Love the smell of line-dried sheets

clothes dryer (free clip art)

clothes dryer (free clip art)

I’m not a big fan of the extra work involved in taking clothes from the washing machine outside and hanging them on a line, then going back out hours later and taking them down. And certain clothes just don’t feel as soft when line-dried, even if fabric softener is used in the washing machine. Especially towels!

I will admit that I love the convenience of just putting the clothes in the electric dryer. Hanging clothes on a clothes line to dry is inconvenient.

But, I DO love the smell of sheets that have been dried outside in the sun. There is something about the scent of line-dried clothing that just makes me feel “good.”

A few years ago, when looking at our electric bill, I decided to try to save some money by purchasing a clothes-line pole, and asked my hubby to install it in the back-yard. I was hoping to save money. Well, that clothes line pole was FINALLY installed about two weeks ago, and although I readily admit that I do NOT use it for EVERY load of clothes (I don’t want the sun to fade the colors of my bright clothes) I am trying to use it for the articles that are already white, or articles that I don’t mind if they fade a little bit.

Laundry service (free clip art)

Laundry service (free clip art)

The extra physical labor of taking the clothes out, and in again is actually helping me get my back-side off of the chair in front of the computer, and I am loving the smell of the clothes.

I DO need to remember, though, to shake everything when I take it down from the line, to help encourage any little creepy-crawlers to vacate whatever item they have attached themselves to. I really don’t want to bring in hitch-hiking spikders or beetles.

I hope I can keep this up!

 

 


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Tweaking Facebook Publicize

Several days ago I complained to JetPack that their “Facebook Publicize” was not working. They did some tests and told me that it is working fine. That was quite a while ago, and when I tested it again it still was not working. I decided that maybe I should change the theme I have been using – maybe there is a conflict there.

So I came online today with the intention of changing the theme, but before I did that I saw that there was an update to the JetPack plug-in. I’ve installed the update and I’m going to publish this post in the hope that this post WILL cross-post to Facebook and all will be fixed. Then I saw on a forum some suggestions to delete the publicize setting in this blog, then go into Facebook and delete the wordpress app, then go back into this blog and activate the publicize setting again.

I’ve tried that now, and am now going to publish this post and hope like crazy it works! This has been very annoying!


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Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine

Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine

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When you have a family you are sure to do everything possible to keep your family safe and happy. With the busy and ever changing day to day life simple home security seems to fall off our priority list. However, it is important to add simple home security steps into our daily routines. Here are a few things to add to your day to day list that will always keep your home safe.

  1. Safe and Secure

Home security systems are a great addition to any home. It is important to make it a routine to always have the alarm system set and on alert at night or when the home is empty. Make sure to look into home security in Goodyear or wherever you may reside. Home security signs are also good to display in the front yard or in a front window. The signs alone will ward off any potential intruders.

  1. Keep it Clean

Having routine yard maintenance is important to keeping the burglars at bay. Clean yards show that the house is maintained well. It also takes away any possible hiding spots that a lurker might try to take refuge in.

  1. Careful What you Share

It is important to be careful what you share on social media sites. Do not post when you will be out of town. Also do not post times that your house will be completely empty. You never know who could see the posts.

  1. Lock Lock Lock

Get into a habit of locking up every access point to the home. Make sure all the locks are working and are not easily vandalized. The home should be locked up at night and during the day when no one is home. Grab a couple deadbolts from a home improvement store and install them on the front and back door. This will add extra safety and strength to those doors. Make it a habit to always lock those as well.

  1. Say Goodbye

Whenever you leave your home it is always a good idea to say goodbye to someone, even if there is no one in the home. You never know who could potentially be watching your house. Burglars are more likely to skip a home that is clearly occupied. Leave a light on in the home at night or the TV to make it appear that someone is still awake. Set your porch light to a timer or install motion lights in the yard.

  1. Discreetly Dispose

Dispose of your trash wisely. Boxes of expensive items should not be put to the curb or in the trash. Some burglars could look through the trash. These boxes will show that there are things of value within the home. Valuable items will make your home more of a target and could potentially capture someone’s interest.

Keeping your home safe can be simple if you add it into your routine. Setting an alarm, locking doors, not posting about trips, and so much more are ways to protect your home daily. Your family’s safety is priceless and your home should always be a safe escape.

 

 


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Musings on High School Graduations

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graduation cap (free clip art)

I’ve only been to four high school graduations. My own, and my kids’ graduations. Up until last week, when I was invited to attend the graduation of one of my nieces. Since my last kid’s high school graduation was in 2006, I had anticipated a level of electronic advancement and sophistication that would knock my socks off!

My kid’s graduation ceremonies were held in a large college auditorium. My niece’s graduation ceremony was held outdoors, in the school’s football field.

My kid’s graduating classes were smaller than my niece’s class, so there was time for more entertainment, which included extraordinarily superb live music and videos. Scholarships and awards were handed out during the ceremonies. Apparently scholarships and awards from my niece’s school were handed out previously during a convocation ceremony. The

There were many differences between the ceremonies, which really surprised me. But there were a few common threads – the kids went up on stage to receive their diplomas, and even though the audience was requested to NOT cheer for individual students, and to hold their applause until EVERYONE got their diploma, every single graduate that walked across the stage WAS cheered by their family and friends. And, as usual, the people that were the most vocal, both in frequency and volume, sat right behind ME. Seriously, people, screaming “Boo-Ya” every 90 seconds throughout the entire ceremony was really over the top! I really wished that there had been some type of security to come and escort those people out of the stadium!

I still have a migraine, and it has been a week since it happened! I hope to never have to go to another High School Graduation ceremony again!

 


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Travel Tips for a Summer Getaway in Hawaii

Travel Tips for a Summer Getaway in Hawaii

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Known as one of the most beautiful states in the country, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. Start planning your summer itinerary, beginning with these six travel tips:

1. Vacation Home

When it comes to visiting Hawaii, there are a myriad of places you can stay. Hawaii has some of the most luxurious resorts available that offer amenities like ocean front views, waterfall pools, and shuttles to any local area of interest. If spending a great deal of time in Hawaii, look into renting out vacation homes or timeshares. In the long run, it will probably be less expensive, for instead of spending money on every meal, you can cook within the property’s kitchen. Plus, you can spend evenings relaxing inside of a space that feels like home.

And, if you enjoy your time in Hawaii, look into investing in a timeshare instead of just renting one. The space is available to you whenever you want to getaway and can be rented out for a nice profit. Plus, sites like direct2tv.com/direct-tv/Hawaii/Honolulu offer great deals on exclusive amenities you can add to your timeshare.

2. Pearl Harbor

If you want to see Pearl Harbor, reserve your tickets in advance. As a major attraction, tours often sell out quickly, especially in the peak months of tourist season.

3. Waikiki and Honolulu

Some of the island’s best attractions are located in the tourist zone of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu. Though crowded, the sites are well worth it. Spend a day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a protected nature preserve on Oahu’s coast, or go for a drive up the windward coast on Kalanianaole Highway, where you’ll be able to see a dormant volcano and sharp cliffs overlooking a turquoise ocean.

Spend a day at Lanikai Beach, which has been consistently voted Hawaii’s number one beach. It’s a little off the beaten path, making it usually free from tourists. Or, visit Oahu’s North Shore to check out the Polynesian Cultural Center. It is a lot like Disney’s EPCOT, for it represents every culture from Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Hawaii, to several others islands in order to showcase their culture, food, music, and other traditions.

4. Food Specialties

While in Hawaii, experience the local cuisine like dinner at Duke’s Waikiki or Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. For a little legendary shaved ice, give Matsumoto Shave Ice in the historic Haleiwa a try. Matsumoto is known for its unique flavors like tangerine, green tea, and creamsicle.

5. Maui

Maui is full of picturesque beach options that range from large and crowded to small and peacefully unknown. Whalers Village is a typical shopping destination while Mt. Haleakala is an impressive volcano site most tourists hitch a ride to see. Lahaina Harbor is known for its whale-watching tours, especially during December-April. Maui hosts plenty of luaus that tourists can attend to experience a traditional Hawaiian night full of hula dancing, Hawaiian food, and music.

6. Before You Leave…

Make sure to toss a flower lei into the ocean before you leave. It’s a traditional symbol that you’ll be back to paradise someday.

 

 


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