Happy Birthday to our son Taylor. He is 30th this year.

Posted By on June 10, 2019

From 3 years old (photo) to 30 years old this year in 2019 … the years of watching Taylor grow up have zipped way too fast. Taylor3yrGmaCcake1992I suspect every parent and grandparent has said that at one time or another?

Birthday “year” celebrations, become “decade” celebrations, and we no long even contemplate the candles on a cake or even the number of times I’ve blogged a Happy Birthday to him … but let me count and link them from the MyDesultoryBlog archive anyway:

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016a, 2016b, 2017, 2018

This year both Taylor and I had big birthday milestones, he is ONLY 30 (wouldn’t that be nice) … whereas I turned 60 last month. Ugh.

EDIT: Miss a 2017 Taylor Birthday post!

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We celebrated Taylor’s 30th at our house with a pool party this past weekend (photos and post still coming)… much like we have done many times before. I asked him … “Are you sure you want to have your friends here again?” Obviously he doesn’t have a problem coming home … and Brenda is always up for a party. A good time, great bonfire and wonderful adult son.

Great advice on using ceiling fans and saving money

Posted By on June 8, 2019

We are big proponents of using ceiling fans and “I” have always assumed the electricity cost in running them was minimal compared to running air conditioning and for the most part just leave them on all the time in the summer.

BUT … that’s not really the best idea according to an energy saving newsletter. Perhaps adding smart switches for each that turn fans on and off based on motion or if someone is in the room would be a good idea?

Ceiling fans can help you reduce your cooling costs because they allow you to set your A/C thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. The breeze increases the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel cooler than you would without it.

However, there’s a catch. Ceiling fans cool people, but they don’t lower the temperature in the room. So, you’ll waste money, not save, if you leave them on when no one is around. By the way, the same advice applies to portable fans, like standing floor fans. Turning off a ceiling fan when you leave a room instead of letting it run all the time can help you save from $3 to $7 a month, depending on fan speed. There’s always a little extra electricity involved in turning on the fan again when you need it. However, the amount used is minimal. It’s always better to turn off the fan when you’re not in the room.

Tech Friday: There is a problem with live GPS rerouting

Posted By on June 7, 2019

PrincetonRoadClosed190530 A pitfall in real-time GPS mapping services is that, although they “can” highlight road construction and closures, they are not always accurate or give appropriate advice for detours or “route arounds.” This was apparent on a 16 hour drive back from Florida (see comment) and more recently for a road closing leading to our development and house.

Last week, I attempted to warn and direct someone to ignore their GPS instructions for a scheduled evening appointment at our house, but by the time he plugged in our address, he forgot the instructions. Instead he spent 30 minutes rerouted … without my phone number … and eventually emailed RoadClosedGPS190530a message that he would have to reschedule since it was so late.

I’ve done my part to report that the road was “open to our street” on Waze a couple times now, but the updates do not take even though I’ve driving the route with Waze “on” and “tracking” several times both on my BMW Avin Android unit and iPhone app. I suspect since their maps are pulled from Google Maps “with official road construction closures” that the Waze maps overrides whatever real-time update are fed from users???

The Spot, a Sidney Ohio landmark & Rob Lowe memories #TBT

Posted By on June 6, 2019

Who doesn’t enjoyed reminiscing and remembering fond memories from the past?  I know I do … and it is obvious the actor Rob Lowe does as well.

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Last week the actor was in Sidney, Ohio before his one-man show at the Schuster Center in Dayton. His fondest for the Dayton area is fairly well know, but even I didn’t know he had a connection to Sidney … my parents home for almost 40 years and where I graduated high school? We ate at The Spot restaurant dozens of times … and even after listening to the many stories from my parents over the years, the fact Rob Lowe’s grandfather, Bob Hepler owned The Spot for 50 years, it never came up (history). 

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A Teen Center in 1960 and a photo of Rob, Mika & Chad Lowe and grandfather Bob Hepler 1992

Huh, it seems strange considering all the interesting tidbits and newspaper clippings my mom would share with me over the years that she didn’t mention the Rob Lowe connection? (and now  my daughter Katelyn is the one finding and share interesting Sidney tidbits to share with me! HA!)    

SIDNEY – Actor Rob Lowe, who is known for roles in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Outsiders,” “Parks and Recreation” and the “West Wing” among many others, visited Sidney on Friday.

RobLowe_Sidney_Spot190601Lowe is in Ohio for his show “Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE” and stopped by Sidney to explore childhood memories and eat at The Spot, a restaurant his grandfather Bob Hepler owned and operated for 50 years.

“It’s probably been 20 years (since I visited), but Sidney was my second home growing up as a kid,” Lowe said. “I grew up in Dayton, but my grandparents lived here. I spent almost half my life in Sidney so I like to come back and see the old house, see The Spot and look at the memories.”

His show, inspired by his memoirs “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and “Love Life,” explores his four-decade career in Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage. He performed on Thursday in Cleveland and has shows on Saturday at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center and Sunday at Dayton’s Schuster Center.

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Ticks, screwy metal things and working on mulch landscaping

Posted By on June 5, 2019

Tick190603Nasty bugger … thankfully I think I caught this guy (or any of his buddies) before sucking my blood.

Nowadays with Lyme Disease you can’t be to careful with letting ticks bite or burrow. I’m not sure our area is considered risky, but I don’t want to chance getting infected either (I thnk this guy is a male American Dog Tick).

This past weekend and each night this week have been busy for Brenda and me in getting our yard ready for a weekend with Taylor for his 30th birthday. We always seem to need a little shove in getting motivated; who knows, we might not even have opened the pool yet if it PainInFingerOUCH190603were not for Taylor wanted to have friends and family over. This year Brenda worked hard on weeding and thinning down her landscape mounds … and I moved 5 trailers full of mulch (10 yards!). The yard is finally looking like summer.

One of the more painful things this year was getting this little screwy piece of razor sharp and barbed metal out of my finger. Who knows where it came from, but I’m glad it was me and my finger rather than one of his friends.

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Just a couple photos of the mulch after a hard week of work – we need to keep up with this and be sure to do it every year. Mulch_FromPorch2019

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Our favorite Spinning Fork restaurant is now re-opening as The Spinning Forchetta Italian Eatery, now closer to home

Posted By on June 5, 2019

SpinningForchettaSign190531We were obviously not alone in sheading tears over the lost of our favorite local restaurant Spinning Fork in Fairfiled, Ohio(we’ve eaten there since 1995)… but thankfully the family, recipes and history looks like it will be around a while longer, just not at the same location.

They have moved to a Hamilton Elks Golf Club location in Liberty Township, Ohio and look to be forgoing lunch for now and serving dinner — posted 4PM daily opening time — but might be working on adding some new employees according to a Facebook post … so we’ll wait and see … but for now we will definitely be checking them out for dinner.

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Hm, since it is our anniversary is today, maybe Brenda would like to give the new location at 4444 Hamilton-Middletown Road in Liberty Township, OH a try tonight?

Habitual glucosamine use and risk of CVD – UK Biobank study

Posted By on June 4, 2019

One of the long running medical debates in my family is my  use of a fairly expensive supplement called glucosamine. Ever since I injured my knee 15+ years ago and received what seemed like a miracle steroid injection – suffered for weeks — I’ve been more serious about taking better care of my joints. Aging and wear definitely takes a toll and after seeing an orthopedic surgeon, who reviewed my MRI, concluded that the only two treatments for my knees were: surgery to clean up the addiction-antibiotic-capsules-159211joint or a knee replacement. Personally I’d like to avoid the knife so now constantly looks for ways to take care of the joints I have (you should too).

What I “think” I have found for me is that avoiding excessive and repetitive weight loaded motion helps prevent swelling in the joints and that strengthening muscles supporting the knee helps; not abusing helps too. So keeping to that discipline and combined with light use of NSAIDs like Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin/Aleve) to reduce pain and more importantly reduce inflammation after using my knees – I’ve been able to stay steroid injection free for over a decade.   osteobiflex_orangelabel

A few years ago, Drew my son-in-law, pointed me to the idea of Synvisc-One injections as a possible option.  Supposedly one injection can provide OA knee pain relief by cushioning and lubricating knees … that makes sense and gives me another option.

But I have not had to look into anything further yet which brings me to the debated supplements for joints. I consistently take glucosamine to which most medical studies do not conclude as a recommended treatment option. One of the larger studies from overseas indicated that the results seemed about 50/50, but that those taking it “claim” it helped them (I’m in that camp). It may be likely that other things I do are helping and that I’m giving credit to the glucosamine supplement? Whichever it is, I continue to take it daily and remembering the discomfort I felt, refuse to give up taking it … as do about 20% of adults in countries where it is available without a prescription! (shocking) 

Introduction
Glucosamine is a non-vitamin, non-mineral supplement widely used to relieve osteoarthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine is closely regulated in most European countries, where it is only sold with a prescription. However, in other countries such as the United States and Australia, it is a popular dietary supplement and approximately 20% of adults consume it daily.

The effectiveness of glucosamine in patients with osteoarthritis and joint pain continues to be debated. Emerging evidence from epidemiological studies suggests that glucosamine could have a role in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reducing mortality.

Which leads me to a March 14, 2019 The BMJ  7-year follow-up study from UK Biobank that look at participants taking glucosamine from 2006-2010 and Cardiovascular Disease risks. Although not conclusive without further long term testing, the findings are that those habitually taking glucosamine for osteoarthritis pain have a lower CVD risk. Looks like a win-win for me. HA!

Conclusions
Habitual use of glucosamine supplement to relieve osteoarthritis pain might also be related to lower risks of CVD events. Further clinical trials are needed to test this hypothesis.

LINK to BMJ.com study

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