Where’d my 20/20 go?

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A funny thing happens when you turn 40…Your vision begins to gradually tank. Imagine how bad it gets in your 50s…

And the older I get, the more pairs of readers I need. First of all, my visual acuity depends on what I’m doing. Am I reading? That requires one pair of glasses. Am I working on my computer? A different magnification may be required. If I actually wish to see my food when we dine, yes, I grab another pair.

And don’t get me started on the fashion component. You see, I like different looks, so that requires many alternatives.

I also continually lose my readers. I leave them in restaurants, in the grocery store, at friends’ homes…They are scattered throughout the house.

So what is the answer to this vision conundrum? Dollar Tree!!! My husband turned me on to this ideal location for purchasing my spectacles as I need so many. I was skeptical until he came home one day with a pair.  I was surprised that they were of such decent quality. If they do break, who cares? And if I lose them, it is no cause for alarm. Plus, I can own dozens…

So fulfill your love for eyewear without breaking the bank. Stop by your local Dollar Tree.

And, no, they are not paying me for this plug.

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

 

 

The flu sucks…

 

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So, I ALMOST got the flu.

Allow me to explain. I had all of the classic symptoms: aches, chills, headache, low-grade fever, crud in my throat, exhausted…

I was in bed all day yesterday. Every time I stood up, UGH!!

As I lay in bed, dreading the coming week, I recalled what I did a few days prior.

I got the FLU SHOT!!

I know, I know. The flu shot is not a live virus, so they say it will not give you the flu. I beg to differ. Okay, so I didn’t get the full-blown flu, but I felt like hell for 24 hours. I’m hoping that the shot will help me to avoid a repeat of yesterday, but I’m not counting on it.

In whatever form it takes, the FLU SUCKS! …’nough said.

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2018 Susie Krivacic)

 

 

 

And they call it puppy love…

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Are you one of the 48% of American homes that call a dog a family member? If you do, I certainly understand why. Meet our Goldendoodle, Lilly…Also known as Silly Miss Lilly J Von Fluffenstein III Filbert de la Pickle Pad. Don’t ask why or how…it just is.

Dogs are amazing because of their unconditional love and totally empathic personalities. Lilly can immediately sense when we are stressed, sick, or sad. But she also embraces our happiness, excitement, and glee. No matter what the emotional state, Lilly is right there…our 42-pound lap dog ready to share in the joy or make things better. She loves to play and will bring us her favorite toy of the day when she is ready to fetch. She’ll then cuddle on the couch, roll onto her back, begging for the eternal belly rubs.

The benefits of the bonds that people have with their dogs, or any other pet for that matter, have been studied, and there is scientific evidence that dogs improve our overall wellbeing.

“The strength of the human-animal bond has been known for a long time, but scientific evidence about how it works was first published only about 30 years ago when a psychologist, Alan Beck of Purdue University, and a psychiatrist, Aaron Katcher of the University of Pennsylvania, actually measured what happens physically when a person pets a friendly and familiar dog. They found that the person’s blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed-all of which are signs of reduced stress. Furthermore, a study published recently in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine not only confirmed these effects but showed changes in blood chemistry demonstrating reduced amounts of stress-related hormones. It is interesting to note that these positive psychological effects work a lot faster than many drugs taken for stress since all of these effects occurred after only 5 to 24 minutes of pleasantly interacting with the dog.”

Referenced: (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/200906/health-and-psychological-benefits-bonding-pet-dog)

Now, I’m not trying to say that the love of a dog will negate the need for psychotropic medications, but my interactions with Lilly do enhance my mental wellness. That, combined with my medications, help me to maintain a more stable version of myself.

So if you’re having a good day, hug your dog. If you’re having a bad day, hug your dog. Not only will you feel great, but your dog will too!

Stay groovy…

–Susie

Copyright Susie Krivacic 2018