Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Salt has many uses! Here are some that may be handy!

This article is about the term as used in chemistry. For the chemistry of table salt, see Sodium chloride. For more information about table salt, see Salt.
The blue salt copper(II) sulfate in the form of the mineralchalcanthite
In chemistrysalts are ionic compounds that result from the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base. They are composed of related numbers of cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negative ions) so that the product is electrically neutral (without a net charge). These component ions can be inorganic, such as chloride (Cl), or organic, such as acetate (C2H3O2); and can be monatomic, such as fluoride (F), or polyatomic, such as sulfate (SO42−).
There are several varieties of salts. Salts that hydrolyze to produce hydroxide ions when dissolved in water are basic salts, whilst those that hydrolyze to produce hydronium ions in water are acidic saltsNeutral salts are those that are neither acid nor basic salts.Zwitterions contain an anionic centre and a cationic centre in the same molecule, but are not considered to be salts. Examples includeamino acids, many metabolitespeptides, and proteins.
Usually, non-dissolved salts at standard temperature and pressure are solid, but there are exceptions (see Molten salts and ionic liquids).
Molten salts and solutions containing dissolved salts (e.g., sodium chloride in water) are called electrolytes, as they are able to conduct electricity. As observed in the cytoplasm of cells, in bloodurineplant saps and mineral waters, mixtures of many different ions in solution usually do not form defined salts after evaporation of the water. Therefore, their salt content is given for the respective ions.
Salt is in just about every home. It’s essential to many baking and cooking needs, and I consume it regularly to help regulate my blood pressure. But what else can it be used for? Check out the below ideas for using salt around your home!

Put Out a Fire   If you have a fire place, use salt when putting out the fire. It will eliminate the amount of soot produced, making your fire place cleaner and safer.

Deodorize Shoes   Can’t solve your homes stinky shoe problem? Put salt in the shoes overnight. The salt will soak up all of the odors leaving your shoes smelling clean.

Rid Your Garden of Snails and Slugs  If you have a snail and slug problem in your garden try sprinkling salt around the garden. Snails will avoid the salt and any that don’t essentially will be poisoned by it because it is a drying agent.

 Salad Crisp If you signed up to bring a salad to a party, but can’t keep it in the fridge or have a ways to travel, sprinkle some salt on it a few hours before it will be eaten. The salt will maintain the freshness.

Avoid Browning Apples   If you are sick of your apples browning after you cut them, soak them in lightly salted water for a few minutes (1-3 minutes tops). It will prevent them from browning throughout the day.

 Remove Wine Stains   If you dump salt on a wine stain or similar stain as soon as it happens, the salt will pick up the liquid making it far easier to clean up.

Restore Your Sponges   Mix ¼ cup salt per liter of water and soak sponges in the mixture overnight. The salt will restore the sponges to their previous clean and shape-holding state as well as sterilize them. Try putting them in the dishwasher as well for an extra germ killing clean.

Set Colors in Laundry   Add in 1 cup of salt to a load of laundry that contains items that have strong colors. The salt will set in the color making the items no longer bleed colors in the wash.

 Cure Bad Breath   Mix in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Gargle the mixture twice a day and it will eliminate bad breath.

Do you know any other ways to use salt around your house?



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pavarotti was a great singer! Is his granddaughter?









A friend of mine sent this to me via email and I had to share it with all of you.  This is a video of
 PAVAROTTI granddaughter who is only 15 yrs. old.  


It is beautiful and emotional.  Such beauty!  Such emotion!  Get the tissues out you're going to need them.  Volume up, sit back and enjoy.  Grampa would've have been so proud!



Sislena Caparossa, 15, sings Nessun Dorma

Charles and Wilma Monluis send a video of Sislena Caparossa, 15, singing the aria Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot of Giacomo Puccini, in a dramatic performance which brought tears to the eyes of many members of the audience:


We asked for some information about the singer, and received this reply:

"Here is what I could find about Sislena: she is from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, from the Arafo Municipality. It seems that her African heritage comes from her father, who is from the Dominican Republic. 

"Regarding her background things are very scanty since she came on the scene only last year. However they do mention that her mother sang in a chorus at one time, and that her father played the trumpet in the Juan Luis Guerra band (doesn't say which country)."

What a voice, she inherited - it's in the genes - Pavarotti's DNA,  Pavarotti lives on in her.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MAJOR COMPUTER CRASH~~~MEANS MAJOR BUCK-O'S!!!

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Major Computer Crash and my desk top is in the shop and shall return home on Monday from the Computer Hospital.  It's having some major surgery.  :(  I can't wait for Monday.  I am so not familiar with my laptop, but I guess now is a good time as any to try.  The keyboard is so different, but since I hooked up a mouse to it I'm doing much better now.  Woo Hoo... I just don't have all the programs that I usually work with or pictures.  ;(  Bear with me people.  you're ol' Dolly will be back soon!




SO SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE............................... BUT I HAVE IT BACK NOW.  IT WAS GONE FOR A WEEK, BUT NOW I HAVE TO PAY THIS ENORMOUS BILL.  Gonna have to find a way to make some money fast.  :(  I LOVE HAVING MY PUTER BACK!  WOO HOO!




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

May all your troubles be tiny and all your joys be huge!

Have a HAPPY, HEALTHY and a very PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

HERE'S TO A BRIGHTER, HEALTHIER AND PEACEFUL FUTURE FOR US ALL!



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy 15 yrs. Wedding Anniversary Celebration!


 David and I eloped 15 yrs. ago December 23, 1999 and my wonderful husband took us to Red Lobster in Geneva, IL for dinner and because it was our Anniversary the Manager gave us a couple of coupons.  How nice of him.  So, David and I ordered our usual.  He likes the Ultimate Feast and I love the SeasSide Shrimp Trio!  mmmmmm   The manager also sent over a Seaside Sampler!  Oh my, sooo delicious.  Stuffed mushrooms mmmm, fried shrimp, and cold shrimp. mmmm

Raspberry Ice Tea mmmm


Ceasar Salad - scrumptious and the Garlic Biscuits... oh my goodness...

A very nice manager at the Naperville Location for Red Lobster .  Thank you for the appetizer my friend!


Seaside Shrimp Trio
Seaside Shrimp Trio
A generous sampling of Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, garlic shrimp scampi and creamy shrimp linguini Alfredo.  My choice of heaven!  YUMMMMMMMM
  Scrumptious tender Maine Lobster tail, steamed from North American snow crab long legs, and their signature garlic plump shrimp scampi and Walt's Favorite Shrimp served with wild rice pilaf , and your choice of a side dish, and for a drink Dave chose the infamous...              Bahama Mama
A frozen blend of tropical fruit flavors mixed with dark spiced rum and topped with a splash of Bacardi Select dark rum. 
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It was a wonderful time and we were so full.  I have the most wonderfu husband in the whole world!




Friday, December 26, 2014

I Hope Everyone had a Merry Christmas!


 Little bit of our holiday Home!
    I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!





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