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Happy 2009!! Our newsletter has been dormant for some time now and it's so exciting to have it resurrected! I hope you will enjoy each issue of the coming year. We hope that they will inform you, entertain you, challenge you. Please send us items for submission at the e-mail address above. We look forward to hearing from you!!
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Jan 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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The most recent staff additions have been Scottie, ria4035, Darkman and lorelei. It's great to have you all on board!
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In an attempt to get more of our chatters involved in our newsletter and to make it more interesting, we are adding several new columns. I'd love to see a gardening column if that's an area of expertise for any of you. Please get together with me if you have other ideas or if you're willing to do a column!
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKGreetings all! …something different for the book review this month…..
A Visit to Beauty and Fresh Air
I am deviating from my normal book review because I am sure many will enjoy visiting Yellowstone National Park if only via the internet. I live a scenic three-hour drive from the park and go there several times a year. I just returned, invigorated and appreciative of the foresight of people like President Ulysses Grant who officially signed documentation to make Yellowstone National Park the world's first national park. He preserved 2.2 million acres of wilderness.
When I came west in 1988, I came across Interstate I-80 and drove for hours through the scorching sun and the thick smoke from the Yellowstone fires. Now, twenty years later, the forest has replenished itself and offers up new plant life, including a smorgasbord of beautiful flowers. For a brief fire history of the park, visit these web sites: yellowstone-bearman.com and yellowstone-natl-park
A good portion of those on this amazing planet know about Old Faithful. The park has many geysers, thermal areas and other fascinating creations of nature. For some information and live web cam views, check out:
yellowstone.net and Old Faithful and other web cams:
If you Google Yellowstone, you will pull up links to anything you want to know about Yellowstone National Park. If you want a book that will entertain you for hours, go to Amazon, or any other book supplier, and search for Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park by Janet Chappel (in paperback). Additionally, you can find beautiful picture books of scenic food for the soul in Yellowstone at Amazon or other dealers. This park is such a treasure. I wish that everyone could visit it and, with the internet, anyone can at least enjoy it from their home. You do not have to buy a book; the internet will provide you with pictures galore. Try this site.
Spend some time looking at the park on Google Earth, but careful, it will certainly make the hours fly by! Of course, the plentitude of animal life will keep you entertained. This park is such a fascinating place. It is my wish that everyone could visit it and with the internet, anyone can at least enjoy it from their home.
If you have a book you'd like reviewed, send an email with the subject "For Book Nook"; we're glad to have suggestions! If you'd like to review a book yourself, let us know. It's good to have fresh viewpoints!
Hello Starlink-IRC chatters! We have been away for a bit, but are now back to start off 2009 with information, and giggles! I am sure some of you have missed the Starlink-IRC newsletter as much as I have.
Usually, when I write this article, I try to share bits of information I have either researched or know from personal experience. To animal lovers, informative hints and cost cutting ideas for healthier and happy pets and wildlife is helpful. So I have included something I recently learned this winter, as well as some tips I gave you last winter. But I am also taking this time to address a growing problem in these tough economic times.
First off, I was watching our local morning news show in early December and found an interesting tidbit shared by a wildlife expert. Many of us (myself included) have tossed out stale bread to the birds and squirrels in our yards. I personally thought that I was doing a good thing, sharing rather then wasting bread crusts that would otherwise go into the trash. While I have continued this practice when I have stale bread products available, I have started placing them AWAY from the bird feeders. Apparently, when our feathered friends fill up on processed wheat products, they get a false sense of fullness, but do not get the nutrients they require. These come from the seeds and grains provided in seed mixtures.
This time of year, food supplies for wild birds is limited and they depend on the kindness of humans to survive. I still toss out whatever few scraps of stale bread I have, for other wildlife, like possums and raccoons, but by placing them away from the bird feeders, and keeping the feeders filled, I am finding that the birds will go to the feeders first.
Last year I also told you about another hint to keep wild birds and their young healthy. Drying out and crushing eggshells and either placing them close to the seed supply or mixing them in with the seed mixture will help keep little bones strong and provide a basis for stronger shells when breeding season starts. Because birds need to ingest 'grit' for digestion, and because they are trying to survive, they often tend to ingest road salt. Over a long period of time, this weakens their bones. Providing calcium for them through egg shells not only helps them but is a great way to recycle.
And don't forget your dryer lint and hair brushings from your pet! Throw them outside, so that birds can scrounge these up to build and line nests.
