How to Give Your Ferret a Bath

1.Bathe your ferret in a sink or a bathtub.
2.Use very warm water for the bath. The natural body temperature of a ferret is between 101 and 102 degrees F, so they prefer something a bit toastier than lukewarm bathwater.
3.Bring your ferret into the bathroom and close the door. Keep the door closed until the ferret is toweled dry after the bath.
4.Fill the sink or bathtub with enough warm water to reach your ferret's belly. You can fill it higher if your ferret likes to swim around.
5.Set your ferret gently into the sink or bathtub.
6.Give your ferret free rein in the sink or bathtub. Some will swim, some will stand still and some will try to escape. If your ferret tries to escape, gently hold him with one hand under the belly so that his feet just barely touch the bottom of the sink or bathtub.
7.Scoop water using your other hand or a plastic cup and gently pour it over the ferret until the fur is completely wet to the skin.
8.Apply a shampoo made for ferrets and rub a dime-size dollop onto the ferret's fur.
9.Hold your ferret under the faucet or scoop clean water over him to rinse.
1..Apply a conditioner made for ferrets and rub a dime-size dollop onto the ferret's fur.
1..Rinse your ferret again.
1..Place a pile of towels on the floor of the enclosed bathroom, and your ferret will quickly rub himself dry. 
It's recommended that you bathe your ferret no more than once a month. Overbathing can dry out a ferret's sensitive skin. Also, when the oil from the skin is washed away, the oil glands work overtime to produce more, causing your ferret to smell more than he did before the bath.
To clean your ferret's ears, gently massage them with your thumb and forefinger during the bath. Make sure you do not get too much soap or water in the ear canal. After the bath, use a cotton swab to gently dry the outer ridges of the ear.
Some people prefer to dry and fluff their ferrets with a hair dryer. If you do this, do not hold the dryer too close to the fur. A small brush or comb can also be used.
Toys in the tub can help make this a fun experience! 
Avoid rubber or latex toys unless under supervision. Ferrets love to chew on these and may swallow small bits, which can cause a blockage. A blockage can be fatal.
Avoid leaving your ferret alone in water, as he could drown.
Sometimes ferrets can be scared of the water and may have an accident during the bath. Just scoop the poop out using a plastic cup or something similar.   

How to Select a Gift for a 6-Year-Old Boy

1.Consider this boy's tastes: Does he like basketball? Fishing? Learning about mammals?
2.Choose something that suits his interests. Ask a salesclerk if you're at a loss.
3.Try a different tack and put yourself in his shoes: What would have delighted you at his age? A child's karaoke player? A radio-controlled car? Or kid-safe binoculars?
4.Visit the bookstore and look for software, CDs or books that are right for a first-grader.
5.Speak to the parents if you're in doubt. They'll know best what he's likely to enjoy.
6.Get practical and consider clothes, a backpack, a lunch box or school supplies.
7.Go for a gift certificate if you live out of state or if you're at a loss for ideas.
8.Think long-term and earmark a check for his educational fund. A little bit now will mean a lot later. 
Tips: Make sure whatever you settle on is returnable. You don't want to add to that stack of unused items in the garage. 
Warnings: Check labels and packaging to make certain your gift is safe for a six-year-old - you don't want to be an unwitting contributor to an accident.   

How to Ride a Mountain Bike With Toe Clips

1.Place one foot in the toe clip while the bike is leaning against a wall. The toe clip looks like a basket on the pedal.
2.Pull the adjustment strap of the toe clip until the clip is snug to your foot. Make sure you can slide your foot in and out of the toe clip without difficulty.
3.Find a flat or downhill section to start on when you first try riding with toe clips.
4.Sit on your bike with one foot already in a toe clip, and pedal a few times to gain momentum.
5.Flip your free pedal one half rotation with your foot so that the toe clip is now on top of the pedal. A pedal with toe clips is weighted, so the clips rest down.
6.Place your toe in this clip so that now both feet are in the toe clips.
7.Ride your bike by pushing down on the pedals and pulling up on the toe clips. You'll notice an increase in speed as well as in the use of different leg muscles. 
Practice doing the pedal flip so you can put your feet in the clips quickly and automatically.
If you have trouble getting both feet in the clips, have a friend hold your bike steady while you slide your feet in. 
Warnings: Mountain biking is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Mount a Horse

