“Take these three items right here. You can have this. WD-40, vise grips, and some duct tape. Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things.” ~ Walt Kowalski
The other day I found myself in a conversation about the four tools that everyone should have in their tool box. Many opinions will surface, but here is the list that we developed based on our vast years of knowledge and experience: Duct tape, WD-40, vise grips and a tool that is to be named later.
For example, let’s say you have a leaky faucet. So a quick look under the sink to turn off the shut off valve, only to find it is stuck. Simple solution spray some WD-40 on it and wait. If you don’t feel like waiting and the leak is driving you crazy grab the vise grips and turn the valve with all your might. While turning the lubricated, stuck valve with your vise grips, it somehow breaks and sends water shooting all over. Now grab your duct tape and quickly seal it off. Problem solved, except now there is a faster drip, but at least you got to use your tools. Last tool, the cell phone, it is used to call a plumber.
Here are some other handy uses for your tools: Creating a hole in the wall (vise grips), fixing a hole in the wall (duct tape), causing a slippery floor (WD-40), temporary replacement for a steering wheel (vise grips), getting your sister to be quiet (duct tape), cracking a walnut (vise grips), fixing a broken tail light (duct tape), Free a tongue stuck to frozen metal in winter (WD-40), instant step for climbing (vise grips), and I’m sure there are multiple other uses for these wonderful tools.
Here is a book you can read that you may find helpful: The complete idiot’s guide to simple home repair.
Are you ready for a scare? Don’t read this book alone because you never know what’s lurking on the next page. Things That Go Bump In the Night is a collection of stories by Patrick Carman which can each be read in 15 minutes or less and each has terrifying video conclusions that you can watch online. You’ll meet characters like Dylan Smith, whose snowboarding skills are to die for, Troy, a talkative kid with a science teacher who has an enthralling skill, Emma, who’s got a gargoyle of a problem and many more. But here’s the thing, the book tells you itself, don’t get too attached to any of them.
This is a great book for grades 4-6, especially reluctant readers who like a good spooky story. I was scared. A lot.
Do you have a favorite scary story or two? Something you’ve read that meant you slept with the lights on?
Horror movies bring out the total wimp in me – I’m the one “watching” with my hands in front of my face asking those around me “is the gross/scary part over yet?” But there’s something thrilling about a full blown case of the heebiejeebies because of a book. Bring on the jumping at shadows and cringing at night time noises!
My top five scary stories:
Nightshift by Stephen King
Turn of the Screw by Henry James
“Midnight Meat Train” by Clive Barker
Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
“Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
What are your favorite scary stories?
Some top horror novel lists:
Booklist’s Top 10 Horror Novels of 2011
Horror Writers Association Horror Reading List
Tracey, the Supervisor of the Office of Programs and Public Affairs, has worked for the library for 23 years. She’s a big fan of horror novels although Laura Ingalls Wilder is her favorite author.
She started reading Stephen King as a teenager. Carrie is one of her favorites by him; she enjoyed the insight into life as an outcast. “You root for Carrie even though you know it’s not going to end well,” she explained.
The Stand is another of her King favorites. “It’s full of good and evil archetypes, the battle of good and evil and the drama of who’s ultimately going to triumph.”
Tracey’s currently reading Bloody Jack, a historical young adult novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy and gets hired to work on a British war ship. “I’m absolutely loving it! It’s so amazingly good!”