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ScoutSeeds!

February 22, 2021

Buy Scouts Seeds and support Local Scouts today! 

The 2021Scout Seeds fundraising campaign is running from February 1st until March 31st, 2021.

Scouts Canada has partnered again with our 100% Canadian supplier Make It Sow to offer an exciting variety of seed kits. This allows customers to have fun learning more about growing their own garden all the while supporting Local Scout Groups!!

Groups will receive 40% of the retail price as profit and more than 5% will be allocated to the No One Left Behind (NOLB)program to help subsidize the Scouting cost. 

OUR PRODUCTS: 

KIT 1: Full Season Garden- Regular price:  $40.00 https://scoutseeds.ca/collections/all/products/kit-1-full-season-garden 

KIT 2: Gourmet Chef’s Garden – Regular price:. $45.00 https://scoutseeds.ca/collections/all/products/kit-2-gourmet-chefs-garden 

KIT 3: Flower Power Garden- Regular price: $45.00: http://scoutseeds.ca/collections/all/products/kit-3-flower-power-garden

KIT 4: Kids Garden Plot – Regular Price:  $10 https://scoutseeds.ca/collections/all/products/kids-garden-plot

KIT 5: Strange & Fun Garden Plot – Regular Price $10 https://scoutseeds.ca/collections/all/products/kit-5-strange-fun-garden-plot

**If you are local to me (Durham Region, Ontario), and would rather not pay shipping, you can purchase directly with the me at the 13thOshawa as we are sending in group orders.

Happy Birthday!!

February 22, 2021

Today would have been the 164th birthday for Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scout Program. In Canadian Guiding it is Thinking Day, but in Canadian Scouting it’s Founder’s Fay

Happy Birthday BP!

Slacking

February 21, 2021

I just looked & saw when I posted last.. I didn’t think it was that long ago, but evidently it was..

I’ve been kinda … low…blue… I usually do after the holidays, but it rarely lasts longer… I’m slightly freaked out… I don’t think it’s ever reached March… *AND* I’ve been snacking my feelings away.. not a good way, cuz now my weight has crept up.. & after maintains my second weight-loss goal for several months, I’ve past that reward level.. I need to eat less & exercise more.

Yes, Virginia, You Can Get Heatstroke in the Winter

December 29, 2020
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.. While he is not a physical.person, but an ideology of a sort, he still exists as the Spirit or intention of Christmas.. And oddly enough so does heatstroke in the winter, the day after Christmas. Neither is a myth.

On Boxing Day (December 26th here in Canada) I was dropping off presents to friends. Did I stay,? Yes, but only for short, outdoor, social distanced, safe visits with masks handy. I knew I would be outside for a little bit, so I dressed for the weather.. It was just below freezing, so I was wearing a nice snuggly sweater & with my coat on I was nice & cozy outside..

After I got home, after a long day, and a long day on Christmas Day aswell, I was just exhausted. I took off my jeans and lay down for a nap.

I woke 1½hr later, nauseous & with a headache. Normally this is just my body telling me that I’m hungry because I haven’t eaten a lot during the day. Had a snack but halfway through, realized I was feeling flushed & warm.. A peek in the mirror told me what was going on.. My face was bright red..

I was still wearing my sweater! In my defense, it was a brand new sweater that I had never worn before and was not aware of how deceptively warm it is.. So I yanked off the sweater & my skin underneath was pink from the warmth..

Went to hop in the shower to warm up. My regular ‘hot’ setting I use for showers wasn’t the hot hot it normally felt like, but cooler. Since I wasn’t feeling temperatures like I should be, I set the water a smidge cooler before I hopped in… Bit by bit I turned the dial slowly down to cooler temperatures to slowly cool my body down. It took 20-30 minutes to start feeling like I was a normal temperature.. My colour was almost back to normal when the time I was all dried off.. After my shower, I simply crawled into bed to sleep it off…

I woke up a few hours later, without the nausea. So I ended up finally taking my nighttime meds because I didn’t want to risk taking them earlier and just chucking them up which is what I figured would happen..

The headache finally abetited a few hours later with some Excedrin…

Note: You can also get heatstroke from wearing too many layers outside & not taking them off as you warm up like when skiing..

Yes Virginia, You Can get Heatstroke in Winter

So, yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, it’s not a myth . & Yes, Virginia, You can get Heatstroke in the Winter. Be careful

It’s OK To Not Be OK

December 14, 2020

My sleep schedule is screwed up again, not a surprise. So my intention was to get up early, relatively speaking, today.. That did not happen.

When my alarm went off yesterday, I kept hitting snooze and hitting snooze and hitting snooze. My brain didn’t want to get up yet.

So when I finally did get coherent, I really did not want to get out of bed. I don’t feel like I’m in the mental space to do much. So I canceled all my plans for today which included pickups for items for my Cubs, a run around the dog park with my pup and a visit to a friend.. all I’ve done today is let my dog out and go to the bathroom.. I still need to grab a bite to eat though and that will be something quick and dirty.

