Posted in Planning Ahead, Timely Tips

Be Prepared, Vol. I

At this writing, wild fires are ravaging parts of the American West, and Tropical Storm Laura, now a hurricane, threatens the South. Rather than be scared, it can be much healthier emotionally, and maybe even save your life, to be ready.

What to do? Firstly, know what kinds of natural disasters are likely. Does that creek nearby ever flood? Check into it. Sign up for alerts. Gather information, like core family members’ phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, and medical needs. Note your household members’ frequent locations (like work, daycare, school), their addresses, phone numbers and evacuation routes. You might write down this information, in case your mobile device fails.

Talk with your neighbors. Develop a plan to check on anyone who may be vulnerable, like the elderly, the disabled, or those with small children.

Establish safe meeting places – a windowless room, if your home area gets tornadoes or high-wind storms; a neighborhood spot, like a big tree, in case of fire; a community center, if you can’t get home; an out-of-town place, if you must evacuate.

Again, write all of this down! Store a copy in a kitchen drawer or on the fridge. Be sure that everyone has a copy in the purse, back pack, or other bag used daily. Digitize your plan, plus insurance and medical records, and store them on a cloud service. Email the plan to a few close neighbors and friends, to an out-of-state family member or friend.

Practice! Do a “dry run” yearly, and update any information no longer current. Be sure that little ones know how to call 911, and that everyone can text vital information quickly, and with as few words as possible.

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Posted in Clever Re-Uses, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Just This Morning…

…I re-used some dryer sheets to clean the blinds in a bedroom. It really is easy-peasy, and so fast.

After using them in their usual way, tuck used dryer sheets away. They actually have multiple uses. For more suggestions, see my post, from January 2018. It’s under Timely Tips, and Clever Re-Uses. Good ideas keep!

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Posted in Clearing Clutter, Timely Tips

Working Around the Virus

It WILL end, though we don’t know when.

Yes, COVID-19 is with us, and will be for some time to come. How long? We can’t predict that. Rest assured that, when we work together, I do all possible to protect everyone’s health. That’s also to clear mental clutter.

First, I take temperatures – yours and mine – to ensure that it’s safe. I wear a mask, and ask that you do, too. I also wear gloves. We socially distance. We also laugh, as we always do, perhaps noting both the importance of being careful and the challenges of talking clearly through masks. Onward!

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Posted in Holidays, Seasons, Timely Tips

Dyeing Easter Eggs – Easy-Peasy!

What a cool Easter egg!

From the archives, for great-looking Easter eggs…fill a baby food jar with dye, then dip half of the egg in, and let it dry. Put a different-colored dye in the jar. Dip the egg again, but only one-third of it. Repeat with both ends of the egg until you have stripes in varying shades.

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Posted in Clearing Clutter, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Supporting Your Efforts!

Ready to work!

Like many millions of people around the world, you may be spending lots of time at home. Are you having fun? Using time well? Are you de-cluttering and organizing? If so, is it going well? Yes, it can be hard work, requiring energy, patience, and decisions.

If you’d like help, I’m here for you! We could work by Zoom. Another option – sending photos, then talking on the phone. I did just that with a high school classmate last summer. It went well, as I suggested specific actions for David to follow, and supported him about returning some items to his former wife.

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Posted in Seasons, Timely Tips, Winter

An Easy Fix to Boost Our Spirits and Protect Our Health

It’s been brutally cold here in Vermont, the kind of weather that keeps our population low. (Some people, who otherwise love Vermont, don’t move here because of our winters.) Wind chills have been dangerously low. It can test our spirits.

How to keep our spirits up, and also protect our health? It’s easy! House plants provide an easy fix. They can be comforting and restorative to look at, also reminding us of warmer times of year. Plus, they magically help to clean the air.

Bonus points. If you douse yours in the shower monthly, they’ll look much “happier.” I figure, too, that photosynthesis has a better chance of working if not competing with (even small amounts of) dust. More bonus points – as you tend to plants in the shower, you also may smell their potting soil. Perhaps it’s another reminder of gardening in warmer weather, which also may comfort you, especially on cold winter days. Though not anytime soon here in Vermont, spring WILL come!

Ahhh…

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Posted in Electronic Clutter, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Before Recycling or Trashing an Old Computer

I have a 10-year-old dinosaur of a desktop computer. It’s time to bring it to the county recycling depot. How to remove information from its hard drive, to protect my privacy? I called a local computer retailer, and was told that the store would do it for $100.00. Telling the kind gent that I didn’t want to spend that kind of money, he actually advised throwing the computer down a flight of stairs. The fall likely would break the hard drive. No thanks!

A colleague then suggested slamming the computer against a tree. That would feel like very strange behavior; plus, my neighbors understandably might wonder if I’ve lost my mind. There also likely would be lots of little pieces to pick up from the snowy ground. Not a good option, either.

Someone else suggested drilling through the monitor to poke holes in the hard drive. Now, just to figure out exactly where it is, within the “guts” of the monitor. Client Mike, who used to have a construction company, agreed to drill through it for me. He’s as comfortable using tools as I am uncomfortable.

Solution!

Thanks for photo credit to Matt Artz through Unsplash.

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Posted in Seasons, Timely Tips, Winter

To Protect Dogs’ Paws From Winter Salt

From the archives, the following recipe should protect your dog’s paws from winter salt.

Paw Wax Recipe
3 ounces beeswax
3 tablespoons calendula oil
3 tablespoons avocado oil
3 tablespoons coconut oil

Melt together in a pan on low heat, mix well, then pour into a small tin or other container. Let cool at room temperature overnight. To use, rub the bottom of your dog’s paws in the Paw Wax and go!

You also might want to give some as a holiday gift to friends, both human and canine.

Photo credit to Julian Dutton through Unsplash.

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Posted in Holidays, Timely Tips

Travels with…Fido…or Miss Kitty…or…

As the holidays approach, let’s think about traveling with pets.  A friend recently passed along some ideas that could help to keep Fido, Miss Kitty, other pets – and their human companions! – happy as all travel together.

Of course, if you’ll stay at another home, please check with your host(s) first. Are pets welcome? Is anyone allergic to them? This is important to know, to ensure a comfortable and nice visit for everyone, humans and non-humans alike.

Here are some other tips –

  • Do less than you may have planned originally. Traveling with pets can be like traveling with small children. Critters need time to get used to new places. Bonus points – it also helps their humans to slow down and perhaps to enjoy the new environment more.
  • Consider your pet’s personality. What destinations and activities will be fun? If your pet gets nervous in big cities, though loves wide-open spaces, you might opt for the latter option.
  • Before traveling, check your pet’s IDs. Its tags and/or microchip should reflect your current contact information.
  • Bring health records. If you have to visit an unfamiliar vet, having flea and tick, vaccination, and prescription information printed on paper or on a flash drive could lower the stress level, for both you and your pet. Also, some hotels and airlines require proof that vaccinations and flea control are current.
  • Respect rules. Review hotel or other rental property pet policies when making reservations. Don’t try to sneak pets into places where they’re not welcome. That will keep your pet safe and your human smile intact.

Photo credit to Emerson Peters through Unsplash.

Happy holidays, to you and your pets!

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Posted in Timely Tips, Winter

Dry Laces!

Here in Vermont, winter has arrived early, with a punch. Many parts of the state got the first real snowstorm this week. Yesterday morning, the wind chill was -6. It’s NovemBRRR!

Here’s a tip for a small thing to do for yourself to keep comfortable and un-frustrated this winter. When taking off winter boots that may be covered with snow or ice, and if their laces are dry, you might tuck them inside the boots. That way, when you go to put on the boots again, you won’t have to deal with wet and/or cold laces.

You’re welcome!

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