I have always loved to sing! 😉
Many years ago I sang on a semi-professional basis for quite some time.
I was also a finalist (twice) in one of Canada’s prestigious country music competitions at that time: THE BIG COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, in the late 80’s.
I “belted out” 😉 a respectable rendition of some of the musical hits of the time, including:
Desperado, Someday Soon, Stand By Your Man and Catch the Wind…
to name but a few.
What fun it was and what an unexpected pleasure to find that other people (including some who had been in the biz for a long time) thought I had a talent for singing too.
Years later, in 2000 I decided to get back into singing and took more voice lessons, in a more classical vein this time. What a joy it was to rediscover the freedom and pleasure of singing!
Of course I’ve always tried to remember to “lighten up the day” with a song, humming along to a CD, singing while driving etc. The times I really remember the true joy of singing are many and varied. One thing I did not know until recently were the many health benefits associated with singing.
This article is interesting, listing various health benefits directly related to singing. These include: improved memory, lung capacity, reduced stress and lower blood pressure to name but a few. There are many other lists/articles online, describing the numerous physical, emotional and mental health benefits of singing.
Whether you consider yourself a singer or not, it’s a great way to improve each day and your life. And it doesn’t have to cost a dime! Even if you start in the shower and go from there, you might surprise yourself and go on to share your singing voice with the world. You just never know! It’s all good. 🙂
PS: A version of this post was previously shared at one of my now inactive blogs: Take A Happy Break. I thought my Veggie…readers might enjoy this info. too. 😉
Wow, did the last two months fly by or is it just me? 😉
I can’t believe that September is just around the corner already.
But IMO, that’s a good thing ’cause my fav season is autumn.
I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer so far. And it’s not quite over, is it? 😉
How has your weather been? It’s been a VERY dry, hot summer here in BC. 😦
I’m still busy with summer “stuff” right now but have some post ideas and reviews in the works that I hope you’ll enjoy.
I hope to be back to regular posting (and blog visiting!) in the next couple of weeks.
Have an awesome week!!!! G
The summer sun and several projects beckon…
So for the next few weeks, I’m going to take a break from all of my blogs.
And speaking of a couple of those projects…
Mr. Cheddar and I hope to have his kindle book:
Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings:
Kibbles of Wisdom From a Wise and Witty Feline!
finished in the next couple of weeks. 😉
The Chedster is all starry-eyed about finally becoming a book author too. 😉
His first kindle book will be available at Amazon.com, .ca, UK…..when it’s ready. I’m only doing the typing and formatting for this one! 😉
I also want to FINALLY get around to reorganizing my many photo files. It’s become a big mess again, 😦 in spite of my efforts to keep it tidy along the way.
I’ll be back before autumn rolls around, with lots of recipes, reviews and posts that I hope you’ll enjoy!
Happy Summer and Lots of Hugs From Me and Mr. C! 🙂
Do you ever wonder if something in your fridge is still safe to eat?
I do, a lot actually.
I had been looking (unsuccessfully) for a kindle book that would list a wide array of foods and what their optimal storage times were. I finally gave up that search and started to look for a site online that would work.
Happily, I found out about STILL TASTY last week and so far, I’m impressed! 🙂
It’s a very user-friendly site and lists a LOT of different foods.
You simply type in the food you are wanting to check on re: storage/shelf life, and a list of various options for that particular food comes up.
For example: I looked up hummus and this is the results I got:
Snacks & Sweets
-HUMMUS — HOMEMADE
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — OPENED
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED
You then click on the result for what you need.
I was surprised to find out that homemade hummus stored in the fridge is only good for up to 7 DAYS!
That was an eye-opener for me. I was under the impression that hummus was like some other condiments, that would be OK to use for 2- 3 weeks, if kept in the fridge. 😦
I know this will be a website that I will be visiting on a regular basis. I hope you find it helpful too!
Optimal food shelf life and storage safety is SO IMPORTANT!
Happy (and Safe) Cooking and Week!
This gorgeous photo of a lavender field caught my attention as I browsed my WP Reader today.
I ♥ lavender!
Do you use medicinal plants on a regular basis?
Have a healthy, happy day, G 🙂
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We had a sneak preview of spring weather on Tuesday, with warm sun and cool breezes. I stopped by the garden between clients to get a boost from the crocus and mini iris that have been blooming steadily for a few weeks now. I walked around the garden, catching glimpses of little goodies slowly but surely poking out of the earth. So good for the spirit to see that!
And I really only intended to observe… but suddenly I found the clippers in my hand, my jacket thrown aside and there I was, pruning away the winter!
I cleared the old, withered leaves from the lambs ear, cut the dried stems from the chrysanthemums and straightened the wire frame that will soon be entwined with a lovely, low growing pink clematis. Then I noticed the lavender plant toppling out into the aisle. “ Oh my, do…
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No, I can’t juggle (but Joe can) 🙂 but I DO ♥ to multi-task!
Do you know what dust is actually made of?
Are you aware of the health dangers associated with inhaling dust?
This is just one of many reports about how harmful inhalation of dust can be. You can read many more online.
Since reading more about this topic myself several months ago, I always make sure to have windows open when vacuuming now and to wear a dust mask when dumping out the dirt cup of the vacuum too.
Small measures that can add up to better health, in the long-term. It’s so worth the extra bit of time and effort.
What steps do you take in daily home life/when cleaning, to safeguard your health?
Have a healthy, happy weekend! 🙂
I ♥ yoga for all these reasons and many more.
Do you practice yoga on a regular basis?
Have a happy, healthy week. 🙂
I was fortunate enough to get involved with yoga about 30 years ago when I was dating a woman who also taught yoga. I practiced religiously for years after she and I had gone our separate ways. To this day, I am grateful for learning how to still my body and reduce my stress by the simple practice of controlling my breathing. As you can see from the infographic below there are profound benefits to doing yoga. There is also a good section on myth-information about yoga.
To read further posts on yoga, check out:
Why Should I Do Yoga?
New Study Shows that Yoga and Meditation May Help Train the Brain
Body Strengthening Yoga Poses – Infographic
How can yoga benefit your brain?
Why is Yoga Good for You?
Yoga for Arthritis; Yoga for Seniors
I’ve always been intrigued and interested in Reiki.
I recently had the opportunity to read:
This is THE best Reiki book that I’ve read to date.
Here’s my review from Amazon.com
As a person who truly believes in holistic healthcare and the power of the mind/body connection for healing, I’ve always been intrigued by Reiki.
Up until now, I haven’t actually had any Reiki treatments or training to do them for other people. But after reading this book, I now feel that I want to take that next step and explore Reiki in much more depth.
The Power of Reiki is a beautiful book. With full color photos throughout (much preferred to diagrams) it explains in detail what Reiki is really all about. A simple but powerful discipline that has been embraced by millions of people around the world and that has also stood the test of time, in terms of its effectiveness.
Topics covered in this book include:
-the history of Reiki
-Reiki in daily life
-Reiki and it’s meaning
-On healing and illness
and many others.
After reading this book, my interest is not only piqued to pursue classes in Reiki, I already feel that I would be capable of doing simple Reiki procedures on myself at this point, and for family members. Something that has never happened before, when I read other books on this topic.
If you’ve been wanting to find out more about Reiki in an interesting and easy to understand way, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
PS: Have you or your family tried Reiki? What are your thoughts on this discipline, if you have?
I’d love to hear about your personal experiences! 🙂