Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY – MAXINE'S PHILOSOPHY ON AGE


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – JUST BREATHE


DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE MEANS? SOME OF US NEED TO BE REMINDED.

Dear Readers:

Some of you may not know who Red Skelton was.  He was probably one of the best comedians ever.  He was also a man who loved his country.  Listen to him explain what the Pledge of Allegiance means... 


 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DEFINITION OF HONOR


LAUGH FOR THE DAY – GARFIELD WISDOM REGARDING OPINIONS

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WISHED YOU COULD DO THIS. 


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - BY CICERO

Let us remember the words said to be those of Marcus Tulius Cicero who was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. :

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. 

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. 

A murderer is less to fear.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE TRUTH ABOUT DECAF COFFEE

Dear Readers:

I knew there was a reason I call Decaf coffee - Half-caf coffee.

Below the picture is an excerpt from the article and a link to the whole article.


Millions of Americans drink decaf coffee to get that perfectly bitter taste without all the jitters.

But does decaf really have no caffeine? What’s the difference between "decaffeinated" and "naturally decaffeinated”? And are the chemicals used to strip the caffeine from coffee safe?
To understand what’s in your cup of decaf, you first need to understand what’s not in it.

FDA regulations specify that for coffee to bear a decaffeinated label, 97 percent of the original caffeine must be removed from the beans. So, yes, there’s caffeine in decaf coffee. But it’s not very much, right?

CLICK HERE for the complete article.  

LAUGH FOR THE DAY – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - AGE


ARE EXPIRED MEDICATIONS OKAY TO TAKE?

Dear Readers:

Every now and then I come across an article that answers a question I often have, so, I thought I would share with you what I found out about the question, " Are expired medications okay to take?"  Below the picture is an excerpt from the article and a link if you are interested in reading the entire article.

"There is a lot of confusion surrounding expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Some people use the stamped date as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly, and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely. One internist, Sharon Bergquist, assistant professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, explains when to get rid of that eye ointment, and why an out-of-date aspirin might be just fine to take..."

 Click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DON'T MESS WITH THIS WOMAN'S COFFEE!

Dear Readers:

Nothing taste better in the morning than a fresh cup of coffee.  Came across this news article today about that very subject and some of the "things", like wheat, that you can find in the coffee.  Below the picture is an excerpt from the article and a link so you can read the complete article.  
"A strong cup of joe (or two) can be a trusty get-through-this-crazy-day helper--but there may be more than coffee beans and a jolt of caffeine hiding in your cup. "Fillers" like wheat, soy beans, barley, rye, acai seeds, brown sugar, corn, and even sticks are often present in coffee grounds, according to new research presented this week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society..."

CLICK HERE for the complete article.

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - DAFFY DUCK AND THE UFO


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - HUG ME TIGHT



Saturday, August 23, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - HOME REMEDY FOR A COUGH


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - LIFE IS TOO SHORT


TOP 10 USES FOR EGG SHELLS


Top 10 Uses for Eggshells
by Beth Herman | Monday, August 18th, 2014 | From: Home and Garden

Statistics say the average American consumes 250 eggs per year. Remember, we’re not just eating two at a time, sunny side-up, we’re using them them in our homemade baked goods, batters, main dishes, and more. And if you think the only two solutions for all those eggshells are the trash or composting pile, you may want to think again.
In the age of recycling, eggshells – nature’s suit of armor and an excellent source of calcium and minerals – can be reused in many ways that don’t readily come to mind. Enterprising consumers can make the best of what most would consider a highly disposable item.

These ideas can help you raise your eggshell IQ. In all cases, except where specified, eggshells should be crushed, made either coarse or fine, depending on the use:
  1. Use eggshells as a calcium- and mineral-rich additive to wild bird feed and chicken feed.
  2. Add eggshells to ground coffee before brewing. The shells help reduce any bitterness.
  3. As a soil additive for houseplants, eggshells add minerals and help keep soil loose and aerated.
  4. Love camping? Use those shells with soapy water as a natural abrasive for pots and pans, especially when cleaning products and really hot water are at a premium.
  5. Bake clean eggshells at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool and grind to a fine powder. Add as a calcium supplement (a teaspoonful does it) to juice, smoothies, etc.
  6. Add to your garden to keep cats away that may be using it as a litter box. Cats will not like the sharpness under their tender paws. Their smell can also reportedly deter deer and repel slugs, snails, and cutworms without resorting to toxic chemicals. Maybe tantamount to that, mineral-charged eggshells can be crushed and scattered into each hole before planting. Sprinkle additional crushed shells around your plants every couple of weeks.
  7. Skin irritations? Folklore tells us to drop an eggshell into some apple cider vinegar for a couple of days. Apply to skin irritations or itches.
  8. Unclog drains: Placed in your sink strainer, they can trap errant solids. When they ultimately break down, they will serve to clean pipes on their way out.
  9. Doggie defense: Dry eggshells in a 250-degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Place in plastic bag and roll/crush with rolling pin to a fine powder. Add to dog food as a supreme calcium supplement (be sure to check with your vet for the proper amount).
  10. Looking for a fun art project? Crush and add to paint for decorative textured walls or furniture!
 
