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The Many Uses of Lemons



I didn't know any of these, did you?  Information from Today

You turn to this citrus fruit to enhance your water but did you know it can also help perk up limp lettuce and kill weeds? We asked experts to weigh on their go-to uses for this household must-have. Read on for their tips.
Kill weeds. Forget chemical weed killers, which can be just as bad for you as they are for the planet. “I like to control weeds with my lemon and white vinegar recipe, which is four parts lemon juice to one part white vinegar,” says Billee Sharp, author of "Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping."
Preserve and refresh produce. “Lemons are a perfect way to perk up produce,” Sharp says. “Adding limp lettuce to a bowl of cold water with lemon juice in the fridge for an hour will put bring back the crispness. Make sure to rinse and dry it a paper towel.” A little lemon juice also will help keep apples, potatoes, pears and cauliflower from browning and guacamole and pesto green.
Keep away cats. “If you have a precious rug or couch, spray it with your trusty lemon and lavender spray bottle to keep it pet-free,” Sharp suggests. “It will not only freshen the room with the nice smell but keep them away as well.” Bonus tip: orange and eucalyptus essential oil work well, too.
Easily clean cheese graters. “Cut the lemon in half and then run it over the grater,” advises cleaning coach Leslie Reichert, author of The Joy of Green Cleaning. “The acid in the lemon will help break down the fat in the cheese. If the food is really stuck on the grater you can dip the lemon in table salt and the salt will act as a scrubber; combined with the lemon it will remove most foods.”
Sanitize metal jewelry. The acid in lemon juice also works to remove tarnish. “I'd recommend using just a tablespoon of lemon juice concentrate to 1 1/2 cups water,” Reichert says. “You can also dip your silver into lemon soda and it will come out sparkling. But don’t use this combo on gold or pearls.”
Preserve meat and clean your cutting board. Lemon juice creates an acidic environment and bacteria need an alkaline environment to survive, so adding lemon to meat, produce and even water inhibits bacterial growth. “A handy antibacterial and natural way to clean your cutting board after cooking meat is to rub lemon juice on it and let sit overnight; rinse in the morning,” Sharp says. “The lemon juice will kill bacteria and leave your cutting board smelling fresh.”
Naturally restore furniture. “Mix mayonnaise, olive oil, and lemon juice together,” Reichert suggests. “When worked into wood furniture, this mixture will add oil to the wood and the lemon juice will work to cut through any polish build up on the furniture.”
Prevent sticky rice. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the pot while the water's boiling to keep grains from sticking together. “Lemon does prevent sticky rice, as do other citrus fruit lines, which help separate grains of rice and enhance the whiteness of the rice itself,” Sharp says.
Get rid of grease. “Copper pots are cleaned quickly with a half of a lemon dipped into salt. Rub over a tarnished copper bottom pot and you'll see magic,” Reichert says. “The same combo works great for removing grease off a cooktop and stainless steel pots and pans, too. If you have a real buildup of grease, use the lemon juice or half lemon with sea salt.”

Make potpourri. “I love lemons and lavender as potpourri,” Sharp says. “Take lemon rind or thin lemon and orange, lay them individually on a big sheet pan, and let them dry.” Add dried rose petals, lavender, rosemary, or mint for a wonderful, fresh scent. 

Handicap Parking



Almost every morning I go to my favorite restaurant for breakfast and normally sit in the same area so I can get one of my favorite waitresses.  This area is near the front of the restaurant and puts me in view of the parking lot, mainly the handicap parking.  There are 3 spots clearly marked that they are for the handicap and even marked with a fine if violated.  Do people honor this?  NO!

I have rods in my back and multiple back problems.  I was given a 6 month handicap sticker but I don't use it unless I'm in terrible pain and if I'm in terrible pain I seriously doubt that I would be out unless it is at the doctor's office.

As I sit in my favorite seat I watch those 3 parking spaces fill up.  As soon as one car leaves another pulls in.  It appears to me that most of these vehicles are large trucks, SUVs and vans.  What I seldom see are people getting out of these vehicles with walkers, canes, wheelchairs nor any other handicap devices.  What I do see are younger people, middle aged people, and most commonly, overweight people of all ages get out of these vehicles.  They have stickers that they place on the mirror or lay on the dash but if they are handicapped or have a passenger that is handicapped it isn't apparent.  What I also see are elderly people coming across the parking lot in wheelchairs and on walkers. Some have parked way down at the end of the parking lot and even though they ARE handicapped, they don't really seem to mind the walk. These are the people who should be parking in these special spots for these special people.

I know that there are times that I would love to use my sticker, especially when it's raining or cold outside, but I refuse to.  I want to see these spots used for those who REALLY need them.  I hope you all agree with me but I'm sure there are many who won't.  At least I've gotten a little of this off my mind.

Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs






An article to share with dog lovers from Vet Street

If your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, we've got some good news:  Your dog can do it too!  Fruits and vegetables make great treats for dogs, and we've got the skinny on which ones are OK to feed your dog.

If your pooch already eats a quality commercial diet that's been approved by your veterinarian, he doesn't necessarily need fruits and vegetables to balance his nutrition - not like we humans do,  anyway  Still, fruits and vegetables (offered in moderation, of course) can be tasty, low-calorie and inexpensive snacks for dogs.  So toss those fattening cookies and hit the produce section.  It's time to get healthy!

