Sylvia, whom I’ve known for thirty years, is someone who is easily admired. She is a great grandmother who is a very active senior citizen. Not only does she remain active with her great grandchildren, takes care of her cat, Missy, but is also a walking sensation.
Sylvia walks twice a day for fifteen to twenty minutes, unless it’s raining. She would like for her husband, Marlin, to walk with her, but he keeps physically-active by participating in various activities at a nearby health gym.
Even though, this amazing couple keeps physically active through their own individual pursuits, they do enjoy each other’s company when it comes to solving book puzzles, remaining active in the Lion’s Club and as being active members at the Third Presbyterian Church.
I have learned a lot from Sylvia over the years. In her own way, she has motivated me to continue my walking adventures and my goal in losing weight.
According to a recent study, just walking three hours a week may lower a woman’s risk to get a stroke by 43 percent. This study was published online in Stroke. Researchers, who conducted this study, looked at 19,416 women between the ages of 29 and 69. These women were part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study in Spain. Participants had answered a questionnaire about their physical activity in the mid-1990s, and researchers followed up with them for 12 years to see if they had any strokes.
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Tourists visiting the Flamingo Marino in the Everglades National Park (before Hurricane Irma) had experienced an unusual problem with black vultures. After spending a day at the Flamingo Marino and returning to their car, they were astonished to see that the windshield wipers on their vehicle were destroyed. In fact, they were munched on by the black vultures. The question to be addressed is, “Why are they doing this?”
Well, according to Keith Bildstein, the director of conservation science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania has a theory about the black vulture’s behavior. Since Black Vultures feed in a social environment, the competition for choice morsels depends on the strength of the birds’ beaks and necks. Since rubber seals and wiper blades have similar consistency to dead animals’ muscles and tendons, the black vultures have turned the Everglades parking lot into their own private gym for exercising their beaks and necks. So, when one thinks about this bird having to fight for every morsel, it’s easy to understand why the black vulture needs to go into training.
I’m a retired elementary and literacy teacher and never thought I’d something with art design. For forty years, my career has centered around education, and in my personal life, I raised three beautiful children and supported my husband, through his Navy career. So, I guess one might say I’ve had a productive and challenging life.
Well, the challenging part is more than one might realize. I was born with two physical disabilities. I needed braces on my legs and feet and had to learn to walk wearing them. It was quite painful! Eventually, I remember not having to use braces anymore when I entered the second grade. But, I do have a funny walk and I’m always being teased by it.
My second disability required surgery. I was born wall-eyed! Without this needed surgery, I would go blind. It took three operations from one the best doctors in the country to do this delicate surgery. My mother and father had to mortgage their home to pay for the cost. Back then, there wasn’t health insurance.
Despite that my eyes would eventually look normal on my face; I had to live with a visual, perceptual disorder. It was difficult for me to draw on paper and especially when I learned to drive a vehicle. This disorder of mine worsened whenever I had to drive at night. It was very scary!
Living with the disorder prevented me from pursuing a chance to move up in the field of education. A higher position required one to travel to various schools in a timely manner. The use of GPS wouldn’t help someone like me. I struggled getting from place to place, because I couldn’t determine how far my car needed to make turns and not hit the curb or a ditch. There were times when my car would end up in the median, because I couldn’t judge the turn correctly.
I was fortunate in my line of work to get rides from friends and co-workers whenever it was required for professional development to be held at different schools. Now, when it came to getting to and from my workplace or any place of significance, I had the route of travel memorized in my brain. I’d practice getting to and from a location on a Sunday morning with only one route in mind.
As a student, I never struggled in academics. I was an avid reader and I was good in math. But, I wasn’t good in art, especially when it came to taking an art class in college. I can still remember the professor using my work as an example of what not to do! She would hold up my art work and have the class criticize my work. I felt like crawling under my desk. Fortunately, she didn’t state my name. I began to wonder if I’d be able to pass this class.
One day the class was working on abstract art design. I did quite well! The professor used my work as an example of what to do. After class that day, she told me I had found my calling. She was indeed surprised at my ability. Well, neither did I!
Of course, I was only interested in getting my degree and becoming a classroom teacher. After forty years, I decided to create a design for VIDA. The design came from a photograph of our male cat, Goku! I captured his beautiful, green eyes and gray fur. Well, it’s a hit!
I’ve decided to create other designs involving both of our two cats, Goku and Patches, and these designs are selling along with others I’ve done not involving cats.
As someone living with a visual-type of disability, I’m so excited about the designs I’ve created and will continue to create. I guess being retired and living with a disability hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a new career. Now, I understand what is meant by, “Don’t let your disability define you.”
Here is a video link introducing four of the Mee-OW fashions. Check out webpages on this site to see other collections.
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The night air is cool and you’re ready to go walking. You take one of your normal routes and suddenly…it almost got you! The ‘IT’ is none other than a pot hole. The pot hole is in the middle of the road. Lucky it wasn’t me, who almost stepped in it. It was Ron, my husband.
