Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sid's 69th Birthday

Yesterday was Sid's birthday.  We had a quiet day at home and then the girls and their families met us at the Tequila grill for dinner.  It was a  lot of fun being there with the family and not having to cook the meal and clean up afterwards.
This isn't the best picture, but when we first arrived at the Tequila Grill these waiters were donning hats and tambourines and then they went and sang Happy Birthday to a group of people, so I let our waiter know that we were there celebrating Sid's birthday. 

There were 12 of us there.  In the first picture you can't see Zane, and in the second picture you can't see Noah, but you can see one of the happy waiters.  That is one of the things I like about Tequila Grill is their happy waiters and how they keep tabs on your chips, drinks and how the food is. What a noisy night.
Dad and I both had taco salads, mine grilled chicken and his shrimp.  My was delicious.  I ate every bit.  From the looks of it, it had plenty of calories.
Then as we were finishing up here came the waiters to sing to Sid.  I didn't have my camera out and missed the singing and the first spoonful to Sid but the waiter posed for the picture of him feeding Sid.  They put hats on both Sid and me.  The dessert was a baked taco shell with ice cream that they brought out as his cake I guess.
Waiting for his flan that he and I ordered and split.
Stevie's dessert


Noah and Stevie ordered the same dessert.

As you can see the company and food were great.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Old Age

When does Old Age start feeling like Old Age?  Since Sid and I are closing in on 70 I'm waiting to start feeling my age.

I admit that on some days I feel old and others I feel young.

I asked my dad, then in his 80's, how old do you feel?  He told me most days he feels like 20 but then he goes and does yard work, or tries to walk to the store and then he knows he is old.

Then there are your hands.   I loved my Gran's hands. She said, "just you wait until your my age and you won't like your wrinkly hands".  Of course this hand of mine was taken 20 years ago, but at the time one of my daughters was looking at her hands and thought, " Oh dear my hands are looking old like my mother's hands".

This is me at age 18.  In my mind I still feel, most days, that I'm still 18, and then Sid and I go walking or go on a vacation and come home and then I feel my age.

I found an article in the New York Times entitled How Old is Old Age?

"Most adults over age 50 feel at least 10 younger than their actual age.  One-third of those between 65 and 74 said they felt 10 to 19 years younger, and one-sixth of people 75 and older said they felt 20 years younger". (Survey by Sarah Arnquist).

At what age does old age begin? "Most people in the survey said it begins at 68."  Are you kidding? " Not surprisingly, most people over 65 have a different idea about old age.  Among those getting the senior discount, most say old age begins at 75." (That give me hope).

Most people under 30 think you're old by the time you hit 60."  hmmmmm

All I know is that I look back on my life and it has gone by like crazy.  There were so many things that I put on the back burner for later and now is it later and I still haven't done them.  Is it now to late?  Do I have time to get my life in order to meet my maker and have Him say, well done, or will He say you wasted your time.  If I live to be 89 years old like my parents I still have time, at least that is what I say.  You are never to old to form good new habits, eating healthy, exercising, reading good books, studying the scriptures, do good to your fellowmen, and so forth.  

I don't know quite how to end this blog about getting old, but I do know this, I love my life, I love being here on earth at this time and with the family Sid and I were blessed with.  I love the gospel and all the blessings it brings into my life and the different people I have met through the years at church and the example they have set for me.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wonderful Honey

I started buying raw honey in Delta for my allergies and it worked pretty good and I loved eating a teaspoon every morning.  Then I moved here to Maryland and the question became where do I find raw honey?

I didn't have to look far.  The Amish have their own bees and in their markets you can find any size jar you might want.

The doctor I go to told Baxter and me, when you have a sore throat use honey to coat your throat instead of cough syrup.  It works.

I have started making Ezekiel bread and it calls for 1 cup honey; so I decided to go larger than a quart at a time.

I looked up honey to see what it said about it's properties.

Nectar itself is composed of mainly of sucrose and water.  Bees add enzymes that create additional chemical compounds, inverting the sucrose into fructose and glucose, and then evaporate the water so that the resulting product will resist spoiling.  (I know as you store honey it becomes hard, but setting the jar, or can, in hot water it becomes usable again with no flavor change)

Vitamins in honey are B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and certain amino acids.  Minerals are calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.  (Good multi-vitamin I should think).

This natural sweetener has antioxidants --, is fat free and cholesterol free.

No wonder I like HONEY so much!!!!!