Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clean Up That Mess!!!

My dear friend Lynn sent me this photo she had taken at a store (Victoria's) in Bonita Springs of painting supplies that an artist made into a work of art by framing it.
That very same day, I was waiting for a friend and came upon this

pot of brushes outside an artist league. I thought it was very clever and I think at least this one
looks like a mop head that was stiffened and glued together before adding the top paint. Some were just brooms that were messed up and then paint added. Whatever method they used, it worked.

I got an email from this same pal and some of the following was in it. I found it very interesting and some of the stuff, although I didn't know, make lots of sense. I will definitely try out some of these because they would make my life and yours a bit easier.


Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to
pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,
put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and
forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.
The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt
or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.
Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.
Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such
as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,
just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar
and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the
cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't
digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works
and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


dee said...

Thanks for the tips. We have one for you. In the winter we feed our squirrels peanuts. It's fun to see how many they can store in their cheeks and waddle away with...I digress- When we put out plants they started to pull the plants out looking for peanuts or a place to hide them. My husband put moth balls all around the flower boxes interiors. Boy do they hate moth balls!. They won't even come near the boxes anymore. It lasts all season and the smell is barely there for a day or 2. After that-we don't smell the moth balls but they sure do. Additional fun is watching them do a double take when they near the box. They always stand on hind legs-paws on hips and I'm fairly sure that chittering they do is a bunch of off-color squirrel words.

Cindra said...

Lots of good tips. I may try that ant tip at work. For some reason we have hundreds of little tiny ants and we can't use the usual methods because of students and allergies.