~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 9, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote:
“Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
★~ Play God Day:
If you were the Almighty for one holy day…what would you do? Remember, there is this little thing called “free will” that you are going to have to deal with…
★~ Static Electricity Day:
Static electricity: fun for sticking balloons to your hair, bad for touching doorknobs after crossing a carpeted room in your socks. This phenomenon occurs when two surfaces rub together and electrons jump ship, leaving one surface too positive and the other too negative.
Now that you know how it works, may I suggest a few ways to get rid of it?
- Take some aluminum foil, ball it up, and toss it into the dryer with the wet laundry. It removes static and never has to be changed.
- If you mix one cap full of Downy fabric softener in a spray bottle filled with water, it makes a pretty good Static Guard substitute and it lasts a long time.
- Make leaving your car less shocking by gripping the metal frame of the door for a couple of seconds before you let your feet touch the ground.
- Leaving a little conditioner in your hair and wearing hats that aren’t wool will keep static electricity from attacking your hair.
- Humidity is static electricity’s worst enemy, so make sure you use a humidifier in the winter.
★~ Clean Off Your Desk Day:
The first week in January is a great time to give your office and desk a fresh start. Check out “Did You Know” below for some tips on how to Feng Shui your office to help create a harmonious work environment.
★~ Apricot Day:
Apricot means precious in Latin. The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago and eventually made its way across Asia to the Mediterranean. Centuries later, Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World and planted the trees all over the west coast. Today, farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley produce 95% of the apricots grown in the United States. Apricot season in the U.S. runs from May through August. In the winter, fresh apricots are imported from South America. Add some chopped apricots to pancake batter, give a Middle Eastern flavor to chicken or vegetable stews with the addition of dried diced apricots, or add apricots to your green salad when the fruit is in season.
Love this homemade apricot scrub:
- Cut the apricot in half to remove the pit.
- Place the pulp into a food processor and blend it on low. This will puree it so you can easily apply it to your face. Store the pulp in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. You can also place it in the freezer and thaw it at room temperature when ready to use.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of the apricot kernel powder and 3 tablespoons of the apricot pulp in a bowl. Apricot kernels are the seeds found inside the pit of the apricot. The crushed kernels help to scrub and exfoliate the skin while the pulp aids in soothing and rejuvenating. Ground apricot kernels help to correct skin tone, and the homemade scrub does not contain any preservatives or harsh chemicals
★~Today in History:
♥~ 1972 – Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking to reporters by telephone from the Bahamas, said a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake. Irving and his wife had received a $750,000 advance from the McGraw-Hill publishing house for the book. Clifford Irving was eventually imprisoned and ordered to repay the advance, plus damages.
♥~ 1984 – “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” Clara Peller stared in her first television commercial for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas spent $8 million on the ads that promoted hamburger sales plus T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and countless other items bearing the picture of the elderly cult star. The campaign was a huge success.
♥~ 2007 – Apple chairman Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The 4GB version of what became the 2007 invention of the year went on sale in June for $499.
♥~ 1901 – Murat Bernard “Chic” Young – Created the comic strip “Blondie” in 1930. Originally about a jazz-age flapper who marries a playboy from a socially prominent family, “Blondie” soon changed its direction: two children and a dog were added to the cast, Dagwood became a working stiff, and the strip focused on middle-class family situations and problems. “Blondie” introduced America to the “Dagwood,” an enormous sandwich made during Dagwood’s late-night forays in the refrigerator.
♥~ 1928 – Judith Krantz author: Scruples
♥~ 1941 – Joan Baez: folksinger, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
♥~ 1944 – Jimmy Page musician: guitar: group: Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, D’yer Mak’er, Fool in the Rain
♥~ 1951 – Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gayle) , singer, songwriter, 1977 US No.2 & UK No.5 single ‘Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue’.
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Get Rid of Clutter: Energy can’t flow freely if it keeps tripping over paper stacks and random junk. . Feng Shui is about balance and organization. Some examples of clutter include office supplies you don’t use, papers that need to be filed, and old folders no longer in use. Get rid of what you don’t want or what you don’t use, and open yourself up to receiving exactly what you want and need.
♥~ Who Enters: Place your desk in a command position, meaning not directly in front of the door but facing it, and not facing a wall or window. The farthest corner from the door is best, so that you can see everything in the room. If you have to put your desk against the wall put a larger mirror in front of you. This does two things: You can see behind you and it makes you feel like you can move forward and you’re not getting stuck.” And positioning yourself so that you can see who is entering your office allows you to be prepared for whatever business comes your way.
♥~ Determine Your Element: There are five Feng Shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Incorporate all five into your office in some form. The focus element should be the one that fits you best. One way to determine your focus element, is to think about your favorite vacation spot. Do you prefer the beach, the mountains, desert, or a place with a more tropical climate? This is the element you want to plan your office environment around and then add in the following elements with a lighter touch.
♥~ Inspiration (Wood): Wood promotes creativity and symbolizes loyalty. Objects, such as your desk, the floor, wall panels, or other wooden knickknacks, will bring the flow of inspiration towards you. Add wood to the eastern corner of your office.
♥~Boost in Productivity (Fire) Fire represents passion and excitement. Use this element to boost action and productivity in your office. Red accents are a great way to add fire to your office space. Add fire to the southern corner of your office.
♥~ Balance and Stability (Earth): This element creates a firm ground for building and strengthening relationships. Earth tone colors, or materials made of clay, brick, or ceramics will add balance and stability to your office space. Add earth elements to the center of your office.
♥~ Money (Metal): Silver, grey, gold, or any other metallic color embodies this element. And items made of stone, gold, copper, silver, or marble. Add metal to the western corner of your office.
♥~ Communication (Water): Water is the element of communication and opportunities—essential for every office! There are a variety of “water” elements that you can incorporate in to your office environment including a mirror, mini fountain, fish bowl, or anything made of glass. Add water to the northern area of your office.
♥~ Plants: After organizing your home office bring it all together with a plant or two Bamboo is a popular plant and is low maintenance, but you can go with any of your favorites. Just make sure they’re real!
When, I found out it was Clean off Your Desk Day, I went to google to see if I could find a FUN way for us to celebrate and up popped a search result, that included Feng Shui. Ohhh I thought, I have a notebook filled with Feng Shui ideas so I found my notebook, and after thumbing through it decided my desk/office and I needed to realign our energy and before I knew it my Feng was in full Shui. This Morno I have really enjoyed meeting and greeting the day at my all Shui-ed up desk. I encourage you to make a change or ten to your office/desk it feels SO GOOD and energetically inspiring. Yes, really!! Energetically inspiring! I’m certain you can feel my energy right now through your computer screen!! Feel it, breath it in, come on now be with me ya’ll….can I hear an AMEN SISTER AND BROTHER’S!! Let us all go forth and Feng Shui, into this day… (ok bye now, my work is done…)
Odd Loves Company,