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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fifteen More Things That You Can Throw Away

Here are 15 more things that you can throw away and never miss. Such freedom from useless items!
  1. Old shoes
  2. Old used toothbrushes
  3. Mismatched socks
  4. Expired food
  5. Expired medication
  6. Makeup and perfume that is over a year old
  7. Old electronics
  8. Unused hangers. I use a different color of plastic hanger in each closet so I know where it belongs. So if I get wire hangers or any that don't match my hanger system, I throw them away.
  9. Old towels. If they are getting frayed, see through, and full of holes, it's time to toss or give them away to a local vet or dog groomer.
  10. Unmatched sheets. Do you have a flat sheet with no matching fitted sheet or vice versa? Only keep your matching sheets that are in good condition. You don't need more than two sets for each bed in your home.
  11. Pens that don't work
  12. Kitchen utensils and appliances that you don't use or are duplicates
  13. Manual and warranties from things you no longer own
  14. Old school textbooks
  15. Anything that is broken

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday's Tip - How To Search California Death Indexes and Death Certificates

Tuesday’s Tip is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. What advice would you give to another genealogist or family historian, especially someone just starting out? Remember when you were new to genealogy? Wasn’t it great to find tips and tricks that worked for others? Post your best tips at your genealogy blog on Tuesday’s Tip.

I was trying to research a missing relative recently and the last we had heard of her was a letter in 1970 from Los Angeles, CA. So I was trying to use Ancestry.com to find a death certificate. But all Ancestry.com has is the CA Death Indexes and that doesn't do anything but give you a date of death and the death certificate number. I went to a Facebook page called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - RAOGK USA. I gave them the information and they made suggestions. One lady told me how to use FamilySearch.org to look up death certificates. It's a little complicated so she kindly gave me the instructions on how to do it. So this is HER tip:

To find the death certificates for L.A. County on FamilySearch, it can be a little tricky. They are not indexed so you cannot use the search engine.  L.A. County has death certificates thru 1960. L.A. City has d/c's thru 1963.

In a nutshell, you need to browse images but don't worry, you don't have to search every single page. There are index books with d/c #'s. Once you find that number, you can find the d/c - they are in numerical order.

1. Click on the map and choose California. Below the search engine is a list of CA collections. Scroll down & click on "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994".

2. You'll see another page to search by name - forget thatand look below where it says "View images in this collection". Click on browse images.

3. You should see a list of counties and towns to choose from. Los Angeles is for L.A. County, outside of the city. Los Angeles, Los Angeles is for deaths in the city. Sometimes I check both.

4. After choosing L.A., it will bring up the books of death certs by year and; by number. First, you need to find the number of DC by searching in one of the many index books included in this list toward bottom. Find year you need. The last names are indexed in alphabetical order (by 1st letter of last name) so after jumping around to different pages, you should find the page you need. Most are handwritten with name and date of death and each has a death cert #. Write it down.

5. After you have the d/c number, go back to list of all books, find the book of death certificates for that year and for the number range you need. They are in numerical order so take a guess and start searching different page numbers until you've found the number you need.

Thank you, Tricia Lemon Putnam and all those who have tried to help me on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - RAOGK USA!!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mystery Monday - What Happened to Great Aunt Mabel Reese?

Mystery Monday is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com and used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Closely related to Madness Monday only these missing ancestors might not cause madness! Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery.

My mystery today is my Maternal Grandfather's missing sister.

Mabel Kelith Tobiatha Reese was the 7th of 9 children, 8 of whom survived to adulthood. She was born 4/21/1919 in Rosman, Transylvania County, NC to Bailey Bright Reese (DOB 1/26/1878 in Madison County, NC; DOD 12/10/1949 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) and Lillian Vianna Conner (DOB 1/9/1887 in Madison County, NC; DOD 1/15/1984 in Marion, McDowell County, NC).

Bailey Bright Reese and Lilly Conner Reese had 9 children. Their first child was Minnie Louesta "Estie" Reese who was born in 1907 but she died in 1909. The rest of their surviving children were Rev. Paul McCoy Reese (married Louise Saunders), Rev. Wilford William Reese (married Geneva "Ginnie" Margaret Lamb), Charles Beauford Reese (married Jenny Young), Margaret Alice Reese (married Joe Edgar Young), Gertrude "Trudy" Lillian Reese (married Rass Samuel Young), Mabel Tobiatha Reese, Jeter Clifford Reese (married Marcia Norman) and Ann Grace Reese (married Charles Jackson Beck).

