Know Your Neighbors: Emergency Preparedness 101

Today’s topic has several meanings. First, know your literal, next-door neighbors. Know their names and phone numbers. Yes, this means you might have to introduce yourself after having lived in your neighborhood or apartment complex for several years. (If your neighbors are a little weird, maybe use a Google Voice number so you don’t have …

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Emergency Preparedness 101: How to Evacuate Safely

The word Unprepared with the Un crossed out with a red ex. Text over lay says Emergency Preparedness 101 Get Ready to Evacuate. Be Ready

Two things before we start this basic how to evacuate safely discussion. Please note that this is a beginner look at emergency preparedness. It’s for those who are just beginning to think about how they or they and their families will handle an emergency and isn’t the place to show off how awesomely prepared you …

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Emergency Preparedness 101: The Very Basics

I live in a part of the country where our usual emergency preparedness includes being ready for hurricanes from June until the end of November, small tornadoes in the spring, and extremely rare earthquakes. 2020, of course, threw in plague and civil unrest. Your home may have other risks, including some that you didn’t expect—looking …

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How to Remove Smoke Stains from My Cupboards

Hi Home-Ec 101I had a candle burning under the edge of my cabinet, and it got hot enough to burn it. Some of it is light, and some a pretty dark burn.  I have attached pictures. I tried baking soda and water, didn’t work.  The furniture markers and crayons did not work.  I’ve read about a super fine 0000 steel …

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How to Remove Sticky Residue From Furniture

Chair with text overlay Fixing a Sticky Furniture Issue

Dear Home-Ec 101,My furniture has become very sticky after years of polishing it. Sticky to the point of having to give it a little pull to lift it off the furniture. Googling for a solution, I have used a mixture of water and vinegar. It helped a little but not much.  What next?Signed,Sticky in Stockton …

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