What Do You Do With a Sunday?

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When you live in our neck of the woods, preparing for winter is important as winters are long and can be quite harsh. Our family has already been making preparations. Our wood is now cut and stacked and our chimney … Continue reading

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Which Hat Do I Wear?

Which hat do I wear when the phone rings?

Which Annie Am I when the phone rings after work hours?

It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon on a week day. The women I work with have left work for the day to go home. The phone rings and it’s an unfamiliar name on the caller ID in a different part of the country. Is it a relative, a robo-call for my husband and me, or an Annie’s Woolens customer? I often don’t know which hat to wear in answering the phone: that of Annie the family member/ friend or Annie the business owner of Annie’s Woolens. As a rule, I will answer “Annie’s Woolens, Anne speaking. How can I help you?”. It is one of the interesting and humorous aspects of being a home-based business. I can be in the middle of cooking dinner, doing a load of laundry, washing the dishes or some other home activity. It can be confusing.

If you are a customer and it’s after hours and you hear my voice on the line answer  “Hello” instead of “Annie’s Woolens”, just know that I don’t know what hat to put on after work hours but that I am happy you called! You have reached the correct number and I am happy to assist you!

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Banishing a Cold – An Essential Oil Testimonial

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doTerra Essential Oils for good health

Our family recently joined together in Bayfield, WI for a long weekend vacation along Lake Superior. Wonderful views, wonderful time with family, wonderful food, and…wait…yup…the onset of a cold!

It began on the second day of our stay and the only symptom was pain in my left ear when I yawned (did a bit of that as I WAS on vacation) or swallowed. Since I now travel with my essential oils, I broke out doTerra’s On Guard (a hefty blend formulated to support healthy immune function) and began rubbing that on the bottoms of my feet and side of my neck. I did this for several days thinking that, eventually, the symptom would go away. No such luck. Into the 4th day, I applied doTerra’s Breathe (more appropriate for congestion) to the same areas. I had better luck but symptom not gone entirely.

Well, enough was enough! I pulled out the big antiviral “guns”: Melaleuca and Frankincense oils. I applied a synergistic blend of both oils to the bottom of my feet and side of my neck with symptoms disappearing immediately and went to bed. Next morning I was symptom free for the entire day and ever since!

I began my exploration of essential oils with a bit of skepticism. However, with each successful experience I have had in the use of essential oils and testimonials from friends and family, the more my belief grows in their healing powers.  I am enjoying their daily use and love sharing my experiences with others.   Have you had an experience with essential oils that you’d like to share? Please post your comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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Another Argument for Walking

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New Yorker article about connection between walking and writing.

I recently read this fascinating New Yorker article connecting walking with thinking/writing that makes sense to me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.

My days for consistent walking will soon be numbered for a couple of reasons. I own Annie’s Woolens, a very seasonal, online business. As we near the Christmas rush and throughout the rush, walking becomes almost non-existent for me as the demand for good service keeps me working well past the normal 8 hours per day. Our local weather is also a factor. Yes, it’s absolutely gorgeous right now. But once winter starts to migrate in (usually around mid-Oct.), my walks outside on our roads becomes sporadic. So…what am I going to do? I am currently weighing my options:

1) I can go for night walks outside. I have done this before with mixed results. The wind is calmer but it’s colder and, hey, DARK! Some of my night walks have been absolutely breathtaking (I DO use my headlamp, of course). But, it is, again, unpredictable and I usually go alone since Hubby has already worked out early in the a.m.

2) Oh, yeah, early morning! Our local High School has a beautiful Field House track that is open weekdays starting at 5:30 a.m. I used to walk and run there until I suffered a knee injury while training for a half-marathon. I have not returned there since but it is an option. Just gotta switch up my morning routine (a major thing in practice, not in theory).

3)Join a local gym. I have used a partial year membership at this gym to train for a half-marathon in the Spring when the roads and weather are inclement. I could go in at any time of day or night. I would opt for another partial-year membership to get me through the worst months.

O.K. My goal is to improve my walking mileage over last year during my busy work season. Stay tuned for which option I choose and why. Off now to get my walk in…

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Annie Takes A Hit for ALS

I was recently invited to take the Ice Bucket challenge to support ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) by long-time friend, Holly, and accepted her invitation. This entailed me making a donation to the ALS Foundation, inviting 4 other people to take the same Ice Bucket challenge, and having a bucket of cold ice water dumped on me all within 24 hours of my invitation from Holly. Well, the challenge was on…

I figured out my video of the challenge would take place just before my work day at Annie’s Woolens was done. Had a busy day at work but, 20 mins. before quitting time, I filled up my bucket with cold water from the outside tap, dumped a full container of ice maker ice into the bucket, grabbed my camera with the proper settings and called out my co-workers who were all too happy to assist me.

And so it was: a cold ice bucket challenge with donation for a very worthy cause – makes me feel good and we all had fun! Perhaps your names will be called out to take the challenge. I encourage you to put it out there, have some fun with it and make a serious, well-intended donation to the ALS Foundation. Enjoy the YouTube video below.

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Ice Bucket Challenge for A.L.S.


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