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Although it has been a very busy year so far, it hardly seems possible for it to be close to the end of January already. It has been a month of unpleasant surprises and I sincerely hope they are finished for the rest of the year.

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Here’s something you don’t want to hear when you answer your cellphone at work, “Mom, I woke up, and the house is full of smoke and smells like gas or something. I got my siblings out, and we’re in the yard. What should I do?”

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The weather in the new year is proving to be just as fickle as it was in the old one. Cold rainy days can be depressing and since we’re staying in all the time, it’s even worse. If you’re a reader, this is the time to be reading those new books you got for Christmas or pick up a gardening (o…

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I had to be photographed recently for the newspaper. I literally went from laughing and joking to looking frightened and bug eyed within seconds. For whatever reason, as soon as I see a camera, I nervously contort my face into the most unflattering look possible. I’ve had many laughs with fr…

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Bird feeders can serve as great distraction as we wait on blooming flowers, summer gardens — and simply a bit more sunshine.

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My sisters-in-law and I still get a good chuckle remembering when all our oldest daughters were very young, and my mother-in-law gave just 2 out of the 3 of us a book entitled, “Raising Your Strong-Willed, Spirited Child.”

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Remember your 1st memories of helping in the kitchen? Maybe it was measuring flour or rolling out a piecrust.

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This is going to be an unusual Christmas holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

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We were all set to get family Christmas photos last weekend.

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We are continuing on with the crazy weather, the spreading virus and staying safe. The weather hasn’t been conducive to much outdoor activity, but we all know that can change overnight.

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The holiday season officially kicked off with the arrival of Thanksgiving. What should be a happy, joyous time of celebration with friends and family is being met with challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

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For the record, I am in no way the cook in our family. I’m more likely to set off the smoke detector or end up saying things like, “Just scrape off the black parts. It’s edible.”

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Again the weather has turned a corner on us. We were experiencing so many warm days with an occasional cool night, and all of a sudden we were having frost warnings.

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After enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey with family and friends, begin planning future meals from this year’s leftover turkey.

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Although many of us are still staying home and working around the children’s school schedules, there is, unfortunately, a problem I need to comment on right off.

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It used to be every time my husband got a call on his cellphone the song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” would play. As long as I’ve known him that’s pretty much summed up his outlook on life.

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This is the time of year when even if the nights are very cold, the days can be quite warm. We need to take advantage of those warm days get whatever needs finished outdoors done.

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The holiday deals are arriving much earlier than in years past. Major retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart are already offering holiday deals.

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After 10 or so years, I’m no longer a soccer mom. Last week, our oldest daughter, a senior in high school, played her very last game of soccer on an organized team.

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As the weather begins to change, the leaves start altering in color and all pumpkin-filled festivities emerge. Pumpkins are a wonderful choice for décor, crafts and consumption.

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Cooler fall temperatures mean soup season is upon us. A hearty, healthy soup — made with meat and poultry, vegetables or dried beans can be nutritious, inexpensive and easy to prepare.

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As a mom sometimes I say things I shouldn’t. I’m not just talking about our youngest daughter’s lucrative side hustle of catching me drop a curse word.

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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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As we embark on the cooler weather of fall, I love to watch the trees lose their green and transform into more vibrant colors.

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The weather continues to surprise us and not in that happy “this is great” kind of way. Watching the forecasts has become a regular thing and it’s never been as important as it has been this year.

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Along my driveway in Capon Bridge there is an old abandoned apple tree that I’ve been watching all season. Although Hampshire County may not have the number of orchards it did at one time, I bet a lot of you still have old abandoned apple trees just like the one along my driveway.

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Once, there was a show that asked, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” Well, halfway through our son’s first 9 weeks of the 5th grade, I can confidently answer, “No. I’m not.” 

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