Okay, now for my comments on a disturbing trend in these tough economic times. ABANDONED pets!
Momma is a bit of a news junkie. I watch local news, which covers global news as well. I read news online. I listen to the radio. For the last couple of months, news programs have included sad stories of animal shelters struggling to handle the influx of abandoned cats and dogs. Many 'no kill' shelters are resorting to having animals destroyed. Stories of cats and dogs dumped off on country roads, in fields, tied to a fence with a note begging for a home, or just turned out to fend for themselves bring me to tears.
This month, with sub-zero temperatures, has been the worse month for abandoned animals. Many dogs and stray/feral cats have been found suffering from extreme cases of frostbite, resulting in loss of ears, tails and limbs, and sadly in some cases loss of life.
I personally know all too well how expensive raising a pet is. With six dogs, two budgies, a guinea pig, and countless stray cats I inherited when my husband passed away, it is a struggle to make sure they are taken care of. The loss of one comfortable pay cheque, and my meager part-time pay (hours cut back as well) means that in order to keep my furry, four-legged children, I have had to give up many things I enjoyed in the past. No more satellite/cable TV, no more shopping for clothes unless at secondhand stores, no more chips and dips, cookies or candies, no more vodka/wine for the weekend, and so many more things, too many to mention. No more luxuries for Momma as they are simply not an option right now. And if this trend continues, eventually there will be no more internet. These concessions I make willingly for those I consider part of my family.
My pets have also had to make concessions, although they don't know it. They no longer get store bought treats, instead, if and when I have stale bread, they get a small piece with a thin smear of peanut butter. They seldom get toys, and when they do, they are purchased from the dollar store. Much less expensive then when I used to buy from Pet Smart, and they last about as long. The top quality foods they were raised on is no longer in my budget. No Name or white label foods fill my pantry for both myself and the animals. I do not write about these things to gain your pity, but to show that there are ways to help exist in these hard times. My animals are fed, warm and very much loved. It has always been my thought, that having a family pet is a life-long commitment. Certain responsibilities come with that commitment.
Most of us, when we hit on hard times, would not even entertain the thought to tie our sons and daughters to a fence, in sub-zero temperatures, with a note pinned to them, begging for a home. We would never consider it an option to dump our babies off in the country to fend for themselves. We would do whatever it took to provide for our children, our family. When we add a pet to the family, it is our moral responsibility to offer them the same consideration.
Ok, I can hear a few people saying, "But Momma, you are not homeless. You don't live in your car with children. You haven't lost your house or job." A little known fact, I HAVE been homeless, without a car I might add. I found a home for the cats I had at the time.
Complaining about the problem isn't solving said problem. I know this, and I can offer no easy solution. But... here is a thought... If you see a friend, neighbour, or family member in financial distress due to a loss of income, talk to them. Many people are too proud to ask for help, so offer it. If they have a pet and it looks like foreclosure is in the future, offer to take in the pet, help find it a home or a suitable shelter.
If you have a few extra dollars at the end of the month, donate to your local Animal Shelter, or purchase a bag of dog/cat food and donate it. It doesn't have to be the expensive kind, shelters are struggling and are all too happy to accept pet food donations. Donate your time at the shelter.
Extra animals in these shelters require extra hands for cleaning, feeding and extra loving hands are needed for comforting scared critters. If you have the room and finances, then consider adoption. These poor animals are not someone's problem pet, they are collateral damage in tough economic times. They have tons of love to offer, and it has been proven that cuddling a pet can help lower stress and blood pressure. So... do it for your health! :)
Next month, I promise not to jump on my soapbox.
I am always looking for ideas for future articles, so if you have questions or ideas, concerning pet care or pest control, please feel free to contact NOLady at: slnews AT starlink-irc.org.
Thank you to Lorelei for this one. It's awesome! When your home is a chat network, your family is scattered across the globe. How cool it is to be able to see the front pages of your friends' hometowns, all in one place!
One of the most interesting sites I have ever seen. Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up... Double click and the page gets larger.... Also, if you look at the European papers, the far left side of Germany will pop up as The Stars & Stripes (European edition, of course). AND, this site changes everyday with the publication of new editions of the paper. Hope you enjoy this.
Another really good site: a perpetual calendar. Find out what day of the week your birth was, what day of the week July 4th was in any year--or any other event.
And! You can click on the year of your birth and see what was happening at that time!
