Insomnia

Hello friends,

So, it is approximately 12:45am CST, and even though I have an 8:00am physical therapy appointment, I am wide awake.

This has been happening off and on for a couple of weeks now, but usually I fall asleep with no problem, and then wake up in the middle of the night, alert and full of energy. I feel like I could get up out of bed and do things like read my book or surf the web, cook a really good breakfast or anything. My mind races, thinking of things I need to do the next day or things that I forgot to do the day before. I force myself to fall back asleep or I will feel terrible upon sunrise. And so, with much effort, I drift off again.

Tonight, however, is different.

Tonight I am struggling to get drowsy; I’ve watched YouTube videos, searched the web, play games, with the hopes that I would get sleepy. Nothing is working. It’s almost 1 in the morning. I have to go to sleep. I’m getting up in five hours. Tomorrow will be a long day. I don’t want to take any meds to help me sleep, so I’m just going to have to force it.

Goodnight/morning, friends. Until we meet again.

Pet therapy

Hello friends,

For 13 years, we enjoyed the company of two wonderful dogs, Midnight and Shadow, our Mini Schanuzers. They were brothers with lots of personality. They did everything together, and I mean everything. Shadow passes first, unexpectedly, and then a year and a half later, Midnight passed. Losing them was hard for the family, and it took a while to get used to a quiet house again. 

But then the time came when we missed having dogs around. The search began. We knew we wanted Mini Schnauzers again, and we gave rescues a try. We saw some we really liked, but it wasn’t meant to be. So, after a while, we gave Midnight and Shadow’s breeder a call on a whim, to see if she had an older dog available. We were not looking for a puppy again. Luckily, she happened to have a girl. We agreed to meet, and fell in love with the dog at first sight. She’s all black, stunning, and loves to give kisses. We knew we were taking her home.

A few days later, the breeder called and said she had “a proposition “. She had another dog that was too small to breed, and wanted to know if we would like to take her as well. We were not planning on getting two dogs again, but there must be a reason for us to have two. So, we talked about it and decided to do it. 

This morning, we were so excited to pick them up! We got all of their supplies, along with some frilly dresses, and introduced them to their new home. So far, so good; I think they are doing just fine. 

So, I introduce to you, Sadie and Joy. 

The Heat in Hill Country

Hello friends, 

I’m on vacation with family and friends, visiting Texas Hill Country. It’s Texas, in the summer, and naturally, it’s hot, but we’re having a great time. A couple of days ago, we spent the afternoon in San Antonio and had a good time. A few hours later, the summer sun was at its peak. A few minutes in the heat and humidity, and I was feeling wiped out. Fatigue led to a headache, and I was out of energy and drive. Once we got back to our rental, I thought I would relax and feel better. No chance of that; I felt worse with every hour that passed. Pain medication did no good, and while everyone else slept, I was wide awake nursing a throbbing head with added neck and shoulder pain as a bonus. Good times. Several hours later, I managed to zen out long enough to get a couple of hours of sleep before sunrise. The next day, the headache was gone, but the neck and shoulder pain remained, but less than before. 

I was curious to see how the summer heat would affect me, if at all, so it was a learning experience, for sure. Now I know that I need to be careful when out in the heat for an extended amount of time, and to take measures to keep cool, if at all possible. This had happened to me one time before back in March, if I remember right. I guess I just needed to see if this reaction was just a fluke or a predictable pattern. Experience still is a pretty good teacher. If you didn’t learn the first time, you will get another chance.