Cheers! Yes, There Are Some Glitches

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It has been one month since my A1c blood test showed a slightly higher than normal score. The score indicated I needed to cut down on sugar, and carbs – which turn into sugar — in my diet. I look forward to each meal more than I did in the past when I was eating more sugary foods. I enjoy … Read More

He Thought It Was in the Bag(gie)

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Just got up from a nap and reached for my iPhone 6. I knew I placed it on the nightstand next to me. Where was it? Duh. I just remembered.  It fell into the pool this morning and broke. When I went outside for my regular morning swim, my iPhone, placed in a Ziploc bag, went with me. I placed … Read More

Don’t Let This Notion Bug You

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I never thought I would enjoy the sound of the ZAP as much as I do. I’m seeing another side of myself that I haven’t seen before. After all, I am the guy who picks up crickets off the floor and deposits them outside. But when 10 or 12 flies zoom through my house, I want them dead. My new … Read More

Not a Strawman but a Straw, Man

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A glass of water usually elicited a cough, and that cough brought on another.  It has been that way for the last 30 years. But that’s over — thanks to a penny device, a soda straw. I don’t know why I waited until last night to Google: “I cough when I drink water, but not when I drink juice.” The … Read More

Learning a New Way to Cook

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I suppose one perk that comes with a low carb diet is the ability to eat more meat.   I have largely eschewed red meat, primarily because of its cholesterol content. Now, though, I read that red meats, in moderation, are acceptable for a low carb diet.   Tonight my wife brought home two pounds of ground beef. Ordinarily, I … Read More

When a Wife Leaves Home. Briefly

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My Outback hat

My wife will be going on a trip with a friend in a few weeks. I will have 10 quiet days to do special projects. Thanks to a trip to Home Depot last week, and a trip to Costco this morning, I have great ideas.   The Barbecue and the Smoker   At Costco today I purchased reusable 100 percent … Read More

Food for Thought – And Longer Life

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Last week I was talking about calcium, and this week I am talking about glucose. The connection? New blood tests have been analyzed. My hemoglobin A1c blood test scores steadily have risen in the past few years.  These scores indicate that increasing amounts of glucose have been attaching to my red blood cells.  This year’s score was just above the … Read More

Why Eating Right Is Crucial as You Age

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The good news about my recent bone density scores is that they were not significantly lower than two years ago. The bad news: The T-score on my spine is -3.1. The T-scores on my neck are -2.5 (left) and -2.7 (right). The T-scores on my hip are -1.8 (left) and -2.0 (right).  When T-scores are below -2.5, therapy with a … Read More

Welcome to One of Life’s Great Joys

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My 2½-year-old granddaughter tells us her favorite colors are pink and purple. When I asked her which of my flashlights she would like – the red one, the blue one, the silver one or the black one, of course she said, “I would like a pink and purple flashlight.” So, I searched Amazon for a pink and purple flashlight. Yes, … Read More

I’m Always Covered When I Swim

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Mr. Ebsen’s pool goes under cover

It was 70° this morning when I entered my above-ground pool. The temperature of the water was 86°.  Finally, no pool-heater gas was needed. In these past winter months, from November through February, my gas-operated pool pump has turned on each morning automatically at 6:30. In just one hour and 30 minutes, my pool was heated to 86°.  There is … Read More