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The White Rabbit ran frantically around Wonderland saying, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” Gardeners are acting just like that. The weather was cold, our yards were wet, and we couldn’t do much in the garden in the first three weeks of May. Many yards still have saturated soil, so our lawn and gardening projects are pushed back even later. How can we ca…

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The above photo received more than 80 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for people to send in photos of their stylish rain boots. (We figured people wouldn't even have to dig them out from the back of a closet. They've probably been wearing them a lot this spring.) The pink boots belong to Annette Martell, who moved to Florida e…

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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…

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Name: Amy Bueme, 42. Who she is: Owner along with her husband, Joe, of Catalyst Fitness – which is expected to open its seventh location in September, this one on Meyer Road in Amherst. The Western New York native graduated from Depew High School and attended Erie Community College. The Buemes live in Buffalo and have four children, ages 22, 20, 18 and 10. What she's…

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We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so for our newest Reader Challenge it's only fitting that we asked for photos of rain boots. Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are two options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that.…

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Picture a gardening day: A warm sun is shining on your bare arms. Your sharpened shovel lifts soft soil as you plant the first tomatoes into a weed-free bed. Flowering flats of marigolds and begonias sit nearby, awaiting your tasteful placement. The birds are chirping ... It’s May, at last! Here is the darker picture: The month of May isn’t all merry. There are hard …

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Name: Stephanie Robb, 61 Who she is: Jewelry designer and owner of Turnstyle Designs, a boutique specializing in women’s apparel (including American-made brands), accessories and aromatherapy products at 298 Ashland Ave. (at Lexington Avenue). Co-owner of the nearby  Wild Things, a shop featuring handmade artisan jewelry, ceramics, prints and more, 224 Lexington Ave. Th…

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Rain boots come in many colors and patterns and give a big boost to any rainy day wardrobe. Lately, we've been spotting a lot of cute ones. For our next Reader Challenge, we want to see photos of them. The boots can be your own, or they can belong to a family member, including children or grandchildren, or close friend. You can photograph them inside or outside, on f…

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Name: Tim Waziak, 45. Who he is: The guy behind Timothy Aaron Creative who designed a room called “Surface Details” at the 2019 Decorators’ Show House. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an associate’s degree in fashion, buying and merchandising. His background includes working as a design assistant in New York in children’s wear and in a multitu…

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You see them room after room. Topiary, philodendron and snake plants in the sitting nook. Fiddle-leaf figs, hydrangeas and rosemary in the sunroom. Orchids, boxwood, Boston ferns, succulents, palms, tulips, mosses – all of these and more can be found throughout the 2019 Decorators’ Show House. Even some wallcoverings are botanically inspired. There’s more outside, fr…

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The votes are in for our latest Reader Challenge and, for the first time, we have a tie. No, we will not be going into overtime. Readers were invited to send in photos of pitchers that show how they use them or decorate with them. For the online voting, there were three from which to choose. Photos submitted by Patty Williams and Courtney Gorman are tied for To…

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Name: Janet McNally, 38. Who she is: Associate professor of English at Canisius College; poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary; author of two young adult novels – "The Looking Glass" and "Girls in the Moon" (HarperCollins) – and a prizewinning book of poetry, "Some Girls" (White Pine Press);  volunteer home tutor at Journey's End Refugee Services. The Western New York n…

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Decorators’ Show House offers ideas that appeal not just to humans but also to the dogs in their lives. That’s right, the site of this eagerly anticipated community fundraiser has two canine-inspired spaces. It’s all part of the 20th Decorators’ Show House, the Palmer Centennial House at 288 Lincoln Parkway that begins its three-week run April 27 and continues through M…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of pitchers that show how people use them or decorate with them. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are three options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that. 🙂…