65th-74th Days of 365 Thanks Giving

Self Care & Mental Health

For the next few posts, I’m going to list ten items per post {for the sake of time and number amount}.

💕Today I’m giving thanks for the following:

  1. Squirrels
  2. Ombré shades
  3. Aurora borealis
  4. Inside jokes
  5. Chocolate
  6. Brown eyes
  7. Daylight Savings Hour (Fall)
  8. Ice Fishermen
  9. Quietness
  10. Slippers

What about you? What are you thankful for today? What happened that felt good? What made you smile?

Until next time,

Stay Safe, Speak Life, and Spread Kindness

Nova Namastè

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What’s in a Name?

Praying for Eyebrowz

Finding the right name for a character can be almost as daunting as finding the right name for a new baby. Maybe more difficult. With both my children I had names picked out almost from the moment I learned I was expecting, and never had a change of heart the entire nine months of pregnancy. But I only had to come up with one first name and a middle name. The surname was a piece of cake. When writing a novel, one must come up with first and last names for multiple characters. That can be a challenge.

For Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort there were at least a dozen folks who needed names. My main character’s name, Paula Jean Arnett, came to me before I even began writing the book, but the others weren’t so easy, and most I changed multiple times before typing The…

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Spell Tree

Hey Momma


She tapped her finger against her lips
 casting a rune made of Rowan twigs.
 Charms that were carved into staves,
 drawn to express emotions and create. 

 Magical, whispering Rowan tree of power,
 causing happiness and magic to flower. 
 Protector from the witches evil eye,  
 or the dead lingering on when they die. 

 Red berry tonics, of flame and fire,
 what does your heart and soul desire?
 Psychic powers, for spells of healing, 
 You will find all negative forces receding.
 Victoria Healing ~ 21.1.2021.
Image: The Art of Brian Kesinger 


From January 21 – February 17.

Rowan Tree, (Luis) ~ Protection and inspiration. Also known as Witch Tree, or Wicken Tree.

Ogham Tree Meaning: Vision. Healing. Transformation. Connection.

This is a time to freely express yourself both emotionally and creatively. Remember that you are only responsible for your actions, not other peoples’ reactions…

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Support for The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Advocacy & Writing

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

As you know, everything outside of my writing is for the mental illness community and is mainly free to all. The Podcast is a free outlet for people within the community to share their stories and to listen, but it is not free to do a podcast. There is equipment that needs to be paid for and time. I am dependent on the mental health advocacy side for the podcast and blog to be “listener and reader supported.” As much as I hate to reach out, it always helps when the support comes from the community because it shows that the platforms that I have are essential, like The Bipolar Writer Podcast and The Bipolar Writer blog.

So how can you support The Bipolar Writer? Well, there are several ways.

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Let Me Think

Praying for Eyebrowz

Not to brag or anything (please note that this phrase is always followed by a definite brag), but I used to be really good at trivia. Some might even say I was formidable. Thanks to my obsession with reading, I often could correctly answer questions that stunned my competitors. I got a little cocky about my skills.

But it seems that all good things must come to an end—I’ve been humbled by a game on Facebook called Quiz Planet. Oh, I still get plenty of questions correct, but I’ve lost my mojo. I don’t crush. I don’t dominate. And that’s driving me nuts. Is it my age? Is my writing distracting me? Have I finally lost all of my marbles?

I’m pretty new to the game, though, and I sense that many of the questions are repeated fairly often. So, maybe there’s a chance for me to become great again…

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Diabetes Symptoms in Women over 50

Diabetes Symptoms in Women over 50 are very helpful in early diabetes diagnosis. Early diagnosis of diabetes can prevent diabetes complications. Late diagnosis may cause damage to vital organs. 

What are Diabetes Symptoms in Women over 50?

Diabetes symptoms in women over 50 include

  • excessive thirst
  • passing urine too often
  • vaginal thrush
  • yeast infections in vagina or mouth
  • urinary infections
  • female sexual dysfunction
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • sudden loss or gain of body weight
  • feeling tired and weak always etc.

These are the diabetes symptoms women must look out for when they are over 40 or over 50. Women over 50 must take diabetes symptoms seriously. This can help prevent further damage to health. ‘Diabetes symptoms in women over 50’ as well as pre diabetic symptoms are very helpful in diagnosis of diabetes. Early signs of diabetes are so valuable that you cannot afford to ignore these warning signs. All diabetes symptoms, diabetes 2 symptoms as well as diabetes type 1 symptoms are serious. Upon noticing any diabetes symptoms in women over 50, one must encourage to ask ‘Am I diabetic?’ or ‘Is diabetes curable?’.

But women over 50 rarely do that questioning. They do not normally check what causes diabetes. Due to this attitude, they are always at risk of more serious diabetes complications that can be prevented by taking diabetes symptoms seriously.

You can use a diabetes symptom checker to understand early signs of diabetes. Using a diabetes testing kit at home to check for high blood sugar levels is a good start to deal with diabetes.

What causes Diabetes in Women over 50?

