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Thanksgiving is all about tradition. The homemade stuffing. The buttery mashed potatoes. The pumpkin pie you make using Lake Shore Solid Pack canned pumpkin because that’s what your grandmother used. It’s not just the food many people look forward to year after year, either. It’s the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Turkey Trot. The hand-lettered place…

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This week kindly offered one more day of sunshine. I needed the sun to motivate myself to go out there – I confess to getting the blues from gray November days. So outside I went to plant the last bulbs and get on with winter mulching. Last bulb planting I will never tell anyone to do as I do. I told you (and myself) to plant the bulbs in September or early October…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Members will bring their own supplies to create Thanksgiving centerpieces. Garden therapy at Garden Gate will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.…

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Rebecca Kassay has a name for the three-level home she shares with her husband, Stephen, in Lewiston: Reno on the river. That’s “reno” as in renovation. And, after four decades living there, she said she loves her house. Finally! Here’s why, as she explained in the e-mail responding to our search for local homes to showcase in our new Home of the Week featur…

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The cold weather has arrived. Thanksgiving is Nov. 23 - coming up fast. We won’t give you the countdown to Christmas quite yet, but we will offer six tips to help you prepare for winter and the busy holiday season ahead. 1. Evaluate outerwear: You're probably already wearing a warm coat, but by now we should have pulled together all of our cold-weather garb. Of co…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 13 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Barb Klein, design specialist at Seneca Greenhouse, will present a demonstration and workshop on creating holiday centerpieces. Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will hold a business meeting at 10 a…

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During a rare patch of mild weather this week, I spent a few hours in my barn. This barn, built about 1827, was the centerpiece of this farm – one of the first in this area south of East Aurora. Long before my arrival in the 1980s, it was probably a cow barn and later housed horses, including some that were part of my family for many years. For about 15 years we loade…

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I’m not sure where I bought the snowman mug or when exactly it entered our home, but I do remember telling our then-young daughter these words: Every kid should have a snowman mug. This mug was pretty much used for hot chocolate – topped with marshmallows, of course. We did not have a set of these mugs. Only one, and it was hers and hers alone. After the snow mel…

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We hear a lot about the tiny house movement these days, but Bonnie Bowen knew nothing about it in 1994 when she bought a cabin in Cherry Creek. At 616 square feet, it exceeded the square footage usually used today to describe a tiny house (less than 400 square feet), but there is no doubt Bowen is living if not tiny, then certainly small. Here is how she described her y…

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Halloween is behind us so you know what’s next. That's right; the thing after Thanksgiving. The holiday season is coming fast. Below are some holiday home tours and events you may not want to miss, so make plans now. • Victorian Christmas at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is a holiday tradition, and there are several ways to enjoy all …

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Many people have happy memories of the grandparents’ homes they visited growing up. Jessica Cronenberger has more than memories. She and her husband, John, have the keys to the front door. The Cronenbergers bought the house shortly after the passing of Jessica’s grandmother, Anna Anderson, in 1984; Jessica’s grandfather, Robert Anderson, had died a half dozen year…

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Thousands of people visit other people’s gardens every year (more in our region than in most places) and drive or walk away saying “Wow!” Or maybe they just say “Hmmm ... not so sure about that one.” Sometimes they take pictures and write down plant names and ideas about furnishings and art. Quite often it just stops there. Why is there so often a gap betwe…

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East Park Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 3 and Nov. 27 at the Grand Island Public Library. Members will prepare decorations for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (Wilcox Mansion). Call 773-5838. Tickets are now available for Victorian Christmas events at the TR Site. The events run Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 and include …

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Today in our Home & Style Friday edition, columnist Sally Cunningham writes about all the late-season gardening tasks she and a helper tackled this week. How satisfying it was to accomplish so much in one session, she writes. This got me thinking about all those nonseasonal tasks that many of us do day after day, week after week. Some we may find enjoyable, or at le…

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Monday felt like the last good day to work outside in comfort. The bright sunshine and warm breezes did not hint at late October but I knew there wouldn’t be many more days like this in 2017 – maybe none. Never mind writing deadlines, piled-up emails, looming laundry, and errands in town. I claimed the time for me and the garden. What to do first? My deck and garden…