Tuesday, November 24

Handy Hints & A Lesson Learned

Gleaned from a local newsletter (which is really just a batch of ads, masquerading as a news letter):

1. If you have trouble opening a jar lid, put a rubber band around the lid and then twist.

2. If you believe your toilet is about to overflow, quickly remove the tank lid, reach down and push the flush valve closed. It covers the tennis ball-sized opening in the bottom of the tank. That keeps the bowl from overflowing while you clear the obstruction.

Note: you can also turn the valve on the wall beside or beneath the tank to shut off the water supply (if it isn't rusted shut, like ours are).

3. Take your bananas apart when you get them home. If you leave them connected, they ripen faster.
Note: I tried this and it seems to work.

4. To avoid a burglary while you are away on vacation, luggage tags should show ONLY your destination address.

Note: There is another reason for doing that too! In the early 80's, we went to Hawaii on a company trip, and eight of us (four couples) went early and stayed on the Big Island for a week prior to the "company" part of the trip, in Maui. The flight from the Big Island to Maui was short and uneventful, except mr. kenju's luggage didn't arrive with us. Had he not had it for the week prior, it wouldn't have mattered, but for the Maui part of the trip, we needed dress clothing for the parties we'd be attending. Long story short: his luggage came back home to Raleigh, and when the airline called and told my daughter, she told them to send it back to Maui ASAP. It finally arrived, but not in time for the first few events. If we had placed our destination address on the luggage, it would not have made the return trip to Raleigh and then back to Maui.

Lesson learned!!


Kay Dennison said...

Great Stuff!!!!!! Thanks!!!!

Gilly said...

Must try that for out bananas - they always over ripen! And the rubber band idea is great - provided you can get the rubber band to stay on a slippery jar top!!!

Grannymar said...

I must try the banana tip, I never heard it before.

About the luggage label.... Don't forget to change it for the homeward journey!

LL Cool Joe said...

Excellent tips! I'd never thought about the elastic band around the jar top, but that makes lots of sense.

Arkansas Patti said...

I will try the banana thingy. There is only so much banana bread you can make with over ripe ones.
Good idea on the luggage if I ever lose my mind and get on a plane.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I definitely will try the banana tip...I eat bananas all the time and they are always getting ripe too fast. I never heard that before. I'll be thrilled if this works...thanks Judy. Hugs, Joy

Buzzardbilly said...

Great tips! I have one of those round grabby things for jars.

Curmy got to live in the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas) for two years and in Hawaii (on the big island) for one year. I did not. I want to go to Jamaica and listen to Bob Marley songs as they were meant to be heard.

I think I got LL Cool Joe's word verification because I got "rappin" :)

Pat said...

We have a lot of trouble opening jars. What works for me is putting it under the hot tap and then opening it wearing rubber gloves.
Our latest frustration- a pearl necklace MTL gave me and neither of us can do the catch - it's so delicate!!!

MaR said...

I will have to try both - the banana and the elastic band around the jar - tips, thanks!!