Out and About – Week of May 31st

“I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it.” – Henry Moore

Your “Spring Cleaning” should be done by now. However, in most homes one’s cleaning chores are never really done. The typical homeowner cleans their home about once a week. Please notice that I didn’t say “housewife”. I fee that cleaning chores should be shared by every member of the household. Every child should be responsible for keeping their room in some sort of order. A vacuum is easy enough to operate. Even a man can do it. There are some cleaning chores that don’t pop up on a regular basis. Here are five examples, along with suggestions on how to make them happen:

Eliminating lingering smells from cooking. Boil a pot of water on the stove with citrus rinds. Adding spices like cinnamon, cloves or star anise will also work.
Cleaning tarnished silverware. Add one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of sea salt, one-half cup of white vinegar and one cup of boiling water to an aluminum or foil-lined pan. Let the silverware soak, then rinse.
Getting rid of calcium and lime buildup on coffeepots and kettles. Boil equal parts of water and white vinegar. Let the mixture cool, then rinse the residue away.
Weeds on the driveway and sidewalk. Pour boiling water directly onto the weeds, then yank them out after the water cools. Weeds with deeper root systems may need a second dose.
Cleaning that grimy microwave. Boil a cup of water in the microwave in a wide-mouthed bowl. After the microwave has been steamed up, use a cloth or sponge to wipe the interior clean. Adding lemon juice or a used lemon helps, because the citric acid helps cut the grease.
One of the best organizations here in St. Joe County is the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF). This group is constantly doing what they can for those unwanted pets. Animals who have been abandoned to survive on their own. ARF is able to do what they do by having fundraisers. All of their members are volunteers. The only pay they receive is knowing that they have done what they can to make sure every animal has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food and water. This past year, because of the pandemic, they were limited on how many fundraisers they were able to have.

GREAT NEWS!! They will hold a fundraiser Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 10, 11 and 12. They will host a garage sale. The venue is 21884 M-60, west of Mendon near the Cowboy Up Restaurant. They are in need of items to sell, so if you wish to donate, please call Loralee at (269)816-0187. You might need to leave a message for her to call you back. Donation time is limited. They will need all items by next Wednesday, June 9.

ARF would like to host more fundraisers this year, so you’ll want to check this newspaper for any upcoming events

On Sunday, May 23, I lost someone I truly admired and all that knew him, lost a very dear friend. Doug Gross passed away that Sunday and left a void in the Three Rivers Lions Club that will be difficult to fill. Doug was a dedicated Lion, who helped make the Annual Christmas Food Basket project the success that it is today. Doug was highly educated. He possessed a PhD, but you probably wouldn’t have known that, because he didn’t flaunt it. He was an author and college professor. He was a quiet, gentle man and his integrity was beyond limits. Rest in peace, my friend.

“Shaving brush all wet and hairy, I’ve passed you up for sanitary BURMA SHAVE”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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