But it’s okay. Some days it’s just hard mentally, emotionally. Some days it’s just more difficult to cope. And for me yesterday it was one of those days.

it’s OK to not be OK.

Just recognize it for what it is and be aware. If it’s just a one-off like mine tend to be, you could just bounce back and be yourself tomorrow. Sometimes it takes a while.. couple of days.. a week to get out of the funk. If it goes more than a week though, consider talking to someone. Even just virtually, it can help..

Moving Day

November 30, 2020

Last Saturday was moving day. No, not me. I’m staying put. My best friend, however, has to relocate into the city for her new job.

For the last 3 weeks I have been going over to her place every other day to help her pack. The woman has *way* too much stuff, IMO. Since I’ve helped her move her household countless times over the 30+ years we’ve been friends, I would know.

Boxes,and boxes, and boxes, Oh My!

Why every other day? I am not taking the risk of going into a flare & not being able to help at all. Am I packing heavy stuff? You betcha! Am I moving it? Only when necessary & if it is light enough that I can safely lift. But some things, no way. Vinyl? No way! CDs? Nuh-uh! Paperbacks? Yes, cuz they’re in small liquor boxes. Hard covers? Not a chance. Collectables? With my flakey shoulder, I’m not taking the risk of dropping anything, so unless it not heavy & not far then sure, but otherwise, not happening. Movies? Nope cuz they are packed in a fairly big box. Linens? Depends on if it’s the big box or the small ones! Kitchen stuffs? Again depends on the weight. Decor? Nothing big, nothing heavy.. Furniture? Not in this lifetime, unless it’s like a TV tray or something equally light in weight.

Physically making the boxes, filling them,then sealing them up & moving them to start the next box, even if it’s super light, is quite the challenge. It helps that her & I do it together. She grabs the item off the shelf or out of the drawer & hands it to me, and I pack it to the box. So neither of us is doing all the actiins. Then we switch. It makes for fast work, while not completely stressing out our bodies. (BFF also has fibro). And that has been working awesomely!

Pain still happens though.
Thankfully a bad day, not a flare.

Sunday & Monday were a small crash, but may or may not have to do with packing cuz I was also exercising on Friday & Saturday.. this is the first & only time I’ve skipped helping due to pain. Given that I’d been helping pack now for 2 weeks, every other day, I think I was doing really well. But it’s not a flare, thank God, just a bad two days..

Did I unpacking anything? Only immediate necessities on Saturday. I usually start with the bed. Get that set up & made, so they have somewhere to sleep on Saturday night instead of under a pile or boxes. I rarely get past that point. But I know it’s greatly appreciated. This time because her daughter’s could not help due to covid, I started on her kitchen… Actually got most of her dishes, dish ware, glasses, cutlery & utensil unpacked.. So her kitchen, minus her food was pretty much unpacked by the time we stopped.

Let’s avoid crashing under a pile of boxes.
So, afterwards, I was home most of Sunday recuperating.. Went out for dinner with another friend that night, as we were going back into lockdown the next day. Monday & Tuesday were additional days of rest. & I was grateful that my cub meetings, despite me leading the main activity, were virtual – made bird houses! But by Wednesday I was feeling like my normal self.. Yay!!



Anyone concerned about my risk of exposure to COVID, please read my previous post “Upcoming Move – Keeping Safe”

Soap for RLS

November 13, 2020

Written by Amanda Stout.. I think this is the original: https://www.simplemost.com/bizarre-reason-people-sleeping-bar-soap-sheets/

i never tried this, but I think it’ll try it next time my rls flares up.

The Bizarre Reason People Are Sleeping With A Bar Of Soap Under Their Sheets

It sounds wacky, but you might want to give it a try!

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I’d often awaken in the middle of the night with terrible leg cramps. I was already low on sleep, so these painful wake-up calls really got to me. That is, until my mother-in-law suggested I try putting a bar of Ivory soap under my fitted sheet.

I approached this suggestion with a healthy amount of skepticism, but as for everything else while pregnant, I did some research. What I found was post after post from people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) or leg cramps singing the praises of soap under their bed sheets.

According to a Twitter poll conducted by the TV show “The Doctors,” 42 percent of respondents found relief using the soap remedy. All evidence of using soap to relieve leg cramps is anecdotal and not backed by scientific research, but it is cheap and drug-free, so I decided to give it a try.

And guess what? It worked, I never had another leg cramp!

Reasons Why Soap May Help Prevent Leg Cramps

So, why do people think soap works? Like many home remedies, there are lots of theories about what to use and why it’s effective.

  • There’s no consensus on what type of soap is best. Some have said Dial and Dove don’t work, but others swear by it. For RLS, Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests the use of lavender soap or other soaps with natural essential oils for the potential calming effect. Others use Ivory or Irish Spring.
  • Some believe that the soap must emit something into the air that relieves the cramps. Many advise placing the soap under the sheet near the area where cramping is an issue and changing the soap out every three months or so to make sure it’s fresh.
  • Soap can contain magnesium, so another theory is that it may help with leg cramps caused by magnesium deficiency.
  • Still others believe it’s simply a placebo effect.

More Tips For Relieving Leg Cramps

Muscle cramps have many possible causes. According to the Mayo Clinic, these can include: dehydration, mineral depletion (calcium, magnesium, potassium), muscle fatigue, age, pregnancy and other medical conditions. If soap doesn’t work for you or you’d like to try other inexpensive home remedies there are a range of options:

  • Stretch calf muscles before and after exercise and before going to bed.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially while exercising or being active. Good hydration helps your muscles relax and feel less irritable.
  • Take a warm shower before bed to relax muscles.
  • Try eating a banana, avocado or other potassium-rich foods.
  • Drink pickle juice. The salt, sugar and vinegar may help provide a quick replenishment of minerals lost when sweating.

As with anything, make sure to seek the help of a doctor if you experience extra painful or prolonged issues with leg cramps.

Remembrance Day 2020

November 11, 2020

“In Flanders Field” was written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.




I’d like to thank my friend Sargent Jeffrey Elo of the Ontario Regiment for doing virtual meetings with my Cubs, both the 1st & 13th, and our Beavers.. I was surprised & happy with how engaged the youth were during his presentation. With no veterans left from WWI & so few left from WWII, we have to keep remembering the veterans who died in these wars and the so many other missions since then.

Happy 50th, Laura.

November 2, 2020

Today, Laura would have been 50 years old.

For those who don’t know the backstory, I’ve always called Laura my sister. Technically, she was my sister-in-law but I have known her since I was 12 or 13. We were also friends in our own right through soccer & field hockey.

Laura was a Toronto police officer recently returned from maternity leave. While responding to an emergency burglary call for an elderly woman, her vehicle was hit by a civilian. Her police cruiser spun, throwing her partner from the vehicle but wrapping her around a tree. The civilian was never charged with anything, not even failing to yield to the emergency vehicle.

Laura with Paige, only hours old.

A new mother, a caring sister, a supportive daughter, a good friend, a loving wife and a great police officer, her life was tragically cut short and we miss her. .

Laura J Ellis, nee Sharp

November 2, 1970 – February 18, 2001

Rest In Peace

Sjögren’s Syndrome

October 26, 2020

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder, where your immune system attacks your own healthy cells. . It commonly affects your eyes and salivary glands, but can also affect other parts of the body..

Symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome

• Dry eyes, including a painful burning, itchy or gritty feeling
• Dry mouth, making it difficult to swallow, speak or eat dry foods
• Swelling of the glands in the face and neck areas.
• Eye and mouth dryness can also increase your risk for eye infections and dental problems.

• Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
• Dry skin
• Vaginal dryness
• Persistent dry cough
• Prolonged fatigue.

• A few people will have their liver and kidneys affected.

• A few people will also develop lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).

Symptoms of Sjogrens Syndrome

The cause of Sjögren’s Syndrome is unknown. It is more common in women, people over 40 and those who have rheumatic disease, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Diagnosing Sjögren’s Syndrome
Besides your symptoms, Sjögren’s Syndrome is diagnosed through tests, including:

• Schirmer’s test – to check whether your eyes are producing enough tears
• Blood tests – to check for antibodies common in Sjögren’s syndrome
• Imaging to test how your salivary glands are working
• Biopsy – a small sliver of tissue from your lip is checked for presence of inflammatory cells.
Sjögren’s syndrome treatment

Treating Sjögren’s Syndrome.
There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome however, most people with Sjögren’s Syndrome are able to live normally, without any serious complications – especially if they take care to manage their symptoms.

Treatments to relieve symptoms can involve medications to increase the production of saliva, treat complications like arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or meds that suppress the immune system.

There are also ways to manage symptoms yourself:

For dry eyes –

• Use artificial tears or an eye lubricant.

• Regular check-ups with an ophthalmologist (eye specialist),

• wear protective eye-wear to avoid exposure to the wind or sun

For dry nose –

• Use a saline spray for a dry nose

For dry mouth –

• Drink frequent sips of water

• Avoid drinking alcohol

• Use artificial saliva, mouth rinses, sugarless gum or lozenges

• Keep your mouth very clean, limit sugar, regular check-ups with a dentist


For general dryness –

• Increase indoor humidity

• Use preservative-free moisturiser for skin

• Avoid drying conditions such as drafts from heaters and air conditioners,

• Avoid exposure to dusty or windy weather.


I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with the price of tea in China.. Well.. I originally started this post a few months back when I first started have most of the above issues. After doing a bit of research this seemed the most likely culprit. Unfortunately, my blood test came back negative. So I’m still wondering why I’m having dryness problems. Anyone have any suggestions?