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A Loving Grandpa/Caregiver

In caregiving, This & That on October 21, 2011 at 3:26 am

A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved 3 year-old grandson. It’s obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for sweets in the sweet aisle, biscuits in the biscuit aisle; and for fruit, cereal and pop in the other aisles.

Meanwhile, Granddad is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, “Easy, William, we won’t be long, easy, boy.” Another outburst, and she hears the granddad calmly say, “It’s okay,
William, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.” At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart, and Granddad says again in a controlled voice, “William, William, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes; stay cool, William.”

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She said to the elderly gentleman, “It’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”

Thanks,” said the grandfather, “but I’m William …….the little shit’s name is Kevin.

Just goes to show, things aren’t always as they appear! I just had to share this, please forgive the curse word but it was so appropriate. Hope it made you chuckle…we all need to laugh once in a while and not take life so serious all of the time.


Exercise Your Dog Indoors

In canine companionship, This & That on October 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

Dogs need their daily exercise, and even things like it being too cold or hot outside or the days getting shorter shouldn’t get in the way. Here are some tips on how to work out your dog’s body and mind indoors:

Run your dog up and down the stairs (do not do if he/she is a dachshund).
Using the stairs is a great way to tire out your dog. The steps add an additional challenge to a dog’s workout, as they engage different muscles than those used on a regular walk or run and add an extra level of difficulty with the change in elevation. Stand at the top of the stairs and throw a toy down to your dog. When your dog grabs the toy, call his name and have him bring the toy to you. After several rounds of this, he’ll be winded.

Laser pointer.
Pick up an inexpensive laser pointer at a store and shine it back and forth across the floor. Watch as your dog chases the laser back and forth and works out in the process. Be careful to avoid shining the laser directly in a dog’s eyes, as this can cause damage to its retinas.

Make your dog work for its treats.
Take a variety of your dog’s favorite treats and hide the around the house – behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your dog will be so busy tracking down his treats that he’ll physically tire out in the process. Treat dispensing toys are another great way to keep your dog busy and engage them physically as they push around their toys and try to get to the food inside.

Tug of war and fetch.
Engage your dog in a good old-fashioned game of fetch, keep away, and tug of war. These games keep your dog engaged, active, and help to release pent-up energy.

Take a socialized outing.
Put your dog in the car (always remember to use a car restraint!) and head over to the nearest pet store. Walk your dog through the aisles, let him try out toys and sniff around.

Get your dog on the treadmill (again do not do this if your dog is a dachshund).
A treadmill is a great way to get your dog a dose of healthy indoor exercise. First, allow your dog to get comfortable with the sight and sound of a running treadmill. Next, place your dog on the treadmill and give him a treat. Turn the treadmill on the lowest speed. Give him treats to keep him on the treadmill. You may use the dog’s leash as an aid but never tie your dog to the treadmill. Also, standing in front of the treadmill and rewarding him with treats for walking might make your dog feel more comfortable. Once your dog is adjusted, you can gradually increase the speed to provide a more challenging workout.

Just like us our four-legged friends need to stay active any way they can. You both will be happier and healthier for it!

Our thanks to Nicole Pajer

The Power of Prayer

In This & That on August 31, 2011 at 3:03 am

This story just makes me laugh. Every time I think about that poor kitten it amuses me; hope this story leaves a bright spot in your day. Whoever said the Creator doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the Pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The Pastor coaxed and offered warm milk but the kitten would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the Paster decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down he could then reach up and get the kitten.

That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went ‘bong!’ and the kitten instantly sailed through the air – out of sight!

The Paster felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. Nobody had. So he prayed, “Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping”, and went about his day.

A few days later he was at the grocery store and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman did not like cats and everyone knew it, so he asked her, “Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?”

She replied, “You won’t believe this”, then told him how her little girl had been begging for a kitten but the mother kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child begged again, so the mother finally told her little girl, “Well if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She told the Pastor, “I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees and ask God for a cat. And really Pastor, you won’t believe this but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her!”

Oh the power of prayer!

Common Sense

In This & That on August 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

Most of us have it but few of use it. Many people I come in contact with on a daily basis complain about other people today. The complaints are almost always the same: “What is wrong with people today?” “People today have their heads in the sand.” (sand is usually not the word they use) You get the picture. If we all feel this way, who is everyone referring to? I believe we all fall in this category at times. How many times while driving does someone try to change lanes on you and you think to yourself “I am driving a big (black, red, blue, whatever color) car and this person can’t see me?” But ask yourself, have you ever tried to pull into a lane on someone else? What were you thinking? Your mind was most likely not on your driving. We are all in our own little worlds today and sometimes this causes us to be obviously to others.

Had your hands full lately and approached a closed-door with people going in or out of that door? When is the last time someone held the door for you? The first thing we think is “that person is rude! They see me with my hands full and they don’t even try to help me!” Problem is you have probably done this to someone recently without even paying attention. I believe most people are not intentionally rude, they are just not paying attention to the world around them.

What to do? This is a very difficult question to answer. Back in the day you used to trust your politician, they told the truth. Back in the day you used to trust your neighbor, now we don’t even know our neighbors. Back in the day you could stop and render aid to someone who was in need, now we keep going and pretend we don’t see because we are afraid of trouble. Back in the day we questioned people who said things that didn’t sound right, took responsibility for our own actions instead of pointing the finger at someone else and raised our own children instead of putting schools and teachers in charge of this important task.

Until we all start paying more attention to the world around us, stop complaining and start doing, things will remain the same. It has to start with us! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hello, My Name is Rose

In This & That on August 18, 2011 at 2:59 am

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being..

She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’ I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze..

‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked. She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. ‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets..’

She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose.’

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

Humor! We All Need Some!

In This & That on August 16, 2011 at 2:41 am

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved.
The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman.

The husband said, ‘We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly,’Where is God?’

The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’

At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, ‘We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it.’


A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten The red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a hold ing cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, Naturally… I assumed you had stolen the car.”

We all need a little laughter in our lives…pass it on!

A funny

In This & That on August 11, 2011 at 2:00 am

Love this Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!

Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. It is good to laugh…laughing does a body good!

Don’t Quit

In This & That on July 17, 2011 at 2:36 am

When things go wrong, as they aften will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill. When the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh. When care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is odd with its twists and turns, as everyone sometimes learns. And many a person turns about when an individual might have won had he/she stuck it out. Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with yet another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering woman or man; often the struggler has given up when he/she might have captured the victor’s cup. And one learned too late when the night came down, how close he/she was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And when you never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far. So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst, you must not quit!

Risks of Eating Alone

In This & That on June 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

Eating alone isn’t easy but it can be especially difficult for seniors. Your social life may have changed, you may have physical limitations that keep you inside, food may not taste as good as it used to or chewing and digestion may be difficult.

Eating alone can be mentally and physically unhealthy. When we eat alone we usually don’t eat as well as we would with a partner. We are probably used to cooking for someone else or used to having mealtime conversation. Unless we talk to ourselves, this stops when we eat alone.

Many of us end up not eating balanced meals, we fix things that are easy and quick (not necessaryily healthy) or we skip meals altogether. We also eat in front of the TV, this makes us less mindful of what we eat.

Eating improperly leads to a weakened immune system, loss of muscle and bone health and loss of weight. All of these factors can contribute to other issues like risk of falling and breaking bones. Poor nutrition can lead to depression.

Eating alone but eating right takes a conscious effort but nutritious foods will pay dividends in all parts of your life: more energy and feeling better about yourself for starters.

It is important to avoid some of these traps. Make eating special not mindless and routine. Vary your eating location, seniors can eat at a local senior living community or try Meals on Wheels. Eat at a friends or invite family or friends over for dinner. Most importantly, eat healthy!

There is Help Out There

In This & That on June 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Did you know there is a program for those individuals without insurance and those that have out of pocket expenses, that offers no interest and/or low interest program plans through CareCredit, which is a financial service of GE Capital. With approved credit, CareCredit offers plans to suit all individual and family budgets, including no money down and payment plans as low as $10 per month. Find out more about this program at http://www.carecredit.com.