Time with Charlene

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I was maybe 8 years old the first time that I heard the word Frankincense. Yes, it was during Christmas. If you have attended one or more Christmas Padgents you to have heard of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold.

I have recently learned more about what Frankincense is. It is made from the resin of the Boswellia Tree grown in Africa and in the Middle East.

Frankincense Oil is most often used topically or in aromatherapy methods. A few benefits of using this oil are:

  • as an anti-inflammatory
  • to help gut function
  • to help with asthma
  • can help fight certain types of cancers

I use Frankincense Oil daily with my vitamin regiment. As always check with your doctor before trying new things and do a little research on your own. There is a lot of useful information today on the use of essential oils.


I enjoy learning. We are never to old to learn new things, to see beauty in the people and places around us, to go places, try new foods and recipes, to live our lives to the fullest. It does not matter where you are in your life. Be someone who make someone look forward to tomorrow.

I have wanted to learn to speak or at least read Latin. So I ordered ‘Learning the Latin Langauge session1’. I love Essential Oils and found an Aromatheraphy Course on line to teach me more about the healthy benefits of oils. My grandchildren enjoy cookies and crafting, therefore Pinterest is searched routinely for new ideas for the kiddos and I to try. During the week I will make phone calls, send text, hand write notes/letters to friends and family members. Personal visits are not happening a this time with pandemic otherwise I would be traveling the county roads to visit others face to face over coffee. Oh, did I mention that I am a HUGGER! Having major hug withdrawls during this pandemic.

We are not ment to be isolated from life. Learn something new, a new word from the dictionary, pick a city/place on the map and learn about, reread a book the you that you read in high school, try a new recipe and then go share what you have learned with someone.

My grandchildren are always asking me about something. If I know the answer I tell them and if I do not, I tell them that we can learn about it together. I/we have learned so many new things:

  • how to make slim(with glitter)
  • how to build a birdhouse
  • what different animals like to eat

What do you enjoy doing? Where do you go to visit when time allows? Whose day would you brighten by sending a card? Share with me something that you enjoy. To give your time to someone else no matter how small will come back in double blessings. I promise.


Hello Sunshine. When I think of peppermint my thoughts go straight to the holidays: Peppermint candy canes, candies, cookies, teas and candles. I know right!

I learned from my grandmother at a young age that peppermint(candies) could soothe a tummy ache and/or relax your mood. She always kept a candy jar filled with wintermint, spearmint and peppermint hard candies on the coffee table.

Currently I am learning about the many benefits of Essential Oils. One oil at a time. I am taking a Certification in Aromatherapy through the Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies for my own knowledge base and personal use of essential oils.

Peppermint :

The Peppermint plant is a Hybrid mint, a cross plant of watermint and spearmint. It is a a hardy plant and is easy to grow. These plants grow quickly into a peppermint patch and return every Spring.

Bonus: Peppermint plants are known to repel insects such as spiders. I find this a plus around the back porch area.

Fresh mint can be added to teas, deserts and smoothies.

Peppermint oil, 100% pure grade, there are a few companies that I trust with my oils. Doterra Oil Company is one that I use. Do your research. Safety and your well being are priority.

Benefits of this oil: promotes healthy respiratory functions, clear breathing, aids in digestion, helps with bad breathe, helps relieve tension head aches and muscle aches. As you look more closely into peppermint oil you will get a better understanding of what this one little oil can do.


Hello Sunshine. In the midst of the chaos around us my question for