Thank you LarryC for this one. How cool! Go check this out, incredibly cool multipic panoramic of the inauguration.
The Savings PlaceBy LindyM
LindyM of #HandsAroundTheWorld sent this in many months back. It's good to finally get it published!! If you have other great ideas on how we can all save some money or time, let us know! I can echo cerberus' tidbit about dollar stores. Having a family of six and a tight budget taught us to shop around. We were often able to save a dollar or more per item or package at Dollar General over grocery store prices for cleaning and paper products.
It all adds up!!
With the price of EVERYTHING going up, perhaps we can all share savings tips, ideas and hints. I hope some of this is helpful and if you have any tips, please share them.
Aldi’s is a discount grocery store, though it’s not yet in all states or countries. If you travel to an area where there is one, would be worth checking it out and stock up on a few items. They have their own brand, which in some cases is better than a name brand. Prices are great.
Price Rite is another discount grocery store. At this time is only in CT, MA, NY, PA and RI. The have their own store brand BUT also sell name brand items. Their canned veggies aren’t our favorite. Fresh vegetables are great and their vegetable juice is fabulous!
Buying in bulk is a good way to save money on much used items. Lack storage space? – Get creative. Use the space under your bed (for non-food items).
Got an empty space on a closet shelf? Shop online and do comparison pricing online. Stores have their sales flyers on their site. Fingers don’t use gas!
Amazon sells groceries online and shipping is free on orders over $25.
Dollar Stores are good source for food items (from cerberus).
Before you go grocery shopping, make a list and stick as close as possible to it. Also, eat before you go to the market.
Save some travel time ordering online from drugstore.com, Circuit City, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc. (from Makk) Look for online rebate codes. Most times on the checkout page - when a box is there to input a coupon code - there is a discount for that item somewhere on the Internet (from Makk)
Need to send flowers to someone that is in the hospital? Call their gift shop and order from them. It’s fast and less expensive than ordering from a local florist (especially when the patient is in another state) (from NOLady)
If you rent movies or buy a lot of books, take advantage of your local library and borrow them for free. Besides books most libraries have Videos, DVDs, Audio books, magazines and music CDs.
Check on local lowest prices of gas (from Makk)
Yahoo had an article on 6 ways we waste gas
Taking a road trip: Map out your route, google for gas prices in cities you will be going through and plan your stops at the lower price gas stations. Consolidate your trips (shopping, doctor/dentist appointments, etc). If you have multi doctor appointments located near each other, reschedule your appointments for the same day. So far, the doctors have very understood when we say, "we are looking to save gas". We also work our “shopping trips” around our appointments.
Makk's two cents (hopefully ltos more than two cents!) on saving money:
I saved this (no pun intended tho it fits <g>) from a online newspaper several months ago. Was able to use two coupon codes at one site for one item.. a 10% off and free shipping. Thought this might be helpful for others so sharing them here. So far I've only used the first website, but will be exploring the others as time goes on :)
A online friend once said that if there is a place for a coupon code, there is one out there. The first url sure proved that true with the item I bought. :)
GUMBO FOR THE HEART AND MIND
Thanks to LindyM for these many practical uses of WD-40!
We use it to take the tar off our car. They are doing a whole lot of repaving around us and one night, back side panels looked like I had been 4 wheeling! Be sure to wash the car after you use it. Works on scuff marks too on the car.
Around the House
Treat your shoes: Spray WD-40 on new leather shoes before you start wearing them regularly. It will help prevent blisters by softening the leather and making the shoes
more comfortable. Keep the shoes waterproof and shiny by spraying them periodically with WD-40 and buffing gently with a soft cloth. To give the old "soft shoo" to squeaky shoes, spray some WD-40 at the spot where the sole and heel join and the squeaks will cease.
Separate stuck glassware: What can you do when you reach for a drinking glass and get two locked together, one stuck tightly inside the other? You don't want to risk
breaking one or both by trying to pull them apart. Stuck glasses will separate with ease if you squirt some WD-40 on them, wait a few seconds for it to work its way between the glasses, and then gently pull the glasses apart. Remember to wash the glasses thoroughly before you use them.
Free stuck Lego blocks: When Junior's construction project hits a snag because some of the plastic blocks are stuck together, let WD-40 help get them unstuck. Spray a little on the blocks where they are locked together, then wiggle them gently and pull them apart. The lubricant in WD-40 will penetrate into the fine seam where the blocks are joined.
