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Country Extra

Country Extra May 2017

See more of America's countryside with every issue of Country EXTRA!  Country EXTRA is delivered in between your issues of Country.  Celebrate the people, places and stories that make country life so special. Discover America through first-hand reader visits with country folks, full-color photos, reviews of country inns, country-fresh recipes and time-saving tips and shortcuts.

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1 min.
it’s a season to savor!

THE RHUBARB PATCH IS READY, the grass needs a good mowing and I’m itching to clean out the annuals section at my favorite nursery. It must be May! This is the time of year when everything is possible, and I start dreaming of what could be. Before long, I have a list of projects, and I know I can’t tackle all of them. Reader Kristi Kronz has wonderful advice for folks like me: Take it slow and focus on the things you do well before adding to your plate. On page 16, Kristi, who built a homestead with her husband near Nampa, Idaho, offers some wisdom from her own experience. It’s good stuff that applies not only to homesteading, but also to just about anything you plan to do. So before you go…

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share what you love about your home!

Enter the Our Country Home Contest and you could win $500! Submit at least six photos of your home (high-resolution JPEG files, please) along with a 500-word essay explaining why it’s the best place in the country. Here are the four categories: 1. Gardens 2. Interiors 3. The View 4. Farmland The grand prize is $500, but there are more ways to win! The first-, second- and third-prize winners will receive $250, $150 and $100, respectively. Here’s how to enter: 1. Go to country-magazine.com/contests and click on the link. 2. Fill out the submission form and upload your photos and essay. 3. Click Submit. 4. To enter another category, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3. The contest ends July 7. For complete rules go to country-magazine.com /contests.…

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volunteer field editor!

We rely on readers to tell us what’s going on in rural America. There’s a lot to say about the beauty and values of the country. That’s why we’re bringing back volunteer Field Editors. What does a volunteer Field Editor do? Submit gorgeous photos and heartfelt, true stories. Share insights about the country way of life. Get active in online conversations. Share and comment on stories and photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Spread the word. Get friends, family and neighbors involved with Country. Here’s what you’ll get as a thank-you for your time: • A free subscription to Country • Occasional books and other products as they are available • Our enthusiastic gratitude—we love our Field Editors! How to apply: For more details and to apply, go to country-magazine.com and fill out the Field Editors form.…

1 min.
everyone has a story… what’s yours?

AMERICAN PRIDE From American flags to fireworks and Fourth of July parades, capture and share the spirit of America in your best patriotic photos. Make sure to include details about when and where you took the photo and why you are proud to call this big, beautiful country your home. MAKE US LAUGH Country life produces its fair share of sidesplitting moments. Here at Country and Country Extra, we love nothing more than a good laugh. Share your silliest stories and jokes, and send us pictures of the amusing antics and quirky sights you’ve seen across America. HEIRLOOMS Was your great-aunt the state’s best quilter? Do you cherish Dad’s antique tool collection? Give your heirloom the recognition it deserves by sending photos of the object or collection and the person who loved it, and tell…

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blessing in disguise

The view behind our home in Lacey, Washington, was breathtaking—thick woods of old-growth fir, cottonwood and maple trees. In spring, there were too many bright yellow Scotch broom bushes to count. Two narrow trails wound through the mini forest. Then came the bad news. This lush habitat for nature’s creatures would be destroyed to make way for three stormwater ponds. Time passed, and one day I saw that the three ponds had become one large pond, a quarter mile around. Workers built berms that soon were occupied by hundreds of plants. A walking path appeared around the perimeter of the pond, with benches placed at intervals. The stormwater project began to resemble a park! It took me a while to concede that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. Today I walk our dog…

1 min.
my secret garden

BESIDE THE TOOL SHED, I had my secret sacred garden, untouched by the grown-up world. Here lettuce and onions thrived in harmony with daisies and, one year, with a small jungle of evening primroses. Evening primrose. To a 9-year-old girl, the name evoked visions of graceful ballerinas. One night my mother treated me to a colorful bedtime story in which flowers jumped about with elves and hobgoblins. I decided that it was time to witness such an event personally, and this was the perfect night for flowers to dance. I tiptoed to the shed and peeped around the wall. In the still of the night, the evening primroses had come to life. Pale yellow petals unfolded one by one, flower after flower, like butterflies’ wings. They did so at such speed that the…