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The Tree Dilemma

Posted: June 27, 2016 in Articles, Polls

For a long time, my mom has not liked the fact that our house is incredibly shaded. The previous owner planted two maple trees close to the house, as well as white dogwoods all throughout the front yard and lining the driveway. Our front yard does look very nice for the short amount of time that the dogwoods bloom, but the dogwoods in combination with the two very large maples make our house very, very concealed.

The placement of the maples is a little odd as well. One of the trees is practically right in front of the house. They aren’t balanced on either side of the house. No, one is in the front a little to the right and the other is a further away from the house and far over to the left. Yesterday, my parents tried to address the intense shade from the trees.

After cutting down some limbs, the house was much more bright. It did, of course, mean a very big clean up job today. Anyway, we’re considering just cutting down the maple on the right for several reasons. Since it’s a big tree, it drains the ground of nutrients and water, so hardly any grass grows under the trees, especially since it gets no sun during the summer. No flowers can be planted in the ground; they must be in containers. Lastly, the tree is only 18 feet from the end of our porch, so the roots could potentially cause some problems in the future.

The last problem with this tree is that because it’s so close to our house, some branches hang over our house. We do trim those branches, but many “helicopters” still float into our gutters, which results in a lot of little maple trees growing in our gutters. So. Should we cut down this tree? I am concerned that perhaps the yard would look a bit unbalanced without it, but it is causing some problems. What do you think?

Unnecessary Refrigeration?

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Articles, Polls

Perhaps some of you have the same problem we have: not enough space in our refrigerator!

Our refrigerator tends to be filled at all times, with left over food and condiments, among other things. We always eat our left over foods, but whenever my mom cooks anything, there’s usually more left over. So while we’re always taking food out of the refrigerator, it still stays full most of the time.

We also get those huge containers of ketchup, mustard, syrup, etc from Costco and the largest size of the same from the grocery store if no one gets to Costco.

More, we have pretty many people living in our home and that makes for an annoyingly crowded refrigerator. We have cold cuts stacked on bacon stacked on leftover something or other, topped with sour cream or yogurt containers. Jars of jellies and jams line the back never to see the light of day again. The door is filled with everyone’s personal favorite salad dressing, hot sauce, beverages, etc.

Anyway, today I read an article that talks about foods that you don’t need to refrigerate!

You don’t need to refrigerate ketchup (we do)! You don’t need to refrigerate maple syrup (because the water content isn’t enough for bacteria to grow – and we do). Peanut butter, which we don’t refrigerate, doesn’t need to be. We got one right 🙂 Jams and jellies don’t need to be refrigerated!!! I wonder what the pantry will look like, though.

The last two things that need not be refrigerated are barbecue sauce and butter. The former we do refrigerate and we do refrigerate unopened sticks of butter. Once they’re open, though, we leave them out.

We’re putting up a poll, but if an option isn’t covered (like our butter situation), feel free to leave a comment!


We are wondering how many people out there are “celebrating” tonight and we are wondering what they are celebrating.

We know that people traditionally get drunk and go to parties on New Year’s Eve, but we are confused as to why they do this.

So here is a poll if you would be kind enough to participate, to show us what you do on New Year’s Eve and why. If we don’t have an appropriate button for you to push in our poll, feel free to comment instead 🙂



About a week ago there was a bank robbery in Maryland. The police suspected that the robbers were on Interstate 270, so  they closed the highway in both directions. Every lane was closed and the traffic was stopped for approximately 30 minutes, while the police donning automatic weapons searched for the suspects. Specifically, the  police were checking all the cars that looked like the car the robbers were suspected of escaping in. The police did wind up catching the robbers, which is good, but in closing the interstate, we think they put everybody in danger.

If the robbers saw that the road was closed and knew that the police were checking cars and looking for them, the robbers would know the police would probably catch them eventually. This would make the robbers desperate and at this point they could have taken people as hostages. What if the robbers were armed? Would the police really have been prepared to have a shoot-out with them while cars were forcibly stopped all around them?

While the police did catch the robbers, they also put everyone on the highway in harm’s way. To us, something’s not right with this. What do you think?

Here’s the answer we promised! The answer it 124. There are 124 amino acids in that whole thing. I way underestimated and John over estimated. You can vote on the poll to say whether you over or under estimated. Or got it right 🙂