Gibson Pharmacy
2505 S. Carrier Pkwy.
(S.E. Corner of Carrier & Pioneer Pkwy.)
(972) 264-0268

April 2009

Our Family

Our family has grown in size with two new babies joining us in March. Jonathon (our son) and Jenny had a little girl on March 6. They also have a 3 1/2 year old son.

Michelle (our daughter) and Brad had a little girl on March 20. She is their first child. All parents and babies are doing fine.

Gardening Update

Hurray, Spring has sprung! By the time you read this, you should be able to plant all your garden. Whatever you want - the weather should be fine.

The first family has a garden. NBC Today had a segment the week of March 23 about how to put in a garden. Roughly speaking, our experience has been for every $20 put into our garden, we harvest about $100 back. Plus, it's in the backyard. I don't have to get in the car to buy onions when I need one. If you plan to plant okra in your garden, okra seeds need warmth to sprout, plan so they get plenty of sun. Blackeye peas do well on a trellis, as do climber beans. Sweet potatoes make a beautiful ivy-like leaf. Don't harvest them until late fall. Have fun - enjoy!


Flu and pneumonia shots are available at our pharmacy.
Mon - Fri 9am - 5:45pm
Sat 9am - 12:45pm
The shot for Shingles is available at this time.
It does require a prescription from your doctor.

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5 Things To Improve Your Life

As I get older, I realize the lifestyle most people including myself desire in the later years is one of independence. By that I mean, independence to handle my own business and the health to be able to achieve that. So far, I have arrived at 5 elements or activities that will be me to achieve these. In my opinion, these are:

1. Getting enough "restful" sleep -
It makes such a big difference in how one feels and how I can deal with things, if I have at least 8 hours of undisturbed sleep - no getting up every 2-3 hours for a potty break or a drink of water. I have learned for me personally - no caffeine after 4 pm (stops the cramps and leg spasms), taking my calcium in the evening, no heavy meals at night, no liquid after 8 pm (helps on potty breaks), spray my pillow with lavender spray (relaxing), sometimes take melatonin, have a notebook by bed to make notes for tomorrow so my brain isn't constantly working on them, only read or watch pleasant things after 9pm (if you want to watch a show, tape it) and a warm bath right before climbing into bed for restful sleep.

2. Exercise -
Walking does not require a lot of time, very little equipment (good shoes), and is very helpful with losing weight, helps heart and mind, and also helps with sleep.

3. Attitude -
The serenity prayer is very helpful to remember when people start pushing your buttons. I used to tell my children - "You are sitting here - angry (or with hurt feelings) - the other guy is over it and out having a good time. Who do you think is the winner here? Don't allow your own emotions to make you a victim. Don't allow the other person to make you a victim and make you change who you really are. You hand them all the power over you and your attitude when you do that." A positive attitude helps your body deal with illness, healing, and stress. It gives it a boost.

4. Eating Right
Try to eat light in the evening. Try to avoid a lot of sugar and fat (I know today's recipes don't help ... what can I say? My Mom loved her sweets!) Try to snack on fruit, vegetables, and nuts. Eat breakfast. Eat your fruit, don't drink it as juices. Juice loses a lot of your nutrients and fiber. Avoid eating a lot of foods with additives and preservatives. My doctor told me once - "Eat it the way God made it for you. Fast food wasn't present in the Garden of Eden."

5. Have Goals
Personally, if I have goals - especially positive goals - I have a better attitude about the work needed to achieve them. I feel a strong sense of accomplishment when goals are met. Goals let you know where you're headed and how the journey is going. So much of today's society is lost to the moment, they have no stronger plan than to just get through today. I do understand that. My goal is to also get through today. I just want to do it, be happy I did it, and enjoy the journey. Best wishes to you on your life and journey.


1.) Get your prescription bottle from your old pharmacy
2.) Give us a call at (972) 264-0268
3.) Tell either Gary or one of our technicians:
          Your name
          Your phone number
          Your old pharmacy name and their phone number
          The prescription number or numbers
          Your doctor's name (and their phone number is great, too)
4.) Any insurance information
5.) We'll handle the rest

You can also just bring in your prescription bottle in to us.

Raisin Nut Bread
2 c. boiling water (save it)
1 c. seedless raisins
1 c. prunes (I chop mine)
2 c. sugar
1/2 stick butter (I use 3/4 stick for moisture)
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
2 t. baking soda
4 c. flour
1 t. cinnamon (although, I personally use 1 T.)
2 t. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans

Pour boiling water over raisins and prunes and let cool.
Cream sugar, butter, salt together.
Add egg, mix well.
Pour water off raisin/prunes and add baking soda to water; pour into creamed mixture. Add flour; cinnamon and vanilla. Fold in raisin/prunes and pecans. Grease and flour loaf pans - 2 regular size. Divide batter into pans. Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes It can take 40 minutes to bake through.

This was my grandmother's recipe, passed to my Mom, now to me. I wanted to share it with you. My Mom made a drizzle icing of powdered sugar and water, served the bread sliced with the drizzle in a creamer bowl. Yum!

Mom's German Chocolate Cookies
1 box German chocolate cake mix with pudding included
1/2 c. instant mashed potato flakes
1 t. cream of tartar
1 T. cinnamon
3/4 c. melted butter
3 T. milk
1 large egg
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/3 c. sugar

1 c. powdered sugar
2 t. unsweetened cocoa
1 T. soft butter
1 1/2 T. milk
1/2 c. pecan pieces (save to drop on top)

Heat oven to 350F. Combine cake mix, potatoes, tartar, cinnamon, butter, milk, and egg. Blend well. Stir in pecans. Let stand about 5 minutes.

Place sugar in bowl or onto plate. Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls into sugar. Gently toss until sugar coated. Place on ungreased cookie sheet - about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should be soft in center. Cool on cookie sheet 1-2 minutes. Remove from pans and frost with icing. Blend all icing ingredients until smooth and then ice cookies. Dust with pecan pieces. Makes about 48 cookies.

Disclaimer: This newsletter is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. Anyone who has a serious disease or ailment should consult a physician before initiating any change in treatment or before beginning any new treatment. All items are my opinion.