Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Justin Trudeau is pretty sure disgruntled American voters will not move to Canada

Throughout the past months of election campaigning in America, a quite alarming number of Americans have applied for Canadian visas with the intention of moving to Canada if Donald Trump gets elected president. And even a small number of people who object to Hillary Clinton being elected. I don't think any previous American election has been so extremely divisive. The various campaigns have become like enemy camps with mudslinging, offensive rhetoric the choice of weapons. I always thought Hillary had class but even she has resorted to retaliation. I don't think she had much choice in the matter if she intended to survive Trump's character assassination.
 Now the the final two contenders are almost neck in neck in the polls. It is strange how the tide of public opinion swells, ebbs and flows; sometimes it can turn on a few well placed phrases or accusations. But Trudeau was right, the flow of requests for visas has slowed down.
 Perhaps American citizens are readying themselves to accept the inevitable. What a horrible thought.

'Ergo, the mineshaft'

Have you ever picked yourself up so many times from a knockout blow, a tragedy or an extreme low point that you suddenly find you don't have the strength to try one more time? Where do you go from there ?
Well meaning people will tell you to keep trying, praying or smiling;  every cloud has a silver lining. They are usually people for whom everything is going great.
I was probably one of them, once upon a time, when life was wonderful and I couldn't put a foot wrong...worked hard, played hard and raised a lovely family. I did everything that was expected of me and more. And I reaped the rewards of a well planned life that seemed perfect . And I am sure I told more than a few unhappy souls to keep their chins up and keep on trucking. But I saw their life from my advantageous viewpoint; my blithe, blissful, rainbow colored viewpoint where nothing could be that bad.
Not that I haven't proactively helped friends or family when they were down on their luck or in trouble; loaned money, given moral support, a job and a place to stay. But those experiences never prepared me for where I am today.
When I became ill, I thought I could still cope, even though I knew it was progressive and I would not get well, and to top that off, I was losing my sight. But when you are ill, you do not make the soundest of judgments and you are not at your peak performance. And the people who lean and depend upon you start to unconsciously distance themselves.
While I was wallowing in my own dilemmas, my husband contracted heart disease, had a heart attack, prostate cancer, and later, stage four kidney cancer while I was already caring for an invalid mother. And my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with an incurable kidney disease and required a transplant. That's the tip of the ice-burg. More terribly sad events continued to occur in my extended family.
But my immediate concerns were my husband , mother and daughter. My husband, who had always been vigorous and healthy, became a stranger who gradually withdrew to a place where no one could reach him. Our relationship had been in trouble for some time because I was ill and that turned him away from me. But this new self imposed isolation from family was something none of us could deal with. It affected all areas of his life and the family's. He became careless and apathetic about his work, his family and friends. He made reckless decisions and reckless investments, much to our detriment.
Meanwhile, my mother tried to take her own life twice last year. She was lonely and tired of  living with pain. I got her out of the mental facility, where she had been automatically transferred after she had regained consciousness in the hospital, by telling them I would keep a constant watch over her. I could not leave her in such a place.
My daughter's kidney transplant began to fail. And around the same time, her twin 16 year old sons decided to live with their biological father who drank heavily and had been known to use drugs, skirt the law and associate with a very fast and dangerous group of individuals. It was more than she could cope with and she had an emotional breakdown from the worry and stress, complicated by the looming specter of dialysis once more.
 My attempts to bring the boys back into the family fold have been fairly successful but I had to talk to and associate with my daughter's ex husband to get his co-operation and permission to visit them at his home and she viewed that as betrayal on my part. Now she is facing another transplant and needs her family but won't let me near her.
My husband's heart is now fragile and failing and there is not much they can do for him so he has become morose and depressed. He has strict orders to remain calm and keep his physical activity to as little as possible. To him, it is a period of 'just waiting to die'.
So here I sit, listing my woes and feeling like I am at the bottom of a mine shaft with no ladder and a pile of boulders on my chest.
I am no longer well enough to keep on trucking or looking for the silver lining. Or even to pull myself up by my boot straps and  stop whining. Whining is my thing now.  I indulge.
 I think if I wasn't so fatigued, I would, seriously, escape to some peaceful oasis, where only the sounds of lapping water and birds singing break the silence. I try to retain my sense of humor but at this point, I think even that is leaching away.
I will keep that lovely, serene haven in my mind and perhaps wishing will get me there one day. In the meantime, reality keeps butting in and puts me back down in the mine shaft, wondering, where do I go from here?
Have you had experiences that beat you down and murdered your spirit ? How did you survive them?

Shaft Dweller

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bad Parenting

Please do not follow these examples even though you're sorely tempted











Sunday, September 25, 2016

Maxy sez : Beat Your Sugar Addiction to Manage Diabetes

By Wyatt Myers | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
Are unbearable starch and sugar cravings hampering your efforts at type 2 diabetes management? Try these strategies to beat your sweet tooth.

When you have diabetes, you know that one of the most important components of a type 2 diabetes management plan is eating a healthy diet. Granted, this is important for everyone, but with diabetes you have more on the line, day in and day out.

