Monday, October 16, 2017

Finding My Joy

Well, it's certainly been a rough couple of weeks but I'm finally finding my joy.  

For a while there, I was slowly slipping towards a terrible depression.  Well, not quite depression but I had felt like I completely lost all the joy I had inside me.  That it was completely sucked out of me.  I won't go into details as to what caused this emotional breakdown but my joy has finally started to creep back in.  

I'm slowly starting to feel like myself again!  



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Licorice Spice Tea


I've always enjoyed drinking tea but lately I've been in the habit of sampling new flavours.  I had tried the Stash brand of teas.  Well, honestly, I've tried two flavours and both are ridiculously good.  The Spiced Dragon Red Chai is awesome, as is the Christmas Morning blend.

This past weekend I almost ordered a six box assortment from Amazon.  It was a variety of chai teas all by Stash.  I didn't buy it though.  I don't remember what caused me to change my mind. Hmm.  Anyway, this morning on my way home from work, I popped into a grocery shop and they had a fresh stock of Stash teas.

Yay!!

Naturally I picked up a box of Spiced Dragon Red Chai, but I also picked up a new flavour: Licorice Spice.

The packaging, like all Stash teas, each box comes with 18-20 individually wrapped tea bags.  The artwork on the boxes are plain, simple, nicely coloured to represent the tea flavour.  The individual bag is wrapped in a coloured foil lined pack with the name Stash premium and the flavour.  The back of the pack contains the ingredients and the suggested steep time.  

I'm having the Licorice Spice as a latte.  I have this habit of trying the same tea plain and then pour a bit in a separate mug and taste with milk.  The milk (I used 2%) brought out the spicy flavours of cinnamon and licorice.  I have the chai as a latte too, the 2% milk makes the spice flavours more potent.

When it's well steeped, it's a sweet tea, so no sugar is needed.  I don't add sugar to teas anyway.  It really does taste like Licorice candy, and reminds me of a flaming Licorice sambuka drink I had back in the old club days. If you're a fan of black Licorice jelly beans or other Licorice candy then you just may find this tea appealing. The longer the tea bag is left simmering in the cup, the sweeter the tea tastes.  Not too fond of sweet teas though....probably because I don't use sweeteners.  

So,  this is just my first few sips of Licorice Spice, but I like it.  It's a bit sweet for me but I like it.  Would I buy it again?  Probably! 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Learning Segment


I've been watching the food network these last few days, only time to time, but I've got addicted to watching Baking with Anna Olson.  This morning she baked an apple pie.

I drooled.

I've got to get that dough recipe.

I baked an apple pie from scratch once.  Only once, and it was delicious.  So why haven't I baked any since then?

This fall and winter, I want to tackle baking bread and pies and cinnamon buns.  You know, all that good yummy stuff that goes right to your hips.  Mom agreed to help me out when I have questions and to be my honest taste tester.  I need to check the food networks website to see if Anna Olson has a segment so I can make the apple pie.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fitbit Zip

I've finally found the perfect workout companion!!!


A Fitbit!  Well actually it's the FitbitZip.  The tiny little gadget that I clip to the side of my panties to collect every single step I take.

Yes my struggle is really real.  I need to secure each and every step.

I got it for $80CDN after taxes, at Canadian Tire this summer when it was on sale.  I wasn't too worried about the colour, but did end up with the dark pink one.  The little bugger comes with a battery (the flat watch type of battery), a bluetooth dongle for syncing it to old school desktops I suppose, a gadget to open the back to insert the battery and a rubber whatsitcalled to house the fitbit.  By just tapping the face of the gadget, it will display your steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled and current time.  And it will also smile at you!   

I downloaded the app to my ipod touch (because I don't put apps on my phone) and I bluetooth sync it often enough each day.  I set my goals at 10,000 steps a day, 2,400 calories burned, and 8 kilometres distance.  Most days I get the steps in and the calories burned but fall shy of the distance.  Not sure why but don't really care since I'm usually only off by a small fraction.  

