Here are a couple helpful hints to tide you over during the blahs of winter.
Dry Scalp and Skin
Dry patches on your scalp and skin are no fun. Honestly the best thing is OLIVE OIL. Massage a little bit into the dry area before you go to bed. Sleep with an old towel on your pillow if you like.
And dream of Italian food all night. Shower in the morning to remove some of the oil from your hair and repeat periodically over time as needed. Start with one treatment and see how that goes after a week before doing another treatment, and maybe try it on a day when you don’t have anything the next day or two. Olive oil is one of the best things for many skin ailments too. Dry itchy skin is easily treated with olive oil as well.
Love mimosas but terrified of champagne bottles? Here is a professional, quick, no-fail way to open those bottles without putting out an eye and keeping the popping noise to a minimum!
1. Place a kitchen towel over the top of the bottle (cork and cage and all).
2. Grip the neck of the bottle with your thumb over the top.
3. Reach under the towel and pull down the piece of the wire cage that is twisted.
4. Without looking twist the wire counter-clockwise 6 times and stop. No really, it’s always 6!
5. While keeping your thumb on the top begin to twist the bottle. Keep twisting slowly. Eventually the cork comes right out, in the cage and muffled by the towel. Always keep the bottle pointed away from people and animals, but you are less likely to put out an eye this way.
While you’re cooped up inside during the winter, maybe you want to look up when a movie is playing, or check your friend’s blog. Here’s a shortcut to typing web addresses. You don’t have to type the “www.” or the “.com,” “.org,” or “.net” to get to the site. Just type in the middle portion of the site, such as google. Then type the following for the desired result (your browser will fill in the rest):
1. CTRL + ENTER = http://www.______.com
2. CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER = http://www.____.org
3. SHIFT + ENTER = http://www.____.net
In addition to other headache remedies I have posted, there is another way to stop a small oncoming headache. If you feel a headache start coming on and you don’t have access to anything such as a sports drink, or headache medicine because you’re trapped in a meeting or something, try squeezing the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and your forefinger until it subsides. It won’t cure all headaches, but will help out in a “pinch.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
I discovered this one yesterday. During an overzealous hot toddy experiment this weekend, the pot boiled over and sugary cider got on my beautiful black glasstop stove. I tried to wipe up most of it, but some was still burned on. First, do not use that burner again until you have cleaned it all off, or you’ll just burn it on further and it may never come off. Make sure you take a wet sponge or towel and try to wipe up the spill while it is still hot immediately after the spill. Then after it’s cooled and there is still a stain, take some white VINEGAR and a MAGIC ERASER SPONGE and soak the stain and start putting in some good elbow grease into it. Scrub in small circles (making sure you’re not scratching your surface) and keep at it. It took me a really long time (and some sore shoulders), but I finally got out the stains. After you’ve gotten the majority of the heavy stain, use some WINDOW cleaner with the sponge or a paper towel. You will eventually clean it all off. Just be patient, it takes time and a lot of effort, but it will come clean!