Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cats On Tuesday--Anela Speaks Up

On today's post, I have decided to allow Anela to convey HER thoughts as I always write ALL the postings on Cats on Tuesday (a group started by Gattina of Belgium), and since so many other cats post for their owners, why not let Anela do the same?

Recently I was blown-away with Baxter's wisdom and knowledge of politics on Maui Girl's Meandering's blog, and that was the final straw for me... it's time for Anela to step up to the plate...errr, computer and show HER stuff too! Take it away Anela!

Anela here. First of all, notice how I lined my tail up with the door groove? I know how to maximize the most of every location and situation.

If only humans could do the same! They make things so difficult for themselves most of the time. Humans are drama creators, and they're hooked on their dramas. I often sit curled up next to my lady on the couch where she watches these dramas on the big box with the moving pictures, so I'm pretty well informed since she has such an eclectic taste in news and entertainment. And I listen into the conversations she has with her mate about politics, gossip, and world events.

Here are some of their recent concerns: The FDA
is not planning to require labeling of products from cloned animals! How disgusting is that?! There should be some way humans and cats know for sure what they're eating, dontcha think? We want to know what's in the food we eat. I may have to catch all my own food soon if this lack of labeling is allowed to happen. Personally, I don't want to eat cloned food, but trust me, us cats will be able to tell! So tell your Senators to co-sponsor the Cloned Food Labeling Act, eh?

Another topic of discussion in our home is the race for the President of the U.S. My lady thinks she's got it all figured out whozit's gonna be, and my Number One Cat Slave (her mate) thinks he has too! (Yawn!)

Oh, the Super Bowl this Sunday has them betting too. They love to bet and predict on these silly dramas. Then they get excited when they win or bummed-out when they loose their bets. (Double yawn!)

My Lady is usually the winner of most predictions/bets, but when it comes to sports, she defers to him most of the time because he's a knowledgeable sports authority/nut. Especially during football season, he's flying around without a license, and I have to watch out he doesn't step on my tail as he flys around our home babbling on about sports scores and personalities.

Hey, blogging about my humans is making me feel a whole lot less sleepy. I could really get into the thrill of this, and maybe next time I'll REALLY vent. I can see how blogging could be one of my favorite hobbies--besides sleeping that is.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cats On Tuesday--Anela Keeps Warm

It has been soooo cold at night on Maui for the last month or so. Even Anela had to find new ways to stay warm. Here she is sleeping on a quilt made by my partner's Mother before she passed away several years ago. The quilt had been placed on the end of our bed in case we wanted extra warmth for the night, and it had slid off to the floor where Anela promptly took advantage of a nice place to curl up.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rolled Oats For Breakfast

I grew up eating oatmeal for breakfast. My grandfather often cooked it for me, and he added lots of raisins to it which made it extra yummy for me. Now much later in my life, I'm back to eating oatmeal again, but this time it's my partner cooking it for me!

My partner's been eating oatmeal for breakfast for a long time, and his oatmeal always smells so good--with the smell bringing back many lovely childhood memories. His choice for oatmeal is a brand from our local health food store: Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats. The claim on the package about the oats is "....freshly milled from the highest quality oats grown in the Great Northwest--some of the best oat-growing country in the whole United States! These oats are rolled extra thick to give more "bite and texture" to your breakfast."

I don't know about the bite or texture because I have nothing to compare them to but my childhood oatmeal, but I can say this: with a banana on top, this oatmeal breakfast sustains my energy until lunchtime with no energy dip mid-morning.

But that's not the reason I began eating oatmeal again. I began because of the warning about my fairly high cholesterol from my doctor. My doc wanted me to lower my cholesterol and oatmeal is famous for doing this trick. And I just read a news article on the net about HOW very good oatmeal is at lowering cholesterol.

Click HERE for the article. I can't wait to see how low my cholesterol will be next time I get my blood tests. My low cholesterol is going to blow my doctor's mind.