A woman’s body undergoes significant metabolic changes throughout life time. These changes have more impact on health as the age increases.

By and large, Diabetes is a life style and metabolic disease. Unhealthy life style and metabolic changes in a woman’s body cause diabetes symptoms in women over 50.

Sometimes doctors call them pre-diabetic symptoms.

A diabetic patient’s body shows high blood sugar as it cannot process insulin or cannot produce insulin.

Diabetes can appear in people of any age, sex or ethnic origin.

Eating too much and not doing as much exercise is the most obvious cause of diabetes. When you know you are at risk of diabetes, it may help to understand what a diabetic can eat.

Diabetes can happen to both men and women. However, there are some interesting observations with diabetes symptoms in women.

To begin with, You must always discuss the signs of being diabetic in women over 40 or over 50 with a doctor.

Generally speaking, doctors can find it easy to help you if you report early signs of Diabetes in women over 50.

Do women over 50 pay attention to signs of being diabetic?

Women over 50 often ignore signs of being diabetic. In general, they are less aggressive in seeking treatment for diabetes. Moreover, Women over 50 have similar attitude towards hypertension or any other cardio vascular diseases.

In general, women do not respond to any symptoms of life style diseases as men do.

However, Women over 50 should actually be taking both diabetes type 1 and type 2 symptoms seriously.

In fact, they ignore diabetes symptoms. Women must take all diabetic symptoms seriously irrespective of their age. Women must see doctors whether they are over 40, over 50 or much younger.

There are other life style diseases like hypertension, high cholesterol etc. They also deserve urgent action whether they show up in men or women.

Are Diabetes Symptoms in Women over 50 different to those in men?

Diabetic complications are different in women compared to those in men. This may be due to hormones and the way their bodies are built etc.

Even the kind of heart diseases in women are different compared to men.

Inflammations are also different in women compared to men.

Likewise, some Diabetes symptoms too are different in women and men.

Both women and men can use a diabetes symptom checker. It helps to gain understanding of diabetes.

Women experience some diabetic symptoms in a unique way than men. These are in addition to the diabetic symptoms seen in men.

Hence, if you have symptoms of diabetes, you must see a doctor. Then, doctor can help with diabetes tests and diagnosis. A doctor can also help you understand with what causes diabetes.

Do any diabetes symptoms in women over 50 appear in men too?

As can be seen, some diabetes symptoms in women over 50 are specific to women.

There are other symptoms that are common to both men and women. Both men and women may show such symptoms. The diabetic signs in women over 50 common also in men include:

  • increased thirst and hunger
  • frequent urination
  • weight loss or gain that has no obvious cause
  • fatigue
  • blurred vision
  • wounds that heal slowly
  • nausea
  • skin infections
  • patches of darker skin in areas of the body that have creases
  • irritability
  • breath that has a sweet, fruity, or acetone odour
  • reduced feeling in your hands or feet

In summary, You must take diabetes early symptoms seriously. You also need to look into what caused diabetes in your case.

Could Life be More Than Pain?

Don't Lose Hope

Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” – The Princess Bride

I wonder if, perhaps, you have ever felt that way.

My guess is that you have – and especially if you’ve suffered.

And perhaps you’ve also noticed – when we’re in that desperate place – that we tend to start believing very dark and hopeless things like:

“Nothing will ever change.”

“The other shoe is bound to drop.”

“There’s no-one you can trust.”

“In the end, it all goes wrong.”

And yet … and yet …

On those days when we areable to hold onto our hope,

Perhaps we can believe there still is beauty in the world.

We see it in a sunrise. In a snowy winter scene.

When we smell fresh roasted coffee.

When we hear a favourite song.

It’s true that pain and sorrow can keep us trapped inside, when the…

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What is Depression (Mood)?

Mental Health Matters


Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. It can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being.

The core symptom of depression is said to be anhedonia, which refers to loss of interest or a loss of feeling of pleasure in certain activities that usually bring joy to people. Depressed mood is a symptom of some mood disorders such as major depressive disorder or dysthymia; it is a normal temporary reaction to life events, such as the loss of a loved one; and it is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.

It may feature sadness, difficulty in thinking and concentration and a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping. People experiencing depression may have feelings of dejection, hopelessness and, sometimes, suicidal thoughts. It can either be short term…

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What the heck!? Shingles Vaccine #2

My Life at Mid-Point

6 Myths About Shingles You Still Believe | Prevention

Of all the first-world, middle-class complaints this is the first-world, middle-class complaintiest.

I received my second dose of the Shingles vaccine yesterday. I felt fine all day until around 9pm, then I started to get chills (they’re multiplying) and feeling hot and achy at the same time. I felt awful, if i hadnt heard about possible side-effects of the vaccine i would have been sure I had Covid.

I went to bed, did the crossword puzzle (woke up this morning with no memory of having completed it) and spent the night tossing and turning wondering why I hadn’t known that the Russian change in society and language would affect the operation of my company…i know, it makes no sense to me either.

At around 4am i started coming out of it and managed to eke out a few hours of sleep.

In another example of irrelevancy in middle-age; I am…

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