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Sun Dogs

A rare weather event that causes a phantom sun in a halo (on the left side of the picture) also considered a mock sun.

It’s caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals which act as prisms to deflect light in a halo effect.

Sun dog
Sun dog

They can be seen anywhere in the world and at any time.  They have muted colors that overlap. Usually red towards the sun with a white arc of 22°.

Sound Sensitivity

Sound sensitivity is an actual medical condition called hyperacousis. Certain sounds can be unpleasant or painful to a person’s ears but not to others.  Symptoms may include ear pain, annoyance, and general intolerance to certain sounds or frequencies. It is often common with tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Some people can feel nausea, dizziness or loss of balance.

Cover-up cafe
Cover-up cafe

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Changing Bad Habits

Habits are ingrained into our neural pathways making them very difficult to break. I have a few habits that I would like to change, so I’m going to make a list of ways to do this. Good habits can be learned to replace bad ones.At work I like to do things the same way each time as much as I can. This way when something happens and I’m under pressure I can go  on ‘auto pilot’ so to speak. This lessens the stress and allows me to handle difficult situations easier. Habits are a cue, routine and a reward.

Go
Go! You can do it!

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Pierogi Grandma’s Recipe

Grandma would make cabbage and potato pierogi. Excellent with keilbasa.  Considered a Polish Dumpling. We would have them every Christmas.

Fried Peirogi
Fried Peirogi

Dough:

  • 4 c. flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp cottage cheese (dry large curd)
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 c. milk

Mix all ingredients until rolled into ball. Knead dough for 5 minutes.  or until dough is smooth and elastic. Pull off 1 inch pieces then flatten into circles about 1/8 inch thick, then fill. Boil in water for about 10-12 minutes. Drain. Fry in butter. Top with sour cream or lots of melted butter with sauteed onions.

Cabbage filling
Cabbage filling

Filling various types:

1. Mashed potatoes and cottage cheese with a little butter.

2. Mashed potatoes with American cheese and some grated onion.

3. Sauerkraut with sauteed onions and bacon.

4. Cabbage (soak in water over night in the fridge) finely diced.

Setting Goals, Trick your mind

Instead of stating goals in years research has found by breaking down the time to days makes it easier to do. Or if you break it down to months, weeks, or minutes.
Take exercise for example. If you state I’ll do 5 minutes of exercise each day, it seems easier and doable. Then because you’ve done your 5 minutes and it didn’t seem long at all you may find yourself feeling like doing more! Just because you set an easy and reasonable expectation down.

Flower garden
Flower garden

You might surprise yourself by accomplishing more easier. And we all like easy! Studies show that by looking at time in smaller units help us achieve our goals. Long term goals seem closer and appear to be more urgent.

Owl
Owl

By accomplishing our goals we improve our sense of self. We improve our lives and make things easier. I like to make things simple. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

What things have you accomplished? Or what do you need to?