Mark 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.
Seems as if you are very knowledgeable in many areas. Good for you. Thanks for sharing.
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.)
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