Epic DIY Tube Slide

These clever and resourceful people set up an epic do-it-yourself tube slide for an afternoon of fun at a local public reservoir!

All it takes is a long roll of heavy-duty plastic sheeting, a can of gas, an irrigation pump, a long irrigation hose, and access to a body of water with a sloping shore.

A large DIY tube slide set up at a public reservoirA large DIY tube slide set up at a public reservoirA large DIY tube slide set up at a public reservoirA large DIY tube slide set up at a public reservoirA large DIY tube slide set up at a public reservoir

Earring Organization with Buttons!

I store pairs of stud earrings by inserting them into a button

A great way to store stud earrings and keep them together so that you don’t have to spend time hunting for the other half of a pair in your jewelry box trays is to put each pair into a button.

These particular buttons are 7/8″ in diameter and the distance between the two holes is 5/16″, which makes them big enough to accommodate all my stud earrings.

A package of about 20 basic plastic 7/8″ two-hole buttons cost me around $2 at my local JoAnn store. The fact that they were purple was just a bonus!

In Which the Boy Scout Handbook Comes in Handy

Homemade hat rackThe Problem

I have quite the collection of hats and caps, which until now I’ve kept in a drawer. But since it was my desire to hang them somewhere I could see them, I bought some great laundry hook clips on Amazon and attempted to McGyver a place to hang them using items I already had at home. But—alas—I soon discovered that I didn’t have an extra clothes hanging rod on hand.

The Solution

While I looked at the existing clothes rod in my closet, the thought came to me: You could lash a perpendicular spar to the top of the clothes rod!

And in my memory arose an image of photocopied pages of knot-tying instructions from the Boy Scout Handbook that I had studied in my youth for my 4-H horsemanship projects, several of which dealt with various types of lashing.

So, thanks to this great online tutorial on making a square lashing, and using what I believe to be a former toilet plunger handle, I created a homemade hat and cap hanging rack in my closet.

I think I just leveled up in McGyver-style home project skills.

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod


Homemade hat rack

The Stuff in the Vehicle

Repurposed cosmetic bags purchased from thrift storesThe Problem

There is never enough storage space in one’s vehicle for all the items one finds it necessary to cart around.

The Solution

I buy zippered cosmetics/toiletries bags and containers from my local thrift stores, clean them up, and use them to store items in my vehicle. They work perfectly for holding all sorts of oddly-shaped things and for keeping dissimilar things neatly separated. They can also be stuffed into those sometimes awkwardly-shaped storage compartments in vehicle doors, floors, consoles, and dashboards.

  • Tools
  • Chains
  • Hitches
  • Bike rack pins
  • Tie-downs
  • Bungee cords
  • Audio cables
  • Car chargers
  • Parking garage tokens
  • Coupons—Yes, I keep coupons in my vehicle because a coupon left at home does no one any good
  • Maps
  • Tissues
  • Reusable produce bags

Repurposed cosmetic bags purchased from thrift stores

Why I Love Audiobooks

The wonderful thing about audiobooks is that I can do other things while I’m listening to them. They are perfect for multi-tasking. I love that I can listen to an audiobook and do any of the following:

  • Drive—Better than texting or talking on a cell phone!
  • Exercise—A great reason to go for a walk or a run!
  • Housework—Wash dishes, fold laundry!
  • Yardwork—Weed the garden, snap green beans!
  • Crafty things—Sew and crochet, organize photos!
  • Take a bath—No danger of dropping a book in the water 🙂

A paperback novel titled The Blue Castle by L. M. MontgomeryRecently, I wanted to re-read the novel The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery, but I didn’t have the time.

I could not find a commercial audiobook production of this novel, but I was fortunate to find a well-done amateur reading on YouTube.





Here is the first chapter:

And here is a link to the playlist for the entire novel:
Audiobook—The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Almost Curvy

The Interesting Information

Recently—thanks to an Internet search brought about by my adventures shopping for jeans that fit—I learned that there is a real way to determine if one has a curvy figure.

This is a measurement that clothing designers use when designing “curvy” styles for women who have a “curvy” body type.

You are officially curvy if you have a waist-to-hip differential of 0.75.

For example, my waist measurement is 30″ and my hip measurement is 36″.

When I multiply my hip measurement of 36″ by 0.75, the result is 27″.

So, if my waist measurement were 27″, I would have an officially “curvy” figure.
However, because my actual waist measurement is 30″, I have an “almost curvy” figure.

The Real Life Implications

In real life—probably because I also have a very short waist*—I find that jeans with a curvy cut through the waist and hip fit me much better than jeans with a regular, straight, or loose fit through the waist and hip.

So, even if you don’t think of yourself as having a curvy figure, you can take some measurements and find out for certain. Knowing this may help you try on the right jeans during future shopping expeditions!

*I also learned that there are several ways to determine if one has a short, regular, or long waist. A topic to cover in another post!

The Hair in the Bathroom

The Problem

As a typical human being, I’ve got about 100,000 hairs on my head. At any given moment, about 90 percent of those hairs are in a growing phase—interestingly, each hair has a lifespan of 3 to 5 years—and about 10 percent of them are in a resting phase. After the resting phase, the roots loosen and the hairs fall away from my head.

Again, as a typical human being, it is normal for me to lose about 100 hairs a day. What this means in real life is that a lot of my former hairs end up lying around on the bathroom floor.

But, as I am a tidy soul, I don’t enjoy having (or seeing) strands of hair drifting about and collecting in the corners of the bathroom.

The Solution

Several years ago, I bought a handy little dust buster vacuum, which stays plugged in and neatly tucked behind the toilet. Its sole purpose is to vacuum up the hair in the bathroom.

About every other day, I run this little vacuum over the floor and into the corners of the bathroom to collect the hundreds of hairs that have taken leave of my head. It works great!

A dust buster vacuum neatly tucked away in the bathroom