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Natural Nature (Photography)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/bl
ogs/nature-provides-the-perfect-pictur
e-frame?hpt=hp_bn18


I want to be there. In every photograph. And see it for myself.
(Can you see me on my knees under those huge oaks in S. Carolina? I'm a tree worshiper. Or swimming in that cove in Greece? Yes!)

Since I can't, PHOTOGRAPHERS ROCK!

Karen

  
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LADYRH 3/2/2014 6:40AM

    Karen thanks for sharing they were wonderful

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GABY1948 3/1/2014 3:31PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/1/2014 2:51PM

    There are so many amazing things to see in the world. I'm a tree lover too and a beach lover.

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SNAPPER53 3/1/2014 1:46PM

    Great pictures; many of those places are on my wish list. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 3/1/2014 12:09PM

    Wonderful pictures. Wouldn't it be great to be there in person?

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DEMETERSCO 3/1/2014 11:17AM

    Lovely♥

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TINY67 3/1/2014 9:07AM

    Great Pics, thanks.

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Prayer Request

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My DIL's brother has been diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils!
(He is her only remaining brother. Their younger brother died 2 years ago of various health problems.)

And my DIL herself had breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago.

His tonsils were removed a few weeks ago. He has a stint in his arm now, ready for the IV and he will be using a feeding tube.

His radiation will be every day for 7 weeks (That's probably every week day.) and chemo once a week. He won't be able to talk or eat.

He and his wife own and operate a barber shop. It's always voted the Best Barber Shop in town in the yearly contest votes. They have 3 daughters, the youngest is a junior in high school.

His wife must continue working in the shop because that is how they make their living. He says he will work too, but it is doubtful.

He has a long, painful road ahead and needs all the prayer and good thoughts you can send.

My DIL's mother is not in good health and the loss of her younger son was a severe blow to her. This news is more trauma.

A good family with poor health inherited. Please send your prayers.

Thank you,
Karen

  
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EDDYMEESE 3/2/2014 12:47AM

    Sending prayers
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--KREN 2/27/2014 9:07AM

    THANK YOU ALL for your concern and caring for my family. He starts this program in another week or two. I'm very grateful for all your prayers!

Karen

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MJEFFERSON23 2/23/2014 9:55AM

  "Father God,
Please bring healing to this brother right now in the name of Jesus. Guide the minds and hands of the doctors and let them be amazed at his speedy recovery! Comfort this family.Thank you and praise you in advance In Jesus' name. Amen"

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/23/2014 8:30AM

    I am sending prayers for the family!

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NOMIS1 2/23/2014 6:47AM

    Karen - I am so sorry to hear this. So very sad. My heart goes out to you all.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/22/2014 9:32PM

    Karen I will definitely remember them all in my prayers. What a sad situation for the family. May God be with them and give them strength to make it thru all this. I am so sorry to hear of this. God Bless!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/22/2014 9:29PM

    I sent a pray, GF. a I hope and pray he will have a good outcome. emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 2/22/2014 7:07PM

    emoticon hope he will emoticon

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ZEEDRA 2/22/2014 4:37PM

    I pray for this family...strength and healing for all.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/22/2014 4:07PM

    Everyone involved will be in my daily prayers.
Take care,
Kay

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GABY1948 2/22/2014 3:42PM

    Karen, I am praying for ALL of them for sure! God Bless them and you!

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LADYRH 2/22/2014 3:14PM

    Karen they will all be in my prayers, what a lot for one family to go through.


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MOM2ACAT 2/22/2014 2:49PM

    Sending up prayers; that sounds like rough chemo; I've never had chemo any more than once per week, having it daily would be hard. I will keep him in my prayers, and I pray that he has a complete recovery.

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VINGRAM 2/22/2014 2:11PM

    I had a friend who had that several years ago. She is fine and back to work. The treatments were pretty nasty. Prayers coming your way. emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 2/22/2014 1:12PM

    Praying

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PJSTIME 2/22/2014 12:24PM

    Oh I am so so sorry to hear this news. All will be in my daily prayers. Hugs to you and the rest.

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MISSPEACHES3 2/22/2014 12:11PM

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JOHGLO2011 2/22/2014 11:50AM

    Praying!

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DEMETERSCO 2/22/2014 11:41AM

    Prayers for the whole family emoticon

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WOUBBIE 2/22/2014 11:30AM

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JUDY1676 2/22/2014 11:14AM

    emoticon and emoticon For all of you during this difficult time.

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ART - You're Never Too Old!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

www.flickr.com/photos/23882161@N03/g
alleries/72157623272449318/




Click the link above to enjoy more of the art of Inge Löök's "Old Ladies" in a larger, easier to view size.

Her paintings will make your heart sing with joy.

Karen

  
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MISSPEACHES3 2/22/2014 12:14PM

    Cute and so true. emoticon

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FLAMENM 2/17/2014 8:33PM

    Such joy!

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PJSTIME 2/17/2014 6:25PM

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MOM2ACAT 2/17/2014 4:26PM

    Those are great!

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ZEEDRA 2/17/2014 4:01PM

    Thanks for posting, Karen. They're great!

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LADYRH 2/17/2014 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing these are great.

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EDDYMEESE 2/16/2014 10:58PM

    Thank you, these left me with a huge smile on my face!

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LJCANNON 2/16/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon And, you're never too old to have a BFF!

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    Thank you, made me happy to see those! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/16/2014 7:55PM

    Love them. The colors are wonderful and I love that they usually have their purses with them.

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LOLA_LALA 2/16/2014 7:43PM

    Awwww...what happy, joyful playfulness! Thanks for this treasure :)

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See the Kitty catch the Lizard!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

If you live with a cat(s) you know they love to catch lizards! Rosie thinks the poor little geckos are gummy bears. They don't stand a chance.

Remember your feline is a hunter, even when domesticated. Think what they're like in the wild!
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1020187
1828149711&set=vb.1603544678&type=2&th
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Karen

  
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LJCANNON 2/16/2014 10:44PM

    emoticon I would not have believed it if I hadn't seen it!!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/27/2014 8:45PM

    WOW!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/26/2014 9:54PM

    Wow! That was wild! Gator for supper tonight! LOL.

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LADYRH 1/26/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing Karen

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NAYPOOIE 1/26/2014 12:05AM

    Holy carp!

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WOUBBIE 1/25/2014 8:12PM

    For some reason it's missing a colon after the https when you click it directly but yes, it does work when you cut and paste.

I love my two cats, but ever so often I daydream about what they must look like to the little chipmunks and bunnies in our neighborhood. Absolutely terrifying.

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ELMA1913 1/25/2014 7:04PM

    And my dog loves to catch squirrels - not real happy about that, but she is after all a dog.

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-guid
elines-published-for-managing-high-blo
od-pressure-201312186953


I saw this news back in December and just came across this article about it.

In a nutshell, here is what the new guidelines recommend:

among adults age 60 and older with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under 150/90.
among adults age 30 to 59 with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under 140/90
among adults with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, aim for a target blood pressure under 140/90.

Read the entire article to get the full picture. I'm 65 but still aiming for blood pressure below 120/80. I do think these new guidelines will help because I won't stress out if I'm a little high!

Also, I've read in several books on blood pressure, as well as on WebMD and the Mayo Clinic site, and in the instructions for every blood pressure monitor I've ever seen, that to properly take your blood pressure you should -
Sit quietly for 5 minutes. No talking, no moving. Even 2 or 3 minutes makes a difference. Try it, using your own BP monitor at home.

I also read that only 4% of doctors' offices abide by those instructions. Maybe that's why so many of us have "white coat syndrome", meaning that our BP is high when taken in the doctor's office.

At my clinic, a nurse comes out and calls your name, then you follow her down about 100 yds. of hallways. Of course, she's 19, busy, and walking as fast as she can. As soon as you reach the examining room, she plops you down in a chair and takes your blood pressure!

I talked to my doctor about it and once we were through with our examination time, he took my BP again, himself. Even with talking to him all that time, my BP was 40 points lower than when the nurse took it.

Just something to keep in mind.

Worrying too much about your BP can give you high blood pressure! LOL.

Karen

  
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LOLA_LALA 2/5/2014 9:33PM

    I'm 62, and it takes medication to keep my blood pressure at or slightly below 120/80. Great information, Karen, and well synthesized! You illustrated very clearly and nicely just what a huge difference the circumstances of getting one's BP checked can make. Last time, I was busily engaged in an animated conversation with the nurse about her little boy, and the reading was high as a result. It can make that much of a difference!

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GABY1948 1/23/2014 10:28AM

    I am like you, I am 65 also and do not want mine over 120/80 and when I live healthy it is always way lower than that, and I am thankful for that~

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ANDREAG89 1/23/2014 9:24AM

    Very good information. Thanks very much!

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LADYRH 1/23/2014 6:36AM

    emoticon great info

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KICK-SS 1/23/2014 1:17AM

    About a year ago, I saw my doctor and was told about the same as you had in your blog - I went in because my med was giving me some issues. They took me off my medicine (HCTZ) and told me then that there were new guidelines for bp - especially for that in older adults (I'm 75). (I was only taking 1/2 of a 25mg pill at that).

I do check my own blood pressure. When I sit down to take a reading, I take two readings (at his suggestion) . the first being about as soon as I sit down, then wait the 5 minutes (which I don't always sit still that long) but at least 3-4 minutes later and its lower than any of the above recommendations. When I first sit down, the reading is probably an average of 140/75 or so... As I sit, the lower number doesn't change much, just the top one - and it's usually less than 130.

And I feel SO much better without taking any medication too... it's made a world of difference.

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FLAMENM 1/22/2014 10:28PM

    I'm lucky my NP takes my blood pressure several times. And it's always lower as the appointment does on.

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CATHOLICCORGI 1/22/2014 9:00PM

    Intersting...thank you for sharing this! I began my lower carb eating plan a week and a half ago, and the past four days my BP has been 116/74 or so. I know this is good, but I am on a small dose of HTZ. If it stays like this through the weekend, I think I am going to talk to my PCP about it. Sure would be nice to be off one med!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/22/2014 8:53PM

    I'm surprised at the new guidelines. I try to stay 120/80 too but also have white coat syndrome. I always have. So I take my B.P. chart from home with me when I go and have had a ambulatory blood pressure machine done before to prove my point. At night my B.P. can get to around 90s. It is the highest when I do things I hate like vacuuming. LOL.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/22/2014 8:46PM

    Great information. Thanks. The last two times I went to the Dr. my blood pressure was 145/90. Great for me. I think I'm getting it under control finally.

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ACIMPEGGY 1/22/2014 8:40PM

    I had thought 140/80 was 'borderline.' This info is good to know. Thanks!

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MAW_OH 1/22/2014 8:18PM

    I didn't know this. Thanks!

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WOUBBIE 1/22/2014 7:16PM

    What she said emoticon

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EXOTEC 1/22/2014 6:37PM

    But it's great for the pharmaceutical industry, which would just love to sell you products to reduce it!

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