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Helpful tips for January 2017
In this issue:
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on
their vegetables, the word
“salad” developed. Because Roman soldiers were given money to buy salt,
“salary” was coined.
In promoting the Louisiana Purchase, President Thomas Jefferson cited
reports of a “salt mountain” in
the territory. “This mountain is said to be
180 miles long and 45 in width, composed of solid rock salt, without any
trees or shrubs on it.”
The adult human body contains about 250 grams of salt – about half a pound.
According to superstition, spilling salt can cause bad luck – an idea that
may have originated with
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper,”
which shows Judas Isariot knocking over a salt container.
Chicago is America’s salty center, thanks to the Morton Salt Co. The company
was owned by Joy Morton, a man who got his first name from the maiden name
of his mother, Caroline Joy.
There is an enormous salt mine under the city of Detroit, about 1,200 feet
below ground. According to Detroit Salt Co, the century-old mine spreads out
more than 1,500 acres and has more than 100 miles of underground roads.
About chocolate chip cookies:
If you use white sugar then your cookies will come out crisp but if you use
brown sugar then they will come out more chewy.
About those cigarette buts often found on the ground?
They often come from counterfeit cigarettes.
A Dan Thompson contribution:
Get the Maximum Burning Hours from Candles Plus
Other Great Tips
Am I the only one who didn’t know that there’s a definite protocol for how
to burn jar and pillar candles? I’ve made an ugly mess of so many candles
in my life-only to toss
them out long before their time.
But no more because I’ve learned the secret to keeping large candles looking
good and functional right down to the last bit.
Although it is absolutely counterintuitive, the fact is that
burning a pillar or jar candle for at least one hour per inch of diameter
each time you light up will give the candle many more burning hours over
time. This way, the flame
has enough time to melt the wax all the way to the outer edges so the whole
candle burns down efficiently. Each time you cut short a burning session,
the flame only burns the
wax in the center, which wastes the outer wax at that level.
HOTEL TRAVEL TIP:
If you’ve ever left something behind in a hotel room, you are
going to love this tip. Make this the first thing you do when you walk in
Take a hand towel from the bathroom and spread it out on the desk or other
counter top in the room. This becomes the de facto place for all of your
things that you have a
place for at home. Put your room key on the towel, your car keys,
sunglasses, rechargers, wallet-everything. Now every thing is visible in one
spot, rather than scattered
about the room. As you come and go, return these items to their place on the
towel. When you’re ready to check out, no searching, nothing left behind.
NONFOOD BARGAINS: Do not buy nonfood items at the grocery store. Items like
paper goods, garbage bags and cleaning supplies can all be purchased for
lower prices at discount
stores like Target, Walmart or Kmart. Grocery stores only sell them thinking
the convenience of buying these items at the same time you buy your food
will make you not mind
spending twice as much.
To stretch pricey ingredients like meat, avocados, cheese and
nuts, dice or chop them and sprinkle on top of your dish, rather than mixing
them in. You’ll taste the yummy richness and flavor without having to use as
Every year a woman I know would clog the garbage disposal when she peeled
the potatoes for Hanukkah latkes. It was as much a
tradition as candles and gelt. She and her family thought it was just a
quirk of her sink. Here’s the problem: Grinding potato peels in the disposer
turns them into a mashed-
like mass that’s almost guaranteed to clog any drain. An easy solution is to
line your sink with newspaper (or a plastic bag), peel the potatoes onto the
paper, and then chuck the whole thing in the compost heap or trash.
BRING ON THE BABY OIL: If your mascara seems to be dried out, but you need
to get just a few more uses out of it, trickle just a drop or two of baby
oil on the wand and then
mix it well. It should yield a few more coats of eyelash enhancement. (If
the mascara is more than six months old, it should be replaced.)
Always running out of lip gloss? Try running an ice cube over your lips
to “set” the stuff after each application. You’ll have to replenish only
half as often.
THROW IN THE TOWEL:
When you have just a few items spinning in the dryer,
they often cling to the sides of the bin and fail to tumble. That means they
take longer to dry-causing more wear on your dryer, and are more likely to
come out wrinkled
because they stayed bunched up. To cure this problem, add a heavier item-a
dry, clean towel is a good choice (or wool dryer balls) that will knock the
little items around and
help them dry more efficiently. Use a towel that is in the same color range
to reduce the chance of a noticeable lint problem or dye transfer.
Author: Mary Hunt on 11/29/16
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
Contributed by Dan Thompson
home improvement money-saving secrets
a. If you’ve been putting off updating or sprucing up your home because of
the high cost of home improvements, today’s readers
are sure to inspire you to do those projects yourself, for less!
