Hi again! Well it's Tuesday and I've decided to dedicate my Tuesday blogs to sharing some (hopefully) useful tips.
Today's topic is "Removing Photos from Old Albums." There are a few reasons why you might want to do this. You might want to "dig out" some old favorites, scan them and share them with friends online. Perhaps you've decided that you'd like to frame a few of them. Or if you're a scrapbooker like me, you might want to preserve them for future generations.
(SIDE NOTE: Remember those "magentic" style photo albums with the plastic overlay that you peeled back to place your photos on the sticky page underneath. Did you know that the adhesive used will eventually "eat away" at your photos? Take a closer look at some of your old family albums. Do you see any yellow on the edges of the pages or even the photos? The adhesive on these pages are acidic which is why the pages and photos become discolored and will eventually cause them to disintergrate over the years). If you want to save your photos (but not scrapbook them), your best bet is to move them to acid free albums that allow you to slide each photo into a 4x6 or 5x7 pocket.)
TODAY'S TIPS! Over time, some of your photos may have become "attached" to the albums they are in and if you try to force them out of the book they will almost certainly tear. DO NOT FORCE THE PHOTOS OUT OF THE ALBUMS. Trust me, I've made this mistake and it is really heart-breaking when you realize that you destroyed the "only copy" of a treasured photo.
Instead, try sliding dental floss (any kind) behind the photo in a gentle sawing motion. This usually works but if it doesn't, try using a blow dryer on a low setting for a brief amount of time.
Finally if both of these methods fail, try using Un-do (also known as Scrappers Solution) which is a photo safe adhesive remover.
There is nothing like a GREAT quote to start off my week. Many of you have shared wonderful "musings" with me over the years and I've decided that I will post a favorite or two every Monday Morning -- this way we will all have something to think about for the rest of the week!
Today's Musings are from Jerry Seinfeld:
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
What a week! The past seven days have been a blur with my house over-flowing with teenagers all week long! As crazy as it was (16 kids last sunday, 16 kids on Tuesday, 18 kids on friday and 12 kids yesterday) I look forward to seeing them all again! When I was growing up my parents never liked me having friends over. As a parent I've gone the other way and am truly thrilled that we are the "fun", "cool", house that kids love to come visit! I say this now . . . check back with me in late June after I've had these large groups twice a week for three months and see if I'm still excited! (just kidding I hope!)
If you read my blog on Friday, you know that I went shopping at a wonderful antique center in Stratford and I was feeling a "purchase" coming on. Well I was right afterall! Sometimes Retail Therapy really is the best thing way to brighten my day! Here's what I got:
Yes, this IS a BABE RUTH cookie jar. I'm not sure what compelled me to buy it. I supposed living with three Yankees fans was the driving force. I don't think I'll be finding too many Tom Seaver (from the NY Mets) cookie jars any time soon and I've never seen a cookie jar shaped like glue or scissors so for now, me and "the Babe" will bond over thin mints and chips ahoy!
Honestly, I'm not quite sure why it was even at this antique center but it seemed to call to me: "buy me, buy me now!" (It's true! You can ask my friend Heidi. I'm sure she heard it too!) Also, the price was right so, this is the lastest addition to our kitchen countertop!
The weekend wrapped up with a model seder at the Sunday School (for those who are wondering, YES I teach Sunday School -- STOP LAUGHING!), watching Brett's basketball team squeak by with a one point victory, and then relaxing for the rest of the day!
Busy week ahead -- Passover begins tomorrow which means dieting just got THAT MUCH HARDER!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Keep reading and I'll keep blogging!
I must admit that I live for Fridays -- I try to get all the household chores (laundry, dry cleaning, food shopping, house cleaning, errands, etc) done earlier in the week so that I can "play" on Friday. Sometimes it's my mani-pedi day. Other times it's a massage day. Today is SHOPPING DAY. Granted I do shop on other days (I can't deny myself retail therapy all week long after all!) but today is going to be a little different. Today I am going to check out an antique center (over 200 dealers) with my good friend / partner in crime Heidi G. I'm not really looking for anything specific which means I could come home with ANYTHING or nothing at all. (I have a good feeling that I might find something today though!) I will update this blog with photos if I get anything at all so check back soon!
The "Friday Fun" will continue at 3:30 pm when my two boys and their 16 friends arrive on my driveway for the first games of the 3v3 basketball season opener. Yes, you read that correctly. Friday afternoons will now be hopping at my place (we have the "best driveway court" I've been told!) until late June as I play "hostess" for this newly created league of middle-schoolers.
Glad to see that my enthusiasm for Fridays has rubbed off on my kids! Hope the rest of you have a fun Friday as well!
Is it just me or does it seem that some people don"t really "get" the idea of a status update on Facebook? I am a huge fan/user of this social networking site and I really do want to know what my friends are up to. Going out of your house today? Where to? Planning a wonderful vacation/event? I want to know more. Looking forward to a fun day with friends and/or family -- give me details. Thought provoking quotes? Send them my way! Want to talk about a favorite show or movie? Me too. Proud of your kids, spouse, friends, or yourself and want to brag? Go for it? Want to vent about those same people? I hear ya! Have something that will make me laugh? I could probably use it. Need some motivation/encouragement/pity party today? I hope I can help.
BUT when some friends post their status as "woke up and had a bowl of oatmeal" -- well, quite frankly, I don't give a damn. And PLEASE stop writing your status as "IS." Is what? Annoying? Bored? At a loss for words? I promise you, it's really okay if you don't update your status constantly!
I believe that if you have nothing to say it IS really okay to say nothing. Please don't fill my TOP NEWS and MOST RECENT updates with the status "Jane Smith is". Yeah, I get it! You're still alive and breathing. Was there reason for me to doubt that? Are you doing anything today? If you are, I'd love to know. You might inspire me to do something too. If you're doing nothing at all but feel compelled to change your status from yesterday's thoughts, hitting the CLEAR button below your status is socially acceptable.
Sorry for the rant today. I just feel like I've been missing a lot of "good posts" from some friends lately because it takes too long to filter through the crap.
Anyway, these were just my thoughts for today. What are yours?