Archive | March, 2018

How to keep Track of Time?

18 Mar

How to keep Track of Time? Yes, how do you do this? Eighty + years of impressions, incidents and experiences, having seen so many different places, having met so many different people. Does it all become a blur in the end?

For young people time often seems to drag on slowly, slowly. But ask any elderly person, the answer is, that time passes awfully quickly. What is a week? A week, well, a week just flies away. I try to recall what we did last week, two weeks ago, three weeks ago, four weeks ago. Four weeks ago? Is it four weeks ago that we stayed in Sydney for a few days for our daughter’s  wedding? Is it two weeks ago that we travelled to Benalla to stay there for a week with our son? What about doctor’s appointments? Did we have three different doctor’s appointments during the past week? Quite so. That is, I met another specialist for the first time last week, and Peter also met another specialist for the first time last week.  Peter also saw his GP, the one that he has been seeing for many years. He was the first one who explained to Peter that according to some test results a ‘tumor’ ought  to be investigated. Some 18 months later he looked at some other test results and concluded that there were some problems with his heart. And so it goes.

On one of Benalla’s Walking Tracks with son Martin

We left Benalla on Monday on the night train from Melbourne, arriving Tuesday morning back home. At 9 am on that day we left again for my doctor’s appointment in Wollongong, going to Wollongong by bus. We both felt rather tired after having spent a night sitting up on the train! Anyway, the following day, Wednesday, Peter saw his GP who is now in Corrimal (not in Dapto anymore). I went along with Peter. The visit at the Corrimal Medical Centre was over quickly. So well before lunchtime Peter drove us to the Leisure Coast fruit shop in Fairy Meadow where we did some serious shopping.

Thursday would have been the day for my slow movement exercises here in Dapto. But I felt awfully tired and gave it a miss. I felt that it was really good for me not to have to do anything on that day! Peter however felt on that day well enough  to locally do a bit of shopping  to get the ingredients for a quark cheesecake. And in the afternoon he actually did bake this cake while I was resting in the bedroom. – This cake baking seems to have been a kind of relaxation for  him.

Friday morning Peter found the time to go through the whole house with the vacuum cleaner. Then he went off to Wollongong to see the surgeon who may do a heart bypass operation on him. It turned out,  before he is about to do this, Peter should go for some more scan tests!

I stayed home on Friday. After having done some wiping of the floors, I did get some lunch ready and I  also made preparations for my afternoon visitors. It was my turn to have the four ladies over for our Friday afternoon games of Scrabble and Rummy. Also on Friday, our daughter Monika dropped in at 5,30 after work. Talking to our daughter about a lot of things was a good finish of the day.

And yesterday, Saturday, was a very good day too: Our daughter Caroline and son-in-law Matthew came to visit!

Is it only two more weeks to Easter Sunday? So it is, and I am looking forward to some family visits at Easter time!








Keto Diet & Gut Bacteria

17 Mar



17 Mar




Researcher Discovers a New Non-toxic Approach to Cancer Management

16 Mar

Dr. Bramhall commented: The ketogenic diet as a potential non-toxic cancer treatment.

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Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino did not set out to find a treatment for cancer. Yet, during his research into the treatment of seizures, he found a possible non-toxic alternative approach to cancer management. D’Agostino discovered that eliminating carbohydrates from the diet could starve cancer cells.

An Unexpected Discovery

Dr. D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology. He was commissioned by the Navy Seals to help solve the problem of unexpected seizures that occur in a high-oxygen and high-pressure environment (ie. such as deep-sea diving).

His research led D’Agostino to compare the brain to a hybrid engine. It typically uses glucose as its primary source of energy. When glucose is limited, it can use ketones as an alternative fuel source. This why the ketogenic diet is effective in treating seizures in individuals suffering…

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Jim Wood Trail in Benalla

16 Mar


“Feb 17, 2005 – The ‘Jim Wood‘ trail starts near the old toll gates. It takes in local bushland and birdlife and leads past footbridges which provide access to Jaycee Island, Link Island and Little Casey Island which are situated within the river on the southern side of Bridge St. There is also a car parking area near the northern …”

What it says about the ‘Jim Wood’ trail in the SMH from February 2005 is quite interesting. One morning Martin went with us  for a walk there and Peter took these pictures:

“Sep 9, 2017 – Benalla Ensign News brings you the latest and breaking news surrounding Weed to seelake partially drained.”

“Jan 30, 2018 – Water in Lake Benalla is being lowered in an effort to manage Cabomba, a highly invasive weed that grows quickly and that can be detrimental to native aquatic animals such as platypus that live in the lake.”

We were looking out for some platypus that morning but could not see any.


Street Art in Benalla

16 Mar


We had gone to Benalla to see something of the Wall to Wall Street Art Festival that was on again last weekend.

On Friday a lot of young people were busy with creating new pictures on lots of walls. Walking with Martin through town we were able to watch some of them at work.





Remembering Benalla

16 Mar


On Wednesday, the day after our arrival in Benalla, Martin went with us to the Wetlands. We had a lovely lunch there.


Before we arrived at the Wetlands, we stopped in Benalla for a short break to watch this at the Showground: