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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Another gem that arrive in our Inbox last week - makes interesting reading. After reading this you'll never look at a banana in the same way again. lol
Won't be around next week as I'll be up at Numurkah in the Riverland enjoying my (our) birthday present of a week at the Resort there. Even tho we desperately need the rain I hope its dry for us so the fellas can play golf and leave us girls to sit in the sun and chat.
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre.
A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.
When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.
So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'
PS: Not sure if this is true but I will add one here, want a quick shine on our shoes??
Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.
Amazing fruit - my favourite
Monday, November 24, 2008
I’m not sure who is winning or losing where the weather is concerned - with a heat wave in tropical Queensland - terrible storms in southeast Queensland – snow in the Alps and Highlands of both NSW and Victoria – and the threat of flooding here in Victoria.
We lost out on the weather here in Melbourne last week as most of it was freezing and very wet but I had spent Monday cooking which meant we had meals in the freezer to use on those wet miserable days. The nice clean woollen blanket came out of the drawer and was laid over the bedcovers on more than one night and as it was so cold some days we actually had the heating on.
Part of the time lost in the garden ‘cose of the storms was spent visiting A Pam reassuring here she hadn’t been forgotten. She’s putting on weight and seems happy but in some ways is not quite the same as before. On those days the garden won with all the lovely rain making its way deep into the soil and I enjoyed my visit to A Pam.
There are a couple of ducks that live in the garden of the nursing home and she was telling me how they reminded her of some others ducks. I'd never heard her speak of ducks before so after some gentle 'prodding' I found out they reminded her of some that lived in the grounds of her home in Calcutta - she was raised in India so that memeory would have been from back in the 1920's. She is not remembering things that happened several hours previously and is retreating into the past more and more.
I spent many hours cutting out oodles of little nighties for our special babies so the programme won by having them ready for volunteers to sew and use in the gift packs. I will be away next week so this is my weekly commitment in advance.
I also won because I was so busy it kept me from rummaging through the cupboard for something to eat; I only stopped for a midmorning snack and proper meal times. Haven’t mentioned it for a while but my weight ballooned even more so I had to get real and start a proper regime and even tho’ there are still a few more kilos to come off I’d be ropable at WW if I gained lol.
I lost my car a couple of times when I went shopping – –well at least it wasn’t in the spot I normally leave it – found it parked ‘miles’ away and that’s when I remembered I’d parked elsewhere ‘cose of the full car park. And then there was a surprise 'win' as in my travels round the car park I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen for ages so I sort of won that day :)
How come the crowds are out in force already, there’s a few more weeks until they normally fill the aisles and walkways and act as tho’ it’s the end of the world and they intend to buy everything in sight in case it disappears overnight?
I think I’m going to have to tie something to the aerial so I can see it from a distance as it’s quite embarrassing wandering round a multi story car park and knowing every person walking by is aware of my predicament by the darting eyes and strange vague look on my face lol
We (Australia) have ‘won some and lost some’ at sport during the past few days.
We won the Rugby Union test against France and the first Tran Tasman Cricket test of the season against New Zealand in Brisbane yet we lost the Rugby League World Cup to New Zealand in Sydney. Australia won a Soccer World Cup qualifying match against Bahrain the other day but lost the respect of their coach because of the way they played.
Didn’t think the cricket would get off on time the other day as the ground was very wet from the storms they had, the covers that are put down to keep the wicket dry had blown open during the night and there was water on the pitch.
I was listening to the cricket commentary on the radio (which meant I could get on with jobs in the kitchen) and laughed at the ABC cricket commentators reminiscing about the possible use of helicopter to dry the pitch many years ago during the early Packer time of World Series Cricket or the 'Pyjama Games' as it was called then ‘cose of the coloured clothing the players wore as opposed to the all white worn for Test Matches.
Must go now, hope to be back again soon
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Bank Loan
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller.
He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.
'Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday'
Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name.
The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.
Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.
The frog says, 'Sure. I have this,' and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.
Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.
She finds the manager and says, 'There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.'
She holds up the tiny pink elephant.
'I mean, what in the world is this?'
(folks, your gonna luv this)
The bank manager looks back at her and says. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
'It's a knickknack, Patty Whack.
Give the frog a loan
His old man's a Rolling Stone.'
You're singing it, aren't you? I know you are. . .
Never take life too seriously!
Come on now, you grinned, I know you did!!!
Have a lovely day. . . . . .
