Thursday, August 07, 2008


Since my last post was such a downer I thought I should post about something ridiculous or stupid so I thought I would throw out a challenge for any of you reading this to come up with one tip or hint that you can share that would make some annoying task easier or at least less gross or disgusting. I will start with a couple of little tricks that I use that actually work. Have you ever had a problem with ants? This morning I came down to the kitchen to find the pups bowl surrounded with 458,376 ants…teeeeeennnny ones, microscopic even but they were there and I saw them. After hitting them with a squirt of this wonderful natural cleaner that smells like grapefruit (it didn’t kill them but slowed them down so I could come in for the kill with a wad of paper towels), I got out the baby powder. Yep, you sprinkle a little but along the baseboards (or even outside the foundation of the house) and the ants won’t cross it to come in. Nifty little Thursday thought for you. If you like to watch hummingbirds, don’t waste your money buying the special food for the feeders. The flatter the feeder the better by the way. The directions for home made nectar call for 4 parts water to 1 part sugar but since I insist on being the favorite feeder in the neighborhood, I do 3 cups of boiling water to 1 cup of sugar. Fill the feeder (yes, of course I let it cool first, I am not wicked) and stick the rest in the fridge. I have 3 or 4 birds there at a time most of the time. (the baby powder trick works to keep ants away from the feeder too…just sprinkle around the ground under the feeder (if you have it on a pole et cetera) and repeat after a rain. Now it is your turn….give me 1 or 2 tips that you have either learned or come up with on your own.


Rob, Tina and the boys said...

Here's my Thursday tip on Friday. For all your readers who have little ones still in diapers: I make my wipes last 3x as long by adding a bit of water, baby soap and baby oil to the bottom of the container when I first buy them. I take all the wipes out, add the liquid to the bottom, put the wipes back in, push them down to soak up all the liquid then take them back out of the container and flip them around, so the wet part of the wipes is now on the top. The water will slowly make it's way back down through the pack, and since the wipes are wetter you don't use as much. :)

DD said...

I tried leaving my tip yesterday but blogger kept telling me it was a duplicate:

use dryer sheets (like bounce) to clean window screens of dust and crap. works like a charm, I swear!

Ellen K. said...

I hadn't heard of the baby powder trick. Our first hummingbirds just arrived last week.

Sorry, I'm not feeling very Heloise at the moment -- all my hints have rushed out of my brain.