Helpful tips for July 2012

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Helpful tips for July 2012

In this issue:

General tips
Tech tips
Quotes for the day

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

What should you not be taking if you are on medication to control your
pressure levels?
Why, grapefruit.

If you have a urinary infection, then here is what you need to do in order
to help the antibiotics that the doctor will give you.
Drink fluids, especially cranberry juice.
No coke for you.
Lots of water.

What’s this about your cell phone?
Well, here goes.
You run up more charges if you use it for long distance purposes.

What is a great remedy for gargling for a sore throat or anything else?
Yes, water with a tip of salt.

What is a very effective way to rid your pan of grease after cooking?
Well, not washing with warm suds.
Try this:
Take a damp paper towel and wipe clean.

When should you not venture into the rays of the sun?
Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm!

What’s this about being very careful with your dog on a very hot day?
Never leave your beloved pet in a car with the windows up.
It is not even enough to leave them in a car with your windows at a crack.
In short, do not do it!

Ah yes! Those foods with fiber!
They are supposed to help you lose weight.
Brown rice and beans are included in the mix.

Eggs, eggs!
They are loaded with protine.

Carrots, potatoes, and those vegetables that grow under ground?
They contain more sugar than those that grow above ground.

Ceiling fans, what are their real advantages?
They can be used all year round.
They help to circulate the air more efficiently.

Air condition units?
They only take the humidity out of the air.
They do not circulate the air.

What’s this about breakfast?
For those who do not eat breakfast, you are more likely to consume more
callories and gain weight than those who eat a good and regular breakfast.

Tech tips
Taken from Melanie Mama’s corner
With a huge bouquet of thanks to Dan Thompson at

Help With Foreign Addresses
Updated February 8, 2012 – 3:59 by rhiannon
If you’ve ever sent mail to other countries, you probably have an idea how
puzzling addresses can be. I’ve mailed things to other countries where I
wasn’t at all sure of the correct address, luckily most of what I’ve mailed
has made it to its destination, but I sure could have used a site like this.
It does its best to present accurate postal information for locations around
the world.
The site is located at Columbia University, called The Kermit Project or
Frank’s Compulsive Guide to Postal Addresses.
The site doesn’t claim to be “definitive, complete, systematic, or
unopinionated” but I found it to be thorough and well done.
It’s a basic text and table site – quite useful and doesn’t suffer from the
lack of graphics, flash, or java, which means it rates pretty high on my
usability scale.
The Kermit Project, or Frank’s Compulsive Guide to Postal Addresses:


Website Of The Week
Updated January 25, 2012 – 19:47 by rhiannon
Instructables is a site where you can find, and share, tutorials on just
about anything. If you want to learn something new or share what you know,
this is the place to be.
Here’s the site description:
“Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the
Internet. Since August 2005, Instructables has provided easy publishing
tools to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative
projects, recipes, skills, and ideas. Instructables has over 40,000 projects
covering all subjects, including crafts, art, electronics, kids, home
improvement, pets, outdoors, reuse, bikes, cars, robotics, food, decorating,
woodworking, costuming, games, and life in general.”
Editors Update: I did some testing with a handful of browsers. In all the
browsers I used, I was not logged in to Instructables. I could view all the
steps of a project on one page after clicking the box “View All Steps On One
Page”, while clicking on the PDF box brought up a message that said a Pro
account was needed.
Most of the projects are presented as step by step directions with photos,
some with videos. There are ads, and a pop-up box advertising a Pro account
appeared periodically as I browsed the projects.
My free account is years old and it allows me to view all the steps on one
page and download the PDF file for that particular project. It doesn’t allow
downloading of eBooks. I’m guessing that since my account is so old, it
didn’t change what I could do after the Pro memberships were introduced.
My apologies for the confusion.(
If you decide to become a member, (membership is free)
you can see all the steps in the project on one page or download the project
as a PDF file. If you’d rather not join, you can still see projects one step
at a time. Instructables now has paid accounts as well as free ones – I’m
not sure when that happened but you can compare free vs. paid here.
Instructables also has some interesting contests – my favorite is the one on
using Altoid mint boxes (palm size metal boxes with hinged lids). I hadn’t
seen eBooks on the site before – a Pro membership is needed to download
them. I’ll stick with the free (customizable) PDF files.
It’s a great site to learn new things and get ideas and inspiration for
things you already know.


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Quotes for the day
Taken from Melanie mama’s corner

Quote For Today:
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll
join us. And the world will live as one.”
— John Lennon

Quote For Today:
Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare
to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.
Norman Vincent Peale

Quote For Today:
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only
be grasped one link at a time.

Quote For Today:
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand
the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington

Quote For Today:
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving
thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
George MacDonald

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