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Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/22/2018

One thing I have noticed on social media is the mean things that are written. When you talk to people face to face, you usually use filters. Either you don't want to hurt feelings, start an argument, or get punched in the face. With social media, filters seem to be removed. You can say anything. I sometimes wonder if the same people really talk like that to other people. 
  I had to quit reading the comments under local news articles. Whenever something horrible happens, the bullies come out. I am amazed by the hateful things that people say. 
  Politics has brought the worse out of people. I was always taught to keep religion and politics out of your conversations, and I do try to live by that. 
  I always wonder, are we just a world of bullies and hate? Have we always been this way and just knew when to keep our mouths shut? 
  If we all start being kind, use our personal filters on social media, quit talking politics and religion, and quit being bullies, our world will become easier to live happy in. 

Kind things to do this week:
  Don't say anything mean on facebook. 
  Buy some cat/dog food and take it to your local pet shelter
  Call and talk to a friend who you haven't talked to in a long time

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This week, we have been tackling clutter in our bedrooms. So, today we are going to clean off the nightstands! Get the tissues, cups and stuff that has piled up, toss and put away. Then grab a feather duster or dust rag and dust the surface. Place a pretty candle or picture there. Something that is new to that spot that you love to see.
Waking up and not seeing a pile of things on the nightstand and a pile of clothes will make your morning a little brighter!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/21/2018

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I love music and go to concerts whenever possible. Location and price of tickets put a damper on that most of the time, but I have seen some great shows. My first concert was in the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii: Cecelio and Kapono, Kalapana, and Country Comfort. top Hawaiian pop performers of the 70s.
  The first rock concert was set to go on this day, 21 Mar 1952. No one had heard of a rock concert and rock and roll was still trying to find its place in the music world. 
   In Cleveland on the AM radio station WJW, there was a legendary disk jockey Alan Freed, the host of the "Moondog Show"
Freed started as the host of a classical music program, but a record store owner, Leo Mintz, realized that his young customers were extremely interested in the rhythm and blues music of the black artists. Mintz sponsored a three hour spot on WJW and Freed was given the job of host. Freed changed his radio persona to fit the music, using hip lingo and coined the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the popular music.
  As the show became more popular, Freed and Mintz decided on a promotion stunt that had never been done before. They decided to hold a live dance event that featured artists that were played on the radio program, such as the Rocking Highlanders (a black instrumental group that performed in kilts), Tony Grimes, the Dominoes to name a few. The dance was called "The Moondog Coronation Ball". The demand for tickets became the undoing of the event.
  An estimated 20,000-25,000 fans showed up for the dance. This was due to ticket counterfeiting and overbooking by the sponsors. Unfortunately, the arena held only 10,000. The overflow of the crowd broke the barrier gates and the police had to move in to stop the show, in less than an hour. 
   The next evening, Freed apologized over the radio to the listeners that tried to attend the cancelled event. He said "If anyone..had told us that some 20 or 25,000 people would try to get into a dance---I suppose you would have been just like me. You would have laughed and said they were crazy."

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Wednesday is Anti-procrastination Day. We are going to straighten up the floor of your closet! Are the shoes piling up and you can't find two shoes that are a like? Do you think you have too many shoes? While you are lining up your shoes; pick two pair to give away or throw away. The next time you are looking for the pair of shoes that match your outfit, you will smile because you will be able to find them without getting down on your hands and knees. This will put another smile on your face and keep your hair from getting messed up.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/20/2018


The day before Easter, put jelly beans in your garden. Before the kids wake up, "plant" lollipops. 

Easter baskets, themselves, multiply and seem to have no use after the holiday. Find useful items to make cute Easter baskets such as a cute pair of rain boots, a cute umbrella opened and filled, a fishing tackle box, a base ball cap, a Tonka dump truck, etc. 

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   4 tablespoons butter or margarine (divided)
  4 3-oz package Peeps (in 4 different colors)
  6 cups of Crispy Rice cereal (divided)
1, Prepare an 8-9" loaf pan by lining with foil and spraying lightly with cooking spray.
2. Divide the Peeps by 10s of the same color, 10 pink, 10 yellow, etc. (use whatever colors you prefer)
3. In a deep, medium sized microwavable dish, microwave 10 of the same color peeps with 1 tablespoon of butter on high for 45 seconds. Microwaves vary in temperature so, watch closes so the  Peeps do not flow over the side of the bowl. Stir butter and Peeps together until fully melted and well mixed. (tip-spray a spatula with cooking spray so the mixture doesn't stick)
4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of cereal until fully coated. Press firmly into the loaf pan.
5. Repeat steps 3-4 with the other Peep colors
6. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know what I am talking about. This pile is either on a chair, on top of the hamper, dresser or at the foot of your bed. Set your timer for 15 minutes and grab some hangers or start folding. While you are doing this do not hang up or fold something that you hate! This is the time to let it go!! If you do not love it, send it right out the door!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/19/2018

I make a lot of my own cleaners. Not only does it save me money, but also they smell fresher than the store bought products. My staples are baking soda, borax, and Dawn. Here are some recipes for you to try.
   All Purpose Cleaner
1. Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, and 1 liter water into a spray bottle. (I use Dawn dish soap)
2. Soak orange peels and vinegar in a sealed mason jar for two weeks. Pour the orange vinegar into a spray bottle for a nice smelling cleaner.
3. Mix 4 tablespoons household ammonia with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle.

All  Purpose Cleaner Wipes
1/4 pint of rubbing alcohol
1 1/2 tablespoons household ammonia
1/2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
1 quart water
   Mix all ingredients in a 2 quart container. Lay a roll of paper towels on its side and cut it in two. Put 1/2 roll in a container and pour 1/2 of the solution on the towels. Turn towels over, pour the rest of the solution on. Remove the cardboard insert.

Heavy Duty Cleaner
Mix 4 liters hot water, 1/4 cup cloudy ammonia, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Double the ingredients except for the water, for a stronger mixture.

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Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes!
This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your bedroom, do what you can do for 15 minutes.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/17/2018

March 17th is the day everyone is Irish. I remember before I went to school, searching closet and drawers for something green because I didn't get pinched. If you go to bars or certain eateries, there is green beer, green shakes, and lots of cabbage and corned beef. But how did this holiday get its beginnings?
  St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 (that is the common belief). The Irish have been celebrating since. The holiday falls during the time of Lent, so they would go to church in the morning and celebrate in the evening. Meat is not supposed to be eaten during this time, but it would be waived and everyone would dance, drink and eat a meal of bacon and cabbage. (I am not sure where the corned beef comes in)
  St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain, was kidnapped and brought as a slave to Ireland when he was 16. He escaped but returned to the Irish bringing Christianity to the people. One of the legends about him, is that he explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the clover, or shamrock. He was also credited for banishing snakes from Ireland after he was attacked by a bunch of them. It is pretty certain that Ireland never did have snakes. 
   St. Patrick's Day began as a religious celebration, but now Ireland uses it as a tourist attraction. It is a day of eating, drinking, concerts and fun. The United States is the first country to have a parade. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the British military, marched through New York City. This helped them connect with their country and their fellow Irishmen. They continued to have parades with bagpipes and drums and only grew as many Irish came to the U.S. 
  Today this Irish holiday is celebrated all over the world. Everyone is Irish! Hope you are wearing your green.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/15/2018

Kindness. One of the easiest things you can give to another person. I constantly hear about about paying for the coffee of the person after you in line at Starbucks. That one is rather silly, in my mind, but if it makes a person feel better about themselves and makes someone else smile, then it is good. Instead of buying the coffee for the person behind you, buy and extra cup and give it to a homeless person. They would probably appreciate it much more than the person who was in line to get coffee anyway. 
  Pay attention to the people around you. If you see someone struggling, help them. If an elderly person is having a hard time putting groceries in their car, stop and help them. If someone needs a smile, give them one. We tend to keep our heads in the clouds and forget there are other people sharing our space.
  Homeless people are literally brought to our town in buses from Utah and Denver. I do not give money to the people standing on the corners but I do donate items to the homeless shelter. They are always in need of personal items, cleaning products, coffee, and such. If you want to help, check your town and see what their needs are. A friend of mine buys pizzas from Little Ceasars Pizza and takes them to the park where many of the homeless stay during the day. 
  Keep an eye on your elderly or ill neighbors, especially if they don't have family around. There are always things you can do to help them. Mow their lawn, do minor repairs, see if they need anything when you run to the store.
  Our world needs to be kinder. Maybe it would make it safer and a much better place to live. 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/14/2018

During my research yesterday, I came across an article on the vote to name the new town, back in 1891. Two of the names were Belly Ache Flats or Poverty Hollow. Personally, I wouldn't want to live in a town name either of those. Luckily, Mr. Crawford settled on Grand Junction for the Junction of the Gunnison and the Colorado Rivers. It got me thinking of other odd names for towns.
  Down the road is No Name, Colorado. Not much there.
  Nothing, Arizona. Doesn't look to be much there either.
   Hazard, NebraskaNo automatic alt text available.No automatic alt text available. doesn't sound safe.
  Hell, Michigan. According to the sign it is the home to the official U.S. Weather Bureau.
  Imalone, Wisconsin. Sad.
  Alone, Michigan, which is near Friend.
  Los Banos, California. Doesn't that mean bathroom?
  Pee Pee, Ohio. Hmmm.
  Mosquitoville, Vermont. That would be first on my list to move to.
  Pie Town, New Mexico. Okay, I would live there!
  Tightwad, Missouri. For the people who know me, they know this is my place.
  This list can go on, but the last one to make me smile was Unalaska, Alaska.

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It is Anti-procrastination Day! It is time to take a look into the medicine cabinets and toss the empty bottles and boxes that are taking up space. While you are doing this also take a look at the expiration dates on the medicines that are there. If you have some that need to be gotten rid of take care of that as well. Grab a damp rag and wipe down the shelves. Don't take everything out, just lift, wipe and put back.
Your Mission for the Stash and Dash space is to spend 5 minutes putting away the things that have a home, you know where they go but you tossed the in a pile while stashing and dashing because someone was coming over. The Stash and Dash spaces are just piles of procrastination.