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Full moon baby boom

Most doctors will say that there is no connection between a full moon and the onset of labor.  Talk to a farmer, and they will most likely disagree.  The old timer up the road is a firm believer – he says that if the moon can effect the tides of the ocean, then it can…

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Just what the h*ll is a spittlebug?

I was recently digging around in my garden and discovered what looked like soap suds on a few leaves and stems of my strawberry plants.  Perplexed, I gave the old timer up the road a jingle.  He told me that he didn’t know what the hell I was talking about and cursed at me because…

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Memorial Day

A white marble headstone, in the Netherlands American Cemetery, marks the grave of a man who gave his life for his country during WWII.  He was killed on February 23, 1945 during the battle of the Roer River.  He was just 22 years old.  His ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.   Our flag does…

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The hell fires of menopause

After spending another sleepless night due to night sweats, seemingly fueled by the eternal fires of hell, I drug my fatigued and sweaty body out of bed to face the day.  I turned on the TV to watch the news, and instead, was greeted by a commercial for a menopause supplement.  The spokesperson cheerfully told…

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Sausage stuffed peppers recipe

I love Stove Top Stuffing.  If I had my choice, it would be considered a main dish.  Alas, my family does not agree with me.  So, the next best thing is to stuff something with Stove Top.  I’ve had this recipe for sausage stuffed peppers since I was married almost 23 years ago and it’s…

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I hit a peacock with my SUV

I was making my way down a dusty back road, minding my own business, when I was startled by an unknown flying object that swooped down across the hood of my SUV. I hit the brakes, came to a stop and threw the vehicle in park. “Holy sh*t, was that a dog?” I blurted out…

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Dear Range Rover Driver

Dear Range Rover Driver, Thank you for frantically waving your hands at me and banging your steering wheel while we waited at the red light that clearly stated NO TURN ON RED. I also appreciated you tailgating me while simultaneously texting on your cell phone and trying to shove a hamburger in your mouth. You were…

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Planting shallots

Shallots can be planted in the spring or fall.  They require a dormant period of about 4 weeks right after planting with temperatures between 32 – 50 degrees. The the cool ground helps the formation of good bulbs. Fall planting should be done 4-6 weeks before the first freeze of the season.  Fall planting yields…

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WPC: Future (Clydesdales)

Clydesdales are a breed of heavy draft horse that originated in Scotland.  They were originally used for heaving hauling in logging and mining camps and as a working farm animal.  In the mid-20th century, the Clydesdales went into decline and there were only 80 recorded Clydesdales in England in 1949.  In 1975, the breed was…

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Legend of the onion snow

In the dark ages (before the internet), the old timers would use nature’s calendar to know when to plant and harvest. Since they had no such luxury as a seven day forecast, they took cues from their surroundings to predict the weather.  If the cows laid down in the field during the day, it meant…