Looking for a Nursing Home?!

April 19, 2018

So, what are the chances that you will be able to find a bed in a quality, highly-rated facility in your state?  Here’s the breakdown (courtesy of the AARP Bulletin) by percentage of beds by state (highest versus lowest).

Highest percentage
1. Maine (56%)
1. Washington (56%)
3. Utah (55%)
3. Vermont (55%)
3. Minnesota (55%)
3. District of Columbia (55%)
7. Delaware (54%)
7. Rhode Island (54%)
9. New Hampshire (53%)
9. Colorado (53%)
10. New Jersey (52%)
10. Arizona (52%)
10. Idaho (52%)
10. Montana (52%)

Lowest percentage
1.West Virginia (26%)
2. Louisiana (27%)
3. North Carolina (28%)
3. Texas (28%)
5. Kentucky (30%)
6. Georgia (32%)
6. Oklahoma (32%)
6. New Mexico (32%)
9. Virginia (35%)
9. Illinois (35%)
9. Pennsylvania (35%)
10. Alabama (37%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2018 issue, p. 44; U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; America’s Health Rankings/United Health Foundation.  All percentages are rounded.


Pillars of Health!

April 18, 2018

I recently read an article about health and police officers and discovered that a heart attack claims more that sixty (60) times the number of officers than any other kind of violent incident or attack.  These “pillars” are fairly sound advice for anyone (not just the law enforcement community).

Pillar #1 — Sleep (you need to get 7-8 good hours of sleep per night).

Pillar #2 — Food (what you eat [nutritious] and how much you eat [moderation] are important).

Pillar #3 — Exercise (get started doing something [don’t over do it] and get into a routine; consistency is the key, but remember, you can’t “outrun your diet”).

Pillar #4 — Supplements (a basic multi-vitamin is a great place to start to fill any nutritional gaps in your diet).


Death and Taxes!

April 17, 2018

Happy Tax Day 2018!  According to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are several other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used to represent the word tax (if you are so inclined for a little variety).  Enjoy!


\ taks \

1.  a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for
specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales,etc.
2.  a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.

verb (used with object)
3.  to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
4.to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods,
sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
5.  to lay a burden on; make serious demands on.
6.  to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse.
7.  Informal. to charge.
8.  Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.

verb (used without object)
9.  to levy taxes.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com.

You’ve Come a Long Way . . . !

April 16, 2018

Remember when Amazon was primarily an online bookseller?  Well, if you didn’t know, they have grown into the largest online retailer . . . and don’t look to be slowing down at all.  Here’s an infographic that gives you all the facts about this internet giant.  Enjoy!


Cheesecake of the Month – April 2018!

April 15, 2018

Here is a new flavor that I recently discovered that is simply superb!  I have made it a couple of times already.  If you like the tartness of a Key Lime cheesecake, then this Limoncello cheesecake is sure to please you as well.

Limoncello Cheesecake

— for the crust
2-1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup of sugar
6 Tablespoons of melted butter
— for the filling
3 (8-ounce packages) of cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1-1/3 cups of sugar
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind/zest
— for the sour cream topping
1 pint of sour cream
3 Tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
— for the glaze
1/2 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1/2 cup of Limoncello
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
a touch of lemon paste (for color)

1.  Combine the graham crumbs, sugar and butter.  Press firmly onto the bottom and up the sides of an 11-12 inch springform pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  Cool before adding the filling.

2.  Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer at high speed until completely smooth.

3.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.

4.  Continue to beat, gradually adding the 1-/3 cups of sugar, then lemon juice and vanilla.

5.  Stir in the lemon rind.

6. Pour into the cooled crust and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (you may have to adjust the baking time if you use a smaller diameter pan).

7.  Blend the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract for the topping.

8.  Remove the cake from the oven and gently spread the sour cream mixture over the top.  Return the cheesecake to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes.

9.  Cool on a rack for 30 minutes then refrigerate until the topping is cool but not completely chilled (about 15 minutes).

10.  Make the glaze by combining the sugar and the cornstarch.  Blend in the Limoncello and lemon juice until smooth. j Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Cook three minutes.  Chill until the mixture is cool but not set (15-20 minutes).

11. Spread the glaze over the top of the cheesecake.  Chill several hours or overnight.


Unheeded Warnings!

April 14, 2018

Despite receiving numerous warning of sea ice, it wasn’t until her lookouts actually saw the ice that the danger was realized and by then it was too late to take evasive action.  The Titanic struck the iceberg at approximately 10:40 PM and began sinking on this date in 1912.  A tragic event indeed.   When they made the movie “Titanic,” I’m sure the Hollywood took more than their share of liberties with the story (for entertainment value, of course), but the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion continues to stir my emotions.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-One!

April 13, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “American history.”  Do you know . . . what was Billy the Kid’s real name?

William H. Bonney was actually an alias that Billy the Kid was using when he was sentenced to die.  His real name was probably William Henry McCarty, Jr.  His mother preferred to call him Henry because she did not want him known as a junior.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.


April 12, 2018

BouquetHere is yet another  piece that was recently added to my collection (back in October 2017).  I had attended the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Bouquet,” is by Julie Miller and I bought it without hesitation (along with several other pieces that day).  I have another one of Julie’s oil paintings already hanging in my apartment (a landscape scene of the California coast with eucalyptus trees).  The colors and the lines of this piece caught my eye immediately and I can’t wait to get it framed and on the wall.  Julie is experimenting with a new style, and I like it.  I’m amassing quite the number of “unframed” paintings and I will at some point in time have to make it a priority to get them framed so that they too can grace what little wall space I have left (yes, there still is some available wall space — but it is shrinking all the time).

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Two!

April 11, 2018

Here is a word from the Latin operosus, meaning “industrious, active; laborious, elaborate”; from opus, meaning  “a work; workmanship; building.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“It did not take them long to devise a plan that was much less operose and could be done quickly.”


opuh-rohs \, adjective;

1.  industrious, as a person.
2.  done with or involving much labor.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

Tulips, a Sign of Spring!

April 10, 2018

Now that spring has sprung, trees and flowers should all be abloom.  If not, why not “make” a few of your own (origami).  Here is a video that shows you how to create an origami tulip!  Happy folding!