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A Timely Reminder
Posted:Nov 20, 2018 6:41 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 10:02 pm
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this is NOT a part of the blog...... However, with the end of World War One still close by we watched a SUPER two part documentary by DW on U-tube There were points of history completely missed or overlooked by our history books,teachers, and society in general. Some aspects are enlightening, others disturbing, and many plain and simply ignored.....

After World War I (1/2) | DW Documentary (WW1 documentary)

After World War I (2/2) | DW Documentary (WW1 documentary)

IF the period between WW1 & WW2 interest you take some time to watch this well made documentary.
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71 Years Ago
Posted:Nov 19, 2018 7:24 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 5:39 pm
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November 20, 1947 Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London



Then... Now 71 years later...........
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Just In Time !
Posted:Nov 19, 2018 6:41 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 7:36 am
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Just in time for the holidays is a sweet treat easy to make dessert for you to try!



In your food processor add 1 can of peaches and 1 can of mangoes along with a teaspoon of almond extract. Just dice the fruit and pour into a greased 9" X 9" baking dish.



In a dry mixing bowl combine the cake mix and 1/2 cup of rolled oats. The cake mix may be a standard yellow or white cake mix.



gently spoon the dry mix over the top of the mixed fruit "sealing" the top as best you can.



slice your butter thinly to cover the top in this manner. Then bake 35 minutes in a 350 degree oven.



This easy dessert will catch your friends and family's attention for the holidays. It's also exceptional served warm from the oven with ice cream.
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155 Years Ago
Posted:Nov 18, 2018 6:44 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 5:45 pm
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On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, scribbled on the back of an envelope, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.



The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee’s defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army’s ultimate decline.



Ordered by Pennsylvania’s governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery’s dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting “a few appropriate remarks” to consecrate the grounds.



At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln’s lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”



Reception of Lincoln’s Gettysburg was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the “little speech,” as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the American vision ever written.

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Saturday Night Sex Quiz
Posted:Nov 17, 2018 8:17 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 7:43 am
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Have you ever propositioned a total stranger?


YES!


No
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TAKE A HIKE
Posted:Nov 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Last Updated:Nov 19, 2018 8:25 am
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National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17.



With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.



Events around the country are scheduled today to celebrate Take a Hike Day.



Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

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Got Nuttin
Posted:Nov 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2018 7:03 pm
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Worked my ass off today... supposedly my "DAY OFF" No time to screw off on the PC and no topic trips my trigger
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National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
Posted:Nov 14, 2018 6:20 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2018 7:02 pm
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National Raisin Bran Cereal Day is being observed on November 15th.



Raisin bran cereal, the focus of this holiday, was created and first sold by the Skinner Manufacturing Company, in 1926.



As other brands tried to enter into the market with the cereal in the early 1940's, a United States Court of Appeals ruled that they could also use the name "Raisin Bran," as the name simply referred to two of the main ingredients of the cereal. Thus, since this time, brands such as Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills' Total Raisin Bran, and Post Cereals' Post Raisin Bran have made up a large share of the market.



What are the two ingredients that are in the cereal that give it its name? Bran is the outer covering of the wheat kernel; it is commonly used in cereals.



Raisins are sweet, dried grapes, that became popular after a heat wave dried up a large portion of the grape harvest in California in September of 1873. A San Francisco grocer started selling them and marketing them as "Peruvian Delicacies." California is still important to raisins, as it produces more of them than any other place in the world.



Raisin bran is often seen as being healthy because it is high in fiber, but it also may have a decent amount of added sugar which can make some health concerns.

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World Diabetes Day
Posted:Nov 13, 2018 7:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2018 7:11 pm
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Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough of the hormone insulin (produced by the pancreas) to break down the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly. Diabetes is a non-communicable disease but can be hereditary and can lead to other medical complications if not well managed.



In 2017, statistics from the World Health Organsation indicates that about 8.8 per cent of the global population had diabetes. That is over 450 million people diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately, the figure is projected to rise to 9.9 per cent by 2045 making diabetes one of the fastest growing chronic non-communicable diseases in the world.



Diabetes has remained one of the leading causes of kidney failure. It also doubles the risk for heart attack or stroke and there is no cure for it. For those already diagnosed with diabetes, it can be treated with insulin, dietary changes, and exercise.



Ask yourself do you feel tired, hungry and excessively thirsty all the time? Do you experience blurred vision or a tingling in the feet? Have you lost weight, frequently visited the toilet to urinate? For those yet to have the disease; here are some things you to do to prevent it.



1. Know your blood level – Having knowledge of your blood level is very important. In fact, this is the first step to take in preventing or treatment of diabetes. This can be done through professional help by doctors or other certified medical personnel. The test for this is called fasting blood or fasting blood glucose. It measures the estimated level of in the blood at a given time or over a period of time.

The test is done in the morning before the person has eaten. The normal range for blood glucose is 70 to 100mg/dl.

2. Eat balanced and healthy diet – Your eating habit is a predisposing factor to having diabetes. There is a to eat balanced and healthy diet especially vegetables, fruits, roughages or food high in fibre, among others.

There is also a to reduce high intake of carbohydrates food as this converts to when digested. Also reduce fat in your diet especially saturated and trans fat like cakes, cookies bread etc. There is a to also reduce intake of salt, and alcoholic drinks. Also avoid or minimise processed foods.

3. Exercise regularly/always be active – Do not live a sedentary lifestyle. You regular exercise. Regular exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of the cells and puts the blood automatically under control.

4. Control your blood pressure – There is a link between blood pressure and diabetes. To reduce the risk of diabetes especially in people with hereditary history of the disease, there is a to constantly monitor your blood pressure. Most times hypertension and diabetes are conjoined twins.

5. Limit alcohol intake – Alcohol has a lot of calories which can make people gain weight and increase their blood level. By avoiding or reducing intake of alcohol, you can reduce diabetes risk.

6. Reduce stress – Stress can cause diabetes. When you are stressed, your body triggers several hormones that can increase your blood level. To cope with stress you can engage in walking, yoga and listening to music, among others.

7. Manage your weight – Manage your weight to prevent being overweight or obese. Excessive weight again is usually associated with diabetes.

8. Quit smoking – Smokers are twice likely to develop diabetes, compared to non-smokers.

9. See your doctor for regular check-up – As you get older, it is advisable to see your physician regularly.

Diabetes is hereditary for me pushed on by some very unhealthy habits. I have managed to keep it under control with medication, diet, exercise, and a dam good caring physician. Do the very best you can on those 9 points so that you don't fall victim to this insidious disease.

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The Why....
Posted:Nov 12, 2018 9:29 pm
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2018 7:51 am
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Today the "WHY" we built the Beemer Pad was put to the test.



We walked down the steps and stood upright to change the oil from under the Black Jaguar. We'd driven our cars upon to ramps then slithered or creeped under to get to the oil pan plug>>>NO LONGER



The workbench is from an set of cupboards with flanking shelves made from a sturdy shipping create we'd gotten.



The vise is my grandpa's dad's that he bought at auction from a blacksmith shop that closed in Oakland, Iowa near the turn of the century.



The long garage will comfortably fit 3 cars.



I have the walls painted but not the ceiling which will be in light to medium blues with gold and white accents around the light fixtures. I also won't put the crystal plumb bobs on the chandelier until I done painting.
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