- Don't trust car dealerships. If they tell you the winter servicing on your vehicle will only take an hour, realistically you are going to sit and wait for almost three hours. Prepare accordingly. I didn't.
- Don't start watching a murder mystery on your computer after dark but before you have taken your dog out for one last evening walk. It doesn't matter if you already know who the murderer is because you have read the book. The woods are creepy after dark. The movie, for those of you who don't have a dog, or who have already put your dog to bed, is Still Life, available through the CBC website if you are in Canada. The book is available worldwide through the usual sources. This link is to the author, Louise Penny's, site. She's one of my favourite mystery writers.
- Do use your dog as a pattern holder while you knit. Only do this once your dog is almost two years old and no longer tries to eat your knitting.
- Do trust your readers. Thanks to all of you for your great advice about making flapjacks. I followed the recipe and advice Jean from Cornwall left on my blog and it worked perfectly.
- Don't waste five minutes trying to get your Nike walking app to work, only to look down and realize you aren't wearing your Nike runners. Those would be the runners with the special chip so the app can communicate with them.
- Don't tell your family you are switching to an artificial Christmas tree this year and end up subjecting yourself to two months of whining and pleading and pronouncements of "it just won't be Christmas without a real tree." Just do it and let everyone be surprised when they show up. Okay, maybe not pleasantly surprised. But by then it will be a done deal. No more needles on the floor, no more water leaking out of the tree holder, no more fire hazard, no more having to tie the tree to the wall to keep the animals from tipping it over. And best of all, no more of this...
Last, but most certainly not least, I'm sure most of you have seen this poster making the rounds on the Internet. What you haven't seen is my advice.
- Don't die first.