Category Archives: I’m Just Saying….

Random thoughts I felt were worthy of passing along

Thought for the Day

If you think the Super Bowl is the BIG GAME, take a look around you. The biggest game of all is being played out in Washington DC. Money is at stake in numbers we little people can only imagine.  Sadly,  also at stake are people’s life styles, family, health care, and yes, even life and death. Less that half of us actually watched or cared about the Super Bowl. It got the lowest ratings in over ten years. I wonder how many of us are watching what is happening in Congress and the WH? That is what is really effecting our lives, not some jive football game.

CAN $$$ really buy everything?

If money can buy everything, why did Jeff Bezos not seem very happy at the Super Bowl in that fabulous sky box??  One wonders.  This BLOG is not about politics, it is about a total health life style package, so it seems to me that Jeff could have better spent “happiness buying” money if what he is buying is not making him happy. He was in a million dollar sky box at the Super Bowl all the while saying what a great guy Colin K is for standing up for social justice while in actual fact, statistically speaking if Jeff made $100,000 per year is annual contributions to charity would  equal a total ninety cents. Not too good in my opinion. No Bueno, Jeff.

His own employees have taken a big risk and criticized his policies on maternity leave and health care and low salaries  to name only a few things. $$Ten Million for the ad???  It reminds me of the picture of Colin K’s house that was circulating a while back. It is a beautiful stone mansion surrounded by moats and canals. You wish you lived there and so do I. I guess social justice warriors need to have things others do not.

How is this related to good health, you may ask? Well, I got it off my chest and it has been bothering me a long time, so there!

 

Thought For The Day

When life brings you snow, think snow cones. Yes, I love these corny sayings. I like the one about lemons and lemon ade, and my personal favorite, when life brings you rain, think about going into the umbrella business. All of these sayings and ones like them are, of course, meant to cheer us up and improve that outlook on life that gets so down in this awful weather.

Making yourself feel better by setting some good personal goals on a short term basis then achieving them as quickly as possible works for me. I don’t look at dropping 20 pounds in six months when the weather is freezing and I can’t go outside. I try to look at making a pretty arrangement out of some grocery store flowers. Don’t say you are going to read “War and Peace” say you are going to read REAL SIMPLE magazine and get and use two good ideas. Don’t say you are gong to do yoga every day for a month, say you are going to do yoga right now and do it. You get the idea????

So, cold dreary nothing day-give yourself a break, eat some chocolate, take a hot bath with some smell good bubble bath, and watch a movie!  Why not??

Do you have a recipe to share???

Does anyone out there have a recipe for corn pudding? I had some at a buffet the other day but could not find the person who made it. What a great dish!

It was baked in a large glass pan and placed in a flat basket and served with a spoon. It was pretty solid-did not run off the spoon. It had a sweet taste. Yummy! Any ideas? Please share.

allrecipes Magazine

I subscribe to several magazines since I write for two publications myself. I like to keep up with what is happening especially with regard to my two favorite topics-food and nutrition, and total lifestyle issues.

One of the magazines I take is called “allrecipes” and it is really interesting. For example, in a recent issue I found five really fabulous tuna recipes. Sure, I get out that old can of tuna at every opportunity. It is perhaps a holdover from my college “tuna and noodles” days, but I just love canned tuna. How about:

  1. Asian tuna burgers
  2.  Updated tuna melts
  3. Southwest tuna noodle casserole
  4. Tuna Alfredo
  5. Tuna Ramen Salad (Yummy!)

Any of these recipes would work with canned salmon too.

 

Also featured are themed menus, table settings, easy winter soups, and on and on. Next time you are at the grocery store, look for this magazine on the rack and try it.

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I just read a tip in Hints from Heloise about sleeplessness and I wanted to add a couple of things that I just found in one of my PREVENTION magazines, and a few tips of my own. BTY, over 70% of people suffer sleeplessness at least two nights a week.

Heloise mentions sleeping in a cool room and that is a good tip. I might add to that the importance of wearing nightwear in which you are comfortable. Don’t get tangled up in your nightgown or have the waist be too tight on your PJ bottoms-that type of thing. Also,don’t use covers that are too heavy. Look at total comfort-mattress, sleepwear, bedding, etc. Be sure you are not uncomfortable in any way.

