Simmering Pot Pourri
A good way to fill your
home with "Instant Magick". Say, for instance, the kids are fighting, your spouse is grouchy and every one is disturbing you. Toss some herbs in a little pot along with a few drops of fragrant oil and put it on to simmer. As the properties of the herbs and oils are released throughout the house, just watch the atmosphere change!
Simmering Peace: vanilla
extract, almond extract, lemon balm, apple slices and/or apple oil or simply use apple juice or cider in place of the water you would simmer the herbs in. Toss in a bit of clove or cinnamon as a catalyst to kick the whole thing off.
Simmering Prosperity: chamomile flowers, lemon slices, basil, bay leaves, pine needles, ginger,
Simmering Love: pink rose petals, rose oil, cardamom.
Simmering Romance: red rose petals, coriander seeds, patchouli, and red wine to simmer it in.
Simmering Creativity: yellow rose petals, star anise, orange slices, peel or oil, instant coffee.
Simmering Protection: 3 bay leaves, peppermint, rosemary, elder flowers, hyssop, lavender oil.
(Thanks 'anonymous' for your contribution)
Salmon fillets are easy to make. The orange and lemon flavors
add a great zip to the taste.
" 1/2 cup (125 grams) finely chopped fresh parsley
" 3/4 cup (180 grams) finely minced fresh dill
" 4 cloves minced garlic
" 1 and 1/2 T. olive oil
" 3 T. fresh lemon juice
" 2 cups (500 ml) fresh orange juice (not from concentrate)
" 6 salmon fillets
" 3 T. slivered toasted almonds
" 6 Lemon slices
Blend all the ingredients except the salmon and almonds together.
Coat bottom of baking dish with half the mixture. Place fillets
in baking dish and spoon the rest of the mixture over the fish.
Top with the almonds; cover with foil and bake in a 375 degree
F (190 degree C ) oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil, place the
lemon slices on top and bake 5 more minutes.
by Dianne Drinkwater
of newt, wing of bat
long black dress, large pointy hat,
huge warty nose, long fingernails too,
I am a stereotype, it's what i must do.
Fly on my broom & cackle away,
from dusk, all night, till the break of day,
back to my shack to make bad spells,
conjure up evil, straight from hell,
pick my herbs and sprinkle a few,
it's what we're like, it's what we must do.
To many this is what they believe,
we're steroeptype Witches on All Hallowes Eve!
they really think this through?)
What Makes 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say
they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been to those meetings where
someone wants you to give over 100%.
How about achieving 103%?
What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula
that might help you answer these questions:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26.
H-A -R -D-W-O -R -K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
K -N -O -W-L -E-D-G-E
A-T -T -I -T -U -D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
B -U -L -L -S -H-I -T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take
A-S -S -K -I -S-S -I -N-G
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that While
Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, its the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put
you over the top.
Strange UK Laws
Post by ukschalke on Jul 30, 2009, 6:47pm
In 1965, the United Kingdom began to
update its legal system. Over two thousand obsolete, outdated
and strange laws have been repealed since then, but plenty of
funny laws are still on the books today.
Below are 20 randomly chosen strange
1. Dying is illegal in the
Houses of Parliament.
A law prohibiting anyone from dying while inside the Houses
of Parliament has been voted as the most ridiculous law by the
2. Put Stamps properly.
Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarchs head upside
down on an envelope is considered as act of treason.
Also, defacing or destroying
anything bearing a likeness of the monarch is illegal. This
includes burning paper money or tearing a stamp apart.
3. The Library Offences
Act of 1898 makes it illegal to gamble in a library.
The law also prohibits obscene or abusive language. Misbehavior
carries a fine of £200.
4. No cannons or bear-baiting.
The Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 states that no one, except
persons acting in obedience to lawful authority, may discharge
any cannon or other firearm of greater caliber than a common
fowling-piece, within 300 yards of any dwelling house, to the
annoyance of any inhabitant thereof.
Under the same Act, those
who keep or use or act in the management of any house,
room, pit or other place for the purpose of fighting or baiting
lions, bears or other animals can be fined £2,500.
5. Scolding was illegal
for almost 400 years.
A law passed in 1585, making it illegal for women to cause
a nuisance with abusive or argumentative language. A woman
guilty of scolding had to wear a scolds bridle, or metal
cage, enclosing her head. The Criminal Law Act of 1967 finally
abolished the punishment, and women may now scold freely.
6. Trespassing is illegal,
except by huers and baulkers.
An Act of 1603 comes from an ancient custom in Cornwall. People
known as huers and baulkers would stand on the cliffs
and shout to fishing boats, directing them toward schools of
fish. The Act gives those on the cliffs the right of entry onto
the lands of others, and a defense against trespassing.
7. The Town Police Clauses
Act of 1847 threatens a £1,000 fine for hanging washing
across the street.
Beating or shaking carpets, rugs or mats is also illegal. Doormats
may be beaten, but not after eight in the morning.
This Act also outlaws the
singing of profane or obscene songs or ballads, wantonly discharging
firearms, making bonfires, flying kites, sliding on ice or snow,
extinguishing a lamp or willfully and wantonly disturbing residents
by ringing their doorbells.
8. It is illegal for two
adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.
Henry VIII outlawed homosexuality in 1533. "Molly houses"
began to appear in England in the late 16th century. These brothels
offered gay men a place to have sex, and also catered to sado-masochistic
and transvestite tastes. Lawmakers saw molly houses as a threat
to public morality. Police monitored the houses to entrap male
prostitutes, especially during the 1840s, as Victorian
moral standards rose.
9. The Queens Corset
From a statute of 1324 called the Prerogativa Regis, any whale
or sturgeon found on the United Kingdom coastline, or caught
in seas adjoining the coast, must be offered to the Crown.
Traditionally, the head
belongs to the King. The tail goes to furnish the Queens
wardrobe with whalebone for her corsets. These days, in
practice, the Natural History Museum deals with beached whales.
All wild deer, swans and
bears are also the property of the royal family.
10. One may not drive a
cow while drunk.
The Licensing Act of 1872 explains that operating a horse, cow
or steam engine while intoxicated carries a prison sentence
or a £200 fine.
11. London hackney carriages
must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.
The London Hackney Carriage Laws have stayed the same for over
a hundred years, and still apply to modern-day taxis. The oats
and hay were for the horse, of course. Disputes still arise,
and some firms have manufactured tiny bales of hay, so taxi
drivers can stay within the law.
In London, it is illegal
for a person with the Plague to flag down a taxi. No cab may
carry corpses or rabid dogs.
12. Ancient security laws.
A lot of the laws refer to medieval wars such as the conflicts
that England had with Scotland or Wales hundreds of years ago,
and are to do with the fact that no foreigner during these times
was ever seen in the country, so that if one were to be seen
then it might mean they were invading. Here are some more bizarre
In York it is perfectly
legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow upon seeing one, except
for on Sundays. However any Scotsman caught drunk or with a
weapon can still be shot on a Sunday, except with a bow and
Similarly in Chester it
is legal to shoot a Welsh person with a crossbow, as long as
it is within the city walls and is done after midnight.
In Chester, Welsh people
arent allowed to enter the city grounds before sunrise
and from staying after sunset.
13. Some kind laws towards
In London it has been illegal for a man to hit his wife after
9pm. Indeed, wife also needs some time for rest. This law is
By law it is legal for a
pregnant woman to relieve herself anywhere she wishes.
14. The eating of Mince
pies on Christmas day is illegal.
It was once also illegal to celebrate Christmas altogether because
it wasnt considered puritan enough even though it was
a religious celebration.
15. Do not pretend you are
older than you are.
It is illegal to impersonate old age pensioners in the London
area of Chelsea.
16. Your pet should behave
It is an executable offense to allow your pet to mate with a
pet of the royal house without permission.
17. It is illegal to leave
your car keys in an unoccupied vehicle.
18. Suicide is a capital
19. It is illegal to either
shave, work or to mow your lawn on a Sunday.
20. Tarot card readings
and fortune telling are illegal as these are classed as forms
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