How to Create a Fall Swag

1.Gather a wheelbarrow full of 6-inch-long garden trimmings. Some suggestions for foliage are juniper, oak, asparagus fern, bay laurel, camellia, dusty miller and citrus.
2.Lay a 10-foot length of string or twine on a large, flat surface.
3.Make a loop in one end of the string.
4.Attach #24 floral wire (sometimes called paddle wire) to the loop end of the twine.
5.Select several stems of the 6-inch foliage pieces and place them together in a bunch, with the stems at one end. You can mix different kinds of foliage in one bundle.
6.Place the bundle of foliage at the loop end of the twine with the stems pointing toward the long end of the string.
7.Wrap the floral wire around the stems and twine to secure them in place. You will need two hands for this; one will hold the foliage in place against the string, and the other will wrap the wire.
8.Wrap the floral wire around the bundle twice and then pull it tight. Make sure to leave the wire attached to the twine, because you still have a long way to go.
9.Gather another bundle of foliage and lay it so that the stems overlap with the first bunch and cover the stems. Make sure that the stems on both bunches are facing the same direction.
10.Continue overlapping the bunches of foliage and wiring them to the twine until you run out of string.
11.When you finally do run out of string, twist the wire tightly around the last bundle, knot the wire and the string together, leave 1 foot of wire (to attach the swag where you want it) and cut the wire with scissors or pruning shears.  
Cover the finished end with a ribbon or raffia bow.
If you need the swag to be longer than 10 feet, you can wire two completed swags together.
Add interest to your swag by alternating chilies, kumquats, dried fall leaves, dried flowers or small fruit between the bundles of foliage. 
Warnings: This is a dirty job! Work over newspaper and have plenty of soap and water ready to clean your hands when you are done.   

How to Grow Sandwort (Arenaria Montana)

Choosing Sandwort
1.Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer.
2.Buy sandwort in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds. 
Planting Sandwort

4.Plant sandwort in full sun in well-drained soil. You also can plant sandwort in a dry spot such as a rockery or the top of a wall.
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in their containers.
7.Set the plants 6 inches apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plant with 3 inches of organic compost.
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. 
Caring for Sandwort

10.Trim back using bypass pruners in late winter, leaving 3 inches of stems.
11.Add a light application of fertilizer to the top of the soil in early spring; follow package directions. 
Overall Tips:
Grow sandwort in zones 4 to 7 of the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Map.
The common name of this perennial comes from the fact that many kinds of sandwort grow in sandy soil.
Sandwort doesn't need mulching and watering once it's established.   

How to Train and Race With a Disabled Runner

1.Keep track of safety. Disabled runners should be kept in sight at all times.
2.Chat freely. Good conversation is the greatest aid to training.
3.Take it easy. Don't scare off new people by pushing them too hard. On the other hand, with experience, encourage a runner to go a little faster.
4.Don't be embarrassed to ask about the disability and how it came about. It's usually more comfortable for people to talk about it than ignore it.
5.Check on race times. Disabled runners often take off well before the general start time.
6.Get to the start early. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the disabled start time.
7.Watch the pace. Help your runner calculate the desired time per mile, and keep him or her to that pace (that is, no faster). 
Consider volunteering as a group or family.
Don't fear the need to keep up the pace. Disabled runners of all levels participate, some even walking.
Contact Achilles Track Club for the Disabled to work with one of the 43 chapters in the United States and over 110 worldwide. They can be reached at 42 W. 38th St., Fourth Fl., New York, NY 10018; (212) 354-0300;   Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. 

How to Know if Someone Likes You Romantically

1.Pay attention to your conversations with the person in question. Does this person show a special interest in having a conversation with you and, once started, make an effort to keep that conversation going?
2.Is this person "accidentally" running into you in places where he or she knows you will be, such as at your desk? At the Laundromat on Tuesdays? At your brother's birthday party?
3.Make a note if he or she mentions future plans to spend time with you: "That band is coming to town soon. We should really get tickets."
4.Spend time alone together. Canceling other plans in order to be with you longer, or not finding excuses to leave, could be a sign of interest.
5.Has he or she been calling for random reasons, such as, "I was wondering if you knew what that pizza place down the street is called," followed by, "Are you hungry?"
6.Has this person taken a sudden interest in your life and hobbies? This is a sure sign that he or she is interested in something - and it's probably not your stamp collection.
7.Observe how the person acts around your friends - he or she might be extra friendly to your closest pals for a reason. 
Body Language

8.Sometimes seeing someone you have a crush on results in telltale physiological signs. Does the person in question blush when you look at him or her? His or her sympathetic nervous system is probably going into overdrive. Does he or she have trouble speaking, using jumbled words when talking to you?
9.See if the person in question mirrors your motions: When you lean back, he or she leans back; when you put your elbows on the table, he or she does the same.
1..Note whether this person sits or stands in the open position - that is, facing you with arms uncrossed. In addition, a woman tends to cross her legs in a man's direction.
1..Does he or she move closer to you and/or touch you subtly, such as with a pat of your hand or a touch of your cheek?
1..Other elements of body language include frequent eye contact, holding your gaze and looking down before looking away, energetic speech coupled with open hands, and flashing palms.
1..Does the person you're wondering about just plain smile at you a lot? 
Overall Tips:
Trust your intuition and listen to your feelings.
Be flattered if a friend or co-worker likes you romantically, but don't see it as a reason to become full of yourself. If you don't return the person's affections, he or she will probably move on once you make it clear that you don't feel the same way.   

How to Hit an Overhead Forehand in Badminton

1.Position yourself behind and beneath the shuttle as it falls toward you from a high trajectory.
2.Step back with your racquet foot and point your non-racquet shoulder at your target.
3.Raise both your arms up just above shoulder height. Your non-racquet arm should be out in front of your for balance, with your racquet arm behind you and holding the racquet with a cocked wrist.
4.Shift most of your weight onto your back foot.
5.Swing through the shuttle with a straight arm, keeping your wrist cocked back.
6.Transfer your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you swing.
7.Snap your wrist to strike the shuttle.
8.Hit the shuttle while it is still above and in front of you.
9.Follow through, first with your wrist and then with your arm. 
The angle of your racquet face will depend on the type of shot you wish to hit - open face for a clear shot or drop shot, and closed face for a smash shot.
The amount of wrist snap you use will depend on the overhead shot you are hitting - more wrist snap on a clear shot or smash shot, and less on a drive shot or drop shot. 

How to Be a Better Listener

1.Position yourself so that you can be engaged with your spouse and the conversation: Face your spouse and make eye contact. If you are doing something else (for example, typing or reading the paper), stop.
2.Close the door to minimize interruptions and let your partner know you’re willing to listen.
3.Pay attention to your spouse’s words. Stop daydreaming and letting your mind wander elsewhere.
4.Pay attention to nonverbal cues: Notice pitch, tone and inflection. Observe facial expressions and posture. Is your partner slouched, turned away from you, or sitting with his arms crossed? These postures may indicate that he is upset - try to find out why.
5.Be conscious of your spouse’s personality - and your history together - when you’re evaluating her words.
6.Try to determine what your spouse wants from you, even if it’s not explicitly stated. Sympathy? Advice?
7.Try to rid yourself of biases or preconceptions that can distort what you hear or your understanding of it.
8.Avoid interrupting the speaker before he is done talking. You might be thought rude, but more important, you might misinterpret what your partner is saying if you don’t let him finish.
9.Respond appropriately. Encourage your partner with an understanding nod or say “I see” or “That makes sense.”
1..Ask questions to clarify what you don’t understand and to demonstrate your interest. Open-ended questions (such as “How did that make you feel?”) promote further discussion. 
Your questions and comments reflect how closely you have been listening. Good listeners might incorporate bits of what the speaker has said, sometimes much earlier in the discussion, into their questions.
Keep an open mind and avoid jumping to conclusions. 
Avoid turning the focus of the conversation onto you. For example, if your spouse is trying to confide a personal problem, avoid saying “That’s just like the time I ...” and digressing into unhelpful stories about yourself or your own problems.
Avoid trying to plan your next comment while the other person is talking - this can detract from listening and hearing.
Don’t let your emotions cloud what the other person is saying.   

How to Make Pumpkin Pie

1.Put an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
2.Put eggs into a food processor or large mixing bowl and whisk well.
3.Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt, and mix. Set aside.
4.Warm the pie crust in the oven until it is hot to the touch.
5.Pour the pumpkin filling into the warmed pie crust and bake about 35 to 40 minutes, or until filling is set but still a bit quivery, like gelatin, when lightly nudged.
6.Cool pie on a rack and refrigerate. Serve either cold, at room temperature or slightly warmed. 
If you're not afraid to make a pie crust, then by all means, substitute a homemade pie crust for the prepared one. See "How to Make Pie Crust Dough."
You can substitute fresh pumpkin puree for canned puree.
You can substitute 1 1/2 c. light cream, or a combination of 3/4 c. milk and 3/4 c. heavy cream, for the evaporated milk. 
If the pie cooks too much, it may crack.
Pumpkin pies do not freeze well.
Pumpkin pie is best served within a day of baking, because the crust will begin to soften after baking.   

How to Ride Moguls on a Snowboard

1.Choose a gentle slope with small moguls for your first few mogul runs.
2.Enter the moguls by traversing the slope at a mild angle.
3.Keep your back hand forward. This keeps your stance forward and aggressive.
4.Allow your legs to suck up as you go up over the mogul and extend as you drop down the back. Imagine your head staying level as your legs act as shock absorbers.
5.Stop at the top of a mogul and take a moment to notice how your nose and tail hang over on each end, unweighted and begging for a turn.
6.Turn down the mogul and carve into your next turn through the trough.
7.Continue using your legs as shock absorbers, but now concentrate on negotiating a path through the moguls with your turns.
8.Keep your gaze ahead of you to plan your next turn early. As you get better at moguls, start planning three or four turns ahead. 
Watch other boarders negotiate moguls and copy their styles to see what works best for you.
Don't let your back hand drift and flail behind you. It will want to, but keep it forward and out in front of you. This will greatly help your balance and posture.
Each mogul and mogul run is a little different. Time and practice is the only way to develop the techniques for handling all of them. 
Don't try to go too fast through the moguls until you're ready.
When first starting out, take just a few moguls at a time. Think of them as a series. Do one series, then another. Gradually make your series longer and longer. 
Overall Warnings: Snowboarding is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Be a Vegetarian House Guest

1.Tell your host in advance that you don't eat meat. Do not assume that they know.
2.Outline exactly what you will eat. For example, if you are vegan, let them know you will be bypassing the Sunday brunch of french toast and cheese omelets.
3.Make sure that your host will be able to accommodate you before you go.
4.Figure out how much of a problem your veggie habits will be. This depends largely on your relationship with your guests, how many meals you will be eating together, etc.
5.Offer to cook some meals. Die-hard carnivores are often unaware how much diversity and delicious foods makes up a vegetarian diet.
6.Introduce some of your favorite dishes. Your hosts may turn up their noses at tofu, but they might enjoy pasta primavera.
7.Avoid offering advice and criticism about the diet of your hosts. You may find eating meat unhealthy and unspiritual, but you are, after all, a guest at their house. Defend your eating habits only if the subject comes up.
8.Do some of the shopping. Buy foods that you will eat. Again, this depends on your relationship with the host. If you're staying with your parents, for example, your mother may have a fit if you do your own shopping.
9.Bring food with you. For example, if you like to have cereal with soy milk for breakfast, that's easy and convenient to pack. Plus it will make life easier for your host.
1..Consider how important it is for you to be a house guest if it appears that your eating habits will cause a major upset. Perhaps there is someone else you can stay with, or perhaps consider a nearby hotel. 
Tips: The nature of your visit, your relationship with your host and the limits of your diet will all have an effect on your visit. Advance planning can often prevent potential problems. 

How to Get Ready for PlayStation2

For Those Who Have Pre-Ordered
1.Save all of your PlayStation games. PlayStation2 will not only run them, but will run most of them with superior graphics and sound.
2.Save your memory card. While you won't be able to save any PlayStation2 data on it, you will need it to save all of the information for your PlayStation games that you stored.
3.Save about $400. PlayStation2 is scheduled to have a launch price of $299, but you know that you will want a game and a memory card.
4.Search the Internet for information about PlayStation2. Some links have been provided for you in the Related Sites.
5.Purchase plenty of gaming magazines to get all the latest screen shots. Check out the Necessary Items list to pick up a few right now.
6.Sell your old PlayStation if you need some extra cash. Since PlayStation2 will play your PlayStation games, you no longer really need it.
7.Get really, really excited and begin counting down the days to the PlayStation2's release on October 26, 2000 - and share your good fortune with your friends who have less foresight than you! 
For Those Who Haven't Pre-Ordered

8.Place your order as soon as you can with an online retailer. (See the Products list and the Related Sites.) They will be getting deliveries weekly and filling orders on a first-come, first-served basis.
9.Ask at your local stores if they will be receiving any PS2s that are yet unsold.
1..Think carefully about bidding for a unit in an online auction. You'll need to pay at least double the list price.
1..Beware purchasing a PS2 made for the Japanese market. You can't play your American PlayStation games on it; it doesn't play DVDs or have Internet capability; and it costs more than PS2.
1..Cultivate your relationships with friends who've pre-ordered PS2. Perhaps you can buy a PS2 game that you all can use.
1..Develop patience. It'll serve you well in life – and rest assured that you will eventually get your own PlayStation2. 
Overall Tips:
Some retailers limit orders to one-per-customer. This helps prevent large purchases for the sake of profiting from the high demand and short supply.
PlayStation2 has a DVD drive that can read both CD and DVD formats using the same laser and that can play DVD movies.
With a processor capable of handling 20 million polygons a second and a broadband network that will support online play, PS2's memory capacity is double that of Dreamcast's, eight times greater than that of the Nintendo 64, and 16 times larger than PS1's.