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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Good news on a couple of fronts to help keep those gray cells from dying!

A new analysis from the 20 year Framingham Study suggests that moderate to heavy physical activity (1 hr./day) is associated with a reduced risk for dementia. When compared with those with lower levels of activity, participants reporting moderate to heavy physical activity had a 45% lower risk for dementia over time.

For more details about the study, go to www.medscape.com/viewarticle/724949?

And three other recent studies suggest that Vitamins D & E may "help keep our minds sharper, aid in warding off dementia, and even offer some protection against Parkinson's disease, although much more research is needed to confirm the findings."

For more details, see this SP article at

This is indeed encouraging news for those of us that have Alzheimer's/dementia concerns as we start to get older!!

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G.I.JANE 7/22/2010 10:16PM

    That's very interesting. The Doc. has been ordering more blood draws for Vit. D levels'. However, he does not ever suggest VItamin E. Thanks for the info. Check out CoQ 10, Cardioligists are suggesting it for Heart health. Also, energy & Cholesterol levels'.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/22/2010 11:03AM

    That's good to know because I am just a swinging 25#s of kettlebell and deadlifting 37#! Hope this keeps the bean working the way it should! emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 7/19/2010 11:16PM

    So many tings to worry about but it all boils down to physical activity and eating a wide variety in moderation!! Thanks for the info and the links!!

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46SHADOW 7/16/2010 11:11AM

    i think i'll take one of my hubbys Vit.d right now!

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EGRAMMY 7/15/2010 2:55PM

    So I go off the couch to get the D and E? emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 7/15/2010 1:24PM

  Great information and certainly a motivator to emoticon, emoticon, emoticon, emoticon and whatever else keeps you moving emoticon

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"Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!!!"

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Wow, the weather forecasters predicted a hot summer for those of us in Ontario and it looks like for a change they got it right. It's only the first week in July - the time when a lot of us think that summer really begins - and boy, is it hot! Yesterday, the temps hit 34C (93.2F) with a humidex of 45C (113F) and fortunately I was up at the lake and able to spend a lot of time in the water swimming, but I'm back in city today and already at 10:15 a.m. it's a scorcher outside - I'm hiding in my bedroom right now doing some Sparking in the air-conditioning and that's likely where I'll stay today!

Indeed it brings the song "Hot, Hot, Hot" immediately to mind. I actually prefer Arrow's version to Buster Poindexter's more popular one. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqWsAYPWzNI

With the high-temperatures, the risk of heat related illness and heat stroke becomes high. The CDC (at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat
) advises the best defense is prevention. Here are some tips they recommend:

• Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

• NEVER leave anyone (or any animals either!) in a closed, parked vehicle.

• Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

◦Infants and young children
◦People aged 65 or older
◦People who have a mental illness
◦Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

• Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat:

• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

• Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

• Try to rest often in shady areas.

• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

(This information provided by NCEH's Health Studies Branch)

Stay cool everyone!!!

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DEBBIEDAY 7/31/2010 4:40PM

    Right you are....Hot and Humid here in Georgia as well.... heat index between 105-110F! I think we both read the same info on heat safety ...I wrote about it here:



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ANEILSON 7/7/2010 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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46SHADOW 7/6/2010 8:43PM

    Thanks for the tips!

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GOALOFLOSING 7/6/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks for sharing! Stay cool!

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JEANNETTE59 7/6/2010 12:16PM

  emoticon and getting hotter emoticon here in South New Jersey.
Wonderful tips for emoticon weather.

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GODDESSOFHOME 7/6/2010 11:51AM

    Great tips! We are doing our best to stay cool, these ideas are a great addition! Thanks for sharing!

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ALMMOM 7/6/2010 11:25AM

    I saw your title "Hot, Hot, Hot". I just got back from vacation in "Hot" San Antonio. The humidity made it worse!!!

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"Shine On Little Glow Worm, Glimmer, Glimmer ..."

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One of my favourite things at the cottage, and I have lots of favourites, is the firefly - something I never get to see in the city! Next to our cottage, we have an area that's full of wildflowers and long grasses and at night it's aglow with fireflies - I can sit and just watch them for hours in the dark.

Did you know that:

- A firefly is neither a fly, nor a bug. Rather, it is a beetle that belongs to Lampyridae family,
- that besides fireflies, they are also called lightening bugs & glow worms,
- that there are over 2000 species of firefly,
- that they can be found throughout the whole world except for Antartica, in moist habitats, such as swampy areas, fields, lawns and at the edges of woods or streams,
- that they produce light for three reasons - attracting mates, warning predators and telling other fireflies of danger,
- that both the male and female firefly glow. However, their rhythmic flashing patterns depend upon the sex and the species,
- that they don't bite, nor do they have pincers,
- that a firefly spends most of its lifespan as a larva. In the adult form, it survives for a very short span,
- that female fireflies lay their eggs in the soil and even the latter are reported to glow in the dark,
- that its light organs are located under the abdomen. When a firefly breathes in oxygen and combines it with luciferin, a substance present inside its special cells, the result is production of light, which has almost no heat,
- the firefly turns on its light when flying upward, at intervals of about 5.8 seconds and that the light turns off when they coast downward,
-and, that the Chinese thought these twinkling little creatures came from burning grass,
- that a European legend warned that if a lightning bug flew in the window, someone was going to die (yikes!),
- that Aztecs used the term firefly metaphorically, meaning a spark of knowledge in a world of ignorance or darkness (I really like that one!),
- that American Indians collected lightning bugs and smeared
them as decorations on their faces and chest (poor little guys!!)

I didn't - fascinating, eh!!!

Came across this classic performance from 1975 of Bette Midler & The Mills Brothers singing The Glow Worm at

(Original words by Lilla Cayley Robinson, modern words by Johnny Mercer and Music by Paul Lincke)

Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Lead us lest too far we wander
Love's sweet voice is callin' yonder
Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Hey, there don't get dimmer, dimmer
Light the path below, above
And lead us on to love

Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire
Glow like an incandescent wire
Glow for the female of the species
Turn on the AC and the DC
This night could use a little brightnin'
Light up you little ol' bug of lightnin'
When you gotta glow, you gotta glow
Glow little glow-worm, glow

Glow little glow-worm, glow and glimmer
Swim through the sea of night, little swimmer
Thou aeronautical boll weevil
Illuminate yon woods primeval
See how the shadows deep and darken
You and your chick should get to sparkin'
I got a gal that I love so
Glow little glow-worm, glow

Glow little glow-worm, turn the key on
You are equipped with taillight neon
You got a cute vest-pocket *Mazda*
Which you can make both slow and faster
I don't know who you took the shine to
Or who you're out to make a sign to
I got a gal that I love so
Glow little glow-worm, glow
Glow little glow-worm, glow
Glow little glow-worm, glow
Glow little glow-worm, glow

I can remember my parents and grandparents singing this when I was young. Ahhhh, the memories!!!

"Before, beside us, and above The firefly lights his lamp of love."
~ Bishop Reginald Heber

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DEBBIEDAY 7/31/2010 4:43PM

    We taught our three year old granddaughter how to catch fireflies this year and she does better at it than we do!!!

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EGRAMMY 7/1/2010 7:42PM

    Brings back childhood memories of chasing fireflies with my beloved brother. emoticon

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46SHADOW 6/30/2010 10:09PM

    i love fireflys!

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JEANNETTE59 6/30/2010 8:20PM

  Love it! My first dance solo was to Glow little Glow Worm emoticon

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JUDYPOPPINS 6/30/2010 7:18PM

    I love fireflies and haven't seen them in years and years (you don't get them in the desert). But as a child, I loved cupping them in my hands and watching them glow...no wonder I loved Tinkerbell.
Thanks for all the info...very interesting indeed.

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/30/2010 6:56PM

    We use to make "glow in the dark" diamond rings out of 'em! LOL!

But I love Bette Midler. Haven't heard too much about her lately, I know she is in her early sixties.

But thank you for all the info. That was so interesting! emoticon

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DEE107 6/30/2010 6:31PM

    Me too thanks for sharing

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BKWHITE3 6/30/2010 6:23PM

    I remember collecting lightening bugs as a little girl. I didn't know all that information about fireflys. Thank you.

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Summertime, Summertime ...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Still at the cottage and luving it even if it's a stormy day today. Despite the lazier atmosphere, there's lots to do to keep busy and it's so great to exercise in the fresh air! Came across this oldie, but goodie and just had to share although I bet there are not many who know this song or even remember it!

"Summertime, Summertime" by The Jamies
(written by T. Jameson and S. Feller) is one of those rare songs that appeared twice on the Top 40 charts - 1958 & 1962 - just when I was getting into music and dancing. Thank goodness for YouTube where we can still hear these golden oldies. Sure brings back memories!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUvXw8cWDi4&

Its summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime...

Well shut them books and throw em away
Say goodbye to dull school days
So come on and change your ways
Its summertime...

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because its summertime

Its time to head straight for them hills
Its time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin or are you ain`t
You slow-pokes are my one complaint
Hurry up before I faint
Its summertime

Well Im so happy that I could flip
Oh how Id love to take a trip
Im sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because its summertime

It`s time to head straight for them hills
It`s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free for all

Well we`ll go swimmin every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
Its summertime

And every night we`ll have a dance
Cause whats a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive has me in a trance
Because its summertime

It`s time to head straight for them hills
It`s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball A regular free for all
Its summertime

Its summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Thank you for using Top40db.com.

Its summertime!


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EGRAMMY 6/24/2010 9:54AM

    Fun emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 6/23/2010 9:56PM

  Just had to sing it emoticon

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MOOOOW 6/23/2010 6:59PM

    Oh boy does that bring back memories!

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 6/23/2010 6:18PM

    Never heard of it but it has very nice lyrics. Enjoy your time.

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BUGGYS 6/23/2010 3:52PM

    I actually have this song on my ipod and still love it after all these years!!!

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Summer's Here - WooHoo!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer arrived at 7:28 a.m. EST today and this is the first time I've greeted it at the cottage in quite awhile. Ohhhhh, as that famous summertime song says, "Summertime and the living is easy - fish are jumping" and they sure are. I haven't got in any swimming yet as the water is still a bit too cool for these achy bones, but it's only a matter of time. Ahhhhh, summertime is such a balm for the soul.

And Nat King Cole says it so well in "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv4gYHlqTds

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now youre set
And on the beach youll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get em wet

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Youll wish that summer could always be here

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Dont hafta tell a girl and fella about a drive-in
Or some romantic moon it seems
Right from the moment that those lovers start arrivin
Youll see more kissin in the cars than
on the screen

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Youll wish that summer could always be here

Youll wish that summer could always be here
Youll wish that summer could always be here

(Words by Charles Tobias and Music by Hans Carste)

I am so ready, are you???

Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world. ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/22/2010 9:14AM

    I love summer, just not the heat, warmth but not the hot! LOL! I love your lady on the beach! That is cool! Enjoy your day and hope the water warms up enough for a swim! emoticon

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 6/21/2010 11:19PM

    Loved your blog! emoticonTo the first official day of summer,although we have been having summertime weather for quite a while here in the south and really enjoying the sun and pool!

Have a fun time at the cottage!


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DEE107 6/21/2010 11:09PM

    thanks for the song and wishing you a great summer tooo

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EGRAMMY 6/21/2010 10:16PM

    walking around in a winter coat to hide myself is not acceptable. I'll try to hold it in. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 6/21/2010 9:57PM

  Ah, sounds wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYE101 6/21/2010 9:56PM

    It is a beautiful song !
Love it.

Have a great week !

Sam emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINNAR 6/21/2010 9:53PM

    I enjoyed your summertime blog. I've always enjoyed summer - I guess growing up in a summer resort town, it was the most exciting season. the year isn't an exception. I love walking, biking and golf - all good summer activities. And...I'm old enough to really remember "Those Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer." Thanks for bumping my memory.

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MAGSA10 6/21/2010 9:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy Summer to you. I just love the warm sun and the nice hot or warm temps. I am a sun person and could live where it would stay Summer all the time. Enjoy your Summer days and stay strong and keep on Sparking.

Maggie j. emoticon

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