Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lulu's Library #4

Here dear friends is an update from my family's reading. Again, a few (new) favs for Lulu's Library:

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: TOO FUNNY! This fabulous book is a nearly step-by-step guide to hosting the perfect dragon party. Just make sure you don't forget to serve tacos, because dragons LOVE tacos!!!

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon (with a nod to Illustrator August Hall!): The best word to describe this book is 'beautiful.' Beautiful illustrations (very, I might add), simple but beautiful text, this book about the changing of the seasons and what the forest 'knows' has become a bedtime favorite, and my little guy loves to point out details of the pictures and discuss them. Check this one out: I'm sure it will become a favorite.

Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates: This sweet bedtime story is written as a series of yoga poses, guaranteed to get your little one interacting, but in just the way you would want them to at bedtime. Colorful pictures, simple text, and gentle stretches combine to make a truly unique bedtime book. We've been practicing this regularly since taking the book from the library.

A cup of tea...

    Despite my best intentions, my blog has again been neglected: work has taken a 360 and I've been left somewhere in the dust (can you see me waving?). My supervisor, who is a very good friend, is leaving the facility we work at, moving on to new adventures, and guess who gets to fill in for her in the meantime? Yep. Yours truly. Do you have any idea how much stuff goes into being an activity director???? I didn't either. I don't think I can manage half as well as she has, but I'm going to try my best. It is, after all, the best that I can do.
     Today I have a rare day off, with no plans except grocery shopping and returning overdue library books. I am finding this rather wonderful. True, there are a dozen things I could do today: the living room corners are so cobwebby that the spiders can't find vacancies (though this means I don't have to decorate for Halloween...maybe this isn't so horrible after all...), my little boy's room is so messy I can't find his bed, my bureau is stuffed to bursting, half of the contents fit only for summer, the goldfish would probably appreciate fresh water, but then again being goldfish probably haven't really paid much attention either way....as well I have articles and outlines due, assignments for online classes looming, and right now, I don't care. I am sitting here, visiting with you, with a lemon poppy seed scone from the Second Street bakery and a pot of tea close at hand, perusing emails in between fixing the spacing mistakes here because my cat broke the space bar on my keyboard.Thanks, Momo. The husband and the little boy are away at their respective jobs, the biggest boy still sleeping, and the cat nowhere to be found. All is blissfully quiet and tea-scented.
     How is it we manage to get so caught up in all of the day to day tasks and chores that we fail to do things for ourselves? I love writing. I love writing in my journal, writing poetry and stories, the articles I write for SageWoman, and the posts for this blog. And yet, when I take a good look at everything, what is the first thing that falls by the wayside when I get busy? Writing. It's as though because I don't make a profit from it, nor does it directly benefit my family in a tangible or visible way, it is unimportant. I am reminded by the magickal, inspirational, wonderful SARK that life is all about 'living juicy':

Things have been pretty dry around here. This week, I'm going to try my best to 'bring out my best most magic self.' How about you?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Myddfai Reiki: Hydration!

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? via DeliciouslyOrganic.net
How much water should you drink each day? This topic is discussed constantly and before we answer how much, I think it’s important that we understand just how incredibly important water is to the body.
Water is the most important “nutrient” in the body. It makes up about 55-60% of our total body mass and is found in all tissues. You can go about eight weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
The roles of water in the body are pretty incredible.
Here’s a list of some of the important things water does to support the body:
Improves oxygen delivery to the cells
Transports nutrients
Enables cellular hydration
Cushions bones and joints
Regulates body temperature
Removes wastes and flushes toxins
Prevents tissues from sticking
Lubricates joints
Improves cell-to-cell communications
Maintains normal electrical properties of the cells
Empowers the body’s natural healing process
How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? via DeliciouslyOrganic.net
As you can see, daily water consumption is essential for a healthy body.
Did you know that a dry mouth is the very last sign of dehydration? This means that if your mouth is dry, you’re not just thirsty – your body is telling you that you are experiencing extreme dehydration!
“The pains of dehydration include dyspeptic pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, anginal pan (heart pain on walking, or even at rest), low back pain, intermittent claudication pan (leg pain on walking), migraine and hangover headaches, colitis pain and its associated constipation, and false appendicitis pain.” Dr. Batmanghelidj
So how much should we drink?
A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. So, a person weighting 150 pounds should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. Keep in mind that alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeine-containing beverages don’t count as water.
Here’s an easy way to get in the habit of drinking more water:
  • Drink a cup of water as soon as you wake up.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes before breakfast.
  • Drink a cup of water about 2 1/2 hours after breakfast.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before lunch.
  • Drink a cup of water about 2 1/2 hours after lunch.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes before dinner.
  • Drink a cup of water before going to bed.
A good way to tell if you’re getting enough water is to look at the color of urine. “A well-hydrated person produces colorless urine—not counting the color of vitamins or color additives in food. A comparatively dehydrated person produces yellow urine. A truly dehydrated person produces urine that is orange in color.” F Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Don’t underestimate the power of water for your health! Water is the cheapest form of medicine for a dehydrated body

(from Deliciously Organic)

My favorite holiday is coming, so I have for you an original story!

All Hallows Eve:

                       A Tale of Terror

                              sort of.


                 Nicole Kapise Perkins

                       ‘Twas All Hallow’s Eve
and all through the house
everyone was cowering in fear
of a vampire mouse.

Ragged socks hung dripping
by the fireplace with dread;
we hoped Jack O’Lantern
wouldn’t stuff them with shrunken heads.

The dumb supper was set out,
a plate of bread and a horn of stout;
carved pumpkins glared ghastly grins,
guarding those that slept within.

From the woods there came a howl and a shriek,
on the steps a creak;
I dove to the floor and rolled under my bed,
dragging a quilt to hide my head.

Something slimy snuffled and burbled,
my stomach quivered and gurgled.
Mom told me not to eat so much candy;
now a monster will hear it and eat me, isn’t that just dandy.

An evil green glow lit the floor
between me and the door.
I told myself to escape
before it was too late.

“Now come, little boy, come out and play.
We’ve only a few hours till the break of day.
Our fangs are sharp, our claws are long.
Come out and play little boy, before it’s dawn.”

The bed was picked up and tossed aside;
a sight so awful met my eyes I nearly died.
A goblin, a troll, a demon from the gloom
were standing in the middle of my room!

Eerie white light ghosted along in the hall,
from the noises downstairs all kinds of beasties were having a ball.
It was clear these monsters wouldn’t let me go.
I decided to join them. Hey, you never know.

The goblin slid down the banister,
then an afreet and a litch.
A ghost walked through me
and I didn’t even twitch.

Kobolds cavorted on the couch,
a golem gamboled on the lawn;
the leaf piles had been kicked everywhere.
I hoped they’d clean up their mess before dawn.

Amid all the chaos
I beheld a sight quite dear:
sitting at the dumb supper
Grammy and Gramper, both dead many a year.

I tiptoed across the rug
past a sleeping werewolf to say hello.
They smiled and nodded silently;
soon they’d have to go.

The ghosts and beasties
would fade away
with the coming of the sun;
and dawn would bring an end to all this fun.
Cthulu suggested a round of Twister;
a chorus line of zombies began doing Thriller on the deck.
I won the game of Twister
but gave myself a kink in my neck.

We sang along to The Corpse Bride
and toasted marshmallows in the fireplace.
Unbeknownst to us,
the sun rose at a steady pace.

Goblins and beasties began to fade away.
The sun rose brightly on All Soul’s Day,
and All Hallow’s Eve became
a memory for a later day.

As the last ghost faded from sight
a hollow voice echoed from far away:
“Be ready for a Twister tournament on the next Hallow’s Night,
and many blessings to you on this All Soul’s Day!”

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Library Loot #2 :)

I just placed a big order at my library the other day, but decided I needed something to read while I was waiting, and so dug around in the biographies, and was rewarded with:

 A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War                                                                                                      AND:

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II                                                                                      I'm finishing Dean Koontz's Brother Odd, but I've only got a couple chapters to go, then on to history! Herstory!

Wordless Wednesday #3

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ellie's Kitchen: Home Remedies

These aren't true recipes, but I doubt you keep this stuff in your bathroom, and our great-great grandmothers did make up all kinds of home remedies in their kitchens, so......(these are from my fav blog, Hello Natural)

Feel Better Faster with 8 Natural Cough + Sore Throat Remedies

I don’t know about you, but to me coughing and sore throats are probably the worst cold symptoms—worse than all the others combined! When I get a sore throat in the winter months, it’s a surefire sign I’m about to be feeling like crap for a few days, and the pain can be unbearable. (When you can’t even swallow because it hurts—ugh.) A hacking cough isn’t any fun to deal with either.
Of course, the first line of defense against sore throats and coughs is to keep your immune system working properly through eating the right foods, getting plenty of rest and managing your stress level. But, when the inevitable sore throat or cough strikes, here are 8 natural ways to kick it to the curb:

8 Natural Cough + Sore Throat Remedies

1. Saltwater Gargle

I always opt for this attack as soon as I feel the first tickle in my throat. Dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and gargle as long as you can possibly stand. (Don’t eat or drink anything for a few minutes afterwards.) This easy treatment can soothe your throat and relieve swelling. Repeat every couple hours if your symptoms return.

2. Honey

Raw, organic honey has antibacterial properties, and can help reduce swelling and inflammation in your throat. It’s also used as a cough suppressant (although you shouldn’t give raw honey to kids under 2). Take a couple teaspoons as is, add a drop of oregano essential oil, and/or add it to a mug of hot water. Even better, make a hot toddy by adding the juice of half a lemon and an optional tablespoon of brandy or whiskey to your hot water and honey. Not only will it soothe your throat, it’ll help you stop coughing, relieve sinus congestion and help you sleep. If you do include the booze, use this remedy in moderation, of course ;)

3. Garlic, Straight Up

A friend introduced me to this trick years ago, and it works! When you first feel a tickle in the back of your throat, eat a raw garlic clove, making sure to chew it throughly so all the allicin (a powerful antibacterial compound, which is released for a short time when raw garlic is crushed) is released right into your system.

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Garlic | 8 Natural Cough + Sore Throat Remedies Know that this method is not for the faint of heart. The garlic is hot, and if I do it on an empty stomach, I usually end up nauseous. Mix it into some honey if you need to, and repeat every 4 hours or so if needed.

4. Boycott Sugar (and Maybe Dairy and Caffeine) Immediately

It never fails. The day after Halloween, the day after Thanksgiving, the day after my mom’s annual holiday cookie-baking day and the day after Christmas, I wake up exhausted with an awful sore throat and the sniffles. You might not have the same reaction, but for me sugar is often the culprit when I get a cold—probably because taking in too much simple sugar like alcohol and sweets (especially if you’re not consuming it a lot normally) depresses the immune system.
If I avoid sugar— sticking to veggies and soup for a day or so—without fail it goes away much more quickly than if I kept gorging on Mom’s sugar cookies. It disappears even faster if I stay off dairy and alcohol, too.

5. Homemade Cough Drops

It’s easy to feel like you’re living on cough drops when you have a cough or itchy throat, and the sugar hangover from the store-bough kind is not very pleasant. Good new, though: With a few pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can make soothing lemon-ginger homemade cough drops that won’t put you in a cherry lozenge sugar coma.

6. Homemade Cough Syrup

You can also make homemade honey-thyme cough syrup if you’re not a fan of choking down (and being knocked out cold by) over-the-counter cough suppressants. Boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme. Let steep for at least 10 minutes, or until cool. Stir in the honey. Continue stirring until dissolved. Strain out the thyme, if desired, and transfer to a glass jar.

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Honey Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup | 8 Natural Cough + Sore Throat Remedies Immune-boosting DIY elderberry syrup helps soothe inflamed mucous membranes and stop coughing; it can be made for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

7. Make a Green (or Red or Yellow) Juice

Mom might have given you OJ when you felt under the weather, but the sugar in OJ can offset any vitamin C benefits. Instead, make a fresh juice with immune-boosting and cold-fighting ingredients like lemon, turmeric, ginger, beets and greens. Here are 3 cold-busting recipes to get you started.

8. Tea

Seriously, what isn’t tea good for? In addition to making your throat feel instantly better, herbal teas like lemon balm, rooibos, mint and ginger (which contains antihistamines) can speed up your recovery and tame that annoying cough. If you’re not avoiding caffeine, the antioxidants in green tea will help boost your immune system as well.

Read more at http://hellonatural.co/feel-better-faster-with-8-natural-cough-sore-throat-remedies/#Fem2M2mtyvAkz82q.99