Palm Trees in Heaven

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Palm Trees in Heaven

According to Revelation (Bible), angels and saints will be waving palm fronds while they worship the Lord. That means there will be palm trees in heaven. The next time you look at one, think about how grand one will look in heaven. I hope there will be a sandy beach along the river of life for me to relax on. How about you? What would you like to have in heaven?

Seventy Year Old Seagull…

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Seventy Year Old Seagull...

Yep…I feel like that lone seagull standing watch on the dock. She’s not as old as I, but she probably knows how I feel. Don’t know how seventy is supposed to feel; I don’t have any seventy year old friends. All my friends are still in their own homes…still having company…family all around them..grandchildren to love on. I’m just like that single solitary seagull standing on the wall. The flock has left; no family left; quietness at night. She looks around and wonders where it all went? Late at night is the worst. My mind can’t stop; sleep can’t come; alone time to ponder my future. I’d rather be sitting on the dock of the bay like that seagull.

Brain and Food…

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Last night I watched a program on brain health.  The neurologist was also a nutritionist.  He is convinced that there is so much dementia in society today becaUSE OF OUR DIETS.  tHESE DIETS WERE CHANGED OVER THE PAST TWO OR THREE DECADES TO REFLECT THAT FAT IS NOT GOOD FOR US.

He shows that fat is necessary…essential …for a healthy brain.  We load up on Carbs…and that deteriorates the brain.  So does sugar.  He suggest we cut out SUGAR, use Low-Carb diet, and eat more fat…good fat.

Also, he talked a lot about GLUTEN.  It seems many, many of us are not processing gluten and it is causing us to have lots of inflammation in the brain. This inflammation causes dementia…Alzeheimer’s…I have that in my family so I really need to cut out everything that would lead me down that road.

Everything he said sounded realistic, so I am going to try to eliminate GLUTEN, sugar, and coffee from my diet…I will also make sure I have good FATS in my diet.  Coconut oil will be added to my diet.  I take Omega3 with HDA…which also helps the brain.

There are two breakfast products that we shouldn’t be eating:  Orange Juice and Cereals….The OJ is full of sugar…and thus carbs…The Cereals are carbs.  I have already cut out BREAD…all grains…and am eathing nuts and seeds instead.

My problem is complicated by having gout.  I have to be careful not to eat foods that are high in purine….I know what they are, so I will stay off them, too…

Let me know if you have any concerns about this new way of eating.  It’s the latest, most up-to-date information.

God BLess…My mother died from Alzeimer’s just a year and a half ago.  I know the horrors of losing your mind.  I am going to try to keep mine healthy so I don’t go through what she did.

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My Frankie at Grand Canyon

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My Frankie at Grand Canyon

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there and to my husband who fathered two boys. It isn’t easy being a father, but Frankie was an active father, always at games, practices, etc. It’s good to see father and son interaction especially with adult children and old dad…they help him to the car, close the door for him, and even pay for dinner! Hope all the guys had a special day like Frankie did.

Fragile as Clay Pots!!

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Fragile as Clay Pots!!

We are fragile as clay pots! Being 70 isn’t easy. Frank is in heart failure, I have bouts with gout, and both of us have high blood pressure along with high sugar. This means we spend half our time running to doctor appointments and then try to fit in times for games. Today, I attempted to play mah-jongg with some friends, but found out there was a special program in the room where we play. We moved on to another room, but then had to move because there was exercise class in there at 11 am. Got in two games, but no one won. It was distracting to have to move. Frank and I both spent an hour in an appointment this week and have to go back again in two weeks. Word to the wise: get in shape in your sixties so you can endure all the failings that happen with your body in your seventies…haha. Never thought I’d get gout, but I suppose it is inherited from my father. I inherited type II Diabetes from mother. Someone in the family predisposed us all to spinal stenosis…a real bear! Can hardly stand for longer than 10 minutes…too much pain.
another medical issue evolves around FOOD…why do you think God lets us fall apart when we eat certain foods…It’s the pits having to delete foods from the diet that cause high sugar and others that cause gout!! I could write a book!! Did you know that gout can be caused by eating too much purine that is found in certain foods? for some reason the body doesn’t process the way it should…shell fish, oily fish, spinach, oatmeal, asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, and beans of all kinds can set off an attack…and that is not all…there are many meats, especially organ meats, that also are bad. the biggy is BEER…which I do not drink anyway! Then add all the foods that have starch/sugars to my list and that leaves me with very little choice.
It’s the pits being seventy. Growing old is supposed to be a blessing from God, but I guestion that statement. If we could just grow old and not have all the aches and pains and restrictions on everything we eat, then old age could be nice…but it isn’t. Things that I loved to do are not possible anymore. The old bode wants rest.
Good luck with your own “clay pot.” Take care of it or it will break.
God Bless.

D-Day Stands for Daddy

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My father hit the beach at Normandy.  He wasn’t in the first two waves of troops, but he was the third…and swam past many dead bodies.  He as only 17 when he entered the service and would turn 18 on the 28th of June.  Can you imagine?  When I think of the trauma my father went through at that age, I excuse him for everything bizarre he ever did.  The war affected him.  My Mother would tell us not to touch Daddy when he was asleep because he would wake up swinging…that lasted his entire life.  He died at 76; 

D-Day stands for Daddy…the daddy who fought in the big war and came home.  It’s a reminder of how cruel war is to our young men.  I was 6 months old when Daddy stormed the beach.  When I grew up, my generation of ;men went to Vietnam.  They, too, came back scarred for life, many to homelessness and mental illness.  Many didn’t come back.  This day every year is a memorial to those who lost their lives on that beach, but it is also a memorial to the Daddy who did survive the assault that day.  

Thank you, warriors, for what you did.  May God give you peace and a piece of heaven!

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Gout? Are you serious?

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Gout has attacked once again!  I was in so much pain that I had to get to the doctor’s.  The nurse here had a wheel chair, so she rolled me to the car so I could drive myself there.  At the same time, Frank had an appointment with his doctor.  Today was a bummer!

Did your Dad or grandfather have gout?  Then you may be in for a treat.  My father had gout and I think I inherited the tendencies to have flare ups.  They are horrific!  I have been in excruciating pain for three days! First, the pain was in my heel and I found it difficult to walk; then the swelling began around the ankle.  That is when the real pain set in.  It feels like a freight train ran over my foot and ankle.  I have had three breaks in one ankle at one time and it felt nothing as horrible as this!  

When I made it to the doctor’s, I was given a blood test and a pain shot.  Dr. says it is just arthritis or gouty arthritis…or a bad gout flare up….so I now have pills for a week and aleve twice a day for pain.  The worst part of it all is the inability to stand or walk.  It is really depressing not to be able to get around.

The flare up could have been caused by a small cup of black bean soup.  Beans have purine which builds up in blood and can cause gout.  The only other thing it could have been is a bag of peanuts.  Both may have started this!  Beware!  A lot of good, healthy foods can cause gout!  Asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, beans, peas, red meats, shell fish, oily fish (the good stuff)…etc.   Back on the diet.  Can’t take the pain!  My poor father was always in pain with gout.  I remember that he grunted when he walked and now I know why.  I’ll be back when I’m better and tell you more of the glamorous, gay life of those over seventy!  Ha!

God Bless