It goes like this:

Zeke: I sick.
Me: I sick.
Dad: I sick.

Wait a couple minutes…

Me: I sick.
Zeke: I sick.
Dad: I sick.

Repeat.

It is also texted and IM’ed when it hurts too much to talk or if you’re in different rooms and can’t move. Email also works. Instagram isn’t recommended…

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Trouble

I’ve been in bed a lot lately so last week I watched the entire Anne of Green Gables series. After successfully persuading a grouchy old lady to her point of view, said old lady tells Anne:

Yet man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:7

I just love that so much because we do have a lot of trouble in this life don’t we? And, if you’re anything like me, most of it we cause ourselves! Yet I love that as we have trouble we can always rely on the Lord. He doesn’t always (almost never??) take our troubles away. Rather, at least for me, he strengthens us to move through them.

I got really sick last week, just five days after my gallbladder surgery. My mother and father didn’t know what to do for me. At 3am Wednesday morning I asked for a priesthood blessing. I was so miserable; I wanted to be healed so bad. But instead of healing, I was blessed with strength. I was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, and by Thursday afternoon I was ready to rip out the IV and stagger home (and by stagger home I mean: lay in the back seat while Mom drove us home). I only just started eating solids again a few days ago (I ate an entire banana on Sunday!), so healing has been slow. But through it all I was never scared or worried: I mean, your parents being stumped on what to do is usually a scary thing! But I knew I was in the Lords hands, and he was strengthening me. While I was in the hospital, to help myself deal with the pain and nausea I kept counting backwards in my head from ten. In my favorite book series, The Amber Chronicles, Corwin says, “The hardest thing about time is doing it.” Yet the Lord reassured me through it all that I was going to get better, and to just take it slow. And here I am, eating bananas, cereal, and real chicken broth! 🙂

It gives me comfort to know that God knew we’d have trouble and sorrow in this life, but that he also provided healthy ways for us to deal with it all. Later on in Job, Job says that though his friends scorn him (and all the other stuff he had happen to him!), “but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.” (Job 16:20) God always hears us and knows our needs, and if we endure to the end, in the end He shall wipe away all tears from our eyes. (Rev 7:17)

Essential oil sprays tips

This post is a follow up to Reuse. After using my oil spray bottles for a couple months I’ve learned a couple more incredibly helpful tips that I really wanted to share!

The first is that the 5ml bottle is rarely large enough and that the 15ml bottle takes up barely noticeable more space in my purse so why not use the larger bottle?

Also, I just learned how to improve the life of your spray tops when using them with essential oils, and how to help them disperse the oil better (thus better using your oils). Here are the tips which I shamelessly stole practically verbatim from aromatools where I buy my essential oil accessories (And no, that isn’t an affiliate link. I just buy from them because they are high quality but inexpensive for many of their items.)

Tips for best use of spray tops:

    1. If you decide to use essential oils with these spray-tops, it is best to dilute them with a carrier oil or water and epsom salts. (Make sure to get unscented and unaltered epsom salts. Scented salts can have unwanted chemical reactions. The previous link is aromatools version but you can get them at the grocery or a health foods store.) If using the epsom salts, sprinkle them into the bottom of the bottle then add the desired amount of oil. Give the epsom salts a few moments to absorb the oils then fill the remaining space with water. The epsom salts help disperse the oil evenly throughout the water preventing the oil from floating to the top.
    2. Fill bottle with desired contents.
    3. Wipe threads of bottle and spray top with clean cloth to ensure the threads are dry and free from any liquid or dust.
    4. Cut tube on spray top to proper length (approximately 1/16″ above bottom of bottle). Cut tube at an angle. For best results, cut the tube at approximately a 45° angle.
    5. Screw spray top securely onto bottle (clockwise).
    6. If spray top becomes stiff, or hard to use, remove spray top from bottle, place the bottom of the tube in warm, soapy water, and spray the spray top a few times until the warm soapy water begins to spray through. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then spray again with dip tube in warm, plain water to rinse out. Remove dip tube from water and continue spraying until spray top is empty.

I know there’s quite a few tips in this article, but here are the really important tips to take away:

  • Read Reuse for how to create sprays that make your essential oils last longer and allow you to use them in more ways
  • Use 15ml to create & store your oil sprays in
  • Use epsom salts to help disperse the oils better
  • Cut the spray tube at a 45°  angel for best spraying

Happy spraying!

You know you’re really sick when…

Hey! I found this really funny list on fancynancypants.me and thought you’d enjoy it:


You know you are really sick when…

  1. You’re thinking, “I already know I’m really sick!”
  2. You try to make yourself throw up just to see if it will help you feel better
  3. On a scale from “dead” to “wonderfully healthy” you feel MUCH closer to dead
  4. You have your doctor on speed dial
  5. You moved your doctor to the top position on your speed dial (Sorry mom!)
  6. Your doctor is sick of you!
  7. You can’t remember what it’s like to feel healthy
  8. You wonder what it’s like to be healthy
  9. Trying to imagine you as a healthy person makes you feel sicker
  10. You wonder if it would be less or more painful to keel over
  11. You feel sick
  12. You feel really sick
  13. You fell really, really sick!
  14. Dr. Mario makes you angry. (Isn’t that stupid little plumber good for anything besides “saving” the stupid, tall princess??)
  15. You’re willing to try just about anything, including swallowing incredibly hot, burning things. Now your throat hurts too.
  16. You have the mood control of a two-year-old
  17. After months of rotting in the ground, your dead dog Spot — he was such an awesome dog — looks better than you do right now
  18. He smells better too
  19. Your tissues are pointy but you use them anyway
  20. A hazmat suit is required to visit you
  21. You don’t know the last time you showered, and you wouldn’t even consider one even if you had the strength to stand. Then again, you might have the strength… Nope, no you don’t. And now your body is bruised too.
  22. You sleep in the bathtub just in case and you still haven’t showered.
  23. You have considered amputation as a solution to your illness even though the “cure” to your illness doesn’t require amputation!
  24. If/when you can eat everything tastes the same: either like nothing or like terribleness.
  25. You look up stupid lists on the internet to distract yourself. It doesn’t work
  26. You make up stupid lists to distract yourself like what you’re going to eat when you can chew again, or the places you’ll visit. It also doesn’t help.
  27. You have Death on speed dial. He still doesn’t want you. (Hey, can you blame him? He doesn’t want to catch a death cold! They’re awful!)
  28. Despite Death not wanting you, you die from your illness anyway — (Man that sucks! But hey, Ghost Lady or Man, nice to have a spiritual following! If you haven’t done so already sign up for the blog updates, and thanks for reading!)
  29. You relate to several, if not all, of the things on this list. (Man, it really sucks to be you! ;))

Funny right! Anyway, get better soon dude! I want to play games!

Love,

Death