Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mo Chicken Adobo

For those that don't know pidgin, the slang language used in Hawaii, 'mo' means MORE. Reading the posting titled "The Denver Post does the Nutcracker" on the blog A Readable Feast, I checked out the recipe for Chicken Adobo written there and my mouth watered remembering this delicious dish.

Here's the back story: I live in Hawaii, and my partner employs approximately 45 Phillipine people. Since I have been to more Phillipino functions than I can remember in the last 16 years, I have eaten a lot of great food, including Chicken Adobo. Even though I didn't know that was the official name, the recipe given in this posting is familiar to what my taste buds remember as I was scarfing it down. Yes, give me MO, MO, least every now and then! The way chickens are raised and treated in this country is disgusting, so if you make this dish, try to find a free-range chicken. I am (for the most part) a vegetarian since my normal diet doesn't include meat or dairy products, but there are times I make an exception to the rule. It's boring to be PURE all the time!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cats on Tuesday

Artwork of Anela done by Marjorie

I was invited by Gattina to participate in this Cats On Tuesday meme because we have already connected with our cat stories. As both Gattina and I are proud slaves of a cat(s), I can tell you this, cat lovers are a special breed. Sometimes this breed can become a tad whacko/nutty/over-the-top, as with some of the people that participate in Catster. It's sometimes challenging to remain balanced because of the devotion and love we have for our masters....errr, our cats.

With that confession out of the way, let me share about a book I recently bought for a friend for her birthday. She is the one that brought my cat Anela into my life, and her birthday was just the other day. The book is titled "Fang Shui" with the subtitle "Feng Shui for Felines" by Catfucius. Naturally, this is a book for cat lovers with a good sense of humor--both of which qualify my friend Basha.

I found this book hilarious...naturally I had to read it first before gifting it. Here's an excerpt on grooming: "Good grooming makes for good feng shui. Clean often, paying special attention to the delicate areas of the hindquarters. This must be done in the northeast corner of the room in full view of everyone, especially guests."

Here's what the back cover of the book says about its author, "Catfucius was born in China in the 5th century during the Meow Dynasty. Little is known of his early life, but historians have confirmed that he was the favored cat of the Emperor and Empress. His inscrutable ways and legendary wisdom drew many to him to learn of his secrets. Of his writings, only this book and the quote that begins it remain."

Even though this is a humor book, there is a lot of wisdom to it. Of course, we all know that cats are wise beings, and that is why we consort with them, right? After all, we're not stupid! Our cats know this, and that is why they chose us!

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Night Leg Cramps

Photo: terragalleria

A very troubling phenomena has begun with nightly leg cramps affecting many women that I know. Apparently these leg cramps are impacting quite a large amount of the population if rumors are true. Why are they happening to women who have never experienced them before?

For me they began about a year or so ago. They were so painful that I would have to get out of the bed in the middle of the night and dance around to relieve the cramping. I tried many different remedies, but nothing seemed to work. When I was having a consultation in Dharmasala, India, this past March with the eminent doctor, Doctor Dawa, (who is also the personal physician of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama) I received his wise advice. He asked in which direction I slept, and I told him with my head to the North and my feet to the South. I had read this was the best direction to sleep. Dr. Dawa told me to sleep with my feet facing West. And so when I returned home, I re-arranged our furniture, and we began sleeping this way. And voila--no more leg cramps!

That is... until recently! I have begun experiencing the night leg cramps every now and then, even though my diet hasn't changed. This makes me wonder what is going on with the frequencies of the Earth. Have the Earth frequencies shifted again? Do I need to change my sleeping position again? If only Dr. Dawa was easily available to consult on matters such as this!

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Folic Acid Cuts Heart Attack Risk

It never ceases to amaze me when I read about the studies conducted by orthodox researchers. Oftentimes what the scientists have researched is such Common Knowledge and established by alternative health experts that I wonder why all the money was wasted on another study! For instance, I read recently where scientific research has discovered red wine is good for you. Duh?! Don't we already know that?! However, I realize this: for the dominant left-brained people of the world, these scientific studies are necessary proof.

The news I read today on Yahoo was about folic acid supplements. The article is here. To sum up the article: "Can taking folic acid supplements reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke? British researchers believe it can."

I would like to add my two cents on this topic of heart disease and stroke, although my speculations haven't been funded by massive amounts of money through scientific research. My words come merely from observation and experience.

