Spring Cleaning for the Homeless

pexels-photo-434163.jpegAs spring approaches and many of us go through stuff to be discarded, stop and reflect. While doing volunteer work, I found out that St. Vincent’s  sticks things aside for the homeless. Don’t toss out your back packs. Apparently, this is a hot item for the homeless.



Here is a great photo I took of an elk. It looks like he is laughing.IMG_0879

Applesauce Bread

20180217_123441 applesauce bread I made this bread and decided to share it. Here is the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 small loaf pans or 1 large loaf pan. Set aside. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 3 T. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried dates

In a large bowl, add the oil, eggs, maple extract, milk, and sugars. Mix well. Add the spices and dry ingredients. Blend well. Add the applesauce, dates, and raisins. Stir until blended. Divide dough into 2 small loaf pans or 1 large pan. Bake for 45 minutes for smaller loaves or 1 hour for large loaf. Cool on a rack.

The Mystery of the Migraine

Migraines are caused by an oversensitive brain and genetic predisposition. Anyone can have a headache, but migraines are more painful and are usually on one side of the head. The symptoms vary from each person. They can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light, smells, and touch. Some researchers have discovered that migraines also have phases that within hours or days result into full blown migraines.

Phase one: Prodrome

Symptoms include: food cravings, sleep issues, increased thirst, repetitive yawning, and difficulty speaking. 30-40% of migraine sufferers experience the prodome phase.

Phase two: Aura

Symptoms include: blurry vision, seeing flashing lights or wavy lines, losing vision for a short period, confusion, loss of hearing, hiccups, and tingling sensations. 1 in 5 sufferers develop auras.

Phase Three: Headache

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, hot flashes, dizziness, vertigo, mild head pain, and sometimes anxiety.

Phase Four: Postdrome

Symptoms include: poor concentration, depression, and euphoria. Typically lasts from 2-24 hours.

More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines according to the National Headache Foundation. Episodic migraines are those sufferers that have migraines every few months or less. Chronic migraines are labeled on people that suffer 15 or more days per month with migraines. Overtime, people with episodic migraines may develop more headaches for various reasons, such as increased stress, illness, or a change in hormones. Both genetics and environment play a role in who gets migraines. If one parent has migraines, then you have a 50% of getting migraines. If both parents suffer from migraines, then you have a 75% chance of developing migraines. Caffeine, certain foods, stress, and changes in weather are triggers for an attack.

No one knows for sure what causes migraines, but changes in the levels of serotonin and other neurochemicals are involved. It affects the trigeminal nerve system, a constellation of nerves in the face and head. Many women develop migraines before or during their periods and the migraines lessen after menopause. Some people can manage their triggers, while others need medications.

Healthy sleep is an important factor for preventing migraines and managing the prodome phase. Try some chamomile or ginger tea to help relax your senses and ease the feelings of nausea. Drink plenty of water to fight dehydration. Try an ice pack to ease discomfort from hot flashes and pain. Recovering from a migraine takes time. Try a relaxing bubble bath or a massage.IMG_0765


Ayada Maldives Resort

Charly W. Karl

Ayada Maldives, aerial (2)

Ayada Maldives Resort is a  inspiring destination comprising an opulent 112 villa resort located on the 37 acre paradise island of Maguhdhuvaa in the stunning Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.

Ayada Maldives, aerial

According to its developer, Turkish construction company Aydeniz Group, “Ayada Maldives is a resort with natural beauty at its heart where you can truly discover the exceptional. 

Ayada Maldives, from top view

From unique experiences of snorkeling and diving in one of the most unspoiled locations in the world to simply relaxing and relishing the views of the azure Indian Ocean from your private pool and terrace.”

Ayada Maldives

Ayada Maldives boasts superb amenities, seven tempting restaurants, cafes and bars offering world-class cuisine to tantalize taste buds and an extensive 37,600 square foot AySpa Spa & Health Club.

Ayada Maldives, Zero Degree Restaurant..

Ayada Maldives, Zero Degree Restaurant...

Ayada Maldives, Turquish Coffee at Ottoman Lounge

Ayada Maldives, Zero Degree Restaurant.

Ayada Maldives, Zero Degree Restaurant

Ayada Maldives, Zero Degree Restaurant

Ayada Maldives, Sunset Royal Ocean Suite

Ayada Maldives, Sunset Royal Family Ocean Suite

Stitched Panorama

Stitched Panorama

Ayada Maldives, Ocean Villas

Ayada Maldives, Ocean Villas

Ayada Maldives, Sunset Family Ocean Suite.

Ayada Maldives, Sunset Family Ocean Suite

Ayada Maldives, Suite

Ayada Maldives, Suite

Ayada Maldives, Sunset Family Ocean Suite (2)

Ayada Maldives, Sunset…

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Winter walking in Ayrshire

Love Exploring Scotland

I’ve really missed not getting out walking as much over the past few months. This has also stopped me writing any posts. I feel I’ve nothing interesting to write about as I haven’t been on a long day’s walk or a great Scottish adventure.

Then I started thinking that even the smallest of adventures have something wonderful to share. I could be out walking for an hour or two and still capture the beauty around me in photos. I usually share photos of these shorter walks on my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter rather than writing a blog post.

I’d love to share some short winter walks over the last few months.

Loudoun hill

I’ve hiked up Loudoun Hill in Ayrshire once before on a warm sunny day in June 2015.

This day was cold and frosty. My friend came along with me as she’d never been before. We normally…

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Fridays’ Passing Fancy: Winter Light Festival, Soul’s Balm via Arty Fun

Tales for Life

Winter Lights Festival and 101

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How to beat the winter blues? Easy: welcome to the third annual Winter Light Festival in Portland, Oregon and get ready for a quirky experience!

Because I can’t describe it any better, here is a brief description from Wikipedia:

“The Portland Winter Light Festival is an annual winter light festival in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Each year has been presented by the local nonprofit Willamette Light Brigade[1] and powered by Portland General Electric. The festival is always open to the public and free to attend.[2]   The event, first held in 2016, featured over 40 light-based art installations, performances, and other activities, and took place exclusively around OMSI. ”

OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a wonderful place to visit. This year it was held at other venues as well, but we stayed around this spot as it was so…

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