Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Alarm Clocks, Cuckoo Clocks and Time in General

This is a photo found on the website of The White Swan Guest House (Á Hvíta Svaninum) in Reykjavik, Iceland. I thought it was hilarious but then what are vacations for?!?!

Á Hvíta Svaninum ræður þú ferðinni, það er ekki okkar að setja þér tímamörk.

I’m not fond of alarm clocks and I've encountered people with the same issue. The one I have (that works) is a wind up clock. The racket from that thing was so bad once that I put it in the next room! I was trying to sleep but the noise was keeping me awake. There have been other times where the alarm would ring and the thought of taking a hammer to it came to mind. Good thing there wasn’t one handy because I would have put the alarm clock out of its misery. There have been other times when I’ve awakened and spent the next hour or so looking back at the clock unable to return to sleep. Back in the early 1980s (my mother was still alive at the time) a friend stayed over for the night and slept in the spare room downstairs. That room had a fully functioning cuckoo clock on the wall in the corner near the couch that opened up for sleeping. When my friend was comfortable and had fallen off to sleep, this clock rang. Midnight was something awful for her. It didn’t bother me because I slept through all that noise but then I didn’t share my bedroom with the clock either! Now I sleep with out a clock and just get up when I’m awake but that might change once I’m back to work. The electric alarm clock with radio that I have is broken. It didn’t last too long after I had bought it. I only lasted six months or so as opposed to the old one that lasted for years and is probably still working at a friend’s place in London.

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