ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z It was 20th-century journalist Brenda Ueland who said: “Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.” z If you heard the word “pantophobia,” you might (logically) assume that it means a fear of pants. You’d be only partially correct, however; those who suffer from pantophobia are, presumably, afraid of pants – but that’s just because they’re afraid of everything. z You might be surprised to learn that the first Model T Fords weren’t black – they were green with red stripes. z If you’re thinking of starting a business and want to get up and running right away, there’s a company ready to help you get started. Novanym, a branding firm based in Farnborough, England, can provide you with a unique name and its matching .com domain – even your choice of three logos for your fledgling venture. For less than $700 you can brand your company as Aquinique, Spiranti or Fenmarch. z You might be surprised to learn that if you add up all the deaths that are caused worldwide by tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS, the total would be less than a third of those attributable to pollution, which accounts for 16 per cent of all global deaths. z “Truthtellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.” – Gwendolyn Brooks
Thought for the Day: NOW HERE’S A TIP
z “I have a great idea for cleaning skylights. Attach an old T-shirt to the broom end of a long-handled broom, then just mist with a cleaner. You can hold it up and scrub gently. The T-shirt material makes a great scrubber.” – contributed by C.L. z “In my house, cleaning up is a big issue. I have a large basket in the garage that is designated Toy Time Out. I ask the kids to pick something up and give them a time limit. If I have to ask again, the item goes into time out for a day. I typically get a good response to my requests.” – a loving Mum z A party tip: “If you have one person responsible for putting prep dishes and pots and pans in the dishwasher while you are preparing the cooked roast and side dishes for the table, you will be halfway done with dishes by the time the meal is over.” – M.A. z (Around feasting days like Christmas Day) I buy extra supplies as items go on sale. We always make extra-large portions of our side dishes, and put in an extra leg of ham or turkey while we’re eating! Freeze meals in individual containers for quick dinners throughout the weeks that follow. – E.S. z Catering at the sports ground from the back of your car or ute? Prepare a batch of macaroni and cheese, then add an egg and stir in. Butter the wells of a muffin tin, and fill with the mac and cheese. Top with a bit of shredded cheddar and bake for 20 minutes at 205 C. You can even make them super portable by using muffin liners. The gang loves these – no fork necessary!