Monday, November 17, 2008
Their very swanky glossy brochure was delivered last week – this one is advertising Christmassy things and many of the shops put out what I call teasers. A small number of shops advertise one product and hope the public will flock in to buy more.
There is lots of blurb about browsing the big department stores and the 230 speciality shops – not sure where they got that number from as I wouldn’t have thought it was that many – and as well as pushing Santa Photo times, Community Gift Wrapping times, Eastland Gift vouchers it also states the fact that there is loads of free car parking.
The brochure won’t be delivered out of the local area and anyone who is from the area and has shopped there is fully aware that there is oodles of parking and it has always been free. That’s why loads of Ringwood rail commuters park there lol
Anyway the slow down in sales had produced another incentive – Free Fuel from Santa.
The catch is……………………..you have to spend at least $250 in centre on Monday December 8th and then take proof of purchase to the Service Desk and while stocks last you’ll receive a Free $50 Fuel Card.
No indication of how many cards there might be - just while stocks last.
Somehow I think the winner here will be Eastland Shopping Centre
Friday, November 14, 2008
After two very hot days here in Melbourne it was lovely to hear the rain come down.
A lot of rainy stories on the news………………….one poor rather strange chap was cleaning his gutters about 6.30am (not sure why, maybe full of leaves and they had overflowed during the night) and got hit by lightning. Poor Connex – the company that runs our local train system –are having a hard time at the moment with problems it would seem all last month – culminating in no trains at the end of Oaks Day. Well the train system was in array this morning ‘cose of rain and lightning strikes. Never rains but it pours for them lol
Have a laugh at this tho – I was sitting in the loo about 8am and saw a lightening flash and then there was this enormous (and I mean really really loud) bang right at the same time.
One of the volunteers brought in a cake for morning tea and we had several volunteers who hadn’t been for a while drop in about that time so a lot of the morning was spent catching up on goings on and latest news. Some days things are all go but today most of us were running on automatic and it was nice just to sit around and talk. Left about 1.30pm and the lack of sleep was just beginning to tell.
Coffee and a sandwich and something I’d not done for ages; I put my head down for a nana nap. Only for a short while but it was worth it as I felt refreshed and started sorting some more things I’d brought home from the centre.
Much of out baby clothes arrive in plastic bags and as we ‘work’ on a limited budget we tend not to throw anything away that may prove useful so plastic bags are just one of those things. Normally I can keep them in some sort of order, one size in another bag and so on but there are times when things get a bit untidy in the back room and a clear out is called for.
So today – don’t laugh – I brought home several large bags full of plastic bags (mainly the zip lock type) to be sized and placed in other ones so they are visible and readily accessible when needed. I was going to take a photo of the lovely clean lounge room floor all covered in piles of plastic bags but thought that a bit too much for you all to handle lol
Job done I decided on another coffee and a sit down. Dh was home from golf by that time so we chatted and then I nipped up the shop for a few bits I didn’t have the energy to pick up this morning. Light dinner this evening (poached eggs and a bit of salad) watched the ABC news and then came in here.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I did do as I said I would and started on the front room, then decided that as it was going to be another warm day with a strong breeze to change our bedding, to wash the woollen blanket that was coming off as well as the cotton ones that were going on.
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So as the chair covers were being washed it seemed silly not to do the cobwebs before I vacuumed and as I was brushing around the window frame thought it would be a good idea to take the net curtains down, give the flyscreens a brush and clean the actual windows.
So out with the steps, down with the curtains and a short while later clean windows.
Inside and Out lol
For years all I’ve used is a soft cloth dunked in a bucket containing warm water along with a drop of bleach and a drop of washing up detergent, then rung out well, dried them with a piece of newspaper and never had streaks.
I believe in using easy ways and have the same no fuss attitude with the nets.
I soak them in the laundry trough in warm water with washing powder, roll them over the edge into the machine, give a short spin then rinse with fresh cold water in the machine followed by a very light spin. I've learned that hanging them wet means they dry with no creases.
We now have a nice tidy room that has a clean floor (under as well as around the furniture ) along with clean windows and window furnishings and no cobwebs:))
All the baby clothes are in the car and the only question I have now is - how long is it going to take to sort out all of the ‘ornaments’ I cleared off the table next to my chair that are now residing in a plastic bag, the bags of wool and other paraphernalia that was behind the chair and the various books that were on the floor beside the chair??
Most of it does have a proper home but at the moment it is now sitting just inside the spare room door waiting for me to have another burst of energy lol
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The other day she spoke about 'things' that didn't get done 'cose other 'things' cropped up.
