Helpful tips for November 2015

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Helpful tips for November 2015

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

About avocados:
One of the best ways to get them to ripe nicely is to put them in a brown
bag and then put them in a drawer in your fridge.
Give it a try.

About white chocolate:
So-called white chocolate isn’t chocolate in the technical sense – it is
comprised of cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no actual chocolate.

Some history on the celery stick:
The celery stick garnish became a staple of the Bloody Mary only after an
impatient patron at Chicago’s Pump Room couldn’t wait for his server to
bring him a swizzle stick. He took matters into his own hands and snatched a
celery stalk from a nearby relish tray.

About alcohol:
Did you know that alcohol can stay for up to 12 hours in your blood stream?

About cats:
Some cats are alergic to us humans!

About birds:
Studies in space have shown that birds cannot survive in weightless
environments since they require gravity in order to swallow

About lobsters:
It is better to steam lobsters rather than boil them and why?
Because you keep more of the nutrients when they are steamed.
Before removing the rubber bands from their claws, cross their claws so that
when you remove the rubber bands they cannot bite you.

Guess what?
According to the experts, August is one of the most popular months for
babies to be born.

Here is something important to know if/when your Apple i device stops
Before you go off tinkering with it, it is best to take it to your nearest
Apple store.
If you tinker with it before doing so, chances are that Apple won’t even
touch it let alone give you a refund.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Useful Daily Tips
1. from Lifehacker
Cover Refrigerator Shelves in Plastic Wrap for Easy Cleaning
Cover your refrigerator shelf with Saran’s Press and Seal Wrap….then when
it gets dirty you just peel it off and apply a new piece!! This is
Genius…..I am so going to do this!

2. from
Floor Grease Cutter Cleaner

use this and it leaves floor spotless. (Heavy duty floor cleaner recipe: ¼
cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap ¼ cup baking soda 2 gallons
tap water, very warm.) It leaves everything smelling amazing.


My son’s doctor told me about this 37 years ago. Use Vicks Vapor Rub and
socks. Even the worst cough can be stopped within 5-15 minutes, and lasts
hours. Just apply the vapor rub generously to the bottom of your (or
child’s) feet, and cover with socks. works 100% of the time, and has been
proven to work better than prescription drugs!

4. Five Helpful Tips to Meet Daily Fluid Needs
While meeting fluid requirements during the swim bike and run is important,
paying attention to fluid intake the rest of the day is also critical to
overall performance and recovery. Due to hectic lives and busy training
schedules many of us fall short on the everyday consumption of this
essential nutrient. Here are five tips to help you perfect this cheap and
easy performance aid.
• A. Be more efficient and earth friendly by carrying a 32 oz BPA free
“Nalgene” type bottle and drink at least one fill in the morning and two
refills between noon and 8 pm.
• B. Start your day with hydration in mind, allowing yourself a moderate
amount of caffeine if needed, but transitioning to decaffeinated coffee, tea
and herbal tea. Just to clarify, while caffeine may act as a mild diuretic,
it doesn’t produce greater urine volume when compared to the same volume of
caffeine free fluid. There are ergogenic effects to caffeine, but only if
your body hasn’t already developed a tolerance to caffeine.
• C. Carry water with you at all times. It’s ok if they make fun of you
for carrying that big bottle of water with you everywhere. It’s also ok if
it doesn’t fit in your car’s cup holder, just have your spouse hold it for
you- this will make them feel quite supportive.
• D. If you feel a cold coming, add 1 packet of Emergen-C (with 1000 mg
Vit C) per day. Or, if you simply dislike water, spruce it up with some
fresh lemon or lime.
• E. It may also be appropriate to drink juice (100% pure), skim milk,
soy or almond milk with meals as well to increase fluid intake. Just
understand that liquid calories go down easy and must be accounted for.


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Those airplane bathrooms

As a frequent air traveler, I am constantly having to get used to navigating
a bathroom on board the aircraft. Yes, this is very true and although the
general layout is almost the same, there is one thing that differs from
bathroom to bathroom.

You guessed it! It’s the button to flush when finished. Believe it or not,
it is always a matter of me either trying to find it on my own or to ask the
air hostess to show me. These precious buttons differ from aircraft to
aircraft. If I am adventurous, I would spend the time to locate it by
feeling along the wall behind the toilet bowl but if I feel that either the
hostess is busy or that there are others lined up behind me to use the
bathroom, then I ask the air hostess to show me.

All in a day’s work and just another challenge for me to deal with.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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