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By His Grace God has given me a Life I never earned nor deserve! He kept His promises to provide for my needs, a few of my wants, and strengthens me every day in every way as I tend to His Creation within the property He has loaned to me while I sojourn through this one life.

During these exciting but dangerous days, I frugally recycle everything , repair rather than toss wherever possible. My goal is to learn to live lean and clean.  One word to describe my profile is probably over-experienced in too many things/areas.  I do not profess to be a professional in any area any more because I am retired in theory, but in fact work three jobs 24/7, with little time to myself. I'm also a Prayer Warrior full time, believer in MIRACLES, house/garden manager part time.

I love Jesus, family, people, home,  reading, ThriftyFun, gardening, repairing/recycling/ frugal living/ thrifting when I have extra money.  Thanking Him for all the ways He  helps and touches the hearts of those who need Him and help others.

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  We are the branches and He is the Vine.  Thanks for sharing life with me....  God bless you.  :  )

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My Dog Has Colitis?
I would take her off all commercial foods and feed her only organic chicken, tuna in water, raw egg, a small amt. Of oatmeal mixed into any combination of the above. Make certain there is always a lot of water, and, worm her in the bathroom, even though older...

 

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Cabinet Colors for Kitchen With a Yellow Range?
Youd do well to buy an ultra contemporary design cabinet, even louvered or glass panes, with chrome trim, matching your refrigerator doors in the same, which I hope are high end, too, because the range is so classey and stunning. This way the range will be...

 

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Keeping Cut Roses from Losing Their Petals?
When fresh, place heavy duty clean scissor blades beneath a four inch deep bowl of sugared water, cutting while under the water, diagonally about an inch toward flower, to allow all air to leave stem while stem is then filled with the sugared water to preserve...

 

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Great Dane Needs to Gain Weight?
Most definitely buy animal acidophiles (I buy from Whole Foods refrigerator section) because it will help any acidic condition, illnesses for after antibiotics, and has no side effects but has great results. Just sprinkle proper amt. and mix into foods. It...

 

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Uses for Unmatched Socks?
When a family friend stayed with us, he forgot his tennis wrist bracelet for wiping his sweat when outdoors. I took the tops off several orphaned socks, folded the freyed edge in and he was truly grateful. I realized that in a heat wave while working outside...

 

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Rates for Cleaning an Apartment Complex?
Get each unit in good shape quickly, with the agreement that you get to take whatever was left behind by whomever moved out, to use or sell. Its really hard to get more when there are so many folks out of work that would do it for much less. God bless. : )

 

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Repair Vacuum Cleaners Instead of Replacing
HOORAY for you. However, I would not recommend buying and cleaning a USED vac. I used to both sell new ones, demonstrate, take completely apart/back together, and was challenged by one of the hot shot competitive salesmen to not worry about germs, they wont...

 

Sara (Chow Mix?)

Sara (Chow Mix?)
Yes, what a darling girl! I believe she is both Chow, Spitz, and Heinz 57! lol If I had room, Id have taken her too! God bless you and her! : )

 

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Stretch Liquid Makeup With Mineral Oil
What an excellent concept, but PLEASE dont use Mineral Oil unless you want LOTS of EXTRA-large pores sooner than later! Although it might be the least smelly, Id use Canola or Grapeseed oil with a few drops of alcohol to preserve it? Be VERY careful when adding...

 

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Put Your Dust Ruffle On Top
Traditionally the ruffle length is approx. only about 14, unless VERY expensive for a taller and expensive bed. I love your idea, but it wont prevent dust under the bed unless its the longer dust ruffle which is MEANT to touch the floor and stop dust, Im sure...

 

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Removing Egg from Concrete?
I agree that cola, on a sunny day, will likely remove it, but Id be inclined to use club soda to prevent dark stains, and check it before it dries, scrubbing with an old broom or stiff brush well. Rinse and it should be clean. Good luck and god bless. )

 

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New Uses for Similar Sized Items
I save clear plastic peanut butter jars to store them all in, as well as round oatmeal boxes for lids, metal can tops, plastic soda cup covers from fast foods, and slightly wrinkled napkins left over. Its clutter but double recycling and free, usable. God bless...

 

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Moldy Smell in Tupperware?
Id place a small amount of bleach and liquid dish soap and fill the remainder of the bowl with warm water, letting it soak fifteen minutes in the sink with the lid in the same solution, both covered with foil or clear wrap. The heat will expand and let the...

 

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Grape Juice Skin Recipe?
Whatever youre doing, it had better be with WHITE grape juice or youll be BURP-le, right? lol God bless. : )

 

Marble paintings that were done inside a coffee can.

Coffee Can Marble Painting
This looks like so much fun for all. How about using the metal lids from cans and meltin crayons on them, letting the wax drip around the edges lying down on foil or waxed paper until dry? I might try this, too. God bless you. : )

 

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Growing Grass on Bald Spots?
Dig into the soil and find out what might be the balding problem first. If there are no white fat grub worms eating the roots, watch for cinch bugs. Ordinary earthworms are a good sign. Pillbugs/ rolley pollies often get in grass, as do ants and termites. Tiny...

 

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Retro Landscape Ideas?
When I think of that time period I remember lots of large ELEPHANT EARs from bulbs, Silver Arborvitae hedges, Zennias, Marigolds, Hibiscus hedges, Crepe Myrtles, and white rock mulch! Good luck and God bless you. : )

 

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Rabbit Droppings Near Fruit?
Id begin to worry only if you ever find a dead whole bunny somewhere. It could have died from Fusarium Virus, which comes from the virus on wilting overwatered plants that the bunnies eat. House bunnies droppings are the safest, but Id eat ANYTHING ANY BUNNY...

 

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A Squirrely Situation: Keeping Squirrels Out
Not to mention how long it takes to clear a home of the smell of a dying squirrel, or family of dying squirrels in the attic or walls, or some remote area, poor things. I suggest that you do not leave water or food for them outside if they are a problem in...

 

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Polish for Laminate Countertops?
WD-40 advertises that it has 100 uses, AND warns that it is flammable, so DO NOT USE AROUND OR NEAR A STOVE or indoors because of furnaces and/or fireplaces! The products main ingredient is FISH OIL, and has a pungent propellant, so it makes no sense to use...

 

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International Night Dinner Party?
We had a similar dinner and requested the dishes made be sized for one serving for each guest, and be accompanied by recipes for their dish equal to twice the number of guests - AND -anything about their origins, ingredients, purposes, traditions, and encouraged...

 

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Losing 20 lbs. in Two Months?
The way I lost 52 lbs. After gaining during pregnancy was; (are you sitting down?) I spent my share of the grocery money on baby foods when on sale! They are absolutely pure, great, in need of your choice of seasoning, and when accompanied with regular deep...

 

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Neighbor Dumps Dirty Cat Litter in Alley?
You know, we give way too much attention to such things, but we pay authorities to talk to the offenders, and if you can get just one other neighbor to complain about the same offender on the same day or so, the animal control folks will just leave the offender...

 

Butterfly art in a butterfly garden.

Gardening: Butterfly Garden Art
How in the world is this made? Is it all one piece, plastic photo print of the lovely colors, iridescent threads, something else, or can you tell? Do you think it was machine or hand made? Its likely imported, since its so lovely. Lucky you. God bless. : )

 

Butterfly art in a butterfly garden.

Gardening: Butterfly Garden Art
P.S. As I look at it closer, it appears to be metal and air brushed or torched? The photo may appear a bit different. Are the edges laser cut metal or is the whole thing as light and airy as it looks? Its definitely attached to a spiral piece of metal for inserting...

 

Gardening: Lilies
I lived in Hawaii for three years, with a bed identical to the one in this picture. Because they multiply so much, the plant became a beast, even pushing up the edge of the walkway. I tried to cut it down, but found that it was so heavily and deeply rooted...

 

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Make Your Own "Name Brand" Hair Products
Clever you! We moms/ g-moms can be tricky when we know its best for them and for our budget. If you get caught doing this and get complaints, you might want to say, Well, Ive been thinking that its time you bought your own clothes. See how they like the idea...

 

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Crisco as Frugal Face Moisturizer
I use coconut oil, which begins like Crisco, but liquifies so quickly that it works well on any kind of skin without clogging like a shortening would. I get the LouAna Brand from Walmart Superstore. Its not too high, and I use it for a LOT of things. A smaller...

 

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Mice Urine Odor in Ventilation?
Id try very hard to get to the core of the problem first, otherwise youll be spraying forever. It could be that just one got in there as a baby and grew up? Howd it get into the ventilation system anyway? It could also be that there is a hole in the ducting...

 

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Removing Hair from a Bathtub?
Try to realize that a single hair is only a hair, not a collection of filth, germs, or maggots. It used to gross me out until I began washing others hair as a Hairdressing Student. Once you take the time to see that hair is dead, washed often, has only a little...

 

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Homemade Cherry Coke?
The best Cherry flavor is Almond Flavoring, but be careful not to use too much. : )

 

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Product Review: Swiffer WetJet
Ill bet its pure luxury to be able to use Swiffers, EVEN WITH the regular coupons. When you have very little money for basics......So, I do most everything the old fashioned way, with a squeeze sponge mop $3.00 for a new one at the dollar store,and a bucket...

 

Baby Buggy Favor

Baby Shower Buggy Favor
They TRULY are precious. At first I thought they were satin because they shine, but when I read they were egg carton crafts, I was surprised. (Since you plan to eat something out of them thats not cooked, just be very careful to wash them well with 1/4 cup...

 

What's Growing in the Compost Pile?
WELL, THANK YOU!! I dont have a camera and have my entire PATIO covered in these plants, about 6 of them. Mine are full of huge yellow blooms and I believe they are WATERMELON because of the few fruit they are making about the size of a small apple right now...

 

What's Growing in the Compost Pile?
P.S. OOPS, I forgot that the birds ate the insides out of a large pumpkin last Fall out on the patio. Ill bet its PUMPKIN, not watermelon. Along with the two dozen can of charity pumpkin Ive been given, Id better put my bakers hat on and get to searching the...

 

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Saving On Electricity In The Summer
We found that when we began to slowly but surely re-insullate our walls, attic floors, and keep the chimney to our fireplace closed at all times, we could save at least $100 on elec. bills years ago to the present. With an OLD thermostat I understand that the...

 

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Ice Cube Trays Are Not Just For Ice Anymore
You know, I need to have four freezers to handle all the herbs, things I try to save for leftovers, and hair-tintng chemicals, in ice cube trays. But I can see how a single person in a first home/apt. or mother making baby foods, could truly learn and benefit...

 

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A Healthier Alternative To Mayo
You know, you might be right, but the thought of HUMUS reminds me too much of foreign food, which reminds me too much of the MIddle East war, which causes me to lose my appetite! lol Seriously, though, I find myself using Salsa, Ketchup,Relishes, or non-fat...

 

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Using Less Oil in a Skillet
You should have heard the latest about HAM on Christian Nutrition News: The reports from Dr. J. Rubin, say that the reasons the Holy Bible says we should not eat pork if we can avoid it, is because: 1) Hogs eat anything, including malignant and non- malignant...

 

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Golf Tee For Filling Screw Hole
Well, thank you. Ill begin watching for golf tees curbside since we dont have a single one. That idea certainly sounds reasonable. I try to use several glue-coated toothpicks, so I dont have to redrill for the screw. Ill keep what you do in mind. God bless...

 

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Concerns About Bathroom Plug Buzzing
Should she have plugged her hair dryer into a dead socket? It almost seems as if the grounding wire was doing its job because of something else? What causes a live socket?

 

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How To Preserve Soymilk?
According to Christian Nutritionists recently, NO one should be consuming (eating OR drinking) ANY soy because it has been discovered that soy prevents the human body from absorbing vitamins/minerals and nutrients. Perhaps you could consider Almond products...

 

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Bread Mixer Recommendations?
You can take the Oster bread maker OFF your list because it works so poorly. It over cooks, and the loaf is not cooked thoroughly. God bless and help you. Id be interested if I had money to buy one. : (

 

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Making And Selling Air Freshener Sprays?
Since I dont want to have to find a moment to remember to spray anything at all, and dont have extra money, the $1.00 Renuzit Air Freshener in After the Rain works for a week in one room for us. I then take the dried residue and add it to my toilet bowl basket...

 

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Using Noxema for Eczema?
My grandmother had this so bad that it was from both knees to the heels of her feet, around both legs for many, many years until she was given instructions NOT to apply soap, but to just sit in a tub of warm, not hot, water that is soapy from the washing of...

 

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Is Carpet Safe After Being Wet?
Ive had three flooded rooms, all separate times, water extracted and only one rooms padding removed, and no ones dead yet. This was over eight years ago with the last flood. I learned to add chlorine to the overflow pipe for the Central A/C, which reminds me...

 

Pink and white tea rose

The Aroma of a Fragrant Tea Rose
This is my moms most favorite rose, and not often easy to find at a lower price. Years before she went into a group home, I spent money trying to give her flowers all the time because once theyre gone, they cant see the flowers at a funeral. I wanted to be...

 

Venom (Toy Shih-tzu) - white dog with black ears

Venom (Toy Shih-tzu)
You can just pack him up and send him over here because I have JUST the cat for him, will make him a satin pillow from one of my pajama tops, I have a spare bathtub, several pet clothes, and Ill just bite his ear a little ONE TIME, to show him whos MAMA BOSS...

 

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Spider Dogs For Campfire Cooking
And for the SPIDER BUNS? My grandson would eat one, cook two more and use them for frisbees !! lol He can make a toy/game out of most ANYTHING, the stinker. Im trying to enjoy him before he grows out of the TWEENS. The other day he picked up a church music...

 

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Keeping Bunnies Cool
I occasionally feed my house bunny frozen peas/carrots for a treat, but he prefers dryer foods. Of course you know NEVER to let your bunny in the sun? They have heat stroke in a flash and DIE, like one of my first ones did. Frozen small-diced banana should...

 

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Keeping Bunnies Cool
P.S. If no electricity, or fan, you could get a wallpaper wetting tray, put it half full of water, then place a roll of muslin or gauze fabric into the water. Place all on top of the cage and allow the end of the fabric to drape 1-1 1/2 foot down the open side...

 

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Mouth Retainers Dropped in a Trash Can?
Garbage cans can be the worst harborers of germs of every possible kinds. Dont rely on anything other than boiling water, if the retainer is wire. If plastic, call the orthdontist for some solution to buy. Reg. soap will NOT be reliable for the most harmful...

 

Hamburger Cake

Hamburger Cake
LOVE ITS LOOK AND CONTENTS! Y U M !!! God bless you. : )

 

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Deformed Cucumbers?
Keep the possibility of Nematodes in mind. Take one to the local Agricultural Extension or best Garden Center, for visual advice. Its hard to tell without a photo or cuke to see? God bless and help you. : )

 

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Watering Tips for Flowers?
Dead or dying Iris leaves, pine needles, and cardboard in the proper multi-layers work great. Use whatever you have or can afford. God bless you. : )

 

Herb garden next to pathway.

Easy Brick Herb Garden
REAL PRETTY! WARNING: The two mints and lemon balm will go to seed FAST and SPREAD INTO THE GRASS FASTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. Id plant Rosemary, Penny Royal, and Oregano instead? God bless you. : )

 

Sarafinnia the Cat
So-o-oooo sorry that I saw this so much later.Question: Is she a large cat, or deaf? Most of the Albinos are, as was our, Kai, dear cat, who got so large we had to give him to a larger home. God bless you and your cat. : )

 

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Skunk in My Garage?
Jerry Baker has a Garden Tonic that claims to be to remove skunk odors which can be made at home. Dont know how well it works, but hes onLine. Ill bet he just might tell you if you contact him? God bless you. : )

 

Rudolph (Black Masked Love Bird)
Hes so lovely that he almost doesnt look alive! I know you are proud to own him. Hes a dilly! God bless you. : )

 

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Cleaning My Dog Pen?
A variety of surfaces is best for the dogs feet, and most any surface will wash off. If you hose it, any of the suggestions here will work. However, if they were mine, Id use landscapers mix mulch and keep adding small amounts of mulch over the worst places...

 

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Advice About Peeing Cat?
My cat MARKS anything thats new or freshly cleaned and set near her area/closet, which infuriates me. No matter how much I clean whatever it is, she continues to MARK HER TERRITORY and all of its contents! This is likely what is happening to yours. Its slightly...

