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Self-Care, Dog Training, and Star Trek

Your mission if you decide to accept it is to use the word, “mission,” in today’s Just Jot it January post. Thanks to Fandango for the prompt and to our host, Linda Hill for #JusJoJan. To learn more, click HERE.

I wrote a mission statement about 15 years ago. It had something to do with nature, animals, spirituality, and combining my Christian beliefs with my love for creation. I’ve done some of that over the years and hope to do more.

Having a mission is serious. I’m not sure if I want to be that serious right now. My ear is giving me twinges, like tiny shock waves every now and then, and my doctor is closed because it might sleet later. But they were kind enough to call me back and give me an appointment for Monday.

An ice storm is in the forecast here on the Carolina Coast, so many places are closed, including the rescue mission thrift store where David works. He came out of retirement to return to the director position when it became vacant. He says he likes it. As long as he likes it, that’s okay.

Today, my mission is to take care of my health. I’ve also been doing are working with our new dog Marley on leave it, drop it, get it, sit stay, down stay, and walking on a leash without pulling so much. He does well as long as he doesn’t see a squirrel. Squirrels put him into hyperdrive. Marley and Mama Cat still only know each other by sound and smell. I took him out on the catio earlier to smell around as suggested by the trainer. He was very excited, but I was able to get him to lie down stay for several seconds. The training treats help. Training Marley is sort of a mini mission. Home improvement projects, like the catio, are mini missions.

My neighbor is on a mission to save our downtown library. The county wants to shrink it, combine it with a reduced local museum, and add offices and condos to the already congested historic downtown area. The neighbor who is fighting this plan is in her 80s and has a lot of smarts and energy. I’ve helped out some but wouldn’t even try to keep up with her. Same thing with my husband David. Taking care of myself means not trying to keep up with high energy extroverts. I’ll keep working on my mini missions, reading, blogging, painting, volunteering at the farm animal sanctuary, and watching Star Trek. That’s plenty!

When the first episode of Star Trek Next Generation came out and I heard Patrick Stewart say the mission statement as “….to boldly go where no one has gone before,” instead of “no man,” I cheered out loud.


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#JusJoJan: Chocolate is a Vegetable

Don’t know where this came from. Thanks to whomever.

Dark chocolate is my favorite. 70% at least. I don’t even bother with regular milk chocolate. Not worth the calories or the sugar if I can barely taste the chocolate. Plus I don’t want to waste my 5% off being 95% vegan for regular old milk chocolate. Vegan chocolate is available sometimes. But there is some wiggle room in that 5%. Am I a chocolate snob? Maybe. To each her own. They say dark chocolate is good for you which makes sense since it’s a vegetable.

Hot chocolate in the mountains.
I miss the snow.

Thanks to Ritu for today’s prompt and to our host, Linda Hill for keeping us going with Just Jot it January!

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Physical Therapy Rocks into the River of Dreams

Our prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “In the.” Start your post with the words “In the” – that’s the prompt! Enjoy!

For more info on #SoCS and #JusJoJan, visit our host: Linda Hill by clicking HERE!

In the beginning, I thought of a couple of song titles like ‘In the Middle of the Night,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” and “In the Year 2525.” The latter is a somewhat depressing song, but I liked it when it came out in the early 70s maybe? I have to check…… Well, I was close. It was 1969. My first car was a ’69 Doge Dart. It was used of course. That car took a lot of neglect from me, but it was still running when I sold it a few years later. A lot of crazy stuff happened in that car. I should change the subject, now, quickly, before I reveal too much.

I want to make sure I share about my physical therapy for mild vertigo. But I also want to make sure I thank Maggie, who blogs at From Cave Walls, for encouraging me to get to a physical therapist soon. My dizziness was relatively mild, but she encouraged me to nip it in the bud.

What I learned was fascinating. I might use that word too much, but I like it and so does Mr. Spock. Where was I?

