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TAKING TIME by Rebecca Cscott Penn State Extension Home Economist For Lehigh County Do As I Say You’re familiar with the old phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well I never thought that was a very fair (or wise) saying. I “al ways” thought drat people should practice the same rules and fulfill the same expectations that they re commend to others. Well last week I experienced a burning re minder of why, no matter who you are. you should follow the rules and principles presented by the experts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read directions from the USDA canning guide to callers who need help with food process ing procedures. Now canning directions have been tested, and the cautions are placed there with good reason. Consider, for in stance the cautions for canning hot pepers “Wear rubber gloves YOUR POST FRAME BUILDING HEADQUARTERS Wickes Lumber is the place to turn for all your packaged building needs. 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Unfor tunately, I had no easy solution. I say “unfortunately,” because last week I got lazy. I’ve worked with hot peppen before and worn gloves, but last week I thought I could “get away without follow ing the directions.” I cup up a few beautiful red and orange peppers for a homemade salsa. Well not only did my forehead tingle from the volatile oils but the skin under my fingernails seared with pain. It hurt to grip a pen. (Not to mention the fact that 1 spoiled a whole bowl of fresh cut peaches because i used the same paring knife to cut them that cut the pep pers!) Even a day later the burning 2x4 Continuous _ .o—--»^" salespeople and you’ve got it all! Computer Aided Customizing! Any of our package designs can be tailored to suit your needs with our Computer Aided Design capabilities. Ask a Wickes Lumber associate for details! sensation persisted. Who did I think I was to be above the law of the nature of hot peppers? But, in a way, it was a lesson I needed to relearn. I oftne get frustrated when callers phone in for my advice and then proceed to tell me how they’ve done it dif ferently all their lives and they’re not going to change. Or, they may say, “I know the books say I should do this, but I’m not going to do that anyway.” I try to remind them that the parenting, food safe ty, and financial publications that we distribute (and use as teaching references) have been heavily re searched. The recommendations are made for a reason. Consider these rules: Don’t leave protein foods out for more than two hours toad at room tem perature: a two-year-old child should stay in time-out only two minutes, a three-year-old only three minutes; a child will have the developomental skills to take shoes OFF much sooner than she will have the skills to put them on; regular saving of small amounts will accumulate more funds over the long haul than sporadic depos its pined out of good • fortune; every family needs an emergency fund of at least three months in come in a liquid savings account. wy-Duty ig Door icks & rdware r-4 'ey'll C r We know these things. Do you find yourself cutting comers, and hoping you can get away with the “do as I say, not as I do” slogan? Remember, your kids and co workers are absorbing everything you do and say, and actions tend to hold more weight than words. Learn from my carelessness. 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