Sunday, March 17, 2019


As promised when I started this blog I try to blog only when I've learned something that will benefit my audience. Here's the latest.

I live in an older home, and have spent a lot of money over the years to get toilets unclogged. I tried an auger, but I no longer have the strength to push it as far as it needs to go. So, I checked with a friend of mine who is a retired plumber, and he gave me the secret to success:

1. Pour about 3/4 to 1 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid into the bowl.
2. Let it stand for 30 to 45 minutes
3. Using a large pot or a pail slowly pour a total of about 3 gallons of hot water from your spigot (water heater water so you don't take a chance on the hot water cracking your toilet bowl). Flush. If it doesn't clear completely do it again. This does not work on hair clogs, which you are more likely to find in the sink.

Saving $200 on a call to clear a toilet drain is right up my alley. Let me know what you think.

Monday, January 28, 2019


There are lots of them, in every state. Here is a list of 50, one for each state.

Alabama - You must have windshield wipers on your car.
Alaska - Moose may not be viewed from an airplane. (Not quite sure how they police this one!)
Arizona - Hunting camels is prohibited. (Assuming you can find one, I suppose.)
Arkansas - A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month. (Really?)
California - You may only throw a frisbee at the beach in LA County with the lifeguard's permission.
Colorado - Car dealers may not show cars on a Sunday.
Connecticut - In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. (!?)
Delaware - It is illegal to fly over any body of water unless one is carrying sufficient supplies.
Florida - It is illegal to sell your children. (Not that I didn't consider it! Or even giving them away!)
Georgia - Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
Hawaii - All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
Idaho - You may not fish on a camel's back.
Illinois - The English language is not to be spoken. (Can it be printed?)
Indiana - State government officials who engage in private duels can be dismissed from their post.
Iowa - One-armed piano players must perform for free.
Kansas - No one may catch fish with his bare hands. (Can a woman legally do this?)
Kentucky - It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow.
Louisiana - It is illegal to gargle in public places.
Maine - After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
Maryland - Thistles may not grow in one's yard.
Massachusetts - At a wake mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
Michigan - A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
Minnesota - It is illegal to sleep naked.
Mississippi - Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.
Missouri - Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 must pay an annual tax of $1.00.
Nebraska - Drivers on mountains should drive with caution. (There are no mountains in Nebraska!)
Montana - It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
Nevada - It's still legal to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
New Hampshire - On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
New Jersey - It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
New Mexico - A law ordered 400 words of "sexually explicit material" cut from Romeo & Juliet.
New York - The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
North Carolina - It is against the law to sing off-key.
North Dakota - It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
Ohio - It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
Oklahoma - It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
Oregon - Dishes must drip dry.
Pennsylvania - You may not sing in the bathtub.
Rhode Island - Cap guns are illegal.
South Carolina - Horses my not be kept in bathtubs.
South Dakota - It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
Tennessee - It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.
Texas - The Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer.
Utah - It is against the law to hunt whales. (Where do they keep whales in Utah?)
Vermont - Women must get written permission from their husband to wear false teeth.
Virginia -  (A toss-up) It is illegal to tickle women. Children are banned from trick-or-treating. (!!)
Washington - It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.
West Virginia - Road kill may be taken home for supper.
Wisconsin - It is illegal to cut a woman's hair.
Wyoming - It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.

This caught my attention when it was pointed out to me by a friend that in their home state, until recently, it was against the law to drive your car at night unless someone walked five feet in front of your car with a lit lantern

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.