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Water and the environment questions

WATER, WATER, WATER. I see sooooo many plastic water bottles wrapped in plastic wrap being flown and distributed to the thirsty (and hungry) citizens of Puerto Rico. Though it touches my heart to know that relief is beginning to be received by these Americans, I have two questions!

  • Is there a way to transport fresh water in bulk without using plastic? Is there a environmentally friendly way to get life sustaining water to those desperate for fresh water?
  • What will happen to all the packaging from these water bottles as well as from food and supply relief sent to Puerto Rico? We should NOT be creating another problem for peoples as we work to provide aid for them.

Help educate me on relief efforts that are environmentally friendly and will leave the rescued and their homeland better off in the long run. Disasters happen more and more it seems so the need for such life saving supplies are guaranteed to continue. How can we make our responses wise and with long-term care in mind?

I will leave distribution of items in a timely manner up to others; obviously this is critical too.

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Waterproof mascara is not for the young

Over many years I have decided that waterproof mascara is an incredible invention meant for us “older” women. My make-up efforts focus on my eyes and lips now-a-days because my skin is basically clear having outlived the acne stage of life. Lipstick is easy and feminine to reapply often during the day. Mascara should be applied and last all day and into the evening; thus the value of waterproof mascara.  Here are the PROS of waterproof mascara for women menapausal and beyond. 

  • Crying does not mess up your face after you’re done crying. Guess this is a valuable tool for every girl and woman. Only other suggested “tool” is eye drops to get the red out. 
  • HOT FLASHES do not mess up your face. What a GREAT find; it’s been around forever-ish but I’ve just now realized it could make me look put together in spite of periodic self-created drenching showers. 
  • HOT FLASHES that are a side effect of post-breast cancer medications. Seemed like I was destined to not wear eye makeup for at least five years, in addition to already not worn during menapause years. FYI: it’s a small price to pay for good health and a bright future! So I thought I’d just give up on eye makeup and stick to brighter and brighter shades of lipstick to detract attention from my bald looking eyes (my lashes are blond with more and more white) beyond my myopic corrective lenses. 
  • Does there really need to be another reason!?

Waterproof mascara is not for the young

Over many years I have decided that waterproof mascara is an incredible invention meant for us “older” women. My make-up efforts focus on my eyes and lips now-a-days because my skin is basically clear having outlived the acne stage of life. Lipstick is easy and feminine to reapply often during the day. Mascara should be applied and last all day and into the evening; thus the value of waterproof mascara.  Here are the PROS of waterproof mascara for women menapausal and beyond. 

  • Crying does not mess up your face after you’re done crying. Guess this is a valuable tool for every girl and woman. Only other suggested “tool” is eye drops to get the red out. 
  • HOT FLASHES do not mess up your face. What a GREAT find; it’s been around forever-ish but I’ve just now realized it could make me look put together in spite of periodic self-created drenching showers. 
  • HOT FLASHES that are a side effect of post-breast cancer medications. Seemed like I was destined to not wear eye makeup for at least five years, in addition to already not worn during menapause years. FYI: it’s a small price to pay for good health and a bright future! So I thought I’d just give up on eye makeup and stick to brighter and brighter shades of lipstick to detract attention from my bald looking eyes (my lashes are blond with more and more white) beyond my myopic corrective lenses. 
  • Does there really need to be another reason!?

What was I thinking?

Ok. Multiple times I’ve begun a new post with a bit of simple wisdom to share. But I did NOT write it down so it’s instantly out of my BRAIN. Ugh!!! Too many things on my mind or too many bd. candles on the cake?

So today’s tip is to WRITE THINGS DOWN. I used to use post-it’s so that I could move them from date to date on the calendar. No need to rewrite repeatedly until finally done. But in today’s digital world I use the “keep” app. It’s GREAT for remember long term as well as immediate things to be done, told, read, etc.

I’ll post my other helpful tip whenever my mind brings it back to current thoughts.

Reason or Excuse

 

“The sky’s the limit”

“All things are possible.”

And so on, and so on…….

We are told as children that “we can do anything” when we are adult. As adults we learn this is not an easy life pursuit. It does not make for a happy life necessarily. As life fills up with responsibilities of chores and work, of duties and schedules, it is necessary to set limits, to prioritize how your day is filled.

The key is to stop and realize WHY you say “No, I can’t” for anything or anyone you eliminate from your day or week or life. Is your explanation an EXCUSE or a REASON? Is your choice valid or a copout? Excuses are easy to state; you may even believe them yourself. But excuses are at best an exaggerated truth and usually just a plain lie. Excuses are lies to others and to YOURSELF.

You never benefit from lies, especially about yourself. Think about the excuses you have made lately. Some excuses are public; many are private between you and yourself. Ask yourself why you made the excuse. Why did you not justify your action/inaction with REASON.  What was your real motive, purpose, aim? Why did you choose not reveal the REASON? What would it take for you to be able to change your excuses to reasons?

Don’t overlook the power of diplomacy. Diplomacy is a kind tool when you hesitate giving reasons. Tact is sympathetic; empathy softens reason for others and for yourself. Truthful reasons need not include raw crudeness.  So be kind to yourself (and others) and as you start to use an excuse next time, stop and explain your reason. You will be happier and healthier for this. Or you may find out that the excuse really isn’t worth the choice for your decision.

In Case of Emergency

My sister recently pointed out that with my phone automatically “locked” if the occasion arose that I fell ill or needed some other emergency help paramedics or a good Samaritan would be unable to open my phone to figure out who I would like to be called (besides 911).

I like having my phone locked when out in public; there’s just too much stuff on it that would be a pain to have stolen/accessed.

Here’s what I did! Thanks to google help, see below. INSTEAD of entering MY name, I entered my HUSBAND’s name and cell number with “ICE” in front of it. This stands for In Case Of Emergency.

How do I put my name on my home screen?
Android phones
  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Look for “Lock Screen,” “Security” and/or “Owner Info” (depending on phone version).
  3. You can add your name and any contact info you’d like (a number other than your cell number, or email address, for instance)

Now I have a locked phone but in case of emergency I have made it easy for someone to know whom to call.

The right way to do this

I am wondering if I need 2 blog sites; one for lessons from my personal experiences, which would remain anonymous. Then a second blog to share my questions and ideas to make life and/or environment a better way. That site would include my name because I think I should put my name behind my words. ‘

Thoughts? 

I remember Whoopy Goldberg stating more than once that if you have an opinion your should put your name to it so others can respond. She was talking about emails/tweets to critisizing her or others.