How to break your hip on ice.

On January 6, 2018 I was heading to a “Best Hand” event put on by our Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snowshoe club. The idea would to be to collect cards at different points and the best hands would get the best prizes. It was an annual fundraiser.

But I only got about 25 feet from my car.

See how stupid I was in this video and how you can prevent something like this happening to you.

As of this date (Feb 7) I still have 13 more days until the x-rays and consultation to see if I can start putting weight on my foot. (Never thought I would look forward to x-rays and a doctor visit). Right now it is toe touch weight with a walker. I can tell the bone is not mended yet – but it takes at least 6 weeks for a broken bone to mend.

I wonder what the 4 long pins will do to airport security.

I had Yaktrax in my pack on my back, snowshoes in my hand. The crazy reason I didn’t put them on is that the middle of the roadway was bare and I didn’t want to ruin the Yaktrax (worth $20.00) STUPID. But a car came along and I moved to the side. Wham on hard ice.



These were in the pack on my back (not on the boots)



These were in my car.



These were home. They are for more serious ice and packed snow hiking.

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If you live anywhere where you have even a few days of icy conditions, a small investment could save you a lot of pain or worse.

Laugh for the Health of It. Relieve Stress.

How Laughter Can Improve Your Overall Health

Laughter can be infectious. When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people and increases both intimacy and happiness.

It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy.

But what if nothing is funny?

You’ve heard the expression, “someday we’ll look back on this and laugh.”

Well maybe you won’t. There are somethings that had no funny side. Somethings that are not funny now and never will be funny looking back on them.

Laugh Anyway.

It is the motion of laughter, the up and down of the diaphragm that releases endorphin. The brain chemical that makes you feel good, the “runner’s high”.

Unless you really try hard to prove me wrong…

You can’t laugh and feel bad at the same time. You can’t laugh and feel stressed or angry.

You can make yourself laugh when there is nothing to laugh at. You can even laugh silently as long as your body goes through the motions.

Laughter is Strong Medicine

Laughter can be a strong antidote to conflict, pain, and stress. There is nothing else that works more dependably or quicker to bring your body and mind into balance than laughter. The use of humor can lighten your burdens, connect you to others, inspire your hope, and keep you focused, alert, and grounded.

With this ability to renew your health and heal you, laughter can be a great resource for whatever problems you may have. It can also strengthen your relationships, and can support your emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

How Is Laughter Good For Your Health?

Laughter can do many things for your health. These include the following:

• Laughter can increase your immune system. It can decrease the level of stress hormones within the body and increase the number of immune cells and antibodies you have, which will help you become more resistant to disease.

• Laughter is relaxing. A wonderful laugh can relieve you of stress and physical tension so that your muscles can be relaxed for up to 45 minutes following laughing.

• Laughter releases endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s feel-good hormones. When your endogenous endorphins are released, you feel a sense of well-being and a reduction in the sensation of pain.

• Laughter can help the heart. Laughter can increase the ability of the blood vessels to nourish all parts of the body. It can increase your blood flow, which in turn can help prevent heart attacks and other types of heart diseases.

The Overall Benefits Of Laughter

Laughter is known to have many health benefits, including physical, emotional, and social benefits.
Some of these include the following:

• Decreases your stress levels
• Increases your immunity
• Relaxes your muscles
• Protects your heart
• Lessens pain
• Lessens fear and anxiety
• Relieves stress
• Adds joy to your life
• Enhances your mood
• Improves your resilience
• Attracts other people to us
• Promotes the bonding among group members
• Improves teamwork
• Strengthens relationships

Laughter Can Help Your Emotional Health

Laughter simply makes a person feel good. This good feeling persists even when you are done laughing. Laughter helps you maintain an optimistic, positive outlook so you can better get through situations of loss, disappointments, and other difficult situations.

Laughter is more than just a protection against pain and sadness. It gives you the strength and courage to find other sources of hope and meaning. Even when you find yourself in the most difficult of times, laughter or even a smile can take you far when it comes to feeling better. Laugher really is a bit contagious. When you hear someone else laugh, it primes your brain and sets you up to join that person in laughing, too.

Laughter And Mental Health

Laughter is associated with better mental health. Some things laughter can do to improve your mental health include the following:

• Laughter allows you to relax. A good laugh can lessen stress and increase your energy levels so that you can remain focused and get more things accomplished.
• Laughter can lessen distress. It is hard to feel sad, anxious, or angry when you are instead laughing.
• Laughter shifts your perspective. It allows you to see things in a less threatening and more realistic light. Being humorous helps create a psychological distance between you and stressful events so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed.

Laughter Has Social Benefits

When you use humor and engage in playful communication with others, your relationships become stronger and you trigger positive emotions and an emotional connection with those you are laughing with. A positive bond develops—one that can act as a powerful buffer against disappointment, disagreements, and stress. When you laugh with others, this is a more powerful thing than when you laugh alone.

How To Create More Opportunities To Laugh

Like I said there does not have to be anything funny happening to laugh.  But course, it helps

There are things you can do to increase your chances of laughing. Here are some you might try:

• Attend a comedy club
• Watch something funny on television
• Watch videos of funny animals there are tons on YouTube, or just add the search term “funny” into the YouTube search bar
• Read the comics in the newspaper
• Be with people who are funny
• Share a funny story or joke with another
• Read a funny book
• Sponsor a game night with your friends
• Play with your pet
• Play with children
• Do something you think is silly
• Engage in activities you consider fun

Laugther can do a lot to help you feel better on a physical, emotional, and cognitive level. Don’t be afraid to share a good laugh with others for all around better health.

Make a Laptop Holder in 5 Seconds

Why you must have a laptop or notebook holder to save your body from physical pain, poor posture, and other problems…

As wonderful as the technology is, small computers cause all kinds of problems. Usually it creeps up so slowly that you don’t associate neck pain, upper back pain, headaches, numb fingers, and sore sholders to these devices.

This video not only shows you why you need a holder for your laptop, but..

How to make a folding, portable, lightweight laptop holder in 5 seconds for free.

In order for the holder to benefit you, you do need to have a separate keyboard and mouse. If you keep your laptop at home or mostly use it at places that have electricity, a regular keyboard and mouse is fine.


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Hilma Volk Retired Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Nutritional Coach



Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has been use for thousands of years for health purposes. Hippocrates, the Greek physician and the founder of Western Medicine both prescribed it to his patients and used it himself.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) should never be taken internally without diluting it first. Some people use two teaspoons in a large glass of water, others use two tablespoons. Some prefer to alter the taste with a little honey or a pinch or two of baking soda.

Pasteurized ACV does not contain any enzymes or pectin or most of the vitamins and only a portion of the minerals because the solid portions (the mother) has been filtered out and the product heated. Unfiltered ACV has all the properties and is almost always also organic (no harsher pesticides).

While the amount of vitamins is not high, there are over 90 known substances in the raw vinegar.  Therefore it is likely the phytonutrients combine to create synergistic effects that so many claim has cured or helped them with numerous maladies.

The acetic acid in the vinegar is however a main reason. It helps with stomach acid which is essential for digestion – especially proteins.

Some people do not create enough hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. This is more true as we age. This aids in breaking down foods into more usable components which might be the reason for many of the amazing health benefits that people have sworn by for centuries.

Recommended: Bragg USDA Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Here is a list of benfits:
Bacterial infections
Fungal infections
Yeast Infections
Leg Cramps
acid reflux
Weight control
Blood pressure
keep down colds and infections
Energy levels
keep down colds and infections
Brain fog
Helps Wounds Heal Faster
Improves eyesight
Improves hearing
Sore Throat
Boosts immunity
Lowers cholesterol
Sinus problems
Kidney Stones
Rheumatoid arthritis
Blood sugar

For External Use – the following:
Skin toner
Brown spots
Foot fungus
Foot odor
As a Deodorant
For shiny hair
Stress – whiffing it hot
Repels Fleas on dogs
Repels flies on horses

Hilma Volk Retired Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Nutritional Coach

Suggested: Bragg USDA Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar