This page includes a list of all the articles published on this date. Use the navigator to select a different date.
Making New FriendsThis is a page about making friends. Whether you are finding new friends because you moved to a new area or you didn't have healthy relationships with your old friends, making new friends can be easy.
Sharpening a KnifeThis is a page about sharpening a knife. Having sharp knives around is an essential part of every chef's tool kit. Sharp knives are easier to use and much safer as well.
Filling Nail Holes in a WallThis is a page about filling nail holes in a wall. Whether it's from hanging artwork or shelving, nail holes always need to be repaired. Fixing nail holes, especially before painting a wall, will make the wall look much nicer.
Adopting a KittenThis is a page about adopting a kitten. There are many places to find kittens up for adoption. Adopting a kitten rather than buying a kitten is a great way to give a previously unwanted creature a home.
Finding an Honest MechanicThis is a page about finding an honest mechanic. Mechanics can be notoriously difficult to deal with at times. Finding a good honest mechanic can save you a lot of money and headaches.
Caring For an Aging ParentThis is a page about caring for an aging parent. Many people are lucky enough to get the chance to care for their aging parents. Being able to give back to those who once cared for us can be a great honor. But, with that honor can come many difficulties.
Growing PapayasThis is a page about growing papaya. Papayas are a delicious fruit with the added benefit of being a digestive aid. Papayas are relatively easy to grow but are prone to die when young. So it is important to know how to take care of a papaya tree.
ChiliA simple recipe that is also inexpensive to make.
Caramel ApplesThis is a favorite of mine since childhood! Great fall snack or treat!
Carrot Asparagus CasseroleThis is yummy! I'm a real asparagus lover, so this one is a big hit with me.
Macaroni Fruit SaladLove the fruit in this, especially the pineapple.
Get Every Bit Out Of The Lotion BottleTo get that last bit of lotion out of the bottle, heat one cup of water in a two-cup measuring cup, in the microwave for a minute or two. Then set the almost-empty bottle in the hot water and let it sit for a few minutes.
Be Involved In Your Car's MaintenanceOne, read the vehicle's manual, specifically the maintenance section. I made a spreadsheet for mine, which reinforced what the "normal" maintenance intervals were for what; in months and miles, as it's "whatever comes first."
Using Resistance BandsResistance bands can be used for many of the same exercises for which you use free weights.
My Frugal Life: Beverly Hills on $30 a DayI struggled for years to put myself through college. When at last I was employed, and besieged by credit card offers, I was not very wise. I had lived so lean for so long that the temptation was too strong; and I went under.
Using a Garage Sale Finder WebsiteAnytime I'm looking for a garage sale, I always go to my "favorites" on my PC and open GarageSaleFinder.com. You can search by zip code or state. A map pops up with information on all kinds of garage sales in your area. It's a pretty cool site!
Catch Potentially Wasted WaterKeep a bucket in your shower/bath tub and kitchen sink to catch the water you run until you get hot water.
Use Coffee Grounds To Deter SlugsI found out by accident one day that slugs hate coffee. I had spilled some from my cup while working in the garden and a slug nearby reversed course and "ran" away from the coffee. So I began saving used coffee grounds and sprinkling them around my plants.
Signs To Advertise Your SaleI don't advertise in the paper because I hate to have super early shoppers. I arrange my stuff the night before, and cover tables with sheets to keep snoopers out!
Cut Down Straws For ChildrenWhen my husband saw our grandchildren were having difficulty getting those long straws to their mouths when we ate out, he pulled out his small pocket knife and snipped the straw down to a length which they could manage.
Music Lover's ClockMy friend's teenage son is part of a band. He loves rock music and plays the electrical guitar. For his birthday, I wanted to make a wall-mountable clock that would fit his interests.
Water Saving TipsI changed my washer to a front-loader; buying it when it was on sale. I am not only saving money on water and getting cleaner clothes, but I also got a rebate from my utility.
Making Seed TapesContrary to popular belief most seeds will germinate for several years. Now is the time to make seed tapes from those leftover seeds from this year's garden.
Prevent Muffins And Cupcakes Sticking To LinersDo your muffins and cupcakes stick to the cupcake liners? I now give each cupcake paper a quick squirt with nonstick baking spray before I put the batter in, and have had great success.
Caring For Unvarnished Wood FurnitureAn easy way to care for unvarnished wood pieces. Make a mixture of the juice of one lemon, strained and 1/2 cup olive oil. Rub the mixture on unvarnished wood with a sponge, and the wood will shine.
An Ounce of Prevention For Garbage DisposalsMy residents would always come to me for help with their disposals. Since "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", I would always tell them that certain things don't go down the disposal in the first place.
Hummingbirds And "Four O'Clocks"For the first time, I have hummingbirds in my yard. For the first time, I grew salvia coccinea, and the hummers love it. I also have petunias, nasturtiums, and some "four o' clocks" that I've heard hummingbirds like, but have never seen them at those flowers.
Making Shower CurtainsI was reading all about shower curtains on here, on how to wash them. I made one and I cut it about a foot from the top all the way across. I sewed a zipper on it and now all I have to do is unzip it and wash the bottom part. I don't need to mess with the hooks.
Blanching Before Freezing?Why do we blanch veggies before freezing?
Recipes Suitable for Someone With Gastritis?I've been diagnosed with gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining) and
Finding a Lost USPS Package?I had a package send to me by USPS Priority mail. He lost the confirmation number; I have tried everything to find it. Can you help me?
Removing Anti-slip Bathtub Decals?We moved into a condo and find we cannot clean off those sticky slip proof decals that were put on the bottom of the tub. They all have turned a dark grey and are stuck fast to the tub. Any ideas?
Shopping for Octagon Soap?Where can I find Octagon soap for laundry and household uses in Jackson,MS?
Finding a Low Cost Vet for Cat with Respiratory Problems?Is there any vet for little or no cost for cats? My Spirit is really breathing hard like her sides are caving in and she is coughing and has lost weight. I am very worried about her and she needs help.
Removing Mold from Leather and Fabric?How do you remove mold from suede, silk, and leather?
Cleaning Marks on a Mattress?How do you clean marks from a mattress?
Best Dry Cat Food?Has anyone found a brand and flavor of dry cat food that cats will love to eat? Mine only eat it as a last resort.
Canning Using 2 Quart Jars?I have 2 quart jars (1/2 gallon) from my aunt. I would like to can tomatoes in them. Has anyone used them before? What can I put them in and how long do I process? Thanks for your help.
Tomato Plants Falling Over?When tomato plants stems get to high, do they have a tendency to lay down?
Housebreaking a Shih Tzu?I have a six month old Shih Tzu that I am having trouble housebreaking. We have a doggie door so she can go out when when she needs to go. Sometimes she goes outside and sometimes she potties in the house. I need some help with this issue. Thanks.
PUR Water Pitcher Flavored Packs?Today I got myself a Pur water pitcher that takes flavored packs. I think it will be great for me as I have diabetes and have been told to drink lots of water. Can anyone tell me where I can get the flavored packs? I would be grateful.
Is a Tenant Responsible For Getting Rid of Fleas?I own a bungalow that I rent to two different tenants. The one who rents the basement complain about having fleas in his apartment. The tenant who lives upstairs has two cats and he's the one to blame for this problem.
Wintering Dahlias?Can you overwinter dahlias? I live in Southeast Alaska and have 24 plants in my flower box coming up to my main entry to the house. I would like to replant them next year if I can get them through the winter months. Thank you.
Unclogging a Fabric Softener Dispenser?How do I unclog the fabric softener dispenser on my Frigidaire Affinity washing machine?
Cleaning Hairbrushes?What is the easiest/best way to clean a plastic hairbrush?
Overwintering Begonias?I live in a one bedroom flat and do not have room to bring in my begonia plants for the winter. I have a very small plastic covered frame I use as a greenhouse which is outside against my kitchen wall. My begonias are all in large pots and this is my first year with them.
Whitening Dingy White Clothing?I'm sure someone has already given some hints to whiten whites, but I guess I've missed them. My whites are dingy even though I add bleach and use hot water. What can I do?
Something is Leaving a Trail of Dog Food Through the House?I have been finding a trail of dried corn (kept outside airtight), dog food (inside airtight), so I know it is coming from dog's bowl, and dead bugs (June) (kept outside jk). It starts under my dryer, then on to the washer, refrigerator, dishwasher....
Hand Lotion Recipe?I have a recipe for hand lotion made from products found at Dollar General, but don't know the quantity of the products to use. Does anyone know the recipe?
Planning a Thrifty Wedding Anniversary/Belated Reception?I am hosting a December/January anniversary event (as we never had a reception). My husband and I eloped 4 years ago, but kept putting a reception off. I would like to host an event for friends and family. I would like to keep our budget at 5k for 100 people.
Cleaning an Above Ground Pool?I cleaned my above ground pool 2 days ago. I refilled it and put a chlorine tablet in the dispenser. I also added a little algaecide now after filtering for 3 days I got in the pool and it felt like a greasy substance was on the bottom.
Cleaning a Black Ceramic Top Stove?I have a black flat top stove and am looking for a way to clean it. It is worse around the burners after I grill or fry. Today, I used the white pasty glue and also the liquid spray, both recommended my the manufacturer. Any help or suggestions? Thanks.
Tigers Versus Mustangs Homecoming Float Ideas?We need some ideas for our homecoming parade float. We are Tigers (orange and black) and versus the Mustangs. Any good ideas?
Homemade Hummingbird Food?When making hummingbird nectar at home, my solution turns golden before it comes to a boil. Is it being burned? I used medium-high heat and it takes forever to come to a boil (electric ceramic stovetop). Any suggestions?
Adult "Christmas Story" Bunny Costume Pattern?Where can I find a free adult bunny costume pattern? I want one kind of like the one from "A Christmas Story" that Ralphie received as a gift.
Reusing Small Bows from Wedding?I am looking for ideas to use a bunch of little white satin bows from a friend's wedding. They are all uniform in size and style, just maybe about 2 inches wide.
Free Computers for Seniors?Does anyone know where I might be able to get a used computer, that works on the internet? It is for a 79 year old lady on a fixed income and housebound.
Removing Smoke Odor from a Leather Couch?How can I remove fire smoke odor from a leather couch?
Winterizing Potted Strawberry Plants?I have a strawberry plant that was given to me. It is in a container and I want to keep it that way; I only have a patio and no garden space. What do I do with this plant in the winter so it doesn't die and I can put it outside again next spring?
Using the Oven for Canning?I have heard you can use your oven instead of a hot bath for canning and wonder if it's true? It would be a lot easier, but I don't know what to do as far as safety and oven temperature and time. Any ideas?