Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy new year!

All volunteers of Action for Autism wish you an amazing, colourfull and enjoyable 2011!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aftershave in the winter

In the winter the skin gets dryer and more delicate.
One needs to ad moisturiser and prevent further drying.

I've heard quite some men complain about their aftershaves these past weeks and it makes me smile.
They shouldn't complain about their aftershaves, but about their lack of knowledge.

Aftershave contains alcohol and alsohol dries the skin.
So use something else when you want to shave yourself.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Greeting the troops

Last year a friend was serving abroad and we requested many songs on their radio to cheer him up.
We were even asked for an interview, because we were the most serious requesters and the most dedicated ones.

Then he came home.
He said nothing about it all, and not even said a small thank you.

When there was finally a chance to ask him how he experienced the greetings from us, it turned out he didn;'t hear a thing, not even the interview which was made especially for him.

So when you send greetings to the troops, also send them in such a way that they can't be missed: just in an envelope in the mail.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Animals at the change of years

It's almost december 31 with the turmoil on the streets and the fireworks.

Are you aware that many animals are terribly afraid those hours?

It helps to have a meeting with the people in the neighbourhood to see if there could be a central place to ignite the fireworks.
Those who live near that place and have animals in the house could consider bringing them elsewhere or leaving for that time.

What do you do with your animals?

Monday, December 27, 2010

When snow on the roof melts

After such an intense time of snow higher temperatures generate their own features of winter.
The snow on the roofs melts, but when the high temperatures are only for a very short while, the water freezes again.
A layer of ice is created that way. Ice under the snow.
It doesn't stick as well to the roof as ice and the result is that the whole lot comes down.

Be careful!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Don't forget to make a lot of pictures of christmasevents.
Next year they'll make the perfect material for christmascards.

Those who need money might even consider to sell them as formal cards.
Just print them on high quality paper.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A merry christmas 2010

I wish all my readers and visitors a very happy christmas.

Have a lovely time together.

Friday, December 24, 2010

decorations on mugs

When you prepare for christmas it's always nice to make something extra for the people who visit.

Why not buy some christmasmugs and decorate them with a cookie.

Just tie a nice ribbon through the cookies and attach the cookie with a ribbon to the mug.

Looks lovely!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


It looks so very mice: a table cloth.
Especially at a christmasdinner.

But with a large group accidents are about to happen, and spilled wine, fruitjuice or freasy food can make a wonderful tablecloth look like it's pulled from underneath a mountain of junk.

Take your plain tablecloth and put it on the table.

Then take either homemade or bought small pieces of tablecloth and put them at the places where you want the plates.
It should be wide enought to cover the border of the table to slightly above the top glass. Long enough the cover the whole lenth of the table.

Make or buy a second set and buy plastic tablecloth of the same size.

Put the pastic under the long small pieces.

And keep the second set as a reserve,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Insurance claims

This week I had some discussions with people about their insurance.

When you cause or find damage to your goods, don't think the insurance won't pay.

It's their decision, not yours.

When you send in a claim, describe the damage and make some photos of the damage, if that's possible.

Also give a clear description of what happened.

End the letter stating that you gave as clearly a desription as possible, but becauase it's the first time you send in a claim you might have forgotten something. So you can be mailed or phoned.... plus name, adress and insurance number.

That's all.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Secret santas needed

I was reading Laane's blog and was caught by the fact that she is not only dealing with her lungproblems, but that she also feels rotten because she didn't find enough secret santas for some autism families.

Read here and jump in, please.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A draft in the house?

Right now we're entering the coldest night of the year. Minus 15 celcius is announced.
You have to keep the warnth in the house as well as possible and ventilate at regular times, for those with lungproblems preferably with the heating on.

To prevent warmth from leaking out of your house, and even more to prevent a cold draft, make a round at a cold night like this and just feel the cold air coming into your house.

Keyopenings of locks, beside doors, but also woodwork around windows can be nasty.
Have you ever considered controlling the place where the antenna enters your room?

Ofcourse I would love to hear the most drafty places of your house.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dry your shoes

We're dealing with snow and salt here and it's not good for shoes.
You can prepare them by spraying them waterproof, but it's not enough against the nasty salt.

When you come home, clean your shoes or boots with a damp cloth to prevent white circles of salt.

Don't put the shoes on the heating, as the leather dries to fast and gets too firm to be comfortable.
The glue used may start to leak or dissolve.

Place your shoes at a drafty place and when they're damp inside either have them dry by air or put a paper in them. Remove regularly for new. You can use toiletpaper, but it's rather expensive to do so.

When the shoes is dried you can old them to make the leather softer.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow and warts

I'm not sure if it's a fairytale or something true, but I've heard it so many times:
when you want to get rid of your warts, cover them in snow.

I think snow is not cold enough to get the result the doctor gets when he freezes the warts, but maybe... maybe it helps.

Have you ever had your warts removed by snow, please let us know.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snow and by car?

Know the laws of the country you're in.
You can get high fines when you don't have winterties on your car in Germany. The Dutch dont mind.

When bad weather is expected it's announced on the radio. So know on which radiostation it's broadcasted.

Check if your car has got the legal stuff available and put in what might come in handy: like a battery lamp (check the batteries), an emergency sign, a first aid box. Don't forget food and clean water.

Throw a few sleepingbags in the back.

And luxuries, like a book.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow and train

We're dealing with lots of snow here, so it won't be bad to share some advice for those who travel by train.

Always take your phone with you, so you can call.
Take enough money to stay in a hotel. Why wait at drafty stations for hours when you can be warm and safe in a hotel nearby.
When the trains come to a stop you can claim your money back.

Take a warm cardigan with you, enough food, with for instance chocolate. Some drinks. And warm socks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


In the old days women and men had a sleep bonnet (or how do you call it?).
Not only were they used to keep the lice away.. or near the head. LOL!

They also provided warmth in the drafty houses and beds.

Now people get olders and the winters seem to be colder the night bonnet might start a new life.

People loose a lot of warmth through the head and it's wise to wear a bonnet not to get too cold.

Do you wear something on your head in winter when you go to sleep?
Or do you wear bedsocks?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drying clothes outside in the winter

No, I don't use a dryer to dry the clothes of my large family. Not even in winter.

I use the clothes to get the right humidity in the house. You know that the heating causes low humidity, so drying clothes will act against it. Your clothes need to be rinsed well, and to do so I put them an extra time through the rinsing part of the laundry program.

When I dry the clothes outside I put half a cup of salt in the last rinsing water.
That prevents the clothes from freezing.
My gram taught this to me a long long time ago.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Plants with flowers for christmas

Right now is the time to be in contact wth your gardener if you want to have flowers in your home at christmas.

Some plants only need to be put into light a week to a fortnight and they'll flower during christmas. It takes an expert to know precisely what to do.

Ofcourse you can gamble and buy plants in the supermarket, But my experience is not do good.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas for overseas friends

One of the main things people who live far from their homecountry miss at christmastime is their own traditions.

So when you prepare a surprisde for them why not wrap up special sweets and cookies, using old fashioned wrapping paper.
And why not make a tape or CD with those old fashioned songs>

It'll be extra special when they're recorded from a gathering with friends and family who sing along.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Clean boots and shoes

The salt used to remove the snow and ice from the roads is not good for your shoes and boots.
When your footwear dries ugly white circles stay.

There's an easy way to get rid of them.

Pour a bit of vinegar in a cup and put water on it.

Take a cloth and use the solution to rub off the circles.

Don't put your shoes and boots near the heating, but put them at a place where the air goes by. Let them dry there.

Good luck!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Your attention is needed for:

Ofcourse you have to read yesterday's post and act on it. Please!!
You can make a young person so very happy.

She has created the blog, with help, to win a project at school.
For those who want to do something extra: she needs donations to pay for her schooltrip.
All children have to find ways to earn some extra money, but as she spends quite a lot of her time with her autistic brothers, she doesn't have as much time to go around and ask people if she can do chores for money.

So her out!
Wouldn't it be a nice christmasgift?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

safe internet for kids

This time no tip for housekeeping or such, but a link to a site where a post was written about safe internet. See here.

The site owner is one of our junior autism ambassadors and you can surprise her by becoming a follower.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ingrown toenail

Ingrown toenails are a real killer.
So why not prevent them?

My gram had an old remedy...

Take a slice of lemon and put it on the nail under a bandaid.
To prevent the sheets of rubbing the lemon from it's place, also wear a sock.

When you wake up the nail is soft.
You can either cut it the way you want (straight, not rounded) or you can treat the ingrowing nail by putting a small ribbon of cottonwool or leather under the nail, so it has to grow over the cotton wool or ribbon.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


There are thousands of bronchitis remedies on internet, and at the moment I would use them all to get rid of the breathing problems.

My inhaler will help me get more air inside my lungs, but it won't take care of the coughing which tires me out.

An aunt wrote down an old fashioned remedy my gram used for her kids when they were coughing like me. It helps to cough out the mucous and diminishes the urge to cough.

My gram used to have a pot with a herb mixture.
She used to buy the herbs at the market and measure them with a small cup.
But you can use soupspoons, or any other measurement. And you can buy the ingredients at a shop for natural foods or a pharmacy which also provides herbs.

2 times licorice
3 times linden flowers
3 times Iceland moss
4 times fennel seed
4 times coldsfoot leaves
4 times marshmallow root

Mix this all very well and put it under a closed lid at a dark cool place.

When you need it take two teaspons of the mixture.
Put it in a mug and pour one cup of boiling water over it.
Place a lid on it and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

In case you need to sweeten it, use honey.

