Thursday, November 29, 2018

Happy Birthday, author L.M. Montgomery

Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born on November 30, 1874.  She is best known as the author of the worldwide hit, Anne of Green Gables.

A visit to Prince Edward Island, Canada is on my travel bucket list. 
God willing, it will be a reality in July 2019, or soon thereafter.  Looking forward to seeing Green Gables -- an actual house belonging to a relative of LM Montgomery --  where the fictional character,   Anne Shirley, stayed. 

Green Gables, pc: wikipedia
Canada/Prince Edward Island
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Disease Control: Wash Your Hands and Other Clues

The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germ.
(by the CDC: Centers for Disease Control )

  1. Avoid close contact.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  1. Stay home when you are sick.If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  1. Cover your mouth and nose.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
  1. Clean your hands.Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  2. Practice other good health habits.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Preventing Flu at Work and School

At School

  • Find out about plans your child’s school, child care program, or college has if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
  • Make sure your child’s school, child care program, or college routinely cleans frequently touched objects and surfaces, and that they have a good supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes on-site.
  • Ask how sick students and staff are separated from others and who will care for them until they can go home.

At Work

  • Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
  • Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes.
  • Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you have to stay home.
  • If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.

by RREPeak flu season is from December to February.  If you're like me -- suspicious of flu shots -- the things I readily do to keep the Flu bug away (and I strongly advice my family members to do likewise) are the following:  hand-washing, daily showers, avoiding close contact with the obviously-sick, much prayer to the Lord for good health, and faithfully taking my Vitamin D with my Multi supplement. The flu shot is not even in my top 6 options. 

Simplistic & ignorant, some say, but the proof is in the pudding.  I do not get the flu often, thank God.


Friday, November 23, 2018

MacKenzie-Childs: The Perfect Cup of Tea


There’s something so cozy about curling up with a cup of your favorite tea and a good book. And thanks to fall’s cooler temperatures, it feels even more indulgent. A steaming mug of tea is a calming morning ritual, so why not be particular about the methods you use to brew up a cup?
Brewing tea is an art form, and while we all have our preferences, we’re pretty convinced that the Brits do it best. We spoke to a close friend of Rebecca’s, Martyn Lewis, about how it’s done on the other side of the pond. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Boil the water once! Sure it’s tempting to leave the kettle full on the stovetop and just turn on the burner when you’re ready for your next cup. “The water that is boiled should only ever be boiled once. This is very important, because it impacts the taste of the water and the concentration of minerals. Basically for me, water boiled twice does not taste as good when you make tea with it,” says Martyn.

2. Let the water stop boiling before you add the tea. Start by pouring a little boiling water into the pot to warm it. Then once the water stops boiling, pour it over the leaves or tea bags. Don’t pour actual bubbling boiling water onto the tea—it can affect the taste of the tea. Leave it to steep for three to five minutes and stir again. But the timing gets personal. How do you drink your tea and how strong do you like it?  Make it to your own taste. A good marker? The color—the deeper it gets, the stronger it usually is.

pc: MacKenzie-Childs

3. Mind the milk. If you drink your tea with milk, add the milk to the cup and pour the tea into the milk, not the other way round. “This is the British way of doing it, and when I was growing up, it was the only way we poured tea,” says Martyn. “Now with the advent of bags and brewing in the cup, you need to add the milk second, as adding the milk stops the brewing process immediately.”

