Important Dates: September 3, Labor Day; 9th, Grandparents’ Day; 10th, Rosh Hashanah begins; the 21st, the International Day of Peace and the 24th, Sukkoth begins.
Save Our Planet and Put Money in Your Pocket
I have been trying for some time to help the planet in my own way, and I will share some of the things you can do to help our planet. Some suggestions are:
Don’t run the tap water while you are brushing your teeth and doing the dishes.
Turn off the TV or lights when you go into another room for any length of time. As my father used to say to my mother when we were young, “What is this, a light house?” Save energy when possible.
Set air conditioning at 73-74 degrees if it is a programmable unit, otherwise you can always just turn it to medium.
Keep heat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. A sweater goes a long way to keeping one warm.
Clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Eat leftovers or at least know what you have so that you don’t duplicate your purchase and may have to throw away more food.
Use cloth napkins on your table and let your family use their napkin all day before tossing them into the wash. You are doing laundry anyway, so just toss them into the washing machine when needed. Don’t do the laundry unless you have a full load of clothes.
Plant trees around your yard for the natural way to cool down your home during the hot summer months.
If you are having a BBQ or party in your home, think of using your regular dishes and silverware which can be washed and reused. Most of us have several sets of dishes so it can be fun to mix and match dinnerware. The dishwasher is an efficient way of cleaning your dishes afterwards and again, you’ve saved the planet. Buy biodegradable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones for any BBQ or event if you must use them.
When having a picnic, BBQ or get together, ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine, side dish or dessert to offset the cost of the party. You will also have time to enjoy your guests because you don’t have to worry about the dessert and coffee coming out at the right time, etc.
You can buy used furniture at auctions, the Salvation Army, a garage sale or off of the web. Much furniture is in very good condition and is a fraction of the cost and it keeps you from buying new.
Buy two-year old cars. New cars lose 20% of their value just driving off of the lot. You can get a good car for less money and a new car did not have to be produced just for you.
Use reusable containers instead of aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
If you are buying new appliances, get the efficient energy savings rated ones.
Have your home checked for window, door or attic leaks. If your home is not air tight, you are throwing your heating and air conditioning dollars away every hour of the day and night.
Get low flow shower heads and/or chlorine filters for your shower head. Apparently, we are absorbing 100 times of chlorine into our skin in an average 10-minute shower just as if we were drinking 100 glasses of tap water. That’s pretty unsettling.
Use old maps as wrapping paper. (I was recently at a baby shower and the person having the shower asked that no presents be wrapped to save on paper. A card was attached to each gift!) Reuse gift bags and save wrapping paper from another gift, if possible. Use recycled paper for your gifts. Gift cards are a handy gift so that your gift recipient can get exactly what (s)he needs and there’s no wrapping!
Refill plastic water bottles with filtered water, iced or green tea, Crystal Light or anything else you like to drink. You can reuse these bottles many times before throwing them in the recycle bin.
Print on the back side of used paper if you can or use the paper for scrap. Save a tree and save money by not having to buy as much new paper for your home printer.
Bring a ceramic mug into work (probably the cost of one purchased coffee) with you so you don’t have to use paper or Styrofoam cups. Encourage other employees to do the same. Stop using plastic straws with beverages.
Instead of buying $4 lattes, bring your own travel mug to work with homebrewed coffee or tea. You are saving money and the use of paper cups.
The Kindle has saved many trees from being torn down or you can borrow books from a library.
Magazines can be passed around to friends. The impact on trees would be extraordinary and you will save some money in the meantime. I also leave them at doctors’ offices so others can read them too.
Support local farmers in season! It may be a little more expensive, but you can trust your veggies and fruits aren’t GMOs and are fresh.
Use reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic. Many have them in their car trunks but never get them into the stores. Store them in the back seat so you will easily see them for any shopping visits.
Plan a circular route to all of the places you need to go so that you don’t waste gasoline (prices are ridiculous) or time.
Use a compost pile in your yard rather than throwing out food into the garbage which gets piled into dump sites. You will have helped the planet and will be starting to have some pretty good soil for your own plants and trees. Up here in the Poconos, the groups of deer who visit the property have a good variety of fruits and veggies, as well as their outer skins, that they love to eat. They just about eat anything.
Sell stuff you don’t want on eBay, Craigslist or have a garage sale. You will be getting a few dollars for your unwanted stuff and may be helping someone else get a perfectly good used item that (s)he would have otherwise had to purchase new.
Buy reusable or recycled products.
Buy bulk items which reduce wasteful packaging.
Reuse boxes or cartons to ship your own items.
Car pool to work, a party or an event to save on gasoline. Public transportation is also a great way of getting home safety if you have had too much to drink at a party.
Bring in a lunch from home to save you money. Even if you only spend $5 a day on lunch and $3 a day on coffee, that’s $8 a day, $40 per week, $160 per month or $1820 a year (probably the price of a great vacation!).
If you have leftovers you won’t eat this week, freeze them for another time so you may use them when you don’t have time to cook because of an appointment or event.
Visit local state parks which are usually free and close to home.
Take walks with your loved ones or walk a pet for exercise and entertainment.
Use windshield wiper fluid to clean indoor windows and mirrors. This is a big savings over Windex and being this was formulated for outdoor use, it gets rid of dirt and grime easily.
Use newspapers to clean the windows and mirrors. They clean better and you are not wasting paper towels. Or buy the KAYWOS cloth available at www.kaywos.com. You just wet it, clean a mirror, window, car windows, the car, a glass table, etc., and you do not have to dry it. Then rinse and dry for the next use. No harmful chemicals will be used in your home.
Buy recycled paper products such as bath tissue and paper towels, if possible.
Less than 20% of all plastic bottles are recycled. Many are thrown into the ocean and can last for several hundred years before breaking down harming marine life. That should make us rethink the use of plastic in our lifetimes.
Set up a paperless bill paying system with your bank or your creditor’s website. You don’t have to pay postage, use an envelope and waste time writing a check!
I hope you can use some of these helpful hints to save our planet and keep some money in your pocket at the same time!
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|MOON PHASE||DATE||DEGREE, SIGN & MINUTES||TIME|
|Last Quarter||02||10 Gemini 34||10:37 PM|
|New Moon||09||17 Virgo 00||02:01 PM|
|First Quarter||16||24 Sagittarius 02||07:15 PM|
|24||02 Aries 00||10:52 PM|
|Planets in the morning sky||Mercury thru the 11th.|
|Planets in the night sky||Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.|
|Retrogrades||Uranus, Neptune, Pluto all month and Saturn goes Direct on the 6th.|
|The sun will go into Libra on September 22, the Autumnal Equinox.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 18
Good luck seems to finally be following you around so get out and do what you want to be doing instead of only always handling your responsibilities. You need to flourish and grow. You should try to work on your own self cultivation and interests. Do you have time for yourself? When was the last time you tried your hand at one of your hobbies? Are you stressed and unfulfilled? Handle one or two major responsibilities each day but leave time for you to learn, be nurtured and accumulate knowledge. What a great time to have some fun and let go of your overpowering responsibilities and obligations. Romantic relationships are fun and you should try to get away to interesting and secluded destinations for a mini vacation. Try to lighten up and chill a little. Your hectic life style is not healthy. Be resourceful with your money as you seem to want to spend it like it’s going out of style. Buy new clothes to replace outdated fashions, but you may not need as much as you think you do. Feeling carefree and as if life is finally giving you the small break deserve to get your life back on track, makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and ready for more challenges.
TAURUS – April 18 – May 19
Partnership issues and relationships are of key importance now. New beginnings, good communication and new adventures seem to be before you, so nurture the energy while it is here. You are endeavoring to go into so many wonderful directions and receive splendid opportunities to help push you to a bright future. You are strong (and yet a bit insecure) about taking these big steps, but you can do it. Life is interesting, especially with your romantic partner. Many new wonderful opportunities are being presented to you regarding business and personal partnerships; however, there is much going on to confuse the situation as well. You need to decide what you need from a relationship and then choose whether or not your current partner helps you meet those goals. Some challenges appear in school or your career. Perhaps thinking of changing your viewpoint on issues would help you understand things that have eluded you. Be positive about changes in your life and go with the flow since change is inevitable and it might as well be in your best interest.
GEMINI – May 20 – June 20
Dealing with many issues regarding business and personal partnerships can be confusing and exhausting. Miscommunication and a loss of wonderful opportunities are possible if you don’t get on the right track. There is just too much to do, but because you are overwhelmed and not as organized as you normally are, many opportunities will pass you by. You wish you had more time to do the mundane tasks in life like clean the house, pay the bills, do the grocery shopping, etc. and yet you are glad that your creative juices are flowing and that you are handling your artistic and spiritual sides. Getting your important papers in order seems to be on your mind, so just do it and get on with your life. Organization, prioritizing and securing your life seems to help you understand what you need to positively proceed in to your future. Hard work, study, social events and volunteer work help you network and get your name out there a lot quicker than staying home and doing accomplishing little around the house or with home projects. Things have been crazy lately, but they will calm down soon. Handle the many little jobs you need to get done so you can clear your mind of the clutter. You should take a new class in jewelry making, painting, poetry, writing, etc., to get those creative juices flowing again.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
Finances are your main concern, yet again. Things are going in a positive direction for you, but you need to make some hard decisions about your money and possessions. How important are they to you? Is your family more important? You may find out that money and possessions aren’t the only things you need in this lifetime. Moon children are trying to make a very secure future for their loved ones, but they do get sidetracked easily so keep on your path and go to the future and find wonderful rewards. Long distance travel, higher education (including training classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) will benefit you on your job or in getting a better job. Focus on the many great opportunities that are around you so you can grab them and make them a reality. Dealing with financial issues would also help you to focus on your future goals. Changes in home life seem positive, so don’t be afraid to go with the flow now as you are in control of your destiny (even if you don’t believe it!). Compromise should be your family’s mantra this month. Be smart and let others do the talking. Your job is to listen and acknowledge others.
LEO – July 22 – August 22
This is a great time to make a plan of action about your direction in life. Taking control of your situations would help you move in that direction. Even when situations do not go your way, your determination and persistence make anything possible. Travel, higher education and your philosophies of life will aide you to get to your desired goal. Stop thinking on such a grand scale and take care of the small stuff first so that the larger stuff can take care of itself. Learning how to react in all situations helps you feel more confident and as if you can take on the world. Your tolerance levels are improving and you realize that not everyone can be exactly like you or have your unbelievably high standards. Start celebrating the differences around you rather than relying on consistency. Romance is also in the air. If already attached, it seems that you will most likely have a change of heart and want to change things about the relationship or change the relationship itself! If not attached, you will finally want to commit to the one you love. Try to show the ones you love how much you really care about them by showing them affection and attention.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 21
Career issues seem to be moving in a different direction and they seem very positive! You feel more in control of your life and its direction as you start to see the accomplishments and kudos that others are giving you for your contributions. Even though you may be somewhat pessimistic about some areas of life, your spirit will lift as things you’ve wanted start coming to you. Career seems to be the most important issue around you this month. You use your intellect and logic to get to your goals, but you may also find yourself expressing yourself much too much. You may be totally misunderstood now so choose your words carefully. Expansion and promotions are on the horizon and if you play the game. It will be much easier for your company to finally recognize what you do for them. If self-employed, this is an excellent time to expand and try new markets as success is in the air. Scattered energy, intellectual abilities, a zest for life and work push you to so many positive avenues. Be open to opportunities so that when opportunity knocks, you can open the door.
LIBRA – September 22 – October 22
Friendships may change or will be strained by an event or situation that you are not comfortable with. Talk things out or you may lose someone close to you or someone whom you depend upon. You may also be handling many situations for others as well, so get your life in order before helping those you love. You want action, change and to keep going in a positive direction so join groups, travel, have fun and meet new people. You shine this month, so be prepared for adventure. Networking is an important tool to help you accomplish your goals. More friends come into your life and you seem to make very important partnerships with them. Joining associations and volunteer organizations will help you achieve some of your goals. Start visualizing which hopes, dreams and wishes you would like to manifest and start promoting them as a positive thought each day. Don’t handle too many obligations and responsibilities as you usually do. Balance is the key to a happier life. This is a great time to let others pay you back for all the kindnesses you have given them throughout the years. Smile and just say thank you to those who wish to help and you will be surprised at how easy it will be to accomplish everything.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21
It seems as if many situations are unfolding and you are trying to sort through them all. Prioritize your list so that you deal with only the most important issues now. You can always do the small stuff later. Changing your appearance, going for a makeover, taking a class to learn something new and deciding what you truly want out of life is before you. Choose wisely. Much good luck and positive energy seems to favor you, so do the impossible. You want to accomplish so much, but your scattered energy and varied obligations keep you from fulfilling your dreams. Creativity and illusion play an important role in relationships, so see reality for what it is. Partnerships need to be re-examined and steps taken to fix all the issues that are making you annoyed. Be patient and tolerant now as others are trying to live up to your expectations; however, sometimes you expect too much from others. They will appreciate the kind words. Accept help from others. Focus on your future results so that you attract the energy that you need to accomplish your goals.
SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20
This is an opportune time to budget for the things you truly need. Your wants can come at another time. You get obsessive about saving for a particular project or item and you will do all you can to make it happen in a relatively short period of time. Traveling, running around like a chicken without your head and spending money seem to be your issues for this month. Being the soft-hearted person that you are, you want to help others but this may be the time to concentrate on your partner and yourself. Sensitivity is high and change is in the air. Career or company differences may force you to leave your current position for a new and better one where you will be praised for your opinions, hard work and intellect. After dealing with so many recent changes and challenges, it will be nice to be able to sit back and relax. Love life is blooming; however, it just doesn’t seem that your partner and you get too much time together due to varied obligations and responsibilities. Spend quality time together, if possible.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18
Family issues seem to be your main concern. Deal with the outstanding problems and do whatever you can to make peace easily. Things will settle down and you will feel as if you’ve accomplished much. Sibling issues may arise again; however, if you do not have siblings, then it may be issues with those you feel are as close to you as a sibling would be. Family related issues need to be dealt with quickly so that everyone can be at ease with each other, friendly and peaceful. Short distance travel is activated, so go for that long weekend trip and take a friend or family member. A lovely drive to the shore or up to the mountains will rejuvenate you! You really need some quiet time for contemplation or meditation since you have had too many issues on your mind; you also need a good night’s rest. If additional training or schooling is required (for a new career or self-employment position), this is a great time to start looking into courses for your advancement. Whatever you do to enhance your career is very positive.
AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17
It is time to chill and get some relaxation and enjoyment out of life. You are handling so much lately that you barely have time to sit down to watch TV or read the paper. Your obligations are many, your responsibilities take up your leisure, but with you handling so much, you will be surprised at how quickly things will finally fall into place. There are many unusual circumstances around your family and close friends that you may want to handle. Creativity is enhanced now, so don’t let it pass you by. Take an adult education course in something creative or that would help you use your imagination and innovative abilities. Journaling your thoughts or a dream journal are fun hobbies. Your mind is so preoccupied with so many things to do that you don’t seem to be setting any time aside for yourself. Taking care of others is a wonderful gift to them; however, it would be a special gift to yourself if you thought of how to make your life a little less frantic and overwhelming by concentrating on your needs. Handling family issues is overpowering, but you seem to have the coolest head in the family and your stability is very much appreciated.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
There may be changes in romantic relationships or you are looking for love in all the wrong places! Be open to having friends or family set up blind dates as they only have your best interest at heart. Be open to meeting those who you may feel do not meet your criteria as you may be surprised. So many things seem to overwhelm you now, but you are going into better times with fantastic opportunities just ahead of you. School or training is fun but should be used to help move you forward and not just as an escape. Moving from your current residence, or if that is not an option, redecorating your home to make it seem totally different will make you feel as if you have accomplished the impossible – making your home feel the way it should, safe and secure, beautiful and new. Things may be intense from time to time, but once you make your mind up to go into a certain direction, you will be free to just go and accomplish everything that is important to you.
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