I have been struggling with thinking time is short lately.  No, I don’t think I am dying or being depressed but I need to get moving on things i want to accomplish NOW.  So, I am making some serious changes and will be documenting the successes and failures here.  I hope they might inspire some of you to do the same.

Young Living Essential Oils – Ningxia Red – Drink To Your Health

Here is my daily health routine. Ningxia Red….a shot in the morning. I have had bad winters the last several years with colds, etc. so decided to give this a try. Several friends have said it has prevented them from getting sick along with better concentration. I can use both! As you can also see, I do have a few oils but my morning oil is lemon in my ice bottle. I should mention the white tube looking things are filters for my diffuser I hook to my USB port.

It is much cheaper to buy Ningxia Red than all the over the counter and prescriptions I have had to take! Very anxious to see if it works as good for me as it does for others!

Add a daily shot of NingXia Red® to your diet to enjoy the benefits of this powerful, whole-body supplement. This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.

In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red’s formula includes pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils for a great-tasting, healthy treat.*

Young Living NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.*

750-ml bottles of NingXia Red are Halal and Kosher certified.

NingXia Red Uses
Blend NingXia Red into your smoothie, acai bowl, or morning juice as part of a quick, convenient breakfast.
Chill and serve NingXia Red to family and guests at gatherings and celebrations when you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sparkling drinks.*
Treat children to this tasty drink instead of sugary sodas or juice cocktails.
Combine with NingXia Nitro for a nourishing drink that also supports cognitive wellness.*
Add a drop or two of your favorite dietary essential oil for an extra flavor boost! Try Peppermint, Thieves®, Cinnamon Bark, or Grapefruit.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Ningxia Red (PDF)

How to Use
Drink 1-2 ounces 2 times daily. Best served chilled. Shake well before use. Refrigerate after opening and consume with in 30 days. Do not drink directly from the bottle. Do not use if the seal is broken.
Proprietary NingXia Red Blend 29g Ningxia Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum), Blueberry Juice Concentrate (Vaccinium corymbosum), Plum Juice Concentrate (Prunus domestica), Cherry Juice Concentrate (Prunus avium), Aronia Juice Concentrate (Aronia melanocarpa), Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Punica granatum) Proprietary Essential blend 50mg Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract, Orange EO (Citrus sinensis), Yuzu EO (Citrus junos), Lemon EO (Citrus limon), Tangerine EO (Citrus reticulata) Other ingredients: Tartaric acid, natural blueberry flavor, pure vanilla extract, malic acid, pectin, sodium benzoate/natural stevia extract.
Supplement Facts:

Serving Size:: 1 fl ounce (29.5 ml) Servings per container:: About 25 Calories: 20 Total Carbohydrates: 5g Dietary Fiber: <1g Sugars: 2g Sodium: <5mghealth-routine

Scams Hurting The Elderly! – Protect Your Loved Ones!

Just imagine what you would think if someone called and said that your child/grandchild was hurt and you needed to send money right away!  What would you do?  I would be reaching for my purse.  BUT, this is how some people are scamming others.

Or, they may say that you owe the IRS money and there is an arrest warrant out for you, your utilities are going to be shut off, your house auctioned for back taxes, etc.

These people will call with things that threaten the things most important to youyour family, your home, your freedom.

It is sad to say that we have to become jaded and not believe all the things we see, read or hear.

My mother would believe most anything.  It was not that she was not smart, she just believed in people.  She donated a LOT of money to veteran’s charities without checking to see if they were legitimate.  Why would she, no one would lie about something like that, she use to say.

So, how do we protect our friends or families that are not as jaded as we are?  Good question.  I started by going through mom’s mail before I gave it to her.  That is illegal, you say?  Yes, tampering with the federal mail is illegal.  It just happened that some of it fell in the trash before it got to mom’s table.  She was getting at least 10 “give me money” letters on average every day.  I also sent letters to many of them telling them to stop but it didn’t help.

Mom has been gone almost 3 years and I still get mail saying that she agreed on the phone to give them $10.00 or something like that.  CREEPS!

Mom was a very caring person.  She was raised in a time when everyone helped each other without questioning them.  Unfortunately, those days are gone. 

We would go through the remaining mail and sort out what she needed to do something with and what she wanted to throw away.  She still gave to some groups that were legitimate but not as many as before.

What about those frightening phone calls?  Those would be harder to handle.  We finally got Mom a call identifier and answering machine.  I told her if she didn’t know the number, to let it go to the answering machine.  Generally I have found that scams, “sales” calls, etc. hang up after 4 rings.  So,  we told mom to not answer the phone till after 4 rings.  Not really a problem because it usually took her longer than that to do it anyway.  Unfortunately, her answering machine could only be set to answer after 4 rings too so sometimes, we would have to call, let it go to voice mail and then call right back.  She would then be at the phone and could see our numbers.  On a side note, we do not answer our home phone till after 4 rings so have told family and friends to just let it ring.

Although it is good to sit people down and explain to them that there are bad people in the world, it is harder sometimes with someone who might be forgetful.  I would talk with mom about the latest scams in the news but knew the best way to get around them was to not let them get in contact with mom.

Bottom line, keep on eye on those you love.  Talk about how some people are taking advantage.  IF you can, help with their banking.  Keep on eye on their accounts.  With e banking now, it is easy to supervise from a distance.

You have to give people their dignity to make their own decisions but yet be able to protect them from the people in the world that would hurt them.  Very hard to do.




Aging – Does It Scare You?

I was in a conversation with a couple of friends who are all in their fifties and sixties.  We got to talking about health issues and the future.  One asked me why I wasn’t afraid of what was to come.

I had to really think about it.  Although I do worry from time to time about health issues, I plan on enjoying every minute I can and prefer not to waste it worrying.  As someone said…we are in the downhill slide of our life so why not enjoy it!

Although recently when a friend became ill, it made me think. I am one of “the older generation”.

A friend had told me a long time ago that is really made her think when she was filling in a form and it asked her age.  She had to go up to the next age bracket and it bothered her.  Of course since then we have been up several brackets.

All the posts I made in the beginning were about my parents age people basically.  But, now it becomes about my generation.  Everything I said for them applies to us also.  All the legal documents, family decisions, etc.

As we get older time goes by faster.  It just makes sense.  When you are five, you have only lived 1/20th of you life.  When you are 50, you have lived half.  (I know, I am planning on living to be one hundred in these examples.

So, should you let death scare you?  I don’t think so but I think we all have to be realistic and know that it is coming.  Make plans, live the way want, enjoy what you want you, say the things that need to be said, etc.

Don’t be afraid!


That Dreaded “D” Word – DIET

When I use to hear that word, I just shuddered.  You mean eat all that stuff that had no flavor, no sugar, no fun?

But, diet is now a way of life for a lot of people.  If you stop to think of it, our ancestors did not eat like we do and they had a much more active life than we do.  So, basically, we are going back to the way it was when life was simpler.

There are so many diets out there that I wouldn’t even think of saying what the right one was.  Some people do the no carb one, some do the vegan one, some do the one where nothing can come out of a box.  You have to research and pick the best one for you and your lifestyle.

I recently went through several of my fast food store’s websites so that I could pick the least harmful thing to eat.  It might really surprise you what sandwiches are actually less calories than that salad you were going to eat.  I made some notes in a little book I keep in my purse and then when I know I am going somewhere I can check it out and make a wiser decision.  I can’t wait until I am in line and then hold the line up while I am trying to read the calories on the order board.

Another thing that just stunned me was portion sizes.  I thought we had been eating somewhat healthy until my nutritionist showed me plastic models of what 1 serving was.  I think everyone would be shocked.  Just google it some time.  I think we were eating at least 2 – 3 times more pasta than what we should have been.

