We Need Winter

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Living on the West Coast, we are often spoiled. We have mild weather all year round (mostly). Yes it rains a bit – but we are rewarded with loveliness just about everywhere. This winter, we have gotten a bit of snow.  Not a ton of it -but definitely more than normal. Most of the people I know are ready for spring.  Not me!  I’m loving the snow – and here is why:

When spring comes, people tend to be more social, there are more events, the weather is better, we go outside and talk to our neighbours, go to the beach, and barbecues, and block parties.  I like those things too – but Im happy to go to one event per season, not every weekend.  I prefer to be alone.  I need the rest. Just having a regular day exhausts me. Spending time with others does me in for about 2 weeks.

I think nature is feeling the same way. It needs a rest.  Its exhausting being pretty and social all the time.  Let the world recuperate for a bit.  Stay home, build a snowman in your backyard, go ski if you love to be outdoors in this weather. There is much to do. There’s lots of time to get everything done that you need to do. Summer will be here eventually.

Let the world gets some rest. Hibernate just a little bit longer.

 

 

 

Salty Dog

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Puppy dog tails @ Kamamarui Ramen & Don

I crave massive amounts of salt when I can’t sleep. Which makes ramen pretty much the greatest meal I can ever eat. But because of these coat hooks, I make sure I only eat vegetable ramen. Because I think those hooks are telling me that the meat that is used is mysterious.

How to Get Well – By a Doctor Mom

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If you have ever read any of my writings about living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or are currently a friend of mine living with CFS)- you will know that my mother doles out wellness advice. She is not a Doctor -but she has that kind of diagnostic confidence that doctors have when she is dealing with her children. She is often wrong -especially when broken bones are involved. But when dealing with CFS and me/ME (pun!) she is right on the money.

There are 3 things that she does really well:

  1. She makes a magic soup that will make just about any sick person feel human again.
  2.  She makes a mean cup of tea
  3. She has created some rules for wellness that actually work – and she doesn’t exactly give you a timeline to do them, though they should probably all be done close to each other.

These wellness rules are simple – and created for a person who has zero energy – and isn’t capable of doing complicated tasks because the exhaustion has made life unbearable for the moment.

The rules for wellness by my Doctor Mom are:

  1. Drink water – a lot of it. 2 glasses immediately (as in right now).
  2. Eat an egg.
  3. Go walk around the block -I don’t care if it takes you 5 minutes or 3 hours.

I’ve been having a rough time of it. This not sleeping thing has screwed me up hugely. In fact, I am quite impressed with myself that I can type this out – because I have been having a hard time understanding english these days.  But today, I couldn’t take it any more.  I was in bed until noon – hurting and exhausted. I had to force myself to get up – get dressed, and go for breakfast. I walked to a diner – 2 blocks away – ordered eggs and bacon (I gave my bacon away to strangers), and then managed to walk about 2 miles. Yay!  There was a time, that I couldn’t even do that. So lets take that as a win.

So now its almost 4pm, and I am laying in bed, fully dressed – with the covers on. Hoping that I have tired myself out enough that I will sleep tonight.  But knowing that I shouldn’t  be here (in this bed) just in case I accidentally fall asleep, and do more harm to myself.

So I’m getting up now.

Thanks mom for your rules. I feel like I accomplished something, even if that was only eating a proper breakfast.

*photo source Daniel Novta via flickr