Friday, September 20, 2013

This and That

     Hello my dear readers. I apologize for not posting in so long. As many of you know life gets hectic and the not so important things fall to the wayside while the big things are dealt with. I recently got back into mental health services for my Bipolar and Major Depressive Disorder. Back on my meds and some new ones I feel much better, however, I seem to have a shorter fuse on my temper. At my next appointment I plan to bring this up to the doctor so that we might fix the issue. I have been journaling a lot more lately and I find that it helps a great deal. I fully recommend keeping a journal or diary whether you have an illness or are in good health. It eases stress to be able to say everything without having to use a filter. Such freedom is rare these days.

     Another thing I recommend is to listen to soft, relaxing music while reading a good book before bed. I find that it helps me to sleep better at night when I do this. As apposed to when I do not do these things. When I do not, I find I have trouble sleeping and toss and turn in my sleep. Another thing one can do to help them sleep better is a relaxing bubble bath, or to have a friend or partner give them a light massage. Or take time to write a letter to someone, a real letter not an email. Emails have become so impersonal and detached that many do not read most of what comes to their in-boxes. A way to be sure yours will be read if you do choose to do emails is to be sure your subject line gets to the point and doesn't sound like spam.

     I recently acquired a kitten. She is very small for her age, looking about 8 weeks old when she is really about 4 months old. She is black and white with eyes that change from gold to green and back again. She is very playful and very smart. I call her Tiny because that is the only name she will answer to. All others she ignores. She has a healthy appetite which I encourage as to urge her body to grow more. I hope she does not stay so tiny forever but then again, a part of me hopes she does. Honestly, her size doesn't matter to me as long as she stays healthy. I will be getting her spayed if/when she reaches the minimum size requirements for surgery.

     I can not really think of anything else to say today, so be well, readers.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Party Crasher

Have you ever had a party or gone camping or something similar and had an uninvited guest? Well, we did last night. We were camping and had just settled in for our desert when all of a sudden Talie stiffened and pointed over my shoulder. Expecting a huge spider or something similarly terrifying (Yes I am an arachnophobe) I turned very slowly to find a raccoon only about 4 feet away from us. He met my eyes and silently began to slink towards us. I waved my hands in a shooing motion and told it to please go away! For a few moments he did! I was amazed then the wind blew and he stopped. Sniffing, he turned back to us. Still silent. I had never seen such a silent raccoon. Normally they would be trilling and chirping in their little voices, but not this one. This one was silent as death. I feared he might be ill but he appeared completely healthy. Finally I took a nearly empty food container and chucked it at him as he got to barely 2.5 feet away from us (far to close for comfort) but I missed in my hurry to try to drive him off. The first one he ignored. The second one I chucked at him rolled catching the light so he took off following it. When it came to a stop he turned it a few times but then left it to come back towards us.  At this point I had had enough. I grabbed two empty containers and banged them together yelling SHOO! SHOO! Until finally he left.

Let me tell you folks, I wanted to run as fast as I could but each time we moved back away from him he came closer a little faster than he had been. This animal acted in a way that suggested perhaps he had had human interaction at some point in time as he really showed no fear of us. Critters like this are especially dangerous as they will walk right up to you, sometimes before you even know they are there thus getting close enough to harm you or your loved ones. So please pay attention to your surroundings and do not DO NOT feed wild animals or take them home to turn into pets. It is not safe for you OR them.