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Useful Trash Ideas

Here are a few ways to use trash in useful ways. I save all of my toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. I mainly used them for fire starters but there are many useful ideas for reusing these paper rolls. Here are two of my favorite.

Save the paper rolls and fill it with dryer lint. Use it as a fire starter in your woodstove or campfire. These stuffed paper rolls make amazing fire starters.

Next idea for reusing toilet paper rolls is this simple but handy idea below. Continue Reading →

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Wood Ashes for Sanding

I have written before about reusing wood stove ashes for sanding but just had to post again about this great idea. I just cleaned out our wood stove and got a full bucket of wood ashes. Here is a quick picture of just how far this one bucket of wood ashes will go towards sanding.

This hill as you can see is steep. It tends to get icy and we need some added traction at the crest of the hill. Just by adding wood stove ashes, it really does help with traction. Plus the wood ashes melt down in the snow and help with ice build-up.

You can read more about reusing wood ashes here for sanding your road along with more details. Just a note so you don’t track wood soot in the house. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Dog Cookie Treats

Here is a quick and healthy dog treat that you can make for your pet. I wanted to make some pet treats for the upcoming holidays and used a recipe that was shared in a local newsletter.

Here is my finished dog cookies in a jar complete with a bow.

Here is a copy of the recipe courtesy of AWCnet.org from their recent newsletter. Just click on the image below to supersize it. Continue Reading →

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Fixing a Door That Swings Open

Do you have a door that swings open by itself? Does the door not stay in its place when opened partway? Well let me share this easy idea on how to fix a door swing problem yourself in just minutes.

If you have a door that swings open by itself, it is because the door jamb is not square and the door is not balanced properly. This easy fix works and takes just minutes to complete.

All you need to do is take out the top pin on the door hinge and bent it a bit to get your door to stay put. Here are the steps to take:

  • Remove the top pin from the door hinge
  • Place the pin on a flat solid surface like a board
  • Hit the pin in the center with a hammer just a few times to put a slight bend in it
  • Replace the pin in the door hinge

Here is my pin after it was bent a bit. Continue Reading →

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Skyline Drive-In Moses Lake

Just want to share some old memories and history about the Skyline Drive-in movie theater that was in Moses Lake, Washington. The drive-in opened in 1952 as the first area outdoor theater but it closed around the early 1980s. It had 300 spaces when it opened and later apparently expanded to 450 spaces for cars. Located on 8 acres, the drive-in was just off what used to be the old Larson Highway just north of the Grant County Fairgrounds.

According to the Columbia Basin Herald archives the drive-in opened in July 1952 featuring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “The Invisible Man” and a Roy Rogers western.

Here is an original photo of the marquee sign taken around mid 1970 when the drive-in was still open.

I have many fond memories of going to the movies at this outdoor drive-in as a kid and later in high school on dates in the 1970s. It was always fun to see friends and have a little pizza along with an ice-cold pop from the snack bar during intermission.

Below is an old vintage movie poster from 1962. Continue Reading →

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Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day

It is Earth Day 2016. This is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Let us all remember to honor our precious planet today and do something to preserve and protect it.

My Recycled Bags wrote about recycling, repurposing, or reusing something. Every little bit helps so on this day, take the time to pick up some litter, use a little less water, walk rather than drive to a nearby location or plant a tree.

Earth Day

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