Guess what - other 'things' have cropped up here and this is how my living room looks at the moment.
I've mentioned before how I 'work' as volunteer co-ordinator for a programme that provides right sized clothing to hopitals for families whose babies die preterm. When all the little garments arrive at the Volunteer Centre there are a group of us who sort and size and then make up the little packs for the Treasured Babies as the programme is called.
But recently some of the 'girls' have been away so theres been a bit of a backlog in the sorting dept.
Monday, November 10, 2008
As well as some roses I have planted a lovely iris type plant called Sysirinchium Striata. I got a few pieces from a friend about six years ago and after dividing I now have it all over the place. Shouldn't speak too soon but nothing seems to kill it.
Its shady down the side of the house most of the time so I haven't planted much - the idea is to keep it tidy and useable - to get from the front to the back safely and in one piece
Sometime those two mirrors are finally going to be attached to the fence so that they will give a nice side ways view to anyone looking out of that bedroom window. Not going to say how long they have been sitting on the ground - but if you look caarefully at the earlier photos you may just see them there lol
Friday, November 7, 2008
At times it has been quite heavy but mostly its been pleasant trying to get right down into the ground rain. Hopefully it will continue all night and then maybe tomorrow as well.
Unfortunately Melbourne Water say our dams are only at 34% full today so we need almost months of constant rain in the catchment areas to do any good. Somehow I don't think thats going to happen :(
I don't feel too happy when I read headlines that read like this or this:
Melbourne water prices set to double by 2013
Yarra Valley Water, who provide our supply are hoping to increase the bills by 97%. Not a happy thought is it.
The State Government is also reviewing water restrictions for the summer months.
Guess the washing machine won't be on as frequently and there will be more 'strip' washes than showers in our house :(
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I don’t go overboard with presents for the grandchildren these days but one thing I do like to give them are books. For Birthdays and Christmas there is at least one book wrapped and given with love from us.
Apart from picking up the odd special interest one in good condition from Op/Thrift/Charity shops Dh and I love to go to a warehouse in Collingwood- Dirt Cheap Books - that sells new books for $5 or less.
Last year they started an email listing of customers and would let us know when they got new stock in etc.
Normally only open at the weekend last month they opened during the week just for their email clients and were offering children’s books at 3 for $10 – couldn’t have come at a better time.
After printing off the email – a necessity or no sale – we zoomed off to the city for a couple of hours of pleasure. Doubled when we got there and found they had also included adult books as well.
So not only have I managed to buy Chrissie stuff but have also been able to get some of those ‘’heres a little something for you ‘cose I love you’ gifts for during the next year.
For example one of the girls has started to take an interest in The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Even tho’ these are not brand new publications, by that I mean they have been in print for several years, our top price bookshops are charging about $12 a copy for them; Big W and Kmart charge about $9.
So I have been able to get 3 in the series for $10 which is close to the lowest price available to me retail.
One of the boys is starting to read Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and they are even more expensive so I almost whooped for joy when I found a couple I knew he hadn’t read.
I suppose some would say it wasn’t a cheap visit – we paid $100 altogether – but I came out with 21 children’s books and Dh picked up some to keep him going for a little while.
I do put some cash aside each month for the grandchildren to get their Christmas presents so ‘my bill’ was already budgeted for lol
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For years we used oil for our heating and thats where the old oil tank has been situated. when we changed to gas the oil company wanted an arm and a leg to remove it and take away so its stayed there ever since. We used to store things there and it generally became a no go area.
There were trees on our side of the fence for years and then when we moved interstate and it was rented out we cut them down for safety reasons - next door subdivided, built another unit close to the fence line (within the guidelines so we couldn't really object) and planted these pittosporums on the fence line for privacy
Anyway a couple of years ago I set to and cleared out all the rubbish and brambles etc and tried to tidy it up. I used some old decking timber we saved when we renewed the deck - I keep things just in case - to try and make a walkway and was going to grow a rose over the arch.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The 'Lady Golfer'
Four lawyers in a law firm lived and died for their Saturday morning round of golf. It was their favourite moment of the week. Then one of the lawyers was transferred to an office in another city. It was not quite the same without him.
A new woman lawyer joined their law firm. One day she overheard the remaining three talking about their golf round in the break room. Curious, she spoke up, 'You know, I used to play on my golf team in college and I was pretty good. Would you mind if I joined you next week?'
