July 2020: What’s Next?

July 1st, 2020

I generally write what I plan to post for the month, but with the negative news about upticks in COVID-19 numbers, I am not sure what I will be posting, except for a couple of book reviews on climate change and some summer recipes.

So, instead, I am posting a lighter topic with a photo of what I call “My ‘Inner’ Clothesline.” Since we live in a condo where there are no clotheslines, I use the wrought iron railing between my living room and dining room to hang items to dry. Last week I washed all my mittens, scarves, and hats and used the railing to dry the scarves because I would afraid the dryer would shrink them.  Here’s the photo:


Behind the “clothesline” is my dining room table, where all my winter hats and gloves that are washable are laid flat on the plastic covering over the glass table. So, basically, my dining room became an ecological way to dry my winter scarves, hats and gloves.


My book, For the Love of Clotheslines is available on Amazon, in case you love clotheslines as much as I do!


AARP’s info on Hand Sanitizer

June 29th, 2020

I receive emails from AARP, American Association of Retired People, bit basically for anyone over 50, since AARP deals with news and problems as we age, retired or not!  This is juts one more thing we have to worry about: hand sanitizers that are not safe.  For the complete article, go to AARP.org and search for hand sanitizers. This is only an excerpt.

P.S. I plan to take this list to the stores that require hand sanitizers and make sure their brand is not on AARP’s list.

9 Hand Sanitizers Subject to FDA Safety Warning

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)


In response to COVID-19, the FDA reminds people to wash their hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If soap and water is not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol to kill most disease-causing germs. Anything less than that may not work as well “for many types of germs,” and could “merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright,” the CDC says.

Hand sanitizer works best when used correctly. Be sure to apply enough hand sanitizer to cover the entire surface of both hands. Rub the hand sanitizer into your hands (paying special attention to the fingertips) until your skin is completely dry – it should take about 20 seconds.