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Fabric prep for cotton and linen

A few weeks ago I wrote about cotton and linen but I would be remiss if I didn’t write about the fabric preparation.  Fortunately, most cottons and linens do not require special pre-treatment.  A quick test for shrinkage and ironing preferences [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

When do sweet potatoes appear?

Q:   I planted sweet potatoes in a 30-gallon pot. It is now growing over everything. When do I get sweet potatoes? A:   Sweet potatoes take four to five months from planting to harvest. Being in a pot the soil temperature may slow tuber [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sounding off on art collecting

If you can find something, like antique Japanese scroll paintings, for instance, that can still be acquired fairly cheaply (well, at least until recently – Westerners are not used to rolling up and switching out our paintings), and you genuinely [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Questions on mums and marigolds

Q:   Some of the leaves on my mums look like they have spit on them. Is this anything to be concerned about?  A:    The mum has been visited by spittle bugs. The sticky white encasement contains eggs. Spittle bugs are not know to be harmful. [Read More]

July 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bathing suits through the ages

This week I will complete my series about fashion designs through the ages.  I thought I would end on a “high” note—bathing suits.  Since 360 B.C., I don’t think a woman alive likes to try on a bathing suit.  Tall, short, thin, heavy, [Read More]

July 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?

The important thing to recognize about Shakespeare scholarship is that it is an industry.  Scholars know that they gain fame and academic clout by “discovering” things in Shakespeare.  If they edit textbooks, they even make money, which I, [Read More]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments