Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Age old questions and that Genie pops up again!

Hope you enjoy this small selection that seem to be mainly based on questions…..

Questions and answers

A fellow was cleaning out his attic one morning when he came across an old brass lamp. He gave it a rub and a genie appeared in a puff of smoke.

‘I am the genie of the lamp,’ said the apparition. ‘For releasing me, I will answer any three questions you care to ask.’

‘Who? Me?’ said the young man.

‘Yes, You,’ replied the genie. ‘Now, what’s your third question?’

Another good question.

‘And does anyone know where God lives?’ asked the Sunday school teacher.

‘In our bathroom,’ said a little boy in the front row.

‘What on earth makes you say that?’ asked the teacher.

‘Well,’ replied the lad, ‘every morning my dad thumps on the door and shouts, ‘God, are you still in there!’

Never look a gift helicopter in the….

Mr. Evans who was a devout Baptist lived on a remote farm up the valley. A storm front moved in and the dam that held back an enormous reservoir was in danger of collapsing and filling the valley with millions of tons of water.

The valley was hurriedly evacuated and the police arrived at Mr. Evans farm and urged him to leave. He refused point blank. ‘No I will be safe, God will protect me.’

With other urgent calls to make the police had no time to argue with the old man and left having informed headquarters.

The dam burst and the water rose to halfway up Mr. Evan’s cottage. A rescue boat arrived outside his bedroom window and insisted that he climb through into the boat or he would drown.

‘No, I will be safe, God will protect me,’ the old man insisted.

The boat reluctantly left to pick up other stranded valley folk.

Eventually Mr. Evans had to retreat to the thatched roof of his home… As he clung to the chimney a helicopter hovered above his house and a man was winched down to the roof top. Mr. Evans waved him off and clung to his precarious perch. ‘Go away, God will protect me,’ he shouted into the wind from the rotor blades.

Anyway the water continued to rise and eventually Mr. Evans was drowned and arrived at the pearly gates looking very bedraggled and slightly miffed.

He demanded to see God and eventually St. Peter went off to get him.

When he arrived Mr. Evans confronted him with hands on hips.

‘I have been a faithful servant of yours. I have given 25% of my profits from my farm to the church. I have left all my farmland to the parish and this is how you repay me, by letting me drown. You did nothing to save me.

God shook his head in frustration. ‘Did nothing, is that what you think?’ he gazed witheringly upon the soaking petitioner.

‘I sent you a policeman, a boat and a helicopter and you call that nothing?’

The age old question.

‘How old are you Grandma?’ asked little Rebecca.

‘Oh, I don’t know dear,’ said Grandma with a smile. ‘I’ve had so many birthdays, I’ve lost count!’

‘Well, why don’t you look in your knickers,’ said Rebecca. ‘Mine say three to four years old.’

And now that I have you mesmerised!!

It was entertainment night at the senior citizens’centre.

After the community sing-song led by Alice at the piano, It was time for the Star of the Show – Claude the Hypnotist.

Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance.

“Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time.” said Claude.

The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.

“I want you to keep your eyes on this watch” said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see.

“It is a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations” Said Claude.

He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting “Watch the watch — Watch the watch —-Watch the watch”

The audience became mesmerised as the watch swayed back and forth.

The lights twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.

A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.

And then, suddenly, the chain broke.

The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact

“S**T” said Claude.

It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens’ Centre

And Claude was never invited to entertain again.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you leave with a smile.. please pass it on.



Smorgasbord Health Column – Just Food For Health – Nutrients we need – Vitamin A Deficiency and the Skin

It is two years since I posted the series on the nutrients we need in our daily diet to maintain our health.  Each week I will explore a different nutrient and and best sources to ensure that you receive sufficient amounts in your diet. I hope that even if you remember the series from two years ago that you will still find interesting.

The body has evolved over many thousands of years to process food precisely to extract the nutrients it contains. There is a delicate eco-system within our bodies that requires that precision when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance. The systems that process our food are unable to extract these essential nutrients from industrially produced foods, however many vitamins and minerals have been added during the production process.

When the body does not receive the nutrients in the right format, ill-health results including cancer, chronic auto-immune conditions such as arthritis, fertility issues and increased risk of infections.

Last week the nutritional focus was on Vitamin A and its role in the body with a focus on our eyesight and our immune system.

This week the role of Vitamin A in the health of our skin.

Some organs play a major role in our survival and others can be removed without impacting our general health in any significant way. As we have evolved, so an organ’s function may have changed to accommodate our modern environment, especially if their role is protective as in the case of the liver and the elimination of toxins. In this polluted world our body is under increasing stress and keeping the individual organs healthy ensures the general well-being of the entire body.

The skin – the largest organ of the body with a role to protect and remove waste.

In today’s post I am concentrating on our largest organ. Surprisingly it is not situated inside our bodies but outside. Our skin weighs 12% to 15% of our body weight and has three vital roles to play. It protects us from external contaminants, acts as a temperature and moisture controller and is essential in the elimination of waste products.

There is a complex structure to our skin that is invisible to the naked eye, and apart from slapping a bit of moisturiser on last thing at night, most of us are unaware of the crucial role that it plays in our general health.

As you can see from the diagram above, skin has a number of layers, each with a specific role to play such as in waste management and of maintaining healthy hair growth.

Most of us live in harsh environments at home and at work with air conditioning and central heating drying our skins out. As we get older and without the protection of our reproductive hormones our skin will naturally become much dryer.

One of the most crucial roles is as a barrier to external contaminants and it comes under increasing stress as we get older. Free radicals attack it from the outside from chemicals in household cleaners, cigarette smoke, pollution and ultra-violet light. From the inside it is the victim of a poor diet low in essential fatty acids, processed foods, food intolerances and toxins produced from an inefficient and under nourished operating system.

As we age we become more and more aware of the toll that life has played on the quality of our skin, particularly on the bits that are visible such as our face. We cannot change the skin type we were born with unfortunately, but we can help keep this external covering smoother and younger looking by eating the right foods and keeping it moisturised externally.


Some of the signs of skin under stress are acne, cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, hives, impetigo, warts and of course wrinkles.

Vitamin A deficiency and our skin.

We assume that developing dry and flaky skin in middle-age is a sign of the times. However, more often than not, it is a result of a vitamin deficiency, particularly of Vitamin A. The temptation is to plaster rich emollients onto the skin; there are very thriving cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries to prove it!  Usually a doctor will prescribe you a heavy duty cream, rather than spend an hour discussing your diet and lifestyle, so this is something you need to look into yourself.

Skin conditions that may be the result of a Vitamin deficiency at any age are the following: Acne, eczema, psoriasis, premature ageing, dry and flaky heels and elbows and raised bumpy skin on the backs of arms and legs.

We need Vitamin A in particular to manage the sebaceous gland secretions that control the amount of oil that is released. Too much and you are likely to develop acne, too little psoriasis. As I mentioned the skin is the largest waste organ of the body, so if there are malformations in the surface area, this will inhibit this process as will having pores blocked with too much oil secretion.

Even with mature skin we need to consider if we are consuming sufficient Vitamin A. Especially as the trend in the last decade or so has been to reduce the very foods that supply this essential vitamin. Including offal such as liver and kidneys, cream, butter and eggs. Instead we have all been steered towards a low fat diet and encouraged to buy synthetic spreads containing more additives than goodness.

As children we were all given Cod Liver Oil and it is something that I recommend that we return to in adulthood. This provides not only Vitamin A but Vitamin D too which is another essential vitamin for our general health and immune system.

Best food sources for Vitamin A and Betacarotene.

VITAMIN A: RETINOL;  It is a fat-soluble vitamin mainly found in Liver, Fish Liver oils, Butter, Cheese, Free Range Eggs, Oily Fish.

BETACAROTENE; Bestsources are carrots, Green leafy vegetables, Orange and Red coloured Vegetables. Particularly apricots, asparagus, broccoli, butter, cantaloupe melon, carrots, cashews, cheese, nectarines, peaches, peppers and spinach.

In addition to Vitamin A for our skin health, we also need to take a look at other foods that we might be withholding from our bodies.

salmonWe are essentially made up of water and protein. The skin needs sufficient protein in the diet and this does not mean eating 5 lbs of prime-rib every day. Protein is present in lots of plant foods as well and these would include all types of beans, sprouting seeds and beans, cheese, milk, whole grains. Live yoghurt is great as it also contains the friendly bacteria to keep your intestines healthy. If they are working efficiently then of course you will be eliminating a great many toxins.

