Category Archives: A HYBRID COUNTRY LIFE

SUPERFOODS HEALTH CORNER: KALE BASED SALAD

Blood Tests Don’t Lie I recently had my yearly blood test done and discovered my current diet is sending me backwards. My Hemoglobin a1c level showed I had moved into the pre-diabetic danger zone, my LDL cholesterol level was 31 points over the minimum acceptable level, and my Bilirubin Total was high. Since writing the last blog concerning my dietetic maneuvers entitled “THE OUT OF BOUNDS COUNTRY DIET: PART II”, I have failed to keep track of my progress on the bathroom scale and my diet has […]

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HUNTING FOR SPORT TO ANIMAL ADVOCATE

Kid Hunter I remember when I lived in California as a youth, I would often go hunting with my dad up to the northern part of the State for game like wild ducks, pheasants, quail and such. For my weapon of choice, he bought me a 4-10 shotgun which could fire only one shell at a time before requiring me to reload. It was a Christmas present and I cherished it, not only because it was my first weapon, but also because he allowed me to have […]

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DEALING WITH OBSOLETE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

My Apps Are Fading Away I was recently informed by my online bank that their App running on my iPhone 6 Plus in the iOS 13.0 configuration would no longer be supported and that I must upgrade to a device that would handle iOS 14.0 or better. I had already been booked out of the LOWES Home Improvement App over a month ago, and Capital One was next.  To accommodate these purveyors of forward looking software machinations, I would have to upgrade my device to an iPhone […]

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THE UBIQUITOUS ROAST GETS KICKED UP A NOTCH

Image by RitaE from Pixabay The Humdrum Everyday Staple What could be more boring than a meal that consists of a rump roast, boiled potatoes, sliced carrots smothered with plain old gravy. I tend to think of this meal as an American staple served on countless tables throughout the good old USA, each and every day. With the cost of beef as high as it is today, that scenario may not be as prevalent as in days gone by, but my thinking is, it still serves as […]

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MY TREPIDATIOUS HEALTH CORNER TOPICS: KIDNEY KINKS I NEVER KNEW ABOUT

Image by Balik on Pixabay The Sad Fact About Defective Kidneys In Children    One  thing I hate to see happen is the various health problems that can affect children at a very young age. One issue that came to my attention was kidney disease in a child or young teenager. I mean, they are just starting out in life and facing problems that should be the exclusive domain of an adult. They haven’t even had much of a chance to abuse their bodies yet like those […]

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SLASHING HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COSTS: PART II

Image by SAIYED IRFAN A on Pixabay/ Text by SJKeyChronicles The Aftereffects Of A Recent Hurricane When Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle of Florida in October of 2018, I feared the integrity of my home would be seriously tested by the anticipated wind gusts for my area. Even though we did have severe conditions and horrific rainfall, there was no resultant damage to my power lines or metal roof. But there could have been. One of my neighbors had a tree fall on the electrical service lines […]

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RECONSTRUCTION ERA CHICKEN STEW WITH A ROUX

  What You Got In The House? I decided on the very day that I wrote this blog that I wanted some comfort food. I had been subjecting my stomach to three straight days of either spaghetti and meatballs with tomato based sauce or a meatball sandwich with the same. That much acidic infiltration into my intestines made me feel somewhat uncomfortable, to say the least. I had been avoiding those types of meals for so long that I had the misguided impetus to give them a […]

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MY NINE YEAR OLD LAPTOP WITH BROKEN CASE

Sad State Of Affairs My son Eric, who used to own a computer repair shop in Canton, New York, headed up the acquisition of a new laptop computer for me in the year 2010, and I have been using it for the last 10 years. He was able to get a good deal for me for about $700 back then. The only major improvements he made to it in that span of time was to upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive when the original parts became obsolete. […]

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LE CHANT DES BAYOUS

Une Sortie A Minuit The night be clear, all calm about My feet did trod, me had no doubt That I might reach le bateau o mine To float her fast and feel sublime   The moon be full and oh so bright It did mos shine tru out dis night The waters still, no breeze to stir Bayou mine be dere for her   Adelaide do left me, that fo sure My heart do break, there be no cure I comes alone by heya to weep […]

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IGNACIO NACHOS TO GO

Birthdom I read in a narrative I gleaned from Wikipedia that Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip and arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after it had closed for the day. The Maître d’Hôtel,  Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya, created a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas […]

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