He called the local police (non-emergency) number to report it. It was dangerous for any car or person. They didn’t send anyone out to take a look at it, until the next day.
A large orange drum was placed over the hole. Ron removed the drum, so I could take a peek at that hole. The hole was about two and a half feet wide, but the depth of it was hard to determine. I did see something green that looked like a liquid. It sort of reminded me of the ghostbusters, when they had green slime floating under a street.
Now, of course, it couldn’t be green slime. Maybe, it was limestone that I saw. But, this is an old road that’s been paved many times. It makes one wonder what’s underneath that road.
There are a number of other potholes that have been filled surrounded by long, spider web-looking cracks. It makes one tend to wonder what was here before there was a road.
Luckily, it was only a pothole that my husband nearly stepped in. What if it has been a sinkhole? Well, I’m grateful it wasn’t!
So, what’s the difference between a pothole and a sinkhole? I found the answer at http://www.answers.com.
Here is the result:
A pothole is a hole in a street caused by traffic and weather. It is caused by events above the street. A sinkhole is caused when land beneath the street is washed away or water empties out of a cave from beneath a street. In that case, the street falls down into the hole created when the road collapses when the ground gives way. Potholes are far easier to fix than sinkholes. Potholes need to be filled in and they are ready to be driven over. With sinkholes, the underlying problem must be filled in or the road must be rerouted. After the sinkhole is filled in or the road rerouted then the road must be rebuilt.
Yes, that’s right! Our male cat, Goku, has been receiving a lot of attention. Now, you won’t see him on any cat food commercial. Goku is too stocky for that!
His best features are his green eyes and soft, gray fur. He’s a handsome fellow, that’s for sure!
I decided to use his best features on a modern t-shirt design for VIDA. Imagine, my surprise that this shirt is selling like hotcakes.
As a teacher, I never got into photography or design, until I retired. There was never any time for it. Now, I’m tickled pink! I’m excited to engage more into this process and create more photographic designs.
To learn more about this design, check out the link.
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Cauliflower can easily be described as a superfood. Some of its most valuable health benefits include:
Fighting cancer, boost heart health, lowers inflammation, boost brain health, supports detoxification, and aid digestion. Obviously, it’s a superfood for everyone.
Since I’m on the keto diet for four months, since my retirement from teaching, I do feel a lot better. I don’t take any medications! I just take vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis.
Now, when it comes to eating cauliflower, my husband and I use it every day, either in a salad, or in making a pizza crust or in making a cauliflower and cheese dish.
Now, I have to admit that the cauliflower and cheese dish my husband makes is the best!
If one wishes to learn more about cauliflower, how to cook it for best nutritional value or how to grow it, check out Dr. Mercola’s site below:
I found the perfect watchdog! A dog that doesn’t’ need to be fed or taken for walks. In fact, this dog doesn’t cost the owner a thing and that’s because this dog is a statue. Many people, including me, upon seeing this statue for the first time truly believe he’s the real thing!
Thurman, the perfect watchdog’s owner, has had his statue for many years. It had been a gift from a close relative. Sometimes, Thurman will move his dog to different locations in his front yard. One time a pizza delivery man had parked his car near Thurman’s yard to deliver a pizza across the street. The delivery man was afraid to step out of his vehicle, until he discovered that the dog was only a statue.
Despite the dog’s yellow, glass eyes and his resemblance to a Rottweiler, children have asked Thurman if they can pet the dog. Many come back to check up on him as if he’s the real thing.
Check out the video below to see what this perfect watch dog looks like....
As I was completing my walking adventure yesterday, the cell phone I keep in my pocket was ringing. I checked to see if it was a family member calling me and it wasn’t. Whoever it was had left a voice message. Imagine my surprise when I hear this deep, male voice telling me that I had committed fraud of my income tax form.
I thought for a moment, is that possible? No way! I had to write the IRS a check this year, because I didn’t pay enough.
I went online and discovered that the phone number had been reported as a scam. (817-376-9769)
That’s not the only scam I became aware of during the week. I had received an email about becoming a secret shopper for Walmart. Hey, that sounded great! Since I’m retired, becoming a secret shopper at Walmart would provide some additional income. Of course, there’s no such thing. Another scam! I’m glad I didn’t reply to the email, since it is a mirror copy of the Walmart online site.
If you have any comments to add about recent scams, please post in the comment section on this site. Thank you…
Here’s the video on YouTube.
I never paid much attention to weather men enduring dangerous weather conditions, until I kept a close eye on Hurricane Irma. After all, I have family and friends living in Florida and I was worried!
I was quite speechless in watching Mike Seidel reporting on the weather conditions of Hurricane Irma while in Miami. He showed on camera where he and his camera crew were managing to stay safe, even though they were in the midst of this huge hurricane.
Below is a link to a video clip I was able to find online that will explain more. Check it out!
This is a follow-up to a recent prayer that I sent online to my family, friends, and everyone else concerning Hurricane Irma. Check it out!