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A Holiday Tips Guide

Holiday tips guide, Santa counting cash for holiday tips

In December I found a holiday tips guide to help decide on year end tips for the people whose services are so important to my everyday life. Tips or small gifts and a thank you note are appreciated by many service providers. Especially these days, when so many have suffered financially during the pandemic. How much to give depends on your budget and how happy you are with the service. I’m generous with tips during the year, for my hairdresser, for instance. So I reserve holiday tips for service providers I don’t see regularly – the sanitation worker and newspaper delivery person, for example. Personally, the “jury is out” for my newspaper delivery person. He tucks a Christmas card and self addressed envelope in the paper every year. And every year I return the envelope with $10 and a request that he not leave the paper right on the threshold of the front door where I could trip on it, which he ignores. I’m thinking of skipping the tip this year and returning the card with another reminder not to leave the paper where I can trip on it. Is that mean? Let me know what you think in the […]

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Microwave Shortcuts for Thanksgiving Dinner

microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner

I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family many times over the years. And I loved doing it. But I must confess that this year I’m happy to be going to my daughter ‘s home for Thanksgiving for the first time. I’ll contribute the carrot souffle, a family favorite, to the buffet. Also,  I hope she, and you, can use these microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner. Shortcuts for Thanksgiving Dinner and Beyond Some things work in the microwave, and some don’t. I wouldn’t recommend trying to defrost your turkey in the microwave, for example. But I haven’t cooked popcorn on the stovetop since they invented microwave popcorn. (I sprinkle it with truffle salt.) And I love steaming all kinds of vegetables in a special microwave-safe dish I bought for that purpose. When doing the research for this article I found lots of microwave shortcut tips. But “10 Ways to Use Your Microwave for Thanksgiving,” by The Food Network, was the most timely and useful. Unusual Uses for Your Microwave While looking for microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner, I found  “20 Uses for a Microwave that Will Surprise You,” from Lifehack.org.  There are lots of interesting uses in the article. And don’t […]

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Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, 2AM

daylight saving time ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, in most of the U.S.. Yay! An extra hour of sleep, unless circumstances are beyond your control. A new baby couldn’t care less that you changed the clocks! Just for the record, Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.  Here are a few timely tips (pun intended) to help you make the transition from Daylight Saving to Standard Time. Clocks “fall back” one hour Sunday at 2 AM. Change the clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. Don’t forget your watches…including the ones you keep in the dresser drawer. Remember to change the clock on your car dashboard. If needed, reset the timers on automatic systems such as sprinklers and lighting. While you’re at it, change the smoke alarm batteries. Replace the batteries in hard wired smoke alarms, too. The batteries in hard wired alarms provide backup in case of a power outage caused by things like fire or natural disasters. Check the year your smoke alarm was manufactured. It should be shown on the unit. If it’s close to ten years old, it’s time to replace it. Make […]

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No-Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

no-carve pumpkin

    Halloween is right around the corner. Carving pumpkins can be great fun. I did it every year with the kids when they were young. But if scraping out slimy pumpkin seeds doesn’t appeal to you or rain may turn your masterpiece into a sunken fly-infested mess, here are some fun no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that don’t require you to wield a knife. No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween Better Homes and Gardens’ website offers some great no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. In spite of the title, “20 Easy No-Carve Pumpkins Anyone Can Make” some are a little complicated and require a trip to an arts and crafts supply store. But there are some truly easy ones, too, like my favorite – the pumpkin gold fish shown above. Tip: Click the button to “Start Slideshow,” then “View All.” Then you can click on your favorites for details. Just looking at the photos will help you come up with your own ideas. You can adapt them and make your pumpkins as simple or elaborate as you like. Find More Links You Can Use at HabiLinks Curated Guide The internet is full of great resources, but page after page of search results can be too much […]

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How to Recognize Heat Stroke Symptoms

Danger of heat stroke on a hot summer day.

To quote Gertrude Stein, “August is a month when if it is hot weather it is really hot.” It’s also when lots of us are out relishing the last days of summer. Camping. Biking. Running. Hiking. Tennis. Good for you, but if it’s really hot, you risk heat related illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Years ago, I learned about heat related illnesses the hard way. I ended up in the emergency tent at a county fair, dizzy and weak. I didn’t know what was wrong. Fortunately, the nurse did. It wasn’t heat stroke…it was heat exhaustion. She cooled me down and sent me home with an ice pack and first hand knowledge of  how to recognize heat stroke and heat exhaustion symptoms. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911. If possible, move the person to a cooler place and try to cool them down with cool water cloths or a bath until help arrives. Don’t give them anything to drink. Heat stroke symptoms may include: High  body temperature Hot, red skin Fast, strong pulse Headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Fainting Heat exhaustion is a little different. To learn the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion symptoms, see this […]

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