What does summer mean to you?  There are obvious changes – like we can turn the thermostat from heat to cool, all of our comfy comforters come off the recliners and go back into the cedar chest, the sun shines so much later than it did before, and hopefully here in Kansas we are finished with rain every day!

It’s beautiful weather for traveling, so everyone is saving their pennies for vacation.  I enjoy cruising around town in my little cobalt because it has a sunroof – and when that’s open and the windows are down, it’s an amazing feeling to just let the warm wind blow as I drive!

Some people live at the swimming pool or the lake, or maybe the beach.  I’ve still not been to a beach – but it’s definitely on the bucket list – I haven’t scratched it off – and won’t.

Yesterday we went to a fun craft show held in Wilson Park in Ark City, KS.  We didn’t buy anything, but it was such a pretty day, and after the rain it wasn’t too hot, although it was a bit humid.  There are some interesting craft ideas these days.  I really stopped buying craft stuff in the 1980’s when country crafts were popular.GOD ON A HARLEY

Will you ride your Harley this summer?  If you do, wear a helmet – stay safe.

Whatever you have planned for the summer months, above all else, stay cool and hydrated.  It’s important to not get overheated or dehydrated.  There are two common types of heat-related illnesses – heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Heat exhaustion happens after sun exposure or not being properly hydrated while outdoors.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.  If not treated, it could result in heat stroke which is more serious because body temperatures can reach above 104 degrees resulting in red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.

Please take care of yourself – and be aware of others.  If you see someone experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately and attempt to cool the person off in a shady place while waiting for help to arrive.  Without medical attention, permanent disability or possibly death can occur.

Have a fun (and safe) summer!  🙂






Batman hates junk food – well, that makes sense, doesn’t it?

I happened to be on facebook not long ago and got to witness a bit of history. The original Batmobile (from the 1966-1968 series starring Adam West) was auctioned off for a cool $4,200,000.00! I was astonished at the amount of money someone was willing to pay for it! My first thought was that someone has more money than common sense, but then sometimes I think it just comes down to what your priorities are in life. Obviously, someone thought it was a better idea to own the Batmobile than to have that chunk of change.

There are not many people who could (or would) afford such a splurge. One priority we can all afford to protect is our health. How much would you be willing to pay for good health? I don’t mean how much would you be willing to pay after you lose your health – I mean, how much would you pay for something that could prevent ill-health in the future? Well, it’s possible to prevent such health problems as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.

What if I told you that in addition to the possible prevention of disease processes, you could also look and feel years younger? That’s right. We all know that time is the great thief and the anti-aging and beauty industry is the fastest growing trend in American history. What if I told you that you could avoid such treatments as Botox or other painful procedures? Would you be interested in hearing what I have to say?

Your new healthier, happier lifestyle is as close as your local market. If you will replace the boxed and canned goods in your kitchen with more fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, you will be amazed at the changes that take place inside and out in as little as one week. The soda in your fridge needs to go as well. Replace that with a pitcher of water with fresh lemon squeezed in it. And the sugar most definitely has to go as well. Sugar is not always called sugar – sometimes it is high-fructose corn syrup.

Could a transformation really be that simple? In a word – yes! Alkaline-based foods not only make you look and feel younger and better, they strengthen your immune system and make your cells stronger and more protected. Cancer cells actually feed off of sugar, which is why it’s so important to get rid of it.

Can you trade a bag of fat-laden, salty chips for some celery and natural peanut butter? Do you like to feel good? Do you want to do everything you can to prevent disease? Is your health worth the price you pay for it? It just takes a little commitment and some visualization to make great strides toward a better life. I’m not even asking for $4,200,000.00!   😉