I’M JUST CURIOUS: Different answers

by Debbie Walker

Tonight, I am going to pass on some ‘different answers’ of questions you may not even know to ask yet. Use of coconut oil is all new to me. It had never been in my house, say nothing about my kitchen. But… I found a few situations that it is useful. I am including a few things I read about Coconut oil and a few other things:

Coconut oil uses: Ladies – Run out of shaving gel? Use coconut oil.

Use it to lift crayon marks the little ones are bound to leave.

Use it to remove a price tag. It works.

Use it to soak some cotton balls and throw them on a few sparks for a quicker way to get a campfire growing.

Use it to calm a sunburn. Take a shower, apply coconut oil, it will soothe the burn. It will also moisturize the dehydrated skin.

Use to soothe insect bites. Rub the oil over the bites. It will reduce swelling and ease discomfort.

Mineral oil uses: I don’t ever remember seeing this in my parents or my home. and I never had any. I am not even sure what its original purpose was.

Use it to recondition leather footwear. A few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and rub in.

Use it to remove a bandage. A few drops, a minute and bandages peel off.

Use it to preserve your wooden cutting board.

Whitening toothpaste (not gel): This will clean the nasty grout while you sleep! In the morning wipe the area with a damp towel.

Distilled white vinegar: Use it to clean your bathroom. A half cup of white vinegar in your toilet bowl overnight will do the trick.

Use white vinegar in your bathroom sink. Put the stopper in and fill it with hot water and a half cup of vinegar, let it sit overnight. Drain and wipe clean.

Sponge and vinegar: Use them to clean your microwave. I have done this, works like a charm. Soak your sponge in equal parts of water and white vinegar. Microwave for 30 seconds. Don’t open your nuker till the next morning and then just wipe clean.

Baking soda and water: Erase oven grime with baking soda, In a bowl mix a half cup of baking soda and enough water to make paste. Apply to interior walls, let sit overnight. In the A.M., just wipe clean.

Borax laundry soap: Use to deodorize your carpet (plus a surprise.). Mix a half cup and half baking soda, sprinkle on rugs and upholstery, let sit all night. Vac in the morning. Okay, that is good, BUT if you have pets who might have fleas that Borax is a miracle worker! Sprinkle Borax on your carpets, anywhere you might find fleas. Leave overnight. Vac in morning. In two days do this again and your fleas should be gone. (The second sprinkle kills fleas that were in eggs). It was amazing when I needed it.

After completing this column, I will be packing, going on an adventure for a few days. These are the points I found for packing:

Lay down or roll pants and tops. Place heavy items at base of suitcase. Shoes, books, heavy things. End with what you will wear first. Don’t under pack is part of the description I found but I am over packed! And I put my night gown on top because I will get in just in time for bed.

I’m just curious what other tidbits you could share in “different answers”. I’ll be waiting! Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Which is it, boy or girl?

by Debbie Walker

I remember years ago something being said about “When the jackets come off in the spring the bellies start showing,” the pregnant bellies. Since it is about that time of year, it seems appropriate to share some smiles with you.

The information came from my most recent Farmer’s Almanac Newsletter. The article is written by Judy Kneiszel. I have used some of her words and some of my own. I’ll bet you have stories of your own.

Carrying High or Low: Carrying high with a big rounded belly supposedly going to have a girl. Carrying low with a smaller belly is said to be a boy.

Wedding Ring Swing: Tie the mother’s wedding ring to a string, hold it over her belly. The ring swaying back and forth would mean a boy, steady circular motion would be a girl. You can also use a needle and thread.

Baking Soda Test: You use the first pee of the morning. Use a paper cup, add one spoonful of baking soda then add some of the urine. If it fizzes it is said to be a boy. If it stays flat, it’s probably a girl. Bright yellow urine is another sign of a boy. Dull yellow should be a girl.

Heartbeat: No, not the dad’s heartbeat! Above 140 beats a minute is a girl, below that is a boy.

Mother’s Age: Add the mother’s age at conception to the year of conception. If the total is an even number the baby is a girl. Odd number and it is a boy.

Cravings: If mother is craving sweets or citrus, that would be a girl. Salty foods and the woman is having a boy. That would mean if mother is craving pickles and ice cream, I guess that would be twins!

Morning Sickness: If the mom has morning sickness in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, she’s having a girl (Well that explains my daughter). No morning sickness it’s a boy!

Beauty Steelers: If the mom is getting compliments on her beauty while pregnant, it’s a boy. Otherwise, it is said the girl baby is stealing the mother’s beauty. At any rate while she is pregnant tread lightly, hormonal reflexes might be a bit off!

Cold Feet: If mom has cold feet it might mean the baby is a boy. If the mom’s feet don’t feel any different it’s probably a girl.

Weight Gain: This one is for the dad. If dad gains weight the baby may be a girl. If the father gains weight at same rate as mom, the baby is said to be a boy. (Or dad is sympathetic.)

Now if you know some different tests I would love to know what they are. Please share. Don’t forget Mothers Day is May 12 and she deserves some spoiling. It is easy to make mom feel special. Spend some special time with her. Don’t forget an aunt, remember your grandmother, too. You can’t go wrong, spend some special time with them. If you are doing a gift put some thought into what they would really like.

I’m just curious if you found your tests were correct. Let me know and I will pass it on in a future column. Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com. Thanks for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: May crazy holidays

by Debbie Walker

Another new month coming our way. Let’s see what we have for special holidays to look forward to:

May 1 – May Day – Do you remember when we used to hang May Baskets on friends and neighbors door? If you do how about starting up again for our newer generations. They missed all that fun. It is a Spring Celebration.

2 – Baby Day – Another spring celebration to honor new life.

3 – Lumpy Rug Day – intended to appreciate a good rug. If you have a lumpy rug, throw it out. Replace it with a nice lump-free rug.

6 – International No Diet Day – In your “diet life” remember to do so in a safe and healthy manner.

7 – National Teacher’s Day – Teachers are so important in our lives, we don’t honor them enough. If you are not a teacher you don’t truly know how hard they work, in school and on those ‘vacations of free time’ you think they enjoy too many of’.

8 – No Socks Day – While washing your feet before celebrating this day is a requirement, painting your toe nails is optional.

9 – Lost Sock Memorial Day – Say a prayer for lost socks, gather all your unmatched ones. You are never going to find the other. It’s time to throw it!

10 – Clean up Your Room Day – Kids this one applies to your parent’s room as well. (make a little exception for the creative people, they dance to a different tune!)

11- Eat What You Want Day – Today you can set aside your diet No – No List. Splurge away for tomorrow it is back to your goal.

12 – Mothers Day – Give your mother your time, your love, yourself, every day not just one a year. (RIP, Mom, we all miss you!)

14 – Dance Like a Chicken Day – Just have fun! Don’t pass up the chance to dance like a chicken!

15 – National Chocolate Chip Day – Let your imagination fly with what you can add your chocolate chips to or eat them out of the bag and smile!

18 – No Dirty Dishes Day – This is not intended to pile them up for the next day, it is no dirty, washable dishes. Either do meals (oops, that makes dirty dishes) on paper plates and tools or go out to dinner for the three meals and snacks.

22 – World Goth Day – Started in United Kingdom in 2009. It’s not just wearing black that makes you Goth. The Goth culture is expressed in fashion, music, art and to some degree, behaviors.

24 – National Escargot Day – Well that is just what we need, an eat a snail day. Guess that would cut down on garden problems but I will pass, thank you. Tried it once, it reminded me of a tire tube!

25 – National Wine Day – If you drink, don’t drive but maybe try a new wine. I have found I like Moscato. I tried a raspberry Moscato Saturday and put a raspberry popsicle in it for something different. Wine has been with us since Bible days. Celebrate! I know two ladies who will be!

