Bill gets annoyed Part III

Published & Written by Bill Cockrell Monday,17.November 2014

o From the Desk with Bill

I woke up with some pain so I hit the call button for the nurse and she comes to give me pain relief and also some cortisone through the iv tube.

Nurse: Mr Cockrell we will moving you guys to a lower floor since the holidays and no one will be in operation so everyone is going down a floor.

Me: Okay no problem

(After Lunch which I had was Fish with cheese melted on top and I dont recall what the other stuff was. Anyway afterwards the nurses came in started unplugging us from the wall and moving us.

I have to admit laying in a bed getting pushed about in a bed is not fun it would have been if I were perhaps 34 years younger but the nurses tugged and pushed the bed to get into the small elevator and go down a floor. I was holding myself trying not to think of what pain I might endure if this elevator jolted but it didnt and the only pain was my head feeling faint. Haha

Got to the other floor and rolled out and they were looking for my room.

Nurse: okay Mr Cockrell I believe this is your room in here with Mr. Stephen (not using real name)

Me: okay (thinks to self) wait a minute I had a room to myself and now I’m sharing a room with someone, I see what they mean when they said lower you to the next floor down. Looks at Stephen

wait a minute this is the guy who was in the room next to me and now we going to share rooms.

So they hooked me up and everything started working. A lady came in and asked if we were to like anything to drink Coffee or Tea so I said Tea with milk and ½ spoon of sugar please and the other fellar said Tea with sugar. So we went on about getting our drinks and Stephen spoke.

Stephen: Do you have tv?

Me: (thinks to self) Yes I have tv can He not see it? And plus He has one and all rooms have televisions what kind of question is that?

Yes I replied I have a television here but we have to pay to watch them which is a bummer.

Stephen: yes I agree, so where you from?

 Me: Manukau City not far from here.

Stephen: Yes same here.

Me: Yeah I have lived here since 2004.

Stephen: I see so that explains your accent. Me: Yes its a Southern Accent Im originally from Texas. Stephen: oh you’re a John Wayne even tall like Texans.

Me: chuckle* not all Texans are tall but everything in Texas is big though even our egos.

Stephen: Yes I hear things are big there; Im from Italy.

Me: Italy.. well we are both a long ways from our homeland. Even though I consider this my home now.

Stephen: Me too I have been here since the early 1970s with my parents.

Me: Nice you ever visit your homeland?

Stephen: Yes I visit my sister there every other year.

Me: That’s good to see family.

Stephen: Yes by the way I’m Stephen.

Me: I’m Bill and nice to meet you Stephen.

Stephen: Nice meeting you too.

~ Then a nurse for Stephen came in and was given a shot to Stephen and then he goes to the toilet. When he comes back he goes to sleep and I started reading my Bible and then Bryan,Kylee and Jessica comes in to visit so I said well lets go to the end of the hallway theres a visitors room down there so we went do there and talked then later I started hurting so we made our way back to the room and I laid there and Kylee said You should ask them for something stronger than Panadol and I agreed I would so I called them and asked them for something stronger she came and gave me something stronger and I told the nurse about Jessica before bragging about how shes the cutest thing I ever seen and she is such a blessing to our family and we all love her to bits and so I said this is the grandbaby I been bragging about so she gladly smiled at chatted to Jessica then went about her business, meanwhile I was concerned about Stephen sleeping so I said lets go back down to the end room so Jessica could giggle away and talk to Pawpaw then later Delwyn bought Bev a friend of ours and we all had a good chat, the Bryan,Kylee and Jessica left for home we went back to my room talked some then Delwyn said they needed to be going soon too cause both of them havent had Dinner which was about 8pm. Saturday night. So we said our goodbyes and I was glad for their visits after they left I did some more reading.

I was woken up by the aroma of something good and it was my Dinner which was Chicken,rice greenbeans and carrots and bread pudding on the table next to me I had fallen asleep reading. So I raised my bed and had my Dinner and later I had to go to the toilet, I went in there and talk about stink, I got very annoyed Stephen had gone and left the toilet unflushed again. (thinks to self) Ok I have had it with this stink ~ no one needs to be going to a toilet like this. So I left the toilet area and opened the door and left the door open so the stink could fill the room and walked to another room which was empty and used their toilet and came back and I got back in bed I was very annoyed. Then Stephen’s nurse comes in and could smell the stink and went and flushed the toilet and shuts the door and fans the air.

Stephen: I apologize I forgot to flush the toilet I am used to my toilet flushing behind me.

Me: I said well I apologize for leaving the door open and no I dont think these toilets are going to flush behind us.

Stephen Nurse: chuckles quietly passing my bed.

Stephen: Please forgive me for leaving it unflushed.

Me: No problem Stephen I guess we all do things accidently sometimes.

