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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter C – Caykufkiwer … I Mean Cauliflower

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter C – Caykufkiwer … I Mean Cauliflower 
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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Day # 3 – Letter C …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter C

So, I’m in a silly mood this afternoon. This post is just some of the craziness I think of all the time, every day, random bits of this and that. Sometimes I can focus long enough to put together a coherent blog post, which sounds like I know what I’m talking about. Other times I just write down the free flow of thoughts in my notebooks, and I have a lot of them. (thoughts and notebooks)

So, back to the title of this. I had my fingers on the wrong keys to type the word cauliflower. It looks silly. So, I left it there. Actually, I’d been thinking of that word … how do you pronounce it? I’ve looked in the dictionary, and it’s pretty straight forward… ko-li-flau-er…with some little do-dads on top of the letters, that I don’t really know what they mean, and this keyboard probably don’t have them, anyway.

So, here’s what I was thinking about how to say it.

Call – a – flower ( is this a bit like ‘phone-a-friend’?)

Call – ya – flower ( Hey, come here, flower. Except flowers don’t generally travel around)

Collie – flour (like a dog? Covered in flour? Or, heaven forbid, flour made from a dog?)

I usually go with the second example, most of the time, even though I know it is wrong. Maybe it is just because of the southern (or Texas) dialect/accent?

So, anyway, cauliflower is a funny word. (and yes, I do like to eat it)

So, there are sure a lot of parentheses in here, and the word so…don’t ya think?

So, again, thanks for stopping by for a few laughs on this afternoon. Have a great weekend! (and try not to think of the word cauliflower too much!)

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© 2021 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter B – Bread

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter B – Bread

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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Day # 2 – Letter B …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter B

Dear Bread Companies:

What is up with your plastic packaging? There is too much writing on them. The plastic is fine to keep your bread products in, until…dun, dun, dun…it goes all moldy. Yes, it does.

It’s hard to keep fresh in that plastic bag, with the twist-tie closure. However, with all the logos of your company, nutirition information, bright, bold colors, and stating the fact that there is bread in there, it is too hard to actually ‘see’ the bread.

After consuming a few slices, you know, putting your possibly ‘not sterile clean hands’ in there, which has to be transferring germs, the further down slices do occasionally go moldy. You’ve seen it, I’m sure…it’s that ugly, blue-green color. Even if it is only on one slice, you can bet your bottom dollar, that mold spores are multiplying like crazy inside that bag. The spores are touching, growing, and infecting the whole lot of it. You may not see it yet, but it’s there.

I get mildly upset about it…mildly upset, that most of the loaf of bread is wasted…not actually flinging the whole mold encrusted bread bag across the room, but still…Ewww, gross!

The fact is, with all the package pretty much obscuring the bread inside, I just can’t tell if it’s molded, or not. I try, I really do, to see through any clear spots, but it’s no use. I still have to dump the remaining slices out, just to check for mold. That, of course, exposes it to even more germs that are floating around in the air, which would certainly love to land on a piece of bread, to begin their germy, devouring destruction of said bread.

My helpful solution to this aggravating problem is this – use clear bags, small lettering of your logo, and the ingredients label. You don’t have to tell us it is bread…we can see what it is in there. Another helpful hint…do away with those colored twist-ties used to close the package. I think they are some kind of secret code, anyway. To whom, I have no idea, as no one I know has any idea what they mean.

One last, reccomendation…use a ziplock or slider type closure. This would be so much easier. It wouldn’t be lost like a twist-tie, and I wouldn’t have to find a clothes-pin or chip-clip to fasten the package.

So, could you, a big important bread company, who values your customer’s satisfaction with your product, please make these few adjustments? I’d be so, so grateful, and I will keep buying your yummy bread. Otherwise, your bread is dead to me…I’ll buy from your competitors…that is if they consider these very same hints to improve their product line.

Sincerely,

A Loyal Customer (for many years, but am now fed up)

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter A – Ants

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter A – Ants

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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Day # 1 – Letter A …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter A

ANTS IN YOUR PANTS

Have you ever had ants in your pants – for real – like real, live ants? I have, and it’s not a bit fun, as the kid’s game Ants in the Pants, would have you believe.

The ants in my case, were fire ants. Yes, the notorious, stingy/bitey kind. We lived in south Texas, at the time, and the fire ant populations were very much in permanent residence. They weren’t just there for a fun summer vacaton. We had fire ant mounds in the yard, just as everyone did. If you stood too long in one place out there, you could pretty much count on getting those invaders crawling up your leg.

