A (Not So) Day Off

26219529_1539040756145825_5825292466308455833_nSigh.  Wednesday I was way too exhausted to bother with the blog.  And, I’ve run out of drafts . . . so everything has to start from scratch.

Yesterday I woke up, went to work and then threw up on the floor not long after I got there.  Got sent home.  I was not happy about it.  But, the department that I work on at The Day Job sends you home if you throw up or if you are running a fever.  You can be sent home for other symptoms of being sick but those are the two big ones.  You see, with working in such tight quarters (my department works in the basement of an old house that serves as our office) we have pretty strict rules about not coming to work sick.  I guess Wednesday was the beginning of being sick and I just didn’t realize it.

So, after coming home, I took some anti nausea meds and pretty much lived on pineapple juice (my head was pounding) and some crackers here and there.

This morning I woke up not feeling 100% but feeling good enough (with some anti nausea meds) to go to work.  I was about 10 minutes from leaving The Barn when I got the text.  Our office was closed for the day.  Not only do we have some horrible plague going thru the office but the weather was bad.  During the night freezing rain had developed.  Actually it was quite a bit of it.  And 2-5 inches of snow were forecast after that.

I still had to go into town though.  We had some business to get done for our construction company.  So, we had a nail biting and nerve wrecking trip.  We actually lost traction at an intersection and nearly crashed into one of the poles that help suspend the traffic lights.  Luckily The Hubby was a cool cucumber and we stopped less than a foot from the pole.

Now we’re safely back at The Barn.  But, snow needs plowed from the drive.  The walks need shoveled, wood needs brought in and Daisy Doodle needs another bath.

Some day off huh?

Peace, Love & Warm Thoughts

Hoosier Barn Chick


Pass Me The Pineapple Juice (Not Excederin)

pexels-photo-348523Among so many other weird brain issues, I have a problem with chronic headaches (Occipital neuralgia). . . and migraines.  Fabulous, right?

So, I have to prevent becoming dehydrated (not easy when you live on Dt. Mountain Dew and menthols), avoid stress (yeah, right) and get plenty of quality sleep.  All of this is on top of preventives, an enormous amount of Excederin Migraine Formula and the meds for the bipolar issues.

I have seen on the interwebs that pineapple juice is supposed to help with headaches and migraines.  Please note . . . I ALWAYS note a difference between the two.  One is not the other.  Don’t make me get up on the soapbox.

Anyway, I was going to make a ham last week and needed pineapple juice.  I bought some and, when I was dealing with my normal morning headache, I decided to have a glass.  I love pineapples and the juice from them.  So, it wasn’t hard to talk myself into giving it a try.

Guess what?  The headache went away (fairly quickly) without any meds for it!  I’ve been having a glass twice a day since then and it seems to get rid of them.  I can’t wait to give it a try for migraines!

On the bipolar front . . . people who are diagnosed as bipolar are at a higher risk for migraines.  Yes, genetics affect migraines.  But, it’s been found that bipolar people are more likely to suffer from migraines as opposed to the general population.  They’ve even determined that type II people are more likely to have them as opposed to type I.  Why not add to the fun of a crippling mental illness, right?

Peace, Love & Pineapples

Hoosier Barn Chick

Sidetracked With Reminder Reading

As I’ve said before (a lot recently), sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not the only people going through frustrating things.  For me, it helps to hear that I’m in good company when I struggle with being bipolar.

Although her final diagnosis was not bipolar, this author has AD(H)D, which many of us bipolar people DO have.  I find her hilariously funny . . . and comforting at the same time.

The author is Stacey Turis and her wonderful memoirs are included in her book Here’s To Not Catching Our Hair On Fire:  An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit – Oh Look! A Chicken!


Love, Peace & Peace Of Mind

Hoosier Barn Chick


Quality Time With Dead Fish

pexels-photo-229789Yup, you read that right.

Relationship experts are always spewing forth the importance of quality time.  I don’t disagree with this.  But, the first go-to solution they have is usually date night.  That’s great . . . if you have the time and energy.

With The Day Job for me, our construction company, The Boy, Daisy Doodle, Dinky The Fierce & Walnut & His Girls, it’s sometimes hard for us to carve out time for a date night.  Even if it’s just having dinner with friends.

Yesterday, The Hubby went ice fishing with a cousin.  He was gone when I woke up and didn’t come home until around supper time.  We had dinner, he surfed his phone and then we headed to the garage. . . to a bucket of dead fish that needed tended to.

So, as he cut the meat from the fish and I deboned the meat, we got to have some quality time together.  The conversation wasn’t all that romantic . . . or really all that plentiful.  But, we enjoyed the time together.

I can’t begin to tell you how much meat we have processed together over the years.  It’s a good thing I’m not squeamish about it.  We’ve done probably a thousand fish, hundreds of deer and even some chickens over the course of the almost 15 years we’ve been married.

So, yeah, the experts may have advice . . . but I think the lesson here is to think outside the box with your relationship.  It doesn’t have to be a romantic dinner, or pizza and Netflix . . .or whatever.  Just do what works for you in that moment in time.  It’s a nugget of wisdom I need to remember.

Peace, Love & Little Moments

Hoosier Barn Chick

It’s On Me!

I decided this afternoon to do a little research on blog writing . . . you know, it’s that short attention span thing.

And, I decided that there must be tons of other people out there like me . . . trying to write a blog every day and always having those moments of self-doubt . . . and a not-so-solid plan as to how to go about it.

So, in honor of all of us trying to do something bigger than ourselves, I’m hosting a giveaway.


One person will be awarded a Kindle edition of The “5 P” Approach To Copy That Crushes It.  A random winner will be chosen from those who follow me on twitter @INBarnChick.

Enter for your chance to win it here!

Peace, Love & 5 P’s

Hoosier Barn Chick