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About angela1313

I am a cat lover, a writer, and an overextended blogger trying to foster for a cat rescue, finish a Master's degree and rehab a fixer upper house i bought.

Fires, Fireplaces and Stoves

2699405322   A tip from The 1899 Old Farmer’s Almanac “Useful Hints”: “Keep all fruit stones (pits), cooked or uncooked. Dry them slowly in the oven, put in a large jar, and in winter throw a handful on the fire … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Adopt a Senior Pet Month

When I did a lot of tutoring of younger students I was always on the lookout for entertaining reading for them. One main criterion was that I also would find them enjoyable. Thus I found the Mr. Putter and Tabby … Continue reading

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Friday Files: Battening Down the Hatches

“Battening down the hatches” is an old nautical term. Most people know what a hatch is but might not know what the sailors are doing when battening them down. The dictionary defines a batten as : noun: batten; plural noun: … Continue reading

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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 08

Today we passed into the period called Winter Commences. It will run until November 22nd. This is true in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads are ‘Water begins to freeze’ … Continue reading

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To Schlep

Everyone defines the necessities of life differently. One of mine is Korean food. I eat a lot of it.  Where I live, however, Mexican is considered foreign food and chop suey is considered Chinese. To fulfill my needs I have … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves

It seemed to take forever this year but the leaves finally began to turn. I noticed it starting when I drove up to Maryland. In a mere two weeks, however, the brilliant color is waning, red orange and gold turning … Continue reading

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November Garden Calendar

You would think by November the garden chores would be done. Not quite. If you haven’t already, make sure that the canes of your climbing roses and other vining plants are securely fastened to their supports. Winter winds can whip … Continue reading

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