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  • Battlespeed: You almost make me wish I had a set of false teeth so I could try that...Nah, I won't wish, but if I ever find someone else's that they want to get rid of, I might try it! Thanks for a good laugh, anyway! JokerDAS' comment about no chance of anyone trying to use it also made me chuckle.

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  • Couldn't agree more with your comment. It can be a life-saver if you know how to improvise.I do go around with a tiny first-aid kit such as you describe, plus folding scissors and a small bottle of a prescription med. I take--(just in case I am in an accident and hospitalized, because I understand that hospitals may charge a ridiculous amount for each Rx pill they supply you with. This habit saved me come money once, but note that the hospital pharmacist did insist on inspecting both the pills and the label. By the way, they made me feel that they were doing me a favor by letting me take my own medicine that was paid for by my insurance!).

    "A line over the parachute or another line will cut right through." Also a good thing to know, though I never expect to go skydiving!

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    Thanks for the ible and thanks to Damn Pigs as well.Not being a camper, my first thought was how to use it to break free from restraint. I hope I would never need it, but I am grateful for the suggestion about paracord as shoelaces. The world being what it is today, who knows when someone might need this hint.

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  • "Worserer; that's a good one! LOLBut...Who is your granddad? Oldmanbreadboard? Wow! I wasn't really trying to correct him, because I believe that "sayings" do NOT have to conform to modern grammar; in fact, they would often lose their charm if put in proper modern English. Unfortunately, being an English tutor and a translator, I tend to be alert to grammar details, so I got sucked in by a couple of comments other people made about "hung"--particularly one in which another poster was called a "stupid troll." That upset me, but I can't find that post here any more. I should have written, "It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense" and ADDED to that, "in strictly grammatical modern English&quo…

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    "Worserer; that's a good one! LOLBut...Who is your granddad? Oldmanbreadboard? Wow! I wasn't really trying to correct him, because I believe that "sayings" do NOT have to conform to modern grammar; in fact, they would often lose their charm if put in proper modern English. Unfortunately, being an English tutor and a translator, I tend to be alert to grammar details, so I got sucked in by a couple of comments other people made about "hung"--particularly one in which another poster was called a "stupid troll." That upset me, but I can't find that post here any more. I should have written, "It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense" and ADDED to that, "in strictly grammatical modern English" and made it clear that I wasn't trying to correct the language of the saying. "Sayings"--fine. Regionalisms--I love 'em. But they are not the model followed in the grammar books, although grammar books will, as I mentioned, inevitably get rewritten and rewritten as time passes, as things that were once considered unacceptable become common usage.OK, so re 'the day that will come' -- Not the day your grandad will be right, unless he is in the habit of using "hung" in ordinary speech as the past participle referring to an execution that cut off someone's breath; maybe he likes to use it because it is widely used where he lives, so it is correct there, but not yet in grammar books. I don't really care and have no interest in insulting anyone, so I hope (or should it be "wish") no one would feel that I have insulted them or their relatives.

    "Worserer; that's a good one! LOLBut...Who is your granddad? Oldmanbreadboard? Wow! I wasn't really trying to correct him, because I believe that "sayings" do NOT have to conform to modern grammar; in fact, they would often lose their charm if put in proper modern English. Unfortunately, being an English tutor and a translator, I tend to be alert to grammar details, so I got sucked in by a couple of comments other people made about "hung"--particularly one in which another poster was called a "stupid troll." That upset me, but I can't find that post here any more. I should have written, "It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense" and ADDED to that, "in strictly grammatical modern English&quo…

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    "Worserer; that's a good one! LOLBut...Who is your granddad? Oldmanbreadboard? Wow! I wasn't really trying to correct him, because I believe that "sayings" do NOT have to conform to modern grammar; in fact, they would often lose their charm if put in proper modern English. Unfortunately, being an English tutor and a translator, I tend to be alert to grammar details, so I got sucked in by a couple of comments other people made about "hung"--particularly one in which another poster was called a "stupid troll." That upset me, but I can't find that post here any more. I should have written, "It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense" and ADDED to that, "in strictly grammatical modern English" and made it clear that I wasn't trying to correct the language of the saying. "Sayings"--fine. Regionalisms--I love 'em. But they are not the model followed in the grammar books, although grammar books will, as I mentioned, inevitably get rewritten and rewritten as time passes, because things that were once considered unacceptable often become common usage.OK, so re 'the day that will come' -- Not the day your grandad will be right, unless he is in the habit of using "hung" in ordinary speech as the past participle referring to an execution that cut off someone's breath; maybe he likes to use it because it is widely used where he lives, so it is correct there, but not yet in grammar books. I don't really care and have no interest in insulting anyone, so I hope (or should it be "wish") no one would feel that I have insulted them or their relatives.

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  • Wonderful, Joseph; thanks for the laugh. I hate spell check! Possible mistakes being underlined in red, OK. Automatic changes to some weird wrong word, NOT. But sometimes, if we catch them soon enough, spell check's errors are really amusing. No doubt, spell check was also the culprit in Namora's sentence "The actual purpose for these fine hares is to keep the pore clean by moving around." I presume that the hares have been microsized, and perhaps their fluffy tails and jumping ability are what help clean one's pores. Where can I buy some?

    Would like not to have to read "Get over yourself" and "stupid troll" (in someone else's comment above). Things like that hurt people and are against the policy of the site.

    Nice ible! KimkaschiIler: Thanks. I don't care what the things are called, but it was valuable information that in this particular case, we should not expect their removal to be long-lasting, and you presented it in a tactful and polite manner, along with supporting facts.Oldmanbreadboard, in addition to your interesting name (Do you often bake bread?), you have given us an amusing saying that I had never heard before. Really funny in a weird way. However, I do think that the context suggests that the complaining people are being executed, and not attached to a wall as decorations, right?___________________________________________________________I know this is off topic, so, people not interested in how languages change, please skip the following. In defense of Shawnda and English grammar…

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    Nice ible! KimkaschiIler: Thanks. I don't care what the things are called, but it was valuable information that in this particular case, we should not expect their removal to be long-lasting, and you presented it in a tactful and polite manner, along with supporting facts.Oldmanbreadboard, in addition to your interesting name (Do you often bake bread?), you have given us an amusing saying that I had never heard before. Really funny in a weird way. However, I do think that the context suggests that the complaining people are being executed, and not attached to a wall as decorations, right?___________________________________________________________I know this is off topic, so, people not interested in how languages change, please skip the following. In defense of Shawnda and English grammar, and more for Luapy than for the bread maker: There are two verbs that have different past and past participles from each other, depending on the meaning.(1) hang - hung - hung: "I used some special hardware to hang the new picture; but after I had hung it on the living room wall, my wife insisted that I move it, leaving a nail hole where it had been.(2) hang (as in "stringing someone up") "In the old days, even petty thieves were sometimes hanged." "The judge sentenced the murderer "to be hanged by the neck until dead."It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense.There is a similar problem with lie/lay/lain (as when resting on a bed) and lay/laid/laid (as when putting an object down somewhere). When enough people keep using a verb incorrectly, eventually that leads to a big change in English grammar, so no doubt the day will come when Luapy's criticism will ring true. But not yet.Meanwhile, we are in for a period of time during which purists complain about mistakes and the rest of us may sometimes resent being corrected for things we have been saying all our lives.

    Thanks for the nice ible! Going to try it!KimkaschiIler: Thanks. I don't care what the things are called, but I appreciated the information that in this particular case, we should not expect their removal to be long-lasting, and you presented it in a tactful and polite manner, along with supporting facts. Oldmanbreadboard, in addition to your interesting name (Do you often bake bread?), you have given us an amusing saying that I had never heard before. Really funny in a weird way. However, I do think that the context suggests that the complaining people are being executed, and not attached to a wall as decorations, right?___________________________________________________________I know this is off topic, so, people not interested in how languages change, please skip the following. In defe…

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    Thanks for the nice ible! Going to try it!KimkaschiIler: Thanks. I don't care what the things are called, but I appreciated the information that in this particular case, we should not expect their removal to be long-lasting, and you presented it in a tactful and polite manner, along with supporting facts. Oldmanbreadboard, in addition to your interesting name (Do you often bake bread?), you have given us an amusing saying that I had never heard before. Really funny in a weird way. However, I do think that the context suggests that the complaining people are being executed, and not attached to a wall as decorations, right?___________________________________________________________I know this is off topic, so, people not interested in how languages change, please skip the following. In defense of Shawnda and English grammar, and more for Luapy than for the bread maker: There are two verbs that have different past tenses and past participles from each other, depending on the meaning.(1) hang - hung - hung: "I used some special hardware to hang the new picture; but after I had hung it on the living room wall, my wife insisted that I move it, leaving a nail hole where it had been.(2) hang (as in "stringing someone up") "In the old days, even petty thieves were sometimes hanged." "The judge sentenced the murderer "to be hanged by the neck until dead."It is the use of "hung" in Oldmanbreadboard's comment that would not make sense.There is a similar problem with lie/lay/lain (as when resting on a bed) and lay/laid/laid (as when putting an object down somewhere). When enough people keep using a verb incorrectly, eventually that leads to a big change in English grammar, and the new usage becomes the correct one. So very likely the day will come when Luapy is right. But not yet. Meanwhile, we are in for a period of time during which purists complain about mistakes and the rest of us may sometimes resent being corrected for things we have been saying all our lives. It was ever thus!

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    This is about garlic salt, but might work for garlic powder, as well. I had so much trouble with clumping that finally I put the container in the freezer, and now it goes for a year or more and is always quite shakable. I realize that doing so would mean it couldn't be used in the fridge door "rack," but might be worth it to save money on having to replace it frequently.

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  • Thanks for making me laugh!

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  • Sinius.pi: Exactly what my husband and I tell each other as we resist the official urgings here in CA to redo all our windows with double panes and save energy for both air-conditioning and heating. Just the other day, a neighbor had all their windows replaced and told me there was a world of difference in airtightness. I suppose we could follow suit and still just open a window when we wanted, but I kind of LIKE the idea that the air gets refreshed even when we don't do that. Your warning is reasonable, especially for people who might be using any form of heating that could result in carbon monoxide. In Japan every so often there is news about people getting asphixiated by their small kerosene stoves, and even now, living in CA, we never leave the furnace on at night. 'Course,where we ar…

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    Sinius.pi: Exactly what my husband and I tell each other as we resist the official urgings here in CA to redo all our windows with double panes and save energy for both air-conditioning and heating. Just the other day, a neighbor had all their windows replaced and told me there was a world of difference in airtightness. I suppose we could follow suit and still just open a window when we wanted, but I kind of LIKE the idea that the air gets refreshed even when we don't do that. Your warning is reasonable, especially for people who might be using any form of heating that could result in carbon monoxide. In Japan every so often there is news about people getting asphixiated by their small kerosene stoves, and even now, living in CA, we never leave the furnace on at night. 'Course,where we are, temps are not too extreme in any case.

    Sinius.pi: Exactly what my husband and I tell each other as we resist the official urgings here in CA to redo all our windows with double panes and save energy for both air-conditioning and heating. Just the other day, a neighbor had all their windows replaced and told me there was a world of difference in airtightness. I suppose we could follow suit and still just open a window when we wanted, but I kind of LIKE the idea that the air gets refreshed even when we don't do that. Your warning is reasonable, especially for people who might be using any form of heating that could result in carbon monoxide. In Japan every so often there is news about people getting asphixiated by their small kerosene stoves, and even now, living in CA, we never leave the gas furnace on at night. 'Course,where w…

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    Sinius.pi: Exactly what my husband and I tell each other as we resist the official urgings here in CA to redo all our windows with double panes and save energy for both air-conditioning and heating. Just the other day, a neighbor had all their windows replaced and told me there was a world of difference in airtightness. I suppose we could follow suit and still just open a window when we wanted, but I kind of LIKE the idea that the air gets refreshed even when we don't do that. Your warning is reasonable, especially for people who might be using any form of heating that could result in carbon monoxide. In Japan every so often there is news about people getting asphixiated by their small kerosene stoves, and even now, living in CA, we never leave the gas furnace on at night. 'Course,where we are, temps are not too extreme in any case.

    Heh! I'm from New England, and I had never heard of a hacky sack, either!

    The same thought occurred to me, kirnex, although 'way below the "bemused and confounded" level. More like, semiconsciously (the way I often operate nowadays in my old age): "Hey, now, she's using two socks sometimes!" and then immediately realizing that using "lonely" in the title was a clever hook to catch attention. And in the title picture, she DID just write "Unusual uses for (no "lonely") socks." If it was terribly disappointing to find that you would have to use two for some of the suggestions, you have my sympathy. :>) (Would like to make that a wide toothy grin, but I'm not too good with emoticons.) The thought occurs that using two would be a good excuse for getting rid of any gift socks that you hate: "Oh, aunty! I'm s…

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    The same thought occurred to me, kirnex, although 'way below the "bemused and confounded" level. More like, semiconsciously (the way I often operate nowadays in my old age): "Hey, now, she's using two socks sometimes!" and then immediately realizing that using "lonely" in the title was a clever hook to catch attention. And in the title picture, she DID just write "Unusual uses for (no "lonely") socks." If it was terribly disappointing to find that you would have to use two for some of the suggestions, you have my sympathy. :>) (Would like to make that a wide toothy grin, but I'm not too good with emoticons.) The thought occurs that using two would be a good excuse for getting rid of any gift socks that you hate: "Oh, aunty! I'm sooo sorry! I DID love the socks you sent, but don't you think they are much better in this ___(whatever you make), where I can look at them more often?" HEY! this means that I just thought of another new hack for using socks!!

