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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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  • Make a log reindeer

    Make a log reindeer

    Our log and stick reindeer will charm your neighbors and passers-by as a lawn decoration or sitting on the front porch to welcome guests. We like to put our Rudolph on the deck, peeking inside where he gets considerable scrutiny from our cat every holiday. We recycle him every year and replace...

      • Replace a gas hot water heater

        Replace a gas hot water heater

        When a hot water heater stops operating in a house, it doesn't take long for family members to react because the appliance is the behind-the-scenes workhorse that supplies a reliable stream of hot water. When a gas-operated heater stops producing hot water, usually after a good service life of...

          • Remove wallpaper

            Remove wallpaper

            Removing wallpaper is a process you learn on the job, and the tools and materials you need are inexpensive. It's just tedious, messy and time consuming, which is what we call "grunt work," the ideal task for a wannabe do-it-yourselfer because it requires no skills or previous experience. A contractor...

              • Insulate an attic with blow-in insulation

                Insulate an attic with blow-in insulation

                Adding blow-in insulation is an easy do-it-yourself project that can save heating and cooling costs and prevent your attic from acting like a sieve. With rising energy costs, it's no wonder homeowners are taking interest in buttoning up their attic. The job requires common sense skills and a blower...

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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...

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