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Saturday, January 30, 2010

An Organized Home for 2010

Now that I have my office more organized and have shelving for my many books I have been looking at organizing other areas of my home. It is my goal to become more organized for 2010. I find that when things are organized I have better concentration.

The children are all grown, and though I have plenty of grandchildren who visit, I now have the space to create work areas that make for more efficient time and space so I can spend more time doing what I love; spending time with the grandchildren, researching, reading, and writing. My laundry room is in my basement. My bedroom is upstairs. I can't hear the washer or dryer when the load is completed so I have to go downstairs and check, lug the clothes upstairs, fold them on the couch and then lug them to the upstairs bedrooms.

I have been dreaming about a laundry room on the main level so I would not have to go up and down two flights of stairs every time I wash clothes. I want laundry room shelving so that everything will be right where I need it and while searching online to get ideas I found a site that performs FREE in-home consultations. Since the consultation is free, (I love that word!) I thought I'd look into the cost of laundry room shelving in my home. You simply go to their site and type in your zip code.

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Chasing sunsets

If you take a ride with me around sunset, I'm warning you, you will be held hostage as I chase sunsets. Most days I get out of work at 6 pm or later and the sky is black so I am only able to chase sunsets on the week ends and chase them I do. :-)

Last night it was my friend Bev that rode around with me as we tried to get a picture of the sunset unobstructed.

It is difficult, when in town. Tonight it was my grand daughter Te`Love. She snapped the first one of the series. She even volunteered. :-)

We kept driving west hoping to get a clear picture of the sunset but the horizon was dotted with trees, telephone poles, and buildings every where we went. We finally decided to go ahead and head back to Walmarts so I could make a payment on my Sam's card. While in the parking lot there I saw that I had missed the sunset again but was in awe of the black streaks in the sky as if someone was creating a charcoal drawing. Isn't He a wonderful artist? There is no end to the beauty He creates.


Is ADHD an Ailment?

Not MY child!

When my youngest child was diagnosed with a learning disorder I was in disbelief, but when I was handed a pamphlet on attention deficit hyperactive disorder and went through the checklist, he had every symptom on the list. In fact as I read the list I realized that I did too. We could be their poster child and mother.

We got our knuckles rapped.

In order to be properly diagnosed he was sent to a pediatrician who specialized in this particular disorder and also a licensed psychologist. This is something they had (as far as I know) not thought of doing when I attended grade school. If we got out of line we got our knuckles rapped with a ruler. No one ever thought we were finding it difficult to pay attention. No one ever tried to gear lessons in such a way that we could better grasp them. If we day dreamed it was because we were undisciplined or lazy. There was just one way of teaching and it had to fit all students.

He can't sit still, but neither can I.

Because of his perpetual motion, my son's teachers thought he needed to be medicated. It was as if he had an ailment and needed a cure. I hesitated to place him on prescribed medications as I knew they were narcotics and not Cures for Ailments. At first I tried herbals and diet, but soon the school refused to let him stay unless he was taking prescribed medication.

He was embarrassed by the label.

I knew the stigma attached to being diagnosed with ADHD as the teacher announced out loud to the class that it was time for certain students to go to the office and get their “meds”. At times he would ignore the teacher as the other students got up to get theirs hoping no one would know he was on medication too, but when he did I would end up getting a call from the school office with a complaint about his misbehavior and a pink slip. Ritalin, his prescribed medication did improve his ability to pay attention and aided him in learning. When he did not take his medication he heard “don't” and “stop” so much with his name that these two words were like his first name. I just hated it that it also gave him a stomach ache, was a controlled substance, and made him feel less than normal.

Whose to say what normal is?

Some will outgrow ADHD and others are destined to have a wandering mind for life. I think I'm one of those, so if I tend to get off track from time to time, forgive me and give me a gentle push in the right direction. Maybe, if I had grown up when medical science realized we aren't all the same and some people need individualized teaching I would not feel as inadequate as I sometimes do.

We are failing people with our mental health options.

In looking at medications and treatments I feel that we have a long ways to go in treating mental and emotional disorders sometimes only using a "band aid" approach. I have long been dissatisfied with the medical approach. While counseling was prescribed the insurance companies would not pay his counseling. Alternative medicines were never offered. We were only given one option and that was a prescription for narcotics.

In my search online I came across Dr. Daniel Amen

His site is fascinating. The workings of the mind are intriguing to say the least. His approach is refreshingly positive, and one this country sorely needs. I found that when I took time to encourage my son not discourage him, he thrived. Dr. Amen says that "love is the drug!" It was wonderful to have my beliefs so positively reinforced and to learn more about many of the things that trouble us such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, substance abuse, diet and so forth. He explores the science and positive ways to assist the patient in recovery.

You may want to visit the Amen Clinics by Dr Daniel Amen to learn more about the symptoms of several psychiatric illnesses and know how it can be treated earlier. I am saving the links right here because I plan on revisiting to learn more. I love that this is much more than the quick fix of handing out prescriptions.

There are reasons we behave as we do.

He takes us on a fascinating journey of the brain and why we behave the way we do. He has thousands of brain scans that show the results of harmful activity to our brains. Even things as simple as cutting down on sugar can improve our brain's function. We aren't all the same, but whose to say what “normal” is? I'm not striving for "normal" but for the best I can be and to help my children be the best they can be also. Take care & God bless.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Protect their smiles!

Sometimes baby teeth grow into crooked adult teeth.

When my oldest daughter started getting her permanent teeth they began to get crowded in her small mouth. Her once beautiful smile became an embarrassment (for her) and she became self conscious.

My daughter wouldn't open her mouth!

She began smiling less and less frequently and one of her teachers called me at work one day to tell me how my daughter refused to even open her mouth at school. He knew of a program I could get her in to help her get braces for a lot less than the going rate. I was able to get her into the program and her beautiful attitude returned along with her infectious smile.

The most beautiful thing is your child's smile!

One of my grand children is now feeling the same way my daughter once did so I volunteered to look up orthodontists for her. While looking I came across a San Diego orthodontist that gives free consultations and offers the same kind of services my daughter received to assist with misaligned teeth and improper spacing. Your little ones deserve to feel beautiful when they smile and not feel embarrassed by their teeth. This orthodontists treats adults also. He even has braces that are virtually invisible. Go ahead, smile, you know you want to. :-)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Dark Skies


Smooth and Sexy

You've got to catch his eye first.

While we know the way to a man's heart is through his stomach we also know we need to catch his eye first. My husband is a leg man and I caught him checking mine out quite a few times before he worked up the nerve to ask me out.

When you feel sexy you are.

Do you shave your legs? I do, but the smooth silky feeling only lasts a day or two so I have been looking into alternative methods of hair removal. I love the soft smooth feeling of my legs after shaving but hate the prickly feel two days later. I feel like a porcupine.

I thought I would share with you some of the things I discovered about hair removal, particularly permanent hair removal, as I am getting pretty tired of buying razors and shaving my legs. There has got to be a better way.

Methods of hair removal:

  • Shaving
  • Tweezing
  • Waxing
  • Depilatory creams
  • Sugaring
  • Electrolysis
  • Laser hair removal
Shaving - A shaver removes hair at the skin, so the regrowth is within one or two days. Razors can be purchased quite reasonably and shaving does not consume a lot of time unless you multiply all those times a year and add them up. The cost of time and money could become considerable.

Tweezing - The disadvantages of this process are so obvious it is almost not worth bringing up. Can you imagine for even a second how long it would take to remove hair from your legs? This may work well for small areas such as eyebrows.

Waxing - This is a semi-permanent procedure as the results last for any where between 2 - 6 weeks. The procedure can be done at home. It involves either using prepared wax strips or smoothing wax on the skin. The process pulls the hair out from the roots and can be painful. Short hairs may be resistant to pulling out and sensitive skin can become sore, red, and blotchy.
With this method there is a risk of ingrown hairs.

Depilatory creams - Personally this has never worked for me. I've tried a number of different ones. They stunk, my skin broke out but the hair remained. This method can last for up to a week (if it works at all). The cream weakens the hair at the skin's surface, and then it can simply be wiped away.

Sugaring - This is very similar to waxing but instead of wax uses a paste of sugar, lemon, and water. It can also result in ingrown hairs but is less apt to break the skin out.

Electrolysis - "A needle like probe conducts an electric current into the hair follicle." The Best Ever Book of Beauty by Hermes House The current zaps the hair follicle killing the growth at the root. This should only be performed by a qualified practitioner. If you are sensitive to pain this may not be for you. It is considered to be a method of permanent hair removal, but requires multiple visits to remove all the desired hair.

Laser hair removal - This method is also considered to be a method of permanent hair removal, however it does not sound as painful. A laser is used to target areas of hair growth. The beam pinpoints the pigment and rather than slowing down hair growth it actually stops it. Because hair grows at different rates it requires more than one visit.

I hope this information has been helpful to you if you are considering alternative ways to get smoother sexier legs.

Take care and God bless. :-)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Moncohrome Weekend

This name fits so well, in Michigan anyway,

because lately the weekends have been full of gray ...

Just look at the sky today
Shades of white and muted gray
The sun is no where to be seen
Rain is falling cool and clean

It's just monochrome...

A black white and gray day

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Have a blessed week and here's hoping they are not all gray. :-)


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Can you afford to eat right?

It would be wiser to ask, can you afford not to?

I was talking to a very good friend one day about one of our compulsions, that of taking care
of our health, and strive as we do to make the right choices we find that proper eating is time consuming.
Proper eating takes planning. It takes money. During the summer months I am blessed with Jeannie, who gives me fresh produce from her garden, but even then, how can I find enough hours in the work day to eat five servings of vegetables and fruits? More often than not some of these vegetables end up being frozen for later, because I do not have the time to prepare and eat them.

I am obsessed with nutrition.

I easily have fifty books in my home about nutrition. I pore over these books religiously. I look for better ways to improve my health and longevity. If I am going to live a long life, I want it to be a healthy one. One glaring fact is that we (especially in America) eat improperly. We are always in a rush and grab and go. French fries are one of those things you may innocently order through a drive through not knowing how unhealthy they are. Did you know they contain sugar? No wonder we are addicted to them!

Avoid sugar!

In researching sugar I found that although our bodies crave sweets, we have tampered with sugar so much that there is little if nothing of value found in it. That's why sugar is called "sweet nothings by Dr. Berger. Here is a quote taken from the article I wrote at Triond on sugar:

Sweet nothings” as Stuart M. Berger, M.D. author of How to be Your Own Nutritionist writes come from plants but during their refinement and processing lose all their natural fiber, whatever nutrition they may have boasted; have become “nothing”. Not only that, we consume them at such high levels we stress our pancreas, lower our energy levels and raise our blood pressure.

So one way I can take better care of my body is to replace sugary treats with healthy ones. But even then I cannot find enough hours in the day to eat all the food I need to meet daily minimum requirements.

We use vitamins to replace the nutrition we cannot find the time or money to eat.

If we are going to swallow vitamins daily, should we not know what is in them? These little pills can be miracles or catastrophes. Some vitamins interact with your prescribed medications or compound health issues. Some vitamins when taken improperly can cause serious side effects. For more about these issues read here.

It is my hope that each of you will maintain a healthy life style so you can feel your absolute best. I look forward to reading many more posts from you. Take care and Gd bless! :-)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Credit Counseling

Years ago I returned home to Michigan. I lived in New York for 16 years, the south Bronx to be more precise. I had two teenagers, a nine year old and an infant. My marriage was in shambles and frankly I was tired of the mounting crime and dangers of the neighborhood. I missed my family and was ready to leave everything behind and start over.

It wasn't easy.

Returning to my home state after all this time and with four children was not easy. I never had a drivers license, left all our furniture behind and needed employment desperately. I worked many jobs before I found one that could support us. The creditors were not patient nor were they understanding and someone told me about Credit Counseling, Inc. They (CCI) talked to my creditors and made a budget I could live within. They even talked my creditors into waiving penalties, late charges and interest rates in some cases. They saved my sanity.

Fortunately I got caught up and out of debt, but now I find myself facing mounting bills. My children, though they are now grown have found themselves in predicaments, and I love them. They are not children, but they have children. How can I not help them when possible?

Credit Counseling has changed their name to Green Path (so fitting) and tonight I had an hour and a half free consultation. The advice was very good, and I am truly appreciative. Thanks, Green Path! There telephone no. is 1-800-550-1961.

By the way this is not an ad. :-) Don't be afraid of calling if you need help, but I sincerely hope that you do not. Take care & God bless.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Cat eyes


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Off the clock

I'm from the old school and that means if I can get dressed and go into work (without too many numerous interruptions), I will go. I have had perfect attendance for the entire two plus years that I have worked here, and aim to keep it that way.

Nearly ten years ago I tore my rotator cuff. I worked two jobs (still with impeccable attendance) and only after I had applied for and was approved for vacation did I schedule surgery to repair my tear. Before that I worked both jobs daily for at least a year in intense and unbearable pain. I did not use one sick day.

After getting an appointment for surgery (on my birthday) I scheduled and took two weeks off from both jobs. At the end of the two weeks vacation I returned to work. Post surgery was such an improvement to pre-surgery, that I was so thankful to be on the mend. My surgeon was great and so were the physical therapists. I could now lift my arm over my head. I was ecstatic.

Last week my arm started aching. Now my shoulder is throbbing. It burns and there are sharp pains. My stomach does flip flops all day. Every time I move my arm, I cringe from the burning sensation in my shoulder.

Then today the powers that be decided to move us around. We packed up our few personal items, dry erase board, calculators, coats, purses, lunches, and blankets (it's cold there) and made our trip across the room. As I logged into the computer at my new work station I noticed that the font was set up huge. I could not read the entire customer account. I had to scroll up and down then across to verify and review information. I could not keep my note pad up beside it.

The numbers on the key pad kept sticking. I could not tell whether the number lock was on or off and the capital lock light did not work. I typed the number "3" into the box and up popped a dozen threes. They would not delete. I could not back space. I could get rid of these threes for the life of me!! How was I going to look up an account when I couldn't get the screen to clear so I could input the right numbers?

Mind you these calls are not only monitored (recorded) but timed, and I have not even been able to access the account yet. I apologized to the customer and asked them to please call back and I turned off and rebooted my system. This is how my day went, with the computer only behaving sporadically.

I started work at 8:00 a.m., moved at 9:40 and was sent to lunch at 9:45. We were off to a good start. I came back from lunch. Signed back in and opened all the resources I needed should the customer ask this or that, and signed back into my phone. My computer was possessed for the rest of the afternoon. Periodically it traveled from one page to another without my bidding. While reviewing the customer's account, for instance, it took me to pay locations, (places where they could pay their bill, should they ask). But they weren't asking. The computer was going there on its own. Perhaps I should appreciate the computer's craziness as it helped take my mind off of my throbbing shoulder.

What am I thankful for? You probably wonder. Have you ever had a day so crazy and unbearable that you were just glad it was over? I was thankful my work day was over and I could finally punch out and go home.

I placed my arm in a sling and drove into the sunset with a big sigh. Three down, two to go...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Cabin in the woods


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mouse Confections

When my friend at work brought me this little guy, I was in awe. He is so cute. He told me he made a batch of them to save his Christmas cake from disgrace. It seems while removing one of the layers of cake from the pan it broke. His plan was to decorate his broken cake with these little creatures and say they created the mess. :-)

Recipe for a Chocolate Mouse

If you want some chocolate mice, assemble maraschino cherries (with stems), chocolate kisses,
chocolate, almond slivers and cake frosting gel. I bet you have already figured out how to assemble your mice. After dipping the maraschino cherry in melted chocolate quickly put his little body together so he will not fall apart. Chocolate has natural antioxidants so one or two can't hurt. Right?


Are your pictures safe?

If you are lucky enough to live on this earth for awhile, you will have memories and attachments, and some of the people you have been fortunate enough to grow to love may be taken from you. My husband and I were just becoming acquainted when his father became ill and left this world. We were given a copy of a picture, which I proudly hung on our wall. By looking at his picture I feel that a part of him is living on. I have never heard a bad word about this man, and was saddened that I had never had the privilege to meet him. He touched so many lives with his gentle and Godly nature.

These pictures are over fifty years old. The smile with two teeth missing is me. My mother sorted through some of her keepsakes while packing to move and my sister and I were the lucky recipients to many pictures and letters.