For many people with and without diabetes, sugar cravings stand in the way of health goals. Beating a sugar addiction may be the first step you need to take to achieve success.

“Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of sugar tend to crave more of it — it actually changes the brain chemistry to make us desire more,” says Amber Taylor, MD, director of the Diabetes Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. “Most people who change their diets to avoid starch and sugar have a hard time for the first few weeks.”

Easier said than done, though, right? To beat sugar addiction and overcome sugar cravings, there are a number of strategies that can help you make healthier food choices and steer your glucose levels and overall health in the right direction. Here’s how.

Breaking Off Your Love Affair With Sugar
The first good decision you can make, says Ann Fittante, RD, a certified diabetes educator with the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, is to eat smaller meals and snacks at regular intervals throughout the day. “Spacing out meals and snacks throughout the day can satisfy physiological hunger, which can decrease cravings and bingeing on unhealthy foods,” she says.

What you choose to eat during those meals and snacks also makes a big difference in fighting off those sugar cravings. Fittante recommends consuming healthy fats, proteins, whole grains, beans, and other high-fiber carbohydrates, including fruits and vegetables and avoiding unhealthy refined carbohydrates. “Adding a good source of protein or a healthy fat with carbohydrates can decrease hunger and increase satiety — fruit and nuts or cheese and crackers,” she suggests.

In essence, these food choices leave you more satisfied for longer and better able to win the tug of war between diabetes and sugar. “Healthier, whole-food choices, over time, will help quench sugar and starch cravings as your blood sugar and insulin levels stabilize,” says Samantha Heller, RD, the clinical nutrition coordinator at the Cancer Care Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn. “Healthy carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes help keep blood sugars from jumping on the roller coaster of highs and lows that refined carbs do. White flour, sodas, sweets, junk, and fast foods wreak havoc with blood sugar, insulin, weight, and energy levels.”

Sweat Out Your Sugar Addiction
Another way to make type 2 diabetes management easier and fight off sugar cravings is to focus on exercise. And it doesn’t have to be full-on, hard-core workouts, either. A recent study published in the journal Appetite found that, among regular chocolate eaters, those who went on a brisk, 15-minute walk before they were offered chocolate ate about half as much as those who simply rested for 15 minutes before indulging.

“Exercise is one of the key elements to staying healthy with diabetes, no matter what type you have,” says Sarah Yandall, RD, CDE, a dietitian and diabetes educator with the Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital of Michigan. “It helps your body to use insulin more efficiently, helps lower blood glucose levels, and helps to keep your heart healthy. Exercise also helps you to maintain a healthy weight, which helps with insulin resistance.”

Eating right and getting regular exercise — a winning combination for diabetes and overall good health.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Roast Pork with Rosemary Italian Style

Here's a roast for all seasons! Capture authentic Italian taste with a blend of rosemary and garlic for pork with unforgettable flavor.Italian Roast Pork with Rosemary
Prep  time 10 minutes       Total 1  hour 30 minutes    serving varies

1     pork loin roast, 2 1/2 to 3 pounds
2     tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
4     garlic cloves
1     teaspoon salt
1     teaspoon pepper
2     tablespoons butter or margarine 
1     small onion, chopped (1/4 cup) 
1/4     cup olive or vegetable oil

1 .   Heat oven to 350ºF. Trim fat from pork. Finely chop rosemary and garlic together. Make 8 to 10 deep cuts, about 2 inches apart, in pork, using sharp knife. Insert small amounts of garlic mixture in cuts. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork.
2 .   Melt butter in shallow roasting pan in oven. Sprinkle onion over butter. Place pork in pan; drizzle with oil. Insert meat themometer so tip is in center of thickest part of pork and does not rest in fat. roast uncovered 50 to 60 minutes or until thermometer reads 155°F. Cover with tent of aluminum foil and let stand 15 to 20 minutes or until thermometer reads 160°F. (Temperature will continue to rise about 5°F, and pork will be eaiser to carve.

Heart healthy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chili-Mac Soup

                                    Chili-Mac Soup
Prep :20 minutes           Total : 45 minutes              Serves 4 to 6
Hamburger Helper makes this easy, hearty soup a go-to weeknight dinner.

1     pound  lean (at least 80%) ground beef 
1     medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 
1/4  cup chopped green bell pepper
5     cups hot water 
1     box Hamburger Helper  chili macaroni
1     teaspoon chili powder
1/2   teaspoon garlic salt
2     cups diced tomatoes (from 28-ounce can) 
1     can (11 ounce) whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, undrained
2    tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives

1 .   In 4-quart Dutch oven, cook beef, onion and bell pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
2 .   Stir in hot water, sauce mix (from Hamburger Helper box), chili powder, garlic salt and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
3 .   Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in uncooked pasta (from Hamburger Helper box), corn and olives. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer.
 Tips :
Ladle this soup over a mound of corn chips and shredded taco cheese, or sprinkle each serving of soup with corn chips or coarsely crushed tortilla chips.

You can use 1 cup of Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers Niblets  frozen corn instead of the canned corn.
Heart healthy 

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