The Queen's Proclamation




September 2011
News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

There is a place in you where there is perfect peace.
There is a place in you where nothing is impossible.
There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.
 A Course In Miracles

This past Saturday was a beautiful day, so I took time to sit in my swing in my screened-in patio and do one of my favorite things: Think. Not about anything in particular; just let my mind wander.

The end of summer was in the air. Hummingbirds fought over the nectar in the feeder as they try to fatten themselves up for their long journey to a warmer climate. Bumblebees gorged themselves on fading summer flowers, becoming so big they can barely fly.

The early blooming flowers have long been gone, but some of the birds are enjoying the seed pods they left behind. There are still some of the later-bloomers hanging on, although they're looking tired.

As I sat and took all of this in and let my mind wander in many different directions—my childhood, raising our only son, Eric, my grandchildren, and on and on—a feeling of sweet inner peace settled over me so totally that I felt the sting of tears in my eyes, and I wished that I could share this feeling with the world.

In fact, I wish I could keep this feeling with me at all times; but as we all know, the "cares of the world and life" will always creep in and crowd out that inner peace.

I encourage all of us to take more time and find a quiet place where we can shut out those other clamoring voices that fill our heads and hearts with worry and just let ourselves be filled with the peace that can come when we think about the good things in our lives.

Until you make peace with who you are,
you'll never be content with what you have.
Doris Mortman


Hi everyone!

Three years and nine months ago our miniature poodle, Rowdy, was just too old and sick to go on, so we had to say goodbye to him. He was a little over a month away from being thirteen years old. We got Rowdy when he was two months old.

In the meantime my husband, Joe, and I had casually talked about getting another puppy, but hadn't made any moves other than talk until Saturday two weeks ago. For some reason Joe decided that this was the day to find the puppy. He'd actually been on several different websites earlier in the week looking at poodle mixes and other breeds, but Saturday he wanted to go look at some.

Now, supposedly this dog was/is for me, but Joe was making more aggressive sounds about getting one than I was, although I did want a puppy for many different reasons— one of which was so I would be forced to get up from my computer more often and get a little more exercise.

So before the day was over we came home with a three-month-old chocolate toy poodle. Did I say I wanted more exercise? Can you say, "Two pound furball on speed?" I honestly believe this little guy has ADHD!

Be careful what you wish for.

His mom was named Cocoa and his dad Hershey, so after spending a few days with him and not being able to find a name that suits his personality—Tasmanian Devil? Taz for short? Spaz? Short for Spastic?—we just went with KoKo for the time being.

He's actually very precious. Especially when he's asleep! No, especially when he's just waking up from sleep. He has these tiny grunts and whines, and acts like a newborn baby.

He already walks on a leash and pees and poops outside on or off the leash. Likewise inside, when the mood strikes him. But that is happening less and less often.

What I finally realized was, yes, we'd had Rowdy for almost thirteen years, and he'd been gone for almost four years, so it has been almost seventeen years since we've had a puppy. An adult/old dog is a lot different that a puppy, as we all know—but sometimes forget.

Today, two weeks and two days since we got KoKo, the arthritis has flared up in both of my knees and this morning I'm basically down in my back from all the stooping and bending, etc., but hey, I'm so much more healthy because now I'm getting some exercise! (Insert maniacal laughter here.)

Otherwise, Joe and I and the rest of family are doing fine.

Everyone have a wonderful September!



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Dangerous Love
by Pat Ballard

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Ava Manning has allowed her heart to be broken once. Once is enough. She never intends to let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. She just wants to do her job as a lab technician at Cloneall Drugs, Inc, without any complications in her life.

But after Ava saw some research she wasn't supposed to, someone wants her dead. And now she has to deal with the Southern talking, g-dropping, charming LAPD detective Ricky Don McKinzie.

Her life is just beginning to get complicated.

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Weighty Matters

Everyone once in a while some sanity comes along in this "obesity" craziness.

Overweight and Obese Children Eat Less Than Their Healthy Weight Peers
by Brian Hoyle

May 11, 2010 (Vancouver, British Columbia) — A study on caloric intake in a large, nationwide population of children and adolescents has revealed the surprising finding that those who are clinically overweight and obese consume fewer calories than their healthy weight counterparts, beginning at around 7 years of age.

The study, which was presented here at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2010 Annual Meeting, was undertaken to clarify the inconsistencies in previous research on caloric intake and weight in children. Researchers have assumed that variation in caloric intake at different ages was the basis of the variation in weight, but this had not been explored.

"Our study provides the surprising finding that older overweight children report consuming fewer calories than their healthy weight peers. The finding indicates that intervention strategies solely targeting energy intake in older children may face difficulties," study presenter Asheley C. Skinner, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Department of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, told Medscape Pediatrics.

Dietary reports of 12,316 children and adolescents from 1 to 17 years of age that had been complied as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001 to 2006 were examined. The diet records were gathered using the Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM), a validated system of self-reported recall of the foods consumed in the previous 24 hours, and "the best available tool for reporting on a population basis," according to Dr. Skinner.

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