Friday, May 21, 2021

Fly On The Wall Having Fun In Purgatory

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, four bloggers are bravely opening the door to their homes so that you may get a sneak peek at what goes on behind closed doors!

The nosy fly buzzing around my house was super excited this week to see another Doyle grandbaby ushered into the world! My son's wife gave birth to a baby boy! This is our first grandson---we have two granddaughters from my oldest daughter, so you can imagine my joy at having a third little human being to love. As much as we hated the Covid lockdown, at least something good came from it. 

I almost forgot that today was Fly On The Wall day since I have been so preoccupied waiting for this grandbaby to be born, but the fly DID overhear some interesting (and as always, weird) bits of convo this past month:

"Honey, where is my cellphone?" 
"You ask that so often---I'm pretty sure it will be on your tombstone."

"'Look, I got a BOGO on french fries! Have some!"
"Yay, I can add them to my ever-increasing gallstone collection."

"Your skin looks a little weathered. Maybe you should use a facial scrub?"
"I need more than a facial scrub; I need a pressure cleaner."

"What kind of meat is this on the shishkabobs?"
"It's chicken, Why?"
"Kind of chewy. Tastes more like a cat kabob." 
"When was the last time you ate a cat???"

"I REALLY need to go on a diet."
"Not me. I look down at my stomach with pride and know that I am a magnificent whale." 

"Your talk-text messages are awful. Full of errors and jibberish." 
"That's on you to figure out what I've texted." 
"Sorry, but I don't know how to read Klingon."

"Wake up! Breakfast is ready!"
"What is it?"
"A LARGE bowl of oatmeal."
"The last thing I want to do is wake up and stick my head in a bowl."
"I bet you would if it was filled with coffee."

"Every time I have to go out and run errands it starts to rain."
"Of course it does because God doesn't love you."
"Neither does the devil, which means I'm stuck in purgatory with you."


     All I can say is that if this is purgatory, it's pretty damn good. I'm happy to stay right where I am....with my crazy, fun-loving family. 

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Read my latest essay for AARP/The Ethel HERE I also have a new, fun-fact post on famous cats over at ALWAYS PETS that you can read HERE

Buzz around these other links for a peek into some more homes:


Baking In A Tornado        

Never Ever Give Up Hope   

Menopausal Mother         

Wandering Web Designer

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Koreselect Balance Provides Women Menopause Relief, Naturally

Tired of dealing with menopause symptoms? Relief is on the way! Check out this information I received about an awesome, natural remedy that Korea Ginseng Corp (KGC) has to offer to help you feel like yourself again! 

Koreselect Balance Provides Women Menopause Relief, Naturally 

Hey ladies, did you know that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world?  That’s 12 percent of the entire world population of 8 billion. 

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), most women experience menopause between the age of 40 and 58, with the average age being 51.  While we are all unique, some of us will or have experienced a host of symptoms like mood changes, urinary incontinence, night sweats, difficulty falling asleep, and even sexual discomfort.  Good times!  

The most commonly used menopause management method is hormone therapy, which can give symptomatic relief while research suggests it can raise the risk of blood clots, stroke, and some cancers.  Then there are bioidentical hormone therapies which have also gained some traction as manufacturers claim that they are safer than menopausal hormone therapy.  BUT they are not regulated by drug authorities and come with a high price tag, in the range of $500 for three months.  

In addition to some OTC products to treat conditions such as vaginal dryness, women are adopting lifestyle interventions, like exercise, yoga, diet changes, and natural remedies to reduce menopause symptoms.

While there are many solutions to remedy our menopausal symptoms, I would like to give a BIG shout-out to a natural, plant-based remedy that just crossed my desk called Koreselect Balance.  It’s made by Korea Ginseng Corp. (KGC) with six-year, Korean Red Ginseng that has been a popular remedy in Asia for thousands of years.  It’s time that American women got in on this secret.  Korean Red Ginseng is known as a powerful adaptogenic herb, part of a unique class of healing plants, that help balance, restore, and protect the body.  

KGC’s six-year Korean Red Ginseng Root extract, Peony Root Extract, and Bamboo Leaf Extract help relieve menopause symptoms, naturally.  Koreselect Balance will help with mood and focus, circulation, sleep disturbances, and with one's overall sense of well-being.  It will help you gain your “Kore” health’s balance back to life.   Who doesn’t want that?

