Monday, January 7, 2019


A few months ago I purchased a Souwa Power Save - Electricity Savings Box. I was skeptical about it working, but a couple of acquaintances had told me about it. Since it cost less than $15.00 I decided to give it a try. I found one on Amazon (several brands available, but I elected to use the brand that had been recommended to me).

Today I started pulling together all of my tax related items and printed out my electric bills for 2018. Imagine my surprise when I compared last year's monthly bills to this year's bills. Although the first three months of use showed reductions I wasn't that impressed; but the last 7 months leveled out at a full 25% reduction in my monthly bills. Since my usage is pretty constant, with bills showing up within $10.00 of each each month before the Box, they are now within $3.00 of each other each month. And my use has not been reduced at all. 

So, I recommend giving the box a try. Here is the info about the box listed on Amazon:

  • Principle: Not stealing electricity, just help you saving the daily waste of energy automaticly, thereby saving your money.
  • Function: Stabilize the voltage, balance the current, and surge protection in order to achieve a power-saving effect.
  • Protection: Multi-protect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
  • How to: Plug the electricity saved box into any socket at home/office/factory etc. Simple operation, no need pay attention.
  • 12-month worry-free warranty.

If you buy one please let me know how it works for you!

Monday, December 10, 2018


Here is a terrific app for parents who are frustrated by the fact that their kids ignore them when they call or text them: "Ignore No More" is "a free app that helps parents manage and control the amount of time their kids spend on smartphones and tablets." 

From your own phone you can gain almost complete control over your children's on-line usage. If you are trying to get in touch with them and they don't respond the app can be used to turn off their usage until they call you. Wow! 

There is a premium version, but the free version does everything that I would like to use if I still had kids at home.

Please let me know what you think.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


National Museum Day, sponsored by the the Smithsonian, is, as far as I can find, a day that occurs in September each year. So I recommend you enter into your calendar on September 1 as a recurring event to look this up. You can get a free pass for two by entering "Museum Day" in your browser - follow directions, and print your ticket for a museum near you. Enjoy! And please let me know how this experience worked for you!

Monday, August 13, 2018


Not much has crossed my desk that I thought might be of general interest in the past few weeks, and since this Blog is aimed at providing important information I've been waiting for something to come up. Yesterday I received an email which alarmed me, and thought I'd better get the word out, but just before I sent it out I remembered to check out the info at "" - a web site that confirms whether web-published info is true, semi-true or just downright false. A quick check at Snopes proved to be an important step, since the email was just plain false information. I let the sender know, and the response I got was that is a false site and to be ignored. I'm not sure what to make of that!

Nevertheless, I've been using Snopes for nearly 20 years, and so far it has proved to be a very reliable resource. So my recommendation is that you check first, and then forward if it proves to be a reliable piece of info and you feel it worth sharing.

Hope this helps you make your way through what ends up in your email and on Facebook, etc.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Ugh! Today was the day to tackle window cleaning. A chore that I have not enjoyed since I was a kid. Seems like they never come completely clean, and getting the streaks out - again, ugh!

But today I was using a magic mixture that I learned from my childhood and had completely forgotten about. I use a cup of white vinegar in my dishwasher 4 times a year to help keep it clean smelling, and while I was running the cycle I remembered using white vinegar and distilled water in equal parts to get windows clean and shiny and without streaks. By the time I was in my 30s I also started using a couple of drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid into the mix, which somehow made the process even easier.

So, to get your windows clean without the expense of a window cleaner use a spray bottle with 1/2 part distilled water and 1//2 part white vinegar and a couple of drops of Dawn (I don't know if other dishwashing liquids also work or not) and spray and clean and get it done fast.

Hope this makes for a pleasant chore for you.

