So Sorry!

I admit, I’ve been quite absent lately. Blogging has not been a priority for me these past few weeks.

I promise I haven’t forgotten and I will get back to it soon. Life happens, and it has been happening like crazy lately!

See you all soon,

Kilee

Pressing On

It’s hard to reconcile. I won’t lie. It’s tough. Definitely one of those things you really have to want more than anything. People like to call it “starting over” but it isn’t. You already have a history. It doesn’t magically go away just because you decide you want to change things and save your relationship.  eberhard-grossgasteiger-337676-unsplash

Starting over really means you have to learn to know each other again, while working through all of the hurt and damage that’s been done. You can’t just forget it and move on. It also needs to be dealt with.

Reconciliation means you are committed enough and love that person enough to rip open all of the wounds, and let them bleed while you work on healing them together. It can’t be done alone, and it can’t be put behind you and left to fester and infect your future.

You work on healing while you work on learning who this person really is you married. Finding the things that you loved enough to marry them for in the first place. Remembering why. That’s not easy to do when you know this person intimately already. It is hard to put aside what you think you already know, and to look at them as a new person you have never met before, yet you love them and are committed to them.

It is a tough road, but I think it is one that is so worth walking, if you know at the end of it there will be a man or woman you love, and a renewed relationship waiting for you. Don’t give up. It’s not easy, but the rewards are worth more than gold.

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Getting Closer

Well, unfortunately I did not get done with this today as I had hoped. In the process of changing hosts there was some serious miscommunication on what was to happen. Instead of just moving and mapping, we moved and they DELETED. So what should have only taken a short while ended up still not being done.

Everything is a mess. My photos are gone. Heck, my entire theme disappeared! Thankfully the amazing people here at WordPress were able to salvage some of it, and I am just redoing the rest. So now I have two sites that are under construction and I’m hoping for some very patient people out there waiting for me to get done?

I’ve been at it all day though, and this lady is tired. I’m taking a breather, taking the night off, and will be back at it bright and early in the morning!

Thank you ALL for your patience!

Kilee

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I’m Just Tired, That’s All

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I just want to sleep.

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Insomnia

Oh insomnia, how I do not love you. My body aches. My head aches. I’m so tired but sleep is no where around. I hate nights like these. Your own body betrays you. It keeps you right at the edge, but denies you the last step that takes you into dreamland.

You think a lot with insomnia. Usually not good things. Your brain is working at .07% but even that is too much at this time of night. Often, I’m so tired that I don’t think really think of anything other than how tired I am. Other nights my mind runs a thousand miles an hour in a million different directions.

Surely I’m not alone?

One of the thoughts I often have is how many other people are awake now, feeling the same as I do? I feel alone, yet I know I am only one of more than I care to know that suffer from the same problem. Us insomniacs have our own brotherhood, yet none of us know anything about it.

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Restless resting and deep thoughts.

There might even be a site for that. Insomniacs R Us. Middle of the night conversations that make absolutely no sense at all because we are sleep deprived and have no idea what we are saying. At least it would be entertaining!

I have had insomnia since I was in high school. I am not as bad as I was, but I will still go a few days without sleeping before my body just literally gives in and can’t take it anymore. Thankfully that isn’t often.

It’s what day again?

When I am at my worst, I will completely lose track of days. Just a vague memory of them. I know they happened, but any clear thoughts or moments are gone. I get confused on what day it is because I forget the ones I lost.

I’ve tried sleep aids. No, they don’t work, and I’ve tried everything. Natural products, prescribed medication, whiskey, wine…(Ok so maybe those were more for me than for the sleep. They still didn’t help though.)

I hate how I will go through the day tomorrow (today) in a fog, sleep drunk. Last night was the start so I only slept about 3 1/2 hours. I perhaps ought to apologize now for anything silly I most likely will do. Just don’t judge me! 🙂

And In The End

So I will settle down with my thoughts and read, or write, or color, or something, and pray that I am given some mercy and find myself drifting off to sleep soon! You never know, my next site COULD end up being Insomniacs R Us if I don’t find some rest!

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Calm

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Pain Relief the Natural Way…?

Let’s Have Some Tea, Shall We?

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the product called “Kombucha Tea,” but I have been well acquainted with it for years. My mom has been making and drinking  Kombucha Tea every day since her friend gave her the starter ‘mushroom’ in 1989. She is still using the starts from that original ‘mushroom’ today.

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What Is It Really?

I’m sure you have noticed I am not giving the term ‘mushroom’ its due. The reason is because in this case what looks like a mushroom, acts like a mushroom and tastes like a mushroom actually is NOT a mushroom at all! In reality it is a colony of bacteria and yeast made by adding sugar and black tea to the colony and allowing it to ferment. It will grow to look like the shape of the container you use. Consequently, since most people use round bowls and pitchers, it grows round, therefore looking like a mushroom. Mystery solved!

Does It Work?

That is really a tough question to answer. Me personally, I say a strong yes, it does, if you can take it. Like any food, it can cause allergic reactions in some people. I’ve watched my mom take her Kombucha Tea for almost 37 years. Yes, that beautiful woman in the photo with me on my home page is in her 70’s. I fully believe she is a walking example of the health benefits due to drinking that tea.

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That being said, the “professionals” AKA doctors and such, aren’t so sure about that. Since there really hasn’t been any scientific studies done on the long-term effects of the tea on any type of control group, they are not so quick to accept the claims. They will admit that the tea may offer benefits like probiotic supplements, but that is all they are willing to say. As with any natural product, it is especially important to realize it is unknown how it will affect you until you try it. My mother is fine, yet my first cousin tried it and had a bad allergic reaction. So there you go.
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What’s The Answer?

I think that as with any new product you try, BE CAREFUL. Be smart. Follow the directions exactly and see how it affects you. There are a lot of options for taking the Kombucha Tea out there, and I have included a couple of links below of starter kits if anyone has an interest in giving it a try. If you do, let us know what you find out.

As for me, I am taking the plunge. I have decided to start making and drinking it to see if there is a chance it will ease any of my pain, which is what one of the many claims for this product is. Now that’s a laundry list right there. Here are a few:

  • Eliminates wrinkles and liver spots
  • Helps with muscular pain (yay me!)
  • Helps with kidney problems
  • Cleanses the gall bladder, helps colitis (yay me!) and settles stomachs
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Stops infectious diarrhea
  • It helps to burn fat
  • Helps insomnia (again yay me!)
  • Aids with digestion
  • And last but not least, it claims to help thicken hair, avoid balding and eliminate gray hair. How can you go wrong with that?!

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The Obvious Reminder

Keep in mind these are CLAIMS, not proven facts. All I know is what I’ve seen in my mom, and let me tell you, she looks amazing! So I am willing to give it a try. I’ll post about my progress as the weeks go by and see if it really does do any of those things for me.

Again, the links I provided are for reference only. I don’t know the sellers or the product they are offering other than they are the starter kits. Do your research, think it through and make your own decision. If it is something you want to try, go for it. After all, it could be that miracle pain relief we have all been praying for! Winning!

Good luck!

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**Some of the information above is from Mayo Clinic and the online article in their Consumer Health section under Healthy Lifestyle. It was written by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. and here is the link to that article.

Click Here To Read The Mayo Clinic Article