Of course, I'm doing more than merely eating oatmeal to lower my cholesterol, but that's another post with more details.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cats On Tuesday--Cat Health

Anela has been blessed with a healthy constitution for a cat, and even though she's getting up there in cat years, she's in good health. I attribute this to the fact that she's got a peaceful, loving home, and she's able to go outdoors and catch a gecko, mouse, or bird every now and then to supplement her processed cat food. Heaven help pets....who knows what's in that stuff! Yuk!

I read today in a health newsletter I subscribe to, the Douglass Report, that many pets are benefiting from vitamins given to them by their owners. So far, I've not given Anela any vitamins. Her vitamins come direction from her Nature--her 'catches'. But for house cats, vitamins have been shown to really help them as they age. Here's a snippet from the Douglas Report:

"The lesson here is that the right vitamins can be a boon to the health and quality of life for people and their pets. But if you're going to take them – or give them – be sure to get them fully "vetted" out by your doctor or vet."

Do you give your cats vitamin supplements?

The photo below is of Anela taking her morning sunbath, something she tells me which contributes to her health and why she doesn't need a Vitamin D supplement as she gets it direct from the Sun.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My Bucket List

We saw the movie "The Bucket List" starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson last night which got me to thinking about my OWN bucket list. My sense is anyone can make a Bucket List anytime--one doesn't need to be given a death sentence of 6 months by a doctor.

As Carlos Castaneda wrote in his books, death is always stalking each and every one of us, and so it's wise to be remember and be aware that at any moment, it could be your 'time'. Not all of us get the luxury of knowing when we're going to die, so crossing-off your bucket list while you're still alive and kicking seems like a smart move to me.

For those that don't know what the words 'Bucket List' mean, these derive from the old English phrase, "To Kick The Bucket" which means you die.

Making a bucket list is a lot like setting goals--goals which are heart-felt dreams that we've never gotten around to doing because a busy life or something else distracted or prevented us from doing them.

Here are a few of such dreams which have made it to my own bucket list:

1. Travel to Tahiti, Bora-Bora, and Morea
2. Build my dream home/sanctuary
3. Complete my book

And what is on YOUR bucket list?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Potatoes Before Bed?

Recently one of the readers of this blog, Cheryl from Scotland, wrote me an email and sent a link within it which interested me. Cheryl is a Sugar Sensitive as I am, and she had found a website called Radiant Recovery about sugar sensitivity.

I ordered the book "Potatoes Not Prozac" mentioned on this site written by author, Kathleen DesMaisons. This is a snip of the bio on site about Kathleen:

"Dr. DesMaisons has authored the international best seller, Potatoes Not Prozac and a number of other books including The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program, Your Last Diet, Your Body Speaks, Little Sugar Addicts and Radiant Recipes. She has developed a highly active web community at www.radiantrecovery.com that maintains more than 100 email support lists, a community forum with more than a half a million messages and serves thousands daily online."

Since I was well on my way with giving up my sugar addiction, I decided to begin the potato before bed program mentioned on the website even before the book arrived here! :Smile:

I printed out the instructions from the site, read them to my partner, and began last night with two small delicious baked Yukon gold potatoes! My partner ate his with nothing on it, but I added butter, salt, and pepper.

I had no problem convincing my partner to experiment with a potato before bed because he's an Irishman, and he absolutely LOVES potatoes. Plus Kathleen mentions so many benefits such as making you feel "more confident, competent, creative and optimistic".

In the online article, she states, "If you find that you are having wild dreams on the nights you have your potato, this is a clue that you have low serotonin".

And that's exactly what my partner reported to me this morning! Very interesting!! I'll keep you updated on our potato program in future posts. It has been said that happiness is an inside job, and I feel this nightly potato snack might very well contribute to more happiness.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Gift of Knowledge

Since I'm a 'book-aholic', one of the gifts you can never go wrong giving me is a book. I treasure books and have a large library! The new high-tech 'reader' gadgets for sale don't interest me at all because I love the feel of a honest-to-god book in my hands.

And so I get the gifts of books frequently...and this Christmas (once again), my partner gifted me with lots of books. I've been slowly nibbling my way through this new pile, and the book I'm relishing right now is "Life After Death" with the subtitle "The Burden of Proof" by Deepak Chopra.