I also like that is has personal challenges, like last week I did the tour of Vernal Falls (I think that's what the name was) and it required 15,000 steps.  I did that in one day because I just wanted to challenge myself to be active on the weekends instead of being the couch potato I tend to be.

I also like that you can connect with friends over the app and have group challenges.  I'm usually in the Weekend Warrior and never come first (except last week but that was only because I was doing the Falls personal challenge too).   

I've started logging on my calendar, how many days I've reached the step goal and to date I am 11 days straight.  I've had this fitbit since the end of July and I've only hit the step goal about 3 times a week since then.  But recently, being as I have so much on my mind and am suffering from insomnia big time, I decided to just reach the step goal every day, kind of gives me something to look forward to.  Now I really want to keep this up until the end of the year to see if I can go the next three months with the same step goal achieved each and every day.  Sure, sounds easy to some, hard to others, but to me... it just sounds crazy but worth the try.  





Monday, September 18, 2017

Craft Lovers Unite

I recently read a blog post, I just can't remember where, which was a gripe one woman had about craft fairs.  Her gripe was that she was "tired" of seeing plastic canvas tissue box covers, and the crochet toilet roll covers and the crochet towel toppers at craft fairs.  They, apparently, are too "retro".  She referred to them as something along the lines of Grandma's crafts!  I can't begin to tell you how angry that blog made me!!!  There are plenty of folks who still love the needle crafted tissue covers, toilet roll covers and towel toppers also.  Just because she is "tired" of seeing them at craft fairs, she should just stay her cranky pants at home!!  

"Retro" crafts remind us of when we were young and growing up.  


Ok, sure she's entitled to her opinion on her own blog but if she's a crafter too, why not take into consideration the hard work these people put into their creations.  And hey, perhaps they are someone's Grandma so.... you know....  

Anyway, I assumed she was a crafter, but I hadn't searched the rest of her blog after stumbling on that one post because I was just too ticked off.  If she is a crafter, then she should know how much time is put into creating something.  Knitters always say how much time it takes to carefully knit an item, same goes for crocheters and quilters and jewelry makers.  Well, folks who prefer other crafts put just as much time into their creations, but to have someone belittle them and say they shouldn't be permitted at craft fairs any longer because they're too retro is wrong on so many levels.


If someone spends money on supplies and takes even more time to carefully put together an item, even a retro plastic canvas tissue box cover or crocheted toilet roll cover, or a crochet towel topper, then it deserves just as much respect as the beaded necklace or whatever else was hand made! 

And that's my gripe.





Birdhouse Revisited

I love when I go on Pinterest and see my handiwork pinned and shared hundreds of times!  



Most of all, the birdhouse ornaments I made for my family in 2011, yup that photo right there is mine!! (see post here).  I've begun making some more of these to sell in my etsy shop but they are slightly different from what I made for my family.  The bird is a bit larger, the hanging thread is different and the flower placement is different as well.  I also stitched all three types of houses whereas for my family, I used only one of the patterns stitched twenty times!!!    I just love to stitch, and making new things, and some old ones too is great mind therapy!  


Titanium Flat Iron

A couple of weeks ago I used my points from Pharmaprix to get a Conair Titanium flat iron.  I used to use ceramic flat irons but having to pass over my hair multiple times just made the job tedious. I really don't want to be spending more time than I have to on my hair.

I had intended on buying a Turmoline Ceramic flat iron, also by Conair (because Conair is the only brand that Pharmaprix sells from what I noticed!) but when I spied he prices on each, both were practically the same price, and with my points...that means FREE.   

A couple years back I had borrowed my sister-in-law's titanium flat iron, not sure what brand it was but it worked really well, she had paid almost $100 for it if memory serves me well.  I was only in possession of it for about a month before I had to give it back, she was growing her hair back and I was about to cut mine off anyway but I always said to myself, if I ever grow my hair back I'm getting a titanium flat iron!  

