Monday Musings, March 25

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Mar 26, 2018

Well, hello there friends! I hope you are coming off a great weekend.

Despite the chilly-ish weather in our area, I spent way too much time stripping the stain off of part of our wooden deck. If you never heed anything I ever write, do heed this…THINK LONG AND HARD AND EXHAUST EVERY OTHER OPTION BEFORE YOU UNDERTAKE STRIPPING STAIN FROM A DECK!

I’m not sure if I’m suffering from allergies or the beginning of a cold (probably just from stripping the deck!), but I hope to head it off by drinking more Ginger Lemon Tea.

Putting a visit to this restaurant on my ‘places to eat when in NYC this summer’. (hopefully the deck will be done by then)

Look up more often (except when you are stripping your deck)

For my bookish friends…a site that’s all about books and book reviews!

Are you a journaler? I do love a pretty journal.

If you are a Facebook user…how to make your information more secure on that platform.

Determination

Maybe if I plan out all my container gardens, squeeze my eyes shut and click my heels 3 times, Winter will take a hint and let Spring in.

I’m usually a die hard library patron, but the wait list for this book was just too long, so I had to order it. It’s coming tomorrow!

Need some last minute baking ideas for your Easter meal? (I won’t be baking, I’ll still be stripping the deck)

This quote by Jean Houston:

“The world needs the sense that we are all in it TOGETHER!”

 

 

Great Tips from Readers:

Kris had some great suggestions for when you are decluttering your kitchen:

Decluttering areas like kitchens where missing parts MIGHT turn up, I keep an extra box for ‘trash unless the rest appears’ so I don’t have to go digging through everything else if the rest of the whatever surfaces.Depending on what you’re dealing with, going through that box can be a good job for kids, too.

Every once in a while we pull out all of our Tupperware-type containers from where they live and someone (usually the 13 year old) matches everything up and pulls out anything damaged. The good stuff goes back, the rejects are reviewed to make sure there’s nothing leaving we actually do need a new one of (very small containers are so useful but so prone to damage or missing lids) to add to the shopping list or that is perfect for a new job elsewhere (we have one ~1 cup lidless container per car as an on-the-go dog bowl, works just fine and not the end of the world if something happens to it) and the rest gets disposed of. Less frequently before stuff gets put back we review to make sure we don’t have an excess of one size or another, which happens when you get stuff as sets.

Extras that are in good shape either get put to be donated, or if it’s close to a major food holiday, set aside specially for sending people home with leftovers in something they don’t need to return.

Stacey had some additional Lifehack ideas that I know I can surely put to use:

Thank you so much for the simple plug information! I just don’t like all of that excess cord that comes along with lamps that are on the counter. I make cord covers but then it looks like a little blanket laying on the counter!! Too much of a good thing. 🙂

I love to read life hacks because there’s always something good to learn. One thing I do that isn’t new but I didn’t think of it for years….there are certain things that we eat all the time….for example, my husband eats Wheat Chex almost every single morning. Don’t laugh but when it’s on sale at Christmas for Chex Mix season, I buy 12-15 boxes of it. I do this with several other goodies that we always keep here too. Why not? To me it’s like a beat the grocery store game. Of course it the food is not able to be kept for a long time I don’t stock up but otherwise it makes me happy to grab the bargain.

My other life hack, if you could call it that…with 15 minutes and a moist towel or rag in my hand I can do some serious tidying up in my house. I go around with that moist rag and wipe down doors, knobs, and other surfaces. In a short time I feel like something has really been accomplished. 😉

There you have it my friends! I hope you have a fantastic day and an ever better week.  You know what I’ll be doing. 😥

Many Hugs,


4 Comments

  1. Lydia

    March 26, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Lynn, love all of your musings. I had to ask if you have considered using a pressure washer on your deck. We have a large wooden privacy fence and used a hand sprayer to saturate with deck wash, although we ended up using bleach and water. We then used the pressure washer to rinse and it stripped it all down to its natural beautiful color. It was a huge job, but well worth it.

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    • lynn

      March 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Oh Lydia,

      I have used a pressure washer and 2 different brands of ‘deck stain remover’…I think the problem is that there are several coats of stain on it and it really is in there good. Today we are sanding…Keep your fingers crossed. I’d love to make some progress.

      Thanks so much for chiming in…

      Have a fantastic day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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  2. RoseMarie

    March 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I’ve watched Bob strip the back deck a few times and can’t even withstand the assault of the chemicals when I’m inside the house. Breathing in that stuff causes a throat infection within a very short period of time (but my immune system is shot). Assuming you have a normal immune system you might try drinking osha root for a day couple of days (I use Hawaii Pharm available on Amazon). I dilute more than the directions say because the taste is unusual and full-strength has a pretty potent taste. The boys use it as necessary for ills and ails.
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    • lynn

      March 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Rosey,

      It is surely an undertaking. Done with the nasty chemicals and the sanding…now to putting down a new coat of stain!

      Thanks for the osha root suggestions. I’ll check it out.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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