Beth Herman is a freelance writer and frequent Farmers' Almanac contributor with interests in healthy living and food, family, animal welfare, architecture and design, religion, and yoga. She writes for a variety of national and regional publications, institutions, and websites. Her stories, "Extreme Nature, Weather & Wildlife" and "Keeping Warm or Cool Through Science and Design" can be seen in the 2014 Farmers' Almanac.

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY DAY!

Dear Readers:

Since I am still home recouperating from foot surgery, my husband took pity on me and decided I needed to get out of the house.  So, he drove us over the mountain to Asheville, NC to visit our eldest daughter.  This drive between Tennessee and North Carolina on I-26 is one of the most beautiful drives through the mountains, especially when Autumn is in full bloom. It it definitely God's Country. 
After a great afternoon with the eldest kid, going out to eat, and a stop at Trader Joe's, we headed back home.  One of the topics of conversation was my prediction that we were going to have a cold winter.  Don't know where that came from, but it was just one of those things I felt in my bones.  My husband didn't commit himself one way or the other.  But, as we drove along the highway, I noticed that the Locust trees were already turning and losing their leaves.  Hmm...

Once we arrived home and put things away, I went in to my computer to update my page.  Lo, and behold, what topic do I see on Fox web page - "The Old Farmer's Almanac Predicts Super Cold Winter".  (Here's the link- http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3742701515001/the-old-farmers-almanac-predicts-super-cold-winter/?intcmp=fbfeatures#sp=show-clips)

So, I decided to look further and came across this article.

 20 Signs of a Hard Winter

  • Thicker than normal corn husks
  • Woodpeckers sharing a tree
  • Early arrival of the Snowy owl
  • Early departure of geese and ducks
  • Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
  • Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
  • Heavy and numerous fogs during August
  • Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
  • Mice eating ravenously into the home
  • Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
  • Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
  • Pigs gathering sticks
  • Insects marching a bee line rather than meandering
  • Early seclusion of bees within the hive
  • Unusual abundance of acorns
  • Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank
  • "See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest”
  • Narrow orange band in the middle of the Woollybear caterpillar warns of heavy snow; fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold
  • The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
  • Frequent halos or rings around sun or moon forecast numerous snow falls.

I wonder if I can add to the list, "Helen just feels it in her bones."? 
 
Woo! Wee...

Friday, August 22, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - ENGLISH BULLDOG NAMED MUDD AND THE TRAMPOLINE.

Here's a viral video from NY, capturing an English Bulldog named Mudd bouncing around freely on a trampoline. Hope you are having a great worry-free day like this dog! 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - DIFFICULT PEOPLE



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – CATERPILLAR


BLACKBERRIES: AN ORIGINAL SUPERFOOD

Dear Readers:

It soon will be blackberry time here in Tennessee.  Love these little berries.  Here is an excerpt from the  article about why they are considered a superfood.  To read the entire article, click on the link below the picture.  

"Every year all over United States, parts of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, blackberries fruit and ripen, often wild and untended, offering a luscious treat to anyone who will pick them. Oddly, the shiny black fruits are not actually berries, but technically “aggregate drupelets.” That is to say blackberries are composed of many little round fruit bodies containing seeds, all of them clustered together in the shape of a raspberry. Each fruit is more like a cluster of grapes than a single berry. Blackberries go by several other names, including brambleberries, dewberry, and thimbleberry, due to their thimble-like shape.

Blackberry fruits were widely used by various Native American tribes. The fruit was sometimes juiced and drunk; the berries were eaten fresh, and were also dried and stored for use in colder weather. Various native recipes for blackberries include mixing them with animal fat, with fish eggs, or preserved in grease. The preserved high-energy berries provided natural sugars and vitamins during winter months..."




Monday, August 18, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY – TOOLS OF LIFE


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - FACTS

"People will generally accept facts as truth, only if the facts agree with what they already believe."
– Andy Rooney

Saturday, August 16, 2014