Monthly Archives: January 2015

From mud hole to gravel dance floor, all in two days of work, Dec. 24, 2014

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record 12/25/14 For years my driveway has looked like a duck pond the minute it begins to sprinkle. If I had known that all it would take was seven yards of gravel and two half-days of … Continue reading

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With rains, do we plant a garden? Dec. 11, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking First we’re supposed to be embarrassed if we have a lush, green lawn. Then the media (which includes me) encourages people not to grow vegetables and certainly not summer flowers. Next it rains profusely, but we’re still … Continue reading

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Creative Christmas tree options Dec. 18, 2014

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record 12/18/14 The surviving peppers aren’t exactly ornaments, but they’re kind of festive. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record I live in the house without a Christmas tree. Some of you might remember the “made-for-TV” movie about a … Continue reading

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Quick shower overhaul helps save plants during drought, October 23, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter About a year ago I was at small open mic night. People were helping to put away chairs and I decided to be helpful and wash the dishes. Near the end of this … Continue reading

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When in drought, plan but don’t plant, October 16, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter Increasingly, I’m faced with what must be a widespread garden geek’s dilemma: How do we go about our business in the middle of the drought? As we shift into the new season, I … Continue reading

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Christmas is a patient holiday, while waiting for daffodils, Nov. 28, 2014

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record Theoretically, “black Friday” is the official kick-off for the holiday shopping season. I don’t know who anyone thinks they are kidding. For weeks my Costco shopping experience has included a walk past the $70 ceramic … Continue reading

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Stray kitty love was not meant to be, October 9, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter I’ve been through this before. A soft soul suddenly drifted into my life and appeared to accept my tentative affection. The red-tinted tabby kitty was spotted during the heat of the summer, often … Continue reading

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Weird produce you can sample without a plane ride, September 25, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter Why do we like to travel? To hear words that sound like music? To see artwork we learned about in college G.E. classes? Some of us may travel for food – moussaka in … Continue reading

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Creative Christmas tree options, Dec. 18, 2014

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record The surviving peppers aren’t exactly ornaments, but they’re kind of festive. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record I live in the house without a Christmas tree. Some of you might remember the “made-for-TV” movie about a little … Continue reading

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Dried fruit for dummies, September 11, 2014

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter As much as I may secretly wish it, I will never be one of those crafty, home-spun, easy-bake, savory-leftover type of women. At this age I also doubt that I will discover the … Continue reading

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