Archive for May, 2012

It’s All About Conserving

The following information is taken directly from the Reading Patch online news:

Reading Water and Sewer Rates to Rise in September; Bills Depend on Use by Nadine Wandzilak

Conservation does save money.

The town’s water and sewer rates are up, to take effect with this coming September’s bill, but the amount that individual bills will increase depends on how much water each resident uses – and how much he or she conserves.

The Board of Selectmen last month approved an 11.4 percent increase in the combined water and sewer rate.

People look at the water and sewer rate as how much more they’ll pay, Assistant Town Manager for Finance Robert LeLacheur told Patch. But your bill equals the rate times your usage, he emphasized.

And Reading as a whole does conserve water, LeLacheur said. The town uses less water, per person, he said, than many communities with it in the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority system.

With questions and comments about the rate increase posed to Patch, LeLacheur spoke with us yesterday about the effect of the rate increase on bills.

The median combined water and sewer bill in Reading right now is $1,200, LeLacheur said. If people who pay that amount use the same amount of water in the coming year, they would pay 11.4 percent more, or a total of $1,338. But if they reduce their water use by five percent, they would pay $1,270, he said. If they use 11 percent less water this coming year, LeLacheur said, their bill would remain $1,200.

The water and sewer rate picture has a number of moving parts. If people use less water than officials anticipate, the town collects less in its water fund. That’s why the selectmen voted last month to use $200,000 from a water reserve fund, and the same amount from a sewer reserve fund, to keep the rate from increasing more significantly next fiscal year.

The funds are also down, LeLacheur told the selectmen, because people are paying their water and sewer bills on time, reducing the fee the town collects on late payments.

The water rate will rise from $8.27 per 100 cubic feet to $8.96 per hundred cubic feet; the sewer rate, from $8.57 to $9.80 per hundred cubic feet.

People have also commented to Patch on the taste and smell of the water, which has been coming from the MWRA since May of 2006.

At that time, the town turned to the MWRA to help meet peak summer water demand, according to Peter Tassi, supervisor of the town’s water quality and supply.

The town started to buy all of its water from the MWRA, instead of the Ipswich River watershed, in September, 2006, Tassi said.

Tassi said he didn’t receive calls about the smell or taste of the water then, or recently.

The smell and taste of the water can change, he said, for several reasons.  Hydrant flushing, for example, which started recently. Or water line flushing, which is done every spring.

Or when the water comes from an open reservoir, like the MWRA supply, rather than underground, as from the town’s former local water source. When the open water gets cold, it becomes denser, and sinks, Tassi said, and water from the bottom of the reservoir rolls up to the surface. Some people are more sensitive than others, he said, to those changes.

First Step to Renovations – Getting Organized – guest blogger Karen Kenney

Thinking back on our renovations project several years ago, it really was about getting things organized to prepare.  It is really amazing how much we can accumulate – some we use regularly, some we need to have for a variety of reasons, some we have outgrown, some – why do we have this again?.  We really need to identify and purge, identify and pack.  Karen helps us with this task in the following blog!

 

Getting ready for renovations can seem overwhelming especially if you are doing them to get your home on the market.  Deciding which renovations will help sell you home without breaking the bank is key. Plus giving you the most for “return on investment.” Updating your bathrooms and kitchen was always been the norm in getting back a big ROI, but the market has change the last couple of years, so check with your agent for what would work best for your home.

 

Once you have decided what will be done you need to find the right expert to work with, designing the new space, picking out neutral colors and even new lighting. Now that these decisions have been made it is time to clear the space. For most of us, this is the hardest part-not knowing what to do first, second and third. I like to break up the process into easy steps, so you can work on them up week by week.

 

Let’s say for sake of illustration we are going to renovate your kitchen.

 

1 Month prior – 2 hour session.

Quick Grab. Look around your kitchen. What is not being used any more, or broken or unwanted items. Look in your kitchen cabinets, on the counters and in your pantry. Pull out all the unwanted items and put into two categories DONATE-someone can use or TRASH (broken, cracked, stained, missing the lid…) Pack up the items to be donated, put them right in your car so you can drop them off at the local charity/church or call for pick up.

 

2 Weeks prior – 2-5 hours session depending size of room

Now that you have removed all the unwanted items, everything in this room is what you want to keep. But during renovations you may want to pack up some items, to protect them, from the dust and making it easier for the workers to complete the work. Make an inventory list of what is in each box (good china, your crystal wine glasses, turkey platter and other occasional used items). Label the boxes so you can find them later. Once these things have been boxed up, find a temporary home for these items. Can you store them in basement or garage or attic, or in spare room? If in garage or basement, if you get water put the boxes up on pallets or on tables.

 

2 Days before Renovations, 3 hours could be longer

Check with your contractor, what about the every day dishes and things your use daily such as your toaster, coffee pot, and dish drainer. Should these be boxes up now, or can they be left out? Do they need all counter cleared? (This really depends on the type of work being done in the kitchen.) Check with your contractor on what is acceptable during the construction phase. You want to make the process as easy as possible for you and the workers.

 

Day of Renovation – congratulations you are ready!

 

After the project is done, before you schlep everything back up to your kitchen. Do you really miss any of these items? Can they stay boxed up? Especially during your open house, that way if your home sells, you already have some boxes packed that are ready to go. Rule of thumb that I use, if you are really missing that “thing” go get that “thing” and leave the rest of boxes as is. It makes moving easier.

 

For more help or information getting ready for your renovation contact Karen L. Kenney of OrganizingWORKS! 781-275-8915. Check out her websites: www.organizingworks.net and theorganizingcheerleader.com.

Proof that Spring Is here – Farmer’s Markets Begin to Spring Up

Fresh fruits and vegetables – speciality items – who doesn’t love the sight of Farmers Markets.

Today – May 29th – the Lexington Farmers Market opened for its 8th season to the sounds of music and tap dancing.

The market will be open on Tuesdays through October from 2pm to 5:30pm at the corner of Mass Ave and Woburn Street.

Lexington’s Farmers’ Market will open for its 8th season this afternoon with music  (Lexington Fife & Drum……) and tap dancing.

And this is only the beginning.  It is only a few short weeks before Billerica’s Farmers Market opens for its 2nd straight year on Monday, June 25th, from 3pm to 7pm on the grounds of the Senior Center right in Billerica Center (www.billericafarmersmarket.org).   Can taste the fresh fish and more that will be available.   

Memorial Day Weekend Activities – Don’t Miss out

Memorial Day weekend – a time for barbecues, parades in honor of our military, rembrances at cemeteries around the Commonwealth.  In addition there are some special events in and around the Merrimack Valley area.  Check these out below
Verrill Farm – Asparagus Festival
Verrill Farm 11 Wheeler Road Concord, MA 01742               Venue Information
Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00 AM
This is a favorite event for many for 3 reasons: It features the first crop of the local growing season, attendees go to the fields and learn about where their food comes from and they enjoy a fabulous lunch! Reservations & prepayment required by May 25th, 978.369.4494. $25 per person
Lexington Tourism Committee – Revolutionary Revelry
Various Lexington Locations
May 1 – 31, 2012
Revolutionary Revelry celebrates Lexington every day in May, beginning with a May Day celebration complete with Maypole dancing and family picnic. Take a bike tour, or chat with artists at Open Studios or at the “Park Your Art” exhibit and auction. Visit the alpacas at the Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival. Hear the William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps at the Parade & Muster, or the Lexington Pops Chorus at their spring concert.
Lowell National Historical Park – Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation
Lowell National Historical Park Boott Gallery John Street Lowell, MA 01852
March 30, 2012 – October 19, 2012
Join us in Lowell in 2012 to celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary with the major exhibition, Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation, and over fifty public programs. While Dickens knew before arriving in the New World that he had become a famous literary man, it was the American trip that showed him the full extent of his power.
Great Brook Farm State Park          Lowell Road

Carlisle, MA              (978) 369-6312
 Nonmotorized boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback-riding trails and picnicking. Seasonal ice cream stand.  Farm animals and seasonal barn tours.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge          

Monsen Road            Concord, MA             978-443-4661
 Walking trails and wildlife observation trails.  Pets are not allowed. Restrooms available.  No admission fee.
Walden Pond State Reservation      Route 126       Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-3254      Fax: (978) 371-6438
Contact: Jennifer Ingram
The Reservation encompasses 333 acres surrounding the pond, which is a 103 foot deep glacial kettle hole pond. 2280 acres of mostly undeveloped woods, called ‘Walden Woods’ surrounds the pond. The area is popular for fishing, swimming, and walking. To protect the natural resources of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant place for people in the future, the number of visitors is limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles, floatation devices and grills are prohibited. To avoid disappointment, visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check on parking availability.
The list goes on – enjoy your weekend – and stay safe
Joan Parcewski, Realtor     Woods Real Estate    www.JoanParcewski.com
c 978-376-3978   o 978-262-9665   Joan@WoodsRE.com

 

MWRA To Begin Consruction of Water Storage Tank in Stoneham June 1st

MWRA to Begin Construction of Water Storage Tank in Stoneham June 1 – By Mark Ouellette

Work on the Spot Pond tank project is expected to get underway June 1, according to Town Administrator David Ragucci.   

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is expected to begin construction of the Spot Pond water tank June 1, according to Town Administrator David Ragucci.

“They will be working on that tank until the completion date, anticipating compeltion of the tank sometime in the fall of 2014,” Ragucci said during Tuesday night’s Selectmen’s session at Stoneham Town Hall. The MWRA has said they expect to complete the project in late 2014, according to a press statement.

Addressing Safety

Stoneham police have met with several agencies about the traffic in and around the construction site, including State Police, Department of Conservation and Recreation, MWRA and the Department of Transportation’s Highway Divisions, according to Ragucci.

“There’s going to be a lot of truck traffic coming in and out of that property for quite some time in removing the dirt, and then bringing cement trucks back in to fill the container,” Ragucci said. “The truck route is going to travel through Stoneham down to the (Middlesex) Fells, North Road, South Border Road to get up on (Route) 93, and then they would be coming back that same way.”

Selectman John DePinto said he wants to make sure the area stay safe while construction vehicles are working in town.

“I would like our police department, if we have the resources, to make sure those roads remain safe,” DePinto said. “No overweight trucks, no speeding. Those trucks, when they’re loaded, they go (fast) and that’s a busy roadway…and you don’t want to get in an accident with one of those trucks, especially when the cement starts coming in.”

What’s Being Built

The MWRA is constructing a 20-million-gallon water storage tank and pump station behind the site of the former Boston Regional Medical Center on Woodland Road in Stoneham, reads th statement.

“The new water storage tank is required to meet state and federal drinking water regulations and MWRA’s goal of providing at least a one-day emergency supply of stored water,” reads the statement.

The underground, concrete tank will provide water storage for MWRA’s Low Service area, which includes Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville, according to the statement. The pump station will provide system redundancy for 21 communities currently served by the Gillis Pump Station, including Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester and Woburn, the statement adds.

“When the project is completed in late fall 2014, the design calls for upland meadows to be planted on top of the buried tank, which would provide additional open space and public access adjacent to the Fells Reservation,” reads the statement.

Who is Doing the Construction?

MWRA’s contractor, Walsh Construction Company, is currently completing site preparation before beginning construction, according to the press statement.

When is Excavation Happening?

The project is expected to required “considerable excavation” for six to eight months during the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the statement.

“Once the excavation is complete, truck traffic will decline, but appropriate public safety measures will remain in place,” reads the statement. “MWRA and Walsh Construction have been working closely with the Massachusetts State Police and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop an efficient and reliable traffic management plan to ensure the safety of the drivers and pedestrians using the adjacent roads and streets.

“A designated truck route has been established, and message boards and signage will be placed along Woodland Road to guide travelers.” 

Throughout the construction period, access in and out of the Woodland Road Medical Building will be limited to the south driveway, reads the statement. The north entrance will only be accessible to construction vehicles, according to the statement, and signage will be put up at the entrances.

The MWRA will provide regular updates on its website, according to the statement.

May – The Elixir of Dreams

Billerica MA is very lucky to have a busy Garden Club who maintains the area around the center and many other parts of town to make it a pleasure to drive and walk around.  They decorate the Clara Sexton House at the Holidays, work with seniors at Brightview Concord River Assisted Living in maintaining a small garden. 

They take every opportunity to brighten the landscape of Billerica and help others do the same.  Last year they became involved with starting a Farmer’s Market in Billerica Center that runs from the end of June to the end of October.  Their success translates into a return performance this year.

Many thanks to Billerica Garden Club member and guest blogger Annette Presseau. 

 

My Dream Garden

As I’m writing this Blog I’m sitting on my deck in 78 degree total sunshine light breeze weather and my mind is dreaming of this beautiful garden that I would love to have in my back yard.  I absolutely love this time of year and the crickets are singing along with many birds which are so beautiful to listen to.  I can also see that I need to do some cleaning up in my yard but one step at a time.  This year I want to plant something in memory of my mother she loved Azalea’s so I’m looking for a summer azalea to plant in my yard.  Memorial Day is coming up and I can get started planting all my flowers in I always wait until Memorial Day to plant most flowers because up here in New England we can get a frost in May.  Check out the website on My Dream Gardens and how they talk about a management method where you manage the amount of time you spend in your garden so that you remember to take a break it is a very interesting website: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/

 

I can be in the garden for hours and forget the time and usually forget to take a break my mother used to work with me in the garden up until she was in her 80’s and she was my time management and I would see here getting tired and then I knew it was time to take a break.  Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of butterflies around and they are so beautiful I’m amazed at them.  Check out any butterfly gardens in your area there is one here in Westford Massachusetts see the website:  https://butterflyplace-ma.com/

 

 

Flower blooms everywhere

This year it isn’t difficult to find blooms everywhere because of the nice weather we have been having up here in New England.  When I go out somewhere and someone else is driving I look at peoples gardens as we drive by and there are some beautiful gardens out there.  Now is the time to weed out the bad and keep what is doing well and experiment and plant some new ideas.  I’ve even found plants that I thought had died growing!  I plan to have a raised garden this year with just one kind of annuals usually I plant a variety because I love having the different colors in the garden but this year I thought I would be different and see what happens who knows maybe it will become a tradition.  I just love seeing a grouping of the same annuals together it is very striking to look at.  I have 3 large Rhododendrons in my yard that are blooming profusely they are pink flowers and are just gorgeous to look at. What’s blooming in your garden?

 

 

Aerate your flower beds

A good practice is to aerate your flower beds I usually do this before I plant any flowers it helps to loosen the soil and makes better and more beautiful flowers.  You probably already did this in the fall or last month so you should be all set but if you didn’t now is a good time to check your soil and add something to it so that your flowers will become big and beautiful.

 

 

Visit a garden

Check out this website on the Blithewold gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island all I can say is “wow”

http://www.blithewold.org/  It’s great to visit different expert gardens so that one can visualize what they might want to see in their own garden.  Every time I go to these places I get some great ideas and also see different flowers blooming that possibly would look good in my flower garden.  Check out Garden in the Woods website for events it’s a really great place to visit: http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods  it’s also a great place to see native plants sometimes we forget about planting what is native in our area and the plants can be really stunning to look at.  Also, people have garden tours at their homes so check a few out and get some great gardening ideas.  There are many places that you can visit this time of year.  You can even join a Garden Club they have many great speakers and one can learn a lot about gardening there.

 

Evasive Plants

When I first started gardening I always thought of evasive plants as weeds and in a sense they are weeds but are very difficult to control and there is a huge list of them which people are not supposed to sell but they do so check out the list and you will be surprised at how many are on there.  Here is a website of evasive plants in Massachusetts:  http://www.mass.gov/agr/farmproducts/prohibitedplantlist.htm

It’s interesting to check it out and see if you have any in your yard every state has a different list so check your state.  In my yard I have burning bushes four of them no less and they have been here before I moved but I’ve chopped them down and they come right back some day I will try to completely remove them.  I wasn’t even aware that burning bushes are evasive until I heard people talking about evasive plants and I checked the list out.

 

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Check out this website on the 15th of every month to go out in the garden and take pictures and post to your blog?  I think it is a great idea.  I can’t wait until my Peonies start to bloom!  This is also a great way to keep a log book of what your garden looks like at different months of the year then you can plan out next year as to what you think will grow best in your garden.

 

Herbs in a Flower Garden

Consider adding Herbs in your flower garden they will give a nice smell they are great to look at and you can eat them.  Check this website out: http://www.pulvermedia.com/fullstory/8d68bceed47246b63a46e  You can add rosemary, sage, mint, thymes, oregano, lavenders, lemon grass just to name a few and you can plant them in containers you don’t have to plant them in the ground.

 

I love the cat in the picture!  Add different ornamental stuff to accent your garden.  Ornaments in the garden add different dimensions and are eye catching.  Put a rabbit statue in one spot or maybe place a water fountain in another use your imagination and before you know it there will be something peaking out at you when you walk around your garden!

 

Ornamental Grasses

Don’t forget to add Ornamental Grasses for a backdrop in your flower garden they provide texture, uniqueness and beauty to your garden they are easy to grow and maintain and will evolve with the seasons.  They are a great addition to the garden because they produce full green foliage all season and then wow in the summer to fall with their interesting, feathery plumes.

 

Making a Rock Garden

Have you ever thought of making a rock garden?  Do you have a sloped or awkward piece of land that you are having trouble planting? Rock Gardens not only provide a low-maintenance, long-lasting solution to those hard-to-plant places, but are aesthetically pleasing by contrasting rough, jagged rocks with delicate, gorgeous blooms. They are actually quite simple to create – All you need is time, rocks (which can often be found on your property) and a few durable, low-maintenance plants. Once complete, the rewards of the Rock Garden will pay for the effort ten times over.  Check out this blog on how to make a Rock Garden for more information: http://blog.americanmeadows.com/

 

So I hope some of these ideas will get you started in the right direction I’m off now to work in my garden.

 

Happy Gardening!

Annette Presseau  stitchlady.netti46@yahoo.com 

https://www.bigtent.com/groups/gardenclub

http://www.billericafarmersmarket.org/

 

May Springs Forth with Sunshine – guest blogger Annette Presseau

This is the time of year that everyone wants to be outside.  Use it to help your health – see what guest blogger Annette Preseau has to say.

Spring is here I love this time of year it is great for long walks and I can’t wait to walk along the ocean this year!  I hope everyone gets a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.

May is National Physical Activity and Sports Month the perfect time to highlight the benefits of playing sports.

According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Americans of all ages need to incorporate more movement into their daily lives. Adults need at least 30 minutes of activity, five days each week.  Even if you just get 15 minutes a day that is really good too.  You can just change a few habits like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away so that you can walk it doesn’t take much to adjust your habits.

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology reports that the mental health benefits of sports include improved self-esteem, improved confidence and pride in physical accomplishments.

Incorporating sports into your workout regimen can help you kick it up a notch. Team sports can also help you meet new friends or reconnect with old ones. Besides, hitting the same gym routine can get boring after a few months. Mix things up by getting sporty this month!

Hoop It Up

  1. Basketball Benefits:      Many communities have recreational leagues for a variety of skill levels.      Basketball is a fun cardio sport that can be played indoors or out. If you      don’t have a full team of five, you can always play one-on-one or      three-on-three.
  2. Calories Burned Per Hour: 300-800

A Fitness Ace

  1. Tennis Benefits: When it comes to burning major calories, tennis is no racket. Many public parks offer free tennis courts, and the required equipment — balls and a racket — isn’t very expensive. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, tennis is excellent cardio conditioning.
  2. Calories Burned Per Hour:      600-1,000

Fore Sure

  1. Golf Benefits:      Golf is a relaxing sport that can be played solo or as part of a group.      Golf makes a perfect walking activity for all fitness levels and ages      since it’s a slower-paced sport. The average 18-hole round of golf      includes five miles of walking. A study showed golfers who walk 36 holes      per week will burn around 2,900 calories.
  2. Calories Burned Per 9-Holes:      700 (walking) 400 (riding in a cart)

What’s your favorite sport? Let us know in the comments below!

Sources:http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/how-many-calories-do-i-burn-playing-basketball/, http://appliedsportpsych.org/resource-center/health-and-fitness/articles/psych-benefits-of-exercise, http://golf.about.com/od/fitnesshealth/a/golfphysical.htm, http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/how-many-calories-do-i-burn-playing-tennis/

Never Too Old To Play!

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our communities. Since 1963, communities across the nation have come together to celebrate Older Americans Month—a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans.  The Theme for Older Americans Month is that you are never too old to play and the U. S. Administration on Aging encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.

I have often heard people over 60 say I’m too old to do that and my response is you are never too old to do things age is a state of mind.  My mother at 98 years of age still wanted to do things and I used to get a kick out of her when she wanted to shovel snow in the wintertime!  She stayed active up until the end of her life.  My motto is try to do something and if you can’t do it that is ok just try something else but keep in mind that you also have to use your common sense too.

If you have elderly parents or relatives why not give them a call and visit them maybe give them a hug or take them for a walk just to let them know that you are thinking of them it means a whole lot and believe me it will lift your spirits too.  Too often we neglect our elders and it’s really sad because we are missing out on a lot they still have a lot to share with us.  I recently lost my mother and have wonderful memories with her but there are a lot of seniors who are very alone and don’t have anyone to visit them and lift up their day.  Get involved with your Senior Center or volunteer at a Nursing Home in your community.  The Billerica Garden Club does gardening at three Nursing Homes here in Billerica and they love it.  Never be too busy to take time to talk to an elderly person even to just send a note to them don’t forget that we all will get there someday and wouldn’t it be nice to be remembered?  I know I would like that!

 

 

Smile!

 

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness. Smiling is just one fun way to live longer and it is contagious! Have you ever noticed when you smile to someone they smile back (usually) and it makes you feel good?

 

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in and lifts up their spirits too.  I remember a few times when people have smiled to me when I was frustrated and it lifted my spirits and made me feel good.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

 

3. Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.  I love drawing smilies on a piece of paper it’s fun to draw!

 

4. Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.  Also, have your ever noticed that it’s easier to smile than to frown?

 

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed.

 

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

 

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

 

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

 

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful

Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

 

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

 

So the next time you’re feeling grumpy make a smile and see what happens!

 

Study Suggests Coffee May Be Linked to Longer Life

Coffee drinkers are getting a bit more reassurance that their beverage of choice may not be bad for them, and possibly even can be linked to living longer.  So coffee drinkers you are doing good with drinking some coffee!  I love my coffee coolatta in the summer who would have guessed that it could be good for me.

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that people who drank coffee had a slightly lower risk of dying over a certain period than those who didn’t, though the finding comes with a lot of caveats and will surely not end the debate over the health effects of coffee.

Check out the rest of the information on this website:  http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2012/05/16/study-suggests-coffee-may-be-linked-to-longer-life-but/

I think I’ll start drinking more coffee!  I’m mostly a tea drinker and will not give that up but I can add some coffee to my regimen.

“virtual” colonoscopy

 

Now I have had three colonoscopies over the years and it has saved my life a lot of people don’t get a colonoscopy and colon cancer can be prevented with this test so it is very important to have this test done if you’re over 50.  There is great news in that there is a new method for performing a “virtual” colonoscopy that requires less unpleasant preparation was shown in a new study to accurately detect larger precancerous polyps—and was a better experience for patients.  Check out the website http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2012/05/14/new-method-easing-preparation-may-encourage-colon-checks/

It is a much better way to do a colonoscopy than what is prescribed today and all I can say is it is about time!  This is from a person (me) who has had multiple colonoscopies and hates every one of them because I get sick after each one and sleep for about 4 hours so when it is time for a new colonoscopy I dread it but it did save my life the first time I had one so it is very important procedure and one that I get done.

 

Check out this website from the World of Pschology:  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/05/18/best-of-our-blogs-may-18-2012/

 

This is the first paragraph from it “From the seeds planted yesterday, hope grows. It grows from the conflicts we dealt with not avoided, the courage to look at our problems not from a distance, but face-to-face, and the steps we took to better ourselves instead of trying to deny them and put on a happy face.”  I really like this paragraph it speaks to my heart about facing life and accepting what comes our way my mother and father had a great attitude on life they faced whatever came their way and moved on because they know that things would always get better in time.  I was always amazed at how my mother accepted what came her way and very blessed to have her as long as I had.  Thanks mom!

 

May is . . . . National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger Month, and Fungal Infection Awareness Month in the U.S.

 

 

Did you know?  In 1899 the Second International declared May 1 a worker’s day in honor of the fight for the 8 hour working day. Today it is still celebrated as an international labor day.

 

Be healthy and stay well.

Annette Presseau/Reliv Distributor   http://annettepresseau.Reliv.com

 

 

 

 

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