September 20th – Advice Column

While I am sharing random ‘pieces of my mind’ this is probably as good a time as ever to share some practical advice I have picked up along the way.

I was chatting with fellow blogger John and I mentioned that French onion soup is good for flushing out kidney stones. (I have been making/eating it regularly since 2012 and haven’t had a kidney stone problem since 2012, Yay!) Since this home remedy was news to him, I thought I would share a few more of my home health tips.

  • While I swear by onion soup for kidney stones, my brother-in-law’s goto is a glass of Coke a day. That stuff dissolves anything so there is some logic to this – and it works for him. 🤷
  • Popsicles or Freezies for a mild fever. I have used ice cream in a pinch. (NB: If you have grandkids, they may develop a chronic cough when they visit – especially if your goto is their favourite ice cream bar)
  • Ginger ale for a tummy upset
  • Cake with icing for constipation. Just the icing works. I had granddaughter Maddy try it one time and she pooped every time she had cake for the next three years. 😂
  • Yogurt for a sore throat – My doctor actually recommended that for my son Mark when he was having recurring throat infections and it worked!
  • Milkshakes for weight gain. It worked – but not for my son. He wouldn’t touch them. After trying a dozen different flavours, I had to give up. My husband was gaining too much weight drinking the milkshakes my son wouldn’t touch.
  • 1/4 tsp of ginger in turkey stuffing to prevent flatulence. My grandmother-in-law taught me this one. I don’t know why turkey stuffing would make one flatulent but I do my part to prevent it. 💨
  • Lemon and baking soda to soften foot callouses – DO NOT DRINK. I pour about 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a basin of warm water. My husband soaks his feet for five minutes and adds about 1/2 cup of baking soda and soaks his feet for another ten minutes. I dry his feet and massage with lotion. He has to wear socks for the rest of the evening but it works like a darn. (We only use the lemon and baking soda every third night – in between we use Dr. Teals Epson salts or CBD bath salts). His callouses were horrid and a few months in, they are virtually gone
  • And last but not least! Pumpkin for doggy diarrhea – I add a tablespoon to Kat’s kibble once a day and it straightens her out in no time!

Note!!! Obviously, I am not a medical professional and would only suggest any home remedy to cure or prevent mild health upsets! For any serious health issue or concern for myself, my family, or my pet – we see our family doctor (or vet). I am also totally PRO vaccine (all vaccines) – for people and pets alike!

That is it for home health tips for today. If you have any that you use, I would love to hear about them in the comment section!

Bonus advice: Prepare for a cold winter! The more black vs less brown fur on this little guy suggests it will be a bad one. Of course if you live in Saskatchewan, you should always be prepared for a cold winter. 🙄

Take care and have a great rest of the day. 💞

August 31st – Celebrating Gratitite

It is the last day of August and thus the last day of my tribute to Gratitude.   This has been a great month for me!   I have enjoyed writing each and every post.   I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated each and every  visit, like, and comment received.    I love this sense of community that is WordPress! 💞

For this final chapter on Gratitude, I will once again turn to quotes from the wise!  My appreciation to them for putting into words what I truly believe.

Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you do not have, you will never have enough.

    – Oprah Winfrey

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.

  – Kirsten Armstrong

Gratitude opens the door to …the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the UniverseYou open the door through gratitude.

   – Deepak Chopra

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilling life.

   – Jack Canfield

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.

   – Charles Dickens

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

  – Randy Pausch

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies…those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

  – John Milton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

   – Gilbert Chesterton

I hope you have enjoyed your visits to my blog this month, as I have enjoyed sharing it!

Tomorrow a new month begins and with the new month I will be kicking off a new theme. I am going to be going in a totally different direction. We will have to see how that goes. 😂

Have a great day! Take care and I hope to see you tomorrow. 💞

August 6th – Grateful for a Guru 💞

I made it to, and through, my dentist appointment. I am grateful that is over! It was a long one as it was the first appointment for getting a crown.