After owning the Conair Titanium iron for a couple weeks, I finally used it today.  My hair was freshly washed (and dried, and curly with shrinkage) and no, I'm not natural, I do perm my hair straight because it's my hair and I shall do with it as I please, however, I hadn't blow dried my hair so it was curly.  The flat iron was amazing, one pass on each section of hair and it went straight.  If I had heat protector spray on it, I could have gone a second pass and made it really bone straight but I don't need that anyway.

I'm happy with the iron, but still fear the heat settings so I only use it on the low heat setting.  The iron retails for $80 at Pharmaprix before taxes but I got it free with my points, yay!  

Well, This Is New

I noticed recently that my hair has grown in much MUCH thicker than it used to be.  I haven't had hair this thick and healthy since I was a kid.  I had a friend tell me it's probably because I've finally let it grow after being cut so frequently (meaning the grow back from a pixie cut).  It also has appeared to have grown in much quicker too. But I know there are other factors that may have contributed to this...

#1: Drink Rooibos tea!

I've fallen in love with red tea (Rooibos or Red Bush tea).  I was first introduced to this darling of a tea on a trip to England where my husband's uncle only drinks the rooibos.  One day he offered me a cup of tea and I've been hooked ever since.  Red tea comes in a variety of flavours (green, earl grey), I've purchased these from David's Tea.  Red tea is also very rich in calcium, potassium and other minerals, and is a good source of antioxidants.  I looked that tidbit up on the google.  So basically besides being good for your health, it's also good for your hair so drink up!!

#2 Drink lots of water

I've been drinking 2-3 litres of water a day.  I'm really doing that for two reasons: weight loss and hydration for my inner pipes.  I usually don't get even two glasses of water in a day so to ensure I drink at least 2 litres, I've kept aside a 2 litre fruit juice bottle, filled with water and set aside on my desk so while I work I sip.  When I'm home I have a mason jar on the counter and I make sure to drink at least two full jars of water (that will make up the third litre).  Yes I pee a lot but my skin is like wow!  My nails are growing healthier too but I keep em short so that don't matter.  But my hair is growing like a chia pet!  ha!

#3 Take a regular multivitamin along with the vitamin B 100 complex. (don't over take the biotin and pregnancy vitamins because its still too much biotin).

I've heard lots of folks talk about the biotin vitamin.  Ya I tried that 2000mcg of biotin once for a week and my scalp itched like ants under my skin.  Turns out that's an allergic reaction!  My body was compensating for the over dose of one vitamin when the others were at regular amounts.  I turned to taking either the Centrum Women's daily vitamin (has 45mcg of biotin) and is a great source of vitamins and minerals for women's health.  I had also used at one time the One A Day Carb Smart vitamins, they had I think 50 or 75mcg of biotin, I can't remember but basically I take a multivitamin for women's health on a daily basis.  I also take the vitamin B 100 complex. Yes, the potent vitamin B because what your body doesn't need, you pee out. There is also biotin in the vitamin B.  once in a while I take iron tablets but that's on doctors orders. So a regular daily multivitamin and vitamin b 100 complex.

#4 Wash hair often enough and massage scalp.

I do take care of my hair by washing it frequently.  I don't let hair products build up in my hair, nor do I wear tight hair styles.  I honestly don't know how folks can go more than a week without washing their hair.  Even just cowashing (how does that remove the build up of product?).  Find a good shampoo and stick to the one brand.  I also give myself a scalp massage twice a day!  Sounds strange but just do this and it's habit forming, honestly, when I comb my hair in the morning, first I massage my scalp with my fingertips to get the blood circulating.  Before heading to bed, same thing.  If I get a chance throughout the day to massage my scalp then I do, it also keeps headaches and tension at bay.

#5 Eat more protein

Eating better... well I'm still working on that one but I do eat more protein than ever but that's more to help my arm heal than aiding my hair growth but hey it's like two birds with one stone right!


