Another Time Thief Called Internet Addiction

Yesterday’s blog was about the time thief called television.

Today I’m going to talk about another time thief called Internet addiction.

The internet is a very valuable tool for searching all kinds of  information such as vacation spots, ticket prices,  directions, phone numbers, pet care, home care, health care and myriads of other products and services.

It’s also great for comparison shopping when making a big purchases such as  homes, cars, appliances, vacations, books and many other items.

Online courses are also valuable as you can learn in the comfort of your home and don’t have to brave driving somewhere in winter storms.  You can also take online courses from organizations all over the world,  as I have done,  from the comfort of home.

Many people make their living through their online businesses and need to spend time on the internet.

Communicating with loved ones and business associates can be done via e-mail or through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space and many others.  People have even met marriage partners online.

The place where the internet becomes the thief of time is when you are spending too much time on it as an entertainment tool at the expense of work, family and friends.

I have heard of people ruining their marriages as they rather spend hours on the internet than spend it with their spouse or children.  It can also affect their health sitting at the computer so long and not exercising enough.

Some people are on the internet until the wee hours of the night and are sleep deprived at work because they stayed up too late.  I used to do this on a social forum and had to stop as it was affecting my health and sleep habits as well.

Fine wine is meant to be enjoyed in moderation,  and the internet for entertainment reasons,  should be enjoyed the same way.

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The Time Thief called Television

Watching T.V. mindlessly can be a big waste of time.  Many North Americans watch 4 or 5 hours of television a day or more.

I used to watch hours of T.V. and not get other things done.   I have dramatically cut down the number of hours of just watching the tube and doing nothing else.

When I’m not working I like to watch the Ellen Degeneres show at 10:00 a.m. and sometimes Oprah at 4 p.m.  but I’m usually doing other things while watching it like writing a couple of my blogs or sorting paperwork.

I like to watch some of the news to see what’s going on especially when there is a flu outbreak like the current swine flu which has affected Mexico, the U.S., Canada and probably other countries.  I like to see how close it is to my area and if there are any new alerts.

I watch only one soap opera when I’m at home and that’s All My Children but again I’m usually going through bills or other things when watching it.

There are certain television shows that are on different days of the week.  I tape them on my basement VCR (yes I’m using an old fashioned device) and then watch them at the end of the day when I just want to relax and chill before going to bed.  The benefit of this is that I can fast forward through the commercials and just enjoy the show.  When watching these shows, I’m not doing other things as the purpose is to relax.  They also have a certain plot and I don’t want to miss anything.

An example of two shows I just love are “24” with Keiffer Sutherland and Prison Break.  Both are fast acting shows and I don’t want to miss anything and I save these for the end of the day as a treat to myself.

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Ellen and Oprah are Uplifting Daytime Television shows

The Ellen Degeneres show is awesome as she is very entertaining and witty.  She starts off the show with a few witty comments and then dances amongst the audience.  I just love it when she shows animal videos and also engages the audience in different contests.

Ellen not only interviews celebreties but also ordinary people and children who exhibit different talents.

One week she hurt her back and did the show from a bed and then just stayed in the chair as she was healing as she loves her job so much.

Oprah is another show that is uplifting as she interviews celebrities as well but also helps the worldwide audience with some guests, like Dr. Oz, who is a wealth of medical information.

Oprah also interviews people who have had adversities in their lives, like the person who had lost her right shoulder, breast and arm to the flesh eating disease and survived.  Dr. Oz was also on the show explaining how the bacteria takes hold of the body.

During this recession, Oprah has also had financial expert Suzie Orman on to help people who are in debt and to give great financial advice about living within your means.

I like the way that Oprah interviews spiritual people like Ekhert Tolle and she even had once a week free downloadable web seminars to discuss his book “A New Earth”.  During these web seminars, she answers questions from people on the phone or through Skype.  It was really uplifting.

This year she interviewed other spiritual people via the web and it was great.

Ellen and Oprah also give generous gifts away to audience members.

