In the first place, sit all you can. Sit down to prepare the vegetables for dinner. Sit down to wash the dishes. Sit down to scour the knives and rub up the silver. Sit down to take up the ashes. Sit down to the ironing-board and smooth the plain pieces. And here, before I forget it, let me say, get your steel knives plated and save yourself about six hours' time each month. Once plated, they will keep bright, with ordinary washing and wiping, three or four years. Nothing will spot them. Vinegar or acid of any kind has no effect. It is called Stannil Plating. The cost is one dollar per dozen knives. It is an investment that pays a very large interest.
When you wash your dishes - being sure they are well washed - pour hot water over them, and turn them upside down on a cloth laid on the table, in a basket, or, better still, get a dish-drainer, cover them up with a cloth or newspaper, and go about your other work. They will be clean and dry when you are ready to put them away.
Now, about ironing. If your husband's night-shirt is smoothed in front and folded artistically, who is to know whether the back has been ironed or not? I'll venture to say that he will not, unless you tell him. The same with your own night-dresses; and the children's drawers ! Little romps, they soil them in less time than it takes to do them up. Let the gathers go. Iron the bottoms of the legs smoothly, and that is enough. You can iron six or eight pairs in this way, while, otherwise, you would be working at two pairs.
Learn to slight where it will do to slight. Some garments must not be slighted in the least. Aprons and dresses should be done the very best that one knows how.
Sheets may be folded smoothly and have a weight put upon them; or, take one at a time, and lay it under the ironing-sheet and iron over it for awhile. Then fold and put away, and take another, until all are done.
It is not absolutely necessary to iron skirts, except for twelve or fifteen inches above the bottom.
Bear in mind, these are hints to those only, who need them. But there is enough in life that has to be done, with-*50 out vexing our souls and wearing out our bodies over work that is not essential either to the happiness or well-being of our fellows.
Turn the little sufferer on the side, and from a height of a foot or more pour into the affected ear a small stream of water just as hot as you dare use. It will cause a momentary screaming, but the pain will cease. I have tried this with a child two years old, who was suffering intensely from earache, and the entire face and head seemed inflamed. It was not fifteen minutes before he fell asleep, and that was the last of the earache.
I am satisfied that the practice of inserting cotton in an affected ear for any cause is a very pernicious one. A well-known army surgeon in a western city suffered much while in the army from earache, and kept putting in cotton to exclude the air. He finally became deaf and suffered from various nervous ailments for years. A friend, also a physician, finally examined his ear, and took out over half a finger length of thick wads of cotton. His deafness disappeared, and his nervous system was restored to health. This case is perfectly authentic. A high medical authority said that nothing smaller than the elbow should be put in the ear.