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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Thank you Sheila C ,Annettte S and Sally W!

    Welcome to day one of our pact Kelley A! Bring a cup of coffee with almond mild as we head off on this 5 day adventure!

    When Rae was working as a teenager she had a boss Ruth, that stopped work at 4 each Friday so that her department could clean their typewriter. A study was conducted on efficiency in all departments and it was found that Ruth;s department was 20% more productive than any other due to the good working conditions of the typewriters. Fewer breakdowns of those machines. That department got the first selectric typewriters! This was a great lesson for Rae and for me. So, great DC! I do this every week!

    How to do it

    Unplug your keyboard from your computer. Start by shaking it over a garbage can to dislodge crumbs. (If you're feeling industrious, you can also point your hair dryer at the keyboard to further blow away crumbs and dirt. Keep it on the low or cool setting.) Next, put a bit of a household cleaning spray or isopropyl alcohol on a cloth or cotton swab, and gently clean the keys' tops and sides, as well as the area in between the keys. You can also use a household disinfecting wipe for this task if you have them on hand.

    Why it matters

    Your keyboard has a messy job! It spends its days collecting dirt, dust, crumbs, and oils from the hands of everyone who uses it. Giving it a good cleaning means you'll be ridding it of grime and germs. It also prevents keys from sticking and is more pleasant to look at when you sit down to use it each day.

    Fun fact

    Looking for an unusual keyboard? Imaginative designers and manufacturers have created them out of gold, glass, wood, and Scrabble tiles

    "Take 10 minutes to clean your computer keyboard: Shake out the crumbs, then wipe down the keys"

    December 2, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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    • Chrys O.
      Chrys O. replied December 3, 2016 at 13:58 UTC:

      Thanks for sharing that, Jill.....I will get ours cleaned today!!!
      Thanks, too, for the "E".....what a sweet treat!

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      Norma S. replied December 3, 2016 at 16:49 UTC:

      It is always good to take care of things and keep them in good working condition. I was taught to always do that. Not true with so many of today's youth. Values have changed so much. My grandson and his friends keep me busy cleaning up this keyboard. As well as around it....

      I ...see more

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    Thank you Judy A, Joyce W, Diane H, Olga M, Sally W and Ginger P! Many hugs to you!

    I like parsnip, but I mostly use it for soup. Simple trick to make a lighter more calorie friendly potato soup is to swap out one or two potatoes for parsnip.

    Isaac went to the doctor yesterday and was given an albuterol inhaler. What we thought was an annoying cough and cold turned out to be a cold and an asthma. The cough would not have gone away on it's own. I caught the asthma when Isaac was 2 months old. I picked him up after work and noticed he seemed to have a cold. I put my ear to his chest and clearly heard the wheezing. I had many students that had asthma and knew right away what I heard. I drove over to his pediatrician and walked in. The nurse said "You don't have an appointment. The doctor was just leaving an exam room when I said "This baby isn't breathing right" He came right over and used his stethoscope and said "He is having an asthma attack" Isaac was given his first nebulizer treatment right in the office. We lived for years with that machine and inhalers for years. His last attack was when he was 18. Of course we no longer have the nebulizer to do home treatments. That was donated to a local hospital to be given to a family that needed it, but could not afford one. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    As you write this week's shopping list, add one vegetable that grows underground. Colorful choices include radishes, carrots, or beets. Or, you could give parsnips, turnips, celery root, or rutabaga a try. You'll find some roots in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle with their green tops still attached, and others stacked in bins near the onions and potatoes.

    Why it matters

    Root vegetables may grow deep underground, but don't bury them at the bottom of your shopping list! These vegetables are naturally sweet, supply you with vitamins and lots of fiber, and they're available year-round. By giving roots a chance, you can have fresh, filling veggies on your plate in any season.

    Fun fact

    Then-Soviet and American astronauts marked the end of the Space Race by docking their spacecrafts together and toasting with tubes of borscht, a beet soup popular in Russia, while flying through space.

    "Add 1 root vegetable to your shopping list, such as carrots, turnips, or beets"

    December 1, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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    • Chrys O.
      Chrys O. replied December 2, 2016 at 13:43 UTC:

      Many prayers for your son and for you, also, Jill....
      How wonderful that you just walked into that doctor's office when he was a baby!! I did the very same thing, but learned that our son had leukemia. I announced, "I'm your first patient of the day" and walked right through.....

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    • Norma S.
      Norma S. replied December 2, 2016 at 16:48 UTC:

      Time to clean the computer keyboard. Seems I had to do that not too long ago when it was covered with olive oil.

      Thanks so much for your encouragement.

      Okay, how about adding some jingle bells to our TGIF Dance this month? We could even sing Jingle Bells ...see more

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    Thank you Judy A, Sally W and Sandy W! Hugs back to you! This was curiously painful. I did feel the stretch.

    Isaac goes to his primary doctor today. Follow up after being in the hospital. I will let them take his BP. He chose a psychiatrist last night and made an appointment for Dec.8th. That is a good thing. He is looking for a job! All good things. Rae and I will attend our first Al Anon meeting tonight. No cooking for today because I pick Rae up at 6 and the meeting is at 6:30. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    ow to do it

    Lie on your back, and put a pillow behind your head. Lift your head slightly and slowly tuck your chin to your chest. Hold for a count of three, then release and return to the starting position. Repeat two more times.

    Why it matters

    Our necks get stressed all day long: we lean them forward to look at a computer, crane them as we drive, and bend them down to peer at a mobile phone screen. Giving your neck a quick stretch can help relieve some of that muscle tension. Bonus: Lying down for a moment to do the challenge is a nice way to fit in a moment of all-over relaxation!

    Fun fact

    Swans have 25 neck vertebrae - more than any other warm-blooded animal, including giraffes! Their long necks allow them to pull out plants in up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water.

    "Lie down with your head on your pillow, tuck your chin to your chest, and hold for a count of 3"

    November 30, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
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    Thank you Susan P, Joyce W, Annette S, and Vicky P! Hve a fantastic 222'sday!

    Depression is a deadly disease. Good info DC.

    How to do it

    Visit the website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America at http://www.adaa.org/underst... and read a list of the signs and symptoms of depression.

    Why it matters

    Although we typically pay attention to the health of organs like the heart and skin, we may not always give the brain the attention it deserves. Depression is a very common and treatable illness that affects millions of people each year - and it has its own signs and symptoms, just as heart disease and skin cancer do. By learning what depression looks like, you will have the tools to potentially recognize it in others or yourself.

    Fun fact

    Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series, wrote a book about her history of mental illness that later became a one-woman show with the same name: "Wishful Drinking."

    "Read about signs and symptoms of depression"

    November 29, 2016 at 16:02 UTC
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    Thank you for thinking of me Annette S and Joyce W!

    I don't like breakfast or lunch. Sometimes I do some soup or a salad that I buy pre made. Our Jewel (grocery store) does a pretty go od job of producing salads that are interesting and most are 280 calories or less. Due to food allergies I can not have my favorite foods. No Fish or shellfish, pineapples or cheese are allowed. I do cheat on the cheese, but not too often because of nasty consequences. I used to eat tuna all of the time! It makes lunch, breakfast and dinner very limiting.

    Every one have a wonderfilled day! Isaac is 10 days sober! What a difference this makes. More responsible actions are occurring. Thank you to all who have prayed for him and helped during this difficult challenge.

    List two ways you can add a lift to a mid-day meal. Some ideas: a new type of whole grain bread or wrap for your sandwich; a small cup of a veggie-filled soup; a type of fruit that you love; a small handful of nuts or sunflower seeds for crunch instead of chips; or a side of cottage cheese.

    Why it matters

    Lunch can leave us feeling less than excited if it's the same dull thing day after day. By doing just a little bit of thinking and planning, you can bring nutrition and flavor to your meal, exciting your taste buds and giving you energy for the rest of your afternoon.

    Fun fact

    Actor Tommy Lee Jones set the record straight on Hollywood filmmakers' priorities when he said, "The most important question in American cinema, I've learned, is 'When is lunch?'"

    "List 2 ways you can bring a healthy lift to your lunch"

    November 28, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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      Bobbie D. replied November 29, 2016 at 2:46 UTC:

      Jill, I'm glad to hear that Isaac is 10 days sober. I'll continue to pray for him. Thanks for your encouragement today. Tomorrow is my husband's birthday and we have been shopping for a bicycle for him. I hope we will find one tomorrow. Have a blessed night. ♥

    • Kenneth D.
      Kenneth D. replied November 29, 2016 at 4:50 UTC:

      Thank You Again for the E Today. Have a Great Night 8 - ) ( - 8

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    Thank you Judy A! ♥

    I made turkey soup with leftovers last night, I added some of the stuffing to the soup. I have read other recipes that add bread to soup and the soup turned out great. It is good to try new things. I have 0 leftovers from Thanksgiving.

    To make the soup I boiled the turkey and then pulled off the meat, added carrots, peas, noodles, stuffing and the gravy. I supplemented the broth with chicken stock.

    While you may not become the next internationally known artist or superstar, you can express yourself and manage stress with a few moments of creativity! Spend 10 minutes pursuing something creative today, and don't worry about the results. Just concentrate on the experience.

    Why it matters

    Having a creative outlet isn't only fun and relaxing, it can keep you healthy. Expressing our creativity can help reduce stress and improve our overall sense of well-being. That has a positive effect on the immune system, the body's defense system against disease. Doing something creative can give you a fresh perspective, too, and that can boost your self-confidence.

    Fun fact

    Sir Winston Churchill, the great British statesman, took up painting as a hobby at age 40, during World War II. It became his lifelong passion, despite the fact that he had never once visited an art gallery!

    "Spend 10 minutes being creative: Write, take photos, or think of a way to reinvent an old dish"

    November 27, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
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    Thank you Judy A, Sally W, Nicole B, and Peggy C!

    Well I lifted my leg. Another good DC.

    I am gaining a bit of confidence in Isaac's sobriety. It will take a bit to have full confidence. I looked at his blood tests and it seems to me that his blood sugar goes low at times. Many readings at 77. This could be part of the problem with his feeling cold, tired and shaking. He does get hangry. His blood sugar never went above 99. I showed him the results. He said that he needs to stop skipping so many meals. He is 5'9" and weighs 165. Without the alcohol he will be better able to monitor this issue. Grateful for the end of a nightmare. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Sit toward the front of a chair that does not have wheels. Keep your back straight and bring your right knee to your chest, using your hands to hold the back of your thigh and draw it in closer to you. Concentrate on keeping your back straight as you count to 20; don't lean in as you do the stretch. Switch sides and repeat with your left knee.

    Why it matters

    Do you feel the stretch in your lower back and upper buttocks as you count to 20 on each side? Lower back muscles are apt to become tight when we sit at a desk or in a chair for a prolonged period of time. Giving them a short stretch can help to keep them loose, which aids in increasing flexibility and preventing injury.

    Fun fact

    The Jackson 5, whose song "I Want You Back" became a number-one hit in 1970, were originally called The Jackson Brothers. A talent agent in their hometown of Gary, Indiana, suggested they change their name.

    "Sit and bring your right knee to your chest, pull it closer to you, and hold for a count of 20"

    November 26, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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      Bobbie D. replied November 27, 2016 at 2:51 UTC:

      Jill, I continue to pray for Isaac to continue to improve. It sounds like you may be discovering some clues which could help him to monitor his sugar and help with his feeling cold, tired, and shaking. Good job on the challenge. Have a blessed night and thanks for your encouragement. ...see more

    • Abbe' J.
      Abbe' J. replied November 27, 2016 at 5:08 UTC:

      Issac be strong. Jill have belief. It makes it easier for Issac.

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