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Man builds his own ‘hobbit house’ workshop in his backyard

Man builds his own ‘hobbit house’ workshop in his backyard

This man’s workshop is straight out of a fairy tale. Ali Hughson, 47, from South Queensferry, Scotland, built his own “hobbit house” workshop in his backyard based on the book “The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien.Hughson, a wood artist and an IKEA worker, told Southwest News Service (SWNS) that he has been a fan of Tolkein since he was a teenager and that he loves “all that magical stuff.””When I was around 13 I read ‘The Hobbit,’ and then watched the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies when they got released,” Hughson told the news agency. “I always liked the idea of the hobbit’s houses, the whole idea of being underground and surrounded by nature is cozy.”
Ali Hughson, 47, from South Queensferry, Scotland, built his own “Hobbit house” workshop in his backyard.
(SWNS)RING VIDEO SHOWS DOG TRYING TO FIND HIS OWNER IN THE 2-WAY TALK DOORBELLAccording to SWNS, it took Hughson six months and about $2,781 (£2,000) to build his 6.5-foot tall workshop, complete with the iconic green round door.
Hughson told SWNS that he’s been a fan of JRR Tolkien’s books “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” series since he was a teenager.
(SWNS)Though Hughson said he had wanted to make his workshop “more magical than your normal garden shed,” he wasn’t able to for several years because he lived in Edinburgh and had a shared backyard.MAN SAYS HE’S FOUND 160 BOWLING BALLS UNDER HIS MICHIGAN HOME”When we moved to South Queensferry, we had our own garden and there was a shed but it had seen better days, so I decided then to make it more special,” Hughson said. “I needed a workshop, so I decided to knock the shed down and build it there in the garden.”
It apparently took Hughson six months and about $2,781 (£2,000) to build his 6.5-foot tall workshop, complete with the iconic green round door.
(SWNS)”We started the planning three years ago, and it took overall six months to finish,” he added. “The last couple of years we have been too busy to put on the finishing touches.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Though the round door took some time to figure out, Hughson said “it wasn’t as tricky as first thought.””We started with an octagon shape framework then I bent the wood round to make the circular frame,” Hughson said. “It was a relief when I realized it would fit.”
Hughson plans to turf the roof and plant flowers to attract bees. He also plans to install a log burner and chimney so he can keep warm while he works in the winter.
(SWNS)Hughson told SWNS he plans to turf the roof and plant flowers to attract bees. He also plans to install a log burner and chimney so he can keep warm while he works in the winter.Even though he still has some finishing touches to make, Hughson said he does most of his woodwork in the “Hobbit house” now.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERAccording to SWNS, Hughson’s workshop is quite popular. 
Even though he still has some finishing touches to make, Hughson said he does most of his woodwork in the “Hobbit house” now.
(SWNS)”My neighbors love it, they watched me build it from scratch,” Hughson said. “As does my youngest son of 13, he loves playing in it. I’m looking forward to my granddaughter getting a bit older to appreciate it, as she is a bit too young right now.”Hughson added: “I’m really proud of it, really happy we decided to go down the route of a magical-looking workshop.”

Former flight attendant to honor 9/11 victims by pushing beverage cart from Boston to Ground Zero

Former flight attendant to honor 9/11 victims by pushing beverage cart from Boston to Ground Zero

