Where Do You Land In the “Can’t Live Without” Category?

I admit it. I have dogs on my brain. I’ve made it a whole 9 months without a dog. That’s closing in on a new record for me. It’s not that I don’t miss Finn, too. I do. But cats don’t fall into the “can’t live without” category for me.

So I was curious. Where do most people fall in the “can’t live without” category? Looks like it depends on what country you live in.

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My Annual Christmas Present to Myself

bakers creek seed catalog

If you’re a gardener and you don’t know about the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, you should. The catalog always comes in early December, and I always find a few new plants and veggies to try. The diversity and uniqueness of their offerings is fantastic. I dare you to not find something you can’t wait to add to your garden.

I consider this my Christmas present to myself. And now I hope it becomes a Christmas present you give … Read more

101 Poisonous & Hazardous Things that Can Harm or Kill Your Dog or Cat

poison sign Always around the holidays. animal emergency rooms and poison control call lines start getting swamped. To help keep you out of the ER, here’s a list of many of the items you need to keep at top-of-mind awareness to keep your dogs and cats safe. Many of them, you’ll already know. But some may come as a surprise. Click to download a PDF version that you can print. 

Leading Causes of Accidental Dog and Cat Injury and Death
In and

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Does Severely Pruning Concord Grapes Kill Them?

Can you over-prune Concord grapes?

pruned grape vine

I love my Concord grapes. I love the way they look as a live privacy screen on my fence. I love getting to eat them off the vine in the fall.

So when I had to severely prune them back last fall in order to make repairs to my fence, I worried that I might have killed them. Over-pruning can really impact grape production.

You can see the hatchet job I did on this poor … Read more

“Access to this PC has been blocked for security reasons” — DO NOT CLICK ON IT OR CALL THE #

If this happens to you—your entire computer screen is taken over with these “windows” while blaring a message to call the number—DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT click anywhere on the screen or call the number.

scam information

Here’s the fix.

For PCs:

  1. task manager windowOpen the “Task Manager” by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Find your web browser’s icon (in this case, Google Chrome) and click to highlight. Then click on the End Task button.
  3. Your browser window (along with this
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In Case You Missed It

There was a lunar (full moon) eclipse this morning, fully visible in most of the United States. The sky was silly bright most of the night. The kind of night where you could easily walk outside without a flashlight. The eclipse was officially complete in the eastern US at 5:16 AM this morning.

In case you missed it…

lunar eclipse nov 8 2022

If you’re noticing that it looks red instead of black, you’d be correct. This is what’s known as a blood moon. This … Read more

Is Having Three Dogs Better Than Two or One?

[Since Google is sending people here re 3 vs 2 dogs (which I wrote as a fun fluff piece), please also read this more serious post for my honest opinion: What I Really Think About Having 3 Dogs vs 2 Dogs first before you decide. Updated 10/25/22]

I’m often asked if there are benefits to having multiple dogs. I’d have to say it depends on the number of multiples you’re considering. For instance, is having two dogs Read more

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