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Dog is Sleeping All the Time

My 4yr old Pit Chocolate Lab, started to sleep all the time. We got a Dane Boxer mix about a year ago, she is just about a year old and full of spit and vinegar. And she wants to play all the time and she tries to get the Pit to play with her.

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Ideas for Chips for a Quarter Auction

We are having a quarter auction and need suggestions on what to use as numbered chips to draw the winning number. I know you can use ping pong balls, but looking for something a little less expensive.

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Home Daycare Names

I'm having some trouble naming my home daycare. All the suggestions I get I shut them down. I want something that pops, something clever, just a really nice name for my home daycare.

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Adjusting Cooking Times for Smaller Recipe

How do you adjust the cooking time when the recipe is cut in half?

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Using Clear Glass Canisters
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Growing Locust Trees
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Getting Rid of Slime Mold
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Setting Up a Ferret Cage
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Frugal Anniversary Travel Ideas
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Discontinued Cary Lind Wallpaper

I am seeking several rolls of discontinued Cary Lind wallpaper. The pattern is #LL2139; name - "Houndstooth Masculine Portfolio".

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Norwall Wallpaper KB25590
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2 Ingredient Pancakes
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Black Butterfly
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Treating Skunk Breath

Recently one of my dogs got sprayed in her face by a skunk. Her breath was horrible, even after we repeatedly rinsed her mouth and face. Finally, I discovered that after feeding her raw carrots and potato chunks, the smell disappeared.

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Remembering Reusable Shopping Bags
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Sunken Beds for Arid Climates
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Quick Table Centerpiece
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Cherry Nut Bread Recipes
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What Is My German Shepherd Mixed With?
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Other Uses for Small Rubbermaid Containers

I would like ideas for reusing for square food containers, other than food. I recently bought 8, one-half cup containers with lids from Rubbermaid. They are squares and they are way too small for food use, in my opinion.

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Information on Gambles Import Corp. Guitar

I also have a guitar from Gambles Import Corp. It is made in Japan also. It looks like it was a very nice one in its day. I am having it restrung. Where do you find the brand name on it? I am looking for info on its history also.

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Cleaning Porcelain Village Pieces

We have a Department 56 village and had a flood Wednesday. How can we clean the porcelain village? Please help. Thank you.

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Making Spicy Cauliflower

Do you have to pressure cook the jars of spicy cauliflower to seal?

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15th Birthday Ideas

My birthday is coming in 10 days and I have no idea what to do. I live in Singapore making everything a bit harder to organize and more expensive! I was thinking of something fun, need ideas on what to do.

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Cooking With Frozen Cabbage

Can you use frozen cabbage for soups?

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Getting Rid of Spiders in My Car

Having moved a lot of garden rubbish to the tip in my car on the weekend, I now have spiders in the car. One is particularly huge but I am unable to catch it as it is a first class runner. My daughter refuses to get into the car until I can assure her it is gone or dead. Any ideas?

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Pealing Pears

I was given a box of "cooking" pears. They are small and very hard. Is it necessary to peel then before canning? I do plant to core them.

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15th Birthday Ideas

My 15th is in 5 days now. I planned on going to a play hosted by my theatre class, but that's about it. I don't have too many friends that I think would show up to any of my events, and I definitely want to stay away from my family as much as possible. Any ideas?

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Husqvarna YTH2348 Won't Start

I have replaced the battery and starter, but the motor turns over slowly like the battery is weak. If I pull out the plugs it turns faster. What else could be my problem?

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Determining the Rarity of Encyclopedia Set
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Value of Porcelain Dolls from Vanessa Collection
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Value of Harry Mann Prints

I have 2 prints by Harry Man or Harry Mann, I am not able to find much info in them. Is there anyone out there who can help me?

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Value of Vintage Bird Guide

I have an old bird guide by Doubleday, Page and Company. It is titled "Land Birds East of the Rockies" and was published in 1920. What is it worth? It does have slight water damage, but all pictures and writings are legible.

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Value of 1931 Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedias

I have a Funk and Wagnells partial set from 1931. They are in good condition, what are they worth?

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Finding the Value of Porcelain Dolls

I have a least 10 collectible dolls for sale. I'm Melbourne Florida. I need to know the value. They are 10 to 15 years old.

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Making a Pallet Garden
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Waterproof Address Labels

To waterproof address labels, just rub a candle over the text. You will also save on sellotape.

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Decorating Your School Locker
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Keep Purse with Shopping Bags
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One Handed Crafts

My formerly active friend suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed on one side, and bedridden in a nursing home. Her dominant hand is unaffected, the other one has very little strength or movement.

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Value of Old Glass Bowl
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Outlet Melting

I bought a George Forman grill. My outlet is melting everytime I use it. I love my grill. What can I do?

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SSI Benefits for Home Schooled Child

I have an 18 year old child who is a senior this year and receiving SSI benefits. This child wants to transfer to home school. Will their benefits continue through May 2015, when they graduate from high school?

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Help With Home Repairs

Is there any help for people who need work done on their home, but can't afford it? Two windows are broken. I have tape on them. The front has cracks and rain and cold air blow through. Front window leaks when it rains.

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Value of Singer Sewing Machine

I have a Singer sewing machine, model #192 with original proof of purchase and owner's manual; what is it's value?

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Name for Online Design Business

I am going to create my own freelancing online business. I do invitations, personalised gifts, letterheads, business cards, etc. I can do all types of designs.What design name do you think I should use?

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Finding Discontinued Lambs and Ivy...
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Name for My Wedding Interior Decor Business

Please, I am looking for a name for my wedding interior decor business. I want to use the initials S and E.

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Child's Survivors Benefits Reduced

My wife passed away, and I filed for death benefits for my 13-yr old children, everything was approved and I was advised they would receive 75% of my wife's earned SS, and they did for 2-months, then the amount of each was reduced to where it's now only 50% of what my wife would have been due.

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Buying Shower Power

Where can I buy Shower Power in my town, Hemet, CA?

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Removing Ink from Book

How do I remove black ink from a book?

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Sandy (Golden Chow Mix)
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