With a normal little ant, you just brush them off, but not with these psycho ants. They latch onto you – as in biting and stinging at the same time. You cannot just brush them away.

I think they must enjoy the litle dance we have with them. You have to slap your legs and ankles, stomp your feet, scream and holler a bit, and maybe turn in circles a few times as you’re trying to pick them off. All this commotion tends to be a shout out for all the nearby ants to crash the impromptu, outdoor party…and you are the host!

As they swarm and latch onto you, it feels like red hot needles piercing your skin in several places at once. After the dance, in which you have somehow managed to knock them off, you are left with a party favor from them…a blister in every place they left their mark…and then the itching begins.

All in all, the ants in your pants party is a bust in our estimation, but I have a feeling the fire ants enjoyed it, because they are always on the lookout for another unsuspecting host to dance with.

 

An excellent description of fire ant stings/bites, and what to do if you are a victim of a painful episode, can be found here … http://m.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Fire-Ant-Sting

Ant on Apple iOS 14.2

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Reflection on A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

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Reflection on a to Z Blog Challenge 2019

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Now that the A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 is finished, we are to reflect back on our journey through the alphabet, as we did, one day at a time.

This was my 6th time to participate, and it was just as fun and interesting as it was every other time.

I didn’t have a dedicated theme to my posts this year, but posted a variety of topics, from true ghost stories to funny word definitions. A few of my posts were brand new, but most had been written a long time ago on here, but almost no one came to visit, or commented, or even pushed the like button on them. So, why not post them again to see what would happen this time around.

Well, I had a wonderful response from my readers! Thanks so much for your support. I appreciate it very much.

I enjoyed visiting the posts of those others who were taking part in the A to Z this year, too. There are so many talented and interesting people who blog out there, and never enough time to get around to every single one that was on the sign up list. So many of my regular blogging friends were also doing this challenge, it was all I could manage to visit them, if not every day, then at least a few times.

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For next year’s April A to Z, I will probably participate again. I may or may not have a certain theme, but I’m leaning toward that, as it seems easier to know beforehand what you will be posting about. As it is, we have almost a whole year to come up with something fun and new for a theme.

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All in all, I love this challenge, and plan on doing it again next year!

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Thank you for visiting! We did it! See you next April! Bye 4 Now!”

Mystery Box Chickens

The Mystery Box Chickens thank you for stopping by for a visit, and wish you a happy year ahead! They will take a little break, then will be hard at work on next April’s A to Z! See you then. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Yard Sale Tale – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Yard Sale Tale – a to Z Blog challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Buy us something good.”

As promised, here’s a funny yard sale tale.

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Bookshelf fiasco – This yard sale was a couple of blocks from our house. I’d been to a lot of sales that Saturday morning, and this was the last one before heading home. We had an old Chevy van, and there was quite a lot of items in there that I’d bought. Some of those were potted plants…a lot of these, and I needed to get them home before they wilted in the heat of the day & being in the van for so long.

Well this sale…I spied a cool bookshelf for sale in these people’s yard. I was in a hurry to get out and buy it. I went up to the lady holding the sale, asked her how much ($15.00), gave her the money, and proceeded to get the bookshelf. However, some other customer was standing there dismantling the bookshelf, and about to haul it off to her car. I said, hey…that’s mine…I just paid for it. Well, she argued with me, but finally gave up. I mean, I had already bought it.

So, I get it in the van, and what do you know…it wouldn’t start. I tried starting it over and over, and it just wouldn’t. So I walked home and told the mister he’d have to go fix the van, and where it was. Well, he did, but it didn’t really need fixing. That’s because I’d been in such a hurry to get out, I’d just turned the engine off, and didn’t even put it in park. It wouldn’t start because of that. Yeah. He drove it home, and I was able to unload the plants, bookshelf, and other things. You know, we had that shelf for many years after that. It was worth all the trouble in the end. 🙂

Well, now I see how long this yard sale tale is, I think I’ll end it here. I do have some more stories, though, so plan on sharing them in separate posts soon.

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photo of books on a bookshelf found on pixabay

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

 

Waiting & Writing – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter W

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Waiting & Writing – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter W #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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WAITING AND WRITING

I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of waiting. Seems like everywhere you go, you have to wait in a line, wait in a room, wait to be seated at a restaurant, wait on the waitperson to take your order, wait on your food to come to the table, wait at stop signs and red lights, wait for your flight at the airport…waiting…ugh! Waiting is boring. When you have to wait at the doctor’s office, way past the time of your appointment, it is one of the worst. Would you agree?