So here goes: if you wish to maintain a healthy heart, deal with your 'heart' issues such as your feelings and your emotions. Dealing with or processing your feelings will do more for you than taking a folic acid supplement every day. I'm NOT SAYING don't take a supplement, I'm saying that the primary importance and action ideally would be to find a way to resolve heartbreak, heart issues, grief and sadness around the loss of love, unrequited love and all these other 'heart' issues. And once again, I recommend Emotional Freedom Technique because of its speed, the ability to help yourself with your own hands tapping, and the results. If you want to work with a practioner of this technique, there are many listed on the website.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Horse Rescue Video!

This is truly an inspirational, uplifting video!

In order to watch the video, you will need to click on Zoeken to the right.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Stop The Watch

Reading Katiebird's post about her broken Eat Watch on her blog Eat4today, I have some ideas to share with her and with readers. Having at one time been a weight-loss counselor and also read a ton of books about weight-loss, I feel I have something of value to offer.

Katiebird got the concept of the "Eat Watch" from author John Walker: "According to him people like me, who eat when they're not really hungry and don't stop eating when they're actually full have a broken Eat Watch. We don't have a natural eating regulator in our brains to keep us from overeating. So we can, without even noticing, nibble our way through the day." She continues with the solution: "For those of us with broken Eat Watches, there is hope. Recent research indicates that people who weigh themselves everyday have more control over maintaining weight loss than people who don't."

I TOTALLY endorse this method of daily weighing-in AND here are my weight-loss tips to add to this wisdom:

1. Add Organic Flax Oil to your diet. The flax oil capsules are the easiest and take them first thing in the morning-- also spaced out during the day. Because it's an oil, the capsules will need to be refrigerated, so if you take them with you to work, find a way to refrigerate the bottle. You don't want the oil to go rancid. Flax oil is a natural, non-buzzing way to diminish your appetite.

2. If you drink LOTS of water, you will feel so FULL that the munchies can't grab you so hard. Add a splash of organic sugar free cranberry juice for taste and as a diuretic. An excellent brand of cranberry juice is L & A which has no sugar, sweeteners or colors added, no preservatives and very low sodium.

3. Use the Emotional Freedom Technique. It's fast, free and easy to do. Lots of people loose weight using this technique of tapping on certain meridians and keep it off because the truth is "broken watches" are primarily emotional issues.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yipppeeee....the deer fights back!

I've waited my whole life to see such a video! This is the most amazing footage of a deer attacking his hunter! Having had a hunter father and brother and been so grossed out and detesting the whole hunting "sport" from a young age, I feel absolute glee in watching this deer go after the hunter.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Natural Cures

If you're like me, you're hooked up all over the Net, so when an email starts making the rounds, you receive the email umpteen jillion times. And so it was with the email which touted WD-40 recently. I read through all the amazing things this product does, and saved it in a file for reference material. I will include a partial listing of all the magical uses WD-40 has at the end of this posting. In the meantime, I have a story to share with you.

Because of the ongoing discomfort with my left elbow--"tennis elbow" it is fashionably called-- I remembered what I read on the list for the applications of WD-40, and today I thought 'what the heck, let's give this a try'. I rubbed some of the solution on my left elbow because of #36 on the list which reads, "Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain." There was no mention of elbows, but how different is a knee from an elbow?

And guess what? It worked! My elbow feels a LOT better. Who would have thunk? Now I have to buy some cinnamon at the store to try this recipe I read about for weight loss. This recipe mixed honey and cinnamon, and like the WD-40 one-product-does-all, so apparently does honey and cinnamon.

Here's some of the applications of WD-40 I promised you:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.

5) Keeps flies off cows.

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.

9) Untangles jewelry chains.

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes

18) Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly so hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31) Removes splattered grease on stove.

32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35) Removes all traces of duct tape.

36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Christmas Card Time

Photo: terragalleria

Sometimes people can live continents away but be soul twins. I think such is the case with Miscellaneous Mum and my partner. She lives in Australia, and my partner lives in Hawaii, but they have the first-Christmas-card-in-the-mail obsession. Obviously when I read her post titled "Christmas(card)Time Is Here Again", I wondered if the two of them had been separated at birth. After more thought, I realize they have the major seasonal disorder called Christmas Card Anxiety, a not-so-well-known malady that usually flares up in October near Halloween.

I don't have all the details on Miscellaneous Mum, but she seems to be joyful about performing the Christmas card ritual. It's a different story in my home! This is how it goes with these sentences spoken by my partner:

"You'd better begin writing the Christmas card letters soon!
"We're not going to be able to get the Christmas cards out if you don't start soon."
"Have you begun the Christmas letter yet? You haven't?" (Horror on my partner's face!)
"Don't forget to add blah, blah, blah (everything in the world which happened to us this year)."
"Did you buy the Christmas card stationery yet?"

