Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens
There as never been a fast and hard rule for timetables for weather. Each year planting is different and can vary from the past year. But, lucky Mother Nature gives us signs each year of when that time is. Look to nature when deciding when to plant yearly vegetable gardens. Continue Reading →
Dead nettle plants are Shade-loving perennials that are wonderful in hanging baskets and flower bed edging. Some people consider it a noxious weed. But, truth be told bees and hummingbirds love it. Continue Reading →
If you’re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you will want to be picking the right gardening tools to help you achieve this. Continue Reading →
Northern cardinals remain paired up throughout the year, unlike most bird species. Male will feed female while she sits on the nest and the male will also feed the female. Young Cardinals have a black beak and adults have beaks in a reddish, orange or pink coloring. Read about how to attract this stunning bird to your yard.
If you have a feeder above your flower bed or had any open soil then you more than likely have had transplants from the feeder. My first experience of seed transplants was sunflowers but did you know you can grow safflower seed too? Yep, you can. It is easy too. Continue Reading →
The first thing in garden making is choosing a location for your garden. Without a doubt, it means simply doing the best one can with conditions. The key to planting the location is the sun. Continue Reading →
The Canadian goldenrod and a few additional goldenrod varieties are host plants to gall fly larva. The Gall fly produces goldenrod galls which become the food source of gall fly larva over the course of the winter. The insect has a fairly interesting lifecycle. Continue Reading →
The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. The term pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus meaning “capped” which refers to the red crest on the top of the birds head. Continue Reading →
At some point, you will have to contend with slugs in your vegetable garden and flower gardens. Use this simple trick to slay slugs and snails on your container plantings and if you already have an infestation try this homemade recipe on your hostas and flowers.
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As the year goes on and the weather turns a little cooler I find myself drying more fruits and berries for the birds. It is a fairly easy process no matter if you use the sun, oven or the microwave drying method. All 3 ways to dry fruit for the birds work well.
Use these tips to use less soil in your planting containers. We all have those x-large outdoor pots that need to be filled with soil for holding beautiful flower arrangements, herbs and produce. Over the years I have used several items to serve this purpose. Some were excellent choices and some, poor choices.
Dried flower potpourri dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who incorporated it as part of their royal rituals. Today, the art of drying florals is making a come back and are included in potpourri, sachets and blended with fragrant and richly scented essential oils. Continue Reading →
This pressure cooker buffalo chicken soup is a hearty, cheesy dinner solution that takes 15 minutes to prep and cook. Whip up a batch over the weekend and separate out into single serve portions for weekday lunches. Continue Reading →
Achillea or better known as yarrow is one of the flowers that I grow in my flower garden for cutting purposes. There are over 1000 varieties of this beauty. The plants range from small border type plants to giant, show-stopping backdrops. Continue Reading →
Neem oil is fantastic if you purchase the correct kind and use it properly. Most of the time when I hear someone complain that Neem oil didn’t work for them it is because they were misguided. So, here is the low down on Neem Oil For Plants. Continue Reading →
With fresh herbs growing plentiful in my deck boxes and having a fresh supply of oranges for the Baltimore Orioles, I decided to whip up a batch of rosemary and orange vinegar. The most difficult portion of this recipe is the two week wait time!
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print The banded woolly bear caterpillar – moth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops. Continue Reading →
Nothing better to warm the insides on a cold and rainy day than to make a kettle of stuffed green pepper soup. The recipe is a fairly easy and requires minimal work; just fry, chop, measure, dump and simmer until perfection. My kind of EASY and QUICK.
The American Goldfinch is a beautiful songbird that you can easily attract you your backyard. The males have bright yellow coats with a bold black cap and black wings barred with white. The female is less striking with olive-yellow feathers. Continue Reading →
Red-bellied woodpeckers LOVE peanuts. I attract them in winter by adding unshelled peanuts to the feeders. I enjoy watching them take peanuts, one by one. They are interesting to watch. Continue Reading →
Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbird feeders are made up of sugar water, they, of course, are going to go straight for the mixture. Here are 6 ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders.
