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August 11, 2010
Wildlife: Black Bumble Bee
I captured this image of one of the fabulous, huge, black bumblebees that visit my French beans every day. You can tell how big it is by using the bean flower as a scale.
Travel: Anna Maria Island (FL)
Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida is known by the local residents as "Paradise Without An Attitude" and they are exactly right. This is me in Paradise!
Scenery: McConnell's Mills (PA)
My husband and I took our children to McConnell's Mills on Good Friday. It's so beautiful and peaceful there. I love the rushing sound of the water and the beauty of the place.
Wildlife: Buffalo (Custer State Park, South Dakota)
While traveling in South Dakota, we were in Custer State Park and saw this buffalo trying to scratch an itch on a sign. The actual writing on the sign makes it all pretty funny.
Cleaning a Water Stain on the Roof Lining of Motor Home
We have discovered some water ingress in our motor home. We have staining from the rain water on the roof lining. Can anyone suggest the best way to clean this?
What Breed is My Dog?
Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?
Baking Muffins in a Muffin Top Pan
I just got a muffin top baking pan and was wondering how long it takes to bake the muffins in it? Will it be the same time or half that? Thanks.
Name Ideas for Office Cleaning Business
What would be an eye catching name for an office cleaning company?
Power of Attorney Responsibilities
Does the person who has POA for a parent, have a responsibility to provide financial reports to the other siblings?
White Gardenia Blossom
I had taken many pictures of our gardenia bush this year and dreamed of experiencing that 10 foot tall bush, filled with blooms, with my granddaughter. Little did I know that one special bloom appeared while they were home this week!
Shred veggies and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand 1-2 hours. Do not drain. Bring syrup ingredients to a boil while stirring. Pour syrup over slaw and refrigerate 10 days to 2 weeks.
Restoring the Shine on a Formica Countertop
I used Ajax cleanser to remove a spot on my Formica counter and it has left a dull mark. Is there any way to get the original look of the counter back?
Craft Ideas for 3 Year Old
Do you have any craft ideas for a 3 year old girl?
Combine tea, lemonade, pineapple juice and sugar in large container; mix well. Place mint leaves in glasses. Add tea. 6-8 servings.
Creamy Tuna Garden Wedges
This recipe is versatile. You can leave out the tuna for a meatless treat or replace it with 1/2-1 cup cooked crab meat.
Meatloaf In An Onion
An unusual way to serve meatloaf. Cut six 12 x 14 inch rectangles of heavy-duty foil; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, tomato sauce, pepper, salt, and dry mustard. Set aside.
I found this recipe on the inside of a Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate wrapper and decided to make it. It is most definitely replacing the recipe I've always used before! It's a lot of work but if you want to have a truly luscious treat you simply must try it.
10th Birthday Ideas
My son is turning 10 on 19 August 2010 and I want to celebrate his birthday on 21 August 2010 because his birthday is during the week. I want to take him and his friends to a park for a day. What can I do to make his party special? He likes the idea of going to the park.
Cover Bucket Handle With Garden Hose
Use pieces of a leaky garden hose to cover a metal handle on a bucket. Trim to handle size and slit the hose down one side. Slip it over the handle and secure with electrical tape.
Cleaning Dingy Grout
My bathroom grout in my ceramic tile is filthy. How do I get it clean without replacing it?
Organize Coupons In Card Sheet Protectors
I was having a hard time keeping up with my coupons. So a friend of mine bought me a binder for my birthday, and I bought a pack of baseball card holder sleeves and a pack of dividers.
Warning: Swag Bucks Scam
Swag Bucks is a Scam! I love being able to sign up at a site and be rewarded for participating in all of the offers available. It is fun, you meet cool people, and you win prizes. Sounds good so far, huh? Here it comes.
2nd Birthday Gift Ideas
I am looking for ideas to buy a birthday present for my 2 year old daughter.
Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes
To clean scuff marks off white patent leather shoes, rub a small amount of mineral oil onto a test area. If the oil doesn't alter the color of the shoe, take a clean, soft cloth and apply a small amount of mineral oil to the surface of the show.
Add Salt to Toothpaste
I was pleasantly surprised when I sprinkled a little salt on my toothpaste before brushing. My teeth seemed to sparkle after rinsing. I have used baking soda before, but the salt worked better.
Use Hair Scrunchies as Christmas Bows
I am not using ribbon, paper, or any other kind of bows this year on my packages going to girls with long hair. I am going to buy those little fabric scrunchies and make a bow out of them. This way the bow is not just decorative, but useful.
Soften Dried Dates and Figs with a Slice of Apple
If dried dates or figs have hardened, place in a jar with a slice of apple. They'll soon be soft again.
Using Crockpot Insert in the Oven
You can use your removable crock pot/slow cooker stoneware insert in an oven. Be sure the insert does not have any cracks or breaks in it. I normally coat it with a cooking spray for easy clean-up. I don't use the lid, for fear it would crack or break.
Use Broiler Pan on Barbecue
Use a broiler pan to grill small items on your barbecue grill. We picked up a spare at the thrift store for this purpose.
Removing Acrylic Nails
For 1 year, my fake nail has been over my own nail. The doctor said it will grow out, but it has been a year. My friend said go to another doctor and see about having my finger numbed around the area and cut cuticle and separate the fake nail and my own nail.
Getting Rid of Fleas Naturally
I have used Frontline on my dogs and cat. One dog almost died. I have used salt on the carpet and still have fleas. What can I do now?
Whitening Yellowed Fabric
I have some old white t-shirts that were packed away that have turned yellow. How can I return them to white?
Mosquito Repellent for Dogs
I have a Border Collie and a Yorkie. The Yorkie is not bothered much by the mosquitoes, but the Border Collie is enveloped in a swarm the moment he steps outside. Does anyone have a safe repellent that I can use on his face? Thanks.
Eliminating Pet Odor
I have two dogs, and I really dislike the "dog" smell. What products should I use?
Cleaning Down Filled Pillows
Is it possible to effectively clean down and feather pillows using a carpet cleaning machine (not a true steam cleaner)? I have a top loading washer and cannot get these pillows to sink, so they do not get effectively washed in there.
Home Remedy to Strengthen Nails
What is useful for fingernails that continue to chip and split?
Keep Tomatoes Fresh Longer by Rinsing in Bleach Water
If you have a large tomato crop, take a few extra minutes to wash your tomatoes in a weak bleach solution. A tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water is a sufficient ratio for the solution. Do not rinse them. Spread your tomatoes out on newspaper in a cool, dry place.
Infestation Of Tiny Ants
How do you get rid of those tiny ants once they are in your house? Is there a home based solution, other than an insecticide? We have found some in the kitchen, have sprayed and put out ant traps, but they are still around.
Use Spice Rack for Bead Storage
Use an old spicerack for craft bead storage or for button storage.
Puffy Paint Recipe
To make a batch of puffy paint, simply mix equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer's glue. Add food coloring, a few drops at a time, until you get the desired color. Apply the glue to heavy paper using a sponge brush. Let the painting dry before moving it.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
I have made a body scrub using brown sugar, baby oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The problem I found with this is it is so oily. Can you use water and half oil? Many thanks.
Doing Laundry With Dishwashing Detergent
I found out my maid washes the dish-cloths and tea towels with dishwashing detergent rather than washing powder. She was very offended when I brought it up with her.
Wisteria Bloomed But Did Not Make Seed Pods
My two wisteria, white and blue, bloomed well for the first time this spring, but produced no seed pods. Why is that?
Cleaning Dust Off Angel Doll's Feather Wings
I have a an angel doll that is my 22 year old daughter's. She will be home next week for a visit. I want to get the dust off the feathers on the wings of the doll. Please help.
Taco Soup Recipe Without Ranch Dressing
Years ago I used to make a taco soup that contained hamburger, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and Velveeta. I can't remember the rest of the ingredients, or the directions. I do know it contained "no" Ranch dressing.
Do I Need to Use HE Detergent in a Front Load Washer?
What is the difference between HE detergent for washing machines and regular washing machine detergent? HE stands for what? It is necessary to use in a front loader washing machine or is it a marketing technique?Thank you.
Daisy, Maisey and Snickers (Jack Russell)
Daisy, Maisey and Snickers are 7 weeks old. They are Jack Russells. They were born on Feb. 25, 2010. They like chewing and chasing the cat. They play hard and sleep hard! LOL
Sig (American Bulldog)
Sig is a 1 year and 9 months old and an American Bulldog. I got him on the Christmas of 2008. Sig loves chase me when I ride my bike. Sig is the most loving dog he loves to be hugged and kissed. As big as he is he is so gentle. He's my Gentle Giant.
Wallpaper Will Not Stick to Walls
When I decorated my son's bedroom the wallpaper just falls of the walls. Can you help?
Identifying and Removing Pests on a Horse
There is a horse that is put out to pasture in the field outside our house. I have noticed that when he swishes his tail I have seen these brown things that are glued to his bottom.
Elly (Standard Poodle)
Elly was born 3/3/2003. She is a Standard Poodle I bought from a breeder in Aylesford Norfolk, England. She likes to walk, walk, walk, walk. She has the most brilliant temperament.
Sonny and Quincy (Kittens)
These pictures are of my two new kittens which are brothers. The orange one is named "Sonny" and the white and orange one is named "Quincy." They were born at someones home that did not care for them. They were left outside and two of the others kittens are gone.
Unexpected Cruise Costs
There really is no such thing as an "all-inclusive vacation", because no one could include everything. However, some vacations claim to have everything, and then sneak some charges in the package. Cruise vacations are one of them.
Creamy Brandy Alexander
The true meaning of decadence! This can be served as a drink or a dessert but either way it's really best served relaxing with your feet up.
Decoupage Wall Plaques
Small wooden plaques with picture cut from magazines or other sources which are decoupaged into place using half white glue and half water or a decoupage medium, filled in or enhanced with paint.
Rocky Road Brownies
This will definitely satisfy your craving for chocolate and something sweet!
Roasted Garlic Red Potatoes
You can roast these reds on the grill too! Just place evenly, spread, and completely enclosed in tin foil.
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