Some advice isn't worth two cents, but some of it is priceless. Some is spoken from the experience of a lifetime. As I approach that "old and wise" station myself, I thought I'd pass on a few of the tidbits I've received from those who have gone before me with experience and wisdom. Some I've disregarded, some I've heeded and am glad I did. Some I've proven true by my own experience - in other words, I disregarded the advice but later learned the advice-giver was right. So, for whatever they are worth, I'm now sharing them with you.
1. To avoid arthritis in your hands when you are older, always wear gloves in cold weather, even if you are just hanging clothes on the line, and especially when you are driving and have your hands on the cold steering wheel. -- from my quilting teacher, twenty years ago
I find it challenging to work while wearing gloves, but I try to do so as much as I can. I have 3 pair: work gloves that protect my hands from blisters and cuts, a nice pair of fuzzy gloves to wear when I go to town in cold weather, and a pair of soft felt-like gloves with the last inch of the fingers cut out of them that I wear while I'm feeding. I resort to a pair of ski gloves when it's really cold but they are very hard to work in.
I didn't for many years. When we moved back to the States from Iceland, the sun seemed so much stronger, and hurt my eyes. Hubby's sister loaned me a pair of sunglasses - I didn't even own a pair.
When the sun is included in my photos, it's just peeping out from behind a branch, but even then I'm not looking through the lens. Some photographers say this minimal exposure won't hurt your eyes, but I took his advice to heart.
4. Always wear sunscreen. -- from my dermatologist.
I have to admit that I do not wear commercial sunscreen, even though I am a melanoma survivor. I do not like spreading chemicals all over my skin. In fact, some studies show that sunscreens promote skin cancer rather than preventing it. So, what to do? I avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day. I dress more modestly than many: no shorts or tank tops here. I use this chemical-free sunscreen. (The website also has links to studies you might find interesting.)
My maternal grandmother had a huge flock of bantams that free-ranged and laid their eggs in hidden nests in the haybarn. Who knew how old the eggs were when they were found and gathered? She came across her share of bad eggs when cooking, and I remember a few of those nasty things. It's much safer to crack them one by one into a bowl and make sure they are fresh before adding to the mixing bowl, even if your hens are fenced in and you gather eggs daily.
6. Never pour salt (or pepper or any other ingredient) into the measuring spoon while holding it over the mixing bowl. -- from my paternal grandma
She meant a recipe, of course - how to add seasonings "to taste" - but it's true of so much in life, isn't it? Moderation in everything.
8. Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. -- cowboy wisdom, common sense, and self-explanatory!
What advice would you pass on? Please share in the comments.
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