The greatest determining factor for the garden and prepping for a garden placement is the sun. Once you have chosen the ideal location for your garden it is time to start planning. Not sure where the best placement is to read the article choosing a location for the garden to help you decide. Continue Reading →
Rain! It has been pouring in the middle of winter. I have a swimming pool in my backyard where snow is supposed to be. Sorta funny! That brings me to want to make a recipe that is both a hearty and spicy comfort food to enjoy – slow cooker Jambalaya is on the menu for supper tonight.
Have a rotisserie chicken that you are going to use for meals this week? If so, save the carcass and the legs. It makes delicious bone broth slow cooker chicken stock. I love to use the broth in my soups and gravies. Continue Reading →
Photographing and exploring old structures inside and out is exciting. There is nothing more thrilling than driving up on an old barn or structure that captures my attention. Well, except old vehicles 🙂 Some of my old building finds are located in the country and many times, right smack dab in the middle of a city.
Can’t think of a place I’d rather be at the present moment. Inside, warm and feeling some accomplishment adding an additional set to the art print collection. This gorgeous sandy beach hideout collection was taken along the shores of New Smyrna, Florida, it was a beautiful walk.
Why? Why, didn’t I think that flies drink water ? After a rainstorm, I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.
Do Flies Drink Water Yep, They DO!
He was drinking the raindrops off my raspberry leaves in my garden boxes. Now, if you have never had the pleasure of watching a fly drink raindrops…run. Do it! Flies are not cute little furry creatures; but. man oh, life are they a blast to watch suck up drops. Whole raindrops, mind you.
Why Not Dare Yourself Inspirational Quote Print
A blend of soft pastel colors was used to create a lightning bug jar full of light to send out to light the darkness. The why not dare yourself inspirational quote print reads: Why not dare yourself to become a shining light where darkness is the only thing known.
If you enjoy having a sweet treat for breakfast like a rich muffin or donut, replace your habit with these breakfast jam bars. They will satisfy any sugar craving and give your body a healthy morning sugar boost.
This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is one that I enjoy making because my family members think I slaved all day creating it. In reality, it starts with shredding a rotisserie chicken, chopping an onion and opening a few cans.
Man is it cold out. The rain is bone chilling. I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.
I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time. It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.
Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe. Provide a separate tray of this specialty mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.
The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.
Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving. Can’t beat that. Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house. Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen. Continue Reading →
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, Michigan. My photography travels are experiences. Exploration and if you can grab a few laughs along the way … memories are made. Nobody can ever take away your experiences. Everything else can be stripped away in a heartbeat. Your memories and experiences cannot be taken from you. Unless you suffer from dementia – and then you have picture proof 🙂
Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers. People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure. That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling. Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.
Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden
If your garden is located near or next to a home, barn or additional structure that was built before 1978 test your soil for lead before planting your garden. Otherwise, you might be ingesting lead through your plants or tracking lead-based soil into your home. Continue Reading →
Looking to keep the squirrels off your feeders? Try changing your birdseed. Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if your are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.
You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is. This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields. Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.
Here is a fun fact for you and a reason to save your eggshells. For some reason, eggshells agitate ants enough to relocate them. The process is simple, really and cheap. For the most part, it works wonderfully to push ant hills out of an area or discourage them from going into an area.
Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point. Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them. Let’s find out what an aphid is and safe solutions for aphid removal. Continue Reading →
I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now. Over time, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.” Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath. If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep bird baths fresh and clean.
As part of my heritage, I have found great pleasure in asking questions and seeking properties that still house some of the first settlers homes. I was on my way to Sugar Creek last week and decided to reshoot this old Belgian brick home and outbuilding.
I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online. In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones. After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below. If they fail, the postmaster will get them back. Continue Reading →
The first full moon of July is known as the thunder moon across the great plains states because of the violent storms that happen during this month.
In Native American Culture it is Called:
In Native American culture it has been known as the buck moon for it is when the most significant growth of deer antlers occurs.
In Astrology it is Called:
In astrology it is known as the Capricorn moon.
It really doesn’t matter what name you happen to call it by. In the early stages of the night, it was huge, beautiful and I am thankful to have caught it on camera!
Four Different Shots Expose for Different Elements:
The image is composed of four different shots taken on July 9th in Brown County, Wisconsin. Each frame was centered on a different subject to expose for that element and incorporated into one complete photo.
I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far. This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property right in town.