I have many books on death, and I'm interested in the subject of death even though I feel the word death is really a misnomer. Death is merely a change in address, but very few know what the forwarding address is.

Many people aren't interested in reading about death. They find the subject too morbid or gruesome, but I find so-called 'death' a fascinating riddle.

It was at my grandmother's funeral where I witnessed everyone weeping over her death that I first realized I didn't view death the way others did. I thought it was so funny that people were crying because I could see Grandma walking around the room. I came down with a fit of the giggles which disrupted others and caused my Mother to angrily pull me out of the funeral parlor. I couldn't make her understand why I was giggling.

I'm a big fan of the work of Deepak Chopra, and his skill at weaving complex ideas together by bridging science and ancient wisdom is masterful. This book doesn't disappoint me.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cats On Tuesday--Just The Two of Us

My partner has been away from home attending the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans, and after he left, the relationship dynamic with Anela and me changed. It's so amusing to me to watch her step up to the plate and act like my 'buddy' once again!

Here's some of the behavioral changes she's made in the days he's been away:

no longer meowing...errr demanding treats
hanging around me more
sleeping with me instead of in her own bedroom
more relaxed
AND funniest of all, she has been sleeping at night on my altar chair in my bedroom! You can see her curled up here in the photo above. She has never slept there before in all the years!

It'll be very interesting to observe how she behaves when he returns. I suspect she'll return to her old manipulative methods. However, I rather like the way she's been behaving, and I'd prefer my buddy Anela to remain!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Detox Experimentation

One of the reasons I've not been posting very often on this blog is that I've been involved in a time-consuming research project. I've been investigating alternative health remedies and experimenting on myself.

Two of the modalities that I've been using to detox you might want to check-out for yourself. The first is called Oil Pulling. When I first heard this term, I went, "What?!" It sounded so very strange. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy with many benefits, so I decided to try it.

Thus, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning now is to swirl a tablespoon of a product called "Spectrum Organic Cold Pressed Sesame Oil" in my mouth. I have to do this for 10 minutes. Because of my restless nature, I have to do something else too, so I usually read my email as I'm swirling. Then the process requires you to spit it out in the toilet and flush it immediately because what you're spitting out is now very toxic and you don't want it in your sink. The oil has turned white from the toxins being "pulled". Then I rinse my mouth out, and I drink two glasses of water. The first sign of improvement is the teeth which become firm and white. Then comes renewed energy, better sleep etc.

This remedy addresses so many body health conditions it would take me a long time to type them all in. "Dr. (med.) Karach said the OP heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.” and if you'd like more info, click here.

It took me awhile to get used to putting oil in my mouth first thing in the morning, but now I'm good with it. And I can see my teeth growing whiter already. :Smile: I purchase my sesame oil from Maui Herbs which is a wonderful resource for all things ayurvedic on Maui.

The second product I've been experimenting with is Therapeutic Living Clay which is an all natural calcium Bentonite Clay. I purchased it from Global Light Network, and this is what they write about it, "Global Light Network is pleased to offer the finest all natural Calcium Bentonite Clay from a pristine source. This superior clay from the Montmorillonite-Smectite family of clays has a 9.7 pH, an extremely strong detoxing power, and its unique mineral composition make it the best all purpose natural clay on the market today. Therapeutic Living Clay is odorless, highly energized and is a 325 screen mesh, making it hydrate to a smooth non-gritty consistency like thick, creamy pudding." Read more by clicking here.

As I'm writing this post, I'm sitting here with a face mask on made from this living clay, and my face is a pale lime green color--not so pretty to look at! However, one of the many benefits of the living clay besides detoxing is face tightening, and so I try to give myself a mask several times a week using this product. I've noticed a difference in my skin...it's so soft and clear. I'd rather use this than a cosmetic product with all sorts of chemicals in it. What's really cool is that neither of these products (the sesame oil or the clay) is expensive! They are very affordable.

In future posts, I'll share more of the alternative health information I've come across in my research which is exciting me.