5 For Friday April 19

5 for FRIDAY | APRIL 19

Friday greetings! Fabulous line-up to share today on the last day of this week. Steph's off this week.  She's super busy and will be back soon with more tips and tricks to share with us!  Steph sends all of us her "hello"! The stand-in for STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP today is a fun blast-from-the-past read from the archives of Katiedid Langrock titled, "Twister Coming." I find the "Twister Coming" column amusing.  I did see "Twister" - the movie - but apparently I missed Helen Hunt's wardrobe.  Perhaps, I need to give it another watch.  And then - bust out my white tank top and khakis and be in Ninja combat tornado mode!  It's definitely tornado season around these parts.  Ha! QUICK QUESTION My favorite flower?  Hmmmm - that's a tough one because all flowers are so pretty to me.  Including dandelions.  Yep, I just said dandelions. I will say at first thought - sunflowers - especially the big, tall ones with their giant faces as big serving plates.  You? FILM CREW 101 TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT Behind the scenes is a peek-a-boo to those who don't or haven't worked in the film business.  Teamsters aka TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT is a ya didn't know -- but now ya do -- read. Peter and I wrote this in our book years ago.  I ran it by my brother-in-law, Greg, (who worked Transportation in the Film Industry for years - as Coordinator and Captain) and I asked if what was written was correct.  He offered a few little changes to make - which I have. Greg also added that depending on the size of the show -- he was in charge of anywhere from 30, 60, 100 drivers/trucks -- and orchestrated all trucks + equipment to get to where working crew needed them to be fast, so all crew could jump quickly on task for the next set-up/shots/plans for the day. I assure you, PATIENT film production would be an oxymoron. JAPANESE STEAK ROLLS + GARLIC LIME RICE RECIPE Comes from Justin, head caterer, on the set of Salem.
Wednesday Reader April 17

WEDNESDAY READER | APRIL 17

Wednesday greetings Wondrous Readers! Cool line-up for today. Beginning with the Illustration of the CHESHIRE CAT - makes me smile because he's both smiling and has a a little mischievousness all at the same time. SPEED BUMP CARTOON On a scale of 1-10 how painfully awkward is this?  Me, personally, might answer, "Can I answer Richter Scale awkward?"  ha! QUICK QUESTION How do I define beauty?  Let me count the ways -- A new flower that popped up in the garden that wasn't there yesterday. A little kid in a shopping cart at the store with his/her parent who gives me a toothless grin. Peek-a-Boo moments/memories of those who have gone before me - people + pets (via a song on the radio or a cool siting while out and about). Laugh out loud outta nowhere moments. You?  18 SIGNS YOU'VE GROWN UP SINCE HIGH SCHOOL Thumbs up! MARGARITA SCALLOPS RECIPE Needs no intro.  Simply a kiss of culinary delight!
Top of the Morning April 15

TOP OF THE MORNING | APRIL 15

Hello Hola Bonjour Monday and friends! Brand new week = wide open day spaces for possibilities of cool and exciting wonders to present themselves to us. I'm always up for that! Check out the wonderful treasures of finds I collected to share today. Beginning with: BARKEEPERS FRIEND + HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM GLASS As many of us are in the Spring Cleaning mode - these 2 might be great helpers! WHOLESOME, COMFORTING POSTS FROM JUST ONE WEEK Are awesome heartfelt + some silly fun. My 2 favorites are: #2 - How does a worm get to a balcony on the 37th floor? #13 - Some stranger, somewhere remembers you because you were kind to them. BENEFITS OF PICKLE JUICE I am totally a fan of pickle juice for muscle contractions in my legs or arches of my feet!  Totally works for me in the middle of the night when trying to walk it out isn't working. SIMMER POT RECIPES/COMBO IDEAS Simmer pot = a small pan on the stove on medium low to me - no special simmer pot required around here .  Makes my house smell so good. RECIPES!
5 for Friday April 12

5 for FRIDAY | APRIL 12

Friday greetings, friends! How's your week been?  Good here.  Solar Eclipse happened and it rolled right down my neck of the woods, so to speak, and it did get dark for 4 minutes.  Kinda freaky and cool all at the same time. Great 5 for Friday today - Beginning with: STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP I know one thing in the camp of Cheryl, I will never look at an overripe banana or potato peels the same.  They all still have value.  For Butterflies and for Me.  I have a wire coat hanger and I'm going to form a banana holder and hang it outside in one of my trees and watch the butterflies flutter around with glee.  Same the potato skins - for moi! Hello, Yumm-O.  No doubt the potato skins are waaaayyyy better than chips outta the bag.  AND!  Banana skins in a pitcher of water for watering some of my outside plants.  Plants will thank me and grow like crazy thanks to Steph!  Ta-Dah! I so laughed outloud at Steph's share of what would literally be her regarding a $7 dress from Ross.  Me, knowing Steph for many years absolutely know this to be true!  I'm pretty sure she finds all the "deals" out there before any of us put our shopping shoes on.  HA! Steph never disappoints with her cool, outside-the-box creative ideas. Thanks, Steph!  Keep 'em coming, girl! QUICK QUESTION What is bravery to me?  Many things --but the first thing that pops in my head is -- one who continues to put one foot in front of the other and keeps moving ahead regardless of circumstances happening in their immediate world at the moment.  You? SOUTHPAW SUPER POWER Is an intriguing list of the specialness of those born left-handed.  Totally makes sense, though.  My dad was a left-hander.  It always caught my attention when he wrote something on a piece of paper - how he positioned his hand to do so - and he did have very nice handwriting.  Are you a southpaw or someone in your family?
Wednesday Reader April 10

WEDNESDAY READER | APRIL 10

Hello Outstanding readers! Presenting Daymaker's Wednesday Reader on this day April 10th - Lots of fun and joy today! Beginning with: QUICK QUESTION Undoubtedly my immediate "ick" is in a grocery store when I witness a kid or adult absolutely full-out sneeze or cough (not covering their mouths) on the buggy handle-bar.  Seriously?  Totally makes me never forget to grab a few or more sanitizer wiper-deals and wipe the handle bar of any cart I grab to do my shopping. Just "ick"!  You? LESLIE ELMAN'S Trivia via Pop Quiz and Fascinating Stuff is intriguing + entertaining + offers material for all of us to find a twinkle in our eye(s) and introduce/share interestings in a 1-2-3 + group of people should conversation lend itself to such. I LOVE the tiny -GIANT story about IN CASE YOU PASS BY A BUS STOP.   A thought-ful, problem-solved read. MEDITERRANEAN LAYER DIP Pretty sure we all know of the fan-favorite "taco style 7 layer dip" -- * drum roll * --  Introducing another outstanding dip - not as well known - yet! STELLAR!
Top of the Morning April 8

TOP OF THE MORNING | APRIL 8

Hello Magnificent Daymaker Readers - Presenting Top of the Morning! Another fantastic-fun great line-up I collected to share today. Beginning with: The Deserted Places that still remain - grandeur.  Imagine the stories they would tell if they could. I'm IN on Gardening with Buckets.  Last time I was in Home Depot/Lowe's - I think I saw a price tag per bucket was a little less than $5.  And then I can properly place them in the perfect spot around here depending on their sunlight requirements! OMG!  Vintage Pianos repurposed to BEAUTIFUL, GIANT sweeping Phoenix Sculptures.  I want one!  Big time. HORSERADISH is the key ingredient to summer coleslaw.  I'm a believer.  I love being in the know about a "secret ingredient"! BREATH-TAKING SHOT OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BEING ZAPPED by a bolt of lightning.  Talented photographer for having a lightning fast camera and skills to capture such a super fast happening.  Super cool! RECIPES!
5 For Friday 3 | The Union Sewing Machine is the Best

5 for FRIDAY

Friday greetings friends - Great stuff packed in this episode today. Stephanie is off this week but she'll be back very, very soon.  She's a super busy lady and gives her time and energy and tips and tricks when time allows.  Hat tip, Steph.  Thank ya! The stand in for Stephanie's Chic on the Cheap is a column by Katiedid Langrock archives from back in 2017.  Not nearly as cool and informational as Steph's column, but it's a heart read.  Enjoy! "PIG"  THE RABBIT STORY by Katiedid Langrock is beautiful.  Almost - ALMOST - wants me to look and find and bring home such a cool pet.  However, this house/ark is full around here! QUICK QUESTION My new name would be Calvin Cheeseburger.  Ha!  You? PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES Recipe reads like it's too simple to be good.  Trust me - they are simple and they're very good. ART ILLUSTRATIONS Have me planning for some kinda little garden around here.  Good news, I have a farmer's market about 15 minutes away.  So, if I fail in doing or succeeding - have the market so close - I can go, shop, choose and enjoy the fruits of the farmers labors!  THANK YOU FARMERS!
Wednesday Reader April 3

WEDNESDAY READER | APRIL 3

Hello Hola Bonjour Daymakers! Presenting Wednesday's  Reader on this 3rd day of April.  How's April rolling in for you?  Good here.  We had some heavy April showers yesterday which my trees and grass (and weeds - ha) were grateful for = me, too. Cool + fun + interesting line up today. Beginning with: LESLIE ELMAN'S POP QUIZ I had to refer to good ol' Google for the pronunciation of the word Qaanaaq in question #1 because I'd never seen the word before and it totally intrigued me.  Here's how it's pronounced if you, too, are intrigued *click* QUICK QUESTION What's the most monotonous sport to watch for me?  BOWLING! And Golf follows at a very close 2nd and then Tennis absolutely is #3.  All fun to play/do -- but being a spectator is a different ball game sort of thing.  You? LAYMAN'S LANGUAGE COLLECTION OF 10 Is spot on.  I am especially fond of #6  "... it's just a bend, not the end."
Top of the Morning April 1st

TOP OF THE MORNING | APRIL 1st

Hello Friends! How can April be here already?  So crazy how time flies (as in months at a time)! As April 1st is known to be a prank day -- have you ever pranked something funny on April 1st or been pranked? Super-duper collection to share today.  (All legit - no pranks - ha!) Beginning with: 25 SIDE YARD IDEAS All so very beautiful.  Like a cool hallway in our homes - but outside! DECADENT ABANDONED MOSQUES IN TURKEY Wow!  The craftsmanship and artists.  Abandoned.  Why? A REAL LIFE INVISIBILITY SHIELD Is most intriguing.  I love that it's roll-and-go as opposed to a giant piece of plexiglass sort of thing that has to be carted around by a vehicle or trailer.  What a great invention.  I, personally, wonder if movie sets/commercials are embracing it, as well.  Move over green screen. HERE'S WHAT OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN CHILDHOOD BOOKS LOOK LIKE IN REAL LIFE ACCORDING TO AI To me -- most of the AI "real life" depictions were what I had envisioned in my mind save -- The Little Prince. GREAT READ ON GETTING READY FOR UPCOMING APRIL 8 2024 SOLAR ECLIPSE I seriously didn't realize how big of a deal it's going to be.  Especially in my neck of the woods.  Ordered a pair of NASA approved disposable glasses to look and watch.  I've been told that hotels are sold out, people in the area are actually renting out their homes like a B & B for a couple of nights for a lot of dough -- as in the $thousands.  Crazy!
5 For Friday March 29

5 for FRIDAY | MARCH 29

EASTER WEEKEND GREETINGS! We've got a super line-up of Bunny Art, Inspiration, Tanning Tips, Unique Egg Salad Recipe and Pineapple question on this Good Friday. Beginning with: STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP Fabulous self-tanner tips if you don't wanna crawl into a tanning bed *ahem* which I am guilty of and have been doing too many years to count.  I need to change my ways and Steph's column today is how I'm gonna start.  These 2 products she writes about and presents absolutely intrigue me in that I can still be suntan Cheryl but in a much safer, healthier way. As always, Steph, your easy doable tips of FASHION + DIY ART + INDOOR/OUTDOOR DECORATING + MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL BEAUTY are so cutting-edge and who-knew? until we read it from you.  We look forward to your columns on how to jazz-up ourselves and living environments to a higher, even more exciting level!  Thank ya. QUICK QUESTION Does pineapple belong on pizza.  Well --- not necessarily for me.
Wednesday Reader March 27

WEDNESDAY READER | MARCH 27

Hello Daymakers! Super fun read today beginning with: LESLIE ELMAN'S POP QUIZ AND FASCINATING FACTS So intriguing learning from her facts and trivia.  More fun than watching an episode of Jeopardy. QUICK QUESTION Can I fold a fitted sheet by myself?  Not so far.  But I still give it a shot every time I pull one out of the dryer.  And when it doesn't fold properly (i.e. - I fail) --  I just kinda-sorta fold it or roll it up and place it in the linen closet and call it good.  Do any of you have a tried and true method?  I'd LOVE to know it! 18 APHORISMS Are So.Very.Relatable. and a chuckle. INSTANT KARMA Love this idea of writing down or mentally assessing my 5's each evening around bedtime.  Pretty sure it will encourage me to find the 5s every day. CREAMY POTATO-GRUYERE GRATIN Is an absolute blue ribbon winner recipe.  Without a doubt my favorite potato gratin recipe EVER.  It was Peter's, too.  I pretty much only prepare it on special occasions (like holidays or birthdays) which makes it all the more special.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this recipe - it's FAN-TAS-TIC!
Top of the Morning March 25

TOP OF THE MORNING | MARCH 25

Hello Monday and friends - How are things going in the new spring season that's arrived and breathing life back into all that was dormant during winter season?  AS IN GREEN, GREEN, GREEN!  Leaves are popping on my trees, grass is growing like crazy and new growth sprouting everywhere.  Spring is ON! Another super fun collection found to share for your enjoyment. BEGINNING WITH: CLEVER TEACHERS and their teaching styles that entice students to sit up, listen and learn!  My favorite takeaways are #7, #14, #43.  Guessing, fun for both teachers and students. SHORT COMPILATION OF BREATHTAKING SHOTS IN MOVIE HISTORY is a tiny movie all by itself.  STUNNING, MESMERIZING! REMEMBER CLACKERS?  I totally do!  I had several, as did my friends, in cool colors and designs -- kinda like GIANT (as in almost the size of a billard ball).  AND I was REALLY GOOD at making those things clack-clack-clack without missing a beat.  Who knew (back then) that Clackers were not necessarily a great "toy" or "idea" based on the what-if scenarios?  Ha.  We didn't care -- it was competition at its best to see who could clack  for the longest time.  Ahhhh, those were the days. WHEN TO PUT OUR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS OUT NOW THAT IT'S SPRING - I've been wondering exactly when and now I know.  I have 2 and they're great looking "vessels".  Both purchased from Wal-Mart garden department.  I hang one outside my living room picture window and one outside my kitchen sink window (on about a foot long piece of chain so they drop down a little bit)  and I so enjoy spotting the little hummingbirds zooming in - hovering and going a little back and forth - to feed on some liquid "food."  Hummingbirds are happy entertainment.  If you don't have a Hummingbird feeder - I encourage you to think about getting one.  For them AND you!