Monthly Archives: August 2011


At the Beach

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It was an overcast day today, mid-eighties and humid.  I don’t care what they say about humidity, this was MUCH better than 106 degrees back at home!  Lying on the beach, the strong breeze kept us cool and comfortable. Today … Continue reading



The roar of the ocean.  The breeze.  The cold drinks.  The fun of being with friends.  These are all things that I am enjoying this week.  We just got back inside from spending the day out under a canopy, reading, … Continue reading


We are On The Road Again!

Just a quick note to let you know what’s been going on here.  We are On The Road Again!  Yes, we’ve been getting ready to go on vacation.  We’re driving to South Carolina to spend the week on the beach … Continue reading


A Comparison

TIRADE TO YOUR ADULT SON/DAUGHTER BUM: Would you get up off of your butt and get a job!!!  You lie around the house and eat my food, watch my TV, and leave a mess behind you constantly. You argue about … Continue reading

Is the World Coming To An End?

Is it?  The Dow dropped over 600 points just today, after S&P dropped the rating of not only the United States but also Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  We have a dysfunctional Congress and Senate.  We have a President who seems more concerned with fundraising and traveling than with leading the country.  We have federal departments with duplicate or outdated duties, not to mention the seemingly senseless programs.  Run, shrimp, run!!!  It seems like every politician is blaming someone else for our national problems, but it seems to me that they are ALL to blame.

Ok, those are our national problems.  What about the rest of the world?  Well, it’s not going so well either.  There were riots and burning in London today … apparently just for the fun of looting.  Other European nations have financial problems, being bailed out by other countries who have their own financial issues.  There is still a problem in the Middle East with rioting and ousting various dictators and regimes.  We are still losing our brave military men and women overseas.  There is still an issue with killing in Mexico, right on our own border.  With our own national problems going on, we haven’t heard much about the rest of the world the past few weeks but it’s still out there, bubbling under the surface.

When the media gets tired of reporting on our economy, when they get used to the “new norm,” we’ll start hearing more about other stories but what is going on worldwide that we aren’t hearing about right now?  We are stuck with tv news channels that dictate what they tell us, with reporters that tend to tell the news shaded by their own liberal or conservative ideology.  What ever happened to the reporters who just stated who, what, when, where, and how, and left the interpretation to us?  Why do we have to watch 2 or 3 different channels to get information that we have to sift through to get an unbiased reporting?

Is it too trite to say, as my parents used to say, “What’s happening to the world!”

What do you think about all of this?  How do you feel?  Do you feel safe?  Do you feel financially secure?  Do you worry about the future?  Do you see another Great Depression coming on?    Do you trust anyone, political or media?  Do you see any solution to what’s happening?  Do you see a light at the end of a tunnel?

I think our world, as we know it today, is ending, but I’m not sure what will take its place.

Health Update

I know those of you who check my blog expect me to write about what I’m doing or politics or something, but today will be different!  I got this in an email from one of my Good Old Girls and I just had to share.  I don’t know who originally wrote it, but kuddos go out to that person!  From now on, I’m going back to my Spanish lessons!


Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!

Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”


For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans…

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like.  Speaking English is apparently what kills you.