I’m just curious which holidays you will observe!! Let me know. No drinking and driving! We all belong to someone who cares. (This info came from www.holidayinsight.com.)

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Welcome to Citrus County, Florida

by Debbie Walker

Last week I wrote about an area north of where I live in Florida. It was Panama City Beach and that area was devastated by hurricane Michael in October 2018. The damage from this storm has been estimated at $25.1 billion dollars. Some readers were curious why I would want to live in Florida and go through hurricanes. I am prepared to answer that question.

My area of Florida is considered to be Central West Coast. We are about 90 miles north of Tampa. I lived here for 30 years before I went back to Maine for a few years. What will follow is the information that was passed on to me in the first couple of years that I was here:

I knew nothing about Florida when I moved here in September 1984. My first hurricane experience was quite the lesson. I lived in a mobile home and came home to the evening news announcing the evacuation rules. It said that anyone in Citrus County in a mobile home needed to evacuate to somewhere high and dry.

After we heard the alert, we went out and cleaned up anything that could fly with the wind. About that time my boss arrived and said we ought to come to her house. She had a concrete block house, quite a bit stronger than a mobile.

While at her house with native Floridians, I got an education. Citrus County is bordered on the west side by the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane was spinning and stalled in the gulf. It was out there for a couple of days. It was said we would be a direct hit. The natives said, ‘Absolutely not just watch and see.’ Just as the natives said, when the hurricane started moving again, it left us without much more than some winds and rain.

That night they explained to me there really wasn’t much of a problem unless your home was built on the water, a higher tide than usual would be the issue there. Occasionally, Citrus would get some high winds but sometimes we get that in an afternoon electrical storm.

Hurricanes prefer to travel in warm waters and low elevations. We have seven spring (cold water) fed rivers that feed cold water out into the gulf and we have some of the highest elevations in Florida. If we ever go under water, they will be using scuba divers in Mickey Land. Hurricanes usually hit south of us in Tampa (built primarily under sea level!) and bubble out around us north to Cedar Key.

We also have about a 30-mile shallow shelf of land under our section of the gulf. It gets deeper about a foot a mile. (It’s not the best place to plan on deep water fishing or diving.) This is also said to be a possible reason for the detouring storms.

Proof of our good fortune are that the tiny islands off our coast are still here. In other coastal areas the wind and flooding have eroded their islands. Okay, so I learned this stuff from the natives but in the past 30-plus years they appear to have been right. I do still believe in evacuations to be on the safe side.

I am not just curious about why I appreciate my area. I could go on all night with neat things about Citrus County, Florida, just ask me. Send your comments or questions to dwdaffy@yahoo.com or call the office and leave a message if you ‘don’t do computers’. Thanks for reading.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Interesting trip to Panama City Beach

by Debbie Walker

Many of you are aware I had moved back to Florida in January. I lived here for 30-plus years before I went back to Maine for a few years. Last month I went on a car trip with my girls, daughter Deana and granddaughter Tristin, to my grandson Blake’s new home of Panama City Beach.

Blake moved from Tallahassee to Panama City Beach in June. He and his girlfriend, Sam, had settled in just a few months before the storm. Their apartment is 7/10ths of a mile from the beach, a beautiful beach, the day I was there. However, I doubt it looked that way during Hurricane Michael this past October. (Hurricane season is considered from June till the end of November.)

I am not going to try to put together the days and hours that storm harassed the west coast of Florida. It’s all been done. This is about six months beyond the actual storm. Friends asked me to take pictures of what I saw. I couldn’t do that. Those sights are embedded in my memory and I am not needing pictures to review the devastation.

On the drive up on Hwy Florida 20 West and US 231S and then onto US 98W we began to notice fallen trees and trees bent way over, lower than was ever intended. For quite a number of miles we only saw forests with like damage. When we changed roads and began seeing homes there were a few with trees down all over the properties. Then we began to see roofs covered with those blue tarps. Even more devastating are the scenes of homes destroyed. You really couldn’t ignore what was becoming more damage to homes. Trees on roofs still, all these months later.

Can you imagine the comfort or lack of, of living in these homes or in the yard in a camper? Imagine, the heat of the summer fast approaching, and these poor people are not going to be prepared for it. Now imagine that area is heading into new storms and a possible problem with wild fires.

Driving into the city and seeing a large number of stores, shops and businesses devastated, and some who have no plans to reopen. Jobs lost, employees who had to relocate to find other employment and even homes to live in.

You continue driving into the city and seeing life going on as if never disturbed. We were there during Spring Break and things were hopping. Of course, all these visitors bring money that guarantee future employment. The area will grow back and once again prosper. After all we are a determined and resilient country.

I’m just curious what I will see for changes the next time I visit that area. Contact me with comments or questions at dwdaffy@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: The inner child in all of us

by Debbie Walker

(This is a ‘memory’ column with a few notes added at the end.)

The other day my mom stopped in with one of my aunts, a cousin and two great-cousins. Poor Ken, we are a rather loud family when together. Even poor Benji, our grumpy old Shit-zu, reacted by barking at us because he doesn’t like loud.

Some of you know that I have written some fairy stories, 21 at last count. I know it will sound strange, but I find my writing is assisted by what I happen across for critters (toys). Recently, I was given a little rabbit (toy) with such a look on his face, his name is now Hiram. His story is running through my mind just waiting for me to write it.

These critters usually sit on my kitchen table until I introduce them by giving each its own story, and add it to my collection of stories. We live together in a way.

When the girls were here, Christy Ray (great cousin) asked me if I was still writing fairy stories. So… we were off in our own little fairy world! Mom certainly came to life on that note! She explained that she has had three adult children and one who is a forever child. Guess who she meant, with me sitting here showing Christy Ray (16) my latest critters and thoughts of my next stories.

I will admit I enjoy being “a child.” My grandmother, mom’s mother, told me that we have to grow older chronologically, however, we don’t have to grow up. She was 81 when she told me that! And my grammy wouldn’t lie!

Keep in mind, I work with first graders at school and I love it. I have this past year’s five, six and seven year-olds convinced (?) that I am only five years old. I turned six on my birthday in January, they insisted. However on the last day of school I became five again for the fall’s children!

I said all that to tell you we all have a little child inside us. Don’t be intimidated into keeping him/her inside and hidden. You will so enjoy the time spent with him/her. Even when your “child” is not front and center, people will be impressed with your child-like enthusiasm for life. I can’t say for sure that we will live longer, however, you will so enjoy your time here!

Of course, I am just curious if you are enjoying your inner child. For any questions or comments I am reachable at dwdaffy@yahoo.com sub: inner child. Thanks for reading!! Don’t forget to check us out online!

JUST A LITTLE FUN:

Play, laugh, sing and dance: Look at things with child-like wonder and you’ll never be old!

The cure for boredom is curiosity; there is no cure for curiosity. (I’m counting on this one!)

“Intelligence is knowing that tomato is fruit. Wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if ketchup is a smoothie.” (by Miles Kington)

There is no such thing as too much sparkle! Just ask some first graders (and me of course!)

Thanks for reading.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Old newspaper clippings

Shared by Debbie Walker and Dee Dillaman

You know I love to read and so does Ms. Dee. Since I have been here in Florida, Dee as has been cleaning out her sewing room to give it some order, she has been sharing old newspaper clippings with me. I hope you enjoy them as we have today and once again cut them out to save for younger generations!! They will always bring a chuckle. What follows is not intended to offend anyone:

Letter from Mom

Dearest Redneck Son,

I’m writing this slow because I know you can’t read fast. We don’t live where we did when you left home. Your Dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles of your home, so we moved. I won’t be able to send you the address because the last Louisiana family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so they wouldn’t have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I’m not sure about it. I put a load of clothes in it and pulled the chain. We haven’t seen them since. The weather isn’t bad here. It only rained twice last week; the first time for three days and the second for four days.

About that coat you wanted me to send; your Uncle Billy Bob said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.

Your sister had a baby this morning, but I haven’t found out what it is yet so I don’t know if you are an Uncle or an Aunt.

Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him cremated, he burned for three days.’

Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pickup truck. Butch was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the back. They drowned because they couldn’t get the tailgate down!

There isn’t much more news at this time. Nothing much out of the normal has happened.

Your favorite Aunt,
Mom

This one is how I feel sometimes with computers:

I’M OBSOLETE

I never could admit defeat. But now it’s clear – I’m obsolete.
When I hear someone say “dot-com,” I don’t know where they’re coming from.
A mystery that I still don’t get, Is what and where is the Internet?
When Larry said he had a mouse, I said, “Well, fumigate the house!”
Am I the only living female, Who doesn’t understand e-mail?
I always vote and pay my taxes, But I’m not sure just what a fax is.
Nor do I quite know what it means, When people go to church in jeans.
It doesn’t matter what we wear, The main thing is that we are there.
Sometimes, I must tell myself. “You’re old. You belong on the shelf!”
But really, that’s not hard to bear – I’m obsolete and I don’t care!

From “Nuggets and Doozies,” of Ann Landers.

Check out Creators Syndicate Web page: www.creators.com

Of course, I am just curious if you are still chuckling after reading this. I sure hope so. Don’t forget to cut out and share. Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com. Thanks for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Crazy April holidays

by Debbie Walker

Another new month coming up. It does traditionally have some stressful holidays but this year you will know there are other days you can choose to give your attention to. It is nice to have a choice and maybe you will find a new favorite.

We will start with probably my least favorite day of the year:

April 1 – April Fools Day. Just remember, no matter how much you enjoy this day, there are some who do not.

April 1 – International Tatting Day. No, this is not celebrating the tattoo artist day. It a day for folks to honor those who are carrying on the skill of tatting beautiful, delicate lace.

April 2 – National Peanut and Jelly Day. No explanation necessary.

April 2 – International Children’s Book Day. Let’s all promote this day by encouraging our young readers by the gift of a book or by reading to a child (Thank you).

April 4 – Tell a Lie Day. It is thought this day was created for politicians, but I am not sure they need their own holiday. Be wary of this holiday.

April 5 – Go for Broke Day. If you can muster up the courage to take a big risk today is your day. You decide if the risk is worth it.

April 6 – New Beer’s Eve Day. Please enjoy responsibly.

April 7 – No Housework Day. Kick back and enjoy! (my favorite!)

April 9 – Name Yourself Day. For the day, change your name to one YOU like, let all your friends know, it’s only one day!

April 11 – Eight Track Tape Day. If you are under 50 or 60 this holiday probably means little to you. To those who remember, enjoy your music or the memories of…

April 12 – Walk on the Wild Side Day. Use this day to do something out of the ordinary, unusual, or even extraordinary.

April 14 – Reach as High as You Can Day. Reach as high as you can to reach and attain, or even surpass, your goals and objectives!

April 15 – That Sucks Day. Celebrate if you must and then Get Over It!

April 17 – Blah, Blah, Blah Day. Do all the projects you have been nagged to do. The Honey-Do List is a good place to start.

April 20 – Look Alike Day. Find someone you really look up to and try to look like them.

April 21 – Happy Birthday day to some folks! I made this one up!

April 23 – Take a Chance Day. Explains itself!

Okay, this became a short month in this column because I need to include the answers to last weeks Word Puzzles. Answers follow:

#1 an almanac; #2 the letter “r”; #3 Farm; #4 the car is 18 months old; the tires are a year older; #5 Leaves; #6 a donkey; #7 Smiles, because there is a mile between the first and last letters; #8 3 inches; #9 Meadowlark; #10 Herein (I, he, in, her, ere, here, rein); #11 Sweet Pea; #12 Sweet Pea.

If you missed the little game, I am sure you can find it in my column on our website.

If you are curious, check it out. And contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com. I’ll be waiting!!! Thanks for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: How about some word puzzles?

by Debbie Walker

Recently I was given a 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac magazine that was prepared for Boy’s Town and their 100th year. It is done in a monthly manner. It is a nice “read;” I felt lucky to have been given one. And I decided to share the “Puzzle of the Month” with you and hope that you will enjoy it. The answers will be in The Town Line’s edition next week. So, we move on:

January: Soon as I’m made, I’m sought with care, for one whole year consulted. That time elapsed, I’m thrown aside, neglected and insulted. What am I?

February: What’s that in the fire, and not in the flame? What’s that in the master, and not in the dame? What’s that in the courtier, and not in the clown? What’s that in country, and not in the town? What am I?

March: I am composed of four letters. My first’s in a fish, but not in an owl. My second’s in shad, but not in a fowl. My third’s in a crab, but not in a quail. My fourth’s in a mackerel, but not in its tail. My whole is a thing that it pays to hoe well.

April: A motorcar is three times as old as its tires were when it was as the tires are now. When its tires are as old as the car is now, the car will be a year older than the tires are now. What are the present ages of cars and tires?

May: Often we are covered with wisdom and wit, and oft with a cloth where the dinner guests sit; in beauty around you and over your head, we are countless, though numbered when bound to be read.

June: What key is the hardest to turn?

July: What is the longest word in the English language?

August: A dealer ordered a picture 12 inches by 18 inches to be framed so that it would cover just twice its former wall space, the frame to be of uniform width. How wide should the frame be?

September: Name a bird whose name contains the name of another bird.

October: What word of six letters contains seven words, besides itself, without transposing?

November: This word is both an adjective and the name of a flower.

December: I move incessant to and fro, obedient to Moon and Sun, but though I serve both high and low, all wait on me, I wait on none.

I hope you enjoy! Let’s be good now and not get on the computer looking for answers. Try saving it for a snowy day activity. You know you are good for a couple more before winter is done with you.

I will continue here in sunny Florida. The people here are cleaning up their little “winter” reminders. My daughter and her hubby got out their kayaks to spring clean them Sunday. I see a river trip coming up for them soon.

My activities are somewhat limited as I work on getting rid of bronchitis. I don’t feel really bad but that cough…yuck!

I am just curious how many of you are going to jump right into that little game. Remember, no cheating! Answers in our next edition. Please contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com with any comments or questions!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A teacher’s solution for bullying

by Debbie Walker

Every day I get emails from a local reader, Edgar. Today was no exception. Someone, I don’t have any idea who, has come up with a way to help children understand what their bullying does to another child. It is the best explanation I have seen or heard so far. Please read this and pass it on to everyone! I wish I did know who wrote this, I would be glad to tell everyone. What was written is as follows:

“A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said…they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child; they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on.”

That is word for word what I saw in the email. Open your mind though to other aspects of other areas, even in your own lives. We all have known people who have left scars on us.

Now on to another aspect of a bully situation. This is the first time I have seen anything useful for the victim of a bully. I loved it. And… again remember anytime your feelings were hurt, and see how this might help you even now. I sincerely hope it helps. Let me know, please, what you think.

“There is another version for the one being bullied. Take a $20 bill. Have the child crumple it up, throw it on the floor and get it dirty. Have the child unfold it and ask them what it’s worth. It’s still $20. No matter how beat up you get in life, no matter how much others trample on you, it does not diminish your worth one cent. Your value always remains intact.”

So often when I read something it just sends my mind in a whirl and off to all aspects this information could possibly help. I will be interested in what your thoughts may be.

As usual I am just curious as to how far this information will take us. I am hoping parents, aunts, uncles, etc., will pass this information on to the children in their life. Teachers, I know your classroom time is so limited these years but please do take a few minutes for this information. You may be surprised by your class’s reaction. I’d love to hear about it.

Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com with any of your questions and comments. Thanks for reading!