The cheapest and most green way to clean and remove any stains from your carpets is by taking baking soda (not powder) and clear (white) vinegar in generous portions by the half cup size and pouring it directly onto the stain one after the other in any order and folding a towel in half and placing it directly over the stained area overnight.  The following day the stain shall be absorbed by the towel and drying if not already dry.  No need for expensive carpet cleaners or to have it professionally done.  Also, the room shall smell fresh as well....more

Snap, crackle, pop goes this old house.

I just moved into a house that’s been around long enough (about a hundred years) to acquire its own quirks.  Or maybe the quirks were part of the original construction. This place was once just a single room and small bath. Over the years, owners added on, a room at a time.  We live north of San Francisco and after the quake of 1906, many people fled the city and settled into these small places that were intended to be used just for a few weeks in summer. ...more

I liked your emphasis on sounds. I went from living in a 100-year-old house to a new mobile ...more

Big Change Chronicles: Moving Across Town, Remembering What Home Means

by Agnes KrupI discovered the first grey in my hair on Christmas day – several grey hairs, actually. Grey is not easy to detect in blond, but there they were, unmistakably. They looked quite beautiful (if I may say so myself): my head of straw given a quiet shine of distinction by just a dozen of strategically located individual hairs....more

I just posted about grey hair and then I saw your post. Thanks for the commentary! I ...more

Best of Moomette’s Magnificents Blog Posts 2009

Now that we’ve passed the Winter Solstice and are wrapping up 2009, I’ve tried to put together a collection of my favorite“Best of 2009” series of Moomette’s Magnificents posts. While I’m a mom, I’m also a grandmom, wife, sister, and friend.  I try to identify myself as a multi-generational blogger, and my blogging friends and readers are many. (Read More) Cindi...more

Read the instructions first? Really?

Now comes the time for getting acquainted with our new products.  Assembly instructions.  Operating manuals.  Warranties.  Oh my. It’s not just the digital camera, the cell phone, the hand steamer, the bagless vacuum with three different filters, it’s also the computer which had to be replaced in an ill-timed holiday rush....more

Christmas Memories

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry AllenI loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother. The trees could never be tall enough, the lifetime collection of ornaments, each with a story, could never be enough to decorate each year’s tree in order to fill my sons’ memory banks with joy. There was the Christmas when we lived in a townhouse on Madison Avenue. The parlor had heavy double wooden doors … just like in the Nutcracker....more

Tree Musketeers


Monday Dose of Market: Finally, I am a Farmer!

Lots of things made me smile at the Denver Indoor Farmers Market this weekend.  First were the tomatoes.  I’ve said goodbye to tomatoes several times over the last few weeks, thinking I’d seen my last fresh local tomato until next summer.  I never considered frozen tomatoes.  Berry Patch Farms picks ‘em when their the ripest and pops ‘em in the freezer. Brilliant. ...more

Public Speaking and The Holidays

The Holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys of the season and to enjoy the company of those you cherish. In addition to my wonderful family, relatives and friends, I am grateful for my colleagues and clients and the many new connections that I’ve made this year through my blog.   ...more