Category: *Feature

  • Faith Forum ~ Personal Wounds That Heal?

    Faith Forum ~ Personal Wounds That Heal?

    By Gloria Wessner               Personal wounds………..we all get them —-sometimes physical in nature; a chronic, debilitating disease or condition left from an accident; emotional – a spouse or partner has walked out on you; perhaps leaving you as a single parent with no support; a close friend won’t have […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Wasps

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Wasps

    By Reena Nerbas Wasps Dear Reena, Do you have any ideas regarding how to keep wasps away? Douglas Dear Douglas, If you notice wasps building a nest in the same space year after year, purchase an artificial wasp nest. Or make your own by blowing up a brown paper lunch bag and closing it with […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Heirloom Platinum Engagement Ring

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Heirloom Platinum Engagement Ring

    By Reena Nerbas Clean the Driveway Dear Reena, I don’t own a pressure washer. What is the best way for me to regularly clean my driveway? Tyrone Dear Tyrone, Here are a few methods for effectively cleaning a concrete driveway. Combine water with dish soap. Scrub the driveway and rinse with water. Or 1 cup […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Dealing with Sow Bugs

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Dealing with Sow Bugs

    By: Reena Nerbas Sow Bugs Dear Reena, We have sow bugs in our house (which are very common in our area). I have heard that keeping moisture out of the basement really helps but is there any other solution to get rid of them? Thank-you, Pat Dear Jean, As you mentioned, sow bugs are a […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cake Mixes and Frozen Blueberries

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cake Mixes and Frozen Blueberries

    By Reena Nerbas Stained Corning Ware Dear Reena, We have two Corning Ware casserole dishes that were bought used. They are stained and I am wondering if you have a suggestion as to how these stains might be removed. Thanks, Barb Dear Barb. In a large pot, combine 3 cups (750 mL) vinegar, 4 cups […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Cedar Decks

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Cedar Decks

    By Reena Nerbas Rancid Oil Smell on Towels Dear Reena, Due to an unfortunate (stupid) accident I spilled a whole deep fryer full of old oil on the floor. In my rush to make sure it didn’t seep into the cracks or around the edges of my laminate floor I grabbed quite a few of […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Laundry Room Odours

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Laundry Room Odours

    By Reena Nerbas Washing Machine Odour Dear Reena, Please end this torment, I am troubled with a laundry room odor that I can’t successfully eliminate and it emanates from my washer. I tried running vinegar through the machine as well as filling the drum and surrounding tub with a bleach/water solution and letting it sit for […]

  • Faith Forum: God’s Masterpiece

    Faith Forum: God’s Masterpiece

    By Gloria Wessner This week’s Faith Forum is going to explore an excerpt from the book of Ephesians in the scriptures. It was written by the apostle Paul to the people who lived in Ephesus, an ancient city near the Aegean Sea in present day Turkey. Paul wrote this to the Ephesians as a reminder […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants

    By Reena Nerbas Dents in Stainless Steel Fridge Dear Reena, Can the dents in my stainless-steel fridge be repaired? Vi Dear Vi, There is a theory that if you heat the dents with a hair dryer or press dry ice onto the area and then blast it with cold air, the dents should release and […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Great Ideas from Readers

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Great Ideas from Readers

    By Reena Nerbas Homemade Air Fresheners Dear Reena, I am not only getting tired of replacing numerous plug-in air fresheners around my home, but it is also becoming expensive. Do you have a recipe for homemade air fresheners? Thanks, in advance. Ruth Dear Ruth, Here is a very simple air freshener that you can make […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Bird Baths and Preventing Garden Pests

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Bird Baths and Preventing Garden Pests

    By Reena Nerbas Foil Stuck to Oven Floor Hi Reena, I am a faithful reader to your column. I was cooking chicken in my 7-year-old oven, and put some tin foil in the bottom of the oven. I thought it would catch the grease droppings. However, the tin foil began to stick to the bottom plate. I removed […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Tips from Canadians

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Tips from Canadians

    By Reena Nerbas Fabulous Tips from Canadians As we prepare to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of our great country, we can also feel united with these useful tips sent in by people from across the nation. Canada Day Trivia: What does the word Canada mean? Tackle lip balm on fabrics by dabbing waterless hand cleaner […]

  • Faith Forum ~ Is There Anything About God That Really Demands My Attention?

    Faith Forum ~ Is There Anything About God That Really Demands My Attention?

    This is a legitimate question. The truth of the matter is, the only reason why I, or anyone else, can even hope to be in the presence of God or to really know him, is because of what Jesus Christ, his son, made his choice as to what to do for us (more on that […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions By Reena: Meals in a Jar

    Solutions & Substitutions By Reena: Meals in a Jar

    By Reena Nerbas Tropical Holiday Causes Musty Suitcases Hi Reena, Is there a way of getting rid of musty tropical smells from suitcases? We came back from the Dominican Republic at Christmas and the smell is still lingering. I am afraid to put anything in the suitcases and travel elsewhere with them. I placed scented […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Prepare for Garden Weeds

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Prepare for Garden Weeds

    By Reena Nerbas Staining on Marble Floor Dear Reena, We moved into a house that has stains on the marble flooring in the bathroom. I’ve tried everything I can think of including professional products but nothing seems to work. Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks, Susan Dear Susan, There is a chance that the stains […]