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  • I had a bit of fun telling my elderly and very conservative husband who always wears either white sports socks or dark thin socks, about this instructable and asking him with a straight face to start buying colorful striped socks (I mentioned red blue and yellow) so they would make a prettier phone cover, draught preventers, arm coverings, and so forth. As I have always been "into" crafts, he believed me for a few minutes until I burst out laughing. Actually, as Penolopy says below, I wouldn't mind buying socks for certain special things. I love to have colorful things around me.

    Yup, a light bulb would be just about the size and shape of my grandmother's sock-darning tool. If I ever have to darn a sock again--which I hope I won't have to--I'll remember that.

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  • Love it! Those skins and scabs are a terrible nuisance.

    Or you could write "those darned orphaned socks", and it would still carry both meanings! heh hehI used to have an old black-painted wooden thing shaped like a spindle that was the tool my grandmother used inside the socks she darned. Probably nowadays no one would recognize what it was for.

    What beautiful cats you have, e-beth! And I can just picture how they love scratching their catnip toys.

    I am reading these comments before reading the list of uses for the socks, which I am going to download and keep for frequent reference, so perhaps shoulder pads have been mentioned. But I have to say here that you, Dandytroopermagoo, have given me a hint for one of the most useful things I can do with old socks: turn them into shoulder pads! I make most of my own clothes and bought shoulder pads tend to be slippery and thin, as well as annoyingly expensive, yet quite a nuisance to make for myself. With socks, a bit of stuffing, and a few stitches, voila!

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  • You have just given me an awesome idea for dealing with the weeds that spring up between the 16" square slabs that pave our outdoor living space. The home owners association will not allow anything permanent like cement, and it has been a constant battle to keep things neat. I have been pulling or cutting out rogue seedlings with a box cutter and filling spaces with sand over which I pour some Varathane varnish. That can hold the weeds back for months, but then ants find a way to burrow under and seeds can find the tiniest clear space. Going to experiment with noodle strips, and if they work, I'll try to remember to get back here and comment. My only concern is what color to use, as the paving slabs are light beige!

    Good to know. Maybe I shouldn't use them between my paving stones after all, as that area is exposed to the sun for most of the day. Would depend on how many months they could withstand it before needing to be replaced.

    Use like a hose! That is another great idea.

    Another great use for them! I bought a set called "seat caddies" or something like that, but in my car, they just won't fit properly. Since all I really really need is to prevent keys and credit cards and the like from hiding in inaccessible places, pieces of noodle will do just fine.

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  • Wow, Archer65, you just hit on something I discovered many, many years ago. I put milkweed milk on a wart on the side of my hand and it went away. Seeing is believing, and I certainly would not consider using milkweed milk to get rid of warts to be a myth. Neither do I believe--in the face of Robin's experience--that B1 is not helpful in avoiding mosquito bites, though I am willing to consider that some people may have a body chemistry that makes it less likely than for others. Now I am living in hot So. CA and am wishing I knew some other plant with "milk" that might do the same thing for me. For instance, my fig trees also have milky sap, so I wonder... And then there is the sap from the euphorbia succulents that I raise, but many of them have sap that can hurt your eyes or ca…

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    Wow, Archer65, you just hit on something I discovered many, many years ago. I put milkweed milk on a wart on the side of my hand and it went away. Seeing is believing, and I certainly would not consider using milkweed milk to get rid of warts to be a myth. Neither do I believe--in the face of Robin's experience--that B1 is not helpful in avoiding mosquito bites, though I am willing to consider that some people may have a body chemistry that makes it less likely than for others. Now I am living in hot So. CA and am wishing I knew some other plant with "milk" that might do the same thing for me. For instance, my fig trees also have milky sap, so I wonder... And then there is the sap from the euphorbia succulents that I raise, but many of them have sap that can hurt your eyes or cause a rash, so perhaps it would not be too smart to try their sap on my warts. If you get euphorbia sap in your eyes, even a teensy amount left after washing your hands, it has been my experience that you can have some very unpleasant effects if it gets into your eyes. Then again, not all euphorbias are the same, but the last I searched (not recently) no one seems to have made a definitive list of which are dangerous and which not. Anyone who raises euphorbias, take care!

    Do you spray around in the air, or must you spray it on yourself?

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