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    After the thank you note discussion I got these tips today. Thought I would share as the tips are really good, but the thank you note one is in there. So see! I'm not the only one!
    BTW, the babypowder one I've used and it really works well. Even at the playground for playground sand.

    Bed Sheets
    After drying my sheets, put both sheets and one pillowcase in the
    other pillow case. Fold neatly in a square. Next time you change
    sheets, you just take the one pillow case and all the sheets and
    pillow case are inside. No need to look for matches. (they're supposed to match? Who knew? )

    Reheat Pizza
    Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set
    heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No
    soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really
    works.

    Easy Deviled Eggs
    Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all
    broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up
    mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into
    egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

    Expanding Frosting
    When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it
    with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get
    to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less
    sugar/calories per serving.

    Reheating refrigerated bread
    To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place
    them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will
    keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

    Newspaper Weeds-Away
    Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
    newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover
    with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
    gardening plastic, they will not get through wet newspapers.

    Broken Glass
    Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of glass - the
    fibers catch ones you can't see!

    No More Mosquitoes
    Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

    Squirrel Away!
    To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with
    cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
    squirrels won't come near it.

    Easier thank you's
    When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you cards for
    the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes and have
    everyone put their address on one. When the bride/new mother sends the
    thank you's, they're all addressed!


    If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside
    the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and
    later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof who owns the
    bike.

    Flexible vacuum
    To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an
    empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can
    be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

    Reducing Static Cling
    Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have
    a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when
    wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- voila -- static
    is gone.

    Measuring Cups
    Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with
    hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add
    your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes
    right out.

    Foggy Windshield?
    Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the
    glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!
    Works better than a cloth!

    Reopening envelope
    If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
    something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for
    an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

    Conditioner
    Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than
    shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great
    way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you
    tried it in your hair...

    Good-bye Fruit Flies
    To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with
    Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You
    will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

    Get Rid of Ants
    Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it
    "home," & can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so,
    esp. if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets
    or small children being harmed!

    Take baby powder to the beach
    Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you're
    ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder
    and the sand will slide right off your skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog View Post

    Take baby powder to the beach
    Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you're
    ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder
    and the sand will slide right off your skin.
    Thank you for this one! I had read it before, but forgotten about it. Last week, I was at the beach, and since I was with my 2 year old nephew playing, I was covered in a lot more sand than normal. As we were walking to the car, and I was annoyed they didn't have a place to rinse the sand off. I could remember I'd read SOMETHING that helped get rid of the sand, but couldn't remember what it was. Now we'll see if I can remember it this time until the next time I go to the beach. Maybe it'll help if I go ahead and put a little container of it in the bag where I store my sunscreen!

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    Yes, the progressives are the no-line bifocals, although actually you have three different prescriptions.....one for near, one for far, and one in the middle.

    I had trouble adjusting to them initially. In order to see correctly, I have to move my head up and down a lot it seems. If I have them on, I have to lift my head up to see through the lowest part of the lenses to read fine print. I have to move my head down to look out of the top part of the lenses to see far stuff.

    When my daughter had her Lasik surgery (not covered by insurance) I think they removed the outer layer of the cornea. I'd really have to look at the info pack they gave her to refresh my brain. All I know is that she is happy that she had it done, didn't have any probs post-procedure, and now has perfect vision. She had worn contacts from the time she was 12 and wouldn't be caught dead wearing her eye glasses, which had really, really thick lenses.

    I remember being amazed when we were leaving the office, watching her hand over her glasses to the receptionist. Apparently they collect eyeglasses and give them to the Lion's Club. I can't get out of my bed without putting on my glasses.....and here she was just handing them over, never to need them again!

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    Really interesting tips! I plan to try several of them. My sister had a little party, and had several bottles with wine left in them (not enough to matter). Her little fruit fly buddies found their way into the bottles, got drunk and/or drowned. No more fruit flies the next day!
    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer

    When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!

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    Well maybe now you can see what you're actually posting here-it may surprise you!
    I had no idea that I was so insightful!

    newfherder: Didn't you know that glasses are really fashionable these days? So is seeing!
    I've been wearing glasses since fourth grade, smarty. I've always been in fashion

    My lenses are progressives, and now that others have mentioned it, the eye doctor was very reluctant to mention bifocals, even when I went in announcing that I needed them. Who knew that it was a dirty word?
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    Welcome to old-fart hood, Newfherder.

    I found I was one when I was 31. It didn't help my ego that my oldest son turned 13 the same day. (Happy B-day son, your Moms an old-fart.) I ended up with lined bifocals after I fell a** over teacup down a flight of stairs. My eyes focus really slowly for some reason and progressives made me miss judge the depth, and down I went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lois Lane View Post
    doxie, your avatar is too cute! Spider-baby! And your story is too cute, too. Your grandmother was probably very proud of you--especially since the other ladies' granddaughters weren't there to give them rides but HERS was. I'll bet those were fun lunches!
    Thanks, Lois! Spidey is the son of a friend of mine. He's almost five now, but I drag that picture out every year because it always makes me laugh!

    And, yes, the lunches with my grandmother were very fun. They got even better after I introduced them to the idea of having Bloody Marys with lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog View Post
    Doxie, I am about your grandmother and her friends.
    Rosie, I bet our grandmothers would have gotten along really well!

    Lambi, your convertible story cracked me up, as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newfherder View Post
    I had no idea that I was so insightful!
    Quite!!!

    I just wanted you to know that I've been attending the mail order Newfherder school of one liners. So when I posted that, do I get an "A" on my report card?

    Doxie, you should have mentioned the bloody mary's earlier! I bet they were a hoot!
    Yep, our grandmothers would have had a good time.
    Mine stopped what she was doing every day at 5 sharp, poured a scotch and had what she called "cocktail hour" with the dog. They had cheese and crackers and her dog would sit right next to her for her cheese while my grandmother had her scotch.
    And she liked to drink wine too and could be quite funny especially when her drinking sisters came to visit. She smoked too. Quit at 83 and we all asked why now? She lived to be 93. She had smoked and drank a bit all her life and was healthy as a horse! Good farm raising back them bred them to last!

    She was quite a character. She used to teach dancing (foxtrot, etc. not ballet or tap) when she was younger and could really cut a rug. Bet she would have done well on Dancing with the Stars.

    Some of my fondest memories would be the sisters after drinking a bit and then showing us how they could still Charleston. Wish I had that on video!
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    I just wanted you to know that I've been attending the mail order Newfherder school of one liners. So when I posted that, do I get an "A" on my report card?
    Not until your tuition check clears the bank. :nono

    Welcome to old-fart hood, Newfherder.
    Thanks! It's everything that I thought it would be
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    Your grandmothers were YaYas!

    The cocktail story reminds me of a friend of mine who buys that On the Border margarita mix in the bucket and keeps it in her freezer. She went to Sam's Club one day and there was none to be found. She actually called the manager of the store over, grabbed his arm and here is what she said:
    In the afternoon, while I am cooking, my kids start to get wild. I spoon some of this into a little juice glass and sip on it to keep me sane until dinner. You cannot run out of this. I need my "mommy bucket"!
    Scared the poor guy to death. Realizing how she sounded, she fell all over herself trying to reassure him she wasn't an alcoholic. That she was a good mother. And that he could help her remain a good mother by ordering more "mommy buckets". We don't refer to the mix by it's real name anymore.
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