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Monthly Archives: October 2012


Recently I’ve been reading about the wonderful health benefits and curative powers of ┬ávinegar and honey. In fact, vinegar is being held up as the ‘miracle drug’ of the 21st century. Apple cider vinegar supposedly cures arthritis, calms upset stomachs, prevents breast, colon and prostate cancers, fades freckles, gets rid of varicose veins, relieves constipation, lengthens one’s life, lowers cholesterol, eliminates heart disease, is a cold and flu remedy, and the list goes on . . . and on . . . and on! Furthermore, white vinegar cleans tile, floors, stainless steel, kills weeds, repels ants, etc. Many of these claims are true. I know because I use vinegar in lieu of harsh chemical cleansers and poisons. But some of these claims do sound a bit far-fetched. Even so, vinegars have been around for millenia and have incredible varied uses, so much so that it is truly a staple in life. Vinegar adds zing to salads, and I’m discovering it has a host of other uses, too. Every morning I have begun drinking an elixir of apple cider vinegar, honey and hot water. Regardless of whether all claims about vinegar or honey are true, many are and the nutritional vitamins, minerals and fiber (yes, fiber) found in vinegar and honey make this a healthy morning wake-me-up drink. I am grateful for vinegar and honey.

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Tuesdays are Senior Days at the Holden Arboretum in Kirkland, OH, USA. That means that Richard and I are admitted free of charge. The Holden Arboretum is a 3,600 acre nature sanctuary with 20 miles of trails through garden, bogs and forests, making it one of the largest arboreta in the US. Holden is a haven for bird watchers, gardeners, hikers, photographers and nature enthusiasts. They have an extensive education program and library that supports research, conservation efforts, and educational programs for all kinds of groups. This is a place that inspires me and brings enjoyment as I walk along its trails, learn about bogs, gather gardening hints and other information that will help me as I plan our home gardens. But most of all I love to stroll through the large butterfly garden, or sit on a bench nestled under a tree beside Blueberry Pond as I meditate about the wonders of creation. It is a wonderful place to visit, and we do so regularly. I am grateful for The Holden Arboretum.

I’ve probably expressed gratitude for birds before, but the fact of the matter is I can’t get enough of them. I have become a bona fide bird watcher! Their plumage, their song, their playfulness . . . and at times oneriness, makes bird watching a great way to while away the hours. I am grateful for the enjoyment that birds bring to my days. ­čÖé



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