Certain foods in our modern diet can cause acne such as too much sugar, bloating caused by drinking too much alcohol and eating refined carbohydrates that get stored as fat and increase the lumpy and uneven texture to our skin.

We need a certain amount of fat, not only for the B vitamins that it supplies but also because it assists in circulation and improves the suppleness and softness of skin. Vitamin B – complex is very important for skin tone and the B vitamins are also great for the immune system – keeping us clear of infections. B vitamins are found in proteins and also whole grains, peppers, jacket potatoes, asparagus and spinach.

redpeppersVitamin C is vital for wound healing and repair and maintenance of the blood vessels close to the surface of the skin and can be used in creams on the surface to help stabilise the collagen and help prevent fine lines appearing.  It is water soluble and found in all fruit and vegetables with best sources being Blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cherries, grapefruits, guavas, kiwi fruit, lemons, parsley, peppers, rosehips, potatoes, tomatoes and watercress.

eggsVitamin E is definitely a great anti-oxidant and has an anti-inflammatory effect when applied directly to the skin. It helps keep the skin soft and smooth and has a mild sunscreen effect. It is fat soluble and found in nuts such as almonds and walnuts, sunflower seeds and their oil, whole grains like maize, egg yolks and leafy green vegetables like spinach. Also found in apples, bananas, broccoli, brown rice, carrots, lamb’s liver, onions, Sunflower oil, oily fish and shellfish.

ZINC: Is a a trace mineral that works with Vitamins A, C and E to keep our skin health. It is a component in the body’s ability to repair wounds, maintain fertility, synthesis protein, cell reproduction, maintain eyesight, act as an antioxidant and boost immunity. It can be used topically for skin conditions. It is essential for a functioning metabolism and hormone production such as testosterone. It is also needed for the production of stomach acid. Too much zinc will depress the copper levels in the body. The best food sources are seafood particularly oysters, pumpkinseeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, egg yolks, black-eyed peas and tofu.

Zinc works like the vitamin C and E and is great for wound healing and in a cream is great for mild rashes and dry flaky skin.

©sallygeorginacronin Just Food for Health 2016

If you have found useful please feel free to share and your feedback is always appreciated. Thanks for dropping by.. Sally

Smorgasbord Health Column – Turning Back the Clock – Chapter Seven – Flexibility and Exercise are the key to a youthful body

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my book on anti-aging.. Turning Back the Clock. Some of the strategies have been included in other posts on the various areas of health that can accelerate the natural aging process, but in this book I bring them all together. Some of you may have already followed the series that I posts in February 2016, but I hope enough time has passed for you to find it worth another look.

This is a natural anti-aging programme. We all age but many of us are assisting the process with diet and lifestyle choices. This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!

Chapter Seven – Flexibility and Exercise are the key to a youthful body

In this chapter I am going to be looking at exercise in general as an anti-aging tool and then exercises to increase flexibility. I think that it is important to review exactly why it is so important for the body to move and exercise regularly. A great start to becoming fitter is to learn how to breathe correctly and I covered that in

Our bodies were never designed to be static and the saying “Use it or Lose It” is very appropriate. If you were to leave your car parked up without moving it for months on end you would expect that certain parts would certainly rust and parts like the tyres would probably perish and be unusable. If you left your battery connected it is likely to be flat as a pancake. In short, the car would be kaput.

The same thing applies to us. Muscles wither and shrink – we accumulate fat – bones become soft and brittle and our internal systems are sluggish and unresponsive. We can suffer from depression and we certainly slide further and further down the slippery slope of ill health the longer it goes on.

Is it ever too late to take up exercise?

No, it certainly is not. Although I would recommend that if you have been sedentary for a long time that you talk to your doctor before embarking on a marathon training course, if you start out slowly and carefully, within weeks you will be feeling and looking a great deal better.

What sort of health benefits can someone expect from doing simple exercises such as walking?

As I mentioned in the previous chapter on breathing, you do not have to race around doing aerobics and playing squash to obtain the aerobic (oxygen) benefits you need.

