Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Colors - Things I Love About Fall

I love the colors of Fall. The bright oranges, golds, muted reds, browns, olives - all abound in Nature this time of year. This is my season - not only was I born in the Fall, my personal color pallette is an Autumn.

Soon the leaves will be turning. I think they will be early this year because we have been so dry. But here in Virginia the leaves aren't as brilliant as in New England. I grew up in Northern NY - about an hour south of Montreal. Autumn was wonderful there! Indian Summer was common - and a good thing too because the winters were brutal back then.

Don't forget your wardrobe. It will soon be time to add layers: jackets & sweaters. Wear your favorite Fall colors! 

Look for dried leaves, or silk ones, to change your decor to an Autumn theme. Small things like the votive set pictured above can make a beautiful fall statement on your table, especially surrounded by autumn leaves. You may want to display some plates in Fall colors on your counter or mantel if you have a fireplace.

Pumpkins and gourds can be found at your local farmer's markets and are great items to add to your Autumn theme now through Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Have fun and enjoy the colors of Autumn!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dawn Isn't Just For Dishes!

Last Thanksgiving we had our children, their spouses and children for the holiday - 9 extra people! The first evening everyone was here, the toilet off the rec room clogged. David plunged and plunged, but it wouldn't unclog.

Now it wasn't a total disaster - I grew up with one toilet in the house - that would have been a real problem, but we had three other toilets here. But not wanting to wait until the holiday was over to call a plumber, I went online to see if there was a solution.

I came across this thread that discussed using Dawn dishwashing liquid. It sounded really bizarre. As I kept reading the thread, more and more people raved about how it worked for them. So I took the information to my husband and he said give it a try. We were both kind of doubtful, but what the heck! At least the bowl would be really clean!

It worked! I couldn't believe it!

Here's what I did -

Be sure most of the water is out of the bowl. If you have plunged to no avail, it should be pretty empty.
Pour in 1/2 to 1 cup of Dawn.
Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Pour 1/2 gallon of really hot tap water into the bowl. You should see results immediately!
(the original directions said boiling water, but some people in the thread were concerned about cracking the porcelain).

You may have to repeat this - I didn't!

A few weeks ago, a friend on Facebook, posted the cartoon above and asked for help in unclogging her kitchen sink. I told her about the Dawn solution and she tried it (using boiling water) and it worked.
So save your money and try this before calling that plumber!

Do you have any unusual uses for Dawn? Please share them in the comments below.