There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  There are continual articles about antiviral foods.  The articles tell you to eat these foods yet they do not offer recipes to help convince you to include them in your diet.  For example, garlic is an antiviral food.  Other than pasta sauce, people have no clue where to use it.  They could start with including it in mashed potatoes when you cook the raw potatoes.  It also works well if you are spicing up chicken, salmon and even beef.  Ginger is also an excellent antiviral food.  It’s delicious with stir fry and of course ginger snaps.  We are constantly told from the time we are young that we all need to eat our leafy green vegetables.  Of course, it’s healthy but you can use it a variety of ways besides salads.  Spinach pies are a fabulous way to enjoy spinach although I also love it fresh either in a salad or cooked.  Either way it’s delicious.  Nuts and seeds are also antiviral foods.  They  are quick and on the go not to mentioned full of fiber and protein.  Don’t leave out broccoli which is great cooked, raw or even on top of pizza.  If you are not a fan of green tea, add it to your iced tea or hot tea.  It’s not really noticeable when you drink it but it does boost your immune system.  In the Good Gus series, antiviral foods were readily available.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can be easily found on these cool nights at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

So many people today tell me they are pinching pennies.  Economies claim to be good and for some people they are.  However, the cost of living continues to rise everywhere so it makes things difficult for them financially.  Rather than dwell on the fact that you can’t buy lobster or filet mignon, find ways that can help you eat well and be tasty.  For example, cheaper cuts of meat tend to be tough.  If you make a brine and soak them prior to cooking, they will be quite tender.  Combining any vegetables with chicken or turkey in a sauce and making a pot pie. If you don’t have the skills a thick creamy soup can be used as a gravy and there are many pre-made pie crusts that can be utilized.  You end up with a large tasty meal that can fed several people, or you can freeze the leftovers for another day.  Utilizing baking soda and vinegar for cleaning is a great way of pinching pennies.  I do recommend you use a decent detergent.  Many people use too much in their washers and over soap.  I have been guilty of that.  If you are pinching pennies with detergent, your appearance will suffer.  After all, these are the clothes you wear to work and it is important to look professional regardless of your profession.  Many years ago, I knew a man who was an engineer.  He dressed like all the engineers in a flannel shirt, khaki pants, and inexpensive shoes.  He really wanted to get ahead.  So, my late husband I took him shopping.  He nearly fainted at the cost of  decent clothes.  When it came to a leather belt and shoes, he looked like he was going to pass out.  However, the first day of wearing those expensive shoes made him realize at the end of the day that his feet didn’t hurt.  Within two weeks, a top executive was walking through the plant when he spotted my friend, the only well dressed man in the entire area.  He choose him for a presentation and today my friend is a top executive with a worldwide company.  Sometimes pinching pennies for the wrong things is a bad idea.  In the Good Gus series, I had different characters wear various colors to make them stand out.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also available for these dreary winter days online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

All the diet studies are beginning to contradict each other.  Yesterday, I read about a study that stated a plant based diet was the only way to live.  It was a diet study of high cholesterol.  It was clear that this particular study indicated results that if you gave up all animal protein you would be much healthier and reduce your cholesterol.  They failed to point out that many individuals can have high cholesterol and still eat in a healthy way and not eat any animal protein.  In many families, high cholesterol is inherited from their relatives.  There may also be unrealistic goals of exactly what number a person should have.  When analyzing any diet studies, you really have to verify all the facts, find out who paid for the study, the number of participants, and if there is a hidden agenda.  The next article I read was about eating chicken vs. beef.  This study claimed that both products yielded the same negative effects on a person’s health.  True or false?  How can you believe it?  How was behind this study?  Could it have been the fish industry?  Who knows? The last study I read about said that you need protein particularly as you age to help avoid deterioration in your brain.  This may be the only one out of the three that I read that possibly made any sense.  It was more detailed and explained the need for protein for the cells within your brain.  As you read all these diet studies, check the sources and then read a few more to make sure your data is accurate.  In the Good Gus series, diet studies did not exist.  They ate all farm fresh food and protein.  Kindle seems to be having a problem with my Christmas book, “The Special Gift.”  If you will be patient if you are interested in the online version, I should have fixed within a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, the other books are available for your child’s reading pleasure.  For anyone in the UK, check out Waterstones and in San Diego, at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, you can purchase the hard copies. Also, “Misplaced Trust” can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Everyday there are articles and adverts for healthy eating.  Unfortunately, many individuals ignore healthy eating.  It’s fairly obvious because fast food restaurants are around the world.  As we all try to become physically fit, it is impossible for many people to resist the commercials for fast food.  There are a few ways however to improve your overall wellness.  You may want to start by trying to find out if you have food sensitivity.  Part of healthy eating, in my  opinion, is to eat close to your blood type.  We are often allergic to various foods but we eat them without realizing it.  A  recent article on the internet showed a woman taking a before and after picture showing how bloated she was at night by eating a food she believed she was allergic to.  In the morning her stomach was no longer distended.  Obviously, we all have a few vices even if we know we are allergic.  Many people try eliminating coffee, alcohol and sugar.  It doesn’t always work for a variety of reasons.  Gluten and dairy tend to be inflammatory, but you may be of the blood type A/B that can eat everything.  It is also important to eat the rainbow of colors of vegetables.  There are easy ways to incorporate greens into your diet.  For example, if you are using leftover chicken or turkey,  you can make a salad or even a sandwich and simply add the greens.  The same applies to a burger.  A few greens add flavor.  The antioxidants in the rainbow of colors are one of the best steps to take towards healthy eating.  Broccoli has always been touted as one of the best green vegetables.  Not only does it have anti-aging qualities, it is full of fiber and folate which helps the digestive system and keeps you regular.  In addition, it has been suggested by the medical community that it helps reduce the probably of some cancers.  As anyone who has followed my blogs know, healthy eating was a given in the old west and the Good Gus series.  The books are available on Kindle worldwide exclusively.  If you are skipping healthy eating for today, feed your mind with a good read of “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Congratulations to Nurse Joyce for landing a new job today!

 As we age we tend to have muscle loss. It’s not about turning into a weight lifter at the gym. It is more complicated than that. We all want good health as we grow older, but also don’t want to have a flabby, saggy body accompanied by muscle loss.  There is a preventable medical condition known as sarcopenia which occurs because of muscle loss and strength.  According to a 2010 study in the ‘Journal of Cachezia, Sarcopenia and Muscle’  between five and thirteen percent of individuals between the ages of sixty to seventy and between eleven and as much as fifty percent of people who are eighty and older are affected by sarcopenia.  This study was originally published for the medical profession and is now widely recognized with continuing studies from their research. If individuals do not exercise and allow muscle loss, their physiques can be affected by their ability to more, recover from illness and ultimately lead a healthy and active lifestyle.  Something all older adults want.  What is really significant about this study is  that a few simple steps can prevent this condition and help any older person enjoy their “golden years.”  The first and foremost thing you should do is eat protein rich foods.  Many studies suggest that adults may lose up to eight percent of muscle mass each decade after the age of forty.  Many older adults do not eat enough calories, protein and amino acids.  The “Amino acids are what the muscle uses to build itself,”  according to Suzette Pereira, PhD, an associate research fellow at Abbott Nutrition.  For the older adult, the experts say you should double the Recommended Daily Allowance of protein to between ninety and one hundred grams per day.  The ‘American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism found in a study in 2014, that people who did double their protein each day had an increase in muscle protein synthesis, the process by which your cells use protein to build more muscle.  Some good choices are eggs, turkey, fish, chicken, dairy, beans and legumes.  Adding whey protein can certainly help you meet that amount.  If you are experiencing muscle loss, consider going to the gym.  Cardiovascular exercise and weight training on a consistent basis activate and signal the muscles to grow. Just because you are older doesn’t mean you can’t develop the same muscles you had in your forties.  The recommend work out times for the minimum is two and one half hours per week.  Although, I agree with the maximum of five.  Don’t neglect your sleep.  Even if you can’t sleep, read (“Misplaced Trust” is a great choice!) and try to relax to get at least eight hours per night.  As we all age, there are constant diets saying cut out your carbohydrates.  Some of us need them more than others, but many studies say that a combination of protein and carbohydrates either before or after a workout can help with building those muscles! Every time anyone visits the doctor, the first question they ask is   “Are you taking enough Vitamin D?”  Make sure you are as it can impact your ability to build muscles.  Last but not least, limit your alcohol intake as it can make you dehydrated which can affect muscle function.  In the Good Gus series, muscle loss was the least of their worries.  The citizens of Pecos did physical labor every day as it was their way of life.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  Just in San Diego today, seven books were sold from the series.  Thank you.  Remember, when you are needing that extra sleep, “Misplaced Trust” is an easy way to relax and unwind.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

sad-girl-on-steps-1371872Every once in a while we are all disappointed. It can be something simple and small such as looking forward to a meal and the food tastes awful. Often people anticipate eating at a particular restaurant that has excellent reviews only to find that they did not like the food at all. It can even happen at home. You may put a meal in the crock pot before you leave for work, followed the recipe exactly, only to find that it wasn’t as described. A long time ago, I followed a recipe that had chicken, with vegetables and the broth was supposed to turn into a lovely sauce.  When I arrived home, all prepped to have a delicious meal I was extremely disappointed.  The chicken had cooked so long that it had fallen off the bone and there were bits of bones everywhere.  It was a total waste.  People often are disappointed with their jobs.  They generally start out excited, looking forward to a new opportunity and then it disappears.  The work may become dull and boring; the workmates may not make it a pleasant workplace, or the salary which was promised suddenly turns out to be much less than originally promised.  Being disappointed with life can be difficult.  When an individual feels they have made the correct choice for a life partner, and after a few years, or even after many years, it all falls apart, disappointed won’t even come close to the heartache and depression.  Children often fell that if they don’t perform perfectly whether it’s in school, on the athletic field, or in the arts, that their parents will be disappointed in them.  Often parents tell their children they have let them down which only exacerbates the situation.  If a child loses an athletic even, doesn’t come in first or second place at the science fair, fails the SAT’s, or?, it shouldn’t matter.  If the child did his or her best, that is what really counts.  Adult child can make life difficult for a parent if they turn to drugs, alcohol, or simply don’t work.  If the parent tells the adult child that they are disappointed, it only adds fuel to the fire so to speak.  It gives them additional reason to drink or take drugs.  Then they can blame the parent by saying they were disappointed in them so therefore, they have no hope.  Generally, it is not the parent’s fault a person has an addiction.  The adult sometimes doesn’t know why themselves.  Helping them find professional assistance is all any parent can do.  However, if they refuse that help, hope is all that is left.  I am sure there many disappointed fans yesterday at the Super Bowl.  However, many of the TV commentators loved the half time show which apparently was a great success. Occasionally, the children are disappointed in the Good Gus Series, but since they are stories everything always works out in the end.  Don’t be disappointed in your finances.  Take the first step to change your situation with the Money Manager at

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