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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Feeling Lonely Surrounded by People?

This video explains quite nicely how you can feel lonely surrounded by people and why.



I would like to hear from you and look forward to reading your comments.








Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Take Control Back From Your Subconscious Mind

Do you know that your subconscious mind runs your life? It is time to take control back.

“It is not a disruption in your energy system but a creation of the mind. It's about subconscious imprints stored within the brain, accumulated from birth, emotional conditioning that built perception and the body gives it reality. You are a creator,
this physical reaction is an expression of the your inner world.”
                                                           ~Robert G. Smith creator of FasterEFT

This post is based on a two part article I found here called "Toxic Thinking Patterns"
Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind does no original thinking. It is the "operating system" in charge of all autonomic processes of the body. If you would have to tell your body to pump the blood, breathe and digest, you would have no time for all the other things. The more you repeat an action or respond in a certain way, the faster your subconscious takes it over and in the future you will always react that same way. It is efficient, but not always what you want to happen.

To break free of these patterns, you have to become aware of them and understand how tricky they are. This is not easy as they operate just below the radar or your conscious mind. Unless you can make those changes, you have limited success to change the outcomes.

The article lists 7 Toxic Thinking Patterns:

  1. Fault-finding or complaining
  2. Blaming
  3. Triangulation, gossiping
  4. Communication blocking
  5. Rescuing others
  6. Portraying self as a victim, helpless or needing to be rescued
  7. Making excuses
Examples of the 7 patterns are listed in Part 2 of the article.

Remember that the subconscious is your protector, but it cannot differentiate between what is helpful and what is harmful and what is real (actually happening) or imagined. It responds to both the same way.

At times you find yourself running away, blocking or protecting yourself against what you need or yearn for most in life, which is totally counter to what your really want. Your natural impulse is to "self-actualize" and not hide. You want to feel alive in a meaningful way to yourself and life around you.

Your mind is a treasure and your imagination is the base for creating yourself and life. Be careful of the words you use and the thoughts you think as they become things and are harder to undo than create.

I have found that Meridian Tapping (EFT) is a fantastic tool to help you reprogram your subconscious mind. Give it a try and if you need help contact me.

If would like to hear from you and look forward to reading your comments.



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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

If You Are Drawn to Various Interests You May Be a "Scanner"

What on earth is a Scanner? I came across this cool website that gives book summaries. It is called Actionable Books and you can join for free and you will receive weekly book summaries.

The book I found this idea from is called Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams

I am a person like it is described in the book.
“Use ALL of your interests, passions, and hobbies to create the life and career of your dreams.” ~Refuse to Choose!, Book jacket
My interests are all over the place and I am drawn to many diverse interests?  When I read the questions the book asks below, I saw myself reflected in the them.
"Do you love starting projects, but find you lose interest when the novelty wears off? Have you ever thought following just one career path is a recipe for total boredom?  If so, you may be a Scanner.
The book suggests that some people aren’t meant to follow just one path. I have always considered myself an odd ball and was very happy to read that I am in fact quite normal for the small percentage of people who have this scanner tendency.
“Scanners go through an amazing transformation once they begin to understand who they are and realize there’s nothing wrong with them.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 23
What a great way of explaining it in the summary:
Scanners, by their very nature, want to do it all. However, along the way most Scanners will have encountered family, friends, teachers and even career counselors who encourage them to pick just one career path or course of education and follow it. Scanners may have felt that something is wrong with them or perhaps they’ve been criticized for being lazy, undisciplined or indecisive.
Accept yourself as a Scanner and then learn to live your life that way.

Tip for Scanners:

Keep a record of all your ideas and Create a Scanner Daybook
“The blank pages in your Daybook are where you’ll capture ideas that could otherwise get lost or keep a record of private little trips and ‘what ifs’ that are always floating in and out of a creative mind.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 12
At the end of the day, what is a scanner to do with all those half finished projects?
“When a honeybee gets the nectar it came for, it loses interest in that flower and heads over to another one.  When a Scanner leaves a project, it’s for the same reason.” ~Refuse to Choose!, page 103 
Finish them at a later date. Pass them on to somebody else to finish for you or display them as a work in progress.

