Monday, December 17, 2018

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays, everybody. May you have a positive, productive, and healthy New Year!

See you by the pool, May, 2019.


Kathy D. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween, Happy Fall, My last Winter in Colorado is upon us!

It's really cold this morning at 38 degrees! We're counting down 122 more working days until Al retires and we adjourn to our condo in Nevada.

I had planned on leaving the snowy weather when my son turned 18, and he's now 43! You know, jobs, homes, lives, delays, full retirement age, etc.

We'll be spending the winter downsizing our 5 bedroom, 2 garage home to a 2 bedroom condo with no garage. The closer it gets, the less I care about moving the "stuff" one more time. The Goodwill is full of my life's collection of things that I don't need and frankly, never needed. Don't worry, Ebay has provided a place for people who actually care about some of the crazy stuff that I've collected to donate to our retirement fund.

It's funny how bitter sweet retirement feels. I watched my grandparents, then my parents retire and it's mind blowing that we're finally old enough. Al and I both feel like we have worked as honestly and hard as should be expected, so we're ready. With the NEED for a paycheck behind us, we look forward to living like teenagers before we left home. Few bills, one car, and no rent sounds like such a great way to chill, at last. Today, I'm thinking about palm trees and the pool ... ✌

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Unaffiliated Independent Voters

Republicans And Democrats  are fighting like cats and dogs. With upcoming mid term elections, one would think that instead of bickering and making absolute fools of themselves, they would take note that Unaffiliated, Independent Voters are multiplying like bunnies! Not all Independent Voters are Socialists, guys. Boo! Take note.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Have A Cup Of Tea!


The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl banishes all loneliness;
The third bowl clears my mind of words and books;
At the fourth cup, I begin to perspire ---
life's troubles evaporate through my pores.

The fifth cup cleanses my entire being.
Six cups and I am in the realm of the divine;
Seven cups --- ah, but I can drink no more;
I can only feel the gentle breezes blowing
through my sleeves,
wafting me away to the Isle of immortality!

---Lu Tong, Eighth - Century Chinese poet, from
In Gratitude For A Gift Of Fresh Tea

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dig Deep To Find Your Joy, But Find It!


Life without joy is no life at all. My life is filled with joy every day, but there are  obstacles that try to get in the way. The main obstacle is the pain that I see in the individuals that are victimized by our own human neighbors, and worse yet, leaders.

How in the world did thousands of priests molest children? Worse yet, recently the pope claimed that women would NEVER be ordained as priests. Oh, really? I would think that the leader of the catholic church would find it in his heart to seek out a solution to this ongoing world wide problem no matter what it takes if he is so concerned about the children.
WRITE A LETTER NOW

Our president thinks that taunting a crazed madman with his finger on nukes deserves an insulting nickname like “Little Rocket Man.” He recently claimed that that was his best one ever! This is our leader. This is the man that sets the behavioral example for our children and grandchildren. Taunting a tyrant with rhetoric threatens the health and safety of the entire human race. How dare him!

The future of our globe is suffering from the same sick and rude treatment. Global warming is doubted by many for political reasons, including money, and our oceans and lands which provide clean food for the human race and our animal friends are being lost every day.

At this time there are more than 10,000 children in custody at our southern border that have been separated from their parents. Yes, there is the argument that their parents have brought them over the border illegally and this must be dealt with, but to what cruel strategy?

So, I ask, where do I find joy with these horrible injustices surrounding me? I don’t have the power to change any of these issues, or do I? Yes, I do. The power of the pen can make a difference. I can testify that the joy of directing my opinion to those in power feels like I am making a difference, and at least, speaking my mind on behalf of those that are suffering.

I encourage my readers to choose the issues that mean something to you. I was raised Catholic and am no longer practicing, but the numbers of priests that have proven to be filthy rapists are in need of punishment. What about the thousands of lives that deserve to be healed? What about replacing these dirty men with worthy women? Write a letter to your local Chancery office and demand that women be ordained because the chosen men have failed us. Enough letters might at least bring the suggestion to the fore front.

The globe and the oceans are being molested every day. Our waters provide us with the necessary environment for a healthy eco system for both animals and humans. This is the food of the future. There is no amount of money that should be an excuse for allowing dirty industries to operate while polluting the waters with no real penalties.

As difficult as it is, finding inner peace and sorting through the chaos on a personal level is the place to begin. For me, meditation is where I find calm before I sit down to write those letters. I make duplicates of the letters that I write and at the end of each week I re-submit at least 5 letters. I keep pressing every department of the church or government in hopes that someone will take my letter to a meeting of people who can make a difference. This gives me joy where the chaos of life tries to rob it from me.

