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Helpful tips for January 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
* Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum Cleaner and Dishwasher
Detergent, Too
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the L’Académie restaurant


General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Well! you need to keep ignoring those automated phone calls telling you
that your Visa card has been compromised.
It’s just a scam and Visa would never call you in this way.

Did you know that you can get a sun burn during those winter months?
Yes, very true.
Don’t even think of trying to see if it is true.
You could really get one despite the cold weather.

About your hand sanitizer!
If it freezes up when you leave it in the car then it simply does not have
enough alcohol in it.
Alcohol does not freeze.

Cafeen, cafeen!
Did you know that tea contains more cafeen than its counterpart coffee?

Okay, and here are some suggestins for planting types of trees that would
weather the winter!
Fer, pine, and boxwood.
It may be a bit too late to do it now however but how about for next winter?


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes, are nasty creatures. They bite,
they’re capable of transmitting terrible
diseases to people and pets and from what I
read, have no redeeming value in the
ecosystem. And if that’s not reason enough
to hate them, they can turn a beautiful
backyard, deck or patio into a nightmare
area not fit for humans during mosquito
season. But it doesn’t have to be that way
provided you are diligent to take control
of your home and property.
1. MOSQUITO TRAP. It’s been more than a
year since our big move and discovering we
would be having a mosquito problem here in
northern Colorado. My research knew no
bounds. Given the size of our property, I
purchased a Dynatrap, about
$130. The trap emits harmless CO2, which
mosquitoes find irresistible (no wonder
they love you so much—you emit CO2, too).
Powered by electricity, a Dynatrap has a
water tray to attract mosquitoes and a fan
that sucks the unsuspecting critters into
the trap. Every few weeks I empty my
mosquito morgue I mean trap. A
full trap is proof positive that this thing
is very effective. Dynatrap is whisper
and definitely not a bug zapper. No
sizzling noises, odors or other annoyances.
I give Dynatrap two thumbs up and five
stars, too.
2. REPELLANT. It is important to make sure
mosquito repellent is applied to any
exposed skin during mosquito season.
Repellents that contains Deet, picaridin,
oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are the
most effective at warding off mosquitoes.
Pregnant women especially should choose a
repellent with Deet. Consumer Reports
recommends Sawyer Picaridin, Natrapel 8
Hour and Off! Deep
Woods VIII as being the best at keeping the
bugs at bay.
Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every
10 parts witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.
4. NIGHT PROTECTION. If you are going to
be spending an evening outdoors, make sure
to have adequate mosquito-repellent candles
and torches (don’t forget fuel). PLANT
LAVENDER. Plant lavender with abandon. It’s
easy to grow, produces a beautiful flower
and smells fantastic! Even better:
mosquitoes hate it and will stay away from
5. STANDING WATER. This is where mosquitoes
breed in the thousands. Bird baths, fish
ponds, puddles, even flower-pot drip trays
and dog dishes are prime breeding grounds.
Empty or drain as much water as possible.
If you can’t drain a water source, try
pouring a couple of tablespoons of
vegetable oil on top to deny access to
mosquitoes and larvae. Note: Do not pour
vegetable oil into fish ponds; it inhibits
oxygen flow and can kill the fish.
6. CLEAN YARD. Keep your yard clean and
your vegetation under control.
Mosquitoes prefer densely vegetated areas
where they are protected from sun, wind,
and rain. Keep your lawn well-trimmed and
clear out piles of brush where moisture can
accumulate. Rake up leaves and dispose of
them when they start accumulating.
Author: Mary Hunt’s Everyday
Cheapskate blog


Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum
Cleaner and Dishwasher Detergent, Too
By Mary Hunt on 08/15/16

There are so many good reasons to make your own household cleaners.
It’s cheaper, healthier and greener, too. The homemade household cleaners I
share with you from time to time do not
contain chemicals. That means you can always count on them to be non-toxic.
Copper Cleaner
6 tablespoons table salt
6 tablespoons flour
white vinegar
Make a paste of equal parts salt and flour with a few tablespoons of white
Apply to copper item with a soft cloth and rub gently to remove tarnish.
Rinse with water and dry.
Cleaning aluminum containers:
Most aluminum is best washed by hand with dishwashing liquid to
prevent a change in color and feel of the metal. When washed in a
dishwasher, aluminum cookware and other items like these
canisters can react and darken due
to mineral content in the water, chemicals in the detergent or high heat
from the dryer. In most cases, this change in
appearance is not permanent.
I am confident that you can remove the discoloration using natural, ordinary
items such as lemon juice, vinegar or cream
of tartar (made into a paste by adding a bit
of water), depending which you have handy. Apply with a soft cloth or
Never steel wool or anything other type of abrasive applicator that can
scratch the
aluminum. Rub gently, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a clean, soft
cloth. Any of these options should remove the
discoloration and provide fast, effective results without damaging the
recipe for homemade automatic dishwasher
The following recipe has met with mixed reviews, due to (I believe) how hard
the water is. Experimenting
with it will not do harm, but your results may vary depending on this one
variable. Provided you do not have a home water
softener system in place, give this a try.
Mix together equal parts borax and baking soda. Store in a dry place in a
container that has a tightly fitting life. To
use: Add 2 tablespoons to the detergent holding area (measure it, don’t just
dump some in). Also, instead of a commercial
rinse aid,
you can fill that reservoir with white distilled vinegar.
Caution: Do not use this homemade dishwasher detergent if your home has a
water softener system in place. The reaction between that system and this
homemade detergent could permanently etch glassware.
Our mailing address is:
Everyday Cheapskate
12340 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740


From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the L’Académie restaurant

In early March of 2017 I dined with friends in Montreal at a really great
This was the L’Académie restaurant and on this very cold winter’s day the
warmth of friends and the restaurant’s reception made up for the bitter

It was so wonderful to sit down with folks such as Anthony, Natalie, Rajesh,
Mike, Louise, Iris, and Angelo because it is so very rare that we get to
break bread together!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Access to the restaurant was a wee bit difficult and navigation within the
restaurant was also a wee bit challenging but staff were quick to be of

I had a great steak with lots of potatoes and vegies and the dessert of a
Montreal specialty was absolutely delicious.
The steak was done to perfection!
So you can tell that I enjoyed food, staff, and above all; friends!

Any suggestions?
If there could be a way to make the entrance a wee bit more accessible and
more space in between tables.

So in case you would like to check out this restaurant they are located at:
L’Académie restaurant
2100, rue Crescent, Montreal Shaughnessy Village –
T (514) 664.4455

On my next visit to Montreal I’ll be looking forward to my next visit to
L’Académie restaurant.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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