August 30, 2017

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A riding mower cutting grass.

Riding Mower Won't Start After Hitting GravelHitting objects such as gravel or stumps when mowing can damage the crank shaft and other parts of your riding mower. A careful inspection will be needed to determine which parts are affected. This is a page about when a riding mower won't start after hitting gravel.

 

Finished wreath.

Independence Day WreathThis red, white, and blue Independence Day wreath is fun and easy to make. Hang it on a door or in a window to celebrate the 4th. This is a page about how to make an Independence Day wreath.

 

Homemade lemon loaf on a cutting board.

Lemon Loaf RecipesThis page contains lemon loaf recipes. Lemon loaf is easy to make and is full of flavor. It makes a delicious breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

 

Preschool aged children learning.

Preschool Bible Curriculum IdeasChoosing the best concepts and accompanying activities is important when developing your curriculum. This is a page about preschool bible curriculum ideas.

 

four dolls

Finding the Value of Ashton Drake DollsAshton Drake Galleries is known for their realistic porcelain dolls and baby dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Ashton Drake dolls.

 

Webworms on a Pecan Trees

Getting Rid of Webworms on Pecan TreesWeb worms are the larval stage of a small white moth. They typically appear on pecan and other trees in late summer and early fall. Sprays, both organic and chemical, can be used. Breaking the web and allowing birds to feast has worked for one reader. This is a page about getting rid of web worms on pecan trees.

 

Foam Fun Activities - corral and other links, also toy horses and dinosaurs

Fun Activities Using Craft FoamCraft foam is a versatile material that can be used in many crafts, especially in those that you make with and for your children. This is a page about fun activities using craft foam.

 

Khaki Pants

How to Fix Dye That Bled on Khaki PantsSome clothing dye is not colorfast and can bleed on other garments in the wash. Non chlorine bleach may work to remove dye from khaki pants. This is a page about how to fix dye that bled on khaki pants.

 

A bowl of imitation crab meat.

Shelf Life of Imitation Crab MeatThe shelf life of imitation crab varies depending on packaging and storage. Unopened vacuum sealed packages are typically good in the fridge for two months or the "use by" date. Once opened, use within 3 days. If frozen, use within 6 months is recommended. This is a page about the shelf life of imitation crab meat.

 

A picture of a blooming lilac bush.

Round Holes in Lilac BushesRound holes in your lilac bush's leaves may be the result of leaf cutter bees. These unaggressive pollinators cut circular or semicircular holes in leaves and use the material to line their nests. This is a page about what would eat round holes in lilac bushes.

 

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Protect Yourself Against Bedbugs While TravelingI got this e-mail recently after I got back from a trip. Fortunately, I did not bring bedbugs home, but I will pay more attention the next time I travel. Some tips I already knew, but others were new to me.

 

A leather couch with a blanket protecting from sun damage.

Prevent Sun Damage on Leather FurnitureIt is important to keep leather furniture away from direct sunlight if possible because it could fade, crack or damage the leather. We have a large window with direct sunlight, so we just open enough to brighten the room and cover the areas that have sunlight with a blanket.

 

A lime section with the pointy end cut off.

Getting the Most Out of Citrus FruitsMy friend who is an avid cook showed me this the other day. Cut the very tips of your citrus fruits off before putting them into a juicer. Instead of catching some of the liquid in the closed ends, the juice will squirt all the way through. Flip over and do it again. Nothing goes to waste.

 

A window blind being restrung.

Restringing Levolor Window BlindsOur window treatments by Levolor are in pretty good condition, but the string to pull the blinds up and down recently broke on one of our windows.

 

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Informed Delivery from USPSIf you have ever experienced lost or stolen mail, you will appreciate this program. When you create an account with the USPS, you can go online and find out what mail is going to be delivered to your home that day. The USPS scans all the mail, and you can see these scans in the program.

