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Day 138: The Opossum: A Tick Killing Machine!


http://www.inquisitr.com/2106782/opossums-the-unsung-heroes-against-lyme-disease-and-other-tick-borne-diseases/


Good morning! I'm up with the chickens again!  My eyes popped wide open at precisely 6:00 a.m. Which is amazing since I had difficulty sleeping last night. I lay down at 10:00, but my heart was racing. I think I drank too much tea yesterday.

My daughter and her husband took the dog hunting.  So I do not have a dog to feed or let out. But I thought I would get some blogging in as the sun rises.  Then I'll do some cleaning and maybe catch a nap before my afternoon students.

Speaking of dogs and hunting, my mother always calls and tells me to remind my daughter and her husband to check for ticks when they come back from hunting.  I just read an interesting article about the lowly opossum.  Apparently they are tick killing machines!  Maybe we all need one in our backyard?


I am determined to conquer this sleep thing.  Hey, I am on my way to conquering the eating and exercise thing, why not conquer one more fundamental mechanism of human survival. :)

I plan on reading more about sleep over the next few days. One of my students in Salem told me that Amazon Prime will be on sale for one day tomorrow. Just $67 for a year, rather than the usual $99.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/22/amazon-prime-memberships-drop-to-67-on-friday-only/#.juamom:ryCj

I have been considering Amazon Prime for a long time. I read a lot of books. I probably pay twice the normal yearly fee. But coughing up $99 at once to Amazon makes me pause.  I may have to give in for the sale. Then I can read oodles of books about sleep (and probably ever sleep again!)

I taught piano in Salem yesterday. Instead of my normal reading, I journaled there a back.  It felt good to get stuff out of my head and onto paper.  Perhaps tonight I will get some better sleep!



I also got a new, digital scale with big luminous letters.  It is a nice way to wake up, seeing my weight going down, even slightly. And I know it is accurate, so I won't be having to make a side trip to the kiosk at Fred Meyer's.  I even have a blood pressure cuff so I can monitor my BP at home.

Today I am going to make paleo meat loaf.  I'll be adding mushrooms and onions and maybe some zucchini instead of bread crumbs.

Tomorrow is my last Friday off before fall term classes start at the music center. I think a foot massage is in order!

Happy Thursday! :0

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