I was getting ready to go to my appointment yesterday. It was one of those days when the smoke from northern forest fires was really bad. This concerned me as I worry about having respiratory issues in the middle of a dental procedure. Inhaling wood smoke was not something I wanted to be doing on my way to the dentist.

I was driving to the dentist, through woodsmoke, and I saw a train passing at the end of our street. My preferred route is via Elphinstone but avoiding it to miss the train was not a big deal. I took Avonhurst to Albert and the same train was crossing Albert, blocking traffic. I was starting to wonder if I would make my appointment on time. The train moved and I was off – until I hit a construction detour. There were fifty cars in a ten block radius and they were all jammed up at the intersection where I needed to turn. By then, I was wondering if I would make it to my appointment at all. 😳

I made it to my dentist’s office, with moments to spare. I turned in and – ta da!! A UPS van flew around the corner of the building and darn near took me out. 😱

With a collision avoided, I parked and headed inside. Dr. Bryden and his assistant were ready for me. I did really well throughout the procedure until we got to the making of the permanent crown template. My mouth was filled with expanding foam and I was told to relax and wait for FIVE minutes without moving my mouth. I can’t cough, I can’t sneeze, I can’t breathe. I was not relaxed! 🙄

I decided I that could do this. I remembered a You Tube video I had watched a couple of days ago. It wasn’t a meditation. It was a spiritual guru giving a talk. He was talking about having maximum power to manifest whatever it is that you want or need in your life. He spoke of focusing your mind, your body, your emotions, and your energy to create one desired result.

I decided to manifest myself some serious peace and calm. I thought peaceful, calming thoughts. I relaxed my body – head to toe. I felt peaceful and calm. I allowed that peaceful, calm feeling to expand around me and to envelop my dentist and his assistant.

It was an amazing experience. I felt so peaceful and calm. The five minutes were over and the appointment was completed, stress free.

I drove home by a different route than the one I had taken to get to my appointment. It was a bit longer, but peaceful, calm, and incident free. I arrived home feeling good. I felt good for the rest of the day and my day was followed by a good night’s sleep.

I am so grateful for the spiritual guru who posted his video to You Tube. I wonder if he knows how much his wisdom and insight helps others? I doubt that he is someone who ‘needs’ validation but I hope he knows that he is appreciated.

Time to get on with my day. I wish I could share that You Tube video with you but I cannot find it today, for some strange reason. When and if, I do come across it again, I will share it in another post.

I hope all is well with you and that you are having a really good day. Take care and see you tomorrow💞

The struggle ends, when gratitude begins.

– Neil Donald Walsch

July 15th – Magical Trees

I don’t know how anyone could look at a tree and not believe in magic. I love trees. 💞. The beauty, the strength, the ability to produce the oxygen we need to survive. Trees are the epitome of magical.

Genie & Rory in a simpler time – hanging out in the trees of Wascana Park.
Where could you hide a giant elephant in downtown Regina? In a tree. 😉

Have a magical rest of the day! See you tomorrow💞

July 6th – Magical Words

Once again, I turn to the Masters of wisdom to express what I am trying to say. 💞

“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. ” – Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe
“When you look at life through eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.” – Jennifer Gayle
“Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can’t weave together a spell that you do not believe in.” – Jim Butcher
“The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.” – Charles de Lindt
“There is a kind of magic about going far away and then coming back all changed.” – Kate Douglas Wiggins
“When you are touched by magic, nothing is ever quite the same again. What makes me really sad is all those people who have never had the chance to know that touch.” – Charles de Lint

It is time to get going and find myself some magical moments. I hope you find yours today. 🧚


When I sat down to meditate this morning, I ran across a meditation by Brian Scott ‘The Divine Wisdom of Rumi’.

I have always been fascinated by those unique individuals who prove their brilliance by simply stating the obvious truths of life. Rumi, a Persian poet who lived in the thirteenth century, was one such individual. His wisdom is so timeless and genuine that it is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

The following Rumi quotes particularly spoke to me this morning:

“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“It’s your road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

“If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.”

“One of the marvels of the world: The sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in its hand.”

“A candle never loses any of its light while lighting up another candle.”

Take care & stay safe. 💞