A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cozy Mystery - A Graceful Death - 99c for Kindle

A Graceful Death is currently 99c for Kindle.  It's the first book in the Lowenna series.


Giovanna Matthews has an acceptable life in London with her own flat, a good job, and recent engagement to the son of a Scottish landowner.  But not long after her engagement to Alan, news of Aunt Grace’s death hits Giovanna like a red double decker bus.  Ignoring Alan’s pleas to stay, she bundles her dog and suitcase into a rusty Volkswagen and drives to Aunt Grace’s cottage on the Cornish coast where Giovanna had spent childhood summers with her cousin.  Putting her aunt’s affairs in order is further complicated when Giovanna discovers the local constabulary has its own view on Aunt Grace’s demise - A view that Giovanna vows to challenge.  Unless she can discover how her aunt died and find her missing cousin quickly, she stands to lose both her inheritance and Alan.   

Like the old harbor wall, Giovanna’s feet sink into the sand and it becomes more difficult to leave a village where she is accepted as part of their “family.”  There’s Mrs. Penrose with her flyaway gray hair and floral wardrobe; The sensible Mrs. Trewellyn who owns the grocery store; Holly, a long time friend and confidant; and Miss Brea who learned to drive in her retirement years.  Self-centered, Alan threatens to break off their engagement if Giovanna doesn’t return to London.  Should she stay and solve the mystery surrounding her aunt’s death or return to London and her fiancĂ©?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Homemade Foaming Soap

Although some recipes for foaming soap recommend using Pure Castille Soap, I've refilled my foaming pump container with regular liquid soap and added water and it seems to work fine. If you like essential oil you can add a few drops of that too.

The ratio is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of soap.

You can also make your own to give as gifts but I haven't found any pump containers that are reasonably priced so that might be a cost prohibitive suggestion.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Borax and Sugar Ant Killer


Last year I had a trail of ants along a path and couldn't find a nest but I've found borax and sugar work well (they take it back to the nest). The trouble is finding something that you can put it in that a dog or cat can't get into. Fruit containers work perfectly because you can close them and they have small holes in the bottom for the ants to crawl in. Wait until you get it into place before adding the borax and confectioners sugar (mix in equal parts) to avoid the mixture from spilling through the holes before you put it in place.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Re-Using Containers

I mainly use rags for cleaning (old towels, t-shirts, etc.) but disinfecting wipes are great for one time use in the bathroom where I wouldn't want to re-use or wash them.

The empty containers also make great storage for things like grocery bags. Roll them so that you can take them out from the center as you would the wipes.

You can decorate the outside with Contact adhesive paper if they're in an area that might be seen. Or glue on decorative wrapping paper or material (use white glue or mod podge)

Also good for:

  1. Storing string or yarn
  2. Box for saving money
  3. Small trash can for car
  4. Travel containers for dog food






Sunday, March 25, 2018

CD Interest Rates

Interest rates are on the rise so if you have savings or are planning to open a Certificate of Deposit account (CD) take a look at some of the banks offering good rates.  Ally Bank and Discover online savings rates are usually higher than banks with local locations. There's no reason that you can't keep a checking account locally (as long as there are no fees involved) and use online banks for savings, money market and CDs.

Bankrate is a good site to compare interest rates, and also mortgages.