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THE JOY OF Getting Your Hands Dirty
M y dad was the kind of guy who avoided contractors whenever he could. He took it upon himself to fix up our family home with his own two hands, and anything he didn’t know how to do, he’d learn. Back then, I was his helper, handing him nails, holding a paintbrush, and just generally being a part of whatever new renovation scheme he’d cooked up that month. And though he was pretty much just self-taught, anybody would admit that he had skill. Looking back, though, there are a couple of projects that I’m a little terrified are still standing. On one rare occasion, my dad actually broke down and hired someone to come in and dig a basement beneath the house. However, he neglected to have them build any means of getting down there. So, my dad and I enclosed a little entrance and, step by step, built an entire staircase to access our brand-new room. Later, I asked him how he managed to pull such a complex task off. “We just went to the library!” he told me. “I kept reading books until it made sense.” Apparently, I’ve inherited my dad’s passion for DIY remodeling. For nearly the past two years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours gutting much of our new-to-us historical home and updating it to 2018 standards. Call me crazy, but I love the work. Whether I’m moving
walls, painting rooms, or building a patio, it all gives me a keen sense of ownership of the place. Every day, I get that satisfying reminder of my own handiwork — the sense that in my own small way, I’ve made our house a home. I’ve had to learn a lot throughout the process. For example, the internet was an invaluable resource when it came to the little bit of framing I did. I had to rip down a couple walls and build up a new one. What took me more than four days would probably have taken someone with experience about two hours, but it also would have been about three times more expensive. And, of course, then I couldn’t brag about it to my family. I’ll be the first to admit that occasionally I take on more than I bargained for. One day, my son and I were looking at the ancient ceramic tile in the house and decided, naively, that we could just take it out ourselves. The first day, we spent two hours chipping away at the bathroom floor, and we only got about half of that little room done. The following few weeks, my son and I had a second job, smashing out the tile, loading it into the wheelbarrow, and dumping it into the trash down the driveway. In the end, we hired somebody to actually put in the floors since we were too exhausted.
All in all, though, our DIY projects have been incredibly rewarding. Years from now, I’ll look at all the work I’ve done and see how well it’s maintained its luster. Meanwhile, in the yard, all the little sprouts will have turned into trees. Seeing it all, I’ll let out a contented sigh. For now, though, I’d better go do some spring landscaping. -Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne
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pet ownership. The love and companionship our animal friends offer can alleviate depression or loneliness. Linda Anderson, founder of the Angel Animals Network in Minneapolis, says, “Older pet owners have often told us how incredibly barren and lonely their lives were without their pet’s companionship, even when there were some downsides to owning an active pet.” Caring for a pet takes work, but for many people, the benefits greatly outweigh the challenges. An energetic dog encourages you to leave the house and go for walks, a talkative parrot makes time spent alone less lonely, and a soft cat curled up on your lap helps alleviate a stressful day. If you can’t have a pet in your home due to lease restrictions or mobility challenges, you don’t have to miss out on the benefits of being around animals. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. You can help PETS Sometimes, staying at home is the best option. This sentiment applies to rehabilitation just as much as it does to any other aspect of life. In-home rehab can be very different from outpatient, clinic-based rehab. While the fundamentals are the same and you’ll still be working with an experienced physical therapist, the change of environment comes with many additional benefits. IT’S A GREAT OPTION FOR ANYONE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES If you live with a chronic condition or if you are recovering from an injury, surgery, or hospital stay, there may be times when you don’t have the strength to go out. Your energy is best reserved for recovery. In-home rehab helps you save that energy for when you need it most — including during your rehab session — allowing you to recover more effectively. IT ALLOWS YOU TO STAY IN A FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT This adds a level of personal comfort
We tend to picture energetic dogs and cats thriving in young families with children, but animals are often happy to live with older, less active adults. These kinds of homes are especially suited to older animals that might otherwise have to spend their last days in the pound. Depending on your schedule and mobility, you might not want to adopt a large dog. But small lap dogs, cuddly cats, and even birds can make a great addition to your home. As long as you do not suffer from allergies, having a pet can be great for your health. The American Heart Association says pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may be linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found evidence to support this claim when they discovered that registered dog owners in Sweden had reduced rates of cardiovascular disease and a lower risk of death than individuals without dogs. Don’t Miss Out on the Benefits of
care for cats, dogs, and other animals while they wait for their own forever home.
There are thousands of pets in shelters across the country waiting for someone to care for them. If there’s room in your retirement plan, why not invite one into your home? You might discover both you and your new friend have something to gain.
Physical fitness is far from the only benefit of
that’s hard to beat. Plus, we recognize that sometimes, you may not feel like going out, especially during a period of recovery. You may want to keep your recovery private. IT’S IDEAL FOR ANYONE WHO LACKS TRANSPORTATION You may not have the ability to visit the clinic on a given day. Perhaps you can’t drive, either by choice or because of an injury. When we come to you, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Here’s the bottom line: In-home rehab can be a source of empowerment. When you engage in rehab in a familiar environment, it can be incredibly motivating. As you improve, you can see your return to normalcy in the way you live in your own home and as everyday tasks become easier to perform. In-home rehab and therapy is care that’s truly on your terms. If you would like to learn more about this great option, call our office. We can work with you or a loved one to determine if in-home rehab is right for you.
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WHAT TO DO AROUND CLERMONT THIS APRIL
By the time April has rolled around, Clermont tends to slow down a bit. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still fun activities for the whole family. Here are a few of the most promising events from around the area this month.
to restore his once-grand theater to its former glory. Bring a blanket and enjoy the movie’s hilarious singing competition, rain or shine. THE CLERMONT FARMERS MARKET Where: From City Hall to Livi & Tate on West Montrose Street When: Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (except Easter Sunday) Admission: Free Website: clermontdowntownpartnership. com/farmers-market This community staple may have started up again last January, but we’re guessing a few stragglers still haven’t checked it out. Spend a lazy Sunday perusing the local fresh produce, scarfing down delicious
pastries, and checking out some incredible handmade arts and crafts.
THE CLERMONT PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PERFORMS MOZART’S ‘REQUIEM’ Where: The Clermont Performing Arts Center
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS Where: Waterfront Park When: April 13, 8–10 p.m. Admission: Free!
When: April 8, 3 p.m. Admission: $22–$44
Anyone who thinks classical choral music is stuffy and tame has yet to encounter the masterpiece that is Mozart’s “Requiem.” The entire suite is considered one of music’s crowning achievements, with bombastic, emotional moments littered throughout. With the Clermont Philharmonic at the helm, this is sure to be one afternoon you won’t soon forget.
This spring, the Clermont Parks and Recreation Department is bringing fun family movies to the best park in the area. Join other outdoor moviegoers for this second installment, featuring the popular animated movie “Sing,” about a pig trying
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ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON BREADCRUMBS
INGREDIENTS • 2 pounds asparagus
• 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
• 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
• Kosher salt
• 2 teaspoons lemon zest
• Freshly ground pepper
• Juice of one lemon (not packaged lemon juice)
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 425 F. Toss asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20–26 minutes, turning asparagus halfway through. 2. When asparagus is nearly done, heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add
garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and fold in parsley and lemon zest. 3. Transfer asparagus to serving platter, drizzle with lemon juice, and top with breadcrumb mixture.
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NORTHERN LIGHTS IN SCANDINAVIA One of the most elusive natural wonders, the aurora borealis, can only be seen on dark nights in the most northern parts of the world. That makes Sweden and its Scandinavian neighbors a great place to see the phenomenon. From December through April, you’ll have your best chance of seeing the northern lights. Sightings are dependent on solar activity, so it’s impossible to predict the exact timing and location, but they’re easier to see during the longer, darker nights of winter and early spring. Eco tip: Book your trip through a responsible travel company, such as those that practice a fair-trade policy.
Eco tip: Look, but don’t touch! It’s illegal to touch a sea turtle in Hawaii.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you might see rare magical sights — baby turtles scuttling toward water, glowing lagoons, or a shimmering sky. But when and where do you need to be to catch these natural wonders? SEA TURTLES HATCHING IN HAWAII On Oahu’s North Shore, head to Turtle Beach, which gets its name from the many turtles that nest along its shores. During late spring and summer, the waves subside, allowing turtles to crawl onto the beach to lay their eggs. Baby turtles hatch at night and make their way to the water by the light of the moon. If you do head to the beach at night to see this spectacle, don’t use white light, as it can disrupt the turtles’ progress (that means no flash photography).
BIOLUMINESCENT PLANKTON IN JAMAICA Imagine looking out at the water as the sky gets dark and seeing it turn a bright, glowing blue. That’s the sight you might be treated to at Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, where dinoflagellates, microscopic organisms in the water, lend their glow to the lagoon. These tiny organisms thrive in areas where salt water and fresh water meet, making the lagoon in springtime an ideal place to see them. Eco tip: To ensure this magical sight will remain for years to come, always go with a “pack it in, pack it out” mentality. Take all of your belongings with you when you leave and be respectful of the beautiful environment that is yours to enjoy.
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