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Helpful tips for November 2017
In this issue:
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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Did you know this about the colour purple?
Purple is the color of royalties, it stands for luxury, wealth and
sophistication. It is also the color of passion, romance and sensitivity
Just in time for Thanksgiving; a turkey tip:
Too much turkey eaten by you can cause you to become fairly sleepy.
If you are seeking a home grown remedy to help give you a good clean out
then here is one:
Equal portions of maple syrup and pink sea salt mixed well in a two ounce
Okay, which Caribbean island receives the most sunny days of the year?
Why, it is Aruba!
Looking for a way to revive your honey that has turned into sugar?
Put it into a bowl and then place in your microwave.
Turn on microwave for two minutes and voila!
How would you like to give a good cleaning to your washer?
Well, put about a half of a cup of CLR cleaning liquid into your washer
then put your washer on a washing cycle.
Here is a good way to uncrust your crusty eyelids and eye lashes:
Wash gently with baby shampoo.
Okay, something very interesting about stripes:
Horizontal stripes on your clothes make you appear shorter
and vertical stripes on your clothes make you appear taller.
If you are interested in the health of pigs then this one is for you:
If piggy’s tail is straight or hangs down then piggy is not healthy.
But if piggy’s tail is constantly wagging then presto! Piggy is healthy!
What is the difference between food processers and food grinding mills?
Food processed in food grinding mills taste a lot more flavorful.
Here is a bit of philosophy for you:
Thoughts are converted to words.
Words are converted to actions.
Actions are converted to habits.
Habits are converted to one’s destiny.
Articles of the day
When the Lights Go Out, Replacing Fuses and Resetting Circuit Breakers
A sudden loss of electrical power—it’s one of those experiences that every
homeowner is either familiar with or soon will be. The summer months are an
especially vulnerable time as air conditioners are going full blast
for hours at a stretch, pushing electrical circuits to their limits. Even if
you replaced burnt fuses or reset the circuit breaker many times as a fully
sighted person, you may feel reluctant to fiddle with wiring if you have
some or all of your vision.
Don’t be discouraged, however. In most instances, you should be able to turn
the power back on by devoting just a bit more care and attention to the task
Understanding the Problem
Occasionally, a neighborhood—or even an entire city or region—will
experience a large-scale power outage. There’s little you can do about this
from your home, of course, so it’s important to keep fresh batteries, a
flashlight or two and a battery-operated radio on hand at all times.
More typically, power failures are confined to the home. The cause could be
an electrical short. Circuit breakers and fuses will audibly “pop” almost
immediately if there’s a short or loose wire. These can be quite
dangerous, so it’s best to have a licensed electrician fix it for you. More
often, the issue is a blown fuse or tripped circuit caused by excessive
electrical current flowing through the wires. The fuse or breaker will
automatically cut off the current to prevent the wires from overheating and
causing a fire.
The best way to prevent such outages is to make sure not to use too many
appliances on one circuit at the same time. It’s one thing to multitask, but
it’s best not to pop the English muffins in the toaster until after the
ironing is done. If several high voltage appliances are rigged to one
breaker or fuse in your home, you may want to have a licensed electrician
migrate one or more appliances to another breaker/box.
Fuse Boxes vs. Circuit Breakers
Older homes and apartments often have one or more fuse boxes with anywhere
from two to eight fuses. The fuse box is metal and may be located in a
stairwell, closet, basement, or garage. The surface of the box
may be flush with the surrounding wall or it may stick out a couple of
inches. The box will have a metal door which must be opened to expose the
Fuses lay flat on the outward-facing surface. They are round and screw into
a socket in the box very much like the socket for a light bulb. The fuse can
be unscrewed by turning it counter-clockwise.
Fuses are rated at 15, 20, or 30 amps depending on the size of the
electrical wire they protect. You should replace a fuse with the same, or
lower, ampier rating than the one you are replacing.
Circuit breakers are standard for all newly constructed and remodeled homes.
They serve the same function as older model fuse boxes, and are generally
found in the same areas of the home, but are easier to reset.
Circuit breakers looks like small light switches and are generally organized
in rows of two to eight or more that can run horizontally or vertically.
When a breaker is tripped, the switch-shaped button is forced down or up
depending on the position in which it was installed. You can easily locate
the affected breaker by running your hand along the row of breakers and
locating the one that is out of line with the rest. To reset the breaker,
simply press the switch to bring it in alignment with the others.