Remove strong glue: You didn't wear protective gloves when using that super-strong glue and now some of it is super-stuck to your fingers! Don't panic. Just reach for the
WD-40, spray some directly on the sticky fingers, and rub your hands together until your fingers are no longer sticky. Use WD-40 to remove the glue from other unwanted surfaces as well.
Get off that stuck ring: When pulling and tugging can't get that ring off your finger, reach for the WD-40. A short burst of WD-40 will get the ring to slide right off. Remember to wash your hands after spraying them with WD-40.
Free stuck fingers: Use WD-40 to free Junior's finger when he gets it stuck in a bottle. Just spray it on the finger, let it seep in, and pull the finger out. Be sure to
wash Junior's hand and the bottle afterward.
Loosen zippers: Stubborn zippers on jackets, pants, backpacks, and sleeping bags will become compliant again after you spray them with WD-40. Just spray it on and pull
the zipper up and down a few times to distribute the lubricant evenly over all the teeth. If you want to avoid getting the WD-40 on the fabric, spray it on a plastic lid; then pick it up and apply it with an artist's brush.
Exterminate roaches and repel insects: Don't let cockroaches, insects, or spiders get the upper hand in your home. Keep a can of WD-40 handy, and when you see a roach, spray a small amount directly on it for an instant kill. To keep insects and spiders out of your home, spray WD-40 on windowsills and frames, screens, and door frames. Be careful not to inhale the fumes when you spray and do not do this at all if you have babies or small children at home.
Clean and lubricate guitar strings: To clean, lubricate, and prevent corrosion on guitar strings, apply a small amount of WD-40 after each playing. Spray the WD-40 on a rag and wipe the rag over the strings rather than spraying directly on the strings-you don't want WD-40 to build up on the guitar neck or body.
Keep wooden tool handles splinter-free: No tools can last forever, but you can prolong the life of your wood-handled tools by preventing splintering. To keep wooden handles from splintering, rub a generous amount of WD-40 into the wood. It will shield the wood from moisture and other corrosive elements and keep it smooth and splinter-free for the life of the tool.
Remove chewing gum from hair: It's one of an adult's worst nightmares: chewing gum tangled in a child's hair. You don't have to panic or run for the scissors. Simply spray the gummed-up hair with WD-40, and the gum will comb out with ease. Make sure
you are in a well-ventilated area when you spray and take care to avoid contact with the child's eyes.
Break in a new baseball glove: Use WD-40 instead of neat's-foot oil to break in a new baseball glove. Spray the glove with WD-40, put a baseball in the palm, and fold it sideways. Take a rubber band or belt and tie it around the folded glove. The WD-40 will help soften the leather and help it form around the baseball. Keep the glove
tied up overnight, and then wear it for a while so it will begin to fit the shape of your hand.
For Your Health
Relieve arthritis symptoms: For occasional joint pain or arthritis symptoms in the knees or other areas of the body, advocates swear by spraying WD-40 on the affected area and massaging it in, saying it provides temporary relief and makes movement easier. For severe, persistent pain, consult a health care professional.
Relieve bee-sting pain: For fast relief of pain from a bee, wasp, or hornet sting, reach for the WD-40 can and spray it directly on the bite site. It will take the "ouch" right out.
For Cleaning Things
Remove tough scuff marks: Those tough black scuff marks on your kitchen floor won't be so tough anymore if you spray them with WD-40. Use WD-40 to help remove tar and scuff marks on all your hard-surfaced floors. It won't harm the surface, and you
won't have to scrub nearly as much. Remember to open the windows if you are cleaning a lot of marks.
Clean dried glue: Clean dried glue from virtually any hard surface with ease: Simply spray WD-40 onto the spot, wait at least 30 seconds, and wipe clean with a damp
Degrease your hands: When you're done working on the car and your hands are greasy and blackened with grime, use WD-40 to help get them clean. Spray a small amount of WD-40 into your hands and rub them together for a few seconds, then wipe with a
paper towel and wash with soap and water. The grease and grime will wash right off.
Remove decals: You don't need a chisel or even a razor blade to remove old decals, bumper stickers, or cellophane tape. Just spray them with WD-40, wait about 30
seconds, and wipe them away.
