Thursday, November 28, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

A ONE IN 50 MILLION CRUSTACEAN

Photo by Elise Mason
PORTLAND, Maine — According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, a one in 50 million lobster was caught earlier this month. The half-orange, half-brown lobster was caught by Jeff Edwards and brought into the Ship to Shore Lobster Co. in Owl’s head.  It was then agreed that the glorious two toned crustacean would be surrendered to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
According to the Lobster Institute, the albino lobster is the only lobster to be considered more rare….One in 100 million.
What’s even more interesting is that lobsters have their own institute.
- See more at: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/a-1-in-50-million-two-tone-lobster-caught-off-maine-coast/#sthash.878SVzSY.dpuf
TWO TONE LOBSTER
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Judith and Aida Macas Basil

In Jamul near San Diego, CA

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Grand Babies in Europe

From left to right: Sophie, Jelena, Jackie, and Iva

Thursday, August 1, 2013

KIDS AND GRAND KIDS IN KOSOVO

                 From left to right: Jelena, Iva, Chis, Jackie, Mike, Sophie, and Bryan

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jackie with Kenneth Starr at KU

My daughter, Jackie, with Kenneth Starr who served as a federal Court of Appeals judge and as Solicitor General for George H. W. Bush. He received the most publicity for his tenure as Independent Counsel while Bill Clinton was U.S. president when he investigated the death of Vince Foster, Whitewater, and the Monica Lewinsky episode.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LET'S GO SHOPPING


Sophie's Mom, my daughter Jackie, said she asked to go shopping, so they did. She has everything she could possibly need: keys and phone in her purse, shopping cart full of goods, and her baby and baby carrier.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

SOPHIE AND IVA











THESE PICTURES OF THE GIRLS ARE FROM JACKIE, SOPHIE, BRYAN, AND MIKE'S TRIP TO SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE (KOSOVO) IN MAY OF 2013.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RAMBUTAN THE FRUIT

Often called rambutan, it is regarded as Nephelium lappaceum botanically. The rambutan is a type of tropical tree that is from Sapindaceae family. Even though it is not very tall, it yields an ample crop. Rambutan is commonly marketed all over Malaysia, Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries and is recognized by different names in certain countries. For instance, in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, rambutan is known as mamon chino while people of Thailand refer to it as ngoh. In Malaysia, a different type of rambutan available is known as wild rambutan. While red is the typical color of rambutan, this fruit is yellowish. The skin of the rambutan has to be removed to obtain the pinky or whitish flesh. They usually taste sweet although some are sweet and sour.


Health Benefits of Eating Rambutan


  • Rambutan fruit is rich in sugar, mostly fructose and sucrose, but less calories, only around 60 in a fruit. Rambutan fruit is abundant with vitamin C and has potassium, iron, beta carotene or vitamin A, and a little calcium, magnesium zinc, sodium, niacin, fiber and protein.
     
  • The fruit has been employed in traditional medicine in Malaysia and Indonesia for hundreds of years as a treatment for diabetes, hypertension and various ailments. Besides the antioxidants obtained in its beta carotene and vitamin C, research workers at the Chiang Mai University in Thailand found that the rambutan pulp, seeds and skin have strong, plant based, antioxidants called flavonoids. Certain kinds of flavonoids are believed to reduce cholesterol and possess anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory attributes.
     
  • One of many organic compounds contained in the skin is Gallic acid. This compound behaves like a free radical scavenger as it helps protect against oxidative damage in our body and is regarded as a strong aid in the battle against cancer. Due to its extensive antioxidant activity, compared to other exotic fruits like pomegranate, rambutan skin extract may be promoted as a drug or health supplement product.
     
  • The rambutan is abundant with vitamin C. 10-12 rambutans provide 75-90 mg ascorbic acid, more than double the amount recommended to take daily. An essential antioxidant, vitamin C prevents body cells from being damaged by free radicals and helps the absorption of iron.
  • The fruit also has small quantities of copper, necessary for the creation of white and red blood cells, and also manganese, which our body needs to produce and activate some enzymes.
     
  • A single serving of rambutan functions as an excellent iron source. The iron in what you eat promotes the correct amount of oxygen inside you, which help stop the dizziness and fatigue due to anemia, an illness caused by low iron.

  • Additionally, you will obtain 4.3% of the daily recommended intake of phosphorus when you have a serving of rambutan. Phosphorus helps remove waste in your kidneys and is essential for the development, repair and maintenance of tissues and body cells. Rambutan also has a small amount of calcium; both phosphorus and calcium work together to fortify your teeth and bones.
     
  • Besides nutritional benefits, rambutan also has therapeutic functions. Consuming the fruit can help kill intestinal parasites, while help relieve symptoms of diarrhea. Some traditional healers in Malaysia also employ parts of the fruit to cure fever. Talk to your doctor before using rambutan as a remedy for any ailment. 

















SOPHIES TRIP TO KOSOVO - UPDATE

Update - We are in Budva, Montenegro now. Sophie put her feet in the Adriatic Sea, and got a big kick out of it. Sophie continues to be a good traveler. She only gets a little cranky if we have kept her out too late, and even then she's not too bad. Everyone loves her....the waiters and shop clerks all treat her with special care. And she makes little friends everywhere she goes - we have a couple of pictures of the children she befriended along the way. She has not eaten much of the local food except salad, cheese, bacon, and bread, and she drinks plenty of liquids. Tonight we happened upon some local musicians practicing their music. Sophie and I watched them play for a little while. Dinner was waiting for us, so I had to take her away. She was very mad at me, and begged to be taken back to the music.

Tomorrow we are going to Bay of Kotar, also in Montenegro.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

SOPHIE'S TRIP TO KOSOVO




Hi, Mom and Craig.  We are all doing well.  Chris has a nice house nestled in the mountains.  Sophie loves their dog, Kenny.  She bosses him around (though he doesn't really listen).  And of course she loves her cousin Iva.  She tries to be helpful to her (pick up her toys if she drops them), and wants to hold her.  We went shopping at an outdoor market today, and Sophie just wanted to chase the pigeons away.  I think she was feeling protective of her cousin.  It was an hour plus drive to and from the market, and Iva didn't really like the long drive. She had a hard time taking a nap while we were out.  I'm a little nervous for Iva to travel by car with us to Montenegro and Croatia to visit some coastal towns.  Iva is not used to getting "off her routine", and our little day trip was hard on her.  So, we'll see.  Sophie, on the other hand, has been a good little traveler. Other than jet lag, she's been fine and having a lot of fun.

Love ya,
Jackie

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

HAPPY EASTER TO SOPHIE AND IVA

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA WISHING SOPHIE AND IVA A HAPPY EASTER!!!

PHILIPPINE FRUIT

Philippine Fruits

Just bought some Atis at the market, it's good.  Still looking for fresh Durian, Marang and Guyabano.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

COLLEGE GRADUATE-LEEMARK BASIL

Wow! you are now a Professional. Congratulations Leemark!!! Good Luck and Best Wishes for your future endeavors.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

ANOTHER BRUNCH CRUISE ON SAN DIEGO BAY

RICKY, AIDA, DEREK AND CRAIG READY TO EAT BRUNCH ON THE CALIFORNIA SPIRIT.  THANKS FOR INTRODUCING US TO THIS JACKIE.