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Thoughts on Earth Day 2024

In the era of climate change, so much needs to be done, it makes your head spin. However, on Earth Day this year, I’d like to give a shout out to leaders and groups who have been working for decades make a difference for the earth. A recent example is PFAS, also known as forever chemicals. They’re used in a wide range of consumer products. Read more →


What to buy and not buy in April this year

April may not seem like a big month for shopping, but you’ll find a lot of categories that have good deals. Some of them are practical, so if you want fun and frivolous items, you may have to do more research. Here are suggestions from DealNews.com on what to buy and not buy in April: For Cookware, you’re likely to see deals in April. Read more →


Is your home poison safe?

One of the most tragic things I learned in my journalism career is about a child whose esophagus was destroyed when they swallowed lye that was being used to make soap. So every year, I write about National Poison Prevention Week, which is the third full week in March. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the nation’s poison control centers. Read more →


What to buy and not buy at Black Friday deals for 2023

Although Black Friday is a few weeks away, you can find lots of deals available so you can start comparing prices now. Like last year, the 2023 holiday sale season started early, with major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target offering big sitewide events in early October. A difference is this year prices will remain steady through Black Friday. Read more →


October gives a few niceties before winter weather grabs us

In the Seattle area, we’ve had a few nice days among the rainy ones. I’ve had some more time to work on getting my yard ready for winter, along with assistance from my yard work helpers. One fun thing that happens in October is my daughter Mona’s birthday. What a wonderful day when she was born. Such a beautiful baby, who so quickly became a wonderful woman. Read more →


How to clean your yard waste, garbage, and recycling containers

After one of my yard work helpers scolded me for having dirty yard waste, garbage, and recycling containers, because there were ants on the lids of a couple of them, I decided I’d clean them. Here are my tips: Use the jet function on your hose nozzle to clean the inside and outside of the containers. Tip the containers over on the grass. Read more →


How’s your fall yard work coming along?

The weather in the Seattle area on the weekend was great. I spent two afternoons working on the yard work tasks I wrote about last week, with an emphasis on weeding. I’m almost finished. Monday it rained and I thought it was going to rain all week. However, the forecast is for a cloudy Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with sunny weather Friday and Saturday. Read more →


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, DealNews.com 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 →