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Mid-Week Mini Edition

By Maria Gracia
May 31, 2017

  Today's Feature

Organizing...It Stretches Beyond Home

It's a known fact that there are only two seasons in Wisconsin where I live:
1. Winter
2. Road Construction

This is only a slight exaggeration. In fact, the route I take to nearly anywhere when I'm leaving my house this time of the year has resulted in one or more 'Road Closed' signs, resulting in an extra five or ten minutes of driving, just to get to everyday places like the gym, the supermarket, or my daughter's school.

Not that I'm complaining. I certainly don't want my car to be bottomed out from unfixed potholes and other road problems, I like when new roads are built that help me get here and there in an easier, more efficient manner, and there's just something great about driving on a newly paved road.

All of those orange barrels and barricades are reminders of summer...and the need to be alert and organized when out driving. After all, organizing stretches way beyond our homes.

1) Give 'em a break: Where there's road construction, there are lovely men and women manning those duties. Give them a break and slow down, both for their safety, yours, and the other drivers on the road.

2) Let the chickens (etc.) cross the road. A few days ago, I came to a stop on a highway to allow a wild turkey to cross my path, and I've already breaked for five or six deer in the last two weeks alone. This is the time of year especially, in many areas, where wildlife roams free, especially at dusk. Keep focused on the road, don't drive too fast, and help these fine friends make it safely to the other side.

3) Pick up a nice pair of shades. While I love the sun,'s super bright some days. Because of this, my sunglasses are easily accessible. I don't have to rifle through my glove compartment, or take my eyes off the road, to get to them. They're right next to me in my cup holder.

4) Slippery roads are only a winter thing, right? Wrong! I love a good, booming thunderstorm in the summer, but summer storms (even a seemingly harmless sun shower) leave roads slippery, because the rain mixes with the oil and dirt on the road. Just as you use precautions in the winter during precipitation, use those same safety measures in the summer.

5) Sharing is caring. Although it can be fun to be the center of attention, when we're on the road, sharing is caring. Last summer, a friend of mine was out biking, was hit by a motorist who was driving just a little bit too fast, and ended up with injuries that had him out-of-commission for five months. The warm weather draws lots of folks out in cars, on bikes, motorcycles, RVs, trucks, bicycles, walking, kids playing outside, etc. This requires us to be even more alert, prepared, organized...and kind.

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A Different Way to Clean a Window Screen

It's been raining all day from morning, so I decided to clean one fly screen in my bathroom. Here in my country, a bathroom means the bath tub and body washing area (no toilet). So humid and easy to get mold.

First, I took it out and brought it to my backyard. I laid it on the paved area to make sure it would not fly away, but would catch enough rain drops. Yes I relied on Mother Nature to wash it mostly. Tomorrow I will brush and do final cleaning, with fresh, clean water, myself.

While the fly screen was outside, I decided to clean the window and opened it to wash it down with the flexible hosed shower. The window opens towards the outside, the French window way. No one was walking outside as it was heavy raining so no chance of anyone getting sprayed as I was literally watering the window from the inside out of the house. Bye-bye dirt and black mold!

Sendai, Japan

  Ask Maria

Organizing to Get Slim and Trim

Reader Question

Hi Maria,

With summer coming, and the grim thought of being in a bathing suit, I'm feeling kind of down. How can I get organized so I can get slim and trim before June 21st...the first day of summer?


Response from Maria Gracia

Hi Felicia,

Thanks for your note. You can definitely get organized to reach your goals, but I'd be remiss to offer you advice to get there in only a few weeks. In fact, please ignore anyone who does offer advice on a quick method, because it would not be the responsible thing to do, and could be more harmful than helpful.

That being said, you can begin reaching your goals a little bit at a time, and I highly encourage you to take that road. Here is what I recommend:

1. Begin cleaning out your pantry. The more junk food you have easily accessible, the more you're going to be tempted to eat it.

2. Opt for real food Eat a diet that's plant strong (lots of vegetables and fresh fruit), and consists of lean protein and whole grains.

3. Eat out as an occasional treat. If you eat out all the time, that's not going to help you with your goals. While it's fun to eat at restaurants now and then, you have more opportunities to eat healthier at home.

4. Ditch sugar. Sugar is one of the main enemies of your goal. Drink water instead of soda, juice, or smoothies. Read ingredient lists and say goodbye to anything with added sugar (fructose, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup...these are just a few).

5. Get committed. Many people say they want to get slim and trim, and then don't do much to reach those goals. I'm not sure if you're aware, but I have a program called GON GLOW that thousands of folks, with similar goals to yours, are benefiting from. You can read more about it here:

6. Get movin'. Summer is a wonderful time of the year for 'active activities.' Try Frisbee, walking in your neighborhood, biking, swimming, or Aqua Zumba.

7. Finally, be patient. Go out and buy yourself a bathing suit for this season that's attractive and slimming. Go for black or another dark color. Look at the Miraclesuit line. Then, make it your quest to get healthier, slimmer, and trimmer a little bit at a time.

Hope this helps!


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  In Closing

With love and honor for our armed forces, past and present...

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