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Don't light candles before bedtime....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Someone in one of my groups mentioned as part of her bedtime ritual that she lights a scented candle before going to bed....


I have to warn you that is a very dangerous thing to do. My daughter fell asleep in her apartment with a candle lit fairly far from her bed and luckily the sound of the glass container breaking woke her up. By the time she got to the candle there was hot wax all over and flames that would have burned up her building if she had not been awakened by the breaking glass. Ever since then she does not light candles before going to bed.

I hope you don't have any problems.

P.S. At my house candles are banned as we have had two cat fires (2 different cats who only got burned hair as we were there when it happened). A friend of our was at home and lost her cat her in her cat fire. She had candles burning on the fireplace mantel and left the room for a few minutes and by the time she realized the living room was engulfed in flames she was lucky to escape with her life and the whole house burned down by the time the fire department arrived.

Just an FYI!!!! Sorry to be a pessimist.....


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MARPET44 11/29/2010 8:16PM

    Thank you for the info. I have been using the battery operated candles. I have over energenic doggies and I am so afraid of fire.

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MNNICE 11/28/2010 1:03PM

    I have come to love the fake candles - so much safer and last forever!

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MSLZZY 11/27/2010 11:35PM

    I use a candle warmer-no smoke and candles last longer. HUGS!

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/27/2010 9:58PM

    Thanks everybody for your comments.....

Next blog....

Don't go in a whirlpool alone..... emoticon

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/27/2010 2:28PM

    Good point. I never burn candles in the house for two reasons: 1) possibility of fire, and 2) the gases they give off are not really good for you, esp. scented candles.

If you must have candles, they now have "fake" ones that look pretty good. If you must have scent, I think incense is safer

Fresh air is the best scent - I realize it's too "fresh" to open windows and doors in winter for any length of time but I still do it for about 10 minutes a day.

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102633 11/27/2010 11:34AM

    Thanks for the words of caution.

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/27/2010 11:10AM

    I too had a scare. I had a very small candle in a holder on one shelf of a glass etagere. I was stunned when the shelf above it cracked from the heat and came smashing down. No fire - it really was a very small candle. It was a great reminder of the power of fire. No need for apologies about such an important reminder this time of year.

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LINDENSGIRL 11/27/2010 9:44AM

    I love my scented candles but I also respect having open flames in my home and I'm very careful. No cat to worry about either!

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HOPE2BE 11/27/2010 9:36AM

    No you have a reason for it. It's better to be safe than sorry. Thank God you take precautions. Hope

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PATTYKLAVER 11/27/2010 9:27AM

    Don't apologize - you're not a pessimist. I was out walking this past summer when I heard all sorts of sirens and finally saw all sorts of smoke in the vicinity of my condo. It was an apartment building about a half block from me that completely burned down. Come to find out, it was started by a candle that a guy forgot to put out before falling asleep. Especially this time of year, it's always good to remind people of basic safety rules. Thanks for doing that!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2010 9:14AM

    That sounds very scary! We always blow out all candles before going to bed!

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TATTER3 11/27/2010 9:14AM

    Very wise advice. I'm a nurse and have seen too many victims of "romantic" evenings and ambiance moments. Use the battery run voltives instead and avoid the drama. Keep Sparkin'!!!

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Paying it forward....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I am taking my friend to get free bread and then we will shop for a few things at the store that are heavy like bottled water and milk. She doesn't drive and really appreciates it in this weather with slippery road and cold weather. In the summer she rides her bike but she is 72 now and really needs to be careful so she doesn't injure herself.

I am fortunate to have a decent vehicle to drive and get around to the stores. Nothing is walking distance from my house and the discount places are 5 miles away. When I couldn't drive I had to depend on the kindness of my son in law who has plenty to do for his own family, and I really did appreciate the help then. So I am paying it forward.... I very nice concept that more people should think about.... previously called The Golden Rule!!!

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CATLADY52 11/27/2010 3:32PM

    Thinking of others is something that we should be doing more often. Thanks for the reminder.

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LESLIES537 11/27/2010 9:42AM

    emoticon Good for you and thanks so much for the reminder!

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HOPE2BE 11/27/2010 9:35AM

    When I had a car I also tried paying it forward with people I saw in need. I've had a lot of rides and have given a lot of rides to people. My family didn't like it but oh well. One thing I didn't pay forward was giving out cigarettes and drinks. LOL Hope

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FITMARY 11/27/2010 9:16AM

    Hey, I remember when it was called the Golden Rule too! Great idea! Enjoy your weekend, Teddy!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2010 9:12AM

    I love the idea of paying it forward and wish there were more people like you who did it too!

