Bicarbonate Soda Day, Feng Shui New Year Tip

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December 30, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. ~ Rudyard Kipling

★~ Bicarbonate Soda Day


Bicarbonate soda (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, de-odorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.

The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap, but it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium bicarbonate in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1940 – The Arroyo Seco Parkway, the forerunner of thePasadena Freeway (between Los Angeles and Pasadena), was dedicated by Los Angeles, California Mayor Fletcher Bowron. It was the first freeway in the western U.S. and was designated as a historic engineering landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999.

♥~ 1963 – Let’s Make a Deal premiered. The game show was hosted by Monty Hall. “Alright Madge, you can keep the monkey and the motorcycle or trade them for what’s in the big pretty box…”

♥~ 1978 – Ohio State University fired its football coach Woody Hayes. The action came one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl (Bauman had just intercepted an Ohio State pass).

♥~ 2006 – A 67-year-old Spanish woman became the world’s oldest mother after she gave birth to twins in Barcelona. She had previously undergone in vitro fertilization in the U.S.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1865 – Rudyard Kipling novelist, short story author, poet: Nobel Prize for Literature [1907]; The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, Wee Willie Winkie. Though he never fought in battle, his poems about military life became classics among British soldiers around the world.  Rudyard Kipling said, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

♥~ 1937 – John Hartford Grammy Award-winning songwriter: Gentle on My Mind [1966]

♥~ 1959 – Tracey Ullman singer: They Don’t Know, Breakaway; actress: Tracy Takes On, Mackenzie, Give My Regards to Broad Street, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Tracey Ullman: A Class Act, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bullets Over Broadway, The Little Lulu Show, Panic

♥~ 1965 – Heidi Fleiss ‘The Hollywood Madam’:  In 1993, “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was busted for running a high-class prostitution ring that catered to an elite but undisclosed clientele. Nearly two decades after her very public arrest, trial and 20 months in jail (due to tax evasion and money laundering), Heidi is now back in the sex business, helping to renovate Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch, a brothel in Crystal, Nevada.

In this clip ^ from “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, Heidi takes cameras inside this newly updated brothel, showing off recent renovations — ever seen a $6,000 shower head? — and revealing plans for the continued renovations to make the brothel even more inviting.

♥~ 1975 – ‘Tiger’ Woods golf: champ: Masters ; first player to win four consecutive majors (2000-2001: US Open, British Open, PGA, Masters]; youngest player to reach fifty career victories [age 30: Aug 6, 2006]

★~ Good to Know: Feng Shui New Year Tip 

New-Year- Wallet

According to Feng Shui, heading into the New Year with a clutter free wallet stuffed with 27 one dollar bills and 49 coins (any denomination) will attract a year of abundance to you. So before the the clock strikes 12 midnight on New Years Eve, make sure your wallet is stuffed! To add a little boost to the magic and spice up your financial life…. sprinkle dried ginger inside and outside of your wallet and checkbook (Feng Shui tip by Ellen Whitehurst). Thanks El Morno friend Julianne for sharing this tip.


Brrr….it’s cold on the Northern Tundra. About 48 degrees colder than it was over the weekend. I guess we had a bit of an Indian summer.

Cole and I have some post Christmas and New Years shopping to do. We celebrate New Years Eve with good friends, first we have dinner at our house and the we head out to a movie we all want to see, this year it will be the Wolf On Wall Street. I still need to figure out what gourmet fantasy to whip up for dinner….enchiladas perhaps? Any thoughts?

Off to tend to the pack. Merry Monday!

Odd Loves Company!

15 thoughts on “Bicarbonate Soda Day, Feng Shui New Year Tip

  1. Morno,
    Baking soda is good for heart burn and in a pinch you can use it to brush your teeth.
    Interesting about the wallet. Maybe, I’ll do that for my kids. initial investment might make my wallet fatter all year. Both my kids have asked to “see my wallet” a number of times over the holidays and they never just want to look.
    Wall Street a good movie. Long, but we liked it.
    Have a good one.

    • Good idea Mike! Cole has asked me “borrow” my debt card a lot this season too!
      I’m really looking forward to the movie!

    • Well…I don’t think it hurts and it can be kind of fun, but I don’t manage my life around it. Some of the ideas just make you feel better—even if feeling better means just being a little silly—like opening all your windows before Midnight to let all the old out and welcome in the new and then watching all your guests yell like they have just been thrown in Lake Michigan….hehehehe.

      • does anyone take this feng shui stuff seriously…really??? 🙄
        I don’t know much about feng shui, that is way I am asking about it..I saw a buyer on a House Hunter program on HGTV not buy a house because the house did not conform to the feng shui “suggestions” ??? She must have really been into it..

        • Well, that is silly. I don’t know a whole lot but I do know almost any location can be modified to have more Shui (so to speak) a plant, turning a desk, adding a color… I certainly would not base any major life decision on it. Sounds like the buyer was was a bit of a feng nut, in my opinion.

  2. Is it welcome back Odd or welcome back me? I’m in!
    Baking soda is a wonderful product. So many great uses. Add a little lavender to it and it makes a great air freshener for a room.
    Interesting about the “fat wallet.” Like you said, it can’t hurt and I always need $1.00 bills.
    I’m off work until after the first, so I will head out early today to make some exchanges and maybe spend a little Christmas cash.

    • It was the hosting company–not you and not Odd. I’m glad your back. Missed you.
      I’ll have to try your room freshener tip. My house can always use a little refreshing.
      Sounds like your holidays have been jolly! Good luck with the shopping.

  3. Baking soda is handy stuff……like vinegar.
    Waiting for my last PT session. Ultrasound treatments have helped my healing achilles. Come January 1st, it’s back on my shoulders. Will just stick with stretching exercises then!
    Gotta go! Good morning!

    • They are setting you free? I hope that is a good thing. Well, I imagine you are very disciplined about keep up with the exercises, so you will transition smoothly.

  4. Great Feng Shui tip — hadn’t heard that one before. I don’t know whether it “works” or not, but it can’t hurt, right?
    Forty-eight degrees COLDER than over the weekend? Seriously? Man, that must be cold! We’re looking at a gray day, but at least I’m able to get outside and walk the pooch!
    I didn’t remember Woody Hayes punching an opposing player during the Gator Bowl. Not a cool move.
    Happy final two days of 2013!

    • It was a new one for me too. Yes, the drop in temp was amazing but the warmer temps did get rid of all the old and yucky snow.
      Happy Final Two days too you!

  5. NO NO NO, let me save you. Don’t go see Wolf of Wall Street with Cole. Choose ANY OTHER MOVIE.

    Matt, Ben and I went to see Wolf of Wall Street on Christmas Day. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT a movie for a mother to go see with her son. I can’t give you more details via this message as they would be too X-rated. Just trust me on this.

    • LOL. The kids sit in completely different seats from the Moms—rows away from us and we promise no discussion. None. Nada. But there is another choice on the table and we may grab it….thanks for the heads up—I can only imagine and I have a good imagination.

      • If it helps your decision any, Ben’s comment when we got back home was, “in hindsight, I think we should have gone with our second choice.”

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