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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By barbeau3 09/30/2014

Some aussie are born without a tail. Mine was. Its normal if he is half aussie.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By barbeau3 09/30/2014

He is a black tri aussie. Looks purebred.

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RE: Old Kitchen Cabinets Leave Odor on Dishes

By LeeAnne67 09/29/2014

I have not tried this, but I've heard that bowls of charcoal briquettes (unused) helps eliminate odors. It's worth a try.

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RE: Kitchen Paint Colour Advice

By Lorelei 09/29/2014

I'd play against those neutral colors with vivid colors choosing either royal blue, lime green, lemon yellow, orange, or deep red.

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RE: Dog Peeing on Rugs

By Lorelei 09/29/2014

Put up a baby gate across the stairway and close bedroom door so the pet won't wet in these areas. Keep the dog outside longer and walk it around so it eliminates all.

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RE: Muffin Tin Quiches

By craftqueen1 09/29/2014

These look so good! My mouth is watering just looking at your pictures on the computer.:) I am absolutely trying these. What a fabulous "quick" breakfast idea when re-heated. On my to-do list. Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Vacation Memories with Sample Sized Toiletries

By craftqueen1 09/29/2014

Good idea, I have always done the same thing!:) They also come in handy when you run out of your large bottles at home.

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RE: Wall Color Advice for Kitchen

By Lorelei 09/29/2014

Blue would look nice and compliment with the yellow of the other room and the gray, white and black. I would choose a periwinkle blue or heather blue.

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RE: My Spaniel's Ears Are Itchy

By Lorelei 09/29/2014

Blue Power Ear Wash works great on my long ear pets.
Ingredients are inexpensive and can be purchased at Walmart pharmacy: 16 drops gentian violet, 4 level tablespoons boric acid powder and 1 bottle isopropyl rubbing alcohol. (I like the green as it smells great) Shake all into the bottle before each use and with cotton ball, absorb it full and wash inner ears allowing solution to go into dog's ears. Massage ears for a minute or more. You can learn more about how to use on thrify fun if you do a search for Blue Power Ear Wash.

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RE: Family Members Visit Without Being Invited

By craftqueen1 09/29/2014

You are not overreacting at all. While it was very kind of your Mom and sister to stay and wait with your little one till your hubby came home,......it is inappropriate and a bit presumptuous for her to continuously invite extra family members over.
I totally see why this would make you uncomfortable. Especially since your un invited guests don't seem to have any boundaries when over.
I think you should definitely talk to your Mom about this. You can approach it in a very non-accusatory way though, and she will be more likely to respond favorably.
Start off by telling her how much you appreciate her kindness and help. Then explain how the extra house guests are putting a strain on you and hubby. If your Mom is sweet enough to help you with your little one when asked, she is no doubt mature enough to understand your point of view. Hang in there, wishing you all the best!:)

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RE: Is Project Payday a Scam?

By edge.verse 09/29/2014

I joined them at the end of August 2014. I am only doing the referral program. I have seen over 2 dozen youtube videos with people claiming they only do the referral program and are making 100.00s of dollars per day. That, is a bit far-fetched in my opinion. I have been doing the posting, blogging and using forums and many many classified ad sites as told and in 4 weeks, I have made a whopping 1.50

I find that the people bragging on youtube are being secretive and liars. I saw one video of a guy who claimed (using only the referral program) he made 65,000.00 in two days. Again, that's a lie.

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RE: Inexpensive Stepping Stones in 10 Easy Steps

By kenreg 09/29/2014

Thank you for this idea. I'm going to be doing stepping stones soon and I wasn't thrilled with having to buy the silicone molds. Now I know I can use pizza boxes! We eat pizza all the time and I'll be saving these boxes from now on. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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RE: Canned Tomatoes Have a Metallic Taste

By spetruck 09/29/2014

Olivia: Just for the record- NOTHING you eat changes the pH of your body. Drinking baking soda does nothing. Your body's pH is finely tuned and regulates with no help from you. Eating healthy does matter- but if you did change your pH- you would be dead...rather quickly.

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RE: Family Members Visit Without Being Invited

By grossb954 09/29/2014

You'll have to speak up as I did but the relationship will change. I have a Brother who used to call me saying "we're on vacation and we'll be coming for a visit". That was him, his wife and two kids. Their visit was for several days; they didn't pick up after themselves, didn't help cook and nearly ate us out of house and home. Next few times he called telling me they would be coming I told him it wasn't a good time. He finally got the message. I also have a sister that would come to visit when her small children had eaten candy in her car and she wouldn't even clean their hands of the chocolate. After speaking up about chocolate hand prints on the walls and furniture and a couple of burned holes in carpet from smoking the relationship has never been the same. I was told she didn't feel comfortable in my home because I was too particular. We may love our relatives but can't put up with them for any length of time, nor should be have too.

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RE: Terra Cotta Lighthouse

By jmcampbell 09/29/2014

That is just amazing, thank you for sharing.

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RE: Red Bugs in Bed

By 2ndsight 09/29/2014

First of All--Don't Panic. But don't delay in spraying to get rid of them. I helped my neighbor rid his apartment of bed bugs by using a spray by J.T. Eaton sold in hardware stores. The one-quart bottle comes with a sprayer. Spray all fabric covered furniture, especially the crevices thoroughly with this product. Put vaseline around the legs of any furniture. Spray wall to wall carpet, especially where it meets the wall, and remove area rugs. Make sure to remove the mattress and box spring and spray thoroughly including the seams. Launder any draperies and bedding in very hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Try to figure out where they came from. In my neighbor's case, a friend that was temporarily staying with him brought the bugs from his old apartment. If you are only seeing a few of them, this may be the case and infestion may not be severe. You must be diligent in continuing to spray periodically afterwards (I cannot stress this enough) to be sure they are all killed, along with eggs and larvae. You may use a 91% isopropyl alcohol spray (sold in drug stores) for maintenance purposes. Be sure to ventilate your rooms well. You can encase your mattress in a bedbug proof cover, but these are expensive the not truly necessary. The bugs prefer to bite women over men, and leave the marks in a triangle pattern. I received a lot of help from the owner of my local small hardware store.

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RE: Pain from Denture Relining

By louel53 09/29/2014

Have it looked at. Whenever there is pain, it is time to go back and see the denturist.

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RE: Cleaner Removed Leather Dye on Couch

By louel53 09/29/2014

It is obviously not the cleaner, but whatever hair products that you have been using. I don't think there is anything that can be done about this. You'll just have to put an afghan over it. In the olden days doilies were hung over the back of sofas to keep hair cream off of the upholstery.

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RE: Outlet Stopped Working

By louel53 09/29/2014

Call an electrician.

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RE: Free Pot Scrapers

By lstanhope63 09/29/2014

Brilliant idea.

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RE: Smoke Detector Won't Stop Beeping

By pam.chan2 09/29/2014

I assume you have changed the battery, which is the usual reason for it not stopping beeping. If you have and it is faulty it will have to be replaced.

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RE: Removing an Indentation on Leather Bag

By ginnymath3 09/29/2014

Try using a hair dryer on high. Use your fingers to massage the dent out as the leather heats. Good luck.

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RE: Layered Circles Hair Piece

By kim.b685 09/29/2014

This looks so rich. Would look great on coat or sweater! So pretty.

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RE: Homemade Hair Flowers

By kim.b685 09/29/2014

Love this idea. Would make a great gift and sooooo easy. Thank you!

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RE: Health Issues After Quitting Smoking

By bluheaven2007 09/29/2014

I am using e-cigs as my method of quitting to ease into total quitting. So yes I'm getting nicotine, but not tar and the 4,000 other chemicals in cigarettes, no smell, no ashes, no smoke. I think it is foolish to quit cold turkey as a person is more likely to go right back to it-i know because I tried it. I am slowly lowering the nicotine percentage in my e-cigs and will eventually just use 0% nicotine and just get flavored cartridges. The tar and other chemicals are what cause lung cancer, nicotine is the addictive part and races your heart. I am experiencing a sore throat & an ear ache, probably the cilia growing back were it was destroyed by the tar, like nasal passages etc.
I have known lots of people who quit, not one of them had any of the illnesses some of you mentioned, from stopping. So can't help you there.
As a matter of fact, I have stopped coughing, stopped having heart palpitations and stopped having shortness of breath-all of which I had prior to quitting only 3 weeks ago.

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RE: Getting Copy of Puppy Papers

By Abigail A. 09/29/2014

You have to get them from the breeder.

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RE: Easy Way to Identify Different Size Bed Sheets

By jean99 09/29/2014

Once your sheet is folded you can mark it with colored chalk.

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RE: Training an Aggressive Dog

By Abigail A. 09/29/2014

You don't have the expertise to deal with this.
Training an aggressive dog requires experience. In the meantime you are legally liable if he bites anybody. And if he does bite somebody he will be put down.
Is he a specific breed? Try to find out if a breed rescue will take him. Call around. It looks like he needs an expert and you aren't that person.

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RE: New Barking Dog

By Abigail A. 09/29/2014

Use an e-collar. It isn't inhumane like some people think because it doesn't really shock the dog. It only sends a vibration no stronger than your cell phone vibration.

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RE: Burnt Teakettle Left Mark on Glass Top Stove

By jean99 09/29/2014

Spray the stain with the Easy Off oven cleaner, or similar brand. Cover it with a glass pot lid or any pot lid that can withstand the heat. Turn on the burner until it gets red hot, then turn it off after four or five seconds. Let it sit until the burner cools. Then uncover and wipe off with a scrubber or you can use the razor blade. It should come right off.

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RE: Keeping Wasps Away From Your Home

By Abigail A. 09/29/2014

I second the fake wasp nest idea. You can buy them online.

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RE: Maytag Washer Error Code

By Abigail A. 09/29/2014

It means there is something wrong with the door lock.

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RE: Pillowcase: A Very Easy to Sew Gift Idea

By mary of lourdes 09/29/2014

Thank you for giving clear instructions on making pillowcases. I find that the bought ones are too small and with your help I am going to have a go at making my own.

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RE: Crafts for Mentally Challenged Individuals

By ekelley06 09/29/2014

http://m.psychologytoday.com/conditions/mental-retardation

A diagnosis IS politically correct. If you are that sensitive about correct usage of the word, maybe it's because of the connotations in your own mind. My client has a MR diagnosis. That doesn't mean she is useless. It is just a term that describes her.

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RE: Keeping a Black Range Clean

By kevleddy 09/29/2014

I use dish soap and scouring pad. Once dry, it will be very streaked. I then use windex with vinagar, again, it will dry cloudy and streaked, lastly, I buff it to a spot/streak free shine with a micro fiber cloth, looks as good as new, a little more work but there are no other options with a black top range.

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RE: Name for Birthdays When Your Age Equals Birth Year

By d.blackburn852 09/29/2014

It's called a Beddian Birthday after the man who first raised the issue, Bobby Beddia, who, sadly died fighting a fire, the same day he discussed this with a mathematician, in his firehouse in New York City. All of the details are here

http://markbialczak.com/2014/03/19/ ... the-magical-match-of-birth-year-age/

Happy Birthday to all who, like me, are 57 this year and were born in 1957.

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RE: Pumpkin Serving Bowls

By nanaellen2001 09/29/2014

This is an awesome idea, and cute as well. I see all the pumpkin dishes that use real pumpkins for serving dishes and think, "won't that change the taste of my dish to just put it in the raw pumpkin?" But this is more appealing to me! When I make this I will post pictures...if I remember to take them this year...lol

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RE: Homemade Hair Flowers

By Jess 09/29/2014

I love these flowers! They are always so expensive and it can also be hard to find just the right colors. Thanks so much for sharing the instructions with photos. Your daughter is a cutie too. :)

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RE: Bun Warmer Lid for George Foreman Grill

By Lizzyanny 09/29/2014

Try the Goodwill. Lots of used grills there usually.