There are some tips in the summary and more in the book itself. Plus the book has many tools and tips for embracing being a Scanner as a worthwhile way to live. Non-Scanners can learn from the tips to pursue multiple creative endeavours and can learn how to accept and encourage the Scanners in their lives.



Are you a scanner or just interested in many different things? Leave a comment below and let me know how you handle your many interests and if you view this as an asset or a liability or a strength or a weakness.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Square Foot Gardening - How Many Plants Per Square?

Is there a trick to figuring out how many plants to plant per square foot?

Alphabetical Order

  • Basil: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Beans: bush-type 9/sqft; pole-type 8/sqft
  • Beets: 16/sqft 
  • Broccoli: 1/sqft 
  • Cabbage: 1/sqft 
  • Carrots: 16/sqft 
  • Cauliflower: 1/sqft 
  • Celery: 4/sqft (6") (according to sqft reader Doreen Howard) 
  • Chard(Swiss): 4/sqft 
  • Corn: 1/sqft (revised in 2/96 OG to 4/sqft) 
  • Cucumbers: 2/sqft in a row of 4 sqft (6" apart along middle of sqft row) 
  • Daffodils: 36/sqft 
  • Eggplant: 1/sqft 
  • Garlic: 4/sqft (6") (according to several sqft readers. Some say 9/sqft (4")) 
  • Leeks: 9/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Lettuce: 4/sqft 
  • Marjoram: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Muskmelons: 1/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares, on trellis) 
  • Okra: 1-2/sqft (according to reader Sandra Walters) 
  • Onions: 16/sqft 
  • Oregano: 1/4sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Parsley: 4/sqft 
  • Peas: 8/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares on trellis, see special grid
  • Peppers: 1/sqft 
  • Potatoes: 1/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Radishes: 16/sqft 
  • Savory: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Scallions: 36/sqft (2") (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Spinach: 9/sqft 
  • Squash, Summer: vine-type 3/4sqft (see special grid); bush-type 1/3sqft (see special grid) (see also Zucchini's revised spacing) 
  • Squash, Winter: 1/2sqft (see special grid
  • Sweet Potatoes: 2/sqft (according to sqft reader John Webster
  • Thyme: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Tomatoes: bush-type: 4/4sqft (see special grid); vine-type 1/sqft (in row of 4 on trellis) 
  • Watermelon: bush-type 1/sqft; vine-type 1/2sqft - both kinds along trellis 
  • Zucchini: 1/sqft (Mel from 2/96 OG)

Grid Order

1 Plant per square foot

  • Basil: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Broccoli: 1/sqft 
  • Cabbage: 1/sqft 
  • Cauliflower: 1/sqft 
  • Eggplant: 1/sqft 
  • Muskmelons: 1/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares, on trellis)
  • Okra: 1-2/sqft (according to reader Sandra Walters) 
  • Peppers: 1/sqft 
  • Potatoes: 1/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG)
  • Savory: 1/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Watermelon: bush-type 1/sqft; vine-type 1/2sqft - both kinds along trellis 
  • Zucchini: 1/sqft (Mel from 2/96 OG)

4 Plants per square foot

  • Celery: 4/sqft (6") (according to sqft reader Doreen Howard) 
  • Chard(Swiss): 4/sqft 
  • Garlic: 4/sqft (6") (according to several sqft readers. Some say 9/sqft (4")) 
  • Lettuce: 4/sqft 
  • Marjoram: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Oregano: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 
  • Parsley: 4/sqft 
  • Thyme: 4/sqft (according to sqft reader Kevin M. Wilson) 

9 Plants per square foot

  • Beans: bush-type 9/sqft; pole-type 8/sqft
  • Leeks: 9/sqft (see special technique in 2/96 OG
  • Spinach: 9/sqft 

16 Plants per square foot

  • Beets: 16/sqft 
  • Carrots: 16/sqft 
  • Radishes: 16/sqft 
  • Onions: 16/sqft 

36 Plants per square foot

  • Daffodils: 36/sqft 
  • Scallions: 36/sqft (2") (see special technique in 2/96 OG

Special alignments

  • Corn: 1/sqft (revised in 2/96 OG to 4/sqft) 
  • Cucumbers: 2/sqft in a row of 4 sqft (6" apart along middle of sqft row) 
  • Peas: 8/sqft (grow in row of 4 squares on trellis, see special grid
  • Squash, Summer: vine-type 3/4sqft (see special grid); bush-type 1/3sqft (see special grid) (see also Zucchini's revised spacing) 
  • Squash, Winter: 1/2sqft (see special grid
  • Sweet Potatoes: 2/sqft (according to sqft reader John Webster
  • Tomatoes: bush-type: 4/4sqft (see special grid); vine-type 1/sqft (in row of 4 on trellis) 
To see the special alignments check out the credit page:

Want to learn more about gardening? My Green Thumb store is the place to find that information.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Make Simple Square Foot Gardening Templates

backside of template with holes drilled
I am just about ready to start planting my square foot garden. Until now I have used string and sticks to mark things, but then I got an idea of how I could easily make some templates from old plastic election signs. The material was easy to cut with a knife and a permanent marker would help with the design.

At first I thought that I would need a whole bunch of templates, but as I got going I realized that I could actually get away with only 2 templates.


  • First cut 2 12x12 inch pieces from the plastic signs
  • Draw a grid: 
    • template 1: 3 rows and 3 columns
    • template 2: 4 rows and 4 columns
  • Mark the center of each square of the grid by drawing diagonal lines
  • Use the electric drill and a ½" drill bit and drill a hole at each center point.

Template 1


Template 1

  • Grid of 3 row and 3 columns (9 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)





Template 2

Template 2
  • This one is truly a multi-use template
  • Grid 4 rows and 4 columns (16 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • Grid 2 rows and 2 columns (4 plants - holes circled in black)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)


  • I also created a template with just strips from the plastic sign.
  •  I used gardening wire to attache the strips to each other. On the back picture I twisted the wires together and tucked the ends underneath.
  • This template can be used the same way as template 2.
front
back

Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Where To Find Appliance Replacements Parts?

The knobs on my dryer started to break shortly after I got it. I was not very impressed to say the least. The bigger problem was that I could not find any replacement knobs.

The first thing I did is move a good knob to the broken place which, of course, was the on off switch.

knob missing and mismatched knob

Now where you go looking for appliance replacement parts? I tried a local store and even they did not have the exact one. I got one that fit on the piece sticking out of the dryer console. Who knew that not all knobs are identical. As you can see in the picture above a second knob failed and that function is now permanently set to the on position.


Last weekend while looking for something else at Home Depot, I asked about knobs and a very helpful gentleman told me that I should try their Parts & Accessories department and handed me a business card with toll-free phone number. This is the phone number for Canada, I don't know if it will work in the US.

I ordered 2 new knobs on a Monday afternoon and on Tuesday lunchtime they arrived. I was impressed.

Now all I had to do was take a picture of my current knob situation and then put one of the new knobs on the empty spot and replace the mismatched one with one of the new knobs and take another picture.

Now my dryer looks like new and works like new.
all matching knobs that work

Friday, May 3, 2013

Why You Should Rotate Your Crop


Why would you practice crop rotation for your vegetables? This is what Wikipedia says about it:

Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar/different types of crops in the same area in sequential seasons.
Crop rotation gives various benefits to the soil. A traditional element of crop rotation is the replenishment of nitrogen through the use of green manure in sequence with cereals and other crops. Crop rotation also mitigates the build-up of pathogens and pests that often occurs when one species is continuously cropped, and can also improve soil structure and fertility by alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants.
I came across this image at a New Zealand site that explains it quite well.

Every year you rotate between root and bulb, fruit and seed and leaf and stem vegetables. Here is a list of which vegetables belong to each group.

Root & Bulb 


  • carrots
  • parsnip
  • potatoes
  • beetroot
  • kohl rabi
  • radishes
  • onions
  • leek
  • garlic

Fruit & Seed


  • peas
  • beans
  • tomatoes
  • capsicum
  • sweet corn
  • eggplant
  • pepper
  • cucumber
  • endive
  • courgette - zucchini

Leaf & Stem


  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • silver beet
  • spinach
  • brussels sprouts

Long-term crops such as asparagus and rhubarb are grown outside the rotation.

This works quite well with square foot gardening. Just draw a diagram of what you planted where and then rotate from year to year.



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Raised Bed Gardening

Why would you want to do raised bed gardening? The main advantage I found is that the earth in the raised beds warms up earlier in the year. So earlier planting leads to an earlier harvest.


There are a number of ways to create raised beds. I have used both wood and cinder blocks. The cinder blocks take up a bit more space, but also give you little cubby holes to plant small plants. The other advantage of cinder blocks is that they absorb heat during the day and then release it over night, so keeping your plants in a warmer climate.

Raised bed gardens also lend themselves well to square foot gardening.


Friday, April 26, 2013

What is Square Foot Gardening?

When you're tight for space and still want to have a garden, that's when Square foot gardening comes into play.

Wikipedia explains it this way:
Square foot gardening is the practice of planning and creating small but intensively planted gardens. The practice combines concepts from other organic gardening methods, including a strong focus on compost, densely planted raised beds and biointensive attention to a small, clearly defined area. This method is particularly well-suited for areas with poor soil, beginner gardeners or as adaptive recreation for those with disabilities (Bartholomew, 2005).
The phrase "square foot gardening" was popularized by Mel Bartholomew in a 1981 Rodale Press book and subsequent PBS television series.
This is a chart that shows the basics - how many plants to plant in one square foot.

20161130 Update
I just came across a fantastic free online resource about square foot gardening that I just had to share ►Square Foot Gardening: The Ultimate “How To” Guide

Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment. ▼


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Companion Planting Chart

Have you ever heard of companion planting? Wikipedia explains it very nicely:
Companion planting is the planting of different crops in proximity (in gardening and agriculture), on the theory that they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination, and other factors necessary to increasing crop productivity. Companion planting is a form of polyculture.

Companion planting is used by farmers and gardeners in both industrialized and developing countries for many reasons. Many of the modern principles of companion planting were present many centuries ago in cottage gardens in England and home gardens in Asia.

Check out this helpful chart to find the benefits of companion planting:

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Simple Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

Are you looking for a simple homemade weed killer that's safe for the environment, but also tough on weeds? Give this recipe a try.

Recipe

  • 1 gallon (4.5 liters) of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup liquid dish soap (any brand)
  • Funnel
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar from gallon bottle, set aside to use in other things.
  • Put salt in the gallon jug (funnel works great) and shake until all salt is dissolved, fill it with the dish soap simply shake up jug to mix well.
  • Set aside and mark jug as weed killer. 

How to Use

  • Pour in spray bottles and use as needed. 
  • This solution works best if you use it on a hot day. 
  • Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.
Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

Friday, April 19, 2013

When do you start planting your seeds?

When do you start planting your seeds? Some seeds germinate well in cooler temperatures and others need it warmer.

Check out this handy list below.
For the full size chart head to Roots Nursery.
Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Which Veggies Need Sun and Which Don't?

This simple graphic helps you figure out if your veggies need full sun or if they can do well in the shade. If you are looking for more gardening tips I have put together a page that should be helpful.

Full Sun

Plants grown in full sun need to be watered regularly or they will be parched.
Fruit and roots: 
  • tomato, peppers and squash

Partial Shade

Plants grown in partial shade don't need that much water and will die if they get too much water.

Leaves, stems or sprouts:
  • salad greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, radishes, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard green, kale, collards.
Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Learn How to Test Your Garden Soil

Gardening season is just around the corner and your garden will grow much better if the soil has the correct PH level.

Here is a simple test you can do yourself:
  • Take two containers and put your garden soil in it to test
  • Add ½ cup of vinegar to one container and stir
  • If it fizzes our soil is alkaline

  • Add ½ cup plain water to the second container and stir
  • Next add ½ cup baking soda and stir
  • If it fizzes you have acidic soil
If neither of the containers has a reaction you soil is somewhat PH balanced.