Mabel Reese married Walter Baird Phillips. Walter was born 4/1/1917 in Madison County, NC. They married 6/22/1941 in McDowell County, NC. They had one son named David Larry Phillips (DOB 7/19/1942 in Marion, McDowell County, NC; DOD 7/5/1979 in Miami, Dade County, FL) who married Dorothy Faith Christian.  Mabel left Walter Phillips and their son, David, and they got a divorce in 1947 in Volusia County, FL.

After that, what we know dwindles down to nothing. My Mother's brother remembered his Aunt Mabel coming to visit them with a man that she presented as her husband. The only thing my Uncle remembered was that he was a former baseball player (which, of course, got the attention of my Uncle who was just a boy) and his last name might have been Lucinger. They had a good visit and Mabel was fun to be around. But they evidently didn't stay together either. I assume they divorced. But I haven't had any luck finding a Lucinger.

Mabel was a severe alcoholic. On her last visit back to Asheville, NC to see her mother and siblings, she stayed with a niece and ended up drinking everything in the bathroom cabinet and had to be rushed to the hospital. The family remembers the visit and said she was delightful and fun but evidently she couldn't control her need for alcohol.

The last time they ever heard from her was a letter dated 2/17/1970. It was written for her evidently because the return address is for a Maurice Farney and it's signed "Maurice".

Her son contacted my Grandfather (his maternal Uncle) at one point, before he died, to see if any of the family knew where she was. He said his father had told him that she was in Australia at some point, and the letter mentions something about being back from "Astralia" and "in the bush"? But the letter is barely legible or coherent. Mabel had signed her photo above and her handwriting was neat and legible. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, Maurice had an 8th grade education so I'm not sure why the letter was so poorly written.

Here is a photo of the envelope and letter:

Here is a transcription:

Maurice A. Farnly
921 So Grand Ave
L.A. Calif
.....................................Mrs.B.B. Reese (Her mother)
.....................................c/o Mrs Joe Young
....................................Home SC

(Was corrected by post office)

Hi Mom
Just got back from Astralia and in the bush co we just covered. I write Darling loves you so much and is so glad to be home. Hope your feeling OK
Alice, Paul and Wilford – Mom says say Hello to Alice and Grace Wilford
Please write your big sis.
She misses you people.

That's all we have. After this, she dropped off the earth as far as we know. Someone suggested looking up Maurice. I found all I could on Maurice at Ancestry.com but no mention of how he knew Aunt Mabel. Were they married? Boyfriend/girlfriend? Or was it just a friendship or even a casual acquaintance? Maybe she asked her landlord to write the letter for her or something casual like that? I just don't know. Here is what I found on Maurice.

Although the return address looks like "Maurice Farnley" it is actually Maurice A. Farney.

Maurice A. Farney (DOB 11/6/1909 in Sault St Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan to Walter Clark and Ida Alice McKelvey Farney). He married Blanche Monroe Henry (DOB 9/6/1907 in Sault, St. Marie County, MI to Philip Monroe and Kate Emma Duffy; DOD 1/20/1948 in Los Angeles County, CA) on 6/20/1931 in Sault St. Marie, Chippewa County, MI and had Maurice Farney, Jr. (DOB 10/31/1940 in Hollywood, CA; DOD 9/1976 in Santa Ana Canyon, Orange County, CA), Frederick Clare Farney (DOB 7/15/1939, DOD 2/2/1972 in Los Angeles County, CA, married Susan Kay Bair) and and Walter C. Farney (DOB 10/31/1940 in Hollywood, CA; DOD 9/1976 in Orange County, CA, married Sally J. Berault).

1910 U.S. Census of Sault St marie Ward 4, Chippewa County, Michigan; Roll: T624_641; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0031; FHL microfilm: 1374654, Family 156, Lines 98-100, "Walter Farney"
Walter Farney, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 40 yrs old (DOB 1870), Married 2 yrs (DOM 1908), Born in Canada English, Father born in Canada English, Mother born in Scotland, Engineer locomotive
Alice Farney, Wife, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married 2 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in MI, Both parents born in Canada English
Maurice A. Farney, Son, M, W, 5/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in MI, Father born in Canada English, Mother born in MI