Please, do it. Write letters, read the voters booklets that come in the mail, and vote for the things that you believe it. Doing nothing is assured to rob you of the joy that you deserve as a member of the human race. VOTE!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Let Us Be Kind by W. Lomax Childress


Let us be kind.
The way is long and lonely,
And human hearts are asking for this blessing only

That we be kind.
We cannot know the grief that men may borrow,
We cannot see the souls storm-swept by sorrow,
But love can shine upon the way to-day, to-morrow—
Let us be kind.
Let us be kind;
This is a wealth that has no measure,
This is of Heaven and earth the highest treasure—
Let us be kind.
A tender word, a smile of love in meeting,
A song of hope and victory to those retreating,
A glimpse of God and brotherhood while life is fleeting—
Let us be kind.
Let us be kind;
Around the world the tears of time are falling,
And for the loved and lost these human hearts are calling—
Let us be kind.
To age and youth let gracious words be spoken;
Upon the wheel of pain so many lives are broken,
We live in vain who give no tender token—
Let us be kind.
Let us be kind;
The sunset tints will soon be in the west,
Too late the flowers are laid then on the quiet breast—
Let us be kind.
And when the angel guides have sought and found us,
Their hands shall link the broken ties of earth that bound us,
And Heaven and home shall brighten all around us—
Let us be kind.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Understanding The Medicinal Qualities Of Water - Hydrotherapy 101

We reach for medicine when we have a headache, but there are many non medicinal treatment options available simply by understanding the combinations of temperature, and length and form of application of water. For example; When my Italian Grandfather would get a throbbing headache, my very old-fashioned Grandmother used to make an herbal foot soak for him. As a child I was confused by this.

The basic thing that you need to understand about hydrotherapy is that hot creates what’s called vasodilation. This essentially means dilation of the veins. When the veins dilate, more blood is allowed to travel through. In contrast to dilating the veins, is vasoconstriction. When cold is applied to an area, it constricts the flow of blood, so in an area of injury where tissue is damaged, bringing ice to the area immediately can prevent swelling and bruising by restricting blood flow through constricted veins.

Understanding the injury process can be helpful, but just knowing the basics can bring healing to you and your family in a handful of cases. So, why did my Grandma use a hot foot bath for a headache? To open the veins in the lower extremities drawing the excess blood from the head that’s causing the throbbing. Are you thinking that she also used a cold pack on his head? Good call, the answer is yes.

https://ndnr.com/nature-cure/hydrotherapy-terms-defined-fluxions-reactions-retrostasis-and-revulsions/   That’s Hydrotherapy 101. Temperatures are important, but beyond Hydro 101 are the indications for ice or heat, along with the contraindications for each. In any case, I don’t recommend using ice or heat for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Keep in mind that you’re manipulating the body’s natural flows in order to accomplish something in a single part of the body. Once you’ve drawn or restricted a bunch of blood to a body part, you need to give the rest of the body a chance to remain normal. Also, the body has natural defense systems that aren’t in favor of your unnatural manipulations, so they need to be tricked in short spurts.

So, when do you use ice or heat on an injury? Checkout this article on the Naturopathic Doctor News And Review.


 An instructor in Chinese Medicine once told me “To keep it easy, if it’s hot, use ice, if it’s not, use heat.” Although not quite that simple, it works. Examples would be, a fresh black eye that hasn’t swelled yet, an ice pack would stop the body’s natural responses from further injury that accompanies swelling. In the very beginning, I would use 15-20 minutes of ice every couple of hours. I would use ice until the threat of swelling and inflammation are gone. By adding heat too soon, or by using heat on an injury that is becoming infected, you threaten flushing undesirable cells into the blood stream. Here are some examples;

Tight Muscles: Tight, contracted muscles are not an injury. They are muscles that need oxygen. By using a heat pack for 15-20 minutes, the blood will begin to flow through the contracted area letting go of the stuck tissue. This is why a nice Jacuzzi after a workout is so relaxing.

A Hot, Swollen Joint: Joints have plenty of tendinous muscle attachments (no blood in tendons) that get aggravated causing the related bones to become inflamed, and that brings excess fluid that causes swelling and pain. By using ice, the excess fluid isn’t allowed in, lessening the pain. By adding heat too soon, you encourage the debris filled fluid through the entire system. By allowing the area to heal a little naturally, the injured cells will move out on their own time.

Alternating: So, what are people talking about when they suggest alternating ice and heat? This is called Alternate or Fluxion. This is the act of greatly increasing the circulation to an area, then stopping it with a short spurt of cold alternately, followed by heat again. This brings a flush of blood that washes out accumulated toxins created by an injury. Going black to the black eye that we treated with ice … Once the bruising starts to turn yellow, it’s ready for Fluxion to remove the debris caused by the injury. 

When using alternating hot and cold applications to the same body area, there should be at least three alternating applications. The cold duration should be about one fourth to one half as long as the hot applications. Start with hot, always finish with cold.

Need to detox? Take a nice hot shower for 10 minutes. Switch it to cold for 3 minutes, switch it back to nice and hot, finish with a splash of cold. Be sure to drink lots of fresh, clean water for the rest of the day. Simple! Free! Do it with a pool and Jacuzzi, or maybe your gym has a cold plunge to use with the shower. Consult with your doctor before jumping into a cold plunge if you have hypertension.

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