So, when I know I’ll be in a place of waiting, I bring along something to occupy my mind and time. I always have a pen and paper to write on. I look around at my surroundings, at all the other waiting people, and write about what I see. This, then, is what I wrote, on December 9, 2014, while…you guessed it…waiting.

So, waiting at the eye doctor appointment with my husband. It is his appointment, and he likes to get to places early, in case we can get in earlier than anticipated. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. This is one time it did not. We’ve been here forever it seems. The appointment was at 11:30, but we got here about 10:30 or so, and now it is ten minutes after 12 noon. He just now got into the other room…to wait some more, I’m sure. We were already tired and bored.

I did get the nose pad of my glasses changed, at no charge. It took only a couple of minutes, though. I wandered around looking at all the glasses frames to buy. I sat back down and checked my phone for messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Email. I brought my Kindle, too, in case I wanted to read something. We’d looked through a National Geographic magazine catalog, of things to buy from them…all very expensive items, but interesting. That took up maybe five minutes.

The waiting room was full of people, when we got there, then it kind of cleared out. Then it filled up again. Now, there only a few people left waiting. They all look as bored as I am. They are checking their phones, and reading magazines, too. I’m sure they are wishing they could get on with their appointment and get out of here…because it is so boring!

The place is nice in here, though. Good furniture to sit in, not just some hard plastic chairs. There are a few comfy chairs and a plush, leather (or fake leather?) couch. There are pretty flower arrangements on the glassed top tables, and at this time of year, a few Christmas decorations. I go over to see the ornaments they’ve arranged on the tree. There is a TV in one corner, up high, tuned to the game show Jeopardy, but the sound is turned down really low, so you can only hear it if you are sitting right by it…which we are not.

I did go out to the truck for a few minutes. I’d brought a glass of iced tea, so I wanted to get a drink, and just get some outside air. It is a nice day – not hot, not cold – a little damp feeling, though. I see some fire-trucks go by, then a few minutes later, there they go again in the other direction. When I get back inside, he has gone into the eye-exam room. They finally called him back there…yay! Wonder how long this waiting part will take?

I’m getting hungry. It is past noon; hope we can go get some lunch when we get done here. Where, I don’t know. Before we came here we’d taken some packages to be mailed at the UPS store, and also had gone by the mechanic’s shop to pick up an invoice for his work place. So, it started out a busy morning, but we are stuck in the waiting zone, for now.

I’m going to try and make up a poem about all this waiting…Hang on a second while I think… Ok…

Waiting

Waiting and writing

Writing about waiting

Watching the waiters

Watching the clock

Watching my watch

Waiting and watching

Watching the waiters is…weird

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Variable Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter V

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Variable Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter V #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter V

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Variable Definition = vituperation – The distinctive smell of sweat that is exuded after taking certain vitamins.

Sentence = Bonnie smelled like an orange when she worked out, after taking her vitamin C.

Real Definition = Sustained and bitter railing and condemnation; vituperative utterance (abuse)

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Variable Definition = varve – An insect egg; an undeveloped larva.

Sentence = Vector control reports that local ponds have been inundated with mosquito varve, and are due to hatch out soon.

Real Definition = A pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water.

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Variable Definition = velamen – A breath refresher tablet, for men.

Sentence = Guys, tired of your mouth feeling fruity and minty? Velamen breath tablets are available in these new flavors…steak, beer, and jalapeno/cheese.

Real Definition = The thick, corky epidermis of aerial roots of an epiphytic orchid, that absorbs water from the atmosphere.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

UFO – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter U

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UFO – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter U #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter U

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Take us with you!”

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UFO MUSEUM, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

We visited the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico, a few years ago. It was during the annual 4th of July UFO Festival. The city is geared up for a good time. There are street vendors, concerts, and some people even wear funny costumes.

The museum is a cool place to wander around in. There are displays of actual newspapers from 1947, telling of the UFO crash, investigation, and possible cover-up by the government. You can see set up displays, depicting what happened. There is art, and photo opportunities everywhere in the building. You can even pose in the many scenes, with the aliens, which in this case, are rubber dummys. It’s all in fun, and the kitschy displays are funny. There is a gift shop, also, where you can buy all things UFO and alien related.

They also had invited several authors to the museum for book signings and sales. At another venue, there were many more authors set up, signing their books, and visiting with the people who came by. There were several scheduled speakers in the auditorium.

We didn’t stay for the night-time festivities, but there are bands playing music, street dances, and I’m sure everyone had fun. So, whether you believe in UFOs, aliens, or not, Roswell and the UFO museum and festival, is a wonderful place to spend some time, if you get the chance.

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Book by Gloria Hawker called Morning Glory, Diary of an Alien Abductee. (pink flower with alien face in the middle, and surrounded by more flowers of blue & some green leaves)

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Title page of book I bought and got signed by the author. She wrote: “One day the truth of this phenomena will be known” Gloria

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Here I am at the Roswell New Mexico UFO Museum. I’m standing by a silver alien, and a giant silver sequined replica of a UFO.

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A fun postcard I made of a big UFO in the blue sky. My surprised face is in a circle on the bottom left. haha

A UFO called Outer Space I drew for the Color Your World challenge awhile back. It’s saucer shaped with a dome with black & gray title in the dome.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Speaking of Spiders – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter S

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Speaking of Spiders – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter S

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Watch out for the web.”

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SPEAKING OF SPIDERS

Picture this…Your antagonist is staring at you with his four eyes. He waves his eight legs around, maybe scuttling back and forth. He has fangs that can inject venom. He can jump up to 50 times his body length. The female of some species of this adversary eat the male, after mating. He is a predator in every sense of the word.

However, you are a giant. You tower over your enemy. You have weapons of mass destruction near at hand. You have the advantage in this battle. What are you going to do? If you are like most people, you run screaming out of sight of your enemy.

This sounds like a good beginning to a horror movie, and the movie industry has taken full advantage over people’s fear of spiders. Arachnophobia…the abnormal fear of spiders, is a well know fact. The movies go to great lengths to perpetuate the notion that spiders are evil, bad guys, who are all out to get us humans. I love a good horror movie or book, even about spiders, but a real live spider is not evil at all. He is not going to come after you. If he is cornered, he will put up a defense, but mostly they just want to get away from us. And they have good reason to fear humans. We tend to stomp on them, or smash them, or spray them with deadly chemicals. We are the bullys, not the spiders.

In fact, spiders are very beneficial. They eat insects that are harmful, like mosquitos and flies. They spin beautiful, strong, silk webs with their spinnerets, that even medical and science are researching for their strength.

There are a few spiders that do deserve their scary reputation. The brown recluse, the black widow, and the funnel web spider. Their venom is powerful, but they do not bite unless surprised, disturbed, or attacked.

I like spiders. Granted, I don’t want to get bitten by one, but I won’t kill one, either. I don’t go screaming in fright. I look at them, I talk to them, I move most of them back outside, if they’ve gotten into the house. I’ve even named a few…like “Little Feller”.

He was a fairly small one, who lived in my bedroom for a long time. His little web was on a book shelf. I’d walk by and ask how he was doing. Then, one day we were taking down the shelf for some reason, so I carefully took Little Feller outside to seek his fortune elsewhere. I kind of miss him.

The picture below, is one I took of a nice spider I saw in my bathroom one day. He sat on his perch and watched me put hair coloring on my hair. We had a nice visit. I guess he was interested in the process. Afterward, I scooped him up in a cup, and relocated him outside. I wonder what he told his friends about the crazy woman who talked to him?

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Oh, the other night I woke up because I felt something crawling up in my sleeve. I got up to see what it was, and it was a medium sized spider! I brushed it off, but didn’t see where it went.

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Did you know that spider’s eyes glow in the dark? It’s really cool to see them. If you’d like to know how, here’s a link that explains it.

https://gizmodo.com/this-is-how-to-find-the-spiders-that-are-staring-at-you-1721584332

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Hope you enjoyed reading about spiders!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Raggedy Rags – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter R

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Raggedy Rags – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter R #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter R

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Rags to Riches – Chickens are Cool.”

The evolution of a rag…

You know, where do we get the rags that we use to wipe up stuff, or polish things? How do the fabrics eventually turn into a rag?

We all have them – we all need them.

But where do they come from?

Sure, there are specialized rags you can purchase for certain jobs. There are those usually red, square rags called shop rags. There are terry cloth wash rags, or maybe you call them wash cloths, and you also have the ones for the dishes, called dish rags.

But what happens when these become worn from so much use? Do you just throw them out, or do you re-purpose them for the dirtier jobs you have around the house?

One time I heard that well-worn rags were a good extra wedding gift. That’s because most everything a couple receive for gifts are brand new, and they probably won’t want to use the pretty ones for a really messy clean-up job. It takes awhile to use the new ones so much that they become tattered and raggedy rags. So, a bundle of already broken in rags might be a thoughtful gift. Kind of unusual, but very useful.

Some things you may have will make good rags. These include old T-shirts cut into squares, old towels that have seen better days, and no longer needed cloth diapers all make great rags.

Anyway, here’s some of my rags, showing different ones and how they progress from sort of new to the oldest raggedy rags.

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© 2019 BS