February 24, 2017

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Several beetles eating the leaves of a potato plants.

Using Black Pepper for Garden PestsMany gardeners prefer to use natural remedies for common pests. This is a page about using black pepper for garden pests.


A teen in a prom dress.

Finding an Inexpensive Plus Size Prom DressShopping early and trying a variety of options such as thrift stores and on-line sites can help to find the best price on prom dresses. This is a page about finding an inexpensive plus size prom dress.


deep fryer

How Do I Clean My Deep Fryer?Deep fryers can get a layer of cooked on grease that can be difficult to remove. This page has tips on how to clean a deep fryer?


A woman reading a recipe off a tablet, preparing a healthy meal.

Finding Weight Watcher's Quick Start MenuThe Weight Watcher's program has gone through many variations over the years. Certain plans work better for some people than others. This is a page about finding Weight Watcher's Quick Start menu.


25th Birthday

Ideas for Boyfriend's 25th BirthdayThe more you know about a boyfriend or partner the easier it is to choose the right gift for their birthday. This is a page about ideas for boyfriend's 25th birthday.


A dog walker, walking dogs to earn extra money.

Earning Extra IncomeThere are many ways that you can earn income over and above your regular job. On-line sales and part time jobs for friends and neighbors are options. This is a page about earning extra income.


Fryer Basket

Cleaning Deep Fryer Baskets?Cleaning the baskets of a deep fryer can be challenging. This page is full of tips on how to clean deep fryer baskets.


Replacing a button on a shirt.

Saving Replacement Buttons and Yarns for ClothingFrequently clothing items such as sweaters, shirts, and coats will come with extra buttons or small rolls of repair yarn. This is a page about saving replacement buttons and yarns for clothing.


An indoor cat scratching at flea bites.

Nothing is Working to Get Rid FleasFinding the most effective product and diligence on followup treatments are absolutely needed to eradicate a flea problem. This is a page about nothing is working to get rid of the fleas.


Mylar Balloon

Using Mylar Ribbons as a Deer DeterrentDeers do not like shiny mylar ribbon. By tying it around your garden, you will be able to deter deer from nibbling on your plants. Learn more about using mylar ribbons as deer deterrent in this page.


A sick dog sleeping, with a close up of his mouth and nose.

Recovery Time for Dog With ParvoWhen caring for a pet with parvo, many owners would like to know the average recovery time for an infected pup. This is a page about recovery time for dog with parvo.


A man pulling the starter cord for a lawn mower.

Lawn Mower Starter Cord Won't PullIf the pull cord on your mower gets stuck, you may be able to open up the mower and repair or replace it yourself. The other option is to find a repair shop. This is a page about lawn mower starter cord won't pull.


A dog sitting in the grass.

Keeping Gnats Away From Your DogThis page is about keeping gnats away from your dog. Trapping gnats in sweetened water seems to be the safest, effective way to reduce their numbers around the house.


Set of encyclopedias

Find the Value of New Standard Encyclopedias?Older encyclopedias are typically not worth much. On-line research for your specific set might help to determine value. This is a page about finding the value of New Standard Encyclopedias.


Electric Blanket Control

Replacement Controller for a Dreamland Electric Blanket?It is not unusual for the controller for an electric blanket to get lost or quit working. Trying to find a new one can be frustrating, since typically you can not buy one from the store or site where you purchased the blanket. This is a page about replacement controller for a Dreamland electric blanket.


kitchen counter

Repairing a Burn Mark on a Corian CounterDepending on the extent of the damage, light sanding can be used to repair a Corian countertop. There are authorized repair technicians who can do the work, if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself. This is a page about repairing a burn mark on a Corian counter.


Dog playing in the yard.

My Dog Played With a Dog That Has ParvoThe parvo virus is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated feces. This is a page with advice when my dog has played with a dog that has parvo.


Gas mower pull cord.

Broken Pull Cord on Gas MowerReplacing the pull cord on a mower can be done at home, but is not always that easy. This is a page about broken pull cord on gas mower.



Omelet covered with salsa on plate

Four Egg OmeletThis is a great omelet to share with somebody. You can use whatever veggies, meat or cheeses you prefer, and adjust it to suit your taste. It is a great way to start any day.


pudding on top of bananas and wafers in containers

Banana Pudding Wafer SurpriseI used to teach an after school cooking class for kids. I thought I would share a simple recipe for a child to make. This recipe can be adapted very easily. Gluten free? Use gluten free wafers and pudding. Milk allergy?


