Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The whole duty of man........

"Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well, then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to the Almighty who gave it. "Vanity of vanities," says the preacher, " All is vanity."

"Fear the Almighty and keep His commandments, For this is the whole duty of man.
For the Almighty will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil." - Ecclesiastes 12:6, 13

Work, work, work

One of the ten commandments states: "Six days shall thou labor and do all your work but on the 7th day you shall rest." "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep - So shall your poverty come on you like a robber, and your need like an armed man." - Exodus 20:9 and Proverbs 6:6-11

When animals give birth.....

Cassie, my favorite dog, gave birth to 6 puppies on Nov. 3. This is her third delivery. Days before that, she dug up soils at the backyard in preparation for such event and kept on changing her mind where to finally settle for her puppies. She's a good nursing mother and makes sure they're safe and secure. Our responsibility is to feed Cassie with more soups and dog food for her to produce plenty of milk. Welcome to the world, puppies!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Back pain

I had a severe back pain for 4 days and promised myself not to carry weights more than I can bear. It was not a joke being immobile for how many days suffering from sleepless nights and staying home or lying down almost the whole day. While at home, books would be my partners to enlighten me or lighten my load, the back pain problem. Next time, I hope this will not happen again to me , or else with anybody else. So here are some prevention tips:

" Maintain your back's strength and flexibility with daily exercise.

Never carry a heavy bag in one hand or on one shoulder. Divide the contents between two bags, held one on each side. Better still, carry a backpack (use both straps), or sling a long-handled bag over the opposite shoulder. (This is what my sister Jenny does whenever she travels, the weight must always be balanced on both shoulders. Indeed she has no back pain though she travels a lot with heavy backpacks).

To lift a heavy object, get as close to the object as possible, bend your knees, then lift by straightening your knees while keeping your back as straight as you can.

Don't twist your back while holding something heavy; move your feet to turn your whole body instead.

Sit with your back straight, making sure that your lower back is well supported. When driving, recline the seat to increase the thigh-to-trunk angle.

Wear comfortable shoes with good support that will not cause an abnormal gait. Placing orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist in the shoes can often reduce back strain.

If you work for long hours at a computer, make certain that you sit correctly. Use a footrest if you can't place your feet flat on the floor.

Never stoop to do a ground-level job, such as weeding in the garden. Kneel instead.

Check that your mattress is firm enough to support your back, but not overly hard. If it is too soft, you can make it firmer by placing a board between the mattress and base.

- Reader's Digest, Curing Everyday Ailments the
Natural way, 2000