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Natural convenience foods

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Ok. You are saying what the heck are natural convenience foods? No such animal!

Well, you are wrong! I bought hulled sunflower seeds for my squirrels so I wouldn't have the husks to sweep up before spring planting time. So they are convenient for me and easy-to-eat for the squirrels. If I have fat squirrels come spring , they will just have to do some extra ring-around-the tree races to get in shape.


Dead medicine

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I rolled over for what must have been the 37th time. It was 3:21 am and I was not asleep yet. The led lights of the alarm clock glowed a garish red that reminded me that I was not getting any sleep this night.

I reluctantly threw back the comforter and slipped into my awaiting slippers and padded into the bathroom. I opened up the cabinet which in my case has the misnomer of medicine cabinet. More likely it hold Q-Tips, shampoos, makeup, dental floss and Murine. Up in the corner on the top shelf was what I was looking for: Medicine.

A sample bottle held five Advil tablets; another bottle held St. Joseph's Aspirin for Children (which I had been told is what you give people who are suffering heart attacks). Maybe the Advil would help. I rolled over the bottle and looked at the expiration date 11/02. The Aspirin was slightly newer, it expired in April of '04.

My dilemma: Do I take old medicine which might help me or do I take old medicine which might harm me? My mind raced back to the children's story "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" in which a friendly motel mouse rides a toy motorcycle through an almost empty motel looking for some fallen aspirin he has seen under a bed to help a young boy break a fever. The only thing I was suffering was some minor pain from a knee jarred on an unforgiving icy ski slope. Was there any shred of efficacy left in this "dead" medicine?

With "fingers crossed" I twisted the cap off the Advil bottle, downed a tablet with some water, and decided that if I didn't awake in the morning at least the bum knee would no longer hurt.

I made a mental note to go to the drugstore to buy some more tablets, medicine which I rarely (obviously) don't take and don't like to take. I'm still here, writing about dead medicine, so the old stuff didn't kill me. Maybe I will need another tablet in ten years, and will remember the good night's sleep I got from the dead medicine in 2010.

Do you ever use medicine that has expired? What were the results? How often do you go through your medicine cabinet and throw away expired medicine?

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IRISHGIRL74 2/7/2010 7:13PM

    I usually don't take a lot of medicine myself. When I moved, I did clean out a lot of expired medicine: cough medicines, etc. I do get a lot of headaches/migraines, so advil, Excedrin, tynelol, etc doesn't hang around long enough to see the expiration go stale.

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29ANDHOLDINGON 2/7/2010 3:11PM

    Do be very careful, there are medicines that just lose it's effectiveness, but expired medicine is one of the main causes of accidental poisening of children. I had a daughter with brain cancer and I had to learn alot about medication from pain relief to high blood pressure. While the expiration date may not make you sick in itself, storage of it can change it's chemistry. I used to store my medicine in the bathroom cabinet. Please do move it to a new room. The kitchen and bathroom have the most amount of humidity and can alter your medication. I believe it is supposed to be in a cool dry place - 59-80 degrees. Hope you feel better. emoticon

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/7/2010 12:41AM

    Yes, I take expired medicine. A psychiatrist once told me that most medicine never really "expires", they just say that because they don't want people stockpiling stuff. Heck, I can take responsibility for myself, thank you very much! Did your dead medicine deaden the knee pain? Regardless, I hope you got your beauty rest.

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49 years and no changes

Friday, February 05, 2010

Today I met with six of my high school classmates to plan our 50th reunion next year.

Quite frankly, even with my glasses on I didn't recognize any of them! They all said to me "You haven't changed a bit."

Well, I got news. I am no longer that 85lb waif that graduated 49 years ago. I have gained at least 1.2 lbs per year on average. Granted I did not really gain any weight until I got pregnant at age 35, but after that, it's been easily added.

Even with my calorie counting and attention to exercise to maintain my weight in the 135-140 range, I know I am not that skinny girl of 49 years ago....nor do I ever want to go back to being that painfully thin twig of a girl that I was. I do not want to wear pre-teen clothes and junior sizes or even a size O. As a teen I suffered because all the other girls had blossoming figures and I was still a little girl with two raisins on a breadboard on my chest.