1920 U.S. Census of Seymour Rd, Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan; Roll: T625_761; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 37; Image: 428, Family 162, Lines 44-47, "Walter C. Farney"
Walter C. Farney, Head, Owns home with mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 50 yrs old (DOB 1870), Married, Can read and write, Born in Canada, Both parents born in Canada, Locomotive Engineer for Carbide Co.
Alice Farney, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married, Can read and write, Born in MI, Both parents born in Canada
Morris Farney (sic, Maurice Farney), Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Attends school, Born in MI, Father born in Canada, Mother born in MI
Robert Farney, Son, M, W, 1 yr 11/12 mos old (DOB 1908), Born in MI, Father born in Canada, Mother born in MI

1930 U.S. Census of Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan; Roll: 980; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0021; Image: 955.0; FHL microfilm: 2340715, Family 29, Lines 97-100, "Walter Farney"
Walter Farney, Head, Owns home valued at $800, Owned radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 61 yrs old (DOB 1869), Married at age 31 yrs old (DOM 1900), Can read and write, Born in Canada English, Both parents born in Scotland, Engineer Carbide Co.
Alice Farney, Wife, F, W, 45 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married at age 23 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in Michigan, Both parents born in Canada English
Moresie Farney (sic, Maurce Farney), Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Can read and write, Born in MI, Father born in Canada English, Mother born in MI, No occupation
Robert H. Farney, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attends school, Born in MI, Father born in Canada English, Mother born in MI, No occupation

1940 U.S. Census of West 12th St, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T627_392; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 60-957, Family 428, Lines 35-38, "Maurice Farney"
Maurice Farney, Rented house for $16, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 30 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in Michigan, Lived in Sault St. Marie, Michigan in 1935, Embalmer in undertaking, Income $500
Blanche Farney, Wife, F, W, 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in Michigan, Lived in Sault St. Marie, Michigan in 1935, Waitress in restaurant
Maurice Farney Jr, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1932), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in Michigan, Lived in Sault St. Marie, Michigan in 1935
Fredrick C. Farney, Son, M, W, 9/12 mos old (DOB 1939), Born in CA

1940 California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
Maurice Farney, 1358 1/2 N. Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, Installator, R(epublican)
Mrs. Blanche Farney, 1358 1/2 N. Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, Housewife, R(epublican)

Los Angeles County CA Archives Military Records.....Army Enlistees WW2
39579250, FARNEY, MAURICE A, FT MACARTHUR, SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA, 3/21/1944, MICHIGAN, 9, Private, No branch assignment, Selectees (Enlisted Men)

Maurice A Farney
Los Angeles County, California
March 21, 1944
Private 31 - 35

Name: Maurice A Farney
Birth Year: 1909
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Michigan
State of Residence: California
County or City: Los Angeles
Enlistment Date: 21 Mar 1944
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: Fort Macarthur San Pedro
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in stoneworking, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Married
Height: 00
Weight: 000

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Blanche Farney
[Blanche Monroe]
Social Security #: 550283055
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 6 Sep 1907
Birth Place: Michigan
Death Date: 20 Jan 1948
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Duffy
Father's Surname: Monroe

Maurice moved around a lot according to these Voter Registration lists.

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1944, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 61, Maurice A. Farney, 3914 S. Dresker Ave, Sand Blaster, R(epublican)

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1948, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 74, Maurice A. Farney, 1454 N. Doheny Dr, DS

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1950, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 80, Maurice A. Farney, 940 S. Figeuroa St, R(epublican)

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1952, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 87, Maurice A. Farney, 1964 1/2 Park Grove Ave, R(epublican)

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1954, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 95, Maurice A. Farney, 1964 1/2 Park Grove Av, R(epublican)

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1960, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 147, Maurice A. Farney, 319 W. 2nd St, R(epublican)

California Voter Registrations 1900-1968, 1962, Los Angeles County, CA, Roll 169, Maurice A. Farney, 605 W. 27th St, R(epublican)

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Maurice A Farney
Social Security #: 371031373
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 6 Nov 1909
Birth Place: Michigan
Death Date: 7 May 1972
Death Place: Los Angeles

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Maurice Farney
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 6 Nov 1909
Death Date: 7 May 1972
SSN: 371031373
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 20 Mar 1944
Release Date 1: 20 Feb 1946

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Maurice Farney
SSN: 371-03-1373
Last Residence: 90073 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
BORN: 6 Nov 1909
Died: May 1972
State (Year) SSN issued: Michigan (Before 1951)

Maurice A. Farney
Birth: Nov. 6, 1909
Death: May 7, 1972
Burial: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot: 215, 15/RF
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3706891

What I do know is that Aunt Mabel came from a good, stable, loving family. All her siblings grew up to do well and had families. She was missed by her mother and siblings, her son and his family. We want to know what happened to her and where she is resting. It's possible that she died as a Jane Doe and we will never know. But if there is a way to find her, we want to know what happened and where her final resting place is. She may have been alone in Los Angeles, but she had family that cared about what happened to her living in NC and SC (and her son in FL).

If anyone comes across this blog post and has any further information on her or can solve this mystery, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com. If you have any suggestions about how to search, please contact me. I live in SC so I'm a long way from Los Angeles, CA. I have no idea how, or who, to contact to search for a California death certificate (I have not found one for her per CA Death Indexes on Ancestry.com), obituary notices, etc. All I have access to is Ancestry.com and I haven't found her using that and I'm pretty proficient using Ancestry.com. If you can help, thank you in advance!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Twenty Things Most People Forget To Clean

When you think of cleaning, you generally think of cleaning the bathroom, dusting, vacuuming, mopping, doing the dishes. And the majority of our cleaning time is spent on these things. But there are some secret things that a lot of us forget.

Growing up, my Dad didn't do any cleaning. That wasn't his thing. His wife and 3 daughters did it. My Dad was a wonderful father and great husband, hard working and capable. He did his part going to work every day, doing repairs around the house, working in the yard, building or remodeling, keeping a garden. But cleaning was one thing he didn't do and therefore has no training in it. My Mother has dementia now and it rests on him. So, now I'm sure he wishes he had learned some of this stuff.

Here are twenty household things to add to your list to clean

1) Fans. You would think that running fans all the time would mean that dust and dirt wouldn't be able to adhere to it. But, as we all know, fans get real dusty and dirty. So when they are on, they are directing dust and allergens in whatever direction you have it pointed.

How do you clean them? The box fans will have phillips head screws all around the grill which makes it a pain to disassemble to clean. I love these round Lasko fans. No screws! You can disassemble pretty easily. Then I take the blades and the grills to the bathtub. With hot water, antibacterial dish detergent and soft brush you can have it clean in a couple of minutes. Rinse and re-assemble. Pretty easy, it just takes a few minutes. My fans need to be cleaned about every 3 months. I run them a lot.

2. Lamp shades. My brass lamps get Windexed every time I dust. The lamp shades get vacuumed about every 3 months. You take your vacuum cleaner and put the brush on the end, open the handle opening so it reduces the suction a little. Then vacuum gently. Every once in awhile you can take the shade off the lamp and take it to the sink. Using a soft bristle brush, warm water and a little Woolite, you can wash the shade. Then use the spray nozzle to gently rinse. Let sit for about 10 mins in the dish drain to let most of the water drip off. Then it's ready to be put it back on the lamp. Turn the lamp on and the heat from the bulb will quickly dry it.

3) Chandelier and other light fixtures. Every spring I clean my dining room chandelier. You can get chanelier cleaner. I got mine at Lowes. It's fast drying. I either put white cotton socks on my hands or use a cotton rag. Make sure the light is turned off. I place a beach towel on the table underneath the chandelier and then spritz it good with the chandelier cleaner and start polishing each cup and crystal. Since the spray dries quickly you may have to reapply to sections. Don't forget to polish the bulbs. My chandelier usually takes 10 mins to clean.

For other light fixtures you may have to remove globes. Turn light fixture off, wait for it to cool. Remove the bulb, twist the screws that hold the globes in place and remove the globes. Wash them in dish detergent in the sink, rinse and dry. Spritz Chandelier cleaner (or Windex) on the brass/chrome and polish. If your fixture is painted or matte finish, use a damp sponge to wipe the dust off. Put the globes back on, tighten the screws, put in the lightbulbs and now it should gleam and sparkle.

4) Televisions.  Your TV screens can get quite dusty but so does the back and the pedestal. For all plastic parts, just use a damp rag to dust. For the screens itself, use special screen cleaner. You can get it from Amazon.com, home improvement store, an electronics big box store, maybe even Walmart. Use a soft cotton rag and the screen cleaner and gentle polish the screen of your flat screen TV, or computer monitor. You should also use a damp rag to dust any other electronics such as DVD players, computers, printers, clocks, speakers, etc.

5) Stove vent hoods.  Mine is stainless steel. I have stainless steel cleaner that I got at the home improvement store in the cleaning department. First I remove the vented plates. I use a good degreaser like Mean Green to remove grease. I spray the vented plates good and rinse off with hot water. I do it often enough and the degreaser is so good that it's all I have to do. For the rest of the vent hood, spritz with degreaser and wipe down. Then be sure to thoroughly rinse your sponge or dishrag and go over the vent hood again. Rinsing each time, you should wipe it several more times to get as much of the degreaser off the hood. You don't want to leave a film of the degreaser on it. Then wipe dry and use the stainless steel cleaner to finish it off. This stainless steel cleaner helps with the fingerprint problem and leaves it looking uniformly polished.

6) Trash cans. A lot of people don't think about washing their trashcans. I happen to have white trash cans and it helps me see problems like drips, stains, coffee grounds, etc.

I take the can out, use some Mean Green (or Dollar Tree's Totally Awesome) cleaner and give it a good wash. If your can is in bad shape, try taking it out and use the garden hose or take it to the bathtub. Once you've cleaned it up and rinsed it, use some paper towels to dry it thoroughly. Put a fresh trash bag in. In my case I have an apparatus in my kitchen cabinet that holds the trash can and it rolls in and out like a drawer. So, while the trashcan is out, I clean the pull, the sliders and the floor of the cabinet. If it needs vacuuming, I do that. Otherwise it just takes a damp rag to wipe everything down.

7) Light switches. We replaced all our light switch covers and outlet covers with new brass ones when we moved in. So I use glass cleaner to polish them when they need it.

It's particularly important to clean them with an antibacterial spray if there is sickness in your house. How many hands touch those switches in a day? So they can get pretty germy.

8) Doorknobs. Doorknobs can also be pretty germy. People don't even think about them as they go in and out. Use window cleaner to polish them or spray with a germicidal spray if there is sickness in your home.

9) Microwave. Some people don't seem to see the mess in their microwaves but it's there and it shouldn't be. The first tip is to ALWAYS cover whatever you put in the microwave. That takes care of a good bit of the splatter problems. It's so simple, just put a paper towel over it. But there are going to sometimes be spills and splatters. So the second tip is to put a cup of water in the microwave and bring it to a boil in the microwave. This lets steam loosen up any food. Then wipe it out thoroughly. If you have a rotating platter, take it out and wash it in dish detergent. If your microwave has a stainless steel interior like mine, you can spritz with window cleaner and polish.

10) The washing machine detergent dispenser.  This drawer can get pretty goopy with all the liquid detergents, softener, etc. It can even get mildewed. Use a degreaser and a brush and sponge to clean it.

While you are at it, wipe down the entire appliance: top, front, sides... whatever you can reach. It gets dusty. For the front loading washing machines, you need to regularly check the lint catcher AND run a load with a washing machine cleaner. No clothes, just the special cleaner. They tend to mildew around the door seal which can cause musty smelling clothes. Use some bleach on a rag and try to clean the rubber seal. Once you are through with the washing machine, go over to the dryer. Pull out the lint screen and remove all lint. Then take it to the sink and gently wash it with a vinegar and water solution. This gets rid of the softener buildup on it. You can purchase a long, hard bristled, flexible brush at Walmart. Use this to stick down in the lint area to loosen any lint that is building up in the machine. This lint can catch on fire. Once you've loosened it up, get the vacuum cleaner and put the wand on the end and stick it in the lint area to vacuum out the lint you loosened up. Be sure to wipe the dryer down on the outside and around the door inside. If you have a long dryer vent hose, keep an eye on it as well. Build up of lint can be a problem. Mine happens to be rather short. But if your vent hose is long, you may need to take it apart and clean it or replace it to protect yourself from fire.

11) Remotes. Another germ catcher. I use a damp sponge and an antibacterial kitchen cleaner (usually bleach based). I spritz it on the sponge and thoroughly wipe down the remotes. If someone is sick and using the phone, remotes, doorknobs, etc then you want to do this once a day until they are well again to keep from spreading the germs. You don't want to submerge these remotes or get them so wet that it ruins them. Just wipe them gently and place them upside down until they are dry.

12) Can openers. As you open cans, the liquid in the cans will get on the can opener pieces. They need to be cleaned regularly. The handle part that has the blade on it, can be removed from the appliance itself. From there you can put it in the dishwasher or wash them in your sink with dish detergent. Be sure to wipe the wheel too and give it a good wipe down. It takes about a minute.

13) Builtin cabinets. Whether it's your bathroom or kitchen cabinets, or other builtins, they will need to be cleaned. Twice a year I clean all my cabinets. Then I wipe down spots as I see them in between times. For my wooden cabinets (that are not painted), I use a little Murphy's Oil Soap and water. I use a degreaser on the handles. If they are intricate, you can use a little brush on them. If using the degreaser, be sure to rinse your sponge and wipe the handles over and over again a few times to remove any film of cleaner. Otherwise, every time you use the drawer, the remaining degreaser will just pick up dirt from your hands and leave it on the cabinet or drawer pull. If there is illness in your home, spray your cabinet pulls once a day with Lysol spray to keep the germs down.

After cleaning the handles and wiping down the doors and fronts, I let them dry. Then, once a year, I apply an oil for wood on them. If your cabinets are painted, then use a little cleaner in some water to wipe them down with.

14) All the items on your bathroom sink. Toothbrush holders, soap dish or liquid soap dispenser, perfume bottles or other makeup and dispensing bottles and jars. They get so dusty so quick in the bathroom due to lint from towels and clothes, powder, hairspray, etc. I make a dish pan of soapy water and start dumping things in it and washing them all down like I'm washing dishes. If there is illness in your family, pour some isopropyl alcohol over your toothbrushes once a day to keep from getting sick or to keep from re-infecting yourself.

15) Hairbrush and Combs.  If your brush is full of hair, it's time to replace it or clean it. You may need to do it more often if you use hairspray or gels. It builds up on the brush and combs. Take a comb and use it to begin pulling the hair out. Toss the hair in a trashcan (NOT down the drain unless you want a hair clog). Once the hair is removed, take a container and put hot water and some shampoo in it and place your brush and combs in it. Let them soak. Then scrub them clean, rinse and let dry.

16) Towel bars and toilet paper holders. Use an antibacterial kitchen cleaner to clean with a damp rag or sponge. Dry off with paper towels. If they are metal, use some window cleaner and spritz them down and polish.

17)  Showerhead. Anything in the water areas of your bathroom can have bacteria growing because it regularly gets wet or damp and the warm water can breed bacteria and mildew. It can get in the air via the steam from a hot shower and therefore into your sinuses. So regularly use a vinegar/water solution and a brush. Scrub your shower head.

18) Refrigerator seal. It goes without saying that a refrigerator will get dirty and need cleaning. But when you clean it, don't overlook the seal around the door. It can get mildew. Use a bleach and water solution and a sponge. The sponge seems to get in the folds of the seal easier than a rag or wipe. Gently pull the folds apart and apply the bleach/water solution to it. Go all the way around. If you find any parts that are pulling away from the door, you might want to glue it back.

19) Hanging pictures. Use glass cleaner to polish the glass. Spray it on your paper towel and not directly on the glass. If the frame is wooden, then use a microfiber cloth and spray some furniture polish on it and wipe the frame. If it's painted or metal, use a damp sponge. You want your pictures to sparkle. If your picture has been professionally framed, then it is sealed and the insides of the picture frame won't get dusty for a long time. But if it's not professionally sealed, it can get dusty inside the frames. So every now and again, you may need to carefully take it apart and polish the inside of the glass.

20) Upholstery.  You need to regularly (for a heavy used room, I suggest every 2 weeks) to vacuum your upholstery. Take the cushions off and vacuum the cushions, under the cushions, in the crevices, the backs and sides. Be sure to vacuum UNDER the couch and chairs too. Take a heavy trash bag, place the pillows in the trash bag and put the vacuum cleaner handle inside. Gather the trash bag around the handle tightly and turn on the vacuum cleaner. This will suck out the air and begin to compress the pillows. You should be able to get it them nearly compressed flat. Then release and plump the pillows. When you are through vacuuming the upholstery, spritz with Febreze and let dry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

English Cottage Home Decorating

When you think of an English home, we think of thatched cottages...

...square brick or rock country farm homes...

...and the elegant manor homes...

We know, realistically, that British homes are just as diverse as American homes but we like to stereotype. How do you decorate in English Country or English Cottage? From what I found on the Internet you can pick some things out that would give you guidance.

We tend to think of the English cottage as being very old and families have lived many generations in them so there would be layers of stuff. Let's think about what we think of as English Country.

Fox hunting
Horseback riding boots
English saddles
Rain coats (or slickers)
Wellington boots
Walking sticks
Decorative plates
Low beams and low ceilings
Aga stoves
Cozy, snug
Club chairs

This is a short list of the things you think of when you think of English Country. Here are photos that depict English Cottage home decor or English Country home decor.

Now let's look at some English Manor home decorating ideas. Manor homes bring to mind TALL ceilings, large rooms and more formal decor.

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