I'm tempted to cut my hair again but another part of me wants to just leave it and see how long it will grow....but handling it with an arm injury that has considerably weakened my arms is just taxing.




Monday, September 11, 2017

Headed To The Kitchen

So every now and again I get bombarded with crazy ideas.  But who doesn't, right?  Well last night when I had a bit of alone time, I finally got to watch a movie.



Julie & Julia. 

Yes, it can be considered a chick flick, but I truly enjoyed it.  It's been on my list of movies to watch for like forever and since it was on tv I took the opportunity to watch it.

Oh my goodness I found myself laughing out loud from time to time.  But this post isn't a movie review.   It's a crazy idea I got from the movie believe it or not.  

Ok so I really don't like cooking.  Sure, I can bake pretty good and who doesn't love baking!  But put me in the kitchen to make chicken instead of cake and things don't turn out too well most of the time.  Watching that character in the film last night struggle at times to complete a recipe ... and break down emotionally from her kitchen failures got me to thinking.  

NO!  I'm not going to conquer Julia Child's cookbook and blog about it.  Did you seriously think that's what I'd do?  Seriously??   

NO! I'm not going to do the same with some other cook book either!  Oh come on now.  

I'm going to try out some random recipes from whatever cook book I've already got.  But I have no intention of doing the whole blog thing like she did in the film.  I just want to get cooking basically to have more things to keep my mind occupied.  

Seriously, I just need to get back to cooking but I have no intention of doing a new recipe or more each day for a whole year either.  Just plain and simple cooking.  What id really like is to get a bunch of slow cooker crockpot recipes because I love my crockpot in the fall and winter seasons.  

Then I'll blog about how fat and depressed I am.  Oh won't that be fun.  Sigh.  

Chicken for dinner tonight, I'm just not sure on how it'll be made yet but the frozen bugger is in the process of thawing.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Beginnings

These past few weeks, husband and I have been attending church service on Saturday.  We went to a couple of services and attended one church more than once.  I'm not quite sure we will stay at that one but for the time being it deserves a closer look.

The back story:  we currently attend service on Sunday and do bible studies at home with shows on television.  After constantly hearing about the seventh day, we decided to make the switch.  We did give it lots of thought especially considering how much we love our Sunday congregation.  And a relatively large congregation too, along with great preaching.    We also ushered once a month.  I had helped out with the kids club on Fridays and helped out in the kids Sunday school.  The sad thing was today we had to tell our pastor that we were switching to Saturday service at another church.  I felt bad about that.

I was moody for the past couple of weeks because I knew this day would come.  We had decided to continue going to the Sunday service at least once a month, more if I was awake!  My work schedule is a bit crazy.  We Facebook friended most of our church family except those who aren't online.  We really want to keep in touch with everyone.  And as I said, we will be going at least once a month and if possible, I'll help out with the kids club on Friday.  

But I'm still moody about the change so I've been asking God to direct my path.  

The new church we've been attending has a much smaller congregation but they are a family.  A family that has begun to welcome us.  The preaching is spot on from the bible.  I just don't know how I'm going to adjust to my work schedule with sleep.  

I'll leave it in God's Hands.  


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gran Taught Me


My Grandmother had her own craft shop.  Back in the day, folks who had craft shops had them in their homes and folks would drop by to purchase a hand made dish cloth or baby ensemble or mittens and such.  

I didn't live in the same city as my Gran, she was out East.  She used to send me hand made items through the mail.  I have a pillow she made (I still have it!)  and I have a sweater that she knit for me but it never fit... I still have it too, hanging in my closet in a garment bag.  She knit me mittens every winter for a long time.  I have peach, white, off white (my favourite ones), blue, navy, red (I lost a red one though), yellow and a green/white mix.  And yes, I still have them all stored away in a bag in my keepsake trunk in a closet... except the off white pair, I wear those in the winter to keep my hands warm!  I also have a ribbon and lace decorated heart that she made which is now hung on a the outside of my bathroom door and a hot pot.  I never used the hot pot (aka pot holder) because it was too cute, it had a teddy bear and a red heart printed on the front of it.  And of course, I have a crochet throw blanket.  I've got other small items too, she was always dropping me something in the mail in response to my letters.  I kept them because I knew it took time to create them and the love that went into the creation meant a lot to me.

