The holiday season is officially over and thank goodness says your stomach.
Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking or improving our fitness routines, this is the time when people all around the world vow to stick to their New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, those resolutions often fall flat within a few weeks because we tend to set the goals too high making them overwhelming and unattainable.
As our Top Five New Year Resolutions list shows, the focus is on staying fit, weight loss, and leading a healthier lifestyle.
Leslie Exterkamp adores old furniture.
“The craftsmanship is superb,” she said “It is amazing to see the quality of work back then to what we see nowadays,” she explained.
Exterkamp “rehabilitates” furniture and — beginning Jan. 7 — is holding classes at her newly opened vintage market to teach the public the techniques she and her assistant Jessica Denmark use to revitalize those old, beautiful pieces of furniture.
For most of us, the traditional way to welcome in the New Year is a toast of Champagne and a kiss for a loved one.
But for millions of revelers around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to eat symbolic treats in the hopes of bringing luck, good health and prosperity in future times. The foods vary from culture to culture but all are said to bring good fortune and help let go of the old year.
The noises started about 6 weeks after I moved in to my new house,” said Susan Malcolmson of Spring Hill. There was scrabbling in the walls and lots of thumping high up in the vaulted ceiling. Trouble was, she had no idea what kind of critter was up there.
“I was dreading it could be rats nesting,” she said.
So she called in Advanced Wildlife Services of Brooksville to investigate. The owner of Advanced Wildlife Services is Johnny Loose, 57, a pest control technician as they are called these days.
Around the world, Christmas Day is a time when people chomp their way through all sorts of weird and wonderful festive fare and each country has its own particular “must-have” for every table. Here’s a small selection.
In a few European countries, the main Christmas meal is celebrated on Christmas Eve - Dec. 24, and ne’er a slice of turkey can be found. This “meatless” custom dates back from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence.
What man or woman hasn’t rummaged in the closet for something to wear only to find an alarming number of rarely — or never worn clothes, and some still with the price tags on?
What do we do with them? Stuff them in a bin bag and take them to the thrift store or perhaps sell them on eBay? Not an option when those ill-fitting fashion faux pas have cost us a pretty penny.
Corny the Clown has deep rosy circles of makeup on each cheek; her nose is a pert, red circle dusted with gold and silver glitter and her hair is a halo of golden spirals. Bright red lips accentuate a huge smile and her hat is perched precariously atop her head.
She is instantly funny and friendly, attractive and alluring all at once.
Meet Sandra Sells aka Corny the Clown. She loves making people laugh and sharing her laughter with others.
Family and friends in York, England thought the Owen family was losing its mind when they announced they were leaving the UK to buy a business in the U.S. It had always been husband and wife Roger and Barbara Owen’s plan to buy a boarding kennel in the UK but when their daughter Claire found land and kennels for sale in the U.S., they immediately jumped on the possibility.
Way back in 1999, a couple came to Spring Hill and opened a restaurant. That restaurant is called Nouvelle Cuisine.
Housed in a quiet, unassuming stretch of shops set off Spring Hill Drive, its unassuming exterior belies what delights are inside.
Owners, Chef Jan Kinds and his wife, Isabelle Roos, hail from Bruges in Belgium. Kinds learned his craft growing up in the family restaurant in his native Belgian town of Bruges and specializes in delicious Belgian and French cooking like Coquille St. Jacques, Dover Sole and Steak topped with traditional Belgian sauces.