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Earlier this winter, my feathers got ruffled over a few Facebook posts I’d seen. To help diffuse the situation, my oldest sister shared some words of wisdom our grandmother told her years ago.

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January can be a rough month for gardeners. Seed catalogs can only substitute for real, growing plants for a limited time.

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As I sit and write this, it is a sunny warm day and there is little doubt in my mind it will be just the opposite when this goes to print.

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A little while back, our oldest daughter had to keep a dream journal for one of her classes.

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Garden planning is always an ongoing job. Changes can come at every turn until all of a sudden it’s time to put things into motion out in the garden.

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It’s that time of year again and many of us have made a list of New Year’s resolutions. However, how many times do we make resolutions that do not get checked off of our list?

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’Tis the season for garden planning. Although several winter months separate us from springtime it is never too early to start the planning process.

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One of the things my husband and I love about being school-based occupational therapists is that we get to enjoy many of the same vacation days as our 3 school-age children. Thus, we spent most of this past winter break at home together.

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January 1st is often used to set new resolutions or goals for the coming year. If you are searching for ideas, consider a different type of “dieting” that may include the cakes and cookies from your neighbor.

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I got my first pair of glasses when I was in the 3rd grade. In true 1980s fashion, the frames were big, plastic and round.

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After taking a recent a road trip with my mom, I began thinking about how traditions change and possibly disappear over time.

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The holidays are filled with time-honored traditions that involve family, friends and, all-too-often, an overabundance of food.

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This past weekend, before heading out to shop, I asked my mom what she wanted for Christmas. She answered, “Nothing. I can’t think of anything I need.”

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The upcoming holiday season can add stress to our daily routines. Atypical schedules, strained finances, family visits and challenging gift purchases for that extended cousin are just a few examples of the seasonal concerns that pile on top of us.

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Personally, I love practical gifts and if they’re given for no particular reason, all the better. The holiday gift season is upon us and it’s time to get moving on the lists.

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I heard a story on the radio last week about how an exercise bike commercial caused public outrage. It was reported that the company that makes the bike saw their stock drop 15 percent and lost billions of dollars in market value over the course of 3 days.

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I haven’t asked for my roommates’ opinions about my holiday habits. Since said roommates are actually the mice under my sink, the high level of hostility on my end has made it difficult for them to voice any of their complaints. We just really aren’t in a great place right now.

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It is getting colder every day, and the wind is getting stronger. I have to say it’s time to put the protection around your tender shrubs and trees.

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Enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family by making your own warm beverage mixes. These holiday mixes also make thoughtful gifts for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions without breaking your budget.

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After enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey with family and friends, begin planning future meals from this year’s leftover turkey. Turkey can be easily combined with other ingredients to create scrumptious dishes that are healthy and easy to prepare.

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A couple of Saturdays ago I was elbow deep in soapy water when our youngest daughter reminded me I’d promised to take her to our favorite local community arts center for an Art-For-All activity.

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With winter on the doorstep, we need to have wood in for those cold days and to be getting ready for the beginning of the quest for just the right gifts.

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According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, bacteria found in poultry juices and raw meat can be spread to surfaces, utensils and other foods by washing raw poultry and other meats before cooking it.

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Families looking for affordable and healthy options for their Thanksgiving meals should plan ahead to save money, according to West Virginia University Extension Service.

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The other evening when eating at Subway, our son wondered out loud, “Why is it called a BMT when none of the meat on it starts with any of those letters?”

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As we were heading home from a soccer game on Nov. 1, Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” came on the radio. Our teenage daughter and her friend laughed when I insisted we change the channel.

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Well, the vacationing plants are coming in at night, hoses are drained, plants are cleared of debris in the garden, stakes are up for the shrubs and young trees, you’ve picked and wrapped the tomatoes in newspaper to ripen in the cool basement, openings in the out buildings and around the fo…

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Last week, our son and I heard a story on the radio about how trick-or-treating is a class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 in Virginia’s Hampton Roads.

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Fall is in the air and apples are one of the delights for many of us this time of the year.  Hampshire County’s apples are in abundance and many will travel from afar to visit our local orchards and farmer’s markets.

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I recently read that we are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures this fall, causing the fall foliage to be late in changing. Hopefully that also means no early frosts, but, just to be safe, keep an eye on those forecasts so you’re not caught off guard.

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As summer has faded into fall, I’ve experienced one of the many, uh, joys the changing seasons bring to motherhood —clothing shopping with my Savages.

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Recessions are out of my purview, but I know something is going to change with regard to our food supply and many other items we purchase.

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Every time you take a step, your foot rolls forward, shifting your body weight onto the ball of your foot as you prepare to push off into your next step.

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I want to begin by thanking the person who left me the Cleome seeds at the Review. I would love to thank you personally, but this will have to do for now. I am looking forward to planting them and will report their progress, so thank you very much. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.