Music As A Hobby

Many people asked me why I am interested in learning a new instrument and I tell them all the time that music is actually very good for one’s health besides being a hobby.  I think my new found love has made me a lot calmer and has given me a sense of serenity when I learn how to play a piece.  So I look for all my prs at guitarcenter.com  as they have one of the best selections as well as being the manufacturer of Paul Reeds, they are very affordable.

Karaoke Sessions

Yes , Missy Moo has anxiety as well and because of bullies at her current school , we have gotten her to take up karaoke sessions with her best friend on the weekends to help with cooping with her anxiety.   She wanted a good microphone with her best friend and not just for her but also for her best friend because she don’t want her best friend to feel bad that hers is better.  So we went online looking for some  microphones for karaoke and singing sessions if you are looking for some  dynamic microphone, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com .

Thus far , we find that keeping Missy Moo busy and surrounded by friends is important , so every now and then when she is skyping her school friends , I would enlist their help to keep Missy Moo company in school ,so that she is not alone and cannot be bullied by those girls.  I get really , really upset when she comes home crying.

Shopping Therapy For Christmas

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For some people, meditation is all they need to get them going for the day, as for me shopping therapy is what motivates me to work harder.  And with Christmas round the corner, the more reason to do some shopping therapy .  One can buy a  warwick star bass  online for the spouse and that makes me really happy because I don’t have to worry about his Christmas present anymore.   I like how the star bass has the vintage look and it’s a 4 string instrument the the spouse is interested in, I also get to check out real reviews online before purchasing it of course.    More shopping can be done and I get all my Christmas list crossed off with online shopping.  That makes a very smart shopper, and no stress at all.  Just click, pay and wait for items to be delivered.

Good Music Good Health

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Our yearly neighborhood garden concert makes me so happy every year but this year, we have many of our neighborhood boys come back from college for the summer to play.  With their  neon guitar  they played so well and impressed us all with not only how well they sounded but how effortlessly, they put the concert together.

We also had a little picnic/bbq that went out the entire afternoon and the entire neighborhood was involved in putting everything together.  I am hoping that the weather will still be good in the fall to have another one.  I’ve enjoyed it tremendously and so have many of our neighbors.

Jazz Concerts For The Summer

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Before moving to Canada, I used to do a lot more , from going to concerts to listening to Jazz music in Jazz bars and of course,  a lot of plays I would go to.  I love Jazz a lot when I was younger,  they make me feel alive and I especially like slow Jazz in our local pub , I even got to check out some of their electric guitars the bands were using like the  bc rich mockingbird  .  The love the fact that I go to the jazz bar so often that the musicians knows my name and me theirs.  But alas, those were during my younger days.

So this summer , the spouse has some jazz concert lined up for us to go to when we are in the city and Moncton as well as Toronto.  I’m pretty excited and looking forward to our long awaited summer break.

Music With Quiet Time

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Ever since the start of the year, I’ve been taking time off for quiet time for myself everyday.  It may not be long, sometimes only 15 mins but it can last as long as an hour.  For my quiet time, I like to relax and listen to music and sometimes, I play with my spouse’s instrument in his man’s cave in the basement.  I find it so therapeutic that I’m able to make time for myself and relax.  The spouse bought some snapjack  to make it easier for me to play around with his many instruments at the basement and I find it really easy to use and I was able to switch instruments without the loud buzzing and shreaking noises.  For those like myself, who is constantly working and doing things for the family and home, try having some quiet time everyday, you will definitely find that it helps with relaxing , definitely good for health.

Magic Cream For Arthritis

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Missy Moo calls it the Magic Cream but truth be told, it’s actually called the World’s best cream.  The little label you see here was done by her – she is the creative person in our family.  And too cute sometimes !  But yes, I came across this cream while out for dinner and getting a yogurt at a local store here in town.  And as you know I’ve been having leg pains for the longest time, and recently haven’t been able to sleep well , so even though it was a little expensive for my liking – $34.50 + tax , I bought it to try.

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I figured if it really worked what the hell right?  I would pay just about anything to get a better night’s rest.  The cream claims to have all natural ingredients and properties of copper in them that does healing of the joints or bones.  The night after buying it on a Sunday, I came home and used it on my very painful leg.  It worked immediately, I could feel that it really relaxed my tired feet.  I was so happy because darn !  i haven’t felt my leg so light before.  So I was hopeful.

