Another Quick Fix…even when you are the guest

Montgomery Improvement Association Booklet, ca. 1960At this point in our lives, we do not own a home. We’ve thought about it quite a few times, but we always struggle with where. I mean, my husband’s parents live in Europe, mine in North America and we are in Asia. Where do you plant the roots? Yeah, there will be a post about this at a later time...

Traveling “home” means staying with people or house-sitting for others while they are away. Usually for us, it means family. Don’t get me wrong  I LOVE seeing family and staying with them has been great.

Until those little TCKs came along…

They got into every drawer. Ran through the house like it was an amusement park. Threw balls. Threw tantrums. My extended family on both sides are wonderful and extremely gracious. They say all is fine, but I know deep down they are looking at their watches counting the minutes until it is time for us to go to the park, take a nap, or bedtime. Then they sigh with relief as another day has gone with only a few minor damages have been noted.

And you sigh, too, until you spot it. The one thing you can’t believe was left out on the table for anyone to grab and use. And to top it off the cap is off – it’s even missing. Picking up the little nemesis, you spot the mark.

Dreadful music is now playing….The Permanent Marker has struck again! Flashbacks of other times that little damage maker has made his appearance: on Ge Ge’s face, on the walls, and now….your mother’s beautiful wooden table.

Yep, true story, and my shoulders still tense up thinking back to that moment this summer. Thankfully, I remembered a little tip from the days when Ge Ge was a mere baby with a nice black streak from mouth to ear. Permanent marker is seriously one of those things that just keeps popping back into my life. I think it wants to test my power to remove its marks.

Have you had the Permanent Marker strike at your house (or while you were a guest)? Here’s my tip. It sounds a bit crazy, but it really works. And the best is that you can buy it almost in any country.


Toothpaste. Simply rub the paste onto the mark and it comes right off. Here’s pictures to show the before and after affect.

There was a huge sigh that evening for sure. 😉


Your Turn: What is your little nemesis that keeps returning, trying to take you down? Got a tip to share or a funny story? Please leave a comment…I need a good laugh this week, so come on and share. 

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