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T?T on hold while I have a little Q&A fun

This week I am not on top of my blogging game. Meaning, I have not posted every day like usual. I am taking things slow to figure out the best approach to join in on some of my favorite hops without sacrificing my sanity. That being said, my regular write-up for Thursday Questions and Thoughts is on hold until I can gently message everything into order next week, hopefully.  Hop with me, as I visit a couple of my lovelies this morning for a little Q&A fun! Continue reading

#a2zchallenge Under the Milky Way & Stars on T?T

The past two days I was a bit unhinged with back-to-back doctor appointments. One visit I knew about weeks in advanced, but then my GI told me I needed to have a chest X-ray and TB skin test done each year with the medicine I am on.

Yesterday morning I called my Internal Medicine doctor to set this up. Stunned to learn 2009 was the last time I was in for a yearly. I decided to schedule a complete checkup with Dr.L. Where does the time go?  I had anticipated I would have to wait weeks to get in, but luckily there was an opening in the afternoon.

This appointment required fasting. From early morning til after my visit, I didn’t eat anything and only could drink water. I managed to squeeze in a 2-hour ride on my bike and shower before leaving. Then after my doctor’s visit, I had to do grocery shopping. Saying I was busy is a slight understatement. Phew! There is no reason for uneasiness, though. All is well! These were annual checkups that I needed to get out-of-the-way. *sigh of relief* Now, I can relax with no pending doctor visits in my immediate future, other than with my GYN, with summer approaching.

Unfortunately, my untimely routine change yesterday through my blog posting off. So, at the risk of utterly falling to pieces for the  A-Z Challenge, I have breathed new life into a past post. This morning’s alphabet prompt with the letter…Ufor Under the Milky Way and Stars!

What’s on your mind this Thursday? That’s simple….I have music on my mind. Ultimately music fills my senses in an uplifting spiral of all things good, especially if the music is….

As a kid, I remember gazing up into the nightly sky and seeing distant sights of beauty like the ones above. I wonder what was beyond the Milky Way, was it the gateway to another world?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” ~ Psalms 19:1

In the Disney children’s classic, The Lion King, Mufasa and Simba talk under the stars.

“…Simba..Let me tell you something that my father told me….Look at the stars, the great kings of the past look down on us from those stars..”

 “Really?”

“..yes..so whenever you feel alone, just remember, that those kings will always be there to guide you….and so will I.”

 

Mufasa’s sentiments gives comfort, but as a child of the One true King then I know only He watches from afar over His own and not pass earthly Kings. I think this writeup compliments  Our Universe post from 2012. Feel free to re-read or read it for the first time today.

This image does not belong to me. I borrowed it from Google & added the Bible verse.

1. When was the last time you looked at the night sky?

2. Do you take part in witnessing first hand special heavenly events such as Comet ISON?

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#T?T Intention #a2zchallenge

Nearly one-third of the A-Z Challenge is behind us, I question, what’s becoming of this month? And, what topic will I choose to cover for today’s prompt? I am a fly by the seat of the pants person pretty much when it comes to composing blog posts.  I usually have a subject lined up, but getting it down in advance is rarely executed. By my omission of guilt I need to say all my well thought out, best intentions are slow in coming.

Merriam-Webster online says Intention is the thing that you plan to do or achieve: an aim or purpose.

My intentions for others are always good, and I followed through. When my children were small, I had the best of intentions of keeping them from harm, so installed electrical outlet covers and cabinet latches. For those I love, I show them I care by sending personal hand-crafted birthday cards. Not all good intentions are forgotten.  However, I do find many missed opportunities.

I mentally figure out what I want to do, and inscribe my goals somewhere prominent to not lose sight of my aim. Despite all the good intentions in the world, if I fail to put action to my plan then it doesn’t get done. Case in my point, my biggest intention flop is my New Year fitness goals.

I want to burn off unwanted pounds, but I am always slow on the uptake to getting my plan moving till the last moment. Two weeks ago, I decided enough is enough and if I want to fit into some of my summery things then I needed drastic measures. Okay, I  kicked myself into gear finally with slow progression toward my goal.

Why do the best of intentions go undone?

I think there are many reasons why intentions aren’t carried out. I am  not saying they are good ones, but nonetheless sub-conscience acts that inhibit me from time-to-time, such as…

  • too busy
  • not properly prioritized
  • lack of enthusiasm
  • emotional upheaval
  • procrastination

I may intend to buy batteries for the smoke detector when picking up milk and bread at the grocery store, but forget. Often times, a hectic day leads to putting things off, like adding those batteries to my ongoing store list. Unless I decide to place importance on small things by not pushing them off, then I will always forget the batteries in my life. Perhaps, that was a poor illustration in getting my point across, but hopefully understood.

Having been there, done that, I am now ready to implore a new attitude direction. I don’t want to have future regrets for intentions (big or small) forgotten or put off.  I found an inspirational quote, I would like to share….

