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Published June 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
On a Friday, Kathy and Leon Osborne head to the basement of their Grand Forks, North Dakota, home for date night. They grab a large bucket and fill it with buttery popcorn from the large popper on the counter. Kathy sneaks a box of Mike and Ikes, her favorite movie-time treat, and they head into the room with the metal Cinema sign hanging next to it.
Published June 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
In a 1930s-era cannery northeast of Olympia, a group of seven workers have their eyes down and their hands busy shredding cabbage, chopping carrots and measuring spices. It's production day at OlyKraut, a six-year-old company that makes sauerkraut and pickles.
Published June 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
They’re vermin to some. Cunning adversaries to others. Squirrels have long been a source of fascination and frustration for gardeners and bird enthusiasts engaged in a near-constant battle to keep them away from the nuts and seeds put out for birds.
Published June 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Mike Brennan emerges from a forest of gigantic bamboo and looks up at the gently swaying green poles. He’s a little sweaty after cutting down one of the 50-foot long trunks.
Published May 28th, 2014 - 12:05AM
At some point just about every homeowner gives a thought to solar energy. Who wouldn’t like to power their house with the sun, watch their electric meter run backwards and never pay for a kilowatt again?
Published May 28th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The fourth week of May is a time of exceptional color in Western Washington gardens but also a time when many local gardeners are singing the blues — and enjoying blue blossoms. Here are questions, with answers, about blue blooms.
Published May 21st, 2014 - 12:05AM
There are some things that stand above trends. Take dinnerware, which is usually collected and passed on to future generations. It elevates any meal — even pizza — and carries with it years of nostalgia. And if a quality pattern or design goes out of style, you can trust that it’s only temporary. Russel Wright’s 1937 Bauer Pottery, for example, is being reproduced to keep up with the ongoing interest in early-modern and mid-century modern American design.
Published May 21st, 2014 - 12:05AM
Dear Angie: How do I get money back from a shady roofer after paying up front? — Margaret M., Homestead, Iowa.

Published May 14th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Those drawn to 19th-century style might be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer.
Published May 7th, 2014 - 4:05PM
The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house. But inside, the house is vibrating. On this day, as with most, it’s from a track by the iconic British band The Beatles. Jones is an extreme Beatles fan. He’s not alone, but few have gone to the length Jones has. Using paint, furnishings, murals and memorabilia, Jones has turned his Lakewood home into a temple devoted to The Beatles, classic rock and pop culture.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Is it time to paint the exterior of your home? Is some of the old paint peeling? Has the current color lost its luster? Or are you just in the mood for change? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, read on.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
One woman’s garden bounty has grown to become Tacoma’s free plant treasure.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Every few years the iconic American musical “West Side Story” undergoes a revival. Stagehands build sets, actors rehearse and a director sweats last-minute complications. In Tacoma’s Stadium District, an 1889 Victorian called the Fitch House is undergoing a revival of its own. Workers are scraping paint, carpenters are repairing stairs and two directors are working on details.
Published April 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Mod Podge — long used for decoupage crafts — has morphed in recent years. Now there’s a glue-and-sealer product for virtually every surface, from fabric and wood to glass and metals.
Published April 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
In a shadowy glade near Bremerton, a garden grows. From a small forest of maples and rhododendrons, it rises onto a sunny slope of lavender and citrus trees. From there it climbs through viburnums and rare conifers to surround a gazebo that has a panoramic view of Phinney Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
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