Falling Off The Wagon

Falling Off The Wagon

Last night I fell “off the wagon”. For many weeks I have been carefully restricting my salt and sugar intake. I have been diligent. But Halloween got the better of me. We bought candy for the Trick or Treaters, and had only 10 children show up at the door. Oh dear. All those little chocolate bars sitting there in a bowl. Oh dear. I tried, but in the end I realized that the demon had been let loose, I could make myself resist them, but then the craving would escalate, to the point that I might make an even worse choice today. So I gave in, and grabbed a handful of those little bite chocolate bars, and gobbled them up. Today I will have to resist the urge to eat sugar, because once I have some, I continue to want more. It will be work, but in a few days the cravings will disappear as if they never existed. Next year, I told Attila, I only want to buy a little bit of candy for the few children that come to the door, and I want it to be candy I don’t particularly care for. No temptation, and not too much leftover for Attila to eat himself.

My blood pressure improved on Friday, after trying the vinegar and honey routine that Bex suggested in the comments of the last entry. Initially it went down by 40 points, then came back up 20 points this morning. So I am still down 20 points from from last week. I hope my sweet Halloween indulgence doesn’t send it back up again! The evidence this morning is that I am holding steady at 20 points below last weeks levels.

We had a quiet weekend at home, Saturday was warm and wet, Sunday was cold and wet. Attila finished the French Drain, and landscaped the other side of the garden shed. When that was finished he took the door to the garage off its hinges, moved the snowblower out, and put the door back on. Then he moved the snowblower to the back yard and easily stored it in the garden shed. On Sunday we visited Home Hardware and purchased six patio stones which Attila used to create a walkway to the front step. It becomes very muddy over the winter in that area, so this will provide dry footing, and the level path will allow the snowblower to clear the snow easily on the level surface.

It is here that I would like to add my observations about the local wildlife. It is going wild. Our back yard is host to squirrels constantly digging holes in which to bury their treasure. Every time I look out the kitchen window, I watch a squirrel at work. There are birds everywhere. The Robins are loving the red berries on the trees in the front yard, there is constant movement just outside the living room window. It is mostly Robins, and small birds that may be Chickadees. Disturbingly, the Grackles continue to maintain social memory. The nest they build inside our roof is long gone, the hole has been covered by metal for more than one breeding season. They continue to land on the site of their former retreat and aggressively peck at the metal. Surprisingly, small woodpeckers have been landing on the painted siding and going to work; thus far there has been no discernable damage to the siding.

Attila has kept baited mouse traps in the garage for the last month. In the first few weeks he caught mice every night, eventually totalling ten mice. He is no longer capturing any mice, We hope it is bacause they have moved elsewhere, rather than caught on to our technique! So far we have seen no sign of them in the house.

I have been working on my genealogy book. The original family that came as pioneers had twelve children. I have written the section on the eldest child, a girl, who had one child. I am now working on the second oldest child, another girl. She had eleven children, so it is taking some time to add and reference the many photographs and documents. Referencing material is fiddly, with many steps involved, so that it is very time consuming. I am including references though, because they indicate the legitimacy of a piece of information, and it allows the reader to find and view the original documents if they so desire. I am surprised, over and over again, that there is ever more to discover. I often get sidetracked into pleasurable avenues of inquiry, into new details to be included in the book. Right now I am corresponding with a Great Grandchild of one of the eleven children. She has sent me pictures and information that cannot be found on the internet. She had been interacting with another family researcher who collects information from people and puts it into an Ancestry family tree, but he seldom, perhaps never, I don’t know I haven’t viewed all the material he has posted, references the source of the material. There is one particular piece of information that I know is fabricated, having diligently researched it myself, and interacted with the curator of the museum where the said information was to have resided, it isn’t there. I need to see the supporting documents before I include information in my database and in my books.

I am still converting home videos to digital format, which does not demand very much of my time, but it does demand my attention at specific points, so I have to keep an eye on it.

My Sister-The-Youngest-Girl had shocking news yesterday, the company she has worked for for a decade announced that the division she works in is being sold off. She has no details as to what will happen to her job, she is a Certified Accountant. She supports herself, so the loss of her job would be a total loss of family income. This closure will affect my niece and her fiancé as well, both Professional Engineers. It will be many months before they know how it will evolve. Things may yet turn out well, it is possible. I hope it isn’t too stressful, as Attila and I know all to well how stressful it is to have no working income and to be looking for a job in this economy. I hope she is spared that!

My entries are far from cohesive these days. This may be influenced to the shrinking and cracking of my immediate social environment, and it may be influenced by the chaotic storm of the larger picture, where integrity and decency are dissolving before our eyes, melting faster than the polar ice caps.

My Mom at 15. This portrait is cropped from a high school picture, which included all students in the school, and the teachers. This is the first face that I saw when I arrived on planet earth, lucky me. My Mom is a descendant of the pioneer families that took the first land grants in the District. There is an indomitable spirit that is passed on generation after generation from those who first hewed the forests.
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Worldly Distractions


Date: 10:00 AM EDT Tuesday 1 November 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 7.5°C
Dew point: 3.2°C
Humidity: 74%
Wind: S 33 gust 44 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
Charles Kingsley
1819 – 1875

I think the “we” is a top-down phenomena in North America (not having lived anywhere else I don’t want to venture an opinion beyond my experience). The media, entrepreneurs, politicians etc., assume in everything they present for public consumption, that these are the values that healthy humans aspire to. It is true that more and more people are adopting this top-down presentation of reality. But there are those of us who feel, “What do you mean “we” “white man”!?!”

I have never held social power beyond my immediate environment, nor have I desired it. My power is accountable to those around me, as is Attila’s.

In reality top-down entities only use the word “we” to gain what they desire. My “we” is a very different “we”.


  1. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    So glad, and a little surprised, to learn that Bex’ suggestion has done so well for you. Home remedies aren’t always as good as people hope.

    For Halloween, we tend to get candy mixes that contain DH’s favorites. Fortunately, he’s not the type of person to go hog wild on candy. As a matter of fact, he puts his candy in the freezer and, for the most part, only eats one piece per day.

    Your poor sister! Some years ago I went through something similar, when the Customer Service area I was working in was sold to another company. It was quite strange. We stayed right where we were but became a service industry to the rest of the company.

    In the end, we were lucky as our former employers worked hard to craft the best possible deals for us with our new employers. I hope your sister will have similar, or even better, luck.

    That’s sad, that you see the world as a place where integrity and decency are dissolving. I guess the way I see things is that the world isn’t all that different than it’s ever been, it’s just that questionable people are more comfortable coming out of their hiding places, right now. But I am the eternal optimist when it comes to believing there are good people out there. They’ve always been there, too. It’s just that our view of them is more obscured with the new emergence of these less desirable types.

    Love the picture of your mom. So pretty!

  2. Teri, home remedies seldom work for me, and medications usually do. The positive effect came as a surprise, and a welcome one. I have had one other such success with a home remedy, and that is witch hazel, which clears up skin problems for me, almost instantly. But witch hazel does not work for Attila. The human body is so complex and variable.

    I do not see the world as a place where integrity and decency are dissolving. I see the larger picture as a place where integrity and decency are dissolving. In my lexicon the larger picture is not the world.

    It was great to see images of my Mom and my Aunt in their high school years, I had not seen the photograph before, and just discovered it recently when someone posted it online.

    I remember how amused my father was when I found him in a school photograph in a display case at the local museum, when I was in about Grade 5. He thought it was hilarious.

  3. Check out this page Maggie… http://naturalsociety.com/apple-cider-vinegar-cures/

    High BP is one of the items that ACV does help. I didn’t know that either. I skipped one day (yesterday – I just forgot) but I’ve been having a cup of this stuff every day. I have been making more of a tea drink out of it… the vinegar and the honey and the lemon juice and a tea bag (either turmeric tea or smooth move tea). I only am having one cup of this per day though. Not sure if it’s doing anything for me as I don’t measure anything in my body! I just get up each day and if I’m breathing, I’m good.

  4. Thanks for the link Bex! I liked the video and decided to research Dr. Berg. He is a chiropractor (or was, not sure). He has an adventurous approach to health care, as can be seen on this web page, which describes him facing Disciplinary Action against Eric Berg, D.C. by the Board of Medicine.

    This doesn’t mean he is wrong of course, but it does mean that his theories are outside of accepted medical knowledge.

  5. “Just wondering how Bex and Maggie are protecting their teeth from the apple cider vinegar?”

    Worth considering Teri.

    I wondered about the effect on the esophagus, that is addressed in this article.

    MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61.
    Published online 2006 May 30.
    PMCID: PMC1785201
    Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect
    Carol S. Johnston, PhD, RD and Cindy A. Gaas, BS

    “Vinegar’s use as a condiment and food ingredient spans thousands of years, and perhaps its use can be labeled safe by default. Yet there are rare reports in the literature regarding adverse reactions to vinegar ingestion. Inflammation of the oropharynx and second-degree caustic injury of the esophagus and cardia were observed in a 39-year-old woman who drank 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar in the belief it would dislodge a piece of crab shell from her throat.[64] (The use of vinegar in these situations is a popular Chinese folk remedy.) Her symptoms resolved spontaneously after several days. Esophageal injury by vinegar is likely very rare but deserves notice. Chronic inflammation of the esophagus is a cancer risk; but, as reported previously,[45] vinegar use was inversely related to risk for cancer of the esophagus.”

    As for the effect on tooth enamel, there have been studies, such as

    《Journal of Henan University(Natural Science)》 2016-01
    Erosion Effect of Vinegar on the Surface Mechanical and Tribological Behaviors of Human Tooth Enamel
    LIU Xueshen;ZHENG Liang;ZHENG Jing;School of Mechatronics Engineering,Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management;Tribology Research Institute,Southwest Jiaotong University;

    “White vinegar, apple vinegar and hydrogen peroxidhave bleaching effects on teeth, but white vinegar may causehigher levels of damage to the hardness and surface configuration of teeth.”
    Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2014 Nov;45(6):933-6, 945.
    [Effects of vinegar on tooth bleaching and dental hard tissues in vitro].
    [Article in Chinese]
    Zheng LW1, Li Di-ze, Lu JZ, Hu W, Chen D, Zhou XD.

    These studies are not directly applicable to drinking vinegar before meals, because the in drinking the vinegar it is not in the mouth for five minutes, only a few seconds. When I drink a liquid it is not swished around in my teeth, although some of the liquid may mix with my saliva and touch my teeth. The vinegar does not stay in my mouth for long, it is awful! I usually take a drink of plain water, rinse, and swallow after drinking the vinegar/honey mixture.

    All the adjudicated publications I found regarding tooth decay and vinegar were done in vitro, over a period of time much longer than the time it takes to drink the vinegar/honey concoction. But there is damage to the teeth if they are left in the full strength vinegar over a period of time. I am leaning towards rinsing and drinking a cup of water after ingesting the vinegar/honey concoction, mostly out of concern for my esophagus.

  6. I can’t confirm or deny all that lovely homework Maggie did on whether or not ACV hurts teeth. What about eating pickles? I have eaten large pickles (dills) all my life and never worried about this. In my drink, I have a full coffee cup of hot water, 2 tbsp of the vinegar, 1 tbsp of the honey and 1 tbsp of the lemon juice. Plus the tea bag (Nuni – turmeric)… I’d say the vinegar is pretty diluted by that point and mixed with the honey as well. It goes right down my throat and does not get “swished” either. I have always heard from people I trust (my grandmother mainly) that ACV is one of the most perfect things to put into your body every day. The things Dr. Berg said all make perfect sense to me and I’ve been working in/with the medical field most of my adult life. I also think that ideas that go against the establishment medical profession are probably BETTER than those that don’t. I’ve had a lot of sugar lately and have been turning into a zomby mood-wise, and now I understand – since starting this regimen with the ACV etc., my mood has almost done a 180 and I feel so much calmer now. And it’s only been a few days. I say if you are worried about your teeth falling out because of sipping on an ACV drink… then brush your teeth right after you drink it!

  7. Bex, I too will continue as planned with the ACV drink before meals. To be honest, I would only need my teeth for another 40 years at most, I will probably be just fine.

    I love sugar! But it does not love me. My Grandpa ate copious amounts of sugar, smoked cigarettes every day, and lived in comfort until the age of 90, when he suddenly exited. I have my Grandpa’s knees, but I don’t think I have inherited his ability to use sugar for good health.

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