Help! It's Hot & My Butt is Chafing!

June 11, 2012
The hot weather of summer brings up new issues of making yourself as comfortable as you can so that you can enjoy some fun in the sun and the shade. Remembering my first summer in a chair, brings back some pretty extreme discomfort. That hot, black, non-breathable material that the seat of my chair is made of made any skin surface in contact with it, sweat and then chafe, not to mention sticking clothing to me as if I had sprayed my body with glue before dressing. With all that sweating and gluing and chafing, I soon had skin issues... I am putting that mildly because it wasn't pretty. The point being here is even if you have no feeling in the areas where body meets chair, it is important to take care of your skin. That said, I am going to share how I take care of things.

#1 On my list is: Terrycloth! I like to use terrycloth because it absorbs moisture ie, sweat. My chair seat is small enough that I can lay a thick hand towel down before sitting. (I also use this when it rains because I don't like sitting on a damp seat ) If your seat is larger, try a bath towel or check Walmart fabric remnants for a piece of terrycloth that will fit.

#2 Is Treat Your Skin! Naturally you'll want to keep your skin as clean as possible. Anti-chafing treatments are a matter of personal preference. I generally use baby powder on all areas that are prone to chafing, just make sure your skin is nice and dry before application. If your skin is sensitive to perfumes or talc, or you're broke, corn starch  works really well. Recently I saw an advertisement for an anti-chafing lotion, I imagine that it is more than likely kind of expensive, but I have it on my list to at least seek it out and look at it, the next time I go to a store that might stock it. Mild chafing can be treated with A&D ointment... Yeah I know, it's commonly sold as diaper rash ointment... Read the label, you'll see. If you're really having problems with chafing issues or you begin to have wounds that are raw or leaking fluid, go to your doctor! He/she's bored in the summer anyhow since most of the germs have moved to cooler climes, they have nothing better to do then patch up the occasional summertime injury.  ;-)

#3 Take a Break! When it is possible, try to take regular breaks from sitting in that chair, allow a little air to circulate.

#4 Comfortable Clothing! Wear lightweight, breathable clothing. Go for items that are soft and a little loose, the softer the better. I prefer cotton, a cotton blend  or hemp. No denim! Yep I do know real denim is 100% cotton take my word, it will find a place to chafe! A rule of thumb, rub it on your cheek, if it feels soft there, then the chances are good the material will be comfortable for you.

That concludes the Hot Butts issue! Next I'll discuss ways to keep cool when things go triple digits.

Whats for dinner? Turkey, corn on the cob and beet salad.  Farmer's markets are open! The veggies are yummy and if you shop carefully, you can get a great deal!
 
 
 

Summer Bucket List Update Check One

June 6, 2012
Last night, I completed the item on my summer bucket list, "Speak to one group about this website".  To be honest, I already knew that I would be speaking. By writing it down, I pretty much sealed my escape hatches as I have always believed myself to be a "stay in the background" type of person and certainly not someone who could actually speak and be heard.  I went to this year's Parent Leadership Academy class and spoke to them about this website and giving back to the community or being a ...
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Finishing Up!

June 5, 2012
I only have a couple more things to say about creative cleaning and that will finish the Spring Cleaning series so we can go on to... Living Life in the Summer! Which will hopefully be quite a bit more fun.  So let's get down to business because I can't wait to do some summer living and perhaps even check off a few items from that summer bucket list.

First: Cobwebs and Dust Bunnies: For these messy critters, I have a extendable handled duster... It looks like a really big, blue Q-tip. With it ...
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The Two W's or Windows and Walls

May 18, 2012
On this subject... First to mind comes... YUCK!  Second, if there is any way possible, get someone else to do it.

If I didn't lose you in the opening statement then you are ready to try it for yourself so it's "on like Donkey Kong!" (That sure was a fun game back in the days of Super Nintendo.")  Anyhow let us talk a bit about supplies.

The Sponge Mop is your friend: Notice that when I talked about doing the floors last time, I didn't tell you to cut down the handle of your floor mop. The reaso...
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Spring Cleaning or Housekeeping 101

May 11, 2012
I am only calling it Spring Cleaning because I am talking about it in the Spring time. Cleaning house is one of my least favorite of things to spend my time and energy on, but alas it is most necessary and facing the matter head on, I do feel better when my house is clean... Well I should say cleaner, rather then dirtier. With a lot of us either cut or greatly reduced in the home care department thanks to budget cuts, and a legislature that listens to the squeakiest wheels that squawk the lou...
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Be A Bucket List Bunny!

May 2, 2012
I have always found it hard to make "goals" for my life. As I am not a member of the Head Shrinking Society, I can only guess that I have a fear of failure and a goal means to set it in your mind and keep working at it until you have succeeded.  A Bucket List on the other hand, you can keep your entire lifetime, you can put things on or take them off without ever feeling that you have failed because it is more like a glorified dream shopping list.

Most of us have played the game of "What I Wou...
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Just Say Yes!

April 9, 2012
Over the winter months this year, I managed to not only catch every bug that came into the house, I also experienced some physical setbacks. As a consequence, I was confined to my home for a pretty good chunk of time and although I was not happy being so isolated, I got used to being stuck this way.  When you are by yourself for long periods of time, your mind has a way of making you feel useless, unworthy of being in society and just downright helpless. For a short time I even wondered why I...
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Funky Fiction, Poetic License and Bookshelf Overload

March 16, 2012
I love to read.  My bookshelves are so overloaded that they are almost a hazard to human and animal kind. Recently I decided that it was time to "weed out" and donate the books that I do not like all that well.  Naturally, some have been sitting for years and I have forgotten if the story is good or not so I decided to re-read them. The very first one on the stack is called December by, Phil Rickman.  I know what you're thinking. "Why in the holey heck is she bringing this up?" Hang on a few ...
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Parking Permit Abuse, What Can We Do?

January 26, 2012
An issue that has long been on my brain is the parking situation for legally permitted vehicles, transporting physically impaired people.  As I wrote in the previous issue, there seems to be a lot of blatant disregard from both those who're  using disabled parking spots, without permits and those who are responsible for making sure those spots are used by those who really need them.

Here is a little challenge for you to prove my case in point. On a rainy day, go cruising the disabled parking s...
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Prompt Care, Parking and Germ Factories

January 14, 2012
You can most likely guess that I have been sick, simply by reading the title of this post. I have the pleasure of living with a 2 year old "germ factory" That is, he is 2, goes to day care weekdays and brings home a lovely variety of germs that he then transfers to the other household members in the spirit of love and affection. Even if you happen to pin him down and swab down his face before the spirited smooching sessions, I figure there are roughly several billion active germs on his lips ...
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Sharon Jacobson I have kids, grandkids, a dog and a cat. I am also a mobility impaired person who happens to use a wheelchair to get around.

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