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Q: Tim, my neighbor discovered that many of his outdoor deck floor joists are rotting. The rot is along the top where the decking attaches to them. It’s treated lumber rated for outdoor exposure. How can this be possible? I thought treated lumber was rot-proof and would last for a lifetime. What’s going on and are there ways to prevent treated lumber from rotting in the event something’s wrong? —Andy D., Lexington, Ky.

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We love this dehydrated formula that’s easy to turn into a wet food by adding water. It’s organic, complete and balanced and contains heart-healthy whole grains. It’s suitable as the sole food you give your dog, or as a topper to save money. Not all dogs like the consistency, but you can adjust it by adding more or less water.

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Organic: You might choose to buy certified organic calming dog treats if you’re concerned about pesticide use.Treat type: Most calming dog treats are small chews or crunchy treats, but you’ll occasionally find other treat types such as calming rawhide-style chews or calming dental treats.Grain-free: There’s no need to pay more for grain-free treats unless your dog has a legitimate allergy. In fact, whole grains are excellent for heart health.Price: Dog calming treats vary in price from $10 to $50, depending on various factors including package size, active ingredients and overall quality.

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Refined carbs lack nutrients and can wreak havoc on your blood sugar. Whole grains are best; have four small daily portions of whole-wheat bread, or try a pasta made from quinoa. And always eat grains with healthy fats and protein. Incorporate sprouted or fermented grains (such as sourdough) for easier digestion and better nutrient absorption. Or look for creative ways to swap out grains, such as using spaghetti squash in place of noodles.

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While the period of record is longer, going back to the winter of 1893-94, records must be taken with a small grain of (road) salt. 

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The chewy whole grain is another great way to get your fill of beta glucan, the soluble fiber that can lower your LDL cholesterol.

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Last fall, several farmers in Porter County gifted a small but generous portion of their harvest to help school children and their families es…

As with the other rooms in a modern cottage, the dining room is all about combining textures and materials. A big wooden table is a must, whether it’s new or antique. The exposed wood grain provides a great starting point for the rest of the room’s decor.

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