October 2015 Newsletter
October is a scary month . . . . And in October we have had some scary weather.
Is it not amazing that for the last three months when I write the newsletter, I talk about rain; rain during this dry time of the year when the plants are usually cranky and brittle and asking for a fire!
This last storm to beat all storms. The thunder and lightning lasted at least half an hour. I used to love electric storms where I grew up in Africa, but in those days I did not live in the middle of a forest with trees all around my house reaching right up into the storm!
Shiver. It was exciting. Maybe only after the all so-close noise and light was gone.
The next day we awoke to another day in paradise.
I went out for my walk in the late afternoon and the kids next door were still excited. Little Maddy (3yrs) had grasped the concept of lightning and was saying the word quite clearly. Victoria told me she was now seven years old and held up seven fingers on two hands to prove it. Abbie held up five fingers on one hand and told me she is now five. Maddy (not saying anything) looked at me and held up three fingers. Victoria (don’t call her Vicky as that is just not her beingness) asked me how old I was. I told them they didn’t have enough fingers!
Troy (a brother) had joined us and was upset because a friend would not be allowed to go for trick or treat with him. He was being raised in a strict Christian home.
So I settled myself down and told them a bit about how the custom of Halloween started in America and it actually was okay to go out trick or treating (not to make anybody wrong) because Halloween had been created before Christ and actually it had become almost like a fairy tale; fun for all. I saw the little boy visibly relax.
I told them that long before the birth of Christ, in the Celtic world of Ireland, England, and parts of France, the end of summer harvest was celebrated, with the New Year beginning shortly thereafter. It was said in those old ancient times that the curtain between alive and dead was then at its thinnest, and that was when the ghosts of the dead came out to roam the countryside. The people lit bonfires and put candles in turnips to chase away bad spirits on the loose.
Halloween, as it exists in America today, was brought here in the mid 1800s, when more than a million Irish immigrants made their way to America., Once here, they discovered that pumpkins were easier to carve with funny faces, than turnips. These Irish immigrants, got creative with spectacular costumes and in good Irish, elfish mischief, the tricks entered in. Today in America 92% of children take to the streets on the last day of October to visit and get to know their neighbors and to threaten a mischievous trick if a nasty neighbor dared not to play along.
And a good time is had by all, but not to take it all that seriously.
Here is picture of our street on the day after the rain. Bad things pass.
To get appropriately morbid for this occasion, we all have to die eventually, but I guarantee that you will not land up in the cemetery shown above. It is the spectacular Halloween decoration of a friendly neighbor.
Health Tips from Grandma No Pain
GrapefruitGrapefruits are full of vitamin A & C, and help fight infection, decrease free radicals and strengthen your immune system.
Since vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from plants, scatter grapefruit segments over a spinach salad to get the very most out of your greens. You can add some nuts or cheese, too; for the lycopene in Ruby Reds is best absorbed when combined with a little healthy fat.
Watermelon is a great snack, especially in the summer when it’s in season. Eating it helps with edema. Be sure to eat it on an empty stomach to experience its full benefits. As with other non-starchy/non-fatty fruits, it digests quickly and needs to pass out of the stomach so it doesn’t prematurely ferment behind slower-digesting foods.
Dried figs are an amazing blood purifier and they can dissolve mucus from your system. They do contain a lot of natural sugar so if you have a sugar sensitivity they should be consumed with care.
Quote for the Month
“We need to take back ownership of our bodies and minds.
“Don't blindly fill prescriptions without first checking into potential side effects, adverse reactions, and long-term damage to your body and mind.
“Be conscious of what you are consuming. Be informed. Take the initiative to gain more knowledge.” ― Dana Arcuri
Until next month!
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