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INFORMATION TO HELP YOU TAKE CARE OF YOU

Flying Geese

 

 

Brain Gym: Does It Work?

 

DRIVING YOU TO DRINK 

STAYING HYDRATED IS VITAL FOR BEYONDER HEALTH..click on the link to read more

 

 

INSURED, NOT ASSURED:

I had a sad experience last week…and at a baby shower of all places. A friend, a couple of years my junior, was getting ready to leave. She stood at the door, gripping her cane, looking uncertainly out on the icy parking lot. ...TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE ***

 

 

Ever Feel Like a Failure at being a parent?  

If I’d gotten up two minutes earlier I would have caught the little weasel in the act.

As it was, I looked out my kitchen window just in time to see our troubled 16 year old Matt drive away in our treasured 1999 Camaro. It was 12:15 am.  To read more, click here ****

 

 

 

 

  • IS YOUR INFLAMATION PUTTING YOU AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE?

     

     

    According to "MediZine's" Healthy Living, Chronic Inflamation is a leading cause of many diseases including heart disease and stroke. Inflamation is the body's response to infection. But it now seems that chronic low grade inflamation is an important link in the development of arterioschlorosis ( in which plaque builds up on artery walls restricting blood flow. )

    But what about those of us who suffer from chronic joint inflamation such as arthritis?  Or chronic muscle inflamation? That's scary.

    It now appears that regular testing for blood levels of CRP

    ( C-reactive protein)  is a way to ascertain a person's risk for heart disease.

    Doctors recommend regular

    •   EXERCISE
    • a diet high in OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS (whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption. whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.)
    • And maintaining good EMOTIONAL HEALTH ( it helps to have a network of friends, a church family, etc.)

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  • Butterfly

    The Cleaver Family
    Family Circa 1950
    23 cent gas What...me worry?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    FUELING THE BEYONDER FIRE:

    TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY

     

    by Caryl Harvey

     

     

    This week, the price of crude oil jumped to almost $100 a barrel. Heating our homes could cost us more than 20% over what we paid last year…maybe $500 extra for the season. And gasoline may soon be nearly $4 a gallon.

    The ripple effect will be seen in everything from electricity prices to higher bills at the grocery store.

     

    Still, everyone thought we’d stop driving when the price at the pump hit $3. We didn’t.

    We slowed our consumption of gas-guzzler SUV’s, though. We’re evidently smart enough to realize that “something has to give.”

     

    I remember when I was about 6 (1954) gas was a whopping 23 a gallon. Grandpa owned a welding shop and sold gas. Customers came in and exchanged their dollar bills for silver dollars which ran the coin-operated pumps.  

     

    Other pieces from the 1950’s?

     

    A home would set you back $22,000 dollars.

    A new Ford cost $1748- $3151

    Bread was 18 a loaf

    And you could mail a letter for 3.

     

    Of course, the average income was around just $4500.

     

    Some people are doing really well financially. For them, the prospect of spending another $20 every time they fill up their vehicle or that $500 extra to heat their homes isn’t daunting.

     

    Me?  I’m daunted. Real daunted.

    And I’m cold blooded.

    And I’m old. I’m a Beyonder.

    Okay, Enough whimpering. We can’t turn back the clock. We can turn back the thermostat.

     

    I read an article that encouraged me to take a walk around the outside of my house. Okay, I was up for that.  It was warm, the leaves were changing. From somewhere, I heard the musical sound of wood being chopped.

    Wait. That wasn’t an axe. That was my storm windows flapping in the breeze. I guess I need to take care of that.  Fix the storm windows and make sure they’re on correctly.

    While I was checking out the windows to make sure they fit tightly, a movement caught my eye. My grandson was waving at me through a gap in the siding. I have a feeling the warm fuzzies I get from that wave won’t help much when the snow flies. Fix gaps in siding.

    I would have stayed outside a bit longer, except for the piece of insulation that fell from the roof and hit me smack on the head. It didn’t bleed much. Still, I made a mental note:  Make sure the skylights, chimneys and vents are tightly and securely insulated.

     

    I went inside, iced my head and continued my inspection. The attic has always scared me. There are things up there that go bump!

    But in the daylight, I realized the noise came from wind coming in around the air ducts. And from the door to the main house rattling in the air currents. Gotta caulk and insulate up there: At least 10 inches of fiberglass insulation on the attic floor.

    The doors could use a little weather-stripping, too. Maybe some foam strips to make them fit tighter.

     

    And the article I read said to feel the roof. If the roof is damp, there may be places where moisture and cold could enter. Find them and fill them up.

     

    The article said to go to the above ground floors next. It said to feel the area around light fixtures, windows, doors, electrical outlets and exhaust fans.  A little note here…it works best to shut off the fans before you stick your hand in there. Again, not much blood.

    If you feel cold air coming in, you need to caulk, or somehow fill the gaps. There are gaskets made to fit behind the outlet coverings.

     

    Air conditioners let the cold in, and the heat out. Take them out and store them, if you can.  (Careful here, as you could cause some more of those pesky gaps if the unit isn’t made to remove.) If you can’t take them out, surround them with fiberglass insulation and use duct tape to cover that with plastic sheeting.

     

    The article said a inch gap at an exterior door has the same effect on heating a room as a 4” square hole in the middle of a wall!

     

    The article said to also check the entry spots for telephone, computer and television cables. You might want to caulk around those. And if the gap is larger than ” use expanding foam to fill it.

     

    Okay. I also read that cobwebs are a sure sign of drafts. The spiders have to be getting in somewhere.

    At my house, cobwebs are a sign that I don’t want to climb up on the stepladder today. Maybe tomorrow. (Daddy long legs are our friends, consuming their weights in mosquitoes.)

     

    Vacuum the cooling coils on the back of your fridge. Dust makes them work harder. (I pulled out three dust bunnies from behind my refrigerator, They smelled funky. They had tails.  

     

    Change the furnace filters often. Dirty filters make the unit work harder and use more fuel

     

    Consider lowering the temperature on your hot water heater.  A household of four people taking five- minute showers every day uses a lifetime supply of drinking water for one person every six months! I’m not lowering mine much, I’ll just drink less water.

    And turn down your thermostat on your furnace. To 68 degrees.

    Unless you’re a Beyonder, and cold blooded. Then consider no more than 70, and wear a sweater. Or a parka. Maybe watch TV from a sleeping bag…an outdoor-approved type with a smooth zipper so you don’t get stuck in case you need to go to the bathroom (Just being honest here. I’m a Beyonder, after all.)

     

    In the kitchen, the article said, flip your refrigerator’s anti-sweat heater switch

     (whatever that is) to “save energy.”

     

    And get rid of the “beer fridge” in the basement…it can cost up to $80 a year.

     

    Dust all light bulbs…dirty bulbs don’t give as much light. (that’s okay in my book because then you can’t see the dust on everything else)

     

    Switch to the new compact fluorescent bulbs. They’re more energy efficient and last

    longer.

     

    AND TO SAVE GAS IN YOU CAR:

     

    1)      TURN OFF THE IGNITION WHEN IT IS STOPPED. 10 SECONDS OF IDLING USES MORE FUEL THAN RESTARTING THE ENGINE.

    2)      IN THE WINTER, DON’T IDLE A COLD ENGINE FOR MORE THAN 30 SECONDS BEFORE DRIVING AWAY.

    3)      AVOID AGGRESSIVE DRIVING…JACKRABBIT STARTS AND HARD BRAKING CAN INCREASE FUEL CONSUMPTION BY 39%.

     

     
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