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Jun 182014

Vanda from reminds us that this is Men’s Health Awareness Month, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and is dedicated to enhancing the awareness of preventable health problems in men. Quoting from Vanda’s newsletter, she says, “According to the Department of Health and Human Services Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous is their reluctance to seek health care. In fact, according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year.”

“A look at men’s health issues shows they experience different, but no less serious, health problems than women. A secret weapon of millions of women for decades has been wearing support hosiery to keep the veins and valves inside the veins from weakening or becoming defective. Men are beginning to recognize the energizing effects a pair of support knee high, thigh high or even a waist high compression garment can provide to improve daily living. The length of the support hose or socks may be determined by the amount and location of the swelling you are experiencing.

There are many reasons men should choose to wear support socks or support stockings. Here are a few:
Tired achy legs at night
Heavy legs at night
Swollen legs
Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
Dull, aching pain in leg
Tingling, numbness burning or cramping in the legs and feet
Legs “fall asleep” often
Spider veins
Varicose veins
Reddish Discoloration of the skin
Hardened skin on the lower leg
Patches of dry skin on the lower leg
Open sores on the lower leg that do not heal (see your doctor immediately)
Family history of venous disease
Travel (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Surgery (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Orthostatic Hypotension (A form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down…head rush or dizzy spell)

There seems to be a stigma of people being able to recognize that a man is wearing a compression garment, but many young men are becoming staunch supporters of compression garments.

Many Professional Athletes Recognize Compression Socks For Athletic Enhancement
Think of the professional athlete…

  •     As he travels long distances to compete, he wears compression socks. He definitely does not want to arrive at an event for which he has been training to be knocked out of competition by a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis).
  •     During his competition he wants to be at his best. Performance athletic socks increase arterial flow, reduce muscle strain, decreases exertion, and reduces skin temperature.
  •     After he has completed his competition he wants a speedy recovery, so he wears his recovery socks to help get the lactic acid out of the muscle so there is less muscle soreness.”

…   “The “week-end warrior” can also appreciate what support socks can do for their sporting activities as well as their everyday living. Why should the non-athlete not have the same advantages as the athlete? By taking action to wear an appropriate compression garment, our special men could prevent more serious problems which ultimately could affect his quality of life as well as his family. ”

“Please have that special man, visit with his physician about compression and then call one of our ( Certified Fitters at 1-800-515-4271. Our ( Certified Fitters can assist him with the selection of a garment (dress sock, casual sock, athletic sock, thigh sock or waist high garment) appropriate for his life style as well as his legs.”

Vanda finishes her article by saying, “Lets encourage the special men in our life to see their physician regularly and wear their support socks, …”

I agree.  Let’s do that.




Apr 102014

Discipline weighs ounces, but regrets weigh pounds.    When we stick to our plan, we see results.  You cannot move forward and something not happen.  It is inevitable.  As the saying goes, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”  Taking no action, not sticking to our plan of action, makes us discouraged and lethargic.  Then we have regrets and they start weighing us down.

 Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 5:54 am
Mar 272014

I made this last night out of some left-over ham that I had in the freezer. Kris liked it and I really liked the alfredo sauce.

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I made the alfredo sauce from Authentic Foods Sweet Rice Flour. The recipe is on the back of the bag for basic white sauce.

4 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons Sweet Rice Flour
1/4 cup of milk
Over low heat melt the butter or margarine in 1 1/2 cups of milk with salt and while pepper. Using a small cup, make a paste with the Sweet Rice Flour and 1/4 cup of milk. Slowly add to the hearing mixture. Stir until thickened.

I prepared whole wheat spaghetti, chopped up about 1/4 cup cooked ham and boiled some green kale.

When the spaghetti is done, pour the alfredo sauce on the spaghetti, put the ham and kale on top of the spaghetti and pour more sauce on top of that.

It was really good. The organic kale came from Grandma’s Farm in South Mountain Village, Phoenix, just down the street from us.  The exact address is:  Location: 8888 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix AZ and the hours are:  Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturdays, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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 Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 6:18 am
Mar 262014

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?” — Anne of Anne of Green Gables

Don’t stop discovering and don’t stop asking.


Every day is a new day to discover something we don’t know about.  Its a new beginning; a new chance.  Its the same with our health, our finances, our habits, our spiritual outlook, our mental disposition.  There is always a little bit of a new direction we can take in some aspect of our life; a new direction that can open up new opportunities and avenues.

 Posted by on March 26, 2014 at 8:51 am
Mar 182014

Simply put, a budget is an estimated list of your income and expenses.   Making a budget can help you reduce your debt. How?  It lets you see where your money is coming from and where it is going every month.  Many people have no idea what they spend their money on.  They just know they have it, or they don’t.  It can be a great tool for avoiding unnecessary stress because it helps you cut down on unnecessary spending.    Here are three steps to help you start getting in the habit of making a budget:

  • Make a simple list of monthly expenses.  Include essentials and extras.
  • Make a simple list of monthly income.  Include all of your activities that generate income.
  • Put in on the refrigerator.  The point is to share it with the rest of the family, whether that is your significant other, spouse, parents, children or grand-children.  This makes it a family affair.

Contact me for a free booklet for more helpful budgeting and finance tips.

Mar 162014

1 cup cooked pinto beans
1/2 cup cooked green lentils
1/4 cup cooked oat groats
Garlic powder to taste
Sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Red chile powder to taste
1 t (or to taste) vegetable Better Than Bouillon
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Add water if the mixture is too thick.  After it is blended and of the consistency you like, you can either spread it on fried corn tortillas for tostadas, or put in taco shells for tacos adding the other typical ingredients such as tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, meat or chicken, etc.  Blended, you don’t even know the green lentils and oat groats are in there.  If you prefer, you can transfer the mixture to a cast iron skillet and ‘refry’ before putting in your taco shells.  This mixture can also be put on flour tortillas for bean burritos.

 Posted by on March 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Mar 082014

Kurt N. Woeller, D.O. (physician, author, educator) is an osteopathic physician who specializes in traditional osteopathic medicine and autism, and mentions in an article on his website/blog,, in February, 2009, how beneficial, “… certain biomedical autism treatments such as low dose naltrexone, dietary intervention such as the gluten and casein-free diet, and various supplements that support normal immune function such as Transfer Factor can be … in reducing the overall reactivity of the immune system… “ He continues that, “… PANDAS remains a difficult condition to treat.” PANDAS is “… a health condition recognized in the biomedical field for autism and related disorders…” A healthy diet and various supplements such as Transfer Factor, that support the immune system can be helpful in many conditions. For more information on Transfer Factor, go to

 Posted by on March 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Feb 212014

I got an email from a friend this morning with these clever ideas.  Some of these are quite brilliant!!
I Never Thought Of That Things you may have missed….

You can flip a toaster on its side and grill cheese in it.

You can divide and store ground meat in a Ziplock bag.
Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later!

If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won’t boil over!

Marshmallows can cure a sore throat. Perfect for kids who don’t like medicine. Really?

You can run a paper bag through your printer!

Cereal canisters make the perfect rubbish bin for your car!

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the shop.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
(But you can scrape off any mold and still eat the cheese
without changes in flavor!)

Bell peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Bell peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are stronger flavored.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying minced beef.   It will help pull the
grease away from the meat while cooking.  (That’s what is says — have to try it!)

Use a (clean) dustpan to fill a container that doesn’t fit in the sink.

Place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on,
and keep paint off the side of the can.

Use a staple remover to save your fingernails when trying to add things to your key ring!

How to keep the straw from rising out of your fizzy drink can.

Use a micro-fibre cloth to prevent frost from forming on the windshield.

Use a comb to keep a nail steady for hammering.

Use a post-it note to catch drilling debris.


Pictures to come soon.  :)


 Posted by on February 21, 2014 at 7:32 am
Dec 262013

This poem recently appeared as a post on Facebook, which thousands of people had ‘liked’.   Reading through it, one might be reminded of similar poems that have made their rounds through the years.  One things remains for sure – that is that as the sentiments are read again, we are each in a different place and time in our lives, and we are each older than before.   Perhaps now, our parents are older and receiving daily nursing care.  Certainly, we hope that the people entrusted with that care will see our loved ones as expressed in this poem.  With that in mind, let us first see them as that, and even more, showing them the love and dignity they deserve.

Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

(originally by Phyllis McCormack; adapted by Dave Griffith)

Note:  it stated on the Facebook post that this poem was originally written by Phyllis McCormack; adapted

by Dave Griffith.  This has not been verified.


When I reflect on this, I think about how important it is to live each day to its fullest, seeing the wonder and sharing our love with those we care about.   Then, as time passes, we will have all of those wonderful memories to revisit and to share with our dear loved ones.  It’s so good for us to remember and re-tell … all of those wonderful memories.

 Posted by on December 26, 2013 at 7:19 am