If your car won't start in the cold, the best solution combines proper maintenance and options to make a cold start easier on your vehicle. In northern Wisconsin, cold winter weather is a fact of life. My 2007 Saturn Ion starts in weather as cold as -25F actual temp without fail, without any special treatment. (But not everyone is so lucky.) We have a fleet of trucks at work (both diesel and gas) that run in all kinds of weather. I’m drawing on my experience working with them, and from full time mechanics that help troubleshoot when we need them. [Read more…]Translate the Site
Back when I worked catering, we were required by the health department to use plastic cutting boards because “they were more sanitary”. Like so many well-intentioned government agencies, they were wrong. This post explains why wooden cutting boards are better than plastic or glass and why I only use wood cutting boards in my kitchen. [Read more…]Translate the Site
This is a guest post by Amber Bradshaw of The Coastal Homestead.
Remember way back when last winter you were praying for warm weather and promised you would never complain about the heat again? Yeah, me neither.
Are you considering taking out a second mortgage just to pay your electric bill? Ditto.
Are you staying inside because it's too hot to go out? Right there with ya.
Summertime may bring many wonderful things but the extreme heat is not one of them. For many using air conditioning is not affordable nor available. Here are some tips for keeping your house cool in the summer heat that we have used to combat our ever increasing electric bill. [Read more…]Translate the Site
This is a guest post by Amber Bradshaw of The Coastal Homestead featuring natural mosquito repellents and mosquito control.
What’s the most dangerous creature on earth? Without question the answer is: the mosquito. Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars in history. Even today, mosquitoes transmitting malaria kill 2 million to 3 million people and infect another 200 million or more every year. Tens of millions more are killed and debilitated by a host of other mosquito-borne diseases, including filariasis, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis. With the zika virus scare, avoiding mosquito bites is in people's minds more than ever.
I have a love hate relationship with nice weather. I love being outdoors, working in my garden, playing with my animals, watching the kids run around, smelling the salt air, basking in the sun, and enjoying nature of all kinds. I hate getting bit by those pesky, good for nothing, bloodsucking, make me itch all over and miserable mosquitoes. [Read more…]Translate the Site
In many parts of the country, having to remove hard water buildup is a necessity. Our well water is hard (it has a lot of calcium and magnesium in it), plus it has rust and particulates. Even with a softener and whole house particulate filter, over time deposits build up in the faucets and shower heads. I noticed recently that the kitchen and bathroom faucets and the shower head had reduced flow, plus a lot of the water was spraying the wrong direction. It was time for a good cleaning. [Read more…]Translate the Site