Thursday, June 17, 2010

Some days just don't go as planned...

My day was well outlined on a legal pad yesterday and that day went as planned but today I have nothing crossed off my extensive list. I got a message from a local woman about a little 7 year old boy who suddenly died just a few days ago and the family has no money or insurance to cover his burial.

She wanted to know if I would make some buttons to donate. Of course, I said yes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wow, they're NOT just a delicious addition to salad!

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Always a fun day when packages arrive

I was perusing the Zibbet Community the other day and saw this bookmark posed on the cover of Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral.

It caught my eye because this is one of the books on my very long list I want to read. I've been trading books on paperbackswap since 2006. I have mailed out 208 books and received 187 books.

I commented where the photo was posted and said that I should get that bookmark for reading that book. I went to her shop "All About the Buttons" to buy the bookmark, but got distracted by all the other wonderful things in her shop. I decided what I really needed was dish cloths. She makes some really nice 100% cotton ones. I ordered the dish cloths instead and told her I needed those more than a bookmark because I generally just use a piece of paper, the slip that comes with the paperbackswap books.

I took Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral off the bookcase. Okay not "the" bookshelf, but "one of" the bookcases. (More confessions: I have 8 bookcases in this house crammed with books.)

I brought the book to the "reading room" and began reading. When I stopped, I realized there was no paper slip in the book so I used the other kind of paper found in the "reading room."

When I opened up the package from All About the Buttons, not only did I find the exquisite dish cloths, but a wonderful surprise was also enclosed.....a bookmark.....

.....with a cute little card that said, "Enjoy! Slips of paper doesn't cut it! Barbra" Wasn't that sweet?

All About the Buttons makes all kinds of things from clocks to cozies and everything has buttons on it. If you need some nice gifts to have on hand, wouldn't these wash cloths make a a pretty package. Look how nice she presents them,

My Prize Arrived

Isn't this the most beautiful quilt ever? I love it. I won this quilt on Tootsy Two's Blog. She had a contest and I'm the winner.

I had Scuffy test it out and he says it's perfect. (Scuffy is my bear from when I was a little tike.) Okay I'll admit it, he was my teddy bear even longer than that. I took him with me on my honeymoon and quite a few other places as well. Now he sits on the shelf because he's too fragile to sleep with.

I have decide that this quilt is too special to use right now, so it's going in the cedar chest and will be given to my first granddaughter.

You can buy your own Tootsy Two quilts on Zibbet.

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