On August 21, 62-year-old Paul “Paulie” Veneto will begin the 220-mile walk from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Ground Zero in New York City. However, he won’t just be walking. Veneto, a former flight attendant from Braintree, Massachusetts, will be pushing a beverage cart the entire way to honor his colleagues who died 20 years ago in the September 11 attacks. “They were heroes,” Veneto told Fox News. “They were the first, first responders of 9/11 … and they should be recognized as that.”OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER RESCUES 2-YEAR-OLD FROM DROWNING AFTER HEARING SCREAMS FIVE DOORS DOWNThe inspiration for the journey, which Veneto is calling Paulie’s Push, just came from “common sense,” he said. “I’m not going to walk to New York – people walk, people run … what do flight attendants do?” Veneto said. “Everyone knows what a flight attendant does, they push a beverage cart down the aisle.”
Paul “Paulie” Veneto, 62, will be pushing a beverage cart from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Ground Zero in New York City to honor the flight attendants and crew members who died in the September 11 attacks 20 years ago. 
(Courtesy of Paul Veneto)The cart Veneto is pushing has the American Airlines and United Airlines flight numbers on the sides, with photos of the crew members and flight attendants on the top, so “I’m looking at them every day,” he said. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE’S REACTION TO HIS COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE LETTER GOES VIRALVeneto was a United Airlines flight attendant around the time of the attacks and even worked on Flight 175. He said he knew many of the crew members who died. “Every anniversary that came up, I thought about them,” Veneto said. Veneto often thinks about how flight attendants responded during the attacks, calling ground control and encouraging passengers.”Those crew members, they rallied together under extraordinary conditions,” Veneto said. “That was America.”
Veneto told Fox News that he wants to honor the crew members because “they were the first first responders of 9/11.”
(Courtesy of Paul Veneto)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP After 9/11, Veneto said he struggled for many years with an opiate addiction, finally getting sober in 2015, according to his website. However, he told Fox that he doesn’t want his recovery journey to “overshadow” the main purpose of his walk from Boston to New York. “I’m just so grateful that I was able to turn my life around … And now I’m able to do what I’m doing,” he said.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Veneto said he’s glad he can draw attention to the heroism of the flight attendants after “what we’ve all been through,” with the coronavirus pandemic and political tensions of the last year-and-a-half. “It’s not about any of that stuff,” he said. “Right now, it’s, [let’s] recognize these guys. And hopefully, the rest of us can all get along.”

'Rich, smoky' campfire chili brings an outdoorsy taste into your kitchen: Try the recipe

'Rich, smoky' campfire chili brings an outdoorsy taste into your kitchen: Try the recipe

It’s camping season, but if you’d rather enjoy the flavors of outdoor cooking from indoors, this chili recipe is just for you. Debi Morgan, creator of the Southern food blog Quiche My Grits, shared her “Campfire Chili” recipe with Fox News. She explained that she made the recipe at a time when her family wanted to go on vacation, but they weren’t actually able to go anywhere.CAMPFIRE CONES WILL BE YOUR NEW ‘YUMMY SUMMERTIME TRADITION’ “If you want to go camping without leaving the house, make Campfire Chili,” Morgan told Fox. “This recipe is rich, smoky and tastes like it’s been cooked over a campfire for hours.”
Debi Morgan, creator of the Southern food blog Quiche My Grits, shared her “Campfire Chili” recipe with Fox News. 
(Courtesy of Quiche My Grits)In fact, Morgan’s recipe is so delicious, it’s won awards at local competitions, according to her blog post. To try it yourself, here’s the “Campfire Chili” recipe from Quiche My Grits. MOUTH WATERING PRETZEL FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE IS A PICNIC-PERFECT SUMMER DISHIngredients1 lb. ground turkey or beef1 packet dry chili seasoning1 can fire-roasted tomatoes½ tsp. minced garlic1 small sweet onion, diced¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped2 Tbsp. liquid smoke1 cup ketchup1 (15 oz) can chili beans, undrained1 (15 oz) can black beans, undrained1 cup shredded sharp cheddar½ cup sour creamfresh or dried cilantro for garnishCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 
Morgan told Fox News that her “Campfire Chili” is “rich, smoky and tastes like it’s been cooked over a campfire for hours.”
(Courtesy of Quiche My Grits)Instructions1. Brown ground turkey or beef in a Dutch oven or large pot.2. Sprinkle packet of chili seasoning in with meat and stir well. 3. Add fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion, cilantro, liquid smoke and ketchup.4. Fold in chili beans and black beans.  5. Stir well and cover. Simmer for at least one hour over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Add a little water if chili becomes too thick. 6. Top bowls of chili with grated cheddar, sour cream and chopped cilantro as a garnish.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

