That Sam-I-Am

I dub this shot my Sunshine Selfie.

I dub this shot my Sunshine Selfie.

Just call me Sam – in my efforts to raise my low Vitamin D level & supplement my Vitamin D-3 & K-2 spray, I spent an hour and twenty minutes outside on my deck yesterday afternoon when rays are strongest. Like salmon, I’m light pink after exiting my stint in the sun. (The remainder of the weekdays are forecasted to be cloudy, but hopefully I can repeat this situation very soon.)


Applicable Idea: Take charge of improving your own health.

Besides playing games on my cell, I play Yahtzee while I catch some sun.

Besides playing games on my cell, I play Yahtzee while I catch some sun.

“Join the Nation” story

“Shake your booty,” my 7-year-old nephew crooned at the kitchen table as we devoured a Little Caesars HOT-N-READY. “Yah, yah!”

They (every single one of my seven nieces & nephews) are fun, energetic, & music-loving children. Consequently, it’s not surprising for one of them to randomly break out in a melody by an array of artists including The Black Eyed Peas, The Lumineers or Michael Jackson.

Along with his younger brother & sister, the sharp second grader came over to hang out after church while the three siblings’ always-athletic eldest brother was playing in four basketball games.

In light of the prior information, you can guess why I was supremely startled to hear my nephew’s reply earlier in my bedroom:

Covered with my blue & yellow Michigan fleece to ward off the chill on the nippy fall morning, he played games like Subway Surfers & Angry Birds on my Kindle.

“Play that funky music, smart boy!” I blurted to him in a singsong voice while he sprawled on my bed.

Contrary to any sort of tune I was anticipating, my ears picked up a catchy televised jingle advertising various financial services.

“Nationwide is on your side!”


A Riddle to make you Think

Only 5% of Stanford University graduates figured it out!


Can you answer all seven of the following questions with the same word?


  1. The word has seven letters …
  2. Preceded God …
  3. Greater than God …
  4. More Evil than the devil …
  5. All poor people have it …
  6. Wealthy people need it …
  7. If you eat it, you will die.


Did you figure it out? I’ll post the answer in a one-word video at 11.

Who says you can’t have dessert after breakfast?

A rare much-craved treat of two donuts – glazed cruller & chocolate kreme filled = YUM – for breakfast is followed with one-liners for dessert.

Number seven’s a great one. Looks like the ninth one-liner was written with me in mind.

Fifteen one-liners found online worth sharing


1. He who laughs last thinks slowest.

2. Campers: Nature’s way of feeding mosquitoes. 

3. There are three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can’t. 

4. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

5. As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools. 

6. National Atheist’s Day April 1st. 

7. The more people I meet, the more I like my dog. 

8. It’s bad luck to be superstitious.

9. Nobody’s perfect. I’m a nobody. 

10. If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving. 

11. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

12. I’ve had amnesia as long as I can remember. 

13. Evolution: True science fiction. 

14. A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.

15. I went to the fights, and a hockey game broke out.


Vitamin D was not in me

I’m not one to complain, so I’ve accepted my feelings of extreme exhaustion these last several months, attributing the cause to my health condition.

“Extreme exhaustion must be the latest side effect from all my years of cancer treatment,” I’d say to explain my never-ending fatigue.

Mentally I’m stronger than iron & thus not easily broken. Mental power has sustained me during this very long period as I focused on accomplishing my goals and completing tasks as needed instead of allowing weakness to prevail. Unquestionably, the source of this strength is Almighty God because I could never do anything without His Ultimate support.

Blood tests at a routine bone marrow transplant doctor visit this morning revealed that I have a Vitamin D deficiency. A very low level. Looking back, I now can find just cause for my extra bone and muscle pain as well as incessant total tiredness. (Hindsight bias aka the “knew-it-all-along effect” always wins.)

Online information says: “The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all. If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.”

& in reference to my low level of 17:

“With vitamin D levels in this range you’re more likely to develop osteoporosis and your bones may be affected because your body isn’t absorbing enough calcium. This means you’re more likely to fracture or break bones and more likely to have a fall. You may also have high levels of parathyroid hormone in your body. Parathyroid hormone controls the levels of calcium and phosphorus in your body and too much can affect your bones.”

Take-away lesson important to share with people? Get your blood tested if you’re feeling overly fatigued for an extended period of time. Don’t explain weariness away & ignore it like I did, because your solution may be as simple as mine: spraying a Vitamin D-3 & Vitamin K-2 (two vitamins that work better administered together) mixture into my throat.

The phlebotomist had a true knack for needles because I couldn't even feel the needle entering my arm to draw blood!

Left arm post-blood draw: The phlebotomist had a true knack for needles because I couldn’t even feel the needle entering my arm to draw blood!