Welcome to the November Update from Breathing Better Living Well
"I'm home!" Those two little words are possibly the sweetest words a parent - or any family member - can say...or hear.
On the eve of this busy holiday season we invite you to come home...or at least stop in for a while... to BBLW. We know you have a lot going on, so this month we're keeping it simple. We've got articles with tips on coping with the holidays, inspiring stories of overcoming adversity and giving back, and we have books to help you stay healthy - and warm your heart. And speaking of warm...we've even got a recipe for a comforting, delicious hot drink.
So, come on in, have a seat, put your feet up and take a few minutes to visit and do something kind for yourself.
Here's what we have for you...
Articles at Health Central
A Time of Thanksgiving
How can I be thankful when I have a chronic lung disease?
It's Party Time! Nine Tips to Help You Save Energy and Breathe Better This Holiday Season
You can enjoy the holidays. Here's how.
Staying Healthy and Preventing COPD Exacerbations
How can I stay healthy this fall and winter?
Cough and Keeping Your Airways Clean
Why do I cough and what can I do about it?
Dying with COPD
What can I expect? What can I do to maintain comfort and dignity?
Here are inspiring stories of three men overcoming adversity and giving back to others. Visit our Stories page where you can find these stories - and many others.
A Life Worth Living - Hal Heckel
Giving Back - Harry Vanderhule
Thoughts on Hope - Steve Rietveld
Come on home to your BBLW family where you'll find a listening ear, our "Ask the RT" forum, links to articles, discussions, and more. Most of all, you'll find kind folks who understand what you're going through and are there to help. Just for fun...our forum also has photo Gallery! If you're a BBLW member, click on "Gallery" at the top of the Community page and follow the prompts.
Shopping at Amazon.com for Christmas?
You can get there from here and no matter what you buy, help support BBLW without breaking a sweat!
When you enter through the Amazon portals on either our home page (scroll down and find it below the bookstore box toward your right) or those in our bookstore a few cents from each purchase goes towards helping us maintain the BBLW website. Remember, every purchase (anonymous, of course) qualifies, no matter what you buy - a coffee pot, a jacket, a TV, whatever...
BBLW is 100% self-supported out-of-pocket and I am grateful for your support!
In the BBLW Bookstore
These books make great gifts!
The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu by Neil Schachter, MD
Coping with Prednisone by Euginia Zuckerman
The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu by Allison Janse and Charles Gerba
Breathe Healthy Masks for cleaner, healthier air wherever you go.
The Mommy Orphanage - What if there was an orphanage where the kids chose the moms? This beautiful book will warm your soul and make your heart sing!
Santa's Journey - A professional Santa shares wonderful stories of his experiences from a Christian perspective.
Chai Tea Mix (from Allrecipes.com)
(I hate to spoil the fun, but...please... make sure this recipe doesn't conflict with any dietary restrictions recommended by your doctor.)
This is easy to make, and presto! You've got an instant comforting, hot drink. It also makes a great gift.
1 c. nonfat dry milk powder
1 c. powdered non-dairy creamer
1 c. French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c unsweetened instant tea
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground cardamom
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons (or more if desired) Chai Tea mix into a mug of hot water.
On a personal note...
Although I like to travel, I still love to be at home. That's the door to "our" cottage, and even though we spend just two weeks there each year, it's home to us. Every single time I walk through that door, I smile and say, "I'm home!"
I'm excited and looking forward to this holiday season. Our daughter will be coming home to spend Christmas with us for the first time in three years and I can't wait! Until then I'll be finishing up my book, doing my day job, and getting the house ready for guests. It'll be a bit hectic, but I'll do my best to take some time for curling up in cozy clothes with a hot cup of Chai Tea - and just being home.
On behalf of the entire staff at Breathing Better Living Well, I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy Thanksgiving filled with blessings and love. Breathe Well today my friends. I'll see you again next month.
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our Thanksgiving."
~~ W.T. Purkiser