If you are doing the breathing exercises and combine these with a walking programme that increases in intensity over a period of weeks you will be getting all the benefits you need. In fact recent research is showing that if you are not fit, it can be dangerous for some people to contemplate marathon running if their heart muscle is not as healthy as it needs to be for that sort of sustained activity.

Even moderate exercise, for example, can reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease, Strokes, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Bowel Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Stress. All these conditions are ones that head the list of the leading causes of aging, so walking is definitely up there as an exercise of choice. If you are trying to lose weight and especially if you are very overweight, walking is the safest and most sensible way to exercise to begin with.

One of the most interesting studies that I read showed a very clear connection between exercise and recovery rates from breast cancer. Results showed that women who exercised between three and five hours a week doubled their chances of a full recovery and survival. Women who were sedentary were twice as likely to die from the disease. I find that very compelling and more than enough reason to exercise daily – this must also apply to recovery rates from other cancers too, logically.

Apart from increasing bone and muscular strength it will also increase your joints range and flexibility. Perversely, doing more exercise can ease the pain of rheumatic joints and if you know elderly. regular walkers you will see what a great posture they have.

What sort of exercise programme should we be following?

Everyone should be out there every day in the fresh air for at least 20 minutes. Brisk walking is the best and being slightly breathless is the point at which you will be fat burning and helping your body to lose fat and form muscle.

If you are currently walking for 20 minutes per day then you need to measure the distance you are walking. Over the next 6 weeks raise the time you walk to 40 minutes per day and you can split that if you like. Walking uphill during part of your walk will increase the intensity but the right walking speed for you depends on your age and sex. Over a period of time, aim to walk at an average speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour.

Do not overdo it – this is not a challenge but a gradual way to increase your level of fitness, health and youthfulness over a period of weeks and not days.

How important is our flexibility as we get older?


We can maintain our flexibility and actually improve it as we get older. The main reason we get stiff as we age is because we stop moving our bodies into different positions. The body is designed to move, not stay sitting, or slouching, the majority of the time! The more flexibility and space we have in our bodies, the deeper the breaths can be which as you read in the previous chapter has so many vital health benefits.

3 simple exercises to increase flexibility


Stand with hands by your side and as you inhale your breath, raise your arms slowly until they are above your head in a straight line with the rest of your body. At the same time as you raise your arms, also lift your heels to stretch the whole body upwards, whilst on tip toe. When you exhale lower the arms slowly and the heels back to the floor it is also a balance exercise so it helps develops concentration and focus. Keep your eyes fixed on a point during the exercise. Repeat 7/8 times.

No 2.

It is important not to do this exercise if you have a chronic back problem. Also only do a gentle arch to start with and increase the height over a period of weeks.

Go onto all fours. Hands placed on the floor under the shoulders and your knees under the hips. Imagine what a cat looks like when it gets up to stretch after napping. It arches its back up into the air.

Now with the back flat, exhale and arch the spine up, dropping your head into a relaxed position. Your abdomen is drawn up to support the spine in the arched position. Pause to feel the stretch. Inhale slowly flattening the back again. Pause. Exhale; slowly arch the spine up again etc. Always work slowly. Repeat at least 8 times.

No 3.

This posture is universally recognised as one of the best to help lower back pain but again make sure that you do not attempt if you are very sore. Take it gently over a period of time.

Lie down on your back. Inhale taking your arms back above your head, exhale bringing the right knee to your chest with your hands around it, to draw it in closer. Inhale as you lower your arms back down to your side and your leg back on the ground. Exhale bringing the left knee up with hands on it…and continue 8 times to each knee. Then 8 more times with both knees coming to chest together.

Then relax and lie flat for several minutes to appreciate what you have done and enjoy the benefits of the movements and deep breathing.


Other forms of exercise. When you reach a level of fitness that you are comfortable with then take to another level. For some people Yoga, Tai chi are wonderful for keeping the body supple and for others tennis, squash, jogging. For me swimming is top of the list and it does not take long for me to get fit if I swim for 45 minutes three times a week. It is exercises virtually every muscle in the body including the facial muscles when you jump in and find the water is only 15 degrees! Dancing is also fantastic exercise provided you do not have knee problems but after several weeks of walking or swimming you may find that has improved enough to take to the floor.

To encourage you one of my favourite dance videos of a couple who are fabulous and boy does he have some moves!!

