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February 4, 2011
Why is My Cactus Turning Yellow?
I got what I think is a type of barrel cactus from my sister when she passed in November. I put it in a south window, but it started turning yellow. A friend told me to give it more water, now It's really turning yellow. It was my mothers, so its at least 20-30 years old. What can I do?
Caring for Baby Oscars
I bought 2 oscars about 3 weeks ago. They have finally come up to the top to feed. Do I need to buy more hiding places for them? They are babies, about 3 inches. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Natural Remedies for Wrinkles
What are some natural ingredients that I can use on my face to minimize or eliminate wrinkles?
Using Giani Granite Paint
My bathroom sink and counter top is all in one. Can I use Giani Granite paint on both?
Fixing a Shirt That Shrank
I have a turtleneck top that is made up of 80% rayon and 20% nylon. The label says to lay it flat after washing. I forgot to do it this time and it ended up shrinking it mainly in the back so it rides up a bit, enough to show my back and annoy me.
How Do I Keep Naturally Red Hair Bright During the Winter?
I have natural light red hair, like a strawberry blonde color. In the winter months it becomes very dull, more like a dull brownish color. How do I keep it from getting dull in the winter and turning icky brown without having to dye it constantly from December-March?
ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck
When will the free ASPCA van be in the Bronx for vaccines? The spray/neuter van does not do vaccines unless you fix your pet, too.
Acrylic Paint on Clothing
How do I get dried acrylic paint off of shoelaces?
I would like a recipe for making pizzelles if anyone has one.
Free Knifty Knitter Pattern for Adult Booties
I am looking for a free pattern for Knifty Knitter adult booties. I found one, but have to join their site to get it. I don't want that.
"Sole" Mate Valentine
Crochet around an insole for your funny Valentine. On the wrong side, with a pencil, lightly draw a line about 1/4 inch from the edge. Then punch holes every quarter inch just on the line.
How Do I Clean Dull Dingy Floor Tile and Grout?
I have ceramic floors that look awful. The grout which was tan in the beginning stays stained and dirt settles in the grout. The color is a Mexican looking tile, not brown and not orange. It also has no shine. Please help.
Mix first 4 ingredients. Gradually stir in water. Cook over low heat stirring constantly till thick and clear. Blend in butter and lemon juice. Makes 1 1/3 cup. Put over slices of cake or gingerbread.
After Church Stew
Place beef in 3 quart casserole; need not brown the beef. Sprinkle with salt, basil, and pepper. Top with celery, carrots, and onions. Combine soup and water; pour over meat and vegetables coating all.
Pumpkin can be used for a variety of delicious desserts. Try this recipe with a whipped cream topping.
Put cubed bread into 9x13 inch greased baking dish or pan. Sprinkle the browned sausage that has been drained on paper towels to get rid of as much grease as possible.
Fizzing Bath Salts
This recipe comes from Janice Cox's book Natural Beauty for All Seasons.
Use Packaging Tape as Ribbon
Use decorative packaging tape as faux ribbon.
Use Eyeshadow As Lip Color
This is a beauty tip I figured out when I was a teenager and wanted interesting lip colors like blue and silver, but it works just as well on pinks, reds, browns, and purples too.
Keeping Track of Receipts for Taxes
I use a monthly calendar to organize my financial life. I don't use a fancy one, just one that I receive as a promotional free item. I staple all check stubs and I write the amount of my receipts on the day that I had the expense.
Masking Tape on Shoes for Traction
Growing up in Minnesota, if the ground was slippery and the tread was a bit worn on our shoes and boots, we would place several strips of regular masking tape on the soles.
Change Shampoo Monthly
After much displeasure with my hair, and after trying all the suggestions I received from friends and family, I decided that maybe my hair needed a change of shampoo. I found that by changing my shampoo every month or so, my hair was much more manageable.
Roxie (Shih Tzu/Pomeranian)
Roxie is a 1 year old Shih Tzu/Pomeranian. We got Roxie at 6 weeks of age. We already had 4 dogs, but when a friend of ours told us his dog was having puppies, we had to have one.
Search Tips On Google
It seems that many people do not know how to use Google effectively. So, if you're interested, here are some tips which I use with my students.
Removing Alcoholic Beverage Stains
To remove alcoholic beverage stains, apply a detergent solution (1/4 tsp. clear, non-bleach dishwashing liquid to 1 cup clear water) and allow it to sit 8-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and blot until dry.
Sam will be 2 in April. Sam is a Pekingese. I received Sam as a gift, when he was 5 months old. Sam loves to run outside, and to to play with Mr. Squeaky.
Craft Foliage for Aquarium
I needed more plastic plants for my aquarium, but they are $3.00 to $6.00 a piece. Too expensive! So, I bought some "dollar store" foliage for $1.00 and washed them before I put them in the tank.
Cut Chicken Breasts in Half
Instead of pounding boneless, skinless chicken breasts for breaded chicken or sandwiches, I simply slice them in half horizontally to reduce their thickness. This is much easier and less messy than pounding them out in plastic wrap.
Jake is our 1 1/2 year old domestic hamster. We got our hamster when we went to visit our local pet store and my son begged and begged me to get him.
My Frugal Life: Family is Everything
I know most photos are some sort of beautiful scenery - these photos are some of the most beautiful scenes in the world. My family is everything! We love Christmas even if the months of November and December make us a little nervous.
Bring Your Own Silverware to Work
Recently, at my work, I have been on a committee that is looking at strategic planning for the next year, 5 years, and 10 years into the future. One of the issues we have been looking at is sustainability.
Scenery: Jugiong, Australia
Here are some photos of Jugiong Australia, such pretty countryside.
Travel: Temple at Abu Simbel Egypt
This photo was taken on my trip to Abu Simbel. It was truly a surreal experience.
Keep a Recipe Record Book
This is my idea for keeping track of good recipes; ones I find and modify, family recipes, and ones I make up myself. I buy those little hard-bound record books, Simplex Records, to write my recipes in.
Three Keys To Success With Blueberries
Planting several blueberry bushes is a wonderful way to incorporate edible ornamentals into your landscape. The fruits are delicious to eat and contain a broad range of health benefits, and the plant's foliage provides a great source of fall color.
Freezing Fog (Cameron, MO)
My husband told me to keep an eye on the sun peeking through the clouds and get a picture of our elm tree. So, when I noticed a few rays coming in the window I grabbed my camera and headed out to the tree he told me to get a picture of.
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