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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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Blueberries - The Super Blue Fruit

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Berries of all kinds are good for us, but blueberries may just be the best one of them all when it comes to nutritional benefits. They're a good source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber and because they have only 80 calories per cup, they're a great low cal snack anytime!

"Blueberries protect against heart disease, diminished eyesight, cancer, and the effects of aging. According to a study at Tufts University, the antioxidant activity of blueberries consistently outscores that of other fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanin, the antioxidant that gives the blueberry its deep blue pigment, makes blueberries one of the healthiest food choices in the fight against aging. Keep in mind that while store-bought blueberries are high in antioxidants, wild blueberries are even higher." - so says The Diet Detective. Note: If buying store bought, make sure they are organically grown as blueberries are one of the most contaminated foods for pesticides.

There are so many great ways to enjoy this healthful fruit — I like them best just in a bowl by themselves, but adding them to muffins, smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, and even your morning bowl of cereal make all those foods even better! This is their peak growing season - from May to October - so enjoy them fresh now!!!

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/21/2010 4:58PM

    My hubby and I love blueberries too! And in the winter time we buy the frozen so that we have them all year round.

A lot of times I will put them in my cereal or my vanilla yogurt; and sometimes I will use them with strawberries, a sprinkle of almonds and a drizzle of honey and that's my verison of a sundae! Especially when the fruits are cold. emoticon (I know these are grapes, but just pretend they are blueberries!)

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BEVPRESLEY 6/14/2010 11:49PM

    DH and I were on a bike ride yesterday and found 2 blueberry patches. I LOVE them.

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LADYTSUNADE 6/13/2010 10:26AM

    Blueberries are great! Got to get to the grocers now!

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JEANNETTE59 6/12/2010 10:26PM

  Gotta go raid the refrigerator. The blueberries are calling my name. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 6/12/2010 9:22PM

    emoticon Crazy for blueberries. emoticon Blog

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TINYC887 6/12/2010 3:24PM

    love blueberries but I like them plain, not really mixed with other foods

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TAMNTN 6/12/2010 2:59PM

    Love 'em! They go in my Green Smoothies every single day, twice a day! Love to eat them frozen too....like candy! ;) Keep on Sparking!

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MARINAK3 6/12/2010 2:35PM

    My favorite blueberry recipe: I mash 1/2 of a banana into a large Magic Bullet cup, I add I cup of blueberries, 1 cup of nonfat milk, 2 packets of Equal and fill the nooks and crannies of the cup with shredded ice. Blend and yum...just like Jamba Juice taste!

Sometimes I freeze the blueberries and milk so it is even more freezee-slushee style. Yum.

Thanks for the facts on blueberries!

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Garlic - The Stinking Rose

Friday, June 04, 2010

"There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving." ~ Felice Leonardo (Leo) Buscaglia (1924-1998)

We've all heard that garlic is good for keeping vampires away, but that it is supposed to bring good luck may just be another of the many good reasons why we should be eating this much maligned food.

Without a doubt garlic is one of the healthiest and most useful herbs. It's an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of Vitamins B6 & C and is a good source of selenium. Most importantly, because of its antioxidant properties, garlic protects against cancer, inflammation and viruses. And did you know that one garlic clove has only 4 calories - woohoo!

Allicin is the compound that is responsible for much of garlic's disease-fighting properties. Allicin being an antimicrobial wards off a wide variety of bacteria, molds, yeasts and viruses. Also, research suggests that regularly eating garlic can be effective in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke because it lowers total and LDL (bad) cholesterol without affecting HDL (good) cholesterol.

For the best results and the most benefits, saute chopped garlic in a bit of cooking oil and then add to your dish. Be careful how you cook it though -as cooking garlic too much destroys the allicin - so chop it, (the finer the stronger the flavour), let it rest while you prepare the other ingredients and then add it toward the end of the cooking time.

When buying garlic, avoid any soft, spongy, shriveled bulbs or those with a green sprout in the centre which indicates it is past its prime. Instead make sure they are large, plump and firm with a tight, unbroken papery covering.

Garlic should not be stored in the refrigerator where it will likely soften and become mouldy. And never store raw garlic in oil - this can lead to botulism and possible death. I store mine in a basket either on the counter or hanging from the ceiling away from sunlight. Make sure it can "breathe" as this extends shelf life.

Garlic breath tip: Eating fresh parsley counteracts garlicky breath - it works!

And for a recipe loaded with garlic, check this YouTube video on how to make "Garlic Chicken or Chicken With 20 Cloves Of Garlic" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=P15nV-XvMSI&

Yum! Yum!!

Here's to eating more garlic and having more good luck!!!

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.” ~ Louis Diat
"Garlic is as good as ten mothers." ~ Les Blank

“To dream that you are eating garlic denotes that you will discover hidden secrets and meet with some domestic jar. To dream that there is garlic in the house is lucky.” ~ Richard Folkard in 'Plant Lore' (1884)

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TUDI4480 6/11/2010 12:35AM

    Garlic is the very best. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRENEHARPS 6/5/2010 8:58AM

    Love garlic! I always knew that it was good for us, but never sure why. Thank you for the info. I often cook with it, plus take a daily garlic supplement. I guess if one is to eat a lot of garlic, they better buy fresh parsley at the same time.


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46SHADOW 6/5/2010 7:43AM

    thanks for the reminder!

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FITKAT2010 6/5/2010 6:40AM

    I do love my garlic!

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    I love the taste of garlic. Thanks for the information, I found it interesting.

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 6/4/2010 9:12PM

    If only I knew how to turn the stove on. LOL

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JOY1972 6/4/2010 7:46PM

    Thank you! I love garlic and use it in just about everything. A few years ago I was in San Francisco and went to a restaurant called "The Stinking Rose". It was wonderful! They even had garlic ice cream.
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JUDYPOPPINS 6/4/2010 7:42PM

    I love garlic (no vampires in this household). It really is a wondrous addition to so many dishes. Thanks for sharing the info!

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TINYC887 6/4/2010 6:49PM

    well it didnt help me, i love garlic and still have cancer,lol

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JEANNETTE59 6/4/2010 6:22PM

  Great blog for all of us who are already addicted to garlic and I'm sure the many garlic novices will now be tempted by its charms.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/4/2010 3:54PM

    Yum.... garlic ! This was an awesome post ! Have you ever tried elephantine garlic ? People think that because of its size, it has an overwhelming smell and taste. Not at all. In fact, elephantine garlic is extremely mild. It's wonderful. I'd buy it more often if it weren't so expensive.

Of course, I can't wait for this summer. that's when I get to splurge on locally grown garlic. there's something I noticed about conventional vs locally grown. I noticed that locally grown garlic has much more flavor. As a result, I need fewer cloves when cooking.

Definitely toss the garlic if it's sprouted. It has a very bitter flavor.

-- karen

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CJSARGENT1 6/4/2010 3:50PM

    I love it and use it in just about every dinner, every day

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