 

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Request For Hot Water Cornbread Recipe?
I accidentally discovered that using Coconut MILK cut with the same amount of warm water according to amount of liquid on box/package recipe works very well inside and out. I love to add chopped garlic chives and fresh rosemary for variation. Also, I use Peanut...

 

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Drought, Heat and Cold Tolerant Plants?
Holly, Im a Texan, also. I have enjoyed the maintenance free evergreens such as Chinese Holly, Eleagnous and Boxwoods. Dwarf youpons grow almost anywhere with filtered sun. Avoid Hawthorn, and Pittisporum, which die often in freezes. Also, you might consider...

 

Bench and Perennial Border in Early Spring

Bench and Perennial Border in Early Spring
Im not seeing the bench. Am I blind? That Azalea planting is fantastic, like the ones here in the Spring. Do you have a sprinkler system to keep them moist? How long have you had them? I tried several times but got bad varieties, lost them to legginess and...

 

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Crafts Using Old Windows
This looks so cool and inviting, doesnt it? Word to the wise. Termites LOVE the hidden side chambers in old windows, so check them out carefully, and this is often one reason folks toss the older windows. If the wood seems o.k., shake it and let it sit on the...

 

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Baking Soda And Sunshine For Freshening Pillows
You know, I love this idea for newer pillows, but if old I prefer to just buy cheaper new ones, especially if stained or slept/coughed into during any illness/flu/virus. I almost forgot to change them when our family had a hard time getting rid of a bad germ...

 

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Are My Apples Safe to Eat?
It depends upon how HUNGRY FOR APPLES you are! LOL I caught my previous neighbor actually bringing his dog to my tree to relieve the dog late night for several nights. When confronted, he looked shocked that I was offended. I thought it might kill the tree...

 

Scruffy the Cat
This is what my grandmother called a Brintle colored cat and they always seem to be so especially sweet natured! Shes posing for the camera, isnt she? Just a fluffy softy, Im sure...God love her. : )

 

American Flag and Eagle Painting

American Flag and Eagle Painting
Lovely, much like the silk screened one I have by a local artist. Single Eagles are so elegant. (The image of a double-eagle head on a single body are supposed to be a sign of something evil as it was in the past when all people trembled at the sight, and are...

 

little girl in cowgirl hat

Taking Outdoor Portrait Photos
So sweet, Gods gifts. Bless you. : )

 

Rock painted with three snowmen.

Snowmen Painted Rock
I love it. I wonder if three round graduating in size stones could be glued or stacked to do the same for a single snowman? : )

 

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Finding Cheap Plants
SO VERY TRUE. Ive gotten such marvelous starts and transplants this way, especially during bloomtime when I find special Iris in an overgrown bed. Also, be well-prepared when approaching anyone you might ask for a plant, AS WELL AS being PROMPT to plant the...

 

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Window Glue Stains?
Id certainly try WD-40. Its secret ingredient is FISH OIL, would you believe? It works on so many things that are sticky that you will find it a treasure to use. It wont hurt the poly or color. Just hand wash it out after five minutes soaking and gentle rubbing...

 

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Keep Face Soap From Becoming Mushy?
Just keep it dry and in a clean container not airtight. Tip: bar soap isnt very good for the face. Using quick liquifying gentle soap like Neutragena, is much better in the long run, believe me. God bless you. : )

 

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Use Ground Coffee To Remove Odors
WOW, ANOTHER use for these coffee grounds I collect! Thanks a million. Most folks think that being from Texas we might have a lot of cows and horses, mules, and other creatures that create a lot of waste? Perhaps we do, but there are few ranchers left that...

 

Bookcase quilt.

Bookcase Quilt
Incredible! It took me several minutes to see the QUILT! Its a LOT of work, dear, and thanks so much for the photo of it to view. God bless you. : )

 

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Use Dry Milk For Drinking And Bathing
Ive heard that a milk bath can whiten skin. Is this true? What are all the benefits to a milk bath that you know of? : )

 

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Does anyone still use the old mop and bucket?
I purchase Dollar Store sponge mops and save old dishpan scrub pads for harder spots to clean until ready to toss. The mop is about $2.00. I use the older one for the front porch tiles and around where the pet eats. I find the squeezing is cleaner and easier...

