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.
A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.
It’s a problem many homeowners won’t run into for a while, but when they do, they may find themselves between a basement floor and a hard place.
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.
Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)
Thanks to volunteers and nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities, seniors who can no longer get up on ladders, get down to repair damaged floors or afford to pay for the repairs needed to help keep them in their homes have a helping han