23 Jul 2017
July 23, 2017

Another Lazy Sunday

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Good Question: Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2007 – Honda produces their 6 millionth Civic in North America
1995 – Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered; it will become visible to the naked eye nearly a year later

HAPPY JULY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Slash 52, Kathryn Hahn 42, Stephanie Marsh 43, Monica Lewinsky 44, Tristan MacManus 35, Paul Wesley 35, Edie McClurg 66, Woody Harrelson 56, Michelle Williams 47, Daniel Radcliffe 28, Don Drysdale (1936-1993), Pee Wee Reese (1918-1999), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).

22 Jul 2017
July 22, 2017

Small Spaces – Big Seating

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Small living room spaces don’t have to feel cramped. Make the most of your seating space with this tip. Choose occasional chairs with no arms or small, slim arms. This chair, for example, can seat two smaller people if necessary. That is because most of the square footage is given to the seat instead of the arms. They feel luxurious and roomy even though they’re not big. The “PEARL” chair from Korson Furniture (and available at Charter House Interiors), comes in ruby or teal (blue) with black powder coated legs.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m not bossy. I simply make suggestions without options.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian rock band Streetheart who swaggered across the country’s stages for decades, died of heart failure Friday. He was 69.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT:  2008 – Golden girls actress Estelle Getty passes away in her home in Hollywood.

HAPPY JULY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Don Henley 70, Rhys Ifans 50, Danny Glover 71, Willem Dafoe 62, David Spade 53, Prince George 4, Bobby Sherman 74, Selena Gomez 25, Alek Trebek 77, A.J. Cook 39, Terrence Stamp 79, Rose Kennedy (1890-1995), and Dan Rowan (1922-1987).

21 Jul 2017
July 21, 2017

Travel Tip For Toothbrushes

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Here is a useful travel tip. If you want to keep toothbrushes from touching possibly dirty countertops, bring along clothespins and use them as a toothbrush stand. (we always stand our toothbrushes up in a hotel drinking glass after it has been washed by us). We also carry either clothes pins or binder clips to keep hotel drapes pinched tightly together.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Do more than you are paid for. There are never any traffic jams on the extra mile. – Zig Ziglar

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2007 – J.K. Rowling’s final book in series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” goes on sale.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has confirmed. Thursday, July 20. He was 41

JULY 21st IS: National Junk Food Day. Enjoy.

JOKE OF THE DAY: If you walk a mile in my shoes, you will just end up at the bar.

HAPPY JULY 21 BIRTHDAY TO: John Lovitz 60, Diane Guerro 31, Norman Jewison 91, Vanessa Lengies 32, Chelsie Hightower 28, Josh Harnett 39, Justin Bartha 39, Cat Stevens 69, Robin Williams (1951-2014), Earnest Hemmingway (1899-1961), and Don Knotts (1924-2006).


Our supplier has discontinued one of our best selling collections, HILLSBORO. Charter House is offering 40% off on all Hillsboro floor models. The in-stock sectional consists of a right and left arm chair, two wedge pieces, one wedge table with tray and one round coffee table with glass. The fabric is as you see it here in DUPIONE CORNSILK. This set will not last long.

REGULAR: $7960.00  SALE: $4776.00

HILLSBORO: Gorgeous two toned taupe resin in a modern wide flat weave. Double walled woven construction over an aluminum frame means extra weight and an exquisitely finished exterior. Mix or match all the pieces. Dozens of fabric choices make this set your own style. Curvy 3″ aluminum legs make the Hillsboro appear more indoor than outdoor. TIP: Invest in furniture covers to protect this top of the line set.

Sunbrella fabrics: the best in the outdoor industry, are water repellent and are UV protected to resist fading and rotting. Cleaning: wipe the cushions with mild soap and water once a year or if there is a stain. Machine washing is not recommended as it breaks down the UV protection and the water repellent properties.

Foam: The large cell reticulated slab foam used in the seats, is quick dry and mold and mildew resistant.

Resin: The frames can be left outdoors all year (even in our harsh winters). We recommend covering the frames to avoid sun and snow damage through the winter. In the spring, wash with a garden hose or soapy water.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You can always count on me to bring my famous recipe “bag of ice” to your summer cookout.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, 1969

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1976 – Hank Aaron hits the final home run of his career when he hits number 755 at Milwaukee Stadium

HAPPY JULY 20 BIRTHDAY TO:  Carlos Santana 70, Judy Greer 42, John Francis Daley 32, Kim Carnes 72, Dean Winters 53, Omar Epps 44, Sandra Oh 46, Gisele Bundchen 37, Josh Holloway 48, Diana Rigg 79, Julianne Hough 29, Sir Edmund Hillary (1910-2008), Natalie Wood (1938-1981), Billy (Oxyclean-pitchman) Mays (1958-2009).

19 Jul 2017
July 19, 2017

Use Baby Powder In Your Garden

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9 brilliant reasons to use baby powder in your garden
Thank you to: Angela Brown, Contributing Writer

Baby powder is a powder-keg of home remedy ideas. From easing chaffing to freshening up the litter box, this handy item is good for more than protecting baby bottoms. Available at most stores (and on the cheap at some dollar stores), you’re going to want to stock up on a few bottles after you see how it can help your garden.
This innocent looking powder packs quite a punch and it will leave everything smelling just a little bit sweeter too!

1. Kiss ants goodbye: Get rid of the pesky picnic killers by sprinkling baby powder around the outside of your house. Ants don’t like the material and will stay away. Alternatively, you can try this 3-ingredient solution.

2. Protect plant roots: Protect your next batch of flowers from root rot, by coating them in baby powder. The powder protects the roots from too much moisture.

3. Freshen Fido: Keep your furry friend from bringing the outdoor stink inside by giving him a quick brush down with baby powder. It helps remove excess oil and leaves your pal smelling baby-fresh.

4. Get your gloves off : After a hard day of working in the garden, it can be a pain to get those sticky gloves off, Next time, coat the inside with a bit of baby powder before wearing them to make removal easier, Bold Sky suggests.

5. Keep your garden boots fresh: If your work boots (or sneakers) are starting to smell, add a little baby powder to the inside soles. The powder sucks up moisture preventing mold and stink.

6. Keep rabbits away: Fine Gardening recommends adding a bit of baby powder to young seeds to keep bunnies from noshing on the plants. (For older plants try garlic powder).

7. Buh-bye beetles: If Japanese beetles are infesting the garden and making a buffet of your favorite plants, try sprinkling the leaves with baby powder. Love to Know suggests reapplying baby powder after the rain until the beetle season passes.

8. Deter night-time visitors: Rabbits and beetles aren’t the only critters who’ll shy away from this magic white powder. Raccoons and opossums will steer clear of your vegetables if you surround them with baby powder. The feel of the powder on their paws irritates these critters so they’ll stay away.

9. Coat tools: Keep your hands blister free by adding a coat of baby powder to your tools. The powder will also keep your hands from slipping while you work.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When people rob banks, they go to jail. When banks rob people, they get bonuses.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1976 – Deep Purple announces that the group will break up after eight years as a band.

HAPPY JULY 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Brian May 70 (astrophysicist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Queen, whose song, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was voted as the UK’s favorite song of all time in 2002), Benedict Cumberbatch 41, Trai Byers 34, Anthony “Goose” Edwards 55, and George McGovern (1922-2012).

Found this somewhere on the internet the other day. There doesn’t seem to be proof one way or another as to whether this works or not. It can’t hurt and at the end of the day, your short little eye lashes will be nice and soft.

Grow Out Your Eyelashes
Rubbing some Vaseline on your eyelashes at night will help them grow longer. It will also make your lashes look darker and fuller when you don’t feel like putting on mascara.

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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1921 – Babe Ruth smacks 139th home run of career, passing Roger Connor as all-time home run leader.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I love working out. Today I did abs…olutely nothing.

HAPPY JULY 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Vin Diesel 50, Chase Crawford 32, Wendy Williams 53, Ricky Skaggs 63, Michiel Huisman 36, Martha Reeves 76,  Kristin Bell 37, Richard Branson 67, James Brolin 77, Joe Torre 77, John Glenn (1921-2016), Red Skelton (1913-1997), Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), and Hume Cronyn (1911-2003).

This cake is light, tasty and just right for those summer barbecues. Thanks to ’12 Tomatoes’ for this one


1 (15.25 oz.) box white cake mix
3 eggs               1/2 cup oil
1 cup water       1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional


1 (3 oz.) package orange jello
1 cup boiling water    1/2 cup cold water


1 (8 oz.) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup milk
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained, garnish

Preheat oven to 350º F or according to cake packaging directions and lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray. Place cake mix in a large bowl and mix in eggs, oil, water and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour into greased baking dish and bake according to package instructions. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes, then pierce holes all over cake with a fork. Place jello mix in a large bowl and whisk in boiling water, stirring until jello is fully dissolved. At that point, stir in cold water. Pour jello over the top of cake, so that it fills in the holes you’ve just made, then cover and refrigerate cake for at least 2 hours. Place pudding mix in a separate large bowl and whisk in milk, stirring until mixture has thickened, then fold in frozen whipped topping until fully incorporated. Spread mixture over chilled cake in an even layer and top with drained mandarin oranges. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: There should be a reality cooking show more like everyday life; with wonky pans, dull knives and half the dishes you need are dirty.

TIP OF THE DAY: If you are bugged by mosquitoes and do not like the smell of citronella, try this natural mosquito repellent. Cut two limes in half and cut the tops and bottoms of each half just enough to make them sit flat but without leaking juice. Push 8-10 cloves into each half and spread the limes around your outside area.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Martin Landau, has unexpectedly died at 89. Best known for his work on the television series ‘Mission Impossible’, he also won an Oscar winner for his supporting role in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” (1994),

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1955 – World famous theme park Disneyland is opened; forever changing Southern California.

HAPPY JULY 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Camilla Parker Bowles 70, Bryan Trottier 61, Alex Winter 52, Donald Sutherland 82, Diahann Carroll 82, Tony Dovoloni 44, David Hasselhoff 65, Lucy Arnaz 66, Ryan Miller 37, Mark Burnett 57, Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), James Cagney (1899-1986), and Nicolette Larson (1952-1997).





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JOKE OF THE DAY: One friend to another…”You play the victim so well, I’m surprised you don’t carry around your own body chalk.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1950 – Largest crowd in sports history, 199,854 people at Word Cup soccer finals in Brazil.

HAPPY JULY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Annalynne McCord 30, Will Ferrell 50, Jimmy Johnson 74, Corey Feldman 46, Michael Flatley 59, Barbra Stanwick (1907-1990), Orville Redenbacher (1907-1995), and Ginger Rogers (1911-1995).

15 Jul 2017
July 15, 2017

Product Profile – Grayson Sofa

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The new catalog from Brentwood just arrived and features the new Grayson Sofa Collection. www.brentwoodclassics.com
This collection is available in a variety of configurations including the ‘cuddler’ corner which has become so popular. Loose back cushions add to the comfort, and piping around the seats & arms give the Grayson clean lines and a polished look. Available in fabric or leather, you can have this collection in a sofa, loveseat, chair, chaise or queen size sofa bed.

Eco-friendly construction. Certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame. Soy-based polyfoam with fibre wrap. Sinuous wire spring system. Benchmade in Canada. Length x Depth x Height: 123″ x 50″ x 37″

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’d rather be someone’s shot of whiskey, than everyone’s cup of tea.

THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND: Taste Of Saskatchewan. Some of the best restaurants in Saskatoon are setting up shop on the riverbank this weekend. This event is always well attended, the food is great and the weather promises to be sunny & hot. Don’t miss it.    ALSO: The FIBA 3X3 basketball tournament on 21st Street, and the River Rendezvous 150 Festival based out of River Landing.That means traffic may be a bit more congested than usual. The outdoor basketball tournament means 21st Street is closed between Spadina Crescent and 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue is closed between 20th and 22nd Streets. Those closures will remain until 9 Sunday evening.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: This is genius parenting…Sign on refrigerator door…REWARD: FOR TODAY’S WI-FI PASSWORD   1.) Empty the dishwasher 2.) Fold laundry 3.) Vacuum Downstairs 4.) Take out garbage

HAPPY JULY 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Adam Savage 50, Lana Parrilla 40, Linda Ronstadt 71, Diane Kruger 41, Jan Michael Vincent 73, Brigitte Nielson 54, Brian Austin Green 44, Beth Stern 45, Forest Whitaker 56, Jesse Ventura 66, Taylor Kinney 36, and Rembrandt (1606- 1669).


Edmond – roll arm storage chest/bench
Elegant and beautiful, the Edmond Storage Roll Arm Bench will add an aura of sophistication to your bedroom. The plush polyurethane and polyester seat provides immense comfort. The seat serves as a hinged flip top too, so you can easily open it and place all your books, clothes, and magazines inside the storage provided. Strong, sturdy, and durable. This bench can be kept neat and tidy with simple spot cleaning.    Contract Quality.

Overall Width: 57″. Seat Width: 45″
Depth: 18″ Height: 24″
Seat Height: 17″ Seat Depth: 18″
Arm Height: 24″
Fabric: Move. Color: Stone.
Leg Finish: Espresso.

HAPPY JULY 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Harry Dean Stanton 90, Matthew Fox 51, Peta Murgatroyd 31, Vincent Pastore 71, Rosie Grier 83, Jane Lynch 57, Tommy Mottola 68, Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006), and Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).

Even potato haters will love this recipe. **Editors Note** I tried this recipe myself and it went over so well. The garlic may seem a bit overwhelming while the potatoes are being prepared but it is perfection to eat. I combined this recipe with one that called for fresh parsley and that added that little bit extra flavor and color. The amounts are easily adjusted…make lots.

24 ounces baby potatoes (or count out 3-6 potatoes per person)
1/4 cup melted butter
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Parmesan Cheese, Kosher salt and freshly  ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece. Melt butter and add parsley and garlic. Spoon this mixture on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and add a sprig of fresh thyme. (If you do not have fresh thyme, add dried thyme to the butter mixture).
Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
Serve immediately.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If FACEBOOK has taught us anything, it’s that a lot of people are not quite ready for a spelling bee.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: Dance like nobody is watching. Text and email like it will be read in court some day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1923 The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood.

HAPPY JULY 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Cheech Marin 71, Gil Birmingham 64, Harrison Ford 75, Tom ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Kenny 55,  Didi Conn 66, Patrick Stewart 77, Steve R. McQueen 29, Colton Haynes 29, Bob Crane (1928-1978).

We can hear you groaning already….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not yet. I couldn’t help but offer a sneak peek at what’s coming for Christmas 2017. We are going with a whole ‘truck and tree’ theme this year in coffee mugs, door mats, tree decorations and lit vases. This stoneware mug featuring a festive truck carrying a Christmas tree is 4″ high, has a 13 ounce capacity and will add a vintage feel to your kitchen. Charter House be showcasing them at Woman’s World Trade Show held at Prairieland Exhibition on September 29, 30 and October 1.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: It’s better to have a friend with two chins, than to have one with two faces.

HAPPY JULY 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Christine McVie 74, Kristie Yamaguchi 46, Eric Per Sullivan 26, Cheryl Ladd 66, Topher Grace 39, Richard Simmons 69, and Michelle Rodriguez 39.