Friday, July 6, 2018


I was recently having lunch with a friend, who ordered a salad and said that currently her lunches were "salad days" until she lost a few pounds. I pointed out to her that the quote  was from Shakespeare, at which she scoffed. 
A quick look-up on Google settled the discussion in my favor, and got me thinking about the many quotes currently in daily use that come, more or less, from Shakespeare. To view the quotes and more info about them go to:
"Salad days" Antony and Cleopatra
"Send him packing" Henry IV, Part I
"As good luck would have it" The Merry Wives of Windsor
"More fool you" The Taming of the Shrew
"Short shrift" Richard III
"Neither here nor there" Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor
"Mum's the word" Henry VI, Part II
"That way madness lies" King Lear
"More in sorrow than in anger" Hamlet
"With bated breath" The Merchant of Venice
"The green-eyed monster" Othello
"Vanish into thin air" Othello and The Tempest
"All of a sudden" The Taming of the Shrew
"Wild-goose chase" - Romeo and Juliet
"The be-all and end-all" Macbeth
"Up in arms" Henry VI, Part II and Richard III
"Eaten out of house and home" Henry IV, Part II
"Devil incarnate" Henry V and Titus Andronicus
"Heart of gold" Henry V
"Foregone conclusion" Othello
"All that glitters is not gold" The Merchant of Venice
Fun, right? I'm sure there are probably more; please let me know if you find any! My thanks to

Thursday, July 5, 2018


In the 1880s, the "Florida Mortgage and Investment Company" was looking for people to colonize Sarasota. Scotland seemed a good place to approach as there was economic difficulty there at the time. Articles were place in newspapers encouraging immigration to Sarasota. The attempt was successful and the first true settlers in Sarasota came from Scotland, although many left soon after arrival because the town was not yet built. Those who stayed behind helped build the town on Sarasota Bay.
The Scottish connection to Sarasota is seen in Browning Avenue, named for the John Browning family, one of the few of the Scot Colony to stay on. There is also Gillespie Avenue named for John Hamilton Gillespie, the Scot who was sent by the Florida Mortgage Company to revive the effort to build Sarasota, today considered the "Father of Sarasota".

A look at the original plat of Sarasota from 1885 reveals that most of the streets were named for fruits: pineapple, orange, mango, banana, lemon and lime. The idea was to encourage people to move here from other places to start farms, because the land was fertile, and the street names showed the fruits that could be grown here. At the time grapefruit was unknown.
On Siesta Key, Ocean Boulevard is not named because of its proximity to the water, but rather, it takes the name of Ocean Deep Hansen, who was born on the Atlantic Ocean on July 12, 1860. She married Captain Louis Roberts, who operated the Siesta Hotel and later teamed up with E.M. Argbogast and Harry Higel to form the Siesta Land Company to plat the north end of Sarasota Key as Siesta Key.
Also on Siesta Key, Stickney Point Road is named for “Uncle” Ben Stickney, an early settler there who opened his hand, heart and house to anyone who needed assistance. 
Higel Avenue is named after Harry Higel, “Sarasota’s indefatigable booster,” who was involved in many facets of Sarasota’s early growth and development. 
Midnight Pass Road is named for the pass opened by the hurricane of 1921. The pass was closed in 1984, with calls of “Let it Flow” becoming the perennial battle cry of those who would like it reopened.
On Lido Key, the streets are named after Presidents. During that “can do” era, President Harding was slated to use the Worcester Mansion on Bird key as his Winter White House. St. Armands Circle was known as Harding Circle in those days. Unfortunately, Harding died before the plan was implemented.
The earliest trails were paths cut through the woods by pioneers. Probably the first overland connection to Bradenton was the unintended consequence of Sarasota’s first settler, William Whitaker, trudging to the village of Manatee for two years courting Mary Wyatt, who would become his wife.
Swift Road was named for Clifton Swift, who built the Bee Ridge Hotel and Tuttle Avenue was named after William Tuttle, who came to town for Bertha Palmer to survey the area and build roads.
Ringling Boulevard was named for the brother of Circus Magnate John Ringling. Charles Ringling devoted his life to building the Court House and the Sarasota Terrace Hotel (now a part of the County Administration Offices). John Ringling developed the keys, including St. Armand's Circle (originally named St. Amands, but somewhere along the way an "r" made its way into the name, and it stuck!).
The Tamiami Trail was so named because it connected Tampa with Miami. In 1928, for the formal dedication of the highway, a long caravan of around 500 cars made their way from Tampa to Miami.
Higel Avenue is named after Harry Higel, who was involved in many facets of Sarasota's early growth.
Midnight Pass Road is named for the pass opened by the hurricane of 1921. The pass was closed in 1984.
On Lido Key, many of the streets are named after Presidents. Just take a ride down the Boulevard of Presidents to see which ones are included.

I hope you found this article interesting. For more about Sarasota History go to - and for even more information about the Sarasota Bradenton area try - I suspect you'll find out about a lot of things you were unaware of.

(The items in this article are taken in part from