While I was ‘down for the count’ the last couple of days, suffering (and whining…., poor Joe) with/about my back pain, I found myself at loose ends on how to spend my time. The worst part, the pain was also affecting the use of my arms. Yes, it was that bad. So, knitting, crocheting and my usual excessive daily typing had to go.
Happy to say, I am almost completely recovered and will hopefully not have a repeat of this for a long time to come, if ever. I sincerely feel for people with chronic pain of any kind, back pain surely must be close to the top of that awful list.
So, I found myself with the conundrum….What to do, what to do…..Joe was working and I felt too lazy to even pick up a book. Pain appears to drain energy and concentration too.
Lying on the sofa , starring at the ceiling and snacking waaaay too much quickly losing appeal…… I spied the large grey box that usually doesn’t get ‘lit up’ until Sunday morning Coronation Street time.…I decided to check out the dreaded ‘Day Time TV’ . And you know, I actually LEARNED something in the process.
Channel-surfed my way to Detroit Public TV where they were having a pledge drive and had Graham Haley as a guest, touting his books as a ‘gift with subscription’. Mr. Haley, famous for his thousands of household hints was an engaging and fun person to watch.
I was amazed and amused, watching him stir up one concoction after another, Try: (Calgon, salt and a strip of tinfoil in warm water, voila…..shiny, tarnish-free silver). Pantihose appearing in the most unlikely of places ( try storing wallpaper rolls in used ones), a man’s pant hanger (transformed into a hanging cookbook holder). I was hooked…bring it on, pleaaase…. I just had to have one more green tip !!!! LOL
Ok, the pledges came pouring in (maybe it was more like a trickle) the show was finally over, Joe returned (best part) and I came down from my TV high! Was TV addictive after all? Naaaah….the remote got stashed away, probably til Sunday, no problemo!!!
So , happily I am back to reality (not reality TV), including ‘the joy of typing’. You really…..don’t know what ya got til it’s gone……
I decided to take a look around the Internet to see if Mr. Haley shares his dazzling displays for free anywhere online. Nada…at least I didn’t find any, after taking a quick scan of the gazillion ‘possibilities’ on Google. I did however stumble upon a very interesting site called Organized Home where among other interesting and useful gems, I found several pages of green cleaning tips, using simple household products.
What are your favorite ‘green and clean’ tips and products? Any ideas that have been passed down in your family? Like so many other things, ‘everything old is new again’ when it comes to cleaning house and some of the best ideas are truly the ones that have stood the test of time.
Personally, I love cleaning with baking soda and white vinegar. Cheap, effective and no toxic chemicals. Hope you will share your favs. too. 🙂