Archive for September, 2016

Zika Virus, Dengue Fever and Public Restrooms!

There has been lots and lots of talk these days about mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, such as the Zika Virus and Dengue Fever which are both from the same mosquito apparently, with different diseases.  One more serious than the other. Here in SW Florida, precautions are being taken and let’s hope it works.  

There are other delicate matters and public restrooms that also need our attention in my opinion and I would like to share that post with you.



Delicate Matters….and Public Restrooms!


Please forgive the topic today…but after a recent visit to a public restroom in a local movie theater….I just felt I had to make a few comments about a delicate topic!

Public Restrooms!


And the particular public restroom I visited, had a few problems with a couple stalls…and yes I did go to the management with my complaints and concerns. ?



You know… that when you are away from the comfort and cleanliness of your own home….and you have “to go”…your main concern is finding that elusive sign (in some cases) announcing the “RESTROOMS”! (They never seem to be in close proximity to where I am “in need”! ?



However, that is only the first of many choices you need to make in your quest to find relief!


Here are a few of my practicing “habits”:

  • I never put my purse on the floor of the restroom….If the Captain is with me, I leave my purse with him. 
  • I always use the liners provided….or do the tissue drape routine.
  • I always use a paper towel or toilet tissue when touching the sink, faucets, doors, etc.
  • I have become adept at flushing with my foot….although I have heard some say not to do that.

So, after returning home from the movie theater, I went to the following medical website and found the 10 most useful tips to surviving a public restroom, and 

I would like to pass them on to you. ?



1. Finding the Cleanest Stall

One thing people hate about public restrooms is the lack of privacy. For many people, properly relieving themselves requires the utmost concentration and silence. There is nothing like sitting in an uncomfortable setting, with people carrying on a conversation outside of your stall, when all you’d rather be doing is sitting on your own porcelain throne at home. It is for this very reason that the stalls at the end of the restroom tend to be the most heavily used. If you want the cleanest, less frequently used stall in a public restroom, use the ones toward the front; of course, you’ll have to judge what is more important – privacy or cleanliness.

2. Use the Toilet Seat Covers

Believe it or not, those toilet seat covers available in every toilet stall that are so thin, they are almost transparent are actually very useful in warding off any harmful bacteria that might have been left by a previous occupant. If you want to add a little extra security, you can use multiple seat covers to protect yourself. In the event that the stall you’ve occupied has no toilet seat covers, try covering the seat with toilet paper for protection.

3. Always Check for Toilet Paper

This is a “look before you leap” tip that sounds obvious, yet has been overlooked by many. One of the worst situations anyone can possibly imagine when dealing with a public restroom is being stuck without a handy roll of toilet paper. You can always holler for aid hoping a fellow restroom user can hand you some toilet paper in another stall, unless of course you are in a one-stall bathroom. In that case, you’re going to have to get creative.

4. Avoid Flushing with Your Hands

Fortunately, modern science has brought about one of the greatest inventions to public restrooms, motion sensors. However, if you ever get caught in a public restroom void of motion sensor technology, or you end up with a busted motion sensor, make sure you use your foot instead of your hand. There’s no telling what type of bodily projectiles landed on or near that toilet handle. As for urinals, approach with caution.

5. Drop a Layer of Toilet Paper in the Toilet Before Use

There is nothing like a cold splash on your exposed nether regions as you sit or hover in terror over a public toilet. Don’t even begin to imagine what horrors you can possibly catch from what is thought of as the filthiest part of the restroom. If the thought of public toilet water splashing your backside keeps you up at nights, fear not – the simple solution is to create a mini landing pad in the form of a layer of toilet paper. Leaving a couple strands of toilet paper in the public toilet before use will help soften the landing when you do your business, and minimize or completely prevent excess splash. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and clog the toilet.

6. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

The best way to fight bacteria and avoid catching some type of sickness or disease is to thoroughly wash your hands. Make sure to use as much soap as possible and hot water if it’s available. Scrub well and make sure you cover both sides of your hands and all the way up to your wrists. A proper washing of the hands should take 30 seconds, but to be safe, you should repeat the process a second time for another 30 seconds.

7. Don’t Assume the Hand Dryer is Cleaner and Environmentally Friendly

Many people assume that hand dryers are better for hygienic and environmental purposes since you aren’t required to touch anything and you’re saving trees while avoiding the creation of waste. However, there are a few things people need to be aware of concerning public restroom hand dryers:

  • In some cases, the amount of energy being used to power a hand dryer is less eco-friendly than using a few sheets of paper towels.
  • Some hand dryers require the push of a button to start, and that button can carry bacteria.
  • No one knows exactly how clean a hand dryer is, and there is the possibility that it might be blowing hot, contaminated air onto your hands instead of hot, clean air.

8. The Toilet Seat Isn’t Always the Dirtiest Thing

Many studies and reports have been seen and heard, but there is no definitive answer as to what holds the title of the dirtiest spot in the restroom. Many people automatically assume it’s the toilet, but that isn’t always the case. The bathroom floor can be much dirtier than the toilet due to the fact that urine can seep into the grout between tiles and is never completely cleaned, even after a thorough mopping. The sink is also constantly overlooked because it is recognized as a haven for ridding oneself of germs. But if one stops to think for a moment, the sink handle must be touched before a person has a chance to wash his or her hands. These are things to be mindful of when using a public restroom.

9. Paper Towels Aren’t Just for Hand Drying

If you are really worried about catching germs in a public restroom, make sure you use the provided paper towels for reasons other than drying your hands. A paper towel can be used when handling the public restroom sink to avoid possible germs. Using a paper towel on the bathroom door handle is also a good idea since it’s the most frequently touched item in a public restroom and has the potential for carrying harmful bacteria, especially from people who fail to wash their hands properly.

10. Trust Your Immune System

Sometimes you just have to suck it up and count on your immune system to do its job. While you can follow each and every one of the previous steps provided to ensure you never catch anything from a public restroom, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself from germs present in public restrooms or anywhere else for that matter.

Well, there you have it! 

What are your concerns over “cleanliness” in regards to public restrooms?



Have a great Tuesday and enjoy the cooler weather!





Potato Magic On Your Plate!

Potato Magic On Your Plate!

Fall is all about layers and textures and I particularly like foods that reflect the very same thing.   

purpleCan I tell you these potatoes are like magic…they melt in your mouth and you can’t eat just one!  ?

I like to call this recipe potato magic because I combined different kinds of potatoes, and lets face it, I grew up in the Midwest on a meat and potato diet….comfort food!

So any recipe with potatoes is right up my alley!  

I love potatoes….yes, carbohydrates I know….but once in a while, they simply are just good eating!

potato Magic

I used purple or blue potatoes which have blue flesh, red rosey potatoes which are kind of a pink flesh, yukon gold which has a yellowish flesh and sweet potatoes.  

Look in your supermarket to see if you have colored potatoes! They are showing up more and more and are not available only for specialty restaurants.  A farmers market may also have the different colors of potatoes. 


purpleOne day, several months ago,  I was in the super market and saw the fingerling potatoes in purple/blue, red, and the Yukon Gold (which, by the way I have come to love in mashed potatoes because of their creamy texture) and the beautiful sweet potatoes in various colors of orange.  

I was experimenting on their different tastes and different ways to prepare and found a solution to my favorite.  I mixed them all together in one recipe and called them Potato Magic.

Seriously, folks….make these potatoes and you will see the magic and hopefully love them too….and it doesn’t hurt that these magic potatoes are just plain pretty.

Have a great day and if it is getting cooler in your neck of the woods…try these potatoes.

Blessings Always.




Potato Magic
Serves 4
Yukon gold, Purple, Red Rosey Potatoes and Orange Sweet Potato...combined to give you a wonderful potato treat.
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  1. 2-3 Yukon Gold Potato
  2. 2-3 Red Potato
  3. 2-3 Purple Potato
  4. 1 medium Sweet Potato
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil***
  6. Seasoning salt
  7. Oil for deep frying
  1. Clean the potatoes, leaving the skins on. (optional on the skins....I like them on, more nutrition)
  2. Chop the potatoes in equal size chunks, so potatoes are cooked evenly. Do not cut pieces too small....(about the size of a quarter, 1/2 inch cubes as potatoes shrink)
  3. Spread on cookie sheet and lightly toss with the olive oil
  4. Sprinkle Seasoning Salt over the potatoes
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until almost tender, At this point, you can cool the potatoes and store in the fridge until ready to fry, or cool on the counter to use immediately.
  6. Drop into preheated deep fryer or a heavy skillet with about 2 inches of oil.
  7. Fry until crispy on the outside and creamy soft on the inside.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  9. Add additional seasoning as desired.
  1. You can use a microwave to hasten the cooking or you can put potatoes in non stick skillet and "steam" with a couple tablespoons of water, or par boil them in boiling water. I have made them in the oven, microwave and on top of the stove.
  2. The secret is the deep frying ...these are so yummy! They can be served for an evening meal or for breakfast. If you want to get even more flavor, saute chopped onion in bacon grease and add to the cooked potatoes...Add chili powder for more of a kick. I really like the taste of the sweet potatoes and the purple, red and yukon gold flavors mingled together!
  3. Enjoy and experiment with what pleases your palette .
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Neutral and Natural Is Also Beautiful and Good!


When I was in grade school…I LOVED Holidays, because it meant construction paper projects, holiday shaped sugar cookies and a fun party with all my friends.

I looked forward to ANYTHING that allowed me to get creative…. instead of wasting my talents on multiplication tables, Spelling Tests, and Book Reports! 

Although, later in my academic years…I excelled at those subjects….well, except for math, but we won’t go there.

Of course, sometimes even the simplest task of making a jack-o-lantern out of black and orange construction paper could be a challenge.

In the beginning at least. 

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Fall In My Rocker!


My dear readers…I know the title of this post might be misleading, if you are reading it Fall In My Rocker, as if I have fallen and can’t get up because I fell into my rocker

OR, perhaps you are reading it as I intended it….it is Fall or Autumn… and I love sitting in my rocker on the front “Porch”!

Now, to be clear, I don’t really have a front porch, but I do have a foyer…that is sorta like a front porch, in that it is where my front doors are located that lead into the courtyard…which lead to yet another set of front doors…

…..AND this front porch or foyer is covered with a small sorta roof and the tiles on the floor of the foyer are not cement like the walkway.

Are you totally confused yet?

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A Dark And Stormy Night, A Short Halloween Story


It was a dark and stormy night……the frenzied wind lashed out at the tall oak trees, their branches slapping against the attic windows of the little cottage.  

Inside the tiny room at the top of the creaking wooden stairs, the 10 year old little boy with a dutch boy haircut, sat on his knees, with his arms resting on the window sill. His wide eyes staring down at the shadows on the street created by wispy clouds, moving in front of and away from the full moon.

With each gust of wind, the fallen leaves were whisked up into the air and then skittered along the ground before coming to rest again further down the lonely street.

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If a Tree Falls And A Man Hears it….Is She Still Right?

Sssshhhhhh! Do you hear that?


You may say, you don’t hear a thing and that is exactly my point! Neither do I!

Now, before you think I have gone mad….let me tell you about my new dishwasher that is humming right along this very minute!


AND before you say to yourself…BORING!…let me first tell you something that happened a few weeks ago.

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Still Hootin’ It Up….And More!


My dear readers, a couple days ago, I showed you a tablescape using an hootin’ it up owl cookie jar that I found at a garage sale.

See the post here:  Can We Talk About Chair Sitting?

AND I am not done with his hootin’ it up yet!


I would like to show you how you can use many of the same things and yet have a different tablescape.

And remember, this all started with a $5.00 owl cookie jar at a garage sale.

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Can We Talk About Chair Sitting?


My dear readers….Can we Talk?  

We really need to talk, so grab your pumpkin spice latte, apple cider or pumpkin-a-rita (I promise, I don’t judge) and let’s you and me do a little Chair Sitting!

Perhaps, I better give you my definition of chair sitting,… because I am sure the thought ran through your head that you certainly know how to sit in a chair!

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Raining Cats and Dogs and Movie Night….


The Captain and I love to go to the Movies AND..we love to watch old movies at home.

So when Friday night rolls around, we jump at the chance to make it a date night, especially if it is raining cats and dogs and the only place to be is at home, curled up on the sofa in front of a cozy fireplace, eating popcorn and watching an old movie.

A couple weeks ago…it was that very scenario, so I decided to “jazz” it up a bit and really celebrate movie night at home.  I bought all kinds of movie candy to go with the buttery popcorn and set up a tablescape.  It isn’t the same as the movie theater unless there is candy and popcorn!

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Let’s Wake Up With The Roosters…But Let’s Sit Down With The Hens!


  Growing up on a farm….the roosters

  crowing would wake us with their

  early morning announcement

  that it was time to get up!

  I loved the sound then, and I love

  the sound now.  I think it is cool!!




I am sure there are some of you who don’t think it is cool to wake up to roosters crowing at the crack of dawn…and that is cool too!  

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