Is It Abuse If They Have A Mental Illness?

Yes. Trauma can affect how you feel about yourself and how you feel about others. You’ve heard me mention that my mother was abusive. The abuse was mostly emotional, verbal and many times physical. It was never sexual thank goodness. People who suffer sexual abuse are on another level of healing that is very difficult.Continue reading “Is It Abuse If They Have A Mental Illness?”

The Karen Haircut

Menopause marches on even though my periods have stopped for over a year. Apparently you can have these damn hot flashes FOREVAH! First a woman is premenopausal, perimenopausal and then finally in menopause. According to my not so thorough research on THE INTERNET, during the menopause transition women often have changing menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness,Continue reading “The Karen Haircut”

When Your Favorite BBQ Is No More

There are two types of people in the world. One type like JoAnne and I LOVE smoked meats. Oh my goodness how we both love pork barbecue. It seems fitting we are best friends since Koreans love their own style of barbecue and she loves the American version. With her, I have tasted all sortsContinue reading “When Your Favorite BBQ Is No More”

The Not So Common Cold

My youngest woke up with a sore throat. She had no fever but did have a runny nose. She felt tired and was not as bubbly as she normally is. Pre-pandemic, I would have given her an ibuprofen for her throat pain, made her some hot herbal tea and sent her off to school withContinue reading “The Not So Common Cold”

A Love Letter To My Besties

I dedicate this blog to my two best friends. They are so very different and I love that about them. They have similarities too – they both work hard whether they like their job or not, they are loyal to their families even when the family members can be stupid, they nurture with every ounceContinue reading “A Love Letter To My Besties”

Mental Illness Sucks The Joy Out

Sucks the joy out of what? EVERYthing. Once, before my husband was medicated and in therapy, I told him that he sucked the joy out of our holidays and special days. I know it sounds awful but we were walking on eggshells and it just seemed like he was being such a jerk. Now IContinue reading “Mental Illness Sucks The Joy Out”

Sleep Study: The Final Chapter

I finally have my CPAP machine. Thanks to COVID/DELTA everything moves at a snail’s pace in the medical world. After my final study I was fitted with a surprisingly comfortable “mask” that goes on below my nose. It did not trigger my claustrophobia so that is a plus. It is uber quiet and I getContinue reading “Sleep Study: The Final Chapter”

My Junk, Your Treasure

Have you ever had a garage/yard sale? In the US there are actually groups of people that find treasure hunting at garage sales a hobby or a passion. They love digging through other people’s castaways and finding something unique. Sometimes it is so they can resale and sometimes it is because they are trying toContinue reading “My Junk, Your Treasure”

Married For Twenty Years!

Twenty years ago on September 1, 2001 my husband and I were wed. It is really hard to believe that it has been that long. Yes, we have a 15 year old and a 12 year old but still, 20 years? Wowsers. Wedding anniversaries are times in married people’s lives where they can pause andContinue reading “Married For Twenty Years!”