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Tomas o the Green

Friday, January 03, 2014

5/28/00 - 1/2/14
My dearest boy, ray of sunlight, my happy faced, good natured friend.
Go gently into that good night,
Do not fear...
You're in my heart,


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1BEACHWALKER 2/17/2014 3:47PM

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Tomas. My sympathies. I know how it feels to lose a beloved family pet. Hope you are doing well and time does heal. But, the memories will live on and I am sure he gave you happy ones! emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/31/2014 2:54PM

    Thank you ladies!
I appreciate every one of your comments.

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MISSCUS 1/31/2014 1:20AM

    It's been a busy month for me and I've missed my friends. I was getting around to my SP friends. I got to your page and blog. Oh I am just so sad for you and the loss of Tomas. I know he had a great life with you though. It's hard to lose our loved and special little ones. In 2001, I was ending a 2 year life in Germany, I had a kitten for 3 months. Had to take her to the vet for travel papers 2 days before my flight. The Army Vet took one look at her and said she had Feline Leukemia, she tested positive. I had no choice but put her down. I did hold her until she died. It was the most decent thing to do, and I often wonder why she had to get sick, she was such a joy! However, to this day, I still cry when I think of that moment. Like right now.
I hope you have happier days ahead. That was a very nice eulogy for Tomas that you wrote. Sweet little guy. Honestly, they become like one of our kids.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/27/2014 8:33PM

    I am so sorry for your loss and can't begin to imagine the pain and sorrow you must be feeling.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/20/2014 8:10PM

  I'm so sorry. emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 1/10/2014 1:08PM

    I'm so very sorry. emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 1/6/2014 9:09AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss and that you didn't get to say your goodbye! I know how heartbreaking it can be. Hoping today is better. emoticon

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    What a darling little fuzz baby. So sorry. emoticon emoticon

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost two last year and each one is unique and they become such a part of our families. I hope you and your other dog can comfort each other. emoticon

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STRINGS58 1/5/2014 12:04AM

    My heart goes out - it's a lovely tribute

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MZZCHIEF 1/4/2014 10:01AM

    thank you ladies
I was quite upset when I posted this... he passed over yesterday... 2014, not 2013.

Worse part about it being we went to the vets expecting antibiotics for an intestinal infection that was causing all sorts of havoc and weight loss...but they discovered a navel orange size mass in his upper GI track.

I should have just held him in my arms while they gave him a shot to put him to sleep, instead I opted for surgery. When they got in there it was inoperable. Just like my sister's was.

So I never really got to say a proper goodbye, send him off to a dignified death, I wasn't there when he passed over.

Death is never easy, but its worse when we chase hope where there is none.
Still have my girl dog, it must be worse for her not knowing where he is.

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GOANNA2 1/4/2014 6:27AM

    Sorry to hear about the loss ofyour beloved friend.
Anniversaries are always hard. He is always in
your heart. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/4/2014 3:13AM

    so sorry Mzz. emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 1/4/2014 1:08AM

    A sad loss, but a great photo and happy memories.

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BERRY4 1/3/2014 11:25PM

    So sorry for your loss of this pet friend. There must be many special memories...

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PATRICIAAK 1/3/2014 8:37PM

    my condolences

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    I am so sorry, GF. My heart goes out to you. The anniversaries of their deaths are so hard. emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 7:44:41 PM

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MEGAN6277 1/3/2014 7:20PM

    I am so dreadfully sorry for your loss. He looked like a lot of fun. emoticon emoticon

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Quick Tip #81~ How to avoid cinnamon "scum" in your tea or coffee...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I'm sure ya'll know the blood sugar benefits of adding cinnamon to your beverages and foods, so this blog isn't about that.

Its about the mess cinnamon makes, left floating on top of your cup of tea, or stuck to the rim, or lining the sides of the cup, you just drank your brew from.
Or worse yet, waiting for you in all its slimy glory at the bottom of your cup, unconsumed and doing your blood sugar no good as a consequence but sparing your tongue the dread slime texture.

Well, hope is alive and well... as I inadvertently discovered a method to keep this from happening while waiting for my tea to brew.

The secret seems to be to mix the cinnamon together thoroughly with black strap molasses in the bottom of your waiting and ready mug.

