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Friday, December 19, 2014

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!


O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How loyal are your leaves/needles!
You're green not only
 in the summertime,
No, also in winter when it snows.
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How loyal are your leaves/needles!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
You can please me very much!
How often has not at Christmastime
A tree like you given me such joy!
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree,
You can please me very much!

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
Your dress wants to
 teach me something:
Your hope and durability
Provide comfort and strength
  at any time.
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree,
That's what your dress should
  teach me.

If you look at my Christmas tree, you will see years and years of ornaments. They are sacred to the whole family, because they reflect the years of growing up by my children. The tree, filled with hand made crafted ornaments, pictures of them visiting Santa and even little slogans written on craft paper or even brown paper bags fill the conical wonder with the sweet smiling and warm memories of their youth. It is indeed sacred.

I am proud of that tree, I see my kids again as they once were, and remember things from the past, especially around the holiday season, the child singing or chanting or laughing and playing. The excitement of my boys on Christmas morning and the joy that spreads throughout the house, it is truly wonderful.

We do have a few ornaments up that reflect the commercial world and what they think should be portrayed on a tree, but that isn’t Christmas or the true spirit. The spirit lies in the magic of the children who populate the holiday, the giggles and electricity as they see what Santa did.

We are careful to put up as much as the tree can hold of those memories, but only enough that we can identify them and have them stand out amidst the joyful arrangements that populate the tree. They act as triggers, each and every one of those little handmade works of art, each photo of them on the lap of Jolly old St. Nick, bearing the nostalgia of a certain era.

MY LITTLE HOLIDAY BLESSING: DARBY SHEA!
And now La Principessa will come, and add a whole new layer of sacred memories, and the tree, although artificial: will never stop growing.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

%#$%@!

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Last week, TLW (The Little Woman) sat next to me as I drove her around in the miserable weather because she can’t drive until her foot fully heals. She is a very patient woman and NEVER uses swear words. Yes, she is another Mother Theresa. But being married to Satan I’m sure can take a toll on her sense of equilibrium.

It seems every moron there is was in front of me that day and I let off with a few choice descriptions of their character. Not being a man to mince words, I never mince curse words too, believing that consistency is important in one’s character.

It got me to think that I should respect my wife a little better than that, I shouldn’t stoop so low to swearing when I get frustrated, and to swear in both English and Italian, is simply inexcusable.

However, that very same day I found this article in the doctor’s office as I was waiting for TLW’s routine doctor visit. It is an eye-opener! However, before we get into it, I should give you a little background.

I come from a long line of ‘swearers’. My Grandfather swore in Italian, my Dad swore in both Italian and English, bridging the old world with the
new and I, being a traditionalist like to use both languages myself, keeping both my Grandfather and Dad’s memories alive. TLW of course hates when I do swear out loud in any language. I seriously thinking of learning to swear in sign language, if someone would be good enough to teach me.

Back to the revelation; swearing is actually good for you!

According to Sandra Thomas, a professor at the University of Tennessee, “Suppressing anger isn’t healthy” says the good professor, and what she means is that suppressing anger will cause you to explode like a shaken can of soda.

A study Thomas co-authored showed that older women who bottled their anger had higher levels of inflammatory markers that are linked to cardiovascular disease! A study out of Keele University in England found that swearing: if you don’t do too much of it, provides a strong yet harmless emotional release.

No $#!%!







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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ACCORDING TO EXPERTS…


But then again, who are the experts?

There is so much information out there about what is right and wrong, presented to us under the guise of some expert’s say so. Coffee alone has been demonized, glorified and treated indifferently: just whom do you believe?

One such ‘expert’, and this is based on the fact that he wrote a book, says obsessively watching House of Cards is good for you! Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You says that  From my own experiences I find it hard to choose.
the complex plot and can only stimulate the brain. I remember hearing, especially as a child that too much TV was bad for the eyes if you sat too close, a waste of time if you watched too much and would eventually make you stupid!

Apparently, the only way to combat this is to limit yourselves: to 2 episodes a night or a 2-hour sitting at a time. The Harvard School of Public Health suggest that too much TV, over 2 hours, can lead to greater incidences of diabetes and heart disease!

It might interest you to know that reading too much DelBloggolo has NOT come under the scrutiny of the experts yet. If they decide to take it on, they will tell you that it is good for you, it helps build strong bones and healthy teeth, a better sex life, and hold onto your hats and sit down, makes you better looking and is a wonderful accompaniment with your morning coffee, which by the way is good for you too!


 



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE BREAKFAST MYTH


Many years ago while in high school, one of my buddies in Gym class was not feeling well. My teacher: ‘Coach’ asked me to take him down to the nurse’s office. After a look-see by the old maid and graying nurse, as thin as a thermometer (rectal), she asked him if he had breakfast. He said “no”, and this set her off.

“What do you think would happen if I tried to come to work in the morning and my car had no gas?” she asked, rather sternly.

“You’d take the bus?”

This response was not appreciated and she hammered him with verbal abuse.

You’d think she was right, no? NO! According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, breakfast is not so important! It doesn’t affect weight, cholesterol or resting metabolism. How many of you have or know how to rest your metabolism?

It all doesn’t matter, what does is there better be some coffee in the missing breakfast. I need my two cups in the morning come Hell or high water. If it IS high water, Jesus will save me. But coffee keeps me from having a headache, from becoming grumpy or disoriented old bastard.

