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Aug 132014

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality released its report for the air quality forecast for the week of Monday, August 11, – Friday, August 15, 2014, for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

They are forecasting that the ozone levels will be low to moderate this week and that PM-10 levels will be in the good range.

The rain helped.

Read the daily forecast for the Phoenix metropolitan area here

Aug 062014

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality released its report for the air quality forecast for the week of Monday, August 4, – Friday, August 8, 2014, for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

They are forecasting that the ozone levels will be good to mid moderate this week and that PM-10 levels will be in the good range.

The rain helped.

Read the daily forecast for the Phoenix metropolitan area here

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 11:14 am
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