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That night I used it and it did make it easier for me to sleep.  I continued using it the second night but woke up in the middle of the night with some acute pain on my knees, I didn’t get up to take advil as I was lazy and didn’t wanna wake Mr Moo.  I endured it for the entire night and got up at 9am and took Advil immediately.  I continued putting on the cream as instructed and this time I put more cream on as instructed and stopped being cheap.  Thus far, I still have mixed feelings about the cream but it had only been a few days, I will give another review once I’m done using the bottle.

Child’s Vision

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Missy Moo complained that she can’t see from her seat in class again.  But wait a minute , we just changed her lenses not too long ago – does it mean that her eyesight has gotten worst so quickly?  should we be worried?   So like any mom , we quickly called the family eye doctor.

We quickly got the appointment , and Mr Moo went with her and the eye doctor said the increase was very little and it’s not uncommon for kids her age , Missy Moo is 11 years old , to increase rapidly.  So we again, ordered new lenses for her and informed her teachers, so that they can monitor it for us.

A week later, Missy Moo got fitted with her new lenses which cost us another good $230 only for lenses – daylight robbery but what can you do, we don’t have any choice.

Teak Furniture For Bathroom

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I’m pretty sure by now, you all know that I have pain in my knees and sometimes standing up too long can be a really tiring and painful experience.  Most times they are alright but when I need to wash my hair and then shower, that can really hurt, as it can sometimes take as long as half and hour.    So Mr Moo decided that I need a bathroom bench when I’m taking these long showers but I didn’t want those plastic ones as they can get quite slippery and unsafe.

We did a little research and decided to check out  Home and Patio Décor Furniture – Teak  to see if they have something similar that we can buy as we’ve had teak patio furniture at our cottage for the longest time.  I grew up  using teak furniture in our garden, and even though they are a wee bit more expensive, I really think that they are worth every penny.  Why?  my grandma used to say, you pay for what you get, not only does teak furniture have the retro look and feel, it last forever.  The secret lies within the weather-resistant properties that are in teak, it’s natural oil and rubber protects any furniture made of teak wood.  Our patio/garden furniture are left outside all year round and we never have to worry about them.

If you look at the infrared sauna machine  in your health club, the benches used are also made of teak wood, they are of  low maintenance and high quality and never mold nor rot.  Therefore, my insistence on teak furniture is for a long term investment as well as good craftsmanship and the spouse cannot argue with that.

Hobby Time

 While on holiday during the summer, I took up a new hobby to help me relax if you didn’t know that by now.  And this new hobby has been doing me a lot of good.  I took up a new musical instrument and thanks to  musician friend  I was able to get a really good guitar at a reasonable price and found myself turning to youtube and learning how to play it all over again.

I used to tell myself that I have no time to have any hobby but if everyone makes time for themselves even if it was only half an hour a day it can do your health a lot of good.  I find that playing an instrument not only brings me a sense of accomplishment, it also relaxes me.  While some people take up crocheting or knitting, I took up music instead and I’m loving it.

Retail Therapy 101

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If you ladies haven’t heard of shopping therapy, you don’t know what you are missing.   When I feel stressed or when I am feeling down, or just feel like shopping to lighten that bad mood of yours, I go shopping and buy stuff that I find will do me good.  Make up is currently my favorite while others may like to buy shoes or handbags.  I don’t know about guys and shopping but I’ve seen the spouse shopping for  m-audio fast track pro  and getting all frustrated because he can’t find them in our local shop, so his shopping therapy is to go online and source for them.  I think for guys they are quite different from us.  We like to hold the stuff in our hands and try them out , where as guys, they know exactly what they need and do their research and read reviews about them and have no problems buying them online.  So whatever floats your boat, online or offline, if retail therapy is able to help – why not?

Unpasteurized Juicing

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Juicing or raw juice are also known as unpasteurized juice, I’ve heard how juicing is great for one’s body and decided to try some especially since this one has got Kale and spinach.  I was worried that it might taste horrid at first but with pineapple and orange in it, it really didn’t taste that bad.

Although it is very expensive, I figured this is better than stealing a sip or two of a Pepsi or any pop as you all know I have diabetes.  But is juicing good for diabetics like myself?  While some say that juicing can be the death of diabetes , others had also saidd that juicing is high in fructose and therefore ain’t good for those with diabetes.

I think if it was only kale and spinach, it would be very good , but since I don’t know how much pineapple and orange they put in, I am careful not to overdose on raw juice from the local supermarket.  I also read that raw juices are packed with living enzymes and is therefore good for your body.   Why because your body don’t have to work too hard to get the nutrients out of the things you put into your body.

While some diabetic may not listen to what the doctor has to say, I really try hard not to put into my body things it is not supposed to partake.  But we are but human, so we slip sometimes and it is ok.  I do not guilt myself if I slip, I just try again to be healthier.  I don’t give up.

Compression Socks

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As you all know, my leg had been really painful without any reason that I know of, so i’ve been trying just about everything in hope to help get my legs back to normal.  I suspected that my blood flow wasn’t doing its job properly, and even with a reflexology machine that I had bought from Osim about a year ago, it still didn’t help.  I still continue to have weak legs and now it’s not only one leg but both.

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So i finally bought some compression socks to try and see if it would help.  Afterall, I can’t see any harm in wearing them right?  They all say that diabetics have back blood flow.  So i’ve been wearing these compression socks for a month now and nope it didn’t help.  So i don’t know what else I can do, except to see the doctor again and get a proper x-ray done.

Exercising With Music

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If you are like myself and feel too shy to exercise alone in the gym, I have a trick to teach you.  Get a good headphone and plug in your ipod and bring it along with you when you are exercising.   I found a really good one  On Sale  here and when I have my music and headphones  with me I don’t feel self conscious no more.  I just pretend I’m too busy enjoying my music to care about the people around me.   So for those of you who are shy, no more excuses folks,  for not going to the gym, a headphone and an ipod is all you need to get some confidence back.

 

Bug Band

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So I bought several of this bug repellant band for Missy Moo in hope that it will keep the mosquitoes and bugs away.   Band is good for 120 hrs and it has a little plastic box to keep the band in when you are not using it and it is said that they don’t use any DEET in the band at all.

Ingredients for the band are  geraniol, a natural ingredient derived from geranium oil, the wristband emits vapors that form a protective shield around the immediate area.

So does it work?  no not really, Missy Moo still got bitten terribly by mosquitoes and although it cause only a few bucks, I wouldn’t purchase them anymore.  The smell is very strong when you wear the bug band but it still doesn’t keep the mosquitoes away.  So sad!

Bone Strengthening Calcium

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Since I don’t take cheese or milk for calcium, I decided to try these and see if it will help.  It tastes like toffee and I eat one a day.   Bought it from a local health care store in town and as I am getting of age, one have to take care of oneself, if we don’t want to be a burden to our kids and spouse in the future.  I also take tofu but I feel that I don’t eat enough tofu to supplement my need as I’m almost 50 yrs of age.

Allergy Attacks

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I’ve been meaning to get a air purifier for the home for the longest time and searching for the right one, finally I saw this on review on one of my magazines, so guess what I did?  Buy it of course and I got one for Missy Moo’s room as well.  Both Missy Moo and Mr Moo has asthma, therefore, I feel that it’s a necessity that I get it although Mr Moo thinks that it’s a waste of money but I don’t.

So if you have severe allergies or has asthma or breathing problems, check this out for only $199 + tax of course, after all this is Canada – the government wants their share too.

Chair Pad For Health

I’ve  looked for foam padding  for my chair at work because of the amount of time I sit on it and I think everyone who has that kind of job should do the same thing.  Why?  after sitting for a very long time, it’s very hard on the bum and the tail bone.  I don’t know if you have the same problem but I certainly do.  And why I didn’t think of it earlier is quite silly of me.

I also know that this foam padding is good for people who are on wheel chairs permanently or even temporarily, so I’m going to show this to a friend who is on wheel chair and hopefully, this will help her with the pressure she feels on her bum and tail bone like I do.

New Start For The New Year

Yes, already half a month gone and still sticking to my new year resolution of cleaning up the house and having a healthier year in 2014.  So with some er Wagner  caster wheels in hand, the spouse repaired the office chair as well as the wine table that had a squeaky wheels.

 So the last of the Christmas decoration had been taken down during the weekend and massive cleaning of the house was done as well.  This weekend, we are going to change the bedsheets and I’m all ready to start my exercising again.  Had to get the house in order before starting on a healthier regime daily.  Now here’s to a healthier 2014.

 

Christmas Shopping Makes Me Happy

 

Christmas shopping makes me very happy but who am I kidding right?  any kind of shopping makes me very happy.  I saw a  sterling silver bracelet  online and just decided to buy it to cheer myself up.  In the meantime, I also shopped for some other things for friends and family, that way there is no stress on my part.  I loved shopping online for Christmas because the presents are wrapped and delivered to my love ones and I don’t have to go rush out in the cold weather to get presents.  Perfect for me.

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