Day Nine: When Life Gives You a Raccoon – Or – When Life Gives you Raccoon Eyes

They say that life only gives you what you can handle. They, from the Book of Them? Which honestly, I vehemently disagree with because I don’t understand how “They” determine that some lives are meant to handle serious illnesses, diseases, and disabilities throughout the lifespan, and some are not. But I digress. It’s too early in this blog post for digression.

So anyway – Life decided to give us a raccoon late last night. A giant raccoon who wanted to have a chicken dinner. Unfortunately, it was our flock of chickens that this unwelcome guest was trying to eat. Twice. Once just as we were falling asleep past our bedtime, and once around midnight. My dear husband – who has lots and lots of experience with helping critters understand that they are not welcome by way of gun – issued a pellet in the raccoon’s direction and may have hit the damn thing on the second go around. Raccoon scampered off and we boarded up our chicken coop with lawn furniture for a chance to sleep through the night without hearing our chickens screaming. It worked. By the way – if you’ve never heard chickens screaming, trust me, you don’t want to. What a horrible sound!

Unfortunately, two nights of reduced sleep is something that my body is not well-equipped to handle at this time. I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get my yoga and meditation practice in. And as I sit here now, I know that my day ahead may be challenging because this Mama doesn’t have much in the tank. So Life, and or They – I’m asking for a happy, easy-going Little Miss Toddler Girl to appear with her little bedhead soon. And I’m asking that she goes easy on her Mama today. Mama is working through fatigue and pain this morning. And though Mama completely sucks at taking naps, Mama may really need to take one today. So Life, and or They – Could you give me a two year old who doesn’t mind watching some movies, reading some books, and basically chilling out just for today? Daddy is working, so it’s just Mama and Little today. He won’t be around till later. Take it under advisement and let me know. Thanks.

In other, super happy news…My beloved bestie and her hubby revealed the gender of their tiny human who is currently incubating. It’s a boy!!!! So much love guys!!! Congratulations!!!

As always dear readers – Wishing you a bright, beautiful, energetic, happy day! Much love, many hugs, Namaste. <3 Thank you for reading.

My Mental House – Plans & Goals for Healing from Depression

Goal — To Gain Clarity

Plan — Meditate for at least 10 minutes daily, eventually expanding on the amount of time a couple minutes per day, with 20 minutes of daily meditation being the target sit time.  

More Plans — Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Lights out by 10pm and wake up at 7am would be a good starting point for me. SOMETIMES A RACCOON MESSES WITH YOUR PLAN TO SLEEP WELL!!!

Goal — To Reduce and Prevent Insomnia

Plan – No electronic devices before meditation/yoga practice in the morning. No electronic devices for at least one hour before bedtime. 

Plan – Read more books instead of staring at electronic devices, especially at night

Goal — To Relieve Depressed Mood, Anxiety Symptoms, and Relieve Pain

Plan — Move!!!! Yoga, Swim, Walk

Yoga — Attend at least 2 classes a week, practice most days of the week for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Practice in the morning after waking. May precede meditation. Loving my new morning routine! Yoga, meditation, blog, quiet. It’s a good start to every day! 

Swim — 10–20 laps 2–3x per week  

Walk — Walk daily — sometime during the day. Just get out and walk. 

More Plans — Medicate with cannabis as needed.

  • 1-3 inhales from a vaporizer with a CBD-rich strain first thing in the morning if panic/anxiety/pain not relieved by self care bodywork is on board
  • 2–3 inhales from a vaporizer with an indica-dominant strain by 7:30pm to reduce tension and promote sleep. – Work in progress, open to suggestions for sure!

Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic

In the morning — Smoothie (I have a kefir, kombucha, Vega Protein Powder, and Amazing Grass Superfood smoothie every morning.)

And to keep things simple, I’ve invested in this book to help me get on a better track with nourishing my body. I eat relatively well, but I could certainly use more fresh foods and less convenient carbohydrates. My dear friend and I will be following this plan together. I’ll be digging into this book on Sunday evening – Meal planning and prep for the week is on the to-do list. 



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