Keeping Memories

I wonder how many millions of photos were taken this past year?

I have a 10 year old desk top computer that is slowing everyday.  I know that I may have to say goodbye to it soon, so I began to transfer files to a flash drive.  There were a couple of documents that I transferred, but by in large, photos were items that I wished to save.  Most of them are from film or my first digital point and shoot.  Some of the photos represent vacation memories but others are of family, friends, and pets.

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Signs of a Heart Attack

Recently, one of my friends started to feel really nauseous in the middle of the night.  She was unable to sleep and contacted another friend who suggested and took her to the hospital.  Turns out the nausea was not from an over sized meal earlier in the day.  It was a mild heart attack!

Would I have suspected that?  Would you?

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

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Stohlquist 2mm Sandal Socks with Fleece Lining

Stohlquist 2mm Sandal Socks with Fleece Lining

So I am a little obsessed with my feet and their comfort.  I already tried some water shoes to keep my feet warm while on the water.  They did well and added some arch support but they were a little bulky for a barefoot sport and held water in the shoe.

So, I tried some neoprene with fleece lining socks.  They felt like I was wearing socks and the traction on the board was good. They are not as warm as a water shoe but they provide a better feel for the board.

Mowing the River in Lightroom

As my new favorite form of exercise is paddleboarding, I took Lil’ Red out to the river on my day off.  The water level was really low through already shallow areas.  Between that and the water acting like a mirror, I was really nervous about running into trees that have fallen into the river.  I was concentrating so much on where I was going that many pictures were less than focused.  I almost ran over a turtle.  The poor little guy couldn’t dive to get away because of the water level and I did not see him until I was almost on top of him.  I had my first otter siting but by the time I decided it was safe to try and get a photo, he became shy.

A few months ago I took my first photography lesson.  During the lesson she suggested that I start using Lightroom to edit.  It took awhile, but these are my first LR4 edits.  It is a neat little program and look forward to playing with it more.

Touched by an Angel

Touched by an Angel

There used to be fabulous shows about angles. The basic premise was that there are case worker angles that receive assignments and then must find a way to help a person with a particular struggle.

There was a 4 week period of time that I think my life was an episode. I, of course, did not realize it until the situation was over.

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Weekend Relief

I had been feeling off all week.  Really off by Thursday and Friday.  (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the cookies.)  Saturday morning I knew I had to get back to nature.  All I felt like doing was laying on my board and floating about, but even if that was all I did, I thought it would help me feel better.

The morning was really foggy and fit my state of mind.  When I pushed off from shore, I felt my joints argue with the decision.  Joints that normally do not bother me were sending off pain signals.  Luckily, the joints that usually hurt, were quiet.

As the fog lifted, I too felt lifted.  Still not ready for perky, but my shoulders are relaxed and I will sleep great!

Oh, and this is my 102nd post.  Thank you for visiting and commenting and just making the blogosphere a great community to be a part of!!!

Enjoy the ride…

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10th Annual Cookie Bake Off

cookie ingredients

Warning: Nothing healthy on this page but the story of a good time and a great tradition.

One weekend a year, my mother and I spend the better part of 48 hours baking.  We make all sorts of confections.  Some recipes are old and have stood the test of time.  Some are new and experimental.

While we do strive to actually make good food that we can share at work and with our neighbors, I think the best part is spending the weekend goofing off together and completing a project.

It doesn’t hurt that occasionally a cookie will break.  We would not dream of handing out broken cookies so we hide the evidence.  Mmmmm.

Maybe next year we will start to incorporate healthier substitutes into our recipes.  For now we will just sit back, rest our legs, and enjoy the memories of another successful cookie weekend.


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Ice or Heat?

One of the most common questions I hear is, “should I put ice or heat on it?

When to ice:ice injury

Any new injury is a good candidate for ice. If there is swelling or warmth over the area, ice is a good idea. The cold will help to constrict the blood vessels in the area. This will limit the amount of swelling by decreasing the blood and fluid released into the damaged tissue. The ice will also help to slow nerve impulses. The numbing effect will decrease pain.

Whenever there is a new injury, the body releases chemicals in the area to limit the area of damage and to clean up the injured cells. Some of these chemicals trigger pain signals to be sent to the brain. By applying ice to the area, you limit the amount of these chemicals and the pain signals.

Because blood vessels can also be injured and because an injured area is used and moved less, the swelling that is allowed to accumulate may take awhile to dissipate. The extra fluid volume creates pressure and decreases mobility. That is why it is so important to ice right after something is injured.

Ice for prevention:

  • After a car accident, the victims may not feel pain initially due to the adrenaline released and other factors. Even if you feel fine, it is not a bad idea to put some frozen peas on your neck for 15 minutes when you get home.
  • After a hard workout. Many athletes will ice a joint they know gets a lot of work to prevent inflammation and injury. Example: baseball pitcher icing his shoulder and elbow when he leaves the game.

When not to ice: it hurts more than the expected uncomfortable nature of ice, Raynaud’s Syndrome, neuropathy or numbness. Do not apply chemical ice packs directly to skin.

When to heat:

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