Sizzlin’ Summer: July/August 2011

This is a picture of flowers I took in the park in Padova (Padua), the last town in Italy we visited.

As you can see by the title I have combined July & August, since these two months feel like one long month on the calendar. Speaking of the calendar, did you know that there are 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays this month? According to www., this happens more often than has been circulated.Here is the message:

“It is perfectly true that July 2011 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays & 5 Sundays. However, such a combination happens far more often than once every 823 years. The last occurrence was in July 2005 and the next will take place in July 2016.”
Note: I went on the ‘Net and Googled the July 2005 calendar and the 5,5,5 combo is there.

I think we are in for a long summer and hopefully, not too hot! Throughout these 8 weeks I plan to complete my journal from our recent trip to Italy, posted under Travel Tales. I may have to post 3 times per week in order to finish by the end of summer.  This is in addition to the other topics; I hope you can keep up!

This is a photo of a balcony in Padova (Padua), the last city we visited by accident, because of the delay in takeoff. It was hot and bright enough in May to open windows and doors and use my parasol.



I plan to review at least two books, the first one being Party for Two by Bruce Cadle. (Left photo) I love the concept behind this book, that is, to set aside a Date Night for you and your mate and enjoy each other’s company as you did when you were first dating.







The other book is called Green Chic by Christie Matheson and is actually a “Leftover” from Earth Day, but I received the book too late for Earth Day and then I went away. But it is a helpful guide that I plan to share on this site.

Note: I purchased this book used with the label from its previous home and could not remove without ripping the cover.





As I did last summer, I will be doing periodic Health Digest postings under Health Flashes /Special Reports. There is so much information out there I am often overwhelmed, but as I sort through my reading, I will post what I feel is most relevant to older women, since I started this site especially for that purpose. However, I also want to mention (again) that I am doing a series on popular diets and food plans, alphabetically, under my blog: If you click on the link and go to the Table of Contents on the right, you will see the category for these postings. My next one is on The Fat Flush Plan by Anne Louise Gittleman. 

For Profiles, I will be interviewing my Yin Yoga teacher, Katrin Elia, in late July. I take her Yin Yoga class almost every Sunday morning. (See photo to the right by photographer Dennis Weeks, 2010.)

It is a great way to start my week. Here is what says about this ancient art:

“Yin Yoga contains the ancient, and some say original, form of asana practice. The sages who pioneered the  path of yoga used asanas to strengthen the body, so that they could sit for long periods in contemplative meditation. If you have ever sat for a long time with legs crossed, you know the hips and lower back need to be strong and open. The sensations you felt were deep in the connective tissues and the joints. These are the deep yin tissues of the body, relative to the more superficial yang tissues of muscles and skin. Yin Yoga opens up these deep, dense, rarely touched areas.”



Let’s not forget that this website is called “MENUpause,” so naturally there will be recipes*, hopefully one each week or when I review a cookbook, such Party for Two, there may be more. I recently made Risi e Bisi, or Rice with Peas. According to the Internet, it is a classic Venetian recipe. And there I was in Venice and didn’t even know that! I want to make it again to see if it holds up cold as well as hot, since summertime I like recipes that work both ways.



Whatever you are doing this summer, take care of yourself while enjoying yourself. I thought I would leave you with a “fun foto” from Padua, the last city we stayed when in Italy. The Padua photos will be at the end of my journal, so this is just a sneak peek. The photo was taken outside a theater featuring Charlie Chaplin movies. This “living statue” invited me to have my picture taken with him (using gestures) when we made a donation. After all, girls just wanna have fun!!!

Living Statue Charlie Chaplin and me in Padua. He puckered his lips in a smooch as our picture was snapped! The only colors on him were his black mustache, his black bow tie, and a red flower in his lapel.

*P.S. I could not resist forwarding this recipe to you that my sister Rosie sent. If you remember and enjoyed George Burns & Gracie Allen, you will love this!

Gracie Allen’s Classic Recipe for Roast Beef

1 large Roast of beef
1 small Roast of beef

Take the two roasts and put them in the oven.
When the little one burns, the big one is done.

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