Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Have you ever had a deja vu experience in your life?
Deja Vu is French for already seen or the illusion of having experienced something actually being experienced for the first time.
There are several types of deja vu.
Deja Vecu is already lived through. Not just "already seen" but "already lived"
Deja Senti is already felt and can include the senses such as smell, taste, etc.
Deja Visite is geographical such as already visited a place.
Deja Lu is feeling as if you have already read something or a writing is familiar.
Jamais Vu is more commonly explained as when a person momentarily doesn't recognize a word, person, or place that he/she already knows. Jamais Vu is sometimes associated with certain types of amnesia.
Supposedly, 1 out of 2 people has experienced some type of deja vu in the past.
Some people associate Deja Vu with dreams or past lives.
It seems I experience Jamais Vu quite often lately. Usually, I attribute it to having a senior moment!
I like to play Jeopardy and often times the answer just "pops" into my head and I don't know where it came from. Could it be I was smarter in a past life?
Once I was in a restaurant in one of our New England states and felt as if I had been there before. It was a very strange feeling because I recognized everything down to the waitresses and the booth we occupied and the food. I just wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. This has never happened to me again and was many years ago.
I think I experience Deja Senti every time I get within a mile of a bakery! Then, I feel it after eating half a dozen donuts.....
Seriously, or not, I would love to hear about deja vu and YOU!
Friday, October 16, 2009
That's my twin daughters, Leigh and Anne, on the rock in the cartoon. Leigh sent this to me this morning in an e-mail with the subject line, "the story of my life"!
I thought it was hilarious because I could picture them in some kind of situation just like this.
The funny thing is that I am the exact opposite.
I am always early for appointments. I seldom ever procrastinate or put things off.
The girls say I am a neat freak! I think I am far from it.
We drive each other crazy but at least we can laugh about it and know that this kind of thing is trivial compared to being there for each other and having a great relationship.
Are you always running late for appointments or putting things off till another day?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I have a friend that is scared of birds and feathers. Some people are scared of snakes. Others are scared of horses, or lightening, or even clowns. There are hundreds and hundreds of phobias.
Dishabiliophobia- Fear of undressing in front of someone.
Emetophobia- Fear of vomiting.
Entomophobia- Fear of insects.
Gerascophobia- Fear of growing old.
Papaphobia is the fear of the pope/roman catholic church
Geliphobia - fear of laughter
Nomatophoba - fear of names.
Xanthophobia - fear of the color yellow
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have been thinking all day about that Paul McCartney song, "When I'm 64". It says: "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?"
Age has never bothered me except when I went from 29 to 30. I sure did not want to leave my twenties for some reason.
Now, at 64, I am older and wiser and more comfortable with myself. I don't worry about what others think. I know what I like and don't like. I think I have mellowed and I am more accepting of life.
I have finally realized that I will not live forever and I need to do the things I enjoy now.
I have found that I can be silly with my grandson and make a fool of myself and people think it is just my age! If I don't answer right away it is my hearing. If I give a stupid answer or can't remember or talk about the weather too much that just comes with getting older. I get the senior discount at Kroger and they carry out my groceries. Most of the time, I get doors opened for me. I don't worry so much about eating that dessert as I once did. Once I started thinking about the good things I could go on and on.
I am so thankful that at my age I do not take any kind of medicine and as far as I know I am in good health.
I had a great birthday with cards and calls from friends and family here and on facebook and in the blog world.
In the words of the columnist, Ellen Goodman, "These are my good days and not-quite-yet old days".
How do you feel about your age?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Cocaine toothache drops were very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children happy!
Opium was used for newborns. I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!)
This may or may not be true but I know my parents had some weird cures for things at times. I can remember hiding under the bed from my father and him pulling me out and forcing me to take castor oil. It was the most vile tasting stuff I ever had and I can still remember the taste from childhood.
My dad thought that chicken noodle soup and ice cream would cure anything. The minute we came down with a cold or upset stomach, he was off to the grocery for those two items. It's funny that now they say chicken soup is good for the soul and a cold!
Do you have any home remedies for what ails you or remember any from childhood???
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Today, was grocery shopping and a haircut. I am worn out! Now, to get around to all the blogs and make comments, finally! Hope everyone had a good weekend and is having a good week.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Balisha's surgery went well and the neurosurgeon told them he was successful in removing all the tumor. Joe, her husband, says she is progressing nicely and had two tasks to complete today before she could be moved to a stepdown medical surgical unit from ICU. She was able to complete the tasks and has been moved. A CT scan was done early this morning and showed no bleeding or clot formation on the brain and the tumor was completely removed. Joe says she talked with family and went for a walk down the hall today. The surgeon says if she continues to recuperate at this pace, she may get to come home this weekend!
Please continue to pray for her total recovery. It is amazing to me to see bloggers from all parts of the world come to the aid of someone in need and send well wishes and prayers.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I know Balisha and Joe thanks you, too. Love and Hugs, Judy
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I think it is about time I did an update on my lovely twin daughters, Leigh and Anne. The picture on the left was taken at Keeneland and is one of my favorites. Don't you think they look alike? That's Leigh Harper on the left and Anne Parker on the right. They light up my life!
I hope I got these videos uploaded correctly.
I am so proud of my girls and all they have accomplished in their lives and love them so much.
I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The hen and chicks pot on the left has a succulent that I bought not long ago. It has put out this long tenacle that seems to be reaching for the sky. If anyone knows if this is going to bloom or seed or keep growing straight up or what, please let me know in a comment. I may need to put it in a bigger pot. I don't know if I need to bring it in for the winter either.
The hanging baskets are overflowing with impatients, too.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Did you know that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world?
Research indicates that green tea contains polyphenals that act as antioxidants and are reputed to be very helpful in preventing and treating certain medical conditions.
The Chinese have been drinking green tea for centuries and in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
The list of benefits from green tea is a long one. I am going to list a few of them.
Prevents and helps in treating:
1. Blood clots
2. Tooth Decay
4. Atherosclerosis (where plaque builds up in the arteries)
5. Parkinson's Disease
7. Bad Breath
8. Reduces Inflammation
11. Improves memory
12. Blood pressure
14. Controls weight
15. Lowers cholesterol
17. Heart Disease
18. Alzheimer's Disease
19. Increases life span
The only negative side effect so far is that it contains caffeine. You can buy it without caffeine but the decaffeination process removes one third to half of the antioxidants. I think the positive outweighs the negative when it comes to green tea.
If you are not a green tea drinker, maybe you should consider trying this beverage and enjoy some of the benefits it has to offer.
My doctor told me recently that I was very lucky to be in my sixties and not on any kind of medicine and to enjoy good health. I wonder if the tea has anything to do with it.
What is your favorite drink? Are you a tea drinker, too?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tom went to Nashville in 1964 with very little money and a guitar and quickly made the charts with his songwriting talents. Artists such as Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Jeannie C. Riley, and many others have recorded his songs.
Tom T. Hall wrote such hits as Jeannie C. Riley's, "Harper Valley P.T.A" and Alan Jackson's, "Little Bitty" but his biggest money making song has been, "I Love".
He is also an author and has written several books including The Storyteller's Nashville (1979) and the novel, The Laughing Man of Woodmont (1982).
Tom was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in February 2008.
My favorite song of his is, "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine. You can hear it playing in the background.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
hoop when I was younger. I once entered a contest sponsored by a Frisch's Restaurant when I was in my early teens and went five hours and twenty minutes. I won a big boy and a malt for all that work! The girl that won went for 8 hours and won a transistor radio.
According to some sources the hula hoop originated in Australia. The 50s hoops were hollow plastic tubing. It is estimated that Wham-O sold over 100 million hoops in 1958 alone.
I recently read an article in Prevention Magazine that "hooping" is making a comeback and they are no longer for the playground but a way to burn calories and tone your stomach muscles.
Today, there are web sites such as http://hooping.org/ and http://yourhoop.com/ where you can purchase custom hoops, collapsible hoops, do-it-yourself hoops and instructional videos if your are interested in "hooping". They can range in price from $15 to $50 and more. It seems adults need one based on your body weight if you are using it for exercise.
So guys and gals if you want to tone up, get yourself one of these new "hoops", turn on the music and start "hooping" it up! I am seriously considering trying it out.
Do you have any memories or past experiences about the hula hoops or do you think this would be a good way to lose weight and tone up today?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Many of you know that I recently lost my niece Faye to cancer. Along with having to deal with the disease, Faye had to deal with the insurance companies that refused to pay for many of her procedures she needed to fight this dreadful disease. Faye's sister also has cancer and is going through the same process and trying to deal with insurance companies, too.
The greed of these companies and our hospitals and doctors has caused our people not to be able to afford health care. Our Senators and Representatives are being paid off by lobbyists and the people are suffering.
Recently, I had a bout with colitis and ended up in the emergency room. I am lucky enough to have insurance but the bill was $7100.00. The lab work was another $400 and I have not even received a bill from the doctors yet. They told me to see my regular doctor on Monday and gave me 3 prescriptions. When I visited my regular doctor, one of the prescriptions was disagreeing with me. He changed my medicine, they weighed me, and took my blood pressure. They did not take my temperature. He was with me all of five minutes. The bill was over $100 for that office visit.
Our people cannot afford health insurance. They don't have it because they can't afford it, not because they choose to not have insurance.
Something has got to be done in this country about this situation. It becomes worse everyday.
Please give me your thoughts and opinions on socialized medicine, insurance companies, our elected officials, etc.
Also, I would love to hear from other countries about your healthcare and how it works and how you feel about it. Do you wait for months without healthcare or do you receive the attention
June of 70 Plus and Still Kicking resides in Australia and has posted on her blog about healthcare in her country and linked to this one.
All comments appreciated.