Spring Cleaning. Why do we do it? (Or do we?!) Whether we put ourselves through the agonizing but revitalizing ritual of spring cleaning or not we need someone to blame. So who do we blame for this annual practice that we dread, then grudgingly do, then bask in the appreciation of what we've done? Or, to put it another way so as not to leave anyone out...who do we blame for the impending pressure of completing the expected spring cleaning ritual that we know we will not do, say we do not need to do or do not care about, and eventually sing praises that the window of opportunity for spring cleaning has passed with the official first day of summer. Who's to blame?
First let's blame ourselves, partially because we always do anyway but also because there is a simple biology fact that may have something to do with it. During winter we are exposed to less sunlight and as we know, we often feel dreary and dare we say sometimes even lazy. Well, there's a reason: With a lack of exposure to light, the pineal gland produces melatonin - a hormone that produces sleepiness in humans. So, bottom line, we are too tired to clean in the winter! We are in a long melatonin-induced stupor. We can blame ourselves but really it's not our fault, it's the sun's fault, or the earth's fault, or our body's fault. And then, when spring comes and we absorb more sunlight and we produce less melatonin we SEE what our houses look like and with a burst of sunlight induced energy we clean...we spring clean.
OR... According to wikipedia...
Theory 1: the origins of spring cleaning date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of "khooneh tekouni" which literally means "shaking the house" just before the new year.
Theory 2: the originas of spring cleaining can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover.
Personally we like the Chinese culture and thought as to Spring Cleaning, (wikipedia failed to mention this one but we found it on the TLC website).
The Chinese sweep their floors and clean their homes to rid of bad luck and misfortune that may have accumulated during the previous year. Once the house is a clean slate, the Chinese welcome good fortune by observing a prohibition against sweeping for the few days following the new year in order to prevent sweeping away any good fortune that came with the turn of the year.
Whatever your reason, whatever your practice, whoever you blame...it's spring and we're supposed to clean!
On that note...
|Drain Cleaner||Window Cleaner||Brass Cleaner||Rust Remover|
|Pour a half-cup of baking soda down the sink and add at least a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and wait a few minutes, then rinse with a mixture of boiling water and salt.||Mix two ounces of vinegar with a quart of water in a spray bottle.||Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and rub the lemon on the metal. Buff with a cloth.||Use vinegar to remove rust on nuts and bolts and other mineral deposits such as calcium deposits.|
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|How to do it: Lie on your back, feet flat and hip-width apart, arms relaxed, and knees bent. Squeeze your buttocks as you lift your hips, creating a straight line from the knees to the shoulders. Hold for a slow count of two, then lower slowly. Build up to 10 to 12 repetitions.
What it does: This move counteracts the effects of too much chair time, which puts excessive pressure on the spine. It stretches the hip flexors and strengthens the muscles that stabilize the spine, including those of the lower back, the gluteals, and the large, stabilizing abdominal muscles.
Make it harder: Lift one foot off the floor and hold it straight up toward the ceiling, foot flexed, keeping the hips even. This is much more challenging, so start by holding this pose for just a few seconds. Repeat five to eight times, then switch legs.
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"You need to avoid the trap of buying a car that is going to last for 3 years but you are going to be financing for 5 in order to get the payment you want. It happens all of the time. I had a customer in the door a few years ago that was the worst case I ever saw. The customer had a vehicle he bought somewhere else one year previous with 90,000 miles on it. He financed it for 5 years. When I met him and his nice young family the vehicle had 108,000 miles on it and a blown engine. He could not afford to replace the engine but he owed so much money on the vehicle that he could not sell it either. He admitted that he was only looking at a payment when he bought it and fell into a big trap. There is nothing I could do to help him.
So what do you do? How about looking at NEW instead? YES it might make sense."
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"My name is Dom Genova, owner of Genesee Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Genesee Valley Ford in beautiful downtown Avon NY. For those of you who don’t know where Avon is, it’s about 15 minutes by Expressway south of Rochester, NY. I have worked in the car business a long time, seventeen years working on the manufacturing side for Chrysler, and then 18 years so far, owning my own dealerships. My first dealership was my Chrysler Dodge Jeep which I established in 1994 and in 2005; I built my FORD dealership completing a lineup of the best vehicles made in America. If you have any questions about something funny in a car deal, I would be happy to help you, post them and I will reply with a blog which will help others or I will contact you myself."
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AND OF COURSE...
Brunch Egg Casserole
Easter is early this year
and we have a delicious
Brunch Egg Casserole Recipe
from Taste of Home
that would be perfect
for Easter morning!
Prep: 10 min.
Bake: 1 hour
Yield: 6 Servings Ingredients:
2 cups unseasoned croutons
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
Place croutons and cheese in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Combine the eggs, milk and seasonings; pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 6 servings.
1 serving equals: 254 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 176 mg cholesterol, 597 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein.
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