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Daily Happenings: 7/13 – 7/19

July 19, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Lenormand to do list

July 16, 2014

So last night, utterly exhausted, I was wondering how to relax enough to encourage my body to work with the valerian I took and not against it.  I love to use Lenormande decks for such practical purposes.  Together with my homemade Witchy Lenormande and the Essential Lenormande book I managed to figure out its suggestion.

My homemade witchy lenormande deck

My homemade Witchy Lenormande deck

At first the reading made no sense even with the book.  I got that the Scythe and Lily card were suggesting that I stitch to relax.  So I started doing that.  While I stitched I remembered I had laundry in the washer (House).  So as soon as I finished the length of floss, I put laundry in the dryer.  I then brushed my teeth, closed the day with my altars, went upstairs (Stork).  As part of my pre-bed routine, I said my prayers (Cross).  Funny how that all worked out, eh?

As I was trying to choke off the running of my brain gerbil, I did an exercise that I found on Facebook…an exercise that could also be interpreted as the Cross.

Tonight as you lay in bed ready to sleep, think of the people in your life that you care about. One by one, whisper their names, picture them smiling and then offer them your blessings. It beats counting sheep, puts good energy out into the cosmos, and may very well have you drifting off with a smile on your face.

Aunty J’s bathroom cleaning solutions

July 13, 2014

Tried some new homemade cleaning solutions today.  Didn’t take any pictures so you will just have to take my word for it.  And my word is that I’m pleased and impressed.  I hate cleaning the bathroom…with a passion.  We live in an area with hard water.  I have two males in the house who are not exactly neat and tidy.  I’ve tried many different methods of cleaning the bathroom and so far the two solutions below have been the best…though they still don’t take away the scrubbing component.  They do however maximize your elbow grease.

The first is an “All in One Magic Bathroom Cleaner” from Rifles and Ruffles.  I am  purposely NOT linking to that site because…well their directions for making the cleaner causes a chemical reaction that causes you to loose half of the batch before you even get to use it.  Knowing this they do not warn or edit their “recipe”.  Only by reading the comments after the problem occurred did I find out about it.  So while I want to give credit, I do NOT want you to do it that way.  Listen to Aunty J…don’t do it.  Also don’t use this on marble or natural stone as it will either react or cause pitting I suspect.  (I haven’t assembled the cleaner in this fashion yet as I’m still using up the remaining half of the above mentioned mistake, but it should work without the eruption that I dealt with…)

  1. Get an industrial sized, professional spray bottle at a hardware store.
  2. Either in the bottle or in a bowl, add 2 teaspoons of baking soda.  Slowly, SLOWLY pour in 8 ounces of vinegar.  (If you do this in the bottle, it will have ounces marked on the side, no need for a measuring cup.).  Do NOT go any farther until the violent reaction has abated and all the vinegar has been added.  If you didn’t do this in the bottle, add it to the bottle now using a funnel.
  3. Now add the remaining ingredients:  4 ounces of lemon juice, 2 ounces of liquid dish soap (I use Palmolive) and 10 ounces of water.  Shake until well combined.
  4. Use this on everything in the bathroom, even mirrors (though window cleaner is easier to wipe off).  I sprayed the tub and fixtures then cleaned the mirrors.  Went back to the tub, hard water marks wiped off with minimal scrubbing.  The perpetual faint dirt mark around the tub wiped away (not even Scrubbing Bubbles removed that…I suspect it was again from the hard water).  Did well on the ring in the toilet too.  Overall I’m very pleased with this cleaning solution.

The next thing I tested is a grout cleaning  paste for the mold.  Even in my Rocky Mountain dry environment, I get mold despite my best attempts to prevent it.  This “recipe” came from Eat Drink Eat.  The solution is a 3:1 of baking soda to hydrogen peroxide.  Using a tooth brush, scrub the paste into the grout.  Let it sit for really nasty mold or if you like to scrub, rinse it off and apply more as needed.  This took care of (or really reduced it, my shoulders got too tired to finish scrubbing the corners of the soap cubby) all of the mold issues I had.

The best thing about these solutions is that the are not hard (or as hard) on the environment or your skin as commercial chemical cleaners are.  Hope they work as well for you!

Daily Happenings: 7/6 – 7/12

July 13, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Greenman Egg

July 10, 2014

Finally got out the glue gun and finished up the greenman egg that I start <mumble> months ago.

Greenman, waterlily, flower fairy and flower

Greenman, waterlily, flower fairy and flower

Daily Happenings: 6/29 – 7/5

July 6, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Daily Practices: 6/22 – 6/28

June 28, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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