3 or 4 cups a day are all one needs to feel better.

I hope so.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cleaning copper

It's almost christmastime, so you have to unwrap and clean items that have been hidden all year.

Copper ornaments and statues and such can be cleaned in an easy way by taking a lemon.
Slice it in half, dip it in salt and rub the lemon over the copper.
After that you have to rinse well with water and dry the item with a clean and soft cloth.

Good luck!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A little extra warmth

We got stuck with the train in the snow and when we finally were brought back to a large station all shops were closed and all we could get was coffee or tea.
And the coffee was bad.... It was terrible.

Those who wanted tea got hot water and at that moment I craved for soup.
If I only has one of those one cup bags for soup.

So my tip for today is: always have a few of those packages in your pocket.
They hardly take any place and with hot water they are perfect under all circumstances.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Addressbook and winter

Leave your addressbook always at a place where other people can find it.
Or maybe leave a copy at family or friends.

When you get stuck while travelling, due to heavy snow or ice, you might need a place to sleep at another town.

Instead of taking the booklet with you all the time, one simple phonecall might motivate your friend or family member to make a few calls with the help of your addressbook to help to organise a sleepingplace.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ice roads

We've had lots of snow this week, and we're starting to get used to the slippery roads.
But mash of snow is different from roads made into mirrors by ice rain.

And ice rain is expected.

To be able to walk a bit safely on your shoes you need a trick or two.

My grandmother used to binds old socks around her shoes, but nowadays we have better things.

A clasp of a sodacan, taped under your shoe can make a huge difference. But it can also damage the sole of your shoe.

More convenient is the bag, the plastic maze, of the unions ans certain oranges.
Take a string and get it through the mazes that are not under your shoe, pull the string and fix it. Ready.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Animals and snow

Well, the tile should have been different.
Cats and dogs can deal with snow if they have to.
The problem lies in the salt on the roads and pavements to prevent humans from slipping and falling.

Many animals lack proper protection against the salt.
It hurts them and some animals even refuse to go any further and lie down to prevent their feet from touching the ground.

You can buy little boots, or make them yourself.
Or just don't leave the house beyond the snowarea.

As soon as the animal comes home rinse their feet with luke warm water to get rid of the salt.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The cold and the paper

It could have been a title of a short story: the cold and the paper.
But it's just a tip so you can keep warm on your motor or bicycle.

It's a very old tip, my grandfather used it, my dad, and even I.

When it's very cold and you need to go outside through that freezing winterstorm you should dress properly.

Good underwear, layers of clothes, like a T-shirt, sweater and cardigan and a coat.

But you can protect yourself even better with a paper.

Put it between cardigan and coat, all over the front area, and then close the coat.

It works perfect!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Secret Santa

Sorry for not posting.
We've been very busy organising a Secret Santa event.

Because we have to deal with two timetables: Europe and America, we had to start early.

In The Netherlands the gifts are delivered in the night of december 5 to 6.

When you want to send us something, let us know in the comments. We always forget ourselves. LOL!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winter salt

Now it's time to buy winter salt. You know, the salt you use on your driveway when it's slipery?

You need low quality salt. Often the shops where they sell farm equipment can sell you this salt for a very low prize.

When you keep it outside your house, you need to make a box which allows no rain or other moisture to come in.

Mix the salt with sand before storing. In case moisture gets in, you can still use it. And it also works against sliding when the temparature is too low to work.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Waste thrown away

No place near the computer to put in your small waste?

No problem!

Take a small pastic bag and tape it to the side of your desk.

How do you solve the problem of small waste at your desk?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Making the bed

Most kids hate making a bed.
They make a mess of it each day, so why not leave it a mess when no one is there?

I found a trick that helps a kid make a bed in no time.

I've made ribbons on the top of the sheet and the bed cover and I tie them together after washing the bedwear and making the bed after that for the first time.

All the children have to do in the morning is to find the tied ribbons, look at what side of the bed they belong, and pull them to the top.

Looks great such a nice bed!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Plastic throw-away containers

Don't throw away the plastic containers of cookies, muffins, deserts, etc etc.

They can be used again.

When you need to freeze in vegetables or other food, you can do it in a way that you need lots of time to defrost one big lump of it, or you can freeze it in one person portions, needing little time to defrost.

I love the packages of cookies, because the portions are flat and can be put in a larger box when froozen. But the muffin packages are great too, because the froozen portions won't stick as much to each other as the flat ones.

What do you use?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Clean glass

A few times a year I clean all the glass in the house.

I put it all: vases, marbles, statues of glass, etc. etc. in the bath and put a few washing machine tablets between them.

We don't have a washing mashine, but I collect the tablets which are given for free in the shops.

I oour water over it all and stir the water when the tablets are dissolved.
I leave it there for about an hour.

Then let the water out.
Spray it with the shower with clean water and let it dry.

Additional effect: bath is clean without rubbing.
Not so nice: effect on environment.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Walking in week

A large family has advantages and disadvantages.

One of the advantages is many friends around the kids.
Disadvantage: they don't fit in the livingroom at all.

Solution: a walking in week.

Kids are allowed to bring friends in for dinner during one week of the vacation.
I make a large board with the menu of each day, so they can have a choice and they can sign in. As many kids as we have place for.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shower gel

With men in the house, their smells are in the house.
I'm not talking about feet. but about shower gel.

That stuff in blue or black bottles smells awful!
Especially when they use deodorant too.

A while ago I took the emtpy bottle, cleaned it and had a go at a home recipe for shower gel.

Take the cheapest shampoo you can get that smells ok or is just a bit not nice.
Add just a bit of water and about 1,5 tablespoon of salt.
Mix very well.
Add a few drops of sesame oil.


Smell ok? In the men's bottle.
Smell not OK? Add a bit of your favorite essential oil.

Put it at the right place.

And just react like you always do...each day a little less, unless they think you've given up.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sorting magazines

Are you one of those people who love magazines, but always jave to look for hours for that one special one which seems to be lost forever?

Get magazine boxes or make them yourself.

Take a detergent box. Cut the top off, over it in painting, wallpaper or self adhesive plastic and put a tag at the back so you can see what's in it.
One kind of magazine in one box.

Works great, smells good.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sorting online groups in your email

I'm kind of fed up with sorting my mail, or looking through all sorts of folders.

So I made an emailadress for each online group I'm in.
Google, yahoo, and other services offer easy ways to create an emailaccount.

I love the fact that each ones has it's own signature, so that saves time too.

It also prevents me from sending mail to a wrong adress.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A costume?

Men's wear. gentlemen's wear.
Oh my dear!

Most men hate shopping for clothes and fitting jackets and trousers.

Especially when they need a suit it costs a lot of energy to get them going, and when they've finally got the suit they treat it almost like their socks.
In case you've got a guy that uses his trousers on bicycles too, you can deal with a good tip.

One jacket, two of the same trousers.

When they've spilled their coffee, sat on a dirty bench outside or just went through the whole fabric, you won't need to go shopping and buy a new jacket too. Jst get the trousers from upstairs. That's all.

This tip is only usefull for guys who are not eagerly growing a beerbelly.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Preparing to move

When you need to move to a complete new house and make it into your home, why not prepare yourself well?

Get old magazines and advertisements. Ask the shops for brochures.

Cut out what you like and put it in a box.
You can do that for years if you want to.

Go through it once a while and throw out what you don't like anymore.

When the move is coming closer you'll have a far better idea of colours, which furniture you want and where to buy it.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Peanutbutter extra

We're not living in a country of peanutbutter eaters, but there's always a jar in the house. Grwing old and grumpy.

A friend shared a tip she heard in Amwerica during her holiday there.

When the kids have eaten a good layer out of the jar, pour the rest in a bowl and a few tablespoons of honey.
Stir well and put it back.

When the peanutbutter becomes too thin and liquid, save it in the fridge.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Saving money: outdoor memberships

In an attempt to save money we all sat down and had a good talk about out outdoor memberships.

Most sports and creative activities started with friends and we stayed, while the friends were long gone somewhere else.
ofcourse it's great to be in a team, but when one is aware that expenses need to be lower, it's time to put them on paper.

  • Travelcosts
  • membershipexpenses
  • clothing
  • special events like competitions
  • birthdays and anniversaries
  • yearly trip
We found out that some were sporting at a facility that required a lot of costs for traveling.
One left for a facility nearby, saving quite a lot of money.

Others talked with their teamleaders and organised a fetch and bringservice. One car picking up teammembers on the way to the sportcentre and bringing them home after the training.

Worked well.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A simple present: tags

I'm always trying to find presents which are not given often and are inexpensive.
Not only because i don't have much money to spend, but also because I want us to get out of the spiral of escalating expenses for presents.

A friend suggested I could make tags.

Which was a great idea.

So for the ever jam making, collecting and ordering friend I made tags.

I found a nice form to cut, and painted a simple but nice design on them.

because I liked the painting I also made a few bookmarks with the same design and finsihed it all with a birthdaycard in the same style.

Fun to make, fun to give and fun for the wallet too.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A game to keep them bussy

Little ones are not often bored, but sometimes they just need an idea to keep them bussy.

Please two kids, each at a side of a door. No see through one, please.

Let one make a sound and let the other guess.

All sorts of things make noises, like clicking a pen, opening a pencil box etc etc.

Kids love this game!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Boots can have a longer life when you use inlays under your feet in the boots.
Preferably use leather ones or the soft and warm sheepskin.

When they're large enough you can make a pocket on the inside where you can keep some money.

Monday, November 1, 2010


The chinese take away comes in boxes which can be re used.

You can put them in the micro wave, but be carefull when you leave content with too high a temperature too long in the box.

You can also use them in the freezer, but when they've been used about 10 times the box might break more easily.

The boxes are also great to sort toys and other things.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spooky halloween

We wish you all a spooky halloween.

Here we celebrate the traditional Samhain, which has been converted by christianity to the all saints and all deaths days.

No matter which name is given to the event, remember that the veil is thin and there are many realms we can't otherwise sense as well as tonight.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

halloween - 5

Using tomato juice as bood might seem a good decision, but there are far better solutions to create blood.

Paint used for children tyo paint with, based on water can often be washed away easily.

But have you ever considered beads that look like blooddrops?

When you can't find them in the shops or online make them yourself with clay you can bake in the home oven.

You can use a cocktailpricker to make a hole in them.

Good luck!

Friday, October 29, 2010

halloween - 4

I'm sure no one wants to go to school or work tomorrow looking like someone smashed their face with an ax, so please, please, before you apply your halloween make up check if you have sometimes to take it off.

An eye make-up remover comes in very handy because eye make-up nowadays is made to make you buy those products too.
Most water resistant make up can't be removes with water and soap.

If necessary you can use eye make up remover to clean your whole face.

Before going to bed clean your face and any other parts of your body where you have applied make-up.

And do the same the next morning.

Some make up creaps into your pories and during the night the body tries to get rid of it.
So give yourself a thorough morning clean to.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

halloween - 3

It's great when you have a lot of money to spend on halloween costumes, but most people have to find funds to look spooky.

Ofcourse you can swap csotumes with friends. With a different make up even your closest friends won't notice.

But you can also rely on what you have.
A black dress or black t-shirt and trousers will do great as a basic costume.
A mask, and vintage jewelry will do the trick.
And how about using your bicycle lock chain, if you have one. It's great not complement a men's costume, and it also gives perfect halloween sounds.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

halloween - 2

Children all over the world love to receive gifts, but sometimes we just don't have the money to make something or buy something.

At this time of year though many supermarkets have special promotions.
When you spend for a certain amount of money you'll get a small toy.

These make perfect gifts for trick and treat.
Especially when they're still in the wrap.

Have fun!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

halloween - 1

Halloween treats are always welcome.
We don't have a halleoween tradition in my country, but there are always a few children who want to sneak this interesting event into the agendas of grown ups because sweets are welcome.

So they dress up at halloween just like in many other countries and rang the doorbeels looking for treats.

Try to keep them healthy.

So avaid too much sugar, too much salt, additives and the whole lot.

Here kids also love small boxes with raisins, cupcakes, small applepies, cheese.

Wrap them individually and with care.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carrots and leek

Take about an equal amount of carrots and leek.

Slice them and put them in a pan with potatoes.


When it's nearly ready take smoked bacon and slice them in small pieces or buy pieces.

Bake them in their own juice until the fat is nearly gone or the bacon is brown.

When the potatoes and carrots are ready, stamp the food and mix it with the bacon.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Against muscle cramps

Muscle cramps can be nasty. especially during night time.

It's best to extend/stretch the muscle that's cramping until the pain has gone.

Preventing new cramping is possible by applying clove oil on the muscle.

Some say cramping can be preventing by taking vitamine B6.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Smooth zipper

A zipper can be a real pain, but I'm going to teach you a trick so you won't have stubborn zippers anymore.

Just rub the teeth of the zipper with a bar of soap or a candle.

When you use soap you need to reapply after each wash.

Friday, October 22, 2010

In the dryer

To dry your clothes fatser in the dryer add a few tennisballs.
I've been told it saves 25 to 50% of the time you'll otherwise need to dry your clothes.

I would love to have some feedback on this item, because I hardly use my dryer.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

No mothballs?

I hate the smell of mothballs.

My gram had far better silution against bugs.

Roll a paper and put it in the back of the wardrobe at a place where it can't touch the clothes.

Take a small net and fill it with soap leftovers.
Put the net in the wardrobe. It makes the clothes smell nice and prevent bugs.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Clean cast iron pans

To clean cast iron pans you don't need expensive bottles or wipes.
It's ridiculous how much people spend on detergents and other cleaning products.

Cast iron can be polished clean with one of the best kitchen scrubs: salt.

First clean the pan the usual way. Dry it and then pour a bit of salt on the bottom and use a cloth or brush to clean the pan with the salt.

When the dirt has come off, clean the pan and rinse with a lot of water.

Then fatten the pan with a bit of oil before putting it away.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Taka a camera and go for a walk in the woods.
The colours are beautiful at this time of year and it's well worth to take lots of photos.

You can add them all together in a collage and add coloured leaves to make a real nice autumn present. For instance for someone who isn't able to leave home.

Right now it's still possible to ride with a wheelchair through the woods, unless it has rained a lot.
So when you know someone to take for a ride, do it now.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Broccoli pie


500 gram potatoes
375 gram broccoli
125 gram carrots
100 gram sellery
50 gram bacon
250 spices minced meat
1 union (circa 125 gram)
1 garlic
1 tin tomatomash (60 gram)
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoons parsley

75 gram grated old cheese
nutmeg, pepper, salt.

circa 25 - 50 gram butter


Time in oven: 40 - 45 minutes after preheating..

Peel potatoes and cut them in 4 parts. wash them.
Put them in water. About half under.

Don't use salt!!! Cook them. When ready pour the water away and leave them to rest.

While cooking the potatoes, cut the large stem from the broccoli and wash what's left.

Cut the flowery part from the broccoli, and save the small stems for later.

Kook the broccoli in a bit of water with salt in about 5 to 10 minutes. Pour in a sif so the water can be drained.

Slice the small stems in small pieces of a half to one cm.

Clean carrots, peel them and cut in small parts.

Cut selery in small parts.

Put the broccoli stems, carrots and selery in water and a bit of salt and cook for 3 minutes.
Leave them in the water and save for later.

Peel an union and slice in small parts.
Peel garlic and cut it in very small pieces.

Bake bacon, take it out of the pan and put minced meat in the fat and bake that. It doesn't need to be brown, just baked a little bit.

Get rid of too much fat and water.

Add the union and bake a bit more, add garlic and leave it baking for 1 minute.

Take tomatomash and add it.
Add some thime, parsley and a bit of dalt and pepper.

Then put the vegetable to the meatmix and add all in a fatted ovenbowl.

Make mash from the potatoes and add the broccoliflowers.

Maak nu de aardappelpuree:
Add cheese, some pepper and salt and nutmeg.

Add the mash to the vegetable mix in the ovenbowl.

Put little pieces of butter on top. (about 15 grams)

Preheat the over at 200 degrees celcius.

Put the pie in it in the middle and bake until brown. That's about 30 to 40 minutes and about 5 to 10 minutes longer when the pie was kept in the fridge.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Be aware of frost

Not all plants are able to deal with frost, we all know that.
But often we forget which plants need to be put inside before the first frosty night.

So today is the perfect day to look up on internet or in books which plants of your collection need to go inside.

When you're in doubt, take a leaf anf d go to your gardencentre to ask.
They won't think you're stupid.

You're only stupid to let your plants die when it isn't necessary.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Water and leaves

Water and leaves results in rotting junk.

When you've got a birdpool, or other water in the garden put a net or roster over it so the leaves can collect there and they're easy to remove.

This is more pleasant than removing the stinking rotting junk that forms when leaves stay in the water.
Apart from the fact that the quality of the water is badly affected by leaves.

Remove the leaves very regularly.

Friday, October 15, 2010

hanging baskets

Some people put their hanging baskets away when autumn starts, but there's no need to.
Even when there's a bit of frost at ground level the temperature at the basket is above zero.

You can plant ivy at the sides of the basket to keep the green look.

When you keep the flowering plants in their own pot when you add them to the basket you can exchange them without problems, and it's also more easy to keep the water in the basket when watering the plants.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I found my wintercoat with an old.. too old... drawstring and suddenly remembered the care I always showed when the coats and caqrdigans of the children had a drawstring.

For children who are caught up in play they're very dangerous.
The string might get caught on elements of the playground for instance and strangle a child.

Each year children die because of a drawstring.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

House inventory

A good house inventory is important.

With a list of your most important belongings you can provide the insurance information to assess how high your insurance should be.

You can give them the list when something has happened, like a fire or burglary,

In some countries a list like that also comes in handy for the taxes.

Make the inventory in such a way that it's easy to see where the item is, how old it is, what the prize was and how much it costs to renew it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


It's time to harvest the chestnuts.

Kids love to do that.

Tradition says one should keep one chestnut in the pocket against rheumatism.

We used to keep a large wild one in our pocket to get warm hands in the winter.
When you rub it against your trousers it get's shiny, but warm too.
You can even rub it too long and burn your hand when you're not carefull.

My kids like to do what I did when I was young: take a handful of chestnuts to school.
When you're hungry they're good food.

Monday, October 11, 2010


It's OK to use the standard size of sheets on your bed, but we prefer a bit more.

So I buy unbleached cotton at the market in town, and take one or two meter extra in length and width.

You can put the sheet well under the mattress at the bottom, so you won't get cold feet, and at the top there's a good overlay, which can be pulled up in the neck at cold winternights.

When making the bed you can fold the overlay down over the blanket, and then fold half of it back upward again.

The unbleached cotton causes less pollution and after washing it a couple of times it get whiter.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

planting and trimming trees

Planting and trimming trees depends on a lot of aspects.

It's best to go to your gardencentre and have an expert advice you.
He'll know the tree in question, and he'll know the conditions in your garden.