Remove stickers from glass: What were the manufacturers thinking when they put that sticker on the glass? Don't they know how hard it is to get off? When soap and water doesn't work and you don't want to ruin a fingernail or risk scratching delicate glass with a blade, try a little WD-40. Spray it on the sticker and glass, wait a few minutes, and then use a no-scratch spatula or acrylic scraper to scrape the sticker off. The solvents in WD-40 cause the adhesive to lose its stickiness.
Wipe away tea stains: To remove tea stains from countertops, spray a little WD-40 on a sponge or damp cloth and wipe the stain away.
Clean carpet stains: Don't let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or
gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.
Get tomato stains off clothes: That homegrown tomato looked so inviting you couldn't resist. Now your shirt or blouse has a big, hard-to-remove tomato stain! To remove stains from fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce, spray some WD-40 directly on the spot, wait a couple of minutes, and wash as usual.
Clean toilet bowls: You don't need a bald genie or a specialized product to clean ugly gunk and lime stains from your toilet bowl. Use WD-40 instead: Spray it into the bowl
for a couple of seconds and swish with a nylon toilet brush. The solvents in the WD-40 will help dissolve the gunk and lime.
Clean your fridge: When soap and water can't get rid of old bits of food stuck in and around your refrigerator, it's time to reach for the WD-40. After clearing all
foodstuffs from the areas to be treated, spray a small amount of WD-40 on each resistant spot. Then wipe them away with a rag or sponge. Make sure you wash off all the WD-40 before returning food to the fridge.
Condition leather furniture: Keep your favorite leather recliner and other leather furniture in tip-top shape by softening and preserving it with WD-40. Just spray it on and buff with a soft cloth. The combination of ingredients in WD-40 will clean,
penetrate, lubricate, and protect the leather.
Pretreat blood and other stains: Oh no! Your kid fell down and cut himself while playing, and there's blood all over his brand-new shirt. After you tend to the wound, give some first aid to the shirt too. Pretreat the bloodstains with WD-40. Spray some
directly on the stains, wait a couple of minutes, and then launder as usual. The WD-40 will help lift the stain so that it will come out easily in the wash. Try to get to the stain while it is still fresh, because once it sets, it will be harder to get rid of. Use WD-40 to pretreat other stubborn stains on clothing, such as lipstick, dirt, grease, and ink stains.
Clean chalkboards: When it comes to cleaning and restoring a chalkboard, WD-40 is the teacher's pet. Just spray it on and wipe with a clean cloth. The chalkboard will look as clean and fresh as it did on the first day of school.
Remove marker and crayon marks: Did the kids use your wall as if it was a big coloring book? Not to worry! Simply spray some WD-40 onto the marks and wipe with a clean rag. WD-40 will not damage the paint or most wallpaper (test fabric or other fancy wall coverings first). It will also remove marker and crayon marks from furniture and appliances.
In the Great Outdoors
Winter proof boots and shoes: Waterproof your winter boots and shoes by giving them a coat of WD-40. It'll act, as a barrier so water can't penetrate the material. Also use WD-40 to remove ugly salt stains from boots and shoes during the winter months. Just spray WD-40 onto the stains and wipe with a clean rag. Your boots and shoes will look almost as good as new.
Remove old wax from skis and snowboards: To remove old wax and dirt from skis and snowboards, spray the base sparingly with WD-40 before scraping with an acrylic scraper. Use a brass brush to further clean the base and remove any oxidized base material.
Protect your boat from corrosion: To protect your boat's outer finish from salt water and corrosion, spray WD-40 on the stern immediately after each use. The short time it takes will save you from having to replace parts, and it will keep your boat looking like it did on the day you bought it for a long time to come.
Remove barnacles on boats: Removing barnacles from the bottom of a boat is a difficult and odious task but you can make it easier and less unpleasant with the help of some WD-40. Spray the area generously with WD-40, wait a few seconds, and then use a putty knife to scrape off the barnacles. Spray any remnants with WD-40 and
scrape again. If necessary, use sandpaper to get rid of all of the remnants and corrosive glue still left by the barnacles.
Spray on fishing lures: Salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest spray their lures with WD-40 because it attracts fish and disguises the human odor that can scare them
off and keep them from biting. You can increase the catch on your next fishing trip by bringing a can of WD-40 along with you and spraying it on your lures or live bait before you cast. But first check local regulations to make sure the use of chemical-laced lures and bait is legal in your state.
