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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Due to the pandemic, many of us have had more time to process information. I’ve learned a few random things during this time about weed killer, cinnamon rolls, and telephone visits. I enjoy learning things that make life just a little better.

First, since I’ve been working in my yard, I took note of a Facebook post I came across. A retired teacher with whom I taught in Tennessee posted about using a homemade weed killer on poison ivy. The ingredients listed were: 3 cups vinegar, ½ cup salt, and 1 tablespoon liquid detergent, like Dawn. First, mix the vinegar and salt until the salt is completely dissolved. Then stir in the liquid detergent, and pour the mixture into a sprayer. When the plant is dry, spray the mixture onto the leaves of the plants. Wait a week, then spray any survivors. This weed killer sounds much less dangerous to humans.

Second, I’ve discovered that good cinnamon rolls don’t have to be homemade. Before the pandemic guidelines began, I was shopping and bought a package of frozen Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting. I’m sure many of you have tried these, but I had not. The package contained 12 rolls, but I only prepare a few at a time. Once the rolls rise, they are ready to bake – about 15 minutes in my oven. The rolls are delicious! It’s likely a good thing that this diabetic didn’t know about them sooner.

Third, in recent weeks, we were encouraged to visit friends and family by phone or electronically while staying safe at home. As the weather warmed, I learned that sitting on my patio while talking on the phone with good friends is relaxing. Spending a little time surrounded by nature seems to reduce stress. I’ve always enjoyed yard work, but have never spent much time porch sitting. Slowing down for outdoor phone visits has been a pleasure.

Walt Disney said, “…we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” ( Since I like learning, I must possess some curiosity. And when something makes life better – in any way, it’s worth knowing.


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