In some countries people need to have their passport or another kind of identification with them all the time.
Other countries only require identification when you're invited for a visit to the policestation.
At days like tomorrow and the day after - the change of years - many countries prepare for problems with fireworks and even riots. Some countries have special laws that enable police to stop people and search them on the streets.
It's good to have your identification papers with you, in case of...
Kids with fireworks isn't the best combination. Many of them are not able to oversee all the consequences of their acts, and even if they're capable of doing so, most of them are so caught up in the acts of mischief that they're not thinking straight.
Putting ignited fireworks in mailboxes made the neational mailcompanies take away or close their mailboxes and at home you should take the same action after the mailman has visited for the last time.
Take tape and if possible, tape the opening from the inner site. When you're handy, cut a piece at exactly the size of the opening of the mailbox and glue it with the glueside to the glueside of a larger strip of tape.
Then glue the large strip against the opening. That way the opening is closed without something what's put in it sticking against it.
Putting a strip of tape at the outside is something to think about. It might even attract the bullies. So if it's possible, block the inside and be sure to take all paperwork away.
The time between christmas and the new year is for movie theatres in most cities a far too quiet time.
That's not the matter at the cinema here. For 5 euros you can see good movies at times no one would otherwise go to the movies. Parents love to send their children off in the morning to see a movie at 10 or 10.30, or have a quiet lunch while their kids enter the cinema at 12.30.
Make your own cinema aware of this and maybe they'll give you a year free entrance when they see the movies are sold out during these dark days.
Ofcourse... it can ruin your beautiful tablecloth, your clothes, your carpet, but rubbing with a cloth only spreads the problem.
Immediate action is important, so when you serve red (and white) wine, keep salt ready.
Take salt and pour it on the stain abundantly. When a whole glass is creating a small lake, you might take up the redded salt with a spoon and repeat pouring salt on the stain. Don't ever rub the stain!!
As long as the stain is wet, salt will uptake the liquid and dry the stain.
Some years it's almost impossible to call someone at christmasevening and at the evening of the old year. Let alone that you can call everyone in your book.
Either call earlier, let someone hand a gift at the time you would have liked to call, telling that it was not possible for you to reach that person, bur you didn't want that person to feel neglected, or sit together with family members and share the calls between you all.
Now the temperatures are below zero and the festive days are approaching it's good to educate yourself about hypothermia.
Being exposed too long to low temperatures can cause hypothermia. There's no fixed time or temperature to be given, so be aware of the fact that some people are told they're drunk and because of that help is delayed.
Hypothermia can result in unconsciousness and death, so it's good to know the symptoms.
extreme uncontrollable shivering
complaining about the cold, itchy fingers
clumsy movements/uncoordinated movements or strange repetitive movements.
stiffness of the muscles
More severe is it when stiffness of the muscles is accompanied by:
swollen skin, becoming dark
irregular heartbeating and dizzy spells
Unconsciousness will follow when no help is given.
Helping the person involves:
move the person out of the wind
to a dry place
remove all wet clothing
Warn the emergency service.
Never rub the skin, use hot water or put the person in front of a fire.
When there's no warm environment available, lie against the person and wrap a blanket around you both.
Don't you like these wonderful christmascakes? Decorated so wonderful that you almost refrain from eating them, makes you want to create an artwork on each plate.
Slice the cake with a hot knife, so you'll get nice and clean slices.
Put something on the plate that directs the eyes to the best parts by putting a small chocolate on the plate, powdering cocoa through a form of a star or christmastree, or putting a little bit of whipped cream at the side.
Getting all your special fooditems in your fridge and freezer might be a challenge during christmastime.
It calls for a creative solution.
Ofcourse you can go shopping with a measuring band, choosing the right sizes of the packages, but you can refrain from that when you buy plastic sandwich bags or even better: microwave bags.
Get rid of the round freezerboxes and foamboxes. Unwrap the items and put them in the plastic bags. You can fill the gaps between items with for instance meat and vegetables which aren't frozen yet. They take the form of the space.
Don't freeze new items all at once, because the already frozen items will defrost and can be kept not as long as you think.
Now we're surprised with such a wonderful layer of snow it's important to know that cleaning the pavement is not simply removing the snow, but that it's also about other ways of preventing people to fall.
We're inclined to use salt to inhibit ice to form, but it's not always wise to use salt. Not only does it interfere with plant life, but it also doesn't work below certain temperatures.
Using sand in that case is a good option.
Don't forget to throw more sand when a new layer of snow has formed.
Today I got a question from a student who has only limited living space. In one room he has to study, eat and sleep and there's no room for a christmastree. As far as he's concerned he can't so anything else than hang some cards on the wall.
Well, you can do far more.
Buy a red bedcover and buy a few pillowcovers with a christmasdecoration. That'll make the corner with your bed quite christmassy.
When you're able to buy a sheet and pillowcover in the same color red, just do.
Fold the sheet to the size of your table and use it there.
Put an old pillow in the cover and throw it on your chair.
Cut some snowdecorations out of white paper for on your window, maybe you can hang some fake ice on top of the window.
Christmastime is just the time to earn some extra money when you're not afraid to put in some energy.
When it's freezing outside older people will welcome you fetching their groceries. Maybe there's an old peoples home near your house. Go there to the man or woman who organizes daily activities and ask if you can be of help that way.
When you can't get the groceries, maybe you can help them out pouring an extra cup of coffee, riding people in wheelchairs to the christmasservice or visiting someone who will stay without visitors.
When you won't earn money, you'll earn smiles.
You can also offer to get the christmastree, or remove it when people want you to, decorate it, cook, or even clean the attic.
It's time now to have a good and critical look through your insurance policies.
Maybe you use certain meds that are better insured at another company, maybe you have added furniture or equipment to your house, so you need another fire and burglary insurance.
It's also good to put some money aside for next year. January often comes with financial surprises and it's better to be prepared. Electricity and water bills might be higher, health insurance will be more expensive, etc etc.
Make a list of what kind of insurances you have and at which companies. Include the names and phone numbers of the contact persons. Tell your family and a friend where you keep your papers. In case of.
Better be well prepared.
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1 dl eggwhites 300 gr brown sugar (basterdsuiker) 1 small bag vanilla sugar
Put the eggwhites in a bowl and stir them untill firm, but not dry. Add half of the sugar and stir until firm again. Then carefully add the rest of the sugar with a spoon. Try to keep the firm consistency.
Take a plastic bag and cut off a corner to get a diameter of about 7 mm. Take baking- or fatfree paper or put butter on a bakingplate. Put the mixture in the bag and carefully make rings with a diameter of about 5 cm. Put them in an over for about 2 to 3 hours at a temperature of 130 degrees celcius. When they're ready they won't glue on the bottom again.
Let them dry a bit more and keep them well in a tin.
You can wrap them up in a plastic christmasbag, a nice mug, or on a christmasplate and give them as a present.
Or you can put them on a ribbon and hang them somewhere.
Christmastime used to be here in The Netherlands a very quiet, spiritual and somewhat mysterious event.
When walking on the dark streets it was a joy to look into the houses and see the light and warmth pouring out. Going to church on christmas evening was literally going from the dark into the light.
Some people now like the more exuberant way the americans celebrate christmas and christmastime. Not only do they forget that we have the tradition of Sinterklaas who brings the presents here, but they also forget the way christmas is celebrated according to the traditions.
So even before Sinterklaas they have decorated their homes. Not only on the inside, but also with lots of lights on the outside.
We're living in one of the most crowded countries in the world and pollution is a huge problem, as is the waste of energy.
Why do people leave their christmaslights on during the night, when no one enjoys them? Even worse: some children can't sleep as good as when they're out.
When you want to save some money during christmastime, use less lights, and only switch them on when you can enjoy them.
It's great to accept an offer for free magazines and papers, but first read the little letters.
It's not always as free as it's said to be, because accept free magazines or papers means you'll get the subscription rolling afterwards and you have to pay the full bill.
But there are magazines and papers who offer a week or two weeks for free without any ties attached.
Keep a close watch on what's in the shops to accept the free time wisely.
Before christmas you'll get them with recipes and beautiful photos, just after the new year with tax advice and all sorts of financial information, and in months like february or march, or even june with coupons for vacations.
Milk tastes best when cold and from a glass. Others like it hot and in a mug.
Anyway, when the glass is empty there's a haze in the glass of milk that sticks to the sides and bottom.
When you wash it with hot water it'll only get worse.
So put cold water in the glass and wash the glass with cold water. When you feel the need to wash it with hot water, do it afterwards.
It's best to store glasses upside down to prevent dust coming in, but please clean the place where they have to stay first, otherwise storing glasses upside down will be a great way to infect yourself and the people around you.
This blog was started by a mom of 6 children, 4 of them with autism spectrum disorder. She said: "I have repeated all sorts of housekeeping tips so many times that I've forgotten who knows what.
When the older boys moved to a place for themselves, they realized they needed to know all sorts of things to have a nice home and a smooth running household.
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