Have not done a poem in a while
Sun on my back, that warm feeling in the winter makes me smile
I love the mornings, fresh and early to rise
Got up had my cold shower, cleaned my teeth and exercise
Took the dog for a walk down to the lake
The air so still with mist on top, natural beauty not fake
So here I am with toast marmalade and tea
A Simple pleasure, Body, Soul and me
Great Start to the day, really don’t want to move, just enjoying this lot
Well why should I, there is still another cup of tea in the pot
- Judean Date Palm was miraculously brought back to life following the chance discovery of seeds in the 2,000-year-old ruins of Masada, the male date palm tree named Methuselah, the only one of his kind, has become a father.
For thousands of years, the date palm was a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, as it was a source of food, shelter and shade. Thick forests of the palms towering up to 80 feet and spreading for 7 miles covered the Jordan River valley from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the shores of the Dead Sea in the south.
So valued was the tree that it became a recognized as a symbol of good fortune in Judea. It is chronicled in the Bible, Quran and ancient literature for its diverse powers, from an aphrodisiac to a contraceptive, and as a cure for a wide range of diseases including cancer, malaria and toothache.
2. Raynaud’s disease is a condition that turns your fingers white or blue when you are cold. Your body overreact to cold temperatures and restricts blood flow to the extremities. Apparently smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas
3. According to studies too much exercise is not healthy. Your body’s Homeostasis (regulators that keep the composition of the extracellular fluids constant) collapses when you over do exercise. Moderation is important. Stress on the body produces large amounts of free radicals that causes stress like sore or strained muscles. So overdoing exercise has no health benefits. Source: The Enzyme Factor. (Excellent book – worth getting)
4. Water the giver of life – Our bodies are composed of nearly 90 percent waters using pure water for drinking and bathing is essential to our health. More than 700 pollutants most of them carcinogens often found in drinking water from municipal sources and rural wells. The exposure to our skin is significant and goes unrecognized as a health threat . Filtered water is the safest way to go. It can be a little pricy but it is the only way to give your family the highest quality water.
Source: Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of ways to live to be 100
Additional source: http://lifechanging-water.com
5. I know it’s almost winter here in the States but it will be summer sometime somewhere and there will be bugs and mosquitos. Now as you know repellents contain dangerous chemicals. It has been shown that prescription drugs in you system can combine with other compounds such as what you put on your skin and can cause brain cell death and other neurotic reactions including seizures. A natural substance which I use daily in my oil burner (it is also called Indian oil of verbena) is a great choice to keep the bugs away. You will find it at your health food store.
Source: Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of ways to live to be 100 (another excellent book I have had it for years. Not sure if I will live till 100 but will give it a try)
Tongariro at Makotuku Bed and Breakfast
If you are about to travel to New Zealand this bed and breakfast is a must.
It is owned by my dear friend Julie and her husband. It is one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand. Julie also is the most hospitable person I know and will make you extremely welcome.
Right below Mt Ruapahu and exquisite picture as you can see from above which is taken from her lounge room.
If you are a skier, snowboarder, like cycling on the amazing cycle tracks in the area or just traveling through this is a perfect place to stay.
It’s a great place to stay summer or winter.
At long last she now has a Facebook page which gives you an idea of the area and all you can do plus all the contact information.
Go check it out. If you are going that way it will be the best stop you will make.
I know as I have stayed there many times.
Just click on the pictures to go to the Facebook page
1. 93.3% proportion of adults who log at least 2 hours of screen staring daily.Enough time to cause eye strain. Ways to avoid this is\:
a. Get uberhydrating contacts if you wear them
b. hold digital devices below eye level to minimize overuse of your ocular muscles.
c. Take a 5 minute break for every hour of screen time.
d. Screens make us blink less so when you take your break give your eyes an exercise of rapid blinking for a minute or so.
2. Andrew Jackson Taught His Parrot To Curse
The parrot had to be removed from President Jackson’s funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing.
3. Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.
4. 300 to 500 miles is the number of miles a pair of sneakers should be worn before being replaced.
5. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
6. Did you know that doctors now believe that spring fever — a colloquialism for that giddy burst of energy experienced when temperatures rise — is actually rooted in brain science?
Since the springtime brings longer and brighter days, we are exposed to more light. That light exposure triggers our brains to release less melatonin, the brain chemical that makes us sleepy in the winter, and more seratonin, a mood-elevating neurotransmitter. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: Spring fever is the perfect cure for the winter blues.</strong>
7. Here’s a tidbit that might be useful if you plan on becoming the next Steve Irwin: To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball – It will let you go instantly.
From 100 To Zero
Author: Lesley Voth
Well here I am ‘ Back in the USA’
Sounds like a Springsteen Song I have to say
I left Australia just last week, very warm and sunny
If my friends could see me now they would think it rather funny
I had a tan that I worked very hard to get
Only to be wrapped up in winter woollies, body not seen the sun yet
Woke up yesterday to icicles on the trees
No sign of spring flowers that are usually covered in bees
But I am grateful as the house is nice and warm
Cold outside, at least now sunny no sign of a storm
I believe, I am told that spring is near, that’s Mother Natures plan
Summer around the corner, will be back at the pool, working hard on that tan
As you can see from the pictures, my Son and Grandson
Loving the warmth, the ocean in Australia and having such fun
I am not really complaining as I love this country and I am with my husband, my hero
Even though I have gone from temperatures of 100 degrees to Zero
Well it is coming up to that time when those blood sucking creatures are going to be hanging around, just waiting to stick their fang into to you and draw blood.
I am at this moment in New Zealand, so the mozzie situation is not such a problem, as we are going into the Winter here. But for USA it is going into that time of the year, when they will be buzzing around.
Here is an organic solution. It would probably pay to keep this trap idea in your entertainment area most of summer to keep those creatures away. It will save spraying all that nasty chemical stuff around.
Author: Lesley Voth
Summer is gone and winter is almost here
No sun on my body, tan rapidly going – oh dear
I love the warmth of Summer I do not like the cold
The trees lose their leaves, they look bare and old
It’s hard to get out in morning and leave that warm bed
I go to the gym at 5am, its freezing, I have a screw loose in my head
Really, I don’t drive a car, I go on my motorbike
I plug-in my heated vest, the heat I do like
But my nose gets cold and the wind on my legs
My mind wanders to my breakfast of Bacon and eggs
I have already put on the pounds before I get to the gym
But i guess that’s what happens in winter, one forgets about being slim
Now there is a few good things that winter brings about
Crisp fresh air, good for the lungs and make the nips standout
Winter is a season that makes us love the sky blue
But Summer! Already I Miss You