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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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This year Father’s Day fell on West Virginia Day. We decided there was no better way to celebrate than to take a medieval history-loving father of 3 Savages deep into the West Virginia hills to the West Virginia Renaissance Faire.

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When the weather forecast calls for a high of 50 degrees one weekend, and a high of 90 the following weekend, chances are some stress will result from this drastic change.

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We had a cold spell not long ago and I am done covering and moving plants around. We are in the middle of June and it should be warm and sunny now.

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It’s been 10 years since I’ve been able to spend Father’s Day with my dad. If you asked me how we celebrated the 36 others before the last one, I couldn’t come up with an answer.

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Early June is harvest time for garden strawberries. Even if they barely make it into the house, having a bed or 2 of these sweet treats is worth the work.

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This past week, our son has been intrigued by the monetary graduation gifts delivered to his oldest sister.

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This past week marked a couple of big milestones for the Savage kids. Our oldest daughter graduated from high school, and our youngest daughter graduated from elementary school.

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I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. It is easy to think the virus is behind us, but there are new cases here every day and we should all take that seriously.

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The weather is slowly easing into warmer days.

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Kitty was busy this week preparing for her eldest child’s graduation, so here’s a reminder of her thoughts on the end of school 4 years ago.

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Picnics and cookouts are spring and summertime traditions. However, these warm-weather outings can be ruined if preparation practices and safe food handling practices are not used.

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As our oldest daughter continues to recuperate from Covid-19, we’ve gotten creative in ensuring she gets adequate deep breaths.

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We are in the midst of weather that changes from breakfast ‘til mid-afternoon.

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Herbs and spices add fabulous flavor and color to food without adding salt, fat or sugar. Cooking with herbs and spices is also a great way to introduce a variety of flavors to children while helping foods look more appetizing.

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Our youngest daughter is reading a new book series about a family who rescues dogs and trains them for search and rescue missions. Since starting the series, she has attempted to train our dog using the methods her books describe.

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I’ve seen many advertisements for items with the words “Like a Mother,” embroidered, screen-printed or painted on them.

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First things first: the rosemary plants I wrote about on April 21 grow to 4 feet and 3 feet, not 4 inches and 3 inches. An editing error created the confusion and we’ve worked out how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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This year has provided us with some of our best blooms. Our baby’s breath (Gypsophila) is more gorgeous than ever and the daffodils were not only exceptionally fragrant but also very plentiful.

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Kitty’s suffering from writer’s block this week (although she had no idea we would tell you that), so here’s a classic of hers from this time of year in 2017.

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I would very much like to think warmer weather is here to stay and we can get on with planting with no worries, but of course, we all know that’s not a given at this time of the year.

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Our youngest daughter was excitedly telling me about a book she’d been reading on our way home from school the other day. It’s a historical fiction novel about the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.

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This is a time of new beginnings and it seems whenever my plants try to bloom, we have cold temperatures that keep them in check.

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Our 2 oldest Savages swam in their regional swim meet this past Saturday. Due to the number of swimmers competing, spectators were limited to a handful of chaperones per school. Those not on the chaperone list received a link to livestream it.

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Asparagus has been cultivated for culinary and medicinal purposes for more than 2,000 years. Versatile and healthy, it can be eaten raw or cooked, and is used fresh, frozen, or canned.

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For the 1st time since moving to Romney, my parents came to visit me this weekend.

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Even if the nights have not recognized spring yet, the daffodils certainly have.  I have to admit to succumbing to the perky spring plants at the nursery.  Well, not quite the nursery, I couldn’t trust myself at Weber’s yet.  But Larry had to go to Lowe’s and, well, Lowe’s had some primroses…

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