March 29, 2017

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Bowl of Winter Melon Soup with Shrimp and Mushrooms

Winter Melon Soup with Shrimp and MushroomsThis is a really fast and delicious soup!


Pressure Cooker Pea Soup in a bowl

Pressure Cooker Pea SoupSoup in 45 minutes with no standing over the stove watching!



A bag of socks hanging in the closet.

Easy Bag StorageI don't have a dresser, so my clothes are hung up. One of the things I found vexing was where to keep my socks. This is the idea I came up with. Hang a grocery bag from the little slots you find on most plastic hangers these day.


Mr. House Finch Dines On Sunflower Seed - beautiful finch on feeder

Mr. House Finch Dines on Sunflower SeedWith his beak full, Mr. House Finch turns to say 'Thank you'. I'll accept the garbled message. It's just what I wanted to hear.


A shotgun cleaning rod.

Reusing a Shotgun Cleaning RodEvery time I cleaned out a certain closet, I ran across this and I would ask my husband why it was in the closet and what is it. He said it was a shotgun cleaning rod so I put it back in the closet and it was not moved for another year or so until I cleaned the closet again. Now I have put it to good use.


Water drip system soaker hose

Using PVC Pipes to Water Your GardenThis is a page about using PVC pipes to water your garden. PVC pipe to bring the water to your soakers hoses or with holes drilled in them can make sturdy soaker pipes that can last for years.


Birthday Parcel Card - finished card with matching envelop

Birthday Parcel CardYou can make this card to match your gift by using a leftover scrap of wrapping paper. Or you can make a smaller version for a gift tag.


Grow Grass Hair for Project or Pets - sprouted rye for decoration, Easter egg nest, of for cats

Grow Grass Hair for Project or PetsI created this learning project for some 1st graders, but it's also a great springtime/Easter project that can benefit pets and wildlife too! We grew rye grass in plastic cups. Once grown they are pretty decorations around the house or can be offered to the family cat.


DIY Heat Compress to Reduce Stye

DIY Heat Compress to Reduce StyeWhat works for me to reduce a stye is to apply a heat compress directly to the eye. Using a clean face cloth, wet with water. Squeeze out the excess and place the face cloth on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds, or until wash cloth is warm.


Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty Butt - hand holding a chick

Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty ButtIt is not uncommon for chicks to end up with a case of pasty butt. The buildup of poop around their vent can completely block their ability to poop, which can be fatal.


Dried goods stored in the freezer.

Freeze Dried Goods to Prevent PestsIn order to avoid moths and pantry pests, take your dry goods as soon as you purchase them and stick them in the freezer for a minimum of three days. This generally kills any eggs or larvae that are just waiting to destroy your food.


A colorful inflated beach ball.

Inflatable Beach Ball Enrichment Activity for DogsRecently, we had a warm day here in Eastern Tennessee, and I decided to do a spring fun activity with my two dogs. They love sharing time with me in the yard, so I bought a beach ball and inflated it.


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Little Black Bugs in the KitchenI kept sweeping up little black bugs along one baseboard where I keep my cat's dish and water. I changed the location where I kept his place mat because they were in his water. I sprayed the area with ant spray and put down moth balls, which seemed to work. After a while they were back.


'It's a Two Dog Night' (Gidget and Paige)

'It's a Two Dog Night' (Gidget and Paige)On nights that our daughter camps out on our bedroom floor, our dogs Paige and Gidget like to cuddle with her. She doesn't seem to mind the extra warmth either.


A clothespin on a folded plastic bag.

Resealing Packs with ClothespinsIt is really hard to find a place for big unresealable packs like packs of milk or cereals, etc. One thing I learned from my husband - resealing these packs with clothespin. We don't have easy zip bags available, so this is one good way to keep things neatly sealed.


Mini Hat Spring Wreath - finished wreath hanging on porch wall

Mini Hat Spring WreathI don't usually buy straw wreath forms, but I wanted something cheap and big. This will have to be seen from my parking lot so it had to be big.


Save Gas by Minimizing Car Air Conditioner

Minimize Car Air Conditioner to Save GasAs a mom, saving gas is very important. Here is one tip I can share when using your car's air conditioner. I'll make sure if the weather is good and if it is windy, I don't use the air conditioner. I will just open the window.



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Using the ASPCA Mobile Van Services?My cat was spayed in the ASPCA mobile van last year, per registration.


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Re-dyeing Hair?I dyed my hair with Hicolor highlights about 2 weeks ago, but I wanna dry it again with the same product, but a different color. Will it be OK to dye it after only 2 weeks?


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Compact Fluorescent Light Fitting Stopped Working?I have a light fitting in the kitchen. A small red light appeared in the fitting and it stopped working. I changed the bulbs, but it is still not working. Any ideas please?


What Breed Is My Pup? light brown and white puppy

What Breed Is My Pup?I recently adopted a puppy. It looks Pit Bull, but I'm uncertain. Can anyone see and find out? I don't have that much money now for DNA testing. Any input would be appreciated.


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Re-dyeing Hair?I just dyed my hair last night and don't like the colour. How long should I wait to dye it again?


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Caring for Puppies Recovering from Parvo?Any suggestions in taking care of puppies recovering from parvo? Should they take vitamins? any more vaccines? When can I bathe them?


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Cleaning Old Perfume Bottles?I would like to repurpose an old perfume bottle. How do I remove the remaining scent? I am highly allergic to the perfume itself, but the bottle is old. It is a beautiful little glass bird and the top/cap is the head which screws onto the body.


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Pruning a Mum?I live in Western Pennsylvania. I never trimmed my mums since their last bloom in the fall. Is this the right time of year to cut them back? And how far down to the ground should I cut them? As of now, they are tall and completely brown with dead flowers on them.


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