Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

5019 BARCELONA AVENUE Sarasota, FL 34235

Property Site:
So many cool things are within minutes of your home, including Detweilers Farm Market, Jessicas Organic Market, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, University Town Center, daily shopping needs, doctors, dentists, a medical center and the internationally known Nathan Benderson Park. The neighborhood covers 450 acres with not quite 700 homes. It was conceived in the early 1950s by The Florida Homestead Corp. This home was built in 2000, so it has all the modern amenities while still benefiting from the quiet neighborhood. The original concept was to avoid the then current trend of monotonous rows of duplicate houses so the FHC promised that all the homes would have individual style, and that is exactly what DeSoto Lakes offers. The floor plan is welcoming as you walk in the front door. The kitchen is easy to work in, and with the washer and dryer in a closet in the kitchen you can make your dinner while doing your laundry. The back yard has a caged pool and a most astonishing air conditioned shed that you can make into almost anything youd like. A She shed, a man-cave, maybe a cabana with a wet bar if you like to party, maybe an artists studio or a work room. Turn it into a bedroom for guests, or almost anything else. There is an amazing amount of storage in the shed, including an attic with pull-down access stairs. It really is a detached Bonus room. Sellers are offering a $2,000 painting allowance and a one year Home Warranty.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,582
Price: $299,900

For more information about this property, please contact Scott Johnson at (941) 504-3775 or You can also text 5544805 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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Saturday, March 30, 2019


So, still wondering why toilet problems were a problem I did a bit of research and found the following information. I found the information on the following forum:

Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab 2005

Brand Dissolvency Time in Seconds (lowest is best)
MD 2-Ply, 9
Coronet 2-Ply, 12
Angel Soft 2-Ply, 12
Scott 1-Ply, 17
Soft 'N Gentle 1-Ply, 18
Soft Weve 1-Ply, 20
Marcal 1-Ply, 20
Soft 'N Gentle 2-Ply, 21
Seventh Generation 2-Ply, 21
Quilted Northern Super 2-Ply, 69
Charmin Ultra 2-Ply, 77
Cottonelle 1-Ply, 96
Charmin 2-Ply, 180

I'll try to find something a bit more cheerful next time.

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.