The previous chapters are in the directory:

©sallycronin- Turning Back the Clock 2013

A little bit about me nutritionally.

A little about me from a nutritional perspective. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago. I qualified as a nutritional therapist and practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as being a consultant for radio. My first centre was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Here are my health books including a men’s health manual and my anti-aging book.

All available in Ebook from

And Amazon UK:

Comprehensive guide to the body, and the major organs and the nutrients needed to be healthy 360 pages, A4:

Thank you for dropping in and if you have any questions fire away.. If you would like to as a private question then my email is I am no longer in practice and only too pleased to help in any way I can. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Keeping Tabs on Friends in the #Online World by D. G. Kaye

Keeping Tabs on Friends in the #Online World by D. G. Kaye

If there someone missing from your life online.. perhaps a person that you used to communicate regularly with, or who suddenly stops posting… Debby Gies reminds us that whether it is a person you know offline or a friend you have met online.. we need to reach out and see if we can help.. even if it is just a kind word.

I wanted to write a short post about the world of online friendships because many of us spend so much time here and have made connections through blogs and social media with others.

In our real world, we keep up with current events and life situations with friends and family, either in person or by phone. But in our virtual world, we chat with friends through social media, blogs or messenger apps. Because we’ve made connections with so many who live in different parts of the world, we don’t always get a chance to catch up with everyone on a daily or even a weekly basis sometimes. But one thing that I do keep mental note of is taking notice of when someone I’m used to seeing around the cybersphere suddenly disappears off the virtual radar.

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What I’ve Been Reading – #Reading #BooksToRead

My thanks to Ritu Bhathal for including me in her recommended books along with some friends and fellow writers including Geoff Le Pard, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Colleen Chesebro and Mary Smith.. very honoured.. thanks Ritu..

But I Smile Anyway...

I have been busy this year doing all sorts, from blogging to work life and being mummy and wife too.

But one thing I don’t like to let fall by the wayside is reading.

I have been busy reading too.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time to review the books of my fellow Indie Authors, as I usually try to, but I wanted to add a little round-up of the books I have read, and these are all ones I recommend!

Buster and Moo by Geoff Le Pard

With their relationship under pressure, is adopting a dog the best decision for Mervin and Landen? As they adapt to fit the animal into their busy lives a chance encounter with Dave and Sheri, the dog’s previous owners, develops into something more and the newfound friendship is tested to the limits.

Life is complicated when Landen loses her job following the…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Keeping Tabs on Friends in the #Online World by D. G. Kaye

Keeping Tabs on Friends in the #Online World by D. G. Kaye

If there someone missing from your life online.. perhaps a person that you used to communicate regularly with, or who suddenly stops posting… Debby Gies reminds us that whether it is a person you know offline or a friend you have met online.. we need to reach out and see if we can help.. even if it is just a kind word.

I wanted to write a short post about the world of online friendships because many of us spend so much time here and have made connections through blogs and social media with others.

In our real world, we keep up with current events and life situations with friends and family, either in person or by phone. But in our virtual world, we chat with friends through social media, blogs or messenger apps. Because we’ve made connections with so many who live in different parts of the world, we don’t always get a chance to catch up with everyone on a daily or even a weekly basis sometimes. But one thing that I do keep mental note of is taking notice of when someone I’m used to seeing around the cybersphere suddenly disappears off the virtual radar.

I begin to wonder if that person is okay and do my usual FBI scouting around the socialsphere, hoping to find a post or a comment from them somewhere, showing that they are indeed still around but perhaps a little busy dealing with things in their real world.Through doing these searches, I have sometimes found that someone was ill, or depressed and needed a dose of inspiration, and in one instance I discovered a fellow blogger had passed away.

It really doesn’t take much to leave a missing friend a message of concern on their Facebook, or drop them a line in an email if we suspect something isn’t right.

I guess what I’m saying here is, we are community here. I’m reminding everyone if you notice you haven’t seen one of your friends or blogging pals circuiting social media or blogland, do what you would do in real life, do a little digging to make sure a pal is okay. You never know when someone disappears, not seeing their comments, posts or avatars around, if they’re just taking a break or if something more serious has happened.

©D.G. Kaye 2016

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

This is D.G. Kaye’s latest release in December 2017.

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

Here is one of the recent reviews for the book

“Twenty Years After I Do” is a love story, all the more compelling because it is true. Kaye shines a light under the table, exposing those things many of us prefer to keep out of sight. For all of the unpleasant topics in the book, this is not a depressing journey. She doesn’t say that love concours all, but she shows us, through her own life, that it so often does. More accurately, she explains that love will help us face whatever outcome life gives us.

The author is one of the decreasing number of people who understand that marriage is “ti deathl do us part.” Staying together is not optional, it’s not a choice to be made. That choice was made with the speaking of the words, “I Do.” She shows us that love and humor are tools we can use to overcome obstacles we would have thought unsurmountable.

This is a good read. Reading it has made me feel like I’ve made a friend.

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Other books by D.G. Kaye


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Connect to Debby Gies

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My thanks to Debby for this reminder that friends, on and offline are to be treasured and that reaching out can make a difference to someone who has dropped out of sight for one reason or another.

I am looking for one post from your archives that reflects any aspect of Easter or Springtime for 30th March to April 2nd.. A chance to promote your blog and books.

How to make your own Coconut Oil.

Carol Taylor will be back on Wednesday with her column and Lemongrass Chicken.. in the meantime, if like me you now cook and use coconut oil for skincare etc.. then Carol will talk you through how it is made.. and if you are keen enough how to make your own.. #recommended

Retired? No one told me!

Living in the North Of Thailand is so very different from living in the South of Thailand.. I am learning so much about Thai cultures and traditions which have been passed down through families for centuries and I am loving it.

Coconut oil and its benefits are known throughout the world and it is quite easy to buy a bottle from your local shops now….. But how is it made? it is still made by hand in many local homes takes time but you get a far superior product and you also get the lovely by-product which you can eat.

So come with me ……Over a fire…. a pot is put to heat up when the pot is hot then the coconut milk which is extracted from the white flesh is added, in the villages they grate this and as you need the flesh from 10 coconuts to make a…

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Smorgasbord Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Bergamot

Bergamot citrus fruit originates from Italy and a yellow to green colour depending on ripeness and uses the rind.

Image wikipedia.

  • Scent: citrus
  • Usage: Massage, bath, inhaled
  • Note:  Middle
  • Mood: Uplifting
  • Safety: avoid sunlight.

If you are wondering where you might have smelt the citrus notes of bergamot essential oils, it may well be as you pass through a crowd in the street or at an event. It may even be on your partner’s dresser as it has always been one of the major elements of eau de cologne.

The essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of the inedible Citrus Bergamia. It looks like a small yellow orange but is very bitter which surprisingly results in one of the freshest of the citrus aromas.

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Visit Nature’s Calla Lily Valley! Amazing Pacific Ocean Adventure! by John Rieber

John Rieber shares the third travel post in this current series.. Because there tends to be a large number of wonderful photographs in John’s posts, I will give you a starter… and let you head over to his blog to finish the post.  I also recommend that you check out his more recent posts.. a great deal on offer.

Visit Nature’s Calla Lily Valley! Amazing Pacific Ocean Adventure! by John Rieber

Welcome to Paradise!     The unbelievable coastline of California…

I forget how spectacularly beautiful this part of our country is, with obscure places to pop in and see amazing beauty, like this:

Garrapata State Park – 19 Sign Posts Of Beauty!

Nestled on Highway 1, just 6.7 miles south of the art community of Carmel – Garrapata State Park hugs the coast and offers amazing views in all directions…with more than two miles of beach, and a number of hiking trails in all directions…

The state park is “scattered” along 19 separate areas – so obscurely “numbered” that you’ll never find them as you drive past…however, each one has a nice turnoff to park your car, and once you get a sense of why people are pulled over, you are on your way…

Alex found our turnoff, and the small trail that took us to an incredibly hidden find: a Calla Lily Valley!


Welcome To California’s Hidden Calla Lily Valley!

Yes, after a short walk, you drop down to the ocean – and inland there is a small valley full of wild Calla Lilies!

Here is video that shows them off:

Head over to John’s blog to see the rest of the photographs that he and Alex took that day:

©John Rieber 2017

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

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My thanks to John for sharing his post about this spectacular place on the Californian coast. I am looking for archive posts to share over Easter in a couple of weeks time if you are interested.