Sunday, October 07, 2007

When I Grow Up I Want to Be...

We live in a modern, technological world. We witness advancements and progress on a daily basis.

People have different ambitions today than they might have had...say...40 years ago -- simply because the influences of media and education and society are different.

I don't believe that the ambition I'm about to share with you would have been on my "To Do" list 20 years ago. In fact, it might not have even been there a year or two ago. But it's somewhere near the top of the list these days. I don't imagine I'll actually fulfill that ambition simply because I don't tend to be a trendsetter or a leader; I'm a follower but still a doer.

Here's the wishful thinking ambition:

You know how you open up your emails on a daily basis and get jokes/videos/links to websites constantly being forwarded to you. You might get repeats of these emails from several friends and co-workers because these emails are making the rounds of the Internet.

Well, I want to write something or find something that's so attractive, so appealing, so interesting or so poignant or amusing, that I WILL START the ball rolling on a particular email. It will ORIGINATE from me and circle the globe through the forces of the Internet. It would sort of be similar to Norman Rockwell's "Gossip" -- I start off the email and eventually it finds its way back to me.

Hey, who knows...maybe it's this post that will have its fifteen minutes [or emails!] in the spotlight...!


cruisin-mom said...

Perhaps you could come up with 50 alternative uses for cat litter (you know, like the email that goes around telling you about all the different uses for bounce fabric softener

torontopearl said...

Okay, if you help me with some ideas for cat litter, we might just get this thing rolling!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I just read the comment by cruisin-mom...LOL, LOL...50 uses for cat litter, Oh My! Good luck with that one, dear Pearl...
And thank you so much for the charming poem! It was just wonderful and I dearly appreciate it! You are so very clever!

I spent a lonely evening with Danny & Kendall last Monday Night...and we spoke of you with very warm and complimentary words...All of us hoping that things are going well with you and yours, my dear. So it was great to hear from you on my anniversary....You sound in fine fettle!

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cruisin-mom said...


Surprise -- cat litter can be used for more than kitty's litter box.

Make a mud mask
Make a deep-cleansing mud mask. Mix two handfuls of fresh cat litter with enough warm water to make a thick paste. Smear the paste over your face, let it set for 20 minutes, and rinse clean with water. The clay from cat litter detoxifies your skin by absorbing dirt and oil from the pores. When your friends compliment you on your complexion and ask how you did it, just tell them it's your little secret.
Sneaker deodorizer
If your athletic shoes reek, fill a couple of old socks with scented cat litter, tie them shut, and place them in the sneakers overnight. Repeat if necessary until the sneakers are stink-free.
Add traction on ice
Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk of your car. Use it to add traction when you're stuck in ice or snow.
Prevent grease fires
Don't let a grease fire spoil your next barbecue. Pour a layer of cat litter into the bottom of your grill for worry-free outdoor cooking.
Stop musty odors
Get rid of that musty smell when you open the closet door. Just place a shallow box filled with cat litter in each musty closet or room. Cat litter works great as a deodorant.
Preserve flowers
The fragrance and beauty of freshly cut flowers is such a fleeting thing. You can't save the smell, but you can preserve their beauty by drying your flowers on a bed of cat litter in an airtight container for 7-10 days.
Remove foul stench
Just because your garbage cans hold garbage doesn't mean they have to smell disgusting. Sprinkle some cat litter into the bottom of garbage cans to keep them smelling fresh. Change the litter after a week or so or when it becomes damp. If you have a baby in the house, use cat litter the same way to freshen diaper pails.
Keep tents must-free
Keep tents and sleeping bags fresh smelling and free of must when not in use. Pour cat litter into an old sock, tie the end, and store inside the bag or tent.
Repel moles
Moles may hate the smell of soiled cat litter even more than you do. Pour some down their tunnels to send them scurrying to find new homes.
Make grease spots disappear
Get rid of ugly grease and oil spots in your driveway or on your garage floor. Simply cover them with cat litter. If the spots are fresh, the litter will soak up most of the oil right away. To remove old stains, pour some paint thinner on the stain before tossing on the cat litter. Wait 12 hours and then sweep clean.
Freshen old books
You can rejuvenate old books that smell musty by sealing them overnight in a can with clean cat litter.