Outdoor Living…

By August 8, 2016Editor's Notebook

KITCHEN-5444August is here, so it is time to savor these remaining days of summertime.

This month, we celebrate outdoor living, from making the most of small garden spaces and patios to a complete oasis with an outdoor kitchen. We learn about low-maintenance plants, those that attract beautiful butterflies, how both pets and pool time are good for our health, and some safety tips to keep in mind when outside this summer. We also sit down for our Carolina Conversations and talk some sports with WRAL-TV’s newly retired Tom Suiter. And there is plenty of great information to help you age with success, too.

Did you know sea turtles may live to be more than 100 years old? Since this time of year is also nesting season for sea turtles along the North Carolina coast, we share our excursion to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City. If you are in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to see three different species: loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley. The center runs on volunteer power and a love for the sea turtles, helping them heal and return to the ocean. The good works of Jean Beasley and her team are astounding, having rehabbed and released more than 600 sea turtles  in the center’s tenure. Amazing!

Another animal-friendly group we meet this month is Peak Lab Rescue. The group was kind enough to pose with some adorable black lab puppies for our “5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet” feature on Page 38. Their tireless efforts rescue labs from high-kill shelters across the state and foster the dogs until they can find their forever home.

Speaking of home, there’s a hidden gem of nature in Rockingham’s Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail Paddleway, this month’s Better With Age destination. Special thanks to photographer Katherine Clark for going knee-deep in the creek to capture this beautiful landscape!

Time to let co-editor Jeeves outside for more adventures chasing birds and squirrels. Thank you for turning pages with us. Until next month…