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Thanks to all you followers for your comments and suggestions. Here are the best about summer heat complaints, heat beaters, best toilet stop, butterscotch sauce, Queen Elizabeth Jubilee, avoiding injury while grandparenting and three of your own Olympic heroes.
The Best Summer Heat Complaint
It seems that everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is fixated on SUMMER HEAT. My computer repairman with an absolutely straight face announced to me that he had a serious problem with his brain. My heart stopped—after all I’m at the age where more and more friends are having serious health problems. Then with an even straighter face he regaled me, “It is FRIED by this summer’s unending heat.”
Fried brains must be good for him because he did a great job of getting my computer up fast again. So here we all are thinking with fried brains.
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The Best Heat Beater Award
Giant Ice Cubes for Drinks
I find that one of the best ways for me to cool down is to drink something cold.
My daughter’s neighbor has the best and freshest way of really making cold, cold drinks. She uses empty small individual serving plastic cartons—-like yogurt cartons. Fills them with water or any other beverage and freezes. I use filtered water from my Britta pitcher. You might need to experiment to find out which size fits your glasses the best. To loosen the ice from the container, run some cold water over the container bottom-side up.
These great big ice cubes make the coldest drinks and they last a long time. Wonderfully cooling. Try them with the Japanese method of making ice coffee. Perfect.
When you are feeling physically overwhelmed by the heat, they also work great in the carton applied directly to the body especially around neck, only for a little while.
The Best “I Have to Go to the Bathroom” Award
How many times have you been out with your grands or you and you have to go to the bathroom. Personally I have a dread and neurotic fear of getting locked in a public toilet. It has happened twice to me. However, this boutique toilet store in the Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market features toilets for use, not purchase, exceeds all my requirements. For three shekels (about 75 cents or half a Euro) you not only get hygiene and comfort but also music, nice decor and pleasant service.
About 400 people a day visit 2theloo. Great idea ready for global expansion.
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The Best “There is more to Life than Chocolate” Award
Do you know that there are people that don’t like chocolate and fudge sauce!!! They prefer butterscotch sauce. Actually I love both, separate and together!
davidlebovitz.com is the website of a professional cook, baker and cookbook author David Lebovitz who was once associated with Chez Panisse in California. He is now “living the sweet life in Paris”. His blog is fun to read and has great pictures. His recipes reflect his dedication to natural ingredients.
One cup (250ml)
Adapted from Ready for Dessert
Lebovitz explains, “No one quite knows where the name ‘butterscotch’ came from. Some think it’s derived from butter being ‘scorched’ and others think it may be from when butterscotch was made into candies that were ‘scored’, or cut. Although it’s not where the name came from, nor is it traditional, I will sometimes put a shot of scotch or bourbon in my butterscotch sauce, because I like the flavors together.”
Butterscotch sauce is delicious spooned over vanilla ice cream, or drizzled over Peach Shortcake.
4 tablespoons (55 g) salted butter
1 cup (180 g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml), plus 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a wide saucepan or skillet, melt the butter with the brown sugar and the 1/4 cup of heavy cream, stirring until smooth.
2. Without stirring, let the mixture cook at a bubbling simmer for three minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 6 tablespoons of cream. Let cool a bit, then stir in the vanilla extract.
Serving and Storage: The sauce should be served warm. It can be stored in a jar, in the refrigerator, for up to two weeks. Reheat the butterscotch sauce in a saucepan over low heat.
The Best of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Videos
The Morphing of Queen Elizabeth
One reader, who defines herself as an unabashed Royalist, sent a beautiful video morphing Queen Elizabeth II from her earliest years to her diamond jubilee year.
Morphing is a special video effect in which images are seamlessly changed or morphed into one another, which can be used to see how a person ages.
Best “Avoiding Injury while Grandparenting” Award
I have been hearing about grandparents, especially of very young grands, being physically overwhelmed by caring for these loves. Our mega information site grandparents.com, intheir newsletter featured an article about “keeping up with kides without getting hurt”.
They recommend that you protect yourself from injury.
Be active physically yourself so that you are able to keep up with your grands like repeatedly getting on and off the floor when playing during their visit.
Learn how to use a baby carrier for the very young. It goes over your shoulder and allows you to carry the baby, hands-free, which puts less stress on your arms and back.
Avoid overly repeating motions because this can cause serious damage. Let your body tell you when you are tired and need a rest. Enthusiastically, suggest a different activity using different parts of your not-as-young body.
Practice good body mechanics to maintain your balance and avoid injury especially when lifting and carrying toddlers.
- Bend at your knees
- Widen your legs to get a broader base of support
- Hold the child close to your body to maintain your center of gravity
- Keep your shoulders back
- Avoid slouching
Reduce having to lift your grandkids so often by letting them get “on and off” and “in and out” by themselves. Keep step stools near by in the bathrooms and even in the car. They can not only save your back and knees but also build independence.
Your Awards for the Best Olympic Athlete of Yesteryears
William Jenner won the gold medal for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics. He parlayed the celebrityhood from this triumph into successful careers in television, auto racing and business. Like so many other Olympic champions, he is a motivational speaker. Jenner also is the step-father of the Kardashian sisters of TV fame, which has extended his own standing as a socialite and TV personality.
A South African reader wrote that a “South African Zola Budd was his Olympic heroine because, during the apartheid era, she epitomized the Olympic spirit and made politics look cheap and dirty.”
In 1984, to avoid the sporting boycott of South Africa during the period of apartheid, Zodd, born in South Africa of a British grandfather, moved to England and competed on the British team.
Budd, a bare-footed track and field star, broke the women’s 5000 metres world record in 1984, when she was only 17 years old. She won the gold at 1985 and 1986 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Yet, at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, she never won a medal. Many people only know of her from her collision with American champion Mary Decker during the 3000 m final for which Budd was deemed later not to be responsible.
In 1988, several African nations had Budd’s suspendedfrom completion by the International Amateur Athletics Federation by claiming she competed in a South African event, which she denied.
Budd then returned to South Africa, retired from international competition, married and began racing again in South Africa. She ran for post-apartheid South Africa n the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Today, Budd is still active in sport. Even though for the last four years, Budd, her businessman husband, Mike Pieterse, and their three children are living in Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, she remains a cultural hero in South Africa—–minibuses are called “Zola Budd” for their speed.
Ágnes (Klein) Keleti
Another reader introduced me to gymnast Ágnes Keleti, a forgotten Olympian, who won 10 Olympic medals over three Olympiads, including 5 gold medals— the third most Olympic medals among women athletes. At the 1956 summer Olympic, at the age of 35, she had won four gold and two silver medals. Born in 1921, in Hungary, she competed for that country.
As a Jew, during the persecution of Jews in Hungary during World War II, she married her friend István Sárkány for five years to prevent her deportation. Wikipedia explains that she purchased working papers and posed as a Christian maid in a village in the Hungarian countryside. Her father died in Auschwitz; her mother and sister were saved by Raoul Wallenberg, discovered, sent to a concentration camp, but survived and were reunited with Keleti after the war. (Wikipedia)
This video was made in when she was in her 70s. Her fascinating story starts about a minute in.
Keleti and 44 other Hungarian athletes, who were at the Australia 1956 Olympics, sought and received political asylum, when the Soviet Union invaded Hungary. Keleti emigrated to Israel in 1957 where she was a physical education instructor at the University of Tel Aviv and the Wingate Institute for Sport in Netanya. She coached the Israel’s national gymnastics team until the 1990s. She married again to Hungarian-born physical education teacher Reuben Shofet (Robert Bíró); they have two sons.