Mending clothes. Cutting hair. Fixing a squeaky door or a dripping faucet. Baking bread.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any reason to start taking vitamin D at age 90? I’m in good health except for osteopenia and high blood pressure. How long does it take to have an effect? — P.S.
The first signs of spring are everywhere. Maybe you are noting them on your family calendar with your kids. Crocuses and daffodils poking up through dry leaves and songs of returning birds. Even in places where there aren’t mittens and woolen hats to put away, the first, fresh spring breezes and longer days of sunshine trigger an upsurge in spirit.
Life has certainly changed recently. Depending on where you live, it might have changed a lot. Stay home if you’re a senior. Stay home if you have a medical condition. That’s what we’ve been told.
I now know the joy that Archimedes of Syracuse felt when he discovered the principal in physics that bears his name and ran down a street (reportedly naked) shouting “Eureka” which translates as “I found it."
Like many families, we’ve been trying to process all of the information about the coronavirus outbreak and stay in good health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) contains guidelines and information to help your family through these tumultuous times. Here are some guidelines from the CDC:
Lamb is a popular dish around the world, especially at Easter. The tradition is rooted in the Jewish holiday of Passover, which celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. With all the history associated with serving lamb at Easter, you may wonder why ham is so popular for Easter celebrations in our country.
Hop to it! Easter is on its way. Put your busy schedule on hold for an evening or Saturday afternoon and make the traditional craft of egg decorating a family affair. How about sharing the fun with friends who will no doubt contribute to and enliven the memory making creativity?
“A mess is the sign of a good time” is one of my mantras in life. That is, as in disorder after a party or craft project. But spills? Not that kind of mess. Grape juice on white carpet, chocolate milk on a child’s party dress, coffee spilled on my lap during a flight. No one likes to accidentally spill or be spilled on. Except on April Fool’s Day!
During a visit to Germany, I was introduced to all things asparagus. Nothing says spring is here in Germany like a beautiful bunch of crisp, white asparagus, or as they call it, spargel! The white variety of asparagus is harvested in Germany from about mid-April to June 24, which is known as St. John the Baptist Day. Rich in nutrients and very low in calories, asparagus has become a culinary status symbol for many Germans.
I have a variety of bright, chubby crayons my toddler-age granddaughter loves to grab tightly in her fist and press on paper, or to be honest, anything in reach. I've also observed older school-age kids who enjoy pressing crayons firmly on paper to express themselves with designs and images.
Wild onions were among the first foods that mankind gathered and ate, and are one of the first signs of spring. Onions are in the allium family, along with garlic and shallots. There's nothing like the intense flavor (or the smell) of an onion! Spring onions are my favorites, both as an ingredient and as a vibrant, flavorful garnish. They're also called green onions, young onions, pencil onions and scallions.
Thanks to The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service has come up with a tax filing form just for us: Form 1040-SR, the tax return for seniors.