Outdoor Christmas LightsOutdoor Christmas Lights

If you leave the hooks for your Christmas lights all year, you can hang the lights without a ladder. Screw a cup hook onto the tip of a broom handle and use the hook to carry the strand of lights up to the eaves. When the holidays are over, use the same broom handle to quickly bring down the string of lights without a ladder. Read here …

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Tips for the Barbecue

  • Spray nonstick vegetable spray (Pam) on the grill before using for easy clean-up. Or, brush on cooking oil.
  • Clean the barbecue every time you cook. Let it cool down enough to work with, but don’t wait till it is cold. Clean-up is easiest when it is done often. Read here…
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Thinned Forests Help With Global Warming

TIMELINE 1960-2007.
The number of acres burned by wildfires has more than doubled. But, the number of fires in the last 27 years was half that during the 1970s-1980s. Wildfires are burning hotter and taking longer to extinguish. This is most likely due to the environmental issue of not allowing forests to be thinned, brush to be cleared from near homes and other buildings, and brush to be thinned through controlled burns. Read here…

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Shades of Green, a Study in Tolerance

Green is the latest buzzword.  For most of us, green means recycling and avoiding chemicals, for the good of ourselves and the environment.
But, there is not only one green, but many shades, in our environment.  Compare limes to Granny Smith apples, or the noble fir to the birch tree for only four of the many shades of green in nature. Read here…

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Natural Car Care Tips

  • Keep a laundry basket in your car trunk. Put grocery bags into it and they will stay upright so groceries won’t roll around in the trunk. Or, add any loose items to keep the trunk organized and for easy transport from the car to the house.
  • Odors will not stay in your car if you put several drops of vanilla onto a cotton ball and hide the ball under a seat. More here…
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Protect your home’s exterior when leaning a ladder against surface by covering the ends of the ladder with golf club covers.
Repair small holes in window screens by first bending broken wire mesh into the right position, then dabbing on clear nail polish or model airplane glue. Read here…

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Birds, Butterflies and Cesareans

Imagine a bird hatching from its egg. It involves an incredible struggle for life. The human reaction is to help crack the egg and/or pull away some of the shell. Helping with the hatching process almost always results in the death of the baby bird. The same is true for a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. The process of change, from a fetus to a live baby or from a caterpillar to a butterfly, imparts strengthening and protective properties. Read more…

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Car Travel Tips

  • Freeze water in cleaned out milk jugs to use in coolers when traveling. When the ice thaws, it can be used as drinking water.
  • If your car gets stuck in ice or snow, you can provide traction with cat litter (keep a bag in your trunk).
  • If you don’t have cat litter in the car when you get stuck, place the rubber floor mats from inside your car in front of the drive wheels for traction. Read here…
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Soak new lantern wicks for several hours in white vinegar and let them dry before using. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.
As an emergency fire starter, touch a steel wool pad to a battery terminal. It will start the steel wool on fire. Read more…

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Layer Your Color

For continuous color from spring through summer, plant bulbs in layers in the same hole (on top of each other).
Dig the hole 15 inches deep and 18 inches wide. After you have removed the soil, mix in a little compost.
Place 2 inches of coarse sand in the hole first for drainage. Add 3 inches of the soil, and plant lilies as your first layer of bulbs because they will bloom last. Cover the bulbs with 2 inches of the soil. Read here …

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The Strongest Earthquake

He and she had only been married for a few years when the Air Force sent him off to Shemya, Alaska, while she and their two children stayed home in California. (Shemya is an island in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles off Russia, which has absolutely nothing but an Air Force base, foxes, and tons of snow.) Read here…

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