DEAR SUN SPOTS: In answer to a reader’s question about rosemary, I have wintered it successfully for many years. I have multiple plants, one that I have had for over a decade. I keep them for the winter in a west or east window in a room that is heated to 50 to 55 degrees. The plant dries out too much and dies in a heated room that’s too warm.

Rosemary also takes more water than you’d think so checking on it weekly is a good idea, but only water it when needed. Another trick is to bring it inside as late in the fall as practical then start moving it outside in the spring as early as possible. The plant is hardy to about 20 degrees so it can take some cold weather. My plants are usually brought inside in December then go back outside in April, but I watch the nighttime temperatures to be sure. — Harriet, Otisfield

ANSWER: This is so helpful! I have a big rosemary plant that I have kept alive despite my mistreatment of it. After reading your advice, I now don’t have to second-guess myself and feel much more confident about caring for my rosemary. Thank you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: While walking on Randall Road on Oct. 28, I found a set of keys. They include a fob with a few other keys. I wanted to reach out to see if anyone has lost their keys in this vicinity. You may contact me at 577-8507. — No name, no town

ANSWER: Thanks for letting us know! I want to add a gentle reminder that if you want someone to contact you for any type of Sun Spots communications, it’s always helpful to add your first name.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Turkey and mashed potatoes are a given for most people, but many people and families celebrate Thanksgiving with other traditions too. Maybe it always includes a hike, or helping out a neighbor, family or local group distributing meals. One family makes turkeys out of colored paper and writes something they’re thankful for on each. One friend we know used to invite a bunch of people to their house for early morning coffee and pie every Thanksgiving — everyone brought a pie to share and participated in Pie for Breakfast. It started because so often people were too full from their turkey dinner to eat dessert. We’d like to know what one of your Thanksgiving traditions is, for an upcoming Sun Journal story. Please email writer Karen Schneider at [email protected] with your tradition by Nov. 7. — Mark, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to send in a photo I took of two young herons on the Androscoggin River. Where should I send them? — Enzo, no town

ANSWER: You can send an image to The Sun Journal at [email protected]. We don’t often use submitted photos, but if you want to share an image, be sure to include caption information, including the location where the photo was shot and the date when it was taken along with identifications of people in the photo, and your contact information.

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