Unrelated Thoughts

Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

Tag Archives: Alterati


I’ve moved


will be my
primary blog
for all future

this allows me
to begin using
rss feeds, to
write for smaller
screens, to
maximize my
time, and to
leverage the
platforms already
available to me

I spent the
year toying
with various
blogging forms
and have decided
to use blogspot
from here on
out, while my
longer articles
will continue to
appear on alterati


A bit of this, bit of that…

as promised in my last post, Interview with Jessica DelBalzo is up at Alterati:


also, this came in my email, thought I’d share:

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove,
set heat to med-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust
crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on a talk show, Rachel
Ray and it really works!

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock baggie. Seal, mash till they
are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep
mashing it up mixing thoroughly, and cut the tip of the baggy,
squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done, easy
clean up.

Expanding Frosting
You know how you always seem to nearly run out of frosting when
finishing up a cake? Well, when you buy a container of cake
frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes.
You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes
with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per

Reheating Refrigerated Bread
To warm biscuits pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place
them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture
will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper those weeds away!
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover
with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
gardening plastic they will not get thro ugh wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of
glass-the fibers catch ones you can’t see!

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with
cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the
squirrels won’t come near it.

Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an
empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It
can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings. This also works
to clean way down deep in those dryer vents.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not
have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
cling when wearing panty hose. Pla c e pin in seam of slacks and —
voila – static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it
with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup.
Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how
easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the
glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!
Works better than a cloth!

Reopening an Envelope!
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer
for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper
than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a
great way to use up t he conditioner you bought but didn’t like when
you tried it in your hair…

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″
with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix
well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take
it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or
so, esp. if it rains, but it works &you don’t have the worry about
pets or small children being harmed.

Lastly, check out Curcio’s wrap-up for this week

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