There's a fast difference here between parts of town here.
One part has great soil. Sand, with lots of woodland compost in it. The layer of soil in the gardens is very deep, because it's the natural soil there. It used to be a forest.
The cold won't get in the ground as fast as in our part of town, so there they can plants trees later in the year too.

Here we have heavy clay. We're living on a former swamp, and it means that rains transform whole areas in a mess. In summer the toplayer dries out and changes into a firm layer that kills plants easily. Rain stays on top of it for a long time.
In the winter the humidity causes the cold to get into the soil early and deep.

Some trees can't be planted in oktober any more, because they won't invest in good rooting anymore. Maybe they'll survive in containers, but the chance is they won't have a wide rootsystem in the future and can be blown flat easily.
They'd better get a good chance and be planted in spring.

Other trees will do fine when they're planted in a large hole with good soil.
They'll be able to grow roots for quite a while until it's really winter.

As climats change and local conditions are all different, I'll stick to the advice not to plant now anymore, unless you really have to.
It takes a lot of a plant to survive winter, so why not give it the best start you can give?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn in the garden - 4

It's too late to plant trees this year, but you can still put them in containers.

Plant bulbs for early flowers next year.

Remove leaves from the grass, but leave them alone elsewhere unless it are leaves from the willow.

When you want to mow the grass, do it for the last time of the year and at a height of 4 to 5 cm's. Remove all mowed grass. If you don't it will rot and cause the underlayer to go brown.

When you want to cut trees and shrubs read good information first, because some needs to be left alone uintill spring.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn in the garden - 3

It's time to take your gardenequipment inside.

Remove all the dirt and apply a bit of for instance silicone oil to prevent rust.

Take the gardenhose and remove all the water.
Hang it out in the wind to be sure every small drop is removed and hang it inside.

When you have taps outside, switch off the water and let those taps run until all the water is removed.

Close them and turn the wauer on again if you need water elsewhere.
Sometimes the fgatdentaps have their own distributionswitch. When it's in the shed, be sure the pipes towards the garden are empty. Then cover the distributionswitch with isolationmaterial, because water runs towards that point and the pipe might break when it freezes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

autumn in the garden - 2

Do you have nesting houses for the birds in your garden?
Then now is the time to clean them.

First look if they're still in use. In that case leave them alone and clean them in spring.

Otherwise get all the twigs and dirt out.
Desinfect the little house with something against bacteria and fungi.

Let it dry well and hang it back after you've removed all rotten plantrests around it.

When the winter gets cold the birds will value your work, and otherwise a small family will find it's way there.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn in the garden - 1

Now autumn is taking over you need to work in your garden to prepare it for winter and the new year.

One of the first things to do is collect seeds.
You can only do that when the seeds are ripe.
So read about your plants and find out how you can see the seeds are ready for harvest.

It's best when you harvest the seeds after a few dry days, but that's not always possible.

Put them on a flat surface and allow them to dry.
First take any leaves and twigs away, and if possible everything else around the seeds too.

Sometimes seeds are in pods that are very easy to remove when they are dry, then dry the seeds and the pods together and remove the pods later.

Let the seeds dry more time before you store them.
Maybe in an envelope with the name on it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Stay informed about your insurance, and keep the booklet at a place where you can find it without problems.

For certain procedures you need their permission first, others are only allowed every so many times during so many years.

Many insurances have a central mailaddress, so you can reach them without problems.

Ask in your mail to send you proof they have received the mail, simply by replying with "received".

Keep track of dates, so they'll answer you within the lawful time.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ask for diploma's

When you are refereed to a free situated practice of a psychologist, physiotherapist, docotr, etc etc. it's good to ask for a diploma.

Some people feel rather hesitant, thinking it is a statement of distrust.
Don't think that way.

People who are professionals don't mind other people guarding their wellbeing by asking if someone is a real professional.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Some people like to pick them theirselves.
I think it's too much of a risk.
Each year many people get ill because they didn't know the difference well enough between good and bad mushrooms.

Mushroom poisoning can cause suymptoms which range from relatively mild (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) to death.

It's interesting, and dangerous, that mushrooms that are non-toxic and thus edible in one area, might be toxic in another area.
So always use someone with thorough knowledge of the local varieties.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


In the sixties we glues small flowers on our nails, or painted them.
It's in fashion again and I have to say: it's nice to see so many different nails.

So when you're short of a good present for a girl or young woman, buy a set of naildecorations. They come in all sorts and sizes. You have to watch the pirzes though.

Add some coloured nailpolish or transparent nailpolish and you'll hit the right spot with the spresent.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Can't reach adgitize

I don't know how it's at your side of internet, but I can't reach adgitize.
Hopefullt they'll compendate for being unavailable.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


With the bad weather we're having this summer I decided to go for a luxury: 2 sets of rainwear.
I think everyone should have two sets.

One to dry and one to get wet.

Instead of coat and trousers I prefer a poncho.
Less hassle to get dressed and ready to go, and less cold when it rains a lot.

What do you prefer?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

against stuffed nose

Maybe I've written about this before, but it's one of the best remedies and it fits autumn.
Use sliced unions as a cure for a stuffed nose.

Sprays will influence the skin and glands in your nose. The glands will swell even more when a spray is used for more than about a week to ten days.
But a sliced union won't.

You can use a spray to start treatment. But when the nose is open you can keep it open with an union.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Your boots

Are your boots ready for the season?

Check the soles and the inside.

Buy some extra supporting soles when you like them, or anti-sweat or extra warm, or all of them.

Put them in the boots.

In case you use several, wear them a few days before gluing them together. That way they'll provide a better fit.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Time to (re) insulate the windows

It's time to insulate your house.

Let's first have a look at the windows.

Old insulation causes dust, junk, and drafts.

So remove it well.
Brush the dust away.
Remove the greasy remnants.

And then apply new insulation.

Put it well in the edges.
Check if the window can still be opened.

When it's stormy, check every bit.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This is the time of year that a bodywarmer comes in handy.
In the morning it's rather cold and in the afternoon the weather is not nice enough to be without coat, but nice enough to do with less.

So take a bodywarmer and put it over your coat in the morning and use it without a coat in the afternoon.

Best solution for this time of year.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Scan after each update

I want to share a habit which can't harm you but can save you lots of money and irritations.

Scan the computer after each update.

Some time ago I updated a very trusted program, but my cmputer started to act weird.
I disconnected from internet immediately and scanned my computer.

My children told me I was nuts, as I scanned the computer right before the update.

I was right to do so, though.

Turned out someone mimicked the update graphic of the trusted program so well, that I took it for real and downloaded a nasty computer animal.

My scanners caught it and destroyed it. Pffff.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Today someone died as the result of an infection with a bacteria which is found in chickens. The bacteria are resistant against the best antibiotics.

Because many people have attracted the bacteria and thus the resistance against antibiotics more deaths are expected.

So be very very careful when preparing chicken. Work as hygienic as possible. And cook or bake it well.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


It's the time of the year for the northern hemisphere to make your boots and shoes waterproof.

They need to be clean and dry before you spray them.
Keep a distance of about 30 cm and be careful not to spray near a fire.
It's best to do it outside and with the wind blowing in your back, not towards you.

Leave the treated items to dry well before using them.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ask people before a meal

Ask people before they visit you for a meal if they're allergic to something.

More and more people are, so it's not strange to check.

Common allergies are apple, nuts, have to go strong lightning!!!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Don't throw away used teabags.

They're perfect to put on your eyes when you relax. It will help your eyes to relax too.

Old teabags are also great fun for children.
They can use them to make paper look old.

My aunt used old teabags to colour cotton. She didn't like pure white, so she soaked her sheets in water with teabags.

Monday, September 20, 2010

No ironing

I don't like ironing, do you?

This time of year is perfect to unwrinkle your laundry without ironing.

Just hang it on the line in the evening and during the night.
The humidity and a bit of wind will take care of the clothes and in the morning they will be less wrinkled.

Take care: they are a bit humid and need additional drying.
When you hang them inside they'll be dry in the evening or earlier.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Towels as laundry

In a small household towels are just a part of the laundry.
Because they're not really dirty you can save costs by putting them in a bucket with hot water and detergent.
Let them soak for a few hours, then quickly handwash them and use the laundry machine for a few quick rinses.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Clean a bottle

Are you one of those people who use waterbottles over and over again until they break or get too dirty to use anymore?

How do you clean your bottles?
With water and soap every evening?

Or do you want your bottles hygienic clean?

In that case fill them in the evening with vinegar and water and in the morning throw that out and rinse the bottle well with plain water.

You can clean the caps by putting them in s small bowl with vinegar and water.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Photos of your street

Not many people make photos of their streets, but when they're older they regret the haven't taken them.

Creating memories is sometimes so very easy, but people don't take the opportunity to create them in a visible way, because they think their brains caught the moments and they won't be gone.

But something might happen to you.

Photos are a great way to get your memory back, or to keep your memory alive.
People who suffer from dementia or other problems of age can feel very happy with those memories.

So please yourself and make photos of your street and neighbourhood.
Sometimes there are such huge changes that you'll be very happy with the photos.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Heating against humidity

It's the time of humidity again.
Like every autumn the nigh temperatures are going down while the humidity goes up.
Especially in the house that can cause problems. First in the bathroom when there's no active ventilation device, but only passive airchange, then in the rest of the house.

Putting the heating on in the evenings isn't only comfortable, but it's also wise to prevent damp places in the house and the consequent fungus.

