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Identifying a Tiny Black Bug

June 22, 20180 found this helpful

If you have a hardware or garden store near by, scoop some of the offending creatures into a jar, seal the jar tightly, double bag them and ask one of the experts at the store to help you identify them.

Once you know what you are dealing with, they can give you the best and safest solution to get rid of them so they stop preying on your punkin girl.

Hopefully there will be a natural solution vs. a chemical one because you have a small child in the house.

Whatever the solution, be sure to keep children and pets away from the area when you are treating it and for the recommended time frames. Good luck! Let us know what you learn!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Weve had bedbugs before and this looks nothing like it. Its not flat. Its rounded at the top and it has wings underneath the top shell.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a bedbug.

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Name for a Special Birthday

June 22, 20180 found this helpful

Your message has me obsessed with this answer as I love birthdays and the numbers aspect of them.

Technically it could be a palindrome birthday (same backward and forwards 8 8 8) but the definition below doesn't match. I am coming up empty which is very surprising.

mathfour.com/.../whens-your-next-palindrome-birthday

Maybe this is an opportunity to invent the name and name it after your granddaughter! That would be neat! In this day an age with the internet, all you need is a website and you could have a little birthday related cottage industry!

Stranger things have happened! Check out the story of the person who "invented" the Beddian birthday Judy talked about...when you turn the year you were born.

www.newyorker.com/.../a-firefighters-theorem

Wishing your granddaughter all the best on this special day!! I recommend giving her: 8 kisses and 8 hugs every 8 hours and that her piece of birthday cake measures a generous 8 x 8 x 8 inches! ENJOY!!!!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I don't know what it is called, but that is special for your daughter to be born 8/8 and also turning 8! :)

All about #8
mysticalnumbers.com/.../

Happy Early Birthday to your granddaughter!

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June 21, 20181 found this helpful

Thank you for your information. I did read what you referenced on Wiki. You would think there would be a name for a birthday when there are 3 things alike as my granddaughter will have in August: she will be 8 years old on August 8th (8-8). Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to reply to my question.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I never heard an official name for it...we always called them lucky birthday. Turns out there is a whole wiki on birthdays and they are also called golden, grand, star, or champagne birthdays. The wiki link is below....if you scroll about 1/3 down you will see the explanation they give with all the names.

en.wikipedia.org/.../Birthday

Surprisingly since mine was MANY years ago, I remember it quite well! I thought it was WAY COOL!!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Its called a Beddian birthday.

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Name and Tagline Ideas for a Daycare Business

June 22, 20180 found this helpful

You might consider Tiny Tots with tagline Where kids are loved a lot or Itsy Bitsy Daycare or Itty-Bitty Daycare: A special place for your little one

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I personally would avoid Teeny Weeny for a variety of reasons.

Like Judy, I like alliteration like Tots and Toddlers Daycare with a tagline Nurturing the next generation today

Wishing you all the best in your new venture!!!!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I would go with an alliterative name, like Teeny Tots. A tag line could be teeny-tots where your child is loved lots!

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Mushroom Tubs for Organizing Craft Supplies

June 22, 20180 found this helpful

So cool to see a kindred soul who finds cool re-uses for those cute and sturdy little blue mushroom containers!

Last year I shared a tip on the site about using them in kitchen drawers www.thriftyfun.com/Food-Packaging-as-Drawer-Organizers...

Your post has motivated me to pull out the extras and tackle some of my other messy spaces! Thanks for sharing!

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Help Adjusting TV Headrest on Sofa Bed

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

having same problem except mine wont go down, just to lower headrest setting before being level with the rest of the bed. wont recline any further than that, ive tried everything i can think of

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Naming a Mixed Breed Puppy

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I think Genny would be great, after your name Gen. !!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Hi and congrats and blessings on your new fur baby!!! What a sweet face! I love hound mixes!! They are awesome! Wishing you a beautiful future!

I am all about human names for fur babies....first and middle names.

How about a "g" name to go with yours? Like Ginny Lou or Gina Sue or Gemma Jo or Gigi Ann or Glinda Joy or Geri Jean. Or have the initials match yours.

Think about what you want to cool at her when she is good and holler out at her when she did something not so good, but funny nonetheless!

Enjoy!!!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

How about Lucky? She is lucky you picked her!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

She is absolutely adorable! Lucy, Daisy and Abby are popular names for female beagles. Personally, I think the names Sassy or Sasha would be good names for this little girl. I wouldn't worry too much about her ancestry. Love her, train her well and you'll have a loving, devoted friend to share your life with.

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Giant Allium in Bloom

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks, I love them! It's funny, it's in a garden bed that a lot of other things haven't liked. I think most people overwater them.

I got 5 blooms this year. About time to divide them, I think.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

After several years trying to grow these, I finally gave up. I could grow them, Oh Yes, but they were never as large and beautiful as yours.

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Elmer's for a Facial

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Lilac, I did a little research about this because we don't ever want to have an unsafe tip on the site. I found this article that talks to several experts and their advice is mixed. I would say that it is probably not the best idea but not really unsafe.

www.allure.com/.../blackhead-removal-elmers-glue-dermatologists

I'm going to make your comment "best answer" so it always shows and add an editor's note.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful
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You should not put anything on your face that is not meant for human skin. There are chemicals in products that could either damage your skin or even poison you. Just buy the mask.

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Cleaning and Shining Hardwood Floors

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Nope. I am a woodworker I use a mixture of bees wax and mineral oil on all of the products I make that are for use with food. Just take a double boiler and heat up. But if minersl oil and wax and start stiring. For butcher blocks and spoons I make it thick with lots of wax And for floors I make it thinner with more mineral oil. I can soak a piece of wood in pure mineral oil and wipe it off and it would take this was as good as bare wood.

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Cleaning Calcium Deposits Off a Fridge Water Dispenser

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Here is your old post:

www.thriftyfun.com/Removing-Mineral-Deposits-from-Surfaces...

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I don't know where my old post is picturing my ice dispenser tray and how it's made of a "shiney black plastic" which I couldn't use vinegar on it, as that would dull or matt out the shine of the plastic and I couldn't use anything that's abrasive...

so what I know will work for you in removing the calcium deposit left on your water dispenser is, try this, and I believe you'll not only be amazed, but you'll like how easy this solution is, plus, it won't damage the black plastic whatsoever.

Take a couple of paper towels and soak them with only
(bottled water), then lay them on top of the calcium deposits.
Allow that to lay on the plastic for at least 30 min. Then check
to see how easy the calcium deposits wipe right off. It doesn't matter if it's caked on there either, as I know, we have hard-hard
water here in NV, and this method works just TOO easily!

Just remember, if the paper towels "dry out" it can't work, so please leave them on top the deposits for at least 30 min. If 30 min doesn't rid ALL of it, leave it on another 15 min and then check it.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Magic Eraser didn't touch it. I sure hope Bar Keepers Friend works better.

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Blade Not Turning on Toro Lawnmower

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

There is a pin that can be sheared if you run over something while mowing,if the blade spins freely or you can spin by hand,this is most likely the problem

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Value of a Console Record Player

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

If you live in a large city (such as Atlanta) you may be able to sell the complete console - working or not working but it may be difficult if you live in a small community. The reason - shipping would be very costly so this should be a pick up only item.

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Value of a Maggie Collection Forever Friend Doll

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Even with a certificate of authenticity, these dolls are worth very little.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

If you decide not to try to sell her, you may want to consider asking around to see if a church, Habitat for Humanity or another organization who work with families, either in or recovering from a crisis, knows of a child who would love a doll of her or his own. I am a strong believer that every child should have a special toy that is just theirs. Since most mass produced dolls have little market value, this gesture gives them huge morale and karma value. Just some food for thought! Thanks!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

This, like many other collector dolls, is mass-produced and hardly worth anything.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Companies mass produce these dolls in all sizes, styles and "collections" so they have a very low value as they are so plentiful.

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Identifying a Pet Baby Snake

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I think it is a rat snake

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It is hard to tell from the photos. My suggestion is to contact your local vet and ask for input or a recommendation for a vet who knows reptiles.

Snakes are pets just like dogs and cats and benefit from having an established relationship with a vet who is experienced with the species. A good vet will help you with feeding needs, habitat needs, and troubleshooting any challenges.

Good luck! Blessings on your new slithering child! :)

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Finding Free Tires

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Put a want ad on Freecycle or Craigslist

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Usually the best places to seek help with items like this is to check Craigslist and Freecycle.

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Tiny Holes In Clothing

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

The small holes in my shirts are always in the same spot of all my tops. My exterminator has done everything possible. Even took some of the shirts to dept of agriculture. Spits wouldnt always b in same spot if caused by of the things mentioned. Its driving me crazy and costing lots money. We must find the problem

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Lilac Not Blooming

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

When reading your question, I could not help but smile - I was just wondering why you waited all this time for your beautiful lilac to bloom and never asked the question before? I smiled because I have been guilty of almost the same thing - only with another type of plant..

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Lilacs bloom on young wood. You should prune it back. It may affect blooming for a couple of years, but it will bloom again.

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Finding Discontinued Laura Ashley Wallpaper

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

There does not seem to be any of this pattern currently listed for sale but that could change at any time so you may have to set up a schedule to check eBay and Etsy every 2-3 weeks just in case a roll is posted.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like this vendor on eBay sold some recently. You could either contact the seller and see if he/she has more OR follow them as a seller and see if they list additional lots in the future:

www.ebay.com/.../162998558912?hash=item25f378a0c0...

While I don't see a currently listing for the pattern (at least by name) on Etsy, there are (today) 37 Laura Ashley patterns listed on that site!

Wishing you the best in your quest!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

People have had success putting want ads on Freecycle and Craigslist. You can also put alerts on eBay and Amazon.

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Herbed Greek Yogurt Scrambled Eggs

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Oh! I forgot to mention - fresh tomatoes with scrambled eggs!!!
Just the best, especially if just picked from the garden.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Scrambled eggs with my favorite - Greek yogurt - sounds like my kind of dish.
As an aside: have you ever tried pepper vinegar with your scrambled eggs? Very different but I like it; maybe because it reminds me of "earlier" times...

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Japanese Chicken Curry

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I love Greek yogurt so that is usually always available and I will remember.
I will be looking for your tips on chopping vegetables (and anybody else who wants to jump in) as I am a slow-poke with this "chore".

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Betty! I feel like I should share my tips on how to chop veggies and meat super quick? I thought I had it down well most of my cooking life, then my mum made it all the faster recently. When I can get one of my "photographers" with me for my next chopping session, I'll post some tips!

I do hope your son likes this. Remember that the yogurt for cooling as a topping is a HUGE key. Sometimes if I have all the ingredients to make this handy, but I don't have yogurt in arm's reach, it's a no-go! ;)

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Finding the Cause of Pinkish Orange Stains on Laundry

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It sounds like rust in your water that could be caused by well water pipes/pump, washer drum, hot water heater/pipes, or older pipes in your house.

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

It might be the water. Maybe try running a vinegar rinse cycle.

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Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I did only use a small amount of garlic (tasting later) but then if who I see tomorrow is Italian? maybe the 3 cloves would not matter..

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

You're so welcome! I'm excited you get to use your first lime. Mine has been slow to give me fruit. Boo! Let me know how this works out for you :) 3 cloves garlic made it more a garlic-lover's dream, so you probably just one 1 ;) Whomever you kiss tomorrow will thank you!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Greek yogurt is my favorite dip and I have added other stuff but never tried all of these.
I have just picked my first lime from my dwarf lime tree and was wondering how to use it - and - up pops just the thing.
Now if I can just keep from adding more calories than called for, I should be in business for snack time later today.
Work inside in heat of the day so I can make and enjoy new treats later.
thanks for photos and clear easy to follow instructions.

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Mexican Cabbage Soup

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

This sounds delish, can't wait to make this, Thanks!!!

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Theories for a Frugal Life

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your kind words! Start small and work your way up! It becomes fun and a challenge to out green yourself (both in saving money and being good to Mother Nature!).

