The Pen Turner’s Wife

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When I tell people that my husband makes pens, I get a lot of surprised looks. It’s not a hobby that most people get into. Then again, Thierry has never been one to follow the crowd. His interests are unique and he likes to take on tasks that most people would find difficult or time-consuming. He’s stubborn and when he sets his mind to something, its pretty hard to get him to back down (a couple of the things I admire about him). Let me tell you about how he got into wood-turning and you’ll see what I mean.

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The wood, or acrylic in this case starts off as a block.

Back in December,  Thierry and I were walking around the farmers market in an attempt to find Christmas presents for our families. His brother is a lawyer so Thierry wanted to find something that he would like and was meaningful. We came to a booth where an older man was selling wooden pens. When Thierry asked the gentleman how much the pens were, both of us were taken aback when we heard one pen was going for as much as a couple hundred dollars. That was way too much money, so we didn’t end up buying any of them – Thierry decided he wanted to make his own instead.

Thierry and my dad drove out-of-town to get supplies (from a store he found online) and eventually got to work, just using a hand drill and other hand tools ( let me just point out that this was three days before we were to be driving out to see said brother for a family Christmas thing). The first day, while everyone told him to give up and accept defeat,  Thierry was determined to make it work. That night, Thierry tossed and turned – admitting that all he could think about was making that pen.

The next day after tirelessly working on this thing while I was at work, he managed to make a gorgeous looking wooden pen that his brother would surely love – even a few of our other family members have made requests. Of course his first attempt was using hand tools which was hard to accomplish in itself. Since then, he has purchased proper tools.

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All the inner parts that go into the pen

After purchasing a lathe and other equipment, Thierry has been having fun since this whole ordeal, improving his wood-turning skills and even taking on acrylic projects as seen below (this would have been impossible with just hand tools).

Other things that he has been able to create since getting the lathe has included: French and regular styled rolling pins.

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The acrylic pen Thierry made for me a few months ago

 

 

Thierry plans to include his creations in Mystic Moon Emporium  sometime soon. **As a side note, if you are interested in seeing more posts about Pens by Thierry please check out the Mystic Moon Emporium Facebook and Instagram pages for frequent updates/posts. 

Until next time,

Ashley<3

 

 

 

 

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Eczema Cure: The Treatment That Finally Gave Me Some Relief!

Eczema Relief

I’ve had eczema flare ups since I was a little girl. This last flare up appeared around five years ago and didn’t go away like before. It just got bigger, itchier and more inflamed. The rash was driving me crazy with the itchiness and looked horrible.   I spent hours researching everything I could about eczema and how to get rid of it because living with the constant pain and itchiness forever was unthinkable.   My doctor referred me to a dermatologist who prescribed a corticosteroid cream.  It didn’t do much so I stopped using it because I didn’t see the point, especially when I read up on it some more and discovered the potential side effects included thinning of the skin.

Ironically, this is what got me started on my essential oil journey. I found lots of recipes for DIY  blends, salves,  lotions, Epson salt  and vinegar soaks that claimed to either be a remedy or cure for eczema. I tried so many of them but none produced any real results so my hands were getting moisturized but my right hand was still as inflamed and itchy as ever.  I couldn’t help scratching, which increased the inflammation, which was then making the rash increase in size.  So, sad to say…. essential oils and DIY remedies did not work for me this time. The search continued.

Past flare ups started with stress and work was definitely a stressor but not the cause as my eczema didn’t go away when I retired. This baffled and puzzled me.  I also changed my diet according to a food sensitivity test I had done. No noticeable change there either. I also tried other creams from the drugstore that were supposed to help.  No luck there either.  At that point, I was beginning to think this was going to be something I had to learn to live with and manage the  itching and inflammation as best I could.

The turning point came when my daughter’s wedding date got closer. I really didn’t want an ugly, scaley hand as I greeted guests so I made another appointment with my doctor’s locum.  That visit made all the difference!  I left with a new prescription and nothing to lose. This cream was different than the last few prescriptions that both my doctor and previous dermatologist had prescribed before. I started using it as per directions right away and noticed an improvement after a day. Within a week the rash was mostly gone and I was able to stop using the cream by the second week.  What a relief!!!!!! My hand looks normal now, the itch is gone and there is no more inflammation.  That was three months ago!

I wish I knew what caused the flare up because I would then know what to do to avoid it. As it stands now, it may or may not come back, but at least I’ll know how to treat it.  I still love the salves and lotions I made and use them to keep the moisture in my hands and to help with the slight pigmentation that was left when the rash went away. I’ll share the recipes in a later post. That said, I’m sure you want to know the name of the cream.  The cream is called: MOMETASONE FUROATE CREAM .1%.

Eczema is a condition that is different from person to person.  What works for one person, may not for another. Although I prefer going the natural route, this cream worked for me when nothing else did. Although it is a medium-strength corticosteroid, it is not meant for long term use, so any potential side effects did not concern me.  My prescription was to use it for a maximum of 3 weeks, and I could stop using it after 2, which I did because the rash was gone by then.

My life is back to normal now and the eczema is gone.  What a relief!  Best wishes to all of you struggling with eczema and hoping this can be your “cure” as well!!!

Carol

Did you miss my “Essential Oils For Beginners” Series?  You won’t want to miss it!!

Essential Oils for Beginners: Part 1

Essential Oils for Beginners: Part 2 {Usage Criteria}

Essential Oils for Beginners: Part 3 {Where do you buy quality essential oils?}

Essential Oils for Beginners: Part 4 {Resources}

 

 

Organizing for the “What if” Day!

Password Protection………Password Cheat Sheet

As my husband and I get older, “what if” scenarios constantly pop into our heads as we are dealing with the consequences of getting older, taking care of an elderly mother and trying to help our adult children and grandchildren.  Life seems to have literally whizzed by since my parents and father-in-law passed away, to the point where we have to take stock of our own mortality.  I’m not trying to be depressing, but there is a certain reality in taking a moment to enjoy what is important in life and leaving the negative behind.  For us, that means cleaning house…….both figuratively and literally! Life is too short to waste on things that don’t really matter in the end!

Over the last 10 years, we’ve helped several family members move.  One thing they all have in common is all the junk that’s been accumulated. People who collect things always feel that they can’t throw away a certain item because it may come in handy some day, but that day never comes and then that item sits somewhere never to be seen again (it never did come in handy),  until moving day, or until someone else has to deal with it in the event of a death. Someone once said to me that what may be a treasure today, will probably be junk tomorrow. But, I digress………..

What does that have to do with passwords, you ask?  Well the same thing goes for passwords and things you store online.  There are so many places online that you have to register with a username and pick out yet another password. Some you may visit again, and others may end up forgotten.  Both my husband and I have accounts and passwords that neither of  us knows about or may not be up to date.  We are working on organizing, but I shudder to think what would happen tomorrow if my hubby (God forbid) were to pass away.  He has things online that I wouldn’t have a clue where to find, never mind  his usernames and passwords….and vice versa. To that end, I’ve started recording everything that I need a password for on a “Password Cheat Sheet” to be printed and stored in our safety deposit box, and updated regularly should there be any changes.  With cyber security issues, I don’t feel comfortable storing such a document on my computer, but would rather store on a USB key that is kept in the safety deposit box as added insurance.

This is one of the many steps we are taking should the unthinkable happen to either of us.  To that end, I have created a fillable PDF form to record the information and am happy to share with you.  Just click on this link.

This is just a start in organizing for the “what if” scenario……Stay tuned!