'And since we water lovers are gearing up for more 'beach-ful' moments: underwater and or afloat, these Linocut prints on paper by artist Jennifer Ament from Seattle Washington are right up my alley this week as a reminder to get my sails ready to go...
"A house can hurt; a home can heal..." Maya Angelou
The first in a three month series of 'getting to know and understand' our house energies, and little ways to create more balance and harmony within for a happy (or happier, well-rooted) home...
To calculate your basic house number, simply add all the actual digits that exist in your street address (minus the zip and postal codes), and continue adding each successive result until you are left with one number.
For example: 624 Sunrise Crescent = 6 + 2 + 4 = 12, and then... 12 = 1 + 2 = 3... making this house a number (3) house.
For an apartment: 624 Sunrise Crescent, Apartment # 5 = 6 + 2 + 4 + 5 = 17, and then... 1 + 7 = 8... making this a number (8) house.
Also of note: 624 S.W. 159 Avenue = 6 + 2 + 4 + 1 + 5 + 9 = 27, and then... 2 + 7 = 9... making this a number (9) house. (if there is an apartment number, then we would add that in also)
THE NUMBER 1 HOUSE
The Number 1 house will always stand out in some way (positive or negative): some significant presence in the front yard, or unusual color, shape or 'happening', that attracts attention as it's number 1 and desires to be original, unique and different (from all the others) without its occupants even being aware of such... Sometimes this creates continuous good karma, or its own demise, and or a combination of both. The inhabitants will often notice and or experience a change in his or her own make-up and connection to the larger world. This house is best suited for single individuals who are career-driven, strongly goal-oriented, love action and controlling their own turf so to speak. It gives the sole resident room to puff his or her chest out and play around with many 'king kong of the jungle' moments which are needed to feel of value, and that he or she exist! It's a tricky house for couples and a larger family set-up (unless the adults are like 'two ships passing through the night', both are overachievers, male dominiant, and hard-edged personality-wise).
1. independent in thought and getting things done (can invent something life-changing for tomorrow)
2. strong leadership skills for a neighborhood and broader community (a global thinker)
3. fiecerly goal-oriented (if you want to win at something, this house will make it happen)
4. creatively industrious (will find new and improved ways of doing the old and mundane)
5. physical and mental stamina (to follow through with both short-term and long-term goals)
1. overly dominant, overbearing, passive-aggressive, and abusive in various forms (too many rules and schedules: do this, not that...)
2. fight for survival (even with the self-- there is a lot that goes on in the head 24/7)
3. selfish in temperament (it's all about me: nobody gets a treat until I do thinking)
4. achievement at any cost (very two-faced and will say what he / she needs to, to get his / her way as always needs to win-- making for poor leadership skills and a very sore loser)
5. easily jealous of others, their alternate connections, successes and positive alliances with reputable people and organizations (unless they take them along for that happier ride)
Add some balance by...
1. Displaying something powder blue in main living areas: the living room, kitchen, dining and master bedroom to soften the powerful red color energy of the Number 1 house.
2. Maintaining a mixed connection of business and personal relationships. Number 1's have a tendency to be very 'new-money' in their mannerisms (a sense of they've arrived-- aloof and pretentious behaviors which eventually back-fire). Keeping a broader people base, allows the Number 1 to mellow out, be more down to earth, and very 'old-money' -- simple and easy-going with their own secret stash.
3. Giving into and creating frequent at-home do-nothing-at-all moments with the self, your partner and or entire family. Lighten up with all the rules and requirements from time to time and just have some good old-fashioned, unscheduled, hang out as you'd like fun, letting go of the constant desire to compete, just for the sake of competing, which has a way of looking idiotic over time to Mother Earth...
It's pretty much unanimous-- many are looking to move house (or apartment), relocate to orback to... in search of a happier, more balanced, and more rooted corner of the universe! While each place (city and or country) has its own positive and negative vibrations, it's important to focus on the overall picture: what is of more value to you as an individual, couple, and or family and those connections that have added and continue to add value to our lives in ways beyond an extra paycheck, investment, or fab party! It certainly is indeed adventurous and oftentimes lovely to experience life in a new place... but, and a BIG but too, one has to also seriously and realistically look at the health and safety practices of a chosen residential area, as well as the job market, with its own internal operational cycle...
