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June 3, 2010
Socks for Dusting
Use the lonely lost sock from the dryer as a duster. I turn it inside out and spray furniture polish on it then swipe it where ever there is a hint of dust and voila, the dust is on the sock.
Buy Magazines Used at Garage Sales
I go to yard sales and garage sales and sometimes they have used magazines. I buy them for five to ten cents each. Sometimes they even give them away. They have really nice recipes and fresh ideas too. Cheap is good.
Cleaning High Ceilings
If your ceiling and walls are dirty, a microfiber mop does a fast and amazing job of cleaning them. I sprayed it with a bit of Simple Green for the first pass, but I don't know if it was really necessary because the smoke residue seemed to come off fine with just water.
Use Tea to Keep Wire Worms from Carrots
Sprinkling dried used tea bags over your carrots will keep wire worms from infesting your carrot crop. Don't forget to remove paper from the tea bag first,
Tea Cup and Saucer Gift Idea
I have a good gift idea. Buy an old collectible teacup and saucer at an antique store or flea market with no chips, etc. Clean. Fill it with assorted packets of teabags individually wrapped. Put in cinnamon sticks.
Use Baggie as Thrifty Pastry Bag for Deviled Eggs
With summer almost here and graduations parties, barbecues, and holidays near, a good thing to make for the parties is deviled eggs. Not only are deviled eggs economical, they are easy.
Heated Cinnamon and Water for Room Freshener
I love to use a little cinnamon in water boiling on the stove to make my house smell a little homey. Sometimes when someone calls for a unexpected visit to make my house smell like cookies are baking, I just put cinnamon in a pot with water and put it on the stove to boil.
Buy Used Tuxedo Rather Than Renting
My son plays in several bands and is going to high school next year. With all of his performances and upcoming dances, we bought him a used tux at a local tux rental store. The store sells off their used tuxes at a great discount.
Use Covered Bucket as Stool
A plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid makes a wonderful stool in the garden! You can sit on it while picking produce or weeding and store gloves, small tools, and more inside.
My Frugal Life: An Un-Platinum Wedding
Last week, I was lucky enough to marry the most loving, caring, mature, unselfish, and honest man in the entire world.
Cookie Baking Tips
Everyone likes to bake cookies, children as well as experienced bakers. Recipes will most often guide you through whatever cookie you're making, however these tips might add to a cookie baker's success with every different kind of cookie.
Butterflies and Impatiens
This beautiful tiger swallowtail butterfly visited my impatiens one morning, and I was fortunate enough to be there and preserve the beauty.
Garden: Tropicana Rose
This vibrant rose is named "Tropicana." I love the deep orange color.
Garden: Vintage Peony
This vibrant shocking pink peony is a relative of a peony that dates back to WW2. While it isn't as big as my white peonies this one holds a special place in my heart since it was from my dear mother-in-law's peony that she transplanted from her home during the 40's.
Fall in Adirondack Park (NY)
This is a photo taken of the Western tip of the Adirondack Park.
Funny: Horse Wants a Snack
We were driving the loop road in the old settlement of Cades Cove in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and admiring the horses grazing there. Since we were parked near the fence, one horse thought he would check inside the van for an apple!
Scenery: Sunset in Tennessee
Colorful sunset over Chihowee Dam in East Tennessee.
Painting Kitchen with Light Blue Countertops
I don't know what color to paint my kitchen walls, or possibly wallpaper them. My countertops are light blue with some faint gray and white.
Removing Tarnish from Stainless Steel Cutlery
I would like to know how to get the bluish "stain" off stainless steel cutlery. It seems to come from the dishwasher.
Repairing Vinyl "Wood" Flooring
I have "timber look" vinyl tiles on my floor and they scratch very easily. Can anyone suggest how these scratches could be removed?
Dealing With Credit Card Debt
My income is cut in half. My credit card bills are overdue. They are calling all the time and I don't have extra money to pay them. How do I start climbing out of this hole that I am in? Any advice?
Determining the Value of Sterling Silver Trays
Where is the best place to take silver serving trays and other pieces to get them priced? I don't know if they're worth anything. I have accumulated them along the way. They are labeled: Wm Rogers 171, Royal Rochester 3496, Webster Wilcox Oneida USA, Rogers and Bro. 1719.
Preventing a Cat from Spraying
My male cat is fixed and spraying all over his litter box. What can I do?
Recipes for Patient with Kidney Disease- ESRD
My 18 year old daughter was just diagnosed with ESRD (end stage renal disease). She is on dialysis 3 times weekly. I'm making the same foods over and over. I need new ideas!
