Archive | November, 2010

Taken For Granted

26 Nov
Here is a scenario for you with regards to staying positive REGARDLESS of the situation:
It’s funny, because I was quite happy just a few short minutes ago & now I’m more than a little sad;
I WAS STOOD UP for chicken dinner without even a phone call after I accepted the invite last night.
Boy (or should I say girl) do I feel like kicking something right now…  NOT!!! But I do feel like crying
GOOD NIGHT, IRENE!  Lights out!


25 Nov

Since I’m living up to my rep of being ditsy & flaky (no pun intended), I forgot the measurements my friend gave to me the other day for basic tea biscuits – a friend who also happens to be an expert on making these from scratch, from memory & without a recipe in front of their nose. So, I looked up a 5-star recipe from Canadian Kitchens & combined the know-how that I gathered from my friend & still recall from what they told me about the ‘secrets’ of making the best tea biscuits on the planet.


2 cups unsifted pastry flour

 3 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup shortening (or pork lard, which is my friend’s fave choice)

3/4 cup milk

Grated cheese, smoked ham chunks, raisins, cranberries, etc. are optional


The secret to making fluffy tea biscuits all lays in SIFTING the dry ingredients together at least twice & working in the shortening (or lard) with a pastry cutter as fine as you can possibly get it. The dough will be softer depending on how much milk you add. Once you have it all kneaded together, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough onto a floured board, to approx ½ an inch in thickness, then use any type of drinking glass to cut out the round patty shapes of dough.

These are plain (easy) & cheesy  

Place them about an ½ inch apart from each other on a baking tray & bake for approx 10 minutes for a non-stick pan or a few minutes more for aluminum – just keep your eye on them so they don’t burn.



The finished product…  Enjoy!



22 Nov
     "They don’t know much about magazines," says Paul. "Anyway, almost nobody here is who they say they are at first. They aren’t even who somebody else thinks they are. In this place you get at least three versions of everything, and if you’re lucky one of them is true. That’s if you’re lucky."
~ Margaret Atwood


19 Nov

Something is nagging at me, big-time. The other night someone told me they came by to give me a sweater & shoes.

I went out front of my house directly thereafter & found a form rolled up & put into my front door that said

it was from the Cerebral Palsy foundation, and that I missed their pick-up.


Meanwhile, nothing was ticked off on the form & neither did I arrange anything YET for pick-up; no one called me either.


I am not SPINNING tales about what I mentioned yesterday, about wanting to donate items to this foundation this week;

I really am looking forward to gathering up the OVERABUNDANCE of stuff I don’t need around here

to help out people who are really in need of them.


If any of you have any pointers to lead me in the right direction, please fill me in.

I should be able to have the stuff together by Saturday morning.


What has prompted me to speak about this again today is something that happened to me about a year ago, when a so-called friend of mine (whose name I won’t mention here) actually admitted to taking a clear plastic bag from the front of someone’s house that was full of stuff that was supposed to be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and brought it to my house, saying that they took it because they felt that I needed the things more than the people they were meant for, of all things!
I reamed them out for doing this very LOW, UNCLASSY & DISTASTEFUL thing, telling them to put it back where they found it because if the stuff is ever linked back to me then people will think that I am a thief, and the lowest kind, at that! The person insisted that I shouldn’t worry about it, but I am. I was afraid to ask them which house they found this sitting in front of, or even to put the bag back there myself, in fear that someone would see me & think that I was up to no good, because there is a law in this city that states that we cannot put our garbage bags in front of anyone else’s home except for ours (and I found that out the hard way as well about 20 years ago when I was running late for work & had just missed the garbage man then ran across the street to add mine to the neighbour’s, when a cop pulled up beside me to tell me that it was a ‘no-no’).


Getting back to this stuff I have here, I wish to give it to the people it was meant for & am publicly apologizing to the original owners of it, on behalf of the person I know, for causing them any troubles, even though this person hasn’t actually made any attempt to do so themselves.
PLEASE help me, if you can, by telling me what you think I should do about it, because the stuff that was in the bag had some Chinese types of things in there, and I find that there are a lot of Chinese people trying to befriend me as of late. This could all be related in some way, couldn’t it?


I have a feeling that the people this property came from could very well be living about 1/2 a block north of me, but I’m just guessing here, or they could very well be Korean, because the owners of the corner store had a note in their window saying they were supporting Korean business owners’ rights in this city, or something to that effect. Actually, I do have a picture of that note that I took the other day, but that is another story in itself & yet another lengthy blog in the works. I am so awfully worried about clearing my tarnished reputation, even though I’m on friendly terms with my neighbours (I hope) & I most certainly do not wish to be the brunt of any further scrutiny or accusations from the people living in the hood in which I’ve lived the majority of my life.


A friend of mine whom I asked for advice regarding this grave matter of concern for me told me to be friendly & just don’t trust anyone. I am friendly, that’s the point I’m trying to make here. Just because I am friendly to people, doesn’t mean that they trust me. Some of the biggest criminals around can be the friendliest to people. There is a German word for this & I think it’s called hönisch or hönich, and I believe that it means something like being sly & cunning in a sugary-sweet kinda way, if you know what I mean. I tried to look this up using the search in Bing, but to no avail. Either way, I’m not wasting any more time on that, but to cut a long story short, even though I’ve never had any children myself, I find that I’ve been having to ‘babysit’ a lot of the adult children I’ve come to know throughout my life, along with finding myself being put in the position of having to scold them for their harmful, reckless & blatantly uncaring ways. If I can help these people to get back on the right track, by telling them how wrong some of the things are that they’re doing, and I can actually get them to ‘STOP & see the light’, then I feel that I have done something of significant value for humanity. SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T SEEM TO THINK BEFORE THEY ACT (and I include myself here, as well).


For those of you who don’t know what Cerebral Palsy is, it’s a disorder usually caused by brain damage occurring at or before birth and marked by muscular impairment. Often accompanied by poor coordination, it sometimes involves speech and learning difficulties.



Trust God Completely & Man Discreetly

16 Nov
But when He was in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, many believed in His name [identified themselves with His party] after seeing His signs (wonders, miracles) which He was doing.
But Jesus [for His part] did not trust himself to them, because he knew all [men];
And he did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.]
John 2:23-25
     One time after I had been involved in a disappointing church situation, God brought John 2:23-25 to my attention.
     This passage is speaking of Jesus’ relationship with His disciples. It plainly says that He did not trust Himself to them. It does not say that He was suspicious of them or that He had no trust in them; it just explains that because He understood human nature (which we all have). He did not trust Himself to them in an unbalanced way.
     I learned a good lesson. I had been hurt badly in the situation at church because I had become too involved with a group of ladies and had got out of balance. Every time we get out of balance, we open a door for the devil.
     First Peter 5:8 says, Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
     I learned that I had been leaning on the ladies in this group and placing in them a trust that belongs only to God. We can go only so far in any human relationship. If we go beyond wisdom, trouble will brew, and we will be hurt.
     Always place your ultimate trust in the Lord. Doing so will open the door for the Holy Spirit to let you know when you’re crossing over the line of balance.
     Some people think they have discernment when actually they are just suspicious. There is a true gift of the Spirit called the discerning of spirits. (1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV.) It discerns good and bad, not just bad. Suspicion comes out of the unrenewed mind; discernment comes out of the renewed spirit.
     Pray for true gifts – not flesh that masquerades as gifts of the Spirit. True spiritual discernment will provoke prayer, no gossip. If a genuine problem is being discerned by a genuine gift, it will follow the scriptural pattern for dealing with it, not fleshly ways that only spread and compound the problem.
Joyce Meyer (Battlefield of the Mind)

A Quicker Way To Bust Fat

14 Nov
I am happy to announce that someone has brought to my attention a woman in our vicinity
who is making remarkable progress in helping others to burn fat just by using the Acai berry.
The reason why I’m posting this today is not only am I an advocate with regards to people watching what they eat,
but I also strongly believe that if people do not have proper bowel movements every day,
not only does their world become unpleasant for them but also for those they associate with (no explanation is necessary here).
I have not used what is being advertised but I will strongly recommend it for others I feel would like to try it out,
including myself. I do use hair products in the past 6 months that have Acai berry in them
& I find that my hair has become a lot more satiny in appearance & silkier in feel.


1 Tip of a Flat Belly: A Surprising New Way to Burn Fat Quickly
As part of a new series: "Diet Trends: A look at Canada’s Top Diets" we put new diet and fitness techniques to the test

Karen Simpson investigates a promising weight loss solution that is quickly gaining popularity in Canada and around the world.

By Karen Simpson   |   Published: November 12, 2010

Caledonia, ON (WeeklyHealthCanada) – Losing weight often feels like an impossible challenge. We have evaluted numerous fad diets over the years. All too frequently their results are just shy of painfully disappointing.

The reason for why most diets fail, in our opinion, is that they impose unrealistic restrictions on how you live your life. Some advocate eating tons of protein others emphasize carbohydrates. In either case, you’re left with having to make rather drastic changes to the types of food you eat and when you eat it. In this special report, we take an in-depth look at an emerging and promising weight loss trend that we believe is a game changer, and it won’t break the bank.

You may have heard of the enormously popular Acai berry in the news. It’s a completely organic berry found deep in the Amazon rainforest of South America. Alone the Acai berry offers many benefits primarily due to its high anti-oxidant content. Combine it with a powerful colon cleanser, and you’ve created a fat burning machine. If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. When we first learned about this weightloss combo, our diet fad radar went off right away.

Nevertheless, as we began to investigate the countless success stories reported by people from all around the globe, we decided that this weight loss trend was worthy of a closer examination. Moreover, we found it of particular interest that these people had not significantly changed their current lifestyles.

Ella Regan from Caledonia, Ontario was reported to have lost 46 pounds in 3 months while being on the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse combo diet.

In the story on her blog she states,

"I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I didn’t change my diet or my daily routine, but the fat melted off like it butter. I love this stuff! Finally a diet that just works."

For the Weekly Health Canada test, it was inevitable that I was to be the guinea pig for this diet since I was about to get married. I wanted to lose 10 pounds for my wedding. In order to try the Acai Berry and colon cleanse diet, I ordered two products. First, I got a FREE TRIAL of Acai Max Cleanse. Although there are many Acai berry offers available, I chose Acai Max Cleanse, since they are one of the most credible and trustworthy suppliers on the market.

The Free Trial bottle of Acai Max Cleanse was delivered in a few days from ordering and with surprisingly inexpensive shipping. Acai Max Cleanse is one of the most concentrated and purest acai products on the market. It was our shared opinion that this would give me the most accurate results for my test.

Here is what Acai Max Cleanse claimed on their website:

  • 4 Times More Weight Loss Than Diet and Exercise
  • Boosts Energy
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Promotes Cardiovascular and Digestive Health

Although we were pretty skeptical, we wanted to find out for ourselves if this product could actually do everything that it claimed. Most of the success stories talk about combining Acai berry with a colon cleansing products to achieve maximum weight loss. The idea behind combining the products is that while the Acai Berry encourages weight loss and increases energy; the colon cleanse helps rid your body of toxins and allows your body to work and burn calories more efficiently. I chose Colon Cleanse to test.

Here is what Colon Cleanse claimed on their website:

  • Helps Eliminate Bad Toxins That Have Built Up Over the Years
  • Removes ‘Sludge‘ From the Walls of the Colon
  • Helps Get Rid of Gas and Bloating
  • Helps Regulate the Metabolism

The Colon Cleanse product like Acai Max Cleanse offers a free trial backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Putting the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse to the Test

Both the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse arrived within 4 days of having placed my order online for the free trials.

The bottles I received contained a month worth of highly concentrated pills, which worked out perfectly as I was to follow the supplement routine for 4 weeks time and document my progress.

The Test: A Four-Week Combo Diet Using Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse

  1. Take one Acai Max Cleanse pill per day (in the morning)
  2. Take one Colon Cleanse pill per day (in the evening)

My Results

Week One:

After one week on the diet using both products I was surprised at the dramatic results. My energy level was up, and I wasn‘t even hungry. A welcomed side effect of the Acai Berry diet is its power to curb the appetite.

I honestly felt fantastic.

Best of all, I didn‘t even change anything about my daily routine. On Day 7, I got on the scale and couldn‘t believe my eyes. I had lost 3.5 lbs. But I still wasn‘t convinced, since they say you lose a lot of water weight at the beginning of any diet. I wanted to wait and see the results in the upcoming weeks. But it sure was looking up! I now weighed under 120 pounds for the first time in years!

Week Two:

After two weeks of using both supplements, I started the week off with even more energy, and actually sleeping more soundly than before. I was no longer waking up during the night and tossing and turning because my body was actually able to relax (this is a result of getting rid of the toxins, I think). Plus I still managed to lose another 7 pounds, putting me at an unbelievable 10.5 lbs of weight loss, in just 2 weeks.

I must admit that I‘m starting to believe that this diet is more than just a gimmick.

Week Three:

After 3 weeks, all my doubts and skepticism had absolutely vanished! I am down, 2 full dress sizes after losing another 3.5 pounds. And I still have a ton of energy. Quite often, around the third week of other diets, you tend to run out of steam. But with the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse diet my energy levels don‘t dip, instead they remain steady throughout the day. I no longer need that cat nap around 3pm in the afternoon! I am even noticing that my stomach is digesting food so much better. No bloating or embarrassing gas after I eat.

Week Four:

After the fourth week, my final results were shocking. I lost an unbelievable 18 lbs since starting the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse diet! Actually everyone at WeeklyHealthCanada is kicking themselves for not having volunteered to be the guinea pig. Using the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse in week 4 I lost 4 more pounds. The results are consistent! But to be honest, I really didn‘t have much more than that left to lose. I am definately going to continue taking the Acai Max Cleanse afterwards because it has so many antioxidants and vitamins that makes my skin look unbelievable.

I couldn’t be any happier with the results.

I Lost 18 lbs in 4 Weeks, No Special Diet, No Intense Exercise.

In conclusion, if you are a little doubtful about the effects of this diet, you need to try it for yourself; from our own test, the results are real. We at Weekly Health Canada had our doubts initially, but we were quickly turned into belivers. After conducting our own study, we are pleased to see that people really are finding success with the diet.

You can reach your weight loss goals with the Acai Max Cleanse and Colon Cleanse combo diet,

Karen Simpson

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People Games

9 Nov
People are so stupid in general. Whether it’s an ex, a friend or a family member, they’d rather waste their time playing games with others instead of having a real life with them. When they steadily approach the end of it all, they finally realize what they’ve been missing  but usually by then it’s far too late for anything, really, whether it’s kissing & making up, letting bygones be bygones or just being able to hold that person’s hand & pet them (and yes, folks, I actually do mean PET). Some people are so friggin’ cold they will never show you or tell you their true feelings about anything & it makes you wonder if they even have a heart. I’ve been in love & I’ve loved people. I’ve fallen out of love with the same people I’ve been in love with & I’ve ended up hating them. I’ve even fallen back into love with these very same people & realized that I don’t even hate them at all. I’ve been shacked up & I’ve been married… and more than once. I’ve also lived alone & was actually really single at one point. Now I’m so awfully foncused that I don’t really know what the heck I really am right now except for ALIVE. I guess that’s all that really matters after all but who really cares about what I’m saying here anyway except for the ones who are also alone right now because it makes them feel good to see that they’re not the only one who is dumb.