No Coincidences

Have you ever noticed that a lot of fruits and vegetables resemble body parts and organs? There is a reason for this. What is amazing  is that Nature truly provides us with not only sustanence but cure-alls for just about every ailment there is.

I stumbled across the MLT Blog and copied several of the fruits and vegetables that assist in keeping us humans healthy. It’s pretty amazing.

See what you think. I’ll bet that most of us could use some (or all!) of these “miracle” fruits and vegetables. Check out how much the fruits and vegetables look like the organs they help.

Per the MLT Blog:

Grapes have an undeniable resemblance to the alveoli of the lungs. Alveoli are tiny sacs within our lungs that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the lungs and bloodstream. Including red/purple grapes in your diet has proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema (a long term disease of the lungs).

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Interesting fact: the Kidney beans got their name due to the resemblance they have to real human kidneys. Kidney beans have significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber, they are also very high in protein and iron.

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Sweet Potatoes resemble the pancreas and can actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.

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Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries. Olives and olive oil contain an abundance of phenolic antioxidants as well as the anti-cancer compounds squalene and terpenoid.

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Grapefruits, along with other citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons look just like the mammary glands of the female (the mammary gland is a gland located in the breasts of females that is responsible for lactation, or the production of milk). Citrus fruits assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 2.19.11 PMOnions have a resemblance to human body cells. It is proven that onions clear waste materials from all of the body cells.Thephytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity. They also contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.

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Mushrooms produce vitamin D, which helps with your bones, especially the auditory ossicles found in your ear. They are the three smallest bones in the human body (the malleus, incus, and stapes). These bones play an important role in the sense of hearing by transmitting sounds to the inner ear.

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Ginger has been recognized for centuries as being the ultimate “cure” for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.

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It’s not for nothing that your parents told you to “eat your carrots” when you were a kid. Turns out on top of making your eyes sparkle and vision clearer – eating carrots enhances the blood flow to the eyes. They are also full of vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

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Tomatoes are also an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, and phosphorus.

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Walnuts help in developing over three dozen neuron-transmitters within the brain enhancing the signaling and encouraging new messaging link between the brain cells. Walnuts help warding off dementia. They also extract and break down the protein based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Celery and other green vegetables in its category, are foods specifically targeted to bone strength. Bones are made of almost of 25% of sodium, which is naturally found in celery. Celery is very rich in vitamin K and also contains vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. The vegetable contains 1.6 grams of fiber per 100 grams.

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Avocados are good for the health and functioning of the womb and cervix of the female. Studies have proven that woman who eat avocados regularly in their diet which pregnant, can balance the birth hormones, shed unwanted birth weight and even prevent cervical cancer.

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If you look at a broccoli close up – you’ll notice that it resembles mini cancer cells. Many studies have proven that adding regular portions of broccoli to your meals can reduce certain cancers by 50%.

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Rhubarb if filled with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds, and other nutrients that make it ideal for keeping a health diet. Some of these components include dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.

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Not only does it look like several bone structures in the body, but bok-choy also adds many nutritional value to your meal portions. Studies have shows that there are over 60 antioxidant phenolic substances in bok-choy. It has also been included in studies about dietary antioxidants and cancer prevention.

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Having one glass of red wine a day, keeps the doctor away! Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol. Not many people know this but there’s a blood-thinning compound in red wine which reduces blood clots associated with stroke and heart disease.

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Lesson learned: eat up and drink up!

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A Slippery, Sloppy Mess!

Today we woke up to several inches of snow. Not the light and fluffy kind; the slippery, sloppy kind. On top of that, it’s also raining. We knew that we would get some snow; after all, it’s nearly offically winter.

So, as I always do each morning, I suited up and put on my old weather-proof Sorels and headed out to the backyard with kibble and water. Scooter, one of our outdoorsie cats, was waiting on the middle shelf of our “feeding station.” In weather like this, we always put up a strong sheet of plexiglass on the open side, leaving a space for our “frequent feeders” to get in and eat. He gave me one of those looks that said, ‘well, it’s about TIME!”

Once I made my rounds; the garage and the “under porch” area where we leave out food, water and boxes of thick blankets, I slogged back into the house. The snow had turned to rain, which means that the snow will probably be gone by the end of the day.

Well, that’s New England for you. Despite the weather reports and the *Farmers’ Almanac, we pretty much know what’s going to happen weather-wise. It isn’t at all unusual to have snow in June some years and hot weather in January some years. Around these parts, the old saying is true: “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Likely in that minute, the weather will change.

*From Wikipedia: Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818. Published by Geiger of Lewiston, Maine, the Farmers’ Almanacprovides long-range weather predictions for both the U.S. and Canada, informative and quirky articles, tips, and valuable calendars, and information on everything from the best days to garden, fish, view planets and meteor showers, and take vacations, to full moon dates and lore, and ways to use natural remedies and life hacks for a healthier, less-stressful life.

