Saturday, March 13, 2021

What IS next?

 It seems like the Covid 19 Vaccinations are going faster than expected, but states are opening up equally as fast. I want to get out again! I know that we have absolutely no control over how the next few months go. Variants, complete openings, vaccines, people not getting vaccines. How many? How Long? I'm waiting patiently, but running out of patience.  We got our first Pfizer doses last week ... And at least when we're fully vaccinated we can visit with family members that are also vaccinated. A backyard picnic sounds pretty great now that summer is coming!👍

Now that the end of this horrible world-wide nightmare is becoming a reality, I can hardly believe that we've been quarantined and silent for an entire year! We've basically gone to Wal Mart pickup for groceries ... Not too many organic choices, but we've managed to pull out some pretty healthy meals. 

We support feedingamerica.com when we can, and I believe that despite what politicians say, it will take a long time for the average unemployed person to get back to normal and feed their families well. In fact, seeing how fragile many Americans budgets are during these hard times, I feel like we will support feeding america long term whenever we can. 

Be brave, stay strong people. I believe that we will have some freedom soon! 😎



Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sunday, December 27, 2020

GET THE DARNED BILL PASSED!

I’m not one to be public about political opinion, but today, December 27, 2020, will be the day that I have been pushed to my limit of patience. Having been through some hard times in my younger days, and the last recession, I understand the feeling of no income and the worry of when things will get better.

The problem with this current dilemma is that it not only involves jobs, but  hunger, a government shutdown, and along with that, a pandemic and vaccine distribution.

Do the politicians that are currently playing around with their egos know what it’s like to check their mail box  a few times a day “just in case?” Seriously, I can bet that there are thousands of people who have checked their mailbox twice a day since MAY, just in case. Those same people are watching the TV to hear if anybody has come in from the golf course OR their Christmas holiday to make a decision. Is there NO safety net to prevent a handful of politicians from causing such great suffering to the very people that voted for them? Do they REALLY have the right to take a holiday when hard working Americans are dying? If the Government shuts down, does that affect the vaccine rollout? Did people really stand in line for days to cast their vote only to find out that nobody has their back, and the taxes that they paid last year are not going to work for them?

When Government officials cry because people are not paying their taxes, or casting a vote, they can %$#& themselves. Those VERY politicians had better not come knocking on my door or sending me huge environmentally toxic post cards with photos of their smiling family on them, because those very people are the ones allowing thousands of Americans to suffer, stress out, starve, and die. They shouldn’t wait until their usual month before an election to choose to serve me with the very taxes that I gave to them to manage the country with.

It’s YOU that I’m talking to Politicians.  It’s the President and both houses. Is there no one among these assholes to step forward, go rogue and stand for the American people and our Military families? I am disgusted. 

I am optimistic about the vaccine and that we will get back to normal one day, but I promise you, I am NOT open to normal being anything that WAS. This blatant abuse of citizens has got to end!

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Please donate to feedingamerica.com or ANY food bank or church if you can

 Please Donate If You Can

Pete is saying please to everyone that can spare a few bucks to support those who are helping feed Americans. www.feedingamerica.com 



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Fear Versus Trust, Courage, Calmness ...

The dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Along with these thoughts go many physiological hormonal processes that can affect your health long – term.

If you’re having headaches, anxiety, digestive problems, and sleeplessness worrying about Covid – 19, the election, paying rent, bills, getting the kids back in school, getting back to work, and on and on, please read on.  According to a University of Minnesota article, living under constant threat has serious health consequences. Fear weakens the immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as intestinal ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility. Long term stress can even lead to accelerated ageing and premature death.

I ask myself why I would put my entire life on hold and stay in quarantine for 5 months to avoid a possibly deadly infection while consciously creating life threatening hormonal changes in my body. My answer to myself was, “I wouldn’t.”

The opposite of fear is trust, or calmness. No matter how hard I need to focus on relaxation or calmness, I have come to realize that I’m wasting this quarantine time if I don’t work hard to combat the stress. According to the Huff Post God actually commands us not to fear or worry at least 80 times in the bible. Apparently, stress and fear has been around for a long time.

In addition to the stress factors are the issues of Netflix and chill. Sitting for long periods is also related to heart disease and diabetes. It can be as destructive as Covid itself!

I know that in my house if I’m nervous, so is my husband and importantly, our little dog. She hunkers under me and watches movies too. So, after the first month of lockdown where we had actually agreed to binge on a couple of our favorite shows with 5 seasons TWICE, we knew that some sort of mental / emotional illness would set in to all of us if we didn’t agree on plans of exercising or meditating together every day along with activities that we do at certain times to mark the days. This is really a hard time in life, isn’t it?

I can’t tell anybody else what to do with their time, but I have been a trainer for many years and I know that shut – in TV watching for months isn’t good for anyone! Here are my suggestions.

First of all, if the weather and neighborhood allow it, walking each day is the best thing that you can do. If you’re infirm, 5 minutes a day is a good place to start. If you’re young and healthy, now is a great time to set goals for some type of competition in the future. Why not? I’m old, but I’m considering a career in corn hole and pickle ball when this damned thing is over. I didn’t even know that I missed sports competition until now.

I am an active QiGong practitioner which is what brings me down to a relaxed place after walking. I post a lot of videos, and I recommend going to youtube for many programs. I love Mimi Kuo Deemer’s  (click) lectures and classes. She’s for real! There is an 8 move routine called BaDuanJin
which is also demonstrated on youtube, and it is an excellent daily practice. Actually, if you were to become interested in QiGong, there are millions of credible videos to learn from. I chose QiGong because I’m jumpy and busy and in the beginning, sitting quietly while my mind was screaming didn’t work for me. After practicing the movements while meditating, I have an easier time practicing a sitting meditation.

Taking a moment away from our ongoing stressful situation is imperative. You have to take time to do something, anything to stop the stress hormones from raising your blood pressure. Your own choice of music on headphones, waterfall or ocean sounds, or even listening to relaxing music in your car are some things to do. A hot bath, a nap, a sit in the backyard, or anything to clear your mind for even 5 minutes a day will stop the stress hormone overload and give you a minute to rest your mind.

 If you’re out of work and freaking out, I send positive thoughts and prayers. I get crazy when I watch politicians going home for a holiday while no unemployment decisions have been made. They have left for a four day weekend? They have no idea that a hungry hard working person is checking the mailbox twice a day “just in case” anyway. This is why I suggest that you change the channel to funny pets for an hour or two. The less time you focus on the news, the better.

Whatever you’re doing, know that you’re not alone here. Some people don’t give a #$%@ about us, but many do. If you need help with food, ask. If you need a higher credit card limit, ask. You might be surprised what some companies are doing for people. There are good people out there that do understand the predicament that Americans have found themselves in.

The opposite of fear is curiosity, or trust, or courage or calmness. Spend time talking to those that you trust, satisfy your curiosity by taking a free course online, go outside and breathe! Maybe I’ll see you on the pickleball court. This nightmare WILL end. Take care, everyone.


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