Vintage School Book: Airplanes

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Cleaning the carpets

It’s so important to vacuum your carpets at least once a week (twice, if someone in your house has allergies), because they are dirt and dust magnets. And there are a couple of things you can do to keep your carpets looking new: Close your drapes when you’re not home to minimize fading, and use coasters under heavy furniture so that you don’t get those pesky carpet indentations. Remember, after every vacuuming jb, take off the brush attachment and vacuum it– because if you don’t, it’ll get so full of lint it won’t pick up very well. And make sure you empty the bag. You’ll suction of you don’t keep your bag empty. I used to have red shag carpets, and I loved them- they were warm and just perfect for when the kids were playing. But they were hard to vacuum.

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The truth is, rugs collect a lot of grit and dirt. So abut once a month, take your rugs outside and shake them out. Vacuuming weekly isn’t enough; once a year you’ll need to do a deep clean. you can rent a steam cleaner for many rugs, though most Oriental rugs should be cleaned by a professional. And make sure to spot clean your rugs regularly. You can make your own spot remover by diluting a quarter teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid in one quart of water.

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[she also explains that these methods won’t work for jute, cir, hemp, and sisal or wool carpets- these require extra care]

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home, No-nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You To Clean Like the Dickens Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, 2009

Sweeping days for bedrooms need come but once a week, but all rooms used by many people require daily sweeping; halls, passages, and dining and sitting rooms coming under this head. Careful dusting daily will often do away with the need of frequent sweeping, which wears out carpets unnecessarily. A carpet-sweeper is a real economy, both in time and strength; but, if not obtainable, a light broom carefully handled, not with a long stroke which sends clouds of dust over every thing, but with a short quick one, which only experience can give, is next best. For a thorough sweeping, remove as many articles from the room as possible, dusting each one thoroughly, and cover the larger ones which must remain with old sheets or large squares of common unbleached cotton cloth, kept for this purpose.

The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking, Helen Campbell, 1893

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Sunday Hymn Post

For Blynken and Nod- Jesus Loves Me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.

More verses here.

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Boys at Our House

Blynken and Nod are here again.

Blynken’s at school full time now, which means no long weekends or week long visits for a while. They can come Friday after school and have to be back home by Sunday night. I asked how he liked school, and he says not much.

“But he got a ribbon the first day,” said his mother proudly, when I was talking to them on the phone last week. “Tell Auntie about the ribbon you got at school,” she urged Blynken.

Blynken obligingly got on the phone and said in a monotone, “Yes. I got a ribbon. It says “First” on it because it was the first day of school. And everybody got one.”

Reminded me a bit of Dash in The Incredibles saying to his mother that saying that everybody is special is just another way of saying nobody is, because Blynken was plainly Not Impressed.

But they are here for the weekend, and here we do not go in for false praise for accomplishments like breathing, blinking, and being ‘first’ along with everybody else. And here we get muddy, play rough, and have scuffles of our own.

I wish the camera were back from the shop. I’d love to take a picture of the basket of soup Blynken brought to me this morning, carefully prepared, he said, just for me.

Yes, basket. My soup contained some plastic dinosaurs, little wooden farm animals, a fence or two from a wooden block set, and a large plastic snail. He even gave me a spoon to eat it with.

They’ve had a haircut- a very short buzz. Nod says he likes his, but we all miss his longish curls. Blynken says he hates his, and he wore a hat for three days because he was afraid his classmates would make fun of him. When this did not make the impression upon us which he desired, he added, “And they might call me bad words, too!”

“Hmm. And did they?” I asked lightly.

He grudgingly admitted they had not.

“Well, you know,” I say in my best offhand manner, “Sometimes people will make fun of us, but we don’t have to let that bother us too much. Sometimes it can’t be helped.”

Today the Boy tied a plastic sled to the back of his bike and gave the little boys rides around the lawn, then mitigated any brownie points for that good deed by yelling at one of them for accidentally unfolding two of his jeans when the little boy moved them from the couch where they did not belong anyway so he could use the couch for a fort.

A sibling brought my son to me for some remedial manners teaching, and I told him to go get all his unfolded but clean laundry off the couch and put it away, and apologize to the little fellow. He responded in some righteous indignation, saying, “Well, I was TRYING to put away my laundry just like you said when SHE-” here he pointed an accusatory finger at the older sibling- “insisted I come down and talk to you!”

“Yes,” said the Big Sister, “but you were still ranting and kicking the door as you did it.”

He has the makings of a politician, that one. Or a lawyer.

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Bill O’Reilly and…. Rolling Stone?

A sample paragraph to whet your appetite:

…cap-and-trade, as envisioned by Goldman [Sachs], is really just a carbon tax structured so that private interests collect the revenues. Instead of simply imposing a fixed government levy on carbon pollution and forcing unclean energy producers to pay for the mess they make, cap-and-trade will allow a small tribe of greedy-as-hell Wall Street swine to turn yet another commodities market into a private tax collection scheme. This is worse than the bailout: It allows the bank to seize taxpayer money before it’s even collected. [Emphasis in the original]

“If it’s going to be a tax, I would prefer that Washington set the tax and collect it,” says Michael Masters, the hedge fund director who spoke out against oil futures speculation. “But we’re saying that Wall Street can set the tax, and Wall Street can collect the tax. That’s the last thing in the world I want. It’s just asinine.”

Read Rolling Stone’s “The Great American Bubble Machine” by Matt Taibbi for the rest of the story.

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