Untangle fishing lines: To loosen a tangled fishing line, spray it with WD-40 and use a pin to undo any small knots. Also use WD-40 to extend the life of curled (but not too
old) fishing lines. Just take out the first 10 to 20 feet of line and spray it with WD-40 the night before each trip.
Clean and protect golf clubs: Whether you're a duffer or a pro, you can protect and clean your clubs by spraying them with WD-40 after each use. Also use WD-40 to help loosen stuck-on spikes.
Remove burrs: To remove burrs from a horse's mane or tail without tearing its hair out (or having to cut any of its hair off!) just spray on some WD-40. You'll be able
to slide the burrs right out. This will work for dogs and cats, too.
Protect horses' hooves: Winter horseback riding can be fun if you are warmly dressed but it can be downright painful to your horse if ice forms on the horseshoes. To keep ice from forming on horseshoes during cold winter rides, spray the bottom of the horse's hooves with WD-40 before you set out.
Keep flies off cows: If flies are tormenting your cows, just spray some WD-40 on the cows. Flies hate the smell and they'll stay clear. Take care not to spray any WD-40 in
the cows' eyes.
In the Garage
Keep dead bugs off car grille: It's bad enough that your car grille and hood have to get splattered with bugs every time you drive down the interstate, but do they have to be so darn tough to scrape off? The answer is no. Just spray some WD-40 on the
grille and hood before going for a drive and most of the critters will slide right off. The few bugs that are left will be easy to wipe off later without damaging your car's finish.
Clean and restore license plate: To help restore a license plate that is beginning to rust, spray it with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag. This will remove light surface rust and will also help prevent more rust from forming. It's an easy way to clean up
lightly rusted plates and it won't leave a greasy feel.
Remove stuck spark plugs: To save time replacing spark plugs, do it the NASCAR way. NASCAR mechanics spray WD-40 on stuck plugs so they can remove them quickly and easily. Perhaps that's one reason why WD-40 has been designated as NASCAR's "official multi-purpose problem-solver."
Coat a truck bed: For easy removal of a truck-bed liner, spray the truck bed with WD-40 before you install the liner. When it comes time to remove it, the liner will slide right out.
Remove "paint rub" from another car: You return to your parked car to find that while you were gone, another vehicle got a bit too close for comfort. Luckily there's no dent, but now your car has a blotch of "paint rub" from the other car on it. To remove
paint-rub stains on your car and restore its original finish, spray the affected area with WD-40, wait a few seconds, and wipe with a clean rag.
Revive spark plugs: Can't get your car to start on a rainy or humid day? To get your engine purring, just spray some WD-40 on the spark-plug wires before you try
starting it up again. WD-40 displaces water and keeps moisture away from the plugs.
Clean oil spots from driveway: Did a leaky oil pan leave a big ugly spot in the middle of your concrete driveway? To get rid of an unsightly oil spot, just spray it with a generous amount of WD-40 and then hose it down with water.
Rejuvenate the barbecue grill: To make a worn old barbecue grill look like new again, spray it liberally with WD-40, wait a few seconds, and scrub with a wire brush. Remember to use WD-40 only on a grill that is not in use and has cooled off.
Renew faded plastic furniture: Bring color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture. Simply spray WD-40 directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. You'll be surprised at the results.
Prevent snow buildup on windows: Does the weather forecast predict a big winter snowstorm? You can't stop the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from building up on your house's windows. Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before the snow starts and the snow won't stick.
Keep shovel or chute snow-free: Here is a simple tip to make shoveling snow quicker and less strenuous by keeping the snow from sticking to your shovel and weighing it down. Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on the shovel blade, and the snow will slide right off. If you have a snow thrower, spray WD-40 on the inside of the chute so snow
won't stick and clog the chute.
Protect a bird feeder: To keep squirrels from taking over a bird feeder, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on top of the feeder. The pesky squirrels will slide right off.
Remove cat's paw marks: Your cat may seem like a member of the family most of the time, but that isn't what you are thinking about when you have to clean a slew of paw marks off patio furniture or the hood of your car. To remove the paw marks, spray some WD-40 on them and wipe with a clean rag.
Keep animals from flowerbeds: Animals just love to play in your garden, digging up your favorite plants you worked so hard to grow. What animals don't love is the smell of WD-40. To keep the animals out and your flowers looking beautiful all season, spray WD-40 evenly over the flowerbeds one or more times over the course of the
Repel pigeons: Are the pigeons using your balcony more than you are? If pigeons and their feathers and droppings are keeping you from enjoying the view from your
balcony, spray the entire area, including railings and furniture, with WD-40. The pigeons can't stand the smell and they'll fly the coop.
