Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts! Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.
So this week was productive. I worked on my story and got a lot accomplished and I love how it’s finishing up. I have about 15,000 words left to write, give or take a few thousand…lol, but I’m not sweating it. 🙂
I have an odd method to writing…well, maybe not so odd because I’ve heard others talk about working the same way too. I find that I’ll finish a scene and before I can start on the next I like to play it out in my mind. For me, I can do that easier when I’m up moving around. So what ends up happening throughout a writing day, is I get up often and do a few household tasks while I’m working out the dialogue and what I want to accomplish in the next scene. I’ll do dishes, fold some laundry, meal prep, vacuum, play ball with the dog…you know the drill.
Well this week I went a bit deeper. I went for the forbidden, dreaded…TUPPERWARE CUPBOARD. Funny thing was while I was pulling plastic from the recesses of the endless Tupperware hole, I found a few older pieces I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. One I had snagged up at a thrift store. A huge old bowl that I thought would be perfect for assorted salads and such. When I bought it, someone had taken their handy, dandy permanent black marker and wrote their name on the bottom. A very common thing. I didn’t care though because I have a secret that removes it. Take one of those Mr. Clean Magic erasers and erase the evidence. Whoever named it Magic Erase knew what they were talking about…that little weird spongy thing is magical!
Afterward I reassembled that cupboard into an organizational masterpiece of plastic bliss! 🙂 🙂 🙂
All of that got me to thinking about other little household tidbits. For instance, did you know that if you have a piece of Tupperware which has an odor that won’t die…maybe you, or SOMEONE stored something in it like…oh, I don’t know….like FISH, potpourri or onions :)….take a damp piece of newspaper, put it in the container and seal it tight. Let it sit for 24 hours and the carbon in the ink will remove the smell. Cool huh?
Of course this led me to thoughts of my mom and dad and some of the things that they did while I was growing up that I just assumed everyone did. Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the bride’s dad believed Windex solved everything from pimples to cold sores to arthritis…if memory serves me right…lol. Well, my dad wasn’t quite that delirious, but he had a home remedy liquid of his own…yes it came in a bottle, but I’m not talking anything with a percentage and proof behind it…lol…He was a firm believer if the powers of Vinegar! He would use it to clean windows, polish car chrome, remove tea or coffee stains from china. Oh the possibilities of that strong smelling, sometimes amber colored liquid.
I remember him unclogging the sink by pouring a handful of baking soda down the drain and then following it with a vinegar chaser (1/2 cup) and rinsing with hot water. Actually, combining water in vinegar in a spray bottle worked as an inexpensive way to clean showers, tubs, sinks and the fridge…making them all smell beyond clean. I still can’t figure out how something that doesn’t smell that great, can be used to clean something and make it smell fresh. Actually, taking odor away. Hmm…..
My mom bought a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and she’d always fill the sink with warm water and add salt and vinegar to clean them. She’d soak them in the water for a few minutes and if there were any bugs in them, they’d float to surface. Gross, but at the same time, kinda cool 🙂
One more vinegar use before I drop the subject (I’m just so excited I guess…lol). When we were kids we were all notorious for not listening…go figure. Though we were reminded about a gazillion times not to place our drinking glasses on wood surfaces, we always seemed to conveniently forget. Anyway, one of those lovely rings would appear (and I’m not talking a diamond ring either or I’d be leaving glasses on every wood surface available…hehehe). Well, my dad would mix equal parts distilled vinegar and olive oil, wipe it along the grain of the wood then polish…fixed those nasty rings right up.
Anyway, there were a gazillion little things my parents used vinegar for…far more than I’ll list here. Seems like we always had an industrial sized bottled of vinegar in the cupboard…lol
Funny how sometimes simple little tasks can take us back in time. From my Tupperware cupboard, to my parents love affair with vinegar and then finally to all those other little pieces of advice that I got while growing up that were never really spoken, but observed. Some newly discovered and some passed down from generation to generation…some probably even forgotten.
Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please….
What”s an off the wall piece of advice you were given, or just grew up with and accepted as the norm that your family did or you still do? It can involve a cleaning remedy or a household tip for preparing foods, laundry or whatever.
Looking forward to reading your answers