Broccoli makes a great snack for pups.  Just remember to serve human food sparingly - even the best fruits and vegetables, if eaten by your pet in huge amounts, can cause stomach problems.  Some canines love sweet potatoes.  Be sure to serve them to your dog in small bites and make sure that they're cooked, never raw.

Zucchini and other squash are healthy treats for your canine.  Before you change anything about your dog's diet, though, consult with your veterinarian, because some foods may be incompatible with certain medical conditions or prescribed diets.

If you want to give your canine a few banana slices but don't want to deal with a squishy mess on the floor, here's an easy solution.  Freeze the banana slices before you offer them to your dog.  Giving your dog peas instead of cookies can make you feel better about his calorie intake.  But keep in mind that treats, even healthy vegetables, should be less than 10% of your pet's diet.
Many dogs love juicy apples.  Just be sure your dog doesn't get hold of seeds or the core, which can be harmful to him.

Good news for all you green bean fans out there.  It's safe to share them with your dogs.  Plenty of dogs enjoy carrots, but if yours is hesitant about eating raw vegetables for the first time, you can steam or boil the vegetables for an easier transition.

How about some fresh cucumber slices?  Be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables and remove rinds, skin, seeds or pits before feeding them to your pet.



http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/best-fruits-and-vegetables-for-dogs

Fruits and Vegetables that are Dangerous for Dogs



My dog is my best friend so I try to stay up on what is good and not so good for him to eat.  I receive emails information from my vet now and then with sites that I find quite informative.  This is one he sent that I want to share.  It comes from Vet Street.


Onions, garlic, leeks and chives, which are all members of the Allium genus, can damage healthy red blood cells, leading to life-threatening anemia.  Cooking these household staples won't make them any less toxic, so leave them out of your pet's diet no matter how they're prepared.

Grapes or Raisins may look harmless, but they can cause illness and kidney damage in dogs.  Clinical signs can occur within 24 hours of eating and include, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Raw Potatoes can be risky for your pup, especially if it has any green parts or sprouts.  Potatoes contain solanin, a toxin that can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach upset.

Wild mushrooms can be pretty, but they can also be deadly for dogs.  Symptoms of mushroom poisoning can range from vomiting and hallucinating to liver failure and death.  There are many different species of mushrooms and toxicity levels differ, so to be safe, keep your animal away from all wild mushrooms.

Apple Cores with seeds and stems are a no no.  It's fine for your dog to eat an apple slice or two but don't give him the core, seeds, stems and leaves which contain cyanide, a toxin that can cause dilated puples, panting, difficulty breathing and shock.  You'll also want to be cautious about other fruits with seeds, such as watermelon - offer only the fruit, not the seeds, stems or leaves.

Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries are not safe for dogs - their pits can be choking hazards.  And choking isn't the only problem with these fruits.  The stems, leaves and pits of apricots, plums, peaches and cherries also contain cyanide.


Rhubarb Leaves are toxic to pets so if you're making a rhubarb pie, make sure you carefully dispose of the leaves.  They can cause kidney failure and tremors.

Surprising Ways to Use Honey



This article was on the Today.Com site.  It's gives us Ladies, and some men too, multiple uses of Honey.  I personally am looking forward to trying some of these.

MOISTURIZER
Experiencing a rough patch? Mix equal parts olive oil and honey to create a thick lotion. Rub on dry skin and let sit for 10-20 minutes before rinsing the area for smooth (and staying) results.

LIP BALM
This use of honey for skin brings a little sweetness to your lips. Combine 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/2 cup of natural beeswax (grated), 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 drops of vitamin E oil and 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Once blended into an even (and creamy) concoction, separate mixture into small containers with lids (should make about 12 mini batches).

DEPILATORY WAX
Combine 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of water in a microwave-safe container, then heat in the microwave or above the stove until the mixture turns brown (approximately 30 seconds). Let cool, thinning the mixture with more water if it appears too thick. Use a small spatula to thinly apply wax to skin, then apply a muslin cloth strip, pressing and smoothing in the direction of hair before peeling back in a swift motion.

HAIR REPAIR
Add a teaspoon of honey to regular shampoo to smooth damaged tresses, or combine with a teaspoon of olive oil for deeper conditioning. Apply to hair and let soak for 15 minutes (add 10 minutes for more damaged strands) before shampooing as usual.

BATH SOAK
Combine 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 cup hot water and let solution dissolve for about 10 minutes. Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil, then pour in bath water.

ACNE SOLUTION
Reserve a little dab of honey for skin and apply to blemishes, then keep covered with a Band-Aid for 30 minutes. (Honey also works as an antiseptic for burns and abrasions.)

FACIAL
Combine 2 teaspoons of milk with 2 tablespoons of honey. Smooth solution over face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off.

CUTICLE CREAM
Melt 1.5 ounces of beeswax and 3 ounces of apricot kernel oil in the microwave. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and, once cooled, divide into small tins for quick cuticle repair on the go.

BODY SCRUB
Stir a couple pinches of ground nuts into a tablespoon of honey (adding a squirt of lemon juice). While the ground nuts exfoliate and the lemon juice brightens, the honey will moisturize for a smooth surface.

WART REMEDY
Using honey for skin doesn't just involve softening. Proving one of the easiest (and better smelling) wart removers, apply honey to problem area twice a day until you see results.

FRIZZ FIGHTER

Add a tablespoon of honey to a liter of water and, after shampooing, rinse your hair with this concoction to tame fly-aways. THROAT SOOTHER: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Heat and stir.

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