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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Makes you think!

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic
bags werenít good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and
explained, ďWe didnít have the green thing back in my day.Ē

Thatís right, they didnít have the green thing in her day. Back then,
they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and
refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But
they didnít have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didnít have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
blocks. But sheís right. They didnít have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the babyís diapers because they didnít have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts Ė wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didnít have
the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house Ė not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen
the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and
stirred by hand because they didnít have electric machines to do everything for
you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded
up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didnít fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by
working so they didnít need to go to a health club to run on treadmills
that operate on electricity. But sheís right, they didnít have the green thing
back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades
in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade
got dull. But they didnít have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school
or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of
sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didnít need a computerized
gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in
space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But that old lady is right. They didnít have the green thing back in her


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MINIMOE1 3/14/2011 7:12AM

    Your blog confirms something I've suspected for a long time, Joan. I am living in the past. emoticon except for the "computerized gaget" which we try to use responsibly. Here on the farm, we do a lot of composting - great stuff for the gardens & have solar panels to heat water mostly. emoticon

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SBATES63 3/14/2011 6:09AM

    I guess they did do the green thing back then. I wish there were more I could do sometimes, but at least here we have a great recycling and composting system run by our town. Very little gets into the landfill.

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IMREITE 3/13/2011 7:24PM

    I like this blog! People used to naturally life a life where they used less and it wasn't expexccted to have as much,. People where were taught to take care of things and share. Saving resources wasn't about being "green" it was about saving money or being stewards of the earth (religious/faith reasons).

We have recycling in my area, but i tend to reuse things when i can. i also give away or doneate old things that are in good condition instead of throwing it away.

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IGGYFLOP 3/13/2011 6:49PM

    This blog made me smile. I live in South Africa and I recently came home after spending the better part of a year in England. We don't even recycle here as a norm. We just throw our plastic, glass, tin and paper waste in with the normal rubbish and away it goes. In order to recycle, we have to buy our own bins and take them to the nearest recycling depot, which is usually at a school nearby and dispose of these things ourselves. It is such a pain. Or you pay an exorbitant amount for a service to come especially to your house to collect it once a week. It is ridiculous. Being the pro active eco warrior that is needed for us to save this planet - I have petitioned the neighbours to all make use of such a service at a discounted rate from the recycling company.

Anway. Thank you, this was a beautiful blog.

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VICKS VaporRub .. WHO KNEW!!

Saturday, March 05, 2011


During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how
the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet
and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it.

Some of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years for
everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in
between. But I've never heard of this. And don't laugh, it works 100% of
the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't sure why. To
stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out
personally), put Vicks VapoRub generously on the soles of your feet,
cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5
minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of
the time and is more effective in children than even very strong
prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and
comforting and they will sleep soundly

Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this
guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than
good, due to the chemicals in them This method of using Vicks VapoRub on
the soles of the feet was found to be more effective than prescribed
medicines for children at bed time. In addition it seems to have a
soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep

My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep
constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She
said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing
stopped in a few minutes.So she went from; every few seconds
uncontrollable coughing, she slept cough-free for hours every night she
used it.

If you have grandchildren, pass this on. If you end up
sick, try it yourself and you will be amazed at how it works.



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ANITAWPG 3/27/2011 12:39AM

    I have never tried rubbing Vicks on my feet, but I have rubbed it on my chest, and it helped tremendously

will have to try the feet next time

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SBATES63 3/6/2011 7:29AM

    I'll try and remember that for the next time I get a cold. The plus is it probably softens your feet too!

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HELEN_BRU 3/5/2011 6:29PM

    Thanks for the hint! Seems I heard that before but forgot all about it.


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P0KERS0PH 3/5/2011 4:30PM

    Awesome, wish I had known this a couple of weeks ago when I had a chest infection

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MINIMOE1 3/5/2011 2:15PM

    Who knew? I'll have to get a fresh jar & try it out. (the one in the medicine cabinet was there when I moved in 24 years ago - probably out of date by now.) emoticon Thanks for the tip, Joan.

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REDSHOES2011 3/5/2011 12:28PM

    emoticonthanks for the tip..

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

It's the Best Province in Canada! (TRUE !)

Here's what Jeff Foxworthy (American comedian) has to say about Albertans:

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in Alberta.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Alberta .

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Alberta .

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in Alberta . (LMAO I have SOOOOO done thisÖ.and then even got flowers from the guy!!!)

If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of Edmonton for the weekend, you live in Alberta .

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Alberta.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Alberta.

If you have switched from "heat" to "air conditioning" and back again in the same day, you live in Alberta .

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Alberta .

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you live in Alberta .

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in Alberta .

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Alberta .

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Alberta .

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in Alberta .

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in Alberta.

If you find 10 degrees Fahrenheit "a little chilly", you live in
Alberta .

If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your Alberta friends, you live in Alberta


Everyone has to have a smile a day ... it definitely helps with your new lifestyle .. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYEH53 3/1/2011 6:39PM

    THat's funny, the same joke is going around here but it says "What Jeff Foxworthy says about Pennsylvanians"! We must live in the same climate! emoticon

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

This will NEVER happen to us!!!


It could happen to any of us...

$5.37! That's what the kid behind the counter at Tim Horten's said to
me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and
something that used to be a Lifesaver. Having already handed the kid
a five-spot, I started to head back out to the car to grab some change
when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the worst thing anyone has ever
said to me. He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen

I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of
change hitting the counter in front of me. "Only $4.68" he said

I stood there stupefied. I am 54, not even 60 yet? A mere child! Senior

I took my food and walked out to the car wondering what was wrong with
Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil.
Old? Me?

I'll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I
strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in
front of me, like I could be that easily distracted! What am I now? A

"Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, eh?" I stared with
utter disdain at the keys. I began to rationalize in my mind.

"Leaving keys behind hardly makes a person elderly! It could happen to

I turned and headed back to the car. I slipped the key into the
ignition, but it wouldn't turn. What now? I checked my keys and tried
another. Still nothing.

That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rear view
mirror. I had no purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus. The car seat in the back
seat. Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard. A partially
eaten doughnut on the dashboard.

Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.

Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to
finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I
felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled
and churned, and I reached to grab my coffee, only it was nowhere to
be found.

I swung the car around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the
restaurant one final time. There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black
nail polish. All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"

All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here"? At this
point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle,
and then go straight home and apply for Social Assistance benefits.

Elmo had no clue. I walked back out to the car, and suddenly a young
lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding
up a drink and a bag. His mother explained, "I think you left this in
my truck by mistake."

I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

She offered these kind words: "It's OK. My grandfather does stuff like
this all the time."

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40. Yes, I
was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And no, I told the
officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, My wife met me halfway down the hall. I
handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket. I promptly
sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was I had successfully found my way home.

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AUTUMNPOTTER 2/8/2011 8:13PM

    LOL too funny

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HAPPY_AS_IS 2/8/2011 5:28PM

    Thanks for the laugh, gramps! emoticon

Hope tomorrow is a better day!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Rain

It was a busy
morning, about 8:30, when an elderly
gentleman in his 80's arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb.
He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital
signs and had him take a seat,
knowing it would be over an hour
before someone
would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and
decided, since I
was not busy with another patient,
I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was
well healed, so I talked to one of the
doctors, got the needed supplies to
remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of
his wound, I asked him if he
had another doctor's appointment
this morning, as
he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he
needed to go to
the nursing home to eat breakfast
with his wife. I inquired as to her

He told me that she had been there
for a while and that she
was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we
talked, I asked if she would be
upset if he was a bit late.

replied that she no longer knew
who he was, that she had not
recognized him in
five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him,
'And you still go every
morning, even though she
doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he
patted my hand and said,

'She doesn't
know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back
tears as he left, I had goose bumps
on my arm, and thought,

'That is
the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is
neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an
acceptance of all that is,
has been, will be, and will not

With all the jokes
and fun that are in e-mails,
sometimes there is one that comes
along that has an
important message..
This one I thought I could share with you.

happiest people don't necessarily
have the best of everything;
they just make
the best of everything they have.

I hope you share this with someone you
care about. I just did..

'Life isn't about
how to survive the storm,
But how to dance in the rain
We are getting older but only one day at a time

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MINIMOE1 1/19/2011 6:21PM

    What a wonderful post, Joan. I'm sobbing along with Lisa.

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SBATES63 1/16/2011 8:02PM

    Thanks for the beautiful posting. I am so fortunate in that I found the love of my life. It took half a lifetime, but I have another half to share it with him. Take care.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/15/2011 9:08PM

    So very beautiful Joan, reading it brought tears to my eyes!
Thank you for sharing ~ that's what you call 'true love!'

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XKANDI2005X 1/15/2011 7:01PM

    This was a very sweet message. It reminded me of the movie "The Notebook." Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 1/15/2011 6:51PM

    I started to cry when i read tis.It is so beautiful.

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