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A rescued blue jay at Virginia Aquarium meows like a cat

VIRGINIA BEACH It's no wonder Chi is confused. The bird was just a hatchling when an elderly woman took him into her home thinking he was a cockatoo. She raised him as her pet with her vocal cats. But as time went on, the woman was unable to care for her feathered friend, said Jackie Rushley, who...

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  • Clean carpeting

    Clean carpeting

    The Carpet and Rug Institute says that quality carpeting, when properly maintained, should last 10 to 15 years, which makes it a long-term investment. But when that carpeting gets dirty with blotchy stains, it's an eyesore. To solve the problem, you can hire a professional cleaning service or you...

      • Install a grab bar

        Install a grab bar

        One of the best ways to assure safe footing in a bathroom is adding a grab bar to the shower or bathtub walls to lower the number of accidents that occur getting in or out of the slippery wet surface. It's easy to do when the bathroom is being remodeled and the walls are open, so you can build...

          • Replace an interior door

            Replace an interior door

            You can replace a hollow-core interior passage door with a new molded, six-panel, solid-core door that looks better and is more substantial. It will reduce the transmission of sound and create a quieter and more peaceful interior by eliminating the noisy hum of a dishwasher, the drumbeat from a...

              • Install an octagon window

                Install an octagon window

                The "stop sign" window that resembles the shape of the familiar traffic sign is a small, 8-sided octagon. In a home, it's ideally suited in a tight spot where a ray of daylight will brighten a dark space - in an entry foyer, at the top of a staircase landing or in a small bathroom - where it can...

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                  • Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best. Homeowners see many benefits to planting trees on their property. Trees provide shade, fruit production, spring and fall color, wildlife...

                      • Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops. Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance to set roots before cold winter weather arrives....

                          • Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. Try it yourself—it's easy, inexpensive and, when you do it at home, requires no chemical additives. Getting Started It's important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest...

                              • Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Over the last 30 years, U.S. floods have caused on average $8.2 billion in damages annually. Wildfire suppression costs in the United States have averaged $1.54 billion annually for the last 10 years. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage and economic loss, making it the second...