Hacks You Should Know About

Here are some hacks that will help out in multiple areas of your daily life. You should know about these because they are really awesome.

I bet there are a lot of you that have empty CD spindles with lids. Use them to take bagels to work or on a picnic. They are perfect for it. Picture is from www.pinterest.com.

Bagle in CD Spindle

When you break anything glass and aren’t sure whether or not you got up all of the splinters when you swept up the glass, there are two alternatives that you can choose from to make sure.                                                                                                                         The first alternative is to take some damp paper towels and wipe over the area and make sure that nothing comes up on the paper towels. If anything comes up, then repeat the process until no glass shards come up on the paper towels.                                                 The second alternative is to take a strip of heavy duty packing tape and go over the area lightly. I say lightly, so that if there are any glass shards that cling to the tape you won’t cut your hand. If there are any shards, repeat the process until the tape comes up with no glass shards on it.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape can be used in many ways. Some are listed below. The picture is from products3.3m.com.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape

To keep from having to buy expensive lint remover roller refills, just tear off some heavy duty shipping tape. The glue is probably stronger on the shipping tape than on the lint roller anyway.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean down in the crevices of your furniture. You can fold it up to make it go in the cracks easier. You will probably be surprised how much dirt the tape brings back up with it.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean around your baseboards, window sills, and doorways. The strong glue can pick up dirt that dust rags can’t.

I used to take the end of a new roll of tape, where the piece of paper is so that you can find the starting edge, and fold some of the tape over and over it to make a holder so that you could always get the end very easily. After discovering the bread tags, I no longer have to go to all of that trouble. Now I can just use a bread tag, after I get my next bread with a tag and not a twist tie. I got the picture off of Google.

Bread Tab Tape Holder

In an earlier blog, I mentioned other uses for bread tag or clips. This one I just heard about today, and found the picture tonight  on Google. It’s says wikiHow on the bottom of it.

Bread Tag Repair For Flip-Flops                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you have a pair of flip flops that are broken due to a split in the sole, use a bread tag to fix it. It fits around the toe piece perfectly. Glue the tag to the flip-flop right under the bottom of the toe piece. If you are afraid that just one won’t do the trick, then put a second one on it.

Whenever I am hammering a nail is somewhere, I always remember the time when I was trying to put boards down, in the attic where I lived, so that I could store stuff up in the attic. For a pretty good time, I was doing fine, next thing I knew I had whammed my finger with the hammer while my finger was on the top of the nail. The flat top of the nail cut into my finger really bad. My finger started bleeding and wouldn’t stop. I got up to get out of the attic and my foot slipped and my whole leg went through the ceiling right in the living room. Not a very good day. I started using a pair of pliers to hold the nail, whenever I was hammering one in after that. Then I started using a clothespin, because the clothespin would hold on to the nail by itself. There was not a chance that I would miss the nail and pliers holding the nail and hit my hand. I Googled to find a picture of a clothespin holding a nail and found the one below. The picture is from www.realsimple.com. There is also a device at hardware stores with different size slots in it to hold different size nails.

clothespin holding nail

Believe it or not, there are other things that ice trays can be used for besides ice.

Make freezer pops for the kids. Pour fruit juice of drink mixes that have been mixed up into the ice tray. If you catch them just before they freeze you can put plastic spoons in the individual cubes as handles. Put them into water as ice or the drink that the cubes were made out of, so when they melt, they won’t dilute the drink.

cool aid in ice trays

Put coffee into the ice trays for when you want ice coffee, the frozen coffee wont dilute the iced coffee like actual ice cubes will.The picture is from cookinfordummies.wordpress.com

coffee ice cubes

You can put individual eggs into each cube area and freeze them to use whenever a recipe calls for eggs. After the eggs have frozen, put them in a freezer bag and take out however many you need as you need them. It will save a lot of time by not having to crack the eggs at the time you need them. The picture is from www.littlethings.com

cracked eggs in ice tray

You can use the ice trays to hold little miscellaneous things in your junk drawer, or different jewelry items in your jewelry drawer.. Picture is from www.pinterest.com and from thekrazycouponlady.com

ice tray with misc junk  jewelry in ice tray

You can also use ice trays in your sewing box. Picture is from www.nationalquilterscircle.comwww.nationalquilterscircle.com

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I hope some of these hacks will come in  handy for you.

 

 

 

Binder Clips Hacks, Colors of Bread Ties and Tags, Fresh Produce Codes

Some people may not know it, but produce stickers tell what type of environment the produce was grown in. The colors of bread tags and ties tell what day the bread was made. The codes for the colors are given below. The middle two picture show the color codes for bread tags and ties as well as a way to recycle the bread tags in the office, the computer room or on the computer desk. The last part shows binder clips, and some of the hacks possible by using them.

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The picture below is from http://www.amazing-stories.net/found-out-what-the-small-stickers/2/

When you know what the codes stand for, even if there isn’t an explanation as to what type of produce it is, it won’t matter. There are three different types of codes that tell what environment the fresh produce was grown in. The types are Organic, Conventional, and GMO.

A 5 digit code that starts with the number 9 means that the produce is Organic and was grown naturally not using and chemicals. 9 Is Fine

A 4 digit code that starts with 4 means that the produce was grown using chemicals and pesticides. Whenever I know that produce was grown the conventional way, I always wash it before I eat it. I feel safer that way. After I wash it, I figure I can eat it without becoming ill from it.

A 5 digit code that starts with an 8 means that the produce is a product of GMO engineering. In other words, it is a Genetically Modified Organism. 8, I hate.

 

Produce Stickers Codes

3107_PLU_code_orange       mango-conventionally-grown-PLU-code-4959

The mango above is not organic.  It is conventionally grown.  I don’t like that word choice because it sounds so… normal.  It is a sad state of our farming practices when it is “normal” to spray food intended for human consumption with poison.  No wonder people continue to get sicker.   If you see on the label a number beginning with a 3 or 4, that food could contain poisons like pesticides and herbicides and could have been grown with synthetic fertilizer from petroleum.  I would much prefer a mango that had a PLU code starting with a “9″, which is “fine”.

If an apple is conventionally grown and starts with a 3 or 4, I wash the apple, then peel the skin off and discard.  There are probably poisons sprayed on the skin and I do not feel right about feeding that to my family or myself.

Apples

3 or 4

If we buy 3 or 4, we are sure to wash the food thoroughly before cooking or eating.  The orange peel above could be saturated with poisons, so I would not use the peel in any recipe.

I got some of this off of Google with the following  Reference:  http://energyfanatics.com/2009/04/24/fruit-label-organic-genetically-engineered/

I Googled what GMO means and this is the first result.

Genetically Modified Organisms
     GMO Tomato     This picture is from theodysseyonline.com
If you’ve shopped in a natural foods store in recent months, you’ve no doubt seen products bearing the label “GMO-free” or “contains only non-GMO ingredients.” The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level.
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The picture below is from 710keel.com. You will notice that the colors of the twist ties are the same as the colors of the bread tags in the picture below this one. We all probably grew up believing that bread was baked everyday. The colors and days of these twist ties and tags tells us otherwise. This way we will know what are the best days to go buy bread. You just need to know what time the bread delivery comes that day, so you won’t get there before the bread has even been delivered. Since bread is not baked on Wednesday, if you buy bread on Wednesday, it is day old bread. The same goes for Sunday. But I would think that Sunday would be obvious though. Even growing up, I don’t think anybody ever thought that bread was baked on Sunday.

Bread Twist Tie Colors

The picture below is from theideaking.blogspot.com. These are bread tags.

Bread Color Codes

The picture below is from hubpages.com. This shows a really unique way to recycle the bread tags. You can use them to identify the numerous cords that are necessary to use any computer and all of its’ attached machines such as a printer, the speakers, a DVD burner and so on.

Bread Clips

 

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The first picture below is from www.buzzfeed.com. This is a really nifty way to make sure that whenever you have to disconnect your computer, or any of the machines that are attached to it, the cords will not fall behind the desk.                                                                       Here is a link to a video on the topic of hacks using binder clips  <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/prG3qWjp4Nk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

The second picture is from www.instructables.com. The binder clips make a good phone holder.

Binder Clips Hacks Binder Clip for Phone

The picture of the cord organizer idea is from www.unorganizedmommy.com.

The toothpaste tube holder is from www.survivalkit.com. The idea can be used on any type of squeeze tube.

Binder Clips - Organized Cords   Binder Clip - Tube Holder

The above pictures

Just Some Personal Hacks

Here are just a few hacks that I use now, or have used in the past.

  1. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, but your hair is oily, use baby powder in it. Sprinkle some baby powder in the top of your hair and wipe your hands over it to get it to cover the oiliest part of your hair. If your hair is white, then you either used too much baby powder, or you didn’t wipe it into your hair well enough.
  2. For those of you that have babies still in diapers, there is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to help with the discomfort of diaper rash. Purchase a bottle of liquid antacid like Mylanta or Mayo-lox and dab it on the diaper rash with cotton balls. This works for the occasional yeast infection in the leg folds, under the breasts, and under the arms as well.
  3. For those of you who crochet, here is something that you may be able to use. I am crocheting scarves for friends and others, and when they start to get long it is hard to keep the scarf on my lap while I am crocheting. I took a storage bag and rolled up most of the part that I had already crocheted and put it in the bag. As I finish each row and go to turn the scarf around to head back in the other direction, the scarf stays rolled up in the storage bag instead of falling on the floor.                                                                                                                                            2016-02-11 22.13.26   2016-02-11 22.14.58                         Lately I have found it really hard to locate any stitch place holders in the stores and so have resorted to safety pins. They work really well. You may see what I am talking about in the picture below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2016-02-11 22.15.19
  4. In the pictures below, you will see how I stabilized my collapsible yarn drum with pieces of Mylar being taped together and then being inserted into the drum. The instructions are in another post of my hacks, “Stabilizing A Collapsible Yarn Drum”. The main thing that I wanted to show here was the newest addition to my yarn drum, the trimmed piece of Mylar that separates the piece that I am crocheting from my other skein(s) of yarn and other crocheting supplies. The last three pictures show it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2015-12-26 21.02.20  2015-12-26 21.04.492015-12-26 21.04.06  2015-12-26 21.06.45                                           2015-12-26 21.05.55  2016-02-11 22.16.45                                          2016-02-11 22.17.28  2016-02-11 23.05.15