Some of these photos are so old they are sepia. Some are fading, yellowing, marred but to me they are precious keepsakes Oh if only the pictures could talk! I ask Mom, “Who is this? How are they related to me?

We are bloggers. We share bits of ourselves with one another. We are natural communicators and want our thoughts and feelings to be known/shared. Our children may or may not be able to access this years from now, and some of the things we share are not quite as open as we would be with our immediate family. You know the pain of loving and losing someone. My father passed away just a few years ago. I lost an Aunt and a cousin just last week. I know if they could, they would want to have left something behind to comfort us. Were there thoughts in their minds and hearts they had not had the opportunity to share?

What will this little one know of those who have gone on before?

On New Years day, my grand daughter had a baby girl. Now I can post her picture on my blog, add it to Flickr, post it on My Space or Face Book, but I have found a site that does more than store your photos. It will actually send personal messages to a loved one on a specific day years from now. Your stories, pictures, and thoughts can be preserved and shared. Check it out by following the links. Your love can live on.

Take care & God bless. :-)


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Winter

This took some doing for me to come around to this frame of mind. I have complained about winter from the first time I had to shovel snow and especially after getting my car stuck in the snow.

Beauty is right under our noses begging for our attention!

Yes, it is pretty, but frankly, after Christmas I have had little use for winter, but this is picturesque. I took the photo of the lake right over the ducks head's after happily clicking away at them. Why is it that sometimes the most beautiful things are right under our nose begging for our attention?

I read these following quotes and felt corrected for my ingratitude:

"A tomb of life, not death,
Life inward, true,
Where the world vanishes
And you are you" ~ Vita Sackville-West

"There is a wilder solitude in winter
When every sense is pricked alive and keen." ~ May Sarton

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. . . In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." ~ Ruth Stout


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Here ducky ducky


Sunday, January 3, 2010

The First Baby of the New Year

At 5 a.m. on New Year's day, my grand daughter gave birth to this precious little girl, making head lines in our local paper for the first baby of the year. Baby and Mom are fine and we enjoyed our visit at the hospital where they are staying. Baby should get to go home tomorrow, but no word yet whether my grand daughter can. She had an emergency c-section.

After visiting my granddaughter and great granddaughter I was heading home and pulling off the road periodically to snap sky shots. I prefer to take pictures unencumbered by power and telephone lines (not to say that I do not appreciate the convenience they offer). It's just that the sky is so much more breath taking when not looking at it through a maze of wires.

So I started driving towards the park. I was heading right into the sun and could not resist a few shots, but tried to restrain myself as I headed west and then just a few feet away I saw movement out of my left eye.

Three deer stood in a patch of woods near me. I wish the conditions were better. I snapped lots of pictures and in fact came home with 82 in my camera, but most of my deer shots lacked clarity and definition. You can make out the outline and that is about it. I was amazed at how patiently they stood while I sat in my car in 12 degree below 0 weather snapping pictures. I did not use my flash not wanting to scare them or bother their eyes.

Look at the best shot I was able to capture, where the deer finally tired of me and ran for the clearing near a rather busy road.

I did reach my destination and find some sunset pictures without power lines, but no more deer. How was your New Years day?


Friday, January 1, 2010

Over a dozen reasons to eat soy beans.

picture taken by me at a soybean farm near here

Soy Isoflavones relieves hot flashes.

Until you have experienced hot flashes and night sweats because of menopause you have no idea of how miserable it feels. Comediennes get a lot of mileage from its symptoms, but if you are the one on fire one moment and drenched the next, you are not laughing. It is more than disconcerting, to say the least. But I found something that relieved my symptoms so much that it is just a very infrequent occurrence and no where near as intense.

What can soybeans do for you?

I was compelled to research further because I was so impressed by the results of taking one capsule a day. I researched online at Worlds Healthiest Foods and also in my research books at home and was able to find over a dozen compelling reasons to add soy beans to my diet. For more information read Soy the Wonder Food. I cannot think of one single food that you could add to your diet and improve your health more.

As Chan says "Eat well, rest well and stay well" and I cannot agree more. God bless you and please take care of yourself. I wish your new year to be healthy, prosperous and blessed beyond your imagination.


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