Monday, July 30, 2018
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
|This was me a week ago.|
Thanks Donna, I just got home from Dr who confirmed it is Shingles. I wrote about it on my MEANDERINGSabout blog and posted this uncomplimentary picture that has horrified my family to create awareness that it is CONTAGIOUS and very painful. Anxiety is the highest contributor in my case. I took two months off work this summer, the first time in a career spanning 40 years -- I can say that because I got my first job at a newspaper when I was 15, because if I wanted to continue figure skating, I had to contribute financially to the ice times, private lessons, tests, competitions, skates and dresses (most top contending figure skaters come from very affluent backgrounds typically because it is almost an elitist sport for the well off, a beacon for affluence similar to that of tennis. READ more on MEANDERINGSabout http://meanderingsabout.blogspot.ca/
Friday, May 13, 2016
Once in a lifetime
Is pretty startling. It is a resonating message that today, May 13, 2016, is once in a lifetime. You will not have another chance to relive it. So make it worth a story worth telling.
I was fiddling around with my camera app on my laptop and decided to ignore it and just get down to writing, darn it.
I am all showered and made up to head out and meet my husband as we drop our inherited car off to have new tires put on.
Inherited? Well, it's part of the 50s inheritance plan :: It's when you cosign a car loan and your daughter decides to head out to make her mark in the world, leaving you with the loan so you start driving it.
Now you may get the reason why I have the gadget to the right with cars called "Pump this ride". It is my expressive rebellion on taking responsibility over want.
I realized that I really don't post many pictures of myself so I did a couple of selfies to show that I'm not short on attitude, just in height.
My husband is already texting me to see if I've left - we're meeting in an hour and 15 for darn's sake - my way of gaining control over my life is being late more often than not. That's from a gal who was meticulous about being on time, so much so that I was always 20 minutes early for everything and had to fight the boredom of waiting.
So I'll write about the favorite makeup used today later on. The texts are coming speedily and if I want to meet my husband after work again, I'd better disprove his "always late" label for me (which wouldn't be far from the truth).
Remember to make today, your BEST day ever!!
Friday, May 6, 2016
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Friday, September 11, 2015
“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” ~Unknown
The oddest thing happened. When I got home last night, my husband pointed out a HUGE box of overflowing fruits and vegetables, saying they were sitting on our doorstep.
My first reaction was it would be my wonderful, nutritious-oriented daughter because we had talked about having a bake or make day -- try making pies or I'd show her how I make my popular bruschetta from the tomatoes I grew in my very own garden! She was not responsible, however, didn't hesitate to say she'd swing by to pick up some.
There were two bags of different apples, a big bag of oranges, about 7 zucchini, more apples, about 50 kiwi -- it was amazing!
My second conspirator I thought of was my best friend who had just returned from Victoria after dropping her son off to begin his first year of university. After exchanged texts this morning, I discovered it wasn't her.
Hmmmm, the plot thickens. Who is our guardian angel or fairy godmother?
What was so fascinating about this was I had just said at work, after a colleague shared pieces of heavenly nectarine, that I had been craving fruit but with my crazy schedule, hadn't made it to the grocery store. I had it on my TO DO list for today, my first day and only day off for a week.
I haven't really talked about the fact that I had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes a year and a half ago. I keep it firmly in the closet, keeping it private. Sadly, I took it hard and a sign that my youth and vitality may be failing and a sign of imperfection, almost embarrassment.
I worked with a dietician referred to by my doctor, who said that I already had the basics of a good diet that just needed tweaking. Basically, like any good nutrition plan, you have to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables and scale down sugar (obviously) and surprisingly carbohydrates.
Stress and lifestyle can also impact your health dramatically. My job is shift work and it seems to have impacted my blood sugar levels. Before, I would get up by 7am, have a yogurt with fruit or a muffin with my Metformin and then another pill with lunch of usually a sandwich full of veggies.
Unfortunately, my schedule is really off kilter. I can work from 1pm to 9pm, then the next few days 10am to 6pm, followed by 12:30-8:30pm. It doesn't lend itself to a diet routine.
I'm not stressed by any means. My kids have all left home and are smoothly sailing into adulthood with one moved to Vancouver, employed, nice boyfriend and living with my brother, safe and sound. My other is starting her second year of university, a little turbulent because she was working 3 jobs to help fund her love to travel. My stepdaughter is into owning her own condo, engaged and to be married next summer. I do worry about my son and his lifestyle, with alcohol as a companion, a bit more than I'd like.
Overall, life is pretty balanced. I've doted on my garden with my best friend, Buddy by my side. I've been decompressing with painting and self-expression by blogging.
BUT, the big BUT. I can't fool the meter that tests my blood sugar. It has been higher than normal for the past few weeks. It stands out to me that it is my diet that is causing things to go amuck. I realize that it takes discipline to have a routine on your eating, not just what you eat. Surprising, but revealing.
I've known and been aware, that when you don't take the time to plan your menu or have the proper supply nearby, it is easy to lean on a greater amount of carbohydrates. Those are an enemy of balance.
It takes me an hour to get home, so it's peanut butter toast for dinner. Not a whole lot of calories yet mostly carbs.
I still am going to go crazy wondering who dropped off this huge box of goodies? Is there such a thing as a guardian angel? Or is it my karma: what I've been thinking and saying lately?
Regardless of its origins, it emphasizes how important one's routine AND nutritional balance is. Not many of us have the wakeup call a diagnosis like Diabetes is to realize that we have to watch what we eat and take the extra effort on balance.
My dietician emphasized that I have the misfortune of genetics against me. My father had diabetes and so had my younger brother and older sister - so that compounded the likelihood. As she pointed out, I was pretty good at recognizing and following a balanced diet. Her best advice was to visualize my plate where the carbs are balanced by vegetables. So it isn't like you are going without anything in particular, it is more about offsetting it with more vegetables.
It was like a wake up call, that when you hit 50, it is more than ever important. What was further surprising, was that my older brother recently had been diagnosed. Similar to us, he and his wife follow a pretty disciplined diet. The curse of genetics fell on him too. He doesn't know that I know, my mother told me so I would feel better.
I hazard a guess that my brother took it the same way I did: a stroke of misfortune that is taken with embarrassment. Especially to those consciously watching what they eat, how much. He plays hockey every week with guys half his age. Heck, his wife makes his lunch every day because she knows he is a bit of a junk food junkie and if she didn't, he'd be going through a drive-thru every day.
We're of a generation now where so many are baby boomers hitting their 60s. I'm a fair ways off, yet the reminder hit me flat in the face. If I want to continue to be the vibrant, energetic person I'm reputed to be, I will have to pull up my socks and put any excuses aside, forget the blame on genetics and just get to it.
I realized writing this that one very important matter is exercise: with the shift work, it hasn't leant itself to my walks with my dog for exercise. You know, what they keep saying balanced diet + exercise = health.
I may take care of my appearance, love fashion, proud of my newling garden skills, and emphasis on balance. I have to admit that I've slid some and need to smarten up. My life depends on it.
"The best doctor gives the least medicine."
p.s. my neighbour, who was my next culprit on my list of thoughtful, caring people who would have possibly dropped the treasure trove of goodies off on my doorstep, just came by with her wonderful homemade apple jelly (positive karma again!) did not give us them. The plot thickens. She did say I could make kiwi jelly. Time to get off to get some fresh basil to make some bruschetta. I'll share the recipe later. Good times, good eats, good friends. Lucky me!
p.s.s. It turns out that the fruit came from my lovely daughter and fiance. I had pondered with hubby, neighbour, other daughter (while I was going through process of elimination), after wracking my brain, considering my sister. I did think of her and her fiance but strongly considered that they don't each much fruit. Never striking me that they would have gotten the fruit from someone from work, and BECAUSE they don't eat fruit, they'd give it away. It wasn't meant as a surprise. They simply dropped it off on their way from work, meaning to text us or tell us next time. It was a wonderful, beautiful gesture cloaked in mystery, landing squarely on fits and giggles. All good for the soul.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Definitely, some days are like pushing water uphill. I love that saying as it communicates overcoming insurmountable odds, or despair by one's choices or who they surround themselves by.
Today I was on holidays. Who isn't on holidays on a Sunday, many would say. Yet, I truly am on holidays. You see, I work a lot of Sundays during the day and it is less likely to be off on a Sunday if I was not on a holiday.
Probably there were many times I took Sunday for granted. Stayed in bed too long, nursed a hangover or bowed to her Royal Laziness. Today, I spent it with my daughter. Two minutes from where I live, I'm on a highway out into the country.
Big deal? Well, absolutely. Because, you see, people from all around the world come to my corner to see cowboys, mountains, fresh air, hike, fish or just take in the surroundings I can see in meir minutes.
It amplifies how little one has to complain about. Sure, I'd always wanted a country mansion or a tropical paradise called my own. But today, I just sucked in the air, looked at the beauty around me and really thought: yeh, this is what striving for a balanced life is all about.
My husband had a buddy over working on his car. My daughter came with me to just go where our travels would take us, with no agenda other than hang out. The bills are paid, I'm on holidays.
I'm not in the midst of jet lag at a destination that I spent a few brain cells deciding where to go, what to pack, what time to make it to the airport, would the accommodations be suitable, the resort top notch and whether they have a pool bar. No list beckons me, as per my usual fair. I'm on holidays, I don't have to have a list or a plan.
I've balanced my act. I'm not whining about what I don't have, or taking stock of what I should have had. I am content to absorb and enjoy the fortune I do have. We drove down the beautiful highway, passing by and sometimes passed by many a folk out driving motorcycles, refurbished hot rods, or speeding convertibles.
What mattered was who was beside me. My daughter. I got it. There have been times when she'd make me want to pull my hair out, be quieter or be more serious. Well, she'd been doing way too much and being way too serious. It was mom and daughter therapy. Whenever I get the slightest inclination where my jaw starts to open with a jolt from the brain to complain, I have to think of her.
Yes, I certainly did get to figure skate most of my growing up and that took commit-ment, but she fits in her love of soccer while working three jobs, getting ready to return to her second year of university. I didn't have to work that many jobs. I didn't drive a $600 car. In fact, I didn't drive a car at all. I had to rely on charm to hitch a ride or suck it up and take transit.
Heck, I didn't have a car to hear a funny knock or a shimmying start until after I got married. Nor did I have a smartphone to look up what that noise could mean. Now, I have a husband who was going to lift the hood to check on her theories while we took off on our own.
We drove into this tiny little town and our first stop was a thrift shop. Now, we're not talking about a big charity almost department store. It was an honest to goodness cash only (leave your city attitude behind) and elderly lovely couple with a cat who supervised the shop. I bought another purse I didn't need and a pair of tan shorts that are at least two sizes too big.
Next stop appealed to the yearn of our appetites responding to the fresh, country, carefree air we found ourselves in. An all day diner that every couple or group that sat down were told by their friendly, cheerful staff that they could have breakfast or dinner. We sat at the counter and got to watch slices of pies march in front of our eyes. It was an easy choice to split our grilled chicken sandwich, smothered in a secret home made sauce with the greenest lettuce and reddest tomatoes fit for a food commercial.
Yes, we shared a piece of pie ... even though my daughter said she was "good" as is her way of politely saying "no" while still sharing a good half of the "Hawaiian Pie" ... I must be getting old because I lifted my fork and looked at the light airy flakey crust, melting between a combination pudding, pineapples bits topped with whip cream. We walked out pleasantly satiated without being stuffed.
We headed home, stopping in a few more boutiques along the way, without pulling out a wallet. The younger version of me kicked in when I thought I may be ahead of the game after spotting a dress that would be perfect for my stepdaughter's wedding next year.
My daughter ventured back out when we got home to join up with her friends, one of which was going on to Toronto to continue her law degree. Huh, thinking about it now, a little has rubbed off. Perhaps she now knows and believes, that your life is your own balancing act. It throws curveballs at you sometimes, but if you uphold quality friendships and relationships you have plenty who will let you lean on them.
I was content to spend the evening with my husband, where we both were satisfied with our day. He may have got more done with the work on his buddy's car and checking my daughter's. But the dividends of spending the day with my daughter and having him to come home to does remind me that for all the years of striving to balance my life, it has actually hit a rhythm that is wonderful.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Seriously considering your life mate? How does one really know? I recommend you take a trip and travel with the man of your dreams ... see how he reacts over airport security, flight delays, luggage mishaps, hotel shortcomings, bathroom usage, where dirty clothes end up, eating schedule/choices, all-inclusive aka free drinks galore, babes in bikinis (gawker or glancer), packed airline, uncomfortable beds, seats; and just about anything else that spells disillusion or disaster.
I am constantly preaching to my 21 and 22 year old beautiful daughters that now that they're beyond puppy love or perceived deep love of their teens, relationships get more complicated as we take on more responsibilities in life:
- EDUCATION: University, training,
- Commitment: work, schedules, work out
- Spending time with family
- Moving out on your own
- Extra curricular golf, hockey, football, TV channel surfing, remote controlling gamers
- Money matters (going for dinner means you always pull out your wallet)
- Temptations: alcohol, drugs, fast lifestyle
- Sleeping habits (blanket hog, snorer)
- Friends (need a lot of boys nights out?)
- Couple friends (healthy ones)
- Goals in life
This particular fellow probably had himself as priority in all boxes for ticking off. Spend time with me, move where I want to be, my friends, my goals, my lifestyle. I'd be surprised if he wasn't a blanket hog and snorer which means dearly beloved move yourself on to the couch if it bothers you when you aren't giving birth, getting up in the wee hours, to tend to his offspring. The only pictures with the chip off the old block are photo ops where he looks like the world's best dad, meanwhile flying around promoting himself.
No, lol, I didn't marry him and that doesn't describe me. Sometimes our radars are on high alert and we can sniff a doomed partner from a mile away. Then why do we sometimes end up with someone so different that fit into our criteria? Philosophical and spiritual leanings tend to say it is fate. We sometimes fall for someone who reminds you of your father (mother) who you weren't that close to, but because we want a second go at it. Chances are the qualities you dislike in your father will be cloned in that man of your perceived dreams.
I suggest you heed the warning that if drinking in a club brought you together, that may be the major activity you share. Romantic notions of snuggling to watch Rom-Coms are ditched by speed, gun slugging, car speeding action movies (which is okay if you're into that ... if not, get used to it).
I recommend you pay attention to the little things....because the thoughtful gifts, flowers, candlelight dinners dim drastically by the second year. Be skeptical that he is courting you and it may not last forever. The acrobatics in bed can turn into napping on the couch and the Honey-DO list that never gets done. Hope and prayer ... and then be thankful for the thoughtful consideration he pays towards you. Don't fall for the looks, fall for the behavior. Who wants to be with a man you have to fight over the mirror with?
A caregiver is sexy. He is up at the crack of dawn, rarely breaks a sweat and always be counted on to show up to work regardless of the sniffles, a bruise tooling around, or slicing his finger making you a key lime pie from scratch or a lime cocktail (one or two, not a dozen). He has a job, a career, and a vision of who he wants to be and where he wants to end up. He's not coasting from one room mate to the next, over staying his welcome, and moving on because he owes favors, money or both.
Why are you reading this for heaven's sake? You know better girl. You don't expect a man who will be so rich and into himself that he only needs a trophy. You want to be someone, make a difference in your field, your passion, your career, your family. Don't blame yourself that you only want a partner who wants to rise above it all and make a life you love and love living.
"Courage is not the absence of fear; it is action in the presence of fear. Bold people do what they know they should do -- not what they feel like doing."
Yep, so get to it. Stop imagining what you want: remember that saying that goes along with the line of things happen to those who are busy doing, not making plans.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Lushest lashes are the bomb these days! Very few of us have been oblivious to that fashion flirtation. One can't help but notice how many endorsements Katy Perry has on eye lashes or mascara.
Most fellows would say that the first thing they notice in a woman is her eyes (and they'd be lying ... unless their girlfriend, mother, sister or wife was within ear shot).
The beauty empires play us on this to the max. All the ads boast of thicker, longer, fuller lashes with their magical answer to the dilemma. One can't help but notice that most natural long lashed humans always seem to be men!
I tried a couple of times over the course of the past year or so to attempt to put fake lashes on. They looked askew and more comical for Halloween than a fashion accessory.
Huh? Well, I was getting my nails done (as many of us do to keep that polished, well-cared for appearance) and the gal next to me had these beautiful lashes. Unabashed, as women are naturally and more so when sitting next to another in a chair in any beautification establishment (beauty, hair, nail salon), I asked her where she had gotten her beautiful lashes from. She told me. I didn't go straight there by any means.
When I was on a trip to Mexico, I couldn't help but notice this young lady with fiancé in toe (and 20 years younger) with these beautiful lashes that seemed to stay put and come out splendidly after dunking her head under water.
Impulsively, as I may fight against admitting to be, I was driving home after doing some volunteer work at a University with young teens I noticed I was driving by the said beauty salon and without cutting off anyone, swerved into the parking lot and voila! What was before me was lash extension heaven.
I didn't have to wait long without an appointment (fortunately for me) and I was laying down and having them applied. It stung a bit when I opened my eyes a little too early and before permission granted. Ooolala I was going to have red eyes to go with those new lashes. I fell prey to an add on of having my brows dyed too.
I got all the instructions and to dos and not to dos when I left. Unlike the practical side of my self, I hadn't done any research beforehand. I obeyed and didn't put water on them for 12 hours, I used a Q-tip gently around them to clean, I didn't rub my eyes .... for a couple of days at least. What I didn't know was that the glue would become crusty anyhow and when you wake up from sleep, it is pretty hard to be conscious of the reason why you want to rub your itchy lashes is not because of the Sandman but because of the lash extensions.
Tenacious is as tenacious does. I persevered. Yet I couldn't help noticing that slowly single lashes were landing on my cheek and clumps started to go missing. I dropped back in and dropped another $50 for a "fill" (original set cost $86). The lady clucked at me that I wasn't Q-tipping them properly and did the filler up.
Less than two weeks later, I had clumps missing again and just basically gave up because I wasn't going to spend another dime on beautifying my now diminished lashes. I tried a cover up of putting on fake lashes to cover up my mistake. They didn't look any less ridiculous than the first time.
I longingly look at my Maybelline mascara and regret that I didn't stick to the basics. I have not attempted mascara for a week after noticing that quite a few of my natural lashes went missing.
To research and read up to help write this blog, I sought out other advice on lash extension tips. This was a pretty good one from Huffington Post that talks about lash extensions.
I may have given up on the eyelash extensions or fake applications ... for now at least. However, I did want to write and share my motives and findings with others. At least to open eyes wide at the possibility that sticking to what nature gave you is often the best advice.
I am open-minded enough to realize that what is good for a 20 or 30 something is not necessarily good for someone older, even if she has been blessed with a nice eye color. Being dissatisfied with oneself or being swayed by mood or fashion trends don't always work out.
You can still achieve a nice, classic, polished look without any magical products or expensive ones. Be content with being who you are. Remember, Katy Perry and even Adele make loads of cashola in music or endorsements so that they can afford to have a crew make sure they never have clumps of lashes fall out or look ridiculous in fake ones.
AND just because it didn't work out on my own attempt, doesn't mean it won't for others. All I'm saying is it is an expensive experiment.
As an update July 25, 2015, I was wandering around the web and found an excellent non-obvious site for hints, tips and help .... the yellow pages.ca .... they had this article on eyelash extensions versus false eyelashes. I wish I had discovered this before I started my eyelash mishap. Note: there are perfectly placed paid for ads on the page so that you can find a location close to you. Brilliant: YES! Obvious? NO
Monday, June 22, 2015
Where we live and how we live are important to many of us. Creating creature comforts and having the best life has to offer is a priority for many, a reality for the lucky and dreams for others.
There are destructive emotions we should avoid for our daily health and wellbeing. They are emotions that can deteriorate and replace a positive outlook outside of events or occurrence that impact us that we cannot control. For example:
- Envy: wanting what others have.
