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Complimentary September 2021

On the Cover

Dr. Jenette T. Swisher Taking Health & Beauty Care To A New Level page 12

Fix It Up for FALL pages 21–28








SEPTEMBER 2021 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Dr. Jenette T. Swisher Taking Health & Beauty Care To A New Level 18 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Bryant-Tate Health Insurance Services



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22 • Redecorate And Update Your Home 26 • Home Investments That Save You Money...And Headaches

IN THIS ISSUE 8 • Welcome To The September Issue 10 • September Events

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16 • Do We Divide That? 30 • Adjusting To The New Fall Schedule

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36 • There’s Still Time To Achieve Your 2021 Resolutions! 38 • What’s Cookin’ Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Kathy Wheeler Blair E. Cody, III

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography







Welcome to the

September Issue By Kathy Wheeler

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eptember starts off with a long Labor Day weekend. Will you spend that weekend taking a mini-vacation or laboring at home with your to-do-list? I vote for vacation! It’s a good chance to take a break from the new fall schedule before the school year gets into full swing. Speaking of back-to-school, if you are having problems adjusting to your new schedules, we have some tips on page 30. Also, we have four months left in the year and it isn’t too late to reach your 2021 resolutions! We hope you find some encouragement from the article on page 36. The theme this month is Fix It Up For Fall. September is the perfect time to start preparing your home for winter and the holidays ahead. In this issue, starting on page 21, you will find helpful articles on energy-saving improvements, decorating, and professionals to help you implement your home updates. September usually completes the outdoor summer concerts. See our events page and catch a few before the end of the season! Our September cover story features Dr. Jenette Swisher, owner of Swisher Internal Medicine, WAXmd, and Swisher Skin and



Laser Center. She is a true entrepreneur focusing on the wellbeing of patients, and she understands that appearance is part of living your best life. Read her story on page 12! Have you struggled with paying high health insurance premiums? Maybe you are self-employed and not part of a group plan, or maybe you are retired but too young to qualify for Medicare. If that is you, Bryant-Tate Health Insurance Services can help you reduce your premiums! They contract with all carriers in the state including Blue Cross and Blue Shield. You will find their article on page 18. The voting continues for Hickory Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards - Best of the Foothills! Local businesses have had a lot of challenges and made a lot of adjustments over the last few years. Show your support by voting for your favorites in 33 categories! Visit our website at www.HickoryLivingMagazine. com or our Facebook page and click on the link to vote! We are very proud of all the small businesses in our area, and it is our pleasure to recognize your winners! Thank you for reading the September issue of Hickory Living. We hope you embrace the last days of summer and all that our area has to offer during September!



SEPTEMBER EVENTS HICKORY September 11 8th Annual Autolawn Euro Classic Car Show Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory • From 10AM–3PM

September 18 Western Piedmont Symphony Ensembles Chamber Classics 1 Drendel Auditorium 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory 7:30PM • For tickets visit:

September 3–5 & 9–11 Something Rotten Hickory Community Theatre Jeffers Theatre 30 3rd St NW, Hickory Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30PM • Sunday at 2:30PM For tickets visit:


September 25–26 Harvest Folk Festival Murray’s Mill, 1489 Murrays Mill Rd., Catawba • Saturday 10AM–5PM featuring Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel • Sunday 1PM–5PM featuring Gospel • Enjoy exhibits, craftsmen, and activities. Ticket price includes a tour of the Mill. For more info, visit: 10



September 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 Get Your NewtOn! 2021 Music at the Farm Catawba Farms, 400 Technibilt Drive, Newton • Bring a lounge chair. Wine, beer, hard cider, soft drinks, and food available. No outside food or drinks allowed. Music starts at 2PM on Saturdays and 6:30PM on Thursdays. September 2: Classic Highway September 11: Moose & Friends September 16: Jamie Trollinger September 25: Sycamore Bones September 30: Yesterday

September 3–5, 10–12, 17–19

Enjoy! VALDESE September 3 Valdese Family Friday Night Concerts held at Temple Field 400 Main Street West Valdese • Bring a lounge chair • Music starts at 7PM. Last concert of the season! September 3: Too Much Sylvia

BLOWING ROCK September 3, 10, 17, 24 Music On The Lawn The Inn at Ragged Gardens 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock Bring a lawn chair, no coolers, no pets. 5:30PM–8:30PM

9 to 5 The Musical The Greene Room – McCreary Theatre, 10 S. Main Ave., Newton Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM Sundays at 3PM • Purchase tickets at:

September 3: Shelby Rae September 10: TBA September 17: Harris Brothers September 24: Soul Benefactor


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September 3–4 & 10–11 Morganton Festival Weekends Downtown Morganton on the Square Entertainment, festival food, and craft vendors. Friday evenings from 6-9PM; Saturdays from 10AM-7PM September 3: Tuatha Dea September 10: ACE Party Band

LINCOLNTON Alive After Five From Courthouse on East Main Street to Poplar Street, Lincolnton Bring lawn chairs. Food and beverage available. 6PM-10PM September 16: Cat5 lincolntonaliveafterfive





on the cover

Dr. Jenette T. Swisher Taking Health & Beauty Care To A New Level By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“At each of my businesses, we aim to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives,” Dr. Jenette Swisher shared as she gave me tours through her three Hickory enterprises. Since 2007, Dr. Swisher has built a respected name for herself as the medical director and primary healthcare provider at Swisher Internal Medicine. She opened WAXmd in 2017 and, seven months ago, when she opened Swisher Skin and Laser Center, she expanded into a field that both her new and long-time clients feel adds a new dimension to health and self-care. “When you look your best, you feel your best…you become a more confident person.” With high quality services, expert staff, great customer care, and fabulous facilities, the Swisher Brand is impressive indeed. 12


SWISHER INTERNAL MEDICINE “Swisher Internal Medicine was my first baby, and everything we’ve accomplished since 2007 has sprung from that,” Dr. Swisher said. Her goal has always been a medical practice focused on excellent quality healthcare where patients can develop long-term, comfortable relationships with their doctor and other providers in a relaxing setting. She and her staff of nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and office administrators approach healthcare with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, healthy lifestyle, and healthy eating. “Some people only see a doctor when they’re sick, and young people these days just go to urgent care or the ER,” she continued. “We encourage everyone to establish a primary care


On the cover: Dr. Jenette T. Swisher Opposite Page: The Staff of Swisher Skin and Laser Center, Swisher Internal Medicine, and WAXmd Left: Swisher Internal Medicine Staff Front row–Danielle Cothern, Deena Suddreth, manager, and Keri Ratliff Second row–Caitlyn McCloy, Kristen Russell, Jodi Heath-Ryder, and Christina Allman Back row–Stephanie Tyner, Tasha Suddreth, and Brieanna Smith

physician who will help you maintain good health by focusing on preventive habits, and in the process, get to know you so you can avoid illness and urgent cares and hopefully, have a longer, healthier life.” Caring for anyone over 18, sick or healthy, is what internal medicine is about. Swisher Internal Medicine services include annual checkups, allergy testing and immunotherapy, cancer screenings, weight loss program, immunizations, managing chronic conditions like COPD, high blood pressure or diabetes, and acute sicknesses like sore throat, fever, infections, intestinal problems, injuries, and more. WAXmd Dr. Swisher’s second business was born of both necessity and innovation, and you will experience her consistently high standards in service, staff, and products here. WAXmd is an upscale waxing studio that Dr. Swisher was inspired to open because she was tired of waiting for summer trips to the beach to get waxing. “No one was doing this around here, and I knew people wanted a convenient place to go. We are the first and only specialized waxing studio in Hickory. There are so many benefits of waxing on a regular basis, and once a year wasn’t getting it,” she shared. Dr. Swisher explained that if you shave, waxing is a healthier, better option. WAXmd specializes not only in bikini waxing but also around the eyes—waxing brows and tinting and extending lashes! “Eyebrow waxing and lash extensions are an art at WAXmd,” Dr. Swisher said with a smile. “Extensions, shaping, tints, laminations, curls, and lifts will make your eyes pop. Latisse can help your lashes grow, thicken, and darken. Some women just need some improvements to their eyes and can skip applying makeup.”

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• Swisher Internal Medicine providers–May Lee, FNP-C, Jenette Swisher, MD, and Dale Wicker, FNP-BC • May Lee, FNP-C examining a patient HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2021



Left: WAXmd staff Front row Ashley Moose, lead esthetician; Dr. Jenette Swisher, owner; Adair Bowman, operations manager Back row: Emma Gregory, Cassidy Shook, Madison Holliday, Abby Blazer, Ashley Stansfield, Makayla Ingle, and Sandra Bruner

WAXmd’s aestheticians and cosmetologists know the best brow shape for your features, and they can easily wax your lip, cheeks, and even hairline. At WAXmd, “you name it, we can wax it.” Backs, legs, underarms and arms, chest, abdomen, even feet and toes! “Bikini and Brazilian waxing are specialties, and once you try it, you won’t go back to a razor,” Dr. Swisher told me. “You just feel so clean and fresh.” Waxing is best for maintaining healthy skin, and each treatment gets easier. You can set an appointment for any of the three types of bikini waxes: bikini line, bikini full, and Brazilian. Check the website for details, SWISHER SKIN AND LASER CENTER “I trust Dr. Swisher’s clinical knowledge and appreciate her unique, personal approach,” Paula Walker told me. “This is the best thing I do for myself—I’m always pleased with the results.” Paula sees Dr. Swisher for an array of services, including cosmetic injections, hair thinning, and female rejuvenation. Her hairdresser recently commented about her thicker hair after Keravive treatments, and Paula gave me rave reviews on the results she’s seen after just three Vitalia treatments…she said her quality of life has improved. At Swisher Skin and Laser Center, Dr. Swisher helps people feel better from the outside in. “I’m excited to add Swisher Skin and Laser Center’s offerings to our mix of health and beauty services,” Dr. Swisher said. “We’re just seven months in, and 14


we’re seeing excellent results.” Dr. Swisher’s most popular services are facial fillers and injections (Juvéderm and Botox), skin-firming treatments (TempSure), and laser skin rejuvenation services, like photofacials, as well as laser hair removal and a full menu of quality skincare services and products. With these great services conveniently available in Hickory (learn more at Dr. Swisher and her team of certified professionals address the issues that can affect a healthy, positive outlook. A free consultation will give you personalized recommendations and treatment plan to address issues that bother you most. “I listen carefully when people tell me what they want to fix or improve, and we start there.” Dr. Swisher and staff expertly inject Botox and dermal fillers to restore volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging. Lift your cheeks, achieve plumper lips, get a non-surgical brow lift, or even a chin augmentation with Juvéderm fillers. Eliminate forehead lines, crows’ feet, and the “dreaded 11s” between your brows with Botox. Look in the mirror…if you’re bothered by your lines and wrinkles, give these injections a try! Does your skin need tightening? TempSure is like a painless, non-surgical 20-minute face lift with excellent results. This state-of-the-art treatment emits radio frequency waves deep into the skin. It stimulates collagen production and tightens face and body—abdomen, above the knees, and behind the thighs. You can see smoothing results almost immediately and will continue with firmer skin for up to six weeks.


Left: Swisher Skin and Laser Center Staff Front row– Emma Gregory, esthetician; Lanie Tucker, receptionist; Back row–Dr. Jenette Swisher, owner; Jessica Stevenson, PA-C, injector and laser specialist; Elena Willging, LE, RN, esthetician and injector; Adair Bowman, MS, manager Below: • Jessica Stevenson, PA-C injecting Botox • Emma Gregory, LE, performing laser hair removal • Lanie Tucker helping a guest with Skinceutical products

More than your skin can be rejuvenated. Women who experience painful intercourse can now request vaginal rejuvenation as well as skin tightening, wrinkle smoothing, or body contouring. “These are non-surgical, in-office techniques,” Dr. Swisher explained. “I use the TempSure Vitalia device to help woman achieve enhanced intimate health. It’s effective, painless, with no downtime.” “You’ll also be happy to know that our hair loss treatment is quite effective,” Dr. Swisher continued. “Restoring hair growth can be life-changing—people feel so much better about themselves, they start doing more, going out, and enjoying life more,” Dr. Swisher shared. “I’m always amazed.” PhotoFacial is a tried and true skin rejuvenation treatment that improves the effects of sun damage, Rosacea, fine lines,

Swisher Internal Medicine 30 13th Avenue NW, Hickory (828) 324-0100

age spots, large pores, and more. Visit for lots more. QUALITY IN HEALTH AND BEAUTY With a true entrepreneurial spirit, Jenette Swisher has embraced important health and beauty services that benefit everyone. “I’m a doctor first,” she said, “and I won’t recommend something you don’t need or that wouldn’t benefit you. I truly believe in all services we offer. Each patient—each client—is an individual, and we treat everyone like family. I stay on top of technology, up-to-date research, and new, quality products. My staff is remarkable…I couldn’t do all this without them. My managers, Deena Suddreth at Swisher Internal and Adair Bowman at WAXmd and Swisher Skin, keep this all running smoothly and professionally. Together, we might plan on doing even more!”

WAXmd 2923 N Center Street, Hickory (828) 838-1441

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give you some basic understanding of property division in the divorce context. Our law recognizes three different types of property in the divorce context, those being separate, marital, and divisible property. The court will not divide or distribute separate property; it will only distribute marital and divisible property. © | Andrii Yalanskyi


Do We Divide That? By Blair E. Cody, III Attorney at Law

Anytime I meet with a client who is contemplating a separation, or is already separated, one of the things that we always discuss is the division of assets and debts. Equitable distribution is the name that North Carolina gives to the division of these assets. Chapter 50-20 of the General Statutes sets forth the law on the division of assets for married couples. While “equitable” does not mean “equal,” there is a legal presumption that “equal is equitable.” In order to rebut that presumption, there are 12 different factors that a party can ask the court to consider and base its decision on for a distribution that isn’t “equal.” While we can’t get into an exhaustive discussion here, hopefully this article will

What is separate property? While this is almost always a fact-based scenario, some general guidance on what separate property would be is property you had before your date of marriage, property that was acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance, and property acquired after the date of separation. Clients will often tell me they are worried about dividing a retirement or pension with a spouse who they were not married to when they earned their pension. Depending on the exact circumstances, that usually is not something that would be subject to division because it would likely be classified as separate property. Another common question is about a home that is subject to division in divorce that one of the parties owned prior to marriage. Again, whether there was anything owed on the home at the time of marriage, whether that debt was subsequently paid off during the marriage, or whether the home was debtfree when the parties married, would determine how the property would be classified and ultimately divided. Martial property is most simply described as property acquired after the date of marriage and before the date of separation by either party because of

their efforts. Remember, certain gifts and inheritances can be classified as separate property even though they were obtained during the marriage. So, if you and your spouse purchase a new dining room suite with money either of you has earned during the marriage, then that dining room suite would be marital property and therefore subject to division. Even retirement and pension accounts would be considered martial property if they were earned by either spouse during the marriage. Items such as vehicles, bank accounts, retirement accounts, etc. are not divided based on “whose name they are in,” but are divided based on when they were acquired, that is, during the marriage. Another key point to consider when discussing the division of martial assets and debts is that martial fault, such as an affair, etc., are not statutory factors that the court would consider in the division of the assets. While it is common that this type of fault is considered in matters such as alimony, equitable distribution is different. The best advice I could give someone who is contemplating a separation is to speak with a qualified divorce lawyer who can answer these and other important questions regarding your rights. Divorce and division of assets can be a complicated process that can often be made worse when a party is uninformed about the law or what they can expect in a property division. If you are going through a similar situation, give us a call. We can help!

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Left–Dan Bryant and Coleman Tate run the only Agency in Western NC that has access to all health insurance plans in the state. Opposite page: Coleman explains to a customer that new plans in the Catawba Valley area have seen 40% price reductions since 2020. Dan has 23 years of experience working with self-employed individuals and loves to help find them the right coverage.

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“Our Agency is the only one-stop shop for all health insurance options in our region,” Coleman Tate explained when I asked him what he does. “My partner and I contract with all carriers in the state, and we are the only place in Western NC that can provide customers with every plan that exists on the private market. We know which companies can match up with your personal healthcare needs, and we have access to many plans that you will not find on Google or through” Coleman is a founding partner at BryantTate Health Insurance Services. Together, Coleman and Dan Bryant have over 30 years’ experience helping individuals and families find health insurance cover18


age that meets their needs, at the best price. “Since the Covid Relief Bill was passed by Congress, we‘ve seen major changes the health insurance industry,” Coleman said. “This affects everyone in a big way, and most people don’t realize that. Thirteen new companies have applied to move into North Carolina, and we’re finding that premium rates are very competitive—down 30% to 60% since April—but you need to know where to look. While it isn’t all about price, this is probably the best time for a review of your coverage—before the renewal period starts November first.” People with existing policies can easily make changes to a better policy that’s inline with their health situation. Getting professional advice now is smart.