“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

Note: I am unsure, if Mary Anne Radmacher is the author of this little quote or not, but it’s a nice thought nonetheless. Google pointed me to it.

 

1. We all put things off for another day, on scale from 1-10, how successful are you to achieving your intentions?

2. What advice would you care to give to help others to live an intention complete life? (if there is such a thing)

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#a2zchallenge: Chamomile tea benefits {T?T}

This month I committed myself to the A to Z Challenge. My first instinct was to create separate posts for it and my routine daily hops, but let’s face it…that’s not practical. I will find inspiration with today’s alphabet prompt, the letter

On Monday my topic was the adrenal gland and the discovery that caffeine or too much of it can cause it to not work well. One source mentioned a coffee alternatives in three herbals teas. One of which is chamomile.  Today, I want to talk about the benefits of drinking chamomile tea.

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To begin with let me say, none of this information is from first-hand experience. Someone else did the hard work in making these discoveries. I have yet to see how chamomile tea affects my body, but given the interesting facts I have found then it’s well worth a closer investigation of my own to discovery the rewards of drinking chamomile tea each day.

You may already know of some of the health benefits from chamomile tea, but here are a few I learned.

  • Good nights sleep ~ acts like a mild sedative at bedtime
  • Relieves anxiety ~ calms frazzled nerves
  • Fights colds ~ boosts immune system
  • Soothes upset stomach ~ good digestive aid
  • Eases menstrual cramps ~ relaxes muscles

Chamomile tea is  a rich source of antioxidants that help to fight inflammation and chronic diseases ~ rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis). Other benefits as an anti-inflammatory agent are, relieves hay fever, ease hemorrhoids, and other chronic inflammatory conditions, but these antioxidants may also help to slow the aging process. It’s said that it may even reverse visible wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.

Drinking chamomile tea can lower blood glucose levels, which may help keep type 2 diabetes from developing in some people, but those who already have it, then it may improve complications that come with the disease such as kidney damage and vision loss.

Reports say Chamomile tea is effective in slowing the spread & shortening the lifespan of breast cancer cells and stopping the growth of leukemia cancer cells.

I read dental health is a sign of one’s wellness. The anti-inflammatory properties found in chamomile tea may heal periodontitis. By gargling with cooled chamomile tea it encourages healing and relief for painful gums, gingivitis, canker sores, and tooth aches.  This may seem a bit off topic, but if you’re suffering dental problems you may want to dig a little deeper to find the source of these conditions.

For topical use…chamomile tea can soothe insect bites, chicken pox, wounds, burns, bruises, sunburns, rashes, and itchy or inflamed skin. Also, its known for easing discomfort associated with eczema, psoriasis, acne, diaper rash, and other skin irritations.

I just began drinking chamomile tea for my (possible) sluggish adrenal gland. I have yet to find a suggestion on how many cups of chamomile to drink each day, but I decided that I would have a cup first thing in the morning and again in the evening with dinner. Call it a coincidence or the herbal drink at work, but I am sleeping more deeply than I have in a long time.

 

1. Are you fascinated by the health claims of chamomile tea?

2. Would you be willing to replace your caffeinated morning cup with chamomile tea?

Bonus: Do you have information on how much chamomile tea to drink for best health benefits?

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Thursday Thoughts: Which Disney princess are you?

I read an interesting quote… “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” by G.K. Chesterton

Fairy Tales are wonderful. I spent hours over the years reading beautiful stories with little eyes growing wide in anticipation to hear that good triumphed over evil, and how the princess lived happily ever after with her prince.

There is something magical about all that fluff that stays with us forever. I feel looking and feeling a princess, don’t you?  Would you like to know, which Disney princess you are? I do!

I recall seeing a Disney princess quiz in circulation several years ago on Facebook, but I never took it.  I checked with my good buddy, Google, and came up with, Which Disney princess are you?  Being the curious girl I am, I took the quiz to learn the secret of my inner Disney princess self.

The test results tagged me as Princess Pocahontas. Ironically, I have a touch of American Indian blood coursing through my veins. How did it know? This what it says about me a.k.a. Pocahontas.

You defy convention and sometimes do what is considered taboo. Unfortunately, others do not always appreciate your differences, so it’s good that you are so strong-willed. You are loyal and you believe in fate. Your true love will find you one day.

It surprised me at how close this answer mirrored me. I am not always conventional. I don’t care what others think about me. Yes, I am a determined person, loyal to a fault, and believe things  happen for a reason. And…my true love DID find me! Isn’t that scary?

Here are two others I found and took:

It seems none of the princess quizzes matched, but it was fun to do. I guess it’s safe to say that a bit of these princess personalities embed in my character. The good thing is, I still like to daydream, but I already have the prince of my dreams.

Speaking of the prince of my dreams, it was he who inSpired this post. Last week, DH showed me an entertaining video at Gizmodo. He knew I would love it, too. Hooray, he knows me so well! Now, I want to share it with you.

 

Isn’t that amazing? I don’t know how one guy pulled that song off, but he did a sensational job! This brings us to the readers’ participation part in answering today’s two questions. Come on, join the fun in leaving  your responses in comments. Today, I (and everyone else reading) wants to know…

1.  Which Disney princess are you?

2. Can you mimic a cartoon character voice, if so which one(s)? Go ahead, brag! 😉

In closing, I just want to say we all need something to hold on to, even if it is a dream because at the point we stop believing in the impossible or the what ifs, then hope is gone. Keep on dreamin’!

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#VeronicaMarsMovie #giveaway

I will be honest with you. I have not heard of Veronica Mars before this week. If you’re like me, then you’re may be interested in learning more…
 

about Veronica Mars!
Borrowed image from Wikipedia

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

Pre-order your copy & watch a trailer
 at http://theveronicamarsmovie.com/
 

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Good-luck!

1. Are you familiar with the series Veronica Mars? I am not, but I am now interested in it seeing the series after watching the movie trailer.

2. Did you know you can watch season one and two Amazon Prime? I was happy to find both seasons on Amazon Prime, which I added to My Watchlist.

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Thursday ?s & Thoughts: Is asparagus a cancer curer?

Amanda from SelfSagacity and I are teaming up to bring to you our a brand new weekly meme called…

At the moment, this is still a work-in-progress venture. For those of you who have been so faithful in keeping with Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions, then keep doing what you been doing as nothing has changed. At this point, we don’t have an official button for the hop, so please bear patience with us as we decide.

I am always intrigued a bit when I get an email making outstanding claims of a miraculous cure. I tend to take these reports with a grain of salt recognizing there may be some truth to the claim and I set out to separate facts from fiction.

Yesterday I got such a promise that asparagus cures cancer. Have you seen this email yet? If not, then you take a peak at on Snopes.

What troubles me most about Internet promises is that a desperately ill person may forgo proper treatment in search for that elusive supernatural remedy. I do believe anytime a person does his/her best to eat nutritionally sound, then the body will reap the benefits. A cure? Maybe not, but perhaps for those with a precursor for certain illnesses, I can’t help to wonder,  if eating particular foods will decrease the chance of the disease’s development.

One Internet source behind the asparagus sensation became viral after The National Cancer Institute’s The Glutathione Report names asparagus as the one food that tested highest in glutathione (GSH) — a phyto-chemical that’s an antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties.

Aside from its detoxifying mojo to break down carcinogens in the body, this spear-shaped veggie, acts like a weapon to protect your over all health with various nutrients ~ fiber, vitamins, and trace minerals.

An element found in Asparagus is inulin. What’s this? Simply put, it’s a carbohydrate that can aid the digestion by producing the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria (Bifidobacteria & Lactobacilli). This is a nice perk for someone such as myself with an intestinal disorder and it’s good for anyone who feels off balanced. A problem many face with age.

Asparagus is a good source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K, which helps to keep calcium in our bones, as well as other bone building B-vitamins, copper, & phosphorus. For someone who is lactose intolerant and relies on alternate dietary sources to provide my daily calcium, I like this simple fact that incorporating asparagus in my meals strengthen my body’s ability to hold onto an important bone building mineral.

The fiber and protein in a cup of asparagus helps the body’s mechanics to break down food, makes one feel more satisfied, regulates blood sugar, and encourages BMs

In six asparagus spears you get half of your RDA of folic acid (B-vitamin). This is especially good for expecting moms’ unborn babies with the prevention of neural tube defects (Spina Bifida). What I didn’t know is its benefits for adults, which includes: the prevention of colon cancers for those with inflammatory bowel disorders (that’s me), stroke, osteoporosis, strengthen blood vessels, protect against other cancers, and more.

Remember glutathione is the secret ingredient in asparagus that caused this to be the latest outrage and each decade of our life that we live, we lose 8-12% of this secret ingredient. The good news is our body can synthesize its own production of it, if given the necessary build blocks foods that are rich in amino acids glycine , glutamic acid, and cysteine. For instance, like: avocados, onions, garlic, turmeric, spinach, and of course asparagus. As well as raw eggs and unprocessed meats. One Internet source indicated raw whey protein (usually found in protein powder & bars) or other cultured diary products made from grass-fed cows’ milk as a good high quality precursor for your body to use in making its own glutathione.

Science cannot argue the beneficial properties found in asparagus. It definitely could add a boost toward a healthier you,  but a cure all? Unfortunately, no food can really fulfill such a claim.  I am a firm believer, if a person can replace the quick, overly processed foods with a diet rich with lean meats, fruits, and vegetables progress is made toward better health. I plan to begin including asparagus to my diet more after learning the many benefits from this query.

  1. How seriously do you pay attention to emails spouting miraculous cures?
  2. Do you immediately forward these emails, research the validity of the source, or send it to the trash bin?

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