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Childhood costumes or childhood torture you decide.

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NaBloPoMo October 2013

Friday October 4th 2013

Writing prompt:Tell us about your favourite Halloween costume from childhood.

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Weren’t the 80’s great?  Plastic everything! Masks! Little eye holes! No peripheral vision!

When I thought about this prompt this costume came to mind. It was both my favorite one but also the most tortured one as well. It was hot. I was sweaty. My bucket got heavy. We lived in Florida. October typically has one last heat wave. Mostly its a mild one. However to a three year old in clothes covered by plastic even 90 degrees is more like 40453987938465987953783745 degrees. I know we probably only walked a maximum of three blocks. The average house having 1.2 acre.  It still felt like we had walked around the world. Twice.

Even though my bucket was heavy I kept watching the teenagers with their pillow cases. I wanted that.

All I can think of that explains it well enough is

“I got a rock.” Said by Charlie Brown.

I guess I always kinda felt like the outsider….with the group but not with the group. Can three year olds have social anxiety?

When I remember this costume though I would swear I was five or six. It was labeled 1984. Which would have made me three.

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Autumn has no favorites!

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NaBloPoMo October 2013

 Today’s writing prompt is What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

I think the better question would be what don’t I love about autumn.

In Florida we don’t have the dramatic change in leaves like the north does. We do have some.  It’s not the change of the leaves that captures my attention the most though. People that say we don’t get changes of season are not really looking. Florida has a raw beauty to it but the seasons do change here.  We might not get snow but we do get cold, and we do get hot. We get a lot of hot.

I love being outdoors. I don’t however love the heat that Florida’s  “Spring” and Summer bring. Autumn is my time to soak it up. The light is different, clearer, brighter, cleaner than it is at any other time. There is a freshness that I just can’t explain.  It even has a fresh clean crisp smell to it. It almost feels alive.

What some of you don’t know is I have multiple chronic illness’s. In the Summer , in the heat, being outside takes a lot out of me. I start to miss the outside by mid-July.  With chronic illness’s it is easy to fall into depression. When I am not outside regularly, I walk the line between depression and not very carefully. It is very easy for me to fall at this time.

In Fall the temperatures are just right for me. Typically the temperature doesn’t get below 65 and doesn’t go higher than 90.  70 to 75 is about perfect for me.  This is the time that I can spend hours and hours outside. Reading in the shade, walking the trails around our neighborhood. With the temps at this range my joints and muscles tend to be the happiest. This is when I really feel like I thrive.

The sun goes from blazing hot humid and miserable to hot dry and has an almost baking heat to it. I love it!  It feels wonderful on my joints. With Fibromyalgia heat can be helpful if it is the right kind of heat.  A dry heat is perfect for me.  I do get cold easily but I can handle being cold much better than I handle being hot.  The heat that we get in Fall is the perfect mix for both my muscle pain and my joint pain. I really just thrive over all. It is hard to say specifically why.

Orange brown russet red and even some greens, these are my preferred colors.  To me these colors are very grounding and bring a lot of comfort. The sky comes alive with colors as the sun sets. The way the light hits the tops of the trees and highlights the orange and yellow and red leaves, yes even in Florida.  Not long ago I would have been in with the group that says Florida has two seasons hot and hotter, and we don’t have changing leaves. That is another thing that having to slow down due to chronic pain/illness has brought me. I notice the small things.  Sometimes it is just one tree that is changing. One tree that is colorful in the midst of all the green.

The food that is in harvest is some of my favorites. Squash , apples,pumpkin pie, all these things are made better with ice cream. Okay well maybe not the squash but it IS fabulous in soup! I have a serious addiction to squash soup! The smell of fresh apples baking, pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven, even caramel dip’s rich aroma for the apples. Apple bread and hot cocoa can do a lot to right the wrongs at the end of the day.

So you see there is just not one thing about Autumn that is my favorite. Actually I can’t think of a single thing I don’t love about Autumn.

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Sunscreen is my make-up

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We live in Florida. Sunny paradise Florida. Yeah….about that….

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Summer in Florida includes waking up to 75 percent Humidity, sunny mornings and stormy afternoons.

Summer in Florida means your morning make-up is now Sunscreen with sunblock in the bag.

Summer in Florida means your perfume is now ode to bug repellent.

Summer in Florida means you drink more water than is in the ocean and barely stay hydrated.

Summer in Florida means that my fibromyalgia is going to flare if I am not careful. For Fibromyalgia and I we have had a love-hate relationship with heat. While it does help to loosen me up in the morning it can also make me not realize how much my muscles are doing. Which means I forget to pace and end up in a pile of pain by the end of the night.At which point I want nothing but cool air  and end up stiff and sore,which normally includes a hot Epsom salt bath…go figure.

People will say well if you don’t like the weather move. I have thought about it. Many times.  Even though I complain….Florida suits me. Its grown on me while I have grown up here. There are parts that I love and would miss terribly. There is a raw beauty here that I have found no where else. Besides its just my nature, I would find something I don’t like about that place too. Like snow, that’s so much work! Rain I can handle but it can’t be on the coast where barometric pressure will fluctuate. Have I missed anything? Since I am also allergic to at least half the outdoor world that is pretty much a moot point.  Plus I wouldn’t give up the people I have in my everyday Life either. I know I know they would be just a phone call away, Its not the same, its just not. Their support has helped me get where I am today and I am not attempting a future without them.

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Even if that means that I see this when I get in a car after like….oh ten minutes…yes that says 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It is chokingly hot sometimes….okay…most of the time. Sometimes it works to my advantage..If my hands are particularly crampy that day I can rest them …very carefully…on the dashboard to get some relief.

The only way I survive summers is a good strong multivitamin, gobs of water, eating as healthy as I can and my secret weapon is Green Goddess juice.  Okay okay Chocolate, coffee and Mountain dew get their fair share too. I will say that I try to drink at least twelve ounces of water for every non-water drink I have. It is super easy to get dehydrated here. Dehydration is a big issue when your muscles already like to go all crazy whirly- whoo on you.I actually eat a lot healthier than I typically admit too. I love sweets. They are a lot of the time my motivation to stay active. We eat a lot of fresh fruits.I can’t resist at least one apple a day…We were eating a lot of veggies for snacks. Its not just for me and my body’s needs its also to set my daughter up on healthier eating habits than I have, so far its working. SHHHH it will be our secret.

It sounds silly but I actually plan for rest times. I try to spread things out over the week.  Even though my daughter could probably go from sun-up to sun-down eating everything in sight and still be fine. Rest is important for her too. We try to plan outdoors things early morning or late afternoon. If we do happen to have several things on one day I try to make the next day really low key. Not only will I need the rest and recover time but so will my daughter. Resting in between activities gives me the time to not only process whatever activity we just did but also allows my body to catch up a bit. I used to thrive on constantly being on the go. Now not so much.

I was never allowed to just throw school out the window when it got out. As much as I hated it , I also see the wisdom in it now. I try to not have her do sooo much that she is overwhelmed. Typically she gets one math sheet , one handwriting sheet and two reading comprehension sheets. We also enforce twenty minutes of silent reading as well. Then we are so super sneaky with trips to aquariums and zoo’s and such so that its fun and learning combined.  By having it a given that school work will occur sometime during the day, I have also created an outlet for me. If the barometric pressure changes suddenly and my joints are screaming. We can do school work for a bit and I can either rest or medicate. We also add to her chores during the summer, she is home more. Also she can be a little tornado.

Mostly we get along through the summer. Its taken me a few years to figure it out. How to balance it all.  We are getting there and with some prep time and as she gets older its getting easier…..well in respect to surviving summers….some other stuff…not so easy.

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However as I have been working on this blog today it has not escaped my notice that we are still in the early days of summer. I may be a tad ahead of myself.

This is said thirty minutes after I tried sending her out back to get that last little bit of energy out while also letting me focus on cooking dinner. To end up two minutes later with two wasp bites a pile of screaming and crying. Nothing like that blood curdling scream to get a mommy running. Ice pack benedryl cream and lots of hugs and snuggles later, dinner is eaten and I am pretty sure we have exhausted the kid by this time.  Only to turn around to her hopping around the living room to Dora the Explorer.

Perhaps I should wait until the first day of school to decide how this summer went?