Talk about being a NUDGE! He drives me nuts with his constant commands for the Christmas Cards and letters, none of which he can contribute any time to because HE'S TOO BUSY! After I've written the Christmas letter (a five-page opus), he proofs it, re-writes it for days and makes more additions. By now, it's become a six-page opus. Yet we don't have the Christmas letter sent to the printer because he wants to review it ONE MO' TIME!

This is one of the MANY reasons why I'm thrilled Christmas only comes ONCE a year! So Miscellaneous Mum, send us one of your Christmas cards, and we'll send you one of ours. If you can deal with that ugly spider in your house, maybe you can deal with our Christmas card and letter, eh?

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Our Buzzed World

Recently my daughter began a search for another place to rent on Maui. Her intention was to locate her dream cottage in Kula which didn't cost an arm and a leg. And she found it! One of the reasons she was successful is that the landlord could tell she wasn't (as he phrased it)"tweaked". I asked my daughter what that word meant as I was unfamiliar with it, and my daughter said that 'tweaked' meant someone who is jacked up on crack or buzzed with some other speed drug.

Everyone by now knows that crack (or ice as it is commonly known) has become a country-wide horror. I heard Oprah even did a show about it on her neighbors in Santa Barbara. And the buzz doesn't just end with so-called "hard drugs", the buzz is in the ENERGY drinks you can purchase in grocery and convenience stores.

The most popular of these caffeine/sugar laced energy drinks is Red Bull. Other brands are Monster, Rockstar and Cocaine Energy Drink. More energy drinks are being launched all the time because of their current popularity. There is even a website reviewing these drinks: Energy Drink Review.

I've been musing over why these energy drinks and the hard meth stuff are so popular. Is it that people (especially teenagers who are some of the biggest energy drinkers)
feel that time is running out so they want to move faster? What is going on with our world that makes so many want a buzz? What is the appeal? Comments anyone?

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Outsourcing Health Care

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

The first time I heard about outsourcing health care from America to third world countries was on an episode of the hit television series "Boston Legal." Now the story about American's travelling abroad (either forced or chosen) has made the news. Read here for the recent Yahoo online article. Apparently this is the situation our country has gotten itself into: most people (even with health coverage) can't afford the high costs of major medical care and surgery in America anymore! So the option of traveling abroad for the necessary procedures is becoming more and more popular. And businesses may move their health care overseas too. Check out Planet Hospital. This organization arranges everything for you so that you feel safe, comfortable and cared for far from home.

Friends of mine have traveled abroad to have surgery in foreign countries, and they have reported back to me that the facilities were amazing, clean, and ultramodern...and very different than America. For instance, in Brazil there were LIVE plants in the hospital rooms, and in India your relative can have a bed moved into the hospital room to stay with you while you're recuperating.

I would consider having surgery in another country if I had to because the costs of surgery in America are so outrageous! Of course, you have to use discernment in selecting a facility outside America, but hey--malpractice happens right here too! What are your thoughts? Comments, anyone?

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Looking Good For Yourself

There is something to be said about Looking Good For Yourself --for when you take the time to make yourself feel and look good, it 'ups' your morale. In Nola Cooper's November 1st posting on her blog The Classic Life, she writes, "Taking a few extra minutes to look nice in the mornings gives you more confidence during the day...", and I completely agree with her.

It's an easy habit to fall into 'to let yourself go' when no one is around to see you. But the truth of the matter is YOU SEE YOU! Even if you don't spend hours in front of the mirror after the husband has left for work and the kids are are school, the small bit of time you give to YOURSELF in the morning gets your day off to a good start. And I'm not only talking about applying makeup!

Whatever it is that makes you feel good should be a priority-- whether it's meditating, exercising, giving yourself a facial, taking an aromatherapy bath or journaling for example. Everyone has their own FEEL GOOD activities. Here are some of mine which I do daily and the approximate time spent:

Skin care regime: four minutes
Teeth care: four minutes
Makeup basics: one minute
Manicure, pedicure upkeep: two minutes
Meditation: minimum twenty minutes
Taking vitamins and making morning health drink: one minute
Hair care: two minutes
Morning phone conversation with daughter: five minutes

Thus, I spend approximately 40 minutes a day giving myself a gift! Time Well Spent!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006