Cats Stealing Dog Beds


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The Down Side


As usual, I’ve been hit-and-miss posting (bet you guys figured it out!). 

I have been learning a tough lesson….. I’m sure you’ve heard the adage “You’ve got to take the good with the bad”.  Well, I will go a step farther:  Sometimes the good IS the bad.  What brought this on, you ask??  What has shaken my usually perky, positive demeanor???  My glass-is-half-full persona???  Well, it’s like this:  I have a marvelous life, a promising career, plenty of money (relatively speaking) and all of the promise that a middle aged woman could wish for; sounds pretty freakin’ awesome doesn’t it??  Well get THIS:  I DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY TO LIVE MY AWESOME LIFE.  Looks like it’s time for a hard earned existential life crisis ya’ll…..  WTF……  More to come…..

 

 

My Next Right Thing


For oh-so-many years I have been compelled to buy local, support small businesses, down size and spend time doing what I felt was important.  Sometimes I have been more successful at it than others and sometimes I have lost my way entirely–having to travel full-circle to remember who I was & who I wanted to grow to be.

Well, today I joined a local farmers coop.  I have wanted to for years but was totally unaware that we had one in the area.   Not only do we have one–we HAVE HAD for almost 10 years!  Wondering where MY head has really been…..  Anyway…

After work today I stopped in and looked around, comparing prices with our local supermarkets & the sites I have been ordering from.  I was surprised at how competitive the prices are and happy with the variety of things they have. ….So I signed on,  picked up a load of local, organic  goodies and feel great about seizing the opportunity.  What have you guys done that made you feel you’ve done something good for yourself and made a difference in your community?

I Woke Up Like This!


Well, here I am with another sporadic, random update…… Believe it or not, I have at least a dozen draft posts in-progress but haven’t had the casabas to go-live and toss them out. Some of them are personal and I have to be in the right frame of mind;  I’ll get there…… BUT that’s not why I’m here this time!

I wanted to give an update on my latest odd event:  I woke up vegan-seriously.  When did I realize it?  When my man came over and had a “where’s the beef” moment!  Prior to that I hadn’t noticed because I live alone, cooking and shopping for myself.  The last time I recall having a conscious thought about animal products was back in March–I threw out a half gallon of milk that had gone bad.  I decided to not buy more until I wanted it and have not wanted it yet.  That same day I mixed my last three eggs into the dogs’ food;  they had been in my fridge for an unknown period of time and the “best by” date was way, WAY back when.  I decided to buy more when I wanted them, but not until.  Why?  Because I really hate to waste things, especially food.  As far as meat products go, I have never been a big consumer so it was  normal for me to NOT have much (if any) around the house.

Where am I going with it ~OR~ what’s next?  No idea/no clue!  What I do know:

1.  I feel better.

2.  My lab results look better

3.  My blood pressure is normalizing & if the trend continues I will be off of BP medications before Thanksgiving.  This is miraculous, given that I come from a multi-generational predisposition to malignant hypertension.

4. It’s a lot less expensive eating this way. 

I will roll with it and see how it goes, updating as I go along.  This post will fall under the heading of “projects in progress”; we know I have no shortage of those!  I would love to hear any insight you guys have to share. 

Biochemical Response?


Have you ever felt panicky & hyperventilated at the thought of letting someone (or a group of someone’s) down?  Even when you were right??  AND you didn’t give a flying rats ass about what they thought??  I just had that automatic response to a situation I’ve seen coming, and I’m spending a moment trying to figure out why.  I know a sense of disappointment comes from ones unmet expectations, but I am also learning that it is fine for those with unreasonable expectations to FEEL DISAPPOINTMENT. I’m sure my response comes from my innate desire to be a fixer & people pleaser.   Any of you guys ever experienced this??

More Changes!


It’s time for another brief update and I will soon be on a normal blogging schedule again!  On the home front, I have decided to give up my second job.  My list of reasons for keeping it was very long in the beginning but ultimately, I would rather spend the time doing things I enjoy.

Since graduating, I have cleaned out, sorted, reorganized, purged and otherwise reevaluated a number if things in my life.  Turns out, the second job also needs to go!  I’ve given notice and in about a month will only have ONE job!  In the meantime, I have started a number of crafty home projects I have had on the back burner for a couple of years.  Today I’ve been working on painting old furniture I’ve retrieved from other people’s cast-offs.  Refurbishing & up-cycling are two of my most favorite past-times and today I have loving a natural/fantasy theme:

 

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I wanted to take a moment to update & share–back to crafting & painting!!

Still Paring Down


Another brief update:  I am SO enjoying being out of school!!  I’m catching up on things I have allowed to slide and it feels great.  Even better, I’ve chosen to give up my second job.  Now that I’ve taken my full-time position, it has been overwhelming and I can’t devote the time I should to job # 2.  I’m happy with my choice and I feel at peace with it.  My last day will be the 1st of July–Counting down! I love paring down my schedule as much as paring down my clutter!!

Hello!! Is there anybody out there???


I figured it was time to knock the dust off of my blog!!  Suddenly,  I have a little more time and wanted to get going again. 

The reason I have more time is…….(insert drum roll)….. I have FINALLY finished my MSN in Leadership & Management!!!  What an ordeal, but worthwhile.  IF I have another foray into academics, it will NOT have the word ACCELERATED connected to it in any way.  Lesson learned!  

Looking forward to blogging again!!!!  (happy dance!!!)

Lessons of Time


LESSON OF TIME
When a bird is alive…it eats ants.
When a bird is dead … Ants eat the bird.

Time and circumstances can change at any time!

Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life.
You may be powerful today but remember time is more powerful than you!!

One tree makes a million match sticks, but when the time comes…
Only one match stick is needed to burn a million trees!

So be good and do good!

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Common Sense from Mayo Clinic, part I


Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease

Changing your eating habits can be tough. Start with these eight strategies to kick-start your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it’s often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you’ll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

1. Control your portion size

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories, fat and cholesterol than you should. Portions served in restaurants are often more than anyone needs. Keep track of the number of servings you eat — and use proper serving sizes — to help control your portions. Eating more of low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and less of high-calorie, high-sodium foods, such as refined, processed or fast foods, can shape up your diet as well as your heart and waistline.

A serving size is a specific amount of food, defined by common measurements such as cups, ounces or pieces. For example, one serving of pasta is 1/2 cup, or about the size of a hockey puck. A serving of meat, fish or chicken is 2 to 3 ounces, or about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. Judging serving size is a learned skill. You may need to use measuring cups and spoons or a scale until you’re comfortable with your judgment.

2. Eat more vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and fruits are also low in calories and rich in dietary fiber. Vegetables and fruits contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you eat less high-fat foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods.

Featuring vegetables and fruits in your diet can be easy. Keep vegetables washed and cut in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Keep fruit in a bowl in your kitchen so that you’ll remember to eat it. Choose recipes that have vegetables or fruits as the main ingredient, such as vegetable stir-fry or fresh fruit mixed into salads.

Fruits and vegetables to choose Fruits and vegetables to avoid
  • Fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit packed in juice or water
  • Coconut
  • Vegetables with creamy sauces
  • Fried or breaded vegetables
  • Canned fruit packed in heavy syrup
  • Frozen fruit with sugar added

3. Select whole grains

Whole grains are good sources of fiber and other nutrients that play a role in regulating blood pressure and heart health. You can increase the amount of whole grains in a heart-healthy diet by making simple substitutions for refined grain products. Or be adventuresome and try a new whole grain, such as whole-grain couscous, quinoa or barley.

Another easy way to add whole grains to your diet is ground flaxseed. Flaxseeds are small brown seeds that are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower your total blood cholesterol. You can grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or food processor and stir a teaspoon of them into yogurt, applesauce or hot cereal.

Grain products to choose Grain products to limit or avoid
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Whole-grain bread, preferably 100% whole-wheat bread or 100% whole-grain bread
  • High-fiber cereal with 5 g or more of fiber in a serving
  • Whole grains such as brown rice, barley and buckwheat (kasha)
  • Whole-grain pasta
  • Oatmeal (steel-cut or regular)
  • Ground flaxseed
  • White, refined flour
  • White bread
  • Muffins
  • Frozen waffles
  • Corn bread
  • Doughnuts
  • Biscuits
  • Quick breads
  • Granola bars
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Egg noodles
  • Buttered popcorn
  • High-fat snack crackers

4. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol

Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The American Heart Association offers these guidelines for how much fat and cholesterol to include in a heart-healthy diet:

Type of fat Recommendation
Saturated fat Less than 7% of your total daily calories, or less than 14 g of saturated fat if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet
Trans fat Less than 1% of your total daily calories, or less than 2 g of trans fat if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet
Cholesterol Less than 300 mg a day for healthy adults; less than 200 mg a day for adults with high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol or those who are taking cholesterol-lowering medication

The best way to reduce saturated and trans fats in your diet is to limit the amount of solid fats — butter, margarine and shortening — you add to food when cooking and serving. You can also reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet by trimming fat off your meat or choosing lean meats with less than 10 percent fat.

You can also use low-fat substitutions when possible for a heart-healthy diet. For example, top your baked potato with salsa or low-fat yogurt rather than butter, or use low-sugar fruit spread on your toast instead of margarine.

You may also want to check the food labels of some cookies, crackers and chips. Many of these snacks — even those labeled “reduced fat” — may be made with oils containing trans fats. One clue that a food has some trans fat in it is the phrase “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list.

When you do use fats, choose monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats, found in nuts and seeds, also are good choices for a heart-healthy diet. When used in place of saturated fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help lower your total blood cholesterol. But moderation is essential. All types of fat are high in calories.

Fats to choose Fats to limit
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Margarine that’s free of trans fats
  • Cholesterol-lowering margarine, such as Benecol, Promise Activ or Smart Balance
  • Butter
  • Lard
  • Bacon fat
  • Gravy
  • Cream sauce
  • Nondairy creamers
  • Hydrogenated margarine and shortening
  • Cocoa butter, found in chocolate
  • Coconut, palm, cottonseed and palm-kernel oils

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