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CAMPING

Posted by Granny1952 Thursday, July 30, 2009


Camping is fun. I mean real camping; sleeping in tents, no electricity, campfires, if possible. But you need to be prepared. When creating your list of foods, check out the area for animals such as bears. If there is a concern, take pre cooked foods so you will not attract them with the smell from cooking. Bug sprays, first aid kits are essential. Take plenty of water. Even if you have a filtering system, taking bottle water for a back up is important. Outdoor activities require more water to stay hydrated. Take a variety of cloths for both hot and cold. Don’t forget the extra batteries for the flashlights. Put a blanket in your sleeping bag.

We just got back from camping. About 200 of us met for the week. It is such a good way to get to know your friends better and sometimes make new friends. The kids learn how to survive a week without their iPods, cell phones, computer games and television. The lack of interruptions creates a more relaxed family atmosphere. The teens help with the little ones. Campfire we sing, have skits, play games. Hiking, swimming, games are daily activities.

Our camp is a Bible Camp. So the memory verses they learn have a special meaning as they always connect it to their week at camp. The kids look at serving meals as a privilege, not a chore. We all have a few hours a day to increase our knowledge of God and his plan for us. We come home happy, dirty, tired and hopefully, a little wiser. The memories are priceless. Will we go again next year? You bet. It is our time to reconnect, enjoy the simple pleasures of life and instill in our children, while the adults strengthens, the values that God wants and expects from us.

HELP WITH THE HEAT

Posted by Granny1952 Thursday, July 16, 2009


Heat makes us perspire more which causes us to lose fluids, along with minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. Drinking liquids and eating fresh fruits and vegetable can help beat the heat. The antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables may also help protect your body against dehydration and sun damage.

Foods that help with the heat include:

Berries – they contain compounds that help with inflammation and may help with sunburns, and contain antioxidant Vitamin C

Spinach – contains water and has magnesium also the green color is from the antioxidant lutein which helps the skin and eyes from sun exposure.

Chili Peppers – The spicy peppers stimulate perspiration, which as it evaporates from the skin, it helps cool you off. It also contains Vitamin C.

Sports Drinks – Water is good but when exercising in hot weather, minerals and electrolytes need to be replaced and help maximize fluids absorption.

Cantaloupe – they have potassium and beta carotene a powerful antioxidant

Spinach – contains water and has magnesium also the green color is from the antioxidant lutein which helps the skin and eyes from sun exposure.

Tea - may help with sunburns. Make a strong cup of black tea, then either spray on the sun burn or drizzle it on with a cotton ball.

Remember to protect your skin and eyes from the sun rays. Along with the foods and water to keep hydrated, other things like clothing, shade trees, and hats can assist with your body to cope with extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, when working in the garden or flower beds, try to do it in the early morning or late evening. This gives your body some Vitamin D without getting too hot.

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