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Oops! Landscaping Mistakes

Oh it’s that time of year, time to plant and sow, to weed and cultivate. The sun is getting closer and brighter, the soil is warming up—it’s time to make the most of your landscape. There are a lot of ways it can go so right, and happy accidents are a great gardening tool, but here are some ways it goes all wrong: Crowding the plants: Remember that plants grow and spread,…

DIY Gurus of Youtube

I remember watching This Old House on lazy weekends, idly plucking at a bowl of popcorn while Bob Vila tears apart the plaster wall of a Victorian with glee. These days, homeowners get most of their renovation know­how in the great how­to library of YouTube. But not all home remodel videos are created equal—some of them are too complicated, some skip important steps, and some are just downright silly. But the best of them are so helpful, they deserve a special mention. One of the superstars of YouTube DIY is Matt Risinger of Austin, Texas. Now, not all of the advice he dispenses works in our cooler, wetter climate, but he does some beautiful work and explains it all very well. Another favorite is Craig Heffernan. Craig specializes in deck­building for beginners. More enthusiast than teacher, Kirsten Dirksen takes you through eco­houses and tiny houses loaded with features and information. She’s a great person to turn to for inspiration and ideas, Dirksen’s passion shines through. Going with a contractor is usually a good idea for most large remodel and construction projects. But if you feel like rolling up your sleeves and framing your own tiny house, these folks can help you get started. Or at least get you into enough trouble to keep it interesting. Links: Matt Risinger Craig Heffernan Kirsten Dirksen

Roller Derby Workout

Considering that roller derby is like the world’s roughest crossfit mixed with gladiatoral combat, it follows that these women are in seriously good shape. You can be, too, if you follow their strength training tips and tricks. I’m not a derby girl, just a wanna-be who makes…

Barn Raising

Dreaming of a new outbuilding for your property? Find inspiration in the gorgeous equestrian barns constructed by DC Builders in Snohomish County and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Stephanie Meyer is an equine veterinarian at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. DC Builders…

Essential Connection

Checking email, looking up drug interactions, receiving photos of grandchildren, video conferencing with family, following up with doctors — digital technology is now so woven into our lives, we can’t imagine an hour, much less a whole day, without it. And yet there are so many seniors who have to live without access to the wealth of information and entertainment that…

A to Z Lunch Guide: J is for Jake’s Western Grill

J is for Jake’s Western Grill Barbecue doesn’t get better than Jake’s — smoky, delicious pulled pork or tender brisket — whatever you choose, be sure to make it here. Not up for a sandwich at lunch? Then grab some tender baby back ribs. Hooeee Jake’s knows exactly how to balance the flavors and make the ribs smooth, yet tangy. Chase it down with some sweet tea. 8114 WA 539, Lynden Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat….

Inspired and Inspiring : Inez Bill

Here at North End Metro, we have sought to make women’s stories a regular part of our publication through our “Wonder Woman” column, which honors the achievements and contributions of women in…

Inspired and Inspiring : Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory

Here at North End Metro, we have sought to make women’s stories a regular part of our publication through our “Wonder Woman” column, which honors the achievements…

A to Z Lunch Guide: Z is for Zen Sushi

Z is for Zen Sushi Conveniently located right next to the Regal Barkley Village 16, Zen is a great place for a movie date. Sushi rides right to you on a conveyor belt. The house saki is good, and there’s a full cocktail menu that is worth a gander. Bright colorful lights and mood music make this chic stop in Barkley a favorite for the date night…

South Hill House

You know what it’s like when you paint your living room, and then the adjoining dining room looks drab, so you paint that, and the…

A to Z Lunch Guide: R is for Rifugio’s

R is for Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine Deming is the gateway to Mount Baker. It’s also a lovely setting for a great restaurant, Rifugio’s. Brunch and lunch specialties include frittata, a breakfast carbonara, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, and a burger. A nice stop on the way up to the mountain. 5415 Mount Baker Highway, Deming Thurs.–Sun. 10 a.m.–8 p.m….

Cascadia Art Museum presents “Looking Back, Moving Forward”

The Cascadia Art Museum pays tribute to Nellie Cornish and the Cornish College of the Arts, a school whose international legacy spans both visual and performing arts. Produced in partnership…

Estate Planning Help

“My name is Nathan McAllister and I am an attorney primarily practicing law in the area of estate planning, particularly wills, trusts and probate. Please consider me a resource for information regarding estate planning.The death of a family member is a rigorous and spiritually taxing event. However, thinking about and planning for one’s death can also be unsettling. Many issues confront a person contemplating their own demise.

Planning before one’s death can help ease the legal process of administering your estate and may spare grieving family members the additional burden of extended probate proceedings and drawn out litigation.”