Archive for: August 2012

A Sassy visitor

My mother is away so I get to keep Sassy for the day. She is so smart you can almost carry on a conversation with her. Apparently she knows her way around town from watching out the car window, and she starts getting excited when she suspects my mother is headed to my place. She can't wait to get in the door and ask for a treat.

Let's have a look at a short video showing how much fun people and dogs can have together.

Hope you get to have some pleasant company this weekend too 😉


Living with a fox

(Ha-ha) Nope! Not me.... I'm not living with any foxy female. But, the guy in the video below has a real fox. He was found in the street after a fight with dogs. Seriously injured and ill (toxoplasmosis), Cropper, the fox, was nursed back to health by this man's patience, love and determination. Not strong enough to return to the wild, Cropper spends very happy days with his human friend.


Is it really just a little kiss?

It starts innocently enough.... but you can tell here, from this picture; the poor boy doesn't have a chance. I remember my first love when I was about the same age.

She was the cutest little thing I ever saw. Why, just to look at her -- it took my breath away. Heck, we all knew girls have "cooties" but I was drawn to her like the infectious disease had already become parasitic.

I didn't even want to chum with my buddies. I wanted to spend all of my time with her. It wasn't until years later that I discovered a healthy dose of testosterone can lead men through a complicated series of emotions, that some of us are so ill equipped to deal with.  " Never even had a chance" -- is a phrase that comes to mind.

Louis L'Amour writes in his novel Galloway:

Dumb as I was about women I'd watched them enough to know they like to play one man against another, and like to feel wanted even if they ain't. Now Meg had set her cap, or seemed to, for Curly Dunn and right away I come around saying he doesn't amount to much, and then Curly set to prove me right.

Always get a kick out of the phrase "set her cap" --- I think Louis L'Amour coined that phrase. At least I haven't heard it anyplace else, though it crops up a lot in his western novels. A finer author has never been born!

Regardless of whether you're young or old, you have to be a little wary about those girls who would "set their cap" for you and realize that if you're over 50 and alone, and want to stay that way.... you have to be on guard for female tricks. My poor grandson Ethan, who is pictured above receiving his first kiss, is in more trouble than he could possibly realize at his young age.


Breasts or Brains?

Twenty-five percent of the woman surveyed would trade their IQ in for a bigger bust line. They think it would make them happier! Maybe their men too 😉

I suppose some of you are finding it a little hard to believe. But believe me! I was shocked when I viewed the video below.

It's Friday -- time to have a little fun! Would you trade some of your IQ for a bigger bust? What would the men in your life prefer? Comments welcome below...


It isn’t just the frying pan

I bet you haven't seen one of these for a while.... probably glad you don't have to lift them or clean them any longer. But, after reading this, you might change your mind. You see, the teflon-coated pans can give off fumes when they are over heated that can kill birds and cause cancer in small animals.

An article by the Environmental Working Group in the US says:

The scientific panel’s latest data, made public on Monday, associated the chemical with kidney and testicular cancer and possibly thyroid cancer. In earlier years, the panel linked PFOA to pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia.

PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is the ingredient used in Teflon which is responsible for the problem. Dupoint in the US is the only company making it. They are being sued and will be phasing it out so it will no longer be in use after 2015.

It's for this very reason I published an article a few days ago warning folks to say no to microwave popcorn. The chemical released from the fumes coats the bags and releases PFOA into the air as soon as you open the microwave. You can read more about the dangers of this agent in an article on the Environmental Protections Agency's website titled Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Fluorinated Telomers.

Of course, a fair question might be: Is there any danger in using cast iron pans?

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, it can be beneficial to most people as a very small amount of iron from the pan can be absorbed by the body. But he also warns:

It is a particular risk for those with an inherited metabolic disorder called hemochromatosis or iron overload disease, believed to affect as many as one million Americans. If you have any blood relatives with the disease, ask your physician about the screening test for iron overload, called the transferrin saturation test.

I think I might have to go to some yard sales this summer and see if I can find any cast iron pans. Sure would beat using teflon covered ones. And I have a teenage daughter who complains about having to wash the frying pan now. Can't wait to see the joy on her face when I hand her, her first dirty cast iron frying pan to wash 😉