Hello, everyone! Well, I'm glad March is finally here, because February was a doozy. I was trucking along, working hard to finish up the final few chapters of the next Gryphon Chronicles book, when I came down with SUCH a bad cold that I was out of commission for a week.
I have not lost a full week of writing since the 90's. Thank goodness for Nyquil, Robitussin, Airborne, and Kleenexes, though, and especially thank goodness for my dear, darling husband, who took such good care of me the whole time. Now that's what I call a true Valentine! :) "In sickness and in health." Eric made me chicken soup, gave me chiropractic adjustments (he was a chiropractor for many years with a sideline in nutrition--getting adjusted boosts your immune system), and even bought walkie-talkies so I could call him whenever I needed anything.
We've been having a lot of fun with the walkie-talkies, actually, lol. It's way more fun than texting. I'm still trying to get the lingo down, though. All I know is "ten-four" and "over," lol. I decided I need a good radio/CB handle! I mentioned this on Facebook and one of my readers thought it should be Book Babe. *grin*
Anyway, once I started feeling better, I realized there were some tweaks I could make to my morning routine that would be a little healthier for me in general, like cutting down my coffee and going to bed earlier, etc. I thought I'd share my two big finds.
First, Eric started giving me this Amazing Grass Superfood Green Drink that I am singing the praises of. Trust me, he knows his health food stuff. This is vegan, organic, and GMO free. All I know is it makes me feel GREAT. I thought it would be disgusting to drink (it's just a powder, you mix it with a glass of water) but it doesn't taste bad at all, and the changes it's already made for me have been huge. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who's got GIRD or digestive type issues, because it balances out your body's Ph levels so you're not acidic. Much to my surprise, it had a nice effect on my skin and even lessened the dark circles I tend to get under my eyes.
Anyway, the other really nice find that I came across while trying to get healthy again was this little 12-minute "Good Morning Stretch" by a personal trainer/coach on Youtube, Tara Davidson. It's a great little stretch routine that's quick and easy. It worked so well to ease the overall body aches and pains I had from being sick that I just decided to add it into my normal routine.
Well, by Sunday (Feb 28), I was still coughing a little, but itching to finally get out of the house. It was beautiful, warm, and sunny out, and Eric and I suddenly realized it was the last day of the annual Orchid and Bonsai Show at Phipp's Conservatory. This is one of my favorite events in my home city all year, so I was determined not to miss it.
Happily, we managed to get into town to see it and had a wonderful time. We took lots of pictures that I wanted to share with you guys ~ so, enjoy! (And PS: Stay healthy!)
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