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Saturday, February 26, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #9 - Sounds

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. - From Geneabloggers

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #9 - Sounds. Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.


The flap of a screened door closing always makes me think of summers in my childhood. We were in and out of the house during the summer and that screened door was always banging behind us.

Friday, February 25, 2011

How To Organize Your Computer Cables

I hate cable and cord mess! But I haven't been able to conquer it. I'm thinking about it and while I'm researching the question I thought I would show you some of the wonderful ideas people have come up with.

For those of us who are thrifty there are hair clips, pipe cleaners, a cut trouser sock, binder clips, toilet or paper towel rolls, rubber bands, plastic baggies, and bread ties.






















You can make things work.












And you can purchase items specifically for corraling cables.




























I have a couple of priorities
1) I need to be able to unplug and transport easily. If I need to take the laptop to the library; or the desk top to be repaired; or purchase a new computer the cables have to be able to unplug and go easily. So some of these ideas are a little too permanent. For instance, I take my power cord and mouse with my laptop so I have to be able to unplug and throw in the computer bag easily. Or when I take my camera on vacation and need it's charger. So convenience is a must for my computer cables. I hate crawling under desks or behind furniture to unplug something and untangling it from all the other cables.

2) I need my cables labeled. I have so many cables that it can get confusing. So I label all my cables.And on my computer cables I label each end, "Printer, this end in computer", "Printer, this end in printer", "Ext Hard Drive, this end in USB hub", etc.

3) I don't want them tangled but organized. I need to be able hook everything up in working order and not wonder what goes where.

4) I would like to have them out of sight.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How To?

My nephew left a brand new gallon bottle of clothes detergent on top of the washing machine. Unfortunately he didn't secure the lid and the vibration of the washing machine knocked the detergent bottle off. This is the mess I had to clean up.


How do you clean up liquid detergent on brick floors? The floor is not a flat surface. We do have a sealer on the brick but all those nooks and crannies?

I thought about it for a minute and then decided to gather up some towels and try to sop as much up as I could. If my floor had been a flat surface, I would have tried a dry sponge mop or squeegee and a dustpan to sort of squeegee up as much as I could but that wouldn't work on an uneven surface like a brick floor. I had to use dry towels because once you add moisture it's going to suds and be harder to get up.

After I used up the towels, I threw them in the laundry sink. I didn't want to just throw that much detergent in my washing machine so I rinsed the towels out as much as I could before tossing them in the washer. Meanwhile I blotted up as much as I could with paper towels. Once I got it as dry as it was going to get, I used my sponge mop and water. I mopped and rinsed, mopped and rinsed, mopped and rinsed. Fortunately my laundry sink is right there. I didn't even have to make a step. So I mopped and rinsed in the sink with clear running water. But, the wet mop made it sudsy.

So I changed my strategy a little. I mixed some vinegar and water and poured it on the floor in little bits. This seemed to really help with the sudsing. Kept it from foaming up. So I continued to pour some vinegar water on the floor and mop it up and kept rinsing the mop out and doing it again.

After I got as much up with a mop as I could, I did my last thing. I pulled out the wet/dry shop vacuum. I made sure the vacuum bag was out and then I poured vinegar water on the floor, used a soft brush to brush it around and then vacuumed it up. I figured this would be sure to get it out of even the nooks and crannies of the brick. I did this for about 2 gallons of water/vinegar.

So it was a little bit of a process, but it worked and my floor is good as new. It just smells a little like a soapy salad in there but that will pass. LOL!

Spring Cleaning Has Started

The last couple of weeks, the weather has been beautiful here. It's made me feel better and energized me to start Spring Cleaning. But it is only February. I have the dreaded yellow pollen season coming up that usually lasts a month. There is no use doing a complete cleaning when yellow, dusty pollen will coat everything.


So I hold off on washing walls, windows, etc. During that pollen season, I won't even open my windows to try and keep as much of that dust out. But there are things that I can do in my Spring Cleaning efforts. Inside closets, cabinets and drawers I can clean. So I got started last week.

I have extensive china and crystal that I've collected over the years. I've purchased some and I've inherited some. I have a set for each season of the year. I have a Winter set, Fall set, Christmas set, Spring set and Summer Set. I also have punch bowl, cups and plates, crystal and silver. I have 4 china cabinets, 2 are built in oak cabinets, in our dining room.




It took me 3 days to take everything out of the china cabinets and wash them. I ran the dishwasher the whole time and I hand washed the stuff that was too delicate or old for the dishwasher.



I polished my silver. As long as it stays in the cabinet, it doesn't tarnish badly. I used to have it on open shelves and I would have to polish the silver every quarter, but since I've put it in a closed cabinet I polish once a year.

Before



After


My Spring Cleaning Lists.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Visiting Kings Mountain National Park


Mom and Dad, Stan and I made a trip to Kings Mountain National Military Park. We enjoyed a picnic and then visited the living history area and went on to walk the Battlefield Trail.

Here is the living history area.



Outdoor kitchen




































Cotton Gin
















Cane Press





Corn Crib











Stan


Overmountain Men may have worn clothes like this.



British Redcoats would have worn uniforms like this.



Kings Mountain National Military Park Trail





For more check out my post on The Battle of Kings Mountain.

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