 

Cold Brewed Coffee

Cold Brewed CoffeeThis coffee is mellower and less acid than hot brewed. You don't need a special machine to make it. Mix 1 ounce (a little less than 3 tsp.) coarsely ground coffee beans with 8 ounces cold water in an airtight container like a mason jar. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. Strain through a filter and drink hot or iced. Compost the filter and grinds.

 

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Wrapping Paper as Drawer LiningMany times I have thought there must be a cheaper and easier way to line drawers/cabinets. With my young toddler daughters determined to help, I began using inexpensive wrapping paper.

 

A garden at Heritage Park in Gananoque, Ontario.

Heritage Park GardenThis park is a nice place to sit and relax. There are quite a few trees that provide shade and many benches to sit on. The kids can play at the playground provided, while you sit and read a book. The town hosts many celebrations in the park over the summer months. A band plays every Thursday in the gazebo.

 

A phone inside a handbag with a phone attached to a power cord in the wall.

Never Forget Your PhoneIt's annoying to forget your phone. In the morning, I put my phone in my handbag while I am charging it. When I go to get my handbag, my phone is already in there and I just have to unplug the charger. No more forgotten phone.

 

A collection of spices on a glass tray, used in a microwave.

Microwave Glass Tray as DIY Lazy SusanI took the glass plate and carousel out of my old microwave and made it into a Lazy Susan spice holder. It is easy to see the spices and even easier to get just turn it.

 

Butternut Squash in bowl

Easy Butternut SquashInstead of wasting cooking energy in a stove, simply cut your butternut squash in half. I use an electric knife since they can be tough to cut, and placed them into my large slow cooker (crockpot). You may or may not scoop out the seeds first if you wish.

 

Questions

Identifying a Houseplant

Identifying a HouseplantWe have just bought this plant and we are unsure what it is? Could you help please?

 

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Selling a Porcelain Doll CollectionI have 3 large boxes full of porcelain dolls I have collected as a child. I would like to sell them all as I need to make room. Most of them are still in boxes and have never been removed from the boxes.

 

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Murray Mower Won't Start with Deck OnI have a Murray 14.5 hp 42" cut mower. It will start with the deck off, but won't with it on. What can be the problem?

 

Refrigerator Not Dispensing Ice - model and serial number tags

Refrigerator Not Dispensing IceMy Whirlpool refrigerator makes ice, but only dispenses water no matter which button of the three is depressed. I don't know if it is a problem with the board or possibly just the selector buttons.

 

Selling the Trees for the Lumber

Selling the Trees for the LumberI have 4 big trees in my back yard. I was wondering if there were any companies out there that would pay me for the trees, I have oak and maple, I think.

 

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Breeding Zebra FinchesI was wondering if my zebra finch gets out of the aviary and has babies in the nest if I leave the door open will they come back to the nest? I am feeling a bit freaked out about my babies.

 

Identifying Little Black Insects

Identifying Little Black InsectsCan anyone give me any info whatsoever on these tiny insects? When magnified they look like little black tadpoles. They are all over my daughter's white shirt. They have pinhead size heads.

 

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Recipe for McCormick Sausage and Meatloaf SeasoningDoes anyone have a McCormick sausage and meatloaf seasoning recipe? It seems that no one has any left for sale so I must make my own or do without!

 

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Attaching Glitter Fabric to Walls with StarchI want to use liquid starch to put fabric on a wall. I want to use glitter/sequin fabric though. Would it work or would it be too heavy?

 

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New and Existing Electrical Outlets Not WorkingI am praying someone can help. I just changed out 4 outlets and a switch for cosmetic reasons in a bedroom. When I turned the power back on, 3 of the outlets and the switch worked, but 1 new outlet and all outlets in the next room (that were not touched) no longer work.

 

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13th Birthday PartyMy daughter is turning 13 very soon and she wants it to be a posh party. Yet I don't know where it will be or what I'm going to do.

 

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