“A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.”

So today I’m going to give you some housekeeping tips, decorating ideas, and a recipe for window cleaner.  Doesn’t that sound like fun!  No, but hang in there.  I think you’re going to be glad you stayed.


Pictured is our Christmas tree.  It’s fake, lightweight, and slightly taller than I am.  The tree is topped with a Beanie Baby dragon.  The reason for this is because the angel in our collection was too large for the tree.  The dragon has wings like the angel topper so I thought, “What the heck”.

While I think that the tree is magnificent, what I want you to notice are the red and gold sheer curtains behind the tree.  Are they there to shed a festive touch to the scene?  Do they enhance the glow of the lights as they filter through and into the neighborhood? Wrong on both counts.

The lovely sheer curtains are there to cover the dirty window.  You see, our house is over 100 years old.  The windows, which are the sweet, old-fashioned kind, require the strength and dexterity of an athlete plus the sacrifice of a goat to get them clean.  Plus it’s winter and I wasn’t about to stand out in the cold polishing windows.  I bought sheers.

Note:  I buy sheers online through moshells.com.  Lots of colors, sizes, and great prices.

But back to business.  Besides this decorating tip about cleaning windows versus sheers, I also recommend lemon oil for polishing woodwork when guests are due to arrive.  Yes, I know that simmering cinnamon on the stove sounds alliteratively simpler, but it’s a dead giveaway that you really haven’t cleaned.  A better idea is to liberally apply lemon polish to the door frame of the door where guests will be entering your home.  One whiff and they’ll conclude that you’ve been cleaning for days.  Then quickly get a drink into their hands before they figure things out.

But there will come a day when the windows will need to be cleaned.  At least once every four years.  Here is a recipe for a cleaning solution and method that makes the job as easy as possible.


1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup ammonia

2 T cornstarch

1 gallon warm water

Old newspaper


Mix all the ingredients together in a bucket, except for the newspaper.  But you knew that.  Make sure the cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved.

Wet and wring out a washing cloth in the bucket of cleaning solution.  Wipe down a window with the cloth.  Rinse out the cloth and wipe again if that seems necessary.  It generally isn’t unless you’ve ignored the task for a number of years or live in the vicinity of a smelting factory.

Next, crush up a sheet of newspaper and dry the window, turning and re-crushing the newspaper until the window is dry.  You could finish up with a soft polishing cloth but this is generally not necessary.

ANOTHER NOTE:  While researching other window washing recipes I came across a recipe that uses lemon juice, club soda, and cornstarch that’s put into a spray bottle and given a good shake before spritzing the windows.  I have a bit of reserve about shaking a bottle filled with a carbonated beverage.  Maybe the creator of this recipe just has a lovely sense of humor.

ONE LAST NOTE:  I added one more thing to my last window washing extravaganza to make the whole process even easier.  I hired a student to come over and wash the windows for me.  I’m smarter than I look, thank goodness!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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