Planning a BIG party this summer? Do you need lots of cold beer, wine and coolers? Try this inexpensive cooler. You will need 1 large kiddie pool, 1 or 2 smaller kiddie pools, sturdy plastic pails, and lots and lots of ice. Hammer holes around the bottom outer rim of all your pools for drainage (ice will last much longer if it does not sit in water). Set the bottom pool directly on a flat stable surface, it will be carrying a lot of weight. Invert 3 or 4 pails in the middle of the pool and place your second pool on top (it needs to be well supported so a piece of plywood on top of the pails would be a good idea). Next add a large pail, plywood and your third pool. (More in-depth tutorials can be found on the internet). Fill with ice and refreshments. PARTY.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  1987 – Thirty years ago today the loonie made its first appearance in cash registers, pockets and purses across Canada. Many people were concerned about the size and weight of the new gold-colored $1 coin, But three decades later, the loonie is now synonymous with the Canadian dollar, perhaps even with the country.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette is completed – the Corvette would become one of Chevrolet’s most well-known models.

JOKE OF THE DAY: If you see someone buying candy, popcorn and soda at the movies, they are a drug dealer. There is no other explanation for that kind of income.

HAPPY JUNE 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Mike Tyson 51, Marton Csokas 51, Michael Phelps 32, Cheryl Cole 34, Angela Sarafyan 34, Lizzy Caplan 35, Lena Horne (1917-2010), and Susan Hayward (1917-1975).

REMINDER: CHARTER HOUSE INTERIORS will be OPEN TOMORROW: Saturday July 1st, CLOSED Sunday July 2nd and CLOSED Monday July 3rd. We can be open by appointment by calling (306) 653-4634 during regular business hours to make arrangements. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

If tenting is still the way to camp, then this tip will save stubbed toes and being ‘clotheslined’ by tent ropes. Cut a slit in pool noodles end to end and slip them over tent ropes. This not only marks where (and where not to walk), it also identifies your camping spot. Teach the kids to remember the color of the noodles in case they wander off. They can tell anyone who finds them how to identify your spot.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Pro-tip: If you stir coconut oil into your kale, it makes it easier to scrape into the trash.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: I judge people by how they treat animals, how they treat the wait staff at restaurants and what they do with their shopping cart when they are done with it.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1956 – President Eisenhower creates the interstates – opening up highways allowing business to more easily get done and people to more easily find work.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1990 – Two no-hitters in one day, thrown by both Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela.

SAD DAY IN THE SPORTS WORLD: Former Edmonton Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko has lost his battle to pancreatic and liver cancer at age 59. He played 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers from the WHA in the late 1970s until the mid-1980’s. Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favorite and dear friend to many.

SAD DAY IN THE LITERARY WORLD: Michael Bond, the British author who created Paddington Bear died at his home in London on Tuesday. He was 91.

HAPPY JUNE 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Neil Perry 40, Melora Hardin 40, Gary Busey 73, Lorenzo Henrie 24, Sharon Lawrence 56, Nicole Scherzinger 39, Fred Grandy 69, Slim Pickens (1919-1987), and Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011).

28 Jun 2017
June 28, 2017

Remove A Splinter With Bacon Fat

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Some slivers go deeper than others and when all other removal efforts have failed, try this remedy. This is right from your grandma’s book of healing. Before you go to bed, put a small piece of uncooked bacon fat on a deep splinter and keep it in place with a Band-Aid. In the morning, it will have risen to the surface, or even transferred to the fat. No need for fancy solvents or ointments when your grandma’s there to hand you a piece of bacon fat.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Establish dominance at a big family dinner by showing up with your own Tupperware to take leftovers home in.

SAD DAY IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY: Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1997 – During a Boxing match, Mike Tyson bites off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

HAPPY JUNE 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Kellie Pickler 31, Mel Brooks 91, Jon Cusack 51, John Elway 57, Kathy Bates 69, Gilda Radner (1946-1989), Pat Morita (1932-2005), and King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547).

27 Jun 2017
June 27, 2017

BBQ Tips For The Perfect Grill

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Who doesn’t love an amazing grilled burger? Many of us try to achieve the perfect blend of taste and tenderness, but sometimes it’s not so easy. You may be surprised to learn that if you alter your cooking strategy just a little, you’ll end up with the result you’ve always wanted!
Fortunately, top grillers are more than happy to share some of their secrets. Here, we discuss some of the top tips for how you can become a talented griller, too. These methods have been proven to work time and again. If you want to transform your next grilled burger into a meal nobody will forget, check out some of these simple tips.