Some people have tea in the morning, and I pray for them, some people take no such substance as either coffee or tea, and so leave me no choice but to hate them, at least until 9:00 AM.

So if you miss your breakfast fit, and feel deprived, at mid-morning just to get your digestive juices going, have some whole-wheat toast and a cup of Joe, to get your digestive juices flowing in time for lunch. Or, the Hell with it, go to MacDonald’s.









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Monday, December 15, 2014

SHE’S DANGEROUS ABOUT.


SHE’S DANGEROUS ABOUT THE HOUSE.

As a married man, I try to keep a low profile, keep my nose clean and stay out of sight as much as possible. In fact, I’m thinking about writing a book called: ‘THE TASKMASTER!’  It will be a horror filled novel about a husband who is sentenced to his wife’s side for the rest of his days. She is unable to do for herself, so she marries this toady and he has to do it all.

Every time she sees dirty clothes, he is called to the washing machine and clothes dryer. (And don’t forget the lint filter needs to be cleaned!) As he settles in for a nice afternoon nap on a rainy day-“I sure could use a cup of tea!”

Now since TLW (The Little Woman) is incapacitated, she needs help for the things she used to be able to do herself, but no longer can. Since I never hired a maid, (I forgot) I do all the things she needs done. As she sits in her chair, she is a wonderful patient, very concerned NOT to ask too much of me since she thinks I’ll be overworked. She sits and I bring her breakfast, her coffee or a newspaper, or anything she needs.  

She is appreciative of my efforts to create new and interesting yet tasty meals, just to lighten her day, and will ask what I plan for dinner.

However, (You knew this was coming) once she hops on her knee scooter, things change, as she patrols the area for things she wants to do. If I am in earshot of her, she finds things that need to be done. She is usually doing something for her disability insurance or a note to her orthopedist, a supply count of pills or inventory of pantry needs. All her activity keeps me on my toes, as I run about to get what she needs. I get all her medications and anything else she needs from the outside.

Do you remember the TV show: I Led 3 Lives? It premiered I believe in 1953. Well so do I. I now have an alter ego, a touch of my feminine side, A SIDE I NEVER KNEW, and of course me!

I wonder if I can make any money on this?

  





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Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE DANCE OF THE HOURS


Unlike the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, this one never concludes!

It seems that for over 43 years TLW (The Little Woman) and I have been dancing around and practicing courtesy. I ask something and she asks it back. Let me enumerate a few:

“Toots, what would like for dinner?”

“What would you like for dinner?”

“Toots, is there something you want to watch on TV now?”

“Why? Is there something you want to watch on TV now?”

“Toots, what do you want to do this afternoon?”

“What do you want to do this afternoon?”

You get the drift, we don’t want the other to be inconvenienced, put out or disappointed over any plans. Breakfast on Sundays is something else. I have three locations and depending on what I feel like, there is where we go, however I do on occasion ask her where.

“Toots, where do you want to go this morning for breakfast?”

“I don’t know, where do you want to go?”

“How about the diner on Main Street, I feel like those fat sausages this morning.”

“But they don’t have those French fries you like!”

“Damn, I don’t know what to do now! I know, we’ll go to I-Hop, they make scrambled eggs the way I like them!”

“What about the sausages?”

“Have you ever considered becoming an arbitrator?”

WE will eventually settle on something or somewhere or somehow accommodate each other, its’ just that there will be a lingering question about how much we do.

Life is full of uncertainties, if I ask.








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Saturday, December 13, 2014

THIS S A WORKOUT!?


I’ve been going to the gym 3 days a week now for about a month. I take the weekends off and Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’m there. It is only about 40 minutes at a stretch, but I do enjoy it and may expand it.

My time on the gym floor is somewhat interesting, in that there are many people my age and even younger who are there at 7:00 am working out, or should be. To me, to work out you need to work, not stop and chat, not check your cell phone, and certainly not rest. You go all out full throttle, or it doesn’t help.

Yet I see people sit on the apparatus, look at their I-phones, rest or chat, and I wonder how they are getting any benefit from the time they spend. I like to move on to the next piece of the apparatus in my routine, yet people sit in these things and hold court, chatting and lending their personal philosophies to the eager and unwashed, hanging onto every word,

One young lady sat in one of those contraptions and turned on her I-phone, disrupting her momentum, staring into the phone and I wonder why?

Then there are the young guys, who only lift weights, they strut and walk around, lift some weights and walk around some more.  They flex their muscles, look at themselves in the mirrors that surround you and this is a workout. I look at their stomachs and see the gut, but the arm muscles are important to them. I wonder how long they will last!

There are the bottle people, the ones that bring a bottle of water and sip their way through the routines they have, sit on the apparatus and just stare into outer space: this is a routine in itself also.

Then there are the old, old guys, they look at you and stare, get on a piece of apparatus and use it, then stop, then use it then stop, staring into outer space and looking like they need someone to talk to. They are all having trouble walking, take a long time to do something and show up every day. These are the guys that want to work out, but it is hard when you are in your 70’s. There are older women too, who work out, chat and sit in the apparatus, stare out and come every morning.  These are my people, not doing it for any reason than to improve their health.

I guess what I’m driving at is that people join a gym, work out for all kinds of reasons, but don’t go anywhere, often defeating themselves in the end.








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