Hell Comes to Town

Every August my tiny little village is invaded by bikers and their women. They call it a “rodeo” but it’s a crime wave. It’s done with the full cooperation of the local and state police and by the local government. It’s a long weekend full of excessive drinking, debauchery, and crime to which the police turn a blind eye. And why is this vile event allowed to disrupt the lives of both the people who live in the village and those of us in the townships around it? They bring money.

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Even More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is really hard for me. I don’t mean that it’s hard to get started or that I don’t really want to clean. It’s actually physically difficult. My spinal cord injury left me in constant pain and I’m really limited in the way I can move. Because of this problem I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to clean that, while strange, may help me get chores done faster and with less physicality. With that in mind, I’ve found even more cleaning tips that you may want to try yourself.

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Fun Facts about Fruits & Vegetables

There’s nothing more rewarding to me than being able to tell my family that they’re eating things I’ve grown in my garden. And the longer I garden the more interested I become in the history of the vegetables and fruit I grow. I use heirloom seeds so the past is closely linked to the produce we’re eating. But there were things about vegetables and fruits that surprised me. Did you know…

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Biddable & Non-biddable Dogs (or smart vs. dumb dogs)

Before I begin I want to make it clear that I love all dogs. Whether they’re big or small, obedient or less than impeccably trained, I love them. So don’t get upset and think I’m picking on your dog. I’d offer to steal your dog if I met him/her. I love dogs! But decades of training dogs, although I haven’t done it as much in the last ten years or so, made me aware of how little people know about the dogs they own and even less about dogs they think they want to own.

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A Reason to be Thankful

Late last week I fell in the yard. In the hours following the fall I thought I was fine. It hurt but not as much as I thought it would. But, over the next few days, things felt worse and worse. This wouldn’t have really been a problem but I’d invited our youngest son, his girlfriend, their daughter (and we ended up with her cousin as well), and my dear friend, Peg to dinner on Monday. I’d already started to thaw a turkey. It was a commitment. It was time to panic. But of course, I shouldn’t have.

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Converting Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers are great and there are countless recipes for everything from breakfasts to desserts for them. I utilize my slow cooker often. It’s easy to just toss the ingredients in and forget about them for hours and hours. But sometimes I want to make something meant for the slow cooker in a much shorter time. So how do you convert a slow cooker recipe to an oven or stop top recipe?

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Still Struggling With Photography

Somehow checking the garden turned into a photo shoot this afternoon. I should have been tending to the vegetables I gathered but, instead, I found myself trying to get a perfect picture of the produce. I’m still trying to figure out what my camera can and cannot do. At this point I’m convinced my camera can do anything except macro shots (I’d need a new lens) and that I can do very little.

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A Little Known Danger for Dogs Called Foxtails

We all love to take our dogs for walks or watch them play in the yard or park. But there is a little known danger for dogs called foxtails. A foxtail is a spikelet or a spiked cluster of a grass that serves to disperse the seeds as a unit. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called “foxtail” or “spear grass.”

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