Keep wasps from building nests: Don't let yellow jackets and other wasps ruin your spring and summer fun. Their favorite place to build nests is under eaves. So next spring mist some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house. It will block the wasps from building their nests there.
Remove doggie-doo: Uh-oh, now you've stepped in it! Few things in life are more unpleasant than cleaning doggie-doo from the bottom of a sneaker, but the task will be a lot easier if you have a can of WD-40 handy. Spray some on the affected sole and
use an old toothbrush to clean the crevices. Rinse with cold water and the sneakers will be ready to hit the pavement again. Now, don't forget to watch where you step!
Kill thistle plants: Don't let pesky prickly weeds like bull and Russian thistle ruin your yard or garden. Just spray some WD-40 on them and they'll wither and die.
Home and Garden
Removes scuff marks from ceramic tile flooring (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Lubricates hinges on pruning shears
Removes crayon from carpet (be sure to test WD-40 on low visibility area of carpet before using)
Removes coffee stains from floor tiles (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes marks from floors left by chair feet (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes adhesive price tags from shoe bottoms
Cleans black streaks from hardwood floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes paint from tile flooring (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes rust stains from floors after mopping (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes mascara from tile floors and mirrors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes felt pen marks from floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes rollerblade marks from kitchen floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes sticker residue from clothes (be sure to test WD-40 on low-visibility area of garment before using)
Removes permanent ink from most items
Removes grime from grout on bathroom floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes nail polish from hardwood floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes tile adhesive from new no-wax floors (be sure to wipe floor clean after using WD-40)
Removes crayon from inside clothes dryers (make sure to unplug dryer first)
Removes crayon from walls
Lubricates screws on lawn furniture
Removes crayon from wallpaper
Removes crayon from compressed wood furniture
Removes crayon from plastic
Removes crayon from shoes
Removes crayon from toys
Removes crayon from chalk boards
Keeps sewing needles from rusting
Removes adhesive from precious china
Helps prevent rust on hide-a-key containers
Cleans and protects medicine door latches
Cleans piano keys
Removes crayon from television screen
Lubricates zippers on lawn mower grass catcher bags
Removes crayon marks from glass
Removes glue deposits from linoleum
Lubricates hinges on antique smoking stands
Removes stickers from credit cards
Removes melted Scotch® tape from dining room table
Removes crayon from screen doors
Removes crayon from plastic tables
Erases marks caused by chair backs on running boards of wall
Removes labels from medicine bottles
Removes VELCRO® stickers
Cleans crayon off of rock walls
Removes glue from refrigerators
Removes crayon from place mats
Cleans and protects blades of pruning shears
Cleans vacuum cleaner dials
Removes marking pen from glass objects
Prevents rust on patio furniture screws
Lubricates locks on dog kennels
Prevents medicine cabinets closures from sticking
Lubricates locks on chains securing propane tank to Barbecue grills
Lubricates stuck temperature regulators on refrigerators
Lubricates hinges on metal filing boxes
Lubricates luggage zippers
Lubricates microwave oven doors
Penetrates and loosens locking levers on windows
Lubricates pullout handles on luggage
Lubricates hinges on TV cabinet doors
Lubricates cork screws
Frees rusted hinges on fire alarm boxes
Lubricates antique waffle irons
Lubricates folding metal stools
Penetrates and loosens sticky knobs on adjustable chairs
Loosens screws on toilet seats
Loosens rusted screws on outdoor barbecues
Frees locking nuts on lawn mower blades
Penetrates and loosens stuck screws on bathtub knobs
Lubricates propane tank hinges
Makes dead bolt locks work better
Lubricates shoe buckles
Lubricates bird house hinges
Lubricates hinges on swing doors
Lubricates piano lid hinges
Lubricates hinges on refrigerator doors
Eliminates squeaking from locks
Lubricates cigarette case hinges
Lubricates swiveling picture hangers
Lubricates piano bench hinges
Keeps zippers on outdoor umbrella covers from sticking
Lubricates plate holder hinges
Lubricates air nozzles of balloon pumps
Lubricates adjuster button on canes
Lubricates sunshade joints
Pre-lubricates threads on wood screws
Removes stickers from crystal
Removes stubborn temporary tattoos
Keeps blades from rusting on garden plow
Keeps garden tools rust-free
Lubricates landscaping spikes to make it easier to drive into landscape timbers
Keeps clay from sticking to shovels
Keeps lawn mower wheels turning smoothly
Removes permanent marker from dry erase boards
Cleans printer toner from unwanted places
Loosens screws in watch bands to enable link removal
Lubricates sun visors in cars
Removes adhesive tape without damaging factory paint
Keeps hitch locks rust-free
Cleans marks from rubber surfaces
Lubricates key holes
Lubricates license plate bolts and screws
Lubricates door latches to gas caps
Keeps glove box locks working smoothly