Stephen’s Nurse: Would you gentlemen like any drinks trying to change the subject.

Stephen and I both said: Coffee please.

~Then around 10pm I felt really tired and went to sleep but Stephen was still up shuffling about and reading something I was not aware what.

Later on a Nurse comes to me who happens to be a night nurse. Hi I’m Heidi (not real name) I’m the nurse on the night shift (thinks to self) you look it ~ she sortive looked like she was upset or had a long day with no sleep but she looked rough, reminds me of some of the redneck girls I have known along the way back in the South. Haha! Or perhaps she rode on a bike to work but Anyway. 

Me: Hello nice to meet you.

Nurse: I’m here to check your blood pressure and give you a dose of cortisone. While she was checking my blood pressure she was listening to my heart and then.

Nurse: hmm sounds a bit off.

Me: oh its my normal its an irregular heartbeat but it beats funny.

 Nurse: I know that but your heart seems slower than normal we will need to check it with a heart monitor. So she drags the heart thing in and hooks me up and sure enough my heart was slower than normal and while she was checking it I started having some pain in my chest and she said okay we need to get the doctor in here.

Me: Okay (thinks to self) Okay what on earth is wrong with my heart it beats funny now it wants to go slower??

  Nurse: okay the doctor is not coming in but has said if it gets lower than 34 I believe she said that then they will assist me further but its proably because of my body getting adjusted to the change and will keep an eye on it so they checked it again in an hour and apparently it went back to its normal speed which I was happy about.

Me: Awesome its back to normal.

~ I crashed back to sleep in good peace that I was going to be okay then only to be woken up by Stephen and a bright light from the wall over his bed.

Me: (grumble to self ~ what on tarnation is he doing this late at night) I thought well since I was awake I will make my way to the toilet so I went toilet all good and clean (YAY I thought to myself) come back out and boom it hit me in the face Stephen is reading a Bible reading scriptures and praying.

Me: Oh Reading the best news in the world the Good news of the Bible.

Stephen: Yes better than most news of the world.

Me: I so agree there. So I said So Stephen You are a Christian then?

Stephen: Yes he replied.

Me: Awesome same here. So everything okay.

Stephen: Yes Thank you Bill.

Me: Most welcome ~ then I made my way back to bed feeling bad about being a grumpy ole person and decided to read some out of my bible and devotionals and Stephen turned his light out and I decided I would too and went to sleep.

Stay tuned for next time: Sunday ~ Going home or not?

o Family News

Well got some upsetting news on the 7th Nov at my 10:20am from America which was their 6th of November. From my cousins Theresa & Jennifer that their Aunt Judy had passed away which was my 1st cousin Judy. She will surely be missed by all the family members. Well loved by everyone.

Other news my wife Delwyn was made redundant from her job.

o Weather – Rain, rain did I say rain?

o Season – Rai.. oh wait its Spring thats why all this rain the flowers need watering, They have looked great on a few sunny days.

o Cornerstone

There are several good things I read this week and here are those links, Please go read them.

7 Things Every Christian Should Do Every Day

Not that kind of homosecuality by Kevin DeYoung

and last but not least. A Prayer for Dealing with My Plank-Filled Eye by Scotty Smith

o Prayer Closet

Please keep my Cousin Judy’s family in prayer! Much Appreciated!

Also pray for my wife while she seeks for a new job.

o Cookbook Corner

This Recipe called Cheesy Honey Cornbread Muffins come from the Southern lady cooks @

Man talk about making your mouth water I havent tried it yet but it looks good to me.

o Health Corner

 Walk and Be healthy :)

o Tech Corner

 Okay I find Tim Challies very helpful in a lot of wonderful things he shared with his readers so if you havent had a chance to read his blog I recommend that you go and sign up for his posts, I have come to enjoy reading his more than writing mine lol but anyway here is some great tech help in gadgets you can use that I found very useful myself. But start with this page then follow from there. Tell him Bill sent you ~ Thank you.

Also I found a helpful link go check it out and follow the instructions in videos and see if this is something you would enjoy and I would appreciate a comment if you do use it.

