October 9, 2011

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Large Swallowtail Butterfly on Fence

Wildlife: Swallowtail ButterflyThis Swallowtail Butterfly just came in and landed on our west garden fence one afternoon. I always have a camera close by in case something like this happens. Well, I got the photo, and I like it a lot.


PNut and Tommy, Cats Sleeping Together

PNut and Tommy (Domestic Shorthairs)PNut and Tommy are 1 year and 5 months old domestic shorthairs, respectively. We rescued both of these, and they have grown to love one another.


Speckled pumpkin or gourd with paper leaves, acorn, and raffia decorations.

Thanksgiving PumpkinsDecorate a live or plastic pumpkin or gourd for a seasonal decoration, or (as I plan to use them) as seating place cards and a take home gift for your guests!


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Getting Onion Odor Off Your HandsI know this will sound ridiculously silly to some, but if you have ever thought about buying those stainless still things that are shaped like bars of soap that say they get rid of the onion smell on your hands, here is a simpler way to do it.


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Snow White CannelloniDelicious with a surprise twist. The "noodles" are really flour tortillas!



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Keeping Cats From Scratching and Getting on Couch?As an anniversary present, our daughter is purchasing brand new furniture for our great room. I am very thankful for her generosity. I also have two cats who either like to sleep on the couch, or worse yet, claw the couch.


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Homemade Remedy for Dog Ear Infections?Is there a home made solution for dogs ear infections?


Built-in shelf unit with three shelves and lower doors.

Repainting a Built-in Shelf?I would like some suggestions on what to do to spruce up this shelf built into my living room wall. It looks dated and I'd love to paint it out and redecorate. The rest of the walls are white and gray.


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Identifying Recycle Items?How do you know what/which plastic and cans are accepted at recycling stations? Every time I go (and think I have it right) I end up bringing back at least 1/4, sometimes more of what I take. It is like the workers decide week to week what they will and won't take in.


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Training a Dog to Come?My Lhasa Apso does not come when called. We have tried everything we can find. She is very stubborn when she wants to be.


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Planting Trees in a Weedy Area?What are the main problems caused by weedy sites when planting trees?


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Growing Cactus?How often should I water my cactus and how much light does it need? Also is light from a light stand with a regular 100 watt bulb good for plants?


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Choosing a Backsplash Color?I need help with matching a backsplash for my kitchen. I have maple mocha glazed cabinets, black Galaxy granite counter tops, and beige floor tile.


Head of green leaf lettuce.

Growing Lettuce from Flower?I have been growing lettuce for 3 months now and they have been doing really well. All the lettuce plants, because they were planted at the same time, are starting to flower. Can I plant these again and how do I do it? I am not sure of the variety of lettuce, I think it is a mignonette.


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Putting Name and Address on Rock or Cement?Rather than paying an engraver (I don't have the skill), how do I put a family name and address on a rock or slab of cement?


SSD and Child Support Arrears Garnishment?I signed over primary custody to my ex-husband back in 2003 when I became sick and was going through a divorce at the same time. I felt it better for my son's sake at the time rather than a long mud slinging divorce and custody battle.


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Resolving a Medical Bill When on Medicare?I had heart surgery February 9, 2011. I received a bill for $10,810 from Bay Medical Physicians Group yesterday. I don't owe Bay Medical; Medicare and Blue Cross do. What should I do?


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Oatmeal Bag for Itchy Skin?How do you use it ? Do you rub the skin with it or just apply it? That is an interesting tip, but sometimes we need the "how to use"


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Pledge Left Table Dull and Streaky?I used Pledge on a shiny, solid wood dining table and it streaked and dulled it in places. It wasn't my table; please tell me what I need to do.


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Making Plastic Kids Storage Containers with Chalkboard Lids?I am looking for the plastic containers with chalkboard lids to store children's writing materials in. You can personalize them. I have seen them at craft shows and would like to make them. Any suggestions? Please help.


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Help for Cat with Diarrhea?I need help. My cat Lola was a stray. She was not quite a year old when she had 6 kittens. I took her in. Before she had the babies, she had explosive diarrhea. Even after having the babies, the diarrhea continued. We also found out that she had worms.


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Cheap Brackets for a Glass Shelf?I need brackets for a glass shelf that are not expensive. Can any one help? All I can find at Home Depot are just out of my budget. They start at $4.99 and up. Thanks.


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Restarting a MagicJack?How does one restart the MagicJack connection? I have been using MagicJack for three years. This is the first I got a request to restart.


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