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Strep Throat – Again

Remerber that strep throat deal I had a few weeks back? Well, it's back…. kinda… actutally it never left. It just bunkered down and waited the medicine out.

Yes!! I took all my medicine like a good boy!!

I went to the doctor this morning and it turns out that the type of strep I have is tougher to kill then your normal every-day kind. Just my luck…. Frown

Please pray as I'm teaching a Walkin' in the Kingdom seminar next weekend in Sweet….Undecided

In case you're wondering:

Walkin' in the Kingdom is a seminar designed to help everyone live the Holy Spirit-filled life Jesus promised us we could live.


Green Cleaning Tips

I feel like everyone needs help and tips when it comes to cleaning. From oven cleaning tips to carpet cleaning help, anything can help make your home nicer. There are a TON of green cleaning tips… I choose only a few to share with you today. Enjoy. Laughing

(note: this IS a FEW!! You should of see the FULL list!!!!!!!)

Green Cleaning Tips

Safety Tips:

  • When using hydrogen peroxide, never swallow it, don’t use it on metal surfaces, and keep it in its dark container until you use it, as it will lose its strength if exposed to light.
  • Clean from the Top Down: When house cleaning, save the floor or carpet for last. Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming. When you do get to vacuuming, you may want to think about using something like a robot vacuum to take some of the stress of cleaning off of your shoulders.


  • Remove residue and styling product build up from hair: After shampooing, rinse your hair with a mixture of 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 warm water to remove all the build up and get rid of that dullness.[@more@]


  • A straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses. Having said that, mix distilled white vinegar and water in spray bottles to keep in your bathrooms and kitchen – to disinfect and clean.
  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
  • Another alternative is micro fiber cloths, which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.


  • Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a dark color spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
  • Calcium Deposit Cleanup – Use full strength white vinegar on calcium deposit buildup. Let it soak in.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.
  • Clean sink and tub with full-strength vinegar. Simply apply with a sponge, wipe clean to a sparkly shine.
  • Soap scum & hard water spots on the tub and shower stall? Soak a sponge in full strength vinegar, wipe, let stand for five minutes then rinse with clean water.


  • Disinfect countertops, cleaning sponges, and cutting boards. Also mix 1/4 peroxide with some salt in a sink full of cold water to kill salmonella and viruses on fruits and vegetables.
  • Disinfect and clean wood cutting boards: Rub with vinegar to disinfect and clean. If your cutting board has deep grooves, you can also soak the board in vinegar for 5-10 minutes.
  • Greasy pans, dishes, stovetop – add a few tablespoons of vinegar to your soapy dishwater. Remove grease from kitchen walls: Put straight vinegar on a dishcloth to wipe grease off kitchen walls, or the stovetop.

Living Room:

  • House odors – Place white vinegar in shallow bowls throughout the house to absorb household odors.
  • Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water. You may require professional carpet cleaning services for awkward and stubborn stains.


  • Coffee and tea stains: Stains in cups can be removed by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. To clean a teakettle, add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar; bring to a boil. Let cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Stain Remover – Keep a spray bottle filled with 50-part white vinegar to 50-part water near your washing machine
    . Spray on clothes that have stains as you would with a commercial stain remover before you put them in to be washed. Businesses may want to consider a commercial laundry service by phs Besafe to relieve the pressure of managing staff workwear.


Many uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Green and clean recipes

Recipes for alternative cleaners

Using vinegar inside and outside

Cleaning with vinegar

Guide to less toxic products

Toxic household product info

Toxic contamination

Environmental Working Group

The following company websites offer information on toxic chemicals, coupons, links, etc.

Seventh Generation products

Biokleen products

Ecover products

Bio Pac products

Dr Bronner’s Fair Trade Soaps

Driving alternatives

The driving alternatives workshop was spilt into three areas: gas efficiency, biodiesel, and Hybrids / electric cars. We had three speakers and five attendees. (The other 45 folks were split between the green cleaning and energy saving classes)

Gas Efficiency

As gas prices continues to climb, every ounce of gasoline counts. The evening started off with some basic tips on improving the MPG efficiency of ones car:

  • Lay off the gas pedal – the lower RPMs, the less gas you use
  • When starting from a stand still (ie. a stop light or sign), start up slowly and gradually bring your speed up
  • Watch the road ahead of you – when you see a red light, take your foot off the gas pedal and coast to a stop.
  • Keep your tires full of air

Then we had some interesting tips:

  • Buy your gas in the morning when it’s cold outside – since gasoline turns from a liquid into a gas at high temperatures, the colder it is outside, the more liquid gas you get per dollar
  • Pump your gas at a slow rate – the faster the liquid gas moves, the more it turns into vapors, causing you to lose money.