We know that there are many prescriptions, chemical-based solutions that are advertised and sensationalized, promising to make everything better BUT we must choose wisely when treating symptoms and maintaining healthy bodies and minds.  If you’re interested in experiencing how Koreselect Balance can keep you on track, you can purchase it on Amazon

OR by visiting KGC’s website, Facebook:, Twitter:, Instagram:, and YouTube: .  

Monday, May 10, 2021

National Stroke Awareness In May: The Perfect Time To Schedule Your Life Line Screening

 May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a timely reminder to share information on the causes, symptoms, and prevention of strokes.

When my brother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008, I knew little about the life-threatening condition. Since that time, I've made it a habit to be proactive about health by scheduling yearly Life Line Screening appointments. Early detection is key to preventing strokes!

According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the #5 cause of death (and a leading cause of disabilities) in the U.S. They can happen to anyone at any age, and on average, one person dies from a stroke every four minutes. 

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off by a blockage or a blood vessel ruptures within the brain. Nearly 2 million cells in the brain die from lack of oxygen every minute when left untreated. Rapid medical treatment is the difference between a full recovery and a permanent disability. That's why it's so important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and act F.A.S.T. 

Face (does the face droop on one side?)

Arm Weakness (raise both arms. Does one drift downward?)

Speech Difficulty (is speech slurred or odd?)

Time To Call 911 (if someone is exhibiting these symptoms)

 Strokes are 80% preventable if you are vigilant about your health. Seeing your physician regularly for check-ups is a good start. The American Heart Association has seven additional tips for preventing strokes:


1. Manage blood sugar

2. Control Cholesterol

3. Reduce blood pressure

4. Engage in regular physical activity

5. Stick to a healthy diet

6. Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight

7. No smoking

Given my family's history of stroke, blood clots, and aortic aneurysms, I know I need to remain proactive about my health. An essential factor for me is scheduling my yearly appointment with Life Line Screening. The process is easy and efficient because prescriptions and health insurance are unnecessary (and appointments can conveniently be made over the phone or online). Also, there are testing facilities available all over the U.S., with screenings hosted mainly by churches, libraries, town halls, and fraternal organizations near your home. The Life Line Screening teams usually consist of 2 sonographers (ultrasound technicians) and 2 medical assistants. The process is entirely painless and non-invasive with the use of an ultrasound wand (a diagnostic tool that creates visual images for the detection of plaque in the arteries). Unlike an x-ray, the ultrasound has zero radiation exposure. These same tests can be very costly if performed in a hospital since many are not covered by insurance if the patient is asymptomatic or does not fall into the high-risk category for cardiovascular disease. The screening process takes roughly 60-90 minutes (often less), and results are read by a doctor before the detailed report is mailed to you (usually within 2-3 weeks). Copies are also provided for your physician so that you can discuss the results and plan the best course of action for living a healthy lifestyle. If a condition that requires immediate attention is identified, the patient will be notified on the day of the screening. 


1. Ultrasound. This is the main package they offer---5 screenings for only $149. The tests include: 

   *An ultrasound of the carotid arteries to search for plaque blockages (these are fatty blockages that build up in the arteries and prevent proper blood flow to the brain).

   *An ultrasound of the abdominal aorta (the largest artery in the body) to look for an aneurysm or damage to the aorta---such as ballooning, stretching, or tearing, which can cause extensive bleeding and potential death.

  *A Peripheral Arterial Disease screening to check the circulatory condition. If blood vessels are narrow from plaque build-up, the blood flow to the limbs is reduced considerably, affecting the arteries in the legs and the blood flow to the heart, brain, arms, kidney, and stomach. 

  *Check for Arterial Fibrillation to search for irregular heart rhythms. If the heart isn't beating properly, blood pools in the heart and causes clotting. These clots are then pumped out of the heart and can travel into the brain, putting the patient at high risk for a stroke, heart failure, and other heart complications. 

   *The Osteoporosis Test is used to detect bone density. As we age, our bones become more porous and lose mass, making them susceptible to fractures.

2. Finger-Stick Blood Test. A quick stick test is done with a tiny needle to prick the finger for a drop of blood to check cholesterol, thyroid function, vitamin D, glucose levels, and more.

3. Limited EKG (Electrocardiogram). This is a partial test that uses adhesive patches attached to the skin to screen for atrial fibrillation. People with atrial fibrillation have five times higher risk of stroke than those without this abnormal heart rhythm. 


Please consider taking advantage of all the wonderful services Life Line Screening provides. You'll be taking control of your health and finding priceless peace of mind after visiting a testing site for, what in my opinion are life-saving screenings. 


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