Friday, January 30, 2015

Guns and Dismay

You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man
 who was put  under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found
 he owned 100 guns and  allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home.

By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered "mentally unstable."

In Arkansas, he'd be called "a novice gun collector."

In Utah, he'd be called "moderately well prepared."

In Arizona, he'd be called "an avid gun collector."

In Kansas, he'd be "A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend."

In Montana and South Dakota, he'd be called "The neighborhood 'Go-To' guy."

In Idaho, he'd be called "a likely gubernatorial candidate."

In Georgia, he'd be called "an eligible bachelor."

In Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina he would be called
 "a deer hunting buddy."

And, in TEXAS, he'd just be "Bubba, who's a little short on ammo."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How old are you?

How about nearly 115 years? Yes, there are still five people alive — all of them women — who saw the dawn of the 20th century. And three of them are Americans. (Several others also claim to hail from the 19th century — one Mexican woman even says she is 127 –— but lack the records to back it up.)

Here are mini-biographies of the five people on Earth who have witnessed three centuries.

Country of residence: Japan
Birthday: March 5, 1898

The oldest person in the world hails from Japan, noted for its abundance of people who live beyond 100. And Misao Okawa is the oldest Japanese person ever, having celebrated her 116th birthday in March. (At 122, Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997, was by far the oldest person to have ever lived, at least among those with verified credentials.)

Okawa, who lives in an old people's community in Osaka, was born when Queen Victoria was still on the throne and the Spanish-American War was raging. She has been a widow for 83 years, her husband having died in 1931.

Her secrets to longevity? Good genes, regular sleep, exercise — she was doing leg squats at 102 — and some sushi. "Eat and sleep and you will live a long time," she told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"Mrs Okawa eats three large meals a day and makes sure that she sleeps eight hours a night," Tomohito Okada, the director of the Kurenai Retirement Home, where she has lived for the last 18 years, told the Telegraph. "She insists that her favorite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month."

Okawa was married in 1919 and had three children, two of whom are still living and are in their 90s. She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Gertrude Weaver AP Oldest Living American

Country of residence: United States
Birthday: July 4, 1898

The second-oldest person in the world also is America's oldest person.

The daughter of sharecroppers who witnessed the Civil War, Gertrude Weaver was born in southwest Arkansas near the border with Texas and was married in 1915, according to the Associated Press. She and her husband had four children, all of whom have died except for a son, now in his 90s.

Weaver lives at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation, a nursing home in Camden, Ark.

According to an article in Time magazine, some of the highlights of Weaver's week are manicures, Bible study and "wheelchair dancing," which she does three times a week. "We chair dance because we can't get up anymore," Weaver told Time. She is also visited regularly by friends and her granddaughter Gradie Welch, 78. "She is a loving and compassionate grandmother," Welch told the magazine.

So how has she lived so long? "Kindness," she told Time. "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you."

Also, she says, it helps to have strong religious beliefs. "You have to follow God. Don't follow anyone else," she told the local Camden News. "Be obedient and follow the laws and don't worry about anything. I've followed Him for many, many years and I ain't tired."

Jeralean Talley 

Country of residence: United States 
Birthday: May 23, 1899

Until earlier this year, when it was confirmed that Gertrude Weaver had been born in 1898, Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, was listed as America's oldest person (and the second-oldest in the world).

Born Jeralean Kurtz, one of 11 children in in Montrose, Ga., she spent her early years living on a farm picking cotton and peanuts, according to Time magazine. Seeking better economic opportunity, she moved to Inkster in 1935 where she married Alfred Talley and had one child, Thelma, who was born in 1937. Talley and her husband were wed for 52 years before he died in 1988 at the age of 95. She has three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

According to her daughter, with whom she lives, Talley's secret to long life is staying active. Until recently she played the slot machines at casinos, bowled until she was 104, and even mowed her own lawn at 105. She still goes on annual fishing trips with a friend and his son, and in May 2013, at age 114, caught seven catfish.

"She literally throws her line in, and I'll run over and try to pull in the fish," the friend, Michael Kinlock, told Time. "We do that routine until she gets tired of it, and then we'll head home."

"She's fun. She's great to be around. And she likes to eat," Talley's great-great- granddaughter Aerial Holloway, 23, told the Lansing State Journal, adding that Grandma Talley, as many in the family call her, taught her to live by the Golden Rule, which was Talley's lifelong philosophy.

Susannah Mushatt Jones at the care facility in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Country of residence: United States 
Birthday: July 6, 1899

Born in Alabama, the third-oldest of 11 children of sharecroppers, "Miss Susie" Mushatt Jones moved to New York York City in 1923. That's where she still is today, a resident of the Vandalia Senior Center in Brooklyn.

After graduating from a private boarding school in Alabama — at her graduation, according to The New York Times, she gave a presentation on "Negro Music in France" — she was accepted at the famed Tuskegee Institute. Her parents, though, did not have enough money to pay for college, so she decided to move to New York, where the Harlem Renaissance was in its early stages.

She married, but divorced within five years and had no children, She worked mostly caring for the children of wealthy families before retiring in 1965.

"She's kind, has a tremendous work ethic and enjoys life," Jones' niece, Lavilla Watson, 80, told the New York Daily News.

Watson said her aunt, who has been blind for 12 years, helped put her, two sisters and two cousins through college. "She wants everyone to go to college," Watson said.

She was generous with her family, but when it came to splurging on herself, Jones's weakness, according to an article in Time magazine, was high-end lace lingerie. "She would save her money and then go to Bloomingdale's," her niece Selbra Mushatt told Time. "One time, when she had to get an EKG, the doctors and nurses were surprised to see her wearing that lingerie, and she said, 'Oh sure, you can never get too old to wear fancy stuff.'"

She never smoked or drank alcohol, but her diet was far from healthy.

"Miss Susie loves her barbeque chicken, Miss Susie loves her bacon and if you take any of (them) away you will be told off," another niece, Taheera Mushatt, told WABC-TV.

Italian super-centenarian Emma Morano at her home. 

Country of residence: Italy
Birthday: November 29, 1899

Born just over a month before the end of the 19th century, Emma Morano is Europe's oldest living person. Incredibly, she still lives on her own in northern Italy and takes care of herself and her house independently, according to local media.

Morano was the first of eight children, all of whom have predeceased her, though a sister lived to be 102. In 1926, she married and in 1937 her only child was born but died at 6 months old. In 1938, she separated from her husband, Giovanni Martinuzzi, but never divorced. Until 1954, she was a worker at a jute factory in her town before working in the kitchen of a boarding school until she retired at 75.

When asked about the secret of her longevity by La Stampa newspaper, she first mentioned her daily glass of homemade brandy.

But Morano mostly cites her eating habits — including raw egg every day — as having helped her live so long. "For breakfast I eat biscuits with milk or water," she said. "Then during the day I eat two eggs — one raw and one cooked — just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old. For lunch I'll eat pasta and minced meat then for dinner, I'll have just a glass of milk."

Sleep is another important factor in her longevity, she told the newspaper. Morano goes to bed before 7 every night and wakes up before 6.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Seeds of a Healthy Diet

Selecting, Storing and Enjoying Seeds

Selection and Storage
Select seeds that are in sealed jars, bags or containers to help ensure freshness. Because seeds are high in fat, they will spoil easily. Store them in a cool, dark, dry location. Seeds can be refrigerated from 2 months to a year or kept in the freezer for up to 2 years.

Toasting and Seasoning
You can enhance the flavor of your seeds by lightly toasting them. Place a single layer of seeds in a skillet over low heat. Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. To add flavor, coat lightly with olive oil and season with salt, soy sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt, or your favorite dry salad dressing mix.

You can eat some seeds, such as squash and pumpkin varieties, with or without their outer husk or shell. Others (safflower and sunflower seeds) have a tough coat that you must remove before eating. Seeds can be eaten alone as a snack or added to rice dishes, salads, homemade breads and muffins, stir-fries, trail mixes, yogurt, granola, cereal and oatmeal. Try SparkPeople's Seedy Cinnamon Granola Recipe as a breakfast cereal, yogurt topping, or as an afternoon snack!

Nutrition Information

Seed Type
(1/4 cup)
Calories Fat
Flaxseed  224  18  12  8
Hemp seeds  162  10  1 11
Pumpkin & Squash seeds in shell,  roasted
 3  4  3
Pumpkin & Squash seeds, roasted  71  3  0  3
Safflower seeds, roasted  130  10  2  4
Sesame seeds in shell, roasted  141  12  3  4
Sesame seeds, roasted  182  15  6  6
Sunflower seeds, roasted  207  19  4  6

By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

what should we NOT order at your restaurant?

14 Fast Food and Restaurant Employees Confess the One Item You Should Never Order

The following question was posed on Reddit:
"Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?"

While it's important to know that none of these claims have been verified, we do recommend bookmarking this thread. Just in case. Tons of answers were submitted, we picked the most curious below.

Anything McCafé at McDonald's
"I work for Mcdonald's and make sure everyone that matters to me never orders anything that comes out of the 'McCafe' machine as these are routinely neglected, in practically all the McDonalds. Not only are staff not properly trained in its cleaning and maintenance, at almost every McDonalds I've had experience with, the managers in charge of training them don't know it all either...All McCafe beverages run through a horrifically dirty machine - we're talking 5+ inches of uncleaned, liquid bullshit making up its inside parts"


Do. Not. Order. Hot Dogs. At. Baseball. Games. Period.
"I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don’t buy the hotdogs.

Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs.

They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them – and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hotdogs after two full days, but the management didn’t want to let us."


On steak and beans at Taco Bell
"I worked at taco bell a little bit ago and I warn everyone to stay away from both the beans, and the steak. The beans start out looking like cat food, and the directions are, 'Add water and stir until you can’t see white anymore.' The steak was just the worst on dish duty. If it would sit too long it would become like hair gel. It was the worst."


On Wendy's chili
"I used to work at Wendy’s. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that’s put in to a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn’t sell fast enough we just added hot water to it to mix it up."


For the love of God, don't order anything off the Starbucks "Secret Menu"
starbucks butterbeer

"Former starbucks worker here. Please don't order anything off the 'Secret Menu'. It doesn't exist. If you want a snickerdoodle, nuttella, or captain crunch frappuchino (or whatever other overly sugery thing someone has since come out with), know the base drink and the modifications, and order that. If you just say the name, it's up to the barista to come up with what's in the drink, and it may not be what the last barista you ordered from put in there."


On movie theatre popcorn
"I worked at a theater, don’t get popcorn for the first showing- that’s all just last night’s popcorn put into giant garbage bags and then reheated in the warmers in the morning.

Oh yeah and remember that sticky floor in the aisle of the theater? Well what do you think would happen if you had that at your house. YES THAT’S HOW YOU GET ANTS… and cockroaches, and everything else. Plus it’s in the dark most of the time. It’s like a bug buffet once the lights go out and the movie starts."


Skip the pasta at Panera, stick to the sandwiches
"Panera- pasta; it's all microwaved, this includes Mac and cheese. Smoothies/frozen drinks- nasty base crap that smells and it's sticky. Cupcakes/coffee cakes- all come frozen. Best items are the real sandwhich/ salads. Real ingredients and usually fresh."


Always ask for "fresh" chicken nuggets at McDonald's
"I used to work at McDonalds. If you order, especially chicken nuggets, just ask for them fresh. Otherwise they've been just sitting in their container in the heat. They have a timer, but 9/10 times when that timer goes off, people just reset the timer instead of making new ones. This could go on until all the nuggets are sold."


Steer clear of beans at Taco Johns
"Taco Johns reporting for all you midwesterners. I would steer clear of the beans, at least outside of peak hours, because they sit on the hot table for a long long time and when they dry out, just add water. Everything else is pretty solid though. Worked there a couple years back in 2007-2009 and still love going back to get my fix."


BBQ Sandwiches at KFC
"Worked at KFC for ~4 years. The BBQ sandwich is actually made from chicken too old and stale to give to the homeless shelters, so they soak it in BBQ sauce until it can be pulled and then they keep it on the heater for a month.

I still order it through"


The quesarito at Chipotle. Mostly because everyone will hate you.
"It backs up the line like no other. If it's not busy, you're fine but PLEASE do not order a quesorito during our peak hours. Employees will hate you. The people behind you in line will hate you. Everyone will hate you. There's nothing wrong with it health/sanitation wise, but too few people order it for our damned managers to rearrange and optimize our food line for quesorito production."


The eggs at Einstein's
"I worked at Einstein's bagel place which is basically fast food. Don't order anything with eggs, they aren't real eggs and if business is slow they could have been sitting in a container for hours after they are microwaved."


On gas station Slurpees
"Gas station slurpee’s. The amount of mold in those machines would crush your childhood to a pulp."


The doughnuts at Dunkin (Warning: this will break your heart)
"Currently employed at Dunkin doughnuts and it’s sad but true all the doughnuts and baked goods there come to us frozen."


Monday, January 26, 2015

Literally every goat in the United States is counted

There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota -- combined. This is what all those goats look like on a map.

Now. This may not be the World's Most Important Map. But consider this: you might say that goats are having a moment. NPR's new-ish blog on "stories of life in a changing world" is called "Goats and Soda," a nod to the animal's ubiquity in many parts of the developing world. Closer to home, goats are being used in urban areas to trim grass and control brush.
The Post's Anup Kaphle wrote recently of goats as a cultural bridge between the U.S. and his homeland in Nepal. Goat meat is a mainstay of many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. As more people from those regions settle in the U.S., we'll see goat enter the American cooking mainstream. As it is, a Google search for "goat recipes" returns 19.3 million results.
America's goat population is heavily concentrated in the Southwest, Texas in particular. Nearly 80 percent of America's goats are raised for meat. Sixteen percent are raised for milk, with the remaining 6 percent is comprised of Angora goats raised for mohair.
You'll find commercial goat farms operating in 2,996 of the country's 3,143 counties. Of the top ten goat-producing counties, 8 are in Texas and two are in Arizona. In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber people 14-to-1. In Edwards County, also in Texas, the ratio is 22-to-1. All in all, goats outnumber people in 21 U.S. counties, all but one of which are in Texas.
While our national goat herd shrunk somewhat between 2007 and 2012 -- from 3.1 million to 2.6 million -- taking a longer view the trend in goat production tends upward. Back in 1982, for instance, the U.S. produced only 1.7 million goats.
Aside from meat, goats are making their mark on the culture in other ways too. There are currently 3.2 million YouTube videos relating to goats. Last year saw the release of the video game Goat Simulator. 28 million people have watched this video of goats yelling like humans.
The USDA Agricultural Census counted every goat in America, including this one 

In short, goats are pretty much everywhere.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's NOT over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one.


"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.


~Your kids are becoming you.......

~Going out is good... Coming home is better!

~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf..

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?". ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.

~But Old is good in some things: 
Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter 
That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.