perhaps these lessons learned will ease your transition from the city to wilderness. 1. Know thyselves. If you are a couple who bickers over which …

8 Tips On How To Collect Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Oriental rugs have become highly sought after and highly collectable. In fact it is said the antique Oriental rugs are a better investment than investing in the stock market. These 8 tips on how to collect antique oriental rugs will keep you buying smart. 1. In the Beginning Don’t buy Now I bet your thinking that’s a dumb tip if I’m in the market for collecting antique Oriental rugs. That’s because in the beginning you have no idea what you are looking for. Take time to learn before you buy. 2. Buy Books Begin by purchasing one or more of the collecting books available. Buy as many as you can afford to buy. They are an invaluable resource when …

8 Easy Steps to Find Your Perfect Toilet

Maybe you’re building a house, or you’re remodeling. If you’re like most folks, the toilet probably does not rate very high on your list of priorities. Still, the toilet is a key piece of a comfortable, modern, well-functioning home. Following a few straightforward steps can help you find a toilet that is right for you, both functionally and aesthetically. Remember, alltoilets are not built the same! Step by step now, let’s examine: 1. The shape of the toilet bowl: The main choices here are an elongated bowl and a round front bowl. The round front tends to be two inches shorter, and works well for smaller spaces. The larger elongated front is more comfortable and sanitary, since there is less …

How To Assess The Value Of Your Sports Trading Cards

Word Count: 518 Summary: Looking for ways to determine the value of your sports trading cards? Check out this article for the 3 methods to do so. Keywords: Trading Cards for Sale, Buying Pokemon Trading Cards Singles, Webkinz Trading Cards Series 2 or 1, World Of Warcraft Trading Game Cards Article Body: Chances are, if you’ve been collecting sport trading cards for some time, one of the mind boggling questions that probably bugging you is this : how do you determine the value of your card collection? In other words, how much can you fetch for the stacks of baseball, football or wrestling trading cards lying in your cabinet? Although most sports card collectors are usually fans of the game …

How To Collect Hockey Cards

Word Count: 430 Summary: As with other professional sports, trading cards or collector cards (whichever term you prefer) are available for hockey. Collecting hockey cards is a fun and exciting hobby for hockey fans. Whether you choose to collect hockey cards in general, or cards for a particular team or league, card collecting can be a very interesting and educational experience as well as being loads of fun. The cards that you collect over the years may also be valuable at some point in time. To… Keywords: Article Body: As with other professional sports, trading cards or collector cards (whichever term you prefer) are available for hockey. Collecting hockey cards is a fun and exciting hobby for hockey fans. Whether …

How To Choose A Fishing Rod And How To Make It Last

Word Count: 854 Summary: No sportsman wins by sheer talent alone. No matter how talented a sportsman is, if his equipment is not good enough, his chances of winning will remain slim. That is because his equipment will hinder rather than help his game. A runner needs good shoes to run. A bowler needs a bowling ball that weighs and fits right in his hand. The same goes with a fisherman and his fishing rod. Keywords: fishing rods, fishing poles Article Body: No sportsman wins by sheer talent alone. No matter how talented a sportsman is, if his equipment is not good enough, his chances of winning will remain slim. That is because his equipment will hinder rather than help …

How To Build Your Own RC Car

Word Count: 547 Summary: Ever turn a corner and find one of those nifty little remote control cars speeding down the middle of the road? They go pretty fast and they make that neat bees-on-steroids buzzing sound. You know, you can buy one of those ready to go, but in order to get the most enjoy you really have to learn how to build your own RC car before hitting the road with it. Half the fun of the whole RC car subculture comes from knowing that you built it yourself. Knowing how to build your o… Keywords: RC car,remote control cars Article Body: Ever turn a corner and find one of those nifty little remote control cars speeding down …

How Long to Install a New Roof?

Word Count: 507 Summary: Having a new roof fitted will mean a fairly major upheaval in your life. It may be necessary for you to move out while it is being done so it is important to know exactly how long to install a new roof will take. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that straight forward. Keywords: How Long to Install a New Roof, new roof, roof Article Body: The roof is by far one of the most important parts of your house when it comes to protecting the rest of the building and it’s occupants from extreme weather conditions and many roofs are in a state of disrepair. Yet, despite this, they are left to worsen before people are willing …

How Long Has It Been Since You Last Spent Time Together As A Family?

Word Count: 341 Summary: In the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to be lost in our daily affairs, and forget that we belong to a family. Find out how you can start to foster this need to bond with other family members in a very simple way. Keywords: family, bonding time, time with family , outdoor patio, pellet stove, patio chairs,relationships Article Body: We are busy people. Every one has his or her own life to live, a job to take care of, mouths to feed, dreams to work hard for…and in the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to forget we belong to a family. I was dumbstruck when I first knew that my sister who …

How Is Your Pit Bull’s Diet?: Dog Nutrition Tips

Word Count: 439 Summary: Part of being a loving, responsible Pit Bull owner is providing him with the proper diet to ensure he stays healthy. Many owners believe just because they purchase the most expensive brands of dog food for their Pit Bull that he is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients he needs, but often times, that is not the case. Humans can’t meet all of their nutritional requirements by eating one particular food, and neither can your Pit Bull. You are the one who is in control of th… Keywords: How is Your Pit Bull’s Diet?: Dog Nutrition Tips Article Body: Part of being a loving, responsible Pit Bull owner is providing him with the proper diet …