1. Ice
Believe it or not, ice works really well for keeping meat moist on the grill. Simply place an ice cube in the middle of the patty as it cooks for a tasty, juicy result. If you prefer, you can also use a bit of butter instead.
2. Divide temperatures on the grill
The biggest mistake many grillers make is overcooking the meat. According to First We Feast, you can avoid this problem by keeping the grill hot on one side and cool on the other. You can achieve this by gathering the coals on one side. Place the meat that is done cooking on the cooler side so that it stays warm without overcooking.
3. Brine fish
If you have a problem with fish falling apart on the grill, Cool Material offers an easy solution. Simply soak the fish in water and salt for about 10 minutes prior to cooking. It will hold up perfectly.
4. Apple juice
If you want to improve the taste and tenderness, opt for apple juice instead of BBQ sauce. First We Feast indicates that this method works best if you place the apple juice in a spray bottle and periodically douse the meat as it cooks.
5. Pre-grill
If you are having a get-together, it’s best to grill before people arrive. This way, you can avoid under cooking because you feel pressured to serve everybody. Cool Material suggests grilling the burgers four hours prior to anybody’s arrival. However, you should cook the meat until almost done so that you can throw it back on the grill for a quick heat-up as guests arrive.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: My father always said: There are two types of people in this world, givers and takers.. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better – Marlo Thomas

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1987 – Route 66 ceases to be an official U.S. highway.

HAPPY JUNE 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Matthew Lewis 30, Ed Westwick 30, Sam Claflin 31, JJ Abrams 51, Toby Maguire 42, Vera Wang 687, Helen Keller (1880-1968), Bob ‘Captain Kangaroo’ Keeshan (1927-2004).

Cut pool noodles into 1″ or 1 1/2 ” lengths to take on camping trips. Use an old yoga mat to draw a tic tac game square and let the kids have a fun game or two. The game pieces are large so they won’t get lost easily. Bring along a whole bag of pool noodle pieces. They float so they make good tub and beach toys for home or camping, they can be easily cleaned and they make a good campsite marker if you string them on a rope and hang it in the trees. Make a slice in a few of them and slip them around tent pegs so no one trips.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: The light turned yellow. He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red. The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.While she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman escorted her back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind you while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger and cursing at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.” Priceless.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1974 – The UPC is scanned for the first time for a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gun in Troy, Ohio.

HAPPY JUNE 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Chris Isaak 61, Derek Jeter 43, Aubrey Plaza 33, Ariana Grande 24, Nick Offerman 47, Chris O’Donnell 47, Sean Hayes 47, Peter Lorre (1904-1964), Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), and Abner Doubleday, an army officer often credited with inventing baseball (1819-1893).

25 Jun 2017
June 25, 2017

Have a Lazy Sunday

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You’re not really drunk until you are speaking fluent Ozzy Osborne.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1998 – Sammy Sosa sets record for home runs in a month – blasting his 19th homer in month of June.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1947 – The Diary of Anne Frank is published.
1876 – Custer’s Last Stand

HAPPY JUNE 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Jimmy Walker 70, Anthony Bourdain 61, Carley Simon 72, Linda Cardellini 42, June Lockhart 92, Ricky Gervais 56, Phyllis George 68, and George Michael (1963-2016)

Construct a backyard obstacle course for your kids this summer with pool noodles (great idea for a birthday party). They can pretend it’s the summer Olympics. Create hoops by staking dowels into the ground, and sliding the noodle over them in various ways to create all types of fun obstacles. Hoops can act as soccer nets as well. Make Olympics rings by bending the noodles into circles and securing the ends with duct tape. Kids can hop through these circles or pick them up one at a time and slide them down over their bodies and see who can get through the course the fastest.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: 1) Read directions on box. 2) Throw box away. 3) Pull box out of trash 15 seconds later. 4) Repeat.

HAPPY JUNE 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Sherry Stringfield 50, Mick Fleetwood 70, Peter Weller 70,Robert Downey Sr. 81, Joe Penny 61, Solange Knowles 31, Jeff Beck 73, Michelle Lee 75, Iain Glen 56, Minka Kelly 37, Mindy Kaling 38, and Petra Nemcova 38.

Featured product today is the Sun Valley Collection, our ‘Best Selling” dining set. Available in 36″ and 42″ tables, this set is perfect for any smaller outdoor space. Features of this set include tempered glass with umbrella hole, UV protected resin, rust free aluminum frame, leveler feet on all pieces, stackable chairs and no cushions required. The Sun Valley is in a dark Safari Java color with a wide weave and walks the line between modern and traditional. It is rated for commercial use for years of serviceability. Bring the chairs indoors for a large gathering, they fit right in and provide comfortable seating all evening. Take it home immediately from our showroom or allow about two weeks delivery from Vancouver.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If the earth was flat, cats would have pushed everything off it by now.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1976 – The CN Tower in Toronto (555 m) opens.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1989 – The Batman movie, with Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, is released in theaters.

