25 things you should know before middle age + one more

1.If you’re too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
2.Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
3.Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4.It ain’t the jeans that make your butt look fat.
5.Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
6.My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7.Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8.It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
9.For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10.If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11.Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
12.A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13.Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
14.Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15.No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16.A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
17.Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
18.Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19.Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20.There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21.Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
22.By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23.Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24.Someone who thinks logically, provides a nice contrast to the real world.
25.If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.

Plus one more
from Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240’s newsletter AND THE BEAT GOES ON… (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed in order.) Without help the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel Faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.

The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a phone and, between breaths, call for help.

Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!

Middle of nowhere

How nice it was to check my mail this morning and see all the encouragement. Got quite teary eyed. Thanks again. February is always a bad month for me, especially living in the North. It was the same in Fort St. John (even further north than here) and in Edmonton in Alberta. The winter seems so long. Anyway enough whining let me show you where I live out here in the middle of nowhere.

This is where we are in British Columbia. The middle of nowhere between two large lakes. In the whole of British Columbia there are only 4,310,452 people . Most of the population is clustered in the south around Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

Our nearest city is BC’s northern capital, Prince George is a city of over 77,000 situated at the crossroads of Highway 97 (north-south) and Highway 16 (east-west), and at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. A mere 3 1/2 hours drive to go to any big stores like Staples, or Costco, Zellers etc. if the roads are good that is. There is a university in Prince George and a large hospital which serves the north. Most villages have a medical centre but surgery and major medical issues all end up in Prince George. Although some cases still have to go to Vancouver.

It is hard to imagine the distances, especially if you are reading this from Europe. For us to drive to Vancouver to see our kids it takes about 13hours non-stop. Most of it through unpopulated country, through forest, through semi-desert and finally through the farmland of the lower mainland. British Columbia is 1510 miles or 2431 km long give or take a bit. That is like driving from London to Moscow, and we only live in Central BC. It is a huge province.

We had a call at 7:50am this morning friends who live about 2hours drive away are venturing out to visit us. I was a little alarmed because we haven’t been out for two weeks because of the roads and some of my supplies are running low but they will just have to have a lopsided lunch. I warned them about honking the horn at moose as a villager tried that last week and the moose charged his car. Minor damage was done to it before the moose decided the point was made and walked away.

This puppy that we are looking after is wearing us down. Annie the dog has been patience personified even when she walks along with puppy hanging by its teeth from her ear. However today she made is quite clear that her tolerance is beginning to falter and she wanted to stay outside and leave me to look after the pest. It is a dear little thing really but has such high energy and is a chewer and ankle biter as well. Her owner is miserable at training so she has run wild since she got her so now I am counting the days till she returns, next Monday.

Our company has just pulled in so I had better rustle up some lunch. Maybe I can get rid of some trout on them.

I think this blog is dying

A Perfect Post – February 2007
I am beginning to feel this blog is in its death throes. The number of people visiting are very small. So I realize I must be doing something wrong, so I found these tips which maybe will help me and maybe you as well. I haven’t decided to abandon it yet but I am a bit disheartened.

Helpful and encouraging tips from a blogging expert.
For Beginner Bloggers: When you’re first getting started you’re not going to have very many people visiting you. First off make sure you pretty up your page a little, get a picture of you or something else up, write at least one blog entry and fill out your profile a little. My advice is to then spend your time commenting on other people’s blogs. The little quick comment things are alright but nothing compares with a well thought out comment on someone’s blog. Everyone here wants to bring attention to what they write or else they wouldn’t put it up. Usually, a well thought out blog comment will be returned with a well thought out blog comment and that’s how new friendships are born. The best way to figure out whose blog to check out is to look at the comments they leave on other people’s blogs, people who leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs will generally do the same on yours.

Another thing that is good to have early on is a couple good friends you can relate to. It can be frustrating at first when you’re pouring your heart out on your page and no one seems to be paying attention. I know that if a couple of people had not left thoughtful comments on my blog I probably would have given it up. Find a cheerleader or two it’ll keep you going while you’re getting started.

It’s also helpful to find a few bloggers that are popular and have a diverse base of friends. You can spot bloggers like this because they have a unique voice and generally get at least 20 comments per blog. But, don’t go to them screaming “hey look at me I’m new and want some friends”. Leave some interesting comments and read what other people comment to them about you can usually find some people with shared interests.

For Intermediate Bloggers: Once you start getting a few friends and some good feedback the new problem becomes creating content semi-regularly so that people don’t lose interest. I did that by ranting on and on about all of the political issues specifically that bug me and why I should have complete control over the world’s decision making process generally. This is also where you start playing with all the various features. Here’s a quick tutorial on a few of them: Learn how to embed video and how to embed multiple pictures.

How to put music on your site.
1. Get yourself a Geocities account (don’t worry, it’s free).
2. Find your favorite .mp3 and make sure it is under 5 MB
3. Rename your .mp3 so that all letters are in the file name are lower case.
4. Go to your Geocities account and click manage – then open file manager.
5. Click upload files and upload your .mp3.
6. Open the file manager again after the .mp3 is uploaded and click view next to the file.
7. Copy and paste the link into your site voila you have music.

For Advanced Bloggers: To get to this stage you have to hit that inevitable wall and still come back to it. I think that everyone that has taken up this hobby has hit that wall at some point. All of a sudden everything doesn’t seem new and interesting anymore and you don’t feel as motivated to participate anymore. You’ve got too many friends to keep in touch with on a regular basis. You run out of things to write about. You go on hiatus and leave it all alone for a while.

People bug you and ask why you aren’t visiting them anymore – is it something they did. I got sick of all the arguments over politics and felt type-casted as someone just trying to get people riled up into arguing. In general it’s just not fun anymore and there might even be some weird drama that you just don’t need. I think this is the point when people either give it up or settle into new patterns. It is too time consuming to keep blogging the way you started, there are only so many hours in a day.

I think it is at this point that you have to realize that you aren’t obligated to do anything. You don’t have to write a blog everyday if you don’t want to. You don’t have to visit everyone all the time if you don’t want to. Once you realize that I think it becomes fun again.

A few tips for when you get to this stage: Stop going to everyone’s blog and do your own thing. Don’t concern yourself with anyone else just write what you want to write. When I hit that wall I started exploring creative writing exclusively for a while before I started bringing politics and everything else back. There are going to be a few people that you want to keep in touch with – so keep in touch with them and don’t worry about anyone else. Your page views and comments will take a hit during this transitional time, just accept that. Some people get offended when you don’t visit them regularly. Don’t let it bother you. I lose from 3-5 people off of my friends list every week from this, you get used to it.

If you write from the heart and write about things important to you (whatever that may be) you’ll find new friends that are just as interesting. Once the needy people that need a visit every couple days to be happy are shaved off of your friends list a lot of the pressure is off. It’s still nice to visit everyone once a month or so – at least thats what I do. I take a lazy weekend day and go through my friends list checking up on everyone. It’s a nice gesture that let’s people know you aren’t completely ignoring them.

Because your focused more on the content you put out than on other people your writing will improve and your page will become that much more interesting. At a certain point word of mouth about you will spread on its own and you won’t have to go out looking for interesting people anymore they’ll just sort of come to you. Once you get past that transitory hump its a lot of fun again. It’s a wonderful hobby that has encouraged me to experiment with the written word in ways I never would have thought I would have. People ask me now if it’s a pain or a hassle to keep up with everyone or if I feel obligated to write a blog everyday. I really don’t feel that at all. It challenges me to be creative and think on a daily basis which to me is now as part of everyday life as a glass of OJ in the morning.

Dog dies saving owner during moose attack

A Prince George lady who was attacked by a moose Thursday says she wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the heroic efforts of her dog.

Marilyn Penner said she was walking her 14-year-old springer spaniel, Purdy, around 9 a.m. near Pinewood elementary school when they came upon a cow moose and two calves.

“The dog was doing nothing, it wasn’t barking or anything, and she was a little bit behind me. I looked up and saw the moose … I thought ‘oh my god’ and was getting ready to back away,” said Penner, who turned 60 on Wednesday. “The cow’s head went down, her ears went flat and she charged me. The next thing I knew I was on the ground screaming blue murder. She was striking at me with her hooves.”

Doctors told Penner later her injuries were miraculous: only bruises and hoof-mark abrasions. The miracle had a name, Penner said, and it was Purdy.

“She suddenly started to bark. The moose turned and went after the dog. She trampled Purdy. I was able to get up, the moose went back to the two yearlings, and I dragged Purdy to the walkway. Purdy was able to stand. We walked slowly home, four houses away.”

The first call Penner made was to the vet, but it was no use. An examination revealed severe internal injuries, so the dog was euthanized.

Only then did Penner go for her own medical attention.

“If Purdy hadn’t barked I probably wouldn’t be talking to you now,” Penner said. “My poor old dog, although she was old and feeble, saved me. She died a hero.”

Conservation officers put the cow moose down after the incident.

“When you have a moose that chases people, acts aggressively, it can get worse and worse and we are just not prepared to put the public at risk,” said senior conservation officer Bob Coyle.

The calves are OK.

“They are healthy, they are likely weaned, we are going to monitor them to ensure they stay healthy and don’t show signs of aggression themselves, which we do not anticipate.”

The cow and her two calves had been roaming the area between Ospika Boulevard and the University Hill greenspace for at least a few weeks, according to residents in the Pinewood neighbourhood. The cow had also been aggressive towards a person on Feb. 2.

“We’ve seen moose hanging around here for the past few years,” said one woman out walking her dog in Ginter’s Field an hour after the attack. “I thought they had gone, but my mom was out walking a day or two ago and saw the mother and calves.”

The students at Pinewood elementary school saw the moose family as they arrived for class Thursday morning about 30 minutes before the attack.

“I brought the kids in about seven minutes earlier than usual,” said Pinewood principal Lynda Stoppler. “We noticed them lying over there by the slide (an off-grounds park between housing lots). There was no threat, we never felt the kids were in danger, but we needed to be safe so we called everyone in.”

The students stayed inside through recess at the request of the Conservation Officers.

“We are seeing an increase in moose aggression all across the North,” said Coyle. “We think that is a result of stress they are under from a hard winter, and also this moose was covered in ticks.”
The meat is entirely salvageable and will be donated by the Conservation Officers to the Salvation Army.

by FRANK PEEBLES Citizen staff

Jatropha – Kerala Articles

I came across this article in Kerala Articles which I thought very interesting. Do go visit his site.

Jatropha –The Rag to Riches Story of a Humble Plant !!!

Cinderella among plants
The story of a plant so far left uncared, un-attended and considered a menace has raised to the status of Cinderella- the poor house maid who happened to be the bride of the ruling prince! Jatropha (also known as physic-nut tree) is a shrub that used to grow every where required no manures, not to be watered; even pests left it uncared so it was not affected by any diseases. Being a vagabond in plant kingdom, people just let it grow on the hedges and the poor tree got the duty as a hedge-row plant. It bore seeds so far no one cared, who bothered of a useless seed of a waste land plant.

New suitorsAll that has changed, the complete scenario has changed now this Cinderella is a princess with many suitors. Multinationals stand on knee before her for the “magnificent” fruits she bears. Jatropha fruits (looks like a grape- fruit four times its weight), each fruit contains three seeds about the size of a plum. These seeds contain about 35% oil that can be dehydrated can be used as “bio-diesel”, there is the point, this time of fuel crisis (not just shortage but being used as a weapon by those who own it) any thing that can be used as a substitute immediately gains public attention.

Bunches of oil Jatropha being a shrub (a half sized tree belonging to the family euphorbiaceae) has a life span of about 50 years (hence periodical planting etc are not needed). It has succulent stem, single- lobbed large green leaves and grows to only eight to ten feet in height, and hence collection of fruits is easy. Each year it bears several bunches of fruits (each bunch has five to eight fruits) with oil- rich seeds, the oil is un-edible, but has some medicinal properties. The oil was previously used for making soaps and varnishes, the bio-diesel purpose is only a recently invented one.

It is all about money, honey! The economics of planting it in commercial scale is baffling. The total oil yield will not be less than 1300 kilograms of seeds per hectare per year. It is about ten times the quantity corn can yield or 50% more than what sugarcane yield in ethanol. The money to be spent for cultivation is the most compelling aspect as it a perennial plant repeated planting is not necessary that saves much in cost. This crop generally requires no irrigation pesticide or manure. Only job of the farmer is to collect the fruits and send it to a mill or sell it outright and fill his pocket.

