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Owens Acres has a Facebook Page, and how’s your January?

Bitter orange foliage, blossoms and fruit

Neroli Blossoms and Fruit Image via Wikipedia

YES!  Owens Acres now has a Facebook page.  Head on over and check it out.

How is the winter season treating everyone?  The Solstice has come and gone, so the days are slowly becoming longer, the holidays are over, life has gone back to some sort of  “normal”, and I couldn’t help but do the “air quotes” after I typed that.

January can be a bit of a let down for some after the hustle and bustle of December, for some it can be a relief.  The holidays were something to look forward to, be it wanting them to get here or wanting the madness to end, and there isn’t that festive level of hope going on in January.  A lot of us are dealing with dreary weather, dark days, cold, colds in general.  Spring is still a quite a ways off and other than that hope of Spring, there’s nothing going on.  Well, other than coping with the aches and pains of the cold weather, I personally deal with bone spurs in my neck and sore hands.  Oh, and year round hayfever.  These days it seems like my eyes will not stop watering.

Oh, the thrill of tax season.  How could I forget that?  *rolls eyes*

I have, so far, stayed well.  Vitamin C every night, plenty of tea with hibiscus in it, rest, hand-washing…I’ve not caught the Kennel Cough that goes around work every winter.  I am keeping myself sane with the wonderful scent of Neroli, which I just discovered a few weeks ago.  Its sweet and cheery smelling, and that’s been keeping the spirits uplifted.  I have indulged in Owens Acres Neroli Goddess Butter, Neroli and Myrrh Solid Perfume, and other citrus scented products.  The brighter the essential oil the happier I am.  I went over t Etsy, put Neroli into the search engine and came up with 454 items, if you’re curious.

Bottom line:  take care of yourself.  There’s only one of you, and you’re worth it.

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.    -Frank Herbert

 

 

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***headdesk***

So who is doing what to survive the holidays?

There’s no way around all of the stuff that is throw at us:  the ads, the shopping, families, friends, work, weather, the madness in general.  Working in a customer service oriented job adds to the mayhem (I know this for a fact) because everyone has agendas, schedules, reasons, excuses, you name it to be difficult.  Stress hits nearly everyone.  I haven’t found a way to avoid it, short of crawling under a rock until Spring hits.

I spent nearly all day pulling together my shopping list so I could get my holiday shopping done.  I followed the “Support Indie” mantra, and I am so very grateful the shop owner let me send her an email with my choices instead of checking boxes and going back and fourth from the order page back to the product pages on her website.  No big deal for small orders, but for my big holiday order it takes up quite a bit of time.  So I got that done.

So lo and behold, right after I send my email I check my personal Facebook page and a dear friend of mind posts on my wall that my Christmas present is coming in the mail.  Oooops!  So another email to the shop owner, throwing on one more item for her to ship to my friend directly.  **big hugs to Owens Acres**

The shopping part isn’t that big of a deal for me.  Its everything else.  Schedules, work, traffic, weather…especially weather.  This past week I was lucky to have dry but below freezing temperatures driving to and from work.  I was also lucky this weekend, I didn’t have to work and why do I hear the sanding truck outside on our street?  Oh yeah, it rained and its like 25 degrees out.  Yay.

Work is something else.  Anyone who works any sort of customer service this time of year deserves a healthy dose of extra good karma.  Some people just…wow.  To top it all off, there’s the co-workers as well.  For me, at least, that’s a whole different category of mayhem.

Oh, and of course, trying to not get sick on top of everything else.  My work place is a hotbed of disease.  Colds linger for months as it gets transferred from one person to another.  Last year I was sick for two whole months.  The year before I was diagnosed with asthma, which turned out to be seasonal asthma only.  This year I have been taking my Vitamin C with Rosehips and Echinacea regularly (I know Echiniacea has been given a bad rap, but hey, it works for me) and trying to get enough rest and drinking tea and trying to eat decently.  So far I have been lucky to avoid any sickness, while the people around me have been dropping like flies.

Sometimes I want to simply disengage from everything.  Certain people with their issues and their dispositions and quirks and such are beginning to wear at me.  I wonder if its possible to stay in bed from now until the New Year, give everything and everyone a chance to calm down…

…and I wonder if a pony will fit in my stocking.

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Online Shopping for Vitamins and Sickness

Some rose hips in close-up

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When it comes to ordering things online, I haven’t an ounce of shame.  As long as the shipping is non existent or decent, I will order what I can online.  Cosmetics, bath and body care, you name it.

One of my regular places to shop is http://www.vitacost.com because they have pretty much everything I am looking for

So yesterday I ordered my vitamins from Vitacost.com, as well as extra Vitamin C with Rose Hips as well as Echinacea.  Now, I checked online at Walmart and Rite-Aid and Walgreens (all of which are here in town) to see how much it would cost if I just went into the store and bought them.

My Alive Whole Food Vitamins are between $45-$55 for the exact same amount of pills.  VitaCost (where I’ve always ordered them) is $22

I found Vitamin C with Rose hips, for $11, and its only 100 pills.  I got 500mg, 250 ct bottle of Vit C with Rose Hips for $5.79

Echinacea?  50 ct bottle for 9 bucks.  I got a 1200mg, 180 ct bottle for  $6.95.  Both are the NSI brand, which I have found to be a good brand for herbs and vitamins.

Oh, and not only were the vitamins a good price, there was also free shipping.

Now I know of all the press Echinacea has been getting recently, that it doesn’t work, but for me it works, which is why I am stocking up on it and Vitamin C.  My workplace is a hotbed of disease:  one person that I know of has walking pneumonia, and several others have bronchitis.  The last thing I want is to catch any of this, so I am doing what I can to boost my immune system so I don’t (oh, and I am also taking a probiotic as well) end up with the same illnesses.  I had an upper-respiratory thing a few weeks ago and after spending two days drinking nothing but hot, organic Ceylon tea, I wasn’t sniffling anymore, so of course I am still drinking tea (I read hibiscus helps as well) and disinfecting everything in sight.

I will have the Four Thieves blend in my hot little hands in a few days to use as a germ killer, anyone have success using this?

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Vitamins, Movement, and Tea of the Moment

I discovered one of the first things I could do to feel better was to take a multi-vitamin that made a difference.  I’m not talking about walking into your standard drugstore and picking up some “average” OTC vitamin, I mean a vitamin that makes you feel good.

I searched, of course, and my search didn’t take long.  I came across Natures Way (http://www.naturesway.com/Products/Vitamins/15092-Alive-Multi-Vitamin-No-Iron-Added.aspx) Whole Food Energizer Multi Vitamin.  This product has been amazing because it contains Amino acids, a Garden Veggies blend, an Orchard fruit Blend, a mushroom blend, a blend of digestive enzymes, omega fatty acids, citrus bioflavanoids and a Green Food/Spirulina Blend.  This product is good for someone who wakes up on morning and simply realized they are freaking tired of being tired, yet have no idea where to start with doing something healthy for their body.

This was my concern.  I read articles upon articles about what to do to jump start your health but everything I came across was meant for women who were under 200 lbs.  Hello!  Hefty heffer here,  can I do yoga?  Do I dare?  What about my emotional state…do I want to sweat like a horse in a room of people?  Do I want to waddle down the street with my iPod turned up so loud I can’t hear myself panting like an ox in heat?

Folk, as you can see, there are things we all need to get over.    We need to move, breathe, eat and function and be emotionally all right at the same time.  If I feel like a bloated cow how the hell is that going to motivate me to do anything?

I discovered its one little thing at a time.  I drink my tea, which makes me feel good (tonight I am having a lovely cup of Summer Sunset Tea from Owens Acres.  It contains Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals) I take my Alive Vitamins (these are horse pills, don’t get me wrong, sometimes they are HARD to swallow, but I think they now come in capsules and I know they come in liquid) and I stopped with the fast food.

Exercise?  I am a BIG BIG girl and I stretch for now.  Simple stretches, to get my blood flowing to my muscles.  Next month I am going to my first yoga class (I need the money and the nerve, which is why I am waiting) but right now the simple stretches make me feel really, really good.

Check these out:

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/yoga-for-obese

My initial goal?  To be able to tie my left shoe lace without heaving myself  into some freakish position to do so.

A NOTE ABOUT THE TEA:  I like my tea sweet, so with the Summer Sunset a touch of honey or even Agave Nectar brings out the tang of the hibiscus.  I also let it steep for a long time.  The color is a deep, deep magenta and the taste is divine.  Mmmm.

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