A bit of this and a bit of that from donna’s monthly diary – what I learned for February

February 2024

A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary

Award winning sight loss coach, author and advocate


Practical and natural!

Welcome to my Donna’s did you know diary for this month and pleased to share the following with you.


Here’s what I learned for this month.


  • Valuable tips about how to use various oils when cooking and baking:

A good virgin olive oil is a regular go to for cooking and especially salad dressings.

Use for cooking on low to medium heat.

Peanut oil is great for higher heat,

frying and stir-frying but should be used in moderation.

Not for people with nut allergies.

Some baking requires oil, such as muffins,

but you want a lighter oil for that such as canola oil.

Sesame oil is used in moderation for Chinese and Asian cooking.

The general go to is olive oil.

It is heart healthy.


  • About prescriptions:

A good tip is to throw them out about six months after they expire.

However, you need to make sure that you know the date of expiration.


  • Looking to have the dishes on your dish rack dry faster?

Wash and rinse in hot water.


  • A soothing remedy for itchy skin?

Wash gently with a cotton ball or piece of cotton dipped in Witch Hazel!


  • And here is something of note for drinking glasses.

You need to clean them regularly.

Clean with a damp cloth.

Because if you don’t, they can dry rot.


  • Some important info about ants.

They enter your home in order to seek food and shelter.

To keep them out then;

Seal your food stuffs and plug your crevices.

Ants love sweet stuff.

You may want to use honey pots to keep them out.


  • Scientists found these facts about only children.

They get higher grades.

In fact, the more siblings a child has, the harder it is for them to make good grades.

Say researchers, “As family size increases, parents talk less to each child

about school, have lower educational expectations, save less for college,

and have fewer educational materials available.”

but have no fear! By fifth grade, researchers find that only children’s social skills have developed so well that they’re on par with their peers.

They struggle in kindergarten. Well, struggle socially anyway!

Only children may show signs of having greater language perception and processing skills.


  • Some yearend terms from the Oxford dictionary

*   Anosmia — the loss of the sense of smell, either total or in part

Many people who contracted Covid-19 have suffered from anosmia.

* Riz — “,” a shortened form of “charisma,”

The Gen Z slang term derived from “charisma”

This term  went viral this year after the  actor Tom Holland claimed to have none.

* Swiftie. A term used for a  pop fan of Taylor Swift.

* “beige flag” a characteristic suggesting a partner is  boring),


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