Each new year’s edition is released at the end of August of the previous year and contains 16 months of weather predictions broken into 7 zones for the continental US as well as seasonal weather maps for the winter and summer ahead.

In addition to the U.S. version, there is a Canadian Farmers’ Almanac and a Promotional Version that is sold to businesses as a marketing and public relations tool.

“Aprosdokians”

A very dear friend of mine sent me this, and I am still laughing. I hope that you get a laugh out of these wonderfully funny figures of speech!

APROSDOKIANS  are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected; Winston Churchill loved them:

 

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

 

2. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

 

3.  If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

 

4.  War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

 

5.  Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

 

6. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

 

7.  To steal ideas from someone is plagiarism.  To steal from many is called research.

 

8.  In filling in an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency’, notify:  I put ‘DOCTOR.’

 

9.  I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

 

10.  Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they look sexy.

 

11.  Behind every successful man is his woman.  Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

 

12.  A clear conscience is the sign of a bad memory.

 

13.   I used to be indecisive.  Now I’m not so sure.

 

14.  Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.  Nor is there any future in it.

 

15.  Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

 

16.  Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

 

17.  Finally: I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

And my personal favorite:

I am not arguing with you, I am explaining why you are wrong.

Big or Small, We Feed Them All!

Well, it’s that time of year again; the temps are falling and our weather station threatens that snow will come soon. We are used to this in the Northeast; we can get snow as early as mid-October, or as late as mid-December.

Since the weather is getting chilly and we are experiencing lots of rain, it’s time to make sure that our “outdoorsie cats” have food, water and warm dry shelters. We still don’t know if any or all of our guests belong to anyone, but as they are in our back yard frequently, we always put out food and water for them, just in case.

We’ve named our “frequent feeder” guests; there is Two-Tone, a butterscotch and white cat, Scooter, a plump black cat with a tuft of white fur on his chest, and Stripey 1 and Stripey 2 (both gray and black striped). And of course during the warmer weather, we have our old friends, the skunk family, who stop by at night.

We have a “feeding station” that the Crankee Yankee built, which has three “floors” and a plexiglass roof and plexiglass sides. I put bowls of kibble on the ground floor and the middle floor day and night. During the daytime, I put out water as well. At night I put a large bowl of water down under the old BBQ table we have close by the feeding station. As it’s been cold these past nights, the water bowl is on a slab of styrofoam to help keep it from freezing. I had heard that a sprinkle of sugar in the water helps keep it from freezing, but often in the morning the bowl is iced over; so much for that. We are still working on how to keep it from freezing.

Just yesterday it was raining hard, and I saw Scooter hunkering down under the BBQ table on what had to be cold wet grass. So the Crankee Yankee went right to work. We had a cozy wooden box filled with blankets underneath our back porch, so he brought that out and placed it on another slab of styrofoam. So that problem is solved.

I made beds out of cardboard boxes and filled them with blankets for the “under the porch” visitors. This area is huge, with plenty of room for our freezer and lots of other stuff. We keep a short bungy cord on the door so that our visitors can easily slip in and find warm dry sheler. During the day, I put food bowls under the porch, and at night I bring them in. If I didn’t, our resident raccoons would make a huge mess in there during the night.

What generally happens during the night is that our guests dine at the food station, then come into the “under porch” to get warm. We also have beds in the garage and we put food and water out there as well.

If you too are caring for “outdoorsies,” I highly recommend the following for keeping cats warm: *Milliard Thermal Cat Mat/Self Heating (reversible and washable). You can buy them on Amazon, and they come in two sizes.

All in all, our outdoorsies seem to enjoy the food and shelter. It’s not unusual for one of us to go downstairs and out of the back “under porch” door and see one or two cats snoozing comfortably in their beds. If we startle them, they usually run out, but more often they just yawn and go back to sleep.

Just call us the Kitty Cat Motel.

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  • The Thermal Pet Mat works, when you’re pets on the mat the thermal core reflects the pet’s own body heat to create a cozy place to snuggle up.
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From Cranky to Happy

The following is a post I wrote two Novembers ago. The message still stands today.

Couldn’t we all use a little more kindness in our lives? It has become sort of a rare commodity these days. Often our go-to response to many situations has become mean-spirited, belligerent, aggressive, angry or just plain rude. Just look at all the road rage we hear about these days—it’s frightening.

Most of the ‘stand-out’ people in my life have been those who have been and are kind. Kindness does not equate weakness; actually, it’s strength. That old Bible quote, “blessed are the peace-makers” is as real today as it ever was. I have seen situations shift from anger to calmness by just a bit of kindness.

I have to wonder what’s going on in some people’s lives that makes them react with anger; usually it has nothing to do with anyone but themselves and how they feel about themselves. I know that when I am anxious, fearful, sad or worried, I am snappish and easily offended. Most of the time, this is all about me and has nothing to do with anyone else.

