Monday, December 31, 2012

Spilled Milk

Well they say dont cry over spilled milk and I didn't after I saw this unusual patter that resulted.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Friend's Frustration With UPS

Do you want to hear about my day?
Well you are going to anyways! lol
Get a cuppa something cause this is long. . .or rather I am long winded!

You may not know it but Hubby and I do a lot of shopping on line and get many deliveries to our home via courier service.
Unfortunately 3 out of 10 orders end up at the neighbors house! Thank goodness for a wonderful neighbor Rxxxxx who brings our parcels down the street to us.
My house number is 223. .. her house number is 233. She does NOT shop online.
Today about 9 am Rxxxxx found a note stuck to HER door from UPS notifying of a missed delivery. So she came and gave it to me.
I called the 1-800 number and they apologized, checked the order, noted that YES it was their mistake.
They would file a complaint about the driver. The customer service rep said the package would be delivered today.
About 15 minutes later I get a call from UPS. The woman tells me the driver said he tried to deliver it to the right address YESTERDAY without a response.
So . . . . ??? what . . . ???
Did He decide TODAY he would deliver it to the wrong address instead??? Good Grief!!!
I think he was just trying to defend himself. She assured me the driver would come tomorrow. . .to MY address.
I sarcastically said to her "To 223 ?" She said. . .er. . .yes. . .if that is your address.
Now I realize that delivery people are busy but come on!
Take the time to read the address!
It happened again!!!!
Rxxxxx called me at lunchtime saying another neighbor had called her at work to say she had seen the courier at her house with a package then left a notice on her door.
She is not expecting any packages so she phoned me and said for me to go down to see if the note had my name on. Sure enough.
And get this. . . its for the SAME package!!
Only this time it says SECOND attempt at delivery!

Are you serious ????????

There is no driver number or name on the ticket or else we could maybe get to the bottom of this more quickly.
So I called the 1-800 number again. The woman (named Diane) answered and I said "Oh you poor woman!"
She said excuse me?
I said I feel sorry for you because I am about to come unglued at you!!!
So I explained the situation all over again. Was put on hold, was told yes the address on the package is correct according to their records.
They don't know whats happening. She said I would again receive a follow up call in a few minutes and for certain before 5 o'clock
Well 5pm came and went and no phone call.
SO. . . I made a sign and went down to Rxxxxx's and taped it to her mailbox to help the driver out. It said and some of it was in bright red bold type too!"
This address is 233 NOT 223
We, the xxxxxx's live at 223
Please check your packages carefully!
I am tired of having to do your job by delivering them to the proper address!

Stay tuned. . .tomorrow is another day. . . .


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Loyal Following

Despite my prolonged absence I notice there have still been activity on a daily basis.  I hope to be much more visible and vocal to reward you...... since I can't for the life of me figure out how to send you all a turkey :)

Commenting Problems

I have made a minor adjustment to try and resolve some difficulties in commenting on my posts. Thanks for your patience and will report this if necessary.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Heart Attack Patients Who Receive Blood Transfusion Have Higher Mortality Risk

Once used without a second thought it is now treated much differently. Many progressive doctors even refuse to use blood because they found their patients actually got better faster without blood. Blood is a dangerous and unnecessary drug when there are many safe and effective blood volume expanders and drugs like EPO.
The above opinion is my own and unrelated to the following article.

Heart attack patients who receive a blood transfusion are at a much higher risk of death than those who don't receive one, according to a report published in Archives of Internal Medicine...

To read the full article, please go to:

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Back Alley Picture of the Day

For some reason I find back alleys more interesting and fun to photograph than front yards.  You just never know what you will find.  I really like the photographic versatility of the daisy as it seems to lend a certain softness and many times contrast in a picture. 
I am still considering whether to allow my photos to be copied or not and would like some feed back on that. 



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

1947 Extreme Winter

You can view my original post with picture January 27, 2011 here on Blogspot.
I can't upload the picture from my Camera Roll to Ipad for some reason but I've posted it on Facebook.

This 1947 picture from Minnesota, U.S.A. is like a picture I belonged to my parents but now cannot not find. My pleas on Facebook have so far have yielded no results and neither has extensive internet searches. Surely I didn't have the ONLY Canadian image of the train buried in between snow drifts higher than the telephone lines?

Extreme Weather in Canada - The Canadian Encyclopedia: "The worst blizzard in Canadian railway history occurred between January 30 and February 8, 1947, when 10 days of blowing snow buried towns and trains from Calgary to Winnipeg. Some Saskatchewan roads and rail lines remained impassable until spring. Children stepped over power lines on their way to school and people dug tunnels to their outhouses."

We have a ways to go this year before there is any comparison to 1947. However worry lines are already beginning to appear across the brows of many a civic leader on the prairies well before spring. The idea is that being proactive is the smarter thing to do rather than mop up the consequences of being ill prepared. "Be prepared to fill sandbags" said one report, and another spoke of the monies that are now being earmarked in January for berms and levies.

Time will tell of course just how effective and 'proactive' humans really can be given that the powers of nature can never be predicted.

