Sunday, November 30, 2008

Just Another Manic Monday

I haven't been home much for the past week or so, and then I went camping for the weekend, so Monday was going to be the big day to get my house cleaned up and ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Silly me, what was I thinking?
I did manage to take back a bazillion beer/pop cans to the grocery store for my deposits while it was a chilly 30 degree's this morning. (I hate those can machines. I couldn't feel my hands after the first 10 minutes.) Got home, and got started on one of the bathrooms. Got that aaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost done when the phone rang, and my Mom asked if I could replace the titanium beads on her ears.
Please feel free to refer to my Ear Reflexology blog, if you've got no idea what I'm talking about. Of course I was happy to, since she is my trainer, and I haven't got to get any hands on training yet. She wasn't here 5 minutes when the front door pops open, and one of "my" boys barges through with two banquet dinners in his hand, ready for his breakfast. Youngest son and his girlfriend get up, and one of my other girls shows up, all within about 15 minutes. Now I have an audience that is jabbering the whole time i'm trying to learn and concentrate.
And boy am I slow. I only finished the ear zapping part by the time it was time for me to go pick up my eldest from work. That done, back to putting the beads on her ears. I did an ok job, but I can certainly tell I'm going to need alot of practice. And more practice I got. I zapped the eldest's ears, and in the meantime made the youngests girlfriend late for work because like I said, I'm slow, and she needed a ride. Back home again. Then Mr. Banquet dinner decided that since everyone else was getting their ears done, he wanted to do it too. I got him about three quarters done, and my hands started shaking. I do believe I should of eaten something today. no time!
Got him finished up, all of my moms gear packed and into her car so she could get home, took the eldest to the store, then I had to cut the youngest sons hair. By the time I finished that, it was 4pm, I'm starving, still don't have time to eat, and it's time to start dinner for the kids.
Came up with something that only takes about 45 minutes to get on the table, fed the herd, and then hubby is home from work. Thank god! Beer Thirty starts when he gets in the driveway. Popped the tab on my first beverage, gave up on eating, or getting anything cleaned in the house, and said screw it. I've never heard of Manic Tuesday, so let's hope tomorrow goes alot smoother.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cat Pee & Feliway Treatment

The Culprits, Petunia and Sheba--------->
For those of you familiar with my blog about my 3 year old kitty girls who have a thing for peeing on my kitchen counters, and my experiment with Feliway, I have an update. For those of you unfamiliar with said kitties, and their fetish for peeing on my kitchen counters, please feel free to back up a bit and check out Counter Attack!
Or if your too lazy to do that, let's just get down to business, and get to the Feliway part all ready.
What is it? It's a pheromone spray; cats produce pheromones in three parts of their bodies. The pheromones from their cheeks give the friendly message of "Hi there, I like you, I'm happy." The pheromones that come out with their urine and feces are very different and tell other cats "Hey buddy, this is my territory." So they sell this spray called Feliway that uses the happy pheromones to use where they have been peeing inappropriately.
Does it work? YES! I am happy to say that since I started using it about 2 months ago, YES YES YES, it does. Oh thank the Cat Gods. I have only found one "accident" (and I use that term loosely) and it wasn't in the corner of the kitchen where I have been using the spray. Sadly, Sheba and or Petunia, somehow hiked her furry ass between the microwave and the full dish drainer, and let er rip. EwWw.
So now I'm spraying there too.
Just in case your wondering, the Feliway doesn't have a smell to it that us humans can perceive, and it comes in a pretty small spray bottle, (75ml) but really, that seems to be all you need. There is enough spray to last you a month. (or if your like me, more than that, because I forget to use it on occasion)
I originally found this product at Cat Faeries, and I would suggest checking them out if for nothing more than the loads of information they have on their site. As far as the price, I got the Feliway through Amazon, which placed me at Absolutely Pets and got a far better price. ($14.45) Not too shabby, considering I was probably spending that much on paper towels, Enzyme eating pee in a bottle, bleach, and therapy for the way it made me psycho every month.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Salt: Friend or Foe?

My family has been following a low sodium diet for about 2 years now, due to some high blood pressure problems. Plus, it seems to be all over the news about how we need very little salt in our diets, blah blah blah. My hubby and I have learned to re-cook just about everything. It hasn't been easy, or in the beginning tasty. I have had to spend numerous hours in the grocery stores looking at nutritional labels for absolutely everything I buy. (Don't even get me started on all that cholesterol stuff! mono, poly, saturated, I know it all. Ugh.)
I had been having some problems in the last few months with the all mighty leg cramps, when my mother brought to my attention that I had this problem many many moons ago when I didn't have enough salt in my diet. I had forgotten about that, and took it into consideration, then forgot all about it. I don't know how you can forget something like that, when your legs are seizing, but I did.
Not too long ago Mom and I made a trip to the health food store to pick up a few things (One being herbs to help the leg cramps..this was way before my ear reflexology therapy, I'm just slow at pumping out blogs sometimes) and on our way out we got our freebie "Better Nutrition" magazine. Right there on the first page is an article about Salt. Friend or Foe. I had to read it about 40 times, then had to kick myself in the ass for believing yet again, Doctors (who are only out there to make money off your phobias) the media, who aren't any better, and of course food producers, who charge you up the ass for the lower sodium versions of their products, that really aren't any healthier for you, if you look at the labels. And processed foods..they shouldn't even be legal! Ahem.
Instead of me trying to rehash the whole article in my own words, I'm just going to reprint it here, because it's worth seeing the whole thing if your concerned about your sodium intake.

  • SALT: FRIEND OR FOE by Vera Tweed
    Eating too much salt raises blood pressure, increases risk for heart disease, and ultimately shortens life, right?
    Not exactly. While excess salt may raise blood pressure, some research shows that people who eat more salt live longer.
    In a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researches at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx N.Y., studied the impact of various amounts of salt in the diets of 8,700 adults over the age of 30. Researchers found that people who ate the least amount of sodium (less than 2,060 mg daily) were 80% more likely to die from heart disease than those who consumed the most (4,048 to 9,946 mg daily).
    "Our findings suggest that for the general adult population, higher sodium is very unlikely to be independently associated with higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease or all other causes of death," says Hillel Cohen, DrPH, lead author of the study. Cohen does not advocate increasing salt intake as a health promoting strategy, but at the same time, he sees no reason for healthy people with normal blood pressure to cut back on salt.
    But because of the chemicals and additives used in table salt's refining process, may health experts agree that unrefined salt, such as sea salt, may might be a better choice. "When people use unrefined salt, there is no increase in blood pressure," notes David Brownstein, MD author of Salt Your Way to Health. "Refined salt has only 2% mineral content, whereas unrefined has 80-plus different kinds of minerals." If you do decide to use only unrefined salt, use an iodine supplement; table salt is a leading source of iodine which helps prevent goiter.
    How much salt is right for you? Factually, no one knows. The U.S. government estimates that adults need at least 500 mg daily and recommends no more than 2,400 mg per day. On average, Americans consume 3,000 to 4,000 mg daily. However, individual needs vary, and salt affects blood pressure to different degrees in different people.

  • Avoiding Pitfalls:
    Processed foods, not saltshakers, account for three-quarters of the sodium in American diets. A wholesome diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish, nuts, and uncured meat promotes health...and also happens to be relatively low in sodium.
    Correctly or not, salt has been targeted as unhealthful, and consumer demand has encouraged manufacturers of processed foods to invent lower sodium products, such as potato chips. The health impact of these foods depend on what you do with them, of course. If certain potato chips contain less salt, will you eat more of them?

  • Sodium Facts:
    Sodium is an essential nutrient for balancing fluids in our bodies, transmitting nerve impulses, and enabling muscles to contract and relax. Symptoms of sodium depletion as a result of physical activity in a hot environment include sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and muscle cramps.
    The End

So what do you think? I'd like to hear your opinions on this article. Is salt friend or foe? Is sodium as big an issue in other countries as it is here in America?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ear Reflexology CRASH!

Continuing on with my ear reflexology experiences. At my first visit, the therapist that did my ears mentioned that if you couldn't continue with your therapy, you really shouldn't have it done until you could come back on a regular basis. Her recommendation was every week. If you didn't, you could go through what she called a "crash." I got the basic concept; you would go back to your pre-therapy condition, and feel worse than you did before you started treatment. Gotcha.
Last week, my titanium beads were sliding around all over the place on my ears, so I took them all off thinking that I would get over to my mothers place (who has finished her training as an ear therapist) to get them re-done within the next day or two.
Things happened, she was busy, I was busy, and by the 3rd day of removal, I knew EXACTLY what a crash was. ugh! Did I really feel this bad before I started therapy? I had been feeling so good and didn't even know, it so it happened so gradually. I didn't really notice that all these horrible pains were really gone, until BOOM they were back. I wasn't sleeping. I was having night sweats causing me to feel like I was melting in bed. My restless leg syndrome was back, my back and shoulders were killing me, the headaches were back, and I would get out of bed feeling like a mac truck had run me over, and still I had to get through the day. Yeah, that was a typical day/night for me for absolutely years and years. And I hadn't even noticed that they were gone! The body is an amazing thing.
I told my mother how I had been feeling on day 4, but didn't want her to to feel like she had to rush to get me done. She had been beadless for a few days herself, and wasn't feeling too hot either. Thank god she knew exactly what I was going through, so after she finished her appointments for the day and took a power nap, I was on her doorstep!
Sweet relief! I could of kissed her feet...except at the time I couldn't get down that far.
I had high hopes of having a good nights sleep that night, but it didn't happen. sweating, tossing, turning, trying to find a dry spot to roll over in. It took 3 days for me to feel better. Ick. I am SO NOT waiting that long again when my beads are removed. Harmonize my dear body, harmonize!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ear Reflexology

Titanium Beads-------->
Today I started my training in Auricular Therapy. I just had to use that big word because it makes me sound important. In other words I'm training to work in ear reflexology. I'm so excited!
What is ear reflexology? To put it into base terms, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, your outer ears are a map of your entire body.
Everything in your body, is represented by a point on the ear. Most people are familiar with accupuncture, and this works on the same principle, except your not balancing out the body with needles, your using a pointer that delievers a mild electrical pulse to points in the ear that correspond with a point in the body. If it's tender, or the pointer indicates a "weak" spot, a titanium bead is applied to that specific area to help restore the balance in that particular area.
Now you might think this is a bunch of hooey, but I've seen it in action, and I've seen how it's helped quite a few people in my own family.
My Mother started therapy several months ago. This is a woman who suffers from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis so bad that on many days it's all she can do to get out of bed, and when she can, she normally needs to walk with a cane. She is also dealing with a great deal of depression over losing her beloved husband and father within months of each other. Today, believe it or not, (and really, it still blows my mind) she walks cane free...or should I say bounces! She has more energy than I have ever seen. She sings, she dances, her eyes light up, her Fibromyalgia pain has lessened, and so has the Arthritis. And what's really strange.. her hearing has improved! (She has 70% hearing loss) She even looks younger.
My youngest son who has suffered with chronic back pain for years felt no pain in less than 24 hours. He is being treated for depression, and feels like he has a new outlook on life. He see's the glass as half full instead of half empty.
My Uncle, who for the last 5 years has had terrible hemorrhoids, and was considering surgery, was hemorrhoid free the next day. He has told my mother that "both assholes" are happier than they have ever been...*lol*
My husband The Unbeliever, has seen the light with everyone else feeling improvements, and asked to be treated. He screwed up his back in his early 20's, and is in constant pain. He also has a lot joint pain. He too in less than 24 hours, had no pain for the first time in 25 years. And he's sleeping at night. (oh miracle of miracles!)
I've had the therapy done to myself twice now to treat my Fibromyalgia, and some "women" problems, and have also seen improvements. Mine hasn't been the dramatic improvement the others have seen, but I am feeling some changes! I know if I continue with it, I'll be as good as new.
The therapist who treated me actually put it in a good perspective. Her theory is that if your brain grew a healthy body part to begin with, it still knows how. If you didn't have a symptom just one day in your life, then there is still a memory in there, and it's just a matter of reminding the brain, and giving it a chance to fix the problem.
How can you not want to learn something so spectacular?
I think my Mom will be pleased when I'm finally trained. She has so many clients right now she can't see straight, and she just finished her training!
I've got quite alot of reading to do, so what am I doing sitting here? Bragging, that's what I'm doing! I feel great!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween 2008

Tipsy Gypsy----->
What a hectic October. Not that I'm happy it's over, but sheesh, my food budget just can't handle all these get togethers. First my birthday, a week later a pumpkin carving party, and the best part of all Halloween! My favorite holiday! I've spent many a day shopping, decorating, planning and cooking for the festivities. And as you can see by the picture, I even had time to dress like the gypsy I am at heart. I LOVE St. Vincent De Paul...I got my whole outfit (minus the jewelry) for a mere $12.00. Beat that Halloween Outlet! My husband dressed as Lestat The Vampire, and his costume on the other hand probably cost me about $50.00 plus uber amounts of time sewing all these sparklie things on his jacket. He looked fantastic, even with my complete lack of sewing skills. Wait, did I say LeStat? Hmmm,*wandering thought process* I wonder how many visitors might pick up on that. Anyone here from Beauty's Castle??? That would be a kick.
Yes, anyway, the party went great. Plenty of food, and crazy dressed guests. Bananas, cats, bearded ladies, doctors, angels, rock stars, you name it. I do have to wonder why I decorate inside though. Everyone I know smokes, so the party immediately moved out to the garage which hasn't been cleaned since I moved here 12 years ago. ick. The spider webs were completely authentic, so who am I to complain?
It was a great night/morning, since the last guests didn't leave until 4am. Needless to say, the house was a complete wreck, and I didn't do a damn thing when I got out of bed at 3pm Saturday. I drank alot of Dr. Pepper, sat on the couch moaning, and was back in bed by 10pm. Good thing Halloween only comes once a year! Now it's time to start planning for the Thanksgiving get together. Then Christmas. Then New years. I need to win the lottery.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I'm Deaf

I had grand plans of pumping out a few sentences today about my Halloween weekend, but like the best laid of plans, that crumbled at about 8am this morning.
One of "my" boys who lived with me for 4 months not too long ago, then went back to his girlfriend, landed on my front porch bright and early after leaving (in his words) "that psycho bitch" for the last time. Bravo kiddo, bravo! We shall see how long it lasts this time.
Since that time, he has set up his playstation and all the accoutrements
for the game "RockBand."
Holy crap, i'm deaf. Whaaaaaaaaaat? yeah, I'm deaf. Apparently you cannot play this game without the surround sound being on 56, and it is now 5pm. I can't hear myself think, and therefore I shall be playing catch up with the blog tomorrow when silence ensues.