*Thanks to all who offered tips on removing the blue stains from our toilet bowls. I tried taking a picture to show how bad they are, but couldn't get it right with the lighting. I could only take so many pictures of a toilet! =)
Four ideas were given in the comments: bleach, pumice stone, Borax and vinegar, and the Mr. Clean eraser
I decided to try the Borax solution first, because it's natural and I had the ingredients on hand. As instructed, I mixed it, poured it in the toilet and scrubbed; then let it sit overnight. I saw no difference the next morning, though I'm sure the solution gave a good cleaning!
Next, I tried the magic eraser, which has proven successful for other tough stains. However, I had to press quite hard, and only saw minimal improvement.
Then I thought I should check out a pumice stone, which I purchased at Lowe's. The package promises that the product is unexcelled at removing hard water stains, and I have to say I was quite impressed. Thanks to Lisa and Ewokgirl for the winning suggestion!
*I also appreciated all your suggestions for praise CD's and am excited to look into some of them soon. After someone mentioned Selah, I remembered my husband had a disc of theirs that I'd never listened to. Wow--it was wonderful! This song gave me chills . . .
*Thank you for weighing in on my neighborly post. God works in mysterious ways. Just last night, we were all outside in the front yard, and our neighbors across the street came out and started throwing a frisbee. I was chasing Nathan, and when I turned around, the dad was making his way over to us. Yay! We met the couple, and their youngest daughter who's in high school, and ended up talking for a long time. It turns out their two sons attend school in my husband's hometown, so we had much to talk about. Then I asked the wife if she'd ever seen inside our house, and she said no, so I invited her in for a peek. There were plenty of toys strewn about, but I figured she's a mom, too, so oh well! The men stayed outside to chat, and it turns out this couple had thought of the same idea to gather the neighborhood this summer: an ice cream block party! They'd already decided they wanted to have it on or around the first day of summer, but just hadn't moved further with the details. I jumped right in and suggested we co-host, and a plan was born. We decided all the important details, and I already made the invites last night, which we'll hand-deliver this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes! (And speaking of hosting, we're having a little housewarming party here this morning--more to come on that later.)