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RE: Buying Organic Food

By Lizzyanny 09/29/2014

Since this question was originally posted several studies have been done on whether organic produce has greater nutritional value. The studies show that organic produce normally has between 30% to 70% more nutritional value than non organically produced produce. Makes me feel better about paying a little more.

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RE: Putting a Needle Into Sewing Machine

By susan.langley.92 09/29/2014

Look underneath to see the opening for the needle. Make sure that the screw pin is loose so that the needle will slide in.There is a flat and round side to needles adjust until it fits snuggly(do not force it)then tighten the screw so needle stays in place. Gently turn wheel towards you to see if needle is in straight and goes down between the feeddogs properly. If this doesn't work go to google and put in the name of your machine and see what comes up,or put in how to thread the machine and see what links you can find.

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RE: Cleaning Fabric Softener Dispenser

By jellybeans64 09/29/2014

Did you try pouring some white vinegar into it a few times? This may work. I swear by the stuff!
Terri

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RE: Old Kitchen Cabinets Leave Odor on Dishes

By jellybeans64 09/29/2014

Did you try putting a container of baking soda in the cabinets? If you can, maybe you can wash inside cabinets with a baking soda and water solution to see if that helps. Good luck.
Terri

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RE: Removing Super Glue On Countertop

By jellybeans64 09/29/2014

Test a small spot with acetone on a cotton ball. This may do the trick. Just be sure you test a hidden spot firsthand.
Terri

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RE: Aluminum Foil as Alternative to Fabric Sheets

By jellybeans64 09/29/2014

I have been using the aluminum foil balls but they don't work for me with the static cling.
Terri

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RE: Fixing an Old Electric Typewriter

By trunksandtravels 09/29/2014

Hello,
There is a bar that connects the key face with the finger key. You will need to look inside the typewriter and carefully reconnect them. You should see the "V" bar dangling inside and the hook to connect it to will stand out as different than the rest of the bars.
Good Luck!

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RE: Washer Displaying F30 Error Code

By paula.fleming.790 09/29/2014

I had the same thing on my Kenmore and my book said unbalance but after several attempts of balance, cleaning, on and on I called the company out to fix it and the belt was loose and needed to be replaced. I also got it again and cleaned all the dispensers, inside the drum, checked under the rubber that goes around the drum found a couple lonely socks, no idea why and not ever again did it show up. Still a mystery.

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RE: Bird Feeder

By Miss Pris 09/29/2014

I did this for my great grand daughters for Christmas last year and they learned so much including the different kinds of birds. They are in pre K and Kindergarten.

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RE: Refilling Glad Candle Holder

By Miss Pris 09/29/2014

I have taken and cut/dug out all the old wax and I have an old crock pot and put it in that and heat it on low until all melted and then add a new wick to holder and carefully pour, using and old cup dip and pour back into the holder to let set. Wick needs to be kept straight and as not to float or roll over. Hope this is helpful.

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RE: My Frugal Life: How I Save Money By Keeping a Clean House

By honeyherbals 09/29/2014

To those people who say you should not feed a dog 'human food', I say there was no such thing as 'pet food' sixty years ago. Dogs ate leftovers and bones - cats were given butcher scraps and saucers of milk. Our happy, healthy dogs eat our scraps, supplemented with eggs, bones, oats and dry biscuits.

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RE: Coupons vs. Store Brands

By lstanhope63 09/29/2014

I'm finding the same thing. Coupons, while it's an incentive, most likely the item costs more than store brands.

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RE: Looking for Yarn Donations

By Michiepez 09/28/2014

My mom has a lot of yarn she would be willing to donate to you. Do you have an address like a PO box? I wouldn't want to see you post your address.

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RE: Cleaning Vinyl Siding

By wilma.hurleyDhm.LR 09/28/2014

Use vinegar and dawn.

