Monday, September 15, 2014

Skunk Odor Get Rid of it Easily

Getting rid of skunk odor is a problem; unfortunately, there are very few ways of getting rid of it. If you or a pet have ever been sprayed by a skunk you know what I am talking about, right? Skunk order is extremely hard to get rid of, that is for sure.
There are a few ways to remove the skunk odor, and tomato juice is not one of those ways, as most people believe. The way to get rid of skunk odor is by using a quart of fresh peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Then you will need to wash with the mixture when it is still bubbling.
That formula was developed by chemists so you know it will work, but this is something that we had to deal with recently in a personal way. My son Alex is spending some time with friends and one of them Dakota was sprayed by a skunk. Alex returned home to search on the internet on the amounts of tomato juice to get rid of the skunk smell. That is when we learned that tomato juice does not work it simply masks the smell.
Dakota's mom mixed up this mixture so he could rub it all over his body to get rid of the skunk smell. It worked and worked well, but it did stink. It was a better smell then the skunk odor thought.
Dakota was putting his bike in the garage for the night, and a skunk was going through the garbage can in the garage. The boy scared the skunk and it reacted naturally. It is worth mentioning that in small towns all across the nation skunks do enter yards, garages, and on occasion homes where they do surprise people.
Dakota was sprayed by the skunk at close range, prompting quick reaction, but after spraying him, it ran under the family's only vehicle so his mom could not go get supplies. This is why my son came to me to head to Wal-Mart to buy the peroxide and baking soda. I grabbed two pints of it because although this boy needed only one I knew that he might need another bath soon in the mixture. It is far better to be prepared then not, you know.
The peroxide neutralizes the skunk odor and will remove it far better then plain soap and water on people and pets as well. To remove skunk spray from clothing and fabric furniture it takes a different form here.
Febreeze or simply green will clean the odor out of fabric covered furniture, and clothes. Do not use the peroxide mixture because it does bleach fabrics. To clean fabrics simply wash them with soapy water, use a good hand washing detergent like dawn to neutralize the odor then wash the items in the washing machine. Hang all clothing on the line, rather than baking in the smell with the dryer.
For outside furniture use bleach and water mixture on metal or wood, using color safe bleach if you do not want the furniture to fade. You can use this mix on your patio as well to clean off the odor.
In closing tomato juice does not work, it simply masks the skunk odor, but if you do not wish to use the peroxide mix on your pet use tomato paste it will mask the odor. To get rid of the skunk odor you must use the mixture of a quart of fresh peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Use this mixture as often as needed to get rid of the smell, but avoid open wounds.
Personal experience

Monday, September 8, 2014

Banana Bread Recipe with No Eggs

Banana Bread is comfort food to many who have tasted a nice moist loaf still warm from the oven. I have a banana bread recipe that does not use eggs so those among us with egg allergies can now enjoy this comfort food fresh from the oven.
This banana bread recipe will make at least four loafs, so that means you can freeze the extras or pass one along to a special friend. There is a single mom or perhaps an older couple in your neighborhood who would love a fresh loaf of banana bread.
One and a half cups shortening (margarine works)
3 cups white sugar
Four and a half cups all-purpose flour
1-tablespoon baking soda
1-tablespoon salt
Four teaspoons of vanilla
Nine ripe bananas
Mash the nine ripe bananas in a bowl and set aside. Some people choose to use a fork to mash the fruit but I prefer to use a potato masher. It works wonderfully for this purpose. Go ahead and heat your oven to 350 degrees.
In another bowl cream the sugar and shortening and add in the rest of the ingredients. Once it is mixed well stir in the mashed bananas. Pour your batter in to prepared pans and bake for 1/2 an hour or so or until they are done. With half an hour the aroma of warm banana bread will fill your house.
There is no steadfast rule that says you must make banana bread in the loaf pans and it is done quicker if you put it in small round cake pans as I do. I also make it in pie tins, and loaf pans, so it really just depends upon my mood when I decide to bake.
Personally, I enjoy a nice slice of banana bread still warm from the oven with a thin layer of margarine or real butter on it. I only eat one though, or perhaps a second thin slice as I know this is a known migraine trigger. Any warm fruit bread from the oven is a known migraine trigger, but it is fine once it cools down and will not trigger one of the awful headaches.
Next time you make a batch of banana bread why not toss in a half cup of chocolate chips into the loaf pan before you pour in the batter. This is an awesome addition and is perfect for anyone who loves the banana and chocolate combination.
A warm slice of banana bread served on a small plate with a dollop of cool whip and your favorite coffee is the perfect way to relax on a cool summer night.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Duct Tape and Its Creative Uses

There are many uses for duct tape, and you can find web pages created on this topic all over the internet. Within my family and circle of friends over the past 20 years, I have seen duct tape in some unusual places and that is the focus of this article.
Creative uses for duct tape
I had gone the home of a friend back in 1985 to a party and the man of the house had attempted to create a beer refrigerator out of this old refrigerator. He struggled to make the hole for the faucet for sometime before he passed out that night. Good thing he passed out because his wife was livid when she had seen what he had done. When he woke up later the next day, she was still angry about it and said they needed a refrigerator for food and not for his beer. She threw him out along with his refrigerator, which he attempted to fix with duct tape.
Creative uses for duct tape
I was reminded of that use for duct tape when I returned home from camping two weeks ago and seen duct tape in my own refrigerator. My eighteen-year-old son decided not to go camping with us, but remained at home. While he was, taking care of some things in the door of the refrigerator, that bar which holds items inside safety broke and was not fixable. He then preceded to use duct tape where the bar should have been and claimed it fixed. So now, in my refrigerator I have orange duct tape in my white refrigerator.
Creative uses for duct tape
When my brother became a single parent to his four children money got suddenly tight as he was minus the other income in the family. He spent all his money on his children, their needs, and the household bills. This left little for him when his own clothes wore out, so when his winter jacket got a hole in the elbow he grabbed a piece of duct tape and slapped it on. That worked well until Christmas time when Santa gave him a new jacket via our parents.
Creative uses for duct tape
A few years ago, there was an old farmer who lived nearby and rather then buy a new pair of work boots just because the sole began to come off he added duct tape and it worked for him.
Creative uses for duct tape
Living within a five-minute drive to the New York border, I realize some of the hidden differences between the states. The cars in New York, do not have to be as thoroughly inspected as the cars here in Pennsylvania, so occasionally you do see cars with large rust holes in them that would be junked in Pennsylvania driving with New York plates. Some owners allow the holes to remain and some just duct tape the holes.
Creative uses for duct tape
I seen a bumper duct taped to a car, yes imagine that but the funniest thing I saw was on an old ford truck. The tailgate was bright yellow duct tape, I walked passed the truck and seen this first hand. There was no metal tailgate on this truck it all it was 100 percent yellow duct tape. They say that duct tape is strong but wonder if the owner ever carried anything in the back.
Creative uses for duct tape
My friend who is a police officer had a strange unusual call on day and he and his partner responded. The caller stated she was trapped in her bedroom and unable to free herself. The officers found her duct taped to the bed, as one would expect to find someone handcuffed for pleasure. Her boyfriend had used the duct tape with her permission and then had passed out shortly after tying her up. So how did she call? Her five-year-old daughter dialed the phone.
Creative uses for duct tape
Around the campsite, there are several uses for duct tape, but one that works really well is to duct tape to smaller tarps together to cover multiple picnic tables placed near one another. As the wind whips around the tarps stay together as the duct tape truly is reliable to withstand the extreme wind that sometimes happens.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recreational Ativities in Boston

Recreational activities for senior citizens in Boston Massachusetts are plentiful, and there is something for everyone. If you are headed to Boston on a trip, relocating there or if you simply live in Beantown, you need this information.
TD Bank North Garden
100 Legends Way, Boston, MA, 02114 (617) 931-2000
This is the place to be if you want to watch the Boston Bruins or Celtics play, or catch some on the music industry greats while you are in Boston. This building opened in 1995 and has had a host of top rated concerts, and millions of people have enjoyed countless games, shows and other fun events right here.
Senior citizens can enjoy a casual dinner, or a more relaxed dinner before the game or event because there is a restaurant on every level here with the building. You can have a limo drop you off, or simply use one of the nearby parking lots to park cars while you attend the events in the building.
New England Aquarium
One Central Wharf, Boston, MA, 02110
(617) 973-5200 extension 617
At the New England Aquarium, senior citizens and other people n this Boston Massachusetts location will learn about plenty of underwater life, but there are also several movie screens and even a planetarium. Eat a meal at the Reef, try your hand at trivia contest or simply sit back and enjoy the meal. This summer you can learn about the water life from all over the world and see those animals swimming in their carefully recreated natural habitats.
The New England Aquarium also records the underwater life in action to show at different times, and while you are in the building perhaps, you will meet a diver. Senior citizens in Boston can also learn what the animals eat and how they are taken care of in the behind the scene tours.
Boston Common
Boylston and Charles Streets, Boston, MA, 02116 (617) 635-4505
The Boston Common is just about the oldest public park in the United States and it is almost 50 acres in size. This means there is usually a wide range of things to see in this public park, which is accessible to those people among us with disabilities who require specialized items.
This public park marks the start point of the famous Freedom trail, but before the American Revolution the British troops camped here before moving on to begin the war. In the early 1800's public hangings occurred here as well. The Boston Common is full of history, and is wonderful to visit. Currently in the spring, summer and fall senior citizens can attend concerts, baseball games, festivals and other fun events designed to enlighten and delight audiences of all ages. If you enjoy ice-skating, frog pond inside the Boston Common is a great place to visit.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hurricane Agnes 1972 Pennsylvania

Hurricane Agnes created much havoc in my hometown and even as a child, those memories are still within me. Every time I hear of another hurricane hitting the United States, I am reminded of those memories.
In 1972, it was just a few short months before my 6th birthday, in the sleepy little town of Athens Pennsylvania when Hurricane Agnes struck. Highway 220 was just being built across the Chemung River in Athens and I remember standing on the area and seeing huge tress go down the river. The river, which used to be small, was now huge and extended into the town. I was so glad that we lived on the hill and were safe from this water.
I asked my dad with wide-eyed wonder what caused all this water to come to our town, and he replied it was Hurricane Agnes. At that point I had no clue just what that meant, but I knew it was bad just the same. The entire borough of Athens Pennsylvania was under water, and it got much worse as you went into downtown.
My family stood on the highway while my dad and other men walked Ralph's cows up from a barn to the railroad tracks and finally to the highway where they would put those cows in trucks to transport them to safety. The cows were taken to various farms in the country for safety reasons, and seeing those men put the cows on the trucks was unreal. Those cows were survivors of Hurricane Agnes because Ralph's friends and fellow farmers helped him as a small community does in a natural disaster.
From this point on the highway, one could see much more of the town, and much more of the floodwaters that were causing untold damage to the town. I see a house float down the river that really scared me. There were cars, trucks and huge uprooted trees just floating as if they were toys, I remember saying to my family that I wished this bad water would go away. Hurricane Agnes had caused major damage north of us, and some of that debris was floating past us as well.
Of course, during the flood you could not get into downtown by food, but after the water settled boats would go down Main Street and reveal the horror of it all. Water up to the second floors of buildings, and those building that had cellars in them was flooded as well. The main elementary school was flooded up to the third floor, while your post office received water quite high as well. I remember seeing images of the post office, it looked like a building on an island, and it appeared scary as was all of Hurricane Agnes.
I went down with my parents to help their friends Leona, Donnie, and Susie clean out the Tioga Point hotel, which was their bar. Mud covered every surface on the main floor and was two to three inches on the second floor. The parking lot had so much mud on it that you sank down quite a few inches, it made a sucking noise when you lifted a foot to take a step. My parents, along with countless other people help clean this bar up and got this family back into business.
After my parents helped there a few hours one day we went up to Ralph's house where the cows were rescued and his big two story yellow house was still standing but had been moved off the cellar, which was full of mud. There was a wooden plank from the ground, stretching over the three-foot span to get to the house. My dad told me that the mud there was at least eight foot deep, and I could not fathom how deep that was, but I knew it was bad. The house was destroyed by Hurricane Agnes, along with everything inside, so there was no option but to tear it down. A trailer was put on the property and Ralph and his wife never rebuilt their home.
Several families that were friends of our family were now homeless by Hurricane Agnes, and I remember us kids sharing our toys with some of them. Shirley and Ed, got a new trailer that was temporary because their house was destroyed, Paul and Grace left the downtown area and choose to build a house out in the country on a huge hill. The floods wiped out almost a hundred homes in our small town, including the two that sit on the lot where my own home was built in 1993.
FEMA supplied trailers to lots of families like Shirley and Ed who had four small children, and the Red Cross provided clothes. Friends and other family member provided what they could, and everyone helped each other as best they could. All over town, people were helping other people and Hurricane Agnes brought the community together.
The President would declare Pennsylvania a disaster area and damage from Hurricane Agnes would exceed 2.3 billion dollars while the total damages for the country would exceed 3.1 billion. Over 117 people were confirmed dead within the United States from Hurricane Agnes and 48 of those deaths occurred in Pennsylvania.
Old timers around here said this was a hundred year flood meaning that a flood like this only occurs every hundred years. There are dikes on the rivers now, which are very high, but I wonder if another flood like the one that came with Hurricane Agnes , comes again will the dikes hold it back?
This article was written from my personal memories of Hurricane Agnes, which occurred in late June 1972. Our town learned valuable lessons from this flood as did our neighbors in surrounding areas up and down the Susquehanna and Chemung rivers, which merge just below Athens. The river is something we never take for granted any longer, as we, all know if it happened once it can happen once more.
To learn more about Hurricane Agnes and the damage it caused read the following links.