Pets

Mischievous Little Kitty.

Mable is still only 2 years old. She still acts like a kitten. She is still young and curious. She is fun to watch! She likes to climb, knock things over, and she is curious about water. She is hilarious, and well-behaved, yeah right!! #catruday

Here she is, knocking pictures over!

Queen of the world. Cats like to be high up.

In the bathtub. She likes water but doesn’t like a bath, if that makes sense.

Home Improvement, Housekeeping

How to get your shower head to work better, and unclog it from the calcium deposits!

Again this morning, when I was showering, the water pressure wasn’t enough! It is from calcium deposits. I hate that, I do not have time for this.

When this happens I get a sandwich bag, a hair tie, some baking soda and vinegar, put it in the baggie, let it fizz and do its thing, then I wrap the baggy around the shower head and let it sit as long as possible. Some people are scared to mix baking soda and vinegar, but just plain old vinegar will works fine!

Hiking

Places you must visit in Colorado: Lookout Mountain Park.

Lookout Mountain Park is in Golden Colorado, Jefferson county, off of highway 1-76.

Lookout Mountain is a 7,377-foot peak in the Rocky Mountains, right in the foothills. It is covered in beautiful pine trees, and the elevation is high enough you can see a beautiful view of the city, and the Rocky Mountains as well. It’s quite captivating.

You can drive up the top of the mountain, or hike. There are many trails to hike on, within Lookout Mountain. That is what makes this destination so great besides the beauty.

Bluff Trail on Lookout Mountain is 5 miles. You have to pay to use this trail.

Big Daddy Loop on the Bluff Trail is 10 miles and is great for runners. You can see the valleys and the Raccoon Mountains on this trail. A half mile into the loop you can view Judith’s Bluff, where you can go on a suspended rock and overlook the valley. You can also see short caves.

Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center. This is an easy hike that you can take the kids on. It is only 0.6 miles. This is also a great place for kids to learn about wildlife. There are picnic tables, and this is a great place to have a picnic. The preservation is 110 acres and a home to bobcats, black bears, and elk.

They also have exhibits inside and an observation room.

Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail is 4 miles.

There is Buffalo Bills museum and grave. Buffalo Bill was a Buffalo hunter in the wild west. He was born in 1846. It is a great history lesson. There is also a gift shop. Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain in 1917.

There are also many other attractions, but I love the view, the trees, the hills, and the QUIET! You can hear the birds singing, and there is not any notice from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views are very captivating, the fresh air is refreshing!

I have pictures and videos of the trail, history, and scenery.

It is very close to Denver, if you just want to get away.

“The best view comes after the hardest climb”. ~Anonymous

I have a video of us hiking.

Pets

Excuse me Miss?

Excuse me miss, how’d you grow up so fast? My daughter is getting her learners permit tomorrow! I can’t believe she is at the age to learn how to drive! I feel like she is still just a baby.

The most important thing I’m trying to teach her is to check her blind spot. She needs to learn to go with the flow of traffic, and watch out for crazy drivers, because out population has gone up so much out here.

Fitness, Uncategorized

Workouts that I love to do!

I gained 30 pounds with covid. The gym wasn’t opened, and the rec center wasn’t either. Everything was shut down. I am trying to get in shape. I love these workouts, but I can’t complete them fully, but I would love to get there again. I’m outta shape, even though I am on my feet all day at work, running around after the elderly.

music

Music that I’m currently diggin’.

I’m always listening to music. In the shower when I get up, in the car driving to work, or anywhere for that matter, when I work out, and when I clean house.

I love all kinds of music. It is a form of expression to me. Expression of feelings, thoughts, and it is motivating.

Right now I can show you three videos on YouTube of music.

Some Zepplin, this song speaks to my soul especially at the end, and relaxes me.

This song is upbeat and motivates me.

Yes! Dance music, I was born in the 80’s, grew up in the 90’s.

Mental Health

How I overcame anxiety, and you can too!

Disclosure: Always consult your doctor for medical advice. I am just talking about my experience, this should not replace a doctors advice.