On a personal note, I choose to surround myself with a decent, polite and moderately-paced cultural mix when it comes to my working connections, and to live in relatively safe, quiet, well-maintained, respectful, and courteous communities, in more than one country. No one environment will be absolutely perfect, but as we go through the day to day motions of a place and its people, we can make savvy decisions on whether to invest fully, partially, or not-at-all, based on our own observations and first hand experiences with simple, everyday situations involving people, from all walks of life...
This Venn Diagram illustration by David Shrigley via this isn't happiness made me laugh. If we think about it for a few wacky seconds, some things are really not worth the stress and agony of getting... Paddle on... ;)
Over the weekend while enjoying a 'pause-ful' moment with the girls, out of the blue, Ann looks out and says, "Wow, what a winter, eh? We survived it!" ;) I too look out and reply, "Yes", nodding my head. Then I touch my winter coat hanging over the chair (I'm still wearing mine for those chillierevenings), and realize that she too has been through the many blizzards I've safely and warmly travelled through via foot with her now well-worn look, a small tear by the left glove pocket, too many lost-by-the-wind feathers to keep track of, ...and is pretty much ready for another monthly delicate wash cycle. The places we've been (new and old), and things we've accomplished over the last four months, make me want to hang onto her for yet another winter... 'like our well-built Boeing aircrafts that have to be escorted to the wash bay for a good scrub, inspection, and tune-up after flying through a monsoon, before hitting the runways yet again...
"What’s interesting about pictures isn’t their function, to represent reality, but their dynamic potential, their ability to spark and build projections, interactions, narrative frameworksmechanisms that structure reality[ ...]an image is the result of movements that are temporarily sedimentary or crystallized in it[ ...] Beyond metaphors, we must understand that, paradoxically, our contemporary sensitivity predisposes us to prophesy, not history. We live in a world of images that precede reality; we’re not looking to see, unless it’s déjà-vu."
... we're ready to look out and re-bond with those familiar sights and sounds of this sunny season. Go right ahead and get up, close and personal, and even connect with a curious soul who is looking out too.. Enjoy it!
Yep, we finally seem to be getting closer to what we desire most (weather-wise), and my mind has already taken off in all these directions above, so here's to April! Let's revel in as many playful moments this spring!
Back in my nanny days I always got a kick out of hearing my six carpool kids ask for this song (below) while on their way to school. So in went my walking-around-the-neighbourhood workout cassette, and out came a burst of excitement and funky moves while tucked in with seatbelts. Maybe it made going to school on those party-pooper Mondays not such a bad idea. ;) We all had a good laugh as after all being so young and carefree it was all about being able to 'shop-til-you-drop'. Well, this savvy and very newsworthy article caught my attention over the weekend. As seen over at CNN - Living, 14 year old middle school student and science winner, Suvir Mirchandani from Pittsburgh realized that the same application he incorporated in discovering a more cost effective way to utilize ink in teacher handouts and school projects--given the fact that an ounce of printer ink can cost up to $75 (compared to my lovedChanel No. 5 perfume at $38 per ounce) (!), could also be used to save taxpayers-- millions! Enjoy the video below with Suvir...
While there may be security and other intricate issues to consider when it comes to making and printing government documents and money, this idea is certainly something to explore on a global level...
Thumbs up for our kids!
Happy Monday and here's that 'back-in-the-day' song for our new work week:
A steak lovers picnic at home! Each week for the last two and a half months I've been biting into more beef to satisfy that unexpected craving, stay warm(er), and beat the humdrum blues that often come with endless dreary foggy days and gray skies. Even our well-loved family physician here in Canada who've kept us in good health with seasonal tips and early boosting with our Vitamin D to stay afloat during the winter recommends a healthy serving of beef once a week: from a juicy sirloin and hormone-free burger to homemade lean beef tacos, and flavourful stir fries with steamed veggies. Here's a simple yet grand (and hard to resist) ;) steak recipe from Kitchen Daily: Flat Iron Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter, that's on my 'make-it' treat list for the weekend. The blue cheese will surely take this recipe up a notch with an added kick!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Thanks for popping by and all your emails. All being well, I'll be back on Monday to press on and get ready for a new right-around-the-corner month!