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The unexpected snow storm began yesterday morning and continued on through the night. This is what we woke up to.

Rocky is eager to go for his walk

Rocky is eager to go for his walk

Bald Eagle the back yard

Bald Eagle in the backyard, taken from my patio door

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Ginger Root, used as an ancient remedy for upset stomach, indigestion, and motion sickness, is more than just any spice.

When used for motion sickness, I have found it to be every bit as effective as Gravol,  without leaving me groggy, wanting to sleep the day away.

I discovered that every Cruise Ship Kitchen has fresh Ginger available for those who don’t have their sea legs.

Ginger is also a wonderful food additive. A little Ginger spice goes well with chicken or stir fry, makes a great, rich tasting cookie, and a zesty cup of tea.

To make the zesty cup of tea, I take a Tbsp. of fresh shredded Ginger, add to boiling water, and add a little honey. Sometimes I add juice from a real lemon. (great if you’re fighting a cold)

I think everyone agrees – there’s nothing like freshly home baked cookies.

My mother used to make this  Ginger Cookie recipe.

If you've been at that computer for more than 3 hours, you need to take a break! Go bake some cookies.

If you've been at that computer for more than 3 hours, you need to take a break! Maybe go bake some cookies.

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Ginger has been used to cleanse the body of toxins. One way it  will do this is by expelling toxins through the skin, so… if you find yourself breaking out in a light sweat after drinking your zesty tea, that’s a good thing.

If you are PMS-ing and have one of those headaches try a cup of Ginger tea. This has worked for me many a time. Add to that a neck and shoulder massage, and the chances are you will soon be feeling much better.

Some studies suggest that Ginger is effective as an alternative therapy for Osteoarthritis.

AND...Ginger is also used as an aphrodisiac. There’s more…

You might find these sites helpful (information includes recommended dosages and restrictions)

http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/77superfoods/freereport.html

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-ginger-root-4366.html

http://aafp.org (American Academy of Family Physicians)

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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“Hold fast your dreams!

Follow your dream path

Follow the path of your dreams ©

Within your heart

Keep one still, secret spot

Where dreams may go

And, sheltered so,

May thrive and grow”

Louise Driscoll

Keep those dreams alive.

For this piece I used pencil crayon and photoshop.

original - pencil color

original - pencil crayon

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Once again my husband has had a successful mouse hunt experience.

Look what he brought home for me for Valentines!

Cupid Mouse

Cupid Mouse image from "Mousehunt"

Mousehunt is a clever interactive game found on Facebook. Be warned – it could be addictive.

http://apps.facebook.com/mousehunt

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Written by a friend for his wife ….. with permission to share.

A Recipe

For all you Romantics out there...

For all you Romantics out there...

Mix

Sands of sorrow

Sands of time

Add

Today

Tomorrow

Your life

Mine

Stir

Your heart

My soul

The truth

Bake

Not to harden

But to hold firm

The flame of my soul

The love of my life

by Arie De Lint


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(Beware – this information could change your exercise regime as you know it!)

Answer:    Sore Muscles

Simply put, Exercise makes them; Black Cherries get rid of them.


Give me your best shot - Lactic A

© Give me your best shot - Lactic Acid

When you exercise, your muscles will inevitably become sore.

Black Cherries, used as a remedy for sore muscles and  inflammation,  are an age-old remedy.

I’m discovering that Grandma’s remedies are proving to be more than just folklore.

Some years ago a grandmotherly friend of mine put me onto Black Cherries when I complained to her about sore muscles after exercising.

It worked then and works for me today!

Black Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins (anthocyanins are found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables)

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Diets rich in Cherries:

• help the body get rid inflammation and sore muscles

• help with cholesterol health

• help with weight management

• are good for the heart

During my research, I discovered that February is both American Heart Month and National Cherry Month – that should say something about this Super Fruit.

In the months of the year when Black Cherries are unavailable, the best source is Black Cherry Concentrate. (can be found in your local health store)


Ways to enjoy the benefits of Black Cherries:

• On a cold winter day, I add 1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate to a cup of herbal tea.

• On hot summer days, I mix  1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate with water, add a tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes.

• Or I might just sit out in the sun and help myself to a bowl of them sweet cherries.

So, no more excuses. If sore muscles are holding you back from exercising, give this simple, 100% natural Super Fruit a try. It just might work for you too.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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I’ve just entered the “Thinker of the Week Contest” and you can too.

Check out this site for details   http://mylifethinking.come/life

If you think you’re a thinker – you’ll appreciate this site.

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