Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July This and That

1.) Wow! So when did Yahoo add the 'photo feature' in our email boxes? Ooo, it's incredible. Just click on 'Photos' and up pops every picture currently in your email box, ones you've sent or have received. They're organized by year, even, and some of mine go back 15 years!

(Tell me they've always had it and I'll feel even more like Clara Clueless.) 

Check it out, all my fellow Yahoo users. You'll never clean out your email box again.  ツ

2.) My favorite oh-I'd-forgotten-this-one! photo there? This: 

That's me and my cool friend from high school, Linda, that lovely autumn day in 2012 when she, Guy and their friends visited us here at Hobbit Cottage. (Hi, Linda!)

Photos, wow. Suddenly they can whisk you back into a whole other year/decade and make you smile with remembering.

3.) So years ago I discovered these 'room sprays'  in the organic section marked waaay down in price--

Our last bottle was nearly empty so I checked-out the price of new ones online-- $5 to $7! And well, uh, no. Just no way.

So I searched for a recipe online, discovered one, and refilled my bottle for pennies(!) And loving to share these hints with you, here you go:

3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
10 drops orange essential oil

And you know? I prefer my homemade kind. Want more recipes using other scents? Go here.

4.) Now, Tom and I aren't even what you'd call Frank Sinatra fans, but oh my, we truly did enjoy the documentary, Sinatra in Palm Springs (all those mid-century-modern homes!).  Check out the trailer here. We watched via Amazon.

5.) Oh! And here's what I shared at Facebook--

So I was paying our bills, placed a stamp on one and thought, "Hmm! What's that nice watermelon scent?" Turns out these cute summer popsicle stamps are scratch-and-sniff. Did not know that! It's the little things in Life, right? (Especially when it involves paying bills. heh.)

I read later that this is the first time, ever, that the USPS has issued scratch-and-sniff stamps. I may order a sheet to keep since the first of anything tends to be collectible.

6.)  Want to listen to a song which represents Debra's favorite music by which she does her housework? Go here.

(Here's a clue. heh.)

7.)  Over at Facebook you can go ahead and share screaming rants about political morons and people-behaving-badly, but the posts I read, instead? Ones like this which my neighbor, Sue, shared from her friend----

"I always think my dogs are probably annoying to all my neighbors and we try to be considerate as possible...this one car stops in front of our house every single day and honks to call the dogs outside into the front yard. Today I went over to introduce myself and they had their paralyzed senior dachshund in the front seat. They told me that this is the highlight of his day to take a ride around the block and come see my dogs. He was sitting on his daddy’s lap so happy and barking back at them...made my day." ❤️


8.) Oh! Naomi recommended a tv series which makes us laugh each night before bed. It's called The Carbonaro Effect and is on Netflix. 

Have you seen it? Michael Carbonaro is a magician and he goes all Candid Camera, catching people being so gullible in what he does and says and -- Well, you've got to check it out to believe it. What a hoot!

Every episode zooms by, for they're only 20 minutes and super family-friendly, at least the 7 we've watched so far.  シ

9.) And do you always carry mints or candy (containing sugar) with you? I hope you will after reading what my friend, Ann, shared at Facebook. 

This is another simple way to be kind in Today's world--

"Keep some mints or hard candy in your pocket. Your purse. Your car. Even if you haven’t a health care in the world. You just never know when the person next to you who might be a complete stranger or a loved may be having a low blood sugar. A mint. Just one mint will help them feel better in about 5 seconds. This happened to me back in April. Circumstances partly from being in the sun to not having my bag with me resulted in me having a low blood sugar. Outside. In public. And not one person around whom I asked had a mint or piece of candy."

10.) And lastly, if we're ever tooling around Facebook (or Blogland), hurriedly skipping past everybody's wedding, new home or grandbaby announcements/photos or prayer requests--yet almost never leaving congratulations or offers of prayer/sympathy/concern? Then may this verse suddenly zap us into behaving in a godly fashion--

"Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin."   ... James 4:17

I'm thinking we'll be eternally grateful in Heaven someday that we did leave our comments of love and concern. 

I just really do.


And a special thanks to those of you who congratulated me about 15 years of blogging! I appreciate that you took the time and effort to do so.  💜💜💜


"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Betsy said...

Good Morning Debra. Lots of fun tidbits in your post today. I got tired of the aerosol room sprays so I made my own up with essential oils. My favorite is 10 drops of lavender in an amber spray bottle filled with water. Maybe I should be putting rubbing alcohol in it too???? I have also been making my own handsanitizer using witch hazel, essential oil and water. I'm at the lake or I would share the recipe with you. Let me know if you would like it and I'll email it to you when I go home.
I loved the story about the dogs. How sweet was that? I'm sure it made all of the dogs' day.
Amazon delivered 100 flashlights yesterday and you helped tremendously in providing them for the Veterans with you most generous gift of the Amazon gift card. You are very much appreciated my friend. The flashlights are even nicer than I expected for the price. I'm going to try to remember to take a photo for my next blog post.
Wishing you a lovely day my friend.

Dianna said...

Room sprays are the best, especially when something smelly happens. :) I like to make my own too, because I'm sensitive to most synthetic scents. I alternate between lemon-clove and orange.

Pam said...

I so appreciate practical tips, like your recipe for room spray. Isn't it interesting how we can read something and be taken back in time? When I read of the orange scent, I remembered a very dear old neighbor lady whose house always smelled great. When I mentioned it, she shared her secret. She ate an orange every morning, then she put the peeling and a few cloves in a little pan of water and simmered it while she did her chores. Because she did this nearly every day, the fragrance permeated her entire home. She was a widow and her children did not live near by. Her husband had died when her children were small; her son was killed in a car wreck in his teen; and she became a cleaning lady in order to support herself and her children. She had lived a hard life by anyone's standards, By the time we met her, she was a tiny old woman with twisted arthritic fingers. Her home was ancient--it had been her parents' house so she had lived in it her entire life. She couldn't afford to fix everything that needed attention, and when we considered buying the little brick house next to it, we did have second thoughts because it looked pretty pitiful. BUT I am so glad we had the chance to be her neighbors. She was the first one to welcome us when we moved in, and when our daughter was born, they became fast friends. She loved Jesus with her whole heart and it showed. She taught me how to garden, how to grow roses and asparagus, and she always had time for our daughter. Debra, isn't it amazing that your recipe for air freshener transported me back nearly 30 years ago, to remember a precious old friend!! Thank you!! Well, I'm going to town today, to buy groceries, and I'm definitely buying some oranges...

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

Debra, just an FYI ... Netflix supports abortion. Lately many Christians have been cancelling their accounts because of it.

Here's an article about a show they hosted on Netflix called "Salute to Abortion" and at the end of the article, it was quoted that at the end of the show, it said "God Bless Abortions and God Bless America." I was absolutely sick when I read that.

I just thought if you hadn't heard about what they support, that I'd let you know.

As always, your blog post was awesome! I have never used essential oils before but think I'd like to try that recipe you shared!

Debra said...

Betsy--glad you liked the dog story! Wasn't it sweet that they thought to make their dog's life better? And how fun that the gift card helped you buy the flashlights. I'm so happy the timing was just right!

Dianna--lemon clove sounds lovely! Two of my favorites together. Gotta check that out!

Pam--loved your story of your neighbor from long ago! I even tried simmering the orange peel, just added a bit of cinnamon this time. Hmm... I'll try cloves next and maybe I overcooked it, because it was kinda oh hum not orangey. Next time I'll bring it to a simmer then let it set. Anyway, again, loved your sweet story--thanks so much!

Thanks, Everyone! Blessings, Debra