Sunday, January 31, 2010

I no longer consider moving an adventure

It looks like I'm going to move..not far...just across the drive. But I'm going to move to a first floor apartment. Right now, I have to climb three flights of stairs to get from my garage to my apartment. When I moved in two years ago I thought it would be good exercise plus I could enjoy the beautiful view.

After lugging bags of groceries up those stairs for two years, I'm thinking there must be a better way to exercise! Besides, the chemo isn't helping my ability to climb stairs.

I can remember a time when I thought moving was fun... an adventure! New rooms to arrange, new neighbors, new decor items to buy. Now I look at all those books and dishes and closet stuff (where did it all come from?) and wonder how badly I want to keep them.

So if you're not doing anything one fine weekend this month........

Monday, January 25, 2010

More germy places in your home

Now this is really disgusting. Health magazine says that there is a tenth of a gram of feces in every pair of underwear. Really? That means you get E.coli on your hands when you move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.

The washer and dryer should be at 150 degrees to kill bacteria. Most organisms die in the drying cycle. Wash underwear separately and wash whites with bleach. Transfer wet laundry to the dryer quickly and dry for at least 45 minutes (or until load is fully dry). Wash hands after doing laundry. Run a cycle of bleach and water after laundering underwear.

I'll never look at washing underwear the same.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Germy places in your home

I was reading an article in Health magazine about the germiest places in a home and came across some surprising (and disgusting) facts. A typical sink drain has over 500,000 bacteria persquare inch. Seventy percent of the sponges and towels you use to clean have microbes such as E. coli.

What to do?
After you rinse or cook food, clean the sink, counters, and faucet with soap and water or an anti-bacterial cleanser. Never leave a sponge around to use the next day...this can create a germ breeding ground. Instead, put the sponge or brush in the dishwasher and dishrags in the washing machine.

Disinfect the sink and drain twice a week with a solution of one tablespoon bleach with one quart water. Scrub the sink and then pour the solution down it.

More disgusting facts to follow!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

awesome photos

I really have nothing to say this week. It has been so cold I haven't done much other than sit in front of a space heater and read emails! But I received these photos and loved them and thought I would share them with you.

Monday, January 4, 2010

How about a warm climate?

Jet Blue has announced a winter sale that I just had to pass on to you. Book by Jan. 13 and travel by March 24. Some blackout dates. For example, Austin to JFK is $99/$109 and Houston to JFK is $109/$119. How about Austin to Ft. Lauderdale $79/$89. That sounds pretty good with that front moving in this week! Sorry San Antonio, no flights from SA. Check the Jet Blue Website for other deals.