Archive for the ‘chores’ Category

Four spacial dimensions – everything has them

2008 1, 08

Everything – I mean everything! has FOUR spacial DIMENSIONS! That’s why proteins like to fold the way they do, why it’s hard to figure out the shortest path from one point to another. We need a new “top down” way of looking at the universe, even the very small like quarks. [that’s why quarks seem to disappear – they don’t]. That’s where “dark matter” and “dark energy” is hiding — in fact, that’s where MASS IS. That’s where gravity lies. a “higgs field” or “higgs boson particle” is simply the 4th spacial dimension. You won’t find a particle that you can see that you can interact with in our dimension by smashing the atoms, unless you’re lucky, because it’s like being a two dimension being on a piece of paper not knowing you’re on a piece of paper. You scratch the paper’s surface and all this ‘stuff’ suddenly magically appears that you didn’t see before. It’s higher dimensional stuff that fell onto your paper (ie – into your dimension). Read on:


the ORIGINAL ARTICLE: – Collier County Community Server – updated sitemenu

2007 19, 09

Original Blue DawnNot Just for Dishes

2007 27, 06

(Interesting but not too sure about washing hair-great for washing windows with a squeegee) Dee
Passing along blue Dawn dishwashing liquid hints from Mary Hunt:

Original Blue DawnNot Just for Dishes
Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. See a bottle of Original blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid? Say Hello to a very versatile and surprisingly multipurpose household product.
ICE PACK. Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. Just to be safe, double bag it. Freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be refrozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.
BUBBLE PARTY. Combine ten parts distilled water and one part Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to make your own bubble solution. And add 1/4 part white corn syrup (like Karo ) if you want to make more sturdy bubbles. Gather up things like clean soup cans that have both ends cut off or Hula-Hoops with makeshift handles attached. If you want to, you can pour the solution into a plastic kiddy pool and make huge bubbles. Turn it into a scientific experiment and go on a hunt for bubble-making items in your kitchen. This is a super cheap idea that’s lots of fun.
HAND DEGREASER. Forget those pricey automotive hand cleaners. Full strength blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid cuts through grease and gets hands and nails clean with no harsh chemicals.
CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS. Soak them in a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. As a bonus Dawn will help prevent rust from forming on the tools.
MANICURE SECRET. Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.
REPEL ANTS. Spray countertops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray. You’ll see. It will kill them.
BATHROOM CLEANER. Original blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has some kind of miraculous quality about it that makes it melt through stubborn soap scum and hideous buildup on showers and tubs, no matter whether porcelain, acrylic or fiberglass. Use it straight up and you’ll bless the day you read this column.
HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP. Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any buildup of styling productswithout any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.
STAIN SPOTTER. Original blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid used full-strength gets just about any kind of spot out of washables. Keep a small squeeze bottle in the laundry room so it’s always handy.
BONUS: Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is biodegradable, while other chemical solvents may not be. EC

Breaking news for Collier County, Florida!

2007 22, 06

Thousands of news articles. In fact, it’s up to 11,000+ today. The old ones get deleted. The new ones stay. is the direct link to the Breaking News – Collier County News.

Warning: If you are using dialup, it may take a while as it loads up 500 articles at a time!

Kenneth Udut

30 30-second chores

2007 8, 02


1. Empty the trash in the bathroom.

The small trash cans in our homes can sometimes be overlooked until they are overflowing. Make this chore easier and more quickly accomplished by storing extra liners in the bottom of the trash can. It will only take a moment to wrap up the used liner and open up the new one.

2. Dust the TV screen.

The television screen seems to always need a good dusting. Try a used dryer sheet to help keep dust from resettling.

3. Change the vacuum cleaner bag or empty the dirt bin.

Whether your vacuum cleaner is a bagless or bagged a vacuum full of dirt puts more wear and tear on your machine.
Take a moment and double check your bag or bin.

4. Clean a mirror.

Try using vinegar and newspaper to clean your mirror. The vinegar will help the mirror dry streak free. Newspaper will leave less fuzzy residue than paper towels.

5. Wipe down an appliance.

Take a moment and wipe down the outside of your dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, washing machine, or dryer. Don’t forget about the outward appearance of the machines you depend on. Wipe up spots and spills quickly, and your appliances will only need an occasional thorough wipe down.

