A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)
It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.
Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
North Oaks author's book to be released May 1
On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.
Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.