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel, also known as the striped gopher, leopard ground squirrel, squinney, and as the leopard-spermophile in Audubon’s day, is a ground squirrel. It is widely distributed over grasslands and prairies of North America.
The sky’s the limit when you create a gift basket. You can purchase smaller go-together items, relatively cheap and packaged them together, to make a perfect gift. Here are 57 Theme Gift Basket Ideas to consider… Continue Reading →
The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already. Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile. My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break. This is not our family, is it?
Around a week before St Patrick’s Day common garter snakes emerge from hibernation in Wisconsin. Legend states St Patrick lead the snakes out of Ireland. Although, this is only a fable. There have never been snakes in Ireland, aside from zoos. Wouldn’t mind if this were the case for Wisconsin.
I’ve heard people state snowdrop flowers are wildflowers. It is true, some grow in the wild in meadows and woodland areas. Can’t argue with you on this fact. I find them all the time. I just have never found a source that states they are true wildflowers.
Time to tighten the budget. How to save money on groceries. I know how to do it. But truthfully, sometimes I find it to be WORK. Just as much work as a fulltime job. Taking the time to plan out EVERYTHING is a pain. I’m not one who likes to sit down and take two hours out of my week to pre-plan before shopping. Checking store ads, price comparing, cutting and organizing coupons; ugh! I did all that back in the 90’s. Refunding and couponing was a large part of our household back then. Both are more than acceptable ways to save money. I just do not have the time and commitment for it today. Continue Reading →
Where They Are Found:
The forget me not wildflower is a perennial wildflower that is most often found in woodland gardens, along creek beds or in wetland areas with rich soil. The will tolerate sun and shade but like damp soil. Continue Reading →
I have seen recycled plate garden flowers in high upscale galleries in tourist towns, like Door County, Wisconsin for a few years now. The price tag on the glass flowers is outrageous. Generally running almost $50.00. So, I set out to learn how they were made and try my hand at making my own. Continue Reading →
Today’s topic is going to be a little different. Something I normally wouldn’t write about, nor would I endorse. And, SOME may even call me a little crazy for exploring; The White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin. But life is about experiences. Sometimes, walking in someone else’s shoes helps to understand and relate to someone else. We need this in life. Who knows, you may even gain knowledge, understanding, peace and even comfort in an unlikely place. Like this church has done for me.
One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education. Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband. Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday. I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.
Palisades State Park South Dakota is located on Split Rock Creek. In the 1870s Split Rock Creek was harnessed to power a large flour and feed mill, and a town called Palisades formed around it. I didn’t see any of the remains of the mill building in the area. Was told there is a small foundation left somewhere from it.
On the first day, we drove through Custer State Park. It was a quick drive through. Today, is Custer State Park exploring day. We will spend time really going through the park. Exploring what it has to offer that we may have missed on the first go and anything else that looks interesting on the way back to our rental.
Pictured is the SS Arthur M Anderson, it is a Great Lakes cargo ship that has much of its service work done in my home town of Sturgeon Bay, WI. If you are a history buff you might remember this cargo ships name. Continue Reading →
Makers Mark One Stop on the Bourbon Trail. Each March, we trek from Wisconsin to Florida by car for spring break. I had always wanted to make a pit stop at a few distilleries for my husband. This year we did just that. Continue Reading →
If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds?
Below are 10 wildflowers that you can plant in your yard that birds enjoy. As an added bonus, they are all easy to grow because they are native to the United States. Most attract beautiful butterflies too. Continue Reading →
This month I thought I would change it up a little and give you something to look forward to each Friday. For the remainder of February, I will be posting a new bird that is at the feeder. This week’s Friday in February Dark Eyed Junco birds at the feeder.
Wash day? Nah, planting day. The old wash board adds extra visual interest to the wash tub planter. Planted with yellow daisies, trailing vines, coleus and brightly colored pansies. This space has light shade and all the plants are tolerant of shade.
If you plant coleus, remember they make excellent and hearty houseplants if you need to take them in for winter.
This past weekend my daughter and I went in search of fall colors. Which meant a road trip. Darn, I dislike road trips 🙂 A friend told us while on our road trip to check out Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon. Continue Reading →
I’m growing sprouts. This winter is a tough one! Usually, it is the beginning of March before I am going stir crazy, not this year! There are only so many garden magazines and catalogs you can page through before to just need to grow something.
