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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I f you are not familiar with the band, "The Arrogant Worms" you may be in for a treat. I happen to like their irreverant humour...

Here's one to motivate the laziest cat...


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CARRIEANNE1027 11/13/2010 7:03PM


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IUHRYTR 11/13/2010 6:59PM

    LOL -- Lou

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 11/10/2010 8:16AM


Jane on Guam

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FREDDY1232 11/9/2010 7:10PM

    That was cute. Thanks for the laugh!

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PANSYLADY2 11/9/2010 5:21PM

    Got a kick out of the video, then I had to take some time to watch some of the others they did. "History is Made by Stupid People" is a good one!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/9/2010 2:16PM

    very cute karen!

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More Than A Dinner Celebration

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Last night, 4 sets of neighbours got together for a pizza party. I have looked forward to this get together for a full week. . . and it was better than I had hoped.

We don't dress up. We just enjoy company of good folks that live very close to one another. Usually we keep up-to-date on all the health issues that 8 people live with: diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, high cholesterol... you get the picture.

Last night our host would normally be labelled as the sickest member among us. That friend is named Merl and he is not a healthy 80-yea- old. Last night he shared news that his newest doctor proclaimed him CURED!

There was a lot of hugging going on in Merl's livingroom.

Since August, this man has been admitted to hospital no less than 5 times. The number of pills that he has been prescribed is phenomenal. (High cholesterol, water retention, poor circulation, irregular heartbeat, shallow breathing and acid reflux are just the beginning of the list of afflictions.) It turns out that Merl has not been taking his pills. His wife admitted that she can't find them anywhere in the house.

So even though "Mr. Merl" is picking and choosing what chemicals he will allow into his body, yesterday's doctor visit surprisingly gave him a clean bill of health. So we celebrated.

The other side to this story is that Merl's wife has been spiralling lower and lower into depression as she faces how very sick her hubby has been. As neighbours, we imagined losing her first as she seemed to be unable to care for herself or for Merl.

I can't help thinking that this doctor visit was arranged to help raise a woman from depression and give her hope, and secondly, to tell a man who won't take his meds that 'obviously he is cured' (sarcastically) because he is doing so well without pills.

A healing miracle or a dismissal by a health care professional??? What do you think?

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L*I*T*A* 11/4/2010 7:45AM

    here's to miracles!!!
interesting question......
thanks for sharing...
blessings and hugs..........lita

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 11/3/2010 10:33PM

    Wow, I hope that Merl did have a divine healing (or that he had been prescribed things that he did not need, and since he did not take them, he got better). I do hope that his wife will now get out of her depression and start to live life to the fullest again. I hope Merl realizes that she needs him and that he will be there for her to get her out of the depression.

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FREDDY1232 11/3/2010 4:16PM

    Sometimes we do for others what we can not do for ourselves. Knowing that our loved ones need us is a recipe for success. Could be the man rose to the occasion and healed his self of a few problems that he had so he could take care of his beloved wife..Seems like a miracle but stranger things have happened. I am a believer of miracles. And know God helps those that help themselves.

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JANETLP 11/3/2010 1:13PM

    Did the man arrange this apt. without his wife? If so, then yes it could be an arrangement on his part to help his wife. Otherwise- I do believe in miracles! And a better healthy life without all those crazy meds the Doc's say we should take! emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/3/2010 12:35PM

    I hope that they both start feeling better and are around for many more pizza parties

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Tell The Next Generation!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day
no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.
The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall...
By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks.
These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.

They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story.

Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.

LEST WE FORGET - Wear a Poppy to show your respect on Remembrance (Vetrans) Day

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/17/2010 2:30PM

    This was so beautiful I had to share with others on Facebook! emoticon Thanks for sharing it!

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PANSYLADY2 11/1/2010 4:45PM

    Wow! What a great object lesson . . . for all of us. Thanks for sharing this story!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/1/2010 2:44PM

    What a great blog karen, I loved this and how true, We need more teachers like this also, and God Bless Our Veterans.

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FREDDY1232 11/1/2010 2:29PM

    emoticon Great blog! My husband who is a veteran will be out all day next Tuesday selling poppies. We should all honor our veterans everyday just not on veterans day..Loved your blog!

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Do NOT Burn Your Pancakes

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For a few days I have been jonesing for some nutmeg. What was I going to bake to get that familiar flavour?
Usually I make up Oatmeal Butterscotch Chip Nutmeg cookies. But I EAT the cookies. So I searched on.