6. Change the towels in a bathroom or in the kitchen.

Prevent cross-contamination of germs and bacteria by frequently changing hand towels and kitchen towels.

7. Test your smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced at least annually. Try testing the battery on the same day of the month to help you remember. Similarly you might replace the batteries yearly on a memorable date. Many people replace batteries when they change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

8. Dust air vents.

The vents and wall around the vents attracts dust. Take a few moments to wipe down the vents in a room or two.

9. Change the battery in a clock.

It may seem like a little thing, until you need to know the time.

10. Sprinkle baking soda into your trash can.

Occasionally sprinkling baking soda in your garbage will help prevent trash odors from overtaking your home.

11. Toss junk mail, catalogs, or magazines.

If stacks and piles of papers, magazines, and catalogs litter your home, try taking a few moments to throw out some junk paper. Get extra tips for reducing piles of paper in your home.

12. Treat a stain.

It only takes a few moments to remove many common stains.

13. Dust or water plants.

Keep plants healthy by remembering to dust and water plants regularly.

14. Wipe down a countertop.

The newest disinfectant wipes make it easy to quickly wipe down a countertop to prevent germs from spreading or food from sticking to your surfaces.

15. Wipe down the forgotten areas.

Wipe down door knobs, handles, switch plates, remote controls, and telephones.

These often used items rarely get remembered when its time to clean. Take a few moments to quickly wipe them down.

16. Clean out the fridge.

Thirty seconds may not be time enough to do a thorough cleaning, but it is enough time to pour out the expired milk hidden at the back, or throw away the mysterious foil-wrapped package lurking in the deli drawer.

17. Replace the box of baking soda in your fridge or freezer.

Using baking soda in the refrigerator is a great way to reduce odors, but the box of baking soda does need to be changed.

18. Clean the lint filter of your dryer.

Lint not only keeps your dryer from running efficiently, it can also pose a fire hazard. Take a few moments and double check your dryer’s lint trap.

19. Sweep the entryways of your home.

Most of the dirt that ends up on our carpets and floors, gets tracked into our homes by unsuspecting guests. Sweeping the entryways helps keep more of it outside.

20. Clean out the cupholders and cubby holes of your car.

Don’t forget to maintain the interior of your home on wheels. Clean out the hidden places where trash gets stowed.

21. Throw away empty cleaning containers.

Wherever you keep your cleaning supplies, you’re bound to have a few that should be tossed. Make more space for the things you really use by throwing out old or empty cleaning bottles.

22. Go through prescription medication.

Throw away expired and unused prescriptions. Not only will you help free up space for other items, but you’ll also reduce the risk of poision or accidental indigestion.

23. Prevent or help drain clogs with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water.

Baking soda and vinegar can be a great help to freshen and unclog drains. It only takes a moment to prevent major headaches.

24. Shake out your entry and exit floor mats.

It’s best to have two door mats for each entrance of your house.

One mat should be placed inside while the one with the bulk of the work to do goes outside. Remember to regularly shake out and clean these rugs to prevent dirt and debris from ending up in your home.

25. Toss trash and clutter from one small area.

Try cleaning out your junk drawer. Taking a few moments to clean trash and clutter out of one small area will give you motivation to accomplish even more challenging projects.

26. Dust down a ceiling fan.

Grab a duster and wipe off the blades of a ceiling fan. You’ll prevent dust from building up, and keep the fan in good condition for use.

27. Wipe down the blinds.

You can use a used dryer sheet or microfiber dust cloth. Wipe accross the blinds to keep them dust free.

28. File today’s mail.

We can get overwhelmed with the amount of mail we receive, but after you toss out the junk, take a moment to put away mail that needs to be kept.

29. Vacuum tops of doors and windowsills.

Take a half a minute to vacuum a windowsill or the top of a door. Dust often collects in these areas, but may go unnoticed during routine cleaning.

30. Make a plan.

If you have time for nothing else, take a few seconds to write out a plan of things that need to be done. When you find yourself with a few more moments to spare, you’ll be ready to go.

[Anybody have any additions? Ken]