After I graduated High School, I would think I was having an asthma attack. I could in fact breathe, but I felt like my world was closing in on me, and that everything was ending. I would continuously go to the emergency room and my oxygen saturation was nearing 100%. I was a young and healthy. I was having a panic attack.

I mistaken my anxiety for asthma. Anxiety can also mock an upset stomach or even a heart attack.

I was young and naïve. My Mom would tell me over and over again that it was anxiety and I just got frustrated.

Years gone by and 20 years plus anxiety is an after thought. I have conquered it and learned how to deal with it!

What happens to our bodies when we are having a panic attack? Our brains go into a flight or fight mode. This is a survival instinct, even though we are not in “danger”. Our heart rate goes up. Your breathing becomes fast, (this is where I thought I was having an asthma attack comes into play).

Sometimes it is biochemical where the brain doesn’t have enough serotonin, thus causing anxiety. Sometimes SSRI’s (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRI’s (Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), can really help whether it is biochemical or not, just to get you over that hump, while you work on self talk and lifestyle.

In my journey from recovering from anxiety disorder, I have learned so much, that I can share with others.

“Fortune Telling”. This is when you are worrying about the future, and what is going to happen, when in fact you do not know. When you do this, you imagine the worse case scenario. For example the other day I was thinking to myself “My manager is going to write me up and fire me, and find something wrong”. I told myself to quit thinking like this. I’ve been there 8 years, and have a good work record. Even if this happens, there’s better out there for me, and I’ll deal with it then.

Overgeneralization. All or nothing thinking. Viewing one single event as truth for the future. Goes hand and hand with fortune telling. Some examples “I didn’t get the job, after an interview, I’ll never get a job”. “Thinking oh I’m shy and quiet, I’ll never be able to give a speech in school or even graduate College”. This is an attitude of defeat. Not ever situating could ever produce the same result, life is too complex for this. This goes back to having a good self esteem and confidence as well.

Also take one day at a time. Live in the moment and enjoy it. This adds more quality to your life.

Most of what we worry about probably won’t ever happen. Worrying is a waste of time. This quote emphasizes this:

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”

― Glenn Turner

You are not going to accomplish anything productive by worrying. It is just a waste of energy.

Self image, confidence, and self esteem. Sometimes we struggle with anxiety because we doubt ourselves. But we need to in fact work on our confidence, and look at the good qualities that we have, and to be happy with ourselves. We think to ourselves ‘I can’t do this”, but put your best foot forward and turn that can’t into can! We need to believe in ourselves and go after what we want in life.

Worrying about what people think, or what they will do our say. This is silly. Think about it. We cannot control what other people think, do, or say. You can control how you react. You can ignore, or not let it bother you. Certain things are not your responsibility, you are only responsible for yourself. You can logically talk yourself out of this way of thinking because it is just not true.

Letting go of caring what others think about you is freedom. Do not occupy your mind by being so self conscious. Have confidence and be yourself. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken”. ― Oscar Wilde

You are uniquely you!

Do your best and don’t expect the worst. Look at the positives and be grateful!

Write down what you are grateful for, this is a great exercise to train your brain to be positive.

Don’t let others rain on your parade. Don’t get upset if people don’t give your the answer your a looking for.

Learn how to enjoy life. Sometimes when we struggle with anxiety and depression we want to sit in the house and mope. This makes depression worse. Get out and enjoy some hobbies, and have a social support group! Make sure you have a solid support system.

Exercise can really help anxiety as well. You will feel like you have accomplished something after a workout. Exercise releases feel good endorphins.

If something is bothering you, take action, think about what you can do about it, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Worried about money? Budget better or work more. Worried about weight? Eat healthier and exercise. Not feeling like you have control over life can make you anxious. Try to work on what is bothering you and your results will produce confidence. Take responsibility for your life, actions, and emotions. Realize you have control. Self control and discipline.

Helping others. When you are distracted helping others and improving their lives, somehow you forget about yourself and your problems. I’ve been a caregiver in assited living for 13 years! When you become less self absorbed and realize others need help as well, you forget about yourself in this regard and realize we are all human and problems of our own.  “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”  – Booker T. Washington because you totally forget about your problems.

