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Fix-It Friday: How To Grow Herbs And Veggies In 5-Gallon Buckets

For decades, immigrants have found resourceful ways of growing things often in the most unlikely of places when a city’s tight spaces didn’t accommodate traditional gardening... like in buckets on fire-escapes! Over 100 years ago, my grandfather, an immigrant from Racalmuto, Sicily, came to America with empty pockets, but a head filled with dreams ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: How To Easily Turn A Boring Windowsill Into A Beautiful Focal Point With Tile

Happy Fix-It Friday friends! Today, I'm excited to share a simple and lovely tile project I recently did on my own kitchen windowsill. While most tile jobs require special tools for cutting tile, I’ve tweaked this project so that any inspired individual can turn boring into beautiful! Because a windowsill pretty much lives on its own, ... [Read More]

Hole in the grey plasterboard.

Fix-It Friday: What To Do If Pilot Holes Are Too Big For Screws Or Anchors

“What should you do if the pilot hole for screws or anchors is too big?” - WYSK Reader Airtas NV: Thanks for this great question because so many of us will relate to it! A loose shelf, a wobbling curtain rod, a hanging by a thread coat rack - we’ve all been there! I especially love this question because it reminds me of a repair I’ve been meaning to get to for months! ... [Read More]

Easter eggs

Fix-It Friday: How To Use Eggshells In 6 Unexpectedly Egg-cellent Ways

With Easter and Passover upon us, 'tis the season for all sorts of egg related symbolism and activities - hard-boiling, coloring, decorating, hiding, hunting, basket filling, devil-ing (my Aunt Rose’s deviled eggs are our holiday favorite!). An egg-stravaganza of eggs! But did you know that eggshells are A LOT more than they’re cracked up to be? Turns out eggshells offer many natural ... [Read More]

Old paint cans

Fix-It Friday: What To Do With Old Paint… Tips For Storing, Tossing, And Repurposing The Cans

Hey Norma - I have lived in my home for almost 10 years, and from all the painting we've done I have amassed an arsenal of paint cans (almost full gallons, almost empties, and half full)... too many for the little storage space we have. So here are my questions: How long can you keep paint (how long is it good for)? How do you ... [Read More]

home in spring

Fix-It Friday: Spring Home Maintenance Tips… DIY On The Inside And Out

It’s official, today spring has sprung! Ironically enough, our meteorologist just predicted snow for NY today. What? Will it ever end? I’ve heard of an Indian summer, but is there such thing as an Indian winter? I hope not! Be that as it may, after this long winter and the effects of cold temps, it’s time to give the exterior of our home a good look and inspection. ... [Read More]

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Fix-It Friday: What To Do If You Smell Natural Gas… Life And Home Saving Safety Tips

In the news this past week were reports of 2 houses that exploded in New Jersey due to natural gas leaks. Ironically enough, last night I put a pot of stew on the stove to simmer at a very low flame… apparently too low, because the flame blew out for who knows how long. All I know is I began to smell something strange and at first thought ... [Read More]

woman slips on snowy road

Fix-it Friday: Tips On How to Avoid “Icy” Trips to the ER… In March?!?!

Another wave of snow storms and it’s MARCH? Good grief! I’ve been back in NYC since mid February and shoveled more in the last 2 weeks than I have in 2 years! But what really reminded me that I picked the wrong time of year to visit my hometown is the header I took yesterday navigating over an ice hill. I smacked down on my side and banged up my palm and knee. ... [Read More]