Tomatoes and Zucchini
Friday September 29th 2006, 12:23 pm

It is overcast with a few showers today but the weather is expected to clear and become sunny tomorrow so we plan on going to the cottage for the weekend. I made some chili sauce earlier this week from tomatoes grown at the cottage. I expect more tomatoes will be ripe enough to pick so I can make some salsa next week. We grew so many tomatoes and zucchini this year that I will probably be busy the following week making something to use them up.

Odds and Sods
Thursday September 28th 2006, 10:58 am

I am writing about a few topics which I found interesting today such as Hurricane Juan, a book I read recently and some good websites. I hope you find it interesting too.

Pension Day
Wednesday September 27th 2006, 1:45 pm

Today is Old Age Security, Canada Pension and Superannuation pension day for retired people, like my husband and I, everywhere in Canada. There was an article in the newspaper today from Statistics Canada about the widening pension gap between Canada’s rich and poor. Weathier people, of course, have more disposable income to save for retirement and poorer people live from payday to payday so have little or no disposable income. It appears to me that it doesn’t pay for poorer people to save anything for their retirement. They will be penalized by not receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement which is given to anyone whose income is below a certain amount. There will always be a social safety net for low income Canadians. There is more of a problem with middle income people who have saved some money but not enough to live on when they retire.

I’m too busy to write today
Tuesday September 26th 2006, 5:50 pm

I am busy making chili sauce so I don’t have time to write much today. I spent the day cleaning the house and making the chili sauce and didn’t even have time to go for a walk with the dogs. It’s a good thing we didn’t tell them we were going to take them because, even though Archie can understand only a few words, one of them is walk and he never forgets.


Just a normal Monday
Monday September 25th 2006, 3:39 pm

My usual morning schedule is to read the daily newspaper, have breakfast, then go on my computer.

After reading the newspaper this morning, I did some research on the Internet on fibre and glucomannan, which I recently ordered online. Glucomannan powder is a water soluble fibre which can reduce postprandial blood glucose. It apparently keeps blood sugar levels from dropping when too many carbs are eaten. For me too many carbs means just about any carbs, unless it is high fibre, when consumed early in the day. This is due to the Dawn Phenomenon. The Dawn Phenomenon, and it’s associated increase in insulin resistance, is the reason most pre-diabetics and diabetics are far more sensitive to carbs in the morning. This improves for me as the day goes by so that by late afternoon, I can eat fruit and more carbs, within reason, and it doesn’t affect my blood sugar. I will try the glucomannan in protein shakes or with my lunch for a few days to see if it works for me.

My weekend
Sunday September 24th 2006, 12:07 pm

I am back home after spending a few days at our cottage. We came home earlier than we planned because it started raining yesterday afternoon and it was cooler than it has been lately. We had to put the heat on Saturday morning for the first time since the spring. It was nice and sunny on Thursday and Friday so I took some pictures, picked tons of tomatoes and zucchini from my garden and did some walking. It was evident that our days at the cottage are coming to an end for this year because we spent more time inside playing cards and reading than outside enjoying the countryside.

Books and Blogs
Wednesday September 20th 2006, 9:20 pm

I really enjoy reading Rosie O’Donnell’s weblog at and I agree with her political and religious views. One of the funniest blogs I have read is, it is hilarious and it’s heard to believe that there are people who talk like that. Another really funny blog is Both of these blogs are conversations which have been overheard by other people and are unbelievable and sometimes crude.

I just finished reading Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder and it’s a good thriller. I read most of his books and enjoyed them all.

Some of my favourite authors are:

Good Health in Middle Age - Genes, Lifestyle or Our Mother’s Health
Tuesday September 19th 2006, 11:09 am

Everyone wants to stay young looking and healthy as they get older, especially us baby boomers who are looking for the fountain of youth. Why do some people live to a good and healthy old age with very little illness and others have numerous health problems throughout their life and don’t live to an old age. You would guess it depends on your genes and lifestyle but there is another theory that the health of the mother while pregnant determines the health of the child throughout their life.

Day one of my new healthy lifestyle.
Friday September 15th 2006, 3:53 pm

I started my exercise program today by walking 40 minutes at a good pace around our neighbourhood. I wasn’t tired when I finished but walking 40 minutes, especially uphill, is the most I should walk until I get in better shape. My husband has been walking 1 to 2 hours daily at a good pace for the past 8 months so he will be walking with me. I plan on increasing my walking time every week until I can walk an hour without being tired. I read that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily such as brisk walking lowers the risk of diabetes. I am in the process of reading about resistance training because I have never done it or even read very much about it and it helps to get rid of belly fat which is a problem when you get older.

Low carb eating and exercise
Thursday September 14th 2006, 2:21 pm

My doctor’s office phoned me yesterday with an appointment to see my doctor today. I thought that was fast because I usually have to wait a week or more to see her so I was a little concerned to get that phone call because I had my annual blood test recently. I am insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. Last year I was following the Atkins diet and I felt very good, lost weight and my blood tests showed improvement. I got tired of eating too much fat and not enough fruit so I gradually slipped back to my previous way of eating too many carbohydrates. I love sweets and when I eat them, they effect my blood sugar so I get hungry soon after and crave more sweets and food. My doctor advised me that my fasting blood sugar glucose level was up to 6.1 and my liver enzymes were elevated. She said that carbs which are not burned off by exercise turn into fat in the liver. Therefore I must reduce my carbohydrates, exercise more and have blood tests every three months until there is an improvement.