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.
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