Author: Paula Vogelgesang

What I Wish Every Grocery Shopper Knew, and Helpful Household Hints

It was mid-September when I wrote this column.  The air was thick with smoke and haze from the wildfires burning in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and along the mountains of Oregon, California, and Washington.  The amount of smoke was unreal and made your throat burn at times, and it was this way for months. The drought has been a reality here, and for folks all across the western plains with over a million acres of grasslands, forests and fields burned in the last few weeks.  I also saw a report that 47,000 wildfires have burned over 8 million acres since...

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October Surprises, Home-Made Disguises Other Other Helpful Household Hints

Deer, turkeys, apples, pumpkins and harvest time are signals Halloween is just around the corner. This year, I’m going to use craft paint to make faces on a couple of pumpkins to set outside for the trick or treaters. I don’t carve the pumpkins because after Halloween is over, I use them, so they do not go to waste. I cut them in half, scoop out the seeds and place the cut halves onto cookie sheets and bake them at 300 degrees until they are soft. Once these are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides, run the...

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Upcycle an Old Door and Money-Saving Home Remedies

Free Bench From an Old Door? A neighbor gave me an old door, and I ‘upcycled’ it into outdoor seating. I painted the door with some leftover paint from a prior project and used some cement blocks from an old building foundation to create a ‘bench’. It’s made a nice addition to the play spot for my children. They can sit or lie down on the bench or they can all sit in the middle and play a game; there is enough room for 5 or 6 kids. The door is heavy, so it’s not going to break and the...

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Spring is a Good Time To ‘Purge’ Your Home

As times have changed and lives have improved, folks are building houses with huge walk-in closets and buying more ‘stuff’ to fill the space. Many times, there are extra storage rooms to contain all the overflow. It’s not just clothing; people now tend to buy the very latest gadgets for themselves and their children, toys of all kinds. I remember my brothers having two or three matchbox cars each. Today’s kids now have a suitcase full. All this stuff gets stored somewhere. Many times double garages are filled with cars, tools, and 4-wheelers; hence, the creation of storage sheds....

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Spring is a Good Time To ‘Purge’ Your Home and More Money-Saving Hints

As times have changed and lives have improved, folks are building houses with huge walk-in closets and buying more ‘stuff’ to fill the space. Many times, there are extra storage rooms to contain all the overflow. It’s not just clothing; people now tend to buy the very latest gadgets for themselves and their children, toys of all kinds. I remember my brothers having two or three matchbox cars each. Today’s kids now have a suitcase full. All this stuff gets stored somewhere. Many times double garages are filled with cars, tools, and 4-wheelers; hence, the creation of storage sheds....

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