Archive | January, 2018

Season of change

19 Jan

I have an elderly cat who has had a rough time of it lately. At first I thought with the bitter cold she just caught a cold or even the cat version of the flu. Now I am not so sure I think at least in dog years she is about 85 years old or possibly older. She is still having issues. Today she was ill again and almost used the couch as her litter box. I love her to bits and pieces but, am not sure how much longer I can keep up with the roller coaster ride of her seeming to get better aka keeping food down and then going back to not feeling better. I will do my best to give her until the spring with hopefully warmer temperatures and see how she does but, if there is not much improvement I may just have to say good bye and that will hurt a lot. What do you all think? I really would love an outsiders opinion on this.



4 Jan

As you know from my previous post there has been a lot of illness and a lot of messes to be cleaned up. Everyone is on the mend or is better. I have no idea how I have managed to avoid being ill so far. The only thing that I have done is eat a lot of umeboshi which is a pickled plum. The Japanese swear by it for preventing illnesses, helping with that time of the month and other things. Warning they are very sour so eating one and making sure you mind the pit with a small bowl of rice or whatever just to cut the sour will work. I have also been eating more rice lately because we got a new rice cooker that makes really good rice not that our other one didnt but, it is nice to have a timer and to be able to keep it warm for an extended amount of time. I have also gotten a lot of rest as well. This has been very nice not having to get up before the crack of dawn. Now that school is back in session I am very sad.

I have also been drinking warm/hot fluids. Like tea and coffee. Green tea especially is a good antioxidant. Not sure if this will prevent you or even myself from getting the flu but, it is worth a try.

Stay warm, safe and healthy.

Hunting and gathering

3 Jan

Happy New Year! Hopefully it will be a better year than the last one.
This winter break has been a bit rough. First my daughter was ill, then my husband on Christmas day and so he could not come with us to families houses. Of course he didnt want to go anyway so no big deal there . Now my cat has been ill. She is getting better in that she is actually eating food again. Poor kitten.

This past weekend we unfortunately had to drive past the mall to get to our next destination. I was honestly shocked and amazed at the amount of cars parked at the mall. You would think that most folks would have gotten their exchanges and holiday sale stuff out of the way there should not have been any NEED to go back to the mall.

I ordered a great book for myself for the holiday and I highly recommend this book. It is the High Maintenance Minimalist by Kashlee Kucheran. This is a great book to help you save money for your dreams whatever it is. It makes you really examine those purchases that we all make from the $100 pair of shoes or whatever to actually deciding if you really need those shoes that cost that much or can you get something a bit cheaper and put the rest that you saved towards your dream.