The highlight of the evening (at least for me) was the Ethos FR presentation (can you guess who presented this part?)[@more@]

Ethos FR is a non-toxic, non-hazardous fuel reformulator that helps your engine burn cleaner and more efficient. I tested the product on my car this winter and saw a 15 to 20% increase in MPG – saving me close to $80 (after the cost of the Ethos). It also reduces your engines emissions.

I could go on and on about Ethos FR, but I have two other topics to cover.. sigh. More info can be found here. If you want to know the cost and how to order, please leave a comment as I’m in touch with the company.


Did you know the first diesel engine ran on peanut oil? Later on, biodiesel was re-discovered as a byproduct of the manufacturing of explosives for WWII.

Interesting – but what is biodiesel? It is a fatty-acid ester that is formed from either vegetable or animal oil. One processed, biodiesel can be burned in any diesel engine – without any special configurations!

In addition to acting as a lubricant and extending the life of upper engine parts, biodiesel produces no sulfur or net carbon dioxide as well as emitting 20 times less carbon monoxide then regular diesel.

Other benefits / uses:

  • Biodiesel is non-toxic (about as toxic as table salt)
  • Biodiesel is biodegradable (degrades as fast as suger)
  • The by-products of biodiesel can be used for animal feed, soap, or weed control.
  • It is a strong solvent that can clean up grease spills or stains
  • It can also be used to treat wood instead of creosote

Hybrids / electric cars

I don’t have as much information on this part of the workshop as I forgot to take notes… (I had a handout for the biodiesel part!)

However, basically, concerns over the environment, and the launch of new hybrid and electric vehicle models has seen interest in these types of vehicles soar.

Additionally, according to websites like, these types of vehicles are really benefitting many businesses across the globe, as they are better for the environment and boost the business’s reputation.

That being said, it is interesting to note that car manufacturers still have a duty to ensure electrical safety for their employees and other visitors to their premises.

Consequently, any employees working with electrical equipment or vehicles should have adequate training so they can work safely and so that the risks of injury and fire or explosion are reduced.

Understandably though this can be challenging in motor trade premises where there is a range of portable and fixed equipment.

Ultimately, it is undeniable that the popularity and complexity of electric and hybrid vehicles have introduced more safety considerations and hazards, especially with regards to the software that is used throughout these particular cars.

Moreover, from a technological perspective, all software included in these vehicles needs to be designed and tested with Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) compliance in mind. You can learn more about the importance of MISRA compliance on the Parasoft website.

In a nutshell, electricity is the way of the future. It takes less energy to power an electric car plus the electric can be generated via solar or wind energy. It will also be intriguing to see what else the future holds for hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the underlying software used to build and operate these fascinating cars.

hmm… That’s all I have time for as it’s almost 5:30 and I have an LTTG meeting…. =/

Sleep, ah, wonderful sleep

Counting sheep does not help one sleep. No matter if their black, white, gray, brown, blue, green, hot-pick, or neon-green.  What?! You never saw hot-pick sheep?  Well, you need to stay up a little later and drink some more tea.

Yesterday when I got to work the first thing my co-workers said was, "Are you ok? You look like you haven't slept in a week!"  It was at that point I realized that I looked like *&#$@*!.  (and I took a shower that morning!!!)

Lately my night have all be the same – go to bed at 10 pm; stay awake until 12…sleep like a baby (ie. tossing, turning, and screaming all night) until the clock goes beep.  
Last night, while I was up until 11 pm, I did sleep pretty good – in fact, last nights sleep was the best in the last week. The difference: chamomile tea.

Speaking of last night, I had a strange dream – made stranger by the fact that I still remember it. =/

I was in a class of some sort, lying on the floor face down on top of a while three-ring notebook. The teachers voice was telling us to breath in deeply while bring our hands up past our face and stretching our arms out in front of us. Then we were to let out the breath while bring our arms down (still outstretched) over the white notebook back to our sides.  Over and over again.

Then I woke up.

Easter this year is: Sunday, March 23, 2008

As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).  This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Found out a couple of things which might be interesting to you.

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives!  And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!  [@more@]

Here are the facts:

  • The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 ( 220 ye ars from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only o nes that were around for that!).
  • The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now).  The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.  So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year

(and no – I didn't write this – I stole it from an email going around. I know, I know – that's pretty lame…but then I do get lazy sometimes… ) Undecided

Back in the saddle…

…dog tired and hands tied to the horn…but at least I’m in the saddle. Smile

As I try to do two days worth of work in one day – all the while trying not to run my energy down – I’m going to leave you all with a quote from John Wimber’s book The Way In is the Way On:

Keep your focus on Jesus. Concentrate on the realization that God is on your side and He is good. God loves you, and you are precious to Him. Your efforts to please Him on the one hand don’t satisfy, but on the other hand, they always please. The Father won’t rest until you are just like His Son, but He enjoys every little effort you make to try and be like Him.

