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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR APRIL

Fair, colder  (1,2,3) with light snow in the northern part of the region, rain in the south   (4,5,6).   Fair and cool  (7,8,9) with showers or some snow in the north  (10,11,12).  Fair and cool again  (13,14,15,16,17);   STORMS   (18,19) turning fair and cool (20,21,22,23,24,25,26).  Fair and cool weather  yet again  (27,28) with more scattered STORMS   (27,28); fair, warmer   (29,30). 


MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  

    

       "Perseverance provides more 
       rewards than that lucky break 
       we all are always hoping for.” 
                                                                                      John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

HINTS FOR THE HOUSEWIFE

A

 new clothes line, if boiled for a short time, will become tougher, will last longer, and will not tangle.

From The Almanack of 1918

     No reason why hash or meat loaf cannot be handsome.  Bake it in a buttered ring mold.  Turn out on a platter; fill center with vegetables you planned to serve separately Surround with cubes of cranberry. 

Reprinted from The Almanack of 1968

     Bathroom tile cleaning can be a real chore, but GROUT EXPRESS makes it simple and easy. This revolutionary-designed cleaning device uses adjustable cleaning pads that will clean multiple grout lines at once.  It can be used as a hand-held tool (great for showers!) or with the pole extension for those hard-to-reach places around counters, the toilet, and tub.  Point your browser to www.groutexpress.com and order one today.

     To disinfect your mattress, fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray the entire mattress thoroughly.  

     Unstick that stubborn zipper by rubbing a piece of wax paper over it several times.  

     Tupperware can get pretty nasty-looking after continuous use, especially when storing tomato sauce.  Spruce them up filling them full with water, adding a dash of dish soap and some bleach.  Place them in the microwave.  Heat until the water boils.

     Clean food remnants off of your toaster easily with a paste made up of cream of tartar and a teaspoon of water.  Apply with a damp sponge.   

After cleaning thoroughly, apply a little car wax to the top of your stove.  Not only will it make it shine but food will not stick so easily. 

     Mix orange peels and vinegar in a Mason jar for a pet and kid-friendly cleaning solution.  

     Don’t buy that stainless steel cleaner.  Pledge Furniture Polish will do the trick just as well.    

     Remove stubborn grease stains by rubbing them with a piece of chalk and then wiping with a damp towel.

     Clean the toilet by placing a piece of Magic Eraser in the bowl and let sit overnight.

     When your glassware start s to look cloudy, spray the inside with white vinegar and wipe them out.

     Clean out dusty air vents with a butter knife wrapped with a rag soak with your favorite all-purpose cleaning solution. 

     The next time you bathe your young one, place the little tyke in a plastic laundry basket in the tub along with all of his or her favorite bath-time toys.  The basket will keep all of them well within reach and give the little one some additional support. 

     Use an onion ring to form a perfectly round egg.  Place the onion ring in the hot skillet and crack the egg into and fry as usual.

     After popping popcorn in the microwave, open the top just a little and shake out all of the un-popped kernels. 

     To get your drink cold very fast, wrap a wet napkin around the glass and place in the freezer for a few minutes. 

     Use a hanging shoe caddy to store cleaning products.

     Want to make perfect pancakes?  Put the batter in a large empty catsup bottle.  Then, you can then easily squeeze out the perfect amount every single time. 

     No flat iron available? Put the wrinkled piece of clothing, along with a damp towel, into the dryer and run on high heat for several minutes.