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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Praying They Are Always This Close

The other day I let Charissa watch a video for a bit while I was getting dinner ready.  I walked back in to check on her and saw that Verity had joined her.  

They stayed like this for the longest time.  It amazes me how much those two love each other.  I'm praying that this continues throughout their lives.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Tip - WD40 - Apparently It Can Do Everything

I read this article over at Repurposeful today and thought it was worth sharing.  I love when I find a product that has not one use, not two uses, but about 20+ uses.  Which is why I have fallen in love with vinegar and baking soda.  But more about that another day.  Enjoy!

The Many Different Uses of WD40!

On your car:
  • Removes road tar and grime from cars.
  • Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
  • Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
  • Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
  • If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

In the kitchen:
  • Protects silver from tarnishing.
  • Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
  • Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
  • Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
  • Keeps scissors working smoothly.
  • It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
  • Removes splattered grease on stove.

  • Keeps flies off cows.
  • Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
  • Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
  • Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
  • Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
  • Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
  • Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

In the bathroom:
  • Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
  • Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

  • Removes lipstick stains. And, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash.
  • Loosens stubborn zippers.
  • Removes tomato stains from clothing.
  • Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

In the garage:
  • Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
  • Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

Kids’ stuff:
  • Restores and cleans chalkboards.
  • Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
  • WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

Around the house:
  • Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
  • Untangles jewelry chains.
  • Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
  • Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
  • Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
  • Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
  • Removes all traces of duct tape.

Alternative health care:
  • Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
  • Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Word!

I'm not kidding.  At nine months Verity can say "Mama."  And not in one of those nonsensical ramblings where babies just go "mamamamamamamama" forever.  She calls out for me and says "Mama."  You can ask Charissa and Britt - they've both heard it.  Actually, Charissa was the one that heard it first.  Apparently Verity said "Mama" and Charissa got really excited and kept asking her to say it again.  And true to Treece Girl Form, Verity is pronouncing it with a whine.  "Daddy" gets to be a happy sound, but "Mama" is a whine that seems to convey "I'm in need of some help and I'm going to make this pitiful sound until you meet my needs."  

Tomorrow we go to the doctor for Verity's 9 month check up so hopefully we'll hear that all is well and she's growing on track!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Med School Starts Early

Last night I repurposed an old white, short-sleeve, button-down shirt of Britt's into a doctor's lab coat for Charissa.  It was actually really easy.  I followed a pattern I had recently done for a jumper, added sleeves, and moved the breast pocket to the bottom left side.  
She's been practicing giving shots and listening to hearts on us all day so I think she likes it. 

Fun Songs on Marriage

This past weekend we went to a dinner and talk with our church on marriage. Our pastor shared these two songs during the evening and Britt and I have been singing them ever since. You'll see why. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009


Verity finally got a tooth!  Her left bottom tooth came in yesterday morning.  It's actually the same tooth that Charissa got first, but Charissa got it at 4 months instead of 9 months.  Oh well.  I do think that Verity is getting the other bottom tooth, but based on how long it took her to get this last one, it might be a while before we see it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My New Favorite Thing

I love freezer paper!  There are so many wonderful things that you can do with it.  The first thing I learned to do with it was freezer paper stenciling.  But I only used about 2 feet and I had 28 feet left over, so I started thinking of other things to do with it.  Then I used it to cover the table when Charissa and I do arts and crafts because her paints and play-doh don't stick to it and won't seep through.  So after I used freezer paper for all sorts of things that it wasn't designed for, I finally used it for what it was - and I really fell in love with it.  It's wonderful!  I can wrap my portioned out meats, cheeses, and other things like like presents and when I write on it, it doesn't rub off!  No more mystery meat!  

Go out and get some freezer paper!