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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:35:26 PM

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 4:05:05 PM



Life IS Good!

Need heart testing as the palpitations can be 100 beats per minute. Something is up.

Grew up w/Maverick. Always liked that show name.

Finished my Starcraft: Brood War battles early yesterday morning taking turns being a member of the terran, zerg, and protoss races. Lots of joy playing land, air and deep space battles.

Went out mid morning to look at the straw and blue berries. All is well. Plants wildflowers, and the repairs to the lawn are going very well. The new grass is 2" tall. Decided to remove its newsprint and water w/fertilizer.

Worked prying out the humongous rip rap in the now 2' x 6' hole. Using boulders for a basic lever & fulcrum. This riprap must be very deep, very heavy and very huge.

Could not even move it after 1 hour of solid effort. A new plan is to dug under it and have it collapse at least 3 inches below the lawn grade. Then plant the annuals bought for this area the beginning of July.

Dug up the roots and rocks in the final remaining section that contains the newly planted wildflower seeds. Added a new 4' x 5' extension w/a fine looking radius corner.

Have a mere 2' x 4' area to plant the remaining wildflowers. All is growing well. Harvested some strawberries and enough blueberries for a pleasing snack. Temp rose to 84° (29°C) for the high in clear skies.

Listened to the the home team play the KC Royals yesterday afternoon. First in the house, then in the sun. The home team won the series.

Civil twilight is 4:46 AM EDT. Night is 8:58 PM.

Sunrise: 5:21 AM. Set: 8:23 PM.

Length of day: 15h 02m. Length of visible light: 16h 11m. Tomorrow will be 1m 56s shorter.

The temp is 83°. Three more sunny days ahead.

Got my laundry done. Had an eye exam scheduled for 10:30 at the Littleton Regional Hospital. Detail tomorrow.

Have a pleasant day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 9:48:22 AM

One of the first stars l noticed their eyebrows. Marlon Brando too. Both favorites.
Seemed a nice man which shows thru on the screen.

Life is Good and enjoyed many of his performances. Especially in "Notebook"
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 6:07:22 AM

RIP James Garner (Maverick, Rockford, etc). Thanks for the memories!

It's hard for me not to think of Garner as being someone other than Rockford.

Tru, glad you finally got the free nice wooden desk into your apt. w/o hurting yourself. I know the feeling of not being able to do things I used to, and not having the help to get it done now, so have to figure out a way. Luckily we're creative problem solvers. ;)

I bought some potting soil at Menards the other night, and it was too heavy for me to carry (now, wouldn't have been a problem in the past). I got them to divide it up, putting half in a plastic trash bag. They weren't too happy about it, but got it done and I was very grateful and will shop there again. I also got a new "pet" -- an owl. It is supposed to go out on the balcony to scare the birds away (hopefully), but for now is inside perched in front of the window/sliding glass door, keeping guard. I kind of like having him around, so he might end up being an indoor owl. I'm hoping the birds will still see it and go elsewhere, even if they can only make out the shape. Unfortunately, the windows are so dirty they probably can't get a good look. His eyes are very penetrating; looks like he's looking right at me, although his back is facing me when he's on duty. His beak is sharp. I haven't named him yet; any suggestions?

The owl has an opening in the bottom that you can put sand or something inside to weight it. I thought I'd use old potting soil from a pot that I never emptied out. But the opening isn't too big, so not sure what the easiest way of getting it in there would be, w/o making a mess.

Tru, even if it wasn't cheaper, you're probably much better off making your own instead of buying McD's -- a lot less salt and fat. And I bet it tastes better, too. Way to go!

Midnight, good luck with your cardiac test results. So far, my doctor didn't think I needed any further tests. I can't remember if they did an Echo when I was at the ER.

What kind of stainless steel pans do you have? Do you use them for other things, like steaming veggies or cooking things that don't require frying or sauteeing?

[Edited by: goldieolds at 7/21/2014 6:10:43 AM EST]
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 4:05:34 PM



Life IS Good!

Next Dr's appointment is Aug 1. Will know the entire story on that day.

Glad that you found a real wooden chest for free and you were able to get it inside your place.

Yesterday saw another cool morning w/a low of 46° (8°C). The windows were opened at 6 AM for some fresh air an a blast of the mtn air to remain in the house all day. Readied my Dart with boxes of various recyclables for the Center.

The featured item this week was a heavy metal desk. This is tall enough to stand at and work. Even has a foot rest. Would imagine someone w/a giant basement and a pickup truck will take it home.

Decided to take a slow drive to Littleton. Expected the State Police to be riding the highways looking for speeders and such over the w/e. Stopped at Shaw's to get in on their weekly sale.

Bought broccoli crowns for 88¢ a lb. It is never that low in these parts. The lowest price in 10 years. Also bought 4 pints of blueberries for $1.50 a pint. Passed on cooked shrimp for $6.99 for a 14 oz bag. Have a dozen in stock.

Stopped back at Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. New price list & 'toons.

Got a deal on avocados that dropped to 88¢ a lb from $1.25 on Thursday. Bought 2¼ lbs of sweet potatoes for just $1. What a deal. Went to visit my pal at Rite Aid. Found he is on a 10 day vacay.

Summer traffic has arrived in Littleton. Needed to pull into a parking lot to turn back. There was a ¼ mile line held up at the 2nd US Rt 302 east light for peeps headed to the big box stores.

Banged a U'ie and returned home via the CT River Hwy. Managed to shop, stay out, and cruise the Blvd's for 3 hours. Returned home to put the produce away then sit in a chair in the sun and read. The high was a dry 78° (26°C) in nearly clear skies.

Civil twilight is 4:45 AM EDT. Night is 8:59 PM.

Sunrise: 5:20 AM. Set: 8:24 PM.

Length of day: 15h 03m. Length of visible light: 16h 13m. Tomorrow will be 1m 54s shorter.

The temp is 76° (24°C). Further sunny days ahead.

Have a splendid day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:44:57 AM

Morning:
Life is Good! l found a chest of drawers out my back gate with a sign "FREE". It is real wood and l need storage always. Had a full day of adventure figuring out how to get this into my apt. Fingers are tired from typing the full challenge, but suffice is to say it wasn't easy for a person my age. But accomplished. Glad l am still able to do things heavy like that even tho l am limited and it takes a lot longer. I think l have squeezed all l can into this apt now. LOL.

Yes dirt girl, every product is shrinking and price goes up. I now shop not by size or even total price, but by price per unit.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/20/2014 11:46:38 AM EST]
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 2:03:48 AM

MidnightSun, I too hope that the results turn out well.

trugas, I think that $1 menus are no longer $1. Wendy's jr. bacon cheeseburger is now up to $1.79. It originally started at .99 here and I swear it's smaller now. :(
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:22:50 PM

Oh yes there is a dollar menu at McDonalds. I meant to buy there when l moved here, but only did it once, and my son brought me a double burger from the dollar menu. I have bought a few Kentucky frys at $3 on special days.
Hope your echogram turns out as well as mine and my Nuclear test was also great. Had to take meds to control the rapid heart beat.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 4:07:49 PM



Life IS Good!

Also keep my hands out of my pocket in the big box stores. There is still a dollar menu? Who knew.

Have expensive stainless steel pans. Enjoy the OrGreenic ceramic coated ones that truly do not stick. Season them right and they are the best. They need to be seasoned twice a year.

The temp yesterday morning dropped down to 45°. Had to close the windows when a long sleeve shirt needed to be put on. Had some chicken soup (w/carrots and broccoli) for breaky to warm me up.

Passed time waiting to leave for my transthoracic echocardiogram appointment after my morning rounds by getting lost in some space and land battles of Starcraft: Brood War.

