Failed 4 out of 5

5 tips for a better night’s sleep. 

Sleep is a critical part of managing stress and making healthy choices. Get a restful night’s sleep with these tips.

Sleep is a remarkably productive and critical part of life; it’s the time when the brain and body recharge for another day. Yet, most of us simply aren’t getting enough sleep. Stress, everyday demands and — yes, your smartphone — are likely culprits negatively impacting your sleep.

Either too little or too much sleep can make it tough to function at your best. Sleep better and wake up feeling more rested with this advice.

1. Eat meals (especially dinner) at the same time each day and at least two to three hours before bedtime.

2. Limit naps to 30 minutes at least six to eight hours before bedtime.

3. Stay active. Any activity is good. For best results, get moving 20 to 30 minutes most days, at least four to six hours before   bedtime.

4. Limit your caffeine intake and avoid it after noon. Also avoid stimulants such as decongestants and nicotine.

5. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up about the same time every morning — even on weekends.

A healthy amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours a night. If self-care techniques don’t help, talk to your health care provider. Sleep problems are treatable.

Weekend Long Run

Our run today was to the top of Busbee. Well actually it was a walk up the hill and a jog back down. 

We made contributions to the ever changing cairns, and for some reason all I could think about was what we were going to have for lunch. 

First I wanted to make a Greek salad then I just wanted to drive to Zoe’s and buy a Greek salad …and baked feta. On second thought, I wanted to get a veggie sub from Ingles. But then all of a sudden a huge bag of Lays Potato Chips sounded perfect. Then I remembered we had a box of sweet potato pancake mix at home which would be perfect with maple syrup. Or maybe veggie hot dogs with lots and lots of Dijonnaise. The choices were limitless. 

Space Mouse

I will never forget my Space Mouse pillow case. I would lie in bed with my pillow propped up just enough for me to see Space Mouse in his Lunar Schooner, and I would drift off to sleep imagining I was traveling with him passing by each of the colorful stars and planets 😴

The Back Cracker

Lesson number one. Never turn your back on someone with dementia, even if it’s a mild form.

I was having a conversation today with a sweet little elderly women with mild dementia, and she wanted to show me how well she is able to get around for her age. She showed me that she could easily bend over and touch her hands to the floor. I giggled and was impressed with her flexibility. I bent over and showed her I could just barely touch the tops of my shoes. 

She gently put her hand on my back and said, I know what you need to do, she turned me around so my back was facing her, and faster than a lightening strike, she slipped her arms under my arms, and with one quick heave, my feet where off the floor and from the middle of my back came a loud audible CRACK! All I could say was, I’m pretty sure I can touch the floor now. 



I met the most amazing woman today. I’ve given her the nick name Buttercup. She’s very petite, just approaching middle age, and bald. She is battling her third round of cancer. First was leukemia, then ovarian cancer, and now another bout with ovarian cancer. 

Buttercup is tiny but fierce, wants to face cancer square in the eyes. Just tell her what the plan is, and she wants to get to it. She’s been stuck so many times with needles, she takes a pass on using lidocaine anymore. She says, don’t bother. It’s just a waste of time.

When I looked at her pretty face today, I pictured her with beautiful yellow hair just like a beautiful buttercup. 

I wish you the very best Buttercup. I’m so glad I got to meet you today.