1.Take the reins in your left hand (drape the slack over the horse's right side). Grasp hold of the base of the horse's mane with your left hand as well.
2.Use your right hand to turn the left stirrup iron toward you. Put your left foot in the stirrup, parallel to the horse's side.
3.Grab the back of the saddle, or cantle, with your right hand.
4.Bounce on the ball of your right foot.
5.Push off with your right foot and put your weight on your left foot (in the stirrup), while simultaneously pulling on the saddle and the horse's neck.
6.Balance on your hands and left foot in a standing position, then swing your right foot over the horse as you release your right hand from the saddle.
7.Lower yourself gently into the saddle.
8.Put your right foot in the stirrup and take up the slack in the reins. 
Keep the reins in your hands at all times.
Try using a block for mounting, or have someone boost you onto the horse if you are having difficulty. 
Always wear a hard hat and proper riding boots when you ride.
Horseback riding 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 Write a Romantic Online Personal Profile

1.Read other people's self-descriptions to get a sense of style and length if you belong to an online service or use Web-based chat rooms.
2.Make a list of the key traits and facts you want to mention in your profile.
3.Mention your marital status, sexual preference, age and appearance.
4.Add details to make your profile unique, such as your favorite movies.
5.Include a humorous quote or comment that accurately represents your sense of humor.
6.Write a draft. Keep it brief. Print out the draft and get feedback about it from a close friend or relative.
7.Revise the profile to make it clear, accurate and entertaining.
8.Proofread the final version carefully; it will be read by hundreds of people.
9.Post the profile online.
1..Ask online acquaintances what they think of your profile.
1..Update your profile periodically to reflect changes in your life. 
Avoid long profiles - they're self-indulgent turnoffs.
Be candid about your age and appearance if you hope to find love online.
Remember that an online profile is not a personal ad. All sorts of people will read it, not just potential romantic partners. 
Never give your full name or specific location in a profile.
Listing your e-mail address can also be dangerous.
Misrepresenting yourself in a profile will backfire when you want to meet an online love interest face-to-face.   Steps:
1.Meditate upon the subject of your valentine. Make a list of your sweetheart's unique attributes, and focus on them in your note.
2.Choose a writing style. Traditional poetry, haiku, free verse or letter format all constitute romantic methods by which to express yourself.
3.Choose words that are positive, complimentary, romantic and deeply personal. Now is not the time to be shy.
4.Suggest a romantic interlude, or reminisce about a past encounter with your valentine. You can be discreet and seductive by weaving meaning into your words and asking your valentine to read between the lines.
5.Compare your valentine to a phenomenon that you find almost as stunning as him or her: a sunset, a rose, a waterfall.
6.Write with scented and colored pens to add a mystical and luxurious element to the valentine. 
Tips: The method of delivery can be as romantic as the card itself. Place your love note under a pillow or tucked between items on a breakfast-in-bed tray.   

How to Clear a Browser's Cache on a PC

Netscape Navigator Version 4.61
1.Select Preferences from the Edit menu.
2.Click on the plus sign next to the Advanced heading to reveal subcategories.
3.Click on Cache.
4.Click on Clear Memory Cache.
5.Click on OK.
6.Click on Clear Disk Cache.
7.Click on OK. 
Internet Explorer Version 5

8.Select Internet Options from the Tools menu.
9.Click on the General tab.
1..Click on Delete Files.
1..Click on OK. 
Overall Tips: These instructions are for the latest versions of each browser.   

How to Buy Lego Duplo Toys

1.Find the Duplo toys made precisely for the age of the child you are buying for.
2.Know that Duplo blocks are eight times larger than Legos and can be used with Legos when the child's dexterity is more advanced and the smaller pieces no longer pose a safety risk.
3.Get the Discovery Set ($75) or Dump Truck ($8) for kids age 18 months to 5 years.
4.Buy a Duplo Bulk Bucket ($12) or the 97-piece Farm set ($90) for kids age 2 to 5.
5.Set the kids up with a Lego Duplo Home set ($85). The 107-piece set includes an operating doorbell, 8 people, house pets, and furniture.
6.Populate your Duplo communities with World People ($45), a 24-piece set of figures that range from a chubby baby to a gentle nurse and from a kindly grandfather to a friendly cop. Send them on their way with the 25-piece Community Vehicles ($35) set, which includes seven more figures.
7.Look at the Little Forest Friends sets for ages 2 to 6.
8.Help Winnie the Pooh and friends celebrate with Eeyore's Happy Birthday ($8). There are several other Winnie the Pooh sets in the series.   

How to Sharpen a Chisel

1.Check the beveled edge with a magnifying glass for burrs and nicks. Grind them off with a medium grit wheel on your bench grinder.
2.Hold the blade with the beveled side up and move it side-to-side against the wheel. Image a.)
3.Be sure the cutting edge stays square with the wheel.
4.Turn the blade over (bevel-side down) and repeat the previous step, but this time hold the chisel at a 25-degree angle to match the bevel. Image b.)
5.Finish the edge on a fine-grit stone. Put a few drops of light machine oil on the stone. Image c.)
6.Hold the bevel flat against the stone. Pull the chisel toward you and lift at the end of the stroke. Image d.)
7.Wipe the bevel clean about every third stroke with a clean rag and re-oil the stone.
8.Drag the chisel once across the stone with the bevel side up to remove any burrs that may have been created. Image e.)
9.Re-examine the sharpened chisel with your magnifying glass.   
Tips: Keep the blade from losing its temper by cooling it often. Dip it in a cup of water and return to sharpening. 

How to Fly With an Older Child

1.Ask for input. Even a preschooler is old enough to help choose his own outfits for a trip (within reason), and to suggest toys he might like to bring.
2.Prepare your child for the trip by explaining a few simple facts about flying, and by reading stories and picture books that cover the subject of air travel.
3.Lead up to the trip by discussing rules and appropriate behavior in advance. Make it clear that your child will need to remain in his seat unless he needs a trip to the bathroom, and ask him to suggest some activities (such as coloring) that he likes to do sitting down.
4.Try to prepare your child for the length of time he will be on the plane, in terms that he can understand. For example, you could tell him that a 6-hour flight takes about as long as the time between lunch and dinner.
5.Bring along simple, fun toys and games that will hold his interest. Simple card games for young children, coloring books and crayons, and "I spy" types of games work well.
6.Pack healthy, nonperishable snacks and drinks. Half-frozen juice boxes, trail mix or granola bars can keep a hungry child happy while he waits for the food cart.
7.Bring a surprise bag containing some new toys, a small amount of hard candy or gum (to relieve ear pressure during takeoffs and landings), and a new book or two; pull something new out of the bag every time your child gets restless. 
Ask a flight attendant or airline employee if the airline offers a kids' program; many do. If the flight is quiet, your child may even get a tour of the cockpit. (It's best to ask about this when you're out of your child's earshot, to avoid disappointment if nothing is forthcoming.)
When shopping for small treats, check out your local dollar store. The toys you bring don't have to be expensive – just interesting and fun. 
Be sure to arrange an emergency plan in case you get separated from your child. Tell him to approach someone wearing a uniform or a name tag, and make sure his name and emergency contact information are pinned to the inside of his clothes.
Make sure you do a toy count before leaving home, then again when getting ready to leave the plane. This will prevent the inevitable fuss when a toy is missing.    

How to Buy a Travel Journal

1.Make the journal part of your trip-planning experience. Some journals provide travel-planning and packing tips, to-do lists, checklists and other features to make the planning go smoothly.
2.Buy a journal that's trip-specific. Cruise journals are just one example of a journal that's designed for a specific travel experience.
3.Find a journal that's spiral-bound. It will be easier to write in if it lies flat.
4.Look for a journal with special pages that contain extras, such as maps, international dialing codes, conversion charts, tips, travel advice and so on.
5.Be sure the journal is compact and portable and will easily fit into luggage without taking up a lot of space.
6.Choose a journal with a weather-resistant cover.
7.Make sure the journal has a place for names, addresses and phone numbers. Having the names and travel journal together will forever link the special people met on the trip with the larger travel experience. 
Expect to pay about $15 to $25 for a decent travel journal - or splurge on a leather-bound one and pay considerably more.
Don't forget a pen! Splurge and buy one that writes upside down you can write whenever and wherever you please.