Friday, June 30, 2017

Feed Your Eyes

Last winter I visited the eye doctor. I knew it was time for new eyeglasses. And I thought maybe just maybe I needed to have them checked for some other issues I thought my be facing me. I was surprised when she told me that there were some vitamins I needed to take in order to maintain good vision.

And of course she had a list of foods that I needed to eat. Now we've all heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but there are a few other foods that need to be added to the list of superfoods for the eyes.

Nuts

Studies have shown that eating one to two servings of nuts per week can reduced the risk of age related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60, by 35%. So sometimes it's good to feel like a nut.

Fish

Yes, we can add another reason to eat more fish. Studies have also shown that one serving of fish a week can reduce the chance of getting AMD by 31 percent. It's  believed that those fatty acids reduce the inflammation in blood vessels of the eye.

Spinach

Have you ever noticed that Popeye didn't wear eyeglasses. There may be a reason for that. Spinach, like carrots is full of carotenoids.

Eggs



And last, but not least eggs contain that wonderful eye food, Lutein. According to my eye doctor lutein helps maintain the pigment in your eyes. Which is something I really want.





Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Steins Of Fort Wayne

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Germanfest. It was loads of fun, Leiderhosen contests and of course Weinder Dog races. And I was surprised to see giant steins. Well, sort of surprised. It is Germanfest after all. But I found them interesting. And here are some of the steins of Fort Wayne.



Let me know what you think of the pictures, and when was the last time you saw a giant stein?




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Captain's Take On Felines And Household Plants

I am a curious feline. And if there is a plant in the house, I like to check it out. But there are a few plants that just don't agree with my feline body. I am going to remind all of those pet humans about plants that appropriate for me and my fellow felines.
Many individuals do not realize that we felines do like and need a few greens in our diet. The main green we want in our diet is cat grass. Yes, we need just a little grass in our lives so that we can obtain some folic acid into our bloodstream. We just feel better after we eat grass. But often our pet humans don't believe that grass is good for them kittens. The reason for this is we often vomit any of the grass that we cannot digest. Don't worry if we eat a little grass and then vomit. We are just not able to digest it all the way other pets can. So please have a planter full of cat grass for your felines.

But there are so many plants that are not good for cats. I understand that humans find Aloe to be quite good for their skin, but it is quite bad for a cats digestion. Other common plants that can be toxic to the feline in your life include, tomatoes and tulips. Most of us will not attempt to eat these, but if we do please contact your local veterinarian to see what needs to be done.




Monday, June 26, 2017

You're A Star Monday Blog Hop

Another Monday has arrived. Monday's for me are different than other individuals Monday's. For most people it's the beginning of their work week, but for me it's the downhill side of the work week. And it is one of those days that starts off really busy, and then totally dies off. And the other good thing about Monday in my work week is sometimes, we have the chance to go home early. That's just an extra little treat in the work week I think. But enough rambling about Monday's.


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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
With summer comes the need to hydrate, and of course it needs to be healthy. And of course you want to incorporate the fruit of summer. So check out the Raw Fruit Berry Drink 


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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the May "You're the Star" blog hop)

The Cupboard Was Bare by Ginx Craft


The 7 R's of Zero Waste by Skip The Bag

Super Simple Zucchini Boats by Wife Mommy Me

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Healthy Before Vacation Season by Curly Crafty Mom
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Sunday and I'm Smiling

It's been a couple of weeks since I shared some of the things in life that have truly made me happy. And shouldn't Sunday be a day that we share these things?

Being able to breathe easier because my cold is gone. They say summer colds are the worst, and I believe it. I've been coughing and sneezing for over a week. And it has finally broken up. Hurray!

Lush products! Aren't they just the greatest? I'm currently loving their perfume Karma. It just has a wonderful earthy scent. I love it!
The festival season has arrived. Ribfest, Germanfest, Greekfest, they are all so much fun, and well the food is awesome at each festival.

That totally awesome feeling you have when you realize that you don't have to prove you're right about something. Knowing that you are right is simply enough. And okay, there is a specific person I know that this applies to. Why does that person have to argue about everything?