The Midwest is full of old farm properties and what I like to call the back 40. The back forty acres was just a place to store junk. That junk now treasures to few. Old vehicles, trucks, cars, and modes of transportation.
There are also vehicles from additional travels outside of the Midwest but for the majority of the photography, the subjects are Midwestern states.
I am not sure how much I spent on a popular, name brand onion soup over the years. Until, I was given this recipe from a friend.
I was excited to purchase the ingredients to try the mix for myself. Thankfully, I did. The recipe makes 2 cups of mix or the equivalent of 8 envelopes at a 1/3 of the cost of the name brand mix. Continue Reading →
This collection is chock full of fabulous vintage flair details that showcase life that has passed us by. When photographing, I like to think of all the stories the houses and equipment I come across could tell.
Why pay high retail prices for lavender sugar scrub you can make at home? Once you purchase a few ingredients you can make this heavenly smelling scrub for yourself or give as gifts. Continue Reading →
I found a Scrabble tile necklace at a craft show that I HAD to know how to make them for myself. They used a photo on their pendant and I thought that the photo pendants would make cute, personalized gifts for my family and friends.
When you think of a summer dessert many people’s thoughts go directly to strawberry shortcake. Growing up with a grandma that raised raspberries, we enjoyed this raspberry torte recipe. I am pretty sure each of the grandchildren has had the pleasure of eating this sweet and tart dessert.
As a tribute to my grandmother – I include the recipe for each of the grandchildren. Continue Reading →
Ever wonder how to tell male and female Monarch apart? Maybe, the thought never crossed your mind. Well, in order to capture the lifecycle of the Monarch you would need to know your male from your female.
Today, I’m repotting a money plant. The money tree plant is a hardy, climbing plant that will grow in just about any soil or even flourish in water. Besides being called a Money Plant it is also called Devil’s Ivy and Golden Pothos. Continue Reading →
Many types of dahlias do not survive the snowy cold winters here. We have to lift them out of the dirt or purchase new ones come spring. I wrote up a quick guide to digging up and storing dahlias over winter.
Follow the recipe for these birdseed ornaments and the next day you have sweet treat for your birds. The ornaments would make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family as well as wedding favors for your guests. Continue Reading →
How to make jello shots or shooters in syringes. Jello shots or Jello shooters as they are also called are all the rage. There are many recipes with various types of liquor and flavored Jello combinations. I will give you several to try out.
Easy do it yourself project on how to make a Quikcrete walkway or patio, it takes some time and effort but the end results look professional. The materials needed are minimal and allow for you to take your time and create a visually appealing outdoor space. Continue Reading →
It’s that time of year again in the midwest time to start getting roses ready for winter. It time to start thinking of the changing of seasons and old man winter will be slowly creeping in. If you want your roses to survive over the cold winter months, you will have to do some planning ahead. Your planning starts toward the end of the summer in the midwest. Continue Reading →
I received a question via e-mail from a fellow gardener asking general questions about starting & maintaining Rhubarb plants. Someone knows I grow mammoth rhubarb plants 🙂 . I answered his questions back via e-mail and decided to share the information on the site too. Continue Reading →
How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person. This is a creative way to spruce up your garden and use chipped or repurposed terra cotta pots. There is no “wrong” way to build a terra cotta clay pot garden person.
Water seems to have a soothing, magically calming affect on the body. It is beautiful, sparkling, and gentle. Water gardens can add interest to an otherwise bland backyard. They can include waterfalls, ponds and fountains. Continue Reading →
Common Lawn Pests – Disease and grass insect pests can be prevented or cured by following a few basic steps. Be sure to set your low mower height to 1-1/2 inches, have a sharp blade, have the proper fertilizing, drainage and water. Even following each and everything above still can bring on unwanted insect attacks. So what pest is your culprit?
Brandy Slush in Ice Cream Pail Recipe is one of my favorite holiday drinks. You don’t need to limit this drink to the holiday season though. I have served it at many of my home parties as well. It goes over extremely well at summer parties!
Hostas are extremely easy to grow and add visual appeal to flower beds. They are hardy plants that look wonderful in any season. There is one garden pest that feels the same appeal toward hostas as we do. The slug. Here are some ideas for slug prevention of hostas.
