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SoCS December 9, 2017 – Coconut Oil

The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “liqu.” Find a word that starts with “liqu” or has “liqu” in it, and base your post on that word. – Linda G Hill

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My husband has been taking coconut oil for almost two years. He bought the coconut oil in solid form. He then liquifies it in hot coffee. Sometimes he simply drinks one teaspoon of the liquid form of coconut oil per day.

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Real coconut oil has a melting point of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be liquid above that temperature, but solid below that. The difference between a “fat” and an “oil” is that one is solid and the other one is liquid.

In warm tropical climates where coconuts grow, and where air temperatures are almost always above 75 degrees, coconut oil is a liquid most of the time, hence the term “coconut oil.” In North America, coconut oil is a solid, really a fat, most of the year. But “coconut fat” is not a common term. Some have referred to solid coconut oil as “coconut butter,” but in fact, it is coconut oil in solid form.

Research has uncovered the secrets to this superfood that has healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). These unique fats include:

  • Caprylic acid

  • Lauric acid

  • Capric acid

Around 62 percent of the oils in coconut is made up of these three healthy fatty acids.

Read more on this article, please go to https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

 

Coconut oil is beneficial in many ways:

  • Coconut Oil for Hair – This nourishing oil has been used for centuries. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.

  • To Moisturize and Nourish Skin – Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation.

  • Digestive Help – Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.

  • Great Source of Healthy Fats – Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.

  • Mental Boost – Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.

  • Hormone Support – Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

  • Immune Support– The MCTs have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

  • Great fat for cooking: Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir-fries, baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.

Read more on this article, please go to https://wellnessmama.com/5734/coconut-oil/

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS December 8, 2017

SoSC December 2, 2017 – Thanksgiving

Linda G Hill’s Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cramp.” 

Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.

I was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. The previous time I hosted it was in 2009. That was the year I received the chemotherapy and radiation for my melanoma cancer from January to July. I know, I was so brave to host the dinner for 28 people four months after the cancer treatment. With the limited energy, I took two months to get the house ready, cleaning the house one room at a time. On the day of Thanksgiving, my daughter Mercy helped me do most of the cooking, I had written the schedule of the day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. when the family would arrive. She followed the schedule to put the turkey in the over, cook other dishes and set up the hors d’oeuvre and dessert tables. She did such a good job that all I did was get myself ready for the family dinner.

Well, for this year, I couldn’t plan too far in advance. I went to Portland, Oregon on two different trips when Mercy gave birth to her first baby. I went on the first trip in mid-September by myself when Mercy was due. Her baby was overdue, and I had to come back to California to take care of my After-school Care business.

My husband went with me on the second trip scheduled on September 28. The night before the trip, my son-in-law, Will called, and said Mercy was in labored and admitted to the hospital. I prayed every minute from the time he called to the time we arrived Portland the next day afternoon. We took a taxi from the airport straight to the hospital. Mercy was in pain but was not ready to deliver. By 10:00 p.m., Will asked us to go back to the house and will call to give us the update.

We went back to Mercy’s house, but I wasn’t able to sleep. I set the phone to the lowest ringtone because my husband went to sleep. I looked at the phone every five minutes, making sure I didn’t miss a call. By 4:00 a.m., Will called and said Mercy had delivered the baby through C-section. It was too much to coordinate by the time the doctor decided to have C-section, so he didn’t call earlier. After the delivery the doctor said Mercy could have visitors and that was when Will called me. We rushed to the hospital and were so happy to see our first granddaughter.

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My husband went back to California after a week and I stayed for six weeks. I helped to take care of the cooking, doing laundry and other chores. I took the first “shift” at night to watch Autumn so Mercy and Will could rest a little. Mercy had to feed Autumn every two hours and Will tried to help. Being new parents were quite a learning experience to Mercy and Will. Mercy tried holding Autumn in different positions for feeding but there was a latching problem. Will went back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. He continues to help when Autumn wakes up during the night for feeding.

When I came home a week before Thanksgiving, I rushed to the stores to get fall season decoration. I stopped by many stores, all I saw was Christmas items. So, I had to use Christmas decoration. Why not? Mercy, Will, and Autumn came to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We had a houseful of family again this year and had a great gathering.

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Our old, artificial Christmas tree was all worn out, and we bought a new one – white color. Throughout the years when I decorated the Christmas tree, I cramped the tree with several strings of lights, many strands of garlands, and years of collections of ornaments. This year, after I assembled the tree, Mercy helped to decorate it. She only used two strings of lights, one strand of the garland, and twenty ornaments. She liked the simple look. You know what? I like it. I like the peaceful and quiet look of a simple tree.

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By the way, Autumn is two months and four days old. She had her first immunization. Mercy said Autumn handled the shots well. “Good girl, Autumn!”

