Careful colour-schemes keep gardens looking elegant. This dry landscape features cacti, yellow and orange desert bell trees and a purple flowering bush. Pots hold yellow, orange and purple flowers. Blending with natural hues of the randomly-placed, large river rocks is a stone pathway set into sandy soil. ©M-J de Mesterton 2021
Bougainvillea is in full flower against my garden wall, rising above the jasmine. ©M-J de Mesterton, April 2021
Two sticks of butter, one tablespon of yeast, a third-cup of milk, a teaspoon of salt, three cups of flour, and six eggs are what I use to make brioche. ©M-J de Mesterton, 2021
It may not be so for everyone who consumes the natural sweetener stevia, but every time I use the stuff, I awaken at night with killing leg-cramp. I had stopped using the organic preparation last year for that reason, but decided to try it again a couple of days ago during my post-Christmas dieting, hoping that a different brand would yield better results. Bingo, the cramps were simultaneously occurring in both legs! I did a little research yesterday morning, as the troglodyte on TV suggested, and found that many people experience this symptom and several others after ingesting stevia. My legs were still sore (calves AND thighs).
Three extended family members, all of whom had recommended stevia to me and given me some books on the subject, passed away relatively young. Those books are going into the dust-bin today. Some people may fare well on that substance, but for me, I would rather not wake up with crippling pain that makes it impossible to even get up and walk–that’s what happens when muscle-cramp strikes the entirety of both legs, whereas if it hits just one of your pegs, getting up to walk or lunge it out is possible. Bye bye Stevia, Sweetie!~M-J de Mesterton ©2020
Excerpts from the Health Line Article Written by Maria Zamarripa on April 5, 2019:
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The Avocado’s natural monounsaturated fat is known for its power to lower blood-pressure. This beneficial lipid is pressed from the luscious green fruit to make avocado oil.
Avocado oil helps to alleviate arthritis.
Psoriasis is treated successfully in France with avocado oil; it is especially effective when incorporated into vitamin B-12 skin-cream.
Avocado oil’s high monounsaturated oleic acid content helps to improve general heart-health and lower blood-cholesterol.
Avocado oil, with its high smoke-point, is ideal for cooking. I like to cook popcorn in it instead of coconut oil. Avocado oil is used in vinaigrette for salads. When ingested, this beneficial oil promotes the absorption of antioxidants in food. Oil of avocado has such a mild taste and scent that it is extremely versatile; it can be used as a healing emollient on the skin. ©M-J de Mesterton 2019
Day-old bread is sliced and moistened in milk and/or cream, then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon before being slowly baked in a low-temperature oven. This is the simple formula; every Scandinavian who makes this traditional toast or “cinnamon rusks” has his or her own technique. Cinnamon toast is a popular accompaniment to coffee. Scandinavian coffee is typically brewed “strong” using light-to-medium roasted beans. My Swedish grandparents had this traditional combination of cinnamon toast (kanelskorpor) and coffee every morning, though they did not make it themselves as I do. I sometimes use home-made brioche loaf for this purpose, as it produces a very light cinnamon toast or kanelskorpor. Cinnamon is a health-promoting substance in many ways. Here is an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola on the health-benefits of CINNAMON.
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If one cannot see immediately what is wrong with this lamentable suit, then the clothing industry has accomplished its apparent mission of brainwashing an unwitting, mysteriously willing public into believing that the swill they’re pumping out is anything but poison. I really miss Roger Moore and Sean Connery as James Bond. No misanthropic designer was making their legs look short while their torsos look too long, and giving their feet the appearance of wearing over-sized clown shoes. O tempora, o mores….
Today’s tailors have totally lost the plot. When the actor playing James Bond is not “suited” properly, what hope is there for the rest of us?~~M-J
And now a breath of fresh air, because after years of the same old hip-huggers or “low-pants”, billowing shirt-waists that cannot be tucked-into them, neckties that end at the nether-region, skin-tight, truncated trousers that end above the shoes, lateral wrinkles from cloth being pulled to the sides, a man’s suit of clothing that doesn’t make a monkey out of him seems downright innovative:
Notice the Unintentional Halo in the Ceiling. Roger Moore was the best-dressed Bond, and sartorially stellar as The Saint:
2016: I hadn’t gone shopping in a while, so when I came upon these grapes and jalapeño peppers at Albertson’s a month ago, they seemed normal at first. At home, they looked larger than life all of a sudden, like the Grapes that Took Over the World, and Jalapeños as Big as Texas. They may be genetically-modified (in fact, I’d put money on it). Yeah, them grapes were slightly smaller than golf-balls, and twenty years ago women would have been runnin’ scared at the sight of ’em. Those peppers ain’t just big, they are hotter than Hades. Talk about getting more bang for your buck–for all I know, the whole lot is deadly poison. Sure as shootin’, I am not going back to that store for more. The chicken breasts we bought there were just enormous, probably from a fowl critter named Dolly (in honor of the lamb created in a lab, not the huge-breasted singer, Ms Parton).
