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Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Time to Get Serious About Holiday Shoppping!

Holiday Shopping Begins Earlier Every Year – Thanks to Retailers Everywhere I grew up in central Connecticut and my childhood was in the ’50s.  Tradition back then dictated that the holiday season began Thanksgiving week.  There would be a holiday parade through our downtown and it ended with a sleigh that brought Santa to town.  My dad owned a small…

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Baking Holiday Cookies

Cookies Are an Essential Part of the Holidays Cookies are the perfect snack.  They are easily transportable.  They fit in one hand whether of an adult or a little child and put an instant smile on the face of the recipient.  What is better than a warm- from-the-oven treat?  As much as I LOVE cookies for all of the above reasons,…

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Thanksgiving Is Over, Time to Start the Christmas Decorating!

Things to Do Before Christmas Decorating Now that the Thanksgiving turkey is finally gone and the kitchen is all cleaned up, you have a few things to do.  First, start a diet!  Then get serious about decorating the house for the upcoming Christmas holidays.  Get out all your fancy, sparkly Christmas doodads.  Spread them out all in the same room…

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Autumn Yard Maintenance (Part Two)

Autumn is More Than Raking Leaves Autumn is the ultimate time to prune most shrubs.  Using a hand saw or hand clippers, remove all dead or diseased branches as well as any out of control areas.  This goes for trees as well, though there are several caveats when trimming trees.  You will probably need a long handled trimmer depending on…

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Autumn Yard Maintenance (Part One)

Autumn is Prime Time for Your Yard It always seems like there is so much to do to get your yard in shape in Autumn.  But the hard work you put in this time of year sets the stage for a beautiful and healthy Spring and Summer yard.  Keep mowing your yard until the first frost but leave the mower…

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Check Nooks and Crannies Before Decorating

It’s Definitely Time For Decorating The Halloween costumes are hung in the closet and the candy is either gone or going stale.  It seems that every year TV and retail are rushing the Christmas season.  When I was growing up, Christmas decorating NEVER began until well after Thanksgiving.  The kids were trick or treating two days ago and people are…

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