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emoticon Go to the 2016 topic---Thanks!

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You made me laugh for sure!

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good idea about the cotton balls and I think that if I put yogurt and honey in my hair I would try to eat it. LOL emoticon

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Sunday tips: cotton balls from medicine bottles can be used on top of seed trays to help retain moisture. Remove the cotton when the seeds start sprouting.

DID U KNOW? Shiny hair for pennies! Combine 1/2 cup of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey; message into wet hair.Let sit for 3 minutes,then rinse. Proteins in yogurt nourish and strengthen hair while honeys humectant properties add softness and shine.

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so far it has not gotten that cold here, I still have my AC on too.

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The fat from popping the corn in oil will help give them the extra calories they need to stay warm in the winter!

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thanks for the tip and don't have popcorn in my house because I am allergic to it.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Yes! Got to pop it first my friend.

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I was wondering if we needed to pop it or not---wonder why they do that?

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12/20/15 8:21 A

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Sunday tips: put "popcorn" in your bird feeder to attract insect-eating birds. I have blue jays,grackles,flickers,woodpeckers and robins at my feeder every morning . After a breakfast of popcorn and seed,they spend the whole day in my garden, eating bugs. Be sure the corn is popped in grease or oil- that attracts the birds.

DID U KNOW? Uses for tennis balls: make hand weights for pennies. Cut small slits in two tennis balls and fill each with pennies,then seal with super glue and let dry. When you go on your daily stroll or do an exercise video you can hold the balls ( which will weigh about one pound each) for bonus arm toning.

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12/20/15 1:56 A

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Thanks for the tip on the gas and don't use pencils very much. Mostly pens

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12/15/15 8:09 A

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Give it a try and let us know what happens?

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Wonder if the pencil shavings would work outside as well? I could collect quite a bit here at school if it does.

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Sunday tips: save your pencil shavings. Spread them around house plants to help keep aphids and mites at bag.

DID U KNOW? Easy key to getting more mileage out of every tank? Next time you fill your tank,look inside the handle of the gas-pump nozzle for the grooves that indicate how quickly the gas is pumped out, then choose the lowest setting. While squeezing the trigger to the highest setting saves time,it allows more air vapors into the tank,leaving you with less gas than you paid for. Instead,take the extra minute to fill up-you'll get more bang for your buck!

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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12/6/15 8:37 A

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Sunday tips: to stop the drips of on door hanging baskets,buy plastic planters the same diameter as your original basket but without drain holes. Remove the chains from your original basket and attach them to the new container after drilling three holes near the rim. Then the original basket is place into the new container,using foam packing "peanuts" or other material to separate the pots. ( this keeps the plants from sitting in water). You may have to empty watercraft collects in the new container.

DID U KNOW? Keep pets off the table: press a few cloves into the skin of several clementines,place in a bowl and display on any surface you want your pal to avoid. The odor of cloves is over powdering to his sensitive nose,so he'll steer clear. Bonus: cloves make your home smell festive!

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Good painting tip!

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Sunday tips: blew an old pair of shoulder pads inside the legs of your jeans right by each knee. This way you don't have to keep moving a kneeling pad.

DID U KNOW? Protect doorknobs from "oops" paint! Cover them with a sheet of aluminum foil. The foil molds perfectly to the shape of whatever it's covering and stays in place until the job is done. When the paint is dry,simply remove the foil to reveal paint- free fixtures.

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11/22/15 8:25 A

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Sunday tips: it seems I never have enough organic material to add to my compost pile. So I go to fruit stands in the area and ask for their overripe fruit. They're going to throw it away anyway,so they're usually happy to get rid of it. And it's free!

DID YOU KNOW? Shiny,bouncy hair for less: after shampooing ,apply 1 tablespoon of vinegar to your hair and scalp,let sit for 5 minutes,then rinse. Vinegar's acetic acid will dissolve product residue,leaving your locks shiny and full of volume.

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11/16/15 4:22 A

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Good to know about the flea one and will try it some time after I get a dog.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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11/15/15 9:15 A

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One of my cats loves having ice cubes in her water---we started that this summer as the city water is so warm in the summer---now she won't drink it unless ice is in it--she licks on them---crazy cat!

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11/15/15 8:20 A

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Sunday tips: Don't throw away coffee grounds they are biodegradable and excellent for your gardens and flower beds. I dry them and sprinkle them over my flowers---even on top of snow in winter. They will get to the ground eventually. They add a little acid to the soil,which is especially good for azaleas. And worms love'em too!

DID U KNOW? Encourage fluffy to drink more: Some cats refuse to drink water during the winter,which can lead to dehydration and urinary tract infections. To ensure your little cutie gets enough fluids,try adding a meat cube to her water bowl. To do: combine 1 cup beef,turkey or chicken broth and 1 cup of water in a pan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into ice cube tray and freeze. Add a cube at a time to fluffy's water bowl and she'll be lapping it up in no time.

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Interesting tip---just did composting at MG class---throw some kitchen scraps in there, too---like cucumber peels, egg shells, banana peels, etc---just don't put citrus peels in your compost.

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Sunday tips: rake or "mow" fallen leaves and pack them into plastic leaf bags that you've poked holes in. Water the leaves thoroughly and tie the tops of the bags. The alternate freeze-thaw cycles of our normal Ohio winters break down the leaves into beautiful loamy black soil for gardens or planters.

DID YOU KNOW? Store summer shoes in cardboard wine boxes. Flames,flip-flops and sandals fit perfectly in the slots,and the box keeps shoes from getting crushed, plus, you can tuck it under a bed to keep it out of the way yet easily accessible.

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11/2/15 8:21 A

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I have to agree what is good for your dog maybe not be good for cats? Please check with your vet before trying it. I would not want to cause harm to your cat.

With these tips on your love ones please always check with the vet..what is posted for a dog may not be good for your cat...

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11/2/15 5:59 A

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They wouldn't wear it anyhow---LOL

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Maybe I should put a bandana with that on it every time I take Poppy puppy to the dog park. Despite using those chemical flea drops she comes home with fleas after our visits there.

Lecates just because you can use something on dogs, does not mean it is safe to use on cats.

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Gosh, wish I could get my cats to wear that.

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Sunday tips: my neighbor use to put peat moss in the bottom of her chicken house for the hens to dust in during rainy periods. The peat stays dry, and when the chickens dust and scratch in the hen houses,they keep the droppings stirred and dry. The peat and chickens droppings cleaned from the hen house can go directly into her vegetables garden and flower beds in fall,so it can age until spring. ( the mixture must age so it doesn't burn your plants.)

DID YOU KNOW? Fend off fleas naturally! In a small,lidded jar combine 5 drops of cedar oil ( available at health-food stores) and 3 tablespoons of water. Shake well,then apply 5tp10 drops of the mixture to a clean bandana and tie it around your dog's neck. Refresh every 2 days. Cedar oil is safe for dogs but is toxic to fleas,so your pal will be pest- free.

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10/27/15 2:07 A

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Thanks for the tips

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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Have some tree stumps you want to get rid of or keep from having new growth? Paint the top of it with Round Up---and if you tint the round up, you will make sure you cover the entire surface---eventually the tree root will rot away.
A good way to control mint is to plant it in a chimney flue that you put into the ground.

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Sunday tips: I put fruit and vegetables peelings into my blender instead of a compost pile. Then I dig a hole in my garden, pour in the mixture and cover the hole. It saves me from having to find a place for a compost pile.

DID U KNOW? Secret to lush house plants: every time you cook pasta,drain the un-salted pasta water into a bowl to let cool,then use it to water your plants. Starch in the water speeds the growth of good bacteria in plants roots.

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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10/19/15 8:51 A

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This team is rocking!

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Great idea about the cat litter buckets. We also use them as hauling buckets---my son took a lot of stone out of his flower beds---that is what the previous owners had used for mulch and he hated it---so my dh goes over and loads stone up in the litter buckets and my son brings them over---we are using the stones to fill in our driveway---a win/win situation and a good workout for my retired dh.

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If you or a friend has a cat, the kitty litter buckets make great compost buckets and they come with a lid. They also are great when you're weeding, have a coupe handy to toss weeds in and one to sit on.

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Sunday tips: the simplest composting method I know.? Keep a compost bucket outside the back door. As often as necessary,empty it into a trench and cover with soil. I give my grand son a penny for every worm he finds at the creek,and then put the worms on top of the trench. I no longer live in the country but you can do it anywhere?

DID YOU KNOW? Quick relief for puffy,itchy eyes:due to allergies? Steep 2 mint tea bags in hot water for 30 seconds, let cool place one over each closed eyelid for 10 minutes. The mint provides instant cooling relief from the itching and swelling, plus the aroma clears up nasal congestion.

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Home grown garlic is WPNDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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We, my wife and I, planted 92 cloves of garlic for harvest next August 2016. These are the northern type - "hard neck". We had planted 94 over year ago and we got some good sized bulbs.

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Mothballs wow! What a good discussion..this team is rocking! let's keep,it up!

Sunday tips: use large coffee cans with the tops and bottoms cut off to protect little bushes and trees from lawn mowers. Be sure to remove them as the trunks get larger.

DID YOU KNOW? Nix garbage disposal odor: pour vinegar into ice trays and freeze, then run 5 or 6 cubes through the disposal. The acetic acid in vinegar kills odor causing bacteria,while the ice sharpens the blades to keep the appliance working like new.

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that is one reason that I started to look into mothballs and how it affected us. It is not good. Using natural is better for your health and better for the food you eat too.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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I definitely prefer using red pepper! If you get it at Sam's club or a place like that, the cost is not that bad either.

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Red pepper sprinkled around and on plants will deter most mammals. You may have to apply it more often than the moth balls but it is safer.

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Careful of mothballs here is some info that you might want to look at

Mothballs - Regulation, Proper Uses and Alternatives
Regulation of Mothballs

Mothballs are pesticides intended to kill clothes moths and other fabric pests. They are regulated in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. The label of any pesticide, including mothballs, specifies exactly where and how you can legally use the product. Using mothballs in a way not specified by the label is not only illegal, but can harm people, pets or the environment.

Some mothballs for sale may be illegal, which means they were imported without oversight of the product contents or labeling. Because they have not been evaluated, the risks they pose are unknown.
Proper Use of Mothballs

Mothball labels typically direct users to place mothballs in a tightly closed container that will prevent the pesticide fumes from accumulating in living spaces where people and pets can breathe them in for long periods of time. Inside airtight containers, the vapors released by the mothballs build up and kill the clothes moths.

One common mistake is using mothballs in containers that aren't airtight, allowing the toxic vapors to escape into the surrounding air. This can lead to long-term exposure, which may cause health problems.

Another common mistake is using mothballs in gardens or other outdoor locations to control insects, snakes or other wildlife. Using mothballs outside can harm children, pets and other animals. Mothballs used outdoors can also contaminate soil, plants and water. The information below contains additional resources for the proper use of mothballs and some alternative methods of controlling clothes moths.


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Good tip thanks for sharing it with us! See you are never to old to learn something new!

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When the woodchucks came for dinner at the garden, we spread mothballs in the area. The woodchuck could not stand the smell.



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I kind of do that when I plant new tulip bulbs. I use red pepper in the holes and on the bulb to keep squirrels away, but I also put a little bit on top of the soil where I plant them so that I know where I planted them because I often do the planting in several sessions---easier on the back and knees to do them at different times.

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Sunday tips: when you sow grass seed,add ordinary flour to it so that the area is "whitened" this will help you easily find where it was planted.

DID YOU KNOW? The doggie treat that wards if UTi's: this time of year,your dog tends to drink less water since she's spending less time running around the outside. But experts caution that drinking less in the fall and winter can lead to urinary tract infections to the rescue: blueberries! Give your pet a handful of the gems.( frozen berries that are thawed are fine) a few times a week. The fruit contains compounds proven to prevent UTI's- but your pup will just think you're giving an extra-special treat. Always check with your vet just to be safe and sure!

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Yesterday in the MG class about insects, the most colorful insects are the most poisonous---and most bugs are beneficial to our ecosystem.

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Sunday tip: I've finally come up with a way to reseed the spot on my lawn where my dog love to roll. I seed the area and then lay chicken wire over the patches. My dog avoid them,and the sun and water can get through it.

Did U Know? Pressing here to relieve fall allergies? Firmly press your thumb on the area between your eye brows,know as the "third eye" for 30 seconds. Repeat as needed. According to acupressure experts,applying pressure to this point breaks up tension in the sinus cavities,easing those throbbing headaches in no time.

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Sharjopaul another good tip friend keep them coming ..we are never to old to learn something new!

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Do that with the mover all the time since I do live in a hot climate and mow all year long

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Another trick to keep grass green during the summer is to water only once a week but deeply. This means 1 inch of water, you can measure this by putting a can, one of those tuna cans works well, at the edge of the sprinkler area and timing how long it takes to get an inch of water in it. If it rains at least an inch between your waterigs you do not need to water. This encourages deeper roots so the grass gets less stressed in hotter drier weather.

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Sunday tips: biggest secret for a lush lawn is keeping the mower at the highest setting. The tall grass looks strange at first,but it helps the lawn survive hot weather. When everyone else's grass is drying up yours will stay green with no other maintenance.

Did U Know? Healthy kitty treats: make your own healthy mix? Mix a tin can of tuna in oil with 1/4 cup of dry nonfat milk and 1/2 cup of wheat germ. Heat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet. Roll mixture into 1/2 tsp-size balls and flatten with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes,let cool and store in an airtight container.

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