I was thinking about July the other day and I thought I’d find out a few facts about the 4th of July. I didn’t know this, but the Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can you guess where the saying "put your John Hancock on it" came from?
The Fourth of July is not complete without parades, beer, hot dogs, and fireworks. Fireworks are enjoyed by almost everyone including me and I’ll drive somewhere just to see a fireworks display. You should have your choice of several locations in your area on the Fourth, or even the day before. Be respectful and go out and support one.
Apple pie lovers will rejoice at the extra flavor the pecans add on this tasty little dessert!
2 crusts for a 9-inch pie
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. flour
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
3 sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Line 9-inch pie pan with bottom crust and sprinkle with pecans and 1 teaspoon of the flour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Peel, core and slice the apples. Put in a large bowl with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and lightly toss. Spoon into crust-lined pie pan. Top with second crust and flute the edges. Cut several slits into top crust to let the steam out.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cold, with ice cream if desired. Makes 8 servings.
* On June 24, 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote.
* Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
* The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. (Getting that many signers to show up all at once was probably a big thing back then if you know what I mean.)
* The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths. (Things were a lot different back then. They took a big chance signing that document.)
* The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government. (Believe it or not Uncle Sam is seen in a good way a lot of times, and a bad way some of the time.)
Once, in the 1800's, there was a little boy playing around his house. He was twirling around, and suddenly, he knocked over the outhouse. Frightened that he would be caught, he ran into the woods and didn't come out until it got dark. When he arrived back home, his father was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse?"
"No, father," the son lied. "Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Abraham Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his father paused." just like you, he ran into the woods.
When he returned, his father asked, 'Did you cut down the cherry tree?' Abraham answered with, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.'
Then the father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So," the little boy's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?""Father, I cannot tell a lie." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse." Then the father spanked the little boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, “Father, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"
The father answered, "That's because Abraham Lincoln's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"
“I have been seeing my chiropractor for terrible foot pain during hiking. It turned out that I was totally out of alignment, my hips were not level, one leg was longer than the other, and I had some neck bones way out of alignment, as well as one near where my back pack was carried. The problem was not in my foot as I thought, it was my entire body that was misaligned and compensating by making my muscles tight all over.
I had an appointment 2 days ago. He tested my nerves in my neck. They have to do with eye movement, smiling and frowning. He did the adjustment.
Now comes the really good part. I have low blood pressure, normally 80-90/50 and very bad circulation. I have to move at night because my arms fall asleep and I am unable to move them. If I lean on my arm, or cross my legs, I lose feeling and can't move them. I always thought this was an overgrowth of my candida, and I know the problem gets worse when I eat sugar or wheat.
The night of my adjustment I slept really well and had dreams which I can actually remember! And guess what? No circulation problems! I looked up the nerves he worked on and sure enough, one of them was related to my blood pressure!
So I tested this yesterday by eating some organic cookies! That should have made it worse. But no, I slept really well! My hands are warmer! I can cross my legs! I'm leaning on my elbow while I write this without losing circulation! I took my BP this morning out of curiosity, and it was 117/75! Woo Hoo!
Amazing! Hard to believe I went for foot pain, and something totally unexpected happened! Why didn't I know that sooner? I never would have guessed, because my neck did not hurt.
Patients like this say things like this all the time. THANK YOU for being a special patient at this office, and a good friend. You may not know it, but I consider you a V.I.P. and a part of my family. Thanks again for being a patient.