Sounds like you have things well thought out and under control for the CO.
Everybody gets the occasional irregular period. It's not necessarily a sign of impending menopause, although that can happen at all kinds of ages too. My grandmother just stopped cold after my father was born - and she was not quite 32! Probably a blessing for her - she had had seven kids in eleven years. Oh the joys of no effective birth control! I'm on the other end of the scale. I am just about to cross the official line (12 months of no menstruation) but I still get some of the attendant symptoms, so I can tell my body is still attempting to maintain the cycle. It might not be all over for me yet, and I'm 55.
Been a busy week! Aunt Flo left which is always cause for celebration when I get on the scale! Sitting at 191 this morning. Now to get that fat dripping off me again! Trotted around the yard today collecting all my potted plants and setting up the perenials against the South side of the house so I can water them and protect them from the worst of the wind. Also spent about 20 minutes playing on the trampoline with the kids. That always leaves my legs a little jelly-like, and it is fun. We went to the zoo yesterday and did a LOT of walking. Some of that was with DS on my back getting a piggy-back ride. He weighs 50 lbs so I figure that counts for LHT too! It was a free day at the zoo and I had forgotten how many people go!! And some of the people were more amazing than the animals - especially for us country bumpkins! One woman was being an idiot and was hanging her purse down through the wire on the cheetah enclosure (and shaking it around!) to get their attention. Lo and behold, her keys fell out of her purse and landed in the enclosure! One cheetah came over to investigate and when she fussed it looked straight at her and hissed at her!! I was quite thoroughly entertained I admit! Tee hee!
DH has told me that we can buy some leather for me to make mocassins!! Yeah! I also found some information about the plains Indians who used to make rawhide soles to protect their feet from the cactus and sharp stones found out here. That was very intrigueing and I am going to try this. Found some neat tips on a paleo forum. Once I actually get going I will post pictures and we'll see how I go. If I can get this to work I would love to make footwear for my family!! Boy, talk about primal activities! Going to have to get a few tools as well, guess a trip to Tandy leather company is coming up really soon ... kind of exciting I admit. I was reading an article by a native American from the North East who said they used to put on three layers of stockings and their mocassins and never had issues with frost bite. Said he thought it was because their feet were able to flex and move and their circulation was better as a result. Found it interesting - we'll see what my experience is and how that works for me. Will have to plan for layers when I make these mocassins!!
Today, breakfast, two cups of tea with cream, 1 fried egg, 1 apple and handful of pecans. Lunch, 3 breakfast sausages, 2/3 english cucumber and 0.5 oz of cheese. Probably have salmon this evening, not sure what veggies though. Got to go foraging this afternoon for some staples.
Steak and pork chop with raw veggies for dinner, and some very sour kiwi fruit for 'dessert' definitely not ripe yet!
I think I overdid it on my heel yesterday as it is fussing at me today. Part of it was too much walking, and carrying DS, but then DD accidentally kicked me right on the most tender part of my heel at the end of the day! Take your breath away - that kind of pain! Poor kid felt awful - she is so clumsy at the moment. I think she is just growing really fast at the moment and her co-ordination has taken a dive as a result.
DS is going through a stage of being too afraid to be in his room on his own. Sigh, poor kid is just freaked out at the moment. He has been sleeping on the floor in DD's room next to her bed so that he can sleep (and then he isn't in bed with us!) It has been over a week now and he will not go to his room without someone accompanying him. So, today, he and I rearranged his room so that he is directly across from the door and can see out into the hallway and our room. I am hoping that this will help. I have tried everything I can think of and we are just not making any progress at the moment ... trusting that he will be able to overcome these fears eventually. He is afraid that he is going to be kidnapped etc.
I have been having such a blast painting the little river rocks and am enjoying being creative for a change. It doesn't require much room and that is a big part of it for me. I would love to be sewing and a number of other things, but I don't have anywhere to set up and stay set up until I finish a project. Just end up not going through the whole effort of setting up a table and my sewing machine only to have to take it all back down a couple of hours later. What I wouldn't give to have a room dedicated to school and office and crafts. Instead we have DH's office (works from home) my office (school etc) and the kid's desks all squeezed into a corner of our living room. Gets pretty tight - oh, and DH's electronic drums too!! Amazing how much we have crammed into this little space ;) Still way better than our previous rental - that was a 2 bed 1 bath with no room for school etc. I am actually tempted to set up in DS's room since he is so freaked about it and just use the space. Want to make a bunch of heating pads for the craft fair. Mmmm, that sounds like a nice idea :) If I am sitting in there maybe it will make the space seem friendlier too.... kill two birds with one stone.
DH is really busy suddenly with work - fantastic for us! Just a wonderful feeling to be able to pay bills without having palpitations and be able to buy groceries without having a panic attack about whether I can pay for it. It has been so long that we have been on short rations that I am in shock to be out of that place. There were times that we really wondered what was going to happen. Felt as though we were going to crash and burn for sure ... somehow God pulled us through and kept us sane in the midst of it all too. Feels like there is hope for the first time in a very long time. Novel sensation.
Oh, I am so happy for you! I remember what that was like.
Do you know what triggered DS's fears? Was it news reports? How old is he?
Judg, he is 6 going on 7. We don't have TV so there wasn't anything like that to trigger it. Both of our kids have very vivid imaginations and DD went through a long time of nightmares etc. Not this extreme though...
Ah, night terrors. My husband had those as a child, and one of our sons did too. They were really bad.
Do you think going over the story of Joseph in Genesis could help? He was kidnapped, but God watched over him.
Right in conjunction with your funny zoo story is a tragic one in the news right now, about a mother who held her child up over the fence so he could get a better view of the wild dogs at the zoo. Fell in, and was killed by the animals. WHY can't people think!?! Those fences are there for a REASON!
So glad the money is flowing for you. Those lean times are no fun. Especially when it comes to food. I hate cutting back on food.
That was a good idea about switching his furniture so he can see into the hall. Hope it helps.
Horrific story Sabine!! I can't imagine being that mom!!! Such sad stupidity ...
DS is going in and out of his room more, and I have been busy sewing in there and he is happy with me there. Bedtime I left it up to him and he shot into DD's room. Just going to keep it real low key and try to make his room a more social place. I even thought about switching the two kids around - but I think the real thing is whether there is someone with him or not. How long did it take for your son to outgrow his night terror's Judg? Glad to hear that there are others with the same issue (not that I want others to have the same issue!)
Night terrors are extremely vivid nightmares. I can't remember how long it took, a couple of years or so, I think. DH still gets nightmares that have him twitching and calling out sometimes, but not as bad as when he was a child. We couldn't even wake DS up when he was in the middle of one of those dreams. He would still be dreaming, even with his eyes open. It was very stressful. I think in the case of your son (which it sounds like you are handling very well) it will be important to feed his imagination with more positive messages. Even a lot of the old fairy tales involve children facing horrific situations and overcoming them. Just think of Hansel and Gretel, for instance. Check through the books you've got and see if there are any that qualify and be on the look-out for others along that line. And some of the Biblical stories could be helpful too: Moses in the bulrushes, Jesus being left behind in Jerusalem, probably a few others.
There was a case a year or two ago in BC of a little boy who was kidnapped right out of his own bedroom. By a known pedophile. I felt an unusual push to pray for them, as I'm sure did many others. The boy was returned to his home several days later, completely unharmed. Talk about Daniel in the lion's den. It might not be wise to tell him that story at this point, but at the right time, it could reassure him that even if the worst happens, God can still protect him.
I can't imagine being that mother either. Whenever I read stories of a child dying because of a parent's stupidity, I wonder how they manage to live with themselves afterwards. My worst nightmares to this day are dreams in which something terrible happens to one of my kids or grandchildren because of my own neglect or inattention. Oy.
I had very vivid nightmares as a kid - for years I had the same ones over and over and they seemed so real. Bedtime was always traumatic for me and I often would get myself turned around in the bed (pre-duvet days) and then wake up with my head trapped at the foot of the bed totally disoriented and screaming in terror! I had kind of 'forgotten' about those days ... and DH has very vivid dreams too - he'll be kicking around and flailing away in the middle of the night. Guess DS comes by it honestly ...
I liked your thought of reading him stories like Joseph. He has a picture Bible that he just LOVES so we read part of the story of Joseph this evening. I am very careful of what the kids watch or read as the stories often just become fuel for the fears. Our kids are very protected and while some think we are weird because of it, I value a good nights sleep far more than pretending certain movies are ok for the kids to watch when I know they will generate nightmares. DS has always been extremely difficult to wake up in the middle of his dreams - he seems awake, but is still crying and thrashing around and in the midst of his dream. In fact I find it is better to just hold him and sing quietly over him and let him just finish the dream off without waking him up. Otherwise it is ages before I can settle him down again and get him rational enough to just lie down. Thank you so much for the encouragement Judg. I remember the story of that kid that was kidnapped!! And whenever DS is particularly freaked out I feel somewhat creeped out and will pray for protection over both of the kids. Yup, my worst nightmares are where I have done something stupid or forgotten to look after the kids and then something happens to them.
Today was marginally better from the eating point of view. I still snacked too much on nuts - raw pecans are my downfall at the moment! Fortunately the chocolate is all eaten now so I can go by that cupboard and not come up with anything to eat. I had found two organic freerange chickens for half price at the grocery store a couple days ago. Roasted them both last night as they were needing to be cooked right away. Was quite pleased with the foraging :) So today we had chicken for lunch and dinner. Very primal I guess ;) Lots of raw veggies too. Left it too late to have the CO with cocoa today (or I won't sleep all night!) I have been finding that it is not affecting me nearly as much as it was. I guess I can up the amount again. Taking about 2/3 teaspoon at the moment.
A friend is having a terrible time with her Rheumatoid Arthritis - I took the liberty of messaging her and offering to share some things that I feel have helped me, and others, with auto-immune issues. I hope that the fact that I too suffer from an auto-immune condition will help her to hear about the primal lifestyle. Tried to keep it real low key - I know what it is like to get everybody under the sun coming to give you advice and their choicest pieces of CW that have all been tried and thrown out because they don't work. We'll see how she responds - if at all.
I have another dear friend back in the Carolina's who is eating paleo/ primal and has lost 60+ lbs since March I think? I am so proud of her! She just found out that her thyroid is totally out of whack and hopefully this is going to help her feel better. I sometimes wonder if there could be something going on with my thyroid ... but there is no way we could afford any tests at the moment. Not going to worry about it - just do my best to get on track with my eating and exercise and trust that if I need to get tests done that we will be able to afford it down the line.
Feeling really tired tonight ... couldn't get to sleep last night. Some nights I will almost be asleep and then I jerk awake and it takes me ages after that to get back to sleep. It is as if I have a shot of adrenalin and then my heart is pounding away - most annoying. DH wanted to watch a movie tonight - one of our all time favourites (Waking Ned Devine) but I think I need sleep more.