 

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Dishwasher Reviews?
We have relied upon the Consumer Report Frequency of Repair/Best Buy books from the library. They have served us so well that we KNOW they are real...AND they send us surveys about this thing and that to fill out and return to them to add to their Consumers...

 

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Dishwasher Reviews?
P.S., I didnt keep the LIBRARY issues of Consumers Reports, only the ones we could afford through our own subscription years ago. Now I rely solely upon the library archives for any report I missed or have misplaced, and for anything newish, should I ever be...

 

Composting Grapes

Composting Grapes
Ive avoided using anything that has seeds in the compost, although grapes MIGHT decompose successfully. In response to other feedback here, living in the suburbs of a large city, our homeowners assoc. is picky about having an open compost, wouldnt you know...

 

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How does epsom salt affect plant growth?
Check with Jerry Bakers site that will possibly share the info. Ive seen it before and I believe it was there. Ive tried it on something, but cant remember just which plant, nor why, since it was too long ago. Good luck. : )

 

Sarabi (Siamese Cat)

Sarabi (Siamese Cat)
What an interesting COAT she has. Ive never seen a LONGER haired Siamese and its just LOVELY!! My Dutch house Bunny AND closet loving/wild Kitty Celeste (KC), grey/white Persian, would just LOVE to play with her, as would I. Shes darling! I wish I had a Digital...

 

Picky Eaters?
First, from a GRANDMOTHER: your child has learned some tricks!! However, if you stay AWAY from McDonalds for a month, you will see that there are OTHER things this child will eat or drink. Perhaps you could try a type of reverse psychology with him, regardless...

 

Picky Eaters?
Oops! I forgot to add to my feedback below this, that AFTER you get this child WANTING to eat at home, GRADUALLY you can begin to add something DIFFERENT to what YOU eat in his presence, THE SAME WAY YOU DID WITH THE FOODS HE PREFERS, BUT gradually thinking...

 

Snowy Fence
Interesting visuals, and the edges of the snow seem like cutouts, dont they? We get snow in Tx., but nothing like when we visited our old time-share in Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, where the snow was 4-5 feet deep MOST of the trip, with drifts covering the roof-tops...

 

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"Clipping Service"
What a wonderful idea for my mom in the nursing home who still reads! Although I dont take the paper for lack of funds, I can copy/clip articles from the discarded newspapers at the local postoffice bins near the personal boxes for her when I am there to get...

 

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Fruit Fly Trap
Wow, folks, I do hope this really WORKS! It sounds so wonderful to get rid of them cheaply! I am so disappointed that some variety of mosquito has now developed a resistance to my wild field of Society Garlic, but is repelled when I use old original Listerine...

 

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Food for 2 Years for $5 a Week
Hm-m-m-m-m, there are lots of good ideas out there and this sounds a lot like the Y2K (2000)suggestions, which seem good, but do present a huge storage problem, even for me. I also am concerned that if FOOD is ever a problem, so will the WATER be, and when...

 

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Battery Acid Stains on Carpet?
All this is valuable information/advice. We spilled white PAINT, not acid, thank God, but wound up using a floor DESK MAT, with long teeth on one side and covered it instead of recarpeting it. It seems to be OK for most anything, a good way to recycle the mat...

 

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Cleaning No Wash and No Dry Clean Garments?
Its likely plastic with a recycled bonded fabric backing that will come apart when wet. Ill bet youre stuck trying to hand alcohol scrub any stains with a toothbrush? God bless you for not giving up. : )

 

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Bowls Made From Newspaper?
Id be VERY cautious about using bowls for food since the dark/glossy inks may still be poison! If you are talking about paper mache, there are MANY sites that describe all about how to use it. Good luck with your ideas. If you still pursue it, perhaps its safe...

 

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Using Old Patterns for Artwork
In my laundry room, theyd curl up with moisture, but in the Sewing room area, thats a CLEVER idea, sort of like framing old sheet music, which I have plenty of and YET to do. Ill bet I have some interesting old patterns/fronts, AND old frames to accommodate...

 

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Air Cleaner for an Apartment?
Lucky you to be able to afford such things, especially if they work. I rely on my exhaust fans that are vented outside. They work very well with my homemade filters made from recycled dryer sheets and cleaned lint, modified to fit a picture frame attached to...

 

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Cooking from Scratch for a Large Family
I AGREE!! Are you aware of the culprit in bacon that is considered carcinogen? We cant ignore this and Ill tell you why. My grandmother and mother-in-law died from all sorts of cancers. My grandmothers habit was to eat a slice of bacon with each meal. My mother...

 

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Birthday Cake in a Box Gift
I did this very thing once but with the idea in mind that I would teach a group of children how to cook/bake. I spent more by supplying all they needed because I planned to offer the classes at the local recreation center rooms for rent for such things. Its...

 

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Storing Cakes
Most cakes dont last here because they are so rare nowadays. However, I realized that any cake that calls itself a creame cake or a Creme Cheese cake seems to mold almost overnight, as if put on grocery shelf old or something? No, I believe the natural tendancy...

 

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Can you refreeze bread?
Yes, INDEED, if you double bag the items. Ive been doing it for ten years now. Double bagging beats expensive EXTRA LARGE ziplocks as well. Should you not need the thawed bread, you can safely refreeze it towards the front of your other items, otherwise you...

 

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The Difference Between Two-cycle Mixed Gas from Regular Gas?
After learning the appearance differences, please check only with the manufacturer as to what kind of gas to use with each piece of equipment! My son swore that all lawn equipment uses 2 cycle engine oil for lawn equipment, arguing tooth and toenail that there...

 

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Borax for Ticks?
Sounds like a good idea, possibly, but what about the fact that Boric Acid, from Borax?, is poisonous with LARGE warnings ALL OVER IT? I wonder....Since most soaps leave a slight residue on clothes, I might try it ONLY on things that dont contact the face, not...

 

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Mud Stains on Cotton Pants?
Creme Perioxide, as is used in hair bleaching, WILL likely work, BUT...MUST BE ABSOLUTELY WASHED OUT, or it can eat the cotton fabric if left in. Good luck and God bless you as you persevere. : )

 

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Permanent Marker on Cement?
Its my understanding from our local school who charged one of my children along with many other students who did this when they were very young, that it MUST be sand\blasted, the only restoration known. Would you consider painting with masonry paint? If so...

 

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Healthy Snacks Ideas?
Until I met a lady GIVING away free Organic Produce from her garden, I NEVER heard of this before she told me, but cucumber slices make a great healthy snack food. I sort of snickered when she told me, but when I got home and tried them, she was right! I actually...

 

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Painting a Window Screen?
A frugal idea is likely to work: Go to a recycling center on Sat. afternoon to search for OLD paint. If enough, and exterior, practice on an old piece of screen for the desired effect. If NOT enough, mix interior AND exterior OLD paints together, because its...

 

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Built-in Oven Reviews?
Id check Consumer Reports appliance records and recommendations. Theyve served us well for MANY years, only letting us down once, which was unavoidable. Even the IRON they recommended, and washer, etc, all have lasted and lasted. Theyre the BEST source I believe...

 

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Kittens With Crusty Eyes?
PLEASE be careful should you choose to use Lysol because it has PHENOL in it, especially if it is the old original formula, now discontinued. It is PURE POISON TO HUMANS, and can definitely poison a pet, dont you agree? I had no money for pet care but learned...

 

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Camouflaging A Pimple
Do you mean Benzyl-Peroxide? OR Benzyl Alcohol? (Dont know if spelling is correct) Good idea but wont last, unless the whole diet, linen washing routine, and hand washing before touching face is practiced.

 

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Poll: Have you had success gardening in the fall?
The most success was with SNOW PEAS on the fence. I started them in Fall and picked to my hearts delight all through the Winter, even snow, which is RARE in Texas nowadays. I hope to do that AGAIN, because they were so deliciously tender/ORGANIC, and perhaps...

 

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W O W, is that lovely or WHAT? !!!

 

Hades the Cat
PLEASE CONSIDER RENAMING HIM. HES TOO CUTE TO HAVE SUCH A NAME. I had one that used to sleep in the kitchen sink! If he were black and ugly, ragged and scarred, the name Hades would be more appropriate. Hades just doesnt give this darling justice, even if he...

 

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Saving Money on Teeth Whitening
Wish I could afford ANY whitener to extend. LOL : }

 

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Changing the Colors On a Rug
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for reminding me that I can do just THAT to buy a bargain rug that has both blue and green in it, the two colors of my awful bath. I found border print paper curbside, two old wooden shelves, and an unusual large framed print....All I...

 

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New Use For Contact Lens Cases
Great idea! Better to have something smaller for smaller purse. I will try filling with liquid makeup, since I dont wear lipstick, but rather lip liner and chapstick instead.(MUCH cheaper, more natural looking!) Are they water-tight containers? I might find...

 

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Dry Callused Feet?
The ONLY way I FINALLY got my heels, and edges of feet soft was: (Plan on 1 hour without interruptions and have CLEAN washable slippers to wear when complete. I do this while watching TV at night, once a week. ) : In small plactic tub of extra warm water (about...

 

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Flower Stain on Upholstery?
Plan on a long time trying, should you have the courage. Id start by using warm water/Dawn ultra liquid with a toothbrush and LOTS of paper towels to blot whatever might come up with the light scrub. If still stained, blow dry, then try K2R stain remover with...

 

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New Leather Coat Smells Bad?
A leather expert told me that many leathers are tanned in horse urine, and some smell worse than others. Id take it back to the place I bought it and FAST before Winter sets in. If not possible, Id send it to a GOOD leather cleaner and take a chance on it being...

 

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My Cantaloupes and Watermelon Stopped Growing
Surprisingly I have a couple of cantalope out of a 3 3 x 3 foot cage garden I read about but didnt place enough or right ingredients into when starting. However, Ive been adding compost tea twice weekly and hope to save the whole suffering plant from the HEAT...

 

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Morning Glory Growing Slowly
Watch out for more morning glories than can grow in yours or your neighbors yard. They are worse than mint, but admittedly lovely to look at. Unless you like billions of the separate vines, not just the blooms, Id suggest you either pluck the blooms before...

 

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Using a Wok When Camping
A Wok is not just for ethnic cooking. Its for healthy cooking and sounds PERFECT for the unpredictable flaming of a campfire, outdoor grill, or other sources outdoors. It can even be placed when hot into a bowl-shaped sand or dirt pit, on or off the table. I...

 

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Growing Vine Crops
I remember planting a tasty plum one year only to have a wonderful tree to bloom and grow but never produce. Does it need another tree, special fertilizer,more sun, to blossom and fruit? Also, my self-pollinating Southern Apple tree has only a dozen, though...

 

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Mediterranean Fig Fragrance Oil?
Is this the fragrance I always smell in wealthy homes and closets when visiting or at estate/garage sales? Its like an Evelyn and Crabtree, spicy/musk combo thats divine! : )

 

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Epsom Salts for Roses
since Im not eating roses, nor planting edibles around them, I broke down and made one exception to my Organic Garden, applying systemic Rose spray to my rose bush in the Spring. I got no black spot, but even though I used fertilizer/banana peelings, and Epsom...

 

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Ideal Plant Companions When Growing Vegetables
Although you didnt really say WHERE the ideal location was for each plant, the information for what is known as companion planting will come in handy for what you have printed here as well. Thank you for this. It is likely several reasons a couple of my crops...

 

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Make Your Own Trail Mix
Perhaps I am just sensitive to something, perhaps dried fruits,nuts, seeds are just not cleaned properly, but EVERY time I buy/make trail mix, which I LOVE, and cannot often afford, I get infected teeth! When I avoid them, my teeth/gums get healthy again. I...

 

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Use for Liquid Tide Containers
Yes, that will take care of a couple of them, but I have been collecting about twenty of the bottles and havent discovered a significant use for more than a couple yet. Theyre bulky to store, but my thinking now that the economy has collapsed, according to...

 

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Cooking From Scratch
AMEN, Nancy!!! When I married, my husband seemed so PICKY about my relying on Helper packages/boxes, and it took me YEARS to finally agree with him, but he was SO-o-o-o-o RIGHT. ALL of my life my mom had smoothered and slathered my foods with every possible...

 

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