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The Winter of Our Years

Wednesday, Oct, 8 2014

 
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's NOT over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

REMEMBER:

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
"LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
~Your kids are becoming you...
~Going out is good. Coming home is better!
~You forget names... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?" . ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


I Wish you Enough

Tuesday, Oct, 7 2014



A father and his adult daughter are saying goodbye at the airport.  Her flight’s departure has been announced.  They hug one last time at the security gate.

The father says, “I love you, honey and I wish you enough.”

The daughter hugs her dad again.  “Dad, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Dad.”

They kiss and she boards her flight, waving one last time before disappearing down the ramp.

The father then walks over to the window to watch his daughter’s plane take off.  Tears are beginning to stream down his face.  Someone sitting nearby walks over to him.  “Excuse me, I don’t mean to intrude, but are you alright?”

The old man welcomes the company.  He brushes away his tears.  “Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” the inquisitor says.  “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a ‘forever’ goodbye?”

“I’m old and my daughter lives far away.  It’s getting harder for me….and the reality is that her next trip home will be for my funeral.”

The stranger then asks, “When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’  What did you mean by that?”

The father smiles.  “That’s a wish that had been handed down in my family for generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone.  When we said I wish you enough, we wanted the other person to have a life with just enough good things to sustain them.”

The old man then put his hand on the stranger’s shoulder, reciting the blessing from memory:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting,

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest joy may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.
                                                                                           

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


ABC's of Home Remedies

Monday, Oct, 6 2014

ABC'S of Home Remedies

(This information is not intended to diagnose or treat ailments.  Please consult your doctor before trying any home remedies).

A is for Aloe Vera Gel. 
Squeeze it from a tube or harvest a live plant.  It's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin irritations, cold and canker sores, insect bites, cuts and burns.

B is for Beer.
Add 2 cups of beer to a hot bath to pamper your skin and soothe itchy conditions like psoriasis.  A glass of beer daily is said to prevent and/or alleviate urinary tract infections and kidney stones because of its diuretic effect. You can pour beer through your hair after shampooing, rinse well and enjoy lush, shiny hair.

C is for Castor Oil.
Use the oil topically to treat skin irritations, including age spots, ringworm and warts.  Apply castor oil to eyebrows to make them grow in lusher and darker.  Warm a little castor oil and massage into joints sore from arthritis.  (Ask your pharmacist for unscented castor oil).

D is for Denture Tablets.
Follow package directions and soak unsightly yellow nails for five minutes and then rinse.  Drop your diamonds in; rinse well and watch them sparkle.

E is for Elmer's Glue.
For minor burns, run under cool water and then apply a layer of glue to prevent blisters from forming.

F is for Fels-Naptha.
Shave off a few slivers of the soap, mix with sugar and water to make a paste, and then use as a drawing salve for boils and sebaceous cysts.  (Cover with a bandage and leave on for half an hour or so.)  Wet the end of the bar and rub on your skin to ease the itch caused by poison ivy.  If  you use it immediately after exposure, you might avoid a rash.

G is for Gin.
Take a handful of golden raisins, cover them with gin and let sit until the raisins have absorbed all the liquid. Take nine (not eight, not 10) raisins a day to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

H is for Horseradish.
Freshly grated or jarred, mixed with lemon juice eliminates age spots on your hands and arms.  Mix 1 T. horseradish with olive oil and use as a liniment for arthritis and sciatic pain.

I is for Iodine.
Decolorized iodine (ask the pharmacist) painted on skin tags will make them fall off painlessly after a few treatments.  To combat brittle nails, apply to tips only once a week.

J is for Jell-O.
One-third cup of powdered Jell-O dissolved in 2/3 cup of hot water makes a tasty cough syrup.  And a daily serving of gelatin helps fight arthritis and sore joints.

K is for Ketchup.
Full of lycopene, ketchup helps prevent sun damage and prostate troubles.  Use it as a facial mask or as a treatment for hair turned green by chlorine.

L is for Linseed Oil.
Also known as flaxseed oil (buy in the vitamin aisle, not the hardware store).  It's an excellent source of omega-3s.  For pain of plantar fasciitis, soak a cloth in warmed oil and apply to our heel until it cools off.

M is for Milk of Magnesia.
For acne, dermatitis or sunburn, apply a film and let dry, then rinse.

N is for Nail Polish.
Get rid of warts, plantar warts and ringworm by painting on clear nail polish daily until the skin is clear.  Or use it to seal painful paper cuts and hangnails.

O is for Oatmeal.
Add oatmeal to your bath to soothe itchy skin, chicken pox, shingles and poison ivy.  Cook a cup of unflavored oatmeal and massage into your hands to soothe arthritic fingers.

P is for Pets.
Take a break and pet your pet.  Pets lower blood pressure, ward off depression and keep us healthy and happy.

Q is for Quinine Water.
Drinking tonic water and its perky cousin, bitter lemon, is an inexpensive way to combat night time leg cramps. It works for those irritating eyelid twitches we all get from time to time too.  Pregnant and nursing women should skip this one.

R is for Rice.
Soothe sore muscles by filling an old sock with uncooked rice.  Heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and apply to the painful area.

S is for Sunshine.
It's free and it's fundamental.  Just 20 minutes of direct sunlight daily increases vitamin D, boosts your immune system and improves your mood.

T is for Teabags.
Black or green tea will do.  Soothe an abscessed tooth by applying a teabag, dry or wet, and keeping it on the tooth for at least 30 minutes.  This works on canker sores and cold sores too.

U is for Udder Salve.
Made originally for cows, this heals eczema, raged cuticles, chapped hands and diaper rash.

V is for Vanilla Extract.
Rub on painful gums, or add to unscented lotion for a comforting massage.  For car sickness, take 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract mixed with 2 T. each honey and water.

W is for Witch Hazel.
A cloth soaked in witch hazel eases the pain and swelling of varicose veins, bruises, hemorrhoids and puffy eyes.

X is for Xylitol.
Xylitol is a natural sugar used in many kinds of chewing gum.  It eases heartburn, fights cavities and dental plaque and has a gentle laxative effect.

Y is for Yellow Mustard.
Chefs and moms reach for mustard from the fridge to treat minor burns and prevent blisters.  Swallow a tablespoon of mustard to stop night time leg cramps in short order.

Z is for Zinc Oxide.
Surfers know that zinc oxide is a reliable barrier-type sunscreen.  It's also effective against diaper rash and rosacea.

NOW YOU KNOW YOUR ABC’s.  SEE HOW HEALTHY YOU CAN BE.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


9 Foods That Stain Our Teeth

Thursday, Aug, 7 2014



On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth.  Sometimes, you can’t avoid these foods—and many of them are healthy choices, like fresh summer fruits and berries. But there are some things you can do to help fight stains. First, don’t let stain-causing foods and drinks stay in your mouth for long. Instead, chew and swallow them quickly to help protect your teeth. It’s also important to rinse and brush after eating.
Another tip is to use a straw, so that liquids are kept away from your teeth, which reduces the risk of staining. While iced coffee and tea are easy to drink through a straw, hot beverages and wine are more difficult. Be sure to rinse with a sip of water in between and after drinking.

Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar sticks to your teeth, which can cause discoloration. Stick to salads with balsamic vinegar because the lettuce can serve as a barrier to the dark pigments.

Soy sauce
The pigment in soy sauce adheres to your teeth, causing stains. If you’re eating sushi and soy sauce, drink some green tea or water in between bites.

Ice pops
This summertime treat is full of dyes that can stain your teeth. The sugars and cold temperatures make your teeth more susceptible to staining.

Tomato sauce
Deep red tomato sauce is full of flavor, but it’s also full of highly acidic tomatoes, which can cause unsightly stains. Before you dig into your pasta, eat a spinach salad first, which will form a protective layer on your teeth.

Tea
Tea has many great health benefits, but black teas and other dark-hued teas can stain. Try adding some milk into these dark teas or sticking to green, white or herbal teas.

Berries
Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. The juices from berry pies or tarts can also cause discoloration. Opt for light-colored grapes instead, or just be sure to brush and floss because the acidic components can harm tooth enamel.

Red wine
Who can resist a glass of red wine with a nice dinner? Just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth in between sips, because the acidic content of red wine can cause staining and wear away tooth enamel.

Hard candy
You know how candy sometimes turns your mouth and tongue a different color? Well, it does the same to your teeth. Eat these candies in moderation to avoid permanent staining.

Coffee
Dark roast coffee is a known teeth-staining culprit. Add milk or cream to help dilute some of the pigment, and make sure to drink water afterwards.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Home Remedies You Can Find In Your Kitchen

Wednesday, Aug, 6 2014

Nothing replaces a visit with a doctor when  you have a medical problem, but there are some issues that can be treated with a visit to your pantry or refrigerator.

1.  Vinegar
Vinegar could prevent a simple burn from blistering; however, if your burn is deep or severe, be sure to seek attention from your hysician.

2.  Tea Bags
The tannis and caffeine in tea could help reduce the ache of sweling and inflammation. If you wake up with puffy eyes, steep some tea, allow the bags to cool and apply to shut eyes.  A tea bag also heps blood clot, which could come in handy after getting a tooth extracted.  Steep some black tea bags to ease a sunburn,

3.  Olive Oil
Soothe chapped or chafed skin with olive oil.  Add moisture to dry hair by applying some oil to the ends before bed.  Or smooth out those sand-paper feeing heels by rubbing your feet with oil and slipping them into a pair of cotton socks before turning in.

4.  Avocado
Vitamins C and E, lus carotenoids in this green fruit calm redness and inflammation while moisturizing your skin to reieve dryness and itchiness.  You can mash half of an avocado and apply to your face as a face mask and leave on for 30 minutes.

5.  Ginger, Anise or Peppermint Tea
High fiber, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts may create painful rumbling in your gastrointestinal tract.  Sip ginger or peppermint tea or make  your own tea from anise seeds to hep cut the gas in your stomach.

6.  Papaya
If tea doesn't help your upset stomach, try eating papaya for dessert.  The enzyme, papain, has been shown to beat bloat, gas and gastrointestinal unrest by heping aid digestion and preventing constipaption.

7.  Lavender
Lavender's light purple shade has been shown to ease anxiety, while its scent eases muscle aches and tension by reducing spasms.  Use some lavender hand lotion before bed to hep lull  you to sleep

8.  Tart Cherries
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties of tart cherries could work to  help squelch the pain of gout.
Studies show that it may pay to pucker up with tart cherries to relieve aches and pains resulting from an intense workout or a pulled muscle.

9.  Oats
This fiber-filled breakfast food not only promotes heart heath, but also soothes, cleanses and exfoliates skin and clear acne.  Prepare plain oats with hot water, let cool and then apply to  your ski.  Leave it on the affected area for a few minutes or soak in an oatmeal bath to help lock in moisture and soothe irritated skin.  Works on sunburns, mosquito bites, eczema and poison ivy.

10.  Garlic
Garlic can help you avoid getting the common cold or at lease ease the symptoms.  If you feel sniffles coming on and  you can tolerate it, try eating raw garlic, which has been shown to be a potent infection fighter.

These common household items may be able to mend common ailments --  but remember, they're not meant to
replace a physician's opinion or treatment.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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