Arrived early at Weeks Memorial Hospital. So early a stroll was taken to the hospital cafeteria. Wanted to know what is typically served for breaky. Saw a staff member w/a huge plate of great looking scrambled eggs.

Asked how much for that? Was told, "$1.25 for the eggs. Bacon is extra." Did not ask the cost of the bacon. Thought the portion and price for the scrambled eggs was great.

In 5 minutes a most beautiful blonde technician called me to conduct my tests. Was astonished at her beauty. There are few truly beautiful women in the area.

She brought me into the cardio lab, my t-shirt was removed, then lied down on my left side. Thought reading could be done brought in a mag. Was told the lights needed to be turned off so the tech could more easily read the monitor.

A few 1" circular patches were added to my skin, clips w/wires added to the metal knobs in the center, the machine turned and it was off to the races. The echocardiographic transducer (or probe) is placed on the chest wall (or thorax) of the subject, and images are taken through the chest wall.

This is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart. Several questions were asked by me as the tech tested the valves, blood flow, visualize any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), and to estimate how well the valves open (or do not open in the case of valvular stenosis).

Saw the echocardiogram in the parasternal long-axis view, showing a measurement of the heart's four valves. Also heard the whoosh of the sound of the blood flowing thru my valves.

Naturally she is not allowed to tell me the results. A $200 visit to the heart specialist or a return visit to my PCP in two weeks will tell me the story.

My abnormal heart palpitations did not occur during these tests. They did occur when the Zio Holter monitor was worn for a week. A most interesting hour at the cardiologist's office.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield. No deal on fish or meat. He was unhappy that his cost continues to increase making the retail price rise. He and his assistant listened intently to my story during their morning break.

Returned home to read in the sun, ponder the day, and the future events. Temp was a pleasing 74° (24°C), a humidity of 44%, w/a most comfortable dew point of 51°F (10.5°C). The wind was 3-11 mph from the WNW.

The only work was watering the gardens. Lots of fun in the sun.

Civil twilight is 4:44 AM EDT. Night is 9:00 PM.

Sunrise: 5:19 AM. Set: 8:25 PM.

Length of day: 15h 05m. Length of visible light: 16h 15m. Tomorrow will be 1m 50s shorter.

The temp 79°. Even more sunny days coming up.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:40:34 AM

Morning:
Didn't make it to Wally's but did get some good meat at Costco. Their gas prices came down but still not low enough to entice me to buy gas. l am waiting for it to go down more. Per GB post that gas could go down .25c a gallon.
I have used just over 5 gallons since last purchase and it was $3.85 then and still is at Rotten Robbie with their card. So in effect gas has just gone back to last months price.
Life is good for me as l found some decent hamburger again. I love hamburger and so was really upset when it became so gritty that l didn't enjoy eating it anymore. Now l can fry up a hamburger and enjoy it with my homegrown tomatoes soon. Big slice of onion and some America's Test Kitchen type fries. All for around a dollar. I have some buns in the freezer now. l put a couple of them around some salmon patties and stored a couple alone.
Even with Dollar menu at McDonalds on the corner, l do better making my own.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1:03:29 AM

trugas, Wandering around the stores is fun when you have the time. See all sorts of things and get ideas. All ok as long as the money stays in my pocket for the most part. lol

Hi MidnightSun.

Hi goldieolds.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 9:25:42 PM

Tru, I use Barkeeper Friends on the copper bottoms of my pans. It takes the tarnish off, esp if you don't let it go as long as I sometimes have. It's not that expensive. It's a powder in a cylindrical cleanser type container. It's also great for stainless steel, so if your pans are both kinds of metal, like my old ones, you can just use on product on the whole thing.

I'm trying to wean myself off of those pans and onto the new Cuisenart stainless steel pans. I've given a few away, but kept some in case I need more than one of a size at a time. My goal is to eventually fill in with new individual stainless steel pans, maybe from Home Goods, and a couple of ceramic fry pans. Then I'll get rid of all the old pans.

My copper bottom pans are warped and no longer sit flat, which isn't so good on a flat top ceramic top stove.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:50:21 PM



Life IS Good!

Howdy from NH.Middle of summer and temps are a fabulous 73° in clear skies

Using fish oil for dry skin. Using Mineral oil for a sun lotion, bug bite prevention and to keep the skin moist. Under $2 a pint (16 oz)

Hope you won't need a Zio monitor either for many years.

GB site was down at 3:03 AM. Even my homepage said "Report Gas Prices. No current gas prices reported." At 3:12 AM the site was up and running.

Woke up to rain at 1 AM Wed morning. It rained constantly since 2 PM the day before. It ended for the afternoon at 1:30 PM. Rec'd 0.80 inches for the day. 3.0" in total for the month.

Looks like this area is in for a fabulous run of sunny days in the mid to upper 70's (25°C) w/the night dropping to the mid 50's (13°C). Made a wonderful diced onion, sweet pepper, mushroom with ham omelette. Topped that w/cheddar cheese. Low carbs are good.

Was a very good morning to return to sleep after my rounds. Light rain did not stop. Had 2.5 hours extra sleep after my rounds. It felt great to catch more zzz's.

Watched "Green Zone" (2010) 115 min An Action/Drama/Thriller. Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone.

Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader.

Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan,

Magellan told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom?

The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Watch the "Green Zone" for free at this site. Lots of urban combat in Baghdad, Middle East politics and anger, action, twists and turns. 5/5 stars.

The grass seed is germinating perfectly. Soon the newly sowed wildflower seed will also sprout. All plants are as green as can be. Which means they are most happy. Me too.

Civil twilight is 4:42 AM EDT. Night is 9:01 PM.

Sunrise: 5:17 AM. Set: 8:26 PM.

Length of day: 15h 09m. Length of visible light: 16h 19m. Tomorrow will be 1m 45s shorter.

The temp is 73°. A fine run of sunny days coming up.

Off to the market later for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:51:33 AM

Hey Goldie, Dirt Girl and Midnight.
We get into some conversations here don't we? Dry skin etc. I was talking to a GB and he uses magic baby lotion instead of Gold Bond, so tho l am not fond of lotions as they get on to other things before soaking in or wherever it goes, but l may look into it. l like the baby wipes coz they are cheaper than those for adults.

Used very old Tarnex and copper scrubber on skillet bottoms. It sold for $4.96 way back then. Wonder what price it is now? Going to visit Wally (Walmart) today. Look around and especially paper products. l have enough large and small plates, but wonder about bowls. Life is good when l have time to wander around stores for no reason. LOL.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:03:40 AM

Hi all.

Tru, I agree with you about watering and showers, etc. I do end up spending a long time in the shower when I wash my hair, which turns into quite a project. But I feel like I make up for it by not doing it very often. My hair is dry and like you, so is my skin. I don't work up a sweat easily, etc. It does become something of a circular situation, b/c the longer I put it off, the more tangled it gets, and the longer it will take, and then I tend to put it off. LOL. And thank heavens for baby wipes. Hint, you don't have to be a baby, or have one. ;)

Midnight, thanks for the advice, but I hope I don't have to do another Holter monitor for a long time. Another couple of years or more would be fine with me. Doubt I'd remember the names of the different kinds of monitors by then, and maybe there will be newer ones by then. If I can keep the symptoms at bay, then no need to check it.

Hi DG
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:10:43 AM

Hi all.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:33:51 PM

Life IS Good!

oldie Request the wireless one. It has but two glue spots the size of buttons. The latest version of a Holter Monitor is the Zio Patch. They have them in stock. Ask for one by name. "Zeo" Did need two lengths of duct tape to help the glue stick the Zio on in those soupy muggy days.