I did not have the common crystals run amuck in my ears. The problem was with my vestibular nerve. Maybe there was a virus or something that triggered the dizziness. But I’ve always been “motion sensitive” getting motion sickness since childhood. The PT exercises I learned over four sessions involved a lot of head turning. But first there was the test where you read an eye chart while the physical therapist shakes your head back and forth. When I first went in, I failed that test miserably. (The therapist did not say this of course.) Most people can read 2 to 3 fewer lines on the eye chart while their head is turning compared to when it is not. I had a difference of 8 or something. I could barely read the second line with my glasses on! After the fourth PT session, which is what Medicare would pay for, the re-evaluation test revealed that I had a difference of only one line! I did almost as well with her turning my head as with my head stationary! I was ecstatic! I asked her, “Were you turning my head just as fast?” She assured me that the head turning part was the same. I hadn’t done all my PT exercises every day, but I did some of them on most days, and it paid off! The dizziness is rare now, and much less noticeable. Doing the exercises on my own occasionally should keep the dizzies away or at least under control. They might even help with motion sickness, but I’m not taking any chances if I go on a boat or plane.

Good thing I stepped out of the stream for a minute to look up the song, “In the Middle of the Night.” Good ol’ YouTube showed me that it’s really titled, “River of Dreams.” All these years, I liked that line, “in the middle of the night,” and didn’t really know what the song was about except that I liked the sound of it. Turns out, it’s a good song, and very fitting for the stream of consciousness.

Below: one of my pieces of physical therapy equipment and goats at the sanctuary.

Remember to visit Linda’s post at the link above for more info and streams of consciousness!


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Good News Tuesday for December 28, 2021: HIV Prevention, Green Infrastructure Reduces Flooding, Cancer Treatment, Good News from Long Ago, and Mystery Santa Caught on Camera

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Injectable HIV Prevention

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first-ever long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention. The injection is given every two months which will help high-risk individuals more than the daily pill that has been available. Good Morning America has details.

Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flooding in New Orleans

Three large-scale, anti-flooding projects are underway in New Orleans, Louisiana. All are community-driven green infrastructure projects facilitated by the non-profit, Water Wise Gulf South. Green infrastructure uses a variety of nature-based methods to capture rain where it falls to mitigate flooding. Click here to learn more.

Experimental Treatment puts 18 Cancer Patients in Complete Remission

Doctors in Spain have been able to reprogram white blood cells to better identify and attack cancerous cells. As a result, 18 of 30 patients “with incurable blood cancer are in complete remission, and a few more have seen the cancer’s progression stopped…” The Good News Network has details.

Good News from Long Ago

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’

Luke 2: 10-11

Mysterious Secret Santas Caught on Camera

Folks in Coventry, England recently found candy canes on their cars. A security camera caught a mysterious secret Santa and helpers delivering the treats overnight. I found this story on the Good News Newtwork, and the video on Youtube:

May your new year be filled with good moments and good news!

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 21, 2021: Home for the Holidays, Biodegradable Batteries, Student with Perfect Score Helps Others, and Henry the Hero Dog

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Home for the Holidays

After 100 days in the hospital fighting covid complications, Autumn Carter is home for the holidays. Autumn caught covid while pregnant with her third child who was healthy. She had no pre-existing conditions and had been advised previously not to get vaccinated. Her husband Zach spent most of the 100 days by her side at the hospital while grandparents took care of the three children. Autumn went home on December 1st. Here are details and family photos from Good Morning America.

Biodegradable Batteries

Scientists at a Singapore University have developed durable zinc batteries made of electrodes printed on cellulose paper. After use, the batteries reportedly biodegrade in soil within one month. Learn more about this remarkable invention at the Good News Network.

Student with Perfect ACT Score Works to Level the Playing Field

High School senior Dia Chawla, who goes to a private school in Mississippi, got a perfect score on her ACT test. But Dia believes the standardized test used for US college admissions is a test of preparation, not intelligence. She’s created the ACT Diversity Preparation Club where she helps minority students prepare for the test. Good Morning America has more about this extraordinary young woman and her work.

Henry the Hero Dog Saved Baby’s Life

A Boston Terrier knew his 9-month-old baby “sister” needed help, so he insisted on going into her room and waking her up to alert Mom and Dad. Here’s the story:

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May your holidays be holy, safe, and filled with many joyful moments!

(from one of my favorite Christmas cards)


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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 14, 2021: Antiviral Pill Appears Effective Against Variant, Hope in Treating ALS and Other Autoimmune Diseases, Studying Underground Networks, and An Osprey Rescue

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Pfizer Reports Antiviral Pill Appears Effective Against Omicron Variant

Pfizer reports its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. In a 2,250-person study the antiviral drug “reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89% among high-risk adults when taken shortly after initial COVID-19 symptoms.” Here’s more from ABC News.

 New Hope in Treating ALS and other Autoimmune Diseases

A hospital in Houston, Texas is designing a new treatment for ALS that involves retraining T-regulatory cells, or “Tregs,” to halt the progression of autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Vast Underground Networks to be Mapped

SPUN, or the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks is working to increase our understanding of the vast underground of fungal networks crucial to the health of planet Earth. The organization of scientists from Europe, Canada, and the US will be taking samples from “10,000 hotspots of fungal diversity” around the world. The Good News Network has more about the plan and this fascinating area of study.

Osprey Rescue and Release

When a woman saw an osprey struggling on the beach, she rescued the bird and took her to the vet. Here’s what happened:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 30, 2021: Scout to the Rescue, Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer, Bees Survive Volcanic Ash, and the Accidental Text that Led to a Thanksgiving Tradition

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Boy Scout Rescues Couple and Dog Lost on the Trail

David King, a 12-year-old boy scout in Hawaii, was working to earn his hiking merit badge, when he and his mom discovered a couple and their dog lost on the trail. It was late in the day, the couple had run out of water, their cell phones weren’t working, and their large dog Smokey couldn’t walk, because his feet had been cut by the trail. Read about how scout David made a stretcher with T shirts for Smokey and helped the couple find their way in this article from CNN.

Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

After battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, Robyn Hobson is cancer free. It’s been a rough road, and she still has an uphill climb. Robyn had surgery to remove part of her pancreas, her spleen and gallbladder, along with part of her stomach and appendix. “I just think it is a miracle that I am alive,” says Robyn. I hope you’ll watch the video in this story from Spectrum News.

Thousands of Bees Survive 50 Days Under Volcanic Ash

Five hives of bees survived being buried under volcanic ash for 50 days in the Canary Islands. Thankfully, the beekeepers had not collected the honey that kept the bees alive. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Welcoming Thanksgiving Tradition Continues into 6th Year

It all started six years ago when Wanda, thinking she was texting her grandson, accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal who was 17 and a stranger. See how this mistake extended family circles and became an ongoing tradition.

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One-Liner Wednesday: Has Gratitude Ever Kept You Awake at Night?

“Has gratitude ever kept you awake at night?”

Reverend Patti Mary asked this question in her sermon on Sunday. I thought she was quoting Curtis Almquist since she had referred to his book The Twelve Days of Christmas, Unwrapping the Gifts. The question, “Has gratitude ever kept you awake at night?” was not in his chapter on gratitude, so maybe it was from Almquist, or maybe it was from Patti Mary.

My answer is, gratitude has not kept me awake for long, so I need to count my blessings when worries and questions are doing summersaults in my heat at 2AM.

What I did find in the chapter on gratitude, was Almquist quoting Rilke:

“I would like to beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to live the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms of books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live therm. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Oh, I’ve noticed it living into the answer, I just need to remember to trust the timing.

Live the questions, but don’t let them keep you awake at night.

One Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda Hill who is a blessing. For more one-liners visit Linda’s post here.


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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 26, 2021: Egyptian Sister Band, a Cancer Fighting Fungus, and Dads on Duty

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Egyptian Sister Band Sings Out for Women’s Rights and Safety

 In Egypt, the feminist duo – ElBouma, or “The Owl” in Arabic – is singing out against abuses faced by women and girls. The sisters sing about child marriage, sexism, patriarchy, and gender-based violence, “with harmful practices such as FGM still common in remote parts of Egypt.” So far, they have received very little public criticism. I found this story in my Goodnewsletter.