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RE: Warm Stuffed Toys for Bedtime

By jetruth 09/28/2014

I love the idea. I use to warm my childrens pajamas in the dryer. I would wait for the last load and then pop in their pajamas. They loved the warm feelings and they slept better through the night.

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RE: Freeze Cooking Grease Before Discarding

By Litter Gitter 09/28/2014

I love bacon grease for seasoning. When family comes home, I cook a big skillet of bacon and save the grease. I also save chicken broth and beef broth for soup.

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RE: Getting Rid of Bugs in Pantry

By moseley3 09/28/2014

I don't know about eucalyptus leaves, but I know that bay leaves will keep bugs out of flour. Hope this helps.

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RE: Set Up a Week's Coffee on Sunday Night

By jetruth 09/28/2014

What a wonderful idea. I usually will set my coffee up at night, but this is much better.

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RE: Use Baskets to Organize Refrigerator and Freezer

By jetruth 09/28/2014

I too love using baskets for organization. I love using the strawberry baskets. They hold the little packets that you get from ordering out. I also will line them with parchment paper put other fruit inside.

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RE: 13th Birthday Party Ideas for My Daughter

By cutiemoll 09/28/2014

Hi there! I am 13 and am wanting a mature party too!:D Maybe take your birthday girl and her friends to a 'grown up' restaurant. Let them sit by themselves while you sit at a different table. At the end of the end of the dinner, bring them home and let them have a cool sleepover. They can relax, chat and have fun! Rent some movies and give them some privacy!

If you want to have boys and girls have a movie night in your house, then send the boys home and have the girls a sleepover!

Send the invitations in a mature design and maybe make them online (free printable invites: greetingsisland.com).

Hope this helped :)
-Molly

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RE: 17th Birthday Party Ideas

By garciaq.julisa 09/28/2014

Yes, it'll be my bday to and I'm turning the same age. We are twins! LMAO WYF

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RE: Trip to the Day Old Bread Store

By laura.bunnell.50 09/28/2014

What's the name of that bread store?

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RE: Aging Cocker Spaniel Doesn't Like Being in the Yard

By puppybumpers 09/28/2014

You might want to try a Puppy Bumper to keep your dog from going under the fence. Puppy Bumpers are stuffed collars that keep dogs from squeezing through small spaces.

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RE: Dog Keeps Escaping and Going to Visit Neighbors

By puppybumpers 09/28/2014

You might want to try Puppy Bumpers stuffed collars to keep your dog from getting out of the holes in the fence!

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RE: Prevent Noseeums by Keeping House Cool

By winterquiltersummergolfer 09/28/2014

I live beside a lake in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. During the scourge of noseeums, I have a kitchen cathedral ceiling that is black with those nasty critters. However, I have no air conditioning. Will try shutting the furnace off overnight to find out whether that helps. Thanks.

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RE: Marco Piggy Piggy (Guinea Pig)

By craftqueen1 09/28/2014

He is so cute! We just got two guinea pigs, and one of them looks just like yours! Hope you enjoy your little Marco Piggy piggy.

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RE: Camel Leather Smell

By ch_seven3 09/28/2014

I recently got back from Morrocco where I bought a rucksack made of camel leather- it's beautfil but it stinks as to soften camel leather it is placed in a vat of pigeon poo for 3 months! But I followed carrie ws advice and washed the bag in hot soapy water, then sprayed it with hair spray and used olive oil on it and now it smells great!

It has a strong leathery smell but in a nice way, no longer a rancid way! Thanks for the advice, I can now wear my bag :) I also stuffed a lavender bag inside so that my things don't smell of camel when I use it.

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RE: Curtain Color Advice

By Poor But Proud 09/28/2014

Blue is brown's complimentary color. Here is a link that will show you some samples. Hope that helps. PBP

Keep in mind for some reason everyone thinks that aqua is the only blue out there, but keep going and you will find your color of walls and you can choose your color of curtains.

https://www.google.com/search?q=bro ... LeN8uwogSmgIH4DQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg

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RE: Getting Dentures

By Poor But Proud 09/28/2014

Your dentists should have made them when you were there. At least that is what mine did. I had 8 uppers done in one day, then the impression was done, then the dentures were done that night. I sure hope you get the dentures you need.

