Dryer Sheet Uses

Hands down, my favorite use for dryer sheets is cleaning bugs off the car.  Normal soap and sponge scrubbing does not begin to eliminate the layers of dried bug juice that accumulate during certain times of the year.  A little water and a dryer sheet acts like a magic eraser.  It usually takes several sheets to clean the bumper and you should wash the area after to get rid of any residue.

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Pets

Pets Beagle

Our first family dog, that I was old enough to remember, was a perfect companion for us kids.  She would head out on her rounds in the neighborhood and visit the neighbors.  She would lay out in the middle of the street to sun.  Everyone in the neighborhood knew who she was and she was a good ambassador for the family, usually.  She was very loyal to us fellow pack members.  If I was sent to my room, she came with me for comfort and company.  She would keep my feet warm under the blankets on cold nights.  All of this is likely why I am such a dog person.

I have had a cat who thought it was hilarious to jump out at me when I walked down the hall.

I have had a gerbil that I thought was hilarious when it jumped out at mom from behind the furniture.

…A beta fish that jumped to his tragic death but was nice enough to land on a tissue and wrap himself up.

Pet Pets

Animals can be great companions.  They can also be used in therapy to help relax spastic muscles and encourage movement of injured limbs.  Horses are used to help build core muscle strength in children.  There are working service animals that help people and society.  Pets can give the lonely and mobility limited a sense of purpose and a feeling of being needed.  They can help you feel safe.  Some say they can help you sleep better.  (That may depend on if they are waking you in the middle of the night to go sniff at the fence.)

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If you have been by the relaxation gallery, you may recognize this last picture.

It is a picture of friend that I can no longer go visit at her home a mile away. I thank her for the fun and and the friendship.

Friend

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

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Politics, Religion, and Dishwashers?

My Overloaded Dishwasher

Not too long ago, I learned of a new hot button issue:  how to use dishwashers.

One person became very passionate about whether dishes should be washed off first.  She seemed offended that I rinse.  It is a waste of water and energy!! How dare I?  I attempted to explain that I am single and do not use many dishes, so I only run my dishwasher 1-2 times a month.  Anything left on a plate for two weeks will likely not be cleaned off by my entry level dishwasher.  That was not a good excuse for her as she tisked and shook her head in frustration.  I hope I do not offend anyone, but I rinse and will likely not stop.  But I did have to research it a bit.

Dishes will not get any cleaner if you pre-rinse them.

 Modern dishwashers and detergents have come a long way in the past couple of decades. “You will not improve your wash performance one bit by pre-rinsing,” says John Dries, a mechanical engineer and owner of Dries Engineering, an appliance design consulting company. He points out that heavily soiled dishes are used in pre-market “wash tests,” not pre-rinsed dishes.

 In most cases, all you need to do is scrape your plates over a trashcan to get rid of bones or chunks of food. One caveat: It’s a good idea to pre-soak pans or dishes that have something really burned on them. Pre-rinsing doesn’t help in this situation.

 Use the dishwasher’s rinse cycle if you’re not going to run your dishwasher immediately and are worried about the smell of sour food.

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A New Camera For SUP

I am still new at the whole stand up paddleboard thing, but from the first moment, I knew I wanted to have a camera on these trips.  My SLR was certainly not a candidate.  It has not learned to swim yet.

A few pictures around the neighborhood were underwhelming so I was anxious to try it underwater.

Today was my first day out with my new toy; the Nikon CoolPix AW100.  I had the auto setting set to ‘underwater’ the whole time.  This to avoid spending time or risk falling every time I wanted to take a picture.  I added a little float strap in case I dropped it.  While trying a new turn, I learned how to fly.  Even with a splash landing there was no worry for the camera.

The water was not as clear as I had hoped and being surrounded by trees made the lighting a little sketchy.  The angle is super weird because I took this kneeling on the board, still moving, still steering, and trying not to fall.  Overall, I am very happy with it.  Some practice maybe needed to adjust my SLR thinking.   It will certainly be easier to take the underwater pictures when I am not a part of a tour group.  One and a half thumbs up.

Look closer, hidden in the green:

Fasting 10 Days

I started the fast on a bit of a whim.  It ended most purposefully with an apple and a big spoon of peanut butter.  It was not as good as I had been imagining all week, but I looked down at my stomach and asked it, “Are you happy now?”  It gurgled, thank you, back at me.

Lessons and observations from my adventure:

  1. Just because I want to eat, does not mean I have to.  I give into cravings so often with the excuse that I should go ahead, otherwise I will never be able to stop thinking about it.  Another favorite excuse:  my body must need something, so go ahead and eat that chocolate milkshake and fries. 8)
  2. Media has way too many pictures of food.  There are the obvious commercials for the -gotta have it now- fast food and sugary treats.  Pinterest can be evil.  My DVR has a list of cooking competition shows waiting for me.  I had never noticed how much regular TV shows flash food across the screen.  I envied Homer Simpson’s plate.  Really, craving cartoon food! Continue reading

Accidental Fast

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and thought, “today would be a great day to start a juice fast?”  Me either, until Wednesday.  I have been feeling bloated and just blah.  With vacation eating and lunch meetings, I had strayed from my low gluten and lactose diet for the past few weeks.

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Tennis Ball Uses

I love tennis balls and I do not play tennis.  My favorite use for them is to use them for massage.  I can rub my foot over them to help with plantar fasciitis or just for fun.  I also place one on the muscles between the spine and shoulder blade and lean against a wall.Then, doing mini-squats rolls out the muscle.  For more intense pressure on the back, I place 2 in a sock and lay down on them.  The gap in the middle keeps pressure off the spine while the muscles on either side relax into the pressure.  Racquetballs can also work.  Golf balls are okay for the foot massage.

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