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August 21, 2017

West Coast

August 21, 2017

West Coast

August 21, 2017

 
The point of this post isn’t to teach you how to make a water fountain, because there are many other folks out there with amazing tutorials.

The point I want to share is that anything can be done once we get clear in our mind of our needs, usually with things lying around the house.

Backstory:
We originally got a big ass water fountain for our house, one of those 3 tier rock fountains with lights.

The problem was that it was too loud and splashed a lot. The pump isn’t adjustable, so the water flow was always fast and loud. I tried my best to get it to quiet down, trying various experiments, but nothing worked. So one of the other family members vetoed having it run in the house.

The reason for the fountain was for ambiance and feng shui purposes. You know, how we should put a moving water feature in the north side of the bagua, which is the career section.

I thought of buying another quieter water fountain, a buddha waterfall one, but that didn’t feel right for some reason. I wanted to be more resourceful.

DIY Water Fountain Experiment:
I saw a few videos on youtube of other people making their own water fountains.

Those experiments varied from simple fountains to very elaborate ones, but the main ingredient was the same: you needed a water pump. Once you had that, everything else could be done.

Since my pump was too powerful, I originally thought of buying one of those low-power adjustable water fountain pumps for around $8. Then I had the idea to modify what I already had, because all problems should have solutions, and we should be able to do it by being resourceful rather than throwing more money at the problem.

My needs were:
1. A moving water feature for feng shui purposes
2. It had to be quiet, gentle, and slow, no splashing
3. Should be somewhat aesthetic, nothing major fancy but decent to look at.
4. I’m normally NOT a diy person at all, so this had to be simple, using basic tools like scissors and knives.
5. All parts had to be from whatever I could find in the house.

The process:
1. So I pulled out the loud and fast pump from the original big ass fountain.

2. Cut out part of the tubing from that fountain, attached it to the pump.

3. Found a big colorful plant container lying around in the garage, filled it up with water, put the pump in there.

4. Put a plastic tupperware bowl over the vase, so that I could fill it up with items. This was also being unused in the garage. Magically it was a perfect fit!

5. Pulled the tube up into the plastic container through a hole in the bottom. I cut more holes on the sides of the plastic bowl so that water would circulate into the vase

6. Tied a piece of mesh cloth at the open end of the tube, to reduce the flow.

7. Pulled off a water nozzle from a random plant watering container in the garage that wasn’t being used. This would allow for gentle sprinklings of water.

8. Found an unused bag of garden rocks. Poured that into the plastic container.

9. I have tons of buddha statues, found one that was a perfect fit.

That’s basically it.

This is the current version.
I’m leaving out the dozens of random things I had tried for many hours until I got this setup going. It took a while to figure out how exactly to quiet the flow of the water, yet still have movement.

There were many variations to this fountain, including a small ceramic dolphin floating in the water and a small wood elephant statue standing right next to the buddha. But in the end, all that felt too crowded.

This isn’t the final version, I assume. I can adjust further as necessary to make it look different now that I have the basics down. I may add more things on top of the rocks for color later.

Best of all, my brain released tons of endorphins and whatnot into my body, giving me that intense happy satisfied feeling that comes from solving a longstanding challenge!

Supplies:
Homasy Submersible Water Pump
I ended up buying this new low-power water pump, so that I can make another custom water fountain for the house! This one is adjustable, so you don’t need to jump through all those hoops of reducing water flow. It also comes with its own piping.

EasyCare FounTec Algaecide
No matter what fountain you have, will need some type of algaecide so that the water doesn’t turn green, slimy, and icky. This is the one I’m using.

Namaste Buddha Indoor Table Fountain
This is the one I had my eye on to buy, which ended up giving me inspiration to make a diy fountain with a buddha statue in it.

(Disclosure: Contains Amazon affiliate links. Thanks for your support!)

Gargoyles

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Directing

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“The most valuable skill or talent that you could ever develop is that of directing your thoughts toward what you want.”
– Abraham Hicks

Drink Sun-Charged Water

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How to make sun-charged water

The Power of Finishing

August 19, 2017

Starting is fun.
Reading a new book. Buying a new desk. Starting a fresh decluttering project.

Finishing is often a chore.
Somewhere along the way, the thing we started loses its luster. Some obstacles show up that stop us from proceeding.

For example, I bought a new tabletop desk from Ikea with separate legs. Unfortunately, the screws don’t go in all the way, even though they’re supposed to, and finishing this project will require me to use a power drill or something of that sort.

We have an old power drill, which I’m not sure works, but no bits to go along with it. So I’m stuck until I solve this obstacle and meanwhile, the table stays partially done.

There are many items like this in our lives that are almost done and everytime we walk by that thing, we’re reminded of unfinished business.

One thing I’m doing now is to use all my willpower and motivation to finish one of these types of projects. It could be as big as getting our broken dryer fixed to as little as removing clutter from bedroom floor and vacuuming.

As soon as I get the job to 100% completion, a big resevoir of positive emotions and energy flood my body. I become remotivated and momentum builds up to tackle more projects!

Life

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Van Halen

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Dummkopfs 💩💩😂

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Smile Therapy

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On a biochemical level, smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are natural painkillers. The more endorphins your brain releases, the more your body can fight off symptoms of illness.

Similarly, serotonin is a brain chemical that acts as a natural anti-depressant. Reshaping our mouth from a frown to a smile literally sparks serotonins, dramatically shifting our sense of well-being from negative to positive.

Smiling Is Always Good Medicine-The Duchenne Smile Is The Best Medicine of All

Lyrics

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“Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise”
The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

The Secret

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“The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to achieve non-action.”
The Secret of the Golden Flower

On Style

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Cary Grant’s Timeless Style Advice

On Women

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“To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you’re impotent. She can’t wait to disprove it.”
– Cary Grant

Half-Wits Holiday

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