When Life Gives You Lemons – Make Lemon Flavored Water

lemon flavored waterMy life has felt a little bit more like a country song than the I would like it to be lately. My dog is gone, my hip hurts like an old lady, an unexpected death that leaves your heart sick, I’m not the millionaire that I planned to be, the other dog got sprayed by a skunk yadda yadda yadda… I try to take each as an experience that touched me, an opportunity to grow, a way to make me stronger but sometimes it just feels like a kick in the teeth.

I like signs. The most mundane thing can inspire you, give you an idea or in this case – give me pause to reflect and conquer my lingering case of the blues. The other day a large sack of lemons was on sale at my local grocery store. SIGN! Know what life?!? I am going to take these lemons you are tossing me and I am going to make lemonade!

So I bought the large sack of lemons and squeezed each and every one by hand. The squeezing of the lemons was pretty therapeutic so I was pretty sure I was on to something. I was disappointed with the amount of juice I got from a large bag of lemons but my mouth was already starting to water thinking about my good old fashioned lemonade!

I looked up a recipe for old fashioned lemonade.
Equal parts lemon juice, water and sugar – Holy shit!
That is a lot of sugar!

The plan was derailed. I don’t want to drink anything that is 1/3 sugar, no matter how many lemons life sends me!

‘A ha’ moment was reached though. No matter how bad things seem to be or how many curve balls you are thrown – you woke up, you have another chance, you have another opportunity and you don’t need 1/3 part sugar!

Lemon flavored water is much better for you. One small slice of lemon can flavor a very large glass of water. Problems come and go but in the scheme of things, your problems are usually just a slice of lemon in a large glass of water. So tomorrow I will wake up (at least I hope I do) and I AM going to learn from these experiences and hopefully good things will come from them.

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When Should You Buy Skunk Odor Remover For Your Pet?

stinky skunkYou should buy skunk odor remover BEFORE your pet gets sprayed by a skunk.

I have had two of these awful experiences in my life as a adult pet owner and I can attest – pets don’t generally get sprayed during pet store business hours. I have heard great things about Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. We now have some in stock for ‘next time’ as much as I wish their wasn’t a ‘next time’.

On a calm Thursday evening, Chili met a skunk in our backyard. We used the trusty baking soda, peroxide and dish soap mixture and it did a decent job. You can read more about our experience and the homemade odor removing mixture on PROXI’s blog.

Homemade works but you should stock up on odor remover just in case!

Backing Up

floppy discI hate it when something bad happens and it was 100% preventable. The other day I went to add an event to my iPhone calendar and I was surprised the whole day was clear of obligations. Then I was surprised that the whole next day was open too… so was the next and the next and the next. That was bad.

I am a very busy person, many would say too busy due to my inability to say ‘no’. I can handle being busy. I am meticulous about keeping my calendar and sticking to it. So the morning I realized the whole calendar had just erased into thin air, was a bad morning.

I read all the forums, I asked for help online, I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store, I tried restoring it from a previous update but it was gone.

Most people that I asked for help said the magic words ‘well didn’t you back it up?!?’. If it was backed up, I assure you I would not have been as panicked. Those words were not very helpful.

So if you are like me and too busy to back up your devices, I am telling you to back them up because the time and information lost on the other end is really not worth it. I now have an event in my calendar every month to remind me to back everything up.

How to protect your information on your iPhone

  • Sync your calendar to Outlook or your Google Calendar.
  • Store your information on iCloud.
  • My photos mean so much for me. I don’t know what I would do if I lost them. Put a copy of your photos in another location, like your computer.

If you find yourself here because you too have lost your information and did not back it up… the only solace I found was from my old friend Carrie Bradshaw.

“No one talks about backing up. You’ve never used that expression before, but apparently everybody’s secretly running home at night and backing up their work!”

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