Scott Takes a Trip

Source: Google Image Search with license for reuse. Click on pic for page.

Last week, my sister and I took some time and went on a small vacation to the top of our state.  We visited the city of Fort Wayne.  Never heard of it?  Well, it’s not the largest city in the state.  In fact,  it has a population of a little over 250 thousand and is the county seat (Allen County).  It lies near the Ohio/Michigan corner of Indiana.  It is the 76th largest city in the US and second only to Indianapolis in the state of Indiana.  If you want more, here’s the link > HERE <

While we were there, we visited:

1)  The Fort Wayne Zoo

2) The Botanical Conservatory

3) The final day’s fireworks of the Three Rivers Festival (Sat in #2)

4)  Listened to about 4 hours to two great outdoor live bands (Also in #2)

5)  Visited a Sunken park

6)  Drove through a second park

7)  Ate out at several places (difficult because I am now vegan)

8) Went shopping a bit and met a wonderful person to talk to

9)  Had a pleasant drive up and back with my Sister.

We haven’t taken a trip together since high school.  I think we did quite well (no bloodshed, no bruises).

I walked more than I have in a long time.  Still, we had to rent a wheelchair and Sis pushed me around most of the zoo.  At other places, I had her go on ahead and enjoy the view and take some pics while I rested.  I made great use of my telephoto lens to sit and still get far pics.  All in all, I think we both had fun, got away for a bit, and saw some new things.

I will take a moment here to recommend “Extended Stay America” suites for comfortable rooms with great service for a decent price.

Below are the best of the pics I took during the trip.  Enjoy!  What are you doing this summer?  What have you already done?

Namaste,

Scott

Story about a Glass of Milk

Today, I am simply going to share a story I received via email in the last several days.  It has a great lesson and meaning.  Enjoy!!!

Source: Google Image Search licensed for reuse. Click on Pic for page.

GLASS OF MILK
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way
through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his
nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked
hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then
asked, How much do I owe you?”
You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to
accept pay for a kindness.”
He said … “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but
his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and
quit.
Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local
doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they
called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name
of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at
once.
He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her
life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for
approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill
was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take
the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something
caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words …
“Paid in full with one glass of milk”
(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”
There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water
comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you
love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least
you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that
what life is all about?
_________________________________
Namaste,
Scott

Five Sentence Fiction – Rain

Lillie McFerrin hosts Five Sentence Fiction with the prompt  of “Rain”.  After reading my entry, click > HERE < for the others.  Enjoy!!!

Source: http://lilliemcferrin.com/five-sentence-fiction-rain/ Pic assumed to have copyright permission.

King for a Day

By Scott L Vannatter

Merlin looked out upon the land of Camelot, the rain pouring for almost 2 weeks having nearly destroyed the kingdom.

A small tear slid down his cheek, dropping and falling quietly to the stone floor of the castle.

King Arthur came hesitantly into the chamber and approached the old mage.

Merlin turned and looking at the King, asked, “Was it worth it, My Lord?”

The King shook his head, without a smile, and answered, “My old friend, I asked for you to have my reign continue for many years!”

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Namaste,

Scott L Vannatter

Friday Fictioneers – “Khnum Drum” – humor – PG13

Rochelle hosts Friday Fictioneers.  100(+/-) word stories based on prompt (pic below).  Read mine below and others —> HERE <  Enjoy!

Source: PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Adam Ickes

Khnum Drum*

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 Words

Jordan had never been so successful in his business. He had been a shepherd of a huge flock of sheep and rams until the pox came down and nearly wiped him out. Now, this new group had come into town and all they had requested was that he bleach all the heads of the rams so they were clean and they had given him enough money to retire.

His burning question now was: what were they going to do with all those heads?

The deep throbbing beat could be heard in the distance and the sky color darkened.

Oh My!

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khnum

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Namaste,

Scott

 

Is the Diet Dying?

My diet (minus the top 3 tiers). Yes, I add protein, B12, and D. Obtained from Google image search (licensed for reuse).

Well, it has been nearly 3 weeks on my new vegan diet (actually, a bit extreme vegan diet) and it’s now time to ask the question:

IS THE DIET DYING?!

Let’s see the main rules are:

1) No animal products (no meat, no milk, no cheese, etc…)

2) No added oils (I should get enough from the vegetables and the fruits themselves)

3)  As much low GI as possible (no high fructose, no heavy processed sugar, etc…)

So, the purpose was to reduce my blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.

This, in turn would, hopefully, reduce my meds in those categories.

So far, I have not gone off the diet.  I have weighed, tested sugar, and blood pressure each day.

My blood pressure before meds in the morning hover around 132/78 or lower.

My blood sugar is rising slower, not as high, and lowering quicker.

My weight is dropping about 1 pound per week (expected).

I eat no cholesterol so it should be going down.

I feel better, more refreshed, seem to be able to do more, the pain is down, and I may even sleep a bit better.

So, that’s all positives.  I don’t really miss my old foods.  I knew they were either bad for me or just not working.

I eat heavy fiber (at least 30-45 grams per day), quite a bit of high-fiber cereals, oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables.

I am, overall, pretty happy with what’s going on.

Future is to stay on this for the rest of my life.  I think that is very feasible.

I see the doctor early to mid-August for blood work.  I will update you all then.

Thanks for reading.  Love you all.

Namaste,

Scott

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