Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ah Hail!

Did I show you my hail pictures? Here, lemme get those!
Well after the storm we had to go out and access the damages.  We have 5 screens that need to be replaced, the lines to our A/C unit were cracked (they still work THANK Goodness!) and there is some paint that was chipped off. 

But then we have to get the roof checked out. 

My neighbor (the one with all the cars) is in the contracting business and knows a guy.  He told me that he was going to ask his roofing friend if he would do our roofs for what the insurance would pay.  And since my neighbor was able to line up 5 interested folks the roofer was all for it.

So now I wait for my insurance adjuster to take a look to see how much they'll give me for the roof.  I'm also going to see if they'll fix my falling front porch too!  Hopefully the adjuster calls soon.  Not that I'm in a hurry to get the roof replaced...I would just like them to call me back.  I hate waiting.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hail damage & stuff

Here are some shots of my garden after two hail storms. There are my tomatoes. Not too bad. I'm still worried about the one there in the last pix...It still has a few leaves, but it seems to be the one that got hit the hardest.
The peppers don't seem any worse for wear, but I'm still wondering where the other pepper plant seeds I planted went! The lettuce looks great, in fact I should harvest a bit for lunch! And the spinach looks good too, but it got to hide out under my cherry tree...note all the cherries that didn't survive. I guess I shouldn't have set my heart on some cherry jelly this year. :(

I didn't take a picture of my beans...that was just too pittiful to capture. There again I'm missing plants. My carrots seem to be okay too, but they're still very tiny.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ugh! when did this become a chore?

oh man. I've been avoiding this blog like the plague. It has been pretty boring around here though. Here's what I've been doing on Facebook... oh, I wouldn't try clicking on any of these links...no idea what will happen!

Renee just got a new high score of 20700 in Bejeweled Blitz.

Renee at 10:00am June 24
Oh Shoot! I promised DD that I would let her play so she could hear "A New High Score!" so I have to quit before I get so high that she can't hear it...like last week. bummer!

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee is playing FARKLE.

Renee commented on Leanne's photo.
Renee commented on Leanne's link.
Renee likes Leanne's link.
Renee commented on Jennifer's photo album.
Renee likes Gina's link.
Renee commented on Stephanie's photo album.
Renee commented on Virginia's photo album.
Renee commented on Heather's photo.
Renee commented on Jen's link.
Renee likes a link on Heaven Fest's Wall.
Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Jennifer's photo.
Renee likes Mar's photo.
Renee commented on Mar's photo.

Renee gotta do the bills and mail DH's Father's Day package. :o Grocery shopping would be nice too.

Jennifer at 11:10am June 22
I paid bills!! (while singing 'another one bites the dust' no less....)

Here I had realized that I forgot to use my coupons when I went grocery shopping! I pondered going back to the grocery store to have them give me credit for them.
Renee at 5:36pm June 22
probably not worth the gas though!

Lynn at 8:26pm June 22
Depends on how much the coupons are worth. Can you use them next time...instead?

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Leanne's photo.
Renee commented on Cheryl's link.
Renee commented on Leanne's link.
Renee commented on Jennifer's photo.
Renee likes Stephanie's album Summer 2009.

I posted my pictures of Faith Day 2008 because Steven Curtis Chapman requested that we post some pictures. I don't know if he can see them...or if the page is really him, but the pictures I have are of him.
10 new photos
Jane likes this.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on OKchick's photo album.
Renee likes OKchick's album Relay.
Renee commented on OKchick's photo.
Renee commented on Jennifer's photo.
Renee has just set his/her highest weekly score on FARKLE.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Marsi 's photo.
Renee likes Marsi's photo.
Renee likes Marsi 's link.
Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Leanne's photo album.

Renee took the What Princess Bride character are you? quiz and the result is Westley
You are strong and decisive. But you may ocassionally engage in certain illegal activity if the situation so demands.
Renee this was actually DD's result...I got prince Humperdink. :(

Heather like this.

Heather at 11:37pm June 20
Humperdink! Humperdink! Humberdink!

Renee at 9:02am June 21
I was actually expecting to get that. Before I started, I thought "which character would be the worst to get?...oh yeah, Humperdink." and of course that's what I got. :p Oh well. At least I wasn't the rodent of unusually large size!

Heather at 10:33am June 21
This is true!

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee said to Paula: "I didn't write the following: It is SO cool that we are facebook friends. By the way, my Bejeweled Blitz score is way better than yours."

Renee has just set his/her highest weekly score on FARKLE.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Heather 's photo.
Renee likes Heather's photo.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Jen 's link.

Renee Since I couldn't talk DD into the Renasance Festival today, I didn't bother getting dressed yet...it's almost 3:30pm and I'm still in my bathrobe. :O

Jen at 3:22pm June 20
Good for you!

Jennifer at 5:55pm June 20
oh I wanna go! I think we'll go when we get back from Hades...er..I mean Texas.

Renee at 5:58pm June 20
I did finally get a shower and dressed. Now I need to think aobut dinner. It's always something!

Renee likes Jen's link.
Renee commented on Melissa's photo.
Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee smells like smoke...we used the fire pit again tonight even though it was too windy.
June 19 at 10:23pm

Brenda at 11:22pm June 19
I like that smokey smell, though...just like camping!

Renee at 11:26pm June 19

Brenda at 8:43am June 20
now you're making me miss ours - I haven't moved them over from our old house yet (my brother moved in there so we have been slacking about getting all the outside things moved) I want fire! ;)

Renee at 10:04am June 20
What has been funny is DD wants roasted marshmallows, but all we have are the mini ones. So we've been roasting them. If we don't burn them they roast up in a minute and end up making funny shapes because they're so small. And I think that DD has forgotten one of the ingredients of somaos...the chocolate. She's only been bringing out the marshmallows & graham crackers. hee hee

Renee Now she's vacuuming! I offered her a choice of vacuuming upstairs or emptying the dishwasher and now she wants both...for money.
June 19 at 6:33pm

Paula at 8:06pm June 19
LOL, no money. She had all day to do it so now she has to do both ;)

Renee Instead of vacuuming, dd is reading about Rebecca Rubin
June 19 at 5:23pm

Renee at 5:24pm June 19
Rebecca Rubin is a lively nine-year-old girl growing up in a big Jewish family in New York City in 1914. She dreams of becoming an actress, but her parents and grandparents have traditional ideas and don't think young ladies should perform. When Rebecca learns that her cousins in Russia are in great danger and must escape to America, she puts on a show to raise money—until her disapproving grandmother steps in. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds another way to earn money. But for her plan to work, she'll have to keep it a secret. Includes an illustrated "Looking Back" essay about Jewish immigration and culture. Author: Jacqueline Dembar Greene. Paperback or Hardcover. 96 pages.This is the newest American Girl.
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TC. at 9:13pm June 19
That was a good book...I remember reading it.

Renee at 10:10pm June 19
Kathy: the libraries should have it soon.Linda: Yes, it's the latest American Girl historical doll & books.

Renee became a fan of American Girl.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Jen's link.
Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee no gymnastics today. The owner messed up and forgot to schedule someone to be there. :( So I asked if DD would vacuume upstairs while I did downstairs (I have two vacuumes)...she asked if she could do upstairs later today. I said sure if it's today. I finished vacuuming downstairs & got the dishes done too.
June 19 at 1:56pm

Renee at 1:57pm June 19
still waiting for her to vacuume. tap tap tap!
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Paula at 5:57pm June 19
You should try that!

Renee at 5:58pm June 19
I don't think that she cares about exercise. She still has the metabolism I had as a kid...eat anything and not gain an ounce. :p Too bad that goes away at 30.

Renee is thinking of vacuuming my house while the kid is at gymnastics this morning. Not fun but necessary. :( I should empty the dishwasher while she's still asleep.
June 19 at 10:20am

Renee at 10:21am June 19
I don't know why I feel as if I need to do these things when she isn't around...don't ask. I'm warped...just leave it at that!

Renee at 10:21am June 19
perphaps it just feeds into my procrastination thing...see I'm still here on the computer instead of actually doing any of it!

States I've Been To
Put an X by the states you have been to. The average is 8; how do you match up? Should you choose to play, here's what you do: Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select "write a new note" in the top right corner. Paste the copy in the body of the note...
June 19 at 10:13am ·

TC. at 10:21am June 19
Been in 39, lived in 5!

Renee at 10:22am June 19
I tried to pick folks I knew had been to a lot. Good job!

TC. at 11:23am June 19
A couple of those tiny, east coast ones I might have been to. It gets interesting out there!

Barbara at 5:54pm June 19
Wow, that's a lot

Renee commented on her own note States I've Been To.
Renee commented on Laura 's note States I've Been To.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Leanne 's photo.
Renee commented on Heather 's photo.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee did a dumb thing...I searched online for a replacement knob for my car and now every auto salvage place in the country wants to sell me one...two phone calls so far!
June 18 at 10:43am

Renee at 10:55am June 18
apparently getting just the knob ... not possible!!! they want to sell me the entire new AC control box for upwards of 100 plus shipping!!! CRAZY!I may just go to the Ford dealer at this point. :p
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Renee at 9:20pm June 18
I tried the pliers...they wouldn't grab on! :-(

Renee at 10:15pm June 18
I just got a quote of $245!!!! I emailed him back..."All I need is a $2 plastic knob!" ding dong! he had the attached request that I just need the knob.

Renee commented on Leanne's photo album.
Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee likes a link on Improv Everywhere's Wall.

Renee commented on Laura's photo.
Renee commented on Laura 's photo.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee likes Heather 's photo.

Renee just got a high score of 162,600 in Bejeweled Blitz
This score earns her a 150k Star Medal. Renee will earn her next medal at 175k.
Renee woo hoo! but I'm bumming my kid out!

June 16 at 6:13pm

Vikki at 6:19pm June 16
Ack, the server's down!! I can't play!!!

Lynn at 10:27pm June 16
Why are you bumming your kid out?

Renee at 9:49am June 17
she wanted to hear "A NEW HIGH SCORE!" but I had already scored 75K at that point and now she'll never beat me. Next week I need to let her play first so she can hear that.

Renee just got a new high score of 162600 in Bejeweled Blitz.

Renee just got a new high score of 83900 in Bejeweled Blitz.

Renee just moved ahead of Aimee , Mar, Brenda, Karen and 8 others on the Bejeweled Blitz leaderboard.

Renee just got a new high score of 18000 in Bejeweled Blitz.

Renee is playing Bejeweled Blitz!

Renee commented on Carmen 's photo album.

Renee commented on Marsi 's note Me In Threes.

Me in Threes
Three names I go by: 1. Renee 2. Mom 3. Um... kids aren’t usually comfortable calling me by my last name. There are a few who do. ...
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In this note:Renee
Me in Threes
Three names I go by: 1. Jen 2. Mom 3. Miss Lindner-Green, if you're nasty... ...
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Renee thinks the new license plate toll system is pretty cool!
June 16 at 12:01pm

Renee at 12:02pm June 16
drive past the toll booths, get a bill about a month later. go online and pay via credit card and don't get that bill for another month!
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Renee at 12:31pm June 16
I better put my credit card back in my purse so I can pay for my car later!

Marsi at 12:32pm June 16
not as bad as I thought it'd be! Good to know.

Renee took my car in to get the breaks checked... fingers crossed.
June 16 at 11:41am

Renee at 11:45am June 16
brakes perhaps? LOL
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Renee at 9:52am June 17
I'm a happy girl now. I feel much safer. They even fixed the emergency brake for me...they had left my car parked with the emergency brake on (I NEVER use the thing!) so when I tried to back out of the space and couldn't go I was wondering, but then I released the emergency brake and was in awe!DH would frequently put the parking brake on...like in the garage! and I would drive for MILES without noticing it. So it is good to know it actually works now.

Jen at 10:55am June 17
Wow! I'm glad to hear it :-)

Renee is bushed! oh my it's 1:40am...no wonder!
June 16 at 1:37am

Lynn at 11:09am June 16
What were you doing up until 1:40am??? I hope you ended up getting a good nights sleep.

Renee at 11:29am June 16
LOL! Late night coffee with friends.

Renee commented on Jennifer's photo.
Renee commented on Leanne's photo.
Renee commented on Marsi 's photo.
Renee commented on Leanne 's photo album.
Renee likes Marsi 's photo.

Okay, okay! I know I play Bejeweled A LOT! But actually it is everyone else's fault...if there was more stuff to comment on or more blog posts to read I would be doing that instead. LOL! Aren't I tricky to put the blame on all of you. hee hee

Actually I should get off my lazy butt and start exercising or I'm going to become a HUGE blimp while DH is gone.

Speaking of him, he has been emailing me about twice a day sometimes, others it is a day or two between emails. He's doing well, but homesick of course. He got to move from his first man cave to one that has it's own bathroom in it...he of course had to clean each one himself. The first one he had to clean while he lived in it...ugh! The second one he could clean before he moved into it.

He says the nice thing about having his own bathroom is he actually has cold water in this shower because the water line runs near his air conditioner. When he was in the old man cave he had to use a common bathhouse and there was no cold water at all...he said he never really felt clean because he was sweating so much.

Oh if you're still reading this... I have to brag about myself here...yesterday Darly, Marsi & myself were at Walmart to buy haircolor (for just Marsi & me of course! Darly has some temporary hair color that she can use if she wants to.) So while Marsi was debating which shade to choose, Darly asked to go look at the fish...they were close enough to us, so I allowed it.

Darly came back rather quickly to report that two Betta fish were in the same container, fighting! I was in shock...who would do such a thing? So Marsi & I head over there and sure enough someone had dumped a second male Betta into a container and they were fighting. The yellow betta had the blue one by the face and they were turned on their sides...Not good!

I looked around and didn't see any Walmart employees. So not wanting to watch these two poor fish kill each other and seeing quite plainly that there was the original container right there, I grab the containers and pour the yellow betta into the other container with enough water that he would be happy. After that excitement we look around and notice that someone has put two toilet brushes into one of the other fish tanks...the one "brush" is the kind that has toilet cleaner on it. UGH! Soon a Walmart employee comes by and I mention to him that someone had combined the bettas. He told us that it happens all the time. How could someone be so cruel? I'm sure it was teenagers....the only ones with that kind of time on their hands. He thanked me for separating the fish. I really think that Walmart needs to make the fish not so accessable to the customers. Maybe they could install a customer service button by the tanks so that if someone wanted a fish they could call for help...but to have it so that people can kill the fish is wrong. IMO.

and now I'm sitting here in my bathrobe wondering if I should wake up Darly so we can go to the park...I don't know if Darly's friends are going to be there. I should call them.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Better Bandz - review

Today Darly & I went to the Parker Country Festival.  One of our favorite things to do is see the parade and watch all the dogs that get brought along.  But the next thing we do is go see all the vendors.  I love checking out all the great new ideas that they have there and today we came across something that was a bit different.

Better Bandz - "The Leader in custom, Sport and Designer Head Bandz"

We've done reviews on headbands before, but this band was much more comfortable.  I'll have to get a picture of Darly wearing her headband here later (she currently needs to wash her hair!)  but designs are very cute and comfy.  And they stay in place so very well.  They sell the bands for wearing while doing sports (we will have to try them for gymnastics!) too and I can just tell that they will be great at keeping our hair back and staying in place.  I can so totally see all the girls at the gym wearing one with our gym's name on them.

Their bands currently come in 3 sizes, small/medium/large, which is a good thing since nobody has the same sized head and they have very comfy elastic that hides under your hair to keep it nice and snug.  The velvet liner keeps your hair in perfect style and every hair in place.

I'm going to update this post with pictures and reports on how the band holds up at the gym for you, so that will have to wait until at least Tuesday.  :D

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Meeting Mr. WRONG! – Review

For all you single gals out there in the dating pool I sure hope that the fish were you live are much better than the ones in this book and for all you married gals, this is what could be available if we need to date again…ARGH! I think I would rather become a nun.

Stephanie Snowe writes about her own experiences in the dating world after suddenly finding herself single thanks to a real jerk. Stephanie is a fellow mom blogger who normally writes at 'Jason. For the love of God' You should read it too, it’s good stuff.

'Don't email me if you want a supermodel. I'm twenty-two, divorced, and I have twins. I'm also overweight, unattractive, and have no education to speak of. I'm pretty much not going to bring anything to the table except the fact that I'm pretty nice and won't ask you to pay my bills. Here's my email address. Don't email if you're full of it.'

With this ad, Stephanie Snowe relaunches herself into the world of dating. In this real-life account, she discovers that the search for Mr. Right can include a lot of wrong turns. With light-hearted sass, Stephanie introduces us to each Tom, Dick, and Denny, and their neuroses, pets, mullets, lies, and puking.

A girl can get discouraged having to deal with dive-bombing birds, first-date proposals, and eavesdropping mothers. Is there a knight in shining armor out there with a higher IQ than his horse? Stephanie hopes so.

About the Author
Stephanie Snowe is the author behind the blog, 'Jason. For the love of God'. In her spare time she does things like hold down a full-time job, parent her children, and pander endlessly to her dog Ginger. She also enjoys plotting elaborate revenge fantasies involving angry monkeys trapped in boxes, and preparing boxed dinners that she pretends are homemade.

So I get a copy of the book and I laughed my head off. This was so very funny. I was also so very very very thankful that I have my wonderful husband… so ifwhen I get upset at my husband I guess I should grab this book and remember what else is out there. :p

And to all my single friends out there, I’m going to be praying for you that you don’t end up with anyone like these guys.

If you would like to see what all the fuss is about check out Meeting Mr. Wrong or Jason. For the love of God.

Thanks to Mothertalk.com for another great read!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I know that doesn't sound like a very nice thing to say. But I'm very frustrated with them. Yesterday I received an email from someone pretending to be from Yahoo telling me that I needed to update my email account for some odd reason. However, when I saw what it was they considered an update it was pretty easy to figure out that it was a very poor attempt at phishing my info. They wanted me to EMAIL them my account id, my password, my birthdate & my country of origin. Yeah right! Do I look like I just fell off the turnip truck?!?!?

Anyway, so I found out how to get to the full headers so that I could report the email as abuse...and had to cut and paste the headers to the email (since when did that change happen?) and then forwarded the email to yahoo abuse.

Today I got an email from yahoo telling me that because the person was not a yahoo user there was NOTHING they could do. WHAT?!??! Some idiot is out there trying to steal info and my only recourse is to hit delete?!?!?!? What kind of abuse prevention is that?

I just have to pray that no one fell for that sad excuse for a phishing scam.
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Sunday, June 07, 2009

YES, I snoop!

Today I came into the computer room while Darly was using it and she closed the window that she was looking at.  The page seemed innocent enough, but the fact that she chose to close it bothered me.  SO I snooped.
when I got on the computer I checked the history and started clicking on the links.  Darly came in and asked what I was up to.  I told her I was looking for the page she closed when I came in.  She was shocked that I could do that!  and seemed unwilling to cooperate with me by telling me what it was.  So I kept digging until at last I did find it.  I'm not sure why she insists on being secretive with me...so I'll just have to show her how I can find out what she's up to.  We just discussed at dinner crazy folks who steal kids...  Spill or I snoop!
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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Where have I been?

where in the world have I been? Good question. If you're on Facebook you know that I have been checking in there quite a bit. But if you're only looking for me here then you know that I've been sadly remiss in my blogging duties. *sigh!*  I have been reading your blogs and posting comments on most.

I don't really have an excuse. It isn't like I've been so busy that I couldn't come blog. It isn't that I've been too depressed to blog...I'm not. I just haven't wanted to blog. I'm ready to take your lashings.
Darly and I have been busy. Visiting with friends and doing stuff so we aren't stuck here in the house worrying about DH or MIL. Both are doing just fine by the way.

DH is finally "in country" and doing what they sent him there for. He said in his email (he keeps trying to call us when we're out!) that he had a meeting today with all these important people. He reports that his sleeping quarters are a pit or a cave or some other place that you really wouldn't want to sleep. I'll have to see the pictures, hopefully he can borrow someone's camera because he didn't take one with him.
Well that was stupid! I realized how late it is getting and went to log out of stuff so I can go make dinner and logged out of blogger! Luckily I didn’t close the window so I still have this post. WHEW!
And now I see that I was so tired after dinner last night that I never bothered to come back to the computer and finish my post. Ugh! See this is sort of why I haven’t been blogging…tired apathy.
Last night after dinner I sat on the couch and watched a tiny bit of tv…as in the first commercial and I was snoring. Being old is terrible!
I tried to set up this system for getting Darly to help out with the chores around here. I made a list of chores that she could do and how much I was willing to pay her to do them. Then there’s a grid with the days of the week…so if she empties the dishwasher on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday…she marks those days and gets paid for each one. Well she’s only emptied the dishwasher once. :p So since I don’t want to A) run out of dishes and B) be swimming in a sea of dirty dishes…I’ve been doing it. Sigh
Those extra chores seriously cut into my Facebook Bejeweled time.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Dollar Off Coupon! Kellogg's Eggo Bake Shop Twists

Hey do you remember that review that I did on Kellogg's Eggo Bake Shop Twists? What? You don't? *sigh!* Okay, go read it again real quick...I'll wait (the link is in the name above).

Well the kind folks at Kellogg's sent me a nice email asking me to let folks know that if they visit http://www.redplum.com/pages/ViewOffer.aspx?ec=send_offer&id=1056351 they can get a dollar off coupon! Isn't that sweet? I though so, and I'm going to go get some more twists.

I wonder what they would taste like with ice cream on them?

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Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner - Review

I just took this survey that says I'm an Avoider Cleaner.  Hummm I really didn't need a survey to tell me that.  LOL!  It's a dirty job, but it must be done...by someone...preferably not me.  hee hee but seeing as there isn't anyone else here, I guess I better do it!
So I was happy to try out Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner cuz well I bought these silly tables that have both glass and wood in them. :p  and cleaning them is a bear.
It's cleaning made simple

Today we're constantly on the go. Thankfully, there's a multi-surface cleaner that keeps up with our busy lives. With Pledge® Multi Surface, you can move from surface to surface, room to room, cleaning and dusting in no time at all. Easy to hold and easy to spray, Pledge® Multi Surface tackles dust, smudges and fingerprints on nearly every household surface, including mirrors, glass, wood and stainless steel. With an antistatic formula, it's great for cleaning electronics too. Get the residue- and streak-free clean of Pledge® Multi Surface and clean more, faster.

Safely cleans many surfaces:

Wood Laminate
Stainless Steel

Well the Pledge Multi Surface made easy work of my multi surface tables and did a great job on my dining room table too!  I've already mentioned that I'm an Avoider Cleaner so I don't have to tell you that I didn't go cleaning my entire house...right?  Okay...I didn't go clean the entire house!  and I probably won't...but when I do get off the computer and clean some of the house, I'll be grabbing the Pledge Multi Surface. :D
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