Saturday, September 21, 2013

And yet again sinuses!

I have been trying to keep an analytical mind about my sinus issues instead of folding into a little tired depressed bundle. 

Over the last week I have realised that changes in weather like a warm sunny day after rainy days is a trigger just as are dreary days just after a patch of sunny days.  Why?  I don't know!

Also, even though I really want to hide inside my foggy, mouth breathing, headache, I have realised that getting out for some exercise, a good walk or even just hanging out the washing is enough to clear the blocked feeling a bit.  Very weird considering that means exposing myself to more grass.  Go figure!

The coke is still working for clearing a headache but doesn't clear out the sinuses.  Don't know why, will just go with the flow there.

I also need to stay on top of blowing my nose.  A lot!  I have soft tissues TG.  And I am now taking 3 herbal allergy tablets twice a day with 2 at lunch time instead of the 2 twice a day I used to do.  Hopefully that helps more too.

Overall the biggest factor in my health, both physical and mental, seems to be my mental attitude.  Ack!  It means I have to be self disciplined to do what works and not just wallow in the fog.  Not so easy for this lazy girl.

Best wishes
Jen
(And yes, I know, antihistamines would be an easy solution but have you read the potential side effects list on those, and read up on the long term use risks?  Not for me!)



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Books on my sidetable!

I have always been a bit of a bookworm, definitely a trait that is helpful when homeschooling.  On the little stool beside my bed that I call my sidetable is quite a large pile of books.  Some finished, some part way through and others not yet started.

Today these are in my pile (tomorrow they may be on the floor or back on the shelves).

  • The Second Mrs Gioconda - A Sonlight World History Core book about Leonardo da Vinci
  • Small Changes for a Better Life by Elizabeth George (a favourite author, her others are my go to books for short bursts of inspiration)
  • 5 Minute Retreats for Women by Sue Augustine (another go to book for a short burst of inspiration)
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (still haven't really fully read this, but keep trying)
  • Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (lots of repeating for me but a different perspective to think about how my children work best)
  • Prince Caspian by CS Lewis (read aloud for the children)
  • 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman by Lane P Jordan (a different take on the Proverbs 31 Woman than what Elizabeth George does in her books)
  • Better Late than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • More Hours in My day by Emilie Barnes (easier to read than her quick tip books)
  • Family, The Vital Factor (subtitled The Key to Society's Survival) by Moira Eastman (an Australian book published in 1989 and has already had several passages underlined and notes made in the margins, I don't usually write in books but this is good, too good for me to think about someone else wanting to read it without margin scribbles)
Now if only I could find the notebook I usually write quotes in and my thoughts about them.  Oh well, at least my filing cabinet is starting to look more cheerful as I use coloured files.  One thing at a time in the world of organising is about all I can handle.  The notebook will turn up when it is ready. ;-)

Best wishes
Jen

Monday, September 2, 2013

Interesting life-learning article

http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2013/08/29/five-things-you-have-to-unlearn-to-succeed-at-work/


Interesting read as I head into homeschooling more young men.  Yup, 11 year old is starting to eat me out of house and home!  That makes him count as a young man, not a child anymore.

Best wishes
Jen

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