Part II ~ Bill’s gallbladder op


o From the Desk with Bill

Part II ~ Bill’s gallbladder op. Sat.25.Oct.2014

~ Later that morning around 5am I was woken up by the morning shift nurse wanting to check my blood pressure and give me a dose of cortisone up to eight times more than what I normally take daily and also to give me panadol for pain.
Nurse: Mr Cockrell how are you feeling this morning? Me: I’m feeling reasonable just a bit of pain but the panadol will take care of that. Nurse: Have you been to the toilet? Me: (Oh no here we go again..) No but now that you mention it perhaps I will go. Nurse: Good and I will return to give you a shot later. Me: Do what? Shot what on earth for and can you not just stick it in the IV drip? *points to iv thing in arm* Nurse: No this is to keep you from having blood clots and anyway I will wait until after your breakfast before I do give it to you. Me: ok I see you then (grumble grumble I really hate needles, wonders if this is a good time to find an escape route)
Anyway I decided to go to the toilet (Note to reader if you have a weak stomach or anger management problems please discontinue reading. Hehe) I went in and noticed the toilet havent been flushed(thinking to self I havent been in here so whats the deal here? Then I recalled the nurse explaining to me when I was half asleep how there are two rooms conjoined to one toilet and bath area and you have to lock it by a push of a button on the wall. Ok so someone from the other room has left this in here how nice – NOT! Its disqusting! Goes back out and grabs some gloves from the glove box on the wall and goes back in and starts cleaning. Then I done my business and cleaned up again and got out of there, anyway I slowly made myself back to the bed. I decided I would read my new book Truth Endures/John MacArthur some before my first breakfast would come. I was enjoying reading it but somehow I fell asleep and was woken up by the Breakfast Tray clanking on my table. Food lady: Good Morning Sir here is your breakfast. Me: Good Morning and Thank you kindly. * picks up lid from tray* (thinks to self ~ ahhh lookee here now here is something I recognize Weet-Bix,(2) hmm a bit stingy are we? Banana and toast with butter and marmalade. Ok Prayer of Thanks to God for another day, my family and this lovely food and God carrying me through this ordeal. Amen. I ate my breakfast and dived into my morning devotionals and also did some reading from Pocket of saved stuff from my feedly. I really enjoy these apps.
After Breakfast as promised the nurse turns up with a smile and a tray of a needle with stuff.
Nurse: Ok can you tell me your date of birth and full name and are you allergic to anything. They do this each time they are going to do something for you like shots. Me: (being cheeky)
29.July 1967, Bill Cockrell and allergic to needles – not really lol Nurse: Grins Okay Mr Cockrell I will warn you now do not touch where I give you the shot cause it will only make it last longer.
Me: (Chrinches Up) Takes a deep breath.and looks at her and the needle going in Nurse: (jabs) (grins) This is going to sting a bit. All done Me: Youcheee ( Thinks to self – okay okay okay stop stinging youchee youchee youchee stop stinging already!!!) Youchee that sure does sting!! Nurse: Okay here is some stuff for you when you have your shower. Me: Sounds good thank you kindly. (thinks to self – look forward to this) Umm nurse what about the bandages on me – Are they waterproof or will you need to change them? Nurse: they are waterproof. Me: Cool thanks
After a few moments of reading I decided to get a move on and take the shower, I went to the door and opened it and looked up and a guy from the room next door sitting on the loo reading the paper.
(thinks to self – Oy what on tarnations I is wanting a shower here man and you gonna sit on the loo and read the morning paper – that aint no bus stop or public parking) Oh pardon me sorry and shuts the door very quickly (hears rustling of paper) (thinks to self – why did he not lock the door makes no sense anyway oh well – trys to ferget the image – now what am I gonna do oh look window I will go check it out and see what I can see and take pictures)

So I grabbed my phone and started snapping photos.

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As you can see in this picture above that green light next to door well when its red you cannot enter if its locked by the other person using the toilet or shower. After I took these pictures I took another shot at the door and the man still sitting there reading his paper. So I went and had a seat in the chair in my room and pulled out an old Intouch devotional and started reading it some and the nurse walks in.

Nurse: Mr. Cockrell would you like a cup of coffee? Me: Yes please. (thinking and grumbling I would like to have had my shower already too.) Nurse: Would you like sugar or anything else in your coffee? Me: No I’m sweet enough without it. Chuckles Nurse: grins – okay. For someone who is getting over a surgery you are feeling pretty good I take it? .. Are you wanting someone to help you take a shower? Me: No Ma’am I can manage I think I’m just waiting for the next person to get out of the toilet, Nurse: The green light is on so its a Go! (So she goes over to the toilet and opens the door and sure enough He had moved himself back to bed I presumed and she goes in and flushes toilet and comes back out) Yes its clear. Me: Thanks and I see I’m not the only one flushing toilets after other people this morning.(I explained myself of my comment) Nurse: (rolls eyes) Sorry about that and yes you dont know half the story. Smiles and walks away – call me if you need anything. Me: Don’t care to know either and hops out of bed and starts for shower, locks the door and finally has one unlocks door and returns to a clean made up bed.
Got on Google+ then I checked my emails then had a look at Facebook and Twitter, made comments on some.
Then a lady comes through cleaning up the place and making it smell like pine… great smelling stuff. She continues to clean and opens the door to the toilet only to find someone sitting and shuts the door quickly. Me: (Thinks to self – arrrghhhhh and decides to go to sleep and rest.)
Stay tune to Part 3 – Bill’s getting annoyed.
o Family News

Well Im healing up nicely and had a few good part days and other time I’m exhausted.

o Weather – A bit wet and windy lately maybe a couple days of nice sunshine last week.

o Cornerstone

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Prayers needed.

Pray for Delwyn as she continues her job.
Please continue to pray for me as I gain strength.
o Cookbook Corner

A Great Sweet Potato fries recipe comes from Pioneer woman. Go check out her website @

o Health Corner

Cholesterol Lowering tips from website,33259

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a solid, white, waxy substance that your body needs to make hormones and essential cell components. Most of the cholesterol in your body is made in the liver, but cholesterol is also present in some foods.
Why is it a problem?
Too much cholesterol in the blood will block your coronary arteries, which carry blood to the heart muscle. The heart is starved of oxygen, increasing the risk of a heart attack.
How do I get my cholesterol levels tested?
Ask your doctor for a simple blood test. A cholesterol test measures your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), triglycerides and total cholesterol levels.
Top cholesterol lowering tips
Drop the salt: Excess salt in the diet can cause blood pressure to rise. Around 75 per cent of the salt we eat comes from processed foods,  so check the label and choose the brand with the lowest sodium content.
Eat fibre: Soluble fibre can help lower cholesterol reabsorption, and assist with blood glucose level control. Find it in oat bran, barley bran, wheat bran, rolled oats, legumes, wholemeal breads, cereals, fruit and vegetables. It can be difficult to meet recommended daily requirements of fibre; fibre supplements like Metamucil are a great way to supplement your daily fibre needs and help lower cholesterol when taken in conjunction with a balanced, healthy diet.
Get moving: Exercise can help with lowering the risk of heart disease. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 3–5 times a week.
Eat good fats: Avoid having too many foods containing saturated and trans fats such as meat, full cream dairy, baked goods and fried foods. Instead eat foods like fish, nuts and avocados.
Stop smoking: Regular smoking increases the possibility of a heart attack in people with chronic heart problems. Persistence is the key when it comes to quitting smoking!
Stress less: Too much stress is not good for your health. It’s important to find a way to manage your stress levels.

My GallBladder Operation Part 1

Tuesday,28 Oct. 2014

o From the Desk with Bill

Part I of Bill’s Gallbladder operation ~ Well as most of you know I went to Manukau Surgery Centre Friday 24th and had my gallbladder operation, so here is my story of the ordeal.

I will be truthful to say I was very nervous about it all as most of you know know I’m not the healthiest person on the block due to some health issues such as my body doesnt produce cortisol, so I have to take it by mouth through medications or shot if needed.

Delwyn and I went in and talked to a nice nurse and she checked my blood pressure etc to make sure all was okay still since the pre op appointment. She even told me the worse of it is waiting here in the waiting room for the operation or at home waiting. I agree to a point but I think its more scary being in the operating room and getting all hooked up to I.Vs and whatever, anyway she measured my legs and put these white horrible leg stockings on, they prevent blood clots to the legs and I have to wear them for couple weeks.

A few minutes later I was slipping into the latest fashion of the famous butt cheek gown trying to cover as much as possible, then we were greeted by the doctor(young bloke) and doctor in training(middle age woman) and she was telling me all the things that could go wrong and did I understand it and I agreed that I did even though I felt as if I wanted to chuck after thinking about it.

I really didnt like the thought of them cutting the wrong thing and messing up my liver which is not good at all, and as they tell you it only happens to 1 out of 1000.. I thought yeah theres that one I dont like one. Anyway I agreed that they go ahead and just get it out of me, it was painful enough.

So afterwards we were sent back to the waiting room where I really started thinking about it as the clock was ticking away on the wall (1 out of a 1000 just 1 . 1 .1 . 1 .1 hmmm I don’t like the sound of 1) I sortive just broke down and thought I really feeling sick about it all and Delwyn comfort me telling me all was going to go well.

An hour passed then the surgeon came and talked with me and read over my notes, discussed his thoughts on the cortisol. Delwyn and I was a little skeptical on the way he responded to it but then He got a hold of my Professor Holdaway the Endocrinologist and was told up front my needing of the cortisol during surgery and afterwards, so felt good about that.

Then later I was called to another room and got up on the surgery bed and lady hooking me up to heart machine and hooking up IV, and the surgeon said okay lets find a vein which was a bit hard as most of my veins are small but I have this nice one that most people use when I show them on my arm and its the biggest vein in my arm so he said yes I believe you are right this works just perfect so he stuck the needle in and said okay “Here we go” I thought okay okay ummm hmm yeah okay errr umm and then it was boom like someone closing the curtains in a well lit room and I thought as I was going out well God this is it whatever the outcome Im ready, and thought of Him wiping away my tears and thought about the no more dying and I thought of family.

