This picture got me thinking

This picture I took back in February this year, with it’s foggy look early in the morning hours, got me thinking. It was taken in the Florida Panhandle, a place called Carillon Beach, near Panama City. I was going through my pictures and trying to make some kind of order aside from the timeline that I took them in. (Well that is going to be a long project.)
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So the thinking part…well it was along the lines that when the season of Fall comes around it gets cooler, and fog sometimes is a part of it. Where I live now you don’t see the seasons change much and fog is almost unheard of. We long for cold snaps that the weatherman promises will pass through. Kind of like how a child longs for snow to fall so they don’t have to go to school for a day or two.

It brought to mind how I grew up as a kid in Virginia and how the days grew crisp. The leaves changed color and the skittering sound of wind blown leaves, already on the ground. Shorts and flip-flops were packed away and jeans and sweaters hold sway. And one of the fun times that I looked forward to was Halloween, with it’s spookiness, fog, frolic and fun.

Well, I leave you this picture that got through the cobwebs in my mind and got me thinking. Here’s to another change in the seasons, to the change it brings us all regardless of where we reside. Calling us back to remembered childhood fun.

Book Review – “Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion”, Jack Flacco

Hi All,

A review about a book I got a chance to read. I am excited to share, what is my honest opinion after reading it. If you love books quick, with aliens, zombies and something with a new twist. Think of giving this book a peek and and a chance. I’ve already posted my Review, and I’m sharing here.

I’ve always said “Poetry is like Pizza”…I’d like to think that this book or any book for that matter can be put in the same class. Why? It’s multi-layered, different, surprises, nuances, fulsome flavors to tempt the palate. We all have that ‘ultimate pizza’. Here’s a slice from mine….(Enjoy).

Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion (Ranger Martin, #2)Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion by Jack Flacco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grabs you and hauls you along for a pretty intense and wild ride!

Grabs you by the throat! Instant action and very good perspective from multiple characters. New situations, new cars, inevitable search for food and quest to kill zombies. I love all the different names that the author gives for the Zombies, to name a few ‘undead’, ‘maggot eaters’ and ‘belly mashers’. :-)

If you hate character build up making beginnings slow, look no further – this book delivers ‘0 to 60′ in the first 5 seconds of starting your journey. (Now don’t get me wrong, I love character building but we get snippets throughout the story-line as you go. Very satisfying, although I will be reading the first book soon.)

If you haven’t read Jack Flacco’s first book, to become acquainted with Ranger Martin, you don’t need to do so. This book can stand alone. There is a underlying intense feeling of things going wrong and no light at the end of the tunnel feel as you read. But along comes Ranger and there is a solution to be had. Love how he lives by the seat of his pants.

Yes! Aliens do pair with Zombies for flair. Delivers something new to a single line genre of either Aliens or Zombies but a blend of both. And still chaos abounds and in that the fight to survive and the will to keep alive, loyalty shines through.

Go ahead, pick it up, cheer and gnash your teeth at will, but enjoy the ride.

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Rant III – Water saver?

(My rant is meant to be sarcastic and funny. Many of you may have run into this similar scenario before.)

Dear Management Company – (insert name here)

Thank you so much for the Maintenance on my Boyfriends’ apartment. But really you shouldn’t have. Really.

Changing the shower head to conserve water! I want to take a moment and thank you for doing your due diligence to save the planet, by saving water! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!  So considerate of you.

Feels like light shower sprinkles

But I need to let you know that it didn’t work. I appreciate the time and effort you put into thinking this through. So considerate and thoughtful to think that I was not relaxing and enjoying my shower each day. To install a water sprinkler, with the power of a gentle summer shower spritzing over me. I heard that you didn’t change the cost of the water inclusive to his rent. Why ever not!? You are trying to save the planet, hence save on water expenses. The least you could do is cut a discount due to the changes!

But – (Yes here it is!) I see why you cannot, due to the EXTRA time I have to stay in the shower to actually get clean every day! My word! – save the water and save money? Absolutely not! No water pressure means my thick hair takes for-EVER to get wet, and sulfate-Free shampoos and conditioners take more time to get in there and rinse out. Again let me thank you.

  • Did you know that my 7 min shower increased to 13.5? Yes, yes it did.
  • Did you know that I turn off the shower, only to turn it back on to rinse off AGAIN? No, no you did not.
  • Did you know that I now fog up the bathroom mirror? Yes, indeed I do! Something new for me.

Now, that I’ve got that out-of-the-way. Let me thank you for increasing the amount of time that everyone has to spend in the shower to get clean. Meaning time management is now having to be reviewed.

