Helpful tips for December 2019 – something for everyone

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Helpful tips for December 2019

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

Scams of the month:
Be very careful now that the holiday season is here and these are just some
of the scams floating around.
A phone scam!
You receive an automated recording telling you that because you attended a
recent Air Canada promotional event, you have qualified for a prize.
Never, never fall prey to any sort of automated recording calls.

An email scam!
You receive an email telling you that Fedex has a package for you and that
you need to use the code provided to retrieve your package.
And if you are not expecting a package then just simply delete.
If you are, make sure that it is indeed yours!
best to call Fedex with the code provided.
Do not use this email to respond.

An email scam!
You receive an email from an unknown sender telling you that your invoice
has been paid.
No; do not be tempted under any circumstance.
Delete this email.

With the holiday season upon us we are sure that these tips will be most
Tips on potatoes:
Keeping Your Potatoes Fresh
Here are some tips to make sure your potatoes are the freshest and most
delicious potatoes available:
* Store potatoes in a cool, dark place at about 50 degrees. Do not wash
potatoes before storing, because the moisture can cause sprouting.
* Do not refrigerate potatoes. Storage in temperatures cooler than 45
degrees converts the potato starch into sugar which changes the taste and
causes the potatoes to
darken prematurely when cooked.
* Protect potatoes from turning green and acquiring a bitter taste by
keeping them out of strong light. If a potato has any green spots, simply
pare these areas off before

It’s turkey time and one thing to remember!
The eating of too much turkey at meal time can cause you to become very

If you are trying to either take heat out of a cup of hot liquid or even
coldness out of a cup of cold liquid:
Place a tea spoon in it and voila!
Time to enjoy!


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
) found at the next link,
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
Find at this link to buy:
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”


In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar


From the pages of Donna’s diary
Applying for a passport

Well, I can tell you that when it comes to passports so many of us really do
not know how to go about doing it. The info below mainly pertains to
Canadians but there is absolutely no harm in others reading it as it would
give you an idea as to what you need to do. I’ll start with some important
points for everyone to take note of.

We need passports in order to travel to countries outside our borders.
Passports should be ideally renewed six months before the expiry date.
If it is not, you are likely to be turned away at the airport or border.

Now if you live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen; then please read on.
These are the following ways and it all depends on whether you are applying
for a new passport or applying for a passport renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted

You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.

To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized

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