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What’s Your “Fog Line” Habit?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

As I was driving to Sea-Tac airport at 5 am yesterday morning, the stars were out and so were the animals. Two deer skittered across the highway in front of me, and as I rounded a corner I had to stop for a HUGE cow elk standing in my lane. She calmly looked me over as I waited, my Saturn Vue idling. Finally she turned away from my headlights shining in her face and sauntered off the highway.

Approaching the top of Chinook Pass, I could just make out a wall of white looming ahead, starting right at the log bridge that marks the eastern boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. Sure enough, as I headed down the other side I was enveloped in fog so thick you could use it as whipped topping.

It reminded me so much of the very first time 29 years ago that I drove this winding stretch of highway between the summits of Chinook Pass and Cayuse Pass. It was even about the same time of night. Navigating its 3 hairpin curves and other twists and turns back then gave me a white-knuckled ride to remember.

Even with the experience of having driven this patch of mountain road over a hundred times I dreaded entering the white swirling mist. Until I found a delightful surprise: freshly painted, VISIBLE fog lines!

What could have been a trial (or worse, trial and ERROR) was so much easier for me because although it was still hard what was directly ahead of me, with the wide white lines to my right I could still make out the edge of the road levitra acheter. Instead of guessing, wishing or hoping, I could tell when I was getting too close to the shoulder.

Do you have any habits that work for you in the same way? Little things that help you stay on track because you can “see” that you’re too close to the edge of the road BEFORE you end up in the ditch?

I tend to lose track of time easily and getting out the door in time is a constant challenge for me. I set a kitchen timer to help me keep on track. My husband Charlie loves to take showers and he sets a timer so he doesn’t end up in there for half an hour and then late for work.

What is YOUR “fog line” habit? What little thing do you do that helps you stay on track?? What has helped you in the past?

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change tadalafil tablets.” Jim Rohn

Best Regards,
Dr. Louise Achey


Wag More, Bark Less

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

As I pulled into the parking lot of my local library yesterday to return a couple of books, I noticed the window sticker on the blue “Toaster” parked in the space right next to me. I call Honda Elements “Toasters” because to me they all look like overgrown kitchen appliances. They may look like they should have giant slots on the roof, but they do have fabulously flexible cargo space!

The oval sticker on the back window of the “Toaster” read, “Wag More, Bark Less”. Hmmm…as I walked across the parking lot with my books in hand, I kept thinking about that sticker.

It was succinct. And also very good advice.

One of my favorite relatives once told me, “Louise, there are two
kinds of people in this world. See that doorway over there? There are those who make you break out in a smile when you see them walking in the door, and those who you smile at when you see them walking out. WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT TO BE master collection cs6 mac viagraindian.com?”

It seems that “wagging more” and “barking less” would also be a way to remember another, very powerful observation, by Maya Angelou:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. ”

Think of the difference between how you feel when you see a dog wagging their tail madly at you, tongue hanging out in a doggy smile, compared to having that dog stare at you, barking furiously.

Which makes you feel better?

Seeing that window sticker also helped remind me to think about whether I was creating joy when I arrived to a gathering or when I left.

About whether I am “wagging” enough, or “barking” too much.

Wag More… Bark Less…and have a great day.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Louise

It Takes One To Know One

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Last month I had a screening colonoscopy done, my very first. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, if you leave out skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in women, after breast cancer and lung cancer.

Colorectal cancer also is more common in those folks over age 50… as in yours truly. I finally convinced myself last month that it was time to quit stalling and get that screening colonoscopy my family doctor had been recommending.

When I arrived at my pre-procedure appointment, the nice nurse Wanda explained what I needed to do before and after my procedure. Because I was taking naproxen every day for a medical condition, I was instructed to hold that medicine 3 days before, and then NO VEGGIES or high fiber foods for 3 days before. And NO red or purple colored foods or drinks, either. But bland, starchy foods were ok. Ughh.

Then the day before my procedure the fun REALLY began. After more than 20 years of dispensing hundreds of gallons of the electrolyte (intestinal flush) called Go-Lightly or Co-Lyte, it was my turn. Uh…yummm?