Next thing this guy standing over me saying okay take a deep breath Bill take a deep breath and I was thought man I can’t breath felt like my oxygen was cut short I said man this stupid mask is not helping do you have the nose breathing one so he gave me that next thing Im waking up again – Billy take slow deep breaths and I said okay maybe this is not going to work let me take this off and just breath without them and he said no you need one of them on and I said okay then give me the mask back because this is not working and I said do you even have it on? Lol and He put it on me and I was out again and it was like this for a while and I kept thinking how many times do I have to wake up stay awake you old bird what did he say deep long breath okay deeeeppp lon…zzzzzz

Mr.Cockrell would you like a Lemon IceBlock and I said sure as my throat was sore from them putting tube down my throat, I was biting at that thing like it was the last one on earth and I got half way through it and I was like wow man I need some sleep I dont recall drinking anything why am I feeling like this and Bam it hit me I’m awake I’m still on planet earth woot woot Thank you Lord for this that I can have another day and perhaps have some more wonderful memories of my family and visit Texas at least one more tim zzzzzz

Mr Cockrell can you tell me if this is your phone number so we can call your wife and he read it out and I said yes thats it, I said so everything went okay and He said yes your surgery was a success (I thought to myself I be the judge of that lol) So He called my wife and told her so they could come and see me.

Meanwhile in the recovery room this ole bird still flying in and out of sleep for a while, finally the nurse said we are going to move you now Mr.Cockrell and I said okay sounds good.

They put me in a room and I saw Bryan,Kylee and Jessica and Delwyn they all looked at me like they had the thought nope no improvement there lol. Same ole model maybe less grumpy since he is dopey.

Then they served me some chicken,rice, spinach and some pear custard thing I went after the chicken first and had a bite and I was like huh thats some dry stuff ferget that and dont care for the white rice. Hmmm spinach that I can handle so I munched through that and then I had some of the pear custard which was nice but I was so out of it tired and sleepy I gave the rest to Jessica and whovever else wanted it. Family left and said their goodbyes Delwyn stayed a little longer then said see everything turned out good now get some rest.. no arguments there zzzzz.

Woke up around 2:30am Saturday morning and I was like oucheee what on tarnations is going on here then I pressed the button – Nurse was there faster that I could say I’m in pain she already had panadol in her hand and gave it to me, thank you I said, then she said have you went to the toilet yet, I was thinking to myself what did she say? have I been to the toilet? Woman are you even aware that I have been operated on and you asking me if I been to the toilet yet am I suppose to be going to the toilet yet? – Mr. Cockrell have you been to the toilet yet and has your bladder moved.. thinking again.. what is wrong with this woman I havent had a drink since 9am yesterday morning and she wanting to know if my bladder moved yet what kind of question is that?.. so I answered no ma’am I havent been to the toilet yet and I dont feel the need to either. (nurse) would you like some water Mr.Cockrell.. thinking… Now your talking and thinking straight. Then I said Yes Ma’am I sure would thank you, come to think of it I’m a bit hungry too got anything bite to eat at this time of the morning since I’m awake. (Nurse) I will check for you if there is anything .. comes back within less than 5 minutes with a nice plate of Beeftips and something that look like puree mashed tators. Salad and more pear custard. I thanked her and then started eating then I thought hmmm fat of the beef tips this is good aaahhh steak nom nom nom n… wait a minute halfway through the steak, am I even supposed to be even eating this.. then I thought well they should know what I am allowed to eat so I finished the beef with no trouble lol and picked up the tators with my fork it didnt look apeitizing but I said sorry but Im gonna eat it anyway so I ate it then looked at salad well salad I normally wouldnt even touch you in my younger days but I had a good meal of beef and taters so you can chase them down so I ate that then started on the pear and finished it up and felt like a king for about 45 minutes and suddenly boom the gas that they put in you to raise your stomach so they can see to do the surgery started to move around in me and I was like oucheee and I thought I have had more than enough Im gonna lay down and sleep this off yeah right that gas moving about is not pleasant it wasnt until later after the panadol kicked in that I was able to rest.. – Please stay tune to Part II of Bill’s gallbladder op next time.

o Family News

My Aunt Fay back in Texas took a fall about 330 in the morning and got a gash and a knot on the back of her head. But other than that she is fine.

o Weather – Lately its been windy a bit of rain now and again temptures around 13C – 20C

o Cornerstone

I receive emails all the time from numerous friends and family, if you have anything you like to share please

email me at

This one came from Robin Burnett a few years ago called but I thought it was worth a reshare.

What will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no days, no hours or minutes.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,

will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will all expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Your gender, skin color, ethnicity will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;

not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage and sacrifice

that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,

but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories of those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

~ by Michael Josephson ~


Also I saw this on a calandar and thought I would post it.

