Guava

guavaDid you know that that guava contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange?images-1

Because of its high level of pectin, Bryta frequently uses guavas to make preserves, jellies, jams, and marmalades, which Nimri gives to her tribe during ‘cold season’. Guava leaves can also be used as a remedy for diarrhea and can also be used in treatments against diabetes. Furthermore, the bark has antimicrobial and astringent properties. Guava leaves or bark are used in traditional medicine, too.

If those aren’t good enough reasons to consider guavas as healthy, the research in being done on the essential oils from guava leaves for their potential at dealing with anti-cancer activity in vitro.

And … the guava flower is beautiful!images

Results of Red Claw Drawing –

Ms. Purrsideon ‘chose’ Bookrocker. … By ‘chose’, I specifically mean it was the first name knocked out of the bowl… MischiefIf I can ever figure out how to insert a short video into this blog, I will add the video of the drawing.  In the meantime, you can view it by clicking on her photo at the left.

Ms. Purrsideon is obsessed with popcorn, so if you think a few of the small white things in the bottom of the bowl look strange, I confess, they are kernels of popcorn in the bottom of the bowl, which were her treat for a job well done.

Kensleigh also helped Kaj, who videotaped the drawing, by reading the name of the winner.

Congratulations, Bookrocker, and thank you to everyone who participated.  I really appreciate your help with the launch of The Red Claw.RED1smash

Xander de Hunter …

For 16.5 years, our family had the privilege of being owned by Rom, who was the best cat in the world. After he passed, I kept toying with the idea about writing a novel from a cat’s Xander3perspective, so I finally wrote The Red Claw. Thus far, it has a 5 star rating. You can read the reviews and/or download the first 20% by clicking on the cover >>> RED1smash

I believe Xander de Hunter is a hero that does Rom justice.

The following is Xander’s profile:

During his youth, Xander “The Kamikaze” gained fame in Catamundo’s kickboxing tournaments. He came to the notice of Catamundo’s elite when he vanquished two Dobermans harassing a lovely Chocolate Persian. Instead of doing nothing, he leaped to the fair lady’s defense, shredding noses and clawing eyes until the owner turned on the hose, then carted his bleeding dogs to the vet. After they returned, the Dobernams showed all cats the respect they so richly deserved.

The lovely lady turned out to be Ms. Fluffy Morgan, daughter of Sir Isaac Morgan, Catamondo’s Secatary of Cultural Affairs and Dame Miranda Morgan, renowned for her series of novels, Mouse Hunt. Shortly after Xander’s gallant defense of Ms Fluffy, Sir Isaac nominated Xander for Purrtector of their region. By age 5, Xander organized techno-savvy cats and created the first Catamundo website. Which was a reowsing success with those who understood it. For the next two years, he organized and coordinated classes for techno-dunce cats, to learn to utilize modern technology. Xander had risen to US Southeaster District Purrtector and rumor had it that at the next election, he would become North America’s Continental Purrtector.

But mere days before the election, Xander’s family drugged him with catnip, popped his comatose body into a carrier, then they moved aboard sailing vessel, Whispurring Winds, a Gemini 105MC catamaran. His humans cast off the lines, then headed for the Caribbean… Catamondo’s Council held an impromptu emergency session where they created a new office: Purrtector of the Seven Seas and immediately voted – unanimously – for Xander to be the first Sea Purrtector. Thus The Kamikaze organized his new position utilizing all the advanced technology available aboard: single side-band radio; satellite phones, marine radio and of course, the Internet, which he’d become skilled at.

In his official capacity, Kamikaze Xander assists cats whatever he advises his humans to anchor….purrtectorfiles

QUOTE FOR THE DAY:

“Writing is like sewing together what I call these ‘buttons,’ these bits and pieces.”

– Sandra Cisneros

Blueberries

Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among fruits, vegetables, spices and blueberries_84023236seasonings. Antioxidants help combat free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. If that wasn’t good enough, there is evidence that they can improve memory and research shows that they have the potential ability to lower risk of some types of cancer.

Many phytonutrients found in this fabulous fruit function both as antioxidant and as anti-inflammatory compounds and they are responsible for many of the well-documented health benefits we get from eating blueberries.

Research on blueberries’ health benefits includes the whole body:NSA_blueberry_web

the cardiovascular system can be strengthened by the antioxidants and they help protect the blood components (like LDL cholesterol) from oxygen damage.;

research is focusing on their anti-cancer benefits; other studies suggest they are beneficial for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging. All that and they also protect the retina from sunlight and oxygen damage.

Research has shown that fresh blueberries can be frozen without damaging their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. However, their nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes) are damaged when exposed to 350°F/175°C and higher.images

Cranberries are Beneficial

While nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry’s health benefits, there are cranberrymany other excellent reasons for Nimri to view them as a healthy food.

Cranberries have been used to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections for centuries. This protection is not just provided by their acidity; they have a special A-type linkage structure that makes it difficult for certain types of bacteria (ie: E. coli) to latch on to our urinary tract linings. By making it more difficult for unwanted bacteria to cling to the urinary tract linings, cranberries help prevent the expansion of bacterial populations that can result in infection.cranberry-1

They also have anti-Inflammatory benefits, which is very good for the cardiovascular system and for many parts of the digestive tract, including the mouth and gums, stomach, and colon. In the case of our gums, the anti-inflammatory properties of cranberries help lower the risk of periodontal disease. This is enhanced by their antioxidant properties, which decrease risk of high blood pressure

There is also research being done on how whole, raw cranberries’ support our immune systems in relation to cold and flu symptoms.

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Russian Blues

8913Russian_blue_catThis breed of short-haired, silver-blue cats usually have green eyes. The Russian Blue is an intelligent, curious, and tranquil animal. They are very intelligent and playful (they have even been known to play fetch), and despite the fact that they develop close bonds with their human companions, they tend to be shy around strangers.blue-cat

They have a “double coat,” with the undercoat being soft, downy, and equal in length to the guard hairs, which are an even blue with silver tips. These silver tips give the coat a shimmering appearance.

They can be quiet, only meowing occasionally, but can also be very talkative.

Evidence suggests that the Russian Blue may be better tolerated by individuals with mild to moderate allergies because the produce less, which is a typical source of cat allergies. However, their thicker coats may also trap the allergens closer to the cat’s skin. Unfortunately, this does not mean they are suitable to live with people who are allergic to cats.90