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Your personal & family info website, much too visible

Short note:  Aunty will be making her compact SUV decision on Sunday.  So exciting!  Meanwhile, here is some info on preventing prying eyes: Pal Fay and #2 daughter both sent messages on the same day about FamilyTreeNow.com.  This is a website that gathers info from who-knows-what sources and then lists your date of birth, family members, known associates, places you used to and currently live in or own.  A ...

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Aunty da auto detailer

One rainy night, Aunty was driving to a company party dinner, and it was really difficult to see through the windshield even with the wipers going full blast.  The windshield de-fogger option on the AC was used, which didn't do much because it was not the inside of the glass, but the outside that seemed to have an irregular haze on it that made driving at night a bit dangerous. While at the dinner, Aunty me ...

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Instead of shoes…

Sometimes Aunty has to brush the dirt off her shoulder, so this will be the beginning of "Auntyisms". Aunty cannot understand shoeaholics since her 2 pairs of Crocs are her go-to foot wear.  Crocs have the advantage of comfort, style, and long lasting durability.  The 3 year old black pair and 1 year old cheetah print pair will last forever and keep Aunty in style, iao (in Aunty's opinion). Joe (name change ...

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Aunty is a wannabe de-clutteree

Each time an email arrives with clutter-free info, Aunty's antennae perk up, and then wilts because most of the time it is the same tip - sort by Keep, Toss, Donate. Sounds easy and makes sense, but it is not simple enough to get Aunty moving in the neatness direction. A recent email from Trulia.com/blog (good for home search/info, and has evolved into something like Better Homes and Gardens) was about the ...

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Near miss = lesson learned

This is not a picture to show Aunty's lack of eyelashes, sparse eyebrow hairs, wrinkles, bags under eyes, or melasma splotches on face. It is to show that little brown dot just above and the bigger dot just below Aunty's eye as a warning to all of us to be careful. Aunty wanted to cut down a piece of a laminate plank to be a barrier in the vegetable garden.  Instead of using a circular saw, Aunty used her D ...

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Summer sun great for laundry tip

Since it has been so terribly hot and sunny recently, Aunty has been laying out linens, hankies, furoshikis (squares that are used to tie up parcels and gifts), unlined tote bags, and whatever other natural fiber item that are stained or discolored on the front lawn and having the intense sun bleach the stains away. It works like magic. Mrs. Orpha Herrick was a favorite college professor. Not only did she t ...

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Graduation party favors

Aunty was stuck while cleaning up.  Some things were hard to throw out or give away. One of these things was this cute party favor from a graduation party that we went to a few years ago.  It was such a good idea, very simple, very graduation-y, and so it was kept in order to share the idea with some mother putting on a party for her child's graduation one of these days. It is made with disposable plastic d ...

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Talk to strangers and get tipped

Aunty likes to talk to strangers, especially when waiting in lines or when nothing is going on. At Kozo Sushi Kahala, Aunty was next to KITV4's strikingly beautiful news anchor, Yunji deNies.  Yunji was one of the MCs at the recent Cherry Blossom Festival Ball, so not only was she kinda famous, she was also kinda connected, if you understand local da kinds. Anywho, Yunji was really nice and friendly, and sh ...

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Battery testing and a tip for storing them

First, the tip for storing batteries, learned from Alejandra of Alejandra.tv.  I got one of those craft organizers from City Mill and stuck all those loose batteries that were rolling around on my shelf after the Costco mammoth packs were opened up and batteries would spill out in freedom. Works pretty good, though I am not sure if the ends should be all facing the same way so I put the more plentiful small ...

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How to peel lots of garlic – fast!

Thanks to Amy Lynn Andrews' Saveur link, here's how to peel a whole head of garlic, super fast!  This is a great tip for those times when you need a LOT of garlic, as in the Garlic Mayo Grilled Shrimp recipe. In case you cannot view this video, food editor Todd Coleman smashes a whole head of garlic with the palm of his hand (some garlic cloves fly around), then he puts all of the cloves into a large stainl ...

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