HARDWOOD FLOORING. My husband and I wanted a hardwood floor but the estimate
of more than $3,000 (which worked out to
more than $7 per square foot) was out of our budget. We decided to try
4-foot by 8-foot
sheets of veneer plywood
at less than $45
a sheet, or about $1.40 per square foot. We installed the plywood and
sealed it with two gallons of
. The floor is
beautiful and cost about $675 total.
b. SHOWER CURTAIN RESCUE. In a house full of boys who don’t know their own
strength I frequently find the shower curtain
torn away from the hooks. To fix this I use clear packaging tape to cover
the hole, punch a new hole, replace the shower ring and
its good as new. Double the tape and it lasts twice as long.
c. VERTICAL BLIND RENEW. Do not throw away your old, faded, cloth verticals
blinds. I didn’t want to pay for new ones, so I
painted them with the same off-white paint I was using in another part of
the house. Any color latex paint will work. Just allow a
couple of days for them to dry. I discovered that with the extra weight of
the paint, they hang more beautifully than ever.
d. OUTLET COVER RE-DO. We recently painted the inside of our house a
lighter color. Suddenly the almond-color light switch
and outlet covers stuck out with their darker dated color. Instead of
replacing all of the outlet plugs and light switches from almond
color to white, we made a cardboard template to go around the plugs and
switches and sprayed them white with an epoxy spray
paint (must be epoxy to adhere to plastic). We bought the epoxy spray pain
at the local hardware store and chose a nice white
color. This saved an enormous amount of time and money and it looks really
e. REFINISH FORMICA. We bought an older house that had old, outdated
Formica countertops in the bathroom and kitchen.
Instead of replacing it we very successfully painted it. We used a product
found at at this link:
to prime the Formica, then the color paint we wanted in semi-gloss finish
followed by three thick coats of
Crystal Clear Top Coat
like the product by Krylon, to seal it and protect it from the water. For
over a year now it has held up against the toughest of tests-
two little boys. It looks beautiful and all for under $100. Check
for specific directions.
A Dan Thompson contribution
Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Chemicals
a. A plugged up sink, shower or tub drain sends most people running for
either a bottle of caustic drain cleaner, or a plumber’s
phone number. But wait. This could well be a job you can do yourself
without chemicals or a big bill.
Assess the situation. Turn on taps to allow water down other drains in the
house. If everything else is flowing freely, you can be
fairly certain you have a localized clog-and probably near that clogged
drain’s opening. If this is involving other drains, you could
have a bigger problem that may well require a professional. Assuming it’s
only the one drain, let’s move on.
Boiling water. Get a large pot and boil up as much water as it will hold.
Now carefully pour boiling water down the drain slowly, in
two to three stages so that the hot water can work for a few minutes in
between each pour. This is the easiest and quickest way to
unclog a drain if it works, which usually it does with a satisfying swoosh.
Reach in. Remove the strainer that is part of the drain plug, then reach
into the drain with your fingers (latex gloves would be a
good idea here) and pull out any solids. As gross as this might be, it is
often all that’s needed to clear a slow-moving or clogged
b. Zip it. If you cannot reach the clog with your fingers, your next best
friend is this cheap plastic tool,
, available at home
improvement centers or online at
This simple tool is flexible enough to allow you to push it down into the
turns of the drain. It has teeth along each side that once
you’re in and you twist it, you’ll be able to pull out all manner of drain
offenders. Keep working at it, until you pull out as much as
you can. Now run the hot water and that should clear things up nicely.
A reader introduced me to
years ago. At under five bucks, this handy dandy tool is worth its weight in
gold. It’s great to clear
drains, but also works well to
c. maintain drains before they get clogged.
Try this Wet dry vacuum.
ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon,
If you have
one of these
, it just might help you to clear the drain without having to get your hands
dirty. First, set it to “wet” so it
vacuums liquids. Cover or close the drain’s vent. Make the tightest seal you
can with the hose end of the vacuum over the drain.
Get creative with duct tape or the like. With the vacuum set to its most
powerful setting, it can be powerful enough to pull that clog
right out of the drain. No guarantees here, but it’s worth a shot.
Baking soda and vinegar. Measure out 1/3 cup baking soda and get as much of
it down the drain as you can. Follow with 1/3 cup
white vinegar. It will fizz up and make quite a show. Allow it to sit for at
least an hour, or overnight if at all possible. In the morning
following with a quart or two of boiling water.
The Secret of Financially Mature People
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Check out Ottawa Canada
In just a few words; this is probably a city for all seasons and I’ll start
Ottawa is a blaze with hundreds of thousands of tulips as each year the
Netherlands sends them to Canada as their token of appreciation for what
Canada did for them during World War II. Here is the story behind this
During said World War, the Queen of the Netherlands had been sent to Canada
as a safety precaution and in that time she gave birth to a little princess.
Canada declared the room where she was born to be Dutch territory in order
to enable the little princess to retain Dutch citizenship.
During the summer, Ottawa becomes a haven and a playground for all kinds of
outdoor activities; ranging from canoeing and white water rafting on the
Rideau River to biking, hiking, jogging, and everything summer.
Fall brings you to the countless trails of Ottawa; adorned with the fall
colors. You can take long hikes and walks on these trails, or if you like
you can walk along the Rideau Canal.
Now it’s winter’s turn and with this season comes the opening of the Rideau
Canal; the longest outdoor skating rink in the world. If you prefer you can
go skiing, snow shoeing, or just enjoy those to die for winter scenes and
Sleigh rides, playful snowball fights, eating beaver tails which is a French
Canadian delicacy, and so much more. Those majestic ice sculptures during
the Winterlude carnival week all help to make Ottawa a city to come back to
again and again.
Ottawa is a unique combination of a capital city coupled with downtown
living, country dwelling, and then there is more.
Check out the wondrous bakeries, eateries, restaurants, and five star hotels
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