You've got to whisk it around until there's no powdered cinnamon in the cup.
That's right, its got to be all glommed up, imprisoned in the molasses.

If you are gagging just thinking about black strap molasses... turns out this method works with just fine with honey too!

And you might want to give the black strap molasses a try, since its full of minerals, lower in calories and has a lower glycemic index that many sweeteners.

Granular sweetener, sugar, or 'no sweetener please' users...sorry... I've not found a method to prevent the Clinging Cinnamon Blues.

But if you have, please share!

Bon Appetit!
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AQUAGIRL08 2/6/2014 6:07AM

    I bought cinnamon tea at a gourmet shop a number of years ago and find it to be delicious. I like the suggestion of using a cinnamon stick in my tea because there isn't any residue left in the cup. I plan to try your suggestion this week. Thanks!

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    I use a stick added to the kettle.

I also add whole cardamom pods (there are 2 kinds, green not black) and cloves to the kettle.

Boil water, add the spice(s), boil a min or two more til it turns slightly pink.

The water will turn black thanks to the cloves, if you become distracted and accidentally let it boil too long.

Done right, it's heavenly scented water, lightly rose colored. Then pour it over a tea bag in a cup. No scum. Even with a plain ole' Lipton or generic tea bag, the most delicious tea ever. I usually add a green tea bag as well.

If not feeling quite right, add fresh ginger slices and/or grated nutmeg to the water.

Reuse the spices for 2-3 kettles until they start looking gnarly.

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/3/2014 5:25PM

    Gracias! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/3/2014 9:14AM

    Wow, thank you for giving me a solution as I
always found the cinnamon sitting on the bottom
of the cup. emoticon emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 1/2/2014 9:45PM

    I will have to remember that. Thanks.

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    I love honey and cinnamon mixed together. I buy cinnamon oil.

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BERRY4 1/2/2014 7:13PM

    My typical use of cinnamon is in my oatmeal along w/ 1/2 a shredded apple.
Not sure I want molasses in my coffee!?! But thanks for trying to "solve" the problem!

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SCOTMAMA 1/2/2014 7:12PM

    Sounds good -- sounds good to me, anything to avoid the scrungies!

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ELISADENK 1/2/2014 7:05PM

    emoticon emoticon

I've encountered that same problem, too many times.

Thanks for the solution!

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LINOVER 1/2/2014 6:17PM

    emoticon I will have to try this!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/2/2014 4:17PM


I'm gonna try it right now....

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PICKIE98 1/2/2014 4:06PM

    I do not put it in my drinks, I put it in a spoon full of applesauce..
I also make crockpot baked apples with tons of it on them..
I am diabetic and unable to use either of your choices,, so eating my homemade sauce with the cinnamon on it works great!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/2/2014 4:05PM

  emoticon Thanks! I don't usually put it in tea for that very reason.

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Tasty Tip #20~ Amazingly delicious Guavas!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I am a total fan of Guavas!
If you're lucky they're putting in an appearance at a grocery store near you, this time of year.
You may have to go to a Latin super market to get them, but I found my first (most fragrant) batch as Walmart of all places. Who knew?

What drew me to them, was their incredible fragrance.

They will run you anywhere from $1.49 -2.99 a pound and are worth every cent!

Guavas are a semi-tropical fruit, the ones we get here in Texas come mostly from Mexico.

There are a variety of different cultivars and colors.
I just finished a batch that was so delightfully fragrant that I wanted to carry one around in my bra ( I don't wear stuff with pockets), just so that I could smell it all day long.
After doing some research, I'm thinking this cultivar is prolly the Mexican Cream,as it was white inside, creamy in texture,smooth and yellow green the size of a key lime. Some with a few magenta dots on the skin. YUM!!!

Sadly my next batch, though resembling the first, was no where near as fragrant and had more seeds. But that's okay... they taste the same which is why I bought them in the first place.

I like to wait until the guava is creamy smooth ripe, but some people like to eat them hard (yuck). The varieties I had (small, white flesh) have a lot of very hard seeds, so when you chew them, you can't really bite all the way down or you may crack your teeth/dental work.

What do they taste like?
Heaven? You want specifics... not too sweet, just the right amount of citrus-y tartness. Something like a cross between a pear and a strawberry only they have the texture of a ripe banana. NOTE I said texture, not taste of banana.