So switch on the heating for a while during the evening and turn it down to an acceptable night temperature an hour before going to sleep.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Time to spray your shoes

It's time to spray your shoes with an anti-rain spray.

First clean your shoes properly and take care of them in such a way that they ate ready for a complete new season.

So see if there's any stitching gone, of something else needs to be repaired or replaced.

Then ner sure the shoes are dry.

Spray them from about 30 cm in a short way and let dry.
Try to spray in one spray the whole shoe.
Leave it to dry and have a new spray after about an hour, or as the package states.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just a little bit of butter

When you don't want to use too much butter, but you want to have your pan properly oiled, why not do it the way I do?

Heat the pan and in the meantime take your butter from the fridge.

When the pan is heated, take one side of the piece of butter and rub it through the pan. Leane no spot untouched.

That's all.

You can also take a kitchen paper, roll it into a painting pencil, dip it in oil, "paint" the pan with oil.

Monday, September 13, 2010

laundry and spiders

I hate spiders and so do my children.
So I have to change the way I deal with the laundry.

The past years I've had the habit to hang the laundry outside and get it in late at night when it's dry and the humidity can't undo the drying.

But now it's almost autumn I can't do that anymore, because I can't see if there are spiders on it.

So I either have to hang it all inside, or get it in before it gets dark.

Yes, yes, I hear you thinking I should by a lamp. LOl!

We did, but it illuminated just one side of the laundry and with a family of 6 I can't take the time to turn every item inside out.

Any advice?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

exchanging summer- for autumnclothes

There's no way of escaping: autum is approaching.

So it's time to clean out your closets and put the autumnclothes in there.

Many people take at one day all the clothes out and have a mess in their home for a few days to get it all sorted.

Why not take it easy?

Take the clothes that are washed and dried apart.
Will they be used next year? On one pile.
Are they OK to be given away? On another pile.

When you take out the summerclothes after laundry before the summerseason has ended you'll wear those clothes that you've missed this summer too.

Always keep some nice tops for christmas and other occassions!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Polish with toothpaste

My mother used to have a cupboard full with all sorts of polish.
Polish for silver, polish for copper, etc etc etc.

They smelled awful and whenever I had the chance I tried to stay away from the firm rubbing of the objects of her attention. That was almost impossible, as she had so much things to polish that it took hours.

My gram had nothing to polish.
She told me toothpaste was more than enough to do all the jobs.
You shouldn't use the toothpaste that promisses white teeth, but the regular toothpaste.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Save money on plants

When you want to save money on plants for your livingroom go and buy them now.

Many plants have been flowering and not the flowers are gone they want to get rid of the plants. So they sell them for very low prizes.

All you have to do is take care of them well during the next seasons and you'll see them flowering again in spring.

ofcourse you can buy your plants then. But you'll pay double of triple the amount you'll pay tomorrow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pink eye

Pink eye is an inflammation of the eye due to either a virus or bacteria or allergy.

Often warm compresses ease the itching and pain. You can apply them a couple of times a day.

When the pink eye is due to an allergy, warm teabags might be of help.
A nasty infection is better counteracted by either boric acid, calendula or chamomile.
Take a ball of cotton wool, drange it with the liquid and clean the eye before using a compress.

Some people like the use of honey or salt water better, but be carefull...they burn.

Be careful. Pink eye is highly contageous.
One of the causes cvan be herpes simplex or herpes zoster, so stay away from small children. Babies can die from it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September and grass

When you have grass in your garden you can mow it until the end of september.
After september the growth stops.

When you have bare spots you can sow new seed this month.
When the weather is dry you have to add extra water to enable proper growth.

When your grass doesn't look well you have to do more than sow some seeds.
Go to your local gardencentre and ask for advice.
I think they'll advice a whole package. Don't thin it's too expensive, because in spring your grass will look healthy again. And that's what you want.

When autumn reigns, take the fallen leaves from the grass and use them elsewhere in the garden. For instance in the border between the plants. There it'll protect the roots of your plants, whereas on the grass they'll cause nasty stains and bare spots.

Hiding some bulbs in the grass might surprise everyone with some nice springflowers in the garden.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ready for free products?

Are you ready for free products?

Right now, yep, at this moment, magazines are trying to get new subscribers.
The hope to attract them now the vacation is over by a wide range of games, mailcontests and free products.

Especially women's magazines have a lot to offer and it would be a pity when you miss books, theatre tickets, wellness weekends and the like just because you're not participating.

Fun things is that most online activities don't require you to be a true subscriber of the magazines, so you can't lose at all.

When you like jigsaw- and other puzzles you have even more chance of winning something special.
A great way to make a nice gesture to yourself and save money at the same time.

Good luck!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cats in your garden?

We used to have many cats in this neighbourhood.
They all had bosses but considered themselves to be their own boss.
During the day they couldn't enter their won homes and they used to tiptoe around and enter gardens and even houses.

There are plenty of good tips how to keep the cats out of your garden, and an electric fence is one of them.
Not very friendly though.

Go to the woods and collect pine cones.
When you place them around your plants the cats won't use them as their personal loo.

When you place them at the spots where the cat enters your garden he might not even enter your space anymore.

Have a try!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wash silk clothes

Silk is a natural product, so it should be treated with care.

Use only a light soap of special detergent for silk to wash silk clothes.
Wash them by hand, not in the washing machine.

Don't leave the clothes in the water, but finsih washing immediately by rinsing in clear water several times.

Then press the water out between towels and iron the silk between the towel, if ironing is necessary.

Most often drying silk on the line in the wind, not in the sun, will be equally well and results in a longer life.

Good luck!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Interesting pineapple

Do you know the peel of the pineapple contains ingredients that can cause inflammation in the mouth.

So you shouldn't use the same knife to slice the pineapple after you've peeled it.

Be careful with fresh pineapple.
Some people are hypersensitive or allergic for pineapple and this results in aching gums as one of the first symptoms.
The allergy will develop further and may cause a dangerous situation.

When you cook pineapple the enzymes that cause an allergic reaction are destroyed. That's why allergic people often (but not always) are able to eat preheated pineapple.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Eevn ruines that have been researched wellreveil new treasures.

In Petra, the wonderful old city in Jordania, a wallpainting has been revealed which is thousands of years old.
It's detailed, delicate and gorgeous.

I hope you can see the video.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Against the smell of garlic

Eating garlic means smelly breath and sweath.
The sulphur in garlic can't be deleted by the metabolic processes in the body, so it leaves through the skin and breath.

Drinking milk prevents the smelly breath, because the mild eliminates the sulphur.

Working best is full milk. The low fat and other low something ones work far less.

It's worth a try, because garlic is very healthy.

Let me know if it worked for you.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fallen leaves

Many people sweep away fallen leaves or remove them from the garden completely.
They forget that leaves have a function in nature too, just like everything else.

Leaves are the perfect place for small animals to hide.

They also provide a good layer above the roots of the plants to protect them against low night temperatures. And...they're a fertiliser.

When you don't like the colour, don't like what I wrote above, consider putting them on a compost heap.

You shouldn't put too many leaves on top of each other, but you can mix tehm with sand and other items.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gratitude and friends

Do you ever thank your friends for being the person they are?
So many times friends are taken for granted.
They deserve far better.

Why not buy them a nice present, or organise a surprise party?

I once had a friend who wrote down everything I'd done for him during three months.
That was quite a list and I'd never realised before how much I'd done for him.
For each act of kindness he gave me a beautiful rose.

That was quite a bouquet.
I've never been moer happy with a present than the day he gave me that one.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Collect seeds

It's time to collect seeds from the plants in your garden.

Put them in a plastic container when you take them from the plants and inside the house spread them on white paper or t-towels.
Not on newspaper, because the ink might cause problems.

Let the seeds dry a bit.

Popping seeds can best be put in a box with a t-towel over it.

After a few hours to a day take the seeds themselves and put them into another container to dry a bit more.

Then store them in an envelope with name and date on it.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

smelly knives

The smell of unions can stick on everything and cause a nasty smell for days.
Even knives can keep the smell alive.

But not when you use my trick.

Pull them quickly through a flame.

Yes, you hear it well.

Don't smear oil or butter on them.
Kust make them clean and dry and then pull them through a flame.

The smell will be gone.

Good luck!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fit a candle

Tell me, how often have you been annoyed by the fact that you didn't buy the right size of candle for the holder.

Oh, I have had so many beautiful candles and I've even bought new holders for the perfect fit.

I'm happy I know better now than run to the shops.

I just hold the bottom of the candle in hot water until it's soft.

Then I press the part in shape for the holder, fit it, and wait until it has cooled down.

Works great!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Be prepared

I can't believe that people aren't prepared for loss of electricity or a disaster.

It's so easy to put at a few centrale places in the house a few candles and matches.
They eat nothing, do nothing.

But when the power goes, these candles can be life saving.

Do you have candles available ?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Against ants

When ants have the idea that your house is their domain you're in trouble.

You have to take an effort to change the odds and to win against their long line of marching soldiers in your kitchen and at other places.

Sounding a different beat than the ants-march isn't enough.

But I know something which really works to show them their place: outside.

Use talkum powder.

They hate to walk with powder on their little feet.

So use that knowledge and their fine marching soldiers will refuse the commands to enter your house.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

children's tattoo

Don't you love those lovely children's tattoos?
You can put them on everything, the window, a mug,a lunchbox, oh and on the child.

But how to remove the tattoo?

You can't use sandpaper of chemicals on a child's skin.

So use peanutbutter.
Let it soak in for a while and then rub.

It helps a lot!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Salmon wraps

Take a mexican wrap.
Spread it on the table in front of you.

With a knife spread herbal cheese on it.
Preferably french soft cheese with herbs.

On it: a thin layer of salmon.

And then: large thin slices of cucumber.

Rol the wrap and slice it in 3 cm long pieces.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Stung by a mosquito?

Are you stung by a mosquito and you can't find the special anti-itch cream that smells so nice?
And those spots are growing and colour redder and redder. Ands the itching is getting worse.

You'd better run for the vinegar.

It helps very well.

Just put a bit on a cotton ball or on kitchen paper and put it on the spot.

It really, really helps!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Take a plastic bag with you.

Never leave your house without taking a plastic bag with you.

During this time of year it comes in handy for... fruit.

Take a walk in the woods and look around. You'll be able to find brambles and blueberries.

Don't take them from plants near the highway or near streets.
Walk a bit further into the wood, so the fruit won't contain pollution.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Need new furniture?

Do you need new furniture and you've got no money?

Ask your friends. Maybe someone in their family is moving and wants to find a new home for furniture.

Look at the leaflets at the supermarket. Some people first try to give furniture away before the throw it away.

Some councils have a special recycle unit. Go and have a look.

And ofcourse second hand shops are OK.
Ask the owner to keep your adress and warn you when he can't sell something and is OK with you picking something up for nothing. It's always better than throwing furniture away.

Good luck!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Almost too late for potatoes?

Ugh... I almost forgot to boil the potatoes for dinner.
The vegetables were almost ready, but the potatoes... they were forgotten.

I feel lucky that someone gave me the tip to add a bit of vinegar to the water and boil them.
Less time needed.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Smell of union

Slicing union is not only a burden to your eyes.
The smell on your fingers can be very terrible too.

Washing with soap doesn't help, but I know what helps, because my grandmother taught me.

A few drops of milk are enough to rub in your hands and make the smell of unions disappear.

Have a try!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Children buy agenda's that start at the beginning of the schoolyear.
Grown ups buy agenda's that start with: january 1.

It's far more convenient for moms of schoolkids to have an agenda that starts with the schoolyear too.

You can use a schoolagenda for even more comvenience, because you can write down schedules, and all sorts of other things which are important for moms of schoolkids.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beads and buttons

Children love beads and buttons, so always keep them and never throw them away.

Glueing several buttons on top of each other, with the holes alligned makes a perfect stand for incense. To make the small tower stable you can glue them on a small tile.

You can also make lovely hairaccessories with buttons, ribbons and... small bells.

Good luck!

Monday, August 16, 2010

take a pen with you

It's a good decision to take a pen and a piece of paper with you wherever you go.
But be carefull.

Penns can cause nasty stains in your clothes.

Wear the tip to the top.

Easy to remember isn't it?

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Some plants already have seeds waiting to be harvested.

Take an envelope, write down the date, place where you gathered the seeds, and the kind of seed.

Harvest the seeds and let them dry.

Close the envelope and put it at a dry place.

Until next year spring.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Be prepared for a new job-application

There's nothing wrong to prepare yourself for a job-application even when you're not looking for a job.

It saved time and nerves when you have a list of what you have done in your life, and a list of the education you have had.

When you see a nice job in the paper, all you have to do is read it, accentuate what is needed for the job and print it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

free furniture

This time of year is favorite for those who want to move house.
The result is that they can't get rid of their furniture and a look at the marketsites online can have a great result.
I saw quite some furniture offered for free.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

keeping appointments

Some people have troubles keeping appointments.
They can burden the people around them for days telling over and over about the dentist appointment they've made, and when the day has arrived they think of it when it's too late.

You can use one of those online agenda's from where you can send yourself an automated mail on the day or a day before.
Bravenet had an agenda like that. I don't know if they still have.

Otherwise ask a friend to keep your appointment in his or her aganda and mail you or give you a call.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

No mess when cooking milk

Hot milk is a good ingredient of hot chocolate, but boiling or cooking milk can be a messy event when you're not in time to switch the flame off.

When you rub some butter around the pan the milk won't boil over.

Are you just entering the kitchen when the bubbly boiling milk has reached the rim and is going to make a mess of your furnace.
Pour a spoonful of sugar on it.

Good luck!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sock stuck in vacuum cleaner?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been surprised by a sock.

At one moment it was on the floor and the next moment it was sucked up by the vacuum cleaner and the result was that no air came out or in the hose.

Take a handful of marbles, go somewhere safe, like in the garden en shake the marbles in the hose right on top of the sock.

It'll come out.

The marbles too, so when you shake above a bucket you'll have them back the easiest way.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Save kernels

We can do a lot of things with the kernels of fruit.

Those which haven't undergone radiation can be planetd, others can be made into beads or can be used to texture the earth in the garden.
They're also a nice decoration around plants, and you can even die them or use them in a vase to keep the flowers standing straight.

I bet you know some other used too.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

planting bulbs for autum

This is the perfect time to plant bulbs for the second part of the year.

Be careful when you buy them as they should have the right year on the package.
Aslo read about what kind of compost or sand they need, how much water and if they need sun or shadow.

You can plant some small plants on top, so you want have to stare to empty places in your garden.

Good luck!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Re-use glass curtains

Many people throw away the glass curtains when they're off white.

They forget the many uses for these curtains.

Ever wanted to hang up yoghurt?
You can put yoghurt in a clean square of glass curtain, put the corners together with a thread and hang it.
The result if thick yoghurt which can be used as an ingredient in dishes or to eat just like that.

You can use glass curtains too to cover plates to keep the flies away.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

After the BBQ

Cleaning the BBQ isn't fun.

But it won't be such a problem when you put the elements in the grass during the night, or between a wet paper.
The dirt will come off easily and you'll be ready cleaning in no time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

replant your lavender

It´s precisely the time now to prepare your lavender for a beautiful next year.

Dig the plant out.

Make the hole deeper... about 20 to 25 cm.

Replant the lavender and spread the branches. Put earth or compost between them.

That´s it.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dirt from flies

Dirt from flies on the windowsill. That looks awfull.

After cleaning your windows take a spray and fill it with washing up liquid. Preferable a kind that doesn't have too much colour.

Spray it on the windowsill.

The dirt of flies will wash away in the rain or when you spray water on top of it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

against bugs

Do you know that aluminium and cucumber put together generate a smell that repells bugs?

Well, you know now.

A chemical reaction creates vapours we can't smell, doesn't harm plants, but keeps the bugs away.

But mind you, some birds and other animals need the bugs to stay alive.
When the bugs are gone the other animals will leave too.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cheap books

Maybe I've given this tip before, but I'm sure you won't mind to read it again.

Many people are not aware that their library disposes itself from old books once in a while.
Instead of exchanging books between libraries they throw them away or sell them for a very low prize.

Ours sells books for 1 euro, sometimes even 5 for 1 euro.

These books are most of the time in good condition, sometimes completely new and a few times they're read to shreds. Well, in that case I don't buy them.

The only thing is that the library has put plastic over the covers and has put a number on them.
I can deal with that.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shelves in wardrobes

Many people are confronted with shelves that drop down in the wardrobe.
The weight on the shelves causes the wall to curve. As a consequence the pins that support the shelves lose contact with the shelves.

You can overcome the problem by fixing the selves to the wall bu putting a screw in from the outside.

When you make a hole first the wall won't split.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Want birds in your garden?

To have birds in your garden means a lot of joy.

The early morning songs in spring, the tweeting of young birds and the content evening songs during summer and early autumn.

Birds eat unwanted insects, so you won't be bugged by them.

When you want more birds in your garden, arrange a plate with fresh water at a safe place.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

grass between your plants

When you've mowed the grass you can throw it away, use it on the compostheap or... spread it between the plants.

The grass prevents the ground from drying too fast on hot days, and it prevents weeds.

Take care that you don't throw roots between the plants... LOL!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

incense against bugs

A few flies, some musquitos in the room... all inherited from a lovely warm summer's day.

Burn some incense and you won't see them in the area with the smells.

You can use the citronella incense which is made to repell insects, but my experience is that other kinds of incense works as well.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

passport 2

Take your passport with you on holiday in something that's close to your body.

There are special small bags to hang around your neck like a pendant.

Some like a bag that hangs on the shoulder with a band crossing the torso, so the bag hangs under the armpit.

When you are at the customs and you want to take your passport, always tell them what you're going to do, in case someone feels you're making strange movements.

Monday, July 26, 2010

passport 1

Make a copy of your passport and have a family members and/or a trusted friend keep it at a safe place.

When your passpost is lost you can have the copy scanned and send to you by mail.

Take copies with you when you're going on holiday to countries where hotels want to keep your passport.
It's not allowed to hand over your passport to others.

In fact, it's not allowed in most countries to copy your passport, so make a black and white copy if you need one, not a coloured one.

Inform yourself about the laws and rules.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What to do in case of fire

When you smell something burning, don't assume the smell comes from outside.
Check... always check.

Check appliances, switches, bins, ashtrays (in case you use them), the kitchen, washing machine, alrmclocks etc etc.
Check each room.

In case you discover a fire, first think.

Some fires only need water, others should be treated with foam, or even sand.

Know how to deal with burning pans, a burning couch.

Never try to extinguish a fire which is not extinguished within moments.
Because the smoke is nasty, you'd better call the firebrigade and leave the building after you have warned everyone inside...if that's still possible.

Realise that smoke a disabling.
You should have a plan to leave your house before any fire starts, and you should practice it with family and friends.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

grow carrots

Take a bag of compost. Put it on one of the long sides.
Cut it open at the top side, and fold open.

Sow carrotseeds.

Water well.

Friday, July 23, 2010

After sporting

Some people love sporting, but when they do it for a long time and reach the finish they suddenly stop.


Take your time to cover the difference between full sporting and doing nothing.

Bicycking home after a sportive event or doing something else which moves the muscles prevents muscle ache.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

no swollen hands while walking

Some people get swollen hands while walking long distances.

It helps to hold a stone, a small ball or something to squeeze.
The movement of the muscles prevents liquid to stay in your hands.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Box with presents

Don't hesitate when you see something nice at the sales which would be a nice present.

Put it in a box and when you need something just pull one of the presents out.
It's always a pleasure to give a present, especially when you know it doesn't cost too much.


So you can't find your flossing materials?

Just take sowing threat. It works as well and costs far less.

Monday, July 19, 2010


At the beginning of vacations most papers and magazines offer special puzzles.

Save them all in a map.

They're a nice passtime when you´re waiting for someone, to keep people bussy when you´re cooking etc.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dont throw away old toothbrushes

Don't throw away your old toothbrushes, they're perfect for cleaning corners of statues and other hard to reach places.

You can also use them to desinfect hard to reach places in the bathroom. Throw them away after that.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

They're listening

We're all used to camera's at all sorts of places, but until now we still felt the freedom to speak about any subject the way we wanted.

Not any more at certain places in Amsterdam.

New camera's are installed to prevent public problems like fighting: camera's that are able to register what people are saying.

So be prepared: they're listening.

Friday, July 16, 2010

saw or ax for emergency situations

The terrible weather of this week has made many people aware that bad things happen within moments.

Keep a saw and/or an ax at your house case...

Many trees were pulled out of the ground and smashed over cars by the storms.

All those axes and saws came in handy to clear our streets.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

have candles and matches ready

Always have some candles and matches ready at a fixed place so you have light in case the electricity gives up.

Keep them at a place you can find without problems, or keep a set in every room.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

remove stains from red fruit

Remove stains from red fruit by soaking the stains in lemonjuice.
Don't wash them first.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

remove chewinggum

Don't you hate it to have chewinggum on your clothes?

Rub with peanutbutter.

Monday, July 12, 2010

stains from rust

Rusty stains can be removed by soaking the stains in lemonjuice a whole night long.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

ketchup in fabric

When you've got ketchup on a T-shirt it's hard to remove.


Wash the T-shirt and hang it in the sun.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

repair wood

Small dents and lines in wood can be repaired, but you have to be careful. So try this advice at an invisible place first.

Put a damp cloth on the place,
and hold a hot iron on top for a few seconds.

Friday, July 9, 2010


When you throw your laundry on the pile, you have to look first for stains.

Most stains are terrible to remove once they've dried.

So wash clothing with stains straightaway.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

no dripping candles

Do you want to prevent your candles from dripping?

Put them in salt water for 24 hours and don't use a cloth to dry them but let them dry in the air.

They won't drip.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

bags with magnets

Be carefull with bags with magnets. You know, those magnets that act as closing devices.

When you move the magnet strip of for instance a bankpass along it, the magnetstrip can't be read anymore.

So be very carefull and put your card in a plastic cover.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Against mice

Want to get rod of mice?

Use eucalyptus oil.
A few drops in water will do.
Don't use alcohol based oil as it evaporates too fast.

Mivce hate it and they'll stay away for a few months.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Against fruitflies

Those fruitflies seem to come from everywhere and won't go away.


you put a glass with a bit of water and vinegar at the place where you see the most of them.

Clean away rests of fruit and vegetables first.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Against lice on plants

Lice on plants can be prevented by putting a match upside down in the ground.

A piece of garlic in the ground helps too.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

small children and high temperatures

Small children sometimes seem to be unaffected by high temperatures, whereas in fact they can have many problems dealing with it.

Don't put them in the sun, but at a place in the shadow or at a cool place, but not in the draft.

Dress them lightly, and put a towel or other absorbing fabric over anything plastic.

Give them plenty to drink.

These are just the three basic advices.
There are many more.

Friday, July 2, 2010

new badge

You want my badge?

Copy it to your own computer: "save image as"
then upload it to your site,
and put the right link on it.



Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beating the heatwave

Dealing with high summertemperatures can be very tough, but act like those who live in tropical countries.

Sleep well, wake up early, do your things, take a nap in the afternoon and get more work done when the sun has gone under.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

heatwave and water

During a heatwave you have to drink a lot of water. At least 2 liters during the day.

Some people don't like drinking water, but it's good to use it in a different way.

Have you considered making icecubes with a strawberry in the middle?

water for plants too

Don't forget to give your plants extra water too.

Monday, June 28, 2010

sweaty feet

When you're suffering from sweaty feed (and the people around you with you) it's better to take action now it's beautiful weather.

Throw away all shoes with plastic on top or as the sole.

Take the leader ones and spray desinfectant in them.
Let them dry.
Put them away with a leaflet of laundry softener/dryer softener in it.

Wear sandals. Preferably without socks.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

sleeping in the summer

We're in the middle of a heatwave and sleeping seems to be an art.

But not with this tip.

Put a few bottles with water in the freezer.

Before going to sleep put them on a deep plate in front of the ventilator.

The air is pushed along the bottles by the ventilator and the cooled air is blown your way.

Have a nice night.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Be careful with your neck in summer

We're expecting a heatwave for this week, and because of that a memory popped up.

It's about 10 years ago that we were attending a festival in a bright and forceful sun.
We put sunlotion on our faces, shoulders, noses and even the rim of the ears, but I came home with my neck.

So don't forget to wear either a hat, long hair, a skarf or sunlotion in your neck.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Making simple Jam

To make jam that lasts a long time more ingredients are necessary than for jam which you want to eat immediately.

Jam that can be kept for a few days in the fridge is easy to make.

Take lots of fruit, clean it and boil it with a little water.
When you want to yelly it a bit add apple and red berries.

Good luck!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Consent papers - check them

Do you know which consent papers you have signed?

When you sign one, make a not in your agenda.

Also add on the consent paper a date until which the paper is of value.

Sometimes people fill in a consent paper and this results in use of the paper even years later.

Protect yourself and get in contact with your doctors and have your files checked.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

blind in a museum

Blind friends can have a good time in a museum too.

Some museums offer special times for the blind. The get special support and are able to touch the objects.

Call a museum and ask for the times they're open for blind people.
When they tell you they're not doing it, ask for an appointment and help them organise a few hours each month for blind people.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

summer and hair - 1

It's summer!

To keep your hair healthy it's wise to have a haircut before the water, sun and wind torment the ends.
Freshly cut hair isn't damages as easily as split ends.

Monday, June 21, 2010

summer and indoor plants

It's summer!

To keep your plants in the windowsil happy, clean the window and blind the part that casts the most sun during the hottest part of the day.
It's not elegant, but a paper will do.
Ofcourse you can also use sticky windowdecoration or plantscreens.

An opened fan will do fine for smaller plants and looks decorative too.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


This afternoon I looked for a course for next year.
I found one that seemed to fit exactly the person I am, my interests and even the way I want to live.

So I went to the applicationform and found out it was far too expensive.

It was like someone hit me in the face.

When a friend called I told him about it.
With a calm voice he told me I should look for sponsors.

Have you tried that?

Drug interactions checker

When you use medication and you need something extra, you have to be careful that the new drug doesn't interfere with the activity of the drugs you're already taking.

And you have to know how you'd best take them.

So check the interaction of your drugs and read special warnings here.

Friday, June 18, 2010


A presse papier is something that keeps such pressure on a pile of paper that it doesn't fly away.

You can use a glass object, for example, but also a beautiful stone.

Do you know that in garden centres you can find quarts stones for a few cents which can be rubbed until they're shiny?

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Do you know that your schoolfiles can contain information about you you didn't know?

And maybe that info is even wrong!

Ask a copy of your files each year after the last report.

You'll have the whole summervacation to read and correct them.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

make bags waterproof

Don't forget to make your bags waterproof.
You can use the same spray as you use for your shoes.

Be careful when you start using your bag soon after spraying.
Some sprays make the bagmore susceptable for fire in the first hours after spraying.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

find the right electricity wires

Are you one of those people who have lots of electricity wires for your computer, your laptop, your...

Take a long slip of paper, write on it the apparatus the wire belongs to and tape it to the wire, protecting your writing at the same time.

Monday, June 14, 2010

clean silk and fabric artificial flowers

You'd better not use water on silk flowers and flowers made of other fabrik.

Take a bag, add some salt, put the flowers in and shake.

The salt will remove the dust.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

clean plastic artificial flowers

Do you know you can soak plastic artificial flowers in water with a bit of detergent?

When you spray them with some water to get the detergent away as well as possible your flowers can dry and look like new.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

no tomato stains in boxes

I'm sure you have been bothered by red stained boxes too after tomato sauce was kept in them.

Next time spray non-stick cooking spray in the box............

Friday, June 11, 2010

prevent stains in carpets

When you're having a party or expect visitors vacuum your carpet before they arrive.
Not only will your room look nicer, when stains are made you won't be bothered by the dust and crumbs, which can absorb the stains or worsen them.

A good doormat will clean the soles of the shoes of your visitor.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

cleaning textured materials

Cleaning textured materials can be tricky, because the texture might catch fibers from your cleaning cloth.

Use nylon socks or panties.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


When you start cleaning your house, room, closet, kitchenkabinet, fridge etc etc.
start at the top and work your way down.

Gravity is better to work with than against.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

summer nights

Right at the moment it's so humid that this tip is not wise, but during not humid summernights I can give you a tip.

Take a spray and fill it with plain water.
Add one small drop of peppermint oil.

When you wake up feeling unhappy because of the high temperature, give yourself a spray.

I'm sure you'll feel better.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Scratches on glass

Sometimes small scratches on glass can dull the whole surface or make an item look old.

Take a bit of toothpaste on a soft damp cloth and rub at a place of the item that doesn't matter. Like the bottom.
When it works, go to the problem spot. Rub gently to polish the spot.

Be patient and rub on.

Good luck!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Feed your plants

To enjoy your flowers and plants longer you need to feed them regularly.
Some people think plants need only water, but when you feed them properly they will look far better, are more resistant against pests and bugs, and last longer.

Some plants need special fertilizer.

So look it up and treat them well.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pretzels and chocolate

When you have some chocolate somewhere, maybe even some peanuts, you have the basic ingredients to make your pretzels special.

Melt the chocolate and chop the peanuts to little pieces.
Throw the pretzels in the mixture and stir carefully.

Then put them on non sticky paper and let them dry.

If you can get them dry before they're eaten.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Use the fridge

When you have to make a meal for yourself each time, you probably eat less or always the same.

You can solve this by cooking more for a meal and freezing part if it in small boxes or bags.

Keep track of them, so you can find something when you need it.

Making a meal with several tastes and dishes is easy. Just defrost.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hollow it

When you're having a hollow tree in the garden keep a close watch.
All sorts of bugs might find it a good home, and that's no problem, unless the bugs can harm small children or people in general.

Wasps love trees like that, so be very careful.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cleaning appliances

Some people forget to clean their kitchen appliances and end up getting a bacterial infection after using them.

Make a bowl with wasking up liquid, vinegar and lots of water.
Dampen a cloth in it and clean the applience. Don't forget the back and bottom parts.
Then dry them.

That's all.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Buy fruittrees

When you want to buy fruittrees you should do it now or wait until the harvest season is over.

You can buy a small one and keep it in a large pot. That way you can enjoy the fruit without a garden.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Topdroppers may 2010

Thanks a lot for dropping on our site, commenting and giving us feedback.
Special thanks to our topdroppers:

My gypsygoods
Winesworld The Amateurs Wine Guide
The Third Uncle
Winesworld's blog
Laane on the World
Teen Suicide Talk
Computer Aid
Grampy's World

Thanks a lot!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cinnamon is healthy

Cinnamon is very healthy.
  • it regulates blood sugar, escpecially in diabetes 2 patients
  • it's anti clotting (blood)
  • it preserves food when added to it. (Like we want to keep the applepie in one piece. LOL!)
  • smelling cinnamon is beneficial for cognitive functioning and memory
  • half a teaspoon every day lowers LDL cholesterol
  • it works against yeast infections which can't be cured otherwise
  • it works on lymphoma and leukemia cells in sich a way that they won't proliferate as well.
  • Disssolve half a teaspoon of cinnamon in a tablespoon of honey and eat this before breakfast each day and arthritis pain will diminish after about a week.

And there are more benefits.

So be sure to have it available in your kitchen and use it often.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

diabetes and biscuits

People with diabetes need to eat regular small meals.

When you yourself are a person with irregular eating habits it´s good to know that you´re a good host when you offer a diabetes patient something in between meals.
Keep a package of biscuits ready.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Anti burglary

Ofcoruse people want to feel safe in their own home and want to prevent burglary and other invasions of their privacy.

The police is always willing to give advice on how to make your home as safe as possible.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

keep a tile in place

Sometimes the glue behind a walltile doesn't work anymore and the tile is on the verge of dropping out.

Use plumbers/isolation tape to keep it in place.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

For Dutch voters

June 9th is the date of the elections for a new government in The Netherlands.

A caregivers organisation has put the main plans of different parties regarding care on their site.

Now the debates are not as much about plans, but about who is able to put down others best, a choice based on careplans isn't bad.

Look here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

shining boots

Get good shining boots in about 1 hour.

  1. take paste polish and apply a medium thick layer
  2. allow it to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes
  3. take a cloth or cotton ball without wrinkles and sharp edges, dampen it rather damp/wet and start rubbing until the shine is visible
  4. Apply with the damp ball a thin layer of polish while running circles, until it shines
  5. Keep adding tiny bits of polish in circles and rub until shine.
  6. Then take a dry cloth or pantyhose and go on until you have the shine you want.

Monday, May 24, 2010

prepare your vacation

When you want to have a good vacation this summer it's time to prepare you.

Because things you need to buy won't be as expensive as they are suring the summer.

Take plastic plates and mugs for instance.
They cost almost nothing now. But watch: when time moves on towards the summervacation they'll al least trice the amount of money.

Bagpags, containers... have a look around now, note the prizes and maybe you're in for a huge surprise.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cleaning your plastic bathroom mug

Some people have a plastic mug in the bathroom for a quick drink or sip to clean the teeth.

When you keep forgetting to take it with you downstairs to wash it up after dinner, just take a desinfectant cleaning liquid and pour something of it in it.
Let the bottom soak for 15 minutes and then add water and let it stay in it for the night.

Artificial teeth cleaning tablets work well too.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fun with an union

Take an union and a few matches or cocktailpens.

Pour some water in a glass.

Stick the matches at half the height of the union in the union.

Place the union on the glass resting on the matches.

It shouldn't touch the water but be above it quite near.

Wait and watch, and you'll see the union change into a plant which flowers in the summer.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Free sportactivities

Now the weather has undergone a change for the better the outside sports are promoted again.
That's a good moment to try and get some free lessons as many sportschools offer free lessons these weeks.

Have a look in your local paper and watch the leaflets on the doormat.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

finding a present

Sometimes it's difficult to find a present for someone.
Especially when the person is not a friend or family member.

Candles always make a nice gift.

But have you considered buying a towel and some matching accessories, like soap, a comb and such?

Wrap it up nicely and add a flower to the wrap.

It's also a nice welcoming present for someone who stays at your house for the night.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Slicing cucumber

There are plenty of machines that do the job of slicing cucumbers, but all I do is using the cheese slicer.

When you pour a bit of salt over the cucumber it'll taste different.
Some people lobe that.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baking cake

When you want to bake a cake it´s always necessary to butter the form and pour flower in it. Yes?


Just use baking paper as a lining with the fatfree side to the cake.

Workd great!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Clean pan

Your pan is layered with a black lining of baked food and you think you'll never get it clean again?

Try putting it away for a night with water and a handful of detergent.
You'll see that you can clean the pan without too much effort the next morning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are annoying.

Put a cottonball with lavender oil at the place they crawl and they're gone.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cats in the garden

Cats are not always wanted visitors in a garden.

Do they use your garden as a toiletarea?

Throw food where they come and they won't do that anymore.

When you want them out completely, burry mothballs in the garden at places where cat's can't dig them out.
They won't affect the plants and keep the cats out.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Against ivy on walls

Ivy sticks to walls and it's not always desired to have it's grasping claws in your walls and crumble them.

Take a sharp knife and scrape it from the wall in case pulling causes more damage.

Then take water with lots of salt and wasking up liquid and put it to whatever is still against the wall. Soak it as well as you can.

After that you can rub it off with a firm brush.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Against fruitflies

Fruitflies are a nuisance and it's best to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Clean the area where they come with vinegar, and put a cup with water and vinegar at the place they love to come.

They hate that!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Catch woodworm

It's an oldfashioned advice, but in case you're having woodworms you might need it.

Put a few acorns in the furniture where you can hear the woodworm or see the sawdust coming out of a hole.

Woodworms love acorns and will crawl in them.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keep blossombranches fresh

Spring is so beautiful!
Blossoming trees, new green.

Isn't it great to take a branch of a blossoming tree inside the home?

In case you do, add to the water in the vase a spoonful of sugar.
That'll keep your branches nice a bit longer.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Make people feel welcome

Many people have freferences for certain kinds of music.
Why not find out which preferences your visitors have?

A while ago I visited a friend and I was surprised by the music he played: my music.

Turned out he took notes, collected the numbers I mentioned and burned them on a CD.

When I went home he gave it as a present.

I can't tell you how happy I was with this gesture.

Well worth repeating.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

write down

Even though you expect to remember everything from the past, it's better to write things down, in case you'll forget.

Use a nice booklet, or a dummy (an empty book), and make notes.

It's nice to read back what you gave or received for mother's day, for instance.
When you number your photos you can add the number to the date.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

need medical attention?

When you need medical attention at a hospital you'd better have a look at the site of the hospital to see what they require when you visit them.

Never forget your insurance card/number, as that's the most important.
Always write down which medication you use, as you might need a change of your prescription or an additional prescription.
Some meds interact, which means that they either enhance or diminish the effects of the other, or they might even act together and produce toxines.

Friday, May 7, 2010

against cigarette smoke

To get rid of cigarette smoke:
put a glass with vinegar in the room.

A plate with a cloth with vinegar works even better.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

fire extinguishing blanket

The most dangerous place is the kitchen.
Many people are not consciously aware they work with gas, electricity and open fire.
They're so used to it, that they're not prepared for the dangers.

A fire extinguishing blanket should be in every kitchen.

Hang one at a place where you are able to reach it when a fire starts.

And read the text and see the images.
If necessary look up on internet how they can be used the best way.

Many firedepartments are quite willing to demonstrate to schools and individuals how to deal with a kitchenfire. Use the opportunity and phone them.

Take care you're working safe and be prepared.
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