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The Rotating Trio: Potpourri

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Rotating Trio: Potpourri published in 2017

February 2017

For this month only, read below a special article that has been written. The Rotating Trio Potpourri segment will return in May.

Making Your House a Home By Jackie Waters Vision impairment can happen suddenly or gradually over time. When a loved one begins to suffer from loss of sight - whether from injury, medical complications, or age advancement - it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. While vision loss is certainly a serious issue, thereís no reason for it to create an undue burden on those suffering and those who care for them. One of the first steps you can take is to make sure your loved oneís living space is both safe and comfortable. By making some simple home modifications, you can make the house feel like a home again. One of the easiest ways to make a home friendlier for someone with visual impairment is to make sure things are well-lit. It may sound obvious, but providing better lighting in rooms, hallways, and staircases is the first thing you should do to accommodate your loved one. The American Foundation for the Blind also recommends that light should not only be abundant, but focused on the work they are doing - not directly at their eyes. The AFB also points out that itís not just about lighting. Contrast within the home is also important. Examples of this include color contrast between doors and doorknobs, doorframes and walls, and even tables and other furniture with its immediate surroundings. But contrast is not always good for those with visual impairment. Some things to avoid in your home include bold or bizarre patterns, which can be disorienting. Mirrors that catch light and cause glare can also be a problem. Safety is the number one concern when it comes to modifying your home for a visually-impaired loved one. Itís paramount that you make sure that all pathways in the home are clean and clear. Anything that could possibly impede them is a safety hazard. The average home is full of bumps and trips waiting to happen. Some major things to think about include uneven flooring - whether itís thick rugs or small ledges between rooms. Low hanging lights can prove to be a hassle, as can tables and chairs that jut out into pathways. Another good tip for safety in mobility involves the outdoors. Donít forget about the yard or garden! Plants, shrubs, trees, and grasses must be properly maintained in order to avoid trips and scrapes. Of course, all modified houses should include handrails and grips wherever necessary - especially in potentially slick rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, it could be the room of the house that needs the most attention. Not only is kitchen accessibility vital for living with independence, it also contains some of the greatest hazards in the home - sharp objects and high heat. Devices like fill level indicators, chopping devices which lessen the need for delicate knife work, and talking timers can all make life easier for the visually impaired. There are a handful of sites that specialize in such products. Labeling is also important - in medicine cabinets, bathroom, and wardrobes - but especially in kitchens. Depending on your loved oneís level of impairment, various methods can be used to label containers and ingredients. Try colored stickers or even textured surfaces. Think about your home. How easy is it to navigate in dim light? How about in the dark? Understanding how you move around your home on an everyday basis is a good first step to figuring out how you can improve it for a visually-impaired family member. Many of these improvements are inexpensive, so a little thought can go a long way. With the right modifications, you can assure that your home is safe and comfortable. Resources:

May 2017

For many of us, we forget that the earrings that we drop in the jewelry box, bathroom drawer or catch-all tray no longer have their original shine. Guess that could be why no one mentions your jewelry accessories? I'm guilty, but intend to use the below recipe I found to change the look. Let's try it out.

Jewelry Cleaner
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon dish detergent
1 Cup water
1 piece aluminum foil

Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes
Cut and place a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl)
Pour hot water into bowl
Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl, mix carefully
. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes
. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth
Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time

According to, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem."

Shine On

August 2017

Moth Balls and Peppermint!

What a contrast in smells, read on:
Although mothballs are credited with preventing residency of unwanted attic, shed and inside visitors, maybe not. They are only affective when used in an air-tight container or bag when preventing moth damage to clothing. They give off a gas that does the trick. Yes, they stink, and can be harmful to many people with breathing problems or allergies. Try airing your coats, etc. out of doors before wearing, or in the dryer on low heat with dryer sheets. Mothballs are made of an insecticide so the ingestion of them are harmful to small children and animals who may find them interesting when used beneath cabinets where mice are expected. You are just stinking up the house and risking the health of pets and children unnecessarily.

Unnecessarily, yes, because mice don't mind the smell, but a more inviting one does bother their nose in a major way. The smell is peppermint. Yes, peppermint oil, bought at a pharmacist, won't kill them, but takes up the welcome mat. Use a cotton swab and saturate with the oil. Use this along the baseboards, edge of the cabinet from floor to counter and along the back of the counter and areas where mice are detected or expected. Place saturated swabs in out-of-sight corners. You will need to add some traps for finishing off the job, but use chocolate or peanut butter rather than cheese.

Peppermint oil used in the same way as above, will also stop the march of the ant brigade. This one I've tried with good results when the chalk lines and various cans of ant spray had no positive affect.

Sniff, and it isn't even the Holidays, Later!
If you have any suggestions of a topic or comment, please contact me at my address located at the top of this article.

December 2017

In the midst of the busiest holiday season, with Thanksgiving behind us, and Hanukkah, Christmas, other holidays, and New Year's ahead, more time will be spent in the kitchen. Relax, this isn't a cooking article, but still kitchen Stuff. You might call this Order and Odors.

I've never had enough storage space for pots and pans, the lids and the jumbled disorder that is created behind that lower cabinet door. Shutting the door before the avalanche may work, but it's worse when the door is opened next. Oops!

Finding the lids and stacking? Hereís my solution. Starting with a large skillet, rarely used, stack in a large soup pot/Dutch oven; inside this, the lid of a 3-quart saucepan, and then it's mate, the pot. Inside this pot, stack the lid of a 2-quart saucepan, and then the matching pot. Next, stack the lid of a 1 quart saucepan and then the pot. The lids will be below the pots; therefore, it allows stacking without the pots getting stuck. No, I haven't forgotten about the lids of the Dutch oven and skillet. They can go behind the stack you just created. Just a bit of help in the cabinet pot slide.

Odor? Reducing odors in your kitchen is easy with a few of these tips.
* Instead of throwing away that empty pickle or mayo jar and empty coffee container, wash them, and repurpose. Banana skins, onion peels, and grease from ground beef, etc. can make a stink. Use one of the empty jars to cram these in, and when filled, put in the trash. If you don't have a garbage disposal, or one you can't use, you'll find many more things to put in these containers. They are air-tight and keep down the odor.

*Rinse out cans and packages with hot water before tossing.
*Rinse off the food residue before trashing, and you'll be happy with the results.
*Make some lemon vinegar ice cubes. Zest one lemon and pour about 1 cup of vinegar over the peels, stir together. Pour into an ice cube tray. And put into your freezer. When your sink/garbage disposal begins to have an unpleasant odor, throw a few ice cubes down there.
If you have a garbage disposal, run it with cold water for about 1 minute. If you do not have a garbage disposal, just throw a few cubes down there and run some hot water at the same time.

Now, plug in the candle warmer and enjoy the Holidays!

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