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Linda G Hill’s SoSC December 2, 2017

 

SoCS November 25, 2017

The theme for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is: “ink.” This reminds me of the ink I used for Chinese calligraphy.

I learned Chinese calligraphy in elementary school when I was in Hong Kong.

Chinese calligraphy is considered as an art. The following are five scripts of the word DRAGON.

 

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The shape, size, stretch, and type of hair in the brush, the color, and density of the ink, as well as the absorptive speed and surface texture of the paper, are the main physical elements influencing the result of calligraphy. The professional calligraphers use inkstick and grind the inkstick with water in the inkstone. I used bottle ink and poured the ink into the ink box with a cotton pad in it.

 

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There are a couple ways to hold the brush. Commonly, the brush is held vertically straight gripped between the thumb and middle finger. The index finger lightly touches the upper part of the shaft of the brush (stabilizing it) while the ring and little fingers tuck under the bottom of the shaft, leaving a space inside the palm (students were told that the space should be big enough for an egg). Alternatively, the brush is held in the right hand between the thumb and the index finger. I learned to hold the brush in a common way.

 

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The study of calligraphy includes learning the basic strokes, positioning the character, and copying exemplary works continuously, until the move becomes instinctive and the copy is perfect.

 

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As part of the homework, I practiced the large scripts as well as copied a paragraph from the book in small scripts. I contribute my artistic appreciation to my Chinese calligraphy background.

 

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Linda G Hill’s SoCS November 25, 2017

SoCS November 11, 2017

 The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “arm.”

Mercy and Will are very active in sports. They go hiking regularly. They love to do cross country skiing when they hike to the top of the mountain and then skiing down.  They like to do kayaking, riding the mountain bikes long distance, and do home gym exercise. All these exercises strengthen all body muscles and the biceps but do not concentrate on the forearms.

After baby Autumn was born, Mercy finds herself using the forearms a lot in holding the baby, feeding her and rocking her to sleep. After Autumn is asleep, she doesn’t want to change the forearm positions. After a while, she finds her forearms very sore. She must rotate her wrists, stretch the arms and rub the forearms.

During the past few weeks when I help to take care of Autumn, I find the same challenge. I exercise my biceps when going to the gym with my husband. When doing the gardening, it may involve using my forearms but not in a concentrating effort or in a lengthy period. When Autumn is falling asleep in my arms, I try to switch my arm positions without waking her up.

Autumn is 9 ½ lbs this week, two pounds over her birth weight. She is getting big and out grows the newborn clothes. She has more awake time. She can sit in the swing for more than 10 minutes when she is clean and fed.

I’m going back to southern California this afternoon. They will come to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. It will be baby Autumn’s first air travel. Until then, I’ll miss holding her in my arms.

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS November 11, 2017

SoCS October 28, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “which/witch/wich.” Start your post with the word “which” and try to fit the word “witch” in somewhere if you can. – Linda G Hill

Which auction items do I want to purchase tonight?” I wondered. It was our church fellowship group annual fundraising for the missionaries this evening.

The program included the silent auction and verbal auction. The silent auction was done half an hour before the verbal auction. Dinner was served during the verbal auction. The main dish for the dinner was bratwurst sausage sandwich, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw.

There were about 40 silent auction items and 22 for the verbal auction. The silent auction included some items people donated and some breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or game nights people sponsored. I had the calendar open on my phone ready to check on the dates.

When the Master of Ceremony announced the time to start the silent auction. I was fortunate to be standing by some activities sheet, so I quickly signed up for five, three for women (myself), one for both my husband and I, and one for men (my husband). During the verbal auction, I bid on two items and won both.

It was another pleasant night out for my husband and I. We enjoyed it as well as love to support the missionaries.

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 28, 2018

SoCS October 21, 2017

The theme for Linda’s SoCS October 21, 2017, is Season.

 

There are seasons in a dating relationship. My definition of seasons of dating refers to a relationship that goes through a period of changes in order to establish its stability.

Through my counseling experience, I find that rushing into a relation, and getting married within a few months has a pitfall. There is no doubt about the initial magnetic attractions each other feel so strongly. The euphoria of meeting the Princess and Prince Charming makes the hearts swell with bubbles and nonstop smiles on the faces. They find themselves can’t stop talking about the Miss Right and Mister Perfect. Their minds go 100 mph and take the thoughts through the intimacy and walking down the aisle, and the two live happily ever after.

Miss Smith met Mr. Williams. They saw each other two or three times a week and texted each other throughout the day.

After one month, they invited the siblings to go on outings to introduce the family members to each other. The dating couple and the siblings had a blast.

