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Poem Friday – Another Cup Of Tea In The Pot

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

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Did You Know – 11/28/2016

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  1. 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.

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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

 

 

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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)

 

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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

 

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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)

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New Zealand – Best Bed And Breakfast Ever

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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

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Did You Know – 06/29/2015

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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.
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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.

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3. Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.

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4. 300 to 500 miles is the number of miles a pair of sneakers should be worn before being replaced.
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5. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
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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>
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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.
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Poem Friday – From 100 To Zero

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

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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
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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

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Mosquito Trapping

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.

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Poem Friday – 11/16/2012 – Summer! Already I miss You

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

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Poem About Nothing In Particular

Poem about nothing in particular
Author: Lesley Voth

The sun is out, it feels warmer and that is good
While riding my motorcycle I wont need the hood

Winter is a step closer come every day
I hate the cold it is bleak in every way

I hibernate like a squirrel and all his nuts
By the end of winter I have increased not one but two butts

But what the heck Christmas is so near
I am looking forward to clinking glasses in good cheer

I don’t worry so much anymore about Santa Claus
Cause when you get my age he don’t come knocking on these doors

Did I tell you I am writing a new book
Don’t know what to call it, I need a good hook

Its being edited today for spelling mistakes
It will tell you how to save money and put on the credit card brakes

Lets talk about our candidates Perry and Cain
Seems like one is doing the soft shoe shuffle around women again

And then there is Perry who has not got that remembering mind
I bet he has trouble dressing in the morning, shoes and socks hard to find

Well I am off to the movies this afternoon
See J Edgar, Interesting history but will go down as a buffoon

Have a safe and happy weekend
Spend it with family or a wonderful friend

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A Natural Organic Program And Winter Gardening – Slash Your Food Bill

I have always been interested in organic gardening and of course buy organic food when I can. If you able to grow your own vegetables and fruit well you have a handle on your health and well being.
Dr Dirt, a name he is well known for, has some great advice if you are contemplating growing your own produce.
There is also advice on how to get an early start to the growing season in a cold climate. How to save and protect plants that would not normally survive cold weather.
Enjoy.

If you don’t do different nothing will change

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Ways To Save Money, Be happier, And More Time For Friends.

I am always looking for new ideas to save money and I enjoy sharing these with you. While I was in New Zealand I found this magazine called “GOOD – simple choices for a simple life”. It had some great ideas and it seems that we are now looking for a simple life with no worries and terrible debt. We can do it, we can make the sacrifices, we can also enjoy life at the same time. That is very important.
I have just finished an e-book called 1001 simple saving tips and suggestions and I hope to have it online by the end of August.
This is my second book (The other book is “Simply Fantastic – Living Better On Less)on a similar subject but this book just lists of the savings you can make without all the dialogue. Simple and easy way to learn what you can save on and keep on saving till you are out of “debt”. Getting everyone out of debt is my aim. As for the country we have to leave that to the politicians who are not making such a good job of it at the moment and that is why we have to take our own lives into our own hands.

Here are some saving suggestions that I believe beneficial to you.

Throw away your catalogues
Put a “No Junk Mail” on your letterbox. The challenge of constantly being bombarded with advertising can be very challenging for “Will Power”.

Spend Winter Nights Together

I know it’s not winter yet and everybody is sweating with the heat but here is a thought. Heating the whole house is very expensive. Shut the doors of rooms like the bathrooms, toilets, unused rooms, laundry and keep the warm in one area where the family can read, watch tv, play games together.

Try to reduce Waste

I know the present time is not like the “Big Depression” but it is not to say we can’t go there again and times are tough for many people now and I believe will get a little tougher. In the great depression households wasted nothing. Brown paper bags were kept for further use, fruit was preserved, toothpaste was put through the wringer to get out the last drop. Even rubber bands were put away for a purpose. Try thinking about what we are disposing of. Maybe we could use that little bit of honey left in the jar or sauce in the sauce bottle.

Everything can be used twice

Using something twice is an age-old practice. In the 40’s everything was used twice. Packing cases were painted and covered and used for side tables. I have seen some and they look great, you would never know. Powder puffs were used as shoe polishes. Cloth napkins washed and reused rather than disposable napkins which are loses the personal touch to a meal.

Don’t use shopping as recreation

Once upon a time recreation was playing cards, cricket or football in the back yard or swimming in the local pool or river or even fishing. It seems that today the recreation is going to the local mall having some “retail therapy”. Not a good idea. Almost a 100% of the time you will buy something and usually it is something that you really do not need. Try staying at home and fixing what is “Broke” instead of replacing it. Be creative, be inventive.

Use the fresh air cure

Today we are so busy doing what we do we forget the one thing that makes us feel good, keeps us in good health and more tranquil. “Fresh Air”. Take a few minutes each day just to walk outside and breathe that air, stand in that sun, feel that air around you. In the weekend have a dig around in the garden for an hour or two in the sun. Make time for your friends, have them around for coffee, it will make them relax also and have a joke or two. Keep the conversation light.
This therapy in itself will help keep away anxiety, trips to the doctor because of bad health, keeps you in touch with your friends, family, and yourself.

Choose quality

This has been proved to me over and over. Many times I have chosen an item for its price not quality and it has come back to bite me. If you need to buy an item for yourself or household choose quality not because it is cheaper. It could cost you more in the end. necessary items like pots and pans, it is better to pay that extra few dollars for better quality because you know you will get more years out of that product than the cheaper one and often made of healthier materials. The same goes for clothing. Buy classic styles that will last in fashion, not something that will be fashionable this week and probably you will not get as much wear out of it and in some cases not look as good.

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