That mini series The White Queen has drama and beautiful costumes. It will definitely remind you to be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

What are you thankful for this week?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Make It Shine Part Three

We've talked about gold, we've talked about silver. Now we are going to talk about those pearls that have lost their luster.
Pears loose their luster fairly easily because they are so porous. It doesn't matter if they are real, cultured, or faux, you must clean them with care. The first step to cleaning those pearls is placing them on a soft cloth. Next, take a clean make up brush and dip it in warm water and a little shampoo. Go over each pearl with the brush. Finish it up with rinsing the pearls with a clean well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bone Tree

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the book Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I liked the book, so I picked up the next book in the series. The book is The Bone Tree, and here is what I think of the book.

The Story

Penn Cage is caught in the deviousness of The Double Eagles. He finds that his father is still in danger from the group, that he realizes he cannot make deals with. The Bone Tree is the big mystery of the present. Where is it? And how many crimes can its contents solve. Penn's fiancé is able to locate the tree, but it costs her dearly. And while a mystery is solved in this book, one that goes to the heart of the conspiracy about JFK's murder, other questions are asked. And are the losses worth the answers?

What I Think

I liked the book. Did I like it as much as Natchez Burning? Yes, I did. While you are pretty sure you know what direction the book will go, there are plenty of twists and turns. I basically like the character of Penn. He is looking for the truth, but he finds that it is so confusing getting to it. And I like how the book shows just how human he really is at the end of the book. He is an understandable hero. 

And I found that I really want to know where the story is going to go next. So I plan on reading the next book in the series.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Asparagus with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

You want a healthy appetizer for this July the fourth. There will be burgers, there will be deserts, but do you really need the same old veggie tray. Asparagus can be a change to the celebrations. Here's a fabulous appetizer to feed your family this fourth.

Here's What You Need

Grilled or steamed asparagus spears
1/2 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of fresh chopped chives
2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons grated and peeled fresh ginger

Mix the last five ingredients in a bowl. And place it in a serving dish as your dip for the asparagus.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Did You Catch That?

I was speaking with someone the other day. He asked me have you ever noticed that people either let out positive or negative energy? I asked him what he meant. And he told me there are some people that it doesn't matter what you just don't feel sad or bad when you're around them. Those people let out positive energy. And then there are some people it doesn't matter what happens you just don't feel energized when you are around them.

I told him yes, I do understand what you mean. Sometimes it feels like I really absorb a person's mood that I am around. If someone is angry, I sometimes have to work a little harder to not allow myself to get angry because they are. As we were talking I wondered what kind of energy I emit. And he told me that I was one of those positive people.

He told me people just like you because you see the bright side of most things. I told him it's not that things don't bother me. It's just that if it is something I don't have any control over, I remind myself the only thing I have control over at the moment is my actions to the situation. And it usually works. And I find that I am less frustrated about other things.

So have you ever caught someone else's mood?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lost Crayons

When you are out walking, you never know what you will see. I was out for a walk the other day, and this is what I saw. I saw some crayons, a pencil, and a marker lying in the grass. They had obviously fallen out of someone's book bag. I wondered if they noticed that these items had fallen out when they got home. Or were they simply castaway school items? What do you think?

Monday, June 19, 2017

You're The Star Again Blog Hop

Have you ever had times when someone says something to you and you say wait a minute that makes absolutely no sense? I had one of those moments this last week. The rules for working for my employer are weird. We have a complicated bidding process in order to place you in a job. And like many employers they are trying to make that system meet their current needs. There are constantly rumors that jobs will be eliminated, and often it is more than a rumor. But one rumor just was crazy this past week. I just had to tell the person who told me. No, that isn't how the system works. Think about what you are saying. This person is intelligent, but she listened to someone who is just making things up. She normally isn't like that. But it reminded me how easy it is to fall prey to the rumor mill. Enough of that, it's time for everyone to share those wonderful posts in the blog hop.
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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Here's a great salad that you can all prepare for those July 4th cookouts that will be coming around before you know it. 

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the April "You're the Star" blog hop)

The Patio Project by Debbie-Dabble Blog


Cinnamon Clouds by Reviews, Chews & How-Tos

Super Easy Hummus by Kapp's Kitchen
Super Easy Hummus

Vegetable Kofta Curry by A Crafty Homemaker
(I was unable to paste pictures from her blog here so please visit to view)


If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 22

The call of the thrift stores beckoned once again. I think it is the hunt and gather part of me that enjoys it so much. What can I find? What can I make out of it? How will these items fit into my life? Really, I do think about these things when I go thrifting.
The first group of finds involved finding a foot massager. Yes, my aching feet appreciate this one more than anything else I have ever bought. It feels great at the end of a work day to be able to fill that little tub up with water and Epsom salt and just soak away that work day. I also found a really cool sequin top. I love that color.
I also found a cute little summer outfit. It's pink, it's orange, it's tie died. What else can a girl want in life? 
I kind of have a love hate relationship with Ed Hardy products. Some of the designs really appeal to me, and some I can live without. But when I saw this bag, I was all over it. It is perfect. And it is a great size too. 
I'm a big fan of items with the sun on it. I don't like the color of the wind chime I picked up, but that is easy to fix with a little paint. 

So what are you looking for when you go thrifting this time?




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Can Your Blog Get You In Trouble?

As I was listening to the news the other day, I was reminded that I really need to be careful about what I say on my blog. I listened to the testimony from a federal judge nominee. I can't remember his name. But he was asked questions about statements he made on a blog that is published under another name. Honestly, I can't remember the specifics of the story, but I've told you about what is important to my question.

And my answer to my question is your blog can get you in trouble. The statements we make are out there in the internet world are out there for everyone to read. And anyone who thinks there is such a thing as anonymity in the age of the blogosphere is just a little naïve in my opinion. Just ask that judge how it works when you try to post anonymously.

So just remember if you don't have something nice to say, maybe you should just keep it to yourself. There may come a day when what you say on the blogosphere will bite you in the butt.



Friday, June 16, 2017

June Inspirations 2017

Back in April I shared with you a creative inspiration board that I put together. You can check out the post Creative Inspiration April 2017. In that post I raved on about sequins. And I did make a top with sequins. And I didn't like the way it turned out, so I'm not going to share it. That doesn't mean I've given up on sequins. I just need to try again. So sometime in the future you'll see a product with some sequins. When is the real question though.

I noticed that I put June 2016 on the page, I really did just put it together this week. These are copies of pictures of design items that I copied. So some of the pictures aren't as clear as they were originally. I also pointed out some things that were common in the items I picked. 

The first thing I noticed is the color blue. It's always something I pick out. I mean it is my favorite color. But I've noticed that flowers are another big influence. And of course things that are a little larger than life. That second picture down on the right with the flowers is actually a chandelier. Imagine how cheerful that is! But flowers have been an influence for me recently. And that black background for the flowers is evident too. Here's a picture that I painted recently that shows just how big an influence that is currently.
And I also noticed that there is a little bit of an Asian theme to things that are influencing me right now. That fireplaces all have that feel. I had a friend who did a room in maroon and gold. I never really liked the combo before, but I was reminded of that room when I looked at the red and gold room with the fireplace. I think that I really do like the red and gold together. And of course I would have difficulty choosing exactly which one of those fireplaces I would like in my house. Aren't they all cool?

So these are a few of my design influences for the time being. What is influencing you?


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Virgin Soul

I recently picked up a copy of the book Virgin Soul at the library. It looked like it might be an interesting read, and it was. I thought I would share with you what I thought of the book today.


The Story

Geniece is a young woman who is off to college. Everyone knows that those years are the years when individuals grow into someone new. There are loads of new ideas and experiences. Geniece is no different. It's the late sixties, and she wanders through the world of the extremes in  California universities. She becomes a black panther. And she is tested on how far she is willing to go for that movement.

What I Think

I liked this book, and I didn't like this book. I know how can that be? I've thought about it. Geniece is a character I understood. She is person with strengths and weaknesses. And I think the author wanted her to be that way. She is intelligent, but at times she does some really foolish things. Like the incident where Geniece gets caught shoplifting. You think to yourself, how can someone so smart do something so stupid? There are other incidents that make you wonder that again and again throughout the book.

But I really liked that Geniece is her own person. She makes mistakes, but she isn't afraid to face the truth about the mistakes she makes in life.

The book is also interesting because it shows how and why individuals became involved in the Black Panther movement. Individuals got tired of seeing so many things that were wrong in society. And they decided to fight back. 

But her journey through this world also made me very uncomfortable. And I think that discomfort is what I didn't like about the book. Her journey reminded me of two things. The first was how radicals evolve. I read the book about the time of the London bombings. So it reminded that the individuals who commit those crimes are created. They see an injustice and somehow channel their energies in the wrong way. For the most part Geniece doesn't go as far as those individuals, but she does make some bad choices in the story. We often find ourselves saying why do people commit those acts? It is most often part of a journey for those individuals that ends badly. But often there is something they see wrong in the world at the beginning of that journey. And they decide to do something about the wrong.

And the second thing that made me feel uncomfortable about this book is the way it looks at race issues. Now, remember Geniece is involved in The Black Panther movement. They thoroughly believed in confronting problems head on. There are plenty of reasons for individuals to be angry in the book. There are white policemen shooting young black men. There is police brutality. And that is the exact reason I felt uncomfortable. At first the book struck me as though all the problems The Black Panthers faced were blamed on the white majority. I thought I'm tired of being blamed for all of these problems. But then I thought to myself I felt uncomfortable because some of these issues are still in the headlines. What's up with that?

Overall, the book is well written, but Geniece is a difficult character to like all the time. And it does confront some issues that individuals may be uncomfortable with. While it isn't a difficult book to read, it's not easy either. I think that if you have some hippie roots, you will probably like this book. 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops

Finding a healthy snack, that hits that sweet tooth fix can be a difficult thing to find. But peanut butter yogurt pops are perfect for combining a load of healthy foods into a package that will please your sweet tooth.

Here's What You Need

1 cup of plain yogurt
1 banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
hot fudge
popsicle sticks
cupcake holders

Here's What You Do

Mash up your banana and mix in the peanut butter, yogurt, and honey with the mashed up banana. Place a dab of hot fudge in the bottom of the cupcake holders. Then place the yogurt mixture on top of the hot fudge. Follow this with a popsicle stick in the center of the mixture. And finally, place the cupcake holders in a freezer. Freeze until they are solid.

Makes about 4 popsicles.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Perfect Game

Today is the day that the first perfect game was pitched by John Lee Richmond in 1880. I have to admit that I had to look up what a perfect game was. It's a game where a pitcher pitches a nine inning game where no players make it to a base. I'm not much of a baseball fan, but even I recognize that this is something pretty difficult to achieve. I would imagine it takes practice, and a lot of work.

When I read about the perfect game, I was reminded of a story someone told me about their job. She told me that they can have a perfect run at work. She informed me that a perfect run was a run where the machines didn't jam once while they were running them. She told me that she was partnered with someone everyone hated to work with the day she made that run. The person she was paired with was an older individual, and they all complained about her.

As we discussed the run, the individual told me that she was surprised that she made that run while she working with the older co-worker. But then she replied that at that time she realized that the older worker really did know how to do the work properly. 

When I thought about the perfect game, I thought about how practice and hard work had enabled this older worker to do the job correctly. And I thought about how often we discount all of those individuals who may really know how to do things properly.




Monday, June 12, 2017

You're The Star Linky Party

The summer weather has just begun. This week it has been in the eighties on a consistent basis. I enjoy the heat. It doesn't matter where it is. I just don't even think about the heat most of the time. But this week I was reminded that there are those who don't appreciate it. You see a group of us walked into a restaurant and their air conditioning was not working. A friend of mine immediately stated it's hot in here. I thought it is so common for individuals to not want to be uncomfortable for even a minute anymore. How on earth did individuals live for centuries without air conditioning? It's just a question. My friends and I wound up going to another place to eat. And it was a little disappointing for me because somehow the food just wasn't what I wanted. But alas we do have to go with the flow sometimes, and the company I ate with was really great.
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Welcome to week#3 of the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
This week we are featuring family on this linky party. So decided that I would share the link to another post about individuals in my life. Check out the post I Just Chopped It Up. It about the odd and humorous ways people behave sometimes.

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the May "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 4 Things To Embrace As a Homeschool Mom by Living Life Well
HOMESCHOOLING



How To Study the Bible by A Narrow-Minded Woman
How to Study the Bible

3 Tips Choosing a Doctor for Your Kids by Family Farm School
Choosing a doctor for your kids 


Orange, Peach, Mango Smoothie by A Fireman's Wife




If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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