Two months later they decided to meet the prospective parents. Miss Smith’s parents were impressed by Mr. Williams at a dinner in the restaurant. Miss Smith met Mr. William’s single mom and the other siblings at home. Mrs. Smith seemed to be aloof. The siblings were joking with each other. Mr. Williams seemed to be running around taking care of family members’ needs. He didn’t sit down with Miss Smith to have a meaningful conversation with his mom.

A couple months went by; Miss Smith still felt that she couldn’t get Mr. Williams to be engaged in a deeper level of conversation. At the same time, Mr. Williams tried to push the idea of getting married.

Miss Smith started to express her question about the relationship in her text to Mr. Williams. He was panic and apologetic about any wrongdoings.

A couple more weeks went by. Miss Smith felt that Mr. Williams couldn’t carry on an objective discussion but pressed on the issue of getting married.

Miss Smith felt very uncomfortable even texting to Mr. Williams. She picked up her courage and texted Mr. Williams that she decided to end the relationship. Mr. Williams wanted to talk about that once more time face to face.

Miss Smith arrived at Mr. Williams’ apartment next morning. She rang the doorbell but didn’t get any answer. She knocked and knocked. The door cracked open, apparently wasn’t locked. She let herself in. Mr. Williams was sitting on the couch buried his face in his palms. Miss Smith sat down across from Mr. Williams and repeatedly asked how he was doing. Mr. Williams started to bang his head with his fists and started sobbing. Eventually, he was screaming.

“You’re just like everyone else. You don’t care about me. You just want to leave me.”
With that, he went into his bedroom, threw into the bed facing the pillow and sobbed uncontrollably.

“Are you okay? Do you want me to help?”

“You’re no different than anyone. You just want to leave me!”

Miss Smith was getting scared. Her instinct told her that she was facing a problem bigger than she could handle.

She picked her purse, out the door she went, and never looked back.
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What do you think about the story? What happened to the relationship of the two? What was going on with Mr. Williams? What do you think about Miss Smith’s decision?
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My opening statement is about the dating and allowing the relationship to go through different seasons of changes to establish the stability. It’s not necessarily to go through the seasons of the calendar year.

The symbols of the seasons are:
Summer is filled with sunshine, activities, excitement, fun, and laughter.
Autumn is changing in nature. Leaves lose their pigmentation, alter their colors and wither.
Winter is cold, shivering, bareness, and hibernation.
Spring is the return of life, freshness, blossom, beauty, joy, and hope.

When dating goes through the symbolic changes of seasons, the two individuals stick with each other through thick and thin, learn to give and take the support and appreciation, the ongoing relationship will most likely be able to withstand the changes of the future seasons.

Linda’s SoCS October 21, 2017

SoCS October 6, 2017

When I was promoted to a school district administrator position in 1998, I began to save my vacation days so we could take major travel trips as well as mini trips. As an administrator, I had 22 vacation days, 10 public holidays, and 10 personal leave days. Combining the vacation days and personal leave days, there were six and a half weeks for me to travel.

My administrative work schedule was twelve months a year versus ten-month a year as a teacher. I could go on vacation anytime during the year as long as I planned ahead. My husband had his own business so he could go any time also. We mostly travel during off season. The advantage was having cheaper airfares, plus the tourist areas were not as crowded.

My husband was born in Walla Walla, New South Whale, Australia. His family went to live in England when he was ten years old. They got a better quota to emigrate to U.S. from England. He was twelve years old when the family traveled to U.S. on the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. Ever since they arrived in U.S. in 1968, none of the family members had gone back to Australia. We were the first ones went back to visit. It was the first time for me. We went to Sydney, Bandi Beach, Blue Mountain, Caine, Port Douglas, and Cape Tribulation. While in Caine, my husband went diving in Great Barrier Reef. I came home with several pieces of black opals.

When traveling to different countries, it was considered as sightseeing trips. We do take vacations for the main purpose of relaxation. The place for relaxation turned out to be Maui, Hawaii. We got married on Maui Beach in 1996. We had gone back for at least four times. The Road to Hana was one Highway we drove through on every trip. We went up to the top of the volcano a couple times and visited different beaches. There was always time for a morning walk on the beach by the condo we stayed and time to watch the romantic and reflective sunset every evening.

Our last visit to Maui happened during the storm season. The last two days being there was worrisome for me. On a normal circumstance, I wouldn’t worry about extending the stay. But it happened that I was scheduled to pick up Mercy and Will from the airport the day after our return. The following day four of us were going to a wedding. If our flight had been rescheduled, it would have created a domino effect. It was too much for me to think of the possible solution had it happened. I concentrated on praying for the weather instead.

Eventually, the storm made a detour and was diminishing and fading away. Our flight was on time and we had a safe trip home.

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Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 6, 2017

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