Gratitude: I love you, nose!

“You’re entering the second phase of healing.” These comforting words were from my surgeon, who two weeks earlier had given me a “nose job”. This was my second post-op appointment. It was that term “second phase” that fooled me. He didn’t explain what that would be...

Bathtubs and Good Sleep Go Together

My bath is more important than it should be… I’m sure. I look forward to my bath like others look forward to pizza night or the latest Star Wars movie. Once I had to stay in a motel room without one and, honestly, you would have thought I found bedbugs instead...

Sleep, Ahhh Precious Sleep

I put a sock on my clock. Crazy, right? But the last motel room I stayed in had a clock beside the bed that lit up the whole room. A sock was just right. When I needed to know the time, I just reach over and lifted the toe. No doubt the maid thought we were mad, but...

The Bliss of Sleep

The commotion down the street pulled us in. Just imagine getting out of your car as always and hearing, not just a bark or two, but a deafening “symphony” from the next block. You can’t NOT go see what was happening: piles and piles of agitated sea lions.  It was...

Break Out of Pillow Prison!

Question: How does one sit on a couch that is already occupied… with pillows? All of those decorator accessories so artfully placed leave barely enough room for your bottom. Should you squeeze in between them? Or should you sit against them and pretend you’re...

It Feels Good To Feel Good

FLU SHOTS HERE. This sign posted outside the drugstore reminded me of the season ahead. Today I shall be practical and play it forward with two very basic life tweaks: more rest, cleaner hands. You might think “Tell us something we don’t already know. Tell us...

Let Your Nose Help You Sleep

All I know is there are good smells, and there are bad smells. Some make me happy, some not so much. I’ve never paid more attention than that… until recently. Actually, I should have known how important my nose was. Look at the number of words we use to describe...

Germ warfare: Soap + zzzzzz

I spent hours writing a lengthy post about the importance of sleep and how to get a better night of it, and information about germs and winter and soap and such. Then I read what I’d written? Borrrrring! I do love that delete key. Most everybody knows this stuff...

Waking Up to the Fatigue Factor

      You might say that I’m a closet napper. Whenever the subject comes up in conversation, I’m convinced by the reactions I get that needing more rest makes people feel like grandpa dozing in his rocker. Sure, energy is less as you age, but...

Improve Your Bedroom – 12/09

I’m sleeping better than I have in years these days and can definitely tell the difference. I’m thinking more clearly, more creatively, and feeling less stress. Getting enough sleep will do wonders in helping you deal with the potential stresses of this...