Do this and be less stressed!


  1. Go to bed on time.
  2. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  3. Say NO to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  4. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  5. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  6. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  7. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  8. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
  9. Take one day at a time.
  10. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
  11. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  12. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, ets.
  13. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  14. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
  15. Get enough rest.
  16. Eat right.
  17. Get organized so everything has its place.
  18. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  19. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  20. Every day, find time to be alone.
  21. Laugh.
  22. Laugh some more.
  23. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  24. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  25. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  26. Sit on your ego.
  27. Talk less; listen more.
  28. Slow down.
  29. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  30. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.

I found this at this cute blog: http://stacyclaireboyd.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html

Keeping pets safe


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Keep Your Pets Safe!

 

 

This year, March 15-21 has been set aside to commemorate National Poison Prevention Week. Once again, it is time to highlight this annual event. While this is an excellent time to set aside to evaluate your home’s safety to protect you and your family, it is also the purrfect time to secure any poisonous items in your home so your pets are also out of danger. The ASPCA has provided some excellent information to remind pet owners about the common items in and around our homes which are highly toxic to our beloved fur friends. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these substances, call your vet immediately, or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Common Painkillers and Anti-inflammatory Human Medications: Aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen and other NSAIDS are among the top ten toxic drugs that are in most of our medicine chests. Highly toxic to small animals, they can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers and can cause kidney damage in cats. Acetaminophen is another dangerous drug for both cats and dogs. Cats are particularly sensitive it, and it can cause damage to red blood cells, and in dogs can cause liver damage and destruction of red blood cells. It is imperative to keep all medications safely stored away in containers and cabinets inaccessible to pets.

 For a list of the top-ten medications toxic to pets, visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/top-10-human-medications-that-poison-our-pets.html

Medications prescribed for pets should also be stored safely. What is appropriate for your dog may not be safe for your cat. Do not treat your pet with any veterinary medication without consulting your veterinarian.

Human Foods: While giving our pets an occasional treat of “people” food now and again, caution should be exercised about which foods we can safely share. Grapes, raisins, some citrus fruits and avocado are some of the fruits that can cause serious problems for our pets. That tempting chocolate bar is fine for humans, but contains a large amount of methylxanthines and can cause serious digestive disturbances, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythms, excessive thirst and urination, tremors and seizures. Onions are toxic to both cats and dogs as it contains allyl propyl disulfide, which can lead to anemia because it causes red blood cells to rupture. It is present in garlic as well, but not to the same degree. When you are cooking with these ingredients care must be taken not to let pieces fall on the floor, where a hungry dog or cat might be tempted to consume it. Do not feed anything containing onions to pets.

Insectides and rodenticides: Insecticides and rodenticides should be used with caution. Most of them are highly toxic to pets, and need to be stored safely. Also do make sure that any flea products used are safe for your pet. Some of these products are dangerous. So do check with your vet prior to using them. Plants: Many common plants used in and around the home are azaleas, rhododendrons, sago palms, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera. As they are highly toxic they should not be part of your horticultural planning, especially if your pets are permitted access to your yard. With Easter on the horizon, care needs to be taken to avoid Lilies. They are especially toxic to felines even in small amounts and can lead to kidney failure. For a list of the 17 most toxic plants to pets, visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/17-common-poisonous-plants.html and for a more comprehensive list, visit: http://www.sniksnak.com/plants-toxic.html

Household Cleaners, chemicals: These are potential threats to your pet’s safety. Anti-freeze, one of the leading causes of pet poisoning should always be safely stored and out of reach of your pets. Never confine your pet in the garage. For more information visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/top-10-pet-poisons-of-2008.html and http://www.poisonprevention.org/poison.htm

copied from aspca.org. 

 

 

fennel


Tim and I recently went to a restaurant where they gave us about a half a teaspoon (to share) of fennel seeds at the end of the meal.  We were to chew it thoroughly then swallow it.  Tastes a little like licorice.  It is supposed to aid in digestion.  I found it very interesting so I looked it up.  This is from wikipedia:

veggies made with fennel seeds

 

Fennel contains anethole, which can explain some of its medical effects: it, or its polymers, act as phytoestrogens.[11]

 Intestinal tract

On account of its carminative properties, Fennel is chiefly used medicinally with purgatives to allay their side effects and for this purpose forms one of the ingredients of the well-known compound Liquorice Powder.

Fennel water has properties similar to those of anise and dill water: mixed with sodium bicarbonate and syrup, these waters constitute the domestic ‘Gripe Water’, used to ease flatulence in infants; it also can be made into a syrup to treat babies with colic or painful teething. Long term ingestion of fennel preparations by babies is a known cause of thelarche.[12] For adults, fennel seeds or tea can relax the intestines and reduce bloating caused by digestive disorders. Essential oil of fennel has these properties in concentration.

Fennel tea, also employed as a carminative, is made by pouring boiling water on a teaspoonful of bruised fennel seeds.

added in a salad

 Eyes

In the Indian subcontinent, Fennel seeds are also eaten raw, sometimes with some sweetener, as it is said to improve eyesight. Fennel tea can be used as an eye tonic, applied directly like eyedrops or as a compress, to reduce soreness and inflammation of the eye. Extracts of fennel seed have been shown in animal studies to have a potential use in the treatment of glaucoma.

Top 20 fennel recipes from Allrecipes. com

 Blood and urine

Some people use fennel as a diuretic, and it may be an effective diuretic and a potential drug for treatment of hypertension.

toasting brings out the flavor

Breastmilk

There are historical anecdotes that fennel is a galactogogue, improving the milk supply of a breastfeeding mother. This use, although not supported by direct evidence, is sometimes justified by the fact that fennel is a source of phytoestrogens, which promote growth of breast tissue. However, normal lactation does not involve growth of breast tissue. There is a single case report of fennel tea ingested by a breastfeeding mother resulting in neurotoxicity for the newborn child

 

 

Syrup prepared from fennel juice was formerly given for chronic coughs. Fennel is also largely used for cattle condiments. It is one of the plants which is said to be disliked by fleas, and powdered fennel has the effect of driving away fleas from kennels and stables. Plain water drunk after chewing and consuming fennel seeds tastes extremely sweet.