5 Cool Ideas to Keep You Busy and Happy

DIY things

I can do this!

Have you ever mowed your lawn using not a mechanized or motorized mower, but the old mechanical, push and pull type?

A week ago, I did. It is one of those “do-it-yourself” things I love to do. This time, however, there was nothing lovable about it  It was pure hard labor I almost quit several times during the two-hour ordeal.

The problem was not in the mowing but of the thick grass cover of my lawn. Each push and pull of the darn, old clickity-clank of the mower was pure agony.

My stubbornness paid off. Not only was I able to make my lawn look fresh – again – I also kept myself busy with what could have been another lazy Sunday.

It saved me a few bucks and kept boredom away. Though dead-tired afterward, my self-esteem was given a big boost.

Of course, you don’t have to mow your lawn to accomplish what I did. There are several ways of keeping yourself busy and your self-esteem happy. Here are five super cool ideas to choose from:


1.  Wooden toolbox:
You can make a simple, yet elegant, wooden toolbox from bits of wood, a few nails, and a small tube of wood glue.Then you must have a hammer, jigsaw and a planer.

Of course, you can buy one from Costco or any other hardware store, but making it yourself is more fun and satisfying.


2.  Bacon candles:
A bacon candle is a candle made from leftover fat after cooking bacon. It makes your home smell like sizzling bacon long after you have washed down your bacon-and-egg breakfasts with brewed coffee.

You can learn how to do this from a short video tutorial at diyjoy.com.


3.  Knife from used saw blades:
I am a recycle and reuse guy but I have not tried this one yet. It is difficult to lay my hands on discarded saw blades. If you can, recycling them into kitchen or utility knives.

Small knives like this will be good for cutting or dicing vegetables of pruning small branches from your garden plants.

Detailed instruction on how to make this is shown at artofmaniliness.com.


4.  Paracord recliner:
If you want a comfortable recliner in your garden or porch, don’t buy. Make one.

All you need are a few pieces of wood, carpentry tools, and a parachute cord. It’s lightweight, elegant and you can move it anywhere you want to.

You can refer to Instructables.com to help you build one.


5.  Signature camera strap:
No, I don’t mean a camera strap from Salvatore, but something more personal, something that shows your personality – your signature camera strap.

It is really quite easy and cheap. All you need are an old polo shirt, a frayed belt, belt and an old leather boot.

Detailed instructions are found at modcloth.com.

DIY things may require some effort, probably a stiff learning curve. But that’s the challenge – to flex your mental muscles a bit, test your resourcefulness and ingenuity.

But the feeling of having done something is very exhilarating; it makes you feel superb, gives you purpose.

I take pride in what I do. It is evident in my writing. Yes, writing keeps me busy. In fact, I wish I can stretch the hours a little more so I can do more learning and writing.

Try it. You will never regret it.

Please share to encourage other seniors the beauty of self-satisfaction one gets from DIY things.

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How to Make Delicious and Healthy Soup – Part 1

Health Secrets


Is soup a regular part of your meal?Do you normally have soup with your meals?

I dot is with mine. It whets my appetite.It

My favorite is a vegetable soup made up of moringa leaves, moringa leaves, eggplant, and squash. Occasionally I indulge on meat broth (chicken, pork or beef), but laden with head or Chinese cabbage, and potatoes.

They are super delicious and healthy, too.

I take several spoonfuls of it before taking solid food. It is warm and soothing to the mouth, and unbelievably satisfying to an empty stomach.


You should try it if you are not into soups yet. Other then physical sensations, soups have three other healthy benefits. These are:


1. Soup  increases the vegetable content in your diet – something uncommon to a typical American diet;

Vegetable soups, aside from being easy to prepare, contain a lot of nutrients necessary to augment a seniors daily dietary needs.


2. It is filling – soups can be as filling as solid foods, In fact, they can be taken as a meal provided it is rich in proteins, according to a January 2005 article published in the “Physiology & Behavior,” magazine.soups can be as filling as solid foods and can be taken as a meal, provided it is laden with protein;


3. Soups have low energy density – they don’t make you gain weight because they have very low calorie content.-calorie

Not all soups, no matter how delicious, are healthy, however.