Coleman works primarily with clients under 65, and he can help seniors transition into Medicare. His initial consultation is free. “There are very few agents like me in the country who really understand all the options available,” he continued. “A policy for a single woman with children can cover her requirements and budget specifically, while a policy for a 60-year-old who makes $30K is written for that person’s situation…these two individuals can get a better plan, with appropriate deductibles, at a better rate by shopping with my help.” Coleman makes it easy. His recommendations will make a huge difference in your coverage and budget. In addition, Coleman helps small business owners get the right employee

benefits. He helps critically ill or cancer patients and can find catastrophic, dental and vision plans, and short-term policies for folks between jobs. For families who make under $120,000, financial assistance is available. “Some people need the highest-grade prescription coverage, and I know which policies provide that,” Coleman said. “I help lots of singles whose needs for their families are unique—I have access to a full scope of options.” Rave reviews and personal referrals are common at Bryant-Tate. “Coleman was quick to answer my questions and gave me a great quote.” “Coleman is a very skilled insurance agent…he got my family the most beneficial, cost-effective plan. When prob-

lems happened at the doctor’s office, he fixed it immediately.” “Honest and professional…” “…wouldn’t hesitate to refer Coleman to anyone.” For more reviews, Google Bryant-Tate Health Insurance Services. Health insurance is important these days. If you or anyone you know needs affordable insurance coverage, run—do not walk, to meet with Coleman. His clients range from the greater Hickory area into Union, Mecklenburg, Stokes, Yadkin, Cabarrus, Davidson, and everything in between. Give Coleman a call at 336-380-5969! 3185 Tate Blvd Hickory, NC 28602 336-380-5969





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s we roll into the fall season, we start preparing our homes for the cold winter months ahead and entertaining guests for the holidays. If there are home improvement projects you’ve been thinking about completing, fall is the perfect time to do it! When weather stripping and caulking doesn’t do the job anymore, it may be time to replace those windows and doors, or maybe you are tired of cleaning the gutters and want gutter protection. If you are thinking of redoing your kitchen or replacing your appliances, you will want to have this project completed before the Thanksgiving feast rolls around. On the following pages we have professionals who can help you with all of your home improvement projects both indoors and outdoors!

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Redecorate And Update Your Home When to Do-It-Yourself and When to Hire a Professional By Kathy Wheeler

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In a few months, we will be entertaining for the holidays and spending more of our time indoors. What better excuse do we need to redecorate or fix those things that have been bothering us around our homes? Changing out decor can be a simple way to make your home cozier for the winter months ahead. Adding throws, changing out decorative pillows, artwork, or accessories, and rearranging furniture can go a long way in giving your rooms a facelift. New bedding can totally give your bedrooms a new look and provide more warmth in the colder months ahead. Removing one piece of furniture can open up a cluttered room so it feels larger. Replacing a piece of furniture with one that is multi-functional can reduce clutter or repurpose the function of your space. Murphy beds or pull-out sofas can transform a home office into a guest bedroom. Storage ottomans or benches can serve as a place to sit as well as store extra blankets or shoes 22


depending on where you use them. If a dresser is taking up too much floor space, consider moving it into a walk-in closet. Storage is important, but so is open space.

white, and replacing outdated light fixtures is like adding jewelry to an outfit! Depending on your taste, light fixtures can be an over-the-top statement, or add a subtle, sleek elegance to a room.

As far as updates go, paint is fairly inexpensive, especially if you are up for doing the work yourself. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to clean up a room. It can either brighten the space or make it feel cozier depending on the colors you choose. If you aren’t up to painting an entire room, consider doing an accent wall with either paint or wallpaper.

There are plenty of D.I.Y. projects you can tackle to improve the appearance and atmosphere of your rooms. However, when it comes to function and major purchases, it is smart to call in the professionals. Our advertisers on the following pages are companies dedicated to customer satisfaction, and each has specific areas of expertise!

If you are thinking about replacing kitchen or bathroom cabinets, consider painting them instead. Paint and new hardware can give them a major transformation. Of course, if you are unhappy with the layout, or they aren’t in good working condition, then replacing them is your best option. When updating a room, don’t forget to look up! Ceilings don’t have to be

Are your appliances old and inefficient? Maybe the refrigerator doesn’t close properly anymore, or the stove timer isn’t working, or your dishwasher isn’t drying. Then it’s time to purchase new ones. For such a large investment you need advice and help from someone who deals in appliances every day. Sunrise Appliance can help you choose the right appliances that serve your needs, fit your budget and existing space. You can either request an in-home



consultation or visit their showroom. Factory trained professionals will deliver and install your new appliances, and if you want, will dispose of your old ones. Flooring is another major purchase that can transform a room. Maybe you would like to replace carpet with hardwood floors or luxury vinyl or maybe you like the carpet, but it’s worn out. Carpet is still a good option to reduce noise in rooms upstairs. Is your ceramic tile chipped or cracked or do you just want an updated look? Startown Carpet & Floor Coverings has been serving the Unifour area for 25 years. Their design team can help you choose the right flooring for your home and their professional installers finish the job! Drapes and window coverings can be both decorative and functional updates. From motorized blinds to rich, fabric



drapes, custom window treatments can block out the light, insulate drafts from windows, save on heating and cooling bills, provide privacy, all while being decorative and esthetically pleasing. With an in-home consultation and many sample products at hand, Cori Peters with Budget Blinds can help you choose the right customized window treatments to fit your functional purposes as well as your decorative ones. If you are considering a bathroom remodel—before tearing out your existing bathroom—it’s worth checking out a shower conversion. Wize Home Direct offers shower conversions as well as many home improvements and upgrades that make your home function better and more efficient energy-wise. They offer general construction for home additions, roofing, window and door replacement, gutters, and gutter protection. See their ad on page 27

and give them a call for help with your home improvements. If you want to make your outdoor space appealing for all seasons, give Kevin Sipe with Scenic View Landscapes a call. He can provide hardscape designs as well as landscaping features you will enjoy throughout the year. He is a master at this! Getting your home ready for the upcoming holidays takes time, money, and effort. I’m all for D.I.Y. projects, but I try to be realistic about my skillset. Some jobs are better left to the pros! Redecorating is a simple fix, but for more expensive, long-term updates, professionals can help you get the job done properly, quickly, less expensively, and more importantly, with less headache! I hope you enjoy the creative process and exploring your options when making your fall home improvements!



Home Investments That Save You Money...And Headaches By Kristie Darling

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It’s that beautiful time of year again! With cooler temperatures approaching, fall is the perfect time to think about areas in your home to invest in now to reap financial and comfort benefits this winter…and for years to come. Some homeowner investments are considered regular maintenance, like painting, re-staining the deck, or washing windows. These can be scheduled seasonally, annually, every five years or so, maybe just as needed. Some investments can impact your wallet and your spare time, depending on who does the work. Certain maintenance chores, like cleaning gutters and downspouts, should be scheduled immediately if waiting could cause expensive, inconvenient damage. Adding gutter shields this time of year can save valuable time come Thanksgiving when cleaning out is required. 26


Another category of home projects can earn a return on your investment—energy efficient improvements. As temperatures start to drop, you’ll begin to experience signs that your energy efficiency needs a boost—is your gas or electric bill growing? Feeling cold air creeping in around doors and windows? Is now the time to replace those 25-year-old windows or storm doors that came with your house? Here are some ideas that can make living indoors more comfortable and less expensive in the long run. THE BIG CHILL If you add up all the cracks, gaps, leaks, and openings in your house, it’s equivalent to a hole to the freezing outside a bit bigger than a bathmat. According to J. Vann Ross, VP at Wize Home Direct, tightening up your old or drafty house can save more than 25% on heating and

cooling. Since weather-stripping and caulk don’t last forever, check to see if yours need updating. Caulk is used in areas that are stationary for filling gaps and cracks, and weather stripping works in places that move—doors and windows. Check also where electrical, cable, phone, and gas, enter your home. Putting in insulation can cut utility costs. Your home probably came with some, but there are places throughout your house where insulation can make a big difference. Finished attic spaces might not have been insulated during construction. Ross also tells us a quick way to check your attic insulation: if the existing insulation comes only to the tops of the joists…then you probably need to add some. He can explain to homeowners current tax credits and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. Cathedral ceilings, exterior and founda-

