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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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I recently heard on the radio that a new study found 90% of women report using filters or editing their photos before posting them online.

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We are well on our way to spring now. Daylight Saving Time has begun and the days are getting longer.

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My dad was the youngest of 14 children. He grew up with nephews and nieces closer to him in age than some of his siblings.

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Now more than ever, it’s important to maintain a healthy immune system. Eating healthy can help us accomplish this, and means including lots of fruits and vegetables into our diets.

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Another week closer to spring, we are experiencing some warm daytime temperatures mixed with cold nights, and it is tempting to spend those warm days outdoors, but hold off doing any major yard cleanup until the temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees for a week or 2.

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Family mealtimes are important and allow all of the family members to sit down and enjoy a meal together.

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We are almost to the middle of March and spring should be arriving soon. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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One of the things that has always been a challenge for me as a mother is telling the difference between a run-of-the-mill virus or cold needing to run its course and an actual childhood illness that requires a visit to the doctor’s office.

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A few weeks ago, our son asked if I could help him rearrange the furniture in his bedroom. I was happy to oblige.

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I hope everyone is staying safe. We got our vaccination shots, but for the most part, we are still snowbound and indoors.

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This is a time for staying close to home and keeping warm. Who knows when these cold temperatures will be ending or even when this virus will ease its hold on us.

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The cost of groceries and food can put serious strain on a household’s finances, and even more stress on family members. One way families can cut spending is by making smart food shopping choices.

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When our children were little, I often read them the book “Love You Forever.” It’s a heartwarming story chronicling the relationship between a mother and her son as they both age.

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Winter is in full swing and now is the time to look out into your garden and think about where some winter-interest plants would be welcome.

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As our thoughts turn to spring and planting, we begin recalling last year and how much more work it took to keep things going in the garden.

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As the mom of 3 Savages, I appreciate that 1 of the 1st words the Apostle Paul used to describe love is patient. Nothing has taught me this lesson more than motherhood. From colicky babies to tantruming toddlers to moody tweens and teens, patience has been a mainstay in our parenting wheelhouse.

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This Valentine’s Day show your loved ones how much you care by serving them red on their dinner plates.

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February is here already and we are still staying in and safe. We have begun receiving plant catalogs and my thoughts are turning to the garden.

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According to the Royal Horticultural Society indoor plants have numerous psychological benefits, including improving mood, reducing stress, increased worker productivity, increased speed or reaction in computer tasks and improved attention span.

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We are easing into the new year and thinking about spring. Hopefully the cold winter will pass quickly and warm days will take over.

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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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