4. Loose leaf vs. a tea bag. Loose leaf is preferable, but tea bags are incredibly convenient. “For afternoon tea when there is the tea strainer at the table, then you would always use loose leaf in your pot. If you’re using bags, the larger bags with more room for the tea to move around are going to give better results, in my opinion. The smaller bags have a restricted area in which the tea can brew, which I feel limits the taste. Look for larger bags or the types that are pyramid shaped,” says Martyn.

pc: MacKenzie-Childs

5. What is the right time? “In the U.K., we have regular tea time and afternoon tea. Regular tea is any time of the day and can be just tea or it can be served with a biscuit (cookie) or some other sweet. We do have a habit of dipping our biscuits into our tea. Try it! This is frowned upon and potentially a sign of bad manners, but it tastes so good, especially if the biscuit has chocolate on it. Getting the biscuit into your mouth before the now tea-saturated end drops into the tea is a true art form!
Happy sipping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

While I Was Driving,13: All in the Family License Plates

Here are cute license plates we saw recently. Son beyond old-enough, but didn't get his driver's license till recently. Happy yet anxious about this situation as a typical Mom sometimes feels.  Covering him and all of our loved ones in much prayer for safety and watchfulness while operating vehicles, in Jesus' name.

Our car's license plate, hahaha (j/k)

Leaving on a Jet Plane soon (as of this writing), yay!


Monday, November 19, 2018



The verdict is in on flu shots. Many medical experts now 

agree it is more important to protect yourself and your

family from the flu shot vaccine than the flu itself

FROM REALFARMACY: Every year the pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media work hard to convince us to get vaccinated against the flu. But we’re not being told the whole story. What we don’t hear, are cases about the adverse reactions or about the toxic chemicals being injected into us.
  1. The flu shot actually makes you sick to begin with: Have you ever noticed how vaccinated children get sick almost immediately following a vaccination? This is because the flu virus is introduced into their bodies. So rather than immunize, the flu shot actually only sensitizes the body against the virus. And the fact that it causes individuals to get ill following a shot indicates immuno-suppression (i.e. lowering of the immunity).
  2. Flu vaccines contain other dangerous ingredients such as mercury: The pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media are candid in telling us that flu vaccines contain strains of the flu virus. What they are less likely to reveal though is the long list of other ingredients that come with the vaccine. It is now a known fact that flu vaccines contain mercury, a heavy metal known to be hazardous for human health. Mercury toxicity can cause depression, memory loss, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory problems, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances and other serious health issues.
  3. The flu shot can cause Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence now suggests that flu vaccines can cause Alzheimer’s disease. Research conducted by Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a leading immunogeneticist, shows that those who consistently get the flu vaccine increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 fold. He believes this is due to the toxic combination of aluminum and mercury in the vaccine. Additionally, introducing the flu virus to an elderly person (who with age will naturally have a weaker immune system) will only increase the chances of that individual becoming susceptible to more serious illness.
  4. The very people pushing flu vaccinations are making billions of dollars each year: In August 1999, the Committee on Government Reform initiated an investigation into Federal vaccine policy. This investigation focused on possible conflicts of interest on the part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The investigation concluded that many individuals serving on two key advisory committees had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. Often, these individuals were granted waivers to fully participate in the discussions that led to recommendations on vaccine licensing and adding vaccines to the Childhood Immunization Schedule. This in itself creates serious doubt as to how effective flu vaccines really are.
  5. Lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots: 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months established no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo. Additionally, flu shots only protect against certain strains of the virus meaning that you can still easily get the flu if you come into contact with a different strain of virus.
  6. Makes you more susceptible to pneumonia and other contagious diseases: For someone with an already suppressed immune system, injecting strains of the flu virus can have devastating consequences. If your body is already working to fight off a virus or simply operating with low immunity, a vaccine injection could put your body in serious danger of contracting influenza with stronger symptoms, or even worse pneumonia and other contagious diseases.
  7. Vascular disorders: Medical research shows flu shots are associated with an increased risk of vascular inflammation. Symptoms include fever, jaw pain, muscle aches, pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder and hips and headache.
  8. Children under the age of 1 are at risk: Children under 1 years of age are highly vulnerable to a neurotoxic breach of the delicate nerve center surrounding the brain and central nervous system. The first round of the flu vaccine is administered at age 6 months. A child under the age of 1 lacks sufficient protection to guard against premature damage to the blood barrier in the brain.
  9. Increased risk of narcolepsy: There have been dozens of reported cases of children in 12 different countries who have developed narcolepsy (a chronic sleep disorder) after receiving the flu vaccine. The study, which took place between October 2009 and the December 2011, compared 3.3 million vaccinated Swedes with 2.5 million who were not vaccinated. The risk was found to be highest among the youngest people who took the vaccines. For those under the age of 21, the risk of contracting narcolepsy was three times higher.
  10. Weakens immunological responses: There have been literally thousands of medical journal articles published that show injecting vaccines can lead to harmful immunological responses and a host of other infections. Moreover, weak immunological responses only decrease a person’s ability to fight the diseases that the vaccine was supposed to protect against in the first place.
  11. Serious neurological disorders: Evidence now suggests that ingredients in flu vaccinations can actually cause serious neurological disorders. In 1976 a significant number of those who received the flu vaccine acquired Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome (GBS), a disorder characterized by permanent nerve damage and even paralysis. Flu vaccines can contain many harmful materials including detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, and strains of live flu virusSOURCE
Read the full article by NTEB  H E R E


