October 1

Sun Your Indoor Plants

In fall and winter, plants may get only half as much light as in peak growth times. Give them the brightest locations you can indoors, and rotate at every watering for even growth. Though cooler spots are better than hot, dry locations, keep them away from drafts.

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October 11

For the Birds

It's time to clean and refill outdoor birdseed feeders. Bring feeders inside and use a few drops of dishwashing soap per gallon of hot water and rinse thoroughly before drying and refilling. If your birdfeeder is a permanent outside fixture, give it a good spray with the hose.

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October 18

Game Night Parties

Got people coming over to watch a big game? Prepare plenty of seating, using cushions and blankets for overflow seating on the floor. Make it easy on yourself with a one-pot meal like chili, chicken pot pie or cheese dip. Serve dessert like cookies or brownies, and ask guests to supply the drinks.

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October 22

Quote of the Day

"The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store." - Kin Hubbard

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