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Identifying Little Black Flying Bugs

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Do you have a photo you can post?

Not seeing an example, I can share that when I had an issue with small bugs swarming in my house, it was from a bag of potatoes I forgot about that attracted a swarm of fruit flies. Once the bag was gone, the problem was gone!

This site has a lot of folks who are great at home remedies for insect removal....but we have to know what we are up against, as some solutions work better than others depending on the critter!

If you have more info or photos, please let us know!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Without a picture it is hard to say for sure but I think they are a type of gnat. Spray with insecticide

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Remedy for Hard and Brittle Hair

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I very much urge you to try a product called Infusium. Forty years ago, I damaged my hair from a perm. I mean it killed my hair. No pick or brush would go through it. I discovered Infusium and I've used it several times through the years when my hair was damaged. You can find it at Walmart, Target, and Walgreens, almost always on the bottom shelf - it's not a well-known product. This product is made for damaged hair and I have to tell you, it's really, really good. I do so hope this helps.

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Slogan for a Children's Nursery Business

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Tartan Tots.....Where colorful play times develop creative children

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Off to a good start with Tartan!

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Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I am on my third dish washer. The first one left a wet dog smelk. Second one was alright. This one has the dog smell. only had it three wks

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Value of a Signed Thomas Kinkade Print

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I have tried that and have looked at other sites. I can't find this painting anywhere in the dimension I have

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Information on Copperhead and Diamondback Snakes

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I would have looked up each photo on line and seen the difference. If you are concerned about them, I wouldn't wait till we can catch up to your question.

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Invisible Bugs Biting Me at Night

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I never heard of no see ums when I lived in the South...just growing up in Pittsburgh. When I lived in Northern VA, we had issues with "chiggers" which as a northerner I never heard of...but those bites were always limited to the feet and ankles. I was highly allergic to their bites and got very sick from them. UGH! Bad memories.

That all said, if you are having issues with getting your landlord to help, you could always talk to someone at your state senator's office and see if they can intervene. We have had a lot of luck using our local resources. They are free...at least they are in my state.

I am not sure if this is your exact district, but one of the state senators has a website with tons of resources.

sd19.senate.ca.gov/resources

Good luck!! Take care!!!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I have experienced No See Ums in the south..they attack our scalp..you FEEL the burn..not sure it is humid enough here..The Mesa is more humid..foggy...Thx

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I did and she threatened me with having to pay for extermination..because no one else has the issues.There are at least THRRE indoor outdoor pets here. I need a remedy for us...in our place. Lavender..Windex..Citronella...Citrus..tried them all...The bugs are invisible..I do not feel the bite..I have 40-60 bites

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

If it is happening at night while you are sleeping in a bed I would advise checking for "bed bugs". Do a" Google" search on how to get rid of them.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

There is an interesting article about no-see ums in your area:

www.edhat.com/.../mesa-no-see-ums

I wonder if that is what you are experiencing.

You didn't mention if it was only when you were in bed or outside or in a certain room in the house, so it may not be what you are dealing with, but it was interesting.

I am always concerned for people with bites scratching and getting an infection. Be very careful to notice the area and if you get prolonged (a day or two) redness or the site is warm for a day or two, talk to a doctor immediately to make sure it is not an infection.

In this case, safety first with your health and then figure out what is causing it as you proceed! I will step off my healthy you soapbox now :)

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

A neighbour may have pets with fleas. They can travel over.

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What to do with Medals, Ribbons, Trophies and Certificates

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I have several old powerlifting trophies that I'd love to re-purpose.

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Confetti Birthday Number Cake Topper

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Cute and super thrifty!

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Baked Frozen Red Potatoes

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

YUM!!! Thanks for sharing! I am going to share with my hubby, who is our cook! I love all things potatoes!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

This sounds like a good way to use up extra potatoes (frozen months ago) and no frying!
I may wait until my weather cools off but I'm sure that I will try this method later.
Thanks for sharing your "research" recipe.

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Blue Spruce Has a Bare Spot

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

We had the same issue when our maple was removed it's overhang left a huge bare spot in our spruce. It looked terrible.

Sadly grafting is very challenging and fraught with failure (and danger if you are up on a ladder trying to get it done). It is NOT impossible...just challenging. You may want to talk to your local garden center to get their feedback on the best methods for your climate, if you are so game.

We had someone suggest just to plant another tree next to it to cover up the bald spot...ummm...that defeated the purpose of removing the maple whose roots were causing issues...didn't want another tree...but I guess for some people if it is a cosmetic fix it might work. Someone actually did a YouTube video on it (NO, not my friend...although I wouldn't put it past him) www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5eS6Nbb8_A

In our case, we just let it go and eventually (2 full seasons) the spot filled itself in almost perfectly. Mother nature has the best solutions sometimes!

Good luck!

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Try getting another branch to fill in that bare spot. Take a tie (from a bread wrapper) and cox it over to the bar spot and wait a while for it to naturally take hold itself.

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Making Spaghetti for 300

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

This is the website that my friend who caters recommended for helping figure out how to calculate food for a big party (it wasn't a wedding, but she likes this site).
myweddingreceptionideas.com/self_catering_calculating_wedding_reception_food...

After looking this over and knowing we are "food pushers" (here--take some leftovers home for dinner...eat...eat!) when we did our big party a few years ago, we went 1 1/2 times what they recommended and for us that worked out great! There were some (but not too many) leftovers. To me always better to have more than not enough.

So if I am doing the math right...it is 12 ounces per person to be generous x 300 people = 3600 ounces or 102 kilo....sorry, I have a math injury from high school...I hope I carried my numbers correctly!

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Harlequin Maple Leaves Browning On Edges

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I have had a harlequin maple for about 15 yes and the leaves start turning brown by end of June. No one can give an explanation as we have watered it deeply, tried not watering it often, fed it, etc all from tree experts and it still does it! We have come to the conclusion it just start dying off earlier than others but manages to keep the leaves until fall

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Applying for Help from Habitat For Atlanta

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

If for some reason you need a plan B or plan C or plan D, your town has other options. There is this interesting link with a lot of info about available programs:

www.atlantaga.gov/.../limited-home-repair-services

If you are a member of a church or other religious entity, talk to them to see if they have programs that may help you. Some even have discretionary funds available for emergencies or groups of skilled members who pitch right in and help do the work without charge!

Since you have a computer, if you still need financial help, you can always try a Go Fund Me account and place your story your social media and ask for assistance. The only caveat about this is depending on how much you ask for it may be counted as taxable income. Some libraries offer free tax advice...so you would want to consult with them to verify this number. You can also call the IRS directly to ask for help www.irs.com/.../contact-the-irs
(Be aware that sometimes the phone wait is long, but the people have always been very nice and quite helpful!)

A last place to turn if you encounter red tape or have issues is your local state representative (senator) and ask for help. Help from these entities is paid for by tax money so there should be no charges www.senate.ga.gov/.../FindyourLegislator.aspx

You need to follow the link and enter your zip code to find out who is your senator and where he/she is located. Ours is conveniently on a bus line. They have an amazing array of services and most even have notary services without charge. It is a very valuable resource for anyone who needs help!

Sending up prayers that you find the assistance you need!!!

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Newborn Kitten Eyes Not Opening

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Hi, I am going thru that now with 3 kittens. I found a pregnant kitten on the street she had 3 kittens. Their one eye is crusted shut I used warm water and got the eyes clean. I ordered eye antibiotic ointment for animals for their eyes off the internet. Now they are opened and getting better.

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Value of Handmade Windsor Chairs

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Put all the information you have on a search in "Google". Also go on eBay it is possible that like chairs are listed for sale.

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Finding Discontinued Lion Brand Chenille Quick & Thick Yarn

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I would do a search on eBay, put in exactly what you are looking for. Also Craigslist put in a "wanted" and see if you get any answers.

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Value of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

All depends if you have relatives or close friends who would like them. You could also donate them to a thrift shop.

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Feeding a Gold Fish Dry Dog Food

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I would recommend ONLY feeding you Gold Fish -------fish food.

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Magic Eraser for Removing Ink From Leather

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Magic Eraser is the best cleaner that I have found for anything. They are a little pricey for all of the ways that I use them, but they revolutionized cleaning bathrooms and removing stains!

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Freezing Figs

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Did this work? We need to accumulate our figs a little at aTime. After accumulating enough figs for canning

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Solution for Waxing Sideburns

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

It will feel weird for a day or two and then that feeling should go away. A tiny dab of a cream (moisturizer) meant for your face my help take the "edge" off of it (reduce the finger feel to it) if you really want to, but it is best just to let it go naturally. If you feel there are ingrown hairs and it is getting infected...that is a whole different issue...watch for warmth and redness and talk to your doctor if it persist. DO NOT mess with infections!! SAFETY FIRST! If you are able to, try an antibiotic cream on any sore spots to prevent infection.

It makes me crazy that society makes us gals self conscious of things like this and wish it didn't...but this "what is beautiful and what is not" is as old as the ages. Maybe it is my age (OLD), but I say embrace every unique part of you and don't try to change it!!! You are beautiful because you are YOU!!! Flaunt it!!

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

It's only because they have a rough edge, but it will lay down flat as it grows.

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Odor In Basement After Defrosting A Freezer

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you all for your responses and your help. Checked out all that you mentioned... We decided to move the freezer to the garage.

Grabbed a cooler we used before to defrost it...there was a smaller cooler inside....it was on the top shelf of the rack in the hallway with the freezer.

Opened the cooler and the stench took my breath away. There were 2 smaller coolers in there - one was open - the other was not. Pulled them out and noticed the one that was closed was heavy.

It was also the one that contained a turkey breast that never made it back into the freezer after we defrosted it....

So.... as stupid as we both felt for having missed it - we are grateful the source has been found - and grateful for all your kind assistance.

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June 21, 20181 found this helpful

If you have a cat, is it possible the cat did pee in the area? Cats can make themselves small to get into small spaces and that pee smell can linger even after cleaning...getting worse on humid days.

If not cat, then you may want to check to see if the drainage plug at the bottom of the freezer (if your freezer is like mine) is clean...from top to end. It can cause a huge stench if gunk gets trapped there (and it can go to the run off hose also). Follow your freezer's directions to clean that out and hopefully that is the solution.

If all is clear, what is the floor made of? If it is wood, is it possible there is a dead animal under the floor boards? Mice are tricky little buggers and squeeze themselves into small spaces and get stuck.

One last thing...are you the only one who smells it? I only ask because I have had sinus infections and smelled "garbage" for days and hubby didn't. I finally figured out what was going on (I had no cold symptoms) and when the doctor put me on an antibiotic after confirming the infection the smell disappeared.

Good luck!! Smells are such a stinking (yes, pun intended) challenge.

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Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Making Ice

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

My first thought is to check to make sure the new filter is seated correctly...which is a simple test of take it out and put it back in. This is usually my issue when I change something and it causes an issue. My problem is I usually can't hear the snap or click made when something is in right and I just assume...which is bad.

That said, if it is snapped in right, you may want to use their site's troubleshooting and contact info and go right to the horse's mouth for answers (so to speak):

producthelp.whirlpool.com/.../How_to_troubleshoot_the_ice_maker

I have used their contact info for my washer and found them quite helpful! Hope you get it fixed quickly! On these hot days (at least where I am), ice is important!!

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Clean Fridge And Freezer Interior With Peroxide

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I am a "thrifter" to my core and just use a clean cotton dish rag with VERY hot tap water for every day wipe downs. I will have to get a small bottle of peroxide on sale and try it for deep cleaning days. Thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous
June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Peroxide? Great idea nice idea

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What Kind of Bug Is This?

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

The picture is a little blurry for me....with that V on the back, it may be a carpet beetle (this site has a clear pix of one--forgive the ICK factor):

www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&biw...:

Seeing one I usually don't panic. If you see more, you may want to give the house a good cleaning as they can eat carpet and other stuff around the house and you don't want that to happen.

For most cases, there is not a need for the pros to get rid of them or use any harsh chemicals. This site gives basic steps for the DIY removal:

www.getridofthings.com/.../

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

This can help. But I warn anyone who is afraid of spiders, it's the first thing you see.

https://www.insectidentification...