Also use cinnamon on some of my food. Can remember us discussing cinnamon and its benefits before. Not now or before ever on any meds. Expect antibiotics for my cellulitis. Plan on becoming younger in the future by at least 3 years. ; )

Emptied the few remaining chicken drumsticks in a Pyrex bowl w/a cover. Added carrots, green beans, and added the 1.75 pkg of chicken tenders bought for $3.61 the other day into the clean crockpot.

Two ozs of water added with the crockpot and all the veggies in the microwave for 10 minutes to give the veggies a head start being heated before the tenders.

Began to see a war movie that came out just 4 y/a. It flowed well. Turned it off half way to go outdoors before the t-storms the forecast said would arrive late morning and continue into the afternoon.

Filled up the lawnmower w/gas and mowed. T shirt and head was soaked in sweat. Continued mowing and did not allow the dew point & humidity to bother me.

Finished the remaining lawn. Liked that it was done 2x in 20 days instead of the usual 3x. Returned inside to add cut up broccoli crowns into the crock pot for 25 minutes.

Ate a wonderfully healthy lunch and then returned outdoors. Used the flat shovel to break a few roots remaining where the riprap used to be.

Raked the soil the pitchfork loosened and turned over a few days ago. Former clumps were nicely powered soil. Hand broadcast some of the super great wildflower seed shipped for free to my store last week.

Used the back side of the lawn rake to sweep the seed about ¼ inch into the wood loam.Water it well, then covered the seeded section w/newsprint.

Seeded half the area as a section was beyond my arm reach to cover all of it with newspaper. Added some of the thin roots on top to keep the wind from blowing the print away.

Should germinate in 4 days. Will then complete this section. The other wildflower sections are growing lavishly with seed planted nearly one month ago.

Then it is time to finish the 2' x 4' hole that is now 2' x 6' long and about 14-16"deep. Two boulders remain in the ends. Have zinnias, portulaca, and marigolds well watered in stock waiting for their new home.Civil twilight is 4:41 AM EDT. Night is 9:02 PM.

Sunrise: 5:16 AM. Set: 8:27 PM.

Length of day: 15h 11m. Length of visible light: 16h 21m. Tomorrow will be 1m 41s shorter.

The temp is 72°. Light rain since 2 PM yesterday. 0.13 inches so far, 2.87 inches for the month. Rain end at 1:30 PM.Sun for a run of days.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:25:28 AM

I certainly hope the water restrictions will work. I see such waste, such as watering way up into the air from drip hoses, and watering lawns that get automatically watered every night. I water, but not overly, and do try to watch the useage, but got discouraged when l saw people wasting like l said. I do not intend using buckets to haul around water from saving the cold water which is wasted while waiting for the auto heater to kick out hot water. I am too old for that. I don't water every day not even the pots, nor shower every day. I don't work or sweat and my skin is too dry already. My showers have always been short. Except when my back hurts , then it feels good to have the hot water on it.
This complex has drought plantings, they are not attractive, but they don't require any water, and don't get any. Turn brown early and l hate it but this year l will be kinda glad they are there. Just wish l could convince the management to stop nightly watering of the grass. Every other night would be fine and use 1/2 the water. Simple.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:53:58 AM

Goldie, l am such a nummie. It was Coco Palms resort, you know the one on Kauii where the film "Blue Hawaii" (or something like that) was made. Elvis came floating down one of the lagoons. That's all l remember. I went there and they had a zoo with things like a goose with a funny name etc. it was humorous. Loved Kauii. So sad to see the destruction after the first trip there.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:24:57 AM

Hi all!

Tru, it looks like your water-wasting neighbors will either have to change their ways or pay a lot of money in fines, since the state has now put into effect new water reduction rules due to the drought. It is enforceable, but of course the enforcers will not be able to be everywhere, so they could conceivably slip thru the cracks. Keep doing what you do, and know that Mama Earth appreciates your efforts. :)

Midnight, coincidence, I also went to my doctor Tue. You know, I had a Holter monitor a few weeks ago, after my precautionary trip to the ER due to symptoms the *could* have been due to heart issues, but thankfully, weren't. My doc went over the results and there were a few things to keep an eye on, but nothing dire at this time. Thank Goodness. I had the old kind of Holter, with the wires. For me, the worst part isn't the wires, but the glue that attaches the electrodes. I react to them with big red itchy welts that get worse as time goes on. So this time I only had to wear it for 24-hours. They said they can really get what the need in the first 24-hours. I have had it before, for longer periods. It takes weeks for the red itchy welts to go away, so glad 24 hours was long enough this time.

I, also, have had slightly elevated glucose, but it has come down enough that my doc says it is going in the right direction and she's satisfied. All I did was start adding a little bit of cinnamon to my daily yogurt or kefir. It seemed to have helped last time, but this was the second testing and it came down a little more, so now I feel more confident that it was not a fluke and what I am doing is helping. My level (estimated average glucose) was at it's high point last August, at 123, then came down to 114 in January and now is at 111. They don't give a normal range. I think that's b/c they find the Hemoglobin A1C (4.0-6.0) more useful. It was up to 5.9 last August, then down to 5.6 in January and now down to 5.5)

I don't measure the cinnamon, I just shake some on; it's not so much that the taste stands out. I thought I was using "true cinnamon" or cinnamonum verum, but recently found out from Whole Foods that the kind I have from them, bought in the bulk dept, is really cinnamonum Burmannii, a form of cassia. I'm going to order some of the cinnamonum verum next time I place an order with Frontier, since it has less coumarin, which may be toxic to the liver to some people, in high quantities. I don't take that much, but would rather pay a little extra and get the kind that has less of that danger, provided it works just as good. I hope (and expect from the research I've done) that the cinnamonum verum (aka Ceylon or "true cinnamon") will be just as effective in balancing my glucose level, but I'll have to see about that. For the record, it was my doctor who suggested using the cinnamon, although I had also read/heard about its usefulness for this purpose.

If you want to try this, the kind you have is most likely a form of cassia cinnamon, so don't overdo it. But in moderation, which seems like enough in my experience, you should be ok if you don't have any kind of pre-existing liver damage or disease. (DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor.) :)

I believe doctors all mean well, but many (really, most) are just not up on non-drug approaches and the most recent science. As I've probably mentioned before, my doc diagnosed me with having a particular gene mutation, which was confirmed with a blood test. When I told her that I told some friends to talk to their doctors about it, she said "they'll laugh at them." She keeps up on the cutting-edge science. And like what I've believed for 40 years, she also wants to find out what is causing any given situation, not just throw drugs at the symptoms, which has, unfortunately, become all too common. Most of them only know what they were taught in Med school. It takes initiative on their part to go beyond that.

Good luck!
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 3:49:23 PM



Life IS Good!

Need Preen on the soil. Sick of weeding every week of the summer. Want to enjoy, not work.

He said my fasting glucose was on the high side at 115 (74-106 Mg/dl is normal) Told him for a year lemonade was a new drink, pie w/ice cream were new, and a shot of real maple syrup was added to coffee.

He my eating habits changed after all my years of eating select foods. He said to limit carbs such as pizza, bread and pasta, stay away from ice cream, and sugars such as my homemade lemonade.

He also said to lighten up on the maple syrup use in my coffee and on pancakes. That should bring the glucose level well under 100 w/o any meds needed.

Do know that sugar is new to my diet in the past year to 1.5 years. Have avoided it in cereal, oatmeal and all drinks.

He ordered more blood tests, a liver test and a scan to see my heart. Also more blood tests such as Hemochromatosis (Iron Storage Disease) TIBC, along w/ several others asap. The plemobist was on her lunch break. Will go to the hospital for further lab work on at my leisure.

The doc made an appointment for me in 3 weeks to see the results of the new tests. The Holter monitor results were not yet available to him.

Also made a eye doc appointment. Have a jagged orange area that has increased recently that is bothering me. Sometimes there is pressure, tho no sharp pain. Will see this new doc next Monday at Littleton Hospital.

Civil twilight is 4:40 AM EDT. Night is 9:03 PM.

Sunrise: 5:15 AM. Set: 8:28 PM.

Length of day: 15h 12m. Length of visible light: 16h 23m. Tomorrow will be 1m 38s shorter.

The temp is 80°. Heavy rain and a T-storm have arrived.Will unplug.

Have a wonderful day!

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MidnightSun, Glad you are using the Preen for veggies.
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Life IS Good!

goldie, Sure know you spend lots a time compiling yesterday's post. Just want to say "Thank you!"

Some VT'ers do refer to their state as socialist. Other have giant 4' x 8' signs that read, "Take back Vt!" Not anywhere in the middle.

Went out before the heat of the day arrived and finished loosening the soil and digging out roots and rocks of the 2' x 16' upside down L strip. Did not add seed as the soil was clumpy and wanted the sun to dry it out into flowing powder.

Did lots of garden maintenance. The weeds are growing like mad. Plan to use Preen that is an organic weed preventer for all vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens.

Use Preen once a month and never hand weed again. Here is a list of weeds in one's state. Your state's weed id. Yes, it is 100% organic.

By 10:30 the heat and humidity arrived. The temp was 75°, dew point 66° and the humidity at 73%. Perspiration dripped off my head and rolled down my back. Time to return to the cool house.

Watched a movie classic named "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (1980) 109 min of action and comedy. A giant "word of mouth" transformed Gods into the biggest foreign box office hit ever released in the U.S.

A Sho in the Kalahari desert (A San African Bushman) interacts with modern technology. There is a lot of adventure, a fair amount of suspense, and even a charming romance.

The Gods Must be Crazy is a very funny but poignant film. The humor ranges from subtle and intellectual to crazy slapstick.Gods is beautifully filmed in exotic locations, a maybe surprising amount of violence a few segments (although somewhat cartoonish and funny violence — these segments often resemble Woody Allen's 1971 film, Bananas),

Unique and different, this film showed a different side of Africa and introduced one of the few genuine characters in the African Bushman. Highly recommended for anyone who has not seen this film. If you can find it, rent it.

This is a classic — a masterpiece — that presents both surface entertainment and complex, deep themes and subtexts. If you haven't seen it yet, you should.

Found another FREE movie site. It is www.allmovie.com. Here is the link to "The Gods Must Be Crazy".

You can read the synopsis first. A delightful diversion from modern violence, albeit a few scenes w/guns in the remote countries of Africa, yet no one is killed, brief tribal nudity, and no profanity. Rotten Tomatoes gives this a 95%. Mine is 5/5 stars.

PCP appointment at 11:15 to find the results of my Holter monitor test (ambulatory electrocardiography device) that kept track of my heart rhythm for 1 week. Seems like it was 1 month ago, instead if it being just 1 week ago.

Civil twilight is 4:39 AM EDT. Night is 9:04 PM.

Sunrise: 5:14 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 14m. Length of visible light: 16h 25m. Tomorrow will be 1m 36s shorter.

The temp is 82° (28°C) Steady light rain fell earlier. 0.54 in.

Have a pleasant day!

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Midnight, glad you liked it. It did take quit a bit of time to assemble that and edit it to make the most sense to a reader. Of course, part of that time was reading and listening for my own enjoyment. I like sharing things that I love like that, so it's worth it when someone else gets something out of it.

Another GB friend sent me this link to a a new NPR story about Bernie Sanders and the possibility of a Presidential bid.

Tru, where is Coconut Grove? Honolulu? Destroyed how? By hurricane? Nice you got to see it when it was beautiful. The Coconut Grove that I know of is in Miami.


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Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Did have one chiro that did not help me. Then found one just 12 miles away that was super. As were the prices.

oldie. What a beautiful voice Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has. Remember seeing him in the past on TV. Thank you for the link and song. MMA is my fave. Know well BJ Penn. Have seen him multiple times. Enjoyed your exceptional read. Thank you much.

Trugas, Got cha, Site to store, not to your home.

Went for an early ride to the super WM in the Town of Woodsville. My local WM was out of plain topsoil. Also wanted to see if they had other brands that were remembered from last year.

Spoke to the Garden Center mgr. She also remembers white bags of topsoil that were $1.18 each. Said they were no longer stocked. Bought two of the $1.38 that are stocked.

Stopped at the in store Subway for a white egg ham and cheese w/all the veggies and a hot coffee for $3.27 w/tax. Shopped for a few other food items, then returned to Littleton.

Big Papa's Market were are nearly out of their stock at 10 AM. Any remaining produce is auctioned off Sat at 2 PM. They open oThurs-Fri 8-8 and close for the rest of the week after the Sat afternoon auction.

Bought yellow bell peppers for a deal at $1 a lb and some avocados for $1 each. Want to make healthy guacamole for my salads, eggs, and for a dip w/a Wheat Thin snack.

Returned home to keep the new lawn seed that is covered w/newsprint wet. Passed on working in the 2' x 4' hole, which then became a 2' x 6'w/the boulders. Temp was 80° (27°C) w/a 40% humidity and a dew point at a comfortable 53° (12°C).

Mowed ⅓ of the lawn. Then had a slice of blueberry pie w/Maine blueberry & cream Hood's ice cream on top. Very much enjoyed. Returned outdoors to chip away at the two remaining giant boulders in the final hole and listen to the home team play Houston @ Minute Maid Park in TX.

Civil twilight is 4:38 AM EDT. Night is 9:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:13 AM. Set: 8:29 PM.

Length of day: 15h 15m. Length of visible light: 16h 26m. Tomorrow will be 1m 31s shorter.

The temp is 78° (26°C). Very gentle rain. Perhaps T-storms late in the afternoon.

Have a splendid day!

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Morning:
No midnight l did not pay postage, l picked up at the store. Order online and pick up at the store. Also get their discount by using the Red card.

Love Hawaii and the music. Remember the radio broadcasts long before war. I think they were from Coconut Grove. Beautiful place. Destroyed recently. So sad. l saw it in both conditions.



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P.S. and BTW, according to its Wikipedia page, IZ's Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World medley is 3/x Platinum and has sales/shipments of over 4,000,000. So, I'm not the only one who likes it. :))
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HI folks.

Midnight: "If Hawaiian music works for you, you should fill your soul w/it."

Yes, that is what it does. I think when most people hear "Hawaiian music" they think of Do Ho and hokey music like that, and don't know what I consider the "real thing" which is very beautiful and from the heart and often has incredible harmonies.

Many people have heard of IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole,, aka Bruddah (Brother) Iz, but perhaps don't associate him specifically with Hawaiian music. Many more people have heard his music but probably didn't know who it is: His medley of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World' was . . . featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials." And it is often used as bumper music on radio programs. It's really beautiful and moving.

You may listen to IZ singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and view some beautiful scenery in this YouTube video. The music is only "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by itself, not the medley with "It's a Wonderful World", which is really cool. Maybe it's on YouTube. I haven't tried to find it.

It always amazes me that such sweet and gentle music comes out of such a huge man. IZ and his music have won many awards. So much accomplishment, awards and adoration, and he was only 38 when he died.

Midnight, you might be interested to know that "MMA fighter and native Hawaiian BJ Penn has used the song E Ala E as his walkout song on several occasions." (from the same wiki link)

[quote]
The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwo?ole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Makua Beach on July 12, 1997. The funeral and the scattering of Kamakawiwo?ole's ashes were featured in the official music video of "Over the Rainbow" released posthumously by the Mountain Apple Company; as of May 2014, the video as featured on YouTube has gained over 109 million views.
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If you want to sample some more beautiful Hawaiian music on YouTube some names to look for are the Makaha Sons (have performed in Carnegie Hall), The Brothers Cazimero and Keali'i Reichel. These are my top three favs. I haven't looked for them, but assume they must be there. The last time I went to Hawai'i, in 2005, it was just after the Grammies, and Keali'i Reichel had won the Grammy for Hawaiian music. Yes, there is one. :)

Have fun, if you choose to pursue some of this. :)



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Keeping informed about health issues is important. Have to realize that not all doctors graduated at the top of their class neither did all chiropractors. Some are good at diagnosing and some aren't. I found out from a friend that some problems like stenosis cannot be relieved by chiropactors and can even be aggravated by it. It's good to be informed and also good to check with a doctor who knows you well. :)
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Life IS Good!

goldie, Glad the doc now accept chiros as an alternative and also acupuncture is widely accepted. This very good. Never tried Hawaiian music. Rock,count3ry and classical are by far the most common. If Hawaiian music works for you, you should fill your soul w/it.

trugas, You ordered Miracle Gro to be delivered to your home? Pay for pstg as well? <blinks eyes>

Went outdoors early yesterday to get a head start to the morning. At 7 AM the temp was 44° (7°C) with the sun still below the forest. Wore a t-shirt and shorts to keep cool.

Grabbed the pitch fork and began to dig out roots, rocks, and loosen the firm soil where my neighbor pushed the riprap out of the way 2 weeks ago. Am still amazed at the many boulder and rocks in a small area. In a 2' x 16' area with a right angle at the top 17 rocks and three boulders were removed. A nice workout.

Watered the newsprint of the grass seed just planted Thursday. The moist paper transfers the water to the soil keeping the seed wet, while the sun can not dry out the soil, and it keeps the birds from eating the seed.

Got ready for my 11:15 dr's appointment and heading down the rolling hills of US Rt 3 south into the Town of Whitefield, NH. Arrived at the clinic to discover my appointment is on Monday at 11:15. Somehow the day was written wrong in my planner.

No matter. Filled my car w/$3.59 gas using my Smart Pay Card at Cumberland Farms. Also made a great tasting 24 ox cup of ice coffe w/French vanilla for 99¢, $1.08 w/tax.

No one in the area can beat Cumberland Farms. Unless you need oj or something at 3 AM. Their staple items are double what is found in a supermarket

Visited my pal the meat cutter at Mac's, then headed back to Lancaster. Shaws has a Wicked Awesome 3 day w/e Sale. Skinless, boneless Cod is $4.99, Strip steak (the large section of a T-bone) is $5.99with Pasta at 88¢ a lb.

Also were reduced chicken tenders that folks were buying by the dozen. Bought 1.75 lbs for $3.99 or $2.28 a lb. Overbought.Must have been hungry.

Got may mail at the P.O. then headed home. Broccoli, carrots Julienne, thick sliced mushrooms, onions, sweet Italian peppers along w/Basmati rice were cooked. Also one of the 3 strip steaks were cooked quite slowing in a ceramic frying pan.

Added some cream of mushroom, evoo with 6 cloves of garlic for a super feast. Blueberry pie and a big scoop of Hoods bb icecream w/cream made an excellent desert.

The day turned out to be gorgeous 79° (26°C), the humidity at 38%, and a pleasant dew point of 50° (10°C). A fabulous breeze was 2-8 mph (3-13 kph.)

Civil twilight is 4:37 AM EDT. Night is 9:05 PM.

Sunrise: 5:13 AM. Set: 8:30 PM.

Length of day: 15h 17m. Length of visible light: 16h 28m. Tomorrow will be 1.28s shorter.

The temp 82° (26°C) in clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Morning:
I left the computer for awhile, then came back and spent a lot of time looking at reviews of places l shop. People sure have opposite opinions of the same place. Must be because their needs are different or sompin'.
I just joined Costco after putting them down for couple of years. I had joined for a year and then stopped for two years. Now l am enjoying the benefits that apply to me, and avoid the things that don't. If I want to save 4 to 6 cents per gallon, l will shop elsewhere , but convenience l will buy at Costco. I avoid the lines by being retired and able to go whenever. That was a big complaint. The lines are long at times, but remember the move quickly as the items are bulk and don't need to ring up so much.
I kind of agreed with one guy who shops once every few months there. That is all l would need as most items are going to last 6 months to a year. The 10 boxes of kleenex will last me a year. I do use a whole lot of kleenex. They don't go bad, or expire.LOL. So life is good when l shop carefully and take advantage of monthly coupons at Costco.

Goldie: My chiropractor brings me relief whan l need it badly.

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Hi all!

Midnight, I'm sure some docs still think that chiros are quacks, but not so many now. My clinic is "integrative", so have have a chiropractor and acupuncture in-house. It is part of the large county medical center/hospital system, so not "fringe". My previous doctor, to who I'd gone to since grad school in the '80s, was also very open and respectful of my beliefs, and I was never afraid to tell her that I went to a chiro or any thing else that I did. At least here in the "big city" ;) many more docs are accepting of chiros and even some other forms non-allopathic health care. I've been having such good results from my acupuncture, in conjunction with chiro &/or p.t. that I am super happy that I'm in a plan that covers it. They're crazy not to, but so many are so behind the times.

Even the circulation in my legs, ankles and feet is getting better, w/o wearing the compression stockings that were prescribed for me. In addition to the acu treatments, my acu practitioner has recommended a Chinese herbal remedy that really seems to be helping a lot. The Chinese have been perfecting this stuff for thousands of years, and I think they know what they're doing. I'm told that in China they now integrate the TCM with some Western medicine, and I think that's the approach to take: the best of both.

The owner of the clinic is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from China. I went to her at first and she really zeroed in on my back and arthritic hip pain. Really amazing how much it helped my hip. Even my chiro didn't think it could get that much better, but it did. Now I go to Jamie, who recently moved back here from Maui. We share a nice camaraderie about Hawai'i. She asked me if I want to listen to Hawaiian music during my treatments and brought in her cell phone to play it for me. I have made her some CDs, which we've also listened to during the treatments. We agree in thinking there is something very healing about Hawaiian music. She was a massage therapist, so also works on my extremely tight muscles to help in the release and healing.

I know this approach is not for everybody, but I believe that if more people tried it, or had access to it through insurance coverage, we'd have a lot better outcomes in this country and it would help to cut the enormous costs of our health care (as a country). Do you know that as a country we spend the most of any on health care, but have outcomes way down in the middle somewhere?

I've been on this path of trying to take care of myself as naturally and holistically as possible for nearly 40 years. (Yikes! How can it be that long?) And finally, finally, it's getting easier to get it and it's catching on with more people. I'm not in perfect shape, but I really believe that I'd be a lot worse off if I'd only followed the MD/drug allopathic path. I sincerely doubt I'd be walking today, among other things, if it wasn't for the kinds of care I'd sought out and found ways of getting, although sometimes sporadically. That's why I'm so passionate about it.

Oops, had not intended to write so much about this, but what comes out is what comes out. :)

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Life is Good...l ordered online and just picked up Miracle Gro by the front door. Also went to Library. Had to force myself to get up and go. I am getting so lazy, l am thinking all places should have drive up windows. LOL
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Life IS Good!

See below.

In March of 2013, after 18 years on dial up at $9.95 per month, our local telephone Co., Fair Point Communications finally offered high speed broadband to all in my area.

Phoned the biz office and they said there was a 4 year price lock at $27.99 for 7 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload speeds. Noticed that my Apr-May bill saw a $1 increase. When the June bill was rec'd, there was a $3 increase to $30.99. This w/notice or warning.

Been phoning the biz office since Monday. Always was a computer recording, "All of our reps are busy w/other customers, please continue to wait." Finally spoke to a rep and explained the above to her.

Her answer was the rates are now $41.99 ea month but w/my 4 year 'price lock' $11 would be discounted to make the bill $30.99. Told her that the new cost is completed disputed and never rec'd a price increase notice.

Asked her to mail me a copy of the alleged notice of price increase. Know there was no notice of a price change. Was put on hold. She returned w/a different story.

Now those (like me) on active promotion will be completed credited at some point on their past bills and there will be no price increase. Wrote the info down and thanked her. Seems to have worked out nicely.

Drove to beautiful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconia,_NH]downtown Franconia, NH[/L] to visit my auto insurance Co, and pay next year's premium.

Cost went up just $12. Have max coverage on my 1 year young, slightly used, 2013 Dodge Dart. Now with 2,850 miles.

Bought no nutrient topsoil for a hole filler at WM. 40lbs for $1.38. Also a bag of composted cow manure to amend to my homemade compost aka black gold. Picked up the wildflower seed that was a ship to store order.

Stopped at Shaw's to look for blueberry ice cream. They had Hoods Maine Blueberry and cream, 1.5 qts (1.4 litre) on sale for $2.99. It was a delish treat on the drive home. In the freezer she went.

Temp was a 78° (°C), humidity 50% and the dew point nearing sticky at 58° (°C). Unloaded the garden supplies, looked over the jobs needed to be completed (mental rehearse), then left the heat of the day for inside the cool house. Well stocked and ready to begin, on another day.

Civil twilight is 4:35 AM EDT. Night is 9:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:11 AM. Set: 8:31 PM.

Length of day: 15h 20m. Length of visible light: 16h 31m. Tomorrow will be 1.21s shorter.

The temp is 75° in clear skies.

Have a fantastic day!

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Life IS Good!

Gloria, Hope you are having a blast w/your g/daughter.

goldie, Physicians Still think Chiro ar quacks.

trugas, You see it correctly. Free samples and prescribe our meds.

For the first time in several weeks a nap was taken after my rounds yesterday morning. It was a very pleasant and refreshing. 90 minutes of needed rest.

After my lunch of drumsticks, green beans, carrots and broccoli, 693 (not a typo) photos from last winter up to yesterday were downloaded into a new folder on my computer.

It took two hours to go through each of them. Six pix were uploaded into a new GB album. When it came time for headings and comment, five vanished. One used as the cover remained. Later GB allowed two more to be added.

This my new album that begins with three winter photos. Hope to add a few more photos a couple of times each week.

Charged the well used battery of my Nikon, formated the memory disk, and went on a drive to shoot new town calendar pix. Ended up at my pal, the meat cutter's store. He has fresh Cod on sale for $5.99 a lb. Bought four, 1 lb pieces, then took the back roads home, camera in hand.

No luck seeing wildlife. Did stop at a large farm and asked to take pix of a herd of cows. Durn cows walked over a hill and were out of sight. Told the farmer a stop on another day would happen.

After the fish went into the fridge a drive on the fireroad saw me stop at the 25 +/- field at the height of land for some long distance mtn ranges. The sun baked the air, yet the slight haze proves it is summer.

Views 20-50 miles away were taken. Will share all the best of 700 pix eventually. Most photos are in the 4.5 to 7 MB range.

Not sure how many more, or if any more pic can be displayed on the GB albums. My MB quota/allowance is past the max. Was able to add two more pix in the afternoon.

It became a steamy day w/the temp at 85° (29°C), the humidity at 54% and an uncomfortable dew point of 69°F (21°C). Enjoyed relaxing in the cooled by the mtn night air in the house.

Got an email that the wildflowers have arrived at my local WM. Will get them on my usual Thursday morning shopping spree. Will phone the store to see if pick up can be before 10 AM.

Civil twilight is 4:34 AM EDT. Night is 9:07 PM.

Sunrise: 5:10 AM. Set: 8:31 PM.

Length of day: 15h 21m. Length of visible light: 16h 33m. Tomorrow will be 1.17s shorter.

The high is to be 82° in the sun.

Have a fabulous day!

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Morning:
I agree with a whole lot of what you bring out Goldie. I loved the energy and fun part of Dr OZ shows. I don't watch daytime TV at all anymore. Including lack of interest in his as well as other daytime TV, and l am getting that way for "Primetime TV" as well.

The drug companies pay drs in kickbacks to prescribe their drugs, we all know that. It became very obvious to me when l was in one drs office recently ( 4 or 5 years ago) that he had one drug writing pad, poster on the wall, fountain pen, and prescribed it for me. Pardon my memory but can't remember what it was, but it had awful side effects and l quit very quickly. Very popular drug right now. Popular is the word. Not necessarily needed. I also noted the comment a dr made to me when Longs drug came to Fort Bragg, small northern town. He said "WELL, they haven't contacted ME" and why would they other than to give him something to use their pharmacy?

Listen there are good and bad in everything and in this life we run into it all. But Life is Good when you inform yourself, become your own health advocate and learn.

Thanks Glorious, they are all awesome days, at my age. It's just good to still be here above ground as they say. LOL.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 11:21:58 AM

I didn't start out liking Dr. Oz, but then I was able to watch some of his shows and realized he is doing a good job of educating people that there are not only alternatives to drugs, but that there are things, that can keep us from needing the drugs in the first place. And I give him a lot of credit for that. Of course, it's television. I understand how television works. My MA graduate work was in Mass Communications/visual communications.

He points out new things. Not everything is going to work for everybody. He really emphasizes diet and nutrition, which makes a LOT of sense.

With his large audience, I'm sure that BIG PHARMA, which has a virtual monopoly on the medical profession, is taking notice, and considering him a threat to their BIG PROFITS. There's a saying, "follow the money."

So when I saw him being grilled in the Senate last week (or week before) by Sen. McCulsky (I think it was), my first thought was that the lobbyists for BIG PHARMA got to her. If it doesn't make him more cautious, I'm sure it will have an impact on his legal team, and they will put more limitations on him. And even worse, I think it will intimidate some regular (non-TV) MDs, like mine who will be afraid of law suits, etc. Even if they do nothing wrong, it can have a chilling effect, b/c of the costs involved in defending against such accusations.

When the truth is finally told (mainstream, as there are already people telling it) about the true effects of many common drugs, how they are over-prescribed, how many people are harmed by them, and how ineffective they may be for many of the people taking them, people who blindly trust them will be shocked. Now they are finding that statins are not nearly as effective for as many people who are told to take them, as was thought. And do you know that Warfarin ("Coumadin") is made from rat poison? I've known it for a long time, but I don't think most people know that.

Several years ago I heard an interview on NPR by a former editor of one of the big medical journals (New England or Harvard, or one like that -- I don't think it was JAMA, but it could have been). He said that drug companies are allowed (or were, I don't know if the practice has changed) to publish a study that has the results they want, with no mention of other studies that had different results. EX (hypothetical) a drug company could have done 20 studies with results not in their favor, and then get one that gives them the results they want. Then they were allowed to just publish that one, without any mention of the other 20.

Most of the medical research in this country is financed by the drug companies. They don't do research on herbs b/c they can't patent them and make the BIG bucks. So they synthesize them or alter them in some way so that they can get a patent on it. They wanted to be able to patent the human genome. As far as I know, they haven't yet succeeded in that.

Many times when doctors say there hasn't been research on a natural substance, there actually has, but it's been in Europe or somewhere else where the system isn't quite as entrenched as ours.

Does anybody else remember when MDs considered chiropractors "quacks"? It was not really b/c there was lack of research on their work, as we had been led to believe. The chiropractic association actually won in the courts judgment against the AMA and some other professional groups under the restraint of trade laws. It was deliberate misinformation. I came across that interesting tidbit in the course of my required grad school readings. I don't remember how it was relevant to my coursework, but there it was.

Keep the dark chocolate coming. :)
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 9:26:06 PM

Good evening trugas - hope you had an awesome day!!

I am happy I am supposed to be getting my little 9 year old grand daughter tomorrow, that will be fun!

TOL!!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 4:29:17 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, laughter is medicine for the soul. Will drink it often.

tru, Okay then will begin w/the caramel Magnum ice cream bars. Like the sound of the dbl coating of dark chocolate. Need to buy some to taste test them. Only one store in 100 miles makes Almond Joy brownies. To die for. Need to compare candy bar to brownie.

Made an extension trellis for my red and blue clematis using coated metal wire hangers and tie wire. The total trellis is 7 'tall w/an extra 1' of free space on the copper tube at the top.

Worked for a while trying to loosen the last two boulders in the new 2' x 4' hole, that is a foot to 16" deep. No luck and frankly little ambition to remove them. Have a nice collection of removed rocks fashioned as a rock wall around the hole.

Took a photo of them and the half a wine barrel with 100's of happy flowers blooming. Mid morning jumped in the car to go to the P.O. Removed the Holter monitor after the 1 week the doc prescribed

Used the neat glue remover on my chest, (which ended to be duct tape by me) and stuck the monitor on the pad, and in the box provided then mailed it postpaid to the lab. The lab will email the findings to my doc.

Have an appointment Friday. Will phone late Thursday afternoon to see if the results arrived. If not, another day will be requested.

Was planning to go to WM in Littleton for bags of plain topsoil w/no nutrients to fill the 16" deep 2' x 4' hole. Time was getting late so will go on another day.

Apparently the holiday delayed the wildflower seed. FedEx has tracked the seed out of Williston, CT, off to Boston. It is 162 miles (258 km) north to my local store.

Civil twilight is 4:33 AM EDT. Night is 9:08 PM.

Sunrise: 5:09 AM. Set: 8:32 PM.

Length of day: 15h 22m. Length of visible light: 16h 34m. Tomorrow will be 1.13s shorter

Temp is 85° in partly cloudy skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 11:55:10 AM

Morning:
OK Midnight but to do it right, you have to buy some caramel Magnum ice cream bars. As that is where l started testing yesterday. I have said in the past that l spit out lots of the excess chocolate, but last nigh l ate all the double coating of dark chocolate. I liked it ok. It wasn't too bitter. What is your
assessment?
As to Almond Joys, l mean the candy bars, l like the dark and light types, but prefer the light chocolate still. The coconut is hard to get out of my teeth. LOL

Life is good testing chocolates.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/8/2014 11:57:33 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 1:28:19 AM

goldieolds, I think I'll eat a lot of the milk chocolate. lol

trugas, Nice that you have your selfie back up. I had heard something about Dr Oz but didn't catch the whole thing.

MidnightSun, Glad to be able to make you laugh.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 4:23:37 PM



Life IS Good!

dg, laughed at your post. It is so true. After any homework was completed as a kid, my mom sent me to "Go play outdoors." So she could cook dinner in peace and quiet. It is true. Ha Ha HA!

goldie, My fave brownie is one called Almond Joy. It is. Have never had anything quite like this

tru, Am ready to test chocolate. Light, dark, even ice cream. Plus we can debate each flavor.

The temp was such a pleasant 58° (14°C) the past few nights w/the windows opened and a gentle breeze of 4 mph (6.5 kmph) flowing through the house. Cooled the walls and insulation quite nicely.

Closed all the windows at 9 AM when the temp surpassed 66° (19°C), the inside temp of my home. Watched "Ask This Old House" to keep me up to speed on modern construction. Was a carpenter who built built my entire house from the ground up.

Flipped a few PBS channels and became mesmerised with the show "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." The filmography is superb as well as the magnificent Mtns and rivers sceneries.

Sacagawea (or Sacajawea), was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States. She traveled w/them for thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806.

Then went outdoors in the sun and planted the last of the 2 six packs remaining from late May. They filled the voids were seasoned echinacea grew for many years. A brutal winter of cold that 5 varieties of perennials did not grow back this spring.

Worked on the 2'x 4' hole, now with 19 rocks removed. My neighbor helped me roll the 500 lb boulder in the forest Sat afternoon. He said he would help roll two of the largest rip rap in this cleared area when the time comes.

The wildflower seed should arrive Monday - Wednesday at my local WM store. Will seed the stepped on and bare area. The other two section planted continue to grow well.

Am very pleased w/these areas cleared of wild blackberries and the efficiency of the WM seed. Newsprint to keep the birds and weeds out and keep the soil moist is the necessary secret.

Listened to the home team ioutdoors in the sun late afternoon. The temp soared to 80° (27°C) in clear skies. Will work on my tan all summer long.

Civil twilight is 4:32 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:09 AM. Set: 8:32 PM.

Length of day: 15h 23m. Length of visible light: 16h 36m. Tomorrow will be 1.10s shorter

Temp is 73° in mist/light rain.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:48:08 AM

Again: Goldie, l sometimes tease you a bit because our eating habits are so different, but l was thinking about Dr Oz, whom l no longer watch, because he is being investigated for going overboard on his products he advertizes claims. He is after all selling things and admitted that he used what he called "flowery descriptions" which means exaggeration of what the product does. Just because he is a Dr doesn't mean he tells the whole truth about his advertizers. Just be careful. I know you research a lot about what you eat, and are basically careful, so l was surprised to see you mention him.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:56:24 AM

Morning:
I like the idea of researching chocolate brands. I just may do that. LOL.

I enjoy chocolate but on the ice cream bars l eat, l find there is often too much chocolate compared to the amount of ice cream. Can you believe that?
The brand is M/.....blank mind......"Magnum" double chocolate and their dark chocolate of any. Too chockolaty and l spit out a lot of it. Really.

I guess l haven't acquired the taste for the dark chocolate yet, but maybe if l try enough brands , l might find one l like. My legs don't have the best circulation. However they aren't hurting near as much this year as last and l do not know the reason for that, but l am eternally grateful.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 8:25:43 PM

DG, too little cacao, too much sugar. Sorry :( I suppose if you ate a LOT of it, you'd get as much cacao and flavanoids, but you'd also be getting that many more times sugar.

I didn't start out liking the extreme, 85-88% chocolate, but I did like semi-sweet, as well as milk chocolate. I stopped eating the milk chocolate and focused on the semi-sweet. But somewhere along the way I started adding in some of the extreme dark here and there and gradually increased it. Also I tried different brands: some I liked, some I didn't. Each is different. They can count either cocoa powder or cocoa butter toward the cacao count, and to my taste the cocoa butter ones taste/feel too greasy (like Green and Black's).

My favorite for taste and density is Endangered Species 88%. Formerly called "Black Panther", it still has a picture of the animal's eyes on the wrapper.
I only purchase it on sale, and then stock up.

My favorite for price and value, is Trader Joe's "Chocolate Lovers" 85%.

It is an acquired taste. I did not like them first time I tasted them, but now I love them! And they are so much more satisfying, that a small piece or two will do it and not leave me craving the whole bar at one time. At least I thought that was the reason, but after watching a Dr. Oz segment on it, I realized it could be that those small pieces are enough to trigger the dopamine, the "feel good" hormone. Maybe both reasons. Anyway, for me LIFE IS GOOD with extreme dark chocolate on hand! Good taste + health benefits. YAY! :))

BTW, the extreme darks don't come in flavors, as far as I've seen. So if you like, say, chocolate with almonds, just take a bite of chocolate and a bite of almond at the same time. Viola, chocolate almond. :)

Sorry to go on and on about it, I did catch the smiley, but it's one of the things I'm passionate about and am grateful to have found. And therefor like to talk about. Just as food in general. Sign of a pitiful life? I hope not, but...??

[Edited by: goldieolds at 7/6/2014 8:32:03 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 7:36:53 PM

goldieolds, How come milk chocolate isn't good for you. ;)

trugas, Those are good memories indeed. I think that parents don't know half of what their kids do on their own. Probably just as well. lol

MidnightSun, I think it's more like upper middle class and higher that tend to be over protective more so than our parents were. We had the joy of a computer less world and got to play outside because we made too much noise inside. ;)
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 3:57:07 PM



Life IS Good!

Think parents lost direction and became sissies. IMNSHO.

Most NH citizens are for Bernie. Know VT'ers are. Love dark chocolate. Cheated on my diet bought and ate some Kit Kats. Over the past several months.

Left early yesterday morning to drive the 32 miles from my house to the nearest Super WM that is in Woodsville, NH. Just about no traffic in either direction on the river Rt 135 or the scenic US Rt 302 east.

Did see lots of high wind damage just south of Littleton into the Town of Lisbon, pop 1,600 that hosts the annual Lilac Festival.

Primary reason was the buy Lenders blueberry bagels that my local WM does not stock. Also to buy the much healthier combo of Greek yoghurt & cream cheese.

They also sell 2 lb pkgs of ham that is $1 less than buying two 1 lb pkgs at my local WM. Also they have a better cost for turkey bacon and being a Super store, a much better selection all around.

Stopped in that WM's Subway for a $3 6" breakie sub which comes w/a free 16 oz coffee. Truth be know it is some of the worse coffee ever had. Bitter beyond my liking. It is not even worth free.

Stopped at the local Dunkin Donuts for a 99¢ medium (14 oz) coffee using my found in the mail coupon. This is the finest coffee that has ever been tried. Have not tried all coffee at the shops.

Temp late morning saw 67° (°C) w/a good breeze of 7-17 mph ( kph). Stopped at Olympic Sports in Littleton on the way home and bought several of my home team t-shirts at a reduced from original list price.

Followed the mighty CT River that The CT River Road parallels for 15 miles. More than a thousand acres of corn is planted. New Englanders have a saying about their corn. "Knee high by the 4th of July." It sure is.

Visited the local Martin's Agway Store to take advantage of their clearance sale of BOGO free 6 packs, both in veggies and flowers.

Bought a "Bonanza Mix" of marigolds, "Profusion Orange" zinnias, along w/"Happy Trails" deep red and mixed color portulaca flowers.

Difficult for me to pass up flowers named "Happy Trails." Thinking of planting these flowers in the 2'x4' hole being worked on where the rocks are being dug out. Final cost is $1.25 a 6 pack or 21¢ a flower.

Phoned my neighbor to the north late yesterday afternoon. He stopped over, we used two tree limbs, then rolled the huge 500 lb rip rap (boulder) off into the forest like cavemen.

Now to finish loosening up two more hefty boulders in the new 2' x 4' hole. May see 20 rocks and rip rap in that small section when completed. "The granite state," our motto, is quite true.

Civil twilight is 4:32 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:08 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

Length of day: 15h 24m. Length of visible light: 16h 37m. Tomorrow will be 1.06s shorter

Temp is a fab 80° (27°C) in sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 12:03:12 PM

Morning:
My memory was triggered by a post on Union organizing etc on another post. Then l remembered some of the good things from that time. Walking thru hot dusty trail to a river to swim and cool off. When l lived there in Northern CA l was 6 and 7 years old. We walked a board ramplike structure acroos the millpond, wandered the hills, and swam in swift rivers. Parents were not there to drive us to everything. Actually parents these days would probably prevent those free activities. Walking rail lines etc. Life was Good in my youth. For different reasons now Life is Good now.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 11:29:39 PM

Midnight, thanks. I heard it on a non-mainstream, "non-corporate" progressive station. The station is sustained by ads for small, independent local businesses and the individual shows find ways of raising money, such as memberships or selling items. I just looked it up, and the possibility is real. Bernie Sanders says he’s ‘prepared to run for president’. They said he was or is going to be in NH this weekend (I think it is).

This just forwarded to me from a local GB: Another reason to indulge in extra dark chocolate (85% cacao or above): Dark Chocolate May Help Blood Flow.

[quote]
And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.

Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can have trouble walking and exercising since blood flow to their limbs becomes impaired. Cramping can be a problem, too.
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Yummmmm!

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 4:27:44 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, The truth is seldom ever read, listen, or watch any news. Do know that rumors are incorrect that Mitt Romney is running. Vt'ers that are spoken to regard the junior United States Senator highly. Know little of him. Sorry no on top of politics.

Loved my OrGREENiC pan so much another was purchased. Would never buy a knockoff. Want the real McCoy and best. Eggs, burnt cheese, fish etc, rolls off the pan. No grease needed. It does need to be seasoned as all great pean do. Easily worth $20!

Rain on and off yesterday morning. Stayed inside and listened to music via internet radio. Then played Starcraft: Brood War for some hours. It has been a while since last played.

Stopped raining here long enough to enjoy a walk outdoor to see the plants producing fruit and the flowers blooming in the gardens. Everything is growing well.

Nicely plush, a rich kelly green, and very healthy looking.

Am very glad to have mowed the lawn before the rain fell. It is looking great, as are all the flora.

The high yesterday was a pleasing 69° (21°C) w/a gentle 1-4 mph (1.6-6.4 km hr) breeze.

We are in a beautiful cooling down trend for five days. Nights have returned to temps in the 50's (14°C). Am quite fond of the current temps that are to last for a while

Yet 160 miles south on the Boston coast the ballgame was cancelled yesterday afternoon due to heavy rains. That's okay as there is to be a dbl header today.

The Maine coast sees pouring rain as well. This afternoon the rain should be in Nova Scotia.

Civil twilight is 4:31 AM EDT. Night is 9:09 PM.

Sunrise: 5:07 AM. Set: 8:33 PM.

Length of day: 15h 25m. Length of visible light: 16h 38m. Tomorrow will be 1.03s shorter

Temp is 74° (23°C). The sun feels excellent.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 11:34:49 AM

Morning all:
I used to be able to see the fireworks from my apt. Cold outside tho, snd now l prefer watching them on TV. Bigger towns and bigger displays as well.
I loved the New Years displays from other countries.

I am taking it easy and by choice this time. Amazing how much left over gunk there is from seed collecting. Especially the "Love in a MIst" with all the MIST fernlike stuff. This time l pulled the entire plant and had the bag full off stems as well. I let them sit and dry a bit. Did the main part of sorting while watching TV.

Washed and set my hair. Read a lot. Then l had another pre cooked hamburger but this time l cooked french fries to go with. Easy the "Americas test Kitchen" way. No fuss, just timing 15 minutes. I like it cause you add potatoes to cold grease so there is no splattering of hot oil on you.

Then to the hamburger l added onion, lettuce and pickle mayo of course after 65 seconds in the microwave. So easy and it is amazingly good. Can't beat the price of $1.62 per hamburger bun and cheese. I can't buy all that separately for that price.
Life is Good and l am enjoying the new things.
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