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Only in Texas . . . .

can you wear shorts and a tank top with the air conditioner running one day, and the next day be wearing winter clothes with the fireplace on.  Might add the day  after that we had sleet !!  and  south Texas had snow !!!

 

Having lived in Texas all my life I can say that snow is just about as rare as hens teeth in the places I’ve lived  –  especially in December.  Sleet and snow are more like January and February weather.  It is pretty though.

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Canola

 

Saw an article on canola the other day. You all know how I avoid it like the plague.  Now, in addition to the previously reported problems associated with it, seems  we can now add negative brain effect to the list.

 

In a published study, they report . . .

 

” A new study by researchers at Temple University found that mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease fed diets containing canola oil showed worsened memories and learning ability as well as weight gain.”

 

To read the entire article please visit this link .

 

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And if you are checking foods that have canola as an ingredient you can now add Ramen Noodle Soup to that list. Hate to say ‘good-bye’ to that one, we like it as a side dish with a sandwich in the winter.  Not to worry,  I’m switching to Lipton soup – no canola.

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Angels

I’ve always thought we each have a guardian angel. And think that mine must be working overtime with everything I’ve  been through.  So when I saw this article the other day, found it interesting in that it lists six things angels do for us.

 

  • Guard and protect
  • Communicate God’s message
  • Observe you
  • Encourage you
  • Deliver you
  • Care for us at death

 

I’m sure there must be more that they do but these six things certainly are a comfort. If you would like to read the article in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Coming

I’m going to share what I like to think is  my personal angel encounter for my Christmas blog. And next week, please check back as I’m posting the recipe for my Christmas cake – the one I think David would eat all by himself in one sitting . . . if I’d let him.

 

 

Dog Bones – Please Read

Just saw this warning and wanted to share (maybe another reason to get a FB page ??) . . . anyway please be aware that processed bones for dogs including “ham bones, pork femur bones, rib bones, and smokey knuckle bones” should not be given to dogs at all.  While no particular brand was mentioned, they all have been linked to illness and in some cases caused death.    To read the entire article, please visit this link. 

 

 

Water – Cress

Water

Why is it that IF something is going to go wrong, it will invariably happen either on the weekend or over a holiday when you can’t get a hold of anyone. Such was the case at our house  over Thanksgiving when we had no hot water.  Waiting for repairs but in the meantime I’ve learned what’s like to heat water on the stove for washing dishes . . . haven’t done that in a long time . . . and taking a bath is even more challenging.

 

Cress

Read an article (link below) about some students that were having trouble concentrating in class. This lead them to wonder . . . “why”?  It certainly couldn’t be their cell phone – or could it?

For a science project they decided to test the effect of wi-fi on cress seeds, close vs. distant. As far as I’m concerned the results were mind-boggling.

 

 

For those that don’t want to read the entire article, the seeds on the left were the ones close to the wi-fi signal, the ones on the right were the ones farther away. Enough said.

Scientists from other countries found their project intriguing enough to do further study on the effects of wi-fi.

To read the entire article, please visit this link.

 

 

 

Surprises & Change

Surprises and change . . . two things I particularly don’t like. Of course, surprises can be a good thing – like the beautiful sunset we had last night.

 

But then finding a snake in the goldfish pond isn’t one of the surprises I like.

Went out the other day to check on the water level and there skimming along the surface was a rather long ribbon snake. Looked like it was at least a foot long.   Have no idea what he was looking for since we currently don’t have any goldfish.  So off I went to get the net.  Thought I might be able to catch him and toss him into the field.  Well I did get back in time to scoop him up – but  only half of him which meant that he was able to slither out of the net and slide under the deck step.  Of course, now every time I go out I look for that snake.  I don’t like snakes!

 

 

 

Now for change. Finally had to breakdown and get a new billfold . . . wallet  . . . clutch, whatever you want to call it as my old one was to the point of having stuff fall out.  Reason I don’t like getting a new billfold?  I get comfortable with a wallet and where everything is . . . and getting a new one means getting familiar all over  with where things are.    In fact, panic almost sets in if there is a credit card out of place.  Just know I’ve either left it somewhere or lost it !  Does that make me OCD????

 

All in all, the new one is much better.  Larger, more space for credit cards (but who has – or needs –  18 credit cards ??!!!).  It also has RFID protection.   Didn’t know wallets came with this embedded.  RFID is the blocking of someone trying to get your credit card information using a  scanning device when they come within close proximity of you.

 

Living in a rural area I’m not too concerned about this – but nevertheless guess it is good to have.  If your wallet or handbag doesn’t  have RFID protection, there are protective sleeves you can purchase to keep credit cards safe.  Can’t say how effective they are – and seems like it would be a lot of trouble having to take a card in and out of two holders.  But then if it keeps someone from making illegal charges . . . might be worth it.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, one thing that doesn’t change are the old stand-by recipes that I make.  This year think we’ll have the following:

Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

Rodeo Nuts

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Sugar Free Cookies w/Cherry filling

I’m seeing a definite trend here of sweet, sweet, sweet.

And, just so you’ll know . . . please check back.  I’ve come up with a new recipe for a 50% sugar free chocolate cake with a sugar-free cream filling. David thought it was the best yet.  And, that’s going to be our Christmas treat!  Will post recipe sometime after Thanksgiving.

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving !