Are you having trouble focusing and achieving things? Thanks to Kat – co-host of a Cambridge-based study group of which I’m an arm’s length member – below is a neat little sheet to help you overcome obstacles (which may get out of proportion when we’re stuck at home alone with too much thinking time). You can find out more about Kat’s work at https://kathiby.wixsite.com/ayellowbrickroad/blog
Making, Mending (and Men’s Sheds)
No ‘making section’ in the current climate can ignore instructions for making face masks. You’ll probably know that the scientific evidence about the health benefits of wearing non-medical masks is not clear but, if you fancy having a go, here are a couple of links. The first is from those fine folk at Instructables (see below). It looks reasonably straight forward to my untrained eye (and possible without a sewing machine?) https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Face-Masks-to-Support-Medical-Personnel/
The second Make a Mask tutorial comes from my friend Alison at the Goodlife Centre in London – best suited to users of sewing machines I think (with a couple of bears to help…) https://www.thegoodlifecentre.co.uk/my-mask-protects-you-your-mask-protects-me You can also download the instructions here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HMeolzVW3MA8HyNqempSYmmA-epee8-fPEeditT8Za0/edit
Mars Bar Crispies That’s this week’s cooking-for-dummies-like-me recipe starting with M. 3 ingredients and 3 steps – what could be easier (or sweeter)? See below – give it a go.
Ingredients (Makes 12 – you can halve the quantities if you’re not sharing) 4 Mars Bars or similar / 50 gms margarine/cooking spread / 3 cups of corn flakes (approx 150 gms)
Step 1 Start melting the margarine in saucepan on a low heat. Chop up the Mars Bars into small pieces and throw them into the pan to melt. Stir, if necessary and, if the mixture is too thick, add more margarine.
Step 2 Add in the corn flakes to the melted mixture. Gently stir together making sure it’s well mixed.
Step 3 Transfer chunks of the mixture into a baking tray or similar (or into small paper cake cups). Pop them into the fridge until they are firm and chilled (I can usually only wait 15 minutes). Take out and serve.
Thank you Mark (another M) for recommending this source of instruction videos covering all sort of purposeful activities https://www.instructables.com. I knew about the website for repair tutorials, but I didn’t know it had so much more.
For anyone who likes tinkering – messing about in sheds, backyards and garages – check out page 5 in the latest edition of our Men’s Sheds Shoulder to Shoulder magazine here https://menssheds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Shoulder-to-Shoulder-060-April-2020.pdf The magazine includes some toilet roll holders made from reclaimed materials – some inspiration there maybe?
Beware online scams! The less friendly aspect of connecting online (or by phone or on your doorstep) is when scammers trick people into giving away their money. Two links from Which https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/coronavirus-scams-how-to-spot-them-and-stop-them/ and Google https://safety.google/securitytips-covid19 – take your pick.
Thanks to Marcus (another M) for sending me this link to decade-by-decade isolation playlists for people staying at home – lots to explore. You can search for the playlists on Spotify and listen for free https://www.vindy.com/life/ticket/2020/03/kick-it-up-a-notch
Until next time – take care
See other posts in this “Happy at home” series here https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/category/happy-at-home