Trees: Planted with Hope
For those readers who have followed my columns over the years, you will recall my references to our eleven grandchildren and each having a tree planted to honor their birth. When Lauryn, number eleven, arrived in 2010, we were hard-pressed to find a spot on our lot! Of course, a place was found; now every spring her Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ fills the air with the sweet scent of its flowers.
Yet, like people, trees often develop problems and for every one-hundred-year-old oak we see, many other oaks succumbed earlier. Such is the case at our place. Three years ago, Leah’s Crimson Frost Birch was ravaged by Birch Borers and nothing I did could save it and within a year it was dead. Similarly, Peyton’s Redspire Pear died this year after three years of decline for reasons I never fully discovered. The best answer I received from the agricultural extension office was to never plant these trees because of their tight branching and short life-span. Well, it’s dead and now I’m contemplating removing a lot of the smaller branches and leaving the rest for gourd bird houses and bird feeders. Nature was still not finished.
The storms of mid-July were among the worst summer storms I experienced in my over forty years of living in Asbury. Surveying the damage afterwards I concluded the severest damage was on the western side of the Dubuque area including Asbury. Many trees were bent at more than forty-five degrees and a large number were completely uprooted. Such was the case for Sammuel’s Snowdrift Crabapple which had half its roots exposed when it was pushed over into another tree. Sadly, we cut it apart and hauled it away, but not before I kept a small log for future use.
I’ve told my grandchildren not to connect their life span to their tree. I further tell then their trees were planted to honor their birth and if one or more happened to die, I would replace it with another. So far only Leah has a new tree, a Dwarf Saratoga Gingko, and Peyton is being honored with a beautiful Fir tree I’ve had growing down on the flood plain of Asbury. It’s a fitting choice since Peyton is our great outdoorsman. Now, regarding Sammuel, I’ll need to think this through and arrive at another tree that fits the character of the young man I’ve been watching grow up these past thirteen years.
In the end, what matters is that we plant trees. If the storm damaged trees on your property and some must be removed, don’t hesitate to replace the lost trees with new ones—no matter your age! Remember: we plant trees because we have hope for the future.
Snakebite Vaccine Buys Time for Dogs
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I am commenting on your answer to the owners worried about their dog being bitten by a snake while on vacation out West. The rattlesnake vaccine is actually only $64; the treatment is well over $1,000 per vial of antivenin. If a pet has the vaccine, it is highly possible that it may not need the antivenin. The vaccine should be given to all dogs at risk for snakebite. Please advise your readers to contact their local veterinarian. —
Rebecca O., Trinity County, California
DEAR REBECCA: Thank you for the correction! I did
a little more digging and found detailed advice at the
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s website.
The snakebite vaccine itself, developed in the early 2000s, is quite inexpensive compared to treatment for
a rattlesnake bite. That can run well above $1,000, as you noted.
It’s important to keep in mind, as the website notes,
that the vaccine isn’t complete protection. Its greatest benefit is that it buys your dog time after a snakebite
so that you can get it to a veterinarian for emergency treatment with antivenin. According to the manufacturer, a vaccinated dog bitten by a poisonous snake needs
to get to the vet within 12 hours for further treatment. Frequent boosters (every 4 to 6 months) may
It’s important to keep in mind that snakebites are generally very rare at national parks, especially if pets and people stay within trail boundaries. Parks have leash requirements so that your pet stays within your sight and control at all times, further minimizing the
risk of a bite.
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Brined Grill-Roasted Pork Loin
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup kosher salt
2 cups water
1 (4 to 5 pound) boneless pork loin roast
Extra-virgin olive oil
Cremer’s Rub Me Tender Seasoning
In a bowl mix the sugar and salt with 2 cups of water until dissolved. Put the pork roast into a deep bowl or a large plastic bag. Pour in the sugar and salt water. Add more water until the meat is covered. Let it sit in the brine in the refrigerator for 2 to 6 hours.
Remove the pork roast from the brine about 1/2 hour before you will be ready to cook it to allow it to come up to room temperature. When ready to cook, heat a grill to high heat. Dry the pork, rub it with olive oil, and season it with Rub Me Tender Seasoning. Sear the pork on all sides to get grill marks. Move the roast to an upper rack (or over indirect heat) and put a drip pan underneath it. Cook the pork until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, about 30 to 45 minutes. Remove to a platter, cover loosely with foil, and allow it to rest for
Before carving, add any accumulated juices to the drippings in the pan. Spoon these over the sliced pork.
I have three old magazines that are from 1950. I have the April and December issues of McCall’s and also a Look magazine. They are in good to fair condition. I would appreciate any comments you have. — Suzanne, Grosse Ile, Michigan
Even though your magazines would be on Social Security if they were people, they really don’t have much value. Most post-war McCall’s sell in the $5 to $10 range. Your magazines should include a column written by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Look magazine, depending on what is on its cover, is worth perhaps a little more. You mentioned your magazines are not in excellent condition and this also could be a problem, since most collectors like publications that
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I have inherited a bowl that has been identified as being Monart. What exactly is Monart? --
John Moncrief, a Scottish glassmaker, was fascinated by the technique of suspending colored enamels within molten glass during the glassmaking process. He opened a business in Perth, Scotland, in about 1924, and he called the glassware he created Monart. Typical prices for Monart are a red mottled vase, $130, and a green/orange/aventurine bowl in clear, yellow and orange mottle, $175. Not many pieces are found in
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I have some U.S. postage stamps of 1 cent and a series of stamps featuring American presidents. Where can I sell them? — Josie, Goodyear, Arizona
You are near Phoenix, where there are dozens of excellent coin and stamp dealers for you to contact. I suggest you get two or three opinions. One of the better price guides is The Krause-Minkus Standard Catalogue of U.S. Stamps, edited by Fred Baumann and published by Krause Books.
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I have an unopened bottle of Coors beer with a paper label. My dad told me it was bought in 1950. I’ve been offered $25 for it. Should I take it? — Steve, Colorado
I found your bottle referenced in the second edition of Warman’s Bottles Field Guide by Michael Polak. Polak believes your bottle is worth in the $110 to $150 range.
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