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Amazing amaryllis

For the upcoming holiday season, nothing beats a spike of impressive amaryllis blooms. Now is the time to start bulbs for a colorful December display in the home, as amaryllis will need 6 to 8 weeks after potting before blooming. When planting amaryllis, select containers that are just an ...

Fears of a dimwitted childhood

I fear I may have been a dimwitted child. Let me explain: Julie and I are looking forward to another granddaughter. Her daughter and son-in-law in Arizona are expecting their second child in February. Their son is two; he’ll be three in March. He’s a charming and precocious little ...

Celebrating Maxine and other senior pets

November is National Senior Pet Month, promoted by the ASPCA as a way to encourage the adoption of pets of a senior age. Sure, we all know that puppies and kittens are almost too cute to resist, and that always makes them much easier to place in an adoption at a shelter. The adorability of ...

Jensen shares ice fishing ideas

There was a skim of ice on the pond this morning which served as a good reminder that ice-fishing is getting closer all the time. While we’re probably still a couple of weeks away from getting on the ice, now is a good time to think about some of the things we can do this year to have a ...

Spice it up for the holidays

With the holidays now approaching, is your spice cupboard ready for the family feast? Although purchased spices used for holiday baking may keep many years, check expiration dates for freshness as listed on the container for best results. As many spices for holiday recipes may be used ...

The highest form of humor?

A first-person article in a recent issue of Reader’s Digest caught my attention. It was about the 39th annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship held in Austin, Texas, last May. Though I’m not ready for a world championship I do love those little plays on words that motivate folks to ...