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June 2016
The Midnight Gardener

Organic Weed Control

A solution of a quart of vinegar, two tablespoons of salt and a teaspoon of dish soap sprayed or poured onto thin weeds will kill them within a few days. This solution will also harm any plant it touches, and can make the surrounding soil toxic, so use it only in extreme situations, or on weeds growing in between pavers or through decorative gravel.

Deal Me In

Betting Patterns Won’t Change Casino Advantage

As for playing against shuffle machines, consider me not a fan. My beef against a continuous shuffler is that they invariably favor the house because more hands are dealt per hour when the dealer does not have to stop and shuffle the cards. From the casino’s perspective, time is money.

Life Now

Get it Fixed

If an item does not find utilization during a designated interim by necessity, banishment is essential. This technique gets rid of a lot of clutter. If one doesn't delete it, someone else will be required to toss it. Is it worth passing on to someone?

May 2016
Dollar Sense

Buried in Old Paperwork? Got the Urge to Purge but Afraid to Get Rid of Documents?

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) statements. The IRS requires that you keep this documentation while you have money in the accounts. Even after you close the accounts, keep for the statute of limitations on the relevant tax returns.

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Real estate records. Keep all records related to property you own –like costs to improve, insurance claims, refinancing documents, etc. – until at least three years after you sell the property and have reported the sale or disposition on your tax return.


The Annual Dilemma… What Will You Buy Mom for Mother’s Day?

Reading a book on an electronic device lets the reader adjust the font, the brightness and the contrast, making reading more comfortable. Many also come with audio for those who can no longer read.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Right Time to Downsize

Obviously, your children fear that you might be depressed and waiting for your own death, taken advantage of, or regret your decision to reduce your lifestyle once it’s all done and dusted.

At the Core

Hotel Living - A Charmed Life for Our Second Half

Hotels offer an independent lifestyle that’s neither annoyingly intrusive nor fully alone. The loose interconnectedness of a hotel’s population, combined with its industry’s emphasis on hospitality, serve as effective antidote to the boredom, sometimes loneliness, that often accompanies retirement.

Passport Perspectives

Is it Work or Is it Passion?

Once you leave the mainstream labor-for-paycheck world and become financially independent, aren’t you free to choose what you do with your time? When is something considered work, and when are you pursuing a passion?

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Movie Stars on the Summer Stock Stage

The lure of the stage is very strong for actors who are passionate about the workshop atmosphere, about improving their skills, immediate audience reaction, and the thrill of the flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience that isn't found in the controlled environment of a film set.


Repurpose, Restore, Revive!

Can you imagine coming home from a night out, maybe a little tipsy, to find that your living room had been redecorated and your furniture moved all around, sometimes to other rooms, by your 15-year-old babysitter?

The Midnight Gardener

Non-Organic Weed Controls: Use Them Safely

Controlling weeds with chemicals can be considered a last resort, but it doesn't have to be. Judicious use of chemical herbicides (plant killers) can be very useful to the home gardener, even in the vegetable garden around edible plants.

Deal Me In

Can a Computer Beat a Game That Is Built on Lost Bets?

If players were to use any external device like a hand-held computer to assist them in beating the game of roulette and happened to be caught, it would probably lead to room, food and beverage as a ward of the state for no less than a minimum two-year stay.

Financial Fortitude

Pricing and Timing Deals

I’ve heard there are some downsides to aging, including what’s at the end of it. For now, I don’t mind morphing into a little old lady, as long as I can be savvy about making life livable.

April 2016

How to Keep Your Car Safe from Theft and Burglary: Tips from a Reformed Criminal

Another deterrent is a blinking light on the dashboard that signifies a car alarm. You can buy a fake light that doesn’t even connect to an alarm. And runs on little battery. A quick check of showed you can buy one for under $9. Thieves know they might be fake, but it’s not worth the risk.

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