Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TOP 5 Reasons I like my Snoring Machine

I recently acquired what I fondly refer to as my "snoring machine". Officially, it is a CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) device to treat sleep apnea--which is a condition where one doesn't get enough oxygen while sleeping--for various reasons such as parts of one's tongue and throat relax and block one's airway--which is also the cause of one's snoring and/or frequent awakenings at night.

It took me a couple of weeks to get used to the trial machine, despite the fact modern CPAPs are nothing like the noisy, full-face masked monsters that once ruled the nighttime. It's so quiet that if you're over 60 you likely won't even hear it working. And it's computerized so one doesn't have a full hurricane-force wind blowing in one's face all night--one only has enough pressure to keep that airway open and it even automatically reduces the pressure when one's trying to breathe out. And it humidifies the air, which makes it an ideal machine for absolutely everyone who lives on or in the vicinity of Alberta's prairies during the winter. However, let it be known that for now anyway, one does need a doctor's prescription to buy a CPAP.

My entire relationship with the CPAP started when blood pressure monitoring uncovered that my pressure was ultra-high upon first awakening and pretty well normal by the time 2:00 pm rolled around. This led to suspicions of sleep apnea, a condition which further testing confirmed.

Experimental trials proved that using a CPAP, combined with altering the time of my mild blood pressure pill could completely eradicate that high blood pressure.  Several studies have noted that early morning high blood pressure is the most dangerous kind of high blood pressure to have so, from there it was off to buying a snoring machine of my very own.

Better sleep is not the only advantage of these devices. Here are my TOP FIVE Reasons to Use a CPAP:

5. It lowers my blood pressure without medication or side effects
4. It humidifies the air I breathe, resulting in fewer nose bleeds and less troublesome post-nasal drip
3. I can sleep facing my hubby without breathing in his face or having his breath in mine.
2. If the room is too light...or too cold...or too noisy I can bury my entire self under the covers and still breathe...
and the TOP reason I like my CPAP
1. If the dog (or anyone else in the room) passes wind, I do not smell it.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Harvest Poetry

Combines at night 
with their lights
working beneath a harvest moon.
Bright spell.
Dusty, musty new-mown smells
of harvest. 
Cold thick haze
born of warmer days 
over the lower fields.
I feel. 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mushrooms and Roses

I felt somewhat like young Katrina, the protagonist in The Traz, out there today in the mellow autumn sun with my basket.

However, Katrina accomplished a lot more with her mushroom picking, than I did. She used it as a cover when she disabled the perimeter sensors of The Traz biker gang compound and then disabled some of the bikers with the toxic Amanita muscaria as the cops swooped in.

Throughout her year-long stay on the compound, she was also known to buy favors from the bikers now and then with the hallucinogenics she found.

Oh, well. At least I get a delicious side dish for supper tonight, and some flowers to brighten my kitchen.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Female Writer, Male Protagonist...

Although I have male characters in all my published novels, the main character has always been female. I'll break with that tradition in my upcoming SciFi trilogy, Project W.Olf (to be released by WolfSinger Publications in 2019).

I remember writing a short story in Grade 6 and my teacher complimenting me on writing first person from a male perspective. She said children usually stick to writing from their own gender view point. So immersed had I been in my story, until the teacher mentioned it, I hadn't realized I'd written it from a boy's point of view.

I seem to have fluid gender identity when it comes to my imagination. I recently found a short story I wrote in Grade 3 (it won a first place ribbon at the local fair). It, too, was written from a male perspective--a young boy named Daryl talked to a beaver about what his 'dam' life was like.

I don't know--can authors realistically portray what it's like to be of the opposite gender? Have you ever read a book and double checked the gender of the author because you didn't find a character believable (i.e. must be a male writer because a woman wouldn't do that, say that, think that).

As an author, I find it exhilarating to be unfettered by gender roles and biases when designing my characters. What it boils down to, for me, is at the core of our being we're all the same, no matter our gender, the colour of our skin, our religion, nationality, income. We all hurt. We all love. We all make dreadful mistakes. And hopefully, we all forgive.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Three Things I didn't know until today

"You're never too old to learn" vs "You can't teach old dogs new tricks"

I think I'm pretty clever and have lived a long time, done much, and learned just about everything until days like today strike.

It seems one mindlessly accepts the world as it is until something, for reasons not understood, piques one's interest. "Have you ever seen a chickadee's nest?" Hubby asked as we watched the cheery, plentiful birds flit about our campsite.

I realized I didn't know if I had because I had no idea what a chickadee's nest looks like.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, our get-away campsite has no internet or cell phone service, so googling chickadee nests had to wait for the weekend to be over.

Half the time these days, things I want to google go in one side of my brain and then disappear into the ether before I get anywhere near a computer or smartphone. It was halfway through the  next week before I remembered to look up the nesting habits of chickadees. I discovered no, I likely have never seen a chickadee's nest because they build them inside tree holes and hollows. But, as always happens when one surfs the net, another curiosity arose. Along with the chickadee nest article were instructions on how to build a 'bird house' that chickadees would nest in. Included in those instructions were tips on how to keep the squirrels out of the house as they might raid the nest and eat the eggs.

Squirrels eat eggs? I thought squirrels ate nuts, and pine cones, and judging by the mess they once made in our abandoned outhouse, tissues, mushrooms, corncobs, and carpet strings. I was pretty sure this was an example of 'internet misinformation.'

Further research on my trusted nature sites revealed, yes, both chipmunks and squirrels will raid birds' nests and not only eat the eggs, but eat the hatchlings, too. Some, in fact, have been known to catch and kill adult birds. (They've also been known to scavenge dead birds.)

Okay, so there went my impressions of kind and cute vegetarian squirrels, but also therein lay the answer to my burning question about where the unhatched robin's egg on my deck went after the fledglings fledged.

I was pondering these newfound facts of nature as I hiked through my forest this afternoon when I came across a fresh pile of bear scat. I pondered that for a while, trying to decipher what it was the bear was eating since the spring infestation of tent caterpillars had severely stunted the saskatoon berry crop. There were seeds of some sort in the scat, perhaps raspberry and strawberry as due to the caterpillars destroying the forest canopy, extra sunlight reached these plants.

When I came across the second pile of bear scat an observation struck me.  Most people would not be prone to thinking deeply when encountering bear scat, either about food sources of Ursa or wood frogs, but authors are known to be unlike most people in their view of the world and their thought processes. I surmise, because about then I realized both times as I neared the scat pile, five or six frogs hopped away from it.  When the same thing happened at the third pile, I realized frogs eat bear scat, something even google doesn't seem to know.

About then, I pulled my canister of bear spray from my holster...

The three things I learned today:
1. Chickadees build their nests inside trees
2. Chipmunks and squirrels eat birds
3. Wood frogs eat bear scat

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Schrödinger's Cat
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Criminal Minds at Work: Genetically modified...

Criminal Minds at Work: Genetically modified...: According a recent MacLean's article,   "Canadians ate 4.5 tonnes of unlabelled GM salmon without knowing it this past year" ... Today on Criminal Minds at Work I look at the law and GMO