Cleans rust from car hood latches
Removes cell phone antenna glue from glass
Lubricates linkages on emergency brake releases
Removes crayon from dashboard
Lubricates knobs on air conditioners
Removes crayon from vinyl surfaces
Lubricates car ashtrays for easy sliding
Helps remove broken keys from locks
Lubricates convertible top zippers
Lubricates hood release cables
Lubricates locks on vehicle bike racks
Lubricates gas cap locks and levers
Lubricates zippers on zip-up car windows
Restores vintage door locks
Lubricates car door hinges
Lubricates auto hood latches
Lubricates stainless steel hood latches
Removes paint rub caused by vehicles
Lubricates walkers for easier folding
Cleans wire rims on glasses
Cleans and protects shoelace eyelets
Lubricates boot zippers
Thanks to Momma of #Momma^s_House for this one!
I have always been fascinated with the origin of words. I hope you will
enjoy the following information a friend sent me.
Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called "pygg." When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as "pygg banks." When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.
Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.
Q: Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called "passing the buck"?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would "pass the buck" to the next player.
Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own.
Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be "in the limelight"?
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, performers on stage "in the limelight" were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.
Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use "mayday" as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m'aidez -- meaning "help me" -- and is pronounced "mayday."
Q: Why is someone who is feeling great "on cloud nine"?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called "love"?
A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called "l'oeuf," which is French for "egg." When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans pronounced it "love."
Q: In golf, where did the term "caddie" come from?
A: When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game "golf." So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into "caddie."
Here we are in the new year and with a new prez and all that. Big deal.
What's IMPORTANT is that gng and lorelei are keeping up our tradition of being unable to communicate in any known langwidge .. for instance ...
<gngrbrd> as long as Itsy's negatives arent positive there is no evidence
<lorelei> thanks for that
<lorelei> I was sooooooooooo worried
This refers to an alleged threat er promise to put them into the follies for being VERY naughty. I forget the details and lost the notes, but you can trust me on this. Really. For sure. I think they were making fun of NOLady. Or maybe Amazing. Lets just go ahead and say it was both.
Your intrepid spider is learning from the media how to report this stuff!!!
This will be a fun year.
Til next time ..
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LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINEThanks, Kitten^
When Insults Had Class:
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." -- Winston Churchill
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -- Clarence Darrow
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." -- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -- Mark Twain
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." -- Oscar Wilde
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... If you have one." -- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill...
followed by Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second, if there is one." -- Winston Churchill
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -- Stephen Bishop
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." -- John Bright
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." -- Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." -- Samuel Johnson
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." -- Paul Keating
"He had delusions of adequacy." -- Walter Kerr
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" -- Mark Twain
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." -- Mae West
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." -- Oscar Wilde
Lady Astor once remarked to Winston Churchill at a Dinner Party, "Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!"
Winston replied, "Madam if I were your husband I would drink it!"
Adam returned home late one night, and Eve confronted him at the door.
"You're seeing another woman, aren't you?" she accused.
"Don't be silly," he replied. "You're the only woman on earth."
Later, while half-asleep, Adam felt a tickle on his chest.
"What are you doing?" he asked Eve.
"Counting your ribs," she replied.
Get Well Soon
Comfy jammies, cozy bed,
big soft pillow for your head.
Worry not, the world can wait.
Take your time and recuperate.
Have you tried to find the perfect verse, greeting or message when sending a card, and your mind draws a blank? If you have some favorites, send them to Pat # pobox.com
McQuack of #40something, #50&fantastic and #Itsy
Passed away on Dec. 11th, 2008
We will sure miss his limericks but as said when she heard of his passing
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
"He will be spending Christmas with our one and only treecat :)"
Everyone is welcome to see what goes on.
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