Now that you have determined if your soil is acidic or alkaline, you can slowly make the necessary adjustments to the soil PH level. It takes time to change the soil PH levels so it is best to make gradual adjustments.
  • If your soil is acidic you can use wood ash or lime to make it more alkaline.
  • If your soil is alkaline you can use pine needles to make it more acidic.

Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why I don't pay attention to the news media

This article just arrived in my inbox and boy, do I agree with it. I haven't watched any news since the turn of the century and tell my husband that I am not interested in watching bad news and propaganda.
Quote from the article:

"News media have become a competitive blood sport for our attention,” I said. “Their focus is on finding the half-dozen most violent, tragic, scandalous and ugly things that happened in a day and parade them morning and night. Their goal is to trigger our fear, worry, threat and distress responses so we keep tuning in."

“This barrage of negative input devastates our productive potential and creative capacity. What we see and hear is what we think about. Our thoughts become our expectations. Expectation leads to manifestation. It’s a dangerous and damaging downward spiral.”
Sadly positive news is much less attractive than scandalous news. People have been turned in to "sheople" and follow blindly what they see on the TV. If the experts on television say it is so, it must be so. If enough people believe the lie, it becomes the truth and then there is that sentence that just drives me crazy: "as everybody knows". What an bunch of baloney. It is an excuse to not to have to inform yourself about what's really going on in your world.

I haven't had the time to read the book: "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy yet, but have put it on my to do list.

Make up your own mind and read the whole article and then let me know in the comments what you think.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Country singer Stompin Tom Connors died on March 6, 2013. Why would I want to write about this? Well, my first introduction to him was his song "Bud the Spud", when I got married in the mid seventies.



I found his songs corny, but also folksy. To learn more about Stompin Tom listen to the tribute show that aired on CBC's Q program. Listening to the show, I learned how prolific a song writer Tom Connors was and how each song was a little story about life in Canada. What could be more Canadian that "Hockey Night" and Stompin Tom's "Hockey Song" captures it perfectly.



After almost 40 years in Canada, I have become a Canadian and am proud of it.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

How do you react when things don't go the way you had planned? Do you freak out, lash out and get upset or do you take it as a hint from the Universe that it had something better, different in store?

I just spent some time in Europe with my mom to celebrate her 86th birthday. We made a rough plan for each day and now looking back, only about one or two of those plans became reality, the others had various changes from minor to total. On my mom's birthday we had planned to go out for a meal at a certain restaurant, but we missed the bus by just one minute. So there we stood watching the bus disappear and then our eyes were drawn to the sign next to the door of the restaurant by the bus stop. We looked at each other and said "why don't we eat here?" It turned out to be a delightful meal and we timed it so that we could get on the next bus to follow the rest of our plan for the day.

On my way back from Europe, I was so pleased to have finally gotten on a plane direct to Halifax instead of always having to fly to Toronto first and then backtrack to Halifax. It looked like everything was going to be just fine, even though I had heard that the weather in Halifax wasn't too good. The plane took off on time and I followed its progress on the TV display above the empty seat next to me. Over Stephenville, Newfoundland the map displayed 1:07 hours to Halifax. Then to my surprise the Halifax destination disappeared from the display and instead it said 2:27 hours to Toronto. I starred at the screen for a few minutes wondering if I was on the wrong plane, when the captain announced that due to icy runways in Halifax our flight had been diverted to Toronto. Shucks, I wanted to go home.

Once I landed in Toronto mid afternoon, I called hubby who told me that Halifax had gotten 16 cm of snow, followed by 11 hours of freezing rain and then a cold front went through and turned all roads into ice rinks and planes can't land on that. Next I got in touch with my kids, all 3 live in Toronto. First Air Canada said we would fly to Halifax at 6 pm, but that was cancelled and the passengers were told that we could get a voucher for a hotel and then re-book once the flights were going to Halifax again. I called my son who came to pick me up. The next day I re-booked my flight, but gave myself an extra day to spend with the grand-kids and my 2 daughters. I had a grand time playing with the grand-kids and had a meal out with my daughters all thanks to Air Canada. Things turned out just the way they were meant to and I arrived back home in Halifax 2 days late.

How do you handle change of plans? Do you view change as a disaster or an opportunity? I would love to read your comments.