It's been ten years since my Gran's passing.  I do miss her dearly.  I used to write her letters... used to joke and call her my therapist!  She'd laugh.  But the one thing I am ever so grateful for is that she taught me to love crafting.  She was the one who taught me the crochet granny-square.  And she encouraged me to keep with the cross stitch when I first made one as a gift for her but it turned out a hot mess.  I just truly am grateful that she and I shared crafts back and forth through the snail mail, it's one of my fondest memories of her.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Break Time



I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual day to day blogging stuff to focus on adding some craft stuff to this blog.  I've got tons of photos over on Flickr of crafts I've done and I have plenty more that haven't been posted yet.  My friend will be happy, she's usually criticizing my blog and was the one who suggested I just keep everything in one place.   Initially, I had intended to create a new blog solely for crafts but she said, and I quote "no you can't do that!  you have to keep all your shit in one place".  sigh.... at least she keeps it real.  


Monday, July 10, 2017

Can It Be Extreme Hair Growth?

I noticed recently that my hair has grown in much MUCH thicker than it used to be.  I haven't had hair this thick and healthy since I was a kid.  I had a friend tell me it's probably because I've finally let it grow after being cut so frequently (meaning the grow back from a pixie cut).  It also has appeared to have grown in much quicker too. But I know there are other factors that may have contributed to this...


#1: Drink Rooibos tea!

I've fallen in love with red tea (Rooibos or Red Bush tea).  I was first introduced to this darling of a tea on a trip to England where my husband's uncle only drinks the rooibos.  One day he offered me a cup of tea and I've been hooked ever since.  Red tea comes in a variety of flavours (green, earl grey), I've purchased these from David's Tea.  Red tea is also very rich in calcium, potassium and other minerals, and is a good source of antioxidants.  I looked that tidbit up on the google.  So basically besides being good for your health, it's also good for your hair so drink up!!

#2 Drink lots of water

I've been drinking 2-3 litres of water a day.  I'm really doing that for two reasons: weight loss and hydration for my inner pipes.  I usually don't get even two glasses of water in a day so to ensure I drink at least 2 litres, I've kept aside a 2 litre fruit juice bottle, filled with water and set aside on my desk so while I work I sip.  When I'm home I have a mason jar on the counter and I make sure to drink at least two full jars of water (that will make up the third litre).  Yes I pee a lot but my skin is like wow!  My nails are growing healthier too but I keep em short so that don't matter.  But my hair is growing like a chia pet!  ha!

#3 Take a regular multivitamin along with the vitamin B 100 complex. (don't over take the biotin and pregnancy vitamins because its still too much biotin).

I've heard lots of folks talk about the biotin vitamin.  Ya I tried that 2000mcg of biotin once for a week and my scalp itched like ants under my skin.  Turns out that's an allergic reaction!  My body was compensating for the over dose of one vitamin when the others were at regular amounts.  I turned to taking either the Centrum Women's daily vitamin (has 45mcg of biotin) and is a great source of vitamins and minerals for women's health.  I had also used at one time the One A Day Carb Smart vitamins, they had I think 50 or 75mcg of biotin, I can't remember but basically I take a multivitamin for women's health on a daily basis.  I also take the vitamin B 100 complex. Yes, the potent vitamin B because what your body doesn't need, you pee out. There is also biotin in the vitamin B.  once in a while I take iron tablets but that's on doctors orders. So a regular daily multivitamin and vitamin b 100 complex.

#4 Wash hair often enough and massage scalp.

I do take care of my hair by washing it frequently.  I don't let hair products build up in my hair, nor do I wear tight hair styles.  I honestly don't know how folks can go more than a week without washing their hair.  Even just cowashing (how does that remove the build up of product?).  Find a good shampoo and stick to the one brand.  I also give myself a scalp massage twice a day!  Sounds strange but just do this and it's habit forming, honestly, when I comb my hair in the morning, first I massage my scalp with my fingertips to get the blood circulating.  Before heading to bed, same thing.  If I get a chance throughout the day to massage my scalp then I do, it also keeps headaches and tension at bay.

#5 Eat more protein

Eating better... well I'm still working on that one but I do eat more protein than ever but that's more to help my arm heal than aiding my hair growth but hey it's like two birds with one stone right!


I'm tempted to cut my hair again but another part of me wants to just leave it and see how long it will grow....but handling it with an arm injury that has considerably weakened my arms is just taxing.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Back On Track

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It's been quite a while but I've finally got myself back out jogging.  Last week I ran twice.  I didn't do as bad as I thought I would.  I only ran 2.2km each day with one day in between to rest.  It was kind of tough going and believe it or not, it wasn't because I was coughing up a lung.  The injury to my arm was aching.  The jiggly movement while jogging caused my arm to ache and I couldn't stand it.  The second day I jogged, I wrapped the arm up but not tight enough so it pained me but just not as much as the previous run.

I'm jumping the gun to a 5km run this week.  I didn't run on Monday, though I should never miss a Monday... I missed Monday so I'm still going to force myself to get the three running days in.  Let's see how that goes.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hide And Go Seek

So here's the thing....I've got this small tattoo that I wish I never got.  Sure I can always get it removed but why bother, it's covered up sometimes.  The odd time that is jumps out and surprises everyone is when I wish I had something to hide it with. 

Enter Maybelline's Master Conceal camouflaging concealear.  I purchased it the other day just out of curiosity and because I need the little guy to be hidden this weekend because of the outfit I may wear (if I may not wear the outfit, I wouldn't have bothered to make the purchase, get what I'm saying).  So anyway I purchased the #40 Medium for my brown skin.  I couldn't wait to try it out so while I was at work I popped a bit onto the little tat and it really didn't disappear but it kinda got hidden.  So unless someone is up close and personal to me and eyeballing me in my personal space, the tattoo may go undetected.

I don't wear concealer on my face though I probably should to cover some imperfections but hey, I like my imperfections (I just don't like that tattoo any more).   A word of advise:  anyone considering a tattoo, try henna or temporary ones first!   

Anyway, that's my deal.  Would I recommend it, um, I guess it depends on the size of tattoo one is trying to hide otherwise no I wouldn't and it cost an arm and a leg.  I got the tiny 12ml (4 fl.oz) tube at a whopping $13.99CDN on sale!!!  ouch!   I think I paid $3.99 for concealer and $10 for the Maybelline name.  Ha!  ok that's really not funny.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One Week

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A couple of weeks ago I was watching television when I stumbled on a movie that was just about to end.  I was bored, tired of channel surfing and just left it there on the end of that movie.  That movie that suddenly caught hold of my attention.  I was quick to check the guide to see the name of it and then searched for when it would air again so I could set the PVR.

I watched it.  I'm not usually a big fan of movies made in Canada.  I know, sounds real stupid considering I'm Canadian but I'm a "big star" movie watcher and if there's no "big star" in the movie then I'm not watching.  

Like I said, real stupid.

Anyway, I think this movie changed my viewpoint.  Sure the main character was fairly well known to me (from the Dawson's Creek years to be honest) but the film itself was actually GOOD!  

To sum it up... the film is about a man (the main character) who finds out he has stage four cancer, no beating around the bush, just like that.  He's engaged to be married, lives a relatively normal non exciting life and now he's hit with this big bag news.  He buys a motorcycle and rides across Canada. 

The film highlights some great tourist spots along Canada... most that I've never seen but now want to see!!!  It also deals with his relationship with his fiancĂ© (is he really in love or just settling for someone to marry).  The soundtrack was pretty amazing too and went well with the film.  


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Win Situation

Who would have thought that sleeping with a shoulder injury would be next to impossible.  With the frozen shoulder, I had to prop my arm up on a pillow when I slept on my (uninjured) side.  I had to put a pillow under my injured shoulder and arm if I slept on my back.  Rolling over was a fast and painful wake up call!  

Over the first few weeks of the injury, my arm lost almost all strength.  I was unable to reach for the blanket with the injured arm because I couldn't lift it off the bed!  It took almost two months for me to be able to lift it and to move it to grab the blankets (and ya, I tried each and every time I went to bed just to see if I was making any progress with the physiotherapy).  


Reaching for anything made me feel like a T-Rex.... short arms type of thing.  I used to stand in the shower and reach up to see if I could touch the shower curtain rod.  I couldn't.  I'm tall but couldn't reach the rod with my injured arm.   Every shower I took, I reached up and got totally annoyed when I couldn't reach it.  You see, the hot water beating on my shoulder as I reached helped to ease the pain of over reaching the frozen shoulder.  

I used ice, hot showers, Votarin gel and other cold/hot muscle rubs to ease the pain in my arm.  I took ibuprofen for the inflammation until my doctor prescribed some meds.  That irritated the hell out of my stomach and intestines thanks for that!  ugh.

Anyway, six months later, I can reach the shower rod, and further, yay, I'm still stretching the arm though because putting my arms straight above my head is a no go, as is holding my arms out stretched like the Christ statue is a no go.  

To add insult to injury..... as my left arm is now pretty much 85% healed to what it used to be, my right arm is this close to being frozen!  The over use of the right arm to compensate for the weakened left one has left the right bicep muscle over used and aching.  It hurts to even type this!!!  wow.   I am making sure to lift and rotate the right arm daily because I just need to leave it set for over 36 hours and ....adhesive capsulitis.  I can already feel the pain with some movements now and this is why I continue to use it rather than rest is completely.  NO win situation.

And there you have it!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Injury

I'm not even sure where to begin this post.... So I'll start at the beginning.

This past fall I'd been doing some light exercises to strengthen my bicep muscles.  The left one was feeling rather weak.  In late October, about a week before Halloween, I came home from work on a Friday morning and went straight to bed.  My left arm was paining me so as I lay on my left side, I used my right hand to massage the left bicep....

Then I fell asleep.....

Then I heard a sound that was loud enough to startle me awake!   I went to sit up and injured my left arm.  You see, while I lay on my left side, I fell asleep with my right hand resting on my left bicep.  When I heard the noise, I went to sit up and put all my weight into my right hand and pushed myself to sit up.  As my right hand was still on my left arm, all the weight I pushed into my arm caused trauma to my left bicep.  Lifting my upper body at the same time as my right hand held my left arm in place caused a minor tear in the left shoulder tendon. Small, insignificant and discomforting pain.  I went back to sleep after popping a couple of ibuprofen.

As the days passed, I found my left arm getting weaker, my shoulder was feeling stiff and a moderate numbing pain that wouldn't subside was causing my hot flashes to flare out of control.  I finally, after four or five days, went to see my doctor.  

I had the arm x-rayed to be certain no fractures to the bone, and then the doctor said put it in a sling for three or four days so I won't use the arm and it can heal the double injury (shoulder and bicep).

What's that they say about hindsight?  

She obviously forgot about Adhesive Capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder.  When excessive inflammation causes your shoulder to hold still in a short range of motion right down to the back of the shoulder blade too. Sleeping is next to impossible.  Always had to sleep on my back with tons of pillows propping me up and preventing me from rolling over.  Any movement out of the frozen range will result in mind blowing pain for up to three full minutes.  And the best part (ya, that was sarcasm) it could take anywhere from nine months to twenty four months to thaw.  

