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Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies and article reproductions can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com All contents © 2010-present Estrella Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission from Estrella Publishing LLC is prohibited. Estrella Publishing accepts freelance contributions, there is no guarantee that materials will be used or returned. Some content is provided by Brandpointe and Family Features. Estrella Publishing is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or Advertisers. Estrella Publishing reserves the right to restrict all advertisement to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy at its sole discretion.

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From Me To You... It is now 3:51 a.m. I have been trying to sleep since 1:26 a.m. and I hate to give up but I have things to do tomorrow - today really. I never have a problem falling asleep but staying asleep, that’s the challenge. I can be woken by any of a number of little things. From needing to go to the bathroom, a storm (thank you monsoon season), leg cramps (my particular favorite), or even a dog licking his paw by my bed. At this point if a moth flaps its wings outside my bedroom window I think I would be up. Once awake I rarely get back to sleep before 4 or 5 a.m., only to be awakened once more by the household starting their day at 6... I have tried any number of sleep aids to nod off again, apps that soothe, candy that crushes, books, meditation, muscle relaxation techniques and more - but once my mind is up it is up. I thought of starting a group online where others could share their stories and perhaps band together to solve crimes during the night. What else should I be doing at 3 a.m.? I could always go to my office (conveniently located downstairs) and get some work done, but then my day is messed up and it will just encourage the perpetuation of the problem into the next night. I will report back tomorrow and let’s see what happens... So last night I bit the bullet and took a sleep aid before going to bed. You know the one, it promises to make you go to sleep and stay asleep, waking the next day bright and early, ready to conquer the world! So? Well I did fall asleep and, although I woke briefly, I went back to the land of nod quickly and easily. The problem is I am not bright eyed and bushy tailed. I am woozy and lethargic. My ridiculously strong coffee helped for about half an hour but now I feel the wool gathering in my head again. I definitely see a nap in my near future. I guess I will chalk that one up to ‘buyer beware’ and go back to relaxation techniques and accepting the Estrella Publishing - The Park magazine

fact that this may be my life for a while.

Luckily I have a job where I can set my own hours and take that nap, but most people cannot. Unless you live in Spain. Now they have the right idea - shut down the country for two or more hours every afternoon and take a siesta. Apparently it actually makes people more effective and productive at work and I can see how that would be true. I maintain that nothing good comes out of my office after 11 a.m. No matter how much I try and drag it out there is no way for me to be productive unless I nap. I think I should look at this insomnia as my body making me take afternoon naps without guilt. On that note, it is now 3:05 p.m. and I think the couch is calling my name... see you in a couple of hours!

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Out & About Now that travel is rebounding, people are eagerly planning trips and crunching the cost. One potential solution is renting your home while out of town to help pay for your vacation costs. Private residential rentals are a hot commodity that has flourished in the last year. Not only do these places often provide a more unique, integrated experience compared to hotels and resorts, they also offer comfort and amenities that modern travelers desire. Additionally, during times of heightened health awareness, many people appreciate the space and solitude that private rentals provide. You may have wondered about renting your home but stopped because you assume it requires a full-time commitment. However, people are finding flexibility in renting their spaces part time while they’re out of town to add to their income. If you want to start renting your property, consider these tips: • Evaluate your space: At a minimum, guests expect a clean, comfortable sleeping space and access to a restroom. It’s important

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Mosquitoes Gatherings with family and friends are back! Also back? Mosquitoes and other flying insects that annoy, irritate and generally make outdoor activities less enjoyable. . Whether you’re going on a walk, relaxing on the patio or hosting a gathering in your backyard, you want to enjoy your time outdoors. Here are seven natural solutions to solve mosquito problems: 1) Avoid standing water Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so at home, eliminate places in your yard where water accumulates, such as buckets, pots and lids. Put containers away or turn them over so they don’t catch water. For things like pools and bird baths, remember to keep water fresh. 2) Circulate air When it’s windy, mosquitoes have a more difficult time getting where they want. Therefore, if you’re hosting a gathering at your home, consider running fans if possible.

4) Wear personal repellents Personal wristbands and carabiners that are portable and easy to wear, repelling bugs with all-natural essential oils not dominated by citronella are a good option. 5) Wear lighter colors Research shows that dark colors like black, navy blue and red are more attractive to mosquitoes. Consider light colors that not only keep you cool, but also help repel these insects. Whites and pastels may be a good option. 6) Avoid perfumes Strong smells are like a siren call for mosquitoes, so the next time you’ll be heading outdoors, skip the perfume or cologne. Don’t forget about other strongly scented products you may use including deodorant and soaps. For more information about mosquitoes and natural options for keeping them at bay, visit skeeter-hawk.com

3) Cover up Add a barrier between yourself and mosquitoes with your clothing. In addition to shirts and pants that cover your skin, consider skipping the sandals and wear socks and closed-toe shoes to protect feet and ankles. Wearing a hat helps protect your head, too.

