The Waiting Room

by admin on June 12, 2018

I’m sitting in the waiting room of a local hospital. I’m waiting for my mother to come out of a cardiac procedure to fix her atrial fibrillation. It was scary watching them wheel her away. After all, they are working on her heart. They reassure you that they’ve performed this procedure thousands of times and tick off the risks like they’re telling you the chef’s specials of the day.

But I can’t help looking around this waiting room and feeling anxious about myself and my future health.

How did all these people end up here like this? Can it be avoided or is this just the way it goes?

We are living in a time of great ease. Never before in the course of human history have we had the abundance we have here in the U.S. The sheer overwhelming availability of food, goods and resources is astounding.

A scant century ago we made our own clothes, washed them by hand and hung them to dry. We raised our food or at the very least bought them from the grocery in a recognizable form. And we walked to that grocer. We mowed our lawns with a push mower.

Now we buy our cheap clothes from the store and throw them in our washer and dryer so that we have more time to hang around or shop. We can grab dinner premade from the grocery store, no need to kill and prepare a chicken. We have our ride-on mower for the yard.

Has this life of ease bought us a future of illness?

I know that some of these conditions are simply the inevitable course of aging.  I also know that much of it we have brought upon ourselves.

Through our mechanization of the world around us, we have increasingly lost touch with those aspects of life that are necessary for our health.

When was the last time you made dinner from scratch? Can you pronounce the ingredients in your breakfast today? Do you know how much you work your upper body when you carry wet laundry outside and hang it on the line? Can you walk to your nearest store?

These changes aren’t easy, if they were we wouldn’t be in the health mess we are collectively in! But something must change. I, for one, don’t want the future I see before me in this waiting room.

 

 

 

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What’s in Your Spice Cabinet?

by admin on March 19, 2018

My spice cabinet sees constant use throughout the day.  I finally paused to look at the state of it, and I am embarrassed by how bad I had let it get!  Look at it!  No rhyme or reason to it at all, empty bottles in there among the new ones, sandwich bags and muffin cups.  So, I pulled everything out, wiped it down and reorganized it all.  I also found room to put away my toaster oven, which is also a well loved item in the kitchen.  It is ugly as all get out, but still works fine, so I am in no rush to get a new one.  Hence my desire to hide it away from visitors!

Here it is all wiped out and ready for reorganization (personally, my favorite part of the process!)

And here is the reveal:

I had spices in there that we received as part of wedding shower gift.  We’ve been married for 20 years this year, so eww right??! (I mean the spices, not the being married 20 years part – that has been awesome!)

And there is my ugly toaster hidden away from the world like a princess in a Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale.  Maybe a fairy godmother will pretty it up before it gets used again!

Are you still plugging along with your forty bags challenge?

 

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Purging the Freezer

March 11, 2018

I wasn’t planning on cleaning out my freezer, but I took advantage of the fact that it was completely defrosted from our 3 day power outage. So, as they say, when life hands you lemons make the freezer clean! I’m embarrassed to say that I hadn’t really cleaned it in a long time. But, I’m […]

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That Girl is Crafty!

March 5, 2018

My daughter hasn’t met a piece of fabric that she didn’t love.  She is a very creative kid, always sewing and making, which is wonderful!  It just leads to a lot of scraps and bits of fabric that get put in the craft room drawers.  They looked like this when we started: That closed drawer […]

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My Mugs Are Getting Dirty

March 3, 2018

I think my mugs are getting dirty, with each other!  I think when we close the cabinet door, they are reproducing.  Look at the smile on Grinch’s face: He just looks guilty, doesn’t he?!  A few years ago I had everyone each pick their favorite mug, I kept a couple extra for guests and passed […]

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What’s In Your Pantry?

March 3, 2018

Well, my pantry was chock o’block full of stuff begging to be thrown out.  Pantries tend to be one of those areas where things go in, some things come out and some gets lost at the back of the shelf.  I started by going top down and organizing like items with like.  I took partial […]

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Forty bags from my van

February 27, 2018

Well, maybe not 40 bags, but I did take 4 small bags of garbage out of my car. I didn’t take a before picture, because I was absolutely embarrassed by the state of the place! The joke in our family is that if we ever get stranded, we could survive off the leftovers on the […]

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Clothes Hounds Part 2

February 26, 2018

I finally got through all the boys clothes.  I could have opened my own Macy’s with all the clothes they had.  I am grateful for the generosity of my neighbors, but I know that it is selfish of us to keep that which we know we can’t use.  So, here is the after shot: These […]

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Clothes Hounds

February 22, 2018

I have four sons, ranging in age from 3 to 16.  I have a lot of clothes for them, each size up through adult sizes.  We get many hand-me-downs, for which I am very grateful.  I can’t imagine what it saves me in time, money and aggravation (can you imagine having to shop with these […]

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The Linen Closet

February 21, 2018

I wish I had taken a before photo of this linen shelf.  Just picture everything jammed in there, tumbling in a cascade down to the floor and the contents of the black crate pushing the wire shelf up out of its holder.  I sorted through all of it, matching sets as best as I could.  […]

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