What Breed is My Dog?
Is my dog part Husky? I was told she was a Husky/Lab mix.
My Dog's Spine is Sticking Up
My pit bull puppy who just turn 1 looks like his lower spine is curved. It sticks up and doesn't look healthy. He eats well and plays and is very energetic. He shows no pains in his lower back. Any idea what this could be?
What Breed is My Dog?
I need help to identify the type of breed my 3yr old Chihuahua is mixed with. She weighs no more than 4.5lbs and has very long scrawny legs and her tail curls! Any ideas?
Dottie (Rat Terrier)
Dottie is a 5 year old Rat Terrier. We adopted Dottie from a pet rescue almost 3 years ago. She was a stray from another town. Dottie loves to play with her toys and loves to run outside.
Soot Stains Inside Appliances
My friend put a burnt skillet in her dishwasher, now the inside is black and greasy. She tried vinegar and Clorox both, but it did not work. How can she clean this out?
Dash (Min Pin Mix)
Dash! is a one year old min pin mix I found him on Petfinder. He likes to play with squeaky toys and walk in the park. He is adorable!
Elvis (Pygmy Hedgehog)
Elvis is a 1 year old Pygmy Hedgehog. I found him using CraigsList. We found a hedgehog shelter and adopted him from a terrific woman. Elvis stays fit by running on his wheel.
Olive (Shih Tzu)
Olive is almost a 2 year old Shih Tzu mix. The mother of a coworker adopted a puppy and turned out not to have the time necessary to properly take care of her.
Why Does My Dog Try to Bite When Petting His Head?
I have a 5 yr old long haired Silky and for no reason when I wanted to pet his head he growls and wants to bite. He has bitten me and my husband before. At most times he is so sweet and then he can turn to the dog from hell.
Buying Wholesale with Deferred Billing
How can I buy shoes and clothes in bulk and get a deferred bill?
Cherry Tree Leaves and Fruit Developing Black Spots
I have a fruit cocktail cherry tree (4 varieties). This year there are many small black spots on the leaves and they are spreading to the cherries. The first leaves and cherries affected are now dead and the spots are continuing to spread. What could this be and how do I help.
Removing Stains on Refrigerator Seals
The seals in my fridge have rust like spots. It is only 2 years old. How do I clean them? I have tried baking soda and other cleaners. Any hints? It looks really bad.
Making a No-Sew Poncho
How do I make a no-sew poncho?
What Could Cause a Phone to Ring Once Every Night?
My phone rings every night, just one ring. The call does not register on caller id. Verizon has checked it out, as well as, my security system company. I have no fax machine, so what can be causing this to happen? This has been going on for the past 3 months.
Quilted Paper Plate Picnic Bag
We picnic a lot. I love to keep this sack full of plates, napkins, wipes, etc. I appreciate having all the items in one place and ready to grab and go.
When Do Hibiscus Bloom?
My hibiscus looks great, good color leaves and lots of buds to bloom, nothing falling off yet, but no blooms as of yet. There are no bugs. I just want to know when will I see a bloom? The buds are about 1 inch right now. Help me, it's my first hibiscus.
Determining the Value of Precious Moments Figurines
I want to sell Precious Moment figures, does anyone know how to find the value of them without their boxes? Is there a website?
Business Name Ideas for Men's Outdoor Activities Shop
I am opening a business that is going to be pretty much a guy store, from fishing poles to custom trucks, stereos, etc. I need help on the name, and slogan. Please help, as my brain can no longer think!
Keeping Oil from Separating in Macaroni Salad
Whenever I make macaroni salad, within a couple of hours the oil separates from the mayonnaise and just looks oily. How can I keep that from happening and keep the creamy appearance?
Keeping a Trailer Cool in Summer
We have a 1972 trailer and two air conditioners. We are having trouble keeping cool because the air conditioners freeze up a lot. Is there a cheap and easy way to keep our trailer cool during the hot months?
Why are My Cucumbers Yellow and Bitter?
My cucumbers do not turn green; they are yellow and bitter. This is the second year this has happened, the fruit is large, the plants have many flowers, and are producing, but this yellow cucumber is all we get.What can I do to correct this, or do I just give up? Thank you.
Turkey-Blue Cheese Pasta Salad
Combine pasta, turkey, blue cheese and onion in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine dressing, sour cream, celery seed, pepper and salt, if desired; pour over salad and toss.
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