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October 31st, 2013 Comments off

Turnip – o – Lantern

October 31st, 2013 Comments off

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We should carve turnips, not pumpkins.

The origin of Jack-O-Lanterns comes from a Celtic folk tale of a stingy farmer named Jack who would constantly play tricks on the devil. The devil responded by forcing him to wander purgatory with only a burning lump of coal from hell. Jack took the coal and made a lantern from a turnip, using it to guide his lost soul.

The myth was brought over by Irish families fleeing the potato famine in the 1800s, and since turnips were hard to come by in the U.S., America’s pumpkins were used as a substitute to guide lost souls and keep evil spirits like “Jack of the Lantern” away.

Red Panda gets excited over pumpkin . . . Must be time for a jack-o-lantern!

October 30th, 2013 Comments off

Belly fat is worse for you than fat elsewhere on your body. True or False?

October 30th, 2013 Comments off


 Excess accumulation of belly fat is more dangerous than excess fat around your hips and thighs.

Belly fat is associated with serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Your genes can contribute to your being overweight and help determine where you carry this extra fat, but poor lifestyle choices are likely to worsen the issue.


Happy Birthday to Oscar Rosales

October 29th, 2013 Comments off

Oscar  is one of my son’s best friends.  He will be by Tim’s side when he gets married in December.  Tonight, however, they are at the first Laker game of the season.  Have a great birthday, Oscar, and GO LAKERS!942952_107110896161061_1790732805_n

Give Vinegar a Try!

October 29th, 2013 Comments off
1146731_10152098878499606_660113896_n31. Renew a loofah. Soak your loofah in equal parts vinegar and water for 24 hours to dissolve soap residue, then rinse in cold water.32. Remove wax. If you get melted candle wax on your wood furniture or floors, gently wipe it away with a cloth soaked in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

33. Take a relaxing bath. Add ½ cup of vinegar to warm bath water for a cheap spa session at home. The vinegar removes dead skin, leaving you feeling soft and smooth.

34. Brighten your hair. Remove hair product buildup by rinsing a tablespoon of vinegar through your hair once a month.

35. Freshen fabrics. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spritz your home to neutralize odors in fabrics, carpets, shoes or any sprayable surface.

Calories from alcohol are worse for belly fat than other calories. True or False?

October 29th, 2013 Comments off


Excess calories — whether from alcohol, sweetened beverages, or oversized portions of food — can increase belly fat.

Our bodies need calories, yet gram for gram, alcohol has almost as many calories as fat. 

Alcohol does seem to have a particular association with an increased waistline, though. In general, that’s because when you drink alcohol, your liver is too busy burning off alcohol to burn off fat, leaving you with a beer belly.

Studies show that alcohol can cause you to feel hungry by affecting hormones that regulate a sense of satiety.  webmd

Diverticulosis (pouches in the colon)

October 29th, 2013 Comments off

princ_rm_photo_of_colon_illustrationTo understand diverticulitis, we first need to look at what sets the stage for the condition: When tiny, bulging pockets (called diverticula) form in the colon, the condition is called colonic diverticulosis. These little pouches are formed from pressure on weak spots of the intestinal walls. When the diverticula become inflamed or infected, this is diverticulitis.

People with diverticulosis (pouches in the colon) usually do not have outward symptoms. Symptoms of diverticulitis (infection and inflammation of these pouches), however, are more noticeable. There may be abdominal distention, pain, and tenderness typically in the left lower abdomen, diarrhea, chills, and low-grade fever.

A diet low in fiber can create hard stools and lead to constipation, which can result in straining during bowel movements. This creates the increased pressure inside the colon that contributes to the formation of diverticula. Adding more fiber to the diet can help prevent constipation and may decrease the risk for diverticula in the colon.

Luckily, you don’t have to look hard to find an abundance of high-fiber foods. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (dried beans, peas, and lentils). Make smart food choices including brown rice and whole wheat pasta in place of the regular version. And add extra veggies to your favorite dishes — pizza, stews, spaghetti sauce. The American Dietetic Association recommends getting 20-35 grams of fiber every day.

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Vicky DeClerk makes her first solo flight (in a Cessna 182). Congratulations!

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

“Hey! What’s going on here, Danny Ellis?”


“It is a tradition. Since the early days new solo pilots get their shirt tales cut off!  It’s a special day for a new pilot as well as all of us because we remember our training and solo time as well! “

“Just Being Jana”

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

JanaThe girl beside me is griping about her boyfriend. She says all he does all day is “smoke weed”, play video poker and spend her money. Her friend asked her why she stayed. Her response was “Because I think we have a good foundation for a great relationship down the road.” How inappropriate would it be for me to turn around and slap her upside the head? Just once….

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and

 If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.

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