~ If you judge people,you have no time to love them.~


Prayers needed.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I heal from the gallbladder surgery.

Pray for Delwyn as she continues her new job.


o Cookbook Corner

Cinnamon Rice Pudding

1/2 cup rice

1 cup water

1 tablespoon fat free milk

2 tablespoons raisins

1 teaspoon low calorie margarine

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small saucepan, bring rice, water, milk and raisins to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat, cover tightly, and cook 15 minutes on low until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over rice to serve. 2 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories 219, Calories From Fat 20, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 29mg, Total Carbohydrate 45g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 7g, Protein 4g

Exchanges per serving: 2 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fruit

o Health Corner

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

A recent research study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine

found a connection between insomnia and diabetes. Study participants that reported sleeping

less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours a day had an increased incidence of diabetes, compared

to those who reported sleeping 7-8 hours. Source:Netscape/CNN

On this page: What are your sleep patterns? | Tips for better daytime habits |

Tips for a better sleep environment | Tips for a better pre-sleep ritual | Tips for getting back to sleep

| Tips for keeping a sleep diary

For more information check out this website –

Getting the Sleep You Need

Sleep Tips

Sleep Disorders

Insomnia Causes

Insomnia Treatments

Sleep Aids & Medications


Restless Legs (RLS)

Sleep Apnea


Sleep & Aging

What are your sleep patterns?

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you fall asleep easily, then wake up 5 hours later and can’t fall back

asleep? Do you wake up several times during the night and have trouble staying asleep? If so, you are one of

over 100 million Americans who experience some form of insomnia and your sleep may be improved by better

sleep habits.

Tips for better daytime habits

* Do not nap during the day. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, try not to nap during the day

because you will throw off your body clock and make it even more difficult to sleep at night. If you are

feeling especially tired, and feel as if you absolutely must nap, be sure to sleep for less than 30 minutes,

early in the day.

* Limit caffeine and alcohol. Avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages for several hours before

bedtime. Although alcohol may initially act as a sedative, it can interrupt normal sleep patterns.

* Don’t smoke. Nicotine is a stimulant and can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Many

over-the-counter and prescription drugs disrupt sleep.

* Expose yourself to bright light/sunlight soon after awakening. This will help to regulate your body’s

natural biological clock. Likewise, try to keep your bedroom dark while you are sleeping so that the light

will not interfere with your rest.

* Exercise early in the day. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be

sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before

bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

* Check your iron level. Iron deficient women tend to have more problems sleeping so if your blood is

iron poor, a supplement might help your health and your ability to sleep.

Tips for a better sleep environment

* Make sure your bed is large enough and comfortable. If you are disturbed by a restless bedmate,

switch to a queen- or king-size bed. Test different types of mattresses. Try therapeutic shaped foam

pillows that cradle your neck or extra pillows that help you sleep on your side. Get comfortable cotton


* Make your bedroom primarily a place for sleeping. It is not a good idea to use your bed for paying

bills, doing work, etc. Help your body recognize that this is a place for rest or intimacy.

* Keep your bedroom peaceful and comfortable. Make sure your room is well ventilated

and the temperature consistent. And try to keep it quiet. You could use a fan or a “white noise”

machine to help block outside noises.

* Hide your clock. A big, illuminated digital clock may cause you to focus on the time and

make you feel stressed and anxious. Place your clock so you can’t see the time when you are in bed.

Tips for a better pre-sleep ritual

* Keep a regular schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, even

on the weekends. Keeping a regular schedule will help your body expect sleep at the same time each day.

Don’t oversleep to make up for a poor night’s sleep – doing that for even a couple of days can reset

your body clock and make it hard for you to get to sleep at night.

* Incorporate bedtime rituals. Listening to soft music, sipping a cup of herbal tea, etc., cues

your body that it’s time to slow down and begin to prepare for sleep.

* Relax for a while before going to bed. Spending quiet time can make falling asleep easier.

This may include meditation, relaxation and/or breathing exercises, or taking a warm bath.

Try listening to recorded relaxation or guided imagery programs.

* Don’t eat a large, heavy meal before bed. This can cause indigestion and interfere

with your normal sleep cycle. Drinking too much fluid before bed can cause you to get up to urinate.

Try to eat your dinner at least two hours before bedtime.

* Bedtime snacks can help. An amino acid called tryptophan, found in milk, turkey,

and peanuts, helps the brain produce serotonin, a chemical that helps you relax.

Try drinking warm milk or eat a slice of toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal before bedtime.

Plus, the warmth may temporarily increase your body temperature and the subsequent drop may

hasten sleep.