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RE: Painting a Bottle With Frosted Paint

By denjan65 09/28/2014

Go to any craft store such as Hobby Lobby, Joann's etc. They should have paint for glass and be able to tell you how to use it.

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RE: Canning Tomatoes

By mom-from-missouri 09/28/2014

NO, NEVER reduce processing times.

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RE: Receiving Social Security SSI Benefits

By mom-from-missouri 09/28/2014

Depends on how much or how long he paid into it, and how long you were married. You need to contact your local social security office and ask them.

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RE: Getting Rid of Rattlesnakes

By mom-from-missouri 09/28/2014

You need to call either animal control or your conservation agent.

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RE: Prevent Noseeums by Keeping House Cool

By mom-from-missouri 09/28/2014

I'm wondering what this will do to your electric bill?

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RE: Try A & D Ointment As A Night Cream For Aging Skin

By MerciReeves 09/28/2014

I loved this post! I've been using A&D ointment on my face, feet, & as a weekly DIY hair treatment and I've had great results so far. It's the yellow A&D ointment, not the white type. I'd like to link this article to the blogpost I wrote. This stuff really works well & very quickly!

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RE: Toast Coconut the Easy Way

By Abigail A. 09/28/2014

You can toast coconut, almonds, etc. in a heavy skillet as well. Just stir every once in a while. It only takes a few minutes.

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RE: Freeze Cooking Grease Before Discarding

By Abigail A. 09/28/2014

I re-use my grease. I pour it into a metal can with a strainer to remove particles and keep it in my fridge until I need it.

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RE: Is my Dog Purebred German Shepherd?

By Karatracy95 09/28/2014

He looks like he may be a Golden Lab mixed with German Shepherd. Hope this helped. :)

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RE: Prescription Bottle Auto Air Freshener

By Abigail A. 09/28/2014

Good idea!

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RE: Homemade Hand Soap

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Sorry, now that I re-read I see it's just one tablespoon which would probably be fine. I find the foaming pumps work well for me, though.

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RE: Family Members Visit Without Being Invited

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

This is a boundaries issue. Your boundaries are being violated. You're correct in thinking this is not normal.
You're really just going to have to sit down with your mom and tell her the new rules: No more inviting anybody that you, personally, didn't invite. No snooping in your bedroom. No dropping by unexpectedly herself, at least call first.
You'll also have to tell the others. You can call on the phone, but don't email. That way they can't say they didn't know.
This may be difficult and they may complain, call you selfish, etc. but in the end it's your home and this is disrespectful.

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RE: Homemade Hand Soap

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

I didn't mention that I don't usually use dish soap more than I have to because It's a detergent and leaves my skin too dry.

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RE: Homemade Hand Soap

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

To really save money, spend a little more up front and get foaming soap pumps. You only fill a small amount of the bottle with soap and the rest with water. You can get the really big soap refills and end up paying just pennies per soap pump bottle-full.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

It doesn't appear to be a pure bred Australian Shepherd. It appears to be 1/4 to 1/2 Springer Spaniel.
Still cute.

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RE: Treatment for Fleas and Lice in Human Hair

By Poor But Proud 09/27/2014

For lice, use mayonnaise.

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RE: What Is My German Shepherd Mixed With?

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

I'd say she's a little bit Staffordshire Terrier, but that's just a guess.

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RE: Tinker (Ferret)

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Cute, cute, cute, cute...

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RE: Measuring Pill Bug Happiness

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

A pillbug needs: Cool temperatures, a place too hide under (a rock, damp cardboard, wood, etc.) and garbage or compost mixed with dirt to eat. If you lift up the cover and the pillbug is usually active, then it's probably happy. Never let it completely dry out (don't flood it, just a little damp).

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RE: Treating a Dog's Dry Skin

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

He needs a food that contains added oils, such as fish oil or avocado oil. If you can't afford these foods, ask your vet about safely adding oils to his diet.