Name Change to come

One of the first things I want to do is change my header name to Deltajoy's blogs but for the  meantime I will leave SHE SAID  in front of it.  There are numerous sites named SHE SAID and I can't even find myself sometimes.  So after a reasonable time I will delete the first two words and site will be known as Deltajoy's blogs.

Long Time No Type

I have no real good excuse for being delinquent for so long other than serious health issues.  I may have lost my one and only follower by now I'm sure.
So much has happened in the last year that I'm not about to try and play catch-up but just begin after I learn some things about the changes made in this web site. I also need to get some pictures available to upload, yes I've been able to get a few pictures and will even if I have to crawl to get them....
Be seeing you soon๐Ÿ™‹

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Citrus Fruits May Help Women Reduce Risk Of Stroke

Citrus Fruits May Help Women Reduce Risk Of Stroke
Because of medication issues a lot of people cannot eat grapefruit but you can still eat oranges unless otherwise contraindicated. I have decided to include citrus fruit in my daily diet from now on. Right now the Texas Red's are awesomely sweet.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Zevalin For Previously Untreated NH Lymphoma

FDA Approves Zevalin® Expanded Label as Part of First-Line Therapy in Treatment of Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Label Expands Treatable Population To Approximately 43,000 Patients Annually

IRVINE, California – September 4, 2009 –Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (NasdaqGM: SPPI), a commercial-stage biotechnology company with a focus in oncology, today announced ZEVALIN® (ibritumomab tiuxetan), a CD20-directed radiotherapeutic antibody, received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an expanded label for the treatment of patients with previously untreated follicular non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), who achieve a partial or complete response to first-line chemotherapy. This new and expanded indication supplements the 2002 FDA approval of ZEVALIN as treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory, low-grade or follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Doctors choose a variety of treatments for follicular lymphoma the second most prevalent type of lymphoma.

Stop washing raw chicken, food agency advises -

Stop washing raw chicken, food agency advises -

Exploiting A Weakness In Cancer's Defense System

Exploiting A Weakness In Cancer's Defense System

The more we find out about the human body the more we don't know!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


More Salt In US Diet Comes From Bread And Rolls, Not Salty Snacks

Featured Article
Main Category: Nutrition / Diet
Also Included In: Public Health;  Hypertension
Article Date: 08 Feb 2012 - 3:00 PST

More salt in the average US diet comes bread and rolls and not from salty snacks like potato chips, pretzels and popcorn, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released this week. Although salty snacks taste saltier, and weight for weight they contain more sodium than bread and rolls, because the average American consumes more bread and rolls every day than salty snacks, bread consumption contributes more to sodium intake.

Contained in the February edition of CDC Vital Signs, the report is timed to coincide with American Heart Month.

Too much sodium in the diet increases the risk of high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Experts say most of the salt in the diet of Americans does not come from that which they add when they prepare food at home or at the table: it comes from processed and restaurant foods.

The CDC report shows that average sodium consumption in the US is about 3,300 milligrams a day.

This suggests that only 1 in 10 Americans meets the dietary guideline of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, which is about the same as in a teaspoon of salt. There is an even lower guideline amount of 1,500 milligrams per day for African Americans, anyone aged 51 and over, and for people with certain conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.

The report includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium in the average American diet. Number 1 on the list is bread and rolls: number 10 is salty snacks like potato chips, pretzels and popcorn.

The remaining types are cold cuts and cured meats such as deli or packaged ham or turkey, pizza, fresh and processed poultry, soups, sandwiches (including cheeseburgers), cheese, pasta dishes (excluding macaroni and cheese which is in a separate category of its own), and meat mixed dishes such as meat loaf with tomato sauce.

The report highlights that:
  • These ten types of food account for 44% of dietary sodium consumed each day in the US.
  • 65% of sodium in the American diet comes from food bought in stores.
  • 25% comes from meals purchased in restaurants.
  • Cutting the sodium in the 10 leading sources by 25% would lower the total consumed by more than 10% and could help prevent 28,000 deaths a year.
CDC Director Dr Thomas R. Frieden told the press:

"Too much sodium raises blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. These diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year and contribute an estimated $273 billion in health care costs."

Reducing daily consumption of sodium is not easy when it is present in so many of the foods we eat.

But people can lower their intake by eating a diet high in fresh or frozen fruits and vegatables without sauce, and by limiting the amount of processed foods without sodium, checking grocery labels and choosing products lower in sodium.

Frieden said the CDC were encouraged that some food companies are taking steps to reduce sodium in their products. He cited the example of Kraft Foods, who have committed to an average reduction of 10% over a two-year period. Dozens of other companies have also joined a national campaign to reduce sodium in foods.

"The leading supplier of cheese for pizza, Leprino Foods, is actively working on providing customers and consumers with healthier options. We are confident that more manufacturers will do the same," said Frieden.

Data for the report came from surveys of more than 7,200 people carried out in 2007 and 2008. Nearly half of those surveyed were children.

Friday, February 3, 2012


 Recently I had a rather bad experience with red wine only due to my inexperience and a slight splash of inattention.  I do not like red wine to begin with because to my palate it tastes like vinegar.  I am thinking today that because I have a sweet tooth perhaps I just haven't found the red wine for me so I went on the search after watching another wine recipe at Chef At Home on the Canadian Food Network.  I love Michael and his no nonsense approach to cooking.  I got into trouble with the aforementioned bad experience in two ways.  First I had no idea about what I was buying ( he said a bold Zinfandel) and subsequently relied on the staff in our government-run purveyor of alcohol called the Liquor Board Store aka LBS. Second I followed his directions instead of my own instincts and dumped in the whole bottle.  Later I fished out the meat and a few vegetables and discarded the very, very dark and strong liquid.
Today I went researching Zinfandel wines and found a fascinating and very informative web site which will educate and assist me in making better choices the next time I go to legal bootlegger store aka LBS.
 On the Zinfandel page I clicked on Pinot Noir and there it gives the comparisons to the other types which I think will be very helpful to me.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Public Health Burden Could Be Eased By Societal Control Of Sugar

Public Health Burden Could Be Eased By Societal Control Of Sugar diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations. In the United States, 75 percent of health care dollars are spent treating the diseases diabetes, cancer, and heart disease and their associated disabilities.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


 According to USGS a government web site that tracks earthquakes globally, it's in Manitoba!!

Unless MB invaded us overnight without my knowledge or permission the earthquake clearly happened in this province. 

Too Much Testosterone Linked to Inflated Ego: Study

Too Much Testosterone Linked to Inflated Ego: Study

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Officials to test Minot proppant after oilfield waste found radioactive

January 24, 2012
By DAVE CALDWELL - Staff Writer ( , Minot Daily News
The North Dakota Department of Health said Monday that it will be testing bags filled with proppant sand stacked in downtown Minot for radioactivity this week.
The decision stems from recent news that the Williston landfill rejected 23 loads of oilfield waste since June due to radioactive contamination.
An independent testing firm called in to investigate the situation in Williston found ceramic proppant, as well as filter socks used in the process of preparing "frack sand" to be pumped into the ground, to be radioactive.
The materials found have been determined to be naturally occurring radioactive materials, but the quantities of the materials turning up in testing is far above the levels found in nature.
Those "hot" materials have been traced to proppant originating in China, according to Terry O'Clair, the director of the North Dakota Department of Health's Air Quality Division.
On Monday, hundreds of bags of proppant material could be seen stacked in plain sight just west of the Third Street viaduct in downtown Minot, at a transloading facility owned by Sand Source Services, a Canadian-owned company.
The facility loads up to 2 million pounds of frack sand onto trucks every day, according to a story on Sand Source Services that appeared in Saturday's edition of The Minot Daily News.
O'Clair said the Minot site has been checked previously at the request of some of the companies that use the proppants. Samples tested within limits of radioactive matter at that time.
"I can't say that every bag up there is like that (above allowed levels)," O'Clair said Monday. "We'll certainly come up and take a look at that. As of right now, I haven't seen any.
"There are some (in the state) - there are some that came in from China. We'll have to come up there and take a look at the ones that are stacked there to make sure."
Hundreds of the bags stacked in downtown Minot Monday are clearly marked "Made in China."
O'Clair said the meter that the Department of Health currently utilizes uses for testing is accurate only at temperatures above zero degrees.
It was deployed to Williston last week, but couldn't be used immediately due to subzero temps.
"I've talked to my staff, and we're going to get up to Minot sometime this week," O'Clair said. "We won't collect samples, but we'll take a meter up there to do some readings."
He said a good way to characterize the testing would be utilizing a Geiger counter on the bags.
Also present at the Minot site in plain view Monday were multiple empty bags resembling those the proppant is stored in, as well as several grain augers that appear to be positioned for use loading trucks.
If augers are being used to move proppant materials, there would be a possibility dust is being emitted from the site, which is obviously not enclosed in any way.
"We'll certainly take a look at that too," O'Clair said Monday.
In addition, photos taken in June 2011 show proppant bags sitting in the floodwaters of the Souris River. Sand Source Services said in Saturday's story that proppant material was inundated in the flood.
The Williston landfill began turning radioactive material away in June.
It is not yet known how much - if any - of the radioactive material is, or ever was, present at the Minot site.
Nor is it known at this point how much material would be needed to cause potential harm to people - or what type of harm that could be.
O'Clair noted that it is important to remember that naturally occurring radioactive materials - including the ones found in Williston contaminated loads - are present throughout the state.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recipelion Giveaway

I'd like to win this cookbook and just by talking about it and posting the link I get 2 entries!
Recipelion is one of the best recipe sites I've come across because of how easy it is to use and the vast library of recipes, how-to's and nutritional information.  The newsletter I got today was the top 20 Old Fashioned Recipes which I showed my appreciation by promptly saving 4.  The site has a very easy 'save recipe' feature and you will quickly build your own recipe.  Check it out you will be impressed!
Visit  and get your entries in by January 29th/2012.

Okay Recipelion  I've done my part now do yours!!:-B