A great coping quote: “peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” Mahatma Gandhi

Life is short! Enjoy it, and do not let anxiety bring you down! I’m glad anxiety is a thing of the past. I freely enjoy life now!

Remember to be firm, but kind. Assertive, not passive, or aggressive or both. Find the balance. Work on it, and it is defiantly a life long process. Also forgive people, and forgive yourself.

These two self help books, have really helped me: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Mark Manson

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Jen Sincero 

Health

How to turn the blue light off on your phone, so that you don’t hurt your eyes.

One night I was on my phone, on Twitter, and I started to see flashing lights, I felt like I couldn’t see or had a blind spot. I told my husband, the tech genius and he turned the blue light off on my phone.

This day in age a lot of us are on technology, and hurting our eyes.

I remember when I started an Etsy shop, I was online so much, my vision got worse. My vision is -150.

Anyway, I am glad to see that they now have blue light glasses to protect your eyes from further damage. I do not need to be anymore blind than I already am.

This is how I turned the blue light off on my phone: Click on the brightness Icon and turn night shift off.

Blue light glasses are on sale on Amazon today for 12 more hours. I’m glad I got me a pair! =)

This video shows you how to turn blue light off on the phone.

Crafts

Look what I can do!

I just became an Aunt again for the second time, and my cousin had a baby girl. I made them both a baby hat and blanket. My friend also had a baby boy, and I made him a hat. I love crocheting, especially for babies. It gives me baby fever. I used to have my own Etsy shop.

My Mom taught me how to crochet, and then I was inspired to sell on Etsy. Now I don’t have time to sell on Etsy, but I sure do miss it! I like crocheting for friends and family when they have babies. I also like to crochet friends and family head warmers, scarfs, finger warmers, and hats for winter.

I got the baby blanket pattern from: https://naztazia.com/easy-shell-stitch/https://naztazia.com/easy-shell-stitch/

The hat pattern from here: https://lovableloops.com/patterns/half-double-crochet-basic-beanie/

The flower pattern here: https://www.goldenlucycrafts.com/crochet-dogwood-flower-pattern/https://www.goldenlucycrafts.com/crochet-dogwood-flower-pattern/ When I crochet the flowers, I use two different sized hooks. I use crochet hook “G” and crochet hook “I”, so I can put the bigger back, and the smaller on in front. So if you are going to try this, just use two different size crochet hooks for each flower.

For the purple hat pattern, I followed the hat pattern for the crown, also know as the head circumference, then I skipped two spaces, single crocheted in the next space, then skip two spaces and did a 3 half double crochets all the way around keeping a mark of yarn to keep track.

*For the boarders on the hat and the blanket. I added these myself. All I do is skip two stiches, and single crochet in the next stitch, then I skip two stitches again and do a shell stitch which is 5 double crochets into the next stitch.

You can find hat measurements for crocheting here: https://www.crochetforyoublog.com/2018/02/how-to-crochet-hat-in-any-size/

You can follow me on Pinterest on my crochet board here: https://www.pinterest.com/michellerosega/crochet/ if you wish.

Nature, Uncategorized

Oh look at the moon.

I noticed the moon while driving home. It was very pretty, however, but the pictures that I took, didn’t do justice. I could not get good pictures! I wish I could. The moon was big and bright, but not quite full yet.

It’s going to be a full moon on Friday, I am glad I am not working! I work in assisted living, and the residents seem to be more confused and have behaviors during a full moon. They also hallucinate. Some Co-workers act us as well. I feel like it brings out behaviors. I didn’t believe in the correlation until I worked in healthcare. I feel like my job can be just crazy during a full moon.

I googled some studies. I have found out that the moon affects the tides, but not us, which we are mostly water, but we are contained water. Most studies say there is not a correlation, and some phycological studies say there is a correlation between the moon called “water brain theory”.

Who knows if this is true? But I believe it now from working in healthcare and dealing with a lot of people!