Hurricane Matthew Update


For those of you who don’t know, I live in South Daytona, Florida, directly in the head-on path of category 4 Hurricane Matthew.  Last night, I was forced to evacuate my home.  My dad helped me try to quickly  prepare my home as best as we could before fleeing for safety.  Both time and funds were insufficient to board up my windows with plywood, but we were able to get the sandbags in front of the doors to help prevent flooding damage.  I’m currently safe, staying with some family in The Villages, Florida, which is located in central Florida.  

A total of 180 shelters have been opened.  23,000 people are in shelters now.  

All of the bridges in St. Johns Counties are closed.  All of the bridges in Flagler and Volusia counties are also closed.  

Flagler County and Coastal Volusia Counties have gotten the worst  of the hurricane so far with storm surges, flooding, and wind gusts of about 100 miles per hour.  

There are a lot of downed trees, power lines, and

Three people in Florida have lost their lives and this is the most updated information available.  Two in Port St. Lucie and one in Volusia county: a woman died when a tree fell on her.

So far, there’s been two in Port St. Lucie and one in Volusia county.  The Volusian woman died when a tree fell on her.

 It’s still really bad in Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores.  I don’t know if my house is still standing, but I’m physically okay. Right now, our area doesn’t have any power.  The majority of Volusia County does not have power right now.   

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Illuminate Your Life With Aurorae Yoga


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My package arrived over the weekend.  😀

I’ve been saying that I need to reduce high-impact exercise and focus on doing anxiety-reducing, strengthening yoga.  

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time or if you know me personally you know that 1.) I am a perpetually anxious person and 2.) I am perpetually injured person from overtraining via high-impact cardio.  

I was inspired to try out the ,  luxurious microfiber towel, cute women’s slim flip flops, and slip-free rosin bag-which, by the way, is genius.


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Infectious Pain


Because my body’s been fighting a nasty infection, I’ve been feeling run down, sleeping terribly, and really struggling to get through any physically demanding tasks.  Activities that I enjoy; love even, have felt grating.  104_1902-1024x768104_1512-1024x768

I started prescription antibiotics on Friday, and when I woke up Sunday, wasn’t really expecting much in the way of motivation.  I’ve been running, of course, because, if you know me, you know I will run with a severed head if I can manage it.  I’ve also put in a little time into the garden each day–just not as much as I ought to at this point of the season.  

I know I need to step it up, but I’ve felt so below par and, this is going to sound counterintuitive, but, for some reason, the kind of physicality that gardening requires–the squatting and standing back up again repeatedly–versus the continuous cadence of running, has felt so much more taxing over the last week.  

Sometimes when I am gardening, I get dizzy and see stars, or everything gets very dark momentarily.  It’s possible that it has something to do with orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure when standing quickly).  It’s very common and causes of this are myriad, but I think (and we all know I have an advanced medical degree, haha) the likely culprits are either dehydration, anemia, or my prescribed beta blocker.  

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The Bleak Mid-Winter


For the past two months, I have been struggling with a significant Depressive Episode.  A Depressive Episode is an unavoidable phase of the Bipolar Cycle and, for me, it manifests itself through feelings of irritability, anxietyemptiness and hopelessness

I have also really been struggling with self-worth, concentrating and making decisions

To counteract that badness inside, I have been running a lot of miles and consuming Dopamine-Increasing and Anxiety-Reducing foods, like this yummy stir-fry here:


Green Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Purple Onion, Garlic, Black Pepper and Coconut Oil.

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Work & Play Weekend #1: Expansion


Earlier this week, I was confronted with the dilemma of having exhausted the planting real estate in my Front Yard.  So what’s a girl to do? Well, move to the Side Yard of course!   The front yard has ideal sunlight, but the side’s exposure is not too shabby (or shady) either.


When I originally cleared the Front Yard, I used a Rototiller, rented from a local Equipment Supply Company.  The tiller was gas-powered, but handling it is no joke.  If I did not have quadzilla legs and my dad splitting the labor with me,  I may not have made it!

Recommended:  Unless you have Babe the Blue Ox on your payroll,  you will want to:

1.) Eat your Wheaties and 2.) Have a Dad-Type Person helping you


  Dad-Type Person Using a Tiller:  Alys Clancy’s Garden Guide, 1988

Today’s project  was approached with sheer will and brute strength while yielding a garden hoe.  Tilling by hand is much more labor-intensive and time consuming, but quite feasible if the area is reasonably sized.

In progress:

 Tilling up Silly Grass


Creating Rows


        Utilizing Organic Mulch

While looking at my Side Yard,  I have to remind myself that the Front Yard once looked equally desolate after tilling, and that my plants will be sprouting up soon.  the Side Yard is now mainly devoted to  Fall Crops, Perennials,  Herbs and Fruit Trees.  The seedlings that are expected to mature in the fall include Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower and Squash.


Here are some fun things I am enjoying this weekend:



Strawberries in a Fruit Salad!

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Gardening Books and Fresh Cut flowers!


Rennie’s valiant attempts to stay awake!


                                      So Sleepy

What are you enjoying this weekend?