June 9, 2020

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A cute puppy being groomed.

When Should I Get a Puppy Groomed?Deciding when to have your puppy get her first grooming is important. It will need to have had all necessary puppy shots. A bath or two and home will help ready your pup for professional grooming. General recommendations for the age of a puppy's first grooming range from 10-16 weeks. See more advice on this topic below.


Create A Micro Climate For Rooting Cuttings - ivy cuttings

Create A Micro Climate For Rooting CuttingsRooting cuttings is often done by creating a mini greenhouse using plastic bottles or wrap. This method will work, but too much humidity can be harmful to the cuttings, thus requiring wiping to remove excess moisture. An alternative is to create a micro climate for your cuttings. This method is explained in depth on this page.


Kids showing a project at a school science fair.

Science Fair ProjectsMost kids participate in a science fair at some time in their education. Choosing a workable experiment is often a difficult decision. Researching a topic and conversations with a teacher can help a child choose a good topic and prepare an informative project. Some topics are discussed below.


Berry and Mango Breakfast Bar

Making Berry and Mango Breakfast BarsMaking these delicious kid approved breakfast bars is easy using the recipe provided on this page. Berry and mango jam is sandwiched between layers sweetened of oatmeal and flour dough. Adults will love them too.


Planting a tree in the ground.

Identifying a TreeIdentifying a tree, whether on your property or one you have seen on a walk, requires some research. Trees can be identified by their shape, leaf or needle structure, fall colors, fruit, bark, and other physical characteristics. Some suggestions are offered on this page.


Grilled Citrus Chicken Drumsticks on plate

Grilled Citrus Chicken DrumsticksMarinated drumsticks can easily be prepared using one of the delicious recipes found on this page. The juice of oranges and lemons is found in both marinades.


Refurbishing a Small Trash Can

Refurbishing a Small Trash CanA small trash can that is older or an unattractive colored is easy to spruce up with a bit of paint and torn fabric. Make it more compatible with your decor. The materials needed and steps followed for this makeover follow.



A pieces of marshmallow cheesecake on a plate.

Two Tone Marshmallow CheesecakeI had a lot of marshmallows to use up (bought them for 5 cents a bag at Big Lots) and I came across this marshmallow cheesecake recipe. I tweaked it a bit and decided to double the recipe, color and flavor the filling, making it a two- layer cheesecake.


Cooked mayo-parmesan chicken breasts.

Mayo-Parmesan ChickenThis is very easy, fast, and good hot or cold. I have no exact measurements, just do it to your taste.


A finished orange meringue pie.

Orange Meringue PieI know there's such a thing as lemon meringue pie, but the other day I had a bunch of oranges so I decided to do an orange meringue pie instead. I did two versions: one a normal version and one vegan. They both were excellent.


A bowl of bok choy tofu shrimp soup.

Bok Choy Tofu Shrimp SoupBok choy is a vegetable we're growing in our garden. Here's an easy soup you could make that is light, refreshing and perfect to pair with any rice meal.



Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché Pumpkins - pumpkins on antique oak cabinet next to potted orchids

Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché PumpkinsI started this project some time ago when I was completely enamored with making yo yos for all sorts of potential craft projects. I am sharing them now because the yo yos can be a bit time consuming to make, so it is best to begin this project early. Even though the fabric is quite Halloween themed, they can be used as a fall decoration and of course, can be made with any fabric choice.


Mother Goose on Mother's Day - Canada goose on nest

Mother Goose on Mother's DayWe went on a walk Sunday morning and then down to a nearby reservoir to look for driftwood. There we saw a goose suddenly rise up out of hiding in plain sight, hiss angrily, and flap her wings at us.


A bag of potting soil, seedlings in plastic containers and a nursery tray with TP tubes

Toilet Paper Rolls for SeedlingsI had been saving all sorts of toilet paper rolls - I think mainly it was a habit from when we used to have a fireplace. This spring when I decided to start my seedlings I realized I could make life a lot easier for myself if I just started the seeds in the toilet paper rolls!


Timing Is Everything (Spider and Fly)

Timing Is Everything (Spider and Fly)This is a colorful photo I took of a spider that just caught a fly. I don't know how the spider let me get so close to take this picture, and I don't know how I was lucky enough to get it at this perfect moment. I guess timing is everything (for me and the spider.. not so much for the fly though).



Value of an Antique Extending Table

Value of an Antique Extending Table?I have this double paw antique quarter sawn tiger oak table wWith 5 leaves and a removable center leg. I've been searching (with no luck) for this table online. I'm not sure if I'm just not entering the correct terms. I'm not sure if the removable leg has a proper name or what the deal is. I have found many similar to it, and I know it's not a rare piece by any means.


Identifying a Porcelain Doll? - doll wearing a christening dress and bonnet, closeup of the face

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?If anyone can give me any information regarding this porcelain doll I would be very appreciative. I just can't seem to find any information at all.


Identifying a Tiny Black Bug - very small long black bug on white background

Identifying a Tiny Black Bug?I am seeing these bugs around my windows and on my kitchen counter top. They are tiny bugs (looks like 6 legs and 2 antennas). Any thoughts on what this might be? They seem to gather under the window jams (guessing this is how they are getting into the house).


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