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The closet in our bedroom

The closet in our bedroom

One of the things I really hate about our house is that there are only two closets in the whole house. And to make matters worse, the way that the hanging rods are spaced is weird–the one in my bedroom is about halfway up the wall. Because of this, it is hard to hang a winter coat in there–it drags the floor.

Lots of wasted space in the closet

Lots of wasted space in the closet

You may also notice that there is no shelf above the rod at all, leaving a ton of wasted space in the closet. The way that rod was installed in the beginning would have allowed for three shelves but nope, none were there.

The floor of my bedroom closet

The floor of my bedroom closet

It was really hard to get a picture of the floor of the closet. That’s because you can’t see it. We had just piled stuff in there when we moved in and it has never been moved in two and a half years. When I was taking everything out of the closet to install the organizers from WoodTrac, I found a bag of shoes. I just threw them all away. I figured if I haven’t worn them in that long, I probably won’t ever.

If that one bedroom closet hasn’t given you the creeps yet, let me show you the other closet. It’s the one in my sewing room. I don’t think I could have crammed one more thing in there:

The sewing and craft room closet

The sewing and craft room closet

It was so frustrating to go into this room and try to sew or do some kind of craft, because all of the supplies were just crammed into the closet. Evey single time I needed something to sew with, to craft with, or whatever, I had to move boxes of “stuff” to find what I was looking for.

Another view of the sewing room closet: Shambles!

Another view of the sewing room closet: Shambles!

You will notice that this closet had a shelf at the top. It was so high up in the closet that I couldn’t reach anything that was up there without a ladder, so I always felt like that shelf was useless.

Because I had these ridiculously disorganized closets, I was very happy when WoodTrac Closets contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their Hanging Half Closet units. WoodTrac by Sauder has a beautiful full line of closet organizers. I only wish I had more closets or a bigger one so that I could put more of them in my home. Wouldn’t this be just fabulous in the bedroom:

These closet organizers are so pretty!

These closet organizers are so pretty!

The next time, I’ll show you the installation process! OH! and stay tuned for a giveaway for some of these awesome closet organizers.

I Am A Natures Sunshine Distributor

Fabgrandma's Herb Shop

Fabgrandma’s Herb Shop

I have been using Nature’s Sunshine products for nearly 25 years, and have sold them on and off as a distributor for almost 20 years. I have been happy with their products, and would like to share them with you all now. I finally decided to create an online store, and will be talking about one product per week here at Fabgrandma.com.

Fenugreek & Thyme

Fenugreek & Thyme

I am going to start off with the product that Fabgrandpa and I use the most. It is an herbal combination of Fenugreek & Thyme. It has many uses, but what we use it for is those awful sinus headaches and the stuffy nose that accompanies them. I am NOT a doctor, and I am NOT prescribing any medicinal or herbal remedies. All I am doing is sharing what works for us.

Fenugreek & Thyme benefits by supporting the respiratory system, keeping mucus thin, and soothing respiratory tissues. It contains mucilaginous compounds, which are gel-like substances known for their ability to help soothe tissues.  Thyme is known to support immune system and respiratory health, especially in the bronchial region and throat. The ingredients are simply Fenugreek seeds and Thyme leaves. The recommended use for Fenugreek & Thyme is 2 capsules with a meal twice a day.

I can say that I have used this product many many times to clear up nasal congestion and the headaches associated with it. It retails for $17.80 for a bottle of 100 capsules.

Become A Member:

If you would like to join Nature’s Sunshine so that you can save 33% on your product purchases, it is really easy to do. The membership costs $40, and is good for one year from date of purchase. Your membership lets you purchase products for member’s cost, and save a ton of money!

Steps to Becoming a Member

  1. Add $40 or more of products to your Cart. (Member cost)
  2. Continue to Checkout
  3. Click the “Sign up” button in the “Become a Member” box.
  4. Complete the Checkout process.

If you would like to place an order for any Nature’s Sunshine product, or become a member, just click over to my online store.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel In Theaters March 6!

the second best exotic marigold hotelIf you enjoyed the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then you are sure to love this movie, too. It will be in theaters on March 6. Mark you calendar so you don’t miss it!

Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Richard Gere and the rest of the gang are back for another heartwarming adventure!

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).  Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

Win the Giveaway!
One Winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card, a copy of the first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and a hotel key chain. Use the Giveaway Tools entry form to enter.

24 Hour Fitness Expert Gives Exercise Tips For Disabled Seniors

Those of you who have been reading my blog forever know that I had extensive abdominal surgery back in 2012. As a result of that surgery, I no longer have use of the “core” muscles of the abdomen. I have trouble doing just about anything, from putting on my own socks, to picking up things I drop, to getting up out of chair. This disability prevents me from getting much exercise at all. I know I would benefit from some exercises or any kind movement but I just don’t know what sort of things I should be doing.

Then last week I was contacted by 24 Hour Fitness offering me an interview with one of their fitness experts. I had a short interview with Clarissa Walz, a Master Trainer with 24 Hour Fitness. Clarissa says:

My passion and goal is that everyone would experience the empowering and enabling effect of exercise and reap its valuable benefits. Combining a lifelong pursuit of personal health and fitness with formal education has given me the skill and passion to teach fitness to a wide variety of groups and individuals.

I have been training for 8 years at colleges, gyms and therapy clinics. Currently, I am a Fitness Manager for 24 Hour Fitness in Portland, Oregon and I have never been happier. Every day I teach the tremendous benefits of even a small amount of exercise on your long-term happiness, well being and health. My wish is that everyone will unlock their potential to reach their fitness goals.

I explained the nature of my disability to her, and asked her if she could recommend a few exercises I could do while seated. Here are the simple exercises she sent me to do:

Dumbell Shoulder Press

This exercise is key for building shoulder strength for carrying out overhead movements. I recommend using dumbbells so that each arm will be equally and individually worked. Begin seated with dumbbells at shoulder height. Slowly press arms overhead until the weights are fully extended above your shoulders. Palms should be facing away.

Dumbell Shoulder Press

Dumbell Shoulder Press

Dumbell Shoulder Press

Dumbell Shoulder Press

Band Pull Apart

This exercise is for your upper back and is extremely beneficial for building your posture muscles. It is completed with a band in the seated position. Begin with band held in front of you at chest height. Slowly pull the band wide, squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Band Pull Apart

Band Pull Apart

Band Pull Apart

Band Pull Apart

Around the World—For upper torso

This exercise is a more advanced movement involving multiple muscles. It is important to include in your program because it will strengthen core and rotator cuff muscles. Start with a plate weight (or similar object of 5-10 lbs.) held in front of you like a steering wheel. Remain seated tall while wrapping the weight in a circular motion around your head and neck. Resist the urge to lean in any way

Leg Extensions—For quadriceps

Sit with both knees bent at a 90 degree angle.Lift one leg a few inches above ground and slowly straighten lower leg until leg is straight out in front of you
Repeat extension without touching foot to the ground. Repeat with other leg

Leg Curls—For hamstrings

Sit with both knees bent at a 90 degree angle.Place a gliding disk under one foot (or a magazine or any object that will slide across carpet or floor). Lightly push foot forward away from you. Once leg is fully extended, dig foot into the group and pull foot back underneath of you.Return foot in front of you lightly
Repeat using other leg.

Hip Abduction—For gluts and outer hip

Begin seated with a circular resistance band wrapped around your lower thigh just above your knees.Keeping your feet planted hip width apart, slowly open your knees apart in a clamshell-like movement.  Return knees to hip with control.

About These Exercises

It is important when choosing a set of exercises to have a plan. Your body will respond best when your workouts are programmed and progressive. Without hese two key components you run the risk of hitting a plateau or injury.

The exercises in this article are designed for a client starting a new program looking to build total body strength and endurance. It is important when completing all seated exercises to sit up tall with core muscles engaged and erect posture maintained. The exercises here include the major movements necessary for life: Push, Pull and Rotation.  To maximize results safely, perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions for each exercise.

About 24 Hour Fitness

24 Hour Fitness is headquartered in San Ramon, California. A leading health club industry pioneer, serving over 4 million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. For more than 30 years, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals.  With convenient club locations, personal training services, popular group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

  • To become a member, individuals must be at least 12 years of age with parental consent (a form is provided).
  • Adults 18 years of age and above (in Nebraska, 19 years of age) can become a member without parental consent.
  • Family memberships are available. Family and friends can be added to existing memberships at a discounted rate.
  • Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com to find the club nearest you and to explore membership options.
  • 24 Hour Fitness partners with programs including SilverSneakers ® and Silver&Fit ® to offer free memberships to Active+ individuals. Medicare Advantage members can check with their medical provider to determine eligibility.  Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com for more information about Active Aging programs.

New Gluten Free Walker’s Shortbread Cookies!

Walker's Gluten Free Shortbread

Walker’s Gluten Free Shortbread

Before I started eating a gluten free diet, Walker’s Shortbread was one of my favorite cookie snacks. It tasted so buttery good that I bought it quite often. Now, for the first time in the 116 years of the company’s existence, they have produced Gluten Free Shortbread. Not just one, either, but three different flavors of Walker’s Gluten Free Shortbread.  They sent me a box of the plain shortbread to taste, and I have to say, it is as close as it can get to the regular plain Walker’s Shortbread. The flavors are :

  •  Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly “melt-in-your-mouth” texture and all butter taste.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.
  •  Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.

You’ll be able to find Walker’s Gluten Free Shortbreads in your local grocery stores soon, or you can buy them online: http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

Don’t Ignore The Symptoms When You Are Just A Little “Off”

Here we are, in 1992

Here we are, in 1992

YOU are your own best advocate.

YOU know when something isn’t just right. YOU are the one who has to keep telling your symptoms to another doctor when the one you are seeing is just not listening or just not getting it.

It’s hard to know where to begin, because I don’t know where the beginning is. So let’s just start in March, 2014. Fabgrandpa decided to quit smoking and drinking beer, and he did it cold turkey. He just laid them down and hasn’t picked them back up.

This was something that I have wanted to happen for a long time. He has COPD, and every cigarette he smoked made me sad. Sad for time I knew was being slashed off of his life. Time of his life that he would have to spend with me. So, yes, it was a selfish wish that I wanted him to stop smoking and drinking.

About a month or so after he stopped smoking and drinking, he started telling me that he felt “off balance”. Not dizzy, not like vertigo, just that he was having trouble with balancing his body. He started sort of “lurching” when he walked, a little bit of a veering off to one side or the other when he took the first step.

Other things he told me about were a tingling on the top of his head, a little numbness in his legs, cramps. Lots of cramps. In his chest, in his neck, in his legs, in his feet. Not being able to remember things. This man who could remember verbatim a conversation he had with someone in 1992 would forget to put his glasses on his face when we were going out to eat.

Then the anger started. He was angry about everything and anything. He screamed at me right in my face over the smallest things. I made a sandwich for him before he asked for it, and that made him so mad he pushed me.

That was the day I told him I was making an appointment for him to go to the doctor. Something had to change. I was not going to wait for him to hit me.  The first doctor appointment was with the Physician’s Assistant at my doctor’s office. The PA told Fabgrandpa that he was depressed, and prescribed an anti-depressant.

After about a week on the anti-depressant, Fabgrandpa was calling the doctor to tell her that the medication wasn’t working, and that he did not think that he was depressed. She told him that it would take about a month for the medication to show any effect on the depression, and that he should continue to take it as prescribed. She told him to come back in three weeks.

At the four week mark on the medication, we went back and saw the PA again. She asked Fabgrandpa if the medication was working, and he said no, he didn’t think it was, and that he did not think he was depressed. He was still flying off the handle at times, but I thought I saw an improvement. I told the PA that I thought it was working some but maybe he needed a higher dose of the medication. Sometime during this appointment, the PA looked at Fabgrandpa and said “I thought you said you were better.” And Fabgrandpa said “NO! I did NOT say I was better. My wife said that, but she is not the patient.” She told him to try the meds she prescribed for a little while longer.

We left, and Fabgrandpa said he was not going to go to that PA again. He wanted me to make an appointment with my doctor, who we both like. So, I did. The Dr. told us that sometimes that medication that the PA prescribed just doesn’t work for some people, and she changed the prescription to a different medication, Dilantin. Dilantin is a drug used to help prevent seizures, but it can have the effect of calming a person who has anger problems. She said that she has some other patients, all older men, who have responded well to Dilantin for their anger. So, Fabgrandpa came home and started taking the Dilantin.

My doctor also referred Fabgrandpa to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, because the ears play an integral part in balancing your body. She wanted to make sure there was no problem with his inner ear that would be causing Fabgrandpa to be off balance.

Next: We go to the ENT.

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