* Jot down all of your concerns and worries. Anxiety excites the nervous system,

so your brain sends messages to the adrenal glands, making you more alert. Write down your worries

and possible solutions before you go to bed, so you don’t need to ruminate in the middle of the night.

A journal or “to do” list may be very helpful in letting you put away these concerns until the next day

when you are fresh.

* Go to sleep when you are sleepy. When you feel tired, go to bed.

* Avoid “over-the-counter” sleep aids, and make sure that your prescribed medications

do not cause insomnia. There is little evidence that supplements and other over-the-counter “sleep aids”

are effective. In some cases, there are safety concerns. Antihistamine sleep aids, in particular,

have a long duration of action and can cause daytime drowsiness. Always talk to your doctor or

healthcare practitioner about your concerns!

Tips for getting back to sleep

* Do visualization. Focus all your attention on your toes or visualize walking down an endless stairwell.

Thinking about repetitive or mindless things will help your brain to shut down and adjust to sleep.

* Get out of bed if unable to sleep. Don’t lie in bed awake. Go into another room and do something

relaxing until you feel sleepy. Worrying about falling asleep actually keeps many people awake.

* Don’t do anything stimulating. Don’t read anything job related or watch a stimulating

TV program (commercials and news shows tend to be alerting). Don’t expose yourself to bright light.

The light gives cues to your brain that it is time to wake up.

* Get up and eat some turkey. Turkey contains tryptophan, a major building block for making

serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which sends messages between nerve cells and causes feelings of

sleepiness. Eating foods containing tryptophan raise the levels of serotonin produced in the body,

which in turn increase a person’s feeling of sleepiness. It is best to eat tryptophan on an empty stomach.

Other foods, besides turkey, that contain a notable amount of tryptophan are: milk, cottage cheese,

yogurt, ice cream, chicken, cashews, soy beans and tuna.

* Consider changing your bedtime. If you are experiencing sleeplessness or insomnia consistently,

think about going to bed later so that the time you spend in bed is spent sleeping. If you are only

getting five hours of sleep at night, figure out what time you need to get up and subtract five hours

(for example, if you want to get up at 6:00 am, go to bed at 1:00 am). This may seem counterproductive

and, at first, you may be depriving yourself of some sleep, but it can help train your body to sleep

consistently while in bed. When you are spending all of your time in bed sleeping, you can gradually

sleep more, by adding 15 minutes at a time.

Tips for keeping a sleep diary

Learn about your sleep patterns and habits by keeping a daily sleep diary. See Helpguide’s sample

sleep diary or make up your own and include:

* Time you went to bed and woke up;

* Total sleep hours;

* Quality of sleep;

* Times that you were awake during the night and what you did (e.g. stayed in bed with

eyes closed or got up, had a glass of milk and meditated);

* Amount of caffeine or alcohol you consumed and times of consumption;

* Types of food and drink and times of consumption;

* Feelings – happiness, sadness, stress, anxiety;

* Drugs or medications taken, amounts taken and times of consumption.

Changing the way I blog.

o CockadoodleDooo

Good Evening Everyone,

I have decided to go back to my very first type of blogging even though many of you haven’t seen it anyway back then I mostly did it for my family website which is no longer available.

o Family News

Bryan and Kylee got Jessica a playpen and I was cheeky when I seen it and put their cat in it and she just ran through the space, Jessica was asleep at the time. Kylee is working hard at her job and Bryan home looking after Jessica and doing a splendid job. Pawpaw(me) gets to help now and again.

Delwyn is working hard at her new job but finds it a bit stressful at times.

Allan still practicing the guitar.

o Weather – Well it was nice and sunny yesterday but this morning it spit some but later the sun was back out and shining.

o Season – Well its Spring time here in New Zealand and the temps have been rather nice, tempture around 12C ~ 23C.

o Cornerstone

Favourite read for today as to come from Ligonier Ministries

Article by Steve Lawson –

o Prayers needed.

(If you have any prayer request that you don’t mind me posting on my blog please email me.)

Please continue to pray for me as I will be going in Friday 24th Oct. for my gallbladder operation.

o Recipe Corner.

(If you have a personal recipe you’d like to share, much appreciated.)

Well this past week I discovered some cool Oatmeal ideas and a sister shared with me how she does hers and so if you love oatmeal and want to have a good healthy breakfast go check out this link –

o Health Corner.

Great read from this site on squeezing in a workout when your busy.

Hope you enjoyed this post today, please comment if possible – Thank you and God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

Yuck Coconut oil

Good Evening Blogeyes,

I did another load of laundry and hung them out this morning and they dried rather nicely and the weather was sunny now and again but mostly cloudy and very windy, a few times I thought it would rain while the clothes were out on the line but Im grateful that it didnt.

I took my medicine this morning even though I was a bit late getting up. I don’t understand it but sometimes I’m bushy tail and wide awake in the mornings and I get up and do stuff, other mornings I wake up feel extremly tired and fall back to sleep and this can happen twice before I move and it can be 11 – 12 midday. I thought it was the depression medicine causing it and have taking it at the different times as the doctor said and this last time he said midday which is about the time I get up some mornings, anyway I hope to come to a solution soon cause I’m wanting to get up about 6am every morning and crash about 11pm. I know sometimes Im up late cause I can’t sleep at night.. anyway the story of my life.

In other news which is good news is my new book arrived from Grace books ( (NZ) I ordered called Truth Endures ( ~ Landmark Sermons by John MacArthur. If you live in New Zealand, please buy your books from them and tell them I sent you!

I did the cooking dinner tonight. BBQ steak, Cabbage,Carrots and Baked Potatos and I thought I really shouldnt use any butter on my potato so I will use this Coconut oil that I bought the other day called fmf brand Premium Coconut oil which is made from fiji and I was thinking it says 100% coconut I will pour some on my food to flavour it up a bit, hahahaha flavour it up I did, that is the most nastiest taste I have ever had in my mouth besides having a Lava soap in my mouth in my younger days.. I nearly gagged on the food with the taste so I read it (yeah I know read it before eating) Suitable for Cosmetic Use,Body Massage and Traditional Use.. okay Traditional use well what exactly does that mean Traditional use, only traditional I know is eating the stuff. Well that ruined my Dinner, I did manage to wash some of it off but yeah I can still taste it. I have learned my lesson stick with coconut oil that you know is eatable and have had before, what also gets me is this stuff was in the food isle. Anyway enough of Coconut oil talk.

My plan tomorrow is to get out of bed andd try and work on my wordpress blog page and see if I can make it the way I want it and it may take me some time. I am looking to use my own picture at the top and add some gadgets on the side like my other blog.

Thats all for tonight God Bless and thanks for reading.

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

Don’t put it off to do later

Good Evening Blogeyes,

You ever had this bright idea,Tomorrow I’m going to do this task and tomorrow comes and its a total flop well today is one of those days, well perhaps not total but its a flop when its important.

I even added it to my phone to do this and it even buzzed at me and I said yeah yeah and turned it off and said to myself later when I have finished writing this email.

So here it is 10:14pm and I still haven’t gotten around to doing it and I’m tired and should be sleeping. Okay the thing I forgot was put my medicine in its containers for the following week. Its one of the easiest task to do and I hate doing it. I did accomplish to wash some dishes and do some laundry,hang them out on the line and bring them in off the line and I manage to read blogs and catch up on Goggle+,Facebook and Twitter but not my medicine ~ arrrrgghhhhhhh..

One thing I tried doing today is redoing my word-press blog with a different theme but I just cant get the handle of how these work as I do on blogger. I’m still not happy with it so I will have to experiment with it some more. Also trying to get into the habit of blogging again like I used to.

Anyway enough of this for tonight I’m off to do the thing I should have done first thing this morning sort out my medicine for the week.

Until next time God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

15.Oct.2014 Wednesday

Hello Blogeyes

The last few days has been quite nice and sunny here in South Auckland(Spring season) and I managed today to wash a basket load of laundry and put them on the line and also spent a few minutes off and on with granddaughter Jessica. She is such a blessing to our family and just amazing to watch as she grows up so quickly and learns words at such a young age. Her parents are doing an excellent job with her, granny and I (pawpaw) try and help when we are called on.

In other news some of you know I will be heading in on the 24th of October, Friday to Manukau Surgery Centre to get my gallbladder removed, I have mixed emotions about it all but the sooner its done and over with the happier Id be and less pain in that area. I am excited that its going to be near home thats a blessing. I hear people lose weight after the surgery so if thats true then I look forward to that and plus Im going to be eating better anyhow I have had to many years of eating piles of junk foods and enjoying it but this is what happens when you dont look after yourself. So please keep me in prayer. Speaking of my operation my Pastor from Covenant Presbyterian came by and visited me,prayed and let me know that God is with me every step of the way, which I believe anyway but its nice for the reassurance.

Last week my brother and friend from Grace Baptist of Second Life was absent and wanted me to take his place for a Morning devotional reading from Our Daily Bread which I did I was a bit nervous as it was my first time in ages doing something like that. This was over the microphone in the comfort of my own home it wasnt like I was facing a crowd of people but still I was nervous. I enjoyed it and He has asked me to do it again sometimes once a week if I may, so I will pray and think it over.

I have really started to enjoy feedly(,Pocket( and Evernote apps thanks to David Murray( and Tim Challies now I can glance over titles of blogs and choose the ones I want to read first and if I really enjoy them and want to read them again I save them over to Pocket. For other great ideas and reads I suggest you go check them out.

Until next time God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