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RE: Training a Blind Cat to Use a Litterbox

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Have you tried this:
If he poops on the floor, scoop it up with something and dump it in the litter box. Lead the cat to the litter box. Let the cat smell the poop and litter and put some litter on his feet. If he stands in the box for a moment, give him a treat. Carry him to the box at regular intervals and give him a treat just for being there.

Use an enzymatic cleaner (for pet accidents) on the carpet wherever he goes to remove the smell. He'll want to go there again if he can smell it. Also, how big is your house? You may need a litter box at both ends, or on each floor.

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RE: Getting a New Puppy After Parvo

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terriers and German Shepherds are most succeptible.
Did you steam clean or shampoo the carpets? Have you thrown away all bedding, toys, and food and water bowls? Have you mopped all floors with disinfectant solution?

Your new puppy should have at least one or two of its vaccinations in the series before you even bring it into the house. This will include Parvo.

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RE: Using Topical Flea Treatment

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

The squeeze on will certainly help but is only a temporary remedy. You will still need to thoroughly clean his bed, use flea powder on the carpet and vacuum, and treat the ground outside where he spends time.

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RE: Caring for an Injured Grasshopper

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

First of all, that's a katydid. Second, they don't live that long anyway. I'd let this full grown female go on the off chance she's pregnant. Let her go in a safe place where she can lay her eggs. As long as she can walk, she'll be fine.

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RE: Storing Fresh Ginger

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Try coating it lightly with paraffin wax, then peel before you use it. Keep until it looks kind of dry and wrinkly.

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RE: Homemade Hand Soap

By terri.herrmannpatterson 09/27/2014

Actually I work in food service and soap kills bleach. We are told by the health department to wash the dishes then rinse in clear water then sanitize... that's the reason for triple sinks in restaurant kitchens. Soap kills bleaches effectiveness. So adding bleach to your hand soap will not make it antibacterial.

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RE: Writing an Award Acceptance Speech

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

1. Thank them.
2. Mention anyone who is a special help to you on a daily basis.
3. Say that, though it is always nice to be recognized, even when you aren't you hope your work speaks for itself.
4. Thank them again.
5. Bow out gracefully.

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RE: Cat Peeing by Front Door

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Assuming yours are neutered, it's probably the stray that's doing it. It's a male, unaltered, that's marking what he considers "his" territory. Try a fragrance cats hate, such as citrus oil, eucalyptus oil, or cinnamon oil.
First, clean it off with a pet urine remover (enzymatic) cleaner.

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RE: What Breed is My Puppy?

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

It does look like you have a German Shepherd/Whippet or German Shepherd/Greyhound mix there. Maybe something else in there. Well, he's 100% adorable.

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RE: Smoke Detector Won't Stop Beeping

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

Sorry, you have to replace it. That means removing it from the ceiling, but don't do this yourself if you don't have good balance or the right stepladder. If you are a senior or low income, try calling the fire department.

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RE: Old Kitchen Cabinets Leave Odor on Dishes

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

There's something you can get at Staples called "Air Sponge." It's just a canister. You remove the lid and put it in the cabinet and it helps remove the odor. You might try it. I like the idea of the laminate tiles, but they might not work unless you deodorize a bit first. Good luck.

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RE: Cats Not Getting Along

By Abigail A. 09/27/2014

This is perfectly normal. You'll find cats always do this when you're introducing one to another. Make sure to have two litter boxes, not just one. Try to feed them separately if you can. The less they feel someone's trying to "take over" the more they'll accept the situation. They must each have their own scratching posts.

Clean everything, including bedclothes, and deodorize the carpets. It's a lot of work, but if one cat's smell is on everything it will make the other one feel threatened. Never put them in a room together where one feels it can't easily get out.

It might be a good idea to put a bell on the seeing cat so the blind cat always knows where it is and doesn't feel surprised by it. Make sure to keep their claws trimmed. It's unlikely they'll fight but just in case, you don't want them to hurt each other.

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