Wednesday, February 2, 2011

HINTS & TIPS "FYI"

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT MAY MAKE LIFE A BIT SIMPLER:

1.  HOW TO STOP COLD AIR FROM SEEPING UNDER DOORS--BBRRR--STUFF A SOCK IN IT!

TAKE EITHER OLD SUIT OR JACKET SLEEVES--PANTYHOSE WORKS WELL TOO,  AND CUT THEM TO FIT THE SIZE OF YOUR DOOR.  STUFF THEM WITH PLASTIC BAGS OR SOME OTHER NON-POROUS MATERIAL.  GLUE THE ENDS TOGETHER AND WEDGE UNDER DOOR.  YOU CAN USE THEM ON WINDOW SILLS AS WELL. 

2.  ARE YOU PUZZELED?

ALWAYS LOSING PUZZLE PIECES, SMALL GAME PARTS, DICE, OR INSTRUCTION BOOKLETS FOR YOUR GAMES?  PLACE SMALL ITEMS IN PLASTIC ZIPPER BAGS AND TAPE THEM INSIDE THE BOXES THEY CAME IN.  IF YOU'VE LOST THE ORIGINAL BOXES--LABEL BAGS AND PLACE THEM IN A BASKET OR LARGE BOX OF YOUR CHOOSING. 

3.  SMOOTH MOVE!

HAVE HANGERS HANDY WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR CLOTHES FROM THE DRYER.  IF YOU HANG THEM UP IMMEDIATELY IT WILL KEEP WRINKLES TO A MINIMUM.  BEFORE HANGING PANTS, PLACE ON A FLAT SURFACE AND HAND SMOOTH THEM BEFORE HANGING THEM.  STRING 'EM UP BY THE CUFFS--THE WEIGHT WILL  PULL SOME OF THE WRINKLES OUT.  LESS IS MORE--LESS IRONING, MORE TIME FOR YOURSELF.

4.  KEEP YOUR SANITY!

DO TINY "CRITTERS" DRIVE YOU CRAZY?  I'M NOT TALKIN' HERE ABOUT THE USUAL ROACHES, ANTS AND THE LIKE.  I MEAN THOSE PESKY ONES YOU CAN'T SEE.  THEY SHOW UP IN CEREAL, CORNMEAL, OATMEAL AND FLOUR, ETC..  PUT SOME BAY LEAVES IN THE CARTONS OR CONTAINERS.  IT WILL CAUSE NO HARM TO THE FOOD AND THE FRAGRANCE WILL HOLD THE LITTLE CRITTERS AT "BAY" (NO PUN INTENDED), AND KEEP THE "MEN IN WHITE COATS FROM CARTING YOU AWAY. :)

5.  ARE YOU A LOSER?

PENS IN MY HOUSE SEEM TO DISAPPEAR FASTER THAN A "UFO"--AND I LIVE ALONE.  I KEEP A CONTAINER ON MY DESK WITH A JILLION PENS AND PENCILS, BUT THEY NEVER SEEM TO STAY THERE.  I FINALLY SOLVED MY PROBLEM BY FASTENING PENS WITH MAGNETIC STRIPS PLACED ON THEM TO MY REFRIGERATOR, MEDICINE CABINET, AND FILE CABINET (ANYTHING METAL)  IF I LOSE MY OTHER PENS, I KNOW THAT I HAVE BACKUPS.  I KEEP A FEW IN MY PURSE AS WELL.

6.  TOO POOPED TO POP?

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF RUNNING LOW ON ENERGY (STORY OF MY LIFE), TRY HONEY INSTEAD OF SUGAR IN YOUR NEXT CUP OF ICED OR HOT TEA, OR EVEN CEREAL OR WHATEVER.  THEY SAY (WHOEVER THEY IS) THAT SUGAR IS NOT GOOD FOR US ANYWAY, AND HONEY IS LOW ON THE GLYCEMIC INDEX, IT HELPS TO STIMULLATE BLOOD SUGAR, AND KEEPS IT FROM CRASHING--WHICH DEPLETES ENERGY.  ENJOY A SPOT 'O' TEA AND REV UP THOSE ENGINES. 

ANOTHER PICK-YOU-UPPER IS PEPPERMINT OIL.  RUB ON WRISTS AND TEMPLES.

LAUGHTER RELEASES ENDORPHINS AND LOWERS LEVELS OF STRESS HORMONES. A GOOD BELLY LAUGH IS GOOD MEDICINE FOR THAT LAGGING, DRAGGING FEELING. SO CHEER UP, LAUGH IT UP AND YOU'LL LIVEN UP!

LICORICE IS GOOD TOO.  IT PREVENTS CORTISOL FROM TURNING INTO CORTISONE.  CORTISOL HELPS YOUR BODY PRODUCE GLUCOSE, THEREBY PREVENTING BLOOD-SUGAR LOWS WHICH SAPS ENERGY.  NO ONE WANTS TO BE TOO POOPED TO POP.

WELL!  NOW I'M TIRED, SO I THINK IT'S TIME FOR A NICE HOT CUP OF TEA WITH HONEY IN IT--SITTIN' IN MY ROCKING CHAIR WITH MY FEET UP. CARE TO JOIN ME?

I'LL HAVE SOME MORE HINTS AND TIPS "FYI" TOMORROW.

GOD BLESS!  SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!