P.S. I don’t think I’m done. I now have to go to Home Depot and buy a regular shower head. Think ‘compensation’ Dear Management Company.

Kind Regards,

Disgruntled

P.P.S. I think this one will work nicely -> What do you think?

Jet powered, yep Nice!

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Believe you will be successful and you will.

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Positive outlook, will give great feedback. Love the quote.

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«Believe you will be successful and you will.»

– Dale Carnegie


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Migraine my management

Migraines, they are a pain in the arse. They are, for most who suffer them, a great way to suddenly have war declared on bits and pieces of your neck and head. I included a picture of Tension and Migraine headache. I suffer the one on the right-side of the picture.

Tension vs Migraine

For me migraines are something to be cured as soon as possible. If they are caught in time they are ‘managed’ by homeopathic means. And I can function somewhat clumsily through a few days. When I don’t catch them in time, no amount of homeopathic methods will work, nor will my stronger over the counter choices of Advil, Aleve or Excedrin for migraines will kick the pain. Might as well be throwing M&M’s at me.

What kind of inkling do I get as a warning that a migraine is going to be hard on me? Sometimes I start to squint even when I wear my eyeglasses. Or I may smell things 10x’s stronger than they really are as the olfactory goes into overdrive. Hearing things gets harder as if you have ear muffs on, muffling sound. Nausea was great indicator but sometimes that can be false, because you could just be sick. Or I get nothing and BAM! game over before it’s begun.

Describing pain and symptoms is hard, and I’ll try that in another post. Although fellow blogger Emily gives a great rating system based on sound for her migraines. If interested, you can check her post out. Emily has migraines all the time. I only have my migraines last 3-5 days tops. I used to have them 2-3 times a month, now I have them once a month.

So my management used to be:

  • I tried upping the recommended dose of Advil, still the headache would blossom into fierce skull splitting migraines. (Headaches last a few hours, migraines last for days)
  • Aleve made its audience debut, tried it, great for body aches etc, but not migraines
  • Excedrin for Migraines, I popped them like candy and still they came, they conquered and I receded whimpering under covers.
  • I thought Guided Meditation would take them away. I used to go every week for a year. No, they still came pretty regularly. I eventually stopped going. Have not been to a meditation in year in a half. (Great for stress and anxiety relief which I did benefit from.)
  • Instead tried Yoga mantra chants. Thinking that this would be a lovely and stress management type of tool. Easy to learn and each class came with the chant on paper. No, they still came just as regularly.
  • Homeopathic migraine treatments. Most come in pill form that dissolve easily under the tongue. Wow, minor breakthrough! If caught early enough the pain was reduced. It didn’t go away entirely but it allowed me to function.
  • I still include cup of coffee for the caffeine, up the cups to 2 or 3 to do battle if necessary
  • Dark room if all else failed, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

My management now:

  • I still use homeopathic remedies. Works the best and I rotate through a couple of different brands so that my body will not get used to one.
  • Ice pack wrapped in cloth applied to back of neck to alleviate stabbing pain (20 Min. on/off)
  • I still use coffee for the caffeine, sometimes it’s just enough to keep things in check
  • Learned Reiki levels I and II. This is so that I can help facilitate healing, in the hopes that my migraine will not get the best of me.
    • Have I had a complete cure with Reiki at this time? No
    • Have I had some relief with Reiki? Yes, someone applied Reiki to my head and neck and some relief was felt. (That’s how I was exposed to Reiki and how I started my journey in learning Reiki for myself.)
  • Dark room if all else fails, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

Future management:

I’ll continue on with the existing treatments, they are working for the most part. Have I tried acupuncture? Not yet, although friends have given me pamphlets, names and recommendations about others who have felt relief and some who no longer suffer from them.

If I do go get acupuncture will update this blog and let you know the outcome. Until then, will work on explaining what my migraine symptoms are like. Maybe it’ll help others.

[Disclaimer:  No way is any of the above to be taken as 'final proof' in diagnosing migraines and treatment. Nor for remedies in getting relief. Seek professional opinions and go from there. I did and the above is what I do and is no way a prescribed way for others.]

Rant II

So a while ago I posted Rant, and it seemed that small things were getting my goat. I was completely unaware what was causing my griping. And today still have no idea as to what is giving me the short run on patience but I did get a little insight as to what may be making me feel different than before.

I was meditating, taking walks, scribbling/doodling and have tried my hand at some crocheting and still I lose my patience. Other days it felt like I was losing my “Joie de Vivre!”  I’ve been documenting the last few months and still had no clues as to what is happening to me. So I go talk to my doctor who says in a nutshell, that I’m getting older. Yeah, my birthday comes around every year. And that I’m most likely going into menopause. Since last time I visited I was apparently pre-menopausal. So the transition can cause quick temper changes and mood swings. Just to name a few.