- Jealousy: anger at what others want to possess.
- Resentment: remorse for opportunities passing by.
- Bitterness: unable to let bygones be bygones.
- Greed: possessiveness without sharing.
- Pride: giving importance to others opinions
- Arrogance: smugness in accomplishments
- Superiority: thinking one is better than others
- Vanity: putting appearance before anything else
- Ego: destructive self perception
- Emotional: going from one mood extreme to another
- Conceit: self absorbed promotion, better than others
- Cruel: punishing other people or animals; heartless
- Pretentious: braggart, opinionated, loud, boastful
- Intolerant: rigid boundaries that are limiting
- Prejudice: biased, narrow judgment, racism, stereotype
- Narcissism: self-motivated by the obstruction of others
- Difficult: demanding, narrow, unrelenting
- Selfish: protecting opinion and possessions
- Defiant: Going against the rules, radical, aggressive
There are so many better characteristics we should aspire to replace or offset the destructive ones:
- Humility: putting others accomplishments ahead
- Modesty: non bragging on achievements
- Forgiving: allowing others wrongs to be undone
- Charitable: giving of self or possessions
- Understanding: open-minded, permitting others views
- Accepting: allowing other's differences
- Easy going: flexible, liberal, adaptable
- Admirable: looked up to by others, a positive example
- Generous: fruitfulness in actions and charitable giving
- Humanity: putting others first, caring about people
- Philanthropic: using personal resources to gift others
- Positive: outlook, attitude, viewpoint, example
- Balanced: composed, stable, adjusted, together
- Compliant: obedience of rules, embrace guidance
- Inquisitiveness: wanting to learn, accept new knowledge
- Calm: steady, understanding negativity, even tempered
We should be careful not to sway too far the other way. There are some qualities, held in check, that can be good for us. In many situations, we should have one stabilized with another. Being too far in one direction can hamper or restrict one's life, be harmful to our health, or increase our stress levels:
Shyness: anxious, introverted, fearful, withdrawn
Timid: passive, non-assertive, quiet, silent,
Submissive: giving up, allowing others control, avoidance
Silent: Mute, noiseless, inaudible, still hushed,
Intimidated: allowing others control, afraid, soundless
Victimized: harmed, casualty, fatality, prey
Rigid: steadfast to position, belief, opinion, immobile
Placid: docile, unfeeling, cold
Stressed: out of control, inability to meet needs, crowded
Ride along with me on this journey.
Don't tackle everything at once. If you have heard or sense what others perceive in you, good or bad, right or wrong. Take one destructive point and take an opposing quality. By doing so, we will move towards fulfillment, contentment and wellness.
I thought of this blog when originally thinking to consolidate some of the items I promoted because they attracted my attentions and desires. I've noticed how well blogs that promote other brands, products, fashions. So, I included them. Then I got to thinking that wanting things, looks, materialism can be destructive and how it is all about balance. For example, if you want a vacation, you may still have obligations or financial restrictions that won't allow you to just book it. However, having goals are fueled by those desires that drive you to want to reach those things, places, looks.
I think it is healthy to admire things without allowing envy to enter the equation. That also allows us to give permission to share ideas and embrace others' ideas. It can bring acceptance or dissatisfaction.
How we handle it individually is what makes our world open to new possibilities. Don't beat yourself up because you bond with something pleasing to your eye or opens up new ideas.
Here are some images that appeal to me:
I am an admitted clothes horse. I tend to plan what I am going to wear in advance. I imagine gaps in colors, accessories and the like to give me an excuse to go shopping.
I am not a grab anything throw it on type of gal. I do spend time visualizing my wardrobe, accessories, purses and shoes to put together an outfit for usually the next day. Even if it is just hanging around the house or running errands. That sounds extreme as I write this. Well, we all have our perks and quirks.
I rediscovered Polymore because it appeals to that part of me that likes to imagine looks put together. The challenge is finding things I already have that can successfully be used to achieve these looks.
Ramping up for the Calgary Stampede which will be upon Calgary early July, my focus has circulated around fashion must haves and fashion looks to go hand in hand with the Country vibe for the summer.