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SHERYLP461 11/27/2010 9:01AM

    Pay it forward is a wonderful concept.

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SCIFIREADER 11/27/2010 8:46AM

    Thank you for being there for your friend, so nice to hear of more people paying it forward. Gives you a good feeling doesn't it.

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Forgot to blog on Turkey day......

Friday, November 26, 2010

Took my girlfriend and hubby to a place called Q.Cumbers....a buffet style restaurant. They had a special turkey dinner with all the trimmings....I had no cooking and no clean-up....then we mozied over to the Old Navy store and I scored on a nice warm parka for half price which I needed cause my fall jacket was not warm enough for the cold weather and nothing in my front closet (coat closet) fits me from last year...I had looked on line for a warm coat before we went shopping and I really got a bargain...only $40 and it is a long parka and is nice and warm....Today we have windchill down to zero with a real temp around 10-15 above.

I talked to my daughter who lives and works on the side of a mountain in Montana and one day this week she walked to work with multiple layers with 30 degrees below zero actual temp and a 3o mile an hour wind. ....so I guess I should be happy with a zero wind chill.....

I am thinking of moving down south...actually looked at house listings in Arkansas and so far it seems like a great place to retire...I have never been there so am planning a spring vacation there to "check it out." emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/27/2010 8:14AM

    Thanks Jim for the comment about harsh weather in Arkansas in February and August....I realize if the average yearly temp is higher than here of course summer will be darn hot. However, their February weather sounds like our May and I would gladly give up all the snow and subzero temps we get. Our winter always starts in October and the calendar says it doesn't start until December 21st. I also would like a longer growing season as I love to have flowers and a few fresh items to eat growing in my yard. Our growing season in Minnesota is about 3-1/2 months and I am sure it is much longer 800 miles south of here.

It will be interesting to take a trip there any time of year. February might be a good time to see how cold it gets. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/26/2010 11:35PM

    Glad you found a warm coat! Now to find a warmer climate LOL! HUGS!

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JIMCROCE 11/26/2010 1:24PM

  Arkansas can get very cold and very hot. Spring is not a good time to judge living there. August and February will give you a better picture of the climate extremes. It is a nice place, but be prepared for harsh weather.

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It's Wednesday!!! and a 4 day weekend coming up...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One of our supervisors is bringing in Pannera bagels (high carb and huge!!!) supposedly to get us in condition for the feast...???? I will try to eat half a bagel and bring my own coffee (cheaper and better than work place coffee or Superamerica).

My breakfast this morning isn't too healthy but I added 1/2 tb of soy protein to my blueberry acai Yoplait yogurt and had a whole avocado and the part that was way out of line was a 300-calorie freshly baked soft pretzel...perhaps I should pass on those bagels at work completely.

I just got a weather update on the computer and freezing rain is supposed to start about 7:00 a.m. (an hour from now) about the time I get to work so I think I'd better leave pretty soon so I get to work 15 to 20 minutes early. (I hope the prediction is accurate or I may be driving through freezing rain (how this could happen is a mystery to me as the temperature is 22 above and I would think any precipitation would be sleet or snow)....anyhow....hope everybody has a great day today!!!! emoticon

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MARPET44 11/24/2010 7:51AM

    Carbs ar my big downfall. I hope you can resist at least half of the above mentioned. Hope the ice storm doesn't cause you a bad trip home this evening. Have a great Thanksgiving. Be safe driving.

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Tuesday...turned in the SAO2 machine...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I woke up suddenly last night at 2:30 a.m. and read the meter at 88%. I was surprised it could be under 90% while I was on the CPAP machine. The technician said it probably was lower than that just before I woke up.

I just have to wait for the doctor to read the report of my test and see what she decides to do. I am a bit concerned that I might need a BiPAP machine instead of a CPAP.

I am so glad I didn't try to self medicate with over the counter sleep medicine since apparently my COPD is worse than I ever imagined. My internist really did not seem concerned about the COPD and really did not have any testing done. I advocated for myself to get the sleep study and the CPAP machine and was hoping it would be the panacea for my sleep problem. Now I just have to be a patient patient and see what the next step is.

I do trust the sleep specialist as she is a very reputable lung specialist so I am sure she will know what to do with the information obtained from the SAO2 test.


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JUNEBUG150 11/23/2010 11:13PM

    I hope all goes well for you. Glad you have a good lung specialist. Also good for you asking for the tests, some people wouldn't know what to ask for and just trust that everything is being done that can be done. emoticon emoticon , Melody

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