Once you gather up the materials to make your own lip gloss and lip balms you will wonder why you waited so long. Read how to make homemade lip gloss and lip balm to get you started. Continue Reading →
It’s that’s time of year, time to get out the camping gear and become one with nature. Here are a few of our families favorite camping recipes. They are easy to prepare and a breeze to clean up after. Just my style. Continue Reading →
How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces these are inexpensive yet extremely elegant necklaces are made by baking and internally cracking ordinary marbles. Make up a few as gifts or for your next hot seller at a craft fair. Either way you will receive rave reviews and plenty of wonderful compliments. Continue Reading →
pH represents how acidic or alkaline it is. Soil pH is determined on a scale from zero to 14, with seven being a neutral pH that is neither acidic nor alkaline. If your soil pH is outside the range of 6.0 to 7.0 you may need to increase or decrease your soil pH.
If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you might want to have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down by choosing a garden that is perfect for you. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience and work load easier on yourself and your plants.
Lavender Lemonade is a wonderful way to use up some of your dried lavender from your flower garden. It makes an excellent refreshing drink. Just add lavender syrup for lemonade anytime you wish to change things up.
Attract Mason bees by building homes. A Mason bee pollinates early spring orchards, flowers and berry canes for about a 4 week period. They collect nectar and pollen to line their nests and thus, in doing so; are pollinating all our spring following plants. Continue Reading →
Each year I’d purchased a spring flower arrangement for my Easter table. The flower arrangement was either a tulip, daffodil or hyacinth potted plant. Now, I just plant flower bulbs in fall for an Easter centerpiece.
Having you seen them yet? Gazing balls are making a comeback. I have my great grandmother’s gazing ball and stand and recently made my own mirror and glass tiled one too. This bowling ball gazing project couldn’t be simpler! Continue Reading →
Dandelion Wine, Grape Wine and Cherry Wine Recipes
I was looking through my grandmother’s handwritten, recipe box while having coffee with her and came across wonderful old Dandelion Wine, Grape Wine and Cherry Wine Recipes. Soon, I should have all the recipes copied to be sure I have them.
After long winters, the first thing I want to do is get out and enjoy the weather and fresh air. Heading through the long grass normally knocks off some unpleasant creepy-crawlies onto my pants. Ticks!
Fumee Falls is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch or snack and also stop for a roadside bathroom break. The falls are small but beautiful! There is a wooden bridge, path, and stairway leading to a higher viewing. Continue Reading →
Life is Too Short to be at War With Yourself or Others
The war inside your head, you know the one telling you that you are not measuring up to some preconceived expectation of someone else’s idea or perhaps even your own…lose it. YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE and life is too short to be at war with yourself or other. Continue Reading →
Wisconsin wildflowers and invasives. Most of the photographs were taken while on walks along paths and through the woods. Well, at least I tell everyone I’m going for a walk. Really, I’m just exploring my options for photographing. Shhh! Don’t tell.
The countdown is underway and Christmas is coming, this has people turning to their attention to their favorite tree farm to pick out their prize tree. What are the 7 of the most popular Christmas trees and what makes them so popular? Continue Reading →
The last week of November in Wisconsin can be sunny and bright or snowy and dreary. This week I watched the European Starlings visit the feeder and witnessed both the bright and sunny weather and the dreary winter weather setting in. Continue Reading →
Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit. This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall. It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes. Continue Reading →
Today, my home has the wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice from this super simple recipe for pumpkin spice bars. Moist, pumpkin bars with vanilla cream cheese frosting with my morning coffee. Oh, yes…please. Continue Reading →
The weather turns colder and immediately you turn your attention to bringing in some of your outdoor plants. A day or two goes by and you find a wealth of small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats. Let me share with you how to get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants.
Want to complement your flower garden next year? A lively and healthy yard is one way to do this. A green lawn starts in the fall. One of the ways you can achieve a lush, healthy, carpet of green grass for next year is to aerate your lawn this fall. Because fall lawn aerating promotes greener lawns. Continue Reading →
If you can find a tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences. Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot’s color. This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.
A useful way to reuse an old fruit basket. Make an outdoor recycled hanging herb basket. You can plant a variety of herbs within the baskets on your patio. Stepping out to collect fresh herbs to add to your dishes. Continue Reading →