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Friday, July 20, 2018

What's Your Fortune

Today celebrates those engaging biscuits that hold possible secrets in clairvoyant messages. Fortune cookies may promise good health, luck or fortune to the lucky person that opens it. These little cookies provide intriguing and delightful messages that offers a message of good luck.

Fortune cookies often accompany Chinese food but did not originate in China. They were invented in California but the who and where are a bit foggy for some. Perhaps it was at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914 or at the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles in the 1920's. No matter who the first was the fortune cookie has created a stay with chinese food.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Restless Leg Syndrome

Are you kept awake at night with the desire to move your legs?? You may suffer from Restless legs syndrome or (RLS). This disorder affects the nervous system at the same place that offers you the urge to move the legs. RLS often is considered a sleep disorder as it interferes with sleep.

Restless Leg Syndrome causes an uncomfortable "itchy" "pins and needles" or "creepy crawly" feeling in the legs. The condition gets worst at night or when lying or sitting RLS may also cause sensation in the arms as well. The disorder can range from mild to intolerable. Just like severity the symptoms may be more or less as well.

Restless Legs Syndrome affects up to 10% of the population in the United States. The disorder can begin at any age including childhood but most sufferers are middle aged or older. Women also seem to be diagnosed with the disorder more than men. In most cases the reason why RLS is affecting an individual may be unknown but it is often related to genetics as one or more family member may all ready have restless leg syndrome. Other reasons include:

  • Chronic diseases such as iron deficiencies, Parkinson's disease, kidney failure, diabetes and peripheral neuropathy often also have the symptoms of RLS. 
  • Medications such as anti nausea drugs, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, and cold and allergy medications may contain sedating antihistamines that worsen symptoms of RLS. 
  • Pregnant women may experience Restless Leg Syndrome. This gets worst in the last trimester The symptoms normally go away in a short time after delivery. 
  • alcohol and sleep issues may trigger RLS symptoms and worsen the symptoms. 

For mild RLS try to relieve symptoms via:

  • leg massages
  • hot baths, heating pads or ice packs on the legs
  • developing good sleep habits
For more severe conditions there are medications that are helpful. There is no cure but treatments can help control the condition, decrease symptoms and improve sleep.

Keeping Watch on the Zoo

Who takes care of the animals in the zoo?? The zookeeper or animal keeper is a person who manages zoo animals that are kept at zoos, conservations or somewhere else to be displayed for the public. The duties of the zoo keeper is responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals. Cleaning the cages, checking for the animals health issues and helping in scientific research or public education are all duties of the zoo keeper.

The job of a zoo keeper has been in existence since 3,000 B.C.  Early civilizations that were located around Egypt, China, Pakistan and NW India. Members of the ruler family as well as wealthy class would keep collections of wild animals. Individuals much like zookeepers caught and cared for wild animals such as fish and birds.

Some ancient type of zoos were very large and contained a wide variety of species. The Chinese, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Arabian and India culture all had animal collections. The Aztec and Inca societies also maintained large animal collections. These societies are much older than the societies around Mexico City and had the largest known collections. One particular collection required 300 + zookeepers.

Requirements of zookeeper include a college degree in  zoology, biology, wildlife management, animal science or other animal related field. Some places require full apprenticeship in craftsmen In Europe zookeepers must be licensed after showing evidence of abilities to care for animals.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemmingway was born July 21st 1899. As an American novelist, short story writer and journalist. His Iceberg Theory style of writing has influenced many great writers that came after him. In 1954 Hemmingway received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Published works include seven novels, six short stories, and two son fiction works.

Life experiences helped Hemmingway in his writing. His duty during World War I in 1918 left him seriously wounded. His experiences at war helped him in his novel A Farewell To Arms (1929) He would have a total of four wives. With his first wife he moved to Paris and worked as a foreign correspondent. While in Paris he would write his first novel The Sun Also Rises (1926)

An experience as a journalist during the Spanish Civil War led him to write the book For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). During a safari in Africa he survived two plane crashes that would leave him in pain and in ill health. He would make a life in Key West Florida and Cuba before living in Ketchum Idaho where he would shoot himself in the head and died.

The passage from For Whom The Bed Tolls 

“How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I’d like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.”

Help Your Loved One Relax with a Massage

Nearly almost everyone loves to receive a massage but some are better at giving them than others. Benefits of getting a massage include relieving pain and reducing stress.

Some tips to give a good massage include:

  • In order not to get tired out resulting in a short massage as arms and hands tire out, proper stance and using ones body weight should help Sitting on a pillow on the floor can help with positioning. 
  • oil is very important to prevent uncomfortable friction and help hands glide easily. Lotion or olive oil works well The one offering the massage should use the oil to warm ones hands up
  • Keep fingers together and use the whole hand to give a massage. A good massage resembles the art of sculpting. Begin with soft strokes helps warm up the muscles prior to the massage. 
  • the massage should offer pressure but not pain. To offer a deeper massage lean in further, use body weight, use knuckles to target really stiff muscles. 
  • Massage the neck and shoulders using a soft loose fist and use the base of your hand to apply pressure left shoulder., running your hand up the side of her neck until you get to the base of her skull, go back down. Repeat the steps several times

Raspberry Crumb Top Bars

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter , softened
1/3 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups frozen raspberries , slightly thawed
Powdered sugar for dusting

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom only of a jelly roll pan (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1) with cooking spray.
Make crumb topping by combining flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Add cinnamon and mix well.
Beat sugar and butter in bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in buttermilk and eggs on low speed until smooth. Stir in flour and salt and mix until blended.
Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle with raspberries and crumb topping.
Bake for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted

recipe source here

July Birthstone the Ruby

Rubies have been known for centuries and have since the beginning been considered the king of all gems. Rubies are thought to represent love, passion, courage and emotion. THose that wear a fine red ruby are thought to have good fortune. Emperors and kings throughout time have possessed prized rubies. 

Rubies are the most valuable gemstones. The most important feature of the gem is the color. While often thought of being a red ruby the truth is rubies come in many hues of red from purplish and bluish red to orange red. The brighter the gemstone is the more valuable. 

The Burmese Ruby is a rich passionate hot full red color with a slight blue hue. The color has been referred to as "pigeon blood" but the truth is that the color is not associated with blood but rather the color of a white pigeons eye. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. I feel most energized when I _______________________.

2. Where were you ten years ago?

3. July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? Which one's your favorite? Your most used?

4. What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list?

5. What deserves less of your attention? More of your attention?

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

My answers:

I feel most energized when I get a good nights sleep

 Ten years ago I had just started my current job and my youngest son was ready to start his freshmen year of football

I often fin emoji's quite comical. My niece and grand-daughter adore them and my daughters like to use them for everything.

I would put together a few songs like
Jack and Diane
Today I marry my friend

In recent weeks I have found that my job outside the house deserves less attention and my family and health deserve of my time

How many can recall playing video games when you were younger?? The retro games are bringing it all back and for my grand kids its all brand new