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JOB LOSS SURVIVAL GUIDE
Have you, a member of your family, or a friend been laid off? This can help you cope.
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JOB SEARCH TOOLS
A collection of links to help you in your job search.
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Some Great Ideas For Parents
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THE FAMILY CORNER'S "HELPS & HINTS"

By Jim Davis

Microwave Heating Pad

Take a cotton sock and put enough rice in it to make the size pad you need. I made one small enough for my wife to use on the bridge of her nose, and it worked fine. Of course, the larger you make it, the longer it will stay hot. The small one I made stays hot about 15 minutes. Just tie the sock with a piece of string to keep the rice from spilling. Heat it in the microwave on the high setting for anywhere from 30 seconds for a small pad to two minutes for a larger one. If you aren't sure how much time to heat it, just stop and check to see how hot it is.

Getting Rid of Dog Odor

Once in a while, my "inside dog," Winnie, comes back from her trips outside smelling like she "rolled in something dead." One day this happened when I absolutely did not have time to bathe her immediately. I filled an empty spray bottle about half-full of water and dissolved about 3 heaping teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda in it. I sprayed her and worked it in (with rubber gloves on, of course.) I had hoped it would just help reduce the odor, but it was completely gone. (Winnie still got her bath later on.)

Potato and Apple deodorizer

When the air conditioner in the office next to mine malfunctioned, it "flooded" my office floor over about a third of the room. Since this happened over a "long weekend" the room was smelling pretty rotten by the time I discovered the problem. Even after the room was dried out the odor hung on. My neighbor in the suite next door told me to quarter an apple and a potato and put the pieces in the corners of the room to get rid of the odor. I did and it worked. My neighbor told me that he had learned the trick when his car had gotten caught in a flood, and an elderly lady had told him about this remedy.

Coat hanger wire "drill"

If you need to run a phone or TV cable through an interior wall of your house, and you don't have a drill long enough to reach through the wall, here's what you can do. Using wire cutters, cut a straight piece of a sturdy coat hanger long enough to reach through the wall. Pick a point well away from any electrical outlet (be sure to check both sides of the wall.) Make sure the wall is hollow at that point (by knocking on it or using a stud finder) at the point where you are about to drill. Drill through the sheetrock on one side, at least three inches from the floor. As soon as you are through that side, stop drilling and poke around to be sure there are no obstacles (such as an electric wire.) When you feel the "drill" meet the resistance of the other side of the wall, then drill the hole in that side. You will then have matching holes on both sides of the wall, and you can use shorter drills to enlarge them as needed.

Boiled eggs will spin

If you're not sure whether an egg is boiled or not, just try to spin it (lying on its "side".) A boiled egg will twirl around, but a raw one won't.

When you're helping your kids learn to drive . . .

It's hard for them to learn to judge where the front wheels are. I used a small piece of wood (a 2X4 about five or six inches long) and had my sons learn to run over it. Once in a while they would talk me into using empty soda cans so they could crunch them. Of course, we did this on a private road out in the country, but an empty parking lot or even your driveway will work.

Poison Ivy

The best remedy I have found for poison ivy or poison oak is a product called "Tecnu POISON OAK-N-IVY Cleanser." You should be able to find it at your drug store (or click above for their web site.) It is made to be used immediately after you come in contact with poison ivy/oak, but it will also help even after the rash appears. I find that the rash goes away in a couple of days, usually. And if it works for me, it should work for most anybody, because I'm very allergic to poison ivy/oak.

Buttermilk substitute

This is one I learned from my mother-in-law. You can add lemon juice to regular milk to make a buttermilk substitute for cooking. I use about one part lemon juice to eight parts milk for use in recipes. I've never tried drinking it, so I don't know if it actually tastes like buttermilk or not. It does make great buttermilk pancakes, though. And it doesn't give me the blood pressure problem I usually have if I use real buttermilk.

Saving Hot Water

I recently realized how much hot water I was wasting when I make hot cocoa. (See the recipe for home-made hot cocoa below.) I was turning on the hot water and waiting until it got hot, which wastes almost three quarts of hot water out of the water heater just to get to the faucet. Then I was actually using only a few teaspoons of hot water. I realized that I could heat about a fourth cup of water in the microwave, instead.

Delicious Hot Cocoa (not instant)

This is easy, and it's delicious. Just put one tablespoon of baking cocoa and one tablespoon of sugar in a 10 ounce mug. Add enough hot water to make a syrupy mixture. Then add milk to fill the cup, and stir well. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes. (Be careful not to heat too long, or it will bubble up and make a mess.) Then stir it again, and if you like, add a marshmallow.

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