Thursday, June 17, 2010

First About Lavender Oil, Then About The Harmony Festival

Nola, one of my blogger friends, has transformed the way I can now live my life with her inclusion of lavender oil in a gift bag she sent me after Matt's death. This is not an exaggeration. I have suffered from difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep for well over a decade. I took Temazapan regularly until a doc cut me off from my supply, taken antihistimines until a dose of 4 had replaced my initial dose of one and had become ineffective, and have alternated between the two of these, along with insomniac nights, when I was able to get Temazapan from another doc and/or use the ones prescribed to my hubby. I was alternating between antihistimines and Tempazapan when I received Nola's gift. I started putting drops of the lavender oil on my pillow while simultaneously cutting down my pill usage. I was off the pills - except for when I am away from home and sometimes even then - in a matter of weeks. Lavender oil really really works. And I am significantly more alert in the daytime hours than I'd been with the lingering effects of "better living through chemistry."

This past weekend, I went to the Harmony Festival held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. I brought my RV so that I could enjoy the music and dancing that was scheduled to last until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. (I pooped out at around 2 a.m.) Throughout my time at the festival, I couldn't decide if I was having an absolutely wonderful time or wanted to go home; when I was having a good time, I was having a very good time; when I was feeling distant from the events (out of harmony with them), I felt like leaving. The best music was NOT at the main stage - though I learned to like (very much) some of the big sounds that were played there that at first didn't appeal to me. The music and atmosphere that I enjoyed the most was at a small teahouse which also served vegan yummies. Here are some pix of from the event:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just A Taste of Strawberry

These are the kind of peeps with whom I feel almost instantly at home. This is an environment in which I flourish. Check out all the wee kidlets. What a highly cool experience.