Antidotes to Stress

 

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Review important connections in your life

Think about your family, friends, and other contacts. If you have neglected some due to demands and stress, reestablish contact. Decide how you might be able to revive valued friendships and associations that may have weakened with time.

Connect with someone from your network

Pick up the phone or write an e-mail. Set a goal of maintaining (or re-initiating) contact with family and friends. It is okay to start small. Try to make one phone call or send one e-mail a week to someone whose friendship you value.

Provide support to others

Providing support to others is a give and take activity. Show your willingness to support others, when you are able. And, reach out to take support and care from others, when you need it.

Learn something new

If you are far away from your friends and family, learning something new can be a valuable way to connect with others who share your interests. Most cities and towns offer evening continuing education courses ranging from academic offerings to hobbies and skills development.

Engage in structured physical activity

Joining a sports team, or regular participation in sports, yoga, or an exercise program, can also provide a way to develop contacts with people who share your interests. Plus, your health and mood will benefit from the physical exercise.

Volunteer

Whether once a week, once a month, or just once in a while, volunteering for a charity project helps you focus outside yourself and your stress. You will also come in contact with others who share your desire to help out.

Join a club, professional association, or other organization

If the idea of a formal structure appeals to you, you can join a book club, religious organization, political club, or any other organized group that shares the same interests or passions that you have.

 

Simple Way to Clean up Politics -You Have the Power

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Those of you who follow this blog, know that I do not go political here.  I work for the government and, yes, it is easier to serve some leaders than others, but I serve them all. However, this year, I feel I had to write my opinion. I listen to so many people upset about so many things….but they are looking in the wrong direction.  Look to the U. S. Congress folks!  If you really want to change things, vote out those who have been there for decades and vote in a fresh batch of folks.

Are you really surprised these folks who have been around 20, 30, 40 years refuse to legislate term limits?  Why should they?  Send those folks home with a “thanks for your service” and vote in a new group of people. Then, demand those folks to legislate term limits.  If they refuse, vote in another group a people and demand term limits. And continue until the folks hear your voice. It really is that simple.

You’ve been looking for others to exert power to right the wrong, but to quote Glenda the Good Witch, “You’ve had the power all along.”  Use it!  Vote what is best for the country.  Vote to balance the power back to three equal branches of government.  The choice is yours…..what will YOU do?

Simple Cleaning Tips – Your Bum

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Okay folks, this is deeply personal, but important.  A few years ago I watched a Ted Talk on how to dry your hands using only 1 paper towel.  It’s ridiculously simple and very important as we work to preserve the trees we need. Check it out here: https://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel?language=en  I’ve been using this technique ever since….at home, at work, at airports, etc. It may seem simple, but it is my way of doing my part to save some trees.

Of course, that made me think of the amount of toilet paper I use. I wasn’t about to change my habits there….I love a clean bum. A few years ago, I was at a high end conference area in Atlanta. I was bored so I strolled in to the ladies room where I found and used my first bidet. This thing was high end with more controls than my car. I had a great time enjoying pressing then all and figuring out how everything worked. I returned to the meeting with a freshly washed and air-dried bum.  Since then, I’ve used high-end bidets at foreign hotels and enjoyed them.

I’ve always wanted a bidet for my home but the cheapest one I found was $800.  However this year, Groupon and Deal Now and other sites like that have in home bidets for $50 or less. I bought one, installed it, and tried it out.  Since then, my toilet paper consumption has drastically reduced. So, along with a fresh bum, I’m doing even more to save trees by saving paper.

Being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to mean suffering. Sometimes it can mean just shaking your hands a little more before reaching for the paper towel, or turning a knob on the toilet to create a cleaner bum before reaching for the toilet paper.

Simple Cleaning Tips – Furniture

 

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  • Tired of picking lint off your mirrors and glass table tops that your cleaning cloths leave behind? Just add a little laundry fabric softener to warm water; problem solved.
  • Never clean plastic furniture with alcohol- or ammonia-based cleaners. It can turn the plastic cloudy.
  • A few drops of liquid soap into slats will stop a squeaking bed.
  • If you have a beautiful wood dining room table; buff it regularly with a quality buffer such as you would use on shoes. It will buff it to a high luster.
  • If your furniture is in a sunny room, rotate it regularly so it will fade evenly.
  • To remove water stains from good furniture, sprinkle a lot of cornstarch over the stain, let it stay for several hours, remove. Repeat as necessary.
  • Chrome furniture can be shined using aluminum foil with the shiny side out. As you rub the chrome furniture, the chrome should turn shiny while the foil turns black.
  • Wicker should be cleaned with warm salt water. Wash it indoors away from the sun. Let it dry in the sun so anything loose will tighten.

 

CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home

 

 

Simple Cleaning Tips – Kitchen

 

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  • Clean your electric can open by running a damp paper towel through it.
  • Rub a little toothpaste over small mirror or glass scratches, shine the scratch away.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar to your sink full of glassware for shiny results.
  • Remove burned spots from cookware by adding a little baking soda to the spot and just enough water to dampen it. Let it set for a few hours and the burn should lift out.
  • Coffee stains in ceramic cups can be removed by rubbing a little baking soda in them.
  • Remember to clean the dishwasher filter weekly; it will keep your dishes shiny.
  • If your dishwasher is not full, use the extra space to wash some of the dusty, less used dishes to keep everything shiny clean.
  • Shine up dull stainless steel flatware by adding 1 cup of vinegar to warm soapy water and letting them sit for 15 minutes.
  • Mildew in the kitchen caused by high humidity can be solved by airing out your kitchen twice a day with the exhaust fan; opening windows on high humidity day will just add to the problem.
  • To store sharp knives, find a container you like on your countertop, add rice, apply knives, and watch them stay firm and safe.

 

CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home

 

  • Clean your electric can open by running a damp paper towel through it.
  • Rub a little toothpaste over small mirror or glass scratches, shine the scratch away.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar to your sink full of glassware for shiny results.
  • Remove burned spots from cookware by adding a little baking soda to the spot and just enough water to dampen it. Let it set for a few hours and the burn should lift out.
  • Coffee stains in ceramic cups can be removed by rubbing a little baking soda in them.
  • Remember to clean the dishwasher filter weekly; it will keep your dishes shiny.
  • If your dishwasher is not full, use the extra space to wash some of the dusty, less used dishes to keep everything shiny clean.
  • Shine up dull stainless steel flatware by adding 1 cup of vinegar to warm soapy water and letting them sit for 15 minutes.
  • Mildew in the kitchen caused by high humidity can be solved by airing out your kitchen twice a day with the exhaust fan; opening windows on high humidity day will just add to the problem.
  • To store sharp knives, find a container you like on your countertop, add rice, apply knives, and watch them stay firm and safe.

 

CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home

Simple Cleaning Tips – Floors

 

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Living in a place where my windows are open 24/7/365, I’ve learned to love a Swiffer: one Swiffer pad to pick up the dust and volcanic ash the trade winds blow in and the fur balls that Cory T Cat eject, and then one wet Swiffer pad to clean everything up and disinfect the tiles twice or three times a week. Here are some other simple cleaning tips to keep things tidy with a minimum of fuss:

  • Window sills and base boards collect dust, dirt, and ash. Cleaners leave behind a residue that collects more dust, dirt, and ash. Simply use a cleaning cloth with clear water.
  • Bleach is a whitening agent, not a disinfectant. Remember the difference.
  • If using a dust pan, remember to spray some furniture polish on it occasionally. It helps the dust slide off.
  • If you have a loose tile, place a dish towel over it and iron the dish towel on the highest setting. Then add some books on the tile to allow the heated glue to reset.
  • Save old tea bags, make tea again, and rub it into your varnished floors for a sweet smelling shine.
  • Add a little brown shoe polish into liquid floor wax to bring back the shine in faded hardwood floors.
  • Instead of sanding hardwood floors, use varnish remover. The old finish will break up and you can simply squeegee it away.
  • When waxing your floors, use several thin layers instead of two heavy ones. Also, don’t wax the entire floor evenly, add more wax to your high traffic areas. This will avoid wax build up in corners, under furniture, etc.

 CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home

 

Exploring South Pacific Travel by Plane

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First, you must decide where in the South Pacific you are going. Then you must decide how you are going to get there. Most people will have to transit through some of these areas:

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Fiji (NAN)
  • Auckland (AKL)
  • Guam (GUM)
  • Nandi (BNE)
  • Noumea (NOU)
  • Pago Pago (PPG)
  • Papeete (PPT)
  • Sydney (SYD)

The least expensive way to get to the South Pacific is a special promotional fare from one of the major airlines. The most popular one is from Air New Zealand called Superpass, which is half the economy cost. Stopovers are allowed and a person has up to one year to finish his or her trip. There are also mileage tickets, onward tickets, student tickets, senior tickets, and other trends. You are encouraged to do some research before purchasing a large ticket.

When planning your trip, always allow for a 2-hour layover between flights. Anything less and you could miss a connection. When in the islands, allow for a day between flights. When flying, always have a paperback, some toiletries, and a change of underwear in your flight bag….just in case. If you break in your journey for more than 72 hours, always reconfirm your reservations….just in case.

I’ve already addressed packing for the South Pacific, but if you choose to pack more, you should double check the amount of weight of luggage for international flights as they are different than domestic flights. Along with your id tag on the outside of the suitcase, add a copy of your itinerary inside each bag in case one or more of them are lost. Did you know that one of the most common reasons for lost luggage is that people forget to tear off their old destination tags? Thus, make it a proactive habit to remove all destination tags and labels before storing your luggage away.

If your bag is damaged in flight let the airline know right away. I once had the frame of my checked bag damaged during a Delta flight. I went to the Delta baggage customer service desk. The representative asked me to wait. A few minutes later, he came out with a new piece of luggage the same size and color as my damaged one. I moved my items from the damaged luggage to the new one and went on my way. While this may not happen in every experience, the airline will usually reimburse a traveler something for his or her loss.

Cite for September Posts: Stanley, D., South Pacific Handbook.