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Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Walk Through Life 4/1/2018

On this day in 1700, English pranksters started the tradition of playing practical jokes on each other. 
  It is not sure when April Fools' Day actually began. One speculation is back in 1582 when France went from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Some were slow to get the news that the new year now started January 1 and they still celebrated during the last week of March through April 1. They became the butt of jokes. One of the pranks was putting paper fish on their backs and being referred to as "Poisson d'avril" or April fish, which symbolized an easily caught fish and a gullible person.
   The ancient Romans celebrated Hilaria at the end of March, when people dressed up in disguises. April Fools' Day is also linked with the first day of spring, when Mother Nature fooled people with the ever changing, unpredictable weather. 
   In Britain during the 18th century, April Fools' Day grew in popularity. In Scotland, it became a two day event. First day was the day of "hunting the gowk", where people were sent of phony errands. (gowk meant cuckoo bird, the symbol of a fool). The second day was Tailie Day, in which people played pranks the involved people tail ends, such as pinning "kick me signs" on them or pinning on fake animal tails. 
   Now in modern times, radio shows, newspapers, social media, and television go to great lengths to fool people. Many of my friends seem to "get engaged" on April 1st. I have seen grapes wrapped in candy paper, raspberries stuck on sticks and wrapped in Dummy sucker papers, coins glued to the sidewalk, toilet seats cover with plastic wrap, and so many more tricks.
   Some of the news reports were elaborate and fun. In 1957, the BBC had a report that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and they showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees.
   In 1996, Taco Bell, announced that they had purchased the Liberty Bell and were renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. 
   In 1992, passengers arriving in Los Angeles airport were greeted by a large sign on the top of a terminal that said "Welcome to Chicago".

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/29/2018

I love reading or seeing on the news, people who are making an effort to be kind to others. Here is an article about elementary school children from Michigan. They belong to Blueberry Ambassadors. To be a Blueberry, you have to commit to do three acts of kindness. Here is the article:

Try these three acts of kindness this week:
Be kind while driving. 
Take a walk and pick up litter
Leave change in the vending machine

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Monday, March 26, 2018

My Walk Through Life 3/26/2018

Last week, I shared some of my homemade cleaners. I prefer them because they are not as toxic as some of the products you buy. Now, researchers are also saying, using those cleaners are as bad for your health as smoking. Here are some more healthier cleaners you can use in your home.

Oven Cleaners
  For a fresh spill, wet and sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a soft nylon scrubber (or a netted onion bag).
  For normal cleaning, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply to a warm oven. Leave to dry. Clean with a brush or scouring pad and hot water.

Dishwasher Detergent
  (disclaimer: I don't have a dishwasher so this has not been tested by me)
1 cup borax    
1 cup washing soda or baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup kosher salt
  Mix and store in a container and use as store bought detergent
Use vinegar for a rinsing agent.

Soft Scrubbing Cleaner
Baking soda. I store mine in a Parmesan cheese container and shake it out when needed. Sometimes I add a small amount of scented oil, such as lavender.

Pot and Pan Cleaner
Mix borax with hot water

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  Offerup is a phone app you can use to list for local buyers. Make sure you find a public, safe place to meet if possible.
  Sell on There are various fees but a lot of traffic
  Sell on There is a 20 cent listing fee. The limits are items have to be crafted or vintage. 
  Sell on No fees to list. The traffic is not as heavy as ebay, but it is not as saturated. When I list items, I promote them through pinterest and twitter. My items are seen and purchased. 
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This week we are in Zone 5, The Living Room and I want each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee tables, tops of tv's/entertainment centers, bookcases, mantles, etc)
What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up with too many things? Too many ducks, bunnies, candles, cows, precious moments etc? I am not condemning those things but asking you if they still bring you joy and do you still love seeing them in your living room? Or are you just used to them.
What about the piles of magazines and papers? Do you NEED those? You would be amazed at how much neater your living room will appear by just removing a few things.
How much easier would it be to dust these areas without all that stuff?
Your mission is to get rid of the stuff that is cluttering up your living room. Take 5 minutes to let go of some things. I am willing to bet that more of you will find you do want to get rid of some things because they do not bring you joy and you are just used to them being there.
Have fun!

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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. 

Peeps Crispy Treats (from
   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.