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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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  • Wash windows

    Wash windows

    The restorative power of clean, clear window panes is so strong that it might inspire you to go on a binge and clean the whole house. Nothing does more to brighten your home, not to mention your outlook, than clean windows. Whether you hire a window washing service or do it yourself, the reward...

      • Power-wash siding

        Power-wash siding

        By keeping exterior siding clean, dry and free of dirt, you'll prolong its life and reduce the need to paint it; so when dirt, mildew and tree sap accumulate on the surface, it's time to give your house a good washing. You can hire a house cleaning service to do the job or rent a power washer for...

          • Install a weather vane

            Install a weather vane

            A weather vane is a distinctive ornament, crowning a rooftop, that sets a house apart and can tell passers-by your special interest or passion. Originally designed to signal the direction the wind is blowing, today a weather vane is more of a personal statement that perches high above a house and...

              • Install a soundproof wallboard

                Install a soundproof wallboard

                New quiet appliances will help to lower noise levels, but in some homes it's the thin walls that make it almost impossible to eliminate the sounds of daily living. A rattling hum of a dishwasher or a noisy video game goes through the walls of many homes not designed with soundproofing in mind....

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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...