Saturday, April 22, 2017
In this book, he puts forward in easy- to- read layman terms the serious effects of vascular disease on our brains. It was thought that Alzheimer's disease accounted for most dementia but now it is becoming known that a lot of dementia is precipitated by strokes.
The strokes can be slight and not associated with significant physical changes and so they are often not noticed. However, their damage is visible on MRIs and over time can lead to significant cognitive deficits. As well, the strokes appear to interfere with our bodies ability to get rid of the plaques and tangles that can lead to Alzheimer's disease. A combination of vascular dementia and Alzheimer's is pretty common.
Dr. Hakim has suggestions for building brain resilience and what to avoid to reduce the likelihood of
vascular disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, loneliness, inactivity, insufficient sleep).
In some ways, I found the book encouraging as it puts brain health in the same package as overall health and made Alzheimer's seem less arbitrary (although he did say that early onset Alzheimer's has a strong genetic aspect ). But it also made me realize that I probably need to work harder at keeping my brain fit.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
The Mind of Watercolour Youtube guy suggested Lesleythebirdnerd on Youtube. She is from Newfoundland and has great videos of birds in her area. I watched one on bluejays and found out they eat tent caterpillars as well as lots of other bugs. She also has an Etsy shop with beautiful prints of birds, animals and landscapes.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
I'm always happy to hear of schools that are growing some veggies. It is so easy to give kids the confidence that they can grow a few beans and tomatoes, and perhaps at some point grow a sizable garden. I was blessed to have a mother who gardened. She didn't have a big garden or even a very successful one (she had to deal with very poor soil), but I felt gardening was something anybody could do - and so it is.
And as to the tomatoes in the photo, they not only look great, they taste great, too.
Monday, March 27, 2017
I am starting another blog called My Morning Moment. I am hoping to do a short daily post based on a passage of the Bible. The posts will look at a particular theme over a period of time and then go on to another topic. The first theme is fear. I'm just jumping in where I am at and hopefully some people will feel they can connect there as well. It's at www.mymorningmoment.blogspot.ca
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
In 2013 and 2014, we visited London and spent considerable time in the area near the Parliament buildings and Westminster Abbey.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
But flowers are still delightful...
We are again having a cold snap so it is still feeling very wintery. These primula are from last spring.
Since we still have snow, the perennials won't be bothered by the cold, and probably a few weeks from now, the crocus and snowdrops will be blooming. The seasons change very quickly some years.
I'm hoping this cold will also knock back the ticks which have been more numerous the past few years. We have Lyme disease in our area so ticks are a concern for people and pets.
My cherry tomatoes have sprouted. I used a plastic clam-shell to make a mini greenhouse and that helped the seeds to sprout.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I'd like to thank Dee at a Rosy View for sharing all her wonderful rose photos. It's always a treat to see the roses in my blog reading list. She has been assembling an amazing collection of rose pictures and it's always cheering to see them all.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
He talked about a lot of things so it is pretty hard to summarize it in a few words, but he has a really good understanding of how societies work . He is a social psychologist and has a lot of insight into our current society. I highly recommend the video. It's almost two hours long but well worth the time spent watching it. If you want you can speed it up to 1 1/2 times normal speed , you get through it faster . I wasn't able to give a direct link to it but I really hope that you will go to his channel and watch this video and others that he has made.
March is giving us typical weather: warm and rainy followed by cold and dry.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
I've made an order of seeds from Halifax Seeds. I am indulging myself this year and buying some seed tapes. One will have a mixture of different varieties of beets, and the other one will have three different kinds of carrots. I will enjoy not having to thin the carrots. I also ordered a bean called Jackpot which is a cross between a bush and runner bean. It is suitable for a container and has pretty red and white blossoms so it is decorative as well as useful.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The first thing that strikes you is the small size of the print. I put a current paper next to the old reprint so that the difference would be apparent. I guess paper was expensive so they crammed as much on to one page as possible. Imagine doing the typesetting for that!
