Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Household Fixes

I saw these and thought what clever ideas.  So I thoought I'd share them.

Furniture Scratches:   Open a fresh walnut and rub the meat directly onto the spot; the oil masks marks on various types of wood

Smudges on Painted Walls:  Add a splash of white vinegar to warm water, then rub out marks with a soft cloth

Slow Moving Drains and Garbage Disposals:  Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar, let sit for 2 hours.  Run warm water, or turn on the disposal for a few seconds

Peeling Wallpaper:  Use an angled artist's paintbrush to apply wallpaper-seam adhesive (sold at hardware stores) to the underside of the paper, then press flat with a paint roller

Less-Than Fresh Fridge:  Add a few drops of vanilla extract to a wet cloth, then wipe down drawers and shelves.  For dried-on spills, mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle, spritz, let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe

Scuff Marks on Dishes:  Mix cream of tartar and water to buff out marks.  For tea and coffee stains on mugs, rub with a 50-50 combination of salt and lemon juice

Dusty Leaves:  Use a clean, wide soft-bristle paintbrush to sweep dust from large-leafed plants.  For smaller plants, use a blush brush

Bottom Gunk in Narrow Vases:  Fill with warm water and drop in 2 denture tablets (you can break them first)  Swish the solution around, let sit for 1 hour and rinse

Dirty Tops of Pillar Candles:  Wipe with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it's a day early but I'll be so busy the rest of today and all of tomorrow, so I wanted to be able to add that now.

My nephew dog has arrived for his Thanksgiving stay with us!!  He has already made himself right at home,  and visited with my cats to announce that he is here!  My cats are used to him, so they don't mind him at all. 

Today I have to bake two loaves of bread, pumpkin pie bars, brownies and a red velvet cake.  Tomorrow, I'll be making the turkey, potatoes, and green bean cassarole.  My mom and sister are bringing the rest of the fixings for dinner.  There will be 11 of us total tomorrow.  Our house will be full but there is always plenty to be thankful for.

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember all the things to be thankful for.
Have a blessed day!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

As Thanksgiving approaches

Here is a Thanksgiving thought that was sent to me via email.

Somewhere between the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie
we should take the time to count our blessings.
Health, wealth, and happiness is the wish for all of us.
We're all home, snug with our families.
Let us give thanks today for the many things we have.
Why am I thankful?  IN so many ways, Lord.
The smile of a child, sparkling eyes of the old.
For each new day, as joy and troubles unfold.
The service of many, as we do our best.
The day that you gave us that we might rest.
Why am I thankful? Because you are near.

By:  Jean Brown 
       November 1989