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NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE: Balance bikes offer an option for kids

I, like most of my generation, am a product of training wheels. While they are still the most common way to teach your kid to ride a bike, another option to consider is a balance bike. 


DORY'S DIARY: A different kind of night out

One evening well after dark, the rain had ceased tapping itself on our roof. I was well settled into my easy chair, thumbing through a magazine,when George came into the room wearing his rain mackinaw and carrying one for me along with two tin cans and two flashlights.

 


OFF THE SHELF: Busy month unfolds in April at library

Library events in April include a book art workshop, Paws for Books and the Easter Egg Book Scavenger Hunt. 


DORY'S DIARY: Rummage sales get a new name

Did you know that rummage sales are no longer called rummage sales?


GARDEN GUIDE: The big problem with my perennials

Have you found yourself indulging in late fall sales of perennials only to discover winter arrived before you were able to get them planted? In previous years, I have enjoyed tremendous success over-wintering plants in their store-bought plastic pots, labels and all.


DORY'S DIARY: Rules still matter, don't they?

The sun was shining when we left home, but as I drove to town I could see the shelf of blackening clouds sliding into the valley and into my attitude because Daphne had decided to go along with me. She was wearing her little black tam that always reminded me of a dark cloud just like the one in the sky. She always wore it when she had her chin stuck out looking for trouble. A little breeze chased the remaining dead snow-free fallen leaves around the streets, the sidewalks, the lawns, making me feel a bit more uneasy.  It wasn’t a proper winter.


DORY'S DIARY: A movie that keeps you up all night

Most of the time I live a rather sedate and uneventful life.

Once in a while I do something on the spur of the moment or a little out of the ordinary, maybe because of the Daphne in me.


GARDEN GUIDE: Before you head out, get indoor plants ready

Before we put the spring growing season into full gear, this is a good time to take stock of your indoor plants.  

February is the month when you need to begin the addition of fertilizer to all your potted plants, but at half strength only. For cacti and succulents a good recommendation is one quarter strength but make sure you use only fertilizer specifically for these types of plants. Normal houseplant fertilizer contains too much nitrogen for your succulents. Even diluted, the chemistry won’t yield proper succulent growth.


GARDEN GUIDE: Before you head out, get indoor plants ready

Before we put the spring growing season into full gear, this is a good time to take stock of your indoor plants.  

February is the month when you need to begin the addition of fertilizer to all your potted plants, but at half strength only. For cacti and succulents a good recommendation is one quarter strength but make sure you use only fertilizer specifically for these types of plants. Normal houseplant fertilizer contains too much nitrogen for your succulents. Even diluted, the chemistry won’t yield proper succulent growth.


DORY'S DIARY: Thanking someone who asks for nothing

Folks have asked me how I find something to write about each week, so I’ve given some thought to it but found no real answers.

Sometimes an idea comes that needs developing; sometimes I’ve been pleased or provoked by something happening in my life; sometimes I’m just sitting remembering anything that comes to mind; and, sometimes I consider something happening around me.


DORY'S DIARY: One story leads to another

It’s funny how life goes along.  So much of it seems like coincidence...or is it some great plan.

What I’m referring to is the column I wrote for the La Grande Observer/Baker City Herald for Jan. 20 about George’s and my sons in their building an igloo in our yard many years ago.


DORY'S DIARY: Gazing at old photos causes tears to flow

Today Monday, Feb. 3, is my oldest son’s 65th birthday.  Happy birthday, son!


GARDEN GUIDE: January isn't too early to get growing

It may seem early, but now is the time to start planning your long-growing vegetables for starting seeds in the greenhouse or other heated area.  

If you are starting tomatoes from seed, they usually take six to eight weeks after germination to become strong enough to place into a cold frame or “wall-o-water” outside.  The same holds true for eggplant, most varieties of peppers, and members of the Cole or cabbage family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and yes, even Brussels spouts.


GARDEN GUIDE: January isn't too early to get growing

It may seem early, but now is the time to start planning your long-growing vegetables for starting seeds in the greenhouse or other heated area.  

If you are starting tomatoes from seed, they usually take six to eight weeks after germination to become strong enough to place into a cold frame or “wall-o-water” outside.  The same holds true for eggplant, most varieties of peppers, and members of the Cole or cabbage family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and yes, even Brussels spouts.


DORY'S DIARY: The perfect snow for making people

January has seemed more like March than the time of year when we should be deep in the winter of things.

Still, we don’t know what to expect as we edge towards a real spring, so maybe we should look back with a longing glance at what used to be.


GARDEN GUIDE: Missing my garden catalogs

The top of the desk in my office is bare. Not one single seed or plant catalog has found its way to my address, not even from vendors that I made purchases through this past year.


GARDEN GUIDE: Missing my garden catalogs

The top of the desk in my office is bare. Not one single seed or plant catalog has found its way to my address, not even from vendors that I made purchases through this past year.


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