Happy 96th Birthday!

Womens Equality Day poster1Today is Women’s Equality Day. The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, turns 96 today—and it still stands as a shining moment in America’s ongoing journey to meet the ideals of our country’s founding.




The Pawpaw- A fruit with its own festival!

Ohio Pawapw festival 2016The 18th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take place September 16-18, 2016 at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities. For more information about the festival, go to: http://ohiopawpawfest.com/


pawpawsAbout Pawpaws: Producing the largest edible fruit of any North American native plant, pawpaw shrubs or small trees grow from New York to Iowa and south from Florida to Texas. Up to 6 inches long and shaped similar to potatoes, the fruits turn yellow and black when ripe in the fall. They have a custard like consistency and taste like a combination of mango, banana and pineapple. Birds and certain mammals feed on the fruits, and the trees are the host plant of zebra swallowtail butterflies.

Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Ad libbing like mad

off the cuff1  The phrase “off the cuff’ popped into my head today, so I did some research and found that, like many interesting sayings, its origin is somewhat obscure.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary “Off the cuff (1938) is from the notion of speaking from notes written in haste on one’s shirt cuffs.”  Source: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=off

off the cuff4While Merriam Webster claims it means “without preparation” and that speaking off the cuff means “to ad lib”, they give no references to where this phrase came from. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuff

off the cuff3And the Free Dictionary lists several citations, including: off-the-cuff (adj.) meaning “Not prepared in advance; impromptu: an off-the-cuff remark.” Source: American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011


a nit picker- woman“off the cuff” means an informal remark, made without being prepared or thought about in advance. From: Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers, or….


off the cuff2off-the-cuff, adj. meaning with little or no preparation; impromptu. [1940] Source: Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd.  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/off-the-cuff

Massachusetts adopts bill for massive wind and hydropower projects

Massachusetts flag“The comprehensive energy bill adopted this week by the Massachusetts legislature includes a provision requiring the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts to purchase both offshore wind and hydropower by 2027.


offshore_wind_energy in Virginia 2015In addition to the 1,600 MW mandate for offshore wind, utilities would have to purchase an additional 9.45 million MWh of power annually from new Class I resources and hydropower,” writes Jennifer Delony, Associate Editor of Renewable Energy World magazine.

This move toward clean energy will create jobs and help keep the environment livable.

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/08/states-in-us-northeast-prioritize-renewable-energy.html?cmpid=renewablewind0842016&eid=326825548&bid=1486924

Fuel Your Freedom

fwlogocolorFireWalker Publications offers a self help divorce book for women, helping you to fuel your personal freedom.



How to Escape-3D-Book-Icon“How to Escape a Bad Marriage: A Self-Help Divorce Book for Women” is a wonderful resource for women who are contemplating divorce or have been recently divorced. Diane Tegarden offers a step-by-step guide to everything you need to know and handle as you prepare to go it alone with or without children. I just wish I had read this book before I ended my own marriage. I was one of those women who struggled to make ends meet financially and didn’t know which way to turn. I highly recommend this book!”-Book Review by Beverly Mahone; Best Selling Author of “Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age”.

Amazon.com logoYou can find this book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Marriage–Self-Divorce-Women/dp/0974536938/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315586190&sr=1-1



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Step on a crack….

The superstition1word superstition popped into my head earlier this week (and, no, it has NOTHING to do with the elections. Evil grin.) Some words I choose to write about because they have an interesting meaning, some because I’ve no idea what they mean and want to know, and some because they simply come to mind!

Here is the skinny on “superstition”: a noun

superstition21. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, or proceeding.


2. a systsuperstition3em or collection of such beliefs.

3. a custom or act based on such a belief.


candlesticks4. an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion.

5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.


amazement1Etymology:  First used in1375-1425; from late Middle English; from Latin= superstitiōn- (stem of superstitiō), equivalent to superstit- (stem of superstes) meaning standing beyond, outliving ( super- super- + -stit-, combining form of stat-, adj. derivative of stāre to stand ) + -iōn- -ion= to stand still by something, in amazement

Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/superstition

Cleaning Tips

sun shiningI found some interesting cleaning ideas in a newsletter from Air-Tro, Inc. the company that services my heating and air conditioning units. I have no idea whether they work or not, so try them at your own risk!

hairy dog1. Pick up pet hair with rubber gloves.



lemons2. Deodorize and clean your microwave with lemons- Microwave a glass bowl of water with lemon slices for 5 minutes. Wait for the liquid to cool then wipe your microwave clean.


cream of tartar3. Polish stainless steel with Cream of Tartar- Mix a few drops of water with 1 Tablespoon of cream of tartar.



water rings4. Remove water rings from wooden tables with a hair dryer. Dry for 15 minutes and then apply a light coating of olive oil to moisturize the wood.


coke can with sun glasses5. Soak toilet bowls with Coke.- Pour in coke and let it soak for 1/2 hour. The acidity will break down dirt and lime scale. Scrub with a brush to wipe away the soaked on gunk.

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