November 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Helpful Hints, Miscellaneous Facts | Leave a comment


Thinking of buying a house or building a house on a heavily-wooded lot with lots of tall trees?

You might want to think twice about doing that or even planting trees that will grow to 20 feet or more.

Every time one or more of those trees dies and/or needs to be cut down, it will cost a lot of money which is something most people don’t initially think of when purchasing property in forested areas or when planting trees that in time will grow to be quite tall.



October 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Fabulous Food Tips | Leave a comment


A roasted chicken – deboned,  skin thrown away and chicken pieced in smaller sections

2 cans of either mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup

1 cup of mayonnaise

1 cup of cheddar cheese

1 and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 large heads of broccoli or 4 packages of frozen broccoli

Bread crumbs


Parsley flakes

Cook frozen broccoli according to package directions, or cook fresh broccoli until tender

Stir together the soup, mayonnaise, cheese, curry powder and lemon juice

In oblong, greased Pyrex dish, layer the chicken, the broccoli, and then add some soup mixture. Continue making layers of the above until all of the chicken, broccoli and soup mixture is depleted

Add bread crumbs on top and sprinkle with paprika and parsley flakes to add color

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour

This very easy, delicious recipe can be made the day before you serve this meal




July 19, 2017 at 10:04 am | Posted in Helpful Hints, Miscellaneous Facts | Leave a comment


Believe it or not, the answer is yes!

Some cities like San Luis Obispo, California actually will issue you a second parking ticket even though they already issued you a parking meter violation citation if you still haven’t moved your car after an hour or so after your time on the meter has run out.

Let’s say you park at a two hour time zone parking meter and your time expires. You will get a citation (ticket) costing you $33.00. But if your car is still there after three or four hours, you can be given another ticket for overtime parking which will cost you an additional $43.00 or a whopping total of $76.00!

Meter Maids have been known to issue  tickets the moment the meter’s time runs out even as a shopper  attempts to put more coins in the meter!

To avoid these overly punitive fines, be sure to remove the chalk mark on your tire if there is one, then move your car to another block or better yet, park in the parking garage.

As an added note for your general information, some cities like Santa Barbara, California do not consider holidays to be exempt from feeding the meter. You still have to feed the meters or you will get a parking ticket.




June 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Tips On Purchasing A Brand-New Home | Leave a comment
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What is the answer?

If you want to move, do you buy another house first and move into it before you have sold your present house?

Absolutely not!

First of all, if you want to sell your house, it will sell faster with your furniture still there in your home. That way, people will get a good idea how the rooms will look with their furniture.

Unless you’ve won the lottery, no matter how much you would like to buy another house, it’s very risky doing so before your present house has sold no matter how good of a deal the new house may be.

Always sell the house you already have before buying another or you could lose both if you end up having to make payments on both of them.



June 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Health Concerns, Helpful Hints, Polluted Air | Leave a comment


Keep all your windows and doors closed and stay inside during the time trash is being picked up and dumped into the trash trucks, otherwise dust and dirt particles from the dumping of neighborhood trash cans will waft through air and end up settling not only on everything in your home but, more importantly, in your lungs.


June 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Beautifying Secrets for Everyone, Helpful Hints, Miscellaneous Facts | Leave a comment

Has your fingernail polish over time become so thick and gummy you think it’s time to throw it away and buy more?

Nail polish can be rather expensive depending upon where you buy it and the kind of brand.

All you have to do is go to your local beauty supply store and purchase finger nail polish thinner. By adding a small amount to old nail polish, it will thin it to where it is like it’s brand new again.


June 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Beautifying Secrets for Everyone, Harmful Health Habits, Miscellaneous Facts | Leave a comment

Females participating in sports tend to dislike their hair cut too short, so they pull their long hair tightly back from the scalp into ponytails fastened with tight rubber bands. Sometimes parents have the habit of doing this to their children, too, on a daily basis.

Over time, hair, especially at the forehead, will recede after being severely pulled away from the face and tied with a tight rubber band until it is very obvious that damage has already been done.

Hair grooming methods such as cornrowing can cause loss of hair, too, and, unfortunately, it may never grow back.


June 26, 2017 at 11:28 am | Posted in Health Concerns, Jogging Tips | Leave a comment
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Jogging on cement and/or pavement actually is very hard on your knees, ankles and hips.

In time, as one gets older, these areas of the body will begin to experience pain from the physical damage jogging on hard surfaces can cause to your joints.

If you must jog, it’s much better to jog on a treadmill which will give a little from your weight, jog on a rubberized track surface or jog at the beach in sandy areas or grassy areas which have softer surfaces.


April 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Health Concerns, Lyme Disease - A common Tick-Borne Disease | Leave a comment


Newspaper and magazine journalists tout, “Take that hike! The scenery is spectacular! The views are great! The exercise will be good for you, and it’s only a 3 1/2 mile hike there and back!”

A leisurely hike certainly sounds appealing, and one can always use the exercise, but BEWARE! A hike down a dirt road, through the woods or in a field may change your life forever.

After a prolonged rainy season, wild flowers are blooming in profusion, grasses are tall and weeds are plentiful, but the fields and woods are teeming with healthy ticks just waiting in the high brush for someone to walk by to drop down on or latch onto. Unlike snakes, they won’t try to get out of your way. And if ticks bite you and are infected with one of the seven tick-borne pathogens causing human diseases including the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium which causes Lyme disease, symptoms can include a ring-like rash along with flulike symptoms, malaria-like disease, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes.

Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed or a flake of pepper so they may be very difficult to see. After taking a hike, you have to be very diligent checking your body, even checking your hair, behind your ears, behind your knees and under your arms to see if any have latched onto you. The bigger ticks are easier to detect and remove, but it’s important to remove the tick as soon as possible to try to avoid its transmission of infection. Otherwise, once a tick is done feeding on you, it will drop off on its own. However, if you never see that tick, diagnosis of symptoms of Lyme disease can be difficult so wear long sleeves and long pants stuffed inside your socks if at all possible.

Before a hike you may feel happy, strong and healthy, but once you are bitten by a tick, your health can drastically change.

Unless you hurry to your doctor’s office or to an Urgent Care facility for antibiotics to counteract this vector-borne disease, you may end up with long-term infections that can cause more serious symptoms including arthritis, severe muscle pain, headaches, heart palpitations, brain inflammation and nerve pain.

Warn your friends and family about the dangers of hiking in those tick-infested areas. Mention this blog and tell them not to ignore my “Sound Advice For A Better Life.” A hike simply is not worth the loss of good health, for on a hike, you may see those spectacular scenes, but down the road your doctor and pharmacist will see a very sick, suffering person paying a huge price for the rest of their life.



April 9, 2017 at 10:59 am | Posted in Fabulous Food Tips, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment

This is an old recipe from Chef Laima Leko at the Eatwell diner in Los Angeles, California

Active work time: 25 minutes – Total preparation time: 1 hour – Makes 8 servings

1 pound elbow macaroni

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 small onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 cup flour

4 cups milk

2 cups cream

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 and 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese divided

Hot sauce

Salt, pepper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water until done (about 10 minutes). Drain well and set aside.

Melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic until soft (about 5 minutes). Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook until mixture is smooth (about 5 minutes). Whisk in the milk and cream and simmer until the mixture is thick and creamy (about 15 minutes).

Add the mustard, the Jack cheese, 1 cup of the cheddar, the Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of the blue cheese.  Stir until blended. Add a dash of hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni and put in a 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the reserved 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and the remainder of the blue cheese on top then bake until brown and crusty on top (about 30 minutes).

Approximately 526 calories per serving.




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