John is feeling better today than he was yesterday but still is needing all the rest he can get, to recover from his surgery. Oral surgery is so hard since it effects your eating and drinking and really makes life difficult. I’ve been trying to keep a supply of appetizing liquids and creamy foods on hand in hopes we can keep his strength up and he can heal. Carlie has been sleeping a lot the last two days which has been helpful as I am trying to take care of John too. I guess she must be going through a growth spurt. Since I have been so busy the last day or so, I haven’t taken pictures. Poor John’s face is so swollen I’m sure he’d just as soon I didn’t have time to pictures anyway. I did manage to get the lawn mowed this morning. It was really looking shaggy! We had been trying to find the right blade for the mower these last few weeks and all the while the grass kept getting longer and longer. John put the blade on the mower this morning and I asked if he minded if I mowed it. He won’t be feeling up to mowing for at least a week and I honestly enjoy mowing the yard. Since I haven’t any pictures I was thinking I’ll just add a few handy ideas I have recently learned which were helpful.
Helpful Home Hints
1. Rubbing Alcohol is a great stain remover for carpets and upholstery, even old stains.
2. If Baby is tired or clingy, try leaving one of your shirts on the side of the crib. Your scent on the shirt will sooth him with feeling you are not far away.
3. Placing lots of candles in your fireplace makes a pretty display and gives off a cozy light on summer evenings when you don’t want a lot of heat.
4.Cornstarch makes a great substitute for powdered sugar in frosting, in cases where you want it thicker but not sweeter. The flavor isn’t altered.
5. If your dish cloth or sink sprung is smelling musty but you won’t be doing laundry that day. Try putting them in the dishwasher with your dirty dishes and have them cleaned in there in stead.
6. Rub chalk on the oils stains on your clothes before washing and the oil will come right out.
7. Use a spaghetti noodle to light candle that have burned low or to start a fire in hard to reach places.
8. If you grow your own herbs, try freezing them in ice cube trays so you will have small amounts to thaw at a time.
9. If you don’t have a pan scrub for tough, cooked on food. Make a ball of tin foil and use it to scrub your pans.
10. Use baby oil to polish your faucets and a used drier sheet to remove soap scum.
Maybe these are old ideas but they are helpful to me and I always would rather find a more efficient way to do something or, best of all, find a use rather than throw something out.