E-Mail of Interest to Mary

These are occasional posting of email messages for Mary, much like I used to print in hard copy for her.


Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: Beginning of trip report

I keep meaning to call you and mom to set up a visit, but we're a bit busy right now.  Jodie and Tyler are out of school for the summer, but Tyler got a nasty cold right away and has been a mess since Friday.
We've also got the Nevada City Classic stuff.  I'm helping with a pre-race party at Ol' Republic Brewery on Saturday, running the kid's parade, racing in the master's, course marshalling the pro race, and doing post-race cleanup.  There's a lot of preparation for all that which is keeping me pretty busy.
I broke our above-ground pool last week (long story), and getting that fixed has me in a bind as well.
Oh, and then there's Jodie's dad's cancer (he's had it for ~2.5 years now) which flared up and put him in the hospital last weekend.  We're trying modify our schedule so Jodie can visit her dad in Aptos this week.  I'm in Mountain View right now, but when I get back she'll be able to go see her dad.
Things should be a bit less crazy by next week, I hope.


Concerning Item 10, lost jobs overseas is not the problem, it's a symptom. We simply have to stop spending beyond our means, at the personal as well as national level. That's the way China and others would absorb our country, through their share of our national debt. We have to continue creating jobs at home, not continue spending at a deficit. And we have to face up to working at wages more in line with the rest of the world and stop buying all that crap we don't need. We would be poor at lower wages only if we continue to reward being brain dead.
The other changes immediately below are inevitable; get used to it. And get literate in these modern languages.
There is nothing political about this email.  It simply points out very probable changes that are in our future.   And, to me, some of these, are indeed a big worry!!
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come
1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2.  The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The "Things" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
9.  Privacy.  If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have that can't be changed are Memories.
10. Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind
The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe.  All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.  It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution.  It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes.  It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II.  

But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America ..  Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone.  Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period.  The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little.  Do you know what our biggest export is today?  Waste paper.  Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us.  The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was.  Once upon a time America could literally out produce the rest of the world combined.  Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world.  If the de-industrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?

Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things.  So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S.continue to consider itself to be a great nation?  We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable.  Every single month America goes into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.

So what happens when the debt bubble pops?

The de-industrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country.  But sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.

For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them.  Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.    

The following are 19 facts about the de-industrialization of Americathat will blow your mind....

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.  About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.

Dell Inc., one of Americas largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S.manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem , North Carolina in November.  Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

In 2008, 1.2 billion cell phones were sold worldwide.  So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States?  Zero.

According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

As of the end of July, the U. S. Trade deficit with China has risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million.  During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul , Minnesota . Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.

As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing.  The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products.   Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from theUnited States .

One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?

How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?

How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing national economic suicide?

The de-industrialization of America is a national crisis.  It needs to be treated like one.

If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you.  If anyone can explain how a de-industrialized America has any kind of viable economic future, please do so.

America is in deep, deep trouble folks.  It is time to wake up!!


Reply from Dick to my message below:

Hello and thanks for your kind thoughts.

Iím doing my honeyís bidding by doing as close to nothing as Iím capable of. I realize that the organ was damaged and has the capability to repair itself to some degree. So, Iím walking for20 minutes early at sunup when it is cooler and then reading, crosswords, and woodcarving in random order so that I can give my bony ass a chance to recover also.

My children and lorraine ís also have been very attentive and helpful so that all heavy or stressful tasks are not tempting me to screw up.

The only thing that I may have to face is a pacemaker installation if my ticker doesnít keep a healthy and steady rate ,but  for now , with limited strain my pulse is pretty steady so weíll see what the data looks like when Iím allowed to work up a sweat in another two weeks or so.

Thanks again and have a good week, dick.

From: Herb Lindberg [mailto: herb@lindberglce.com ]
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 9:30 AM
To: Lorraine Snow
Subject: Re: dick's recovery

Hi Lorraine ,

 I'm not sure if Dick looks at his email so I address this to you. I've been thinking about Dick and his new stents and wondering how he's doing. In my case, recovery from the Cath Lab procedure was much more slowly than I had imagined but all is well now, except for being weak because I took on too much right after the operation. I trust Dick will pop back quickly because both of you keep yourselves in good shape. I'm sure the most difficult part for Dick will be to "do nothing" for two weeks. It's hard for me to imagine Dick doing nothing for more than a day or two. He should imagine that those two weeks will be a period in which he'll be weaker than he's used to, so let his strength be his guide.

 Keep us informed. Heart attacks aren't to be taken lightly -- but not the end of life by any means.

 Love and hugs,  --Herb and Mary

Food for Thought
"The idea that Alzheimer's is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease," says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Researchers now know that Alzheimer's, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity.

The big news: Mountains of research reveals that simple things you do every day might cut your odds of losing your mind to Alzheimer's.

In search of scientific ways to delay and outlive Alzheimer's and other dementias, I tracked down thousands of studies and interviewed dozens of experts. The results in a new book:
100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss (Little, Brown; $19.99). Here are 10 strategies I found most surprising.

1.  Have coffee. In an amazing flip-flop, coffee is the new brain tonic. A large European study showed that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in midlife cut Alzheimer's risk 65% in late life. University of South Florida
researcher Gary Arendash credits caffeine: He says it reduces dementia-causing amyloid in animal brains. Others credit coffee's antioxidants. So drink up, Arendash advises, unless your doctor says you shouldn't.

2.  Floss. Oddly, the health of your teeth and gums can help predict dementia. University of Southern California research found that having periodontal disease before age 35 quadrupled the odds of dementia years later. Older people with tooth and gum disease score lower on memory and cognition tests, other studies show. Experts speculate that inflammation in diseased mouths migrates to the brain.

3.Google. Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more than reading a book, says UCLA's Gary Small, who used brain MRIs to prove it. The biggest surprise: Novice Internet surfers, ages 55 to 78, activated key memory and learning centers in the brain after only a week of Web surfing for an hour a day.

4. Grow new brain cells. Impossible, scientists used to say. Now it's believed that thousands of brain cells are born daily. The trick is to keep the newborns alive. What works: aerobic exercise (such as a brisk 30-minute walk every day), strenuous mental activity, eating salmon and other fatty fish, and avoiding obesity, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, heavy drinking and vitamin B deficiency.

5. Drink apple juice. Apple juice can push production of the "memory chemical" acetylcholine; that's the way the popular Alzheimer's drug Aricept works, says Thomas Shea, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts. He was surprised that old mice given apple juice did better on learning and memory tests than mice that received water. A dose for humans: 16 ounces, or two to three apples a day.
6. Protect your head. Blows to the head, even mild ones early in life, increase odds of dementia years later. Pro football players have 19 times the typical rate of memory-related diseases. Alzheimer's is four times more common in elderly who suffer a head injury, Columbia University finds. Accidental falls doubled an older person's odds of dementia five years later in another study. Wear seat belts and helmets, fall-proof your house, and don't take risks.

7. Meditate. Brain scans show that people who meditate regularly have less cognitive decline and brain shrinkage - a classic sign of Alzheimer's - as they age. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine says yoga meditation of 12 minutes a day for two months improved blood flow and cognitive functioning in seniors with memory problems.

8. Take D. A "severe deficiency" of vitamin D boosts older Americans' risk of cognitive impairment 394%, an alarming study by England's University of Exeter finds. And most Americans lack vitamin D. Experts recommend a daily dose of 800 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3.

9. Fill your brain. It
<http://brain.it/>; 's called "cognitive reserve." A rich accumulation of life experiences - education, marriage, socializing, a stimulating job, language skills, having a purpose in life, physical activity and mentally demanding leisure activities - makes your brain better able to tolerate plaques and tangles. You can even have significant Alzheimer's pathology and no symptoms of dementia if you have high cognitive reserve, says David Bennett, M.D., of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center.
10. Avoid infection. Astonishing new evidence ties Alzheimer's to cold sores, gastric ulcers, Lyme disease, pneumonia and the flu. Ruth Itzhaki, Ph.D., of the University of Manchester in England estimates the cold-sore herpes simplex virus is incriminated in 60% of Alzheimer's cases. The theory: Infections trigger excessive beta amyloid "gunk" that kills brain cells. Proof is still lacking, but why not avoid common infections and take appropriate vaccines, antibiotics and antiviral agents?

What to Drink for Good Memory

A great way to keep your aging memory sharp and avoid Alzheimer's is to drink the right stuff.

a. Tops: Juice. A glass of any fruit or vegetable juice three times a week slashed Alzheimer's odds 76% in Vanderbilt University research. Especially protective:blueberry, grape and apple juice, say other studies.

b. Tea: Only a cup of black or green tea a week cut rates of cognitive decline in older people by 37%, reports the Alzheimer's Association. Only brewed tea works. Skip bottled tea, which is devoid of antioxidants.

c. Caffeine beverages. Surprisingly, caffeine fights memory loss and Alzheimer's, suggest dozens of studies. Best sources: coffee (one Alzheimer's researcher drinks five cups a day), tea and chocolate. Beware caffeine if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, insomnia or anxiety.

d. Red wine: If you drink alcohol, a little red wine is most apt to benefit your aging brain. It's high in antioxidants. Limit it to one daily glass for women, two for men. Excessive alcohol, notably binge drinking, brings on Alzheimer's.

e. Two to avoid: Sugary soft drinks, especially those sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. They make lab animals dumb. Water with high copper content also can up your odds of Alzheimer's. Use a water filter that removes excess minerals.

5 Ways to Save Your Kids from Alzheimer's Now

Alzheimer's isn't just a disease that starts in old age. What happens to your
child's brain seems to have a dramatic impact on his or her likelihood of
Alzheimer's many decades later.

Here are five things you can do now to help save your child from Alzheimer's and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.

1. Prevent head blows: Insist your child wear a helmet during biking, skating, skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and all contact sports. A major blow as well as tiny repetitive unnoticed concussions can cause damage, leading to memory loss and Alzheimer's years later.

2 Encourage language skills: A teenage girl who is a superior writer is eight times more likely to escape Alzheimer's in late life than a teen with poor linguistic skills. Teaching young children to be fluent in two or more languages
makes them less vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

3. Insist your child go to college: Education is a powerful Alzheimer's deterrent. The more years of formal schooling, the lower the odds. Most Alzheimer's prone: teenage drop outs. For each year of education, your risk of dementia drops 11%, says a recent University of Cambridge study.

4. Provide stimulation: Keep your child's brain busy with physical, mental and social activities and novel experiences. All these contribute to a bigger, better functioning brain with more so-called 'cognitive reserve.' High cognitive reserve protects against memory decline and Alzheimer's. 

5. Spare the junk food: Lab animals raised on berries, spinach and high omega-3 fish have great memories in old age. Those overfed sugar, especially high fructose in soft drinks, saturated fat and trans fats become overweight and diabetic, with smaller brains and impaired memories as they age, a prelude to Alzheimer's.

Excerpted from
Jean Carper's newest book:
"100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's"

Deer Resistant Flowering Perennials

Hi Tony,
Here are some plants of interest, starting with the Ajuga you mentioned for the side of the hill facing Bob and Linda's lot next door west. I cut and pasted these from the Internet so the links to larger pictures should be valid.

2. Ajuga (Bugleweed)

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'Photo Courtesy of STEPABLESģ.
Ground covers don't often get respect and Ajuga basically grows itself, so it really gets taken for granted. But there are many really nice newer cultivars of Ajuga that are worth taking a look at. They come with colorful foliage, so once the spectacular burst of blue is gone in the spring, you still have great foliage. Many Ajugas can spread to the point of annoyance, but if you have room to let them roam, it's a great, deer resistant plant.

3. Astilbe

Astilbe 'Rheinland'Marie Iannotti
A word of caution: Deer don't particularly like Astilbe, but groundhogs love it. However aside from groundhogs, Astilbe have very few problems. They don't need staking or deadheading. They're fine in sun or partial shade. And there are varieties that bloom at different times in the season, to extend your bloom.

4. Campanula (Bellflower)

Campanula persicifolia (Peach-leaved Bellflower) 'Blue Bloomers'Marie Iannotti
Bellflowers look so delicate with the pastel colored, bell-shaped blossoms. For the most part, bellflowers can look after themselves. Many varieties will self-seed throughout your garden, making them ideal cottage garden plants. And the deer don't seem nearly as enchanted with them as gardeners are.

6. Echinacea (Coneflower)

Echinacea 'Twilight' (Big Sky Series)Photo Courtesy of Novalis
You'll notice I didn't say purple coneflower. It's hard to find a garden without purple coneflowers in it. They're dependable favorites. But coneflowers have moved way beyond purple with the introduction of orange, red, burgundy and russet coneflowers. These new varieties are also deer resistant. The main drawback to using them is they are still so expensive to purchase and they've haven't been fully tested in a wide range of gardening situations. Still, they are hard to resist.

8. Nepeta (Catmint)

Nepeta siberica (Siberian Catmint)Marie Iannotti
Catmint may call every feline in the neighborhood to your garden, but it won't impress the deer. Some varieties can be weedy and self-seed aggressively, but if you stick with some of the newer cultivars, you'll have vivid blue color most of the season. Shear it back after the first flowering and wait for it to burst into bloom again. Just keep the cats from rolling all over it.

10. Platycodon (Balloon Flower)

Platycodon grandiflorus - Balloon FlowerMarie Iannotti
Balloon Flower is a plant many people remember from their childhood. Those expectant puffs that suddenly pop open into lavender blue flowers were too tempting to resist helping along. If you've outgrown the need to pop balloon flower buds, you'll be happy to know that they are perfectly capable of opening on their own and they are quite deer resistant, too.
I can see the trick is to choose only the best purple species and then concentrate our search on other colors (red, yellow, white, ...)
Here are more colors of deer-resistant perennial shade flowers:
...and here are deer-resistant perennial sun flowers


Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.  
If you leave them  connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. 
I didn't  know that! 

Store your opened  chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. 
It will stay  fresh much longer and not mold! 

Peppers with 3 bumps on  the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. 
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are  firmer and better for cooking. 

Add  a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It  will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of 
Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
(Caution: Be sure that you like this consistency in your scrambled eggs.)

For a cool brownie  treat, make brownies as directed.  Melt Andes  mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies.  Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste 
Of garlic  and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of  garlic.
Leftover snickers bars  from Halloween make a delicious dessert.  Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core  and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish  and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.  Bake at  350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.  Yummm!  

Reheat  Pizza 
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick 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 and 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 for- 
get about weeds.  Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not 
get through wet newspapers.  

Broken  Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't  see easily. 

 No More  Mosquitoes 
Place a dryer sheet in your  pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes  away.  (Harold has put this under the back of this cap (when mowing the lawn) for years, & it works-so he say

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.  (Wonder if this works with rabbits?  Sure gonna give it a try)

            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 ... At DA! ... Static is gone. 

Measuring  Cups 
Before you pour sticky substances  into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. 

Dump out the hot water, but don't dry 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  envelopes  
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. Viola! It unseals easily.  


Use your hair  conditioner to shave your legs. It's 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.  

Goodbye Fruit  Flies 
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take  a small glass, fill it  with Apple Cider  Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing 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, especially if it rains, but it  works and you don't have the worry about pets  or small children being harmed! 
(This I will definitely try!!!)

                  INFO ABOUT CLOTHES  DRYERS  (I do this all the time)

The heating unit went out on my  dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around  the house for us told us that he wanted to  show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter.  It was  clean.  (I always clean the lint from the filter after every  load clothes.)  He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it.  The lint filter is made of a mesh material.I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.  Well...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!  It didn't go through it at all!  He told  us that dryer sheets cause a film over that  mesh that's what burns out the heating unit.  You can't SEE the  film, but it's there.  It's what is in the dryer r sheets to make your  clothes soft and static 
free.that nice fragrance too.  You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box...well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.  This is also what  causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it!  He said the best way to keep  your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your  electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it  with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.  He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!  How about that!?!  Learn something new every day!  I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.  So, I thought I'd share!
Note:  I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it.  The water ran  through a little bit but  mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen.  I washed  it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds.  Then when I rinsedit.the water ran right thru the screen!  There wasn't any puddling at all!  That repairman knew what he was talking about! 


I've attached a picture of Barbara in costume during the dress rehearsal for Carousel. Mary, Julie and I will see the show next Saturday. Julie is driving us down to the Bay Area on the day of the show. Reviews of  have been good. That's a wig, of course, and it must have a bun in back because Barbara said five people on Facebook have remarked that she looks like Olive Oyl.

From Julie, March 7, 2011

I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at these. Enjoy
They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:  

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'


Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.


Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.


Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.


Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.


A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow..

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.


Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.


The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.


Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM . All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.


The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.


The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM . The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.


The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.


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