Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb

 

Turns out that the healthiest squash—chock full of vitamins—is yellow/summer squash, according to On Health a publication by Consumer Reports. And if you like pumpkin seeds, also good for you, bake the seeds of acorn squash and other types of squash that have larger seeds.

 
 

The commercial spray cans of Pam, Canola oil, etc., all contain silicone. To avoid the chemical, add your oil of choice to one of the many styles of spray containers available for purchase.

 
 

Google says the batteries on Black & Decker dust busters can be replaced;  but I had no success finding a replacement. Hoover has a much more versatile product in a sleeker, more practical style, at a higher price, of course ($139.99 plus tax at Target)—don’t know if the battery is replaceable. With a 3-year warranty, the One PWR “dust chaser” has small attachments and promises to have twice the suction power of the usual dust buster. It takes up less space, even with the little attachments.

 
 

Approximately 90% of street noise gets into your house through the windows, let alone all of the cold air that gets into the house through windows, too. Check the insulation around the glazing; have better hardware installed. Storm windows are powerful insulators and often better than new double-glazed. Your interior will be more peaceful, especially if you live on a busier street, and you’ll be warmer during these frigid winter months.

 
 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the thick stem at the bottom of the tree needs to be sawed to destroy the vines.

 

Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb

 

Now that we are very much aware of health and sanitation, use the tip of a key, a pen or something other than your finger to press elevator buttons.  And when signing charge slips for purchases in stores, always use your own pen.

 
 

Wondering about the best SPF sunscreen to use on your face? A dermatologist’s advice on google is to use the sunscreen you like the most so that you will apply it before you go out. (Neutragena Ultra-Sheer clogs pores.) A terrific sunscreen for the face is Coola’s Classic Face Sunscreen, SPF 50. It’s expensive but is so lightweight that it lasts and lasts.

 
 

Water has an extraordinarily calming effect on most humans. Science tells us just looking at water relaxes us on a biological level. Seeing or hearing water triggers a response in our brains inducing a flood of neurochemicals that increase blood flow to our heart and brain.

 

P.S. Aquariums are good feng shui—and entertainment for adults and children.

 
 

Keep these mid-size paper clips in a kitchen drawer for handy access. These clips are terrific to use to secure any kind of opened bags of frozen vegetables, fruit, chicken tenders, etc., in the freezer – nothing spills out – or to keep open packages airtight on your shelves. They cost only about $2 for 12 of them at Staples.

 
 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the thick stem at the bottom of the tree needs to be sawed to destroy the vines.

 

Home Tips of the Month by Bonny Lamb

 
Eating a well-balanced diet, concentrating on vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains, increases bone density. Ask your physician about Vitamin D supplements, now considered a necessity, too.

 

 
Which are better for you–dried or canned beans? According to Consumer Reports “On Health,” both are fine unless you have concerns about sodium intake. Canned beans have high sodium content, although low-sodium now are available. Canned beans are a big time-saver!

 

 

According to a UK study, group singing–nonprofessional and noncompetitive–made people happy. As the singing session progressed, so did happiness and confidence. It would be fun to organize skype/facetime/zoom singing groups during this need for social distancing and see if the results are the same. Humor is good for our health, too, and would be essential with this endeavor.

 

 
Unless your loathing for washing dishes is greater than your fear of some ruination of these products, it’s better not to put quality sharp knives, wooden bowls/utensils and china with gold leaf into your dishwasher.

 

 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the roots of the plant need to be sawed to destroy the vines. 

 

Enjoy the Summer!

Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb


Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb