I was totally caught off guard when I noticed when I went into the basement this morning that my water heater does not have an insulated blanket over it. It seems to me that I put one on it a couple of years ago. Last year I had some maintenance work done on my furnace and water heater, I think that the maintenance man might have removed the water heater blanket when he was checking out the water heater. I wonder why he didn’t put it back on, maybe he ruined it when he removed it. Looks like I am going to have to go buy a new one here real soon as old man winter seems to be pounding rather loudly on our door.
While on the subject of heaters, I have been seriously thinking about finding one of those outdoor patio heaters that I’ve been reading and hearing about. As much time as I spend outdoors all year round here, I am hating the fact that winter is fast approaching and that I’m going to be freezing my rear end off so much of the time just taking care of all the things that need to be taken care of by me and me alone. We had a very mild winter last year and I still stayed cold most of the time. I am hearing that we are going to pay dearly for that mild winter and I do believe that we are. It is all ready getting very cold at night and it is only September for goodness sake. I am so not ready for the sleet, rain and snow that is inevitable here real soon and I do believe that one, maybe two of these handy dandy outdoor patio heaters just might be a great solution, better than the metal drums that I’ve used in the past that I build a fire in to help keep me warm. I am always afraid that this isn’t the safest way to keep a fire going outside although I’ve never had a problem with one yet, but I’ve heard stories…….
Posted by J L on January 22, 2013
Posted in Health • Life | Tagged With: cancer, consumers, formaldehyde
Over the years I have become more aware of how many products there are in the world that contain formaldehyde. The first time I can even remember learning about formaldehyde was in an elementary school classroom. I think it might have been fourth grade. If I recall correctly we were studying parts of the human body – the eyes, and the ears. One day the teacher brought a jar to school to show us. There was a real eyeball in the jar! She told the students that the eyeball belonged to a cow, and that the liquid in the jar was formaldehyde. She explained that formaldehyde was a chemical used in embalming dead bodies and it was a preservative. How gross was that!?
Much later in life I learned that formaldehyde is used in a lot of consumer products, and that it can cause cancer. I never could figure out why, if it could cause cancer, would it be used in consumer products? I still can’t figure that out! Well, today, when I was reading an article about keratin control hair products I learned that many hair products contain formaldehyde. That truly troubles me. What price are we paying for beauty? There are hair products on the market that do not contain formaldehyde, aren’t there? Why are products with formaldehyde even on the market? One of the things that really upset me more than you can imagine is that formaldehyde is often listed on products under different names. Seems to me that is a really sleazy way to deceive the consumers.
This has been a long week. I have really been looking forward to Sunday night. Not because I have any big plans for this Sunday night. It just means that the rest of this crappy week is OVER. Tonight I am going into recluse. I bought a thick T-bone steak at the grocery store on the way home from work and that baby will be on the grill very shortly. Of course I will make a nice big green salad to go along with the steak, got to have my greens to help with my health issues that my doctor has been speaking to me about. I’ve lost some weight but now I have to keep up with the good eating habits and not go back to my old ways.
I have no idea if there’s anything on TV worth watching, but I have a handful of movies that I got for Christmas plus a few that I’ve bought over the past couple of weeks with some of the gift cards that I was given as well. So I can pop one or two of them into the DVD player and just sit back and chill tonight and reflect on the previous week and contemplate the next one.
Posted by J L on January 5, 2013
Posted in Health • Home and garden | Tagged With: battery candles, candles, soot
One of the things that has bothered me over the past couple of years is the recently acquired information that has been released about how many open flame candles are bad for your health. Apparently there are some candles that are made with an inferior wax that releases a slightly toxic chemical into the air. In addition the smoke from an open flame candle coats the walls and the furnishings inside the home with a black coat of soot.
Just that coat of soot situation was made very clear to me recently when I was given some framed art work from my sister. This was art work that she had displayed on her walls for a number of years. Before hanging the art work on my wall I decided to wipe it down with a damp paper towel. With only one swipe of the paper towel there was a visible swath of brightened and lightened artwork following the direction of the paper towel. Within the second swipe the paper towel was already blackened from the soot that was being removed. This “do it myself” demonstration convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that in the future it would be wise to use battery candles instead of open flame candles.
Posted by J L on November 19, 2012
Posted in Food • Health | Tagged With: comfort, food, nutritional value
Food is fuel for our body. Some people make healthy choices on a daily basis and fill their bodies with nutritious food. These people belong to the Eat to Live group. Food is important to them but only as a method to keep their bodies going. They need food to stay alive so they can focus on other things that are more important to them.
On the other hand, there are members of the Live to Eat group. These people indulge in food for a number of reasons. Comfort is probably up in the top list of reasons why people chose to live to eat. High calorie food, often with little nutritional value has become a go to for this group. Poor diet choices and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to obesity.
I would say that I’m a member of the eat to live group. I do chose to indulge in a treat here or there but that is not the main focus of my life. Moderation is the key to my success. I haven’t been able to give up all of those unhealthy, carb-loaded, fattening treats, but when I do indulge it’s just a small amount. I suppose you can say it’s a best of both worlds way of looking at things.