Cure Insomnia? How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Randy Travis sings, “I’m gonna love you forever
Forever and ever, amen
As long as old men sit and talk about the weather
As long as old women sit and talk about old men.”

A few days ago I was talking to my friend about our husbands. We were discussing snoring. My friend was telling me how frustrated she gets because her husband drops off to sleep within 10 minutes and begins to snore. Even if it doesn’t shake the rafters it still has a rhythm that can be jarring. She gets up and goes to another room to read until she’s sleepy enough to go back to bed. Mine used to snore and sometimes stop breathing. His fatigue and lack of energy led to the diagnosis of sleep apnea and he was fitted with a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) so the snoring has become non-existent. My deal with his snoring was it definitely kept me awake and I would shake him or push him just to make it stop. Of course those tactics don’t work for very long. This, of course, led to sleepless nights and tiredness and irritability the next day.

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My First Attempt at Not Killing My Plants

We moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in the summer of 2009. Summertime is bright and sunny and warm – just the way I like my weather. There was a great deal of wildfire, too. The smoke blurred our view as we drove into town initially. Eventually the smoke cleared enough to enjoy the scenery. We drove from Grand Junction, Colorado to Fairbanks – through Canada, of course – and saw nature in its rawest forms – both animals and plant life. Continue reading “My First Attempt at Not Killing My Plants”

Natural Bath and Beauty Products – Handcrafting, Buying, Selling

My quest for all natural beauty products began in elementary school. Let me explain. I made a candle out of a Pringles can, paraffin, string and melted crayons (following a craft teacher’s instructions, of course) and I got excited.

Pringles canCandle wickBroken crayons

I could turn random things into a functional yet beautiful househould item. As I got older I learned more crafty things – sewing, embroidery, crossstitch, decoupage, tin punch, crochet. I sewed a Barbie doll dress. I embroidered a pillowcase. I made crossstitch wall hangings. I decoupaged a trivet tile. I made tin punch Christmas tree ornaments. I crocheted an afghan for my Aunt. Continue reading “Natural Bath and Beauty Products – Handcrafting, Buying, Selling”

Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat – Keto, Paleo, and Other Diets

Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see
They licked the platter clean. – 17th Century English nursery rhyme

Growing up I heard this little rhyme and never understood how one person could eat one thing and their companion eat something totally different. My mother wouldn’t have stood for it. Eat what’s on your plate. You’re not getting something different from the others.

Later in life I understood that this was actually a story of politics and the monarchy. The whole “eating” thing stuck with me so let’s talk about the many ways we like to fool ourselves into “licki[ing] the platter clean.” Continue reading “Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat – Keto, Paleo, and Other Diets”

If you almost die maybe it’s time to make a change…

September 24, 2016

I was in my home office. It was a Saturday. I have two computers – a Windows 10 laptop and a Windows 7 desktop. I was playing FreeCell on the desktop computer. It seems silly but that’s how I was keeping my brain sharp – at least that’s what I told myself. My husband was on the couch and he was looking at something on his computer (which he keeps tied to our smart TV – it serves as a very large monitor.) As I played this silly card game things began to get really strange. To me it looked like all of the cards were bunched up when I dragged them over to a stack. I was puzzled. This wasn’t normal behavior for this particular game. My next thought was “maybe I should log out – or shut down – or something” so I dutifully clicked the Windows key on my keyboard. As an IT professional I am aware that when one clickes on that particular key a menu pops up allowing you to make a decision – log off, restart, shut down – or something similar. In my mind I should have been able to click on one of those and follow the instructions. On this day I became confused. I was certain I could just DO SOMETHING but nothing happened. I kept pressing the Windows key which opened the menu – and then closed the menu – and then opened the menu – and then closed the menu. You see, I didn’t ever take the next step. I just couldn’t. Continue reading “If you almost die maybe it’s time to make a change…”