stomachflu_200Whoo Boy!  I forgot until last week how much I hate having the stomach flu.  For all you bio-techies, I know there’s no such thing as the stomach flu, only stomach viruses or food poisoning.  But whatever got me last week, it got a hold of me for a week.


My Dad celebrated his birthday this month, and of course I fussed over the perfect gift and more importantly the perfect card.  My Mother found her perfect card for Dad.  She gave it to him this year, last year and probably the year before that.  I couldn’t believe what she was saying.  After Dad opens his card, she places it in a special place until next year when she gives it to him again.  Mother doesn’t see it as odd, why repeat the process of finding and spending money on a card when there is a card at home that says everything she wants to say.  Do you remember the cards you received a year ago?  That’s just what I thought!

noclutter2-300x225-1-5I just read a great article about how clutter, whether it be from stuff in your house or the stuff in your head, can take over your life. We’ve all seen Hoarders and listened to the Doomsayers on TV. Don’t become one of them…even a fraction of one of them.

If you are like me, you have a box of cornstarch sitting in your kitchen cabinet.  I am not sure why it is there, I never use it!  I know that cornstarch can be used to thicken gravy and soups, however, my Mother always used flour instead and so do I.  After a little digging I discovered that cornstarch has many uses.  It is safe and inexpensive therefore why aren’t we taking advantage of it?


Mr. Clean had the original “magic eraser”, but as usual everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and for good reason, these chemical free little erasers work!!  I recently purchased a box of 20 from QVC for $20.00 which may sound expensive until you realize how far you can make one stretch.  I have yet to find a project so big that I need a whole brick, instead, I cut them in half (you now have 40).  Depending on my job at hand, I may cut them into fourths (that’s 80).  You see where I am going with this–anything to save a few pennies.  I use these little magical wonders until there is nothing left before tossing.