HAPPY JUNE 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Bryan Brown 70, Randy Jackson 61, Ted Shackleford 71, Miles Fisher 34, Selma Blair 45, Zinedine Zidane 45, Melissa Rauch 37, and June Carter Cash (1929-2003).

Tutorial on Cleaning Your Bathtub Drain

If your tub drain is running slow this post is for you! It’s a step-by-step tutorial how to clear it up and best of all it will cost you nothing more than time.
Here are some tell-tale signs you might need to clean your drains, 1.) You’re standing in your shower up to your ankles in water, and after your shower or bath the tub takes F-o-r-e-v-e-r to drain. 2.) maybe there’s a funky smell in your bathroom that you just can’t narrow in on, and even after you clean the bathroom your nose says something still isn’t right. 3) Your drain has become slow and you might be thinking you need to pick up a bottle of drain-o or maybe even call in a plumber. Before you waste any money on this problem, why not give it a shot at fixing the problem yourself- for FREE!! It’s not difficult, although it might be a little gross. Some of you will find great satisfaction in doing this.
Here are the tools you will need to do the job. A screwdriver (depending on your drain you may need a Phillips head instead of a flat head), a pair of needle nose pliers, some baking soda, some vinegar, and a few paper towels.
Sometimes hair, soap, and conditioners smell really bad when you pull them out. They’re starting to rot. Put your paper towels down in the tub along side of the drain, and pick up your pliers. Insert them into the drain and pinch and then pull up. You should come up with a clump of hair. Continue doing this until the drain looks clear. Sometimes use a combination of the screwdriver and the pliers if you can’t reach all the hair, and if you don’t have needle nose pliers, you may be able to just use your screwdriver, but the pliers are easier.
The next thing to do is just a great maintenance item. Pour about a half cup of baking soda down the drain, and then pour in vinegar until it bubbles up to the top of the drain. I leave that for about 15 minutes, and then pour really hot water (not quite to boiling) down the drain. This will help disinfect the drain and clean it too. That’s all there is, now reassemble your plug in reverse of what you needed to do to get it apart.
Now turn on your water and watch it go down the drain beautifully. Drain-o won’t clear up this type of problem anyway, it’s not a clog stuck in the drain, it’s stuck on that little + .
This is a little gross and if you don’t have the stomach for it, ask your hubby to give it a try before you call someone!
Now the next time your drain runs slow, you will know just what to do. Hope you found this helpful!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If life is a journey…mine is between the fridge and the computer.

THIS DAY IN GEOGRAPHY: 1990 – The most famous Berlin Wall checkpoint, Checkpoint Charlie, is disassembled.

HAPPY JUNE 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Kris Kristofferson 81, Donald Faison 43, Peter Asher 73, Carson Daly 44, Cyndi Lauper 64, Prunella Scales 85, Tracey Pollan 57, Lindsay Wagner 68, Meryl Streep 68, Todd Rundgren 69, Freddie Prinze (1954-1977), and John Dillinger (1903-1934).

21 Jun 2017
June 21, 2017

DIY – Liven Up An Entrance

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I was looking for something else totally unrelated on the internet and I found this gem. What an absolutely brilliant idea to add functionality and decor to an entranceway or even a kid’s room. There is an abundance of old screen doors (or windows for a smaller scale project) at antique stores, second hand stores or garage sales. They do not have to be in perfect shape either. Give it a light sanding and a coat of paint; lay it on thick or thin and distress your door a bit. In the project pictured here, they have used three different old doors and added a wood slat at the same level on each door and attached four coat hangers. If you are wanting to get a bit more creative, take an old table, cut it down so there are only two legs and about 19″ of table top. Give that a coat of paint as well and fasten it to the door or directly to the wall under the coat hangers. There are dozens of tutorials that can help make your project easier. Think of the possibilities! Add a shelf or baskets for mitts, cell phones, keys…the possibilities are almost endless.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You know that moment when you close a cupboard door and you hear something fall? That’s the sound of someone else’s problem.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2003 – The fifth Harry Potter book is released and becomes the fastest selling book in history.

HAPPY JUNE 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Gross 70, Meredith Baxter 70, Carrie Preston 50, Sharna Burgess 32, Doug Savant 53, Bernie Kopell 84, Juliette Lewis 44, Prince William 35, Mariette Hartley 77, Chris Pratt 38, Jane Russell (1921-2011), and Tony Scott (1944-2012).