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Set up the fountain that I bought last autumn )

Also, cleaned the garage (no photos - not that exciting, just clean).

Furthermore, Kittens! )

And BTW, kalikanzara, Eric is enjoying the rehabilitated scooter; he rode it over here last week. )

I'm hungry - off to find lunch.

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A few little things:

My house is clean! How delightful!
I had an event (albeit a small one) for the first time since E. moved out. It was fun!
I made a yummy chicken pot pie and had leftovers tonight.
[livejournal.com profile] vanaabegra should please call me, as I seem to have lost his number (sorry)!
I have lots of wonderful plans around the holidays. Yay for friends!
I'm going to Costa Rica for two weeks in January!
I'm having an exclamation-pointy day!


Also, I love the idea of "inappropriate happiness" as a symptom. It makes me giggle (inappropriately).

Peroxide!

Oct. 12th, 2007 10:52 pm
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Once upon a time I wondered what it was in color-safe bleach that made it "bleach." I played around and figured out that the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide - the same stuff you put on small wounds to "clean" them. Judging by the scent, consistency, and color of the color-safe bleach I had been using (Chlorox), other ingredients included perfumes, thickening agents, and bluing*.

"Aha," says I, "why shouldn't I just go buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide for 79 cents and use it on my laundry instead of spending $6.50 on this bottle of color-safe bleach?"

So I did. Turns out that it works perfectly well. I use about half as much of it as I would of the "bleach," add a drop of bluing if I'm doing whites, and spend about 1/5 as much money, not to mention saving about half the packaging and countless mystery chemicals**.

Better still, of course, would be doing without it entirely. But I prefer getting the spots out of my clothes.



*Bluing, if you're not familiar with it, is a semi-permanent blue dye that has been used for decades to make white fabrics appear whiter. Whites naturally yellow with age, but adding just a little bluing to them counteracts that effect to some degree. Usually it is sold as a liquid and usage directions involve adding a drop or two to a load of laundry. It's also the reason we have blue-haired little old ladies.


**And am I the only one who hates the fact that household cleaners are rarely labeled with their ingredients? A few of the "natural" products label voluntarily, but it's definitely the exception rather than the rule.



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A work in progress )



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In cleaning my bedroom windows I just discovered that somebody glazed and beveled the inside of the panes.

I believe the phrase I'm looking for here is "unclear on the concept."

Naturally, almost all of the glazing on the correct side has come loose, so I'm in for a scraping/painting/cleaning/glazing extravaganza.



Bad Day

May. 8th, 2006 08:24 pm
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My house was broken into today. Everyone is fine.

The thieves were apparently idiots. It could have been much worse; I'm doing the closest thing to counting my blessings that an agnostic is capable of.

Unfortunately, they saw some really nice stuff that they weren't able to take. Would anyone be interested in hanging out here with a shotgun during the day until I decide that they're not coming back?

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