Sunday, January 31, 2010

Have a cold ~ still.

I am still sick with a cold that has a cough. I am thinking of seeing the doctor tomorrow and finding out if this is bronchitis or what.

I found some good stuff to go on the other blog the other day. I will be busy putting that up.

I hope all is well with you in blog land.:)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good stuff, good stuff, good stuff!!:)

The NAMI presentation 'In Our Own Voice' went great, fantastico, wonderful!! We knocked their socks off!

You are presently reading the blog of the new In Our Own Voice Coordinator for our County!! Yes, I agreed to be the Coordinator for our County, which is a volunteer position, but will be helpful to our program.:):):)

I also was able to get the Red Cross to come to our workplace to teach our staff CPR and First Aid, which impressed my boss because apparently they had been trying for some time to get that to happen, and I got it done!

Also, I organized a crochet class for work. I am in charge of getting supplies and I have checked all the ads for LYS (Local Yarn Stores) in my area, found who has the most inexpensive prices for yarns, printed all my coupons and I will be ready to go tomorrow hitting three stores to use my 40 and 50% off coupons. I'm a happy little shopper.

I've also been finding my instruction booklets for crochet that I find the most helpful and I think will help others, and I am going to find the section on the site that has instructions for crocheting in the round, because you can make flowers, doilies and hats with that technique. is a great resource for over 3,000 free patterns for knitting and crocheting and even has videos, a newsletter, etc. I love it.

On a more personal note, I STILL have the cold, going on two weeks now, the coughs at night sound horrible but for some reason during the day I just sound hoarse. Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers during some of these recently stressful times. I wish the best for all of you.:)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Supposed to do a NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation on Tuesday.

Despite feeling sick, and despite being asked just days ago to present in front of our local NAMI board, we have agreed to speak and do our presentation on Tuesday, January 19th.

I need time to work on what I am going to say and to recover from this cold and whatever is bothering me so much and have just two days to do it.

I have been feeling cryey, the whole bit. I'm so glad we scheduled to teach a crochet class today at the drop-in center today because that gave me a chance to just crochet and be for an hour or so. Nevermind all the things that bother me about work in general today, I don't have time to worry about all that.

I feel like I should be excited and at least a little more happy about this, and I need that energy frankly to get into it and do a good job. Instead, I find myself sucking down orange juice, Nyquil and hoping I get some good juju flowing through me.

I wish others well, and sincerely hope for peacefulness and good things in your life.

Still have a cold.

and am quite miserable.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thinking thoughts about Haiti. The devastation is all over the news and television. I feel that I should say something about it. I hope that the unrest and terribleness settles and they can rebuild their lives again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Our speaking in front of the state legislature went well. It was both nerve wracking (Hello - public speaking!) and empowering. Regardless of what they decide, we did our part and feel better for it.

When we were leaving the auditorium, our Senator, no less, was leaving as well and he turned around to myself and another person from Trillium that had spoke and said, "You did a good job."


Then when we left the auditorium, I was walking with a different person from Trillium and a woman came up to us and asked a question about someone that she was concerned about and felt may have mental illness.

We answered as best we could, but the thing that impressed me was that she had respect for us, thought that we might be able to answer her question, and that we were having a dialogue with a complete stranger about someone concerning this subject.

I am sick with a cold. I am still obsessing about little things that happened at work yesterday. I am upset that my husband has to go to work all the time even on the weekends although I am grateful that we have a house over our heads, food, etc., I am in short, cranky.

I will still wish a 'Happy Sunday' for all, though. May God bless you and get you through.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mental Health Matters

I am going to speak in front of my state legislature budget committee on Friday, specifically to address the enormous budget cuts my state is eyeing in terms of mental health (they are slashing everything and mental health services are one of the things on the chopping block).

I must get up super early in the morning to meet everyone at 7:30 a.m. to drive to the meeting, sign up at 9 a.m. and speaking starts at 10 a.m. We get three minutes each. I am still figuring out what I will say, to write on 3x5 cards.

Wish me luck!:)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!
Best wishes during this winter-time, too!