They say keep away from screens for at least an hour before bed time and that is good advice. I like to read a magazine. I am a BIG magazine fan. I read and have a cup of decaff tea before bed.

If you are worried, in a high stress situation, or you are what I call carrying the day’s burdens around with you try saying a prayer when you get into bed. If you do not pray regularly, give it a try. It can really free up your feelings of anxiety and let you relax. If you chose not to pray, try 5 minutes of yoga/meditation or soft music. DO NOT review the days events in your mind or you will tend to do it over and over!

Finally, try to visualize yourself as being asleep. Just think of the word sleep as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Even count out your breaths as you inhale and exhale.

Try some of these tips, and let me know how it works.

Tanning

I still get a tan every summer and I probably always will. I love the look and feel of it and I love to lie in the sun. These days, though, we all know better. This is what I do to avoid the dreaded skin cancer and other related problems. I start with UV 30 and then I go down to 20 then down to 8. I use lots of sunscreen and use an “after sun” lotion every evening.

My brand is Coppertone for sunscreen and for after soothe I use Sun Bum. This is not a commercial-I just like these brands., especially Coppertone. To me it has always smelled like the beach on a sunny day.

Do watch it, but also don’t miss the sun. It feels so warm and lovely on your skin and it is a great  source of Vitamin D as well. If you are fair, slather up. However you chose to do it,  get outdoors-ENJOY!

Because It’s Summertime!

Remember that song about “Summertime Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime?” Well, I must tell you that I not only remember it, I live for it. The hot weather suits me down to the ground and my old bones do not creak and I still get a tan. Oh, I know-that is no good any more, but I could care less. Heat is healing in my opinion.

So let’s all relax and make a smoothie-right?

Perfect and Perfectly Easy Fruit Smoothie

Take out your blender and put in a carton of your favorite yogurt, five ice cubes, and any fruits. I use blueberries, strawberries, a banana, and sometimes a little can of lite chopped peaches with liquid. I love peaches but they are very seasonal as you know. I guess I could freeze some. Maybe this year. Anyway, add you favorite juice, I use cranberry juice, and pulse until blended.

You can drink this, freeze it into pops, freeze it into “ice cream” or whatever. Just adjust the amount of juice. This is so simple and so flexible you will use it all summer.

ENJOY!

 

Daffodils

Back in the dim and distant past, last Fall I mean, I planted 50, yes, 50 bulbs and now they are all up and so very beautiful.

My daughter-in-law helped me to select both the bulbs and a good place to put them and boy, was she right. I look out my bedroom window and there they are all in three rows just looking back at me.

My first job, many years ago, was teaching kindergarten. When the daffodils bloomed in Spring I used to teach the kids this poem and we would make the flowers out of painted yellow paper plates and yellow muffin cups:

A little yellow cup,

A little yellow frill,

A little yellow star,

And that’s a daffodil!

Check out a daffodil and have a look-yes? Now go out and buy a bouquet and enjoy!

Love, Judith

SNOW and ever so much more!

My dear friends and readers-It is snowing here and I really mean snowing. The ground is covered, I can’t see my deck, and the trees are a Christmas Tree white. We have just returned from Fla. where the temp was 75 and we were walking on the beach every morning. Our little dog did not know what hit him when he went outside this morning.

We returned to the news, as I guess everyone must. Bombs in Texas, cities dropping out of the California sanctuary status declared by the state, Build The Wall!, no budget, and DACA again being shamelessly used as a tool for political gain. Congress facing yet another crisis over gun control and still another school shooting-no addressing the true cause which is mental health issues among our young people who are committing suicide at an alarming rate and more people dying of drug overdose that in our last three wars!

I would just like to put out there one thought. President Trump said in a campaign speech over a year ago that when our debt reached 24 trillion dollars, that was the tipping point-the point where we could never pay it off. This morning I heard a senator say that we are spending money at the rate of over a million dollars a minute. Last night a commentator declared that illegal aliens have defrauded the IRS by as much as 2.6 million dollars a year. Government waste is chronic. I could go on and on and so could you.

DRAIN THE SWAMP!

(Yes, I am bitter this morning because it is STILL snowing!)