The trick of it is to realize that I am just having a bad day, and then realize that I have the skills to turn it around. Whether or not I do this is up to me and me alone. Knowing this keeps me humble; I’m human and therefore fallible. But most of all, I don’t have to feel bad.

So on days like that, I make kindness my priority. Once we decide that we do not want to stay angry or resentful, we have the power to change. When I am struggling to get back to kindness, I think about what my amazing step-daughter used to say to Ava (my first granddaughter) when she got upset and angry over something.

She would smile at Ava and say, “how about we go upstairs and change out of your Cranky Pants into your Happy Pants?”

Just the thought of that cracks me up. And yes, it actually is easy to change our attitudes from cranky to happy. It is just another decision that only we can make for ourselves.

The days when we wake up feeling bad or just off-center, we can choose to lift ourselves up. I picture the process as “up-shifting;” that is, manually shift from cranky to happy. We can decide, just like that, that we want to be happy. We can decide to be grateful and see all that is good in our lives.

How do we do this? It’s as easy as saying out loud, “I am going to be happy and grateful today. I am leaving this bad mood by the side of the road, and I am going to start by being kind to the first person I see.” Just these thoughts and saying the words out loud make a chemical shift in our brains so that we actually can become happy.

By all means we can be kind to others. But why not be kind to ourselves? It’s a win-win; good for us and good for those around us. Even if we extend kindness to another person by simply smiling at them, it changes us and it changes them. They might not even smile back, BUT it makes a difference; believe it.

Kindness is the ultimate life-changer. Let’s all “up-shift!”

 

A Day With the GrandGirls

Yesterday the Crankee Yankee and I went up to visit our granddaughters, Ava (7 1/2) and Juliette (2 1/2). It was a cold but gloriously sunny day, and as we drove into their driveway, we were serenaded with all three dogs barking their welcome, and grunts, hoots, squawks and whinnies from the farm animals.

Inside the house, the girls ran up for hugs and squeezes, each one talking over each other. Ava wanted me to help her “sort out” all her beads for her earring business, and Juliette kept asking if I wanted to see “something cool.” More on that later.

It was right around lunch time, so we all bundled up and went to Ava’s favorite diner. There was a Sunday brunch special, so the Crankee Yankee and I and the girls’ mom, Adria, had breakfast plates. The two girls asked for bacon and sausage and apple juice. Those little carnivores devoured everything, including their mom’s plate of toast.

When we went back to the farm, Ava wanted me to help her with all her earring makings. And of course, Juliette wanted me to see “something cool.” That turned out to be Juliette climbing up the ladder on Ava’s bunk bed, jumping on the bed and then hurling herself into my arms. Needless to say, three times was enough.

As I helped Ava sort through her “made” earrings and her “almost made” earrings, Juliette wanted attention from us both. They are at the ages where Ava wants to concentrate on her interests, and Juliette wants to be around Ava 24/7. Ava is a stickler for “the rules,” and each girl has a magnetic board upon which are magnetic buttons that read “be nice,” “pick up your clothes,” “no yelling,” “no fighting,” “do your chores,” and so on.

Because Ava wanted all of my attention, she threatened Juliette with removing one or two of her buttons. But honestly—Juliette couldn’t have cared less. I spent most of the time refereeing. But everyone finally settled down, and we all ended up downstairs.

As we said all of our “love yous” and goodbyes, Adria said that they act up this way because they both want my attention. There must be a special word that combines love, gratitude, amazement, wonder, joy and humility; that’s how I felt. Just for fun, I’m calling it bliss.

 

Veterans Day – Why It Matters

From the History website: “Veterans Day originated as *’Armistice Day’ on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”

My grandfather was in WW1 and my dad was in WW11. They, like so many others of their age, did not talk about their experiences in the wars. Men of those eras buttoned up their feelings about what they saw and what they had to do. The one thing my dad told me was how to erase the mind of bad things; he said to just think of it so often that it finally loses its power to hurt.

This is what I think of when I see those old and brave men sitting silently together at the local Rotary Club. They don’t say much, but you can see on their faces that some experiences never quite go away.

My step daughter is a West Point graduate, and currently serves as a US Army Reservist with US Pacific Command. She has deployed in support of the Global War on Terror five times in her 14-year career. I am, and always will be, proud of her and grateful for her service.

A dear friend of mine was married to a man who was part of the unit that went into the German death camps to liberate those who were still there. She told me that she had married a laughing and loving boy, and when he came home he was a different person. Oh, he still could tell jokes and laugh and he certainly loved his wife and children with all his heart. But that careless, happy-go-lucky boyishness was gone for good.

On this day of honoring all of those who gave life and limb for their country, let us remember that the freedoms we have did not come easily. They were paid for in blood and sacrifice. When you see a veteran today, please shake his or her hand and thank them for their service. At the very least we owe them our heartfelt thanks.

*From Webster’s Dictionary: definition of Armistice: a temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents: TRUCE.