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Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

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Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

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The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

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Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

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Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

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Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

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A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

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Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

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The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

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Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

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Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

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If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

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Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

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It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

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Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

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Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

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