Rare blue lobster found by Massachusetts lobsterman: ‘Just by luck’

Rare blue lobster found by Massachusetts lobsterman: ‘Just by luck’

That’s one lobster that’s too pretty to eat. Lobsterman Toby Burnham from Gloucester, Massachusetts, recently found a rare blue lobster in his traps, which he later released back into the ocean. However, before he set the crustacean free, Burnham brought it to Joey Ciaramitaro, the co-owner of Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company, who photographed the lobster and posted it on the company Facebook page. LARGE, 100-POUND TROPICAL FISH WASHES UP ON OREGON BEACHCiaramitaro told Fox News that Burnham just found the blue lobster by chance while he was hauling in his lobster traps. 
Lobsterman Toby Burnham from Gloucester, Massachusetts, recently found a rare blue lobster in his traps.
(Courtesy of Joey Ciaramitaro)”That was just by luck that that particular one went into one of his traps,” Ciaramitaro said.HAMMERHEAD SHARK CHARGES TOWARD SWIMMER WHILE BEACHGOERS SCREAM IN TERROR IN VIRAL VIDEOHe added that Captain Joe and Sons typically sees one blue lobster every other year, on average.”It’s not common at all,” Ciaramitaro said. According to the New England Aquarium, about one in 2 million lobsters are the rare blue color. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP However, blue lobsters aren’t the most unique type that Ciaramitaro has seen. “The rarest would be like a stark white lobster and we’ve had like maybe one or two of those,” Ciaramitaro said. “We had one that was split directly down the middle of its shell. Stark, stark white. I nicknamed that one the ‘Phantom of the Lobsta’.”CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERTypically, when Captain Joe and Sons finds a rare, or “mutant” lobster, Ciaramitaro documents it on his blog, Good Morning Gloucester, and gives it to either the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute or to Maritime Gloucester, a local maritime museum and aquarium. This time, though, Burnham decided to release his rare find back into the ocean. “Some people really love the idea of sending it back to sea because it’s such a strange oddity,” Ciaramitaro told Fox. “And I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. I think maybe the wrong answer would be to just boil it up and treat it like any other lobster.”

Off-duty police officer rescues neighboring 2-year-old from drowning after hearing screams five doors down

Off-duty police officer rescues neighboring 2-year-old from drowning after hearing screams five doors down

Some heroes save the day even when they’re off the clock. Police officer Brian Wilson with the Columbus, Ohio, police department is one such hero, having recently rescued a 2-year-old girl who almost drowned. The girl’s mom, Mary Giedeman, told FOX News that she, her boyfriend Stephen Lopez and their daughter Carmella had recently moved to Columbus, and were staying at a friend’s house while they searched for their own home.DAD SPEAKS OUT ON DROWNING DANGERS AS 13-YEAR-OLD NEARLY DIES AT CAMPGROUNDOn the evening of June 19, Giedeman and Carmella had just gotten home from a grocery trip when Giedeman let the dog outside as she put away the groceries. Within minutes, Giedeman noticed the house was far too quiet. “When your kid gets quiet, it’s like, oh, what are they doing, they’re into something,” Giedeman told FOX. “Normally it takes me a minute to realize it, but something kicked in right away.”
Police officer Brian Wilson with the Columbus, Ohio, police department recently saved Carmella Lopez, 2, after she almost drowned. 
(Courtesy of Mary Giedeman)Giedeman went into the next room and noticed that the door she had opened earlier to let the dog out wasn’t closed all the way. That’s when she ran outside and saw Carmella floating in the pool. “I dove in and I pulled her out and put her on the deck,” Giedeman said. However, Giedeman explained that she doesn’t know how to do CPR, so she started screaming.FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE OHIO DOG TRAPPED BETWEEN CONCRETE WALLS”I just kept screaming for help,” Giedeman said. “I really did not know what to do. I was completely panicked. She was starting to turn blue already.”Thankfully, just five houses down, Officer Wilson – who was off-duty at the time – heard Giedeman’s screams and ran to the house. MOM OF TEEN PARALYZED FROM TRAMPOLINE INJURY KNOWS HER DAUGHTER WILL WALK AGAINAs several other neighbors called 911, Wilson stepped forward and started doing CPR on Carmella who was clearly not breathing, Wilson said.
Wilson heard Carmella’s mom, Mary Giedeman, screaming for help and when he arrived, he started performing CPR on Carmella, which saved her life.
(Courtesy of Mary Giedeman)”I was definitely worried,” Wilson told FOX News. “I mean, I’ve done CPR a few times in my career. That was the first time I’ve done it on a child. And quite honestly, just the way she looked, the way she felt, you know, she was very limp.”Wilson said he continued to perform CPR.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Giedeman said that while she watched, she prayed “a million times” that God would take her over Carmella. “I just felt so helpless,” Giedeman said. “I feel like I failed her. As a mom, I’m supposed to be able to protect her and everything and I just didn’t know what to do. It just happened so fast.”Finally, as Wilson continued to perform CPR, Carmella vomited and started to moan slightly. Medics then arrived and took over. Carmella was taken to the hospital, where she was monitored for a few days before being cleared to go home.”Hopefully she doesn’t remember any of it and it can just be a story to tell her,” Giedeman said.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER She added that she and Lopez are “forever grateful” to Wilson. 
Giedeman, pictured left with her boyfriend Stephen Lopez and their daughter Carmella, told Fox News that “Brian saved her, but really in reality, he saved all of us.”
(Courtesy of Mary Giedeman)”We always say, ‘Brian saved her,’ but really in reality, he saved all of us because we would not be OK remotely ever if he hadn’t gotten there…if he hadn’t showed up.”FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSWilson said he refuses to accept what he did as heroic. “If you have the ability to help somebody, regardless of what it is, I would hope that any decent person would do it,” Wilson said.”It’s not anything special,” he added. “It was something that I just happened to be there [for] at the time, and had some training.”