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tion walls, crawlspaces and floors above them, and ducts are places to check. Pipes and water heaters should be insulated. Even adding carpeting or rugs to bare floors can save you money. SAVE WITH NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS The Department of Energy tells us that especially during winter and summer, energy inefficient windows are responsible for 25%–30% of your energy use. You will immediately feel a difference when you replace out-of-date windows and doors with attractive, energy saving window technology. They come in vinyl or wood, will last a long time, and can match any home style. Your front door welcomes all visitors, your sliding glass doors open the outdoors to you, and other exterior doors might be purely utilitarian. They should all look good and work for you. Repairing or replacing them can improve your

energy efficiency and help protect your household with security features. Even some styles of modern storm doors can give you an added layer of security protection. And new doors are really fun to shop for! TOP IT ALL OFF You might not realize that a new roof can save you money…it’s an energy improvement that will also eliminate leaking ceilings and water damage—another costly expense. This is the time of year to fix roofing problems before ice, snow, and wind can wreak havoc. Old or damaged roofs put a strain on your HVAC systems resulting in higher monthly bills. If you find lots of shingle granules when you clean the gutters, you can expect problems ahead. Roof energy efficiency varies quite a bit depending on the material used and how they are installed, so you’ll want to find a professional who can do an




assessment and give you a quote. They will inspect it all, looking for cracks, hail, or wind damaged shingles and flashing around chimneys and vents that need replaced. It’s a major maintenance investment you can make now to protect the very major real estate investment you have made in your home. WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YOU? Have you ever wondered how you, individually, can make a difference fighting global warming? Seems like there’s not much one household can do to effect real change. But the few ideas we suggest, along with recycling, using LED lightbulbs, disabling the quick-start feature on your smart TV, updating to energy-smart appliances, and adjusting the thermostat—plus many other habits and practices—really can make a difference when more of us start to think smarter energy-wise!



Adjusting to the New Fall Schedule By Kathy Wheeler

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is almost here! September 22nd, the season begins. Are you starting to feel that occasional cool nip in the night air? It’s a time when school is back in session and football, band, and many extracurricular activities are in full swing. The lazy days of summer are gone, and it’s time to transition your routine for, what many believe, is the best time of year— Autumn! With a new schedule, getting enough sleep is very important. If you’re struggling with earlier bedtimes, try a few tips to help you get the ZZs you need to feel great each day. Cut off all TVs, cell phones, computers, and other devices an hour before bedtime. Instead, maybe read an old-fashioned book—not on a 30


Kindle or iPad! Your body is on a 24hour internal clock, and bright lights from electronic devices can trick your brain into thinking it’s daylight, throwing off your sleep cycle. That makes it difficult to fall asleep. Give up spicy foods in the evenings and avoid large meals two to three hours before bedtime. A light snack, however, about an hour before snoozing can help. Don’t exercise too close to the end of your day and avoid taking vitamins or drinking coffee right before clocking out.

more water, incorporating stress reducing habits into your life, and taking a walk will all aid in keeping daytime crashes at bay and improving your focus.

For more energy during the day, don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Eating a breakfast with some protein shortly after you wake up can help boost energy. Smoothies with peanut butter are a quick, nutritious option to break your fast. Consuming less sugar, drinking

Weekend preparation can ease the hustle and bustle of weekday schedules. Helpful weekend chores include doing laundry and grocery shopping. Folding clothes and paring up outfits for the coming week reduces the hassle of picking out what to wear each day. Cut

With homework, after-school activities, and evening meals to prepare, weekdays can be hectic. Mornings can be particularly challenging when everyone in your household is trying to get out the door on time. It’s essential to be prepared and plan ahead—don’t let things get rushed.

out multiple trips to the grocer by planning a menu of meals and shopping from your list of what’s needed to prepare them. Keeping plenty of healthy snacks on hand can help when dinner is delayed because, well, life happens. When schedules just don’t align, try a Crockpot meal that’s ready to go so everyone can eat as they get the opportunity. Pack bookbags, briefcases, and lunch bags the night before. Put them by the door with your keys, cell phones, and anything you need to take with you the next day. September is tough on the closet when temperatures range from the low 50s at night to the mid to high 80s during the day. Transition your wardrobe gradually. Keep bins available for clothes you and your family will not wear into the colder months, and pull out a few things from your fall wardrobe to get you through the fluctuating temps. By mid-October, when daytime temps typically drop below 70 degrees, you can bring out your full fall wardrobe and start sorting through winter wear for the next season. With just a few adjustments and sticking to a routine, you can make the cooler weather, back-to-school transition less stressful. You’ll soon have time to enjoy the final days of summer and the beginning of the best time of the year—Autumn!






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There’s Still Time To Achieve Your 2021 Resolutions! By Kristie Darling

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Now that summer is over, it’s time to get back to business! September is the month to review your goals and the resolutions you made last January. It is not too late! There’s still plenty of time to accomplish many objectives before New Year’s Eve. You just have to re-focus and dedicate your time and resources to what is most important to you. Just as every morning brings a new day, each season brings new beginnings and opportunities. Make those opportunities count. Dedicate yourself to your personal goals and your business ventures like never before. Don’t work harder—work smarter! Bring balance and efficiency to your life to make more time for yourself, family, friends, and for more fun. Expand your horizons! Visit the theatre. Start a book club, bridge club, or join a painting class. Get involved in a charity. Do something that you really enjoy! All work and no play are not all that fun! Prioritize your goals and start with those that will benefit you the most. 36


Maybe one of your goals is getting rid of a bad habit or establishing a good one. These are great goals to put at the top of your priorities list. Both good and bad habits can affect every area of your life and even the people around you. Anything affecting your health should be your highest priority. Being healthy gives you more energy and stamina to accomplish the other goals on your list. Take smoking for instance. If you are a smoker, ask yourself, “How many years has quitting been on my to-do-list of personal goals?” Smoking is a tough habit to break, for sure, but you can do it! Think about all you will gain by quitting, not what you’re giving up. How much time and money will you save? Plus, there’s all your health benefits. A person who smokes a pack a day for a year spends approximately $2,200 to smoke those 7,300 cigarettes. It takes approximately six minutes to smoke a cigarette. For a pack-a-day smoker, that’s 730 hours or approximately 45 days each year spent smoking all those cigarettes. That’s assuming you don’t smoke in your sleep. What could you do with all that time and money?

Losing weight is another biggie. It requires planning and attention to accomplish a weight loss goal, but it’s worth it! Again, focus on the results. Make a list of the positives of losing weight...more energy, better health. Imagine fitting into a smaller size comfortably—a new wardrobe is fun! Give yourself enough time each day to plan your meals and prepare healthy foods. Maybe start by just cutting out sugar or substituting a healthy snack for an unhealthy one. Add in some activity or exercise. Join a gym or go for a long walk each day. Getting enough rest is essential. Sleep deprivation slows down your metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight. Remember you have the same amount of time as everyone else–24 hours a day that you are in control of. What will you do with that time? Don’t let others distract you from your goals by letting them consume more of your time than you want to give them. Keep some for yourself and your goals. You have four months left in 2021—that’s 2,880 hours! Make them count!



What's Cooking?! Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner

Finding time for a family meal during fall means navigating busy schedules full of school, jobs, social events and more. Squeezing in dinner together calls for an easy dish that takes less than an hour so you can catch up with loved ones. Let your oven do the work for you with this recipe that requires just 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of baking, leaving you plenty of time to help little ones with homework. It all starts with a traditional Polish sausage rope smoked and fully cooked so all you need to do is slice into 1/2inch pieces and toss together with veggies and seasonings.

Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

1 package Coleman Natural

Uncured Polish Kielbasa,

sliced 1/2-inch thick

2 cloves garlic, minced 2 ears corn, each cut

crosswise into four pieces

2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, 38

chopped into 1-inch pieces HICKORY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2021

2 tablespoons extra-virgin

olive oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 425° F. Cut four foil sheets about 12 inches long. Divide kielbasa, garlic, corn, tomatoes, onion and potatoes evenly over foil sheets. Drizzle with oil then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss gently to combine.

Top each packet with parsley and fold crosswise over kielbasa and vegetable mixture to completely cover food. Roll top and bottom edges to seal. Place foil packets on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes. Variations: Customize ingredients for personal preferences. Use broccoli in place of corn or substitute peppers for onions.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Coleman Natural Foods Visit for more fall meal inspiration.





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