June 17, 2011

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Garter Snakes

Wildlife: Garter SnakesI had been away from my garden for 8 weeks, after breaking my toe this winter just as the snow was melting. So I have been eager to catch up on my weeding and planting. The black flies are gone now, so Sunday I went out with the best intentions.

 

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Preventing Mascara "Raccoon Eyes"In humid weather, mascara can smear around your eyes and make you look like a raccoon. A final coat of clear mascara will seal in the color and prevent that look.

 

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Baking Soda ShampooThis is SO CHEAP and it cleanses even my oily hair and leaves it soft and silky! Follow with mixture of 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice per 1 cup water, then rinse. Beautiful!

 

Smokey Mountains Pines

Scenery: Smokey Mountains Pines (Tennessee)This picture is of a pine forest in the Tennessee Smokey Mountains. My family and I climbed to a man-made look out point. The top was at least 10 degrees colder than the parking area had been!

 

A wrist wallet made out of recycled denim jeans.

Denim Wrist WalletA handy wrist wallet for walkers or joggers to hold cash, keys, and ID.

 

Binder clip holding USB cord

Binder Clip to Contain CordsI am constantly taking photos, especially with this wonderful site! I leave my USB plugged into the computer then plug the camera end into the camera when I need it. Due to lack of space, I have to have my tower on the floor.

 

A rooster with a white hen.

My Frugal Life: Of Chickens, Dogs, and FencesThe rooster terrorizes the entire family, save myself and my husband. Yesterday, I had to drive home to let Mom and my daughter in the house because Phoenix had jumped down and refused to let them in the house.

 

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Reuse Dehumidifier WaterI use the water from my dehumidifier to water my plants.

 

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Add Dawn Dish Soap To Your LaundryAdd a little Dawn dish washing liquid to your laundry soap or wash water, and the clothes will come out much cleaner. Also, only run your dryer for 1/2 the time you normally do. Usually the clothes are dry by then.

 

Brotherly Love

Photo: Brotherly LoveMy grandson Cayden helping his little brother out. Now that's what brothers are for!

 

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Stopping the Itch from Chigger BitesFirst, I want to say this: I know there are some people who are going to want to give me a lecture on the evils of bleach, especially putting it in any form on your skin. Please don't - especially if you've never had a chigger bite!

 

Loon in Water

Wildlife: LoonWe have this crazy loon on our private lake, and its the same "guy" each year. We know that as he had a wire on his one leg a few years ago that we were able to remove for him, and it left a scar.

 

poppies

Garden: Blooming PoppiesWe love our California poppies. Great Granddaughter was delighted that the seeds she planted came up. And was such a big surprise for her on Memorial day when they came for a BBQ.

 

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Never Lose Another ButtonTo avoid losing buttons on your clothes, brush a small amount of clear nail polish on the thread in between the cloth and the button

 

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Effects of Too Much Fertilizer on Plants and SoilWhat are the losses if using too much urea, dap (diammonium phosphate), and potassium to the plants? What is the harm to the soil?

 

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What is a Cold Water Block Press?I just purchased a 100% Egyptian cotton matelasse and shams from Peacock Alley Outlet. The cleaning instructions advise to take to the cleaners and ask for "cold water block press" to retain size and shape. What is this and can I do this at home?

 

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Getting Rid of LizardsHow do I get rid of lizards around the outside of my house? I live in Mesa Arizona.

 

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Sump Pump LidIn my basement laundry room, in a far corner there is a sump pump into a ground pit. I bought a universal heavy plastic lid/cover from Home Depot which fits and looks great, but there is a longer slot opening on top. Should this be covered or sealed?

 

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As Seen on TV Hair RollersI need the name of the hair styling product, that is made up of clip on seashell cups. You wrap the hair around it then clamp it shut. They were on an As Seen on TV ad.

 

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Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas on DogsCan I use Dawn dish soap to get rid of fleas on my dog?

 

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Borrowing Audio Books and DVDs by MailI would like to borrow CDs and DVDs by mail. Is it a workable system?

 

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Squash Rotting on the VineThe fruit of my zucchini and crookneck squash plants is growing more slowly than usual and the tips of the fruit are getting soft and rotten. Anyone know what's going on? The plants otherwise look healthy.

 

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Removing Tangles from Doll HairDoes anyone know how to take the tangles out of doll's hair? I have tried fabric softener and hair conditioner neither worked. Thanks in advance

 

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Troubleshooting a Strong Unidentified Odor in a Park Model TrailerMy parents have a place here on Torch Lake. They have a small park model (kinda like a trailer home), but its is not meant to be lived in during winter months. There are 9 other families all with their own park models.

 

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Frugal Recipes for DiabeticsI noticed a lot of your recipes are high in carbs, what are frugal meals for diabetics?

 

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Using a Wen 909 AllsawMy husband recently came home with a Wen Allsaw 909. It looks really well made and it's in great shape, but I don't know how to use it or what blades to use in it or what exactly it does.

 

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Repairing an Elna Press Graffiti Steam PressI purchased an Elna Press Graffiti steam press about 2 yrs ago, it worked great. I can't imagine not having one since I discovered how handy they are. Well, last year (end of 2010) it just stopped powering on.

 

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Keeping Flies Away from Outside DogsHow can I keep flies away from my outside dogs? As soon as I think I have them under control, they come back with a vengeance.

 

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Removing Litter Box for Indoor Outdoor KittensWhen is it safe to remove the litter tray from my house? I have two 6 month old kittens. They go to the toilet outside, and have been for a while.

 

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Soft Foods After Tooth ExtractionI just got all of my upper teeth pulled. I am anemic and need some healthy recipes to keep me healthy until I get my dentures. Any suggestions.

 

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Grape Vine Leaves Turning YellowI planted a grape vine, for decoration. Many neighbors have done the same, but mine seems to have stopped growing and the bottom leaves have turned yellow. The other vines nearby are much older than mine so I do not know what they looked like when they were planted.

 

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Kitten Has Ear MitesHow can I treat ear mites in kitten? He is only 5 weeks old. What is OK to do at home?

 

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Remedy for a Dog With a CoughPlease does anyone know a remedy for my 12 year old Maltese dog that has a bad hacking cough? The vet's meds aren't helping at all.

 

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