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TAKE A HIKE
Posted:Nov 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2018 12:39 pm
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National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17.



With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.



Events around the country are scheduled today to celebrate Take a Hike Day.



Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

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Got Nuttin
Posted:Nov 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2018 7:03 pm
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Worked my ass off today... supposedly my "DAY OFF" No time to screw off on the PC and no topic trips my trigger
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National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
Posted:Nov 14, 2018 6:20 pm
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2018 8:09 pm
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National Raisin Bran Cereal Day is being observed on November 15th.



Raisin bran cereal, the focus of this holiday, was created and first sold by the Skinner Manufacturing Company, in 1926.



As other brands tried to enter into the market with the cereal in the early 1940's, a United States Court of Appeals ruled that they could also use the name "Raisin Bran," as the name simply referred to two of the main ingredients of the cereal. Thus, since this time, brands such as Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills' Total Raisin Bran, and Post Cereals' Post Raisin Bran have made up a large share of the market.



What are the two ingredients that are in the cereal that give it its name? Bran is the outer covering of the wheat kernel; it is commonly used in cereals.



Raisins are sweet, dried grapes, that became popular after a heat wave dried up a large portion of the grape harvest in California in September of 1873. A San Francisco grocer started selling them and marketing them as "Peruvian Delicacies." California is still important to raisins, as it produces more of them than any other place in the world.



Raisin bran is often seen as being healthy because it is high in fiber, but it also may have a decent amount of added sugar which can make some health concerns.

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World Diabetes Day
Posted:Nov 13, 2018 7:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2018 11:27 pm
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Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough of the hormone insulin (produced by the pancreas) to break down the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly. Diabetes is a non-communicable disease but can be hereditary and can lead to other medical complications if not well managed.



In 2017, statistics from the World Health Organsation indicates that about 8.8 per cent of the global population had diabetes. That is over 450 million people diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately, the figure is projected to rise to 9.9 per cent by 2045 making diabetes one of the fastest growing chronic non-communicable diseases in the world.



Diabetes has remained one of the leading causes of kidney failure. It also doubles the risk for heart attack or stroke and there is no cure for it. For those already diagnosed with diabetes, it can be treated with insulin, dietary changes, and exercise.



Ask yourself do you feel tired, hungry and excessively thirsty all the time? Do you experience blurred vision or a tingling in the feet? Have you lost weight, frequently visited the toilet to urinate? For those yet to have the disease; here are some things you to do to prevent it.



1. Know your blood level – Having knowledge of your blood level is very important. In fact, this is the first step to take in preventing or treatment of diabetes. This can be done through professional help by doctors or other certified medical personnel. The test for this is called fasting blood or fasting blood glucose. It measures the estimated level of in the blood at a given time or over a period of time.

The test is done in the morning before the person has eaten. The normal range for blood glucose is 70 to 100mg/dl.

2. Eat balanced and healthy diet – Your eating habit is a predisposing factor to having diabetes. There is a to eat balanced and healthy diet especially vegetables, fruits, roughages or food high in fibre, among others.

There is also a to reduce high intake of carbohydrates food as this converts to when digested. Also reduce fat in your diet especially saturated and trans fat like cakes, cookies bread etc. There is a to also reduce intake of salt, and alcoholic drinks. Also avoid or minimise processed foods.

3. Exercise regularly/always be active – Do not live a sedentary lifestyle. You regular exercise. Regular exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of the cells and puts the blood automatically under control.

4. Control your blood pressure – There is a link between blood pressure and diabetes. To reduce the risk of diabetes especially in people with hereditary history of the disease, there is a to constantly monitor your blood pressure. Most times hypertension and diabetes are conjoined twins.

5. Limit alcohol intake – Alcohol has a lot of calories which can make people gain weight and increase their blood level. By avoiding or reducing intake of alcohol, you can reduce diabetes risk.

6. Reduce stress – Stress can cause diabetes. When you are stressed, your body triggers several hormones that can increase your blood level. To cope with stress you can engage in walking, yoga and listening to music, among others.

7. Manage your weight – Manage your weight to prevent being overweight or obese. Excessive weight again is usually associated with diabetes.

8. Quit smoking – Smokers are twice likely to develop diabetes, compared to non-smokers.

9. See your doctor for regular check-up – As you get older, it is advisable to see your physician regularly.

Diabetes is hereditary for me pushed on by some very unhealthy habits. I have managed to keep it under control with medication, diet, exercise, and a dam good caring physician. Do the very best you can on those 9 points so that you don't fall victim to this insidious disease.

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The Why....
Posted:Nov 12, 2018 9:29 pm
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2018 7:51 am
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Today the "WHY" we built the Beemer Pad was put to the test.



We walked down the steps and stood upright to change the oil from under the Black Jaguar. We'd driven our cars upon to ramps then slithered or creeped under to get to the oil pan plug>>>NO LONGER



The workbench is from an set of cupboards with flanking shelves made from a sturdy shipping create we'd gotten.



The vise is my grandpa's dad's that he bought at auction from a blacksmith shop that closed in Oakland, Iowa near the turn of the century.



The long garage will comfortably fit 3 cars.



I have the walls painted but not the ceiling which will be in light to medium blues with gold and white accents around the light fixtures. I also won't put the crystal plumb bobs on the chandelier until I done painting.
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Health Concerns....
Posted:Nov 11, 2018 8:49 pm
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2018 4:59 pm
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I hope with this flu season upon us you have taken proper precautions.
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Oral Sex Quiz !
Posted:Nov 10, 2018 9:35 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2018 11:30 pm
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When it comes to oral sex...........



Do YOU



OR

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Armistice Day
Posted:Nov 10, 2018 8:34 pm
Last Updated:Nov 11, 2018 9:04 am
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Armistice Day takes place on November each year and marks the end of the First World War. It is a day of commemoration, an occasion to remember the some 8.5 million soldiers who died across the world during the 19–18 war – as well as those lost in the conflicts that followed.



At 2.05am on November 1918, after four years of conflict, a German delegation sat down in the railway carriage of Allied supreme commander Marshal Ferdinand Foch, a few hours’ north of Paris. Talks had gone on for three days, and the German delegates were close to accepting the terms for an armistice, a formal agreement to end the fighting.



The Germans had been defeated after a brutal summer of attrition; over the past four months, Allied and American forces had overwhelmed the final line of German defenses in the battles of the Hundred Days Offensive. On 9 November 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II had been persuaded to seek asylum in the Netherlands.



In the early hours of November, final terms were laid out and at 5.am, the armistice was signed. It declared the “cessation of hostilities by land and in the air six hours after the signing”. Terms of the agreement included: the immediate German withdrawal from the territories they had acquired during the conflict; the disarmament and demobilization of the German military; and the release of Allied prisoners. The terms made it impossible for Germany to resume any fighting.



This was the last of the September–November 1918 armistices between the warring nations, and peace came into effect six hours after the armistice was signed, at am – or at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. It has been estimated that during the time between the signing and the announcement of peace, the war produced a further ,000 casualties.



The armistice was never intended to be a permanent peace treaty between the nations; this would be attempted with the Treaty of Versailles, signed seven months later. In January 1919, the leaders of 32 countries met in Paris – without Germany. Negotiations were led by the ‘big three’: British prime minister David Lloyd George; French prime minister Georges Clemenceau; and US president Woodrow Wilson. The aim of the treaty was to make sure that Germany would never again pose a military threat to the rest of Europe. It left Germany with reduced territories, a significantly smaller army and navy, and the duty to assume ‘war guilt’ and an unspecified of ‘reparations’ to the Allies.



The terms of the treaty were considered harsh by many, and British prime minister David Lloyd George predicted: “We shall have to fight another war again in 25 years’ time.”



Veterans Day is the official United States public holiday, observed annually on November , that honors all military veterans; that is, all persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays; Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military . Nor to be confused with Armed Forces Day, which occurs in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military.

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NEW Cookie Recipe
Posted:Nov 9, 2018 8:08 pm
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2018 5:02 pm
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I came up with a delicious new cookie for you. Peanut butter with white chocolate chips sound good??? Easy to make too!

BLEND

1 1/2 sticks real butter
3 farm eggs or 4 city eggs
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup brown

In a "dry bowl" mix then add to the above blend.

3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a dash of salt
1 oz package of white chocolate chips

On low speed add the dry ingredients incorporating them thoroughly. Spoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake - minutes in a 275 degree oven. Cool on a rack then ENJOY!
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Happy 243th Birthday!
Posted:Nov 9, 2018 4:46 pm
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2018 7:52 pm
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The United States Marine Corps Birthday is observed annually on November 10.



The United States Marine Corps, a branch of the United States Armed Forces, is responsible for providing power protection from the sea using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. The Continental Congress first established the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, leading up to the American Revolution. Two battalions of Marines fought for independence both on land and at sea.



The birth of the U.S. Marine Corps began as a way to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War. The recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.



The Corps was abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War. However, on July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Corps, naming it the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.



The USMC shares many resources with the other branches of the United States military. However, the Corps has sought to maintain its own identity with regards to mission, funding and assets while utilizing the support available from the larger military branches. While the Marine Corps does have fewer installations than other branches, many Army posts, Naval stations and Air Force bases have a Marine presence.

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