A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)
============================================ Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
============================================ For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!) ================== ========================== To remove old wax from a glass candle holder , put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
================================================= Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
============================================ Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
============================================= Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box of SO.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!
============================================= Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL
============================================= Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and hor izontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
============================================ Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned
============================================ Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
============================================= Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
============================================= To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
============================================= To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet , simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to boil on stove top.
============================================== Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
============================================= Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
============================================= When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness
.============================================= Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
============================================= Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces ......... Left over wine? What's that?
============================================= To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
============================================= Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
============================================ Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
============================================ When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
===================================== Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........ Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty
minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
============================================ Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
============================================ Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
============================================= Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
============================================= Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.
Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend! I just did. Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?
(I heard Coca Cola clean the toilet too.....)
Very Important Safety Tips For Women!!!!!
Because of recent abductions
in daylight hours,refresh yourself of these things to doin an emergency situation...
This is for you, and for you to sharewith your wife,your children,everyone you know.After reading these 9 crucial tips,forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1 . Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbowis the strongest point on our body.If you are lose enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guidein New Orleans.If a robber asksfor your wallet and/or purse,DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM.Toss it away from you....chances arethat he is more interestedin your wallet and/or pursethan you,and he will gofor the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever throwninto the trunk of a car,kick out the back tail lightsand stick your arm out the holeand start waving like crazy.The driver won't see you,but everybody else will.This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc.,and just sit (doing their checkbook,or making a list, etc.
DON'T DO THIS!
The predator will be watching you,and this is the perfect opportunityfor him to get inon the passenger side,put a gun to your head,and tell you where to go.AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR,LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a. If someoneis in the carwith a gunto your headDO NOT DRIVE OFF,repeat:DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead gun the engine and speed into anything,wrecking the car.Your Air Bag will save you.If the person isin the back seatthey will get the worst of it.As soon as the car crashesbail out and run.It is better than having themfind your bodyin a remote location.
5 . A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: -------------------------------------
A.) Be aware: look around you,look into your car,at the passenger side floor,and in the back seat
B..) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.Most serial killers attack their victimsby pulling them into their vanswhile the women are attemptingto get into their cars.
C..) Look at the car parked on the driver's sideof your vehicle,and the passenger side.If a male is sitting alonein the seat nearest your car,you may want to walk backinto the mall, or work,and get a guard/policemanto walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevatorinstead of the stairs.(Stairwells are horrible placesto be aloneand the perfect crime spot.This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gunand you are not under his control,ALWAYS RUN!The predator will only hit you(a running target)4 in 100 times;And even then,it most likelyWILL NOTbe a vital organ.RUN,Preferably !in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always tryingto be sympathetic:STOP .It may get you raped,or killed.Ted Bundy,the serial killer,was a good-looking,well educated man,who ALWAYS playedon the sympathiesof unsuspecting women.He walked with a cane,or a limp,and often asked"for help"into his vehicleor with his vehicle,which is when he abductedhis next victim.
************* Here it is *******
9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told methat her friend hearda crying baby on her porchthe night before last,and she called the policebecause it was lateand she thought it was weird.The police told her
"Whatever you do, DO NOTopen the door."
The lady then said thatit sounded like the babyhad crawled near a window,and she was worriedthat it would crawlto the streetand get run over.The policeman said,"We already have a unit on the way,whatever you do,DO NOT open the door."He told her that they thinka serial killerhas a baby's cry recordedand uses it to coaxwomen out of their homesthinking that someonedropped off a babyHe said they have not verified it,but have had several callsby women saying thatthey hear baby's criesoutside their doorswhen they're home aloneat night.
Please pass this on andDO NOTopen the doorfor a crying baby ----
This e-mail should probablybe taken seriously becausethe Crying Baby theorywas mentioned onAmerica 's Most Wantedthis past Saturdaywhen they profiledthe serial killer in Louisiana.
A friend sent me this message on 3/25, please read.
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service technician who was conducting a test on telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine(9), zero(0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many local jails/prisons. I have also verified this information with UCB Telecom,Pacific Bell, MCI, Bell Atlantic and GTE. Please beware.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE you know.
After checking with Verizon they said it was true, so do not dial (9),zero(0), the pound sign # and hang up for anyone.
Have you ever locked yourself out of your car? Please don't lie. Do you have a remote control button that can open your car in case you did? Well if you answered "yes" to the first question and "no" to second one, I have the formula for you! The money you could save by not calling a Tow-Truck, spend it instead by buying whatever you want for your momentary memory-lapse, like on a bottle of herbal Ginko Biloba! If, on the other hand, you have "OnStar" please keep on walking because this message is NOT for you.
If you have a duplicate remote dujiki to open your car and that duplicate is at home, you can save the day by trying this little trick out. If your mom, husband, boyfriend, lover, daughter, sister, brother or pet (woops, sorry that's another story) have access to that spare remote at home, call them on your cell phone and -wait, I forgot; your cell is also in the car! Don't panic. Borrow a cell phone from a stranger (forget what your mother tought about "not talking to strangers") and pay attention:
Hold the stranger's cell phone about one foot from the car door and have the other person at your home press the "Unlock" button but holding it close to the phone. Voila! YOUR CAR WILL UNLOCK! Wow! Isn't that cool?
Another tip: If you are in a car accident and are injured and can't get to your keys but have your cell phone accessible, you can ask the person at home to press the "horn" signal on the duplicate dujiki. It will indeed set the horn to blowing and alert people around you to come to your aid. Believe me, I tried this and it works...
This week's tip provided by: Janet Morgan Gregory (Indianapolis)
Dec 16, 2004 10:53 am US/Pacific LOS ANGELES(AP)Californians seeking the names, photos and addresses of sex offenders living in their neighborhoods can now find that information with just a few mouse clicks on a computer.
The state's long-awaited Megan's Law Web site went up on the Internet on Wednesday. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer called it "a remarkable tool for families to protect themselves" from sexual predators.
Opponents say the easy access to detailed information provided by the site -- some of it inaccurate -- will lead to vigilantism while unfairly penalizing rehabilitated offenders.
The site -- meganslaw.ca.gov -- includes information on 63,000 of the state's estimated 110,000 sex offenders who register with local law enforcement, officials said. Home addresses are listed for 33,500 of the most serious offenders.
Detailed street maps on the site display blue dots representing offenders. Visitors clicking on a dot can see the offender's physical description, aliases, type of crime, and in many cases, a photo. Visitors also can search by other methods including individual name.
Lockyer demonstrated the site at a news conference attended by state lawmakers who wrote the bill creating it and Orange County child safety activist Erin Runnion.
Runnion launched a foundation aimed at protecting children after her 5-year-old daughter Samantha was kidnapped, raped and murdered in July 2002. She said that while the Web site would not have saved her daughter -- because the man accused of the crime was not in any database and did not live near her -- it would protect others by putting parents on alert.
"A lot of us as parents are in denial about how common sex crimes against children really are," Runnion said. "Megan's Law being on the Web is going to make it very visual for parents. They can put in their own address and see all those little blue dots surrounding their own home and where their children go to school. That just raises the consciousness, and that's what needs to happen."
Groups opposed to the Internet registry say it will lead to harassment of reformed offenders while failing to protect people from those who plan new sex crimes and don't register.
"Anyone planning to prey on vulnerable victims who is a registered sex offender would not be cooperating with authorities, and their information will not be accurate on the Internet," said Paul Gerowitz, executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, which lobbied against the site.
Lockyer acknowledged that about 20 percent of the registry is inaccurate but said he hoped the public would now report flaws and pressure local law enforcement agencies to update their information.
Dozens of other states now have Internet sex offender listings, most of them featuring pictures. The Supreme Court ruled in March 2003 that posting such registries online is not an unconstitutional extra punishment.
In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for "a more comprehensive measure" expanding the site to be passed by the Legislature. Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, introduced a bill putting information about all California sex offenders online.
Spitzer urged Californians not to harass offenders identified on the site.
"This is not a call to take up arms, this is a call to take up information," he said. "We could lose this tool if the public does not properly utilize it."
Megan's Law is named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka of New Jersey, who was raped and killed by a neighbor in 1994. California established its database of sex offenders two years later.
The following list was given to me many moons ago. You need to verify with your tax person of what are the items you may claim. Remember, tax laws changes every year, but at leat you have a list to compare. VERY IMPORTANT, save ALL YOUR RECEIPTS.
Computer & Software
Education & Seminars
Glasses & Contacts
Gifts for Business
Hotels & Motels
Laundry & Cleaning
Licenses & Permits
Office in home or rental
Pagers and service
Taxi & Bus Fares
Telephone, cell, Fax
Tickets theatre & Film
Make & Year of Auto
Date placed in Service
It is very important to tract your mileage. Every year the amount change for example in 1995 was 30 cents per mile if it is business related.
Maintaining Good records and saving receipts for all your expenses will insure that you pay the least amount of tax possible.
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
It is a great satisfaction to accomplish day by day your little efforts that makes you closer to your dreams. ¤ Soledad St. Hilaire ¤