Americans are turning to dating apps to find friends

Americans are turning to dating apps to find friends

Looking for a new friend? You might consider trying a dating app. That’s what 26-year-old Gaby Deimeke did after she moved to Austin, Texas, in 2019. After hearing about Bumble BFF at a music festival, Deimeke download the app and gave it a try. Bumble BFF, which originally launched in 2016, is a platform within the dating app Bumble, specifically to help people connect with platonic friends. Deimeke told FOX News: “I just thought it was a really cool idea because being kind of a younger generation where we’re really into technology, I thought that combining not just the dating app, but also the friend part …I thought it was really ingenious.”AMERICAN MEN EXPERIENCING ‘FRIENDSHIP RECESSION’: REPORTThe app was also especially helpful when, a few months later, the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. 
Gaby Deimeke, 26, from Austin, Texas, (left) told Fox News she used Bumble BFF to find friends when she moved to Austin in 2019. She met her friend Alex (right) and even invited Alex to her birthday party. 
(Courtesy of Gaby Deimeke)”During the pandemic it was actually perfect because people weren’t really going out and that’s how you normally meet people,” Deimeke said. “I had just moved to Austin from New York so I didn’t know anybody and I needed a way to start building those connections.”RING VIDEO SHOWS MAN CARRYING BRIDE OVER THRESHOLDDeimeke isn’t alone. According to a survey conducted by OnePulse for The Wall Street Journal, 35% of Gen Z respondents – between the ages of 16 to 24 – said they used dating apps to find friends in the last year, including 27% who said they used apps for friends because they were lonely during the pandemic. Similarly, Bumble President Tariq Shaukat said the Bumble BFF platform has seen an increase in interest over the last year.”During the first three months of 2021, the average time spent on Bumble BFF has grown 44% for women and 83% for men – which indicates that as cities are beginning to reopen, people are ready to meet new people and revive their social lives after a year of increased isolation for many,” Shaukat said in a statement provided to FOX News. “Additionally, over 90% of women who initiated contact on BFF in March 2021 found at least one match.”Match Group also reportedly saw an uptick in interest in people’s interest in friendships on its platforms, which include Tinder, Hinge, Plenty of Fish and more, according to The Journal. VIDEO OF WOMAN STYLING HAIR IN PACKED FLORIDA SPORTS BAR GOES VIRALMeanwhile, the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel remains focused on helping its users find romantic partners for long-term relationships, rather than friendships. Dawoon Kang, the co-founder and chief dating officer of Coffee Meets Bagel, told FOX News that if the company does ever decide to help users find friends, it will be sure to separate those two platforms clearly.”One of the biggest frustrations that daters experience on a dating app is this lack of clarity on what the other person might be looking for,” Kang said, adding, “It creates a ton of confusion and frustration when we run into situations where clearly you’ve been matched with somebody that is not looking for the same thing.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP For Deimeke, Bumble BFF has been a success. 
The women have become such good friends that Deimeke will even be going to Alex’s wedding in Spain this fall. 
(Courtesy of Gaby Deimeke)”My friend Alex, we met on Bumble BFF,” Deimeke said. “She ended up coming to my birthday party and now I’m going to her wedding in Spain this fall.”Now that she’s built a solid group of 10 or 12 friends in Austin, Deimeke isn’t using the app as much to find new friends. However, she said she does recommend the app to others who might want to make new friends. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Deimeke said she connects with friends who have similar interests like art, photography or trying a new sushi place.

Dog’s adorable reaction to being called ‘beautiful’ goes viral

Dog’s adorable reaction to being called ‘beautiful’ goes viral

This dog’s adorable reaction to being called “beautiful” will melt your heart.Sarah Lawther, from Sydney, Australia, posted a video of her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Honey, on TikTok last month. In the short clip, Lawther tells her dog: “Honey, you are the most beautiful girl in the whole entire world.” MAN TAKES DOG DYING OF CANCER FOR ONE LAST WALK UP MOUNTAIN IN WHEELBARROWAs Lawther says it, Honey perks up, wags her tail and gives an adorable squeal. Many viewers commented that the squeal sounds a lot like Honey is saying, “Awwww.””Yes, you,” Lawther adds, after which Honey lets out another squeal. Lawther continues: “You are my baby, you’re perfect. Do you agree?”Lawther captioned the clip: “Heart officially melted. Honey has the sweetest soul.”The clip has been viewed more than 35.8 million times on TikTok.DOG OWNER OFFERS WARNING AFTER BELOVED PET DIES AFTER BEING LEFT WITH PET SITTERLawther told Fox News that Honey, who turns 2 in October, has always been responsive to human conversations, particularly when she calls her “beautiful” — something she’s been doing since Honey was a puppy.
Honey, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, has gone viral for her adorable reaction to being called “beautiful” by her owner, Sarah Lawther.
(Courtesy of Sarah Lawther)”She’s very reactive, very responsive,” Lawther told Fox. “It is almost like she’s talking back, which is crazy.”MOM SHARES SPOTLIGHT WITH EXOTIC ANIMALS IN MATERNITY PHOTO SHOOTThe proud owner said Honey’s responses might be because she and her partner always treated Honey like a person.”From the minute we got her, my partner and I were just obsessed,” Lawther added.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Lawther told Fox she didn’t expect her video would go viral, but she’s glad Honey has brought joy to so many people. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER She added that she’s glad to share Honey’s sweet personality with people who may think negatively about Staffordshire Bull Terriers and believe they’re an aggressive breed. The American Kennel Club says the breed is known for being good with families and kids.

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