PLUMA SNIPPETS November 2021

Improving our Morale 
After years of writing the monthly Pluma Snippets, I found myself this month, out of words. Which is unusual for me. Those of you who know me, would never describe me as running out of words. 
Inspiration usually comes from clients, friends and family, current events, books and articles. But no matter how much I saw, read, or heard, nothing would stick with me and call, "here take me…. I want to be the next article."
Until this evening when my friend Michelle Mills, after giving me a restful massage, jokingly said, “Beatings will continue until morale improves.” This statement had nothing to do with the massage or our earlier conversation, but it was funny and a great ending to a very pleasant experience. LOL!
Oh, my goodness…. even writing the words makes me still laugh. The irony of this phrase and its implications for getting what we want by doing what we don’t want made me ponder the deeper meaning of the statement and the words began to flow. 
‘The ‘beatings’ are the worry and doubt we participate in trying to change what isn’t working in our lives. Client Kelsey Brown, a pastor at a local church embellished during her appointment the next day, "Until you feel better about yourself and the life around you, you will continue to have a half empty glass instead of half full. We will not improve the ‘morale’ of our lives, our culture or our country until we consciously decide to fill our glass with gratitude for what we know is growing us, expanding our views and possibly preparing us for a future we can’t even imagine at this time. And we must begin with ourselves."

This is not just about positive thinking. It’s a conscious declaration to see where we can make a difference starting with our own lives and growing ourselves into a society which desperately needs each hand on deck. Each one of us is being called to give of ourselves and help fill the glass of those around us.

When my son Ron was a young boy, I would suggest he give of himself and bring value to others. He would ask, "how can I give if I don’t have anything to give?"
I would always remind him, "with a smile like yours, you can give your smile and be kind and respectful. It’s a start."

Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings for the harvest of the preceding year. We can worry and doubt and talk about how tough it’s been for the past year or we can give thanks for where we are standing; another year ahead of us to decide, grow and make a difference by simply beginning with a smile. 
Today and everyday I am grateful for those in my life who walk through the doors of Pluma with a smile as it certainly improves our morale!

Thank you from our full hearts at Pluma. 
Happy Thanksgiving, 
Hilda, Samantha and Mary 

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DRINKING WATER and ASPIRIN                                                                                    
A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.   
How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night?
Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Interesting!! Something else I didn't know ... I asked my doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it’s then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you needed your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Drinking water according to a cardiologist specialist
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body.  2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs; 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion; 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower blood pressure; 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack.                                                                                                  
Additionally, my physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Aspirin                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.  

If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.  The reason is that aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life,"so  therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the aspirin would be strongest in your system.                                                                              
Aspirin lasts a really long time in the medicine chest. (When it gets old, it smells like vinegar.) And additionally, Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. It works much faster than the tablets.                                                     
Why keep aspirin by your bedside?   
 It's about Heart Attacks -There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and DO NOT LIE DOWN!
Creations by Connie Recipe of the Month

Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs
2 servings
1/2 lb ground turkey
3/4 cup almond meal
1 egg
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup red pepper diced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Add ground turkey to a medium sized bowl, and add the onions, carrots, parsley, basil and garlic and olive oil. Season with fresh ground pepper and a little salt. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add to the meat mixture. Add the almond meal and mix everything together. Form meat mixture using a 1 oz ice cream scoop. Place meatballs on parchment lined baking tray. Drizzle olive oil on meatballs. Bake 20 minutes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce
1 lb. fresh tomatoes
1 clove chopped garlic
1/4 small red onion, diced
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup basil leaves finely chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and chopped tomatoes. Saute' two minutes. Add salt, honey, pepper, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. Stir to combine and taste for seasoning. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer ever so gently for a few more minutes. Toss in the remaining basil before serving.
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