07 Jul 2017
July 7, 2017

Grow Your Own Herb Garden

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Here is another use for a bathroom tension rod. Grow your own herb garden all year by firmly attaching a tension rod in any window in the house. Purchase light weight pots with no drainage hole, fill the bottom of the pots with a few stones for drainage, add potting soil (go on-line to find the correct soil for the types of herbs you wish to grow.) Plant the herbs and watch them grow, there is nothing like the ‘real’ thing. Hang the pots with heavy duty S-hooks. For herb markers, paint mason jar lids with chalkboard paint, mark the type of herb with chalk on the lid and attach them to a dowel or chopstick with wire and push them into the soil.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m pretty sure our parents downplayed how hard parenting is, just so we’d have kids and they could watch us struggle.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1990 – The World Wide Web is born when Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at CERN, develops the HyperText Markup Language which would later be called HTML.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2007 – Venus Williams defeats Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-1 to win her fourth Wimbledon title

HAPPY JULY 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Doc Severinsen 90, Kirsten Vangness 45, Pierre Cardin 96, Michelle Quan 37, Ringo Starr 77, Shelley Duvall 68, Jorja Fox 49, Dylan Sprayberry 19, Claire Holt 29, and Satchel Paige (1906-1982).

Here is a brilliant solution for a tight area beside the bed. Some bedrooms leave no room for a bedside table and finding one that is small, has storage and is inexpensive is nearly impossible. Solution: use cindercrete blocks. You may be able to find some free in back alleys, garage sales or on-line. Otherwise, they are inexpensive to buy. Leave them au-natural in grey, or spray paint them to match your decor. As the photo suggests, they are storage for books, remotes, plants, lamps or any bedside ‘stuff’ you may want.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When I get a headache, I take 2 Aspirin and keep away from children. Just like it says on the bottle.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1933 – The Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game, between stars of the American League and the National League, was held in Comiskey Park in Chicago.

HAPPY JULY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Sylvester Stallone 71, Ned Beatty 81, Fred Dryer 71, George W. Bush 71, Burt Ward 72, Dalai Lama 82, Gregory Smith 34, Geoffrey Rush 66, Della Reese 86, Nancy Reagan (1921-2016), Janet Leigh (1927-2004), Merv Griffin (1925-2007), and Pat Paulsen (1927-1997) TV comedian who campaigned 6 times to be U.S. president.

Pool Noodle Shower
Put a fun twist on playing in the sprinkler with this easy-to-make noodle shower. Cut a couple of feet off a full-size noodle. Then, using a pencil or dowel, poke holes in the noodle’s sides. Tape off one side of the noodle. Hang the garden hose over a tree limb, then slide the open side of the noodle over the hose nozzle for hours of fun water play.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My friends and I have this great tradition where we remind each other how overdue we are to hang out, then don’t.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1996 – Dolly the sheep was the first cloned mammal.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1937 – Hormel Foods introduced SPAM to consumers.

HAPPY JULY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Judge Joe Brown 70, Katherine Erbe 52, Edie Falco 54, Dave Haywood 35, Pauly D 37, Huey Lewis 67, Katherine Helmond 88, and P.T. Barnam (1810-1891).

Happy July 4th To our American neighbors. Abbott, one of our favorite suppliers, has released this photo of red, white and blue coffee mugs. They are ceramic but look like old enamel mugs and sell for $8.95 at Charter House.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I have to plug my mobile phone into my charger so often now, that I basically have a landline again.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2009 The Statue of Liberty’s crown re-opens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.

HAPPY JULY 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Neil Simon 90, Gina Lolabrigida 90, Geraldo Rivera 74, Mike The Situation Sorrentino 35, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), Gloria Stewart (1910-2010), Mitch Miller (1911-2010), George Steinbrenner(1930-2010), Abigail Ban Buren (1918-2013), Ann Landrers (1918-2002), and Leona Helmsley (1920-2007).

03 Jul 2017
July 3, 2017

For Your Health – Infused Water

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Infused waters.
Here are their benefits to help with detoxification energy and hydration. put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking

(1) Green tea, mint, lime-fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.

(2) Strawberry,kiwi-cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion

(3) Cucumber, lime, lemon- water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion

(4) Lemon, lime, orange- digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (drink this one at room temperature)

Do not keep longer than 48 hours you can put more water using the same fruit, but discard after 48 hours.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: What do you call a dog magician? A Labracadabrador.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1971 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, passes away in Paris.

THIS DAY IN GEOGRAPHY: 1890 – Idaho becomes the 43rd State of the United States.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Nothing lasts forever. So live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the drama, take chances, and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted. – Marilyn Munroe.

HAPPY JULY 3 BIRTHDAY TO: Montel Williams 61, Johnny Lee 71, Tommy Flanigan 52, Yeardley ‘Lisa Simpson’ Smith 54, Kurtwood ‘Red Forman’ Smith 74, Hunter Tylo 55, Thomas Gibson 55, Tom Cruise 55, Julian Assange 46, Olivia Munn 37, Jan Smithers 68, Aaron Tippin 59, and Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010).

02 Jul 2017
July 2, 2017

Create Your Own Flavored Lip Balm

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Another lazy day Sunday. Vaseline is a great lip balm but the taste isn’t appealing so try this quick fix. Add Kool-Aid to Vaseline to make your own flavored lip balm. You will have to play with the quantities of each to get it just right for your taste.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: A quick shout out to nature for not giving snakes wings.

REMINDER: CHARTER HOUSE INTERIORS will be CLOSED: Sunday July 2nd and CLOSED Monday July 3rd.

HAPPY JULY 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Bret “The Hitman” Hart 60, Larry David 70, Richard Petty 80, Lindsay Lohan 31, Ashley Tisdale 32, Margot Robbie 27, Joe Thornton 38, and Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993).

01 Jul 2017
July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day 2017

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HAPPY CANADA DAY: Have a fun day whatever you may be doing. Please keep your pets safe and in the house during fireworks.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m not the type of person you should put on speakerphone.

HAPPY JULY 1 BIRTHDAY:  Pam Anderson 50, Liv Tyler 40, Jarome Iginla 40, Olivia DeHavilland 101, Alan Ruck 61, Deborah Harry 72, Jamie Farr 83, Michelle Wright 54, Dan Aykroyd 65, Genevieve Bujold 75, Carl Lewis 56, Henry Simmons 47, Karen Black (1934-2013), Estee Lauder (1908-2004), and Princess Diana (1961-1997).

REMINDER: CHARTER HOUSE INTERIORS: will be OPEN: 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.

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).