After poaching and frying those pieces of chicken, having spent more than an hour in the process, we were stunned at the foam-rubber texture of the alien meat. The animals had to have been pumped full of SOMETHING unnatural to make their breasts as large as those of turkeys and render their flesh absolutely inedible. It was impossible to know how the chicken would be when cooked, therefore lots of time and effort were wasted. Needless to say, the inedible meat was returned to its purveyor. Don’t let grocery stores ruin your meals–make sure the chicken you purchase is of normal size. Good thing we did not unwittingly serve this faux fowl to guests. That would have been ruinous!~~M-J
And now, the eternal question: which came first, the funky chicken enhanced by hormones, or the FREAK EGG?
Quod Erat Demonstrandum
Since 2006, I have been writing about the sort of misguided clothing-choice pictured in this photograph. Garments that only rise to that area just above the groin cause both the grotesque “Muffin-Top” and the risible anomaly known as “Plumber’s Crack”, yet every year, THEY’RE BA-ACK! Resist falling into fashion-victimhood, and stop risking your pants falling down. Wear your pants, trousers and skirts up at the waist, and you will not look this idiotic. SIMPLE, isn’t it?
©M-J de Mesterton 2012
Where Is the Waist? Editorial by M-J de Mesterton
Posted on September 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM
Where is the waist? That’s what I wonder every time I look at photos of the newest “fashions.” What is new about the same old tragic clothing-concepts bobbing up again, masquerading as innovative? For the past ten years, pants and skirts have consistently been manufactured without even coming close to the waist, yet they are touted as the “latest.” To paraphrase General Honoré of Louisiana, someone’s “stuck on stupid.” I thought last spring that the tide of bad clothes was turning, but, having perused some catalogues this month, it is apparent that clothing designers are still denying their customers ample fabric to cover their “plumber’s cracks.” Snide cracks about “mom jeans” and thoroughly ignorant comments calling anything that indeed does come just up to the natural waist “high-waisted” are still being heard and read by those of us who actually remember where the waist is located on the human corpus: the place for belts, sashes, snaps and buttons is an inch or two above the navel, depending upon one’s height. The designer of the human body gave us the waist as an elegant way of keeping our pants, skirts and trousers from falling down; also to enhance our corporeal proportions. The true waist never comes below the navel, and it certainly cannot be found two inches above one’s crotch. Garments are falling down from where they rest on the hips, and the fashion world has insisted on staying down in the gutter after what seems to be a devastating, permanent fall from elegant, figure-enhancing style. Fashion-victims are afraid now to go against the hideous dictum that you must wear your clothes no higher than the hip. This is a big mistake, because if one follows the lines of his or her body, they will see that clothes descending from the waist lengthen the legs, while clothes that only come up to the hips turn even the slimmest among us into pot-bellied, short and sloppy-looking people who would have been laughed at throughout the previous decades and centuries. Wearing six-inch heels to compensate for the bad deeds done to your figure by stingy clothing manufacturers and designers does nothing but make one look even sillier. Extra-high heels will damage both your feet and back, and will not give back the height robbed from you by idiotic torso-stretching trousers and skirts. For men, extra-long trousers do not visually lengthen your legs; rather, they make you look dumpy. The fail-safe, time-tested method of developing real glamour and style is to dress in natural, luxurious cloths and fabrics from the waist-down; wear two-to-three inch heels if you are a woman, and keep your trousers from heaping into a puddle on top of your shoes if you are a man. And don’t forget the stockings and socks. No one will notice that you are not blindly and self-destructively following bad fashion. But, they will wonder why on earth you look so good, while their trousers are slipping into the mire together with all sense of style.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010
©M-J de Mesterton 2010
UPDATE: IT’S NOW 2017, and menswear has become steadily worse in the past seven years. Here’s a video that makes me nostalgic for the kooky clothing of 1966, when I was eleven–people then looked better than they do today–but, it also demonstrates that following fashion blindly is utter folly:
A tiny bathroom can be quickly redecorated with a new shower-curtain and colour-coordinated accessories.
@M-J de Mesterton 2021
The Benefits of Eating Walnuts
- One-quarter cup of walnuts provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.
- Walnuts help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer as well.
- Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers several vascular benefits to people with heart disease, and those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors
- Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods.
- Walnuts, eaten responsibly in quarter-cup daily doses, help with weight control, offer support for brain health and Type 2 diabetes.
From the Publication, “STUDY FINDS”: