Robotic Lawn Mower

Did you ever think you would see that title in an article in your lifetime? Sure you may have been robotic in mowing your lawn, but to think there may be a real robotic lawn mower seems to be fantasy. However, robotic lawn mowers are actually real and in use today. How do they look and work? Think about a Roomba® vacuum cleaner for your lawn. One way they work is by using something similar to the underground pet fence that has been available for many years. Can you imagine relaxing on your patio, beverage in hand, watching the mower …

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Trees

National Arbor Day is April 27th and trees should definitely come to mind when Arbor Day is mentioned. The day is focused on conservation and planting trees is a large part of it. So as we enter April taking an evaluation of the trees in your yard would be a good use of time. With the winds of March finished looking for cracked, or broken branches is important. Are there any dangerous looking limbs that should be cut? As the trees are starting to bloom it should be easy to spot the trees that are not growing as they should. …

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Swing

April is the start of several things that are great traditions in American culture. “Batter Up” is one of them, and it is sure to bring a smile to the face of many. The official start of Major League Baseball was March 29th, but many of the early spring games will be in April. Although there is not a MLB team in Alabama there are several minor league teams. In Birmingham, the Birmingham Barons take the field in Chattanooga to start their season and return to Regions Field on April 11th. The Montgomery Biscuits play their first home game on …

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Pan Seared Pork Loin with Sautéed Peppers and Mushrooms

Last month we featured an Asian recipe, and this month we will share a great recipe using pork that is sure to please. For a healthy side dish you can add steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Time: 25 minutes Effort: Easy Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 pork loin steaks – 3/4″ thick Canola or safflower oil for spraying and sauteeing 1/2 of a large yellow pepper, cut into thin strips 1/2 of a large red pepper, cut into thin strips 3 large white mushrooms, sliced thickly 1 tsp. red balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup cooking cream Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to …

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Financial Literacy

April is financial literacy month. When thinking about finances one key factor is interest rates on money that is borrowed. Almost everyone in the United States will borrow money for an expenditure, and knowing what type of interest rate the loan is subject to is important. The two main types of interest rates are simple and compound. An explanation of these types of loans as they are traditionally used are as follow: On a simple interest loan the borrower pays interest only on the amount borrowed. On a compound interest loan the borrower pays interest on the amount borrowed plus …

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