Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I feel better now. It has been one of those days that very little has gotten done around here and it is insane at the moment.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Works-For-Me-Wednesday-- Scrub-a-Scrub-Scrub...

I get absolutely annoyed at my shower and bathtub when it doesn't SHINE after I just finished cleaning it. I like my tub and faucets to be not only dirt free, but also smooth to the touch and shiny enough to see my reflection. My bathroom cleaner spray may remove the dirt just fine, but doesn't make it completely smooth and shiny because the soap scum and build up has dulled and roughened the surface.

The best solution I have found for this problem is a lovely product called Barkeeper's Friend. The version I like is in powder form like Ajax or Comet. In addition to cleaning tubs and showers, I also use it on my stainless steel sinks and faucets. The only thing I don't care for is having to rinse it. I have yet to figure out an easy way to rinse the walls in our stand alone shower.

READ the label to make sure it is safe for your bathroom then hop to it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Wet the tub/shower down

  2. Sprinkle a generous amount around-- shake, shake, shake

  3. Put on rubber gloves. It's doable with bare hands but I use rubbergloves if I have them.

  4. Spread BKF around with a wet rag to make a paste that covers all the area

  5. Let it sit or set for however long you get distracted

  6. Go find your child who is screaming "Mommmeeee".

  7. Tell big brother to put her down-- NOW

  8. Tell little sister to quit taking big brother's Legos and hiding them

  9. Remember that you were cleaning the tub

  10. Take rag or any scrubby thing and SCRUB 'til that tub is slick as ice so if Bambi fell in your tub his little legs would just go every which way

  11. Throw gloves down and RUN because it is TOO QUIET

  12. Send children to separate corners with threats of "if I have to come out here one more time, I am putting Webkinz in timeout-- until tomorrow!"

  13. Rinse tub and fixtures with lots of water until shiny

  14. Dream of the time you will use the tub, alone and without interruption, like in about 18 years

  15. Put supplies away

  16. Go get a Diet Coke and while you drink it

  17. Return to the bathroom

  18. Admire your hard work

  19. Leave the quiet of the bathroom and go play LEGOS

For other more helpful tips, head on over to Rocks In My Dryer.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sermon Humor...

Today our pastor was describing different kinds of preaching other than preaching Christ and each description began with the letter F.

He used Flashy, Flamboyant, Flavor and my personal favorite, FLATULATION. The snickers rippled across the congregation but Pastor Pete never missed a beat. I couldn't wait to see where he was going with it. I thought maybe he was going to say something about preaching opinions and being full of hot air. He went on to describe churches that beat you over the head about how you are doing wrong and how sinful you are. They get stuck there rather than going on to the rest of the story which includes God's grace. I realized after a few more pronunciations that he was really saying "Flagellation" as in beating you over and over.

Hee Hee, flatulation was funnier!