For the “off” breaker to engage in the “on” position, you may have to push
the breaker that has tripped to the “off” position then back “on” again. The
circuit may immediately break again if the cause of the initial
overloaded circuit was not corrected.
Kitchen ranges, dryers, and other large appliances typically connect to
large-sized breakers that require 220 volts of electricity. These are easily
distinguished from the common 110 volt breakers for lights and outlets.
Power Off/Power On: Replacing Fuses and Resetting Breakers
Replacing fuses or resetting breakers is not a frequent occurrence, but when
it is necessary, there are steps you can take to complete the task safely
and with minimum aggravation.
· Check the circuit list. When electrical circuits were last
installed, the installer should have provided a list that tells you which
outlets and lights are on each circuit. If no additional outlets or lights
have been added since
installation, you can quickly tell from this list which fuse or breaker
might have been tripped by the overload. It is a good idea to keep this list
handy in case replacement or resetting the breaker is needed.
· If the circuit list is not available or has not been kept up to
date, you may have to experiment by removing one fuse at a time until you
find the one that has burned out. If you remove a fuse and no other circuits
affected, you most likely have found the culprit.
· Fuses can be changed while the power is still on but take care. It
would be like removing a light bulb without first turning off the switch.
Exercise extreme caution when removing fuses.
· Do not stick anything in an empty fuse socket as this can trigger
an electrical short, which could cause a serious injury or fatality.
—-author: Gil Johnson
Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it
is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly
stains on footwear.
We should be thankful for sidewalk salt in the wintertime, because it’s
effective at helping us avoid injuries from slipping on icy surfaces. Of
course, the downside is, these chunky salt particles get on boots and shoes
causing damage and ugly stains.
Cleaning these stains from your leather and suede footwear regularly
throughout the winter will help them last and looking good for many years to
come.Leather: Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water into a small
bowl and mix well. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, then wring it out so
it is not dripping.
Dab the this wet cloth into the salt stains, wiping at them gently to remove
the white residue. Following with a second cloth you’ve dipped into the
and wrung near dry, rubbing gently to rinse away the vinegar solution, then
dry with a clean, soft rag. Repeat the process of dabbing with vinegar
solution, rinsing with a wet rag and drying until all of the salt stains are
If stubborn stains remain despite having followed the steps above, moisten a
clean damp sponge with a good saddle soap like Fiebing’s Yellow Saddle Soap.
Rub it onto the spots in a circular motion. Following the instructions on
the label, buff the leather with a dry rag to remove any residue that
Suede: Brush the stained areas of the boots or shoes with a soft toothbrush
to loosen any surface salt or other debris from the suede.
Mix 1 teaspoon blue Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent into 2 cups of warm
and stir. Dip a corner of a soft clean white rag into the soapy water and
squeeze it gently to release excess water. Dab the stained areas of the
suede gently. Don’t
rub or press hard on the suede. Leave the boot or shoe to air dry. If the
salt stains remain after the boots dry, repeat the process. When the salt
stains are finally gone, brush the dried area with a soft toothbrush or shoe
brush until those boots look brand new.
Avoid future stains: Once your boots are back to their beautiful selves,
treat them with a good water and stain protector like Meltonian Water &
Stain Protector for Leather & Suede. Once treated your boots will repel
future water and salt stains.
You’ll save the time of having to remove stains later and you’ll save money
because your boots will last for more seasons to come.
By Mary Hunt
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
For a blind traveler at an airport
At the best of times I find it extremely difficult to remain calm when I am
at an airport and waiting to board my plane. If someone else is traveling
with me and they are sighted then I am fine. If my traveling companion is
blind like me then I do worry.
So how do I handle it? Well, here goes. I make sure that at all times I am
listening to make sure that I hear when the announcement for my flight is
made. I also make sure that I know where the agent’s desk is so that if no
one comes to assist me to the plane after the announcement is made I can
find myself at the agent’s desk.
My cane is always visible so that I can be easily identified. I also listen
for other passengers and do my best to ascertain if someone else is
traveling on the same flight as me. This is often a very good strategy for
I will tell you that for the most part things do work out for me. I usually
inform the airlines before hand that I am a blind passenger traveling on
their flight and if I am flying in or out of Toronto I always phone this
airport’s authorities before hand. Normally, the departure phase of my
journey is smooth sailing but the arrival phase is not and it is a story for
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