Blackstone Kale Soup

Once you get all of the stuff and a big deep pot to cook it in, it will only take 30 minutes to cook big pot of soup! No meat! No dairy! No oils!

Blackstone Kale Soup
Get 64oz. Chicken stock, boiling.
add…
1 chopped Acorn Squash
3 Chopped carrots
3 Chopped stalks of celery
4 Cups chopped Kale
1 Cup of cooked brown rice
1 can of drained great northern beans
1 can of cooked lentils
1 can of drained garbanzos
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP salt
1/4 TSP cayenne pepper
stir occasionally until it is simmering well…
Simmer 25 minutes until carrots are tender.
Take out a small dish, let it cool, taste it.
Take pepper grinder add very coarse ground black pepper to taste.

Ask Spike!

Question: I have called several managers and left messages but none have returned my calls, why?

Answer: Many On-site Managers have a full time job and managing is a part time job. You are trying to reach someone who is probably very busy. The phone is blowing up and everyone has the same questions. So how do you get through?

The solution is simple and it always works, just go to visit the building and see if the manager is available. Walk into the lobby, most managers will have a sign posted in the lobby with contact information that is usually not available anywhere else. Just ring that doorbell, maybe the manager is available?

If you leave a message on the manager’s voice mail, this is what it should consist of:

“Hello, my name is Spike, I am looking for a 1 bed room apartment and I am looking to move on the 1st of August or a week before. Please call me back if you can help me. My number is 414-276-5390. Good bye.”

Do not leave a long and detailed message and never volunteer any information about yourself or your circumstances.

Welcome to Spike’s Guide to East Town and Yankee Hill!

Welcome to one of Milwaukee’s oldest neighborhoods! It is a neighborhood that has something to offer everyone!

It is perfect if you are a student at MSOE or if you work downtown!

It has fast access to public transpiration!

Parks! Bike & Hiking Trails!

Walk to the shores and beaches of Lake Michigan!

Not only is it a great neighborhood to live in and work in, it is also right in the very heart of urban Milwaukee!

There are restaurants and and places of worship. There are clubs and taverns. There are hotels and grocery stores and pharmacies and lots and lots and lots of apartment buildings of all sizes, shapes, ages and architecture!

It is a very safe neighborhood, perhaps the safest neighborhood in all of Milwaukee County. You can safely walk to the lakefront. You can safely walk downtown. You can safely walk to Water and Brady streets! Several major county bus routes and the Milwaukee Streetcar pass through the neighborhood!

Need a car? There is UBER and LYFT and Taxis and Zip Cars.

Thinking of a visit? You can fly or come by train. You can drive from Chicago.

On the weekends and evenings the streets and sidewalks are all busy with traffic and people. On Weekdays it’s different, everyone goes to work or to school and the streets are quiet, the neighborhood peaceful. Most mornings are also surprisingly quiet.

The noisiest thing in the neighborhood is the street traffic, the cars and the buses and the sirens and not infrequently there are passenger jets going over this part of the city and in the Summer there is a lakefront airshow that inflicts a weekend of sonic booms on the residents as well as the tourists, and there are a surprisingly large number of tourists from everywhere who stay at the nearby hotels.

Unfortunately there isn’t much in the way of shopping. But if you need something, the neighborhood is well covered by USPS, UPS, FedEX and Amazon for same day delivery.

Stuff That Works On Hardwood or Laminate Floors

Zep Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is great for cleaning hardwood and laminate floors.
Zep Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner

Zep Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is great for cleaning hardwood and laminate floors. First sweep the floor of  dust and debris, then spray the Zep Hardwood & Laminate product on the area you want to clean, wait 30 seconds or so, for the product to soften up the dirt, then wipe it off with a dry cloth or paper towel. What you want to avoid is getting the floor wet with water or excessively wet with product. I am very pleased with how well this works on stains and it does restore some shine. I use it on solid Red Oak floors that have been sealed with polyurethane. In many instances the polyurethane has worn off. Reapplying fresh polyurethane is not a solution. This product really works but remember that  it works best when used on a dry surface. Do not use it with a water. Do not dilute it.

Orange GLO
Orange GLO

Orange GLO works almost just as well as the Zep product and they smell very similar. I’d advise that you use the one that is cheapest.

  • Smell for both is neutral.
  • Both are easy to use.
  • Both are great for cleaning a small area at a time.
  • Both dry fast and sometimes will leave a nice shine after you have used them over time, repeatedly, on the same surface.

What’s Better Than Paper Towels?

Quicky All-Purpose Microfiber Cloths
Quicie All-Purpose Microfiber Cloths

There are many different scenarios where you have the option of using either paper towels or cleaning cloths. All situations are different but some solutions are universal.

If you are cleaning up some stuff that needs to be fully removed, like a small wet paint spill or pooled liquid blood and the stuff is probably going to ruin a good cleaning cloth, then you should start with paper towels that can be immediately thrown away and you know 100% that you are removing the offensive material from the area and not just moving it around. Mopping usually just moves stuff around. Mopping is good if a mop is all you have, such as spilled water or coffee but a mop is the tool that is seldom as effective as almost everything else. Mops are dirty. The mop water is dirty, etc., etc., etc…

Cleaning is about cleaning. Mops just move stuff around. If you have a lot of blood or worse-than-blood, you have to remove it, not move it around and you should start out with something absorbent, like cat box litter. Use as directed. In an emergency use baking soda to absorb puddles of blood or feces.

For less demanding cleaning, Home Depot sells these “Quickie All-Purpose Microfiber Cloths” and I prefer them over paper towels. I use them out of the package for cleaning my lobby door glass, which is usually only a little dirty from day to day. After I have washed them once I use them for heavy-duty washing and scrubbing of everything. Both sides are not the same! They have a plush side and a Side B that could be called “abrasive non-scratch” that is very good at removing grease and dirt without damaging a shiny surface. They are very durable, will last through many washings but eventually they won’t come clean enough to use for anything but floor rags, and they make very good floor scrubbing rags. You might see these Microfiber Cloths in different colors and sizes. Some are smaller, and I have some orange and green cloths that have a thicker texture and are really excellent for hard scrubbing of soft or shiny surfaces.