Bengal Fish Curry in pan

Bengal Fish CurryThis is a simple yet tasty dish which goes well with steamed rice or fried rice. "Bengal Fish Curry" is an Indian dish from the state of West Bengal, which is eastern part of India.



A loaf of bread in the freezer.

Buy and Freeze Bread in BulkWhen our household purchases bread, it's just too much for our family to finish within the week, before the bread goes bad. Immediately after purchasing, we will set aside the bread that we know we won't finish and place it in the freezer.


Balloon Weight Bag as Gift Bag

Balloon Weight Bag as Gift BagI saw a darling balloon weight in the flower section of Food City. It was a concrete filled gift bag. I decided I would reconstruct it into a usable gift bag for small presents, like rings, earrings, or belly rings.



Never Too Late to Continue Your EducationI spent a good part of my life working a job I did not enjoy. I did enjoy it when I was hired, but the duty I did was phased out to contractors. By that time, I had 20 years in and needed 30 to retire, so I did another 10 years and stuck it out.


A netted vegetable bag and some scissors

Reusing Netted Vegetable BagsI always save my net vegetable bags and use them for a variety of things, like a safe dish, bathroom or even body scrubber. Or a kitty toy. For some reason, kitty loves to play with them!


I Hope You Dance to HeavenMy sister was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2000. She was not expected to live over one year, but God gave us seven years to watch her journey through this cancer and her spiritual journey to Heaven. The last Thanksgiving that my sister was on this Earth, she was wheelchair-bound and I was asked by her to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for her and her family.


Popsicle Stick Toy Harmonica - finished harmonica

Popsicle Stick Toy HarmonicaJust 2 sticks and a bit of plastic makes this fun toy. It's not the most tuneful of musical instruments. In fact it only plays one squeaky little note, but for youngish children it's a lot of fun.


A piece of embroidery thread being inserted into a knot.

Using Thread to Untie KnotsI will often have knots brought to me to untie that are practically impossible to undo. I thread a needle with embroidery floss and get the string of embroidery floss between the knotted yarns. I will keep reinserting the needle and yarn wherever the knot is the most stuck. After a bit of pulling, everything is able to be untied.


A magnolia tree with pink blooms.

My Neighbor's Magnolia TreeThe Groundhog says six more weeks of harsh Winter weather. I don't put any stock in this old folklore. One cloudy day wont determine the next 6 weeks weather.



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Value of 1994 Colliers Encyclopedias?I have a complete (24 vol.) set of Colliers Encyclopedias, 1994 edition.


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Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits?I have been getting Social Security survivor benefits for a long time and I was trying to see how I can get it taken from my mom. I no longer live with her and she's still getting my check. I don't see any of it and her name is on the top of the check and mine is on the bottom. How can I get that changed?


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Identifying and Getting Rid of Small Brown Bugs?I have been seeing these small brown bugs in my apartment. Now I have found them in my bed. They are small thin brown bugs and when I smash them they ooze brown stuff. They are not bed bugs. How can I find out what they are and how to get rid of them?


Singer 6105 Tension Knob Falls Off - fingers holding knob

Singer 6105 Tension Knob Falls Off?My Singer 6106 thread tension knob is just falling out of the machine. There doesn't seem to be anything that holds it in place. Does anyone know how to fix this?


Cat Vomiting and Not Eating

Cat Vomiting and Not Eating?Can anyone help me? My cat had vomited in the morning then I took him to the vet. After treatment he felt better, but he vomited again after 2 hours after I gave him the medicine. He is not eating anything and he is being too weak. He hasn't eaten since this morning what should I do?


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Weather Temperature Terminology?Things are greening up a bit. I like that. Still, there's something about this time of year, I don't like. The plants I overwintered inside need hardening off. That means lugging them all outside on warm days and lugging them all back in on cold nights.


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Serger Slows Down and Stops Sewing?I have a machine that runs good at first, but after a while it slows down more and more until it stops. Any tips?


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Quart-sized Crockpot Liner Cooking Bags?I use slow cooker liners consistently. However, I often want to cook several different items in the same pot that I do not wish to mix. It would have been great if I could have had a smaller bag for each item. Does anyone know if such a thing exists on the market, and if so, where to purchase them?


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