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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Third Hand Smoke and our Babies


Daily we are learning more about the long term risks of smoking. Tobacco use is so dangerous that there is first hand smoke, second hand smoke and now we have become aware of the risk of third hand smoke. Many of these dangers unfortunately are imposed on the most innocent, our children. 

Did you know that the National Toxicology Program has identified 250 poisonous gases, chemicals and metals contained in cigarette smoke? These toxins cling to the smoker's hair, garments, home furnishings, carpeting, wall paint and so forth. Examine an ash tray and see how the tar clings to it. Imagine the same thing happening to everything touched by the cigarette smoke. Our children breathe these poisons in and fill their little lungs with these toxins.

Did you know that your body will begin to repair itself once smoking cessation is started. Food will regain its flavor, your lungs will start functioning better. Your blood pressure returns to normal in 20 minutes. The toxic levels of carbon monoxide in your blood stream will drop to half in just 8 hours without smoking, and it just keeps getting better the longer you avoid smoking.

Do we really want to impose our bad habits on our little ones? If you can't stop smoking for yourself, do it for them! They are the innocents here. Children who live in homes with smokers have an increased risk of asthma, emphysema, cancer, heart disease, and other related illnesses. These carcinogens endanger our children and other smokers and nonsmokers through dermal uptake also, which is the absorption of carcinogens through the skin. 

Thank you for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy,  and God bless.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Changes

I blink my eyes and what do I see
A cloud slipping down behind the tree
Racing each other as quick as can be
 I've watched the sky off and on since dawn
The soft clear blue of earlier on
Replaced with a deeper hue
As the morning is gone
Nature by God
Poem by Judy
We joke about constant change at work. We say the only thing consistent is change. Isn't nature the same way? Clouds are forever moving. Days fade into night, weeks into months and months into years. . .The baby we brought home from the hospital is now bringing home his or her own. Be careful if you are not alert you may miss a milestone. :-)

Some changes are miraculous and we revel in them, some are devastating at the moment, but all are within God's control and He will see us through and bring us more wonders than we ever thought possible.

1. Do you remember a wonderful life altering change?

2. Do you remember an event that you survived which you thought was disastrous but ended in a wonderful way?

Please join the conversation at Thursday Two Questions hosted by Amanda. Don't let the conversation get started without you!

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay well and God bless!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homemade Christmas Decorations

A clothespin, some rope, fabric, ribbon and lace...

Three pieces of lace folded and layered, a length of ribbon to hang our angel up; a string of beads, a tiny rose and a satin ball...

Jeannie decorated these windows. She is so creative. 

 Icicles with ornaments tied to them and stringed ornaments hung in varying lengths,  from the window tops....

Attach them on the inside with painter's tape. Do you see the reflections in the windows?

This post linked to weekend reflection and shadow shot Sunday. I wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thanks for the visit and God bless. 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Defeat the Addiction not the Patient!

Defeat the Addiction not the Patient.

Many experts on drug addiction advise that addiction is not a disease but a symptom of something much deeper. Treating the patient like an addict or an alcoholic, who is powerless over the overwhelming urge to use, defeats the patient not the addiction. Experts now believe that it is important to treat the patient with in depth counseling getting to the core of the issue and not just teaching them how to “manage” one day at a time as an addict or alcoholic. This treatment can best take place at a drug abuse rehab center.

Some of the most common fundamental problems or causes of drug or alcohol abuse are:

  •     ADD or ADHD
  •     Anxiety
  •     Chemical imbalance
  •     Depression
  •     Depression
  •     Dysfunctional family/turmoil
  •     Headaches
  •     Insomnia
  •     Lack of purpose
  •     Low self esteem
  •     Loss of a loved one
  •     Molestation
  •     Trauma
  •     Physical pain

In depth counseling aimed at healing the underlying issue enables for the achievement of emotional strength and growth and aids in bringing patient recovery.

Addictions cause life to spiral out of control.

The patient who is trying to balance their life issues while dealing with an overwhelming desire to misuse drugs or alcohol finds their life soon spiraling out of control. It may affect their family life, relationships, financial and emotional stability, and ability to maintain gainful employment. Drugs and alcohol not only plays a huge part in injuries and deaths related to traffic incidents, but in the work place. Excessive and chronic alcohol consumption causes many serious health issues; liver disease, cancer, heart attacks, and brain damage; just to name a few. Alcohol and drug abuse can not only trigger diseases but compound those that are contracted by the patient as they contribute to the patient making poor health choices, malnutrition, and participating in at risk behavior.

Women who abuse substances are victims of violence more often than those who do not.

They are at an even higher risk of partaking in activities which endanger their safety and welfare as their judgment is impaired and their self-esteem lowered. Many more women who abuse substances or alcohol become victims of violence than those who do not. It becomes a vicious cycle which can stop with  drug abuse rehab.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless.


A Uniform with a Difference

baby scrubs found at blue sky scrubs

In a world where we strive to be both the same and unique at the same time there is a uniform that offers that. We have school uniforms where children dress alike to give them the chance to study and to consider one another as members of the same team having a spirit of comradradie  allowing students to gain the most from their learning environment without the distraction of name brand labels and expensive styles. 

We have military uniforms and work uniforms to help distinguish those of duty from the others. But their is one uniform that has done what others do not and that is the scrub uniform. It allows for the appearance of the team being similar in appearance yet unique as there are so many individual scrub styles to choose from.  You can find medical scrubs of a superior quality at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ and they are currently running a special on shipping. 

Scrub uniforms help to maintain the cleanliness of the medical profession while offering the uniqueness of individual choice; a fabric that is stain and wrinkle resistance and a broad range of styles and colors. Blue Sky Scrubs offers gift certificates that can be offered for that special loved one on your gift list that works in the nursing or medical profession. This is a gift of quality that they can enjoy every day. They even offer scrubs for infants. What a unique baby shower gift!

I am joining Thursday Two Questions this week to ask how you feel about school uniforms? I happen to think that school uniforms encourage better studying and less rivalry. I happen to feel that children have a lot of pressure placed upon them to compete with one another to wear clothing that is costly and stylish and it is difficult for the school to monitor a dress code when they are not required to wear uniforms. The child whose family cannot afford the current styles is sometimes outcast. 

How did you dress when you attended high school? When I went to school there was a strict dress code. Girls had to wear dresses or skirts which touched the chair if you were to kneel in a chair. Tops were never revealing, hair cuts and styles were always conventional; no mohawks or funny colors. :-) Boys wore khakis, dress pants, or casual pants; not jeans. The world has truly changed!

Please join Amanda and have your say! :-) Thanks for your visit today. Take care and God bless!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Light a Candle Against Cancer

These are the colors that represent the different cancers. All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.. Even if it's to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck by cancer.. 

Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle. 

Please Keep The Candle Going! 
This one I do ask that you please send on..

While we pray for the cure of cancer, remember God helps those who help themselves; not that I am blaming anyone for being struck with cancer. Children get struck with cancer, nonsmokers get struck with cancer, but did you know that not eating right has more of an impact on your health than even smoking? 

Chan, Icy and I have written articles about detecting, preventing and treating cancers. Only a fraction of our articles are listed below. We have done extensive research. Cancer is detectable, preventable and treatable if we take the right steps. Losing someone from this formidable disease is heart wrenching. Fighting this disease is frightening! Let us do all that we can against this disease! There is no time like the present to start! Be aware, share, show you care and let's fight this thing.

Thanks for visiting. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Imports

I was in Meijer the other day using a $20. gift certificate I received from my job for earning the title employee of the month. I am honored and truly humbled and appreciative; also the money was burning a hole in my pocket. :-) 

I came across this fruit, called Sharon in the exotic fruit section. They were next to the persimmon and both were priced at two for a $1.00 so I selected one of each and took them home to share with hubby. Before eating this fruit, which looks like an orange tomato, I looked it up online. The fruit felt firm and the skin is thicker than a tomato. I was bursting with curiosity, but first I wanted to know more. Last year when I brought home taro root I learned that it should not be eaten raw and can in fact be toxic if not cooked so  after learning that I have learned to be cautious. If you want to know what I learned about sharon fruit you can read here.  We tried persimmon for the first time last year, and often I bring home something new and we try it, after researching first. Some I now buy every time they are on sale, like pummelo. We love this one! BTW, I have articles linked to each, if you are curious. 

Do you try new foods when you get a chance?

What foods have you tried that you really like or really don't like? I tried the star fruit a few years ago and got a terrible stomach ache. I don't want to see one now. :-)

This post linked to Thursday Two Questions. Join the conversation at Amanda's. Thanks for visiting me. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless. 


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Be a part of Community Action

I used to work part time for Community Action, sandwiched in between a few other jobs. :-) Click on the picture to view all the programs they offer. I used to see many people get assistance for different aspects of their lives, when I would stop at this office to get my pay check. If you need help in any of these areas, look them up in the telephone directory and give them a call. If you have time available to offer to assist others, say in something like tax preparation or assisting in head start, they would appreciate your assistance.

This post linked to weekend reflection. Thank you so much for visiting. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Transportation

How can something so treacherous be so pretty?
White, glittering, sparkling, shining throughout the city

Crispy, crunching snow crackling as we walk
Purest prettiest white, whiter than pure chalk

This morning I went outside half an hour early to heat up my car and scrape the windows. Well imagine my surprise when I spent several minutes outside just trying to get inside my car to heat it up! I finally had to crawl through the back door to get inside as neither front door would open.They were frozen shut.

It makes me appreciate the fact that (once I get it running) I have transportation. It was frigid outside and I have no boots... but now that I am back home and sitting in front of the television watching the news I am ashamed of what we have done to Scott Olsen, one of our own soldiers, and my whining about frozen car doors.

What do you think about the 99% movement and some of the other peaceful rallies that are going on today?

Do you think the police are handling the rallies appropriately? Some of our soldiers have come back from tours of Iraq to see our "domestic enemies" seeking to infringe our rights. 

Please stop in and see Amanda. Thursday Two Questions is just beginning to get hopping, so hop on over, the conversation is lively.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Trees on Fire

No, not really. The trees are not on fire, but I did a double take as I glanced out my kitchen window that oversees the backyard. There were so many colors trying to compete with all the trees for my viewing. I ran back upstairs to get my camera and while I was upstairs took a couple of shots out the back window. This was at 7:00 a.m.

This post linked to Skywatch Friday. Thank you for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

How's your love tank?

"Life begins, or should begin, at home. For me that means Sam and Grace, Dad and Mom, who have loved me for more than 60 years."
I was reading this book over a year ago because of an inner need within me which is not being met. My step daughter had the book and gave it to me as she thought it would help. I was really getting into the book and feeling that the author was onto something when my youngest son's girl friend was very unhappy with life and wanted some answers. I lent it to her and she never returned it. Now a coworker has loaned it to me and I will finish it this time, then return it.

The author, Gary Chapman, just spoke recently at one of our Marriage Matters workshops near here, but we were unable to attend.  He is a renown marriage counselor.

This post linked to A Few More Pages.  Grab the first line or two from the book you are currently reading and provide your first impression. The author dangled something very important to me before my eyes - a happy marriage. Marriage is hard work, and if he knows how to make it work, I am all ears.

Thanks for your visit. Stay healthy, take care and God bless.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful Thursday - My Bedmate

Yesterday I got hit with the flu like a ton of bricks.

I haven't had the flu in years and have only gotten a flu shot once in my life. Because of my excellent attendance at work; I am always on time and have never called in; I am what is classified as an "A". An A is given the option of going home early when work is slow without it counting against them so when asked if I wanted to go home at 10 a.m. I did. I only stopped to buy jello and broth and headed home and to bed where I stayed until 5 am this morning. I returned to work today.

Cinnamon to the rescue!

My bed mate, pictured above, slept on my knees all day and all night. I took two cinnamon capsules yesterday and another this morning and now feel fine. Cinnamon is a natural anti-viral. My hubby wanted me to go to the doctor, but I didn't feel up to it, and the co-pay is $35. which I do not have plus he would have said it's a virus and needs to run it's course! 1.) Do you think doctor's visits are overpriced?

2.) Do you think there are sometimes that we should not have to pay or the rate should be less?

Don't forget to check out Amanda's Thursday Two Questions. The conversation is about to get lively and you wouldn't want to miss any of it! This post also connected with Camera Critters.

Thanks for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Nature's Colors

Anyone who knows  me knows that I am in absolute awe of mother nature. Mari affectionately calls me a sky stalker... On my lunch half hour I often gaze out the window and snap pictures. Some people see the beauty and others see a kooky woman taking pictures. :-) This is the golden rain tree that I did not even know existed until I started working at this job in 2007. Before that I was busily working inside a discount store tending stock and customers while managing employees, and before that and before that...It was always something which kept me inside away from windows.:-)

As I gaze out the window I am reminded that a God who creates such beauty is alive and well working to make the world just a little bit more beautiful even as us humans are carelessly wasting resources. I wonder if I were He would I run out of patience? Probably long ago!! I remember how when the kids were little and they dropped things around the house, I would ask them to come back and clean up their mess. I kept asking until it was done.  Us humans have made a fine mess of things.

You have heard the debates about the greenhouse effect, right? We had to write a debate article on this topic and I already believed in it but was even more convinced when I read about some of the devastation created by our thoughtlessness.

1. Do you believe in the greenhouse effect?
2. Why or why not?

Please stop in at Amanda's and join the conversation there. We are celebrating the 61st week!! Wow, awesome job Amanda on Thursday Two Questions!

Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless!


Friday, November 4, 2011

My Dog

Thanks to Roman May
I have a wonderful yellow lab that I treat like a child. As I don’t have children yet, I feel like she is a practice round. As soon as I can convince myself that I can adequately take care of her, maybe we’ll start thinking about children. She is the most lovable, energetic dog ever, and I love that. Here’s the problem, though—part of the reason my husband finally acquiesced and allowed me to get a dog is that I told him she would make me feel safer when he’s traveling. Having a big dog to bark and scare off any would-be intruders would help me sleep better at night, I told him. Flawless logic, yes? No. This dog will bark. That’s the good news. Her bark is actually pretty intimidating. If I didn’t know her it might scare me a little bit. However, while she’s barking, she is normally standing next to our sidelight windows at the front door, and anyone outside can clearly see she’s a yellow lab. Yellow labs are not known for being good guard dogs, is kind of the point. So, Plan B: I convinced my husband that we needed to install a www.homealarmsystems.com. Best possible scenario: I got my dog I’ve been wanting for years, and now I have a security system that gives me the peace of mind I need. Win-win, in my opinion.


Genesis: 40 ~ Joseph is forgotten

 The workday begins with a sky painted black
So many dark days...it's hard to keep track
Walking to the car with very little light
Carefully looking to my left and to my right
 Scraping off the frost from the car so I can see
Shivering from the cold, fumbling for the key
But only seconds later the sun begins to rise
Showing such glory lighting up the skies
 I only have a minute before I rush inside
Another day to punch the clock, my thirst is set aside
I thirst for you, dear God, to spend some time with you
I only pray to find the time before my day is through!

Nature by God
Poem by Judy

My new blog The Chapter Challenge is dedicated to reading the Bible cover to cover one chapter at a time.  Some how I ended up after several tries (Blogger kept sending me error messages and closing) to post on that particular blog, back on this one, so here is my synopsis of Genesis 40 as found in the New American Bible:

Joseph became trusted by his jailers and was placed in a position of authority. Two men who had worked for the pharaoh and offended him were recently arrested and assigned under him in the jail.  As he was attending them he noticed that they looked troubled. After he spoke to them, they confided in Joseph that they had been troubled by dreams and he responded that dreams were from God so could be interpreted by Him and he would seek God's advice to help them find the meanings. He interpreted their dreams and was promised that he would be remembered to Pharaoh and his freedom sought. 

Both men were freed, one given back his position and the other put to death just as Joseph had advised them according to the dreams that God had given to them. The men forgot all about Joseph doing them the favors.

This post linked to Skywatch Friday. Thanks so much for visiting me today. May God richly bless you and the reading of His word.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankful Thursday ~ Mom's teaching

1. Have you ever witnessed someone's misbehavior and shook your head thinking I know my mother did not raise that person!!??

My mother was a gentle teacher, but we got it when she said it and not only that, she demonstrated her lessons! I never once heard her curse and seldom heard her yell. Her English was impeccable and so were her manners; still are. Mom has had a series of strokes so her language is very limited now. Most of her communication is via a tablet of paper, but her lessons are still fresh in my mind.

2. What behavior do you thank your mother for instilling in you? Don't forget to tell her, Mom's like encouragement too! :-)

Thanks so much for joining me today. Please hop on over to Amanda's and join in the lively conversation already going on at Thursday Two Questions. Take care and God bless!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday ~ Birthdays!

I wish  you could see this funny little daschund dog that sings "I ain't nothing but a hound dog crying all the time"...It lights up and the big floppy ears go up and down. Poor Ani'ale did not know what to think of it. She first looked at the dog, then her father, then me, then at the family dog. Why didn't the family dog sing and why don't his ears keep time to the music? Who knows what goes through the mind of a one year old? My friend, Jeannie gave her the dog for her birthday and we couldn't wait for her birthday celebration this week end to see if she liked it or not. She does.

1. What is your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

2. Do you tell your age or not?

I have gotten a little behind in my visits. This sweet little girl's family is moving this week and it has been kind of hectic. She has a brand new little sister and everyone is quite busy. Grandma is trying to help here and there.

This post is linked to Amanda's Thursday Two Questions. Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless and if it is your birthday, have a great one!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Goldenrod is truly golden

Just a little nature walk
And what do I see
Pretty little flowers
Saying "look at me!"
Nature by God
poem by Judy

This post linked to Mellow Yellow Monday, Macro flowers and Today's Flowers. Thanks so much for visiting and if you would like to learn more about the herbal benefits of goldenrod click here. It contains essential oils which can be used to treat over 20 ailments. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


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