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Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Signs, and Management

Recently I heard that a family member in her early 50s was being seen by a doctor for DVT and that she was hoping that there was a more natural way of dealing with it than the medications her doctor was prescribing. When I had digested this scrap of family ''information,'' I thought about my own lax position (denial, really) and how it would make sense for me to make some changes in my life while I still have some shreds of health and potential fitness. And, of course, I have inherited my mother's compulsive pop reading habit (in my case, the Internet mostly). So, I decided to research and write an article that would incorporate some preventative and alternative health principles into my life that might make DVT somewhat less likely to catch up with me than is likely the case now. I would also like to see our family member above and others benefit from these principles if they decide that they want to. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a critical health concern that af

Grafting on the Old Apple Tree

In March sometime, our son Conrad did a hard prune on our old apple tree. We estimate that it is probably around 40 years old and hasn't been given a trim for a couple of years.  Then at the end of March, he received 17 different apple scions (shoots of original apple trees) that he had ordered from the Salt Spring Apple Company (which grows over 400 varieties of apples on their farm on Salt Spring Island). He waited for a nice day, weather-wise, warm and sunny, and spent an hour or two using a special grafting tape to wire these little twigs (what they looked like to me) to the branches around the tree.  He labeled each sion with fridge tape first, and then with metal tags he made from aluminum pop tins and twist-tied them to the branches with their scion. The aluminum tags will continue to be readable after rain (and we live in a rainy area).  Each apple variety will (ideally) sprout its own little sideways-growing tree, probably in a year or so. The plan forward is to nurture th

Wisdom's Sisterly Embrace: How Older Women Can Guide the Next Generation

  Older women are instructed in the Bible  to disciple younger women, to teach them what is good  and about God's Love. As an older woman with years of walking the path of faith, I feel a deep calling to come alongside younger women and share insights gleaned from my journey. Too often, antiquated traditions have silenced mature female voices or relegated their wisdom to subservient roles. But our faith teaches that we are all equal heirs of grace, gifted to build up the body of Christ through our diverse experiences. With an egalitarian spirit, I believe older women have a powerful mentorship role to play in empowering and equipping younger sisters for the path ahead. Here are five caring, practical ways we can guide the next generation: 1. Listen Without Judgment   One of the greatest gifts we can offer is the sage listening ear of one who has cautiously navigated challenging terrain. Younger women today face immense societal pressures and complex realities many of us did not enc

Vegan Sourdough Waffles

Great vegan sourdough waffles These waffles are super Thank you for your kind words and compassion my friends-- except for Ed's pain in his finger, all is well. And today is sunny and hopeful! May you each have a grand day today-- be blessed! Think healing. Think success. Think peace. Think happiness. *As a person thinks, so are they. Psalm 23:7* Today we had an accidental contact with the new stove that shattered the outer glass surface (exterior to the door glass), and a few minutes after attending to that-- with sweeping and phoning re the warranty, etc. (a runaround with AI and some call centre folks with some mutual not-understanding}-- I accidentally slammed Ed's finger while pushing in a drawer. Poor guy, his nail has already turned black. and yummy. Sourdough has probiotics in it, and a lovely flavor, although the pancakes will not have quite the healthy sour taste that bread has. 1. START WITH THE SOURDOUGH STARTER You need to have a cup of sourdough starter, whole whe

Spring Lettuces, Fall Broccolli

Just a start to the 2024 Gardening year. Our son Conrad is staying with us for a while and gardening is his passion, so we are getting some help. Although he does tend to be as 'creative' and 'experimental' (maybe more so) than I am, so it means a lot of divergences from the regular plan to try fresh new things... so we shall see what we shall see. I have noticed, however, that our last month's grocery bill was HORRENDOUSly high-- so it will be important to get some actual everyday vegetables going so that we don't have to keep buying them in town. Carrots. Potatoes. Greens. Tomatoes. Squash. Fresh herbs. And, of course, quite a lot of berries and plums and cherries and strawberries. "We" also planted more (sour) cherries and some raspberries this year, but they probably won't happen until next year. I also want to plant a number of flowers. Our yard looks quite depleted and stark. Conrad has been pep-talking about the need for better soil and has

High Dining

 If you enjoy eating somewhere with a magnificent view, you can generally count on that if you dat in a tower restaurant. And all over the world!  As a Canadian, I've eaten at the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant and have heard a lot about the restaurant on the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. We also ate in Seattle's Eye of the Needle revolving restaurant in the Space Needle tower about fifty years ago when such an experience was still relatively unique, or at least for a young woman who grew up on the Canadian prairies.  Following are just a handful of sumptuous scenery and dining experiences available to you from heights with views of oceans, rivers, mountains and historical buildings, neighborhoods, and other city vistas.  Have you visited and eaten at any of the following restaurants? Please let us know what your impressions were and whether you would recommend the restaurant experience to people reading this! The At.mosphere in Dubai At.mosphere - Located in the Burj

How To Tell A Good Joke

  Telling a good joke can be a fine art. In our family it is an emotional connector, an indicator of mental health, and a boost to positive energy.   While humor is subjective, there are some general principles that can help increase the likelihood of successful pulling off a knee-slapping pun or cracking a witty story.  Here are some tips on what's required to tell a good joke: 1. Know Your Audience: Understanding who you're telling the joke to is crucial. Different people find different things funny, so tailor your joke to your audience's sensibilities.  When my husband and I were "new" together, I was invited to a few events with his family. These were lovely, warm European folks who sometimes inserted jokes in their language into the general dinner conversation. When I looked rather lost, my then-boyfriend attempted a translation of the joke that they had all laughed uproariously at.  I don't remember what it was, but I do remember thinking, "Ick! Tha