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by Slim Randles   When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc. Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer.   Ol’ Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks. When he’d been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict. “Not bad at all for someone your age, Harley,” Doc said, grinning. “But you look tired.  Take some time off and go fishing or take Gladys to the beach.” “Can’t right now, Doc,” Harley said. “Planting.” “Well, how about later on?” “There’s plowing summer fallow, you know, then harvest, and the trees will have to be pruned before winter, and then the winter wheat will go in. Have to overhaul the wheel tractor this winter and by then it’ll be time to plant again.” “Harley, you need two weeks with nothing to do. Get someone to help with the farm and go do something fun.” “I just can’t do it in two weeks, Doc,” Harley said. “Took 60 years of farming to get this tired.” ———— Brought to you by Cedar Ridge Leather Works, fine custom leather for the shooting sports....

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch – April 26

by Jan Fielden It seems the faster I go, the more behind I get. I am so far behind in my garden work that it may even be too late to catch up. Sad but true. The days have been windy or wet. The wet days I don’t mind very much because you realize you will be staying inside that day. But the windy days play havoc with trying to do anything outside because while you are out there you can’t do anything that doesn’t come back on you.  I cut the back yard during what felt like a real gale and every time I turned the corner seemed as if I was riding into a blanket of dirt, cut grass, and everything else out there. Some flowers manage to do OK on their own without any help from me… those are the kind I like! We have been having some days that are neither rainy days nor very windy days but they are dreary days.  Those kinds of days are depressing and throw a whole new light on everything. Today was one of those days. It was rather cool when we got up, and was dreary looking all day until late afternoon. The sun managed to break through the clouds and the picture it threw in our front yard was majestic if not magnificent!! The green grass looked emerald green and there was lots of it as if that...

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In the Tree House: A Little Time Out

by Samantha S. Daviss This weekend was great. A little quiet on the Daviss home front, but productive for my husband and myself. He was home for some of it, but I was able to get so much done around the house. My parents took our kids away for a long Easter “Grandparents” weekend, and you would think that I would just sit around and watch TV, eat Bon-Bons and not do much of anything. But I have begun to realize that half of my stress in my life is coming home, and never feeling caught up at home either. So, I was able to get caught up on yard work, plant my spring flowers, finish laundry, put toys away that were lurking from all corners of my home, wash comforters, put clothes away. It was a miracle I tell you, a down right miracle. My husband managed to mow the yard before he had to go to work and fly for a day and a half. But then he came home and was able to work on the boat, get it running; I cleaned out the garage. It was so nice. He offered for us to go away on a nice long weekend once he got home, and as awful as I felt turning him down, it was so nice to be able to get things done around...

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Pet Talk: Every Cat Needs Some Entertainment

by the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences   Cats are curious creatures that love to run, climb, hunt and play. Providing entertainment and activities for your cat keeps them healthier and helps reduce unwanted behavior. Dr. Sarah Griffin, a lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the importance of providing your pet with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. “Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives but can develop undesirable habits if not given enough exercise and mental stimulation,” Griffin said. “Some undesirable behaviors and medical conditions that can develop from lack of stimulation include scratching inappropriate places, chewing, peeing outside the litter box, aggression, and obesity.” Several cat toys and supplies on the market make providing your furry friend with entertainment easy. For example, a cat tower placed by the window could provide opportunities for your pet to exercise, play, relax, and enjoy the scenery outside. Additionally, Griffin said cat toys — especially ones with bells, feathers, fur or pom-poms — can provide hours of entertainment and some exercise for your kitty. Toys to encourage your cat’s natural instinct to hunt are also available. These toys can be filled with a treat or cat food and can be hidden in the house. When the cat finds the toy, they have to play with it to get the food...

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Personal Finance: Make Sure Your Property’s Assessed Value is Correct

by Nathaniel Sillin   Some homeowners can’t wait to see the assessed value of their home drop. In fact, they’ll tell you the bigger the drop, the better. Why? Your property taxes depend on your tax rate and your property’s current market value, which is determined by a local assessor. You can’t dispute the tax rate, but you may be able to show why the assessed value is too high. An appeal that results in a lower value could save you money for years to come. Find out when you can file an appeal. Start the process by determining when you can appeal your home’s value assessment. You may be able to find the deadline on your local assessor’s website, which might also have instructions on how to file an appeal. Some areas have a several-month window each year for appeals, often following the annual mailing of assessment value notices. In addition, you might be able to dispute your property’s assessment following a renovation or if you just bought the home. Check your current assessment for errors. Every year, you should receive an official letter stating the assessed value of your home. If you think your property value is lower than the stated value, start collecting proof to demonstrate your reasoning. One of the first things to look for is a mistake on your property’s description, which may be...

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