My "Golightly" colonoscopy prep

Nowadays, we have more options for flavoring this gallon of weird-tasting stuff. You can add any flavor of Crystal Light you like–as long as it isn’t red or purple. I picked lemon and lime. There are dried lemon and lime crystals available now, called True Lemon and True Lime download photoshop cs5 portable. They covered up the salty taste reasonably well, but boy is that a lot to drink of ANYTHING.

After I mixed up my gallon of Go-Lightly I divided it up so I could do more than just one flavor. Professionally, I advise folks NOT to pick their favorite flavor to add to the whole thing, because by the time you are done drinking a gallon of that stuff, it won’t be your favorite flavor any more…

The day that I was to start drinking that stuff was a LONG day! The only thing that made it bearable was watching the DVD The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Betty White (Betty was such a HOOT in this flick!) with my daughter Maureen, who brought it over for us to watch, with of course some strategic pauses for me to use the facilities.

You can talk all you want about being an expert, but there is no substitute for personal experience!!!

And when you add personal experience to professional knowledge, you’ve got a pretty potent combination. I do a much better job now explaining HOW to take Go-Lighty than I ever did before my own colonoscopy experience.

It’s the same with dealing with bladder problems. There’s really NO SUBSTITUTE for having BOTH professional expertise AND personal experience. That’s what makes the Bladder Bliss system different. You get the benefit of my own personal experience of suffering from bladder leakage and the my expertise in explaining how to beat it.

It’s been over 5 years since I overcame my urinary incontinence and I am still CONFIDENTLY sneezing, coughing, dancing and jumping. And all without having wear pads or take any pills. The best part? No more of having to choose between risking embarrassment or suffering with dry mouth and constipation!!!

If you or someone you know is ready to pitch the pills and get back into life, you’ll find out how at www.bladderbliss.com.

Warm Regards,
Louise Achey

Time for Autumn Casserole

Friday, October 7th, 2011

You can tell it’s October outside by the coolness of the mornings and days getting shorter. I’m also seeing more deer, bighorn sheep and elk on my drives into Yakima.

This is my favorite time of the year and I love to spend as much of it outside as possible. Every Saturday in October you’ll find us outside: hiking in the woods and working around the house getting ready for winter. In the Washington Cascade mountains, winter comes early, and take it from me…it’s no fun dealing with gutters and gardens in the snow.

When I’m outside all day, it’s wonderful to come in to a hot meal waiting for me. That’s how I got started making Autumn Casserole…looking for an EASY, filling meal that you can put together quickly and walk in and eat. It is SO EASY and cooks all day, ready for you with a wonderful Oktoberfest-ive smell. At potlucks it’s also a big hit viagra 50 mg pfizer. It’s my pleasure to share it with you here viagra online india. There are only 4 ingredients that go into the slow cooker, 5 ingredients total if you count the mashed potatoes that we always serve with it.

created by Louise Achey

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 6-8 hours in slow cooker
Serves: 6-8 depending on size of cooker
Serve with: Mashed potatoes

One of hhe best things about this recipe is the endless possible variations you can try of the ingredients, particularly of the sausage and apples. The only sausage that we’ve ever been disappointed in has been smoked sausage, because to us the smokiness didn’t seem to “meld” as well with the other flavors as well.

The amount of each ingredient depends on how big your slow cooker is. Mine is tall and holds 3 layers of each (see picture).

Ingredients for Autumn Casserole

64 oz Sauerkraut, drained well
1 lb Sausage (kielbasa, bratwurst, etc) cut into ½ inch slices
2 medium Onions, sliced into 1/3 inch slices, then separated
2 medium Apples, sliced
Optional 6 medium potatoes (to make mashed for side dish)

Layer ½ inch of drained sauerkraut on the bottom of a slow cooker. Follow that with a layer of sliced sausage, then sliced onion, then apple slices. Repeat sauerkraut/sausage/onion/apple layers 1-2 more times, depending on the depth of your slow cooker, finishing with a final layer of sauerkraut on top.
Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Serve with mashed potatoes. You can serve the mashed potatoes on the side, or put a scoop in first and then add the casserole on top, like this:

Autumn Casserole Ready to Eat

I’d love to hear how it worked for you, what sausage and apples you used, and what you served with it (in place of mashed potatoes).
Happy Oktoberfest!


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