Practical Advice: Part 2

Advice Sticky NoteMark Twain once said: “It is better to give than receive—especially advice!” I am following his advice today. Last week’s blog was entitled “Practical Advice: Part 1.”  Today I offer a sequel creatively entitled “Practical Advice: Part 2.” I make no claims of originality, only of practicality. Here we go again:

  • Use your phone to take a picture of your children or grandchildren before you go out for quick distribution if one becomes lost.
  • Use sunscreen liberally, and make sure your children do the same.
  • Run hot water in the kitchen sink before turning on the dish washer.
  • Place a wet paper towel in a “George Foreman” type grill after unplugging it. The steam makes cleanup MUCH easier.
  • “Burp” Tupperware for a better seal.
  • Citrus peels freshen up a garbage disposal with a clean fragrance.
  • Clothes pins make great “chip clips” along with sealing cereal, flour, and more.
  • Preheat a mug with hot water to keep coffee warm longer.
  • Baking soda and vinegar will dissolve most plumbing clogs. Follow with boiling water.
  • Tear dryer sheets into halves for separate dryer loads.
  • Fitted sheets can be folded by tucking the elastic corners under one another; but why waste time folding sheets?!?
  • Put pillows in a freezer for twenty-four hours to kill microscopic mites and other critters. (And, yes, your pillow has them).
  • Rubbing your hands on stainless steel (a sink works) will remove an onion’s odor.
  • Clean the lint trap in a dryer often. Built up lint is a real fire hazard. Boy scouts stuff it in toilet paper tubes and use it for fire starter. It works!
  • Kitty litter soaks up oil spills in garages.
  • Replace fire detector batteries when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.
  • When winding up an electrical cord, plug the two ends together before looping the doubled line.
  • Wear earplugs while cutting the grass and operating noisy machinery.
  • Leaves of three, let them be.
  • Rub a stubborn key with pencil lead. The graphite serves as a dry lubricant.
  • NEVER mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting fumes are toxic. The mixture was used during World War I trench warfare as poison gas.
  • If something is in your eye, fill a bowl with water and immerse your face. Oftentimes the irritant will float out.
  • Never mess with electricity, natural gas, strange dogs, or snakes.
  • Don’t take a shower during a thunder storm. Lighting and water don’t mix.
  • Replace a toothbrush after recovering from a cold or the flu.
  • When it comes to perfume and cologne, less is more. A little is more than plenty.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, then it’s probably too good to be true.
  • Computer passwords should contain both numbers, letters, and symbols. Remember there are only 10 numbers but 26 letters in the English language.
  • Use an address book to keep up with passwords and PINs.
  • Dry a razor thoroughly after use—it will stay sharp longer.
  • Salt on a restaurant coaster prevents the bottom of a glass from sticking.
  • In public restrooms, use elbows or feet rather than hands for opening doors and flushing commodes.
  • Carry hand sanitizer in your car or purse.
  • Washing hands should take about the same amount of time as singing “Happy Birthday to You.”
  • Walk a minimum of 7,000 steps a day. If in doubt, wear a pedometer.
  • Drink more water and less soft drinks. Some colas contain more sugar than a candy bar.
  • Learn to touch type—regardless of age. Keyboards provide a portal into the electronic world. However, never forget that virtual reality is a poor excuse for reality.
  • Listen to other people’s advice, but make up your own mind.

3 thoughts on “Practical Advice: Part 2

  1. Help…I’ve forgotten your exact words…hoping I can get your specific worda…

    In your 6/21 9:30am sermon…
    just after mentioning the Charleston tragedyc you made a statement about God’s grace being bigger than all of the evil we encounter; but I failed to write it down.

    It really hit a chord for me & I want to write it in my prayer journal. (I listened to the 11am video but didn’t here it there.)



    • Susan,

      Thanks for your comment. My comments weren’t scripted, and I’ve been trying to recall exactly what I said. In the prayer, I talked about the height/width/depth of God’s love is beyond all human imagination. I think I also referenced Romans 8 where Paul talks about nothing in this world or the world to come can overcome us in Christ’s name. Hope this helps. B2


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