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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Food for Thought : Louisiana State Fair

You  have  a few days  left  to  go and check out  the   State Fair  of  Louisiana .Each year we  flock to the fair  for many reasons  , such as  the rides , the livestock , and  music , but the one thing  we most of us look forward is the food . Although  we don't  necessarily  think of the fair as a place  to get healthy foods , a trip  to the fair doesn't  have to wreck your  healthy eating  plans . Hear are  a few  tips  to help  you to navigate  the fairgrounds  in a healthy way .
1 .  Avoid  impulse  buys  by planning  what you are  going to eat . Take a walk  up and  down  the fairway  a few times  before making  a purchase  . Make  a point to look  at all the  the  menus  and see  what each  vendor  has  to offer . This will help you make a better  selections   and may save  you some  money .

2 .   Watch what you  drink . Liquid  calories  can add  up  quickly  if you are  not  paying  close attention  . Avoid alcohol , soda  and other beverages  that are  full of  sugar  are  also full of  calories . Opt for water  , choose  a small size  to share .

3 .  If  you  look for  healthier options , you are  likely  to find them . Grilled  meats  and  vegetables  are  common  place  on most  midways   these  days . Don't  go to the  fair  super  hungry  , as  you may  be  more  likely  to over eat .  Remember  that  sharing  can be  a good  thing .

Words of  Wisdom :

Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being inculcated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.'

The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes - or just by staring into space.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.

I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.

In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was 'Help me.' Sometimes a prayer was 'Thank you.' What I've discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.

Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.

A proud Grand-poppa                G .


  1. Hi Aunty and Genie ,
    Genie , how are you , we are getting lots of rain .

    Dear Maxy ,
    I have been married to "Bruno" for 40 years . During this time , I have found his various porn magazines hidden in multiple places . My reaction has always been to throw them away and not mention it .
    A few months ago , I again found his stash , but this time I left them where he had them hidden . I have discovered he takes the magazines out to look at the women every time I leave the house . Every single time I feel like he is cheating on me . It's very distrubing .
    Bruno is otherwise a great guy , but that doesn't make his actions acceptable to me . Evidently , he is never going to stop this behavior and I don't think I can live with it . Now what ?
    Not Good Enough

    Dear Maxy ,
    I could have wrote the same letter as "Hopeless and Confused," who said she's been married for 24 years who doesn't show any affection and responds to her requests for deep , meaningful talks with text messages .
    Tell her to run , don't walk to a counselor knowledge in diagnosing Asperger's syndrome .
    Our counselor helped me move past my 30 years of pain and resentment , helped my husband to understand the ramifications and frustrations of his condition , and best of all , taught us how to lower expectations and move forward in our marriage . We are joyfully celebrating anniversary 37 years in December !
    RA in Fa.

    Dear Maxy ,
    I am very proud of my nails . I take good care of them , and they have grown to be long and strong . I also make sure to cut and file them if they are getting too long and crossing over into unkempt territory . I enjoy getting complimented on my nails , but some people have decided it's their duty to try and rip off my nails as though they are fake . It seems like a backhanded compliment to me , but I do not like hearing , "they're so long , they can't be real !" As someone tries to bend my nails . I have awkwardly laughed this comment off and withdrawn my hand , but I find it incredibly strange . Both men and women have done this , and I try to explain that these are my real nails and I take good care of them , but the comments don't stop . Should I peg this as jealousy or assume this is a hint to make my nails shorter ?
    Not Nailing It

    Dear Maxy ,
    It's the time of the year when people come in sick to work . I take many measures to not get sick , but some ill co-workers do not seem to get the hint . I keep hand sanitizer at my desk , along with disinfecting wipes and vitamins . I eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible , drink water and make sure I sleep enough each night . There are some sick people who do not seem to understand that my disinfectants and vitamins are meant for them to stay away , not invite them to my desk to use them ! People come by for hand sanitizer or to get a wipe to clean their keyboards , but they have the germs I am trying to keep away !
    I don't want to seem rude and deny anyone , but I do not want to get sick . How do I keep the sicklings away from my desk ?
    No days Off

  2. Hi Poppa ,
    Love the pictures , I told uncle Gil , all the work you do for him he should pay you a salary . Poppa uncle Gil said what the hell you been drinking , you ask dad to pick up something off the floor , he call one of the kids . He laughed and said , Nita I'm use to that man , he is a hand full .
    Your sweet granddaughter

  3. My sweet granddaughter ,
    Thank you , I love doing posts about things I love and want to share . Your uncle Gil is a very bossy fellow , as I told him I did my time , thank goodness he found a lady that was crazy enough to give me some grands . (laughing my butt off) . Truthfully , I could not ask for a better son .
    Your dear MeMa said I did a good job .
    I hear you got a promotion , need any help , please let me know .
    Loving Poppa

  4. HB
    Awesome pictures. The fair looks like fun and I fancy some deep fried cheddar nuggets. They sound delicious as well as dangerous to your health. It would be hard to convince folks to try and eat healthier while they were at the fair. It is all about excessive fun and excessive junk food and those are the very reasons we go. People should have more sense, especially when they take their kids. Fortunately the kids usually throw up on the roller coaster and that gets rid of a lot bad stuff.
    I enjoyed the post and advice. Always look forward to see what you will write about next
    Love and hugs

    1. The pictures do not give the fair justice , maybe next time I will show the livestock .
      We know most of the food is full of calories and when people walk through the gates of the fair they leave common sense at the gate ,
      I hope to get enough on the reunion to write something positive about what happen and where we will go from here .
      Happiness is the name of the game and you can have fun for a couple of days without damage to your health .
      Hugs and love

  5. Hi Nee
    Thanks for the Maxy letters. Some amaze me, some amuse me and some make me sad. Thank you for helping us help people. I hope you don't get floods like Texas.
    All the best


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