In the past I've been invited for coffee and it turned out I was at a birthday. It was an awful experience to be without a gift. I really didn't know the hostess would be celebrating her birthday.
Since then I keep in the hall a few packages with a towel, washingcloth and soap. In case someone lands in the middle of a birthday celebration I slip the package in their bag, explain the situation in a few words and the visitor won't feel embarrassed at all.
Some women keep going up and down to fetch things.
Why not keep certain things upstairs ànd downstairs? Cleaning cloths, cleaner and some othet much used household items can be found upstairs and downstairs in our house since I got this wise advice from the mother of a friend. It has saved me a lot of time and energy when the children were small.
We've been dealing with painful lips and a swollen mouth due to eating pineapples until we were told not to use the knife that's used for peeling the pineapple anymore. One should use a new knife for slicing the pineapple, because the ill effects are caused by an acid in the peel.
In case your mouth hurts or is swollen because of a pineapple, use salt.
Steel knives need special care before you put them away for a long time. To prevent them from rusting you need to make a strong solution of soda (1 part water and 4 parts soda) and put them in there for a moment. Then dry them carefully and put them in a dry place rolled in flannel.
First decide if you want to clean the sponge or throw it away.
When your choice for throwing away is made easily why not cut a new sponge in two, so you'll be kinder to your wallet and the environment.
When cleaning a sponge use an anti bacterial washing soap for hands. Use clean water to rinse it out. Then take a fresh lemon and have the juice go well into the sponge. Rinse it well with lukewarm water.
Earache is one of the worst pains and especially for young children it can cause fear too.
Warm a bit of garlic or sesame oil just lukewarm and drop 3 drops in the ear. With the right temperature the child won't feel a thing. Don't forget the tell before that the hearing might be weird or gone for a while. Recurrent earaches and earaches after an illness should be presented to a doctor.
Today I got a call from a friend who was clearly in panick. Her son had hurt his leg and it was bleeding profusely.
I asked her some questions and it didn't sound as an arterial bleed. So I told her to get a bandage or an ironed t-towel and pul the wound closed from behind the leg to the front, carefully observing not to tie the knot on the wound. Then I had her made an ice compress by putting ice in a clean and ironed washcloth and put it on the material that covered the wound. She could holt it in place with another clean and ironed t-towel.
She was lucky to be one of the few who love to iron things, so she had it all available. But you can prepare yourself by taking a plastic box, clean it with dettol or something else anti-bacterial, and put ironed stuff in there and close the lid well. Refresh every month.
After covering the wound that way she went with her son to hospital where they found that the bleeding had stopped.
She got a compliment for treating the wound so well and after some stitches they were allowed to go home.
Haha! You didn't know a potato can help you fight disease? It can.
The medicinal part, functioning as analgesic and antispasmodic is its swollen underground stem called “tuber”.
It's good against gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers. Wash the potatoes well get rid of the sprouts and grate them into a cheesecloth. Press the juice out. Half a cup of it before every meal is enough.
Because potatoes also contain atropine itll also handle your gastrointestinal pain.
Topical burns can be treated by a combination of the juice and the peels.
I've never used eggplant much. I don't like it. But now I know it's so healthy, I have to change my mind.
The medicinal parts are its calyx, leaves, and the fruit.
Take 2 to 3 grams of dried calyx of the eggplant and make an extract. It's one of the best ways to combat food poisoning, I've been told.
When you want to get rid of a wart, just cut a slice of the eggplant and make it a little bit larger than the warth. Secure it with tape. Refresh the treatment every day and after a week you'll see result.
You can use the eggplant also against breast inflammation, boils, chapped skin and frostbite.
Take a goldreinette (apple which is quite firm and stays rather firm when heated).
Peel it and make slices of one to 2 cm.
Take the middle hard part out with a knife.
Heat a teflon pan with a bit of butter.
Put the apple slices in and keep moving the pan.
Throw cinnamon on the apple.
Turn the slices,
go on baking and moving and throw cinnamon on.
Throw snowsugar on it and turn the slices.
Bake for 30 seconds and throw snowsugar on the slices and turn.
Repeat snowsugar and turning.
Keep a close watch on the bottom of the pan, because the sugar shouldn't go black but golden brown.
When you like the smell well enough, pur the whole lot on a plate and either serve them slice by slice with some honey and cinnamon icecream, for instance. Or on a piece of cake. Or just the way they are.
Many people make resolutions for the new year. It's a great idea to face up to your weak characteristics and work on them, but when one of those characteristics is to make it easy for yourself you'd better hide until the next new year.
Ofcourse you can help yourself realise your plans.
Don't make them too difficult,
cut them into easy reachable small parts,
work together with other people
change your life in such a way that you can deal with your plans without missing something else
Buy a new calendar for the new year and put all the birthdays, anniversaries and special events on it. Don't forget the regular appointments, the times you have to order your medicines and other regular occurances.
Put the calendar at a place where you will see it each day, and at such a place where you are bound to look at it. Like beside the coffee machine.
This blog was started by a mom of 6 children, 4 of them with autism spectrum disorder. She said: "I have repeated all sorts of housekeeping tips so many times that I've forgotten who knows what.
When the older boys moved to a place for themselves, they realized they needed to know all sorts of things to have a nice home and a smooth running household.
When the children of a friend asked for tips, we came up with the idea to start a site, for all to enjoy."
After a while more teammembers of Action for Autism wanted to share their tips.
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