Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clever Cleaning Ideas

A window cleaning squeegee 
to lift pet hair off carpet
WD 40 to remove crayon marks
Leave a denture tablet 20-30 minutes in the toilet, 
then use the brush to remove stains
Stainless steel shines using Cream of Tartar and a non stratch pad

Half a lemon on your shower mixer to remove calcium buildup
Or ladies, why not just get a man to clean up for you?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Clever Home Ideas

A coat hook rack becomes a shoe rack

Sheets stored inside the pillowcases

Using a rubber band if the thread is stripped

Using a rubber band to stop clothes slipping off

Cutting sandpaper with scissors to sharpen them

Coffee filters placed inside plant pots to stop soil leaking through

Handy watering device made from a plastic container 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Contentment Is....

Some things that have given me contentment....

...letting go of the mistakes I have made in the past.

...not worrying about what ill informed people think of me.

...being at peace with my family.

...not holding any grudges.

...being satisfied with what I really need.

...doing what I can to be a peacemaker.

...realising today is the first day of the rest of my life.

...knowing I always give my best.

...satisfying my spiritual need.

...knowing that God offers me a wonderful future.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clever Kitchen Ideas

A way to slice cherry tomatoes quickly and conveniently

How to do cheese toasties

Holding up capsicums for filling, then cooking

An apple with potatos to stop them sprouting

Salt and lemon to effectively clean your chopping board 

Two rubber bands can help to open a glass container

White vinegar lightly applied to the chopping board
to stop tears when dicing onions

Keep your drinks free of unwanted objects

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


People cannot be judged by what they do in ignorance, rather what they do once they have a true understanding.

A friend does not believe gossip about you, but he will also not pretend all is well when you do wrong.

The proud overestimate themselves, but a humble person knows his true worth.

The selfish take and think they will be happy, but miss out on the real satisfaction that unselfishness brings.

Help is for those deserving, but giving to a lazy one does no one any favours.

Greed is never satisfied, and is therefore not fulfilling.

A true peacemaker actively seeks to sort out problems, even if it means admitting their fault in the matter.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Overly Helpful Usher

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked politely.

"The front row, please," she answered.

"You really don't want to do that," the usher said. "The pastor is really boring."

"Do you happen to know who I am?" the woman inquired.

"No," he said.

"I'm the pastor's mother," she replied indignantly.

"Do you know who I am?" he asked.

"No," she said.

"Good," he answered.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What Fish Do All Day

I used to wish I was a fish,
Swimming through the weeds.
No sums to do, no spelling too,
Or history to read.

Then I found,
While swimming 'round,
The silly little fools,

Just didn't play,
Or laze all day,
But spent their time in schools

From the 'Beryl the Peril' annual, 1969.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fail Photos

This presenter was in the wrong
place at the wrong time. Fail

Depth of field fail, but it sure makes the dog look mean

Ah, so close but not quite. Small fail

How do you explain this to the boss? Big fail

Fail. It's everywhere you go

Monday, April 13, 2015

Glorious War

In New Zealand the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, part of World War I is being remembered. Australians and New Zealanders (ANZACs) have regularly commemorated it. Even young children have in recent times become more aware and involved in the event. Being the 100th anniversary means much more emphasis on the anniversary, as you could imagine. In the media there is much talk of the sacrifices made by those who went and especially those that didn't return.

While I understand the remembrance, I wonder about the emphasis. There seems a glory is attached to the ultimate sacrifice of dying in war. This is the part that sits uncomfortably with me. Should children remember war with any thoughts of glory? Would it not be better to remember war as a futile sacrifice that young men made? They lost their future lives - and all that would have brought - to fight a war that could have been avoided. All wars can be avoided. While there exist leaders who are prepared to forgo talks and mediation to resolve a dispute violently, then warfare is always on the horizon.

Surely that is the lesson humans need to understand. War is a failure of human rulership. There is nothing glorious about it. My maternal grandfather was involved in WW I in Russia in the medical corps while in WW II my father was in a combative role in Burma as part of the RAF. Neither spoke of what they witnessed with any pride. Both had a negative view of war. I am glad of their attitude that helped me to see that war isn't a good thing, nothing to be proud of. I don't think the current generation is getting that message. If I am correct in that belief, then sadly we have learned nothing.

Those who fail to learn lessons from history are doomed to repeat it.

This didn't need to happen and there is no glory in it

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Stubborn Old Man?

An old man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the movie theatre. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the old man, "Sorry sir, but you're only allowed one seat."

The old man didn't budge.

The usher became more impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager".

Once again, the old man just muttered and did nothing. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the old disheveled man, but with no success. Finally they summoned the police.

The officer surveyed the situation briefly then asked, "All right buddy what's your name?"

Fred," the old man moaned.

"Where you from, Fred?" asked the police officer.

With a terrible groan in his voice, and without moving, Fred replied "The balcony."