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October 2007

October 15, 2007

While there are still leaves on trees

Fall sunrises are emphatic about their promises.

How to stop headaches, tight shoulders and neck tension (bra-wearing women only!)

Underwire_flower_flash Remove the metal underwire supports from your bras. 

I'm not kidding.  My headaches stopped immediately.  And look at the decor possibilities for those leftover uplifters.

Perhaps it's something to do with bio-electrical fields being short-circuited by metal worn against the body.  Whatever.  I don't need massages anymore.  Or Advil.
P.S.  A bra still performs well enough without the metal struts, although the perk factor might, er, drop.

October 13, 2007

Anything I Can Do - as seen on PBS

 DVDs now available!


Mag's quirky workshop show Anything I Can Do (as seen on PBS) is now available in 13 irresistible DVD volumes that feature 52 of Mag's favorite projects.  Each volume can be ordered separately for $19.97.  Access to free downloadable instructions is included with purchase, or without.  To see more about Mag's DVDs, please click here!

Looking for *F*R*E*E* downloadable step-by-step project instructions? 

October 11, 2007

Sunrise through the Cosmos


October 09, 2007


Indecision may or may not be my problem.
- Jimmy Buffet

October 07, 2007

How to reset (or re-seat) a toilet

Seal of Fortune - Resetting a toilet

There are many reasons to remove a toilet and store it elsewhere. Maybe you want to paint the bathroom or re-tile the floor, or you’ve got house guests who just won’t leave.

I have some tips for you when it’s time to put the old porcelain potty back on her moorings.

P1010877_smallFirst, you’ll need a new gasket.  If you’ve ever been measured for a bra, you’ll understand the subtleties. You want a snug fit that discourages lateral migration of substances that should be contained within the restraining device.

Measure the opening of your drain-hole prior to shopping. Most are 3 inches in diameter, but you may have a husky-size 4-incher.

The plumbing aisle will thrill you with its range of gaskets in different materials, sizes, heights and styles. Let’s discuss your options.

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October 05, 2007

How to get a bear off a bridge

Photos below (click to enlarge 'em) show a happy new beginning for Boo Boo Bear.  This story came to me via e-mail from someone whose niece is in the U.S. Forest Service. 

A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit, Truckee) on Saturday when two cars also crossing the bridge scared the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge. Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety. Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge. After securing a net under the bridge they tranquilized the bear, who fell into the net, was lowered, then woke up and walked away, knowing, as always, that all was well in the world.


Click to enlarge the picture and you will see the bear hanging by her fingernails!  (Don't worry.  This story has a very happy ending.)

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October 04, 2007

How Your Honey Feels About Working With You

"According to the recent Dremel "Do-It-Yourself" Index Survey, a surprisingly high percentage of men -- 44 percent -- believe that working on home improvement projects with another family member strengthens the relationship, while only 31 percent of women feel the same way."

I'm not sure why, but every time I read that sentence, I laugh.

October 02, 2007

Take Off! - How to remove a toilet

Dances with Valves

As Canadians face the prospect of moving back indoors for at least
6 months, paint is selling faster than deodorant. This is because humans who live in cramped conditions through a long winter can endure any odor, but they won’t survive without colour.

If you’re doing some interior painting this fall and the bathroom is included, heed the advice of professional painters: Take the toilet off. Remove the throne. Ditch the crapper. You just can’t paint a bathroom with any degree of skill when there’s a big giant can (to use the academic term) in your way.


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October 01, 2007

How to create an antique finish for clay flower pots

Click to see the video!

When you’re an adolescent, sprouting new body parts is fascinating at first. Every morning there’s a new you, a hairier you, a greasier you or a smellier you.

But after a while the maintenance gets overwhelming, and that’s where advertisers can help with products that manage pimples, dandruff, scent glands, body hair and social urges.

It’s no wonder middle-aged people are envied by teens everywhere. We’ve stabilized. Our bodies are reliable. We don’t sprout anything unless we are specifically and repeatedly encouraged.  And we have one quality that is unknown to teenage metabolism: restraint.

Restraint causes a modulating effect on the human body. For example, hair that we no longer require on the scalp shows up in glossy bounty inside both the nose and the ears. Teenagers just don’t have those options.

And while teenagers crave shiny accessories to match their frisky lifestyles, middle-aged people need belongings with substance and texture and possibly peri-menopausal acne.

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  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

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    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie