Pain – Sigh…and try, try again.

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I had no idea when I said I’d update that I’d  be posting so soon on the state of my avocado tree. I’m back to first steps again. A dastardly chipmunk decided to bite off the sprouts and unearth the pit. Again, I was inclined to toss out the whole project, but I am going to try again. Perhaps I will have three or four sprouts this time. I’m hoping the avocado pit still has a little life in it.


I added more soil, and while I was at it, I also potted up the top of a pineapple and some ginger bulbs. My grandsons helped me with this part of the project and enjoyed talking about the prospect of the fruit and bulb re-growing.



Pain – Orlando, Florida, June 12

There has been a mass shooting in my country. A fellow blogger asked how I feel. I feel…

Blankness…hollowness…sadness…uncertainty…futility…so many other words could be added, but I think you understand how I’ve reacted from the few emotions I listed.

After the actual tragedy what bothers me most is the aftermath. The way the facts become fodder for an almost macabre form of entertainment by the media. I especially dislike the way the situation becomes just another political stepping stone for those pushing an agenda to take away freedom in the name of safety. I listen to countless discussions of the people determined to say the politically correct thing, and feel angered that in the midst of so many talking points they say nothing truthful or helpful in any way. But who am I to judge since I am mostly silent, for I have no solution either, and perhaps that is why those who gloss over the real reason for the atrocities don’t name it for what it really is. I wish I had the answer, but can only point to the words of Jesus in John.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

My father once asked my great-grandmother (who lived to be 100 years old) if things were better in the world when she was young, and her answer to him was, “No, things were just as bad, you just didn’t hear about them as much.”

Problem-Solving – Cleaning Salt Stains from Uggs Boots

Cleaning Salt Stains from Ugg Boots

My Uggs Boots were stained by salt last year. I don’t know why I waited a whole year to clean them off, I suppose it is the classic, out of sight, out of mind syndrome. Thankfully, I do know a good way of cleaning them by applying shaving cream and rubbing with a soft cloth. Below you can see my progress. As I write, the boot I treated is sitting beside a heater vent drying. If there is any residue still left I will repeat the steps.


Dampen the entire boot so there is no line of demarcation when they dry. Apply the shaving cream and gently rub the soiled area with a soft cleaning cloth. Spread the shaving cream lightly around the entire boot with the cloth. No need for a heavy coat, just a light touch of the shaving cream will keep the color and texture of the boot uniform.


The boot on the right was previously treated. You can see the slightest bit of salt stain around arch of the boot, but all in all, unless someone was looking for the problem area, I don’t think it is very noticeable. Give this money saving tip a try. It certainly beats spending near $15.00 to have your boots professionally cleaned.

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