Notice To All Of My Readers

Notice To All Of My Readers

After having to go through the loss of my friend’s parents dog last month, I never thought that something like that would happen any too soon again. I was oh so wrong.

My guinea pig, Alisha is now resting in peace. Here is a picture of me holding Alisha, my furry baby, and of her getting ready to give me kisses. I loved her so dearly. My friend had listened with a stethoscope and had heard at least three if not four baby’s heartbeats. I was so excited that we were going to have babies again. This was to be the last time. We never let any of our guinea pigs have more than three litters and this was her third litter.

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Wednesday, February 3rd, she seemed to be going into labor to have her babies. When I woke up Wednesday morning, there was every indication that she was in labor and had already had one still born baby. There was a lot of blood covered bedding in the cage. I was a little sad not to see a live baby, but not too concerned because I didn’t know how long it had been since she had had the still born baby.

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She was just staying in the corner being very quiet. I tried to pet her, but all she would do was shiver all over. I left her alone to see if she would finish having the babies. After about three or four hours I went to check on her and see how many babies she had had. To my dismay, she had not had any more babies, but was still bleeding. I thought that she was still having babies, but apparently they were all being still born. It was a very sad time not to see any live babies.

On Thursday, February 4th, when I first looked in on her, she was just the same as I had left her the night before. I also noticed that she had not eaten anything and had not had any water either. I had put a piece of tape on the line where the water was to check on her water intake.

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Throughout the day I continued to check on her and to pet her. Being scared that she was not going to make it, I had my friend to take some pictures of me holding her, for what could possibly be the last time. They are below.

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A few hours later I went back to check on her, but still no more babies. Not knowing anything else to do, I covered her cage up and left her alone for the night hoping to see babies in the morning.

But, that was not to happen. Much to my dismay, in the morning, Friday, February 5th, there still were no live babies to be seen. But Alisha was still very big, so I knew that there were still babies to be born.  But she was sitting in the corner differently from what she had been the day before. Now she was pressing her head up against the side of the cage and breathing very quickly. The carrot that I had given her the night before was dried up and still beside her. Obviously she still was not eating or drinking

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My friends and I started trying to force water into her by using a small syringe and giving her a few drops at the time. We were hoping that after doing that, she would have the babies. So once again, we left her alone for three or four hours at the time, in between trying to give her water. At around 7:00 PM I went to check on her, and to hold her and hug her just for a little while. I had my friend to listen to her and to see if he could hear the babies’ heart beats. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hear any and could barely hear her heart beat. He thought that she had a collapsed lung. When I picked her up, she had an accident on me.

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I was a little alarmed, but thought that maybe she was getting ready to have her now dead babies. That, she had been in labor too long and the babies had all died. So once again, I went out and left her alone for an hour. My thoughts were that if she had the dead babies, just maybe, then she could rebound and be OK. At least that was what I was hoping.

At 8:00 PM I went back to check on her and her babies. There were no babies, and she was not breathing either. I had my friend to listen again, and he confirmed my worst fears. Alisha had died. She had died from the exhaustion of trying to have her babies. She had apparently been pushing so hard to have them that her lung collapsed and she just could not rebound from that stress. At least she is no longer suffering from her ordeal. I will miss her dearly.

All day Saturday (yesterday), February 6, I was just sort of in shock. I had been counting on watching the last babies grow up and go to loving homes. That was not to happen. Instead, I had to say “Good-Bye” forever to Alisha, my furry baby.

I am sorry that I have been unable to do my blogs during this time, but to me, my furry baby was more important. I loved her so much. I watched her grow up from the day she was born, and I bought her from my friends, when she was old enough to be taken away from her mother. It had been a wonderful time with her, and I certainly was not ready to let her go. I know that at least she will not suffer anymore.

I hope that this is the end of anybody that I know losing a pet to an untimely death. They are having a really bad effect on me lately, and I am sort of befuddled to understand as to why.