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These autumn days are perfect for working in the garden.

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A few years ago, many of our friends completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted about it on social media.

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Now that our oldest daughter attends WVU, we have begun traveling to Morgantown to attend home football games. Not only do we get to watch my beloved Mountaineers take the gridiron, but it offers the perfect excuse to hug our girl.

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Fall has officially arrived and is following the same unpredictable path we’ve been on all year. One sure sign winter is coming is the stinkbugs have returned. They are covering our screens and I have found 1 or 2 inside already. We are getting very close to the official 1st frost date. The …

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Buckwheat, one of the earliest crops to be domesticated, is thought to have been brought to the American colonies in the 1600s.  Most Americans recognize buckwheat for its use in buckwheat pancakes. However, buckwheat is also recognized in the United States for soil cover as a cover crop on …

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Both my husband and I are extroverts. We love to talk to anyone who will listen, be it family, friends, coworkers or strangers on the street. We enjoy meeting people, and I particularly like asking them loads of questions about themselves.

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The weather is telling us we are well into autumn with cooler nights, but very warm days. I just hope winter doesn’t pounce on us overnight the way fall did.

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Last fall, I made the winning bid during an online auction for a good cause.

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l am not sure if autumn has arrived or if this is just a short break from hot days, but we are experiencing temperatures going into the 50s at night and it’s important to check the forecasts. Remember, 45 degrees means tender plants have to either come into the garage or the house at night. …

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For our family, going out to eat can be a tricky endeavor. We can all be very hungry but finding a menu that meets our individual needs and desires is nearly impossible.

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Hampshire County’s apples are in abundance and many will travel from afar to visit our local orchards and farmers markets.

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Time is swiftly passing and the garden is going to be changing considerably with the cooler days of autumn.

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Our youngest daughter is a very finicky eater. I can probably count on both hands the foods she actually enjoys. My dear friend used to tease that I couldn’t send her to school eating nothing but bunny shaped crackers. So, I throw a yogurt and a piece of fruit in the lunch box as well.  

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The days are getting shorter, but we are still having a really hot, humid day now and again.

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Last Saturday was my husband’s and my anniversary. I have officially been a Savage for 22 years. If you count the brief 5-year courtship leading up to our nuptials, I’ve been crazy about my Savage guy for more than half my life.

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Last week our oldest daughter texted to ask if I remembered the name of her academic advisor. I didn’t but told her to check her email.

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We are experiencing unusual summer weather, but that is nothing new. The weather has not been normal for some time now.

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This past week I realized that encouraging your offspring to leave your nest is for the birds.

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We are well into August and are finding her cooler days an unexpected treat. We have even gotten some rain here and there.

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Recently, an employee supervising a rock-climbing wall where we were staying made a point to come over to my husband and me to compliment our children’s good manners.

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Many of us have enjoyed watching athletes from around the world compete during the Summer Olympics.

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We recently returned to in-person church services. If I’m honest, we could have gone back months ago.

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This is turning out to be a very unusual, but good, gardening season. Plants that haven’t bloomed or grown well for years are up and thriving.

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Last week we took our oldest daughter to tour her college campus. As we were leaving one of the buildings, I looked over at her and said, “You’re going out the wrong door.”

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Crazy weather aside, this has been a good growing year. We have had many gorgeous flowers so far and more are on the way.

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As I’ve aged, I’ve noticed that I approach many things differently than I did when I was younger.

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We are getting lots of warm summer weather with a cooler day and night thrown into the mix. The rain has been just often and heavy enough to sink in and not run off. Hopefully it will continue through August.

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As an adult, I’ve lived in two different area codes. Although I’m forever loyal to 304, there’s a part of me that still longs for 757. Last week, we returned to Virginia’s eastern shore for vacation. As I sit here now in the West Virginia hills recalling that trip, I’m sorely missing the sho…

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 Summer is in full swing and many gardeners are finding their gardens overflowing with summer squash varieties. It’s hard to imagine a summer without a squash casserole.

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You don’t have to stop enjoying this summer’s fresh produce as soon as the season passes. Preserve the taste of hard-earned fruits and vegetables with canning tips from experts at the West Virginia University Extension Service.

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At the risk of being accused by the younger Savages of sharing boomer humor, I recently saw a funny observation on social media that resonated with me. It went something like this:

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As the season progresses, the weather is still adding surprises and not all are pleasant.

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Agriculture in Hampshire County is incredibly diverse, and the booths popping up at local farmers markets are proof.

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 After viewing “Friends: The Reunion” last month, I thought of my time in graduate school when, every Thursday night, my friends and I would gather for Must See TV on NBC.

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Today the tomato is the most popular garden fruit grown in the United States. The plant is native to the Andes of Peru, where several species of wild tomatoes can still be found growing in the Andes Mountain range.

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The weather appears to turning into summer. A good sign. We have begun normal gardening with a slow, old folks approach.

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