26 May 2014

Guest blogger - Spontaneous the helpful kitty

Good morning everyone,
     Kat is still doing schoolwork. She has some huge project that she has to finish over the next few weeks so she says she has to stay chained to the computer. I did not see a chain, I would have played with it, I like sparkly things that dangle.
     This morning, while she is sleeping, I decided to do a blog post for her, since she did not do one yesterday. So, this post is about my favorite subject, me.

How I am helping with Kat's Practicum Project

 Spontaneous Exercising

     I let her take my picture while I was doing my floor exercises. She says exercising is a very good coping method because it helps get rid of all the nasty stuff that builds up in our bodies from stress.

Spontaneous Learning 

     I posed for her with a book, I am thinking about learning a programing language, if I could just figure out how to convince her to get me my own computer, she is always using hers. She says learning new things is another positive coping method for stress because it makes your mind work in new ways and makes you think of something besides your stress for awhile.


     Kat says relaxation is necessary, even when we are not stressed. She says that according to her research (why didn't she find it the first time she searched? I rarely have to re-search for anything). When you balance your time between responsibility and leisure, you become more resilient to stress. Maybe that's why cats are usually such calm creatures. Our Moms teach us that when we are tiny. 

Negative Coping Methods

     Some of you may remember this picture. I promise I was framed! Kat says she can use this picture too, it shows what she calls a negative coping method and those are not healthy. She says it is OK to enjoy a drink, but not if it is a way to escape from your problems. 
     She is putting all these pictures and some others that are not as good because I am not in them, in a presentation about stress management and compassion fatigue. She has to write a bunch of stuff and turn everything in soon. She says by the middle of June she will be done with school. Cross your fingers for her, and wish her luck, if she did not know about stress management, she would probably be shedding hair all over the house. 


17 May 2014

What have I been up to?

The last class for my Masters starts the 27th of this month and I am frantically trying to finish everything up. This class is the final for my practicum (clinical study in lieu of a thesis). 
I have been working on this for quite some time and am almost there. 

Tomorrow is my blogaversary, it has been six years since my first post. 
A little different from my more recent posts, 
click here  May 18, 2008  to have a look if you missed it.

I have to get back to work, the sooner this is done, the sooner I can rejoin the blog world properly.

04 May 2014

The good stuff

We went to Charleston last weekend, 
I told you I took a lot of pictures,
(Who, me?)
Here are the first batch.

Gelato at the Charleston Candy Kitchen 
Gelato Close Up 
Charleston Candy Kitchen 
The Charleston Candy Kitchen is frequently our first stop, not for candy, although they do have plenty of that, but for a Gelato to share. We went for the Tiramisu flavor.
Market Street Sweets
This is the place in Charleston to go for your Pralines. Other shops offer them, but these are the very best in Charleston. 
(My Sweet Husband makes the best anywhere, but not for sale).
The Pralines 
Starbucks on King Street 
My Traveling Companion,
Charleston is about a four hour drive from our lovely antebellum in the woods. We leave early in the morning to maximize our time so by the time we get there, we are ready for a little munch and a cuppa. My Sweet Husband usually goes for tea and I get a cup of always excellent coffee. 
Number 2 Meeting Street Inn
We spent our fifteenth wedding anniversary here, it is a beautiful place, situated on the battery of Charleston.  
Charleston bricks
This lovely entrance seems so welcoming. This home is across the street from the inn. If you look closely, you can see the rope trim around the door, that signifies that the house was built with money made from the sea. 
Mack Truck
This gleaming beauty was getting lots of attention.
Usually, I am the only one taking pictures of the old vehicles. 
 I told you I was not the only one taking photos.
Doesn't this just look peaceful?  
Formal Gardens
Downtown Charleston is full of formal gardens.
Some very private, only glimpsed through an open gate.
Just walk through the neighborhoods and enjoy.

Got to go, 
more homework awaits!



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