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Sunday, December 20, 2009

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just 1 cucumber contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda & pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins & Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the fog & provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs & slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin & your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy & make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast & easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumber causes the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer & reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles, too!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed & wake up refreshed & headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins, & electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover & headache!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries & often used by European trappers, traders & explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview & you realize that you donít have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoes, its chemicals will provide a quick & durable shine that not only looks great, but also repels water.
9. Out of WD40 & need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice & rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out & donít have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber & place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals & nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water & be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers & college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch & realize you donít have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber & press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a ďgreenĒ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber & rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it remove years of tarnish & bring back the shine, but it wonít leave streaks & wonít harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen & make a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber & slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons & markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Who knew the lowly cucumber could do all that! I wonder how they ever figured out some of these things? Like, who tried cleaning their sinks or stainless steel with cucumber in the first place? I am just glad that someone tried it. Lucky for me I love cucumbers - now that I know just how good for me they are, I will eat them even more often!

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CARMEL466 12/22/2009 7:02PM

    Great tips! I love cucumbers in so many ways. Never knew they were good for so many other things. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your support. Happy Holidays!

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DAISES2 12/20/2009 11:25AM

    well,instead of learning one new thing today i have learned loads, about cucumbers.fascinating.

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/20/2009 10:01AM

    I never knew cukes had so many good qualities!

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PJSTIME 12/20/2009 9:21AM

    Wow I had no idea a cucumber could be used in so many ways. Thank you for the info, PJ

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FITKAT2010 12/20/2009 9:13AM

    I am a whole foods eater and lover. Not only did I find out a ton of new things reading your blog, I have a greater appreciation for the cucumber.

Hope you don't mind me coping this and posting it on my Emotional Eaters team. I'm also copying it for my files.

Thanks for your contribution to a healthier lifestyle on Spark!

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My Dad

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My husband & I went out to dinner last night with my dad & his lady friend to celebrate my husband's birthday. I was just thinking about how lucky I am to still be able to do things with my dad. He's 84 years old (he'll be 85 in February on Lincoln's birthday!) and still going strong. He still drives and still owns & lives in his own home.

I sure hope that when I am his age, I can still take care of myself like he does. Naturally, he is slowing down as he gets older, but that's not stopping him. He is planning another trip to Springfield for Lincoln's (& his own) birthday - he's been doing that for several years now. It's so impressive to me.

I just feel so very lucky to have him for my dad!! I love him so much. I will admit it - I'm a daddy's girl big time.

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DAISES2 12/19/2009 2:33PM

    this was such a lovely blog to read.
unfortunatly only my mother is alive.and she suffers from bad health,she is in hospital again right now.
i feel sure you have inherited all his good genes,how nice

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DDOORN 12/19/2009 10:08AM

    Lucky you indeed!

I know I have been SO grateful for my parents' health and sometimes fret about the horrific loss I know I and everyone will feel whenever their time arrives... But in the meantime I love them and treasure the times I have with them.

Have a WONDERFUL holiday and give your folks an extra hug from us! :-)


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MYFEETHURT 12/19/2009 9:07AM

  Oh, Judy....you are lucky indeed. And how marvelous that your Dad is still so outgoing...a lady friend, a planned trip for his b-day. Maybe that is half of what keeps him on his toes. With your dedication to life rest assured you will be healthy and happy to a ripe old age.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/19/2009 8:57AM

    i want to be like your dad when i am older. there is an 85 year old lady i see at the gym every day even doing weights that who i want to be. have a happy and healthy week. emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/19/2009 8:29AM

    Your dad and my dad are about the same age. Dad will be 86 next April and he is still driving and going too. I hope all those good family genes are passed down to their daughters. PJ

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HEALTHYPRIYA 12/19/2009 8:02AM

    your post made me miss my daddy, i am gonna call him today..

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MORGANSMOM52 12/19/2009 7:58AM

    I'm glad you appreciate him. Enjoy him as long as you can. Happy Holidays

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General thoughts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I love this time of year. There are so many holiday concerts and shows to see - mostly for free at the libraries in my area. I love to hear holiday music or see a holiday play with neighborhood children as the performers. It's such fun to see the pride on the faces of the parents when their children are performing.

I am a huge fan of driving around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas decorations, too. I was afraid there wouldn't been too many because of the bad economy...but was I ever wrong! Seems like more people than usual have decorated, which says to me that people really need Christmas and what it stands for now more than ever.

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PJSTIME 12/16/2009 1:21PM

    I love to look at the lights too. Maybe more people are staying home so they want their home to look more like Christmas. PJ emoticon

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If I won the lottery...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ever thought about what you would do if you won a huge lottery?

I would definitely buy a house - not a mansion, mind you. Just a nice 3 bedroom house with a swimming pool. All my life, I have dreamed of having my own swimming pool that I could just walk into right from the house. I would also love to have a large backyard with room to entertain my friends at a bar-b-cue.

I also would love to be able to afford to have my own car & driver at my beck & call. I have never had the desire to learn how to drive...but it sure is convenient to have a car available when you want one.

My husband & I would choose several charities to donate to. One of them would be a colon cancer charity (my mom died of colon cancer). We would also donate to Brookfield Zoo which is our favorite zoo. We probably would use some of the money to help ferret shelters because we are huge lovers of ferrets.

If there was enough money left - we would love to travel. My husband has never been to Alaska (I have, before I met him) and we'd love to do that together.

What would you do with a huge lottery win emoticon

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CHARGER25 12/10/2009 11:55PM

    I dream of being fit and healthy....nothing else matters.....!

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PJSTIME 12/10/2009 2:20PM

    It is nice to dream and it sounds like you would stay down to earth. I like that and also that you are thinking of others.

We all dream I think that is healthy think to do. I'll have to dream a little myself and think about what I would do. PJ

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MAKI34 12/10/2009 1:25PM

    As silly as it sounds, I think about it often. I would love to finally get a brand new car, not a used one. To finally have a car that doesn't have a cracked windshield and that the heat and a/c finally work! That would be lovely. I also would love to be able to help all my family out, that would be awesome. To make my dad's dream come true of owning his own Mechanic Shop! So many dreams I can't even write them all!

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Blogs, Message Boards, etc.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

What a great place SparkPeople is. I feel like I have made friends with so many people already and I have not even been on SparkPeople that long. It's really great to read blogs because you get such interesting points of view. I enjoy just skipping around and picking a blog based on whim or title or whatever. I also subscribe to some of my friend's blogs.

This site is really great if you are willing to use it correctly. I just saw a message board post asking if message boards were really a waste of time. I don't think they are. I read the actual first post and respond to it...not to what other might have put out there.

Yes, it's an easy way to gain points, but I don't look at it that way. I learn from the message boards and I learn from the blogs, too.

I think what you put into SparkPeople is what you get out of it. What do you think emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/10/2009 10:11AM

  I think you are so right, Judy. I just told a new member to take full advantage of the blogs, the message boards and the great articles. They all help me. And I love the interaction with my spark friends. We might be at different stages with different stories...but we are all on this journey together. That sure helps me each day. Hope you're having a great day. emoticon mary

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PJSTIME 12/9/2009 11:55AM

    So true the more you use it the more you get back from it.

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CGREEN717 12/9/2009 9:19AM

    So very true. Spark people is a wonderful tool, and there is plenty of support available to you on here as well. :)

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BLUEANGELLK 12/9/2009 9:10AM

    I think you are right. The more time I spend here, the better day I will probably have. Some of the message threads do seem a little pointless, but so, what. I say find one that interests you and go for i. Here is to a long relationship with SP and all the cool people we meet here

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