I am not going to sit here and tell you that we have made all the life changes we need and now are down to the correct weights.  That would be a BIG lie.  We are making small changes which include portion control.  I even bought one of those sets off Amazon where it gives you different size and colored containers so you know how much of each type of food you should eat.

But, bottom line, we probably all could stand to lose some weight.  We all have different reasons.  For me it is about the fear of someone having to take care of me at my current size.

Losing weight gets harder the older you are. So, for us, the time is now.

So, if you pass that overweight woman walking or riding a bike while you are driving your car, just remember, at least she is off her tush and trying to do something about it.


What diets of lifestyle changes have you made to become healthier?  Share with us your knowledge so we can all become healthier.


Just Do It – Lose Weight

We have probably all said it many times – “I need to lose some weight, get in shape,  exercise,etc.  But do you ever do it for a long enough period of time to make a difference without going back to your old habits?

This has been a battle for me for the last 15 or more years.  I could give you all sorts of reasons but that would not change the fact that I obese, not just fat…..OBESE!  The first time someone said I was morbidly obese, I wanted to punch them.  Surely I was just fat but then I looked at the standards doctors go by and yes, I am obese.

  1.  I think we all need to look at the reasons why we want to change and find one that is important enough to do the changes we need to do.
    1. For me it is a combination of things.  I am not getting any younger.  It is harder to lose weight the older you get.
    2. My children and grandchildren.  It is hard to keep up with them sometimes.  I do not want them ever to be ashamed of me for my weight.   do not want to die early and leave them with a hold in the hearts.
    3. I do not want to be a burden to anyone.  Having taken care of some aging adults, it was much easier to care for the ones that did not carry the extra pounds.
    4. I just want to live.  Period.  I may be on the downhill side of life but I plan to enjoy the slide.
  2. Why are you avoiding it?
    1. My health has been a problem for me but that can be a reason to avoid it OR a reason to get with it.
    2. I am just plain lazy.  When I get home from work, I do not want to do anything more that I have to.
    3. Fear of having people watch me exercise.  Have you ever been the fat one in a class full of skinny people?  It is not fun.
    4. Fear of failure – but if you never start, you have already failed.
  3. Start small so it is doable.
    1. For me this is an appointment I have soon where I will tour a women only gym.  It is a 24 hour gym so I can go anytime.  They have people that can help with the machines and teach you the right way to do it.  It is affordable as it is only $26.00 a month and I could easily spend more than that on junk food.
    2. Pick one thing to remove from your diet.  For me it has to be sweets.  I can sit down with a box of cookies and just absently minded eat until they are all gone.  Then I am disgusted with my self.   I am not an expert but have been told that sugar just makes you want more sugar so I am going to do my best to just completely stay away from it.
    3. Have a friend help you.  It could be your husband, fitness coach or just a friend who might have similar goals.  My husband is going to help me and also a lady from work.  Maybe you need an exercise buddy.
  4.  Get your supplies together.
    1. This can be as simple as buying more fruits and vegetables.
    2. Maybe you need to get some books on whatever diet you want to try.
    3. Perhaps you want to buy some home workout equipment like weights or a bike.
    4. There are free programs out there you can log your food intake or exercise on that will help you make good decisions and track your progress.
  5. Now just MAKE the time.
    1. We all have extra time.  It is just how we choose to use it.

I am happy to say I took the time and checked out the gym.  I am joining on Monday and my goal is to go 3 times a week at the minimum.  That for me will be easier than staying away from the sweets.

What are you going to do?  Do you have any suggestions for others how to achieve their goals?

Blizzard or Other Natural Disaster – What Do You Do For Water?

Water is essential for life.  We all know that.  But, it is also essential to flush your toilet, do a lot of cooking and cleaning, etc.  And, most water supply systems are powered by electricity.

Having been raised in a rural community, we were taught to always have water on hand. Back then, we just had old milk jugs we filled with water and stuck in the corner.  Of course, now there is bottled water but if you stop to think how much water you might need if the power was off for a couple of days, that would be a lot of water.  I believe the rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day.

That sounds like a lot but if think of all the ways you need water, it really isn’t.  You drink water – supposedly you should drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses per day or 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce for every pound you weigh.  That to me is a lot of water.

You also use it for cleanliness.  Simple things like brushing your teeth and bathing are important.  Of course, in a emergency situation you would probably only do “spot” bathing but it still takes water.

You use it for cooking also.  But, once again in an emergency it would depend on what you were able to cook.  Grilling doesn’t require a lot of water but if you were cooking on a camp stove, it might need water.

The one thing I never considered was flushing the toilet.  I did not realize how much water that takes until we had a big plumbing issue and had to go without water for 3 days while they fixed it.  No big deal I thought, we will just buy a couple gallons of water and be good to go.  We bought a couple gallons and then had to go to the neighbor and fill them up several times.  It seemed like such a waste to buy water just to flush the toilet.

Of course, in a power outage, your neighbors aren’t probably going to have water either. Since then, we have been buying a couple cases of water and replacing it as we drink it. When we know a blizzard or tornado is coming, we fill up the bathtub.  That water wouldn’t be good for drinking but it would flush the toilet many times.

I do have friends that stockpile water in the blue jugs you get for camping.  They are clean, reusable and safe for drinking.

I guess bottom line, it depends on where you live, what natural disasters you might have, how much space you have, etc. as to how much water you might want to keep on hand.

What do you do for water storage?  How much do you keep on hand.

Blizzard Here – Do you have enough food for days like this?



I know it sounds crazy and I do not want to sound like an alarmist but the weather is getting crazy.  I live in Nebraska so we are used to bad snow storms and tornadoes. Where ever you live, you have your own disasters to look out for…hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, etc.

Do you have a plan in place?

We are lucky  in that most times when we have weather related problems coming, we usually have a warning.  But, even so, there are things every one should do to prepare for any possible problems.

Naturally, food, water and shelter are the most important needs in a disaster.

When it snows here, the days before, the stores get hit hard.  It is like people think they will never be able to buy groceries again.

I try to keep a months food on hand at the bare minimum.  We could probably last at least three months.  It wouldn’t be what we would necessarily want but it would sustain us.   Think of what your family prefers to eat and keep some on hand.  Certain items go on sale at different times of the year and you can stock up.  I know when you are on a budget, it is hard to stock up but an extra can or two a month and it adds up.

You have to also consider the nutritional value of what you have on hand.  Items like cereal bars, nuts, beer jerky are great to have as they require no cooking and usually last a long time. Naturally, you need to make sure that you keep recycling these buy using the oldest ones when you restock.  I am not a big believer is the idea that you HAVE to eat it by the date on the package but I know some people are.

Do you have certain nutritional needs that mean you have to have specific foods?  Some people cannot just eat whatever is available as it might cause major health problems.  If you or someone in your family has special needs, make sure you plan for them.  Do you have an infant that needs formula?  What about a diabetic?

Of course, that brings up the question as to how you are going to cook the food you have if you have no power.  Most of us are very dependent on electricity or gas for cooking and heating.  Stop and think what you would do to cook your food if you have no power.

Some people have fireplaces they could use to heat up their food.  Others have grills.  In our situation, we really have no way to cook things so that is something we need to look into.

Eating cold canned food is not the worst thing that could happen to you but do you have a way to get those cans open if you have no electricity?  It is amazing how dependent we have became on electricity.  It is important to have an old hand can opener available.

.  Since it is snowing like mad here today, that is our only option but if it was a tornado, we might not have that option.  We might have to grab what we could and evacuate.

Think ahead and plan what you would do in such a case.

What disasters happen in your area and are you prepared?