Some day time television show hosts are into sensationalism and having guests on they know will fight with each other or have cheated on each other.

I believe that the Ellen and Oprah show are in higher category and have some integrity.

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A comforting poem when a pet dies.

Pets become a member of our family and when they die it can affect us in a very hard way.
When I was 11 years old my parents had to put down my beloved collie dog Susie,  and I cried for days after.
In 2001, I had to put a beloved cat down due to end stage kidney disease and I cried all the way home and for the next 3 days.
I was wondering if it was normal to cry so much for a cat and I looked up websites at that time and found that other people felt the same way.  I found a poem online called “Rainbow Bridge”   (author unknown).  This poem made me cry but at the same time gave me much comfort.
Just reading it again makes me think of  these past pets and I want to share this poem with you.  I hope you like it and if you have experienced the death of a beloved pet, I hope it gives you comfort like it did for me.
Rainbow Bridge (Death of a Pet)
Author Unknown
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.
There is only one thing missing,
they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears come up!
The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group!
You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and hug him.
He licks and kisses your face again and again –
and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.
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Diabetes in dogs and cats

Diabetes is becoming more common in dogs and cats and affects about every one in  200 of them.

Its important to know the causes and treatment of this condition.   Some dog breeds such as the golden retrievers and standard poodles are more prone to diabetes and may even suffer from it at a young age.

For most dogs and cats the two main causes are #1. Obesity and inactivity and #2 a high carbohydrate diet.

Just like humans, a high carb diet causes the blood sugars to rise quickly soon after eating.  The body then produces insulin to bring sugar from the blood into the cells.  Eventually the cells insulin receptors begin to malfuction and close down.  This causes the body to produce more insulin and this starts a cycle of insulin resistance.  Eventually the body can no longer produce enough insulin causing the blood sugars to be too high and thus causing diabetes.

The signs and symptoms of diabetes in your pet is increased appetite, increased drinking and increased urination.  Your pet will usually experience weight loss as well.  Diabetes may affect your pets vision, kidneys and cause nerve damage and possible limb weakness, just like in humans.

If you suspect Diabetes Mellitis, then take your pet to the Vet promptly where blood tests can diagnose this disease.  Treatment plans can include insulin shots or pills.  Diet is also an important component in treating diabetes.  In fact, diet alone can help diabetes in cats to go into remission.

Dogs should have a diet that is high in fiber and with moderate carbohydrates.  Cats should have a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.

You should take your pet to the Vet at least once or twice a year for a check up to make sure they are healthy, especially when they are seniors.

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Enjoying birds and other critters without owning them

My two bird feeders which are hung up on my back porch and my bird bath in my back garden let me enjoy watching  a variety of birds.  I also have a tree in the back which produces red berries and the birds go nuts over this too.

Morning doves are one of my favorite birds and I like the sound they make which is like a “whoo, whoo”.  They are too big to get on the feeders so they eat what is spilled below.

One of my bird feeders has a cage around it and lets small birds in but is designed to keep the squirrels out.  This does not stop the much smaller chipmunk from climbing in a gorging himself on the seeds.  I was so surprised to see him last year as I only thought they lived up north, not in southern regions like lake Ontario.

The squirrels will eat from the other bird feeder (without the cage) and also will eat the fallen seeds from the deck.

I enjoy watching the various birds and other critters while sitting at my kitchen table.

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Working animals are awesome

I think that working animals are awesome.  One of my favorite television shows was called “Sue Thomas FBI”.  It’s now off the air but was based on a true story about a deaf FBI agent that could lip read and her dog helped her out for things she couldn’t hear.  It was an awesome show.

Working dogs have also helped blind people get around and have more independence.  I saw a story in the newspaper of a small horse being used for the same reason with a Muslim lady who believed that dogs are dirty.  I never imagined a horse could be trained for this type of thing.  I was amazed.

I’ve also seen documentaries where dogs have been able to tell if their Epileptic owner are about to have a seizure, and bark at them so they will sit down or be in a safe position before the seizure hits.  Animals are a wonderful asset to our world in many, many ways.

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