Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Meditation Series



Meditation is one of those things that I practice daily. It varies in length; every once in a while it's 10 minutes, sometimes it's 2 hours. Usually, it's somewhere in between. I also take 5 minute breaks throughout the day. It doesn't have to take a long time; you could start out with just sitting down for 10 minutes everyday. The key to getting in the habit is to get in the habit. Decide on a time and place and do it every day. The more you do it, the more you'll want to do it.

I do it first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, in my Meditation Chair:

Usually with this guy.  :-)
Meditation shifts your brain waves from Beta waves to alpha waves. Alpha waves are what you are experiencing in between sleeping and waking. It's a very relaxing space. Meditation also activates your parasympathetic nervous system, so that you are relaxed. This is important because this is the place of rest, rejuvenation and healing. Cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, grandfather of Epi-genetics, says that 98% of all diseases are related to stress. So if you can manage your stress, you can manage your health. Meditation is a simple and beneficial way of enhancing your health and well-being.

Favourite Resources
If you want to explore more . . .

Audio
  • Recordings of guided visualizations. First up: Dave Dobson. I have fallen asleep to Dave's Beach Trip for 30 years. This isn't technically a meditation recording, but it is incredibly relaxing and great to fall asleep to!    
  • John Morgan (who studied with Dave):  Accomplish Anything Take a relaxing walk along the beach and program yourself for whatever you want to accomplish.
  • Improve Your Self Image. John did this with me over the phone shortly after I started working for him. The knot that I'd had in my stomach for months, melted away, and I drifted off into a deep sleep. 
Music

Books


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thrift Score!

Can you imagine Mum rolling her eyes?  She would PROLLY at this!  A video of what I got at a thrift shop. "Who would watch this?"  Hahahaha

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kyle Cease Wisdom

WOW.  Just had to share this from Kyle Cease, "transformational comic."  If you have any burning, life-changing, existentially-type questions, do this exercise!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Boudoir Re-do

Readers of this blog will recall my Bedroom Remodel of 2014. It was time for another one. After that one, I had switched the bed over to the opposite wall and Mum had made me a headboard. But I don't have any photos of that one!  I did capture it on my last Jammie Chat, tho. 

Here's the before-the-headboard on the other wall set-up:



Sheet-as-curtain hanging on left is my closet:

This is my dresser-as-baseboard:
Tabby Bobcat annoyed that Buddy has his catnip toy.
 I even had room for a little reading corner:

I was going for an Oasis-tent-along-the-Silk-Trail kinda vibe. But then I saw this photo on Pinterest of an opium party:

Oh, lookit!  A pile of people!

But what I really thought was, Oooh. Nice wall hangings.

What prompted the most recent re-do was watching Dave Asprey's Moldy Movie, which then prompted a ton of research on the effects of toxic mold. If you've not seen the movie, check it out. And if you've ever had even the tiniest water leak, beware. Toxic mold can be linked to neurological, chronic, and mysterious illnesses. You know; just like gluten and thyroid disease.

Back to the bedroom: there was a family that left their moldy home, but brought their mattresses with them because "but they're brand new!  We just bought them!" And that's why everyone was still having respiratory problems. So it got me to thinking about my mattress that I'd had for 12+ years and had been in another house where there was a flood in the basement. I gave it the sniff test and it really did have a musty smell to it. So when Lawnmower Ben was over, I got him to help me get the mattresses out. I also had to get rid of the headboard. Basically, the rule for anything that could have toxic mold is if it's more than an inch thick and can't be washed in a washing machine in HOT water and borax, get rid of it. Because I had the mattress topper encased in a waterproof cover, it was okay. Yay!

Here's the new set up:
New curtains covering the window. 
That's a "Tree of Life" tapestry behind the pillows. Thank you Opium party.

Buddy still uses the beagle/cat steps to get on the bed:

See?

The old window curtains are at the closet. And really, they stay open except for photos.
One day my niece was visiting and tried to exit thru the curtains at the closet. She was a bit embarrassed and I said, "Yes!  Thank you. That's the look I was going for; that it would look like an entrance into the room. You just showed me that I did a good job!"

My nightstand was stacked high with books, so yesterday I switched it with a little bookcase. You can see it to the right of the bed, with the pashmina throw covering it. Or as John Morgan would call it, drapey-table-cloth-thingie. But do you see what's in the corner?
*SIGH*
That's the stack I'm in the middle of reading.
I still have a bit of a secret . . . because it looks like a real bed, doesn't it? Well:

Bingo's spot, under the "bed."
I didn't want to rush into buying a whole new bed. As a temporary solution, I got out my unused massage table and fashioned a new bed with the mattress topper. Holy Heck was it comfortable! An added bonus was that for the first time in forever, I woke up without stuffy sinuses. Yay, me! So I wasn't really in too big of a hurry to get a new mattress. 

The only problem was that Buddy, the beagle-bed-hog, did not have enough room!  On the third day I woke up to him on top of me, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d across my torso. I opened my eyes to face his backside.  Ewwww!  Beagle backside!  I hate waking to beagle backside!

I was explaining my dilemma to Chiro-Sis and she graciously offered me one of her massage tables. And voila!  I have a queen-ish sized "bed." What's really great is that it's just a smidge shorter than a standard bed which means that I can fit it against a different wall. AND the tables are so lightweight that I just scooted them across the floor as I decided which wall they should go on.


This set up is working really well!  And I really don't see myself getting a "real" bed, anytime soon. Besides . . . 

Zzzzzz . . . . the beagle is happy.  :-)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

One Book July 2017

I wasn't going to do One Book July this year. I did it for the first time last year with my Tea Time Travlers Notebook, and it really helped me to define what I wanted in a planner and how to create a workable system. So I didn't really think there was anything new I could do!  However, the theme was "Go Big or Go Home" and is up for interpretation.

A coupla weeks ago, I got a Webster's ring bound planner that was damaged; the rings were detached at one end. So I got it for 75% off it's already sale price of $29.99.  WOO and HOO!   So I moved my work planner into the new Websters, after I removed the rings and converted it into a Travelers Notebook.  I really like the pockets in this new planner. It's a bit bulkier than my original TN, but that's OK. I'm really liking it.  So here's a flip thru:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HELLO Summer! Favourite Ice Tea

Here in the South, we like our ice tea. My very-British mother was appalled. "Ice in your tea?!"  Most Brits think this is barbaric. Here's Mum being appalled:
She was actually watching an episode of Hoarders. But that's the
LOOK. Also note that she stopped mid-sip of tea. (HOT tea)!
Southern tea is SWEET; so sweet that it hurts my teeth--much like 80's heavy metal hair music.  

For those who like a bit of a twang to their tea, here's a refreshing drink you can have anytime, anywhere with a *secret ingredient* that sets it apart and will have people begging you for the recipe! 

Hali's Summertime Tea Recipe
  • 4 family-size tea bags (I use Lipton decaf) or 8 regular sized teabags (P.G. Tips is the BEST, Jerry!  but also a little sacrilegious as it's very-proper-British-tea)!
  • 8 cups water, boiled
  • Gallon-sized container or pitcher
  • 1 can frozen lemonade (See? Has sugar enough to be sweet-ish but not TOO sweet)
  • ice
  • wooden spoon for stirring
Instructions:
Boil water in pan & take off burner. Add tea bags to water and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool to lukewarm. Fill pitcher with ice and add can of lemonade on top. Pour tea over ice and lemonade and stir. Kick back, relax and enJOY!     

For a "weekend" version, just add tequila. I'm KIDDING!  Tequila in your tea?! That's crazy talk.  HAPPY summer!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hello Kitty Junk Journal

I will have more photos and details later. In the meantime, here's a journal I made out of a cookie box.