There is NO way I would ever want to be that thin again. It was just as stigmatizing as being fat for some people. I just want to maintain my weight, I am not obsessed with a model's figure. Sixty-six and healthy is Okay.

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BIRDLEGS29 2/6/2010 1:25PM

    Sixty six and healthy is better than ok; it is terrific! What more could anybody hope for!


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NORAB52GOOD 2/6/2010 9:41AM

    Raisins on a breadboard! You made me emoticon! Thanks!!! Have a great day!

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Da Tour of Italy

Friday, February 05, 2010

It was lunch time. We had been skiing all morning and my ski buddy knew of a great little out-of-the way place in the mountains for lunch.

When we got there he exclaimed "Oh No, it's been turned into a pizzeria."

We went in anyway. This cute little diner turned Italian restaurant had a menu longer than the boot of Italy.

My friend ordered "Da Tour of Italy," Italian wedding soup, a breaded veal parmesan, lasagne, and rigatoni, including two large garlic toasted rolls. It was enough to feed all of Roma for a day. A visit to the Vatican and a private audience with the pope was additional and optional.

I sat there with my six-inch Philly cheese steak and drooled at the gravy (tomato sauce) and luscious cheeses on his plate. When it was time for the check he ordered a set of luggage to take home the leftovers.

I was glad I was able to control my appetite, but in a way, I was a little sad, because I didn't have the foresight to order "Da Tour" and forget about cooking for the rest of the week.

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    Congrats on the willpower. emoticon

I feel your pain. Last night I watched my teenaged kids (with matching metabolisms), husband, cheerleader-figured kid sister, and brother-in-law scarf down three large pizzas with sausage, while I ate my small spring mix salad. Grrr.

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Compliment or an insult?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yesterday I was at the dentist .

I go there twice a year, only, if I can avoid not going more often.

So the hygenist, whom I see twice a year says to me, " Your hair looks really nice in the back." I didn't say anything.

But I was thinking: Yes, my face detracts from it looking really good in the front.

Is she being insensitive, or am I being overly sensitive?

What would you have said?

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LV4TAY 2/3/2010 9:34PM

    My advice -- take the compliment at face value. Something about the way your hair was styled in the back struck her fancy. Unless, of course, the emphasis was, well the BACK of your hair looks nice . . .

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MOOKBALL 2/3/2010 5:12PM

    I went to the hair salon today for a cut and the hairstylist was delighted with the hygenist's compliment. So maybe I was too sensitive!

Today the back looks really GREAT, as does the front and sides!

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    I think maybe she just really liked whatever you've done with it in the back that is different from the way it looked the last time she saw you. Maybe you styled it a little differently and she wanted to let you know it was a good style for you.

I wouldn't take that as a back-handed compliment. And believe me, I have heard many a back-handed compliment. I could start a whole new forum on that.

Another possibility. I once knew a woman who subscribed to the philosophy that she had to say something complimentary to everyone she met, every time. Depending on where you were in the course of her day, she might be getting lazy. She'd come out with something like, "I like the buttons on your jacket." They could be plain buttons the same color as the jacket. She just felt that it was her job to say something nice, all the time. Maybe the hygienist has caught this bug!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/2/2010 3:08PM

    Maybe because that is the part she could see the most??

I too have trouble with compliments and often question motives, etc. Just take it as a compliment.

We all know you are fabulous all over!!!! emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/2/2010 1:05PM

    Well, that was an odd comment. Can't say my hygenist ever said anything like that.

I'd say they have a strange way of making small talk. I wouldn't worry about it.


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PSYCHABOO 2/2/2010 12:27PM

    I think you're being overly sensitive. I just looked at your pics and it looks nice from the front too.

You know hygenists just try to make conversation.

How does it look on the sides? :)

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TINK33 2/2/2010 12:22PM

    I would have asked her to turn around and said "so does yours". :)

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