We've got snow on the ground but it's melting in the rain, while our wood stove is burning away the dampness & making our home warm and cozy.
|Winter in the Kootenays - hoping to see the sun some time... soon?|
I love our wood stove and wood heat... but I hate getting sticky hands from the sap.
I loaded the stove this morning ... with my bare hands! How silly.
|Stacked firewood- the culprit- it doesn't look sticky, does it?|
I know better, but in my defence, the gloves weren't there, so I took a chance and wouldn't you know it... a big gooey blob of pine tar was oozing from the chunk of firewood and of course I got it all over my hand.
If you're not familiar with pine tar, sap, pitch or whatever you want to call it- it's the stickiest stuff you can get. Just like in National Lampoons' Christmas Vacation... where Chevy Chase is trying to read a magazine in bed and the pages stick to his hands :)
Anyhow, that was me this morning.
Luckily I know how to get rid of it, easily & quickly and thought I'd share my tip with you, in case you didn't know.
All you need is margarine, hot water & liquid dish soap!
I wiped the blob off on a piece of newspaper. Then I got a tablespoon sized chunk of margarine and used it like a bar of soap on my hands, rubbing them together and getting them good and greasy.
Then used some hot water to wash off what I could... now they're greasy- but not sticky, so... then I used a bit of Sunlight (any kind should work) liquid dish soap and rubbed & coated my hands with it. Finally used hot water to wash it all off. Bingo! Works like a charm!
So, there you go, if you ever get into a sticky situation with pine tar on your skin, you'll know how to get it off! (I haven't tried this on clothing and hopefully won't have to.)
|Love the splash of red of these mountain ash berries.|
|Taz... our grand dog- he loves the snow :)|
"Beauty is all around us. Sometimes we just have to look harder to find it".
Have an awesome day! Please leave a comment, so I know you were here :)