Cream-based soups like the New England chowder soup is an example. It contains 201 calories and 10 grams of fat. By comparison, a vegetable soup only has 90 calories and 0.8 grams of fat.

Canned soups are definitely a no-no. They have high levels of bisphenol A, or BPA, which may increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to the June 2011 issue of “The Journal of the American Medical Association.” Besides, they are full of sodium

So if you want to have a delicious and healthy soup, make your own in your kitchen.

You can start with the immune-boost soup.


Immune-Boost Soup:

– 1 small yellow onion, diced;
– ½ cup chopped mushrooms (maitake, or portabella);
– I head escarole, roughly chopped (you can use kale or chard);
– 1 can, low-sodium white beans (lima beans can also be used);
– 1 quart, organic low-sodium chicken broth stock;
– 1 tablespoon, olive oil


– Sautee diced onions and mushrooms in olive oil;
– Add broth stock and beans;
– Boil. Then add escarole;
– Simmer the mixture for a few minutes, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Let the mixture cool down to sipping temperature. Voila! You have a delicious and healthy soup.


Health Benefits:

As we age, the body undergoes two critical changes (among others) – loss of sensitivity of the taste buds and the slowing down of metabolism.

The first can be solved by eating something sweet and delicious to the tongue, while the second by eating healthy foods to reinforce the body’s immune system which is affected by the drop in metabolic rate.perk Loss of sensitivity is often cured by eating something sweet and delicious to the

Fortunately, the main ingredients of the immune-boost soup, mushrooms, and escarole can do both.


1.  Mushrooms:
Mushrooms are delicious and healthy due to its high dietary fiber content, Protein, vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Zinc, and Manganese.

They are also high in vitamins D and B6, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorous, Potassium Copper, and Selenium.


2.  Escarole:
This veggie is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, K, and Folate. Even a half-a-cup serving contains vitamins C, E, and B, and Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Iron, Sodium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Selenium.

No wonder it is called immune-boost soup.

Eating healthy foods is a must for any age. It becomes a necessity as we age because of the deterioration of some of our physiological functions, which can be compensated by a good diet.offset by a good diet.

And you don’t need a degree in culinary arts to do that because there is a horde of DIY healthy recipes on the Internet, which you can easily and cheaply do at home.

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Image: https://urbanwellnessclinic.com/5-immune-boosting-tips-to-help-transition-into-autumn/


How to Prepare Cheap and Healthy Snacks – Part 1

Health Secrets

Crispy baked sweet potato – yummy!

Do you want to lose weight? Take snacks between meals.

No, this is not bull or hype but from personal experience. Taking snacks keep you from overeating during the major meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner – that’s my secret of keeping my weight at a constant 66 kilos (give or take 2 to 3), over the years. It’s as steady as my heartbeat (of course, I also exercise a lot).

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How to Prepare an Easy, Cheap and Nutritious Lunch – Part 1

What’s for lunch?

Before going into the nitty-gritty of the question, and the preparation of a cheap, easy to make and nutritious lunch, let’s explore the importance of this mid-day meal.

Lunch is important because it keeps your metabolism active, after a moderately-sized meal like breakfast and snack hours before.

“Extended periods of starvation between large meals create gaps which keep metabolism from staying active,” says Dr. Kurt Hong, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Huntington Medical Foundation.

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How to Prepare Breakfast that is Cheap and Nutritious – Part 1

Do you like to wake up early in the morning with a deep growl from the pit of your stomach?

It does not feel good. In fact, it comes with a dull pain caused by a craving for food.

Strangely, I know a few people who have learned to ignore this hunger sign. Except for a cup of coffee, they take nothing early in the morning. These are those who believe that breakfast can make them gain weight, or, by skipping it, lose some.

Their cause might be admirable, but their approach to a perceived problem is wrong. It’s like going to war half starved.

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