Keep it up, and remember: He is easy to please, but hard to satisfy. [@more@]

Strep Throat, Anyone?

It has been a tough week – one full of pain, medicines, & vitamins. So much so that I took yesterday and today off work to try to get better. Besides, I had already infected the entire office Monday and Tuesday due to ignorance. =(

The good news is that I get to watch the audio commentaries on my Firefly DVDs. =)[@more@] 

Happy Pi Day!!

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971…. that is the number of today. It is also Albert Einstein's birthday (maybe that's how he got so smart)…

If you think that only math nerds enjoy the mysteries of pi, I would have you know that people all across England are celebrating these famous 24-hours. Now if we could only get Congress to make it a national holiday… Tongue out

Some fun facts about Pi that you may not know – but someone at the BBC figured out:

  • The Greek mathematician Archimedes tired to discover the ratio of pi only to be killed by a Roman solider after shouting "do not touch my circles".
  • William Shanks discovered the 707 digit for pi in 1873 after years of hard work…only to discover a mistake at number 527.
  • In 2002, a Japanese computer scientist found the 1.24 trillion digit – talk about being bored….
  • The common 3.14 beginnings of pi is still in debate with some folks saying it is 3 or 3.25

And my favorite fact of the day: [@more@]

If you divide the length of a river from source to mouth across a gently sloping plane by its direct length "as the crow flies", you'll find pi.

Oh – and before I forget, some schools have pi poetry contests. Yelp, you read that right – pi poetry contests. It seems that pi is a great mnemonic device. Check out this poem from Tuppennyblue, Worcester, UK:

Sir, I send a rhyme excelling
In sacred truth and rigid spelling
Numerical sprites elucidate
For me the lexicon's full weight

Can you see the cool trick to the poem? Post a comment if can figure out the puzzle! Laughing

(and NO – You can't look at the BBC article I got this from!!!!!!! THAT WOULD BE CEATING!)


Hmm… interesting…. kinda… nah, not really…

So goes my life..well, kinda. Undecided

It's sad to go from having two posts a day to none… especially when several of you have emailed me good posting materials.  So why haven't I posted anything? Time.  Yelp – that crazy bandit who sucks your life away without you noticing it… sigh.

On the bright side, I was able to go to the county assertor, commissioners, and planning/zoning office yesterday and gather all kinds of information. What kind? Well, information that will help me remove some right-a-ways and public access to my property. (messy things – titles).[@more@]

My life was also messed up when E and I was voted on the mission board. The crazy part was that we didn't even know that this was an option!!!  We were happy showing up at 6 and having no responsible (or something like that)… now we have to show up at 5:30 and deal with all the money issues… sigh.   Now don't get me wrong – this is quite the honor – I just didn't know about it until afterwards. Tongue out

Guess what? I get to stay home for the next few saturdays!!! I'm so happy!!  Yes – this is a rare thing!!!  It's the hope of a good weekend that keeps me going… just a few more days and then I'm free!!!! (until Monday – but I didn't say that)


Not the super cool Mini driving Italian Job ones – but the charge-you-$50-for-the-two-minutes-it-took-to-unlock- your-car-door-because-they-are-licensed locksmiths. That’s whom I’m talking about. Money mouth

You see, two nights ago we had dinner with a wonderful couple in Sweet who’s son is a locksmith by night, programmer by day. That got me to thinking (never mind that cold breeze that just came in)…

What if I became a licensed locksmith by night as well? If you were looking for Locksmiths Near You, you could get in touch with me and I could be there to help in no time! It would be like Batman, only without bat-computer, bat-scanner, bat-radar, bat-cuffs, bat-pontoons, bat-drinking water dispenser, bat-camera with polarized bat-filter, shark repellent bat-spray, bat-car, and bat-rope or the scientific knowledge, detective skills and athletic prowess in martial arts, acrobatics, strength, and escape artistry. Ok – maybe Batman was the wrong comparisons

It STILL would be super cool! I could swoop down the dusty, cattle trodden roads to rescue the poor maiden oppressed by the cruel dungeon Lord Wheresmykey and his diabolical companion Sir O’Crap Mykeysareinside. In true John Wayne fashion, I would right all wrongs – while making a hefty profit!! Hmm…maybe that’s more of a Malcolm Reynolds’s style? Undecided
As I dream of tumblers and thin metal pieces, I’m reminded of the time ******* and I used to pick the locks ************* parents ************ money ****************** jewels ********** ******** ******** mob ******************* ****************************** ********************** ***************combination lock ************************************* brother ********** **** ********* ******************************* school principal **** test grades *************** ********************* ******************knife *************************************** Man where those the days!!

Yet, this time it I would have more honorable intentions – mainly to help fund my education habit. Would that make me like Commander Kevyn Andreyasn? Cool