Cardiovascular Exercise

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THIS IS  NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKSCardiovascular ExerciseThe older we get the more important it is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This is necessary to  maintain 

cardiovascular health and maintain  muscle 


If you’re  over 50, you might want to take it 

easy at first, then  do more repetitions as 

you become more proficient and  build 

stamina. Warning: It may be too strenuous  

for some. 


consult your doctor before starting any 

exercise  program!







enough for the first day. Great  



a Rum 

and Coke while you cool down.  


This is my kind of exercise. Usually for exercise I just shop.

And for a more strenuous workout, I shop faster.

Yesterday I had a total workout. Here was my day: First of all the

building I live in announced that the electricity would be off from

seven am to seven pm. This seemed like a good day to run around

and do stuff. First stop, take the poodle to the groomer. Next go to

the post office to mail a package. Then to Radio Shack for some

batteries. Next stop Sears for a new bedside phone.

Now, as I had to get out of the shopping center and do some

heavy duty driving, I stopped at the carwash for a complete wash.

I love that feeling. Nice clean car.

I took my sister for her monthly visit to our parents graves. This

is something she enjoys and I do not. First in involves a trip to the

flower section of Chinatown to pick up flowers.

I had to stop at Best Buy on the way to the cemetery and buy

a small TV for my sister’s 70th birthday. It’s not for a while but

I gave it to her early.

Now to the cemetery, but I took a wrong turn and wound up in

Pearl Harbor, rather than Mililani.

By now I was starving and so Burger King won out in the food choice.

I remember when a whopper with cheese was really delicious. What happened?

Now to the cemetery. I usually sit in the car and read, as the thought

of looking at graves is depressing to me.

Now off again, this time, heading East back to Honolulu. Oh, but I had

to stop at Target for one of their specials.

Now it was time to pick up the dog at the beauty parlor and head for


The good news is that when we walked in the door, the electricity came on three whole hours early.

And guess what? With all that running around, I didn’t lose one ounce.

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Most Dangerous Job in the World

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I was so surprised to read this in today’s Sunday paper. I have always loved elephants. Ever since I was a little girl and had all the Babar story books, elephants have fascinated me.

As I got older I enjoyed them at the circus and I was always amazed at their grace.

Elephant Walk-1954

So when Elephant Walk, the movie with Elizabeth Taylor came out, I was first in line to see it.

The year was 1954 and I was a junior in high school. Today this is still one terrific movie.

Meanwhile here is the article about the most dangerous job in the world. Guess that leaves me out.

Punahou School Caramel Cuts/Blondies

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When I went to Punahou school in the 1950’s my most favorite dessert for lunch was their Caramel Cuts. (These are sort of like a cross between a brownie without the chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie without the chips.)

Then in the seventies my children went to the same school and it was their favorite also. My two daughters graduated in ’78 and ’80. Now I see where the president of the United States, who graduated from Punahou school in 1979 lists these as his favorites too.

So here is the recipe. It is very simple. I just melted the stick of butter (unsalted) in a large pyrex measuring cup, mixed in the rest of the ingredients and then baked them for 25 minutes.

Then eat. And I bet you can’t just eat one. (Unless you cut it into large squares).

Punahou School Caramel Cuts

Preheat oven to 350

melt 1/2 cup butter (micro is fine) Then add…

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt.

Combine butter/sugar. Add rest and mix well. Bake in greased 15 x 10 pan for 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

I didn’t have that size pan, so I just used my large rectangular pyrex baking pan, and it was just fine. You could probably halve this recipe and bake it in a square ‘brownie’ pan.

In the olden days they didn’t have nutrition stats. Now they do and so here are the stats for these delicious bars. Hope this doesn’t ‘spoil’ it for you.

I see where if you eat ten, you will get a full serving of protein. And 100% of your full serving of cholesterol for the day. And 560% of your sugar for the day.

Can that be right?

Look Who Said This-As True Today as Yesterday

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This is a repeat of a blog from over a year ago. It is is true today as it was then. And some of these quotes are really old.

A friend sent me this list of quotes. What is amazing to me is that even though some of these quotes are over 200 years old, not much has changed. (A couple are over one thousand years old).

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

— John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

— Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.

— Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

— Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

— George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

— G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

— James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

— Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

— Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

— Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

— Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

— P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

— Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

— Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

— Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

— Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

— Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.

— Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

— Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

— Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


Now this next one isn’t a quote, it is a limerick. And it refers to a certain scandal currently in front of the world.

There once was a pervert named Weiner
Who had a depraved demeanor
Forced from the Hill
For acting like Bill
Now Congress is one weiner leaner

Very Bad Things-A Movie Review

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This is a movie that came out in 1998. It is a very dark comedy. Some would say it is a sick comedy. I would have to agree, however I have seen this movie three times.

It stars Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater and they are both excellent. She is the bride from hell and he is just plain evil.

The story begins as Cameron is planning her perfect wedding. Her husband to be is going along with her plans and all is peaches and cream.

Her wedding dramas are laugh out loud funny. (Wait till you get to the part about the chairs).

Hubby’s four best friends, led by Best Man Christian Slater, plan a bachelor party to Las Vegas. It all starts out as the five friends are leaving LA. They get to Vegas and spend the evening gambling and drinking.

They get back to their hotel room for more alcohol and now the addition of cocaine, and who should arrive, but the stripper that Mr. Slater ordered. She proceeds to do lap dances and really turn these guys on.

Without spoiling the movie for you, there is a terrible accident and just when the five men are trying to decide what to do, there is a knock at the door.

It seems there has been a complaint about the noise and so hotel security has come to investigate. The big black security guard is very nice and does a little inspection, tells the boys to keep it down and is just about out the door.

But then he glances in the mirror by the front door and Voila, he notices something odd in the bathroom. Gee, it looks like a naked woman on the floor.

Now the movie gets very dark and what the men do from this point on is really what the Very Bad Things is all about.

You can order this DVD from Netflix and it is also available on instant play/streaming. I have an Apple TV and I watched it on that. My boyfriend watched it on his lap top.

If you are offended by sex, drugs, alcohol, bad language, murder etc., you may want to skip this movie, but as I said before, it is really very funny.

Homemade Strawberry Cordial (Start now for Christmas readiness)

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I have a friend who is a Serbian. She is always sending me really good recipes from Eastern Europe. But today I got one that I know I will never make.

I’m sure this is delicious, but by the time I buy one quart of good vodka and two pounds of strawberries and wait months and months for this to turn into a cordial, I think I would just rather buy the cherry cordial that I get around the holidays.

The liquore I usually buy comes in a round ball container with a gold metal band around the middle. I can’t remember the name of it.

I tried to look it up on the internet and all I found was the Louis XIV cherry brandy @$495 for a small bottle. I know that wasn’t it.

I mix a cup or so of this with a bag of frozen (defrosted) cherries, heat and serve over vanilla ice cream. Sort of like a cherries jubilee. (I guess you could light a match to this and flame it for some drama, as the liquor will ignite)

However my idea of a great Cherry Cordial is made by Godiva chocolates. These are chocolate covered cherries and liquor in chocolates. My favorite.

There are other brands, of course. I think the Queen Anne ones are pretty good. Again, this is something the Vermont Country Store carries around holiday time. And of course Neiman Marcus.

However last time I was in Neiman’s I noticed that their special chocolate candy bars were $16, so I dread to think what they would charge for their chocolate covered cherry candies. (By the way the $16 candy bars not only were very fine chocolate, but the wrappers were like vintage works of art. A great gift for that person who has everything).

Or, what I used to love and haven’t seen in a while are those little chocolate bottles with real liquor and brandy inside. I think the Vermont Country Store carries these around Christmas time.

In fact the Vermont Country Store has all sorts of old fashioned candies. They have a good catalog that comes out about every month or so, and they are also online. They have great maple syrup and even sell it in those darling little glass log cabins.

In case you want to try making the real Strawberry Cordial from this famous Polish recipe, here you go. Good luck.

(One of the reasons I probably will not make this recipe, is that it calls for putting the bottles in a dark cool place while the cordials are fermenting. As I live in Hawaii, I can’t think of a dark cool place anywhere in my condo).

Also this calls for sterilized jars. I can’t remember how to sterilize a jar. Last time I think it was a baby bottle about fifty years ago. I think I had a big pot with dividers for the baby bottles. Now they probably come in disposable packages.

This Polish Strawberry Cordial – Likier Truskawkowy – has quite a kick, so don’t be deceived by its sweet and fruity flavor. This makes a great addition to an edible gifts basket, so make sure you start it months in advance. It takes time to age, but the wait is worth it!

Makes about 1 quart of Polish Strawberry Cordial

  • 2 1/2 pounds strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 quart good-quality vodka
  • 2 cups sugar
  1. Combine strawberries and vodka in a large, sterilized glass container. Seal and set in a dark, cool place for 1 week.
  2. After 1 week, pour through a sieve, reserving strawberries, and transfer strawberry-infused vodka into a clean, sterilized glass container and seal. Add sugar to strawberries, mix well and transfer to a separate clean, sterilized glass container and seal. Place both containers in a dark, cool place for 1 month.
  3. After 1 month, thoroughly combine strawberry mixture with vodka, strain and pour into a clean, sterilized glass container. Seal and allow to age in a cool, dark place for several months. Strawberries may be discarded or served over ice cream or pound cake the same day.
More Cordial Recipes
  • Rhubarb Cordial Recipe
  • Blueberry Cordial
  • On a simpler note, you can make homemade Kahlua by filling a mason jar with coffee beans, filling in the spaces with sugar. (Just pour in sugar to fill in jar.) Then pour vodka over all, cover and put in a dark cupboard for a week or more.
  • And my favorite of all: homemade vanilla. Take one vanilla bean, slit and scrape, and put in little empty vanilla bottle. Fill with vodka. Shake now and then for a week. Voila.

The Cracked Pot and ‘Retraction’ from other day

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This isn’t exactly a retraction, but more of a further observation. When I wrote about the golfer who won the U.S. Open and commented on his boring golf clothes, I had no idea that these were all supplied by his new sponser Oakley.Evidently he signed with them in December and they furnished all his apparel for the tournament. I was very surprised, as Oakley makes very snazzy sunglasses and beachwear, but has never been known for golf.

But as a spokesperson for Oakley pointed out, “Neither was Rory McIlroy”

In my blog I also stated that I hoped he had a girlfriend. Well he does. She is a very beautiful, busty blonde.The happy couple have been together for six years.


Love this – I hope you do too.An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’

‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!




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