Monday, August 19, 2019

August Happiness Challenge -- Day 19

Today's happiness -- I don't have a black eye. I've lived to the age of 62 without ever having a black eye, and that's a record I'm pleased to report that I maintain.

But Sunday was a close call. I got ambitious and decided to wipe down my shower stall with vinegar, to help combat that musty smell I've noticed since keeping the bathroom door closed all day to save on air conditioning costs.*

I was not careful when removing items from the top shelf and got bonked in the eye with a tube of St. Ives scrub. It hit me hard, making a loud noise in my head upon contact. The tube caught me sharp edge first. I was scared that I would look like I ran into Muhammad Ali.

Fortunately, immediate application of an ice pack and a dose of ibuprofen did the trick. I woke up this morning relieved to find just a tiny cut and a small red bump. I started the day delighted.

 *The vinegar worked, along with the bowl of baking soda and lemon juice I left on the toilet tank. And keeping the door open. I've decided that I'd rather have a higher energy bill than mildew.

Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world.


  1. For household applications, I use a pressurized garden sprayer.

    Fill with vinegar or diluted chlorine bleach. Pump it up. Spray.

    Make certain this sprayer is dedicated to indoor cleaning purposes. The one gallon size is more than adequate. And it is kind of fun. Maybe not as much fun as watching the clothes in a front loading washer.

    After use, squeegee the walls. Disassemble and rinse the sprayer mechanism and run a few gallons of clear water through the sprayer to avoid pH or oxidization damage.

    Of course this does not replace scrubbing or steaming the shower tiles every now and then...

    My mother and Martha Stewart would probably kill me.

    And never ever ever mix cleaning supplies. Chlorine bleach and ammonia form chlorine gas. Which is deadly. You never know what is hiding in Ajax or Bo Peep.

  2. P.S. If using chlorine bleach, you may want to wear old or all-white clothes.

  3. Glad you don't have a shiner!