--More of Gammi
My family and friends come to me constantly looking for solutions to their everyday problems. I give them good solid doses of common sense advice that some may or may not like. There is a lot of whining and crying going on over things that can be fixed so easily.
One hundred years I have been on this earth and I feel I have pretty much heard it all. So if you think you can handle what I may have to say I'd love to hear from you. Be warned that some answers will not be easy to swallow. It may feel like taking medicine, it may taste bad at first but you'll be better off in the end.
Send your questions to Gary at Capreolonline and I'm sure I will get them. I'm going to put on a nice pot of tea and sit in my comfortable chair and enjoy the view from my window as I wait to hear from you.
July 25, 2009
we have to seriously cut back and control our budget. We are finding that
saving for a rainy day is more imperative today in our life. Our teenagers
still pressure us to carry on as normal because I am one of the lucky ones who
is still working for now. Who knows what the future holds job-wise.
Have you any thoughts on what we can do to prepare them for the real world. We
feel that we have been too lacks with them. We need to teach them what the
real cost of life is.
I am a survivor of the great depression and to this day I still practice
frugality in my daily life because I survived those times. You need to set an
example and stick to it. When you buy something you need to ask if a “want” or
a “need” is. Present the same question to your kids. Make them realize that
they aren’t going to get everything they want in this world. If they still want
something, present the concept of them getting a job and buying it with their
money not yours.
It wouldn’t hurt to let them in on the expenses of running your home and giving
them a better idea of what your hard earned wage provides for them. Also open a
savings account for them and see how that goes.
Good luck with this. I have found that young people are more responsible when
we include them to develop solutions within the family than when we keep things
from them. They need to learn now that you get what you give in this life. I’m
sure because you are concerned about their futures now it will pay big
dividends in their future lives.
July 3, 2009
at the most inopportune times. I love my friends dearly but some of these calls are
really unimportant and they just want to chat. I find I am getting stressed out now
and I’m falling behind in my daily work routine in my home. Gammi I really need your
advice on this problem before I say or do something that I will regret.
we can control. You must learn to ask yourself two questions. If I answer the phone
right now is it going to make my life more stressful or is it going to make my life
easier. Sometimes it is better to just let the voice mail pick up the message and
then decide if it is important enough for you to make that return call on the spot
or later when you have completed the task at hand.
I think you would be surprised how many people actually handle their calls this way.
If you take control you will be more relaxed when you do have a chat with your dear
friends. Good luck with this. Oops I just remembered I need to make a return call to
my good friend Mabel.
April 25, 2009
many things and I think you may be able to help me with this problem.
I have found lipstick stains on one of my husbands favourite shirts. How do I get
it off without leaving a mark, I’m sure there is something out there that I can use
to remove it before I wash it.
Wow, a lipstick stain? I would be more concerned about how it got on his favourite
shirt than how to get it off. I hope that you were the one to put it there. If not
you may have a bigger problem than just removing it.
I checked my cleaning hint manual and they say to douse the stain with hairspray
then rub hard with a bar of soap or laundry soap then put it through the wash. This
I hope this helps and I trust that you won’t have more problems connected to this
predicament. Good luck,
March 7, 2009Dear Gammi,
For the past month I have been constantly interrupted by a phone call from some long
distance number at least three times a day. When I run to answer the phone no one
Is there any thing I can do to stop this from happening to me? It is so annoying. I
even phone the number that showed up on my phone and all I got on the other end was
noise like a Fax machine.
How can I get this to stop? It is driving me nuts.
I mentioned your problem to a bright young man who knows about the computer and
phones and all that technical stuff. He thinks what is happening to you is what
they call a Dead Air Call. It is usually a telemarketing business determining when
the best time to call you is. They do this by making notes of when you pick up the
phone. To me this is just a form of harassment.
He said that there are two sites that you can check out for help. One is
www.phonebusters.com. He thinks that on there you can make a connection to the
second place, the CRTC site, where you may be able to place a complaint about these
The CRTC and Bell are the ones who control the “Do Not Call” list in Canada.
Personally I think Alexander Graham Bell would roll over in his grave if he knew how
his invention was being use to disturb people today.
I don’t know much about these kinds of problems but my family advised me to have an
unlisted phone number here on my cell phone.
Perhaps an unlisted number will keep this from happening to you. Only the people
that I want to talk to in my life have my phone number.
What a shame that we have to come to this in regards to one of the neatest things we
own, our phone. Even in the old days when we had party lines to contend with the
people involved were courteous and very considerate. They were people we knew and
they were mostly our friends and neighbours. Now we don’t even know what country a
lot of these awful calls are coming in from.
Only the people that I want to have my phone number now have access to it. Maybe
that is what you are going to have to do too. Good luck with your problem. I
really hope it can be fixed.
January 25, 200
December 1, 2008
October 26, 2009Dear Gammi,
My husband and I are newlyweds. We saved our money and forfeited having a large
expensive wedding on our special day. We took the money and bought all new
furniture and appliances for our new home. My problem is we bought ourselves the
very latest out there in washing machines and dryers. You know the ones that are
front loaders and come in a selection of colours. We bought the most expensive ones
on the market.
The problem is now I notice that the washing machine has an awful odour to it. This
mouldy smell hits me every time I open the door to do another load of washing. My
question is, do you think we would be able to return this machine? We did buy extra
warranty on it but we don’t know what to do about this. Gammi have you ever had to
return any large purchases that you were not satisfied with? What can we do about
Well back in my day of purchasing washing machines we never had this kind of a
problem at all. Things were well build and they lasted so long that you sometimes
wished they would break down so you could get something new. If you haven’t left
one of your husband’s sweaty sports socks in the machine wet I think I can solve
your problem. One of my grandsons works in the appliance repair business and I
think I have a solution for your problem Sara.
John told me that this is a common problem with those front loading washing
machines. He said the seal on the door is so tight that the interior of the washing
machine never completely dries out. They use less water so the machine never really
gets to wash out the mould from your laundry. You need to leave that door open
between washes so that you don’t have this problem, especially if you are only doing
a few washes a week.
He also told me that there is a product out there on the market that will clean up
the machine. All you need to do is run an empty load through with hot water and
this product and your problem will be solved. I don’t know the name of this product
but I bet a phone call to your dealer will clear that up. Back in my day the few
appliances that I had didn’t sound as complicated as this on does. What you saw was
what you got. Good luck and all the best in your new life together.
September 21, 2008
happen. I was going down the main aisle when a young teenager stepped out in front
of me. Then he stayed there to chat with someone he knew. I waited as long as I
could stand to then I asked if he would excuse me as well as the number of people
with their shopping carts that had piled up behind me. His mother was nearby and
took offense to my loud “excuse me” I suppose. If looks could kill I would be dead.
That wasn’t the end of it she made some nasty remarks to her teenage son about me
as I finally got by them. I kept my mouth shut and went on my way but Gammi should
I have said something or was I right to walk away?
system as a subject. I guess others have noticed that a lot of parents lack manners too.
August 16, 2008
July 19 2008
other day that I remembered my grandmother making a lot of her own cleaners. Would
you happen to know something about that topic? I wish now that I had paid a lot
more attention to what she was doing.
Heavens yes! I too use a lot of things from my kitchen cupboard to clean my house.
There are too many to mention but here’s a good one that I remember making. It’s a
recipe for homemade window cleaner.
Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of ammonia into a bucket half filled with warm
water. Fill several spray bottles or plant misters and you’ll have an excellent
cleaner for windows. If you want to give it that professional look just add a drop
of blue food colouring or a few drops of lemon extract to each container and shake
well. That should give you a good supply. This should save you money and help the
environment. Good luck.
June 2, 2008Dear Gammi,
Every year once the black flies arrive followed by mosquitoes I am confined to the
indoors again. Unfortunately I am very allergic to the mosquito repellents that are
on the market. I have to cover up and wear those mosquito nets over my face if I
want to go out into my yard. Have you any suggestions of anything I can do to make
my problem easier? I am desperate Gammi.
Oh, that must be a miserable problem to have. I have heard that Skin So Soft that
is sold by Avon works great for some people. Also I have recently heard that
Listerine is another way to get rid of those pests. Don’t put it on you but spray
around where you are sitting outside or around your deck or around your windows or
doors. In fact spray it around anything where you are when you are outdoors.
I’m going to get myself a spray bottle and fill it up and try it out myself. Last
year while I was sitting out one evening I got some bites around my eyes from those
tiny pests and I had shiners that closed both my eyes and lasted for days. Makes
one wonder how something so small can cause so much damage. Good luck with this.
Let me know if this works for you.
May 10, 2008
Mother’s Day. She is in her seventies now and tells me she doesn’t need anything.
There must be something that she I can give her that would make her happy.
You know flowers are nice and so are the cards and other gifts but once a parent
March 31, 2008
heard of an explanation of why April 1st is celebrated as such?
Well yes I am old but I'm not ancient yet. I hope to be someday if I play my cards
right. Well now that that is out of the way I have heard one story that seems to
make sense. However, I haven't researched it and I don't think I will
In the 1500's, see I didn't hear about this by word of mouth, April 1st use to be
New Year's Day. Then someone decided to change that to January 1st. It is said
that there were people who did not take kindly to this change and continued to
celebrate New Year's Day as April 1st. Gradually acceptance was inevitable and
others began to refer to the April 1st diehards as Fools. Those who accepted this
change started to play jokes on those who staunchly believe in leaving April as the
beginning of the year. Thus April 1st became April fool's day. I hope that helps.
February 23, 2008
I have watched people get testy about where they put their shoveled snow for years now especially once it starts to accumulate. We all look around for somewhere to put it. I have noticed that people suddenly become unconcerned about others they normally treat with respect. There's one thing I see going on around town that really raises my ire more than anything. That is when I witness people getting their driveways plowed and the fellow operating the truck takes the snow and pushes it across the road onto the growing snow bank in front of the neighbour's house across the street. Gammi, do you know if this is legal?
A concerned snow shoveler.
To me that is a terrible thing to do to one's neighbours. Why should the fellow on the other side of the street have to contend with his own snow plus the snow from the people that live across the street. Good grief that would be aggravating. I would think if that wasn't an illegal act that it should be, if nothing else it's inconsiderate. One way to find out is to call city's help number 311 and see if they can give you that information. Lucky me I don't have to be bothered with snow removal anymore. I'm more concerned with other things now like am I going to get up in the morning. Good Luck.
February 2, 2008