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10 easy tips for seating guests at a dinner party

Are you reluctant to hold a dinner party, whether formal or very casual? Don’t be reluctant — here’s a few simple tips for seating guests that will help you as a host/hostess and will also have your guests feeling relaxed and welcome. I love dinner parties because it’s a great way to get to know […]

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for the knitters

I think I was meant to be a knitter. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been strongly attracted to yarn, yarn shops, and I’ve even been known to buy yarn — before I ever learned to knit. True story. I finished my Nordic Wind shawl and am a tad more-than-pleased with it. My […]

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Tip Time: What to do with Coffee Grounds

The TIPS: Sprinkle coffee grounds around plants to deter slugs and snails. Coffee grounds are an ideal and economical soil amendment.  The grounds act as a slow release fertilizer with some of the nutrients available immediately and other nutrients available over a period of time. Earthworms love coffee grounds so they further condition the soil. Apparently cats don’t like […]

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Good health to you …

So life goes on. As some of you know, and some may not, I had a stroke at the beginning of December. I’ve been in intensive rehab and continue to work on my progress. I don’t feel this is the venue for elaborating on this issue but I do feel it’s important to share a […]

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Host-Hostess Gift Etiquette

{NOTE: In this particular blog post, the photos included are not my own, with the exception of just one. I have given credit for each of the sources.} It’s the time of year when we begin receiving more invitations to dinner parties, cocktail parties, and open houses. No matter how well we know the person/couple […]

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Printed Photographs are Gifts

“An image in hand can touch your heart more deeply than an image on a computer screen. Printed photographs are gifts.” ~Meredith Wynn I am a strong advocate for getting photographs PRINTED and not leaving them to languish (or eventually disappear) on hard drives, CDs, or memory cards. How long will it be before these […]

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