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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meet me at 175 Cherry Lane

I’ve always been one to explore different styles of music. I think it started when I lived in upstate New York and there weren’t different genres available. What I missed most was reggae, hip hop and R&B on the radio. Of course, that type of music was available on cassette!

Now, that I’ve gotten older, I’m surprised at the various types of music that catch my attention and get my toe to tapping. If you like exploring and listening to different types of music then check out the song clips on 175 Cherry Lane from KO. They just may get your toe to tapping as well.

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What to do when help is needed

I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot, visiting many blogs, tweeting or hanging out on Facebook as much as I normally do. The short reason is: I just haven’t been feeling well. The way I feel physically had directly affected by brain. It’s hard to be creative and my energy level is extremely low.

One of the things I’ve been bouncing around in my head is how do I take care of everything and everyone given that my health seems to be at a rough patch. Just FYI: I’m awaiting results that will let me know whether I have to go through chemotherapy and I’m having more symptoms that are definitely changing the way I feel – not in a good way. When it has to do with people helping me my resources are a little low. In fact, I’m more of the belief that when someone is sick, suffering or dealing with a chronic illness then they shouldn’t have to ask for outside help. For instance, if I had a friend suffering from chronic pain I would call and say, “I’m going to the grocery store, what do you need?” Now, most who are under the weather have no idea what they need or want because their brain is affected so I would offer a list of things that they might need. If they had everything then I’d make sure their dinner was already prepared and, if not, I’d just let them know I am bringing something for their dinner. This is really important for those who have family members to take care of.

In my experience, people say to me, “Let me know if you need anything…” Although it’s good to know that someone is available in an emergency or whatever it’s difficult to reach out to those who don’t keep in touch or check up on you. Is it just me or do you understand what I’m saying?

I know I can ask my oldest daughter to come home every two weeks or so and prepared meals to be frozen then all I have to do is heat them up and serve the children. I can also get one or two people to take me to doctor’s appointments if I let them know in enough time. But the dishes, laundry, cleaning, carpooling the kids, helping with homework and the myriad of other things seem to be (Well, they ARE)  floating in the air waiting for me to take care of.

I have tried saying something like, ‘I’m exhausted and haven’t been able to clean up and the bathrooms are disgusting.” I usually get a response like, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it you’ll get to it whenever” or something similar. I guess they don’t get that the knowledge of everything that needs to be done is tiring and overwhelming then when I finally get on my feet it’s still difficult getting everything done. The result is normally another setback in my health trying to catch up. I don’t think I’ll ever have the nerve to say, “My bathroom is gross, will you clean it?”

There may be a few options to consider: Move back to Maryland where I have tons of family and friends who hopefully would pitch in on a regular basis. The other option, I guess, would be to build a network. That just seems wrong to me to try and build a network now that I need help. Sigh. Well, I guess that’s only two options … ‘cause I can’t think of anything more.

What would you do?

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The eyes have it

Yesterday I had to stop to the grocery store to get a couple of prescriptions for the girls, some children’s vitamins and a few household items. I, of course, checked my coupons and saw that I had some for cosmetics for two different brands. I took them into the store with me to compare prices and decide which ones I should get. I decided on some mascara (mine needed to be replaced) and some pretty eye shadow.

Makeup can be expensive so finding cosmetics at affordable prices along with using a coupon is definitely a treat. And my birthday is next week so I plan on looking extra pretty that day. :-)

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Pencil case turned make-up bag

I am not, by nature, a wasteful person. I feel guilty for throwing food away that my kids leave on their plates and for not recycling my magazines now that we’ve moved further from the recycling center. I’ve stopped using Styrofoam plates – at least for now – and opted for my regular dinnerware. Unfortunately, my life doesn’t permit hand washing every dish or pot so I use the dishwasher. At least I’m not filling the landfills with non-biodegradable Styrofoam products.

Instead of throwing away old clothes, I give them away as long as they’re in good condition. We reuse clothing as much as possible: my oldest daughter and myself pass clothes back and forth as our tastes and needs change and all of my middle daughter’s clothes go to her younger sister. It’s my way of ensuring I definitely get my money’s worth (and save money) when it comes to material goods as well as be a good steward over what we have.

Another way I’ve found to save money and make good use of what I have is purchasing something cheaper to serve another purpose as opposed to what it is designed for. Not too long ago the makeup bag in my purse had an accident; it broke its zipper. It would have taken too much time to repair so I kept my eyes open for another one to replace it. I found one in the most unexpected place.

DSCF5801 While shopping for school supplies for my children, I discovered the cutest and most stylish pencil case that I’ve ever seen. It was in the sale bin at an office supply store and cost a little more than $3, which is a steal. The pencil case turned makeup bag holds everything I like to carry – lip gloss, lip balm, comb, mirror, nail file, lotion, dental floss, etc. That makes it a total SCORE!

It’s easy to find something less expensive than what you actually need or to up cycle. For instance, if you’re decorating or organizing around your home then you should evaluate the items you have that aren’t being used. Like an empty basket could be used to corral toys or keep extra rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom.

I always have a physical and mental list of items that I need or want. You can make a list of projects or items you need around the house. It’s a fun and frugal way to keep up with the things you need/want.

What are your favorite up cycling habits?

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Feelings of 9/11

I can not imagine the feelings of those who have a direct connection to the tragedy of September 11th. Those who were first-hand witnesses of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. Those who watched people – someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son – jump to their death. Those who inhaled the soot, who learned of their friend or loved one’s passing… I can not imagine.

There are those, many people, who say they remember exactly where they were when the tragedy occurred. I’ve tossed this around in my head so many times and just the other day I almost got a haze of recall about the day, but then it slipped away.

It’s taken many years for me to understand my brain’s inability to pull up that memory as well as many others.

I was in the military and pregnant during Desert Storm, and the news that was broadcast during my pregnancy only had to do with the war. The anxiety that welled up in me every time I learned of anything going on “over there” was overwhelming and I refused to watch the news after that. Then and to this day I know very little about Desert Storm. That time period began my quest to ignore all things terrorist and war related.

Today, with the coverage of 9/11 memories and tributes, I became mesmerized as a man spoke of his first-hand memories of the day. He ran toward the burning buildings and stood nearby watching the mayhem. At one point, he saw a man and a woman who he speculated were co-workers who had found each other and were comforting each other. They stood in a blown-out window high above the street and grasped hands. He thought they would wait for rescue, but the jumped to their deaths.

His account of that day sent a stream of chills and anxiety through my body with such a jolt that I remembered why I avoid terrorism and war talk. I can not imagine your pain or feelings if you’ve had to deal with this head on. I hope that as time passes more will be freed from the pain of that awful experience; one that continues to unite us.

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