Yikes! I’m like, “What the hell!” Does this mean that the ‘nice’ person I am is now going to get all temperamental and bitchy? I’ve literally been documenting my food, my weight, my migraines and the issue is – I’m going into menopause??

I personally like my previous good moods. The kind that I have as a ‘flighty Gemini’. Yes indeed, I’m a flighty, quick speaking, happy-go-lucky Gemini. But apparently the flip-side Twin, is unveiling her face for the time being.  Now the Doctor said that there are supplements that I can take, but she doesn’t get technical. And if my moods and such get really out control then I can revisit and talk about medications that can be tried.

Horoscope Gemini

Okay, now you know all those commercials for all the drugs that cure psoriasis, depression, bipolar etc., ‘in your face’ ad-nauseum.  Hard to avoid those pesky commercials. And all the lovely ‘disclosed’ side-effects that can happen to a person if taking them. Right? Well I’m like – NO, not for me. And I’m in my mind having a short mental conversation exploring the more gentle homeopathic methods and or other dietary changes that I can affect that will make my life, or at least my moods happier.

Well here’s to taking the road less traveled in this day and age. The non-prescription road to keeping me sane, happy or at least a happier human. I make no guarantees that I won’t continue to rant, but I do hope that I don’t turn people against me. I’m a social loving person and can you imagine an ostracized Butterfly? Me neither, I’d drive myself nuts.

Anyhow, that’s the current low down on the Rant previous and following up right now. For all you lovelies who read this buckle up. I hope the ride is at least gentle from here on out. But will someone keep a chocolate bar on hand?

You can ready my previous post here:  Rant

P.S. Keep the chocolate on the list and all is right with the world. (No, really keep it coming.)

Chocolate

Rant

My hands were gripping the steering wheel  but my thumb was hitting the wheel double time. The car in front of me was totally getting my goat. Rolled right up to the stop sign but didn’t even stop. Just rolled right through. Locally called a ‘rolling stop’.

“Idiot! Don’t you know that someone could have been walking or biking! No-oh! Just oblivious.” My turn at the stop sign and I stop and look both directions. Not just for cars but for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning right to go home.

And then my brain just went and asked myself, “Why are you so wound up about this driver?” And still in my mind responded, “Because you walk and ride a bike, so your extra aware of your environment.” So I realize that I have to let it go because I’m not going to win that fight. It’s just something to remember when I’m out and about. I huff out a great big sigh.

I signal and turn into my complex and pull in to my numbered parking slot. I lean back in my seat and just let out another sigh. Reach out and put the car in park and take the keys. It’s been a long day. Getting home made me realize that I was just stressed and just ranting at the offending car was my way to release some steam. Did I feel better? I didn’t feel like it but maybe getting out of the stupid high heels and changing into comfy clothes would change my point of view. Walking up split flight of stairs to the front door with key at the ready to unlock it, took a moment to take another full breathe before going inside. I noticed before going in, that there was no breeze and it was quite cloudy. So maybe it would rain later to get rid of the summer humidity that was making my work clothes stick uncomfortably to me.

Dumped my purse and keys on the entryway table to my left and kicked my heels off just underneath it.  A blissful sigh of relief escaped my lips as toes stretched and my arches relaxed out. I glared with a half grin at my discarded shoes. They were gorgeous but a killer on the feet for eight hours!

I kept thinking back on my frustration and wonder why I’m so upset of a person rolling through a stop sign. It’s not even that time of the month when my emotions get me all out of joint. And this has been happening a lot lately.

I put on the kettle for a soothing cup of tea. So while I waited for the water to heat, I went into my room to change into comfy clothes. I walked over to the side table and pulled my journal out.

I had written down the events that have been happening lately. Trying to find a pattern to this crazy ranting. But for the last two months it was the same thing. Triggers from being frustrated with not just the drivers but stupid riders and pedestrians that are just as oblivious about being careful when crossing busy intersections. But then there are the days where I’ve been shopping and while in line how the employees behind the counters are rude and mostly non-communicative while I pay up. Sometimes even being ignored while they have full blown conversations with other co-workers. It frustrates me to no end on how prevalent the lack of training and ignoring customer service.

Again flipping through my entries and still no theme other than outside triggers making me crazy. I can’t figure out what is going on. If this keeps up will have to check my calendar and go to a doctor to check me out. Find out if something is happening that I just don’t understand. The distant whine of the kettle is getting louder letting me know the water is ready. So I sigh and close the journal for now. Some Rooibos tea would smooth my day out.
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….continuing soon