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Helpful tips for October 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Cost saving home improvement tips
* shine on with natural cleaners
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* In the Air Canada lounge at the Ottawa Airport


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.

The continuing credit card scam continues to haunt us.
Just ignore those automated phone calls telling you that unusual charges
have been made to your credit card.
Just hang up.

Then there is the online scam where getaway cottages and vacation homes are
Be extremely careful before you book any of these.
Check it out by visiting the advertised homes before you do anything else.

About those bothersome wasps?
After they have stung you, they usually die.
They also eat spiders?
How so?
They approach the spider’s web and shake it.
Then when the spider comes out to see who they have trapped in their web,
the wasp pounces!

What are some of the sounds that can make you happy?
Here goes.
Rustling leaves, sound of trees blowing in the breeze, the sound of
waterfalls, a purring cat, a crackling fire, the sound of snow crunching
under foot, a laughing baby, the sound of crickets, the sound of waves
crashing in the ocean, rain falling on rooftops.

Some interesting info about yams and sweet potatoes:
They are both low in callories and high in nutrients.
Yams are grown in the Caribbean and sweet potatoes are grown in the US.

To The Rescue/When Something Goes Wrong.
Too Salty:
* The ideal solution is to make a separate batch, and omit the salt, then
combine the two batches and freeze half for later use.
* For soup or stew, add cut raw potatoes and discard once they have cooked
and absorbed the salt.
* Add a bit of sugar.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

cost saving home improvement tips
Ø 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. maureena
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
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. dottie
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
and chose a nice white color. this saved an enormous amount of time and
money and it looks really great. steve


shine on with natural cleaners
as the number of household cleaning products has increased, so have the
amount of unsafe chemical combinations in our window cleaners, oven
cleaners, bathtub scrubbers
and wood shiners. most products on the market today feature paragraph-long
ingredient lists, including artificial colors and fragrances and harsh
cleansing agents like bleach,
ammonia and acids. synthetic cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution by
giving off fumes that can irritate eyes, skin and lungs. children and pets
are particularly at risk for
these harmful effects. some products also contain unnecessary antibacterial
agents which have been shown to promote the growth of antibacterial
resistant organisms.
fortunately, synthetic cleaners are based on natural ingredients and can be
easily replicated. by using these natural formulas, you can create your own
cleaning solutions that
are just as effective, but less toxic and less expensive.
a caveat: try these solutions on a small area first since not all surfaces
may react the same way.
the bathroom
natural cleaners. roddy scheer photography
you can accomplish lots of household cleaning tasks with a simple
combination of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
the bathroom tends to attract the most toxic scrubbing agents to combat
mold, mildew and soap scum. there are a number of natural ingredients that
can have the same effect
as bleach and ammonia, but without the toxic fumes and residue left behind.
lemons have similar properties to bleach, and can be used to dissolve soap
scum and hard water
deposits. to combat soap scum or stains on tile, cut a lemon in half and dip
it into a bowl of kosher salt, then start scrubbing the tile.
the slightly acidic nature of white vinegar makes it effective at dissolving
grease, soap scum and lime deposits from smooth surfaces in the kitchen and
bathroom. you can apply
concentrated lemon juice and vinegar in a spray bottle if you’re working on
a particularly large surface area. mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1
tablespoon of lemon juice per quart
of water. vinegar solutions also work to disinfect surfaces, such as toilet
to get the effect of a creamy soft scrubber for tile, mix half a cup of
baking soda into a bowl with enough liquid detergent to mimic the texture of
cake frosting. scoop the mixture
onto a sponge and wash the tile surface. baking soda not only deodorizes,
but also acts as a cleaning and brightening abrasive that rivals traditional
powdered cleansers. baking
soda solutions also leave no gritty residue. to save your baking soda
solution for later use, add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin so the solution
doesn’t dry out and store it in a
sealed glass container.
the kitchen
kitchen appliances, especially ovens, get scrubbed down with abrasive
cleansers that can leave gritty residue and cause skin and eye irritation.
to remove stains or clean the
inside of a messy oven, allow a baking soda and water paste to set for
several minutes before rinsing; to boost the abrasive action for tougher
cleaning jobs, add kosher salt to the
to knock out germs without the added antibiotic solutions, mix 2 cups of
water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil.
spray or rub on countertops and
other kitchen surfaces, and do not rinse after it’s wiped away. tea tree oil
solutions can also be used in the bathroom to combat mold and mildew on
tile, shower curtains or
glass surfaces
an effective window cleaner can be made by mixing ¼- ½ teaspoon of liquid
detergent, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
the soap in this recipe cuts
the wax residue from the commercial brands you may have used in the past.
wiping glass surfaces with newspaper rather than a paper towel eliminates
streaking. if you do not
like the strong smell of vinegar, you can substitute it with undiluted lemon
juice or club soda.
wood surfaces
white vinegar is a gentle enough solution to use on wooden surfaces,
especially wood floors. mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar with warm water in a
bucket or spray bottle. to
produce added shine, blend 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in
a spray bottle, mist onto a soft cloth and polish the wood. polishing with
olive oil moisturizes wood and
creates a shine; lemon juice cleans the surface and leaves behind a fresh
scent. for a less oily formula, mix ¼ cup white vinegar with a few drops of
oil. olive oil should not be
used on hardwood floors.
fabrics and carpets
baking soda is the most natural deodorizer, and can be applied to carpets
and fabrics to freshen them prior to vacuuming. sodium borate, or borax, has
a long history as a
nontoxic powdered laundry booster. remove stains from fabrics before washing
by rubbing a paste of dishwasher detergent and sodium borate into the fabric
and rinsing.
hydrogen peroxide works well to fizz away perspiration stains on white
fabrics. keep a spray bottle filled with a peroxide and water mixture near
the washing machine; spray
spots and rinse with clean water before starting the machine. if you need to
safely remove stains from colored fabrics, try club soda or diluted vinegar
author: jennifer santisi is a science and environmental writer in
jennifer santisi is a science and environmental writer in washington,


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
In the Air Canada lounge at the Ottawa Airport

Special note from Donna Jodhan.
I look forward to traveling in comfort and adapting to the new world of
travel after Covid is over.

I was pleasantly surprised when the Air Canada agent escorted me to the
business lounge to await the departure of my flight from Ottawa to Toronto
in November 2018. I had decided to catch an earlier flight back to Toronto
so this meant that I would have to wait for about two hours.

The lounge was nice and friendly. The service agents were extremely
attentive to me and kept checking on me to see if I needed anything. The
atmosphere as a whole was extremely pleasant and despite my being afraid
that I would be forgotten; it never happened.

What I liked most about this lounge was that it seemed to be well laid out.
Not too big and not too cluttered. Just the right size.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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