Old Vegetable Oil

I had a bottle of old vegetable oil…old oil gets a slightly rancid smell and I’m extremely sensitive to it as it’s going off, so even fresh oil can smell like old oil to me and when it does I just set it aside to use for some other purpose.

I’m betting you are wondering what other purpose there can be for old oil?  Well, today I used it on old furniture.  I got this tip from Miss Mustard Seed’s site…there she explains how to bring old furniture back to life without stripping and refinishing.  She suggests you add 3/4 cup of oil to 1/4 cup of vinegar and wipe it on the furniture.

That is what I do…and it works rather nicely.  It isn’t going to bring something old back to life, instead it will improve dried out pieces that you don’t want to spend money on refinishing- like the bottoms of my dining room chairs get all dinged up when people hook their feet over the bottom rungs.  A swipe of the oil/vinegar and the rungs look like the rest of the chair.

Do you have any quick tips for keeping house?  Let us know!




Strange Disease From Drinking Too Much Tea!

My regular readers will know I’ve got a minor beef about fluoride, so when I saw this article, I had to drag it home to my blog.

A 47 year old woman who had been drinking pitchers of tea daily for 17 years made with 100 to 150 bags of tea daily suffered pain in her legs, arms and lower back.  When she went to doctors they took x-rays and found excessive bone growth which they first thought might have to do with cancer.  Instead another doctor familiar with the disease called “fluorosis” thought that the problem was her fluoride levels.  Sure enough her levels were elevated so that they were 4 times higher than average.  The recommendation was to stop drinking the tea and allow her bones to heal themselves.

Here is some of the article:

A 47-year-old Michigan woman developed a bone disease rarely seen in the U.S. after she drank a pitcher of tea made from at least 100 tea bags daily, for 17 years, researchers report.

The Detroit woman visited the doctor after experiencing pain in her lower back, arms, legs and hips for five years.

X-rays revealed areas of very dense bone on the spinal vertebrae and calcifications of ligaments in her arm, said study researcher Dr. Sudhaker D. Rao, a physician at Henry Ford Hospital who specializes in endocrinology and bone and mineral metabolism.

The researchers suspected the woman had skeletal fluorosis, a bone disease caused by consuming too much fluoride (a mineral found in tea as well as drinking water).

The patient’s blood levels of fluoride were four times higher than what would be considered normal, the researchers said.

Skeletal fluorosis is endemic in regions of the world with naturally high levels of fluoride in drinking water, including some parts of India and China, but is rare in Europe and North America. (Low levels of fluoride are added to drinking water in the United States to prevent cavities, but aren’t high enough to cause fluorosis.)



Oligarchs and You!

This morning I heard a lot about Russian oligarchs while listening to the morning news.  The “oligarchs” of Russia have invested their money in Cypress.  Naturally they thought that their money would be safe there, but unfortunately Cypress is having a bit of a hard time with their buy in to the Euro, and rather than have all the European tax payers foot the bill, the combined leaders of the Western European governments decided that Cypriot residents and folks using their banks would have to contribute some money to saving their own skins.

The banks went on an official holiday, and the ATM’s have only allowed limited withdrawals- so that is causing a minor uproar in the banking community.  The real problem is that Cypress is sort of the smallest problem the EU is facing.  Spain and Italy have similar issues but they are much bigger financial players, so how will their economies fare if their investors have the money they’ve put into their local banks frozen?!

To me, it’s all a big fat mess, but the part I’m most fascinated with is hearing this term “oligarch” tossed around about the Russians.  It sounds sort of like saying “Russian mobsters”, but instead it’s like saying ” Russian business magnates”  or ” Russian Big Businesses”.  So that made me wonder about the US- would our business leaders qualify as ” oligarchs”?  Does our country have political leaders who are sometimes pressured by big businesses to make policy for the nation?

Hmmm, I’m going to have to cogitate on that one for a bit.  What do you think?




Catholics and Batman!

Several news sites are running a story about the Vatican’s news services saying that they might have been hacked.  It seems that there was a story that was titled ” Holy Switcheroo” and it was about the comic strip Batman, but it was written on February 28 and it only got tweeted about recently.  The new tweet over a month old story was a mistake,  but the story itself was legitimate.

I went to the Catholic News Service to check out the story and there is a relatively long winded story about Batman going from mild mannered hero to angry vengeful killing machine.  It seemed like an odd story to make news, but it’s still a real story and it has nothing to do with any hackers!

So why are news sites blabbing about the Vatican getting hacked?

Who knows!





Sly Fox Brewery is Bringing Pottstown Attention!

I just read an article over at Philly.com about craft brews being sold in cans!  There are several brands discussed, but one brand comes from our own Sly Fox brewery!  The article mentions that they are from Pottstown!

The neat thing about the cans that Sly Fox is selling is that the entire top rips off the can which allows you to drink the beer like you are drinking out of a frosty mug!  Oh, there is another plus to the can that the writer alludes to…but you’ll have to read that part yourself!

The next big step will come next week at the Craft Brewers Conference, in Washington, D.C., when Sly Fox Brewing, of Pottstown, unveils its new, open-ended can.

Designed by Philadelphia’s Crown Holdings, the can features the so-called 360 End, which tears off like a soup-can lid, exposing the entire top like an open cup.

“What’s cool about this is you’re able to smell the aroma of the beer,” said Brian O’Reilly, of Sly Fox, which packages about half its beer in cans. “That’s the one thing that’s a challenge in a [regular] can. Now drinkers can better appreciate the beer without pouring it into a glass.”

The can end was introduced a couple of years ago at the World Cup and is now used by Budweiser in China.

You’ll see it next month when Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager becomes the first American-made beer to be sold in the open-ended cans. And keep your eyes peeled at Phillies home games, where Sly Fox Pikeland Pils will be sold exclusively in them.

There is one downside to the new design: Unlike conventional pull-tabs that remain attached to the can, this lid must be disposed of separately. O’Reilly noted that, while some state litter laws may prohibit their use, the lids use less metal and are more environmentally friendly.

And the upside is that – once empty – the cans are far easier to pee into.

Oh well, there is that!