This morning, with an almost finished novel, a fresh pot of coffee and no TV news to distract the story... I made up Blueberry Pancakes with nutmeg. And they should have been delicious.

But the aunt was broken-hearted and the young heroine cancelled her wedding and the groom plummetted to his death and the local hunk-a hunk-a wouldn't venture back on the island with their supplies... so my pancakes got a little too brown. Kinda black-brown.

Now, I'm into trying new foods. This gal is not a coward in seeking out new flavours.... But this didn't qualify as food any longer. I nibbled around the edges of my pancake and will allow the toasty center to go for a visit to my now-functioning compost bin. (THat was another blog.)

As far as the nutmeg is concerned. Hmmm, I may have to put that desire on the back burner. (OFF- the burner will be OFF!)

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BRANLAADEE1 10/11/2010 3:12PM

    Poor pancakes! LOL I love nutmeg too and sprinkle it on everything...yogurt, oatmeal, toast. You should look for some moroccan recipes. They use a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon in their spicings.

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CINDYHOUGHTON 10/11/2010 2:32PM

    Thanks for the smile!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 10/11/2010 2:32PM

    Thanks for the smile!

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PANSYLADY2 9/30/2010 11:01PM

    I know exactly what you mean! With a good cup of coffee and an engrossing book, the world just goes away. Even pancakes.
Be blessed!!

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African Rooiboos Red & Pure White Tea

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today I decided to try something outside my regular routine. I added the above boxes of tea to my grocery cart. I chose Twinings tea and got home to put the kettle on.

Before lunch I tried the white tea and it was mellow and light flavoured. It is supposed to be "rare, hand-selected unopened buds from Fujian, China." I score it 5 out of ten.

Now it is almost 2:30 and the second 'new to me' tea is steeping three minutes. I am waiting for the stove timer to sing out to me. I'm waaaaa-iting!

The rooiboos is a lovely colour to see. I have a glass teapot, so immediately the red pigment has my attention. Fragrance... very different from tea that I am accustomed to enjoying. Maybe it is still too hot to give off its flavour. I didn't really taste anything with my first attempt.

I'll post the taste test in 5 minutes, as I am too impatient with this brew. (Off to fold some laundry.)

I am trying to come up with a word to describe this tea... Is it smokey? Hmmm. All I can say is that it is different. I am enjoying it and I have 19 more bags of rooiboos but it will not be knocking my favourite Earl Grey out of the ring.

Have you tried a variety of tea flavours?

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LIERSCH 10/27/2010 3:06PM

  Remeber my "licorice" tea in the blue box from "Stoosh"?? I'm sure it has no benefit, but it's warm and friendly and I drink in on my deck when ther's a chill in the air... emoticon

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MAELOLA 10/7/2010 3:44AM

    i'm addicted to the cream earl grey from special teas and the african rooibos

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PEWILK 10/1/2010 5:20PM

  I've been drinking lots of green tea lately: Moonlight on the Grove (green tea and jasmine) from Silk Road and Iron Goddess of Mercy from Epicurean Pantry. During my qigong course the teacher made a fabulous brew of chinese herbs I sipped all week long. I have the recipe and I want to stock up on herbs my next trip to Vancouver. Must brew it up for you sometime!

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PANSYLADY2 9/29/2010 12:18AM

    My favorite green tea is Jasmine tea. Used to be able to buy green tea and peach flavored tea, which was very good as iced ted. Fall and winter are good times for the warm beverages!

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RONIE11 9/28/2010 8:14PM

    I got some "Ancient Cherry" from the coffee place "Gevalia" and we love it.. its a club for coffee and teas.. and we cancelled it during the summer.. now I wish we had bought more boxes of it.. it has a cherry and almond flavor... I also love "Misty Jasmine" by Celestial Seasonings.. and nothing beats a good cup or glass of Lipton...LOL

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/28/2010 7:42PM

    No, I guess I am a chicken when it comes to trying new things, but I do love Twinings brand of teas.

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FREDDY1232 9/28/2010 7:08PM

    I have been enjoying Lipton White Tea with Island Mango and Peach Flavors...It's very refreshing. I do like all varieties of white tea. emoticon

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CMJONES77065 9/28/2010 5:54PM

    Lately I've been drinking green tea every day. Those do sound interesting.

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