The three lawyers looked at each other. They were hesitant. Not one of them wanted to say 'yes', but she had them on the spot. Finally one man said it would be okay, but they would be starting pretty early at 6:30 am. He figured the early Tee-Time would discourage her immediately. The woman said this might be a problem and asked if she could possibly be up to 15 minutes late.
They rolled their eyes but said this would be okay.
She smiled and said, 'Good, then I'll be there either at 6:30 or 6:45.'
She showed up right at 6:30 and wound up beating all three of them with an eye-opening two-under par round. She was a fun and pleasant person the entire round. The guys were impressed!
Back in the clubhouse, they congratulated her and happily invited her back the next week. She smiled and said, 'Sure, I'll be here at 6:30 or 6:45.'
The next week she again showed up at 6:30 Saturday morning. Only this time, she played left-handed. The three lawyers were incredulous as she still managed to beat them with an even par round despite playing with her left-hand.
By now the guys were very amazed, but wondered if she was just trying to make them look bad by beating them left-handed. They could not figure her out. She was again very pleasant and did not seem to be showing them up, but each man began to harbour a burning desire to beat her!
In the third week, they all had their game faces on. However, this week she was 15 minutes late!
This had the guys irritable because each was determined to play the best round of golf of his life to beat her.
As they waited for her, they figured her late arrival was some petty gamesmanship on her part.
Finally, she showed up. This week the lady lawyer played right-handed, which was a good thing since she narrowlybeat all three of them. However, she was so gracious and so complimentary of their strong play that it was hard to keep a grudge against her. This woman was a riddle no one could figure out!
Back in the clubhouse, she had all three guys shaking their heads at her ability. They had a couple of beers after their round which helped the conversation loosen up.
Finally, one of the men could contain his curiosity no longer. He asked her directly, 'How do you decide if you are going to golf right-handed or left-handed?'
The lady blushed and grinned. She said, 'that is easy. When my dad taught me to play golf, I learned I was ambidextrous. I have always had fun switching back and forth. Then when I met my husband in college and got married, I discovered he always sleeps in the nude.
From then on, I developed a silly habit. Right before I left in the morning for golf practice, I would pull the covers off him. If his 'you-know-what' was pointing to the right, I golfed right-handed and if it was pointed to the left, I golfed left-handed.
Astonished at this bizarre information, one of the guys shot back, 'But what if it's pointed straight up in the air?'
She said, 'Then I am fifteen minutes late.'
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I had a sleep over last night with Shannon and her brother and sister, they only live in the next street so I wasn’t worried about being too far from home and slept all night long lol
Not sure about Dh who was home alone and had to sleep all by himself with no one else in the house for company lol
Younger Dd asked me the other day if I would mind them whilst she and her husband went to Ballarat, which is just a 2-hour drive from here but as they hadn’t been on their own for a while could it be overnight.
At the moment Monopoly is the game of choice in their house so the box came with them Saturday morning and we had fun from the start. Lovely day so we used the table on the deck, I kept plying them with drinks, lollies (sweets) and choc biscuits like the good hostess I was:)
Took a 2 hour break to go and visit A Pam who was thrilled to see them – I had to sort of bribe them with the promise of a new book to read as they turned their nose up when I first suggested going to the nursing home – ‘Oh Grandma it will be full of really old people’ yet they ended up talking to one or two of them in the end – so once we were home it was back in earnest for the afternoon.
Out to dinner about 6pm at the Club Kilsyth where they were little angels pretending to be out at a large restaurants in the city and then it was home to their house for the night. We decided not to carry on as being tired means sometimes we don’t make good decisions (and tempers can get frayed as well) so they watched the movie Freaky Friday on TV.
About a girl and her mother who somehow found themselves in each others bodies and even tho’ the kids ‘sort of’ enjoyed it I would have to say its wasn’t one of Jamie Lee Curtis’s better films but it did pass the evening away. Trevor got fed up (girly movie) and wandered off to a bedroom to watch Spiderman 2.
They slept in late this morning ……………………(not used to 10.30pm bed) so Dd is going to pay (and ‘curse me) this evening for me letting them have a late night.
After breakfast out came the board again and it was on in earnest.
I had the best fun with them and I realised they were very trusting as when one got low on cash they would ‘lend’ some to that person to be paid back when the tables were turned – ‘no interest charged Grandma’.
I had to laugh when they told me to remember it’s just a game Grandma, Mum gets really angry if the board is tipped over
And yes, when we totalled all the sessions up I came out with more property and more cash then any of them – oh yes and its only a game and gloating’s not allowed LOL