The sun is shining, not too hot yet. I checked the plants when Charlie and I were outside earlier, but the surface of the plants are still somewhat wet from yesterday’s watering.

I really like to water early in the morning and/or in the evening. But when it’s this hot, I have to alter my watering schedule to keep the plants from getting stressed.

I think when it comes to gardening you should have to follow your instincts.

Maybe a plant will indicate that it needs 8 hours of sun. But I’ve found that every plant is different. So I move the containers around according to that particular plant’s needs.

That’s one of the greatest things about gardening in containers. The flexibility.

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Yesterday I went for an acupuncture treatment. And I slept so well last night. I always do after acupuncture. It’s like it relieves both my body and the things weighing on my mind.

All these years I guess I never thought much about how doctors tend to treat individual parts of the body. Acupuncture seems to treat the whole body.

The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body.

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Some experts have used neuroscience (a subdivision of biology) to explain acupuncture.

Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.

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I told him about my eyes and the cataracts, and he gave me a Tibetan eye chart to take home with me.

You’re supposed to follow the design with your eyes to strengthen and improve eye sight. So I’m giving it a go.

It was created by Tibetan monks. You can read more about it here. The exercises are designed to stimulate muscles and optic nerves.

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  1. Clever use of that photo of your quilt — it looks like a Tibetan eye chart! I could just stare at it all day. It’s lovely!

  2. I think back of my first acupuncture treatment years ago. My main goal was to relieve back pain. The thing is she saw right away how tense my whole body was. I could hardly relax during the treatment. With her encouragement to relax-she had such a soothing voice and always soft music that eventually I would actually fall asleep on the table! lol she was thrilled to hear this of course! She assured me, that by being so relaxed would make the treatments more effective. Unfortunately we moved and I haven’t been able to find an acupuncturist I liked as much as I liked my old one. I’m so glad it is working for you.

    1. The man I go to has a very soothing voice too and has soft music going as well. That sure helps to relax you.

  3. I have read and heard about acupuncture for many years but have never had occasion to consider it. As I age, my hands and feet often ache (probably arthritis in the hands) and I think it is time to see if acupuncture can provide any relief. So glad that you have presented this topic and the benefits you are experiencing (the good night’s sleep alone is a positive result).

    I have had cataract surgery in both eyes and I am so pleased with the results. I did have the multi lens implanted when the surgery was performed and I can now read without glasses. For me, this was an excellent option because wearing glasses was uncomfortable for me. But it was expensive. My eyesight had become so unreliable and the doc was changing my prescription every six months. I remember the morning after the first surgery when I woke up and could actually read the time on the alarm clock. With this said, I will check into the Tibetan eye chart; it can never hurt to continue to strengthen my eyes.

    Hope you and Charlie have a wonderful day.

    1. I have worn glasses since I was a child. Would be so nice to be able to get up and go through my day without them.

  4. I’m glad the acupuncture seems to be helping. So interesting about that Tibetan eye chart! I bookmarked it and will be sending to my mom, also.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Laurel! I’ve found a vet/acupuncturist for pets here in town. I will be taking Charlie when he starts limping around due to his back pain again.

  5. I’m a true believer in Accupuncture. My A dr helped me so much w my vertigo. And I swear the next time I get a old I’m going to see her to keep it from going into bronchitis. I often fall asleep during the treatment. Glad it helps your sleeping.

    1. I’m rethinking all of the times I’ve gone to my regular doctor for this and that. I’m learning so much and wish I’d learned it sooner.

  6. Very informative, Brenda. I am a champion for acupuncture. When I suffered with migraines, it was acupuncture that helped…actually stopped the migraines. I’m a believer. 🙂

    1. I’m glad it helped you. I just get tired of going to doctors to treat one part of my body. So I’m giving this a shot. I’ve been three times now.

  7. I thought at first glance that the Tibetan eye chart was a new clock you purchased. Wouldn’t it make a cute wall clock? Glad the acupuncture helped you!

  8. I’ll have to find this Tibetan eye chart as I too will be having cataract surgery in a few years. I just love your cow picture; such beautiful animals.

    Carol and Molly

    1. I was told last fall I had less than a year before I’d have to have the surgery. But I hate to ask my daughter to take off work to take me. I’m hoping these exercises will help, Carol and Molly. The photo of the chart that he gave me I saw online. You could copy it. He gave me a cardboard copy. Let me look it up again.

      1. Okay, the site link in my last paragraph has a small image of it. It says to enlarge it to about 5 inches and copy. If you go back to that link, it will explain it all.

  9. I am glad you are getting relief and relaxation from the acupuncture treatments. Are you still considering it for Charlie?

    We have had plenty of rain lately here in Iowa so thank goodness I have not had to water my plants very much!

    1. I will take him if he starts limping again. Right now he’s doing well. I have to balance his fear of going out with taking him someplace to help him. If he’s terrified, might not help him.

      1. I’ve had acupuncture numerous times and there is no pain involved at all. It’s like a tiny pinch – like a mosquito bite – when the needle goes in. They’re so thin, they’re the width of a hair! Sometimes depending on where the needles are placed, you’ll feel a sort of vibrating sensation, almost “electrical”. That’s normal and things unblocking in your body.

  10. Brenda,

    Good morning to you and Charlie! I have never had acupuncture but am fascinated by it. As for the Tibetan eye chart I have hear that you should do exercises for your eyes. I am going to have to look that up as well.

    I hope that you have a great day!

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