Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Didgeridoo, Bowling, Black Tea,

Well I’m damned, according to Hilary Melton-Butcher of Positive Letters, if you learn to play the Australian Aboriginal instrument the didgeridoo, it helps with sleep apnea and snoring. I wondered how much they would be to buy? Turns out that a place in California, The Didgeridoo Store, sells them for $24.98 and actually advertise their benefit for sleep apnea.didgeridoo_ultimate
Just think, I could have saved the insurance company $1,000 and I wouldn’t have to sleep with a mask over my face. Mind you, Matt might have thrown me out of the house. Apparently it is to do with the circular breathing which has to be learned to play it. I am not sure what that is, but if only I had known before!!!

The above video shows how they are made, this next video shows how to play one. This guy (David Hudson) is quite incredible and must have wonderful lungs. He refers to recycle breathing. Absolutely fascinating stuff and something I had never looked into before.

I am now going to be blowing raspberries all over the place.

Jeff Hargett of Strands of Pattern askedMy_Ball me how heavy a 5-pin ball is. Getting them out last night, Matt decided to weigh one of mine and it turned out to be 3.5 lbs. It is quite a different game to 10 pin where, IMHOP, you have to be a weight lifter to handle the balls. Unless you throw a gutter ball, you can always get points with 10 pin. With 5-pin, although it doesn’t often happen, it is perfectly possible to roll Bowling Pin Placement 5the ball between 2 pins because they are placed in a V but each pin is 18 inches from the other. I have done that once, but once only I am glad to say. To get a strike you need to hit the head pin (5 points) just off centre. The corner pins are 2 points and the others are 3. Come visit us in Canada and we will show you what it’s all about.

I was talking about making pickled asparagus yesterday, but having checked all the ingredients, I decided not to bother. I’ll just buy a jar from Barrie’s Asparagus when I want one. They really are good to eat though.

Went to have my hair cut and my hairdresser was telling me about Pooh Air Tea. It is supposed to be good for weight loss. She assured me that that was how it is spelt too. It is, over here, but I checked it out and it is in fact Pu’erh Tea from China, it is a specially produced black tea. The medical benefits listed were lowering of cholesterol because it contains a statin and improving mental alertness. Nothing about weight loss at all although it might lower triglycerides.

We are coming into two important holidays. July 1 is Canada Day and July 4 is Independence Day. Needless to say I am now being inundated with recipes for these two occasions. Many of them are versions of burgers which, basically, I don’t eat. I have never developed the North American passion for burgers. Most of you know how to prepare them and lots of different ways of doing so. However, I did like the look of this turkey recipe and figured one could always have asparagus as a vegetable.

Curried Turkey Kabobs

Source: National Turkey Federation
5 servings
Yogurt and onion give this marinade a Middle Eastern flair, while tenderizing the meat. Brilliant.Curried Turkey Kabobs
6 Ounces plain low fat yogurt
2 Tablespoons grated onion
1 Clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 Teaspoons curry powder
1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 Pounds turkey breast medallions, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
As needed nonstick cooking spray

Combine yogurt, onion, garlic, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and cloves in large bowl; mix well. Add turkey pieces; stir to coat. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Spray cold grate of outdoor grill with grilling spray. Prepare grill for medium heat.
If using wood skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning. Thread turkey evenly onto 5 wood or metal skewers, leaving a small space between each piece.
Grill kabobs 25 minutes, or until no longer pink in the centers and food thermometer, inserted in centers, reaches 165 degrees F, turning once or twice.

Have a great day


  1. What a fascinating process and I love the way he explained how to play. It looks simple but boy, I've blown on one trying to imitate some of the guys that were at our jam session one summer night. Breathing is way different. I'm glad I don't have sleep apnea. Ugh.

    I love a good grilled burger. Don't eat them much but I do like them.


    1. Isn't it fascinating. I have been blowing raspberries all day and trying to learn how to breathe. I think I am stuck with the CPAP machine.

      Its not the burger itself but the bun that goes with it.

    2. I don't mind the bun once in awhile but me and bread products don't do well. I have to limit myself.

      Matt has probably been giving you looks too, lol!

    3. Looks and comments too. He is not being supportive about my circular breathing efforts, LOL.

  2. I didn't know about the sleep benefits of the didgeridoo either, (thanks Hiliary (= ) All I've been able to do is blow raspberries. When I try to circular breathe, I end up light headed and ready to pass out, lol! Thanks for sharing the vids. (:

    1. I guess we have to keep practicing. A friend in Australia tells me she has a didgeridu and has never been able to achieve the cyclic breathing either.

  3. Hi Jo .. it is interesting isn't - can't remember exactly where I connected the two things .. circular breathing and sleep apnea originally ...

    ... then when I posted about a Didgeridoo in the middle of another post - I read up about it .. and found the reference to circular breathing and sleep apnea ...

    If you could find a singer ... or check out with some musicians .. I'm sure it's hard work to master, but probably worth it ..

    Cheers and I must come back to see the video .. Hilary

  4. Thanks for the tea tip. I'm going to check that one out. I've never heard of five pin bowling. Maybe I should give it a try so I could bowl something besides gutter balls.

  5. Yeah Jenn, but 5-pin is only in Canada. I can't remember where you live.

  6. I've never played five pin bowling.
    You should pick up a didgeridoo and try it!

    1. Unless you have bowled in Canada, you wouldn't have. Of course we do have 10 pin here too.

      I'm tempted.

  7. Those.cold.turkey kabobs look mighty tasty. Just warm them up in the microwave and theyre ready to eat.

    1. So long as you have barbecued them first of all, of course.

  8. Hi Jo - fascinating videos .. loved seeing them - a difficult skill ... but so interesting to watch.

    Sounds a little like a piece of hard loo paper over a comb .. which we as kids used to play .. blowing raspberries and making noises at the same time - don't know if you remember doing that?

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Yes, I do remember doing that, and you are right, it does seem similar. That guy's voice resonated even when he wasn't using the instrument though, sounded like he had terrific lung power. I can see where it would help with sleep apnea etc. I had no idea how a didgeridoo was played. Ralph ??? (an Aussie) who was always on British TV many years ago, could play one. The painter, I'm sure you know who I mean. Tie me kangaroo down sport.

  9. One of these days, I'm going to have to find my way to Canada and try my hand at 5-pin.

    1. You should do that and bring a digeridoo with you.