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Weird good luck rituals include repeating the words "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit", "white rabbit" or any variation out loud upon waking on the first morning of a new month will ensure good luck for the rest of the month.

What’s your good luck ritual?

Today is September 1st, and I remembered to say “rabbit, rabbit,” the very first thing when I woke. It’s one of the good luck rituals I know will bring me good luck the rest of the month.

Weird good luck rituals include repeating the words "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit", "white rabbit" or any variation out loud upon waking on the first morning of a new month will ensure good luck for the rest of the month.Per English tradition, repeating the words “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit”, “white rabbit” or any variation out loud upon waking on the first morning of a new month will ensure good luck for the rest of the month.

How did I pick up this strange tradition? I read it in a book when I was younger. I know of only one other person who is familiar with this good luck ritual.

 

Railroad good luck rituals

Counting the cars in a train is an old good luck ritual. The total cars will equal the number of years you'll live.When my children were younger, they had two good luck rituals involving railroads.

  • When riding in a car, lift your feet off the floor while going over a railroad track.
  • If you count railroad cars, the total will equal how many years you’ll live. Obviously, you only want to count the really long trains.

 

 

Cemetery good luck rituals

One good luck ritual is to hold your breath while driving in a car past a cemetery.When in a car, hold your breath while passing a cemetery to avoid the spirits entering your body. I disagree with this one as I grew up living across the street from a cemetery. It was a quiet neighborhood.

Counting cars in the funeral procession—the number of cars equals the days left until your own death. Best stick to counting train cars, eh?

 

 

Salt superstitions

Good luck rituals include tossing a pinch of spilled salt over your left shoulder to ward off the devil.If you accidentally spill salt, one good luck ritual includes tossing a pinch of spilled salt over your left shoulder to ward off the devil. The devil evidently hovers behind you to the left and a salt shot in the eye will send him away.

The superstition traces back to the time of the Last Supper. Judas Iscariot spilled salt on the table, and we all know the bad luck that caused.

 

Ladybug superstitions

  • Finding a ladybug is a sign of good luck. Killing one is bad luck.
  • The number of dots on the back of a ladybug equals the number of years of good luck you will have.
  • A ladybug landing on your hand indicates good weather is near.Having a ladybug land on you is a sign of good luck.

 

Other good luck rituals

  • A horseshoe nailed over your front door will bring good luck, but only if it’s open side up. If it’s open side down, your luck will run out.
  • When eating any fowl, save the breast wishbone. When it dries, with a friend, each of you pull on one end of the wishbone. The one who gets the bigger piece will have good luck.

Conclusion

These are some of the weird good luck rituals I learned growing up. Do you have a different ritual or belief in your family or culture? Leave them in the comments below.

Blessings to you,

Cheryl

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Organizing your ideas is a timeless conundrum. No matter how much we throw away, tomorrow always brings new paperwork.

Organizing your paperwork is a timeless conundrum. No matter how much we throw away, tomorrow always brings new paperwork. I hang my head and confess the truth about my organizing system.

Organizing your paperwork-Are you a filer or a piler?

Organizing your paperwork is a timeless conundrum. No matter how much we throw away, tomorrow always brings new paperwork. How do you organize your paperwork?
Are you Johnny-on-the-spot, right-into-the-filing-drawer with all your paperwork? I didn’t think so. Only .00002% * of the population opens the mail, reads or acts on it and files it in the appropriate folder within 10 minutes of receiving it.
If you find that your pile of paperwork is never filed, you may belong to a secret society that affects 42% * of the population. You, my friend, may be a piler.
I, Cheryl Sterling, am a piler. After years of trying to conform, of buying myriad filing systems (I used to work in an office furniture business, so you can imagine the deals I scored on returned and damaged file cabinets. Also, imagine the shame of admitting you’re a piler), I had to admit I don’t swing that way.

I am a piler

Organizing your paperwork is a timeless conundrum. No matter how much we throw away, tomorrow always brings new paperwork. I have piles for:

  • Writing works in progress.
  • Various unfinished crafts.
  • Recipes I’ll make some day.
    I also have a massive desk, courtesy of IKEA and Craigslist. It has shelves, magazine racks and pencil cups, a whiteboard and a magnetic strip. It has two file drawers that hold “important papers” and can be rolled out when I need to sweep up the cat litter.

The top of the desk is an oh-so-inviting flat surface full of—you guessed it—piles. Plus my printer.
The desk fits perfect in my “studio” alcove. It sits ten feet from my writing chair. There’s no way to disguise what a slob I am.

Organizing your paperwork is a timeless conundrum. No matter how much we throw away, tomorrow always brings new paperwork.

Once a month or so, ambitious me purges magazines, files important mail, and takes a stab at being a neatnik. It stays clean long enough that I hold on to the illusion that I’m the Queen of Organization.

Gotta love the cups holding pens, post-its, tape, sharpies, etc. and the magnetic strip above for my scissors.

And my, look at those folders! (the top row is full of recipes, sorted by category).

(Yes, it is a July calendar).

Can I get a Hell, Yeah for everything but the worksurface?

Are you a filer or a piler? What method do you use for organizing your paperwork?

If you need inspiration to stay organized, check out my Pinterest organization board here.

* totally made up statistics

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I am in tune with the universe-a Schwartzkopf coincidence

How often doesI am in tune with the universe-a Schwartzkopf coincidence this happen to you? You read about a person, often obscure, such as Norman Schwarzkopf Sr. ,the lead investigator in the Lindbergh kidnapping and father of General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (I was following a Yahoo link about the Lindberg kidnapping). Within an hour, while linking to a fellow blogger in @RaimeyGallant’s #NaNoHop, I read a post about another Schwarzkopf—Elizabeth Schwarzkopf., a German opera singer.

What are the odds?

I’m a firm believer in there’s no such thing as coincidence. This happens so often in our household for it not to be a coincidence.

DH: I watched a documentary about famous historical figure this morning.

Me: I was just reading about him. An hour ago. I’m not making this up.

or:

Me: Did you know famous person did X?

DH: I had a dream about him during the night.

If it wasn’t so common, it would be weird and spooky.

Both my husband and I go through periods where we seem to be in tune with the universe. This week, it’s my turn. It happens at least once a day. Either I’m the most prolific reader in the universe to keep running into these oddities, or I’m super psychic. Psychic is not a claim I’d make. I’m too practical and line-up-the-ducks-in-a-row kind of person to wander into the supernatural world for long. But these things keep happening.

I believe messages are sent out all the time but most of us are too busy living the minutia of life to pay attention. What do the messages mean? I’ve not found a pattern. I’m not going to stop listening, either.

What’s the weirdest “coincidence” that’s happened in your life?

p.s.Elizabeth Schwarzkopf may have sung in Sydney, but not at the current opera house, as her last performance was in 1971 and it opened in 1973. Your opera trivia for the day. You’re welcome.

p.p.s. See what I did with the title of this blog? *Tune* Get it? I thought you would.

That is all.

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