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Locating the Source of an Odor in My Home

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

The other thing with turkey buzzards is turkey buzzard droppings (AKA poop). It is possible there is a large amount of yuck on the roof and that is what you are smelling.

Is it possible to hose down the roof with a pressure washer (a regular hose most likely won't be useful if it is baked in from sun/weather)? If not, a good rain (or a few good rains) may wash it away on its own. That would be the ideal if you can't get to the roof to clean it. SAFETY FIRST with any roof jobs!!!

Good luck! Bad smells are a stinking nightmare (sorry for the bad pun)!

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Value of 1961 Encyclopaedia Britannica

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

There was one completed auction on eBay recently where the seller started at 100 dollars plus 71.18 plus shipping and accepted best offer. www.ebay.com/.../253459075914?hash=item3b0356934a...

Unfortunately all this tells you is it sold and that the actual selling price could have been 1 cent to 1 cent under asking price...with or without shipping.

I suggest checking back to eBay (to the SOLD auctions only) periodically to see what they fetch on average to help you decide if you want to sell yours. They are heavy and that makes them a challenge to sell/ship even with USPS media mail.

As a true thrifter...I always find ways to get some value out of the seemingly not valuable or hard to sell.

If your intent is to sell and you are at all artsy...and don't mind deconstructing books....there are folks do well making lamps out of old encyclopedias OR deconstructing them and framing and selling some of the neater or more unusual pages.

Check out these two Pinterest pages (I wish they were my creations...lately I haven't had the time...but I keep these as inspirational pins):

goo.gl/.../DAkByx

www.etsy.com/.../ruff-necked-hummingbird-jj-audubon...

There are so many neat things you can do with old books. When I was very, very young, my (now late) dad hollowed out an old book and that is where he kept his "valuables". Years later, I saw similar "safes" selling on Etsy for in the $15-20 range!

I hope this gives you some ideas for "value"!

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Value of a Western Auto Wizard Push Mower

June 21, 20180 found this helpful

I am not seeing any on eBay at the moment either in completed or sold. To get a national market value, I suggest checking back to the SOLD auctions periodically to see what people are actually getting for them (selling price plus shipping since buyer pays shipping).

Value is based on an apples to apples comparisons, so your 1959 may be worth X, but a 1960 may only be worth Y. Also if yours is excellent it may be worth XX, while a poor one my fetch AA.

That said, these are a challenge to sell online because they are a challenge to pack and ship.

Interestingly enough, the parts for these type of mowers are still fetching nice amounts. While this one doesn't give the year of the piece, a pulley alone fetched $30.75 (that is minus shipping and fees but still!).

I have learned from experience that in some cases, you can take an old item apart and sell the parts off for a MUCH bigger profit than if you sold it as a whole. This is because people who restore their items like the thrill of finding original parts for the fix.

It is a bit sacrilegious to do this to an item in excellent condition...but for those whose goal is to turn a profit...it can be rewarding. Yep, it is a strange world out there!

www.ebay.com/.../253390414938?hash=item3aff3ee45a...

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Yarn and Nail Wall-Hanging Vase

June 20, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much! I am, too. I love strings and yarns in general. :)

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Why Do My Eggs Freeze?

June 20, 20180 found this helpful

If you kept your eggs in a container as airtight and thick as the milk, they would not freeze, surely. I think it's because air gets through to the eggs because of their more flimsy packaging. There are two spots in my fridge that I've learned my eggs freeze: in the back and in the middle front. It's all about the circulation shift. Find the place where they don't get as cold, or switch their containers out.

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Floating Necktie Organizer

June 20, 20180 found this helpful

I snipped off all the jagged bits and we squeeze the ties when we pull them out, but that's a fantastic idea to put some clear tape on them! :)

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Succulent Planter Gift

June 20, 20180 found this helpful

Aw that would make a great gift. :)

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! This would be perfect for all sorts of occasions :)

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Father's Day Bow Tie Card

June 20, 20180 found this helpful

Aww thank you :)

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