Wednesday, July 8, 2015

So Many Ways to Have Fun!

So many ways to have fun.  Here are just a few...

(Thanks, as always, to Bob A for sending these to us.)


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Want More Energy, Fewer Hunger Pangs, Better Skin AND a Cholesterol Buster? Three Friends Recommend This Approach.

Sherry, Trish, and Jerra are taking a natural approach to increasing energy, combating weight, looking healthier, and lowering their bad cholesterol numbers. They retrieved the recipe for this morning detox drink from the website,
As with any approach to our health, a consultation with our family doc is the first step so that we aren't counteracting some meds that might be on our 'have to take' list.

But one of our friends' sister has been using this detox for 2 years and swears by it.  All three friends are reporting good results. As Sherry says, "From about 2 months' experience, I know it has reduced my appetite and made 'digestive issues' almost unknown.  overall, I have felt better, perhaps a placebo effect, but good nonetheless.  I drink it first thing in the morning-before breakfast and usually my most healthful meal of the day-and follow almost immediately with a banana to cleanse my palate"(email correspondence, April 14, 2015).

As described in the website listed above, the detox is 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, juice of one lemon, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 or 2 tbsp. honey, and 1/4 cup of water(more or less to suit your taste).

The author of the CrunchyMoose website lists the benefits of each ingredient in the vinegar/ lemon detox drink:  We list some quoted benefits below, and a review of the website address will fill us in on more detail.

Apple Cider Vinegar (acv) has lots of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.. ACV is great for digestion. If you suffer from indigestion, don’t get commercial antacids. Drink acv daily instead. Here are some benefits of acv:
 Balances pH levels
Lowers cholesterol.It’s pretty magical stuff
Cleanses your system leaving your skin glowing and clear
Gives you more energy.
Reduces bloating and water weight
Suppresses appetite (because it balances your pH levels and thus your glucose and insulin levels making you feel satisfied longer).
Can help with muscle aches and pains
Lemon Juice: Another acid and works very similar to acv. You can drink either one or mix both together. I mix them both together.
Cayenne Pepper: Lots of good stuff in this little spice.
Improves digestion
Reduces bloating
Increases blood circulation.
Breaks up mucus and toxins in blocked and clogged arteries, making it great for heart health
Honey: It is ideal that you use raw LOCAL honey. It will help tremendously with seasonal allergies. Since you are ingesting what you are reacting to from allergies, you are building an immunity. Raw honey has probiotics which are great for digestion.

He explains, "I do not use all of those every morning. I typically do lemon and/or apple cider vinegar with cayenne pepper."

(Our thanks to Sherry, Trish and Jerra for introducing us to this all-natural healthy alternative.  Once we've run this by our family physician, it could be a real find for many of us.  And of course, thanks to The Crunchy Moose website for providing such detailed info on the detox drink.) 

Strengthen Your Game

According to Dana Santas in "Swing Like Spieth: 3 Yoga Moves to
improve Your Golf Game," current thinking about improving your golf game, emphasizes "the functional movement required to execute the perfect swing, which is why yoga is increasingly appealing to golfers."

Santas is the yoga trainer for numerous pros in golf, baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. He describes Spieth's movement in the Masters as exhibiting "optimal movement in two key areas that enhance swing power and fluid control while decreasing the risk of back and knee injuries: mid-back mobility and internal hip rotation...while maintaining a stable low back and integrated core strength as the foundation for expressing his swing mobility."
Want the mobility to swing like Spieth and avoid the back and knee issues that commonly plague golfers? Santas recommends " Three yoga-based moves I use with my PGA clients to address the key areas of the swing."  He points out that the moves will not only help your swing but will also help to alleviate or sidestep altogether problems with knees and back.
  • Half child's pose with internal hip rotation   Trains internal hip rotation; stabilizes and lengthens lower back muscles; stretches upper back and shoulders; encourages ankle mobility.
  • Sphinx  Promotes proper mid-back extension; strengthens shoulder girdle, opens front of shoulders and chest; lengthens low back.
  • Twisting Chair  Promotes thoracic spine rotation and shoulder girdle function; stabilizes low back; activates glutes (primary muscles of the buttocks); encourages ankle mobility, strengthens adductors (groins), core and legs (Santas, April 23, 2015)

Interested?  The moves are explained with detailed instructions and pictures in

So You Think You Are Up on All the Golf Info? Maybe Not.

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Many very famous people have compared golf to the state of the world, to government officials, to God,  to profanity, to business rivals , and to a host of other life experiences.  "The Gospel According to St. Titleist"  will clue you in to all of these and more.  Enjoy and share with your golfing friends!
1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
~Grantland Rice~

2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
~John Updike~

3. It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
~Robert Lynd~

4. If profanity had any influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.
~Horace G. Hutchinson~

5. They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.
~Gardner Dickinson~

6. If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork as poorly as they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
~Sam Snead~

7. Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.
~William Wordsworth~

8. If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt.
~Dean Martin~

9. If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up.
~Tommy Bolt~

10. Man blames fate for all other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole-in-one.
~Bishop Sheen~

11. I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced.
~ Arnold Palmer~

12. My handicap? Woods and Irons.
~Chris Codiroli~

13. The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flag stick on top.
~Pete Dye~

14. I'm hitting the woods just great, but having a terrible time getting out of them!
~Buddy Hackett~

15. The only time my prayers are never answered is playing golf.
~Billy Graham~

16. If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
~Jack Lemmon~

17. Its good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
~Mark Twain~

18. Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.
~Harry Vardon~

19. Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at either of them.
~Raymond Willis~

20. May the ball lie in green pastures, and not in still waters or small round sandy region.
~Ben Hogan~

21. If I hit it right, it's a slice. If I hit it left, it's a hook. If I hit it straight, it's a miracle.
~All Us Hackers~

22 The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.
~George Deukmejian~

AND FINALLY................

23. Remember Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.
~Lee Trevino~

(Thanks to Larry M, Dick's friend, for sending this one.)

For All of the Strong Women Around Us...

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When we think of strong women, Eleanor Roosevelt's name pops into the minds of many of us.  She said many things that we can remember and enjoy. 

She said, "A woman is like a teabag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."

And "I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered.  But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue:  no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."

All of us have had a moment of doubt about our abilities. Roosevelt commented, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

And for all  of the grandmothers, mothers, aunts, godmothers, and friends of young families everywhere:
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity


(Thanks to Jerra and Joan D. for reminding us that there are strong women all around us and that our history is fortunate to count Eleanor Roosevelt among them.)