Friday, October 9, 2015

How To Do "Anything": My List of Fabulous Finds (Week 17)

This week's List of Fabulous Finds is all about "how to do" things.  In less than a year, my youngest child heads off to college. I have been thinking a lot lately about whether or not I have taught him well enough "how to do" all the things he will need to know. 

I worry less about whether or not I've taught my kids enough, when I think about the wealth of information at our fingertips today. The Internet is a powerful resource.

The following links are good examples that the Internet provides information on how to do just about anything.


This Week's Fabulous Finds:

~ ~ How to sew on a button

A button fell off one of my son's dress shirts this week. I've shown both my kids how to sew a button back on, but this in not a skill that is regularly practiced.  Wondering if help would be available, I searched on-line and sure enough, found a video that gives even better directions for this task than I ever could.
Knowing how to sew on a button is a valuable skill

~ ~ How to fold a suit without wrinkling it

I think my children know how to properly fold clothes, but even I learned a trick or two in this
video. I usually pack my suitcase so tightly, I would never have thought to purposely add a little air!

~ ~ How to cook oatmeal ... in a rice cooker

As a swimmer, my daughter needed to eat both before and after her (very) early morning swim practices throughout high school. Oatmeal was sort of a staple for her, and we figured out how to make steel-cut oats in the crock pot, so it would be ready to scoop into a thermos right before she left the house. 

I'm not there to be sure my daughter is fueling her college swim practices well - but I happen to know she owns a rice cooker!

~ ~ How to  solve the world's plastic problems

We have all read about how our world and our oceans are becoming buried in non-biodegradable plastics. This week I came across two really fascinating articles posing possible solutions to this problem.

  • How to get rid of all the plastic that we do have? Meal worms might be able to give us the answer. ... Worms that can eat plastic

~ ~ How to use an explanation point

A few years ago, I realized I was guilty of overusing the explanation point.  I have been working towards improving this fault, although even in this post you will probably see too many. (It took great restraint, but I didn't add one at the end of that last sentence ... or this one.)  

This article was a helpful one for me to read - but exclamation mark habits are hard to break!
There is really never an appropriate time to use 3 explanation marks in a row - although we often do.

~ ~ How to protect your brain from dementia

This has been quite a week. A lot has been going on, and I have been preoccupied with many details. Perhaps this explains why on Tuesday morning I drove all the way into town for an appointment - only to find out I had the wrong date, and the appointment was on Wednesday! 

Needless to say, when I saw this article on protecting the brain from dementia, I decided I better read it!

~ ~ How to prepare for winter

Just in case you missed it, I added a little bit to the wealth of information available on the Internet this week, by writing my own post about how to prepare for winter. There's even a handy info-graphic you could use as a "how to know what to do" reminder list.
What is the most helpful "how to" advice you found on-line this week?

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  1. I always love seeing what your find in your internet travels!

    1. I'm glad you enjoy it Carlee! It is fun to pick topics for this post!

  2. I wish that protecting our brains from dementia was that easy. Some of the smartest, healthiest people I know have fallen victim. Great tips though. Commonsense things we do all need to do. And how I wish common sense was common (generally and in me).

    1. Oh, I do agree. And I could use more common sense most days as well.

  3. There are so many things that I probably still need to teach the boys - but they often remind me that they can just "google" it! And clearly I'm guilty of overusing exclamation points too :) - and smiley faces. Have a great weekend Susan!

    1. I hope your weekend is wonderful too Lana - and that your mom is doing better. !! :) :) ;-0

  4. Susan, the one with the exclamation points was written for me!! ;) I really have to cut down. Am I super excitable, I don't know?
    I also enjoyed reading that dark chocolate is a nice treat at the end of the day.

    1. I still struggle with explanation marks as well Mary ... especially in my replies to comments ! (I have realized I add one to nearly every one! - !!)

  5. I am guilty of the exclamation mark as well. I've been trying to watch it but it is so hard! See I just can't help myself. I also pulled your stunt week before last and went the Dr a day late. Not fun. Hope you have a great week.

    1. Oh no, Rena - at least I was a day early, so could still have my appointment the next day. I hope your doctor was able to work you in the day you went.


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