Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mallard Ducks Anyone? My View From My Hospital Room!

I love animals...especially wild animals! I recently spent 22 days in the hospital and was in a private room with a large window. My window was the same height as a roof from the floor under us and right beside the hospital is a large pond. Well...this pond is famous around here because a large flock of Mallard ducks live in and around that pond. One day after a storm blew through and left large puddles of water lying on the roof...several of the Mallard ducks came over for a visit.

I had the nurses get me out of bed and plop me in a chair by the window so I could watch them. The male Mallard Ducks are the colorful ones and the female Mallard Ducks are the brown and ivory ones. Dang males are super colorful and cute...more so than the females. For about 2 hours I watched 5 of these Mallard Ducks play and swim on the roof (in the puddles)! Wow...what a view that was from my hospital room and I am so glad that I was in that particular room so that I could see them!

The following day we got more rain and the puddles were becoming mini ponds on the roof so even more Mallard Ducks showed up the following day for more fun! What was really cool was that I got to see how one male Mallard Duck handled 7 females on that second day...seems like all 7 of them were in love with him and he paid attention to each of them. As I sat there on day #2 watching them, Mr. Mallard Duck saw me and came right up to my hospital window to talk to me. Apparently he isn't afraid of humans but those female Mallard Ducks didn't come near my window at all. This photo shows him almost at my window but trust me, he came right up to (about 3" away to be exact) so that he could check me out!

Being in the hospital for 22 days was miserable but at least I had this family of Mallard Ducks to keep me and my mind occupied for several days. Glad my hubby brought my digital camera in so I could snap a few photos of them.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gorgeous Flowers I Got From Hubby!

Back on April 12th my hubby and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and even though I was in the hospital and very ill, my husband did everything he could to make our anniversary special for me.

He brought in a delicious take-out dinner for the two of us to enjoy and several anniversary presents for me and one of the things he got me was this dozen of dyed tipped roses! Everyone who walked in my hospital room commented on how gorgeous they were and I got to smell them constantly for a much better smelling fresh roses than stinky hospital smells!!!

Our family and friends had a big party planned for the two of us which got rescheduled for late in May so I am looking forward to that once I am back up and on my feet again.

So dear hubby....I love you more today than yesterday and you will always be my soul mate, partner, lover and best friend! You are my everything!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Healthy Eating ~ Why You Need Peppers In Your Daily Diet

The health benefits of consuming peppers on a daily basis are many. They contain essential antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Peppers have been an important part of dietary nutrition for hundreds of years.

Peppers are high in vitamins A, C, and K. Let's take a look at each of these vitamins.

Vitamin A helps the body in many ways. It's important in maintaining a good immune system. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin A is beneficial in protecting our bodies from cancers and heart disease.

Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant. It's beneficial in preventing heart disease, stroke, eye diseases and certain cancers. As humans, our bodies are not capable of making it's own Vitamin C. Therefore, we must look for foods that are high in Vitamin C to add to our daily diets.

Vitamin K helps to promote proper bone health. It's also important to our circulatory system by helping our blood to clot properly.

All peppers contain a substance called Capsaicin. Capsaicin has the properties of an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, and helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.

It is highly recommended that if you are a smoker, that you would benefit by incorporating peppers into your daily diet. Studies have shown that red peppers contain carotenoid, a Beta-cryptoxanthin that helps to promote healthy lung function.

In summary, peppers are good for you! They are easy to prepare and readily available out in the marketplace. I recommend that you speak to your personal physician or a dietary nutritionist before incorporating peppers into your daily diet.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fill Up Your Easter Baskets with Gertrude Hawk Chocolates!

Easter is just around the corner so it's time to stock up on all of your favorite Easter candies! One of our favorite places to purchase Easter chocolates happens to be the fabulous Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Store!

Hot Easter Deal Alert ----> Right now buy $25.00 or more in Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and get FREE shipping on your order!!! Use the coupon code BASKETENVY during the checkout process so that you can get free shipping on your purchase!
You can purchase just single boxed/packaged Easter chocolates or you can purchase boxed sets and Easter basket sets. One of my favorite Gertrude Hawk Chocolates items happens to be their fabulous caramel and chocolate dipped Granny Smith Apple and if you ask my hubby...he loves their peanut butter smidgens! Right now Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Smidgens are on 2 packages of Smidgens and get a third package for free! So head on over to Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and get your Easter chocolate shopping done early! Hippety Hop Hop!!!

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Kona Coffee from the Koa Coffee Plantation!

Kona Coffee

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you love the great smooth taste of Kona Coffee? If so, You have got to check out the Koa Coffee Plantation web site store! Koa Coffee Plantation offers some of the best tasting Kona Coffee on the planet! When you vist their web site store you will find:

* Grande Domaine Kona

* Hawaiian Espresso

* Private Reserve Kona

* Organic Kona Coffee

* Estate Kona Coffee

* Peaberry Kona Coffee

* Prime Roast Kona Coffee

* Kona Fractional Pack

* Decaffeinated

* Flavored Kona Coffee

* Green Coffee Beans

* Hawaiian Ka’u Coffee

* Bulk Kona Coffee

* Coffee Gift Sets

You can purchase coffee from Koa Coffee Plantation in whole bean or ground and in 1 lb. to 5 lb. bags. All coffee from Koa Coffee Plantation is fresh and of the highest quality! If you want a little taste of Hawaii then check out their chocolate covered macadamia nuts, chocolate covered peaberry beans and premium macadamia nuts. So the next time you want to purchase some great tasting Kona coffee, head on over to the Koa Coffee Plantation and check out what they have to offer.

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