GIRL WHO DIED OF CANCER LEFT NOTES FOR PARENTS

When Brooke and Keith Desserich’s 6-year-old daughter, Elena, was diagnosed with cancer, the Cincinnati couple didn’t want her to know the severity of her illness. Doctors told the parents their daughter had just months to live. And as the tumor ravaged her body and took away her ability to talk, they knew she knew what was happening. And Elena was still able to write. After Elena passed away, her parents discovered that their daughter had left a message behind for them — a lot of messages, actually. They started to pull out notes from between CDs or between books on a bookshelf. Then the couple started finding them everywhere. The notes, short and usually with words like “I love you…”, are still being found — and there have been hundreds. But Elena’s parents each hold onto a sealed note they’ve never opened. They say they always want to know that there’s one more note that they haven’t read yet. The Desserich have told their daughter’s story in a book, with profits going to a cancer foundation.

(From Justin): Love your children, hug your children, and train them in the way they should go. The book’s name is “Notes Left Behind”.

Halloween Tips

Did you know that if you sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg on the inside of your jack-o-lantern before lighting the candle, the flame will heat the area inside the pumpkin making a yummy, natural pumpkin-pie scent?

A Big Oops!

At a clothing store, a young sales clerk — her first day on the job — was determined to give customers her unvarnished opinion. One day, when a man emerged from a fitting room, the sales clerk took one look at him and shook her head. “No, no,” she said. “Those jeans look terrible on you. I’ll go get you another pair.” As she walked away she heard the customer mumble, “I was trying on the shirt.”

Phobias

Maryann gave away tickets to the Hi-4H Haunted House this week. Listeners had to guess the #1 Phobia. (Winners also guessed # 10 & #5)
Just in case you want the to know the complete list, here it is:

TOP TEN REAL PHOBIAS

10. Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and lightning

6. The dark

5. Heights

4. Other people, or social phobia

3. Spaces. In other words, any place we fear of escape might be difficult: elevators, sporting events, bridges, etc.

2. Spiders

1. Snakes

EASY WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF ODORS

Winter’s just around the corner. While closed windows and doors are a no-brainer when it comes to keeping in the heat, they can also trap unpleasant household smells. So, here’s a quick lesson in odor removal (MSN):

 • Let’s start with a little instant dry cleaning for old clothes: Put a small amount of vodka in a spray bottle and lightly mist the garment. The alcohol kills bacteria without leaving a scent. Costumers use this trick to get the smell of mothballs, sweat, and mildew out of the vintage clothing in their wardrobes. 

 • Whenever you eat an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, run the peels through the garbage disposal. You’ll take care of sink stink without the risk harmful fumes.

 • Odor buster #3: Vanilla extract. If you wipe your freezer with a cloth dampened with vanilla, you’ll get rid of all the smells that linger on ice. To disinfect the freezer, use a solution of white vinegar and water. It gets the icebox clean without leaving a “chemical” smell.

 • To deodorize food storage containers, soak plastic ones in warm water and baking soda. For glass jars and dishes, use a mixture of one teaspoon powdered mustard to one quart of warm water. 

 • You can get rid of the musty odor in your basement by using an onion. Just slice it in half, put it on a plate and leave it overnight. The next morning there might be a slight onion smell, but that soon goes away – and takes the musty basement smell with it.

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WOMAN ACTS LIKE DOG TO SCARE OFF BURGLAR

Police are investigating after an Athens, Georgia, woman scared off a would-be burglar by using her animal-like talents. Saturday night the woman got on the floor and began scratching at the door and acting like a large dog when a suspicious man tried turning the woman’s door knob. The police report did not say what specific dog-like behavior, such as barking, the woman mimicked. The woman said the man quickly ran from the porch. Police searched the neighborhood for him, but were unsuccessful.

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COP PULLS GUN ON HAUNTED HOUSE CHARACTER

It’s Wacky, but true! I’m sure this would never happen at the Hi-4H Haunted House. A haunted house in Essex, Maryland, is named “The House of Screams,” but it was the character of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre killer who ended up frightened when authorities say an off-duty Baltimore police officer pulled his gun and pointed it at the actor during a skit. Sgt. Eric Michael Janik was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The man playing “Leatherface” said the sergeant held his screaming daughter close to scary characters and that when it came time to give chase he went after the adults because the girl was crying. A police report says Sgt. Morrison approached “Leatherface” guy and pointed a black handgun at his chest.

WEIRD HALLOWEEN HANDOUTS

In a survey of parents, here are the weirdest Halloween handouts:

Animal Food — Doggie bones and cat treats?

Random Foodstuff — Besides apples, kids received canned vegetables, potatoes, bulbs of garlic and frozen dinners.

Toiletries — Dentists commonly give out toothbrushes, but other personal hygiene frequent finds included sample-sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner and even band-aids.

Odds ‘n Ends — Free trial software CDs, golf balls, batteries, and packs of pushpins, bobby pins, staples and paper clips.

Out of Season Candy — Halloween candy is supposed to be gross — fake ear wax, boogers, scabs, and even gooey eyeballs are all fair game. But what’s really gross is the obviously leftover candy from a way-past holiday, like old chocolate Easter eggs and Christmas candy canes.

Marketing Material — Cards and coupons for everything from babysitting and bowling to roof repair and real estate have been discovered among the sweeter scores.

(From Justin) : What’s the weirdest thing your child ever brought home from a night of trick-or-treating?