"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." ~ Ernest Hemingway

01 September 2014

The Conestoga Herb Guild to hold Herb Fest

Most people assume all diabetics are on insulin or some oral medication like Metformin. Many type 2 diabetics are able to manage their diabetes with exercise and herbal remedies.

Click HERE to read the full article as it appeared on Examiner.com this morning.

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Arby’s Restaurants aim to end childhood hunger

One in every five children live in a house that struggles to put food on the table, according to No Kid Hungry. Consider this for a moment: a child who does not have breakfast is not going to do well in school and is going to be more sick than his or her fellow students. That same child is less likely to graduate high school and go on to college or other post secondary education and is therefore less likely to be financially secure in adulthood. The circle of hunger will continue unless we stop end childhood hunger. Arby’s Restaurant Group wants to end childhood hunger across the nation. Now through 28 September, Arby's will hold its annual in-store fundraiser to support the Arby's Foundation at its participating stores nationwide.

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19 August 2014

The Great ConnectionThe Great Connection by Arnie Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warren reviews four basic personality types and how to connect with them at their level. The premise of course is that to believe in yourself, to be truly happy with who you are, then you need to know in fact who you are. ... Easy to read. A MUST for anyone who interacts with people throughout life!

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10 August 2014

Writing is a luxury ...

"Writing is a luxury," wrote Moira Allen in her latest Writing World email newsletter. She did elaborate that few writers, for as many of us there are out there, actually can honestly claim to make our living writing. Allen is right though. I used to. I don't any more and that is a hard pill to swallow.

Her article was actually about time management and mid year review of goals. Time management is not my problem, in my opinion of course. My problem is much darker ... depression. It is a hard thing to work through without going extremely dark.

So, my goals for the second half of the year are simple ones:
  • work smarter not necessarily harder
  • focus on developing my Facing Diabetes blog
  • continue to grow my Genealogical Gems (which of course brings about a whole other set of goals!)

Looking over my journal (not blog) entry on the first of the year concerning my goals, my first thought is that I have failed. However, I realize that while some items have fallen through the cracks, others are right on track. Others still have been purposely deleted.

For example, one goal had to do with my "day job" at the time. I hated that job and it did not pay well either so I found a new one. Now I work part-time at a local nursery/grocery store in the nursery. I love it. I would like more hours (this week I am scheduled for 11 hours) but once fall gets here my hours will increase again.

While I have not published a book yet, I did actually start it finally. While I have not lost as much weight as I want to, I have lost some. I have also worked to (most days) have a better control of my blood sugar, which was of course another goal. I took the girls to Longwood Gardens last week, hence the goal of a day trip was fulfilled. I do still feel guilty that we have never actually been on a family vacation but the day trips help on that one.

So, as I sit here typing before the sun has even considered rising, I have found my quiet time to write, work on genealogy and mentally prepare for the day at hand. Oh yes, and I also am on my second load of laundry, second pot of coffee brewing now and I have taken out the recyclables and fed the cat already this morning! I think my time management is doing fine!

28 July 2014

Wall-to-Wall Dead (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #6)Wall-to-Wall Dead by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the tv show Murder She Wrote and I loved Agatha Christie's heroine as well. Jennie Bentley ranks right up there with her DIY series in which former NY textile designer moves to small town Maine and literally stumbles into one murder case after another. The books are easy to read, light mysteries. In this one Avery and Derek begin a remodeling job in a condo where a nosey old lady gives everyone much grief ... until she gets murdered! Then another building resident gets murdered and the dirty laundry is left to air.

A one afternoon read and a nice excuse to slip away from the to do list. The design tips at the end are a nice extra. The book could easily be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. That unfortunately is also the one thing I found myself annoyed at. Bentley flashes back too much sometimes.

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26 July 2014

Mortar and Murder (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #4)Mortar and Murder by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another in a series of great little mysteries by Jennie Bentley. Death and mayhem seem to follow Avery Baker, a former New York textile designer. This is the fourth in Bentley's DIY mystery series. Baker weaves a thrilling tale of Rowanberry Island and its smuggling past and present secrets in amidst a few dead bodies. If you liked Murder She Wrote, you will love this series.

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25 July 2014

Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other DementiasAre the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias by Patricia Woodell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No one wants to think ahead to those decisions we may ultimately face in regards to our parents. However this book, "Are the Keys in the Freezer?". provides a first person personal look at what one family learned and went through together in regards to their mother.

The book is laid out in an easy to read manner. It covers briefly what exactly is dementia and the different stages of it. The book covers care facilities: how to choose one above another, cost factors, budgets to be able to afford one, the legal aspects, and of course the medical care aspects. Choosing a home is definitely not simply choosing the one closest to where you live. The book also covers hospice and advance care directives.

Also helpful is the resource list at the end for each chapter. These sisters consulted legal and medical professionals in writing this book.

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22 July 2014

Plaster and Poison (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #3)Plaster and Poison by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great light mystery. A former textile designer teams up with a handsome handyman. They stumble over murder and mystery and then help local police in a small town solve the crimes. Reminiscent of the television series "Murder, She Wrote."

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19 July 2014

Selling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your CustomersSelling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your Customers by Jeff Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jeff Cox does a great job explaining the different types and personalities of salespersons and their affect on a business. Anyone in business should read this. Good for salespeople too but slanted more to benefit management/ownership in my opinion.

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Europe can no longer ignore crisis in Ukraine

Europe has, with the exception of only a slap on the wrists, essentially looked the other way as pro Russian rebels have plagued Ukraine. Those rebels have brought the conflict back to the forefront by presumably shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 71 Thursday.

Click HERE to read the full article as it appeared this morning on Examiner.com.

15 July 2014

Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient LivingPrepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living by Jim Cobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a must read for the established prepper as well as the beginner. Jim Cobb covers everything from water and food to medicine and hygiene to warmth and shelter. He also covers security, tools, and bartering. His practical advice is easy to read. The advice in the book will prepare you to survive not just an initial disaster or event but to survive long term.

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12 July 2014

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta, #19)Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I saw another Scarpetta novel, I was excited. Finally! Unfortunately Patricia Cornwell did her main character or the series no justice. By going back to her early novels style of using a first person tone, the book reads more like a monologue. It is dry and moves slow. I was tempted many times to just set the book down and walk away but then in chapter 25 the action finally picked up as Cornwell killed off one of her recurring characters. As always a twist at the end when the killer was revealed. However even that was a let down. Without giving anything away, it just seemed like Cornwell created a new character in those last two chapters solely to pin the murder on them. All in all, a disappointing read.

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10 July 2014

Pets and Livestock Need Emergency Kits Too

Severe weather and hurricanes are common during these hot summer months. Various emergency management agencies always preach family emergency kits, but have you included your pets or livestock in your plans?

For house pets include:
  • Pet's medical records
  • Pet's vaccination records
  • Identification tag (or chip information)
  • Leash & collar
  • Water
  • Food
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • A carrier (for a cat or other small animal) or a crate (for a medium to large dog)

Micro chipping is one example of a permanent identification. Livestock are often tagged (think of the tag seen often on cows' ears) or branding (essentially a tattoo that is the owner's mark).

Do you have a plan specifically for your livestock if you have a farm? Include transportation and confinement areas in your plan.