Sunday, March 30, 2008

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Learning the History of April Fools Day In sixteenth-century France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. It was celebrated in much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January first. There were some people, however, who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April first. Others played tricks on them and called them "April fools." They sent them on a "fool's errand" or tried to make them believe that something false was true. In France today, April first is called "Poisson d'Avril." French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs. When the "young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d’Avril!" (April Fish!)
Today Americans play small tricks on
friends and strangers alike on the first of April. One common trick on April Fool's Day, or All Fool's Day, is pointing down to a friend's shoe and saying, "Your shoelace is untied." Teachers in the nineteenth century used to say to pupils, "Look! A flock of geese!" and point up. School children might tell a classmate that school has been canceled. Whatever the trick, if the innocent victim falls for the joke the prankster yells, "April Fool! "
The "fools' errands" we play on people are practical jokes. Putting salt in the sugar bowl for the next person is not a nice trick to play on a stranger.
College students set their clocks an hour behind, so their roommates show up to the wrong class - or not at all. Some practical jokes are kept up the whole day before the victim realizes what day it is. Most April Fool jokes are in good fun and not meant to harm anyone. The most clever April Fool joke is the one where everyone laughs, especially the person upon whom the joke is played.
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - American humorist Mark Twain

We all need some humor in our lives, especially those who are living with a chronic disease, they say humor is the best medicine !
Today was not a good day for me for some reason the osteoporosis in my back is in an awful "flair up" I am trying to move about, have taken Tylenol 1000 mg. twice today perhaps it would be better if I just lie down for a while. Anyway watch out for Tuesday,"April Fools Day!" Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Remember, till we meet again my friends,
~Inhale 123
~Exhale 1234
Breathe Easy,

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone ! What a beautiful day it is here in sunny Florida, I know a lot of folks up North are having a bad time with the bad weather and flooding, let's hope they will be alright.
Well, to update everyone on what is going on, I saw my Cardiologist on 3/18 as I have been experiencing severe arrithimas, after talking with him it was agreed on to have me take digoxin which basically should slow down the heart rate. I have two weeks to see if it works if it does not, then I will have to be admitted to the hospital for 3 days so I can be monitored while taking a different medicine. My breathing has been labored due to the arrithimas and also spring time allergies..geez...altho, it could be worse.
Many Easter traditions originated long before the beginning of the Christian era. Like Christmas, which is related to pre-Christian winter festivals, Easter is connected in many ways with early pagan rituals that accompanied the arrival of spring. Easter is also associated with the Jewish festival of Passover. Holy Saturday Christian:On Holy Saturday, the body of Jesus rested in the tomb in which it had been sealed. Jesus had said that after three days he would be resurrected. Consequently, according to Saint Matthew, the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, ordered the posting of guards at the tomb to prevent Jesus’ followers from removing the body and claiming that he had arisen from the dead.Easter Sunday Early on Easter morning, several women who were among Jesus’ followers came to his tomb to anoint his body. They found that the great stone that sealed the entrance had been rolled away and that the tomb was empty. At that moment, according to Saint Luke, two angels appeared, saying “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” This momentous event, which was taken as proof of Christ’s divinity and signaled his triumph over death, sin, and evil, is celebrated on Easter Sunday.Easter Eggs The Easter egg is associated with beliefs of particularly ancient origin. The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations, including those of India and Egypt. It was commonly believed that the universe developed from a great egg and that the halves of its shell corresponded to Heaven and Earth. The egg was also connected with the springtime fertility rituals of many pre-Christian and Indo-European peoples, and both the Egyptians and the Persians made a practice of coloring eggs in the spring. In Christianity the egg is a symbol of resurrection, representing the emergence of Christ from his tomb to everlasting life.Over the centuries the symbolic associations of the egg have been more or less forgotten, and modern Easter eggs are valued primarily for their colorful appearance. Eggs of chocolate or other kinds of candy are also favorites of the season.Games involving Easter eggs have long been popular in many Christian countries. In France, Germany, and Austria, egg picking is a favorite game. It is played by two people, each of whom holds a hard-boiled egg in his hand. The players knock or roll their eggs together, and the one whose egg shows the fewest cracks may claim both eggs. A well-known Easter event in the United States is the annual egg rolling contest on the White House lawn.Have a great day everyone !Breathe Easy,Sandy

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

allergies " A Chooooo"

Hello to my friends...hope you are all well, tis the season for allergies..and dang it I have them ! sneezing, coughing, sniffles, watery eyes as well as half the population of the state of Florida ! lol So what do we do ?...hmmmm well, I researched a few items with regards to air purifiers and I found one.. A Sears Kenmore Hepa Air cleaner...oh my God what a difference it has made ! It has four operation channels, Turbo for the initial operation, then Hi for Maximum Operation, then Med for Daytime Operation and lastly Lo for Nightime operation... the filter system is awesome ! The Pre-Filter System should be changed every three month or sooner depending on the level of the room's air contaminenants and the frequency of use.

The HEPA filter is usually 1-3 years again, depending on the use of the filter.
I sure have noticed a difference since I have used the air cleaner, I changed the filter or cleaned the filter after one week and of my goodness! all the cat hair and particles it filtered amazed me! I sure do recommend that everyone get one of these machines it sure is worth the price to be able to sleep well at nite...

Until we meet again my friends, Remember,
Exhale ~~~1234
Breathe Easy,