Sunday, 16 June 2013

Blonde joke of the day

Hi all,

Not much to report today so I'll leave you with a blonde joke.

Pic source : Andrew Schmidt


Two blondes were going to Disneyland . They were driving on the Interstate when they saw the sign that said Disneyland LEFT. They started crying and turned around and went home.

Love KB
xxx

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Depression symptoms

Hi all,

I've struggled with depression at various times during my life, but now I realise how much easier it would have been for me to seek help if I, or someone close to me, had recognised the warning signs. Read on to learn about the symptoms of depression. Maybe my experience can help you, or someone you know, get treatment for a very treatable condition.



Everyday feelings of sadness, lethargy and low moods are common, but there is a difference between experiencing these feelings occasionally and suffering from depression.

Feeling depressed can interfere with work, school, relationships, sleeping, eating and the enjoyment of pleasurable activities. It is a treatable mental illness which affects many people each year. It has its own signs and symptoms just as any other illness.


Depression differs from low moods in three ways:

Depression is more intense
Depression lasts longer (2 weeks or more)
Depression interferes with the sufferer’s everday life

Signs of depression include:

Feelings of sadness, emptiness, anxiety and guilt on a regular basis.
Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
Lack of energy
Changes in appetite or weight
Changes in sleeping patterns
Lack of concentration
Thoughts of death/suicide
Physical symptoms that do not lessen with treatment such as headaches, pain and digestive problems
Avoidance of social events and everyday activities
Negative thought patterns

It is important to talk to a medical profession regarding these symptoms to establish a diagnosis.
An individual may experience one or two of these symptoms, but if depression is not treated, this could lead to experiencing more or them. For example, a lack of energy may encourage the individual to sit on the couch and eat junk food. This in turn will lead to more lethargy because of inactivity and bad diet choices, which then leads to more feelings of sadness and guilt, becoming a vicious cycle which is more difficult to treat.

Depression can occur after a traumatic or stressful event, but it’s more common for a person to experience several bouts of depression over a life time. Being familiar with depression warning signs is important as recognising these signs will enable the depressed person to seek treatment early and get better sooner. It’s helpful for people who are not prone to depression to know the symptoms too as often a sufferer will not notice the early signs until pointed out by a friend or loved one.

Depression is common in this busy age but it’s also very treatable. Treatments include medication, exercise, cognitive behaviour therapy and diet and lifestyle changes.  There are also many avenues of support such as family, friends, mental health websites and helplines.

Individuals respond differently to treatments so it’s a good idea to make a plan with a medical professional.  Recognising the signs and treating the symptoms of depression early, can encourage better mental health.

See you next time
Love KB
xxx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Friday Flash 55 - That certain smile

Hi all,

It's Friday, it must be time to write a story in exactly 55 words! I cheated a little this week, this isn't a story of fiction, it's about how Whitesnake and I first met...

Pacing the motel room floor, he checks for the hundredth time to see if she’s arrived. They have communicated for years, but this is the first time they will meet in person. He’s excited, nervous and completely terrified. She steps out of her car and smiles, that familiar smile, like she just saw him yesterday. 

 


 


 



If you'd like to contribute to Friday Flash 55, visit the host with the most...G-Man and let him know you've played.

Have a great day/night

Love KB
xxx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I write hard for the money

Hi all,

All is well with us. The weather is getting colder in little ole New Zealand, but we're still managing to get out to do some walking. I told my Doctor that I wasn't walking as much because of the rain, he informed me of a way of getting around this...wear a raincoat. Bugga!

I haven't been doing much blogging recently because I've been writing articles for the Helium website. I'm enjoying my role as Channel Manager, I'd enjoy it even more if I got paid for it, hehe! Part of my role is to write articles to my channel - Healthy Living and Wellness. I've posted over 300 articles/poems to the site and I'm starting to reap the benefits with a little content earnings. I say little and I do mean little, but it's increased quite nicely over the last year. I've also noticed that the articles I write now tend to place at the top of the heap rather than in the middle and if I write to a title which is offering a dollar value if purchased, in the majority of cases, it places at number one and is purchased.  I must be doing something right.



I'd like to write more often to increase my earnings and improve my writing skills.  I've given myself a goal of writing two articles every day that Whitesnake is at work and I've achieved this for the past couple of weeks. Go me!

This week I've written...

Become stress-free with seven easy tips

How to ruin your good night's rest in five ways

Five steps to improving your health

Stress relief tips to help enhance emotional wellness

Anyway, not much to report for today.

See you next time.

Love KB
xxx

Friday, 7 June 2013

Friday Flash 55 ~ The price of crime

It's Friday, it must be time to write a story in exactly 55 words!

Hi all,

It's been almost a year since I last wrote a 55, but I've been rather busy. Let's see, I finalised my divorce, sold a house, became engaged, bought a new house, married Whitesnake and visited South Australia for our Honeymoon. Phew!

Here's my short story for this week...

Picture source : George Hodan

 
A sharp knife against his throat, for the sake of a few dollars. The robber serves time in prison, provided with food and shelter. The victim requires counselling, while trying to keep his job and a roof over his head. He relives the trauma the remainder of his days. Who is paying for this crime?

If you'd like to contribute to Friday Flash 55, visit the host with the most...G-Man and let him know you've played.

Have a great day/night

Love KB
xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Teaser Tuesdays ~ Total Control by David Baldacci

It's pouring with rain today which makes it a great day to stay in an read a book. I've only just started this one, but I have a feeling it's going to be a great read.

Here's my teaser for this week...

After today he could actually say for the first time that the risk had been worth it. All he had to do was survive today.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Here's how it works...

Grab your latest read, open it up and share two sentences from the page. Easy as that. Don't forget to link back to MizB and share the title and author of your book so others can add to their TBR (to be read) list if they wish.





Happy reading
Love KB
xxx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Dead pig for all

A couple of nights ago Whitesnake and I decided to treat ourselves to a feed of pork belly. YUM!



I prepared a potato and courgette soup for starters, which almost didn't happen as I forgot to turn the stove on.


Followed by our delicious pork belly (cooked by my talented husband).


A dear friend gave us a bottle of outstanding wine for a wedding pressie, which accompanied the pork beautifully. Thanks Andrea x



Whitesnake doesn't eat crackling (the best part in my opinion), so there was more for me!


I restrained myself by not eating all the crackling myself and gave a little to Coco.


A great night with good company and delicious food and wine. The downside of the night was that I am still the scribble bitch, Whitesnake kicked my arse AGAIN.

See you tomorrow.

Love KB
xxx

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