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hubby's Employment Anniversary: Gifts, Peridot and Pizza

The company celebrated with Pizza for lunch for the whole department.

There was so much that other departments had a share; and hubby took home an entire, huge uneaten Sausage pizza which we had for supper that night, yum!

That wasn't all:

A. He got his yearly bonus check $$$.  Because of the anniversary year, he  received the maximum that anyone in the company will ever get -- whether it's 40, 50, or 60+ years of employment, yay! Our upcoming overseas trip's expenses will be less with the money.  I thank God for a useful, timely cash gift.

B. Hubby could have a Recognition Gift of his choosing.  We had gotten a Keyboard, juicer, matching set of luggage, etc. in the past.  Which will it be now when there are, as usual, so very many nice items ?? Some of the choices are pictured below:

What about a gorgeous yellow and white 14k gold bracelet??! Plus, there is a warranty per the catalog:
All jewelry carries a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
It will make for a good match to the 14k gold + peridot stones bracelet we had chosen for his 35th employment anniversary.  The gold link bracelet it is!  Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Actor Danny DeVito

November 17: 
 it's Danny DeVito's 74th Birthday!

pc: Gage Skidmore/wikipedia
 Who can forget DeVito's despotic character, Louie De Palma in the tv show,  "Taxi"?!!
Louie is the main antagonist of the sitcom. The vain head dispatcher of the Sunshine Cab Company, Louie spends his time holding court inside the caged-in dispatch office at the garage, arguing with and bullying the drivers. He not only lacks morals, he is openly proud of his misdemeanors and outright crimes. Louie will do anything to benefit himself, from taking advantage of a drunken friend of his on, off girlfriend Zena Sherman (played by DeVito's real-life wife Rhea Perlman), to gambling with a young boy, to stealing from the company, to even spying on Elaine while she is changing (almost costing him his job). He lives with his mother (DeVito's real mother, Julia, in two episodes). On very rare occasions he helps his workers, as in the episode in which a cruel hairstylist (played by Ted Danson) gives Elaine a garish makeover just before a very important event, it is Louie who bolsters her confidence to confront him. In 1999, TV Guide ranked De Palma first on its list of the 50 greatest TV characters of all time. -- wikipedia


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LIST: Top 10 US Cities Where People Move

by Karsten Strauss, Forbes

1. Tampa, Florida
  • Median Home Price: $230,000, Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

2. Jacksonville, Florida
  • Median Home Price: $272,400, Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

3. Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Median Home Price: $257,500, Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

4. San Antonio, Texas
  • Median Home Price: $275,000, Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

5. Austin, Texas
  • Median Home Price: $399,000, Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Median Home Price: $260,000, Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

7. Orlando, Florida
  • Median Home Price: $262,400, Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

8.  Nashville, Tennessee
  • Median Home Price: $315,000, Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

9.  Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Median Home Price: $297,200, Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

10.  Portland, Oregon
Median Home Price: $416,300, Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

Full Forbes article H E R E