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If you have an Alexa or Echo, you might not be aware of all the clever and useful things they can do.  By giving Alexa the right information, you can order an Uber ride, send flowers, play Jeopardy and much more.  Check out these 25 tricks of Alexa.

Mysteries are my favorite type of series to watch on TV.  I was worried that I had run out of really good ones and then I found this list called Best of: Murder Mysteries to Binge Watch Now – 2020 Edition.  Yay!

Here are the categories they’re sorted into.  Great browsing!

  • NEW TO STREAMING
  • TRUE CRIME
  • STRONG, INDEPENDENT FEMALE LEADS
  • DARK, MOODY MALE LEADS
  • PERIOD MURDER
  • CLASSICS
  • SUBTITLED!
  • IN ENGLISH BUT YOU (PROBABLY) NEED SUBTITLES!
  • FUNNY STUFF (NEW CATEGORY!)
  • LESS-THAN-A-8-HOUR COMMITMENT (AKA A LIMITED SERIES!)
  • UPCOMING PROJECTS WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT (NEW CATEGORY!)

The Weather Channel has a Coronavirus tracking map.  You can search for reported virus in your area just as you would the weather, and up to date information for COVID-19 in your area will come up. You can also track the virus globally.

Many people have told me that Dawn Dish Soap is a better remedy for stains than anything else they’ve used. I have tried it and found that the claims are true.  I have since learned that Dawn has many other uses as well. Here is a list:

Tub and shower cleaner – Fill a spray bottle halfway with white vinegar and heat it in the microwave until warm.  Fill the rest of the way with Dawn Dish Soap.  Screw on the top and shake.  Spray on tub and shower walls, let sit for a few minutes and rinse off.

Clean windows – Mix 3 drops of Dawn in 1 gallon of water and fill a spray bottle with the mixture.  Spray the windows and clean.

Make an ice pack – Partially fill a strong zip lock sandwich bag with Dawn, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays colder longer and it can be frozen many times.

Defog eyeglasses – To prevent glasses from fogging up rub a small drop of Dawn on the lenses and wipe clean.

Repel insects – Put a drop of Dawn in a spray bottle.  Mist household plants to repel aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Spray countertops, cupboards and other areas to repel ants. This mixture will not harm ladybugs or bees.

Degrease tools – Put 1 TBSP of Dawn into 1 gallon of water and wipe off grime from tools with an old rag.  Use a different rag to dry them immediately so they don’t rust.

Remove hair dye stains – Clean off any stains left on your skin from hair dye with a little Dawn and warm water.

Clean stainless steel appliances – Put a bit of dawn on a damp, soft sponge.  Squish it with your hand until it foams and is soapy.  It will remove fingerprints and other marks.

 

See what else we covered this week;

How to Connect with our Older Family Members and Friends who are Sheltering in Place

connecting with older family members

and

Bocce, Boules and Pétanque

boules