22 July 2016

Femininity Friday: Struggling with ADHD

Courtesy of Microsoft
The clip art above represents my feelings about having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, the bane of my earthly existence. 

How interested was I, then, to read this article from Science Daily about women with ADHD.  In sum, women who reported having ADHD were found to be much more likely to experience poverty, insomnia, clinical depression, anxiety disorder, and other negative life impacts.  

What does all this mean?  For one thing, we who are blessed to be mothers cannot ignore our daughters' ADHD symptoms any more than we would ignore our sons' symptoms.  The potential impact is just too serious.  For another, we who are "blessed" with ADHD need not be shy about reaching out for help.  

My symptoms were not imaginary; they were not evidence of my lack of spirituality; they were not "depressed housewife syndrome."  Once I received a proper diagnosis from a psychologist, I underwent a behavioral treatment program and learned ways of managing.  That was over twenty-five years ago, and I cannot tell you how much my life improved, even though  the challenges persist.

As always, I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Link to the information on NIMH:  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

Link to the article on Science Daily:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160720122838.htm

09 July 2016

Femininity Friday: The Personal Pantry

Courtesy of Microsoft
According to the 1828 Webster's Dictionary, a pantry is an "apartment or closet in which provisions are kept."  Most people perceive that a pantry holds food, condiments, and general household supplies.  In addition to stocking the usual kind of pantry, however, I have found it helpful to have what I call my "Personal Pantry." My Personal Pantry consists very simply of items that pertain to me only.  I have to use certain types of soap, shampoo, and conditioner, I have my skin care (such as it is), and other personal supplies too personal to mention. 

In plushier times, I did not need to keep a personal pantry; if I needed an item, I had the funds to go to the store and purchase it.  However, in the past five and a half years, despite all my efforts, my circumstances have been so straitened that purchasing basic personal items was beyond my ability, and I had to go without.  (Please rest assured that the youngsters never went without.)  Going without wasn't the end of the world, but it did teach me to purchase ahead of need whenever possible.

I also started purchasing on Amazon rather than my local grocery store and discount store.  I can find items there in bulk and almost always at a deep discount.  Further, I can find needed items that my local stores do not carry because an insufficient demand for them exists.  Autumn is always a lean time for us, and I feel a little better looking in my personal pantry to see that I have those needed items through the next few months.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia


06 July 2016

Wondering Wednesday: How do I know if an outfit is modest?

Courtesy of Microsoft
I can only relate my own standards, but they have served me well over the years.
  1. Avoid see-through fabrics, except as overlays on top of opaque fabrics.
  2. Make sure that the outfit highlights my face.
  3. The clothing covers my cleavage, my shoulders to my knees, and my upper arms.
  4. Finally, if I have any doubt about an outfit, I ask myself if Jesus's mother would wear it if she were walking the Earth today.  If I cannot picture Mary wearing it, I don't, either. 
As always, I hope that my little woman-to-woman ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

02 July 2016

How to Remain Feminine on Independence Day

Courtesy of Microsoft
I love celebrating the US's own "Brexit" these 240 years ago!  Let freedom ring!  

With all the hot weather, casual entertainment, and treats, sometimes our feminine standards can fall by the wayside.  The temptation exists to dress sloppily, to groom hastily, and to behave masculinely.  Here follow a few of my little "woman-to-woman" ideas to help ladies to remain feminine on Independence Day
  1. Banish the Booze.  Liquor is non-hydrating and can cause women to behave in ways they would not do otherwise.
  2. Welcome the Water.  Consider consuming slightly more water than usual to help you to keep your cool when others are losing theirs.  
  3. Put on the Patience Chapeau.  Days such as 4 July are just when the children are likely to become overexcited, in addition to eating more junk food and consuming more sugary beverages.
  4. Keep it Simple, Sweetie.  We aren't entertaining royalty today, so a simple menu that can largely be prepared ahead of time will suffice.  In addition to the traditional hot dogs and potato salad, I offer pasta salad with lean protein and fruit salad, with my preference being for the latter two choices.
  5. Slather the Sunscreen.  Nothing ruins a good time faster than a sunburn (to say nothing of the risk of skin cancer!).
  6. Wearin' of the Whites...or other light-colored clothing helps keep body temperature down.
  7. Rest and Relax.  No matter how busy the day is, take a few minutes to sit quietly and comfortably (preferably with feet up).
  8. Go Girlish.  Independence Day is a time when everyone can be young at heart. One of the cute girlish 'dos from June 24th's Femininity Friday may be the very thing; even a simple high pony tail with a red, white, and blue ribbon can add a touch of cute to your look.
  9. Prefer Protection.  Ladies need not be as brave as a Revolutionary soldier!  I love pyrotechnics; at the same time, they scare me!  Accept your knight in shining armor's protection.
  10. Give Gratitude.  We thank the Almighty for the freedoms we enjoy, and I believe that we should offer thanks to our human benefactors, too.  If Mr. Husband has provided for the Independence Day fun, be sure to thank him.  If others have offered their hospitality this day, give them verbal thanks and shock them by sending a handwritten thank you note on the fifth. 
Agape always,
Cynthia

01 July 2016

Femininity Friday: Time for a Mid-Year Check-Up

Water Lilies - Monet - Public Domain
First, I wish my Canadian visitors a Happy Canada Day!

Here we are at the half-way point of the year: a helpful place to evaluate our lives, in my case as a fascinating woman. My life as a fascinating woman could be easier, but I have only myself to blame.  You see, I decided to work on Serenity this year, so--perforce--life has gone a little sideways just to give me more opportunities to grow more serene.  Practice makes perfect, after all.

No, I am no longer sharing walls with a suspected drug dealer (as far as I know, anyway); that's a positive.  But I was given fairly clear evidence that someone appealed to my better side, I did the woman a favor, and subsequently, she used me in a way that harmed my family.  That hurt.  However, I have consulted with an attorney, and he gave me some excellent advice that won't cost more than I can afford in order to protect my legal rights.  Serenity!

I am going through what remains of my earthly goods to re-evaluate the beauty/need/memory value of everything I own.  Fewer possessions (but not too few) = serenity.

Taking some time each day to read for a few minutes and taking some time each week for creativity = serenity.

Returning to my beauty routine on a daily basis helps me to portray a positive presentation of self = serenity.

Making sure to exercise in some way nine days out of ten = serenity.

I also evaluate how I am living the "big ideas" of Fascinating Womanhood:
  1. The Three A's
  2. Character
  3. Domestic Goddess
  4. Femininity
  5. Radiant Health
  6. Serenity
How is your life as a fascinating woman?  I would love to know!

Agape always,
Cynthia

 






24 June 2016

Femininity Friday: Five Quick Girlish 'Dos for Summer

Courtesy of Microsoft
Dear Ladies,

That sweet pea and strawberry time of year has arrived again!  Yes, summer is not only "icumen in," it has arrived in full force.  One of my summer quandaries has arrived, too: what to do with my locks?

I found the tutorial below on YouTube and tried all five of the hair styles.  While they took me longer than the tutor here shows, I was able to complete the styles in under five minutes and I have received compliments on all the styles.  

Enjoy!

Agape always,
Cynthia



22 June 2016

Wondering Wednesday: Mrs. Andelin's Workbook and Teacher's Guide?

Sea Promenade - Michael Ancher - Public Domain via Wikipedia
Dear Ladies,

A few times a year I receive a request to purchase Mrs. Andelin's lovely workbook, but I always refuse.  Please let me explain.  

Through a special arrangement with Mrs. Andelin, I am able to give an electronic version of the workbook to my students only, and my students are allowed to use the workbook themselves, not give it to others to use.  I don't have any hard copies of the workbook, but as of this writing, interested ladies may be able to find them at online used book stores.

I have only my own teacher's guide, and I don't believe that I have ever seen a copy for sale online.

I have happy news to share. Mrs. Andelin's daughters have taken up the banner of Fascinating Womanhood and have launched a new website:  FascinatingWomanhood.com.  The website is new, but it features some lovely photographs and several blog posts that I have enjoyed reading.  I encourage you to visit.  Mrs. Forsyth contacted me earlier this year, and I am thrilled to report that I am re-authorized as a Fascinating Womanhood teacher.

Have a fascinating day!

Agape always,
Cynthia
 
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