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Cold-brewed Coffee!

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Plinius Dec 9, 2017. 5 Replies

In the Navy in 1950 my “buddies” told me to drink it or skip the coffee break.Naive, I believed them but needed four teaspoons of sugar to make it drinkable.Several months ago read of cold-brew in…Continue

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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18, 2015. 1 Reply


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Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2018 at 3:56am

I can knit or sew or do puzzles while concentrating on my breathing. It works quite well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2018 at 2:36am

I'm glad to know you have some ways to relieve stress, it is good for your mind and body. Do take care of yourself. 

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2018 at 1:10am

Thanks Joan, I tried a few times, but at the moment I find it quite impossible to listen for 15 minutes. I have a few ways to relieve stress which I'll tell you about. Not now as I'm making breakfast first.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2018 at 6:33pm

My goodness, Chris, you and your partner have been under extreme pressure and it is a wonder that you both have not had breakdowns. Your partner being in transition adds to the already stressful home.  

May I offer a little bit of relaxation and stress reduction music?

Let me know if this helps. I just listened and felt better after spending a few hours in the greenhouse. My tomatoes are almost ready to eat.

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2018 at 1:05pm

Good to hear your skin is finally calming down, but we all know too much stress can do all sorts of things. That is a very big load you two are carrying.

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2018 at 12:53pm

Thanks Joan, you're very kind! And I know I'm strong, but not indestructible. Fact is that these ten years have become increasingly heavy for me. Not only that Luca had so much trouble at work that she has now been on sickleave for a year, but also this; in 2010 Aunt needed a curator. We took over her life as far as necessary, emptied her house, rescued her cat, found a care home, furnished a room. In 2014 autistic brother-in-law fell and got brain damage. Same story; house, cat, hospital, care home. Just the two of us, Luca and me, because no one else cared. We had no car. I still do administration for them, organise and visit and keep contact with the nursing staff.

A year ago I was so tired and depressed that I was afraid to go back to teaching in autumn, but I had a contract. Then my skin started to pester me, nettlerash, eczema. I listened to the warning at last and stopped all but one class two months ago. I've slept for a month, my skin is healing and now I feel that I'm getting healthy again.

Just now b-i-l is raising hell in the care home, i've talked to the staff and it looks as if we'll have to calm down everyone and rescue the cat, again. Off we go.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2018 at 5:26pm

Plinius, I get dreadful hate mail daily and it is because I take strong positions. I defend my positions using debate skills but that does not seem to set well with people who want to throw rotten tomatoes. 

I wondered why you became so silent these past months. I miss your input and always found you honest and helpful. We do not always agree and that is why I like you so much. You have a mind of your own and do not clone others. You speak for yourself. 

We deal with important issues on this site, none of the "I am fine, how are you?" blather. We have reasons to take strong positions and that means we have to develop a tough skin. 

I often think of my father when he was in the slaughterhouse and butcher shop. He had to wear a heavy leather shoulder and back protector because he carried huge weights of dead beasts that outweighed him by far when they were alive. 

I put on an emotional leather shoulder and back protector when I feel those slings and arrows of undefended criticism. I like criticism, I even invite it, because often I learn something that I need to learn.

Those who call me names, blame, accuse, indict, condemn, criticize, or denounce me, without providing a rationale for their judgments are of no use to me. I remember when too many members of this group used to call someone with whom they did not agree, "assholes." Such namecalling reveals the ignorance and lazyness of the person calling the name. 

You do what you need to do to protect yourself, Plinius!!!  Just remember, you are an incredibly strong woman, you have overcome overwhelming challenges, and you deserve respect. 


Comment by Patricia on August 5, 2018 at 1:39pm

I take it the new computer is working well, & you're managing to get caught up?

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2018 at 1:17pm

Thanks! you make me feel better!

Comment by Patricia on August 5, 2018 at 1:03pm

I'm sure if one of us doesn't understand what you've meant, we'd ask without the bitchiness.


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