Guavas are loaded with all sorts of nutrients and surprise are also good for thyroid...
Here's a link, but feel free to Google your own Guava info!

Why not pick up a few if you see them at the market?

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/30/2013 3:25PM

    Can you believe I am Puerto Rican, a Spanish teacher, & have never tasted Guava???
I will look for it but up here in the Adirondacks of NY it may be hard to find.
Gracias, Francesca emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 12/30/2013 1:28PM

    Hey Ladies!
Thanks for all of your comments!
I'm really lucky living where I do, bc I've got an insane amount of choice as far as markets go. We've got Koren, Asian, Indian and Latin. Sad to say, many of these markets make conventional groceries look sad, particularly when it comes to the produce section.

There's all sorts of yummy, unusual things to eat at these markets that are worth trying... recipes on how to prepare them on the internet... its kinda like stepping into another country without leaving home.

Sometimes you'll wind up with a dud, but a lot of the time the trick is in the preparation/recipe.

With fruits, its good to know when the proper time to eat it is... the texture and sweetness, the enjoyment factor can vary considerably.

Last nite I made some magic by turning a chunk of Fairytale Pumpkin into a delightful soup.
I'd never seen one before this weekend, but there were huge, fully intact ones as well as chunks of this cool looking pumpkin for sale at the Latin Market.

Have fun, bon appetite.
: )

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 12/30/2013 9:58AM

    I haven't seen any here. My mom used to grow them when I was a child. Yum.

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GOANNA2 12/30/2013 8:18AM

    Out of season here but will try them when we
get some next winter. emoticon

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ELISADENK 12/29/2013 7:22PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Will put them on my grocery list.

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    I will definitely try, thanks to you. I love most produce so should love them.

I also can only find jicama at Latin supermarkets.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/29/2013 4:45PM

    I've never had one and have not seen them here. I will have to look for them.

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MJRVIC2000 12/29/2013 4:08PM

    I love guava paste with the jelly center! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Peanut butter testing for Alzheimer's and Cognitive Impairment...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thought I'd share this...

Make sure you watch the short video at the end,as it demonstrates how to do the test.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/29/2013 10:42AM

    Very interesting.

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GOANNA2 12/29/2013 6:01AM

    Thanks for that. I have PB on my shopping lsit this
week so I will try it asI am forgetting a lot lately, lol...

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MJ7DM33 12/28/2013 11:56PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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CHRIS3874 12/28/2013 10:06PM

    I did it and I guess I passed but I wasn't comfortable doing it.

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HEALTHY4ME 12/28/2013 8:57PM

    Hmmm I went and did it. I don't have a good sense of smell. often will say I don't smelll and hubby says really. Also my dad had 2 sisters with alz. and my aunt just told me that my mums youngest brother has been diagnosed 2 years ago with it. So I was a tad nervous, as I have a very poor memory but was told also can be from chronic pain and menopause also.
WHEW! LOL I smelt pb. with both nostrils!!!

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MZZCHIEF 12/28/2013 8:15PM

    thx ladies for reading/watching the vid.

Morticia... ya, I'm almost afraid to take the test.
I did catch a moment ago, that I misspelt "impairment".. so ha, guess I don't have to take the test I already know! haha

: )

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/28/2013 7:46PM

    Really interesting. I'm almost afraid to take the test. LOL.

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GINNABOOTS 12/28/2013 7:33PM

    Very interesting. My mother had Alzheimer's, it is a terrible disease!

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Dark Humor... the Darwin Awards!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

These are a little um... mean.. other people's misfortunes... but I do love Irony!

One of my friends sent this to me, so I thought I'd send on the monkey love!

Have a Merry Holiday Season...
Be good or be good at it...


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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/29/2013 10:43AM

    Thanks for the laughs. I am always amazed at the list they come up with every year.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/27/2013 3:32PM

    LOL!!! the last one was sooooooooooooo gross. LOL.

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REBECCAMA 12/27/2013 9:28AM

  LOL! Sharing on my Facebook!

I think Darwin awards are in order for all the staff at the mental hospital too! Wow. 3 days!!!!

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TWEETYKC00 12/27/2013 5:56AM

    There are surely a few winners out there. lol

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    cute, thanks emoticon

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