A Himalayan Fungus Helps Fight Cancer

An Oxford University Study has found Cordycepin, a naturally-occurring nucleoside analogue in fungus, to be helpful in fighting cancer. The company NuCana has been using a novel technology to streamline delivery and dosage for better effectiveness. Read how science and nature work together in this article from The Good News Network.

Dads on Duty

I saw this last week at the end of nightly CBS news and knew it had to come to GNT. Watch how dads have organized to stop violence at a Louisiana high school.

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SoCS: Thanking All Body Parts

Here’s our most excellent prompt from our most excellent SoCS host, Linda Hill:

….“body parts.” Pick a body part and talk about it. 

I can tell you right now, I can’t pick just one. But I can say thank you to all my body parts:

Thank you to my gut for telling me when I’m stressed and need to run away or play, or just rest.

Thank you to my heart for being strong and steady.

Thank you to my feet. I know now you have bone spurs in the heels. I am trying to take good care of you. I hope you like the TLC cushiony shoes. I will not walk long distances on pavement or go barefoot any more. I’m grateful the plantar fascitis is finally getting better.

Thank you to my legs for letting me know I need more magnesium and not aching so much at night since. And water probably helps.

Water. Thank you water. I know my body needs more water, more often. Thank you, body for letting me know by getting tired.

Thank you to my hips, flat and wide as you are, you have made room for babies and make my waist look smaller, even though it seems to be getting bigger. Oh well.

Thank you to my back. I know I complain about you, but you’ve had a lot of work to do over these 60 something years, and you let me know when you really need to stretch out and decompress.

Thank you for my neck and shoulders, what a work out you’ve had. Holding up so much weight. I hope you like the stretches, too.

I can’t forget the breasts. Such a mixed relationship we have. Yes, gravity has taken its toll on you ladies, but you have served me well and fed two babies. Thank you.

Thank you for my lips. I know you seem to be disappearing, but we have had many nice kisses over the years and you still know how to sing and speak well when the brain cooperates. Thank you to my throat and vocal chords and the fun with songs.

Thank you to my cheekbones, known as one of my best features.

Thank you to my freckles. I know I didn’t like you when I was young, but now I know they are angel kisses.

Thank you to my skin. I’m sorry I have abused you in the sun for so long. Thank you for teaching me acceptance with all these lines and wrinkles.

Thank you to my soft, hazel eyes that came from my mother. You’ve taught me acceptance, too. Aren’t you glad I don’t use mascara any more? Thank you for teaching me to see the beauty all around us.

Thank you to my nose and ears giving me delightful smells and sounds to enjoy, or warnings when needed.

Thank you to my hair which still has some red in it. Thinner, but still long and wavy.

Thank you to my old bones, thinner too, but still strong. I’m doing better at taking care of you. Thank you for supporting me still.

Thank you to all my body parts I haven’t mentioned, like the private ones. You ….. What can I say…. Thank you for warning me, or trying to, during the stressful relationships of the past that were not right for me. You knew all along. Thank you for letting my babies out and for holding things together all these years.

Thank you to my lungs. I’m sorry for what I did to you in my twenties. Thank you for still helping me breathe well. You like the yoga right? I know, deep breaths beyond yoga.

Thank you to my brain. I know I need to work to keep you in shape, but you still got it when it matters most. Thank you for being flexible and open minded, but helping me along the way.

Oh, how could I forget! Thank you to my hands and arms. You have worked so hard and rebelled during the hardest years, but you healed enough to be able to keep on expressing my thoughts here on this computer. I know you have hated it at times, but it’s better now. Thank you! I’ll try to take it easy on the yard work, pace myself, and wear gloves! What’s that? Okay, I’ll give you more lotion.

Freckles, wrinkles, and all.
Resting body parts

The pokeweed rash is get better thanks to an updated prednisone Rx. Since my plantar fascitis is finally almost gone, I’ve been able to walk more. Here are some places we’ve walked lately:

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