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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

Peace and quiet is a grapple,

When you live in the Big Apple.

So bring a book when you’re en route,

And you’ll enjoy more your commute.

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My Favorite Things – A Clean House (and the Products That Make Cleaning Easy!)

I’m one of those people who (usually) can’t do my work until the house is clean.  Unfortunately, these days I’ve been so busy that even cleaning our 840 square foot apartment has to be done in little increments over several days.  And sometimes I resort to “speed cleaning.”  I figure I’m killing two birds with one stone – tidying up AND getting a workout at the same time.

These days, the three miracle cleaning products in my “cleaning bucket” are as follows:

E-cloth Glass and Polishing Cloth – This cloth cleans glass, mirrors and other shiny surfaces with just water.  I keep a small spray bottle of water handy and run around spritzing anything I think needs sprucing up.  Voila!  Gleaming mirrors and shiny surfaces in seconds!  (I got mine at the Vermont Country Store, but you can read more about this product and order yours online here.)

Wenol All Purpose Metal Polish – Though we don’t own much silver, I do like to keep our His and Hers sterling silver napkin rings looking spiffy.  Wenol works wonders on tarnished household silver objects and actually helps keep the objects tarnish-free for longer.  Pick up a tube for yourself here.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponge – Even though we’re pretty careful, our white walls end up with the occasional scuff mark (yours would too if you lived in as small a space as we do!)  These sponges do the best job of removing scuff marks and other seemingly impossible to remove dirt off of the walls.  I found that they also did wonders for brightening up the old tile on our bathroom floor.  Make sure you read the directions carefully and do a small patch test.  The sponges can dull the finish of paint or other surfaces.  I bought mine at our local hardware store; you can also order yours online here.

How about you?  Do you have miracle cleaning products I should know about?  I’d love to hear…

Happy Cleaning!

(P.S.  If you’re curious about the illustration above, click here to see more views and to purchase.)

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

It doesn’t take much to be a bag lady.

Just a hat, bag and a look that’s shady.

Course if you’re a man you’ll find it more hard.

(The lady part means going an extra yard.)

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Friday’s Thought – The Little Details

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

(William Morris)

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

The New York City Ballet fall season started up today, and I headed back to Lincoln Center for a full day of rehearsals on Swan Lake.  The pace at NYCB is always in high gear (opening night is tomorrow!), and to top off 5  1/2 hours of orchestra rehearsals, I then headed off to the Empire Hotel to support my husband who was acting as emcee for an evening of music and talk with some of the choreographers of the new works being put up this season.

Not being as youthful as I once was, I found myself fading fast as the evening wore on.  A big hint that I had reached my limit was when my black ballpoint pen ran out of ink and it felt to me like the world was ending.

Note to self: Get more sleep and carry around a spare black ballpoint pen!

I did manage this sketch of a patron listening in rapt attention to the music.  (She actually WAS wearing a striped shirt in shades of blue!)  So…

It’s all good!

She listened to the tune,

Which ended all too soon.

Then my black pen up and died,

And I left feeling fried.

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Friday’s Thought – For Children of All Ages

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September 15, 2017 · 7:47 pm

My Favorite Things – The Cleaning Ladies of My Youth

Actually, there was only ONE I really remember.  Her name was Fernanda and she worked for my aunt in the little town of Algueirão outside Lisbon, Portugal.  While we played with her daughter (who was close in age to me and my sister), Fernanda cleaned…

And cooked.

(She was pretty tolerant of our antics, but when we crossed the line, she’d come after us with her slipper.)

But at the end of the day, there was always laughter and plenty of hugs!

(Illustrations © Joana Miranda)

 

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