My left shoulder was officially frozen after being in the sling for four days. 

....to be continued




Friday, May 5, 2017

Calgon Body Mist

Bring on the Calgon!!!

Remember the commercial "calgon, take me away!!"  well this is the same stuff.  They have a new line of body mists, bath and shower gels and body creams.  

I. 
Love.
Them!

I think I've tried four of the body mists, its really the only way to find the one I really like the most but thus far I like em all.  The scents of the mists are soft and floral.  I've tried the Hawaiian Ginger, which is amazing as is the Morning Glory, the Vanilla and the Japanese Cherry Blossom.  I've only discovered the body creams the other day and I've got them in Hawaiian Ginger, and in Japanese Cherry Blossom.  The creams aren't that cheap thin lotion type, they are relatively thick and in a tube rather than a jar or bottle. They also are quite moisturising too. When the creams are used along with the mist... oh la la la la!   Lovely, simply lovely. These would be great for folks like me who don't really like over powering perfume but prefer light airy floral scents.

Price range is about $6 - $10 Canadian dollars depending on whether they're purchased in a pharmacy or at Walmart.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pretend Chef



So lately I've been trying my hand at new recipes.  West Indian recipes!  Yes, my husband is from the West Indies but I only cook Canadian....until now!

I've been surfing the net and followed a small handful of websites that are cooking blogs until I found the jackpot website!   Well it's the jackpot for me because they also have s YouTube channel! How cool is that eh!  

The guy in the videos had this awesome frying pan...I coveted that pan!  

I went to Walmart and got one similar to it, and a smaller one too!  Ahh ha!  I'm officially a chef.  Ok not so much.  I'm still trying more of the recipes but let me tell you, it's a trip! 

Oh, before I forget, the website is caribbeanpot.com, and the YouTube user is also caribbeanpot.  The guy is like here in Canada, so when he tells you a recipe he also explains what to use as a substitute in case you don't have access to West Indian grocery shops, but there's a couple near here so no worries for me.  Anyhow, that's my big deal right now....learning to cook.  

I'm going to get so fat now. Ugh!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spice Dragon Red Chai

I was supposed to go to David's Tea today to pick up some Rooibos tea but it was raining and I got lazy.  I managed to find my way to the grocery store where I picked up some Spice Dragon Red Chai by Stash.   Now this isn't the first time I've tried teas by Stash but it is the first time I've tried this particular flavor.

The bags inside were individually wrapped to maintain flavour.  

Get to the point..... I liked it.  It tastes just like the Twinings Apple Spice Chai.  Only difference is Twinings uses Black tea instead of Red tea, otherwise they are identical in taste.  I prefer it as a lattĂ©, you know, the fancy way of saying "with milk".  


Friday, March 17, 2017

Quaker Bran Muffins



 I guess I could call this a product review.  The other day I purchased a package of Quaker Bran Muffin mix and figured, what the hey, it's on sale so why not.  I've purchased Quaker Muffin mixes in the past, I believe it was the oatmeal that I used, can't recall if I liked them or not.  But this bran mix is totally delicious.  

The package claims it makes 24 but the directions are given for 12.  No problem just make two batches right?  You'd think so but though the measurement says use 3 1/3 cups loosely packed muffin mix, when I measured it ou it's a bit more than half the package and the instructions note the it's about half the package.... Notice that small word there "ABOUT" as in not actually half.  I will be really surprised if I get 12 more muffins out of the leftover mix.  Anyway, that aside, the instructions are easy, just add your muffin mix in a mixing bowl, add one large egg and 1 1/3 cup of water.  Mix everything together with a mixing spatula then spoon into paper-lined muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven.  I added currants to mine because it's all I had.  Still nice, moist, tasty and great to curb the junkfood craving.  

I recommend this product !