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Yum Yum Berry Exciting French Toast Panzanella French Toast: 2 large Eggland’s Best eggs 8 slices of thick bread 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt Maple Glaze: 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon milk Panzanella: 1/2 cup sliced strawberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup granola 2 tablespoons sliced almonds Directions: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. Preheat oven to 400¬∞ F. Heat a griddle pan on medium heat. Spray the griddle with cooking spray. Dip 4 slices of bread into the egg mixture separately then place on the griddle pan. Cook about 4 minutes each side or until golden brown. Spray the griddle again and repeat steps with last 4 slices of bread. Treat large cooking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each bread slice into large cubes. Place the bread cubes single layer on the treated pan. Lightly spray the bread cubes with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes, then flip the cubes and continue baking for 5 more minutes. Make the glaze by mixing the confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup and milk in a small bowl. Using a large serving bowl, toss the bread cubes and granola. Drizzle the maple glaze and toss again until bread cubes and granola are lightly coated. Add all the berries and toss until combined. Top with almonds. Serve immediately.

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Edible Gardening People have become more health-conscious in the last year, seeking relaxing activities and projects that give them a sense of accomplishment. According to the National Gardening Association, 67% of Americans are growing or planning to grow their own fruits, herbs and vegetables in 2021, and there are more than 18.3 million new gardeners trying their hand at growing their own flowers or produce. While growing your own edible garden can be exciting, there are a few things to consider before you start. It can all feel a bit overwhelming, but with tips from Garrett Magee, the design mastermind behind the landscape design firm Manscapers, you can create the ultimate edible garden - no matter the time of year or where you live. Here are a few suggestions to help your garden sprout:

a traditional back yard, every square inch of space is precious. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to garden. Focus on growing your produce up rather than out with tools like a garden trellis, which works well for supporting high-climbing plants like cucumbers. 4) Go green For the quickest turnaround on your homegrown crops, focus on leafy greens like lettuce, kale, spinach and herbs. These vegetables are easy to grow, whether in a window box or a big backyard garden. Plus, you can continuously harvest them throughout the season. Important tip: When harvesting leafy greens, use scissors to cut off the outer leaves at the base of the stem. That way, they can grow new leaves in the center.

1) Think about what you already eat Before you start digging, plan your edible garden by looking inside your fridge to see what kinds of produce you buy from the grocery store for inspiration. By growing fruits and veggies you like, you don’t have to worry about them going to waste. If you have kids, grow the fruits and veggies they enjoy too. 2) Start small When building your edible garden, start small by growing plants out of a window box or small garden bed. As you get more comfortable, slowly expand and scale up the following year. Fruit and vegetable gardens are typically low maintenance, but they’re never no maintenance, so be patient and stay on a regular schedule you’ll develop your green thumb in no time. 3) Grow a vertical garden If you live in an urban environment or don’t have Estrella Publishing - The Park magazine

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Furry Friends

Cats make excellent pets and are an excellent option for those with limited mobility who are in need of companionship. If you are considering opening your home to a new cat, here are some tips to help make the transition easier - both for you and for them.

1. Prep your home ahead of time Here is a quick checklist of things to do and buy: * Crate or carrier to safely bring home your pet * Food and water dish and appropriate food * Quiet area to set up food and water * Litter box, litter scoop and litter (if you have more than one cat, supply one box per cat) * Remove breakables that cats could access * Make sure you have no ductwork or other holes that could be hazardous - or cover them up. 2. Choose a “starting room” Pick one room to isolate them for a few days so they can slowly get used to their new home. It should be the same room where their litter box is kept, so they’ll know that location from the start. After a few days, gradually open up

more rooms of the house so your cat can explore. If you’re introducing them to other animals in the house, do so gradually. Let them get used to each other’s smells first before allowing any supervised face-to-face interactions. 3. Offer them a cozy hideout Cats love small, enclosed places where they’ll feel safe and secure. You can leave a cat carrier open or supply a cardboard box or covered cat bed. Make sure the box or carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and move around in. Put down a soft blanket or towel to make the box comfy. If possible, position the box or carrier so it faces the door to the room. That way they won’t be startled by people or other pets entering. 4. Set up their first vet appointment After adopting a new cat, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. 5. Let them come to you A new cat will likely be nervous at first. Give them time to become accustomed to their surroundings without rushing them or pushing them to be affectionate. If you’re quiet and still, they are more likely to come out and visit.

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The Bug Guy

Prime termite season runs from the onset of monsoons through spring, when swarmers emerge to mate and establish new colonies. Termites particularly love vulnerable residential properties and can eat a home out from under its owners, often without them even knowing until much damage has been done. Termites can chew through wood and flooring undetected, compromising the structural stability of a home within several years, depending on the species. Termites cause $5 billion worth of property damage annually.

• Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which termites need to thrive. • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units. • Divert water away from the house. • Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), uneven or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. • Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes. • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home. • Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually. Termite damage is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. • Termites cannot be controlled with doit-yourself measures. If you suspect a termite infestation, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to determine the extent of the problem and receive a recommendation of an appropriate course of treatment.

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SEVEN WONDERS of the Ancient World

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