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Best and worst things to buy in October

October isn’t one of the best months for sales, but it does has plenty to offer as far as deals go.  Black Friday has started to stretch into the middle of the month instead of just happening in November. And, October is also well-known for Halloween sales. For the best things to buy in October, offers these suggestions: Read more →

It’s time to get your yard and garden ready for winter

Several weeks ago, I got out several articles from years past on how to get your yard ready for winter. I looked them over and puzzled over what to have for a lead for this year’s article. It soon became obvious. As the days passed and the garden began to fade and the weeds kept growing, the answer was it was time to get going on all the chores. Read more →

Free covid tests are available again

Starting Sept. 25, you can order four free covid test kits per household through The tests will detect the currently circulating covid-19 variants and are for use through the end of 2023. The kits will include instructions on how to verify extended expiration dates. Many kits have had their expiration dates extended . Read more →

Have you been to the Grand Canyon?

On Saturday, I wrote about National Public Lands Day and how you can visit national parks that charge fees for no cost. I reported on the national parks I’ve  visited in Washington state and mentioned how much I loved the Grand Canyon. I wanted to share my photos and report on what a great time I had visiting the American wonder in 1981. Read more →

Visit a national park for free today on National Public Lands Day

National parks are one of America’s greatest gifts. You can visit any one of the nation’s 400 national parks for free today on National Public Lands Day.In Washington state, I’ve visited Fort Vancouver, Klondike Gold Rush – Seattle Unit, Lake Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic national parks. Read more →