Thanksgiving is coming!

Hello, everyone!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? Dinner will be served at the Baker house this year, and I can hardly wait! Shirley decided to get a jump on the preparations by thoroughly cleaning the holiday tableware this weekend. It was a darn good thing she did, too, because the teacups were rimmed with brown tea stains. Lucky for us, it was an easy fix. She filled the cups with warm water, and dropped a denture cleaning tablet in each one. In a few minutes, the cups were perfectly white and as good as new.

I spent some time giving the lawn good cleaning. I mixed 1 cup of dishwashing liquid, 1 cup of antiseptic mouthwash, 1 cup of tobacco tea, and 1 cup of chamomile tea in a bucket. Then I added 2 cups of this mixture to my 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, filling the balance of the jar with warm water, and applied it to my lawn to the point of run-off to bid bugs, fungus, and other nasties adieu until spring.

Unfortunately, I developed an irritating cough while I was outside. So Shirley whipped up a batch of Grandma Putt’s cough syrup by heating 1 cup of honey, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of olive oil for 5 minutes. She stirred the mix vigorously for a couple minutes, and then I took 1 teaspoon of the syrup every 2 hours. I’m happy to report that my hacking was history in no time, and I’ll be as healthy as a horse for our Thanksgiving festivities!