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2020 Pie Party Celebration at St. Ursula’s Church

  • 2020 Pie Party, I'm grateful for you

Happy Thanksgiving! My 2020 Pie Party was a drive-through event.

Every pie party is a little different from the last, but this year the pandemic has changed how we do everything. However, I still wanted to thank my clients for their support and business over the years.

Pandemic aside, the drive-through pie party was a success. I planned to have a tent outside, but the weather would not cooperate. St. Ursula’s Church was kind enough to let me use their vestibule because it was so windy.

Unlike other years, many people chose to stay at home...

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The Perfect Personal Note—How to Write One

Sending a handwritten, personal note is one of the easiest ways to make a person’s day! But when it comes to figuring out what to write in that perfect personal note — well, that’s a bit more difficult for most of us.

When you want your message to be personal and heartfelt, but you can’t seem to get the right words to flow from your pen, take a quick look at the information below. I’ve provided a few sample messages and explained the formula that makes these notes so effective.

Get some useful ideas on what to say and how to say it. In addition, you’ll see some tips for making the note even more beautiful. Your relationships will love reading what you have to say! 

You can write a year-end gratitude letter, holiday well-wishes or just a note to say hello...

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November Tips and Tasks for Your Garden

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this informative article about your garden.

Tree island
  • Prune dormant shade trees that need to be pruned. Begin by removing all dead, diseased branches, and making any necessary cosmetic cuts. Do not cut branches flush with the trunk. Leave the branch collar (swollen area on the trunk of a tree or a larger branch) but do not leave a stub. 

improperly pruned tree
Incorrect pruning and over mulching

  • Topping (photo above) is the not the correct pruning technique to help control the size of a tree. Crown reduction, pruning entire branches at their point of origin, is recommended if a tree must be reduced in size. 

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Spotted lanternfly eggs. Photo: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org

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An organized home office

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a blog about an organized home office.

An organized home office is important to make sure you get your work done.

Working at home

Many Baltimoreans have been working at home for over six months now. How do you keep your home office organized? It’s not always easy, especially if other people might be using that same area of the house.

At least once a week (daily is even better) you need to declutter your workspace. A clear desk gives you less distractions to keep you from accomplishing your work goals.

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Keep pens somewhere other than the top of your desk unless you have a jar or other container to hold them. A pen cup can also hold a pair of scissors, small ruler, markers or other items you want to keep handy...

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7454 Berkshire Road

7454 Berkshire Road, home in Dundalk, is on the market

This 3 bedroom, 1 bath Dundalk rowhome is located at 7454 Berkshire Road.This property is a fantastic option for someone looking to add to their investment portfolio or the buyer looking to own for half the cost of rent!

The home’s solid condition means very little to be done to make this a turn-key property. In addition, hardwood floors are throughout. You will enjoy the updated kitchen and bath. There is a new roof. The washer and dryer stay in a large unfinished basement with loads of storage. Pets and kids will enjoy the fully fenced yard with potential parking in the back. Make minor fixes and you’re done!

The location is convenient to major thoroughfares and public transportation. You won’t go wrong here...

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Finding the perfect gift this holiday season

You know that feeling when you receive the perfect gift? You open up the package (or email) to find something that seems like it was tailor-made to fit your needs and personality. Finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to be difficult.

It feels really good to receive something so thoughtful. And it feels even better when you’re able to create that experience for someone else. The eReport below tells you everything you need to do to come up with the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Learn what to ask yourself so you can plan an exchange that is personalized, heartfelt and delightful. You’ll find that giving the perfect gift will feel even better than receiving it! 

Consider the gift recipient’s life. Think about their situation, interests and hobbies...

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Fireplace Safety 101

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fireplace safety.

Whether your home has had a fireplace for decades or you just purchased a home with a brand new fireplace tucked inside, knowing how to safely use it is essential. Fireplaces, when used and maintained properly, are very safe. However, when you don’t maintain them or pay close attention, they can lead to serious hazards and even house fires.

The Basics of Fireplace Safety

  1. Cleaning and Maintenance: Have your fireplace professionally cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. If you don’t have a chimney sweep come to complete a cleaning, there could be dangerous creosote build-up. In addition, animal nests and yard debris may be found on the inside of your chimney...
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10 decluttering tasks you can do quickly

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a blog about quick organizing tasks.

Quick organizing tasks that will get your home decluttered in no time.

Spending hours or days organizing can give you big results. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the stamina or time to spend doing it. Here are some decluttering jobs you can do in 10-30 minutes.

Kitchen counters

Your counters should be clear of everything not used on a daily basis. For example, you can leave the toaster and coffee pot if you use them most days. But that bread making machine needs to be put away. 

If you have tools like a big spoon, spaghetti stirrer or spatula that you use often and you want to have them handy, put them in something like a large vase so they are not simply laying around on the counter...

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The Itchy Truth About Poison Ivy

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this informative article about poison ivy.

It starts with a twitch and an itch. Then it grows into full-blown scratchiness and dreadful knowing. You have poison ivy. Again.

I tip my hat to those immune to the maddening rash that contact with this plant brings. You are indeed the Fortunate Ones. The rest of us will try to quiet our whimpering.  

ID Poison Ivy

It pays to know the enemy. Poison ivy is a perennial plant that can climb trees as a vine, form a shrub, or snake over the ground. It spreads by seeds and rhizomes, sneaky underground stems that help it form colonies. 

native plant whose berries feed over 50 species of birds, poison ivy has glossy leaves, attractive berries, and striking fall color...

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4247 Darleigh Road, Nottingham

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