Happy New Year

Here are a few funny cartoons to enjoy:

Here's a video with some advice I'll try to follow.  It seems practical.  I think the best thing is to limit my resolutions to a few important ones.  Too many will make it impossible to accomplish.

Disappearing Dots

My brother Tony E-mailed this video to me.  For me the center green dot comes on and off while the yellow dots seem to disappear for a moment.

I circled one of the yellow dots with my hand so it was the only one I could see. It did not disappear.  Neither did the other yellow dots when I tested them in turn.  The illusion is real and not a tampering with the video.

Here it is:

Miles' Day Out

Our grandson is quickly growing up.  I can't wait to see him for Christmas.

This is a video from another day.

Earth Seems to Be "Rising" Over Moon

I want to share this photo I found today on the NASA site.
Though the “earth rise” evokes the sunrise that we’re all familiar with here on Earth, you’d never see this type of image if you were actually standing on the moon (as opposed to orbiting around the moon, like the LRO).
“Viewed from the lunar surface, the Earth never rises or sets,” Arizona State University’s Mark Robinson said in the NASA release. “Since the moon is tidally locked, Earth is always in the same spot above the horizon, varying only a small amount with the slight wobble of the moon.”

My Brother Has Spinal Stenosis

Sad to say but my brother just found out he has a spinal stenosis.  He's suffering and will continue getting treatments.

The narcotics help a little but he still finds it hard to move.  He told me he lost his balance and almost fell out his window.  Grabbing on to the bureau saved him.

This is just in time for Christmas! I hope and pray he will be better soon.

Healthy Weight for Seniors

BMI = Body Mass Index  is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

I recently read that a slightly heavier weight for seniors is still healthy.  Here's one explanation from Living Strong:

Body Composition

"As you age, you lose muscle mass. It's called sarcopenia, and as muscle mass decreases, fat tissue centralizes, filling in the gaps, so to speak. You also tend to store more fat as age progresses, thus maintaining steady or slightly increasing weight. Sarcopenia in obese elderly patients is associated with functional impairment and disability, so the upper ranges of BMI indicating obesity may indicate poor health outcomes in seniors as well as younger adults. That suggests that an ideal weight range for seniors is somewhere between the upper limit for good health for younger adults and the obesity range that is detrimental to patients of all ages. The Yale study concludes that 27, and not 25, should perhaps be the ideal upper limit for BMI in older persons."  From The Ideal Weight for Older People | LIVESTRONG.COM
Click sources chart below for a clearer view.

I want to keep my BMI above 23 because under 23 is not as healthy.  Yet still be under the old standard BMI of under 25 even though 27 is said to be okay.  This way I'll be covered by both standards. If I feel better with the lower weight then I'll just go with what feels best as long as it is above a BMI of 23.
Here is a link to calculating your BMI: Calculate Your BMI - Standard BMI Calculator
The calculator looks like this.
Now I won't have to worry about getting fat but worry about being too thin instead!
Is this a bit obsessive?
Is health mainly a matter of good luck (good genes, not catching a bad disease, no accidents)?

Tea: Bags or Loose?

I usually use tea bags because they're easy and fast with almost no cleanup. Sometimes I play around with loose tea.  The quality is supposed to be better. I've heard that the price per cup is cheaper.

I like Tazo English Breakfast tea bags.  There's more tea in each bag and it makes a strong cup of tea.

Bigelow has a nice variety.  The English Breakfast tea is not as strong.  They have an American Breakfast tea with more caffeine and stronger flavor.
The Earl Grey tea is made with bergamot oil which is much better than the bergamot "flavor" that Twinings uses.

Bergamot Fruit from Calabria Italy

I have to admit that playing with loose tea is fun.  I use a frog tea infuser.
I put sugar and milk in my tea except for green teas.

Now I'm using Twining's Irish Breakfast loose tea.  But I need more tea leaves to make it stronger.

In the supermarkets near me I can only find Twining and Lipton loose tea.  I don't like Lipton tea.  I'll have to order loose tea on the internet.

It all comes down to making it how you like; My "cup of tea"or just "not my cup of tea".

How do you make your tea?

Are Daily Naps a Waste of Time?

When I nap for over an hour I wake up tired and depressed.  It seems like a good part of the day is gone, wasted.

I tried shorter naps with a timer set for 30 minutes.  The problem is how I keep resetting the timer for 5 or 10 minutes more until I just let myself go into a long nap.  The result again is waking up tired and depressed.

From google images

What seems to work for me is what I call a short "caffeine power nap":

1. Right before you crash, down a cup of java. (I use tea.) The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in. 
2. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you'll get what's known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.
3. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain's prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.
What works for you?

Have You Seen Old Dollar Green?

I found this song one day while surfing the web.  It was by another unknown singer and the lyrics were hard to hear.  When I looked for a better version I had no luck for over a year; until yesterday when I found this version by Lou Rawls.

I could not find a copy of the lyrics anywhere.  There is another song with a similar title but not this one.

Here are some of the lyrics:  

Some people call him Buck
and other people call him Bill.

He has the face of a president
and His home is in the US mint.

I'm looking for him right now
If you see him send him to me right away.

I need him in my jeans. I have to go out 
and get some bread and beans


Getting Ready for Christmas 2015

This is our front door with the wreath we put up every year.  I use a green spotlight to make it visible at night.

I've spent the last several days starting to prepare for Christmas.  I can't believe it's December already.  Maybe the mild weather has something to do with it.

Instead of our artificial tree this year we bought a tiny live tree.  I did not notice that the care instructions were still attached when I took the photo! It's only 4 feet tall but more than enough for the two of us.  When we put it on a box it looks taller.  We'll drape a white cloth over the box to hide it.

I have the presents picked out for Lynette and just have to order two of them on-line and pick one up at Target. She asked me what I want but as usual I have no idea.  I don't want clothes and I don't wear jewelry.  I have to search around then if I don't see anything I'll pick something at random.

A Few Family Photos

My Grandson Miles and Family Dog Arctic

I was a little tired today so I only felt like posting a few photos that I edited.

Mom & Dad
Laurissa and Ryan


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