It's quite fun to read the old articles. One is an action packed account of two trappers who were chased by mountain lions. It reads like a novel. And then there is a genuine piece of fiction which would have run over a period of time keeping the reader in suspense from one week to the next. This story takes place in the exotic West Indies.
I'm still working my way through the pages but I came across some interesting tidbits:
a story about little Prince George being in a huff and taking his clothes off under a dining table and emerging in the buff, an article speculating on why some people live longer than others- some things never change-, an item encouraging parents to not overstimulate their children, a cautionary tale about a woman who killed her two children probably because she became overly depressed from drinking excessive amounts of TEA. The range of topics is extensive from politics all the way to how to get married in Paris.
In the classified section, ads promote a variety of lawyers. Just the same as today, enticing ads for potions to cure whatever ails a body proliferate and offer false hope. I like this ad: Gentlemen requiring artistic Overcoats, Suits or Trousers should call at J. O. Simpsons. I was surprised at how competitive the local stores were with their sales: "We will sell for next to nothing", "The greatest clearing sale ever", "We sell Leather Belting cheap"," If you are looking for a bargain".
I'm giving my eyes a rest, but eventually I will read the whole paper and enjoy all it's variety and liveliness.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
Matthew 7:24-25 NIV
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
It's easier to be shocked and horrified by the darkness of others , than to do the scary, uncomfortable work of checking for darkness in our own hearts.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Our little dog, Jaws, likes to burrow under blankets. He doesn't have a thick coat but he knows how to stay warm.
We had a brief bit of sun today - about 15 minutes. It was quite blinding after the weeks of dull weather we've been having. Still, it isn't very cold which makes going for walks easier.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
We went to see Hidden Figures , a movie about African-American women who worked for NASA during the space race. It was really interesting to learn about not only these women, but also all the other who did calculations all day. Ironically, they called them "computers". One of the women, who specialized in calculating orbits and entry points, is still alive today and, at 98, is sharp and engaged with the world. Another one of the women became an aeronautical engineer and the third women featured in the movie became the supervisor of the mechanical computers.
I'm always on the look-out for movies based on real life events as I find they are more interesting than fiction.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I hope your winter hasn't been too stormy. We are getting pretty benign weather which I'm thankful for. Mulling over if I will start any plants and, if so, which ones. Perhaps some basil to start with as it does well in the low light.
Monday, January 9, 2017
My daughter was telling me that she was watching old shows by Bob Roth, the painter, on PBS as his soothing voice helped to put the baby to sleep. That got me reading up on Bob. He was very prolific and figures he probably painted 30,000 paintings. Wow! OK, he had a formula, but still that's many hours at the easel. He was on PBS doing how-to shows for years. He felt too many people were intimidated by painting and he wanted people to be able to learn a simple way to paint that would enable them to make a passable picture. By the way, he started painting when he was in the Air Force in Alaska. He had lots of time in the winter, I guess.
Anyway, all this about painting got me on Youtube and I found a whole lot of really helpful videos on watercolour painting especially designed for beginners like me. Great ones like "5 (or 10 or 20!) Mistakes Beginners Make". Very instructive. So I've been watching lots of these instructional videos and signing up as a subscriber for my favourites. And I am attempting to put paint to paper. I'm quite enjoying it. I am not obsessing over all the mistakes I am making and just assuming that with time I will improve.
Isn't that what old ladies do? Take up watercolour painting :)
Saturday, January 7, 2017
The weather hasn't been terribly cold but we are getting lots of snow. Even with some meltdown, the snow is at least a foot deep. More snow is expected to come this week. Today is bright and the snow is sparkling.
The snow on the surface is very flaky this morning. I know, snow is made up of snowflakes, but I mean the snowflakes are very flat and flaky without the classical snow crystals. I tried to capture it with a photo but no luck. I find snow very hard to photograph.