How To Clean Your Headlights – Cheap!

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I had no clue! 🙂

My cars are 10 and 12 years old, respectively, and I will probably drive at least one of them until the wheels fall off.

That being said, the headlight covers are plastic and have accumulated a LOT of grunge over the years. Because I am a tightwad by nature, I balk at spending $60.00 to get them both done in town.

Fortunately, a friend stopped by not too long ago and we got to talking about cars in general, and then, more specifically, the headlights on the two cars. He’s a car hobbyist and recommended Soft Scrub to clean the light covers. What?

It made sense though, because I’ve used Soft Scrub on many smooth surfaces that I didn’t want to scratch with abrasive cleansers over the years. I picked a bottle up with “Oxi” in it, figuring Oxy cleans pretty much everything in the free world. As luck would have it, we had a lot of drizzly days, so I wasn’t able to get out there and give it a shot until today. The sun’s out and it is a lovely 83 degrees, so I figured why not?

I soaked a couple of old towels; one to scrub and one to rinse, and went after my Kia first. I didn’t think to take “before” pictures until I’d gotten one cover done on my Solara.

Here is what the other one looked like before I cleaned it:

 

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Yes, I need to actually wash both cars, and am thinking about doing that later this afternoon, but you can see how foggy the cover is.

Here is the other one, after wiping it down:

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It isn’t showroom perfect or anything, but it did make a huge difference!

Here is the other car:

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I can see where I missed a spot on the driver’s side big light, so will hit it again when I wash the cars.

I am super-impressed with how fast both cars went. I was done within 20 minutes, there was zero scratching of the plastic, and I didn’t have to scrub hard at all to get the bulk of the grunge off of covers! Win-win!

At any rate, I needed to share, because this might save one of you some money down the road. If you’re out of Soft Scrub and don’t feel like leaving the house, here’s the link for it at Amazon. 🙂

What are some of your money saving tips around the house/yard/garage? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…

 

 

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Just a Note For My Friend…

There will be no pictures on this post, to keep my friend, whom this blog is about, anonymous.

People on the Internet can be larger than life, oftentimes. That isn’t to say that they aren’t human. Because they ARE!

I have a friend online, who is a mentor to me, whom I’ve not had the privilege to meet, personaly, that just lost her mom not too long ago. Now, her grandmother is ailing.

Parents passing is a bitch, from what I’ve garnered from my mentor and a personal friend, who also just lost her mom. My own mother had us go see her to just review her “box o’death,” which is what I un-fondly refer to it.

*sigh*

Nobody should be happy about their mother’s death, unless they’ve had a tremendously dysfunctional childhood, and I can speak to that, as well, but not here.  (And that isn’t my own childhood, just for the record.)

All of that being said, my own mother has her shit pretty much laid out for my sister and me.

I drove to Raleigh a couple of weeks ago, when she (my mom) wanted to go over the paperwork of her box o’death, which was, actually, put together quite well, as my mom is good about the details.

Going through the box o’death was sobering, if nothing else. But like I mentioned above? She’s got it all together to make it easier on my sister and me. I am ridiculously thankful for that!

I am hoping to have my mom for years to come, but things happen. I’m glad that she’s done more for my sister and me than I’ve yet to do for my kids. 😦

And, apparently, I need to do the same for my kids, and that is a task that I’m not looking forward to.

But to my friend that is going through all of this? I’ve sent prayers up for peace for you. Losing a parent is not easy, as I’ve seen. Both of mine are still alive, and the day that either of them passes is going to be a nightmare for me. 😦

What are your plans? Do you even have a plan (because I don’t as yet, because I’d planned to live, yanno, forever….) I guess, that I need to deal with this on a personal level.

Until next time,,,

 

 

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It’s Been A Monday; And It Hurts!

My alarm went off at its usual time, and I got up, did my hair and makeup, put my scrubs on and went to work. I made it to Huddle on time, did that, went to breakfast with my friend, Cindy, and then went back to my office and fired up my computer. Going through emails, I saw one from a local news channel (which I am not supposed to be getting, but dang! How many times to I need to be cancelling news updates from one channel???) that mentioned a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had to click through and could NOT believe what I was seeing….

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I may have gone a little bit numb, but I got payroll out by 11:00, then read up a little bit on the shooting. I really have NO words. About that time, I got a FaceBook PM from a Monat teammate that told me our sponsor (who is also my friend) was in Vegas this weekend. I could have sworn it was next weekend. My heart sank into my stomach. I went to her page to see her last activity, which was yesterday in Sedona, AZ. I hoped like hell she was still in Arizona. She was. She messaged me while I was at lunch.

But seriously… today’s world pretty much sucks hardcore!

That doesn’t detract from the now 59 dead and 527 hospitalized at last count. And then you have ISIS claiming responsibility for a white sixty-something man opening fire on all those concert-goers. None of this makes sense! The world today doesn’t make sense!

On my way back from lunch, I had my water jug in my hand, which is really just one of those 24 ounce super-cooled cups, when one of my Transport team was trying to get out of the elevator when another was trying to get on. I helped the first one pull the bed out of the elevator and held the door so that the second could get the bed into the elevator with a little more ease. I helped the first bed down the hall, because sometimes these beds have minds of their own. Turns out we were going all the way down to MRI. The Transporter made a comment about our patient’s hair, which was an absolutely gorgeous shade of grey/white, but under the hallway lights, looked like it had been tinted light lavender and baby pink. It really was beautiful! The patient was upset because she felt like after her chemo, it had left her hair yellow. We both assured her that it was far from yellow, and really pretty!

By the time we got our patient to MRI holding, she was scared to death! She had tears rolling out of her eyes. The original Transporter had another patient to move and all I had waiting for me in my office was a pile of paperwork. I told the patient that I would stay with her until her test. Our facility’s motto is, “Patients First,” so I held her hand for two and a half hours. One of our MRI techs asked her if she needed a little something to take the edge off her fear, and my patient told her, emphatically, YES!

Every time someone came through MRI holding, my patient (because now she was my responsibility, even though she wasn’t originally my patient), asked if that was someone with her meds. I told her who everyone was that came through that area, and that we were looking for her nurse, who would be in Navy blue and white, or Navy on Navy. Then I explained to her the color-coding of our departments. We carried on a pretty amazing conversation, this afternoon. She graduated high school the same year I was born. We talked about our kids, what my husband and I did over the weekend, her grandkids, and she was often confused. Then her nurse came and gave her a sedative. I told her, “See? Navy blue, right?” Then I relayed my experience on the same sedative that she took. We won’t go into that, here, but if you’ve been a reader since the beginning, you might recognize this, LOL! It tickled her!

I helped get her onto the MRI table, and told her that I would go find her sister and tell her what was going on, which I did. I also told her I would be back to take her to her room, because familiar faces. I then returned to home base and told our dispatcher that when she was done I wanted to take her back up to her room. That I did. I left my card with her, her sister, and left one for her son, who was coming after five.

My boss tried to get up with me, but with both of my hands holding hers, I couldn’t answer my phone, so I called him back, left him a voicemail and told him what my current situation was. He was totally cool with the fact that my numbers weren’t done, because, “Patients First.”

Once I got back to my office, I was able to run up to my boss’s office to get some paperwork that I needed to finish six of my employees’ evaluations. Got them back down to my office, and my patient was ready to go back to her room, so I went and got her.

We got off the elevator, and her sister was in the doorway (her room was by the staff elevators). I got her back into her room, made her comfortable, and called for our nurse. I got the hand-off sheet signed and I promised her that I’d be back in the morning to check on her.

I know that this is a long story, and for that I do apologize, but it is part of my life now, and sometimes my patients move me to tears. All I could think of was, “what if it was me in that bed, being scared to tears?” Would I want someone to stick around and hold my hand and get my mind off the issue at hand or not. Well, that’s a no-brainer. Or what if it was MY mom, and I wasn’t able to be there with her? I would absolutely want someone there to help her relax.

This patient moved me so much that I have no words, but I do have a lump in my throat for the other patients that I have not come across.

The hubs and I were supposed to walk the fair tonight, but I stayed late to finish as much paperwork as I could, because of people’s pay so we put it off till tomorrow or Wednesday.

So I get home and my husband says someone on Facebook said that Tom Petty was dead.

Do WHAT?

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I told him that if it was on FB, it might not necessarily be news. But I googled, and saw numerous articles stating that he’d died after a massive coronary on Sunday night.

So as I was prepping for this post, I went back to look for pictures, like the one above, and found numerous outlets saying that nobody can confirm his death!

Dafuq? Is the man dead or isn’t he?

I’m, personally, hoping that he isn’t. Johnny and I had hoped to catch his next tour, as we both grew up on his music, from early teens to the present. His music spoke to us while we were dating. I remember sitting in the hot tub singing songs from the album Wildflowers to him. Those songs bring back the most romantic memories.

So all of that being said? I am going to call it a night because tomorrow is Tuesday, and I really need a Tuesday after today’s Monday.

How was your day? Thoughts on Vegas? Tom Petty?

Until next time…

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