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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  For the last five or six years I have been having pain and a loss of motion in my left shoulder/arm and three orthopedic doctors have said I needed a shoulder replacement. I said "no, no, and no." It has gotten worse and I have tried everything; cortisone shots (help temporarily ), OrthoVisc shots (painful and no help at all ), acupuncture, PT, and now pain meds which I hate to take. Has anyone had shoulder replacement or know anything about it? My rheumatologist said it is very much like hip replacement which I had last March. One joint replacement a year is more than enough for me! What do you think? PS. I will be 81 next month.
May 9 at 07:42 EST .

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   Balogreene  Betti, if you can stand the surgery, do it. My mom has always said the moment she woke up from her hip replacement, was the moment the pain ended. The only pain was that from the surgery.

Mom has huge problems with surgery (it first surfaced on that hip replacement ). When she is anesthetized, her bowel stops functioning for days on end (Ogilvie's syndrome ). She needs her other hip replaced and is rightfully frightened of the side effects. But, she still insists, the first hip replacement, and subsequent knee replacement solved the pain problem.

Do it!
May 14 at 18:34 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Choosing a Healthy Frozen Meal
Did you know that the average American eats 6 frozen meals a month? The market is estimated at $9 billion in annual sales.

The first TV dinner appeared in 1953 under the Swanson brand. It was presented as a solution for busy moms who had begun joining the workforce and could no longer spend hours in the kitchen. The dinner included turkey, corn bread and gravy, buttered peas and sweet potatoes. It cost $0.98.

This was the beginning of a revolution. Combining an entree and two sides in a three part aluminum container that could be heated, eaten from, and then discarded proved to be a great convenience for consumers.

To this day, convenience is top reason reason people buy frozen dinners. The industry has updated its products based on additional considerations, including nutrition. These days, "healthy" formulations as well as ethnic variations are the biggest category drivers

The "healthy" frozen food trend began in the mid-80's when the CEO of Con-Agra suffered a heart attack. Upon returning to work, he could not find a frozen entree that his doctors would approve. Thus was born the Healthy Choices brand. The FDA regulates the use of "Healthy" in food marketing, so these meals are required to contain less than 480mg of sodium.

While we like to encourage people to prepare their own dinners, Frozen dinners are not going away any time soon. So if you want the convenience of a TV dinner, please invest just a moment to choose the one that is the least detrimental to your health:

1. Start by checking the serving size and the calorie count. Some meals boast a low calorie count, but then your ealize that the meal is toddler-sized

2. Next, check the sodium level. Anything higher than 1000mg is totally crazy (almost half the daily allowance of 2300mg ) . Look for sodium lower than 600mg, and ideally less than 480mg. For example, Hungry Man Classic Fried Chicken has 1600mg of sodium(! ), while Lean Cuisine Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta boasts only 590mg.

3. Look at the fats and saturated fats. The Hungry Man dinner has 59g of fat (90% of your daily value ), 13 of which are saturated. Needless to say, if the trans-fats are anything besides zero, don't add the product to your shopping cart.

4. Most frozen dinners include a fair amount of preservatives such as BHT (possible carcinogen ), polysorbate 8, artificial colors, and propylene glycol (used in your car's antifreeze ). For example, a Kid's favorite - Kid Cuisine Frozen Dinner, Bug Safari, Chicken Breast Nuggets - contains no less than BHT, Sodium Phosphate, Yellow No. 5 , Yellow No. 6, Red No. 40, Blue No. 1, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, and Disodium Phosphate. Try to avoid these preservatives if possible.

5. Sugar is a very popular ingredient in frozen meals, often as a replacement for fat in low-fat dinners. Sugar will appear under many names and forms, but an easy Sugar will appear under many names and forms, but an easy
May 8 at 17:18 EST .

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   Bettijo  but an easy way to get the total is to look at the nutrition label and see how many grams are reported per serving. Every 4 grams of sugar are equivalent to 1 teaspoon! As an example, the aforementioned Kid Cuisine Frozen Dinner contains 18 grams of sugar, or 4.5 teaspoons worth
May 8 at 17:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Growing up frozen dinners were outlawed in our house. My dad hated them. Mother would buy them and sneak them when Dad was working late at the restaurant. I just now realized.....we ate dinner as a family every night, after dinner Dad would go back to the restaurant and stay til Midnight. I never really gave it much thought. I guess we weren't so dysfunctional after all.
May 8 at 20:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  We ate dinner together every night as a family. Daddy was always home by six, and we had dinner. On rare occasions he was out of town, or had to work late, but 90% of the time, it was a family dinner. If daddy was out of town, we went out for Mexican (in the '60's ). But, altho I remember tv dinners, I don't remember having them.
May 8 at 22:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  The fastest meal I make is Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp. Into boiling water goes the pasta & the shrimp - same cooking time.
Then I peel the shrimp return to pasta & add a sauce; either sweet & sour or General Tsao's or whatever is opened and needs finishing off - toss & into a big bowl.
May 9 at 00:31 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  Confidence!

A fighter pilot walks into a bar and takes a seat next to a very attractive woman.
He gives her a quick glance then casually looks at his new Apple watch for a moment.
The woman notices this and asks, "Is your date running late?"
'No,' he replies, 'I just got this state-of-the-art Apple watch, and I was just testing it.'
The intrigued woman says, 'state-of-the-art watch? What's so special about it?'
The pilot says, 'It uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically.'
The lady says, 'What's it telling you now?'
Well, it says you're not wearing any panties.'
The woman giggles and replies, 'Well it must be broken because I am wearing panties!'
The fighter pilot smirks, taps his watch and says, 'Darn thing's' an hour fast.'
And that, my friends, Confidence
May 8 at 08:28 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Five Superfoods that Jesus Ate Regularly
Food was not easy to come by before the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions of the last few centuries. But, before that time, civilizations were able to grow and prosper for thousands of years. In Nazareth and Jerusalem circa 2000 years ago, life was still mostly agrarian. During the time of Jesus, malnutrition was an annual threat. A dry winter meant less food for an entire year. Several years of drought would lead to mass migrations.
Plants, animals, and people adapted to the region, and as we all know managed to write some of the most exciting chapters in the annals of humanity. So what did Jesus and countrymen live off in the ancient land of Israel?
1. Olive oil – Olive trees are very resilient and can survive years of poor water supply while reliably providing a harvest every fall. Some trees live to be hundreds of years old. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (the good fats ). It is also anti-inflammatory and tastes great on a salad. It goes without saying that back in the day all olive oil was extra virgin and cold pressed.
2. Wine – Grapes grew in abundance in the foothills of Jerusalem and while they had a very short season, wine lasts for years. Besides its religious function and great side effects, red wine contains antioxidants called resveratrols. These may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of good cholesterol and protecting against damage to blood vessels.
3. Fish – Jesus may have walked on the water, but underneath him the Sea of Galilee (actually, it’s a lake ) was teeming with freshwater fish. Fishermen could rely on a relatively stable supply of fish, which are a great source of lean protein, and beneficial omega-3 fats.
4. Pomegranate – Pomegranate trees grow well in Mediterranean climates and produce what is arguably one of the sweetest fresh superfoods of the ancient world. (They did not have blueberries or strawberries ).
5. Figs – Fig trees tend to grow near water sources, and are hardy enough to withstand blazing summer heat and cold winter nights. The fruit can be eaten fresh or preserved by drying. Dried figs were traveler’s food. In either configuration, figs are rich in virtually every nutrient in the book, including fiber, calcium, vitamin A, and B vitamins. They are also good for constipation.
Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday for all.

   May 8 at 07:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Figs......a memory.
May 8 at 20:48 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Computers &Tech Issues  Even the birds have trouble with wireless technology!
   May 8 at 06:49 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

   May 8 at 06:04 EST .

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   Gerty  That was interesting; thanks for posting.
May 13 at 05:31 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Great video!
May 20 at 07:19 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  

May 8 at 05:59 EST .

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   Gerty  When this finally is made available to the public, I wonder if it will work on tattoos!

This is better than Dick Tracy!!
May 13 at 05:17 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  Most seniors never get enough exercise. So in his wisdom God decreed that seniors would become forgetful that they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things misplaced and so do some walking.
And God Looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was yet a need. So God in his wisdom made seniors loose coordination that they would drop things which would require them to bend and reach and stretch.
And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the functioning of senior bladders and decided that in His wisdom there might be calls of nature more frequently requiring more trips to the relief station that would burn calories.
God looked down and saw that it was good.

Seniors were obliged to exercise more from these senior shortcomings and did become more active as a result.

So if you find you are required to get up and down more as you age, remember it's God's will and in your best interests even though you mutter under your breath.

Let it be! And it is good.
May 8 at 05:39 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  If it fits, it sits, er er er ships.
   May 8 at 05:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  My sisters dog Daisy feels this way about the new puppy, Timmy.
May 8 at 22:00 EST .

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   Gram77  This reminds me of the time when I was a kid and brought home a stray kitten. Our long time cat and boss of the house picked it up by the nap of the neck, got up on the back of the couch and dropped the poor kitten over the back. We gave it a bit more time but we gave up after several times of the poor kitten thumping on the floor behind the couch. The neighbors took her.
May 9 at 10:21 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  OMG! I can't begin to pass this 1912 Kentucky 8th grade examination!

Fortunately, the answers are provided:
May 5 at 06:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  The answer page did not come up for me, so I did the "search" option. Very interesting.
May 5 at 20:24 EST .

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   Bettijo  Sorry about link. Try this one for answers.
May 6 at 21:20 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Some folk in this country have been saying FMD was Obama's father for a long time, but where did the "stepfather" id come from?

"According to a Kenyan news outlet, the president’s family has now entirely disowned him. One of his more vocal critics, his half-brother, Malik Obama (son of Barack Obama Sr ), maintains that Obama is not actually the son of Barack Obama Sr. Malik’s evidence: Barack looks and behaves nothing like Obama Sr. Most likely, Malik claims, the president was born of an affair between his mother Ann Dunham and communist poet Frank Marshal Davis—a conspiracy theory that has circled around for years.

“Obama resembles his step father, Frank, in many ways and is just a liar and mean like him. It is possible his mother messed around to give birth to him because his definitely not the son of my father, Barrack Obama senior—they have nothing in common,” said Malik."
May 4 at 10:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have often wondered if she became pregnant while in HS in Washington State, where her mother was a bank VP & thus the sudden move to Hawaii. She was accepted & enrolled at college there. It's more than possible his daddy is a citizen & BHO, Sr. needed a reason to stay in the States. She & the baby left HI 2 weeks after his birth to attend college in Washington State. Not so odd that Malik is now speaking out against him, since 0 reportedly gave him big bucks for Malik's charity but Malik now claims he did not, nor did he contribute to have his aunt's body returned to Kenya, as detailed in a recent HuffPost article & an A.I.M. report.
May 5 at 02:55 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Apparently young Stanley Ann was a devotee of Malcolm X who wa in Seattle at the same time she was attending Mercer Island HS. There is not the remotest resemblance to Obama Senior when comparing skull bone structure to Malcolm or even FMD, both of whom are much more compatible.I think Granny knew the truth but she wasn't allowed to survive because of that. Interesting how Malik is now speaking up.
May 5 at 15:22 EST .

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