Brazilian the braveBrazilians are very innovative and the last fuel crisis (when crude was traded above seventy dollars/barrel) was utilized by them as a great opportunity to market “ethanol’ the bio petrol extracted from molasses via sugar-cane root. All their sugar factories turned out to be ethanol units) At present when crude is trading 50+ a barrel they are all out to find a new opportunity in this crisis (falling crude prize!). If their concerted efforts bear fruits soon there will gallons and gallons of solution for the fuel crisis (the bio-diesel).

All gas no oil About one year back Indian Railway Minister Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav has declared that jatropha will be cultivated in the waste-lands owned by Indian Railway. It seems that his declaration ended up as just declaration –as the crude prize eased a tad. Further declarations will come only when crude will jump to 80+ dollars a barrel. Indian Railway has got plenty of waste-lands in its custody, even leasing out it for jatropha farmers could earn a hefty amount for the Railways and employment for the laborers.

A Lesson from Brazil There on bio-diesel company (Bionasa) with participation with local investors is all set to plant 2, 00,000 hectares with jatropha, Brazil is all set to make blending of 2% bio-fuel mandatory and companies are in a race to meet the ensuing demand. Brazil is already the top maker and exporter of ethanol and it makes a tidy sum out of the oil crises that raise its head occasionally. There is all evidence to show that in the near future jatropha will rise as the most popular oil crop in that country.

Out-source itRecently US government has raised its allocation for promoting bio-fuels about five times and that augurs well with the present trend of turning to alternate fuels. The corn route they have selected seems to be a wrong one as there is more scope in jatropha both in cost of production and oil yield. Let us hope America will spend some portion of the allocation in promoting jatropha plants. If America has no time for cultivation, it can be outsourced, India is here with a lot of waste lands and a lot of waste people to plant it!

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This is the real me

I expect you have all see this picture at some time or another. It has been around for quite a while. I just love it. This is a lot how I look first thing in the morning. I don’t know why but my hair always sticks straight up. My hair is about the same colour too.

Grizzly bear

I found this really interesting blog called The Animal, where the writer has brought in some great photographs and is very informative if you like animals. Here is some information I took from it about Grizzly Bear plus added my own tidbits.

The Grizzly is fGo to fullsize imageound mainly in mountainous regions and national parks in pockets of northwestern North America from Alaska,through British Columbia to Idaho,Montana and Wyoming. The Grizzly has a large nose, in fact most of its face is nose and its sense of smell is so good that it can smell a dead animal from several kilometres away. What’s more, it will travel across mountains, over rivers and through forests to get at it. Sometimes a grizzly bear will even stand up on its hind legs to get a better scent or view of its objective.

In the information centre in Houston, BC there is a stuffed grizzly which was sGo to fullsize imagehot a couple of years ago due to the fact it had attacked and eaten a man, it is absolutely huge. We have them around here and one was shot on our property a few years ago. Before our time here. This picture shows how big they can grow compared to a human.

Grizzlies eat a very wide variety of food, much of it from plants, including grass, berries and nuts. Insects, rodents, fish and carrion ( dead animals ) are also eaten. They are good diggers, too, and often turf out roots, bulbs and even ground squirrels. Sometimes, they will go after large, live prey such as a sick or young moose: the grizzly will chase it with a sudden burst of speed, killing it with a single blow of its paw. In Alaska, one of their greatest sources of protein is salmon. Grizzlies gather to fish in large numbers at rapids where salmon jump on their way to spawning grounds in the spring.

I remembered this story about an English art teacher who holidayed in Canada with a girlfriend in the 1930s.“They went out walking at the wrong time, when the bears were hungry,” one of his former pupils told me. “Suddenly this grizzly appeared and the girl did what you must never do: she ran. She managed to scramble up a tree but was badly mauled. Bravely, her companion went to her rescue, whereupon the bear turned on him, killed him and ate him.”

We have seen tracks in the snow behind our truck and I am always a bit concerned when we go berry picking down by the river as they are often seen there. Most of the time they will just watch you from the bush but I don’t like the thought of being too close to them. I worry about my husband being out fishing on the river bank and because he is hard of hearing he wouldn’t hear anything coming up from behind. He says if he saw a grizzly or a black bear he would just throw them his catch, because that is what they have smelled and what has drawn them, and he would get out of there.

We’ll be seeing the bears again soon, usually about May we see them nibbling the fresh grass and shoots by the side of the road, often with a couple of cubs, it is wonderful to view them, just don’t get too close especially with young around.