A Walk Down Memory Lane

Earlier this month I got to do a live radio broadcast at an indoor antique mall.  I’ve done them there before and it’s always a fun time… mostly because of the memories a place like that brings back.

On this most recent trip I saw a radio just like the one that sat on my Grandma’s kitchen counter.  There were several Velvet pipe tobacco tins.  The same kind my Grandfather had before he quit smoking.

I even found a metal bucket the American Legion in my hometown sold for the town’s 100th year celebration.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that!  When we were little my brother and I had one that we filled with crayons.


Among all the antiques I saw families shopping.  It was cool seeing the parents share their memories and stories with their kids.

It got me thinking that I’d like to take my kids there sometime. There are so many things that were a part of my childhood that I could share with them.  Like home phones with cords, VCR’s,  record players, books, and toys.

Some rainy weekend I think we’ll go there to walk around.  Since fashions, styles, and trends tend to come back they might even find something cool enough to bring home for their rooms.  It won’t be “old” it will be “retro”.

Ever taken your kids or grandkids to a flea market or antique mall? Did you have a good time?

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Homemade Shower Cleaner: Does It Work?

Cleaning the shower is one of those chores in our house that over the years has ended up being “my job”. Mainly because the smell of most cleaners gives my wife a headache. I find the smell annoying but it doesn’t make me sick. I was thinking about getting something like this eucalyptus shower spray, but I’m not sure if it will help my wife.

My wife was telling me recently about a homemade shower cleaner a co-worker of hers uses. She says that it cleared every mark from her shower glass panel. She remembered that it contained white vinegar and that you heated it up. It probably would have been a little easier to use somewhere like GREEN FACILITIES but it is fun to find out new things.

With those nuggets of info I went to Google looking for a “recipe” for homemade shower cleaners. What I found were several different ones. I decided to go with the easiest… and the one I knew we had everything on hand to make.

All I needed was a 1.5 cups of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap, and a spray bottle to put them in.


I measured the vinegar in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring glass and microwaved it for 2 minutes. While it was heating up I added the dish soap to the spray bottle. Using a funnel helped.

Then, I slowly and carefully poured the heated vinegar into the bottle with the soap. You might want to set the bottle in your sink and pour it there. Less of a chance of burning yourself.

Next, screw the spray pump into the bottle and tighten. Then shake to mix it up. That’s it! Armed with this new concoction I set out to clean our shower.

So, how did the homemade shower cleaner work? Quite well, actually. Just as good as any “scrubbing bubbles” or “spray foam” type of cleaner I’ve used before.

How about the smell? It was really strong at first. I think that’s because I used it right away while it was still warm. Warm vinegar is something I’m used to smelling because I run it through my Keurig to clean it.

That warm vinegar smell also reminds me of dying Easter eggs because some of the dyes call for using vinegar and hot water.

Had I let the homemade cleaner cool down a bit… or sprayed it in the shower and then left for awhile I don’t think the smell would have been as strong. Even at it’s strongest it wasn’t any worse than the typical chemical smell of the average cleaner.

To clean the curtain liner I filled the tub with warm water, poured in some vinegar, and added some Dawn. I let the liner soak in that solution for a half hour or so which cleaned it up pretty well.


After cleaning the shower and liner I gave it a coat of Gel Gloss. I love this stuff. It polishes and protects the shower and makes it easier to clean the next time.


This homemade shower cleaner recipe is one I’ll definitely use again. We always have the supplies on hand to make it. Plus, it costs a lot less than chemical cleaners.

Do you have some homemade cleaning recipes or tips? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear them.

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GPS & Faith

This morning I had to pick my daughter up from a birthday sleepover at a friend’s house.  It was a house I had never been to before and I didn’t know how to get there.  All I had was the address on the invitation.

I used the voice command feature on my phone and told it to navigate me to the address.  In a few seconds my GPS coordinates were locked in and I was off.

Google Navigation Screenshot

The first part of the trip was on familiar roads.  Then the cheerful female navigation voice took me off pavement and on to gravel in an area I had never been before.

For a control freak like myself this was a little unsettling.  To know where I wanted to go, to not have a clue how to get there, and to have to trust in the technology of the GPS.

It got me thinking about how our spiritual journey is a lot like using GPS.  We know where we want to end up (Heaven). We have some idea of the path we should follow (the Bible) and we have to trust in the directions we’re given (Faith).

It’s that last part that I sometimes have trouble with.  Letting go of the direction I think my life should go and listening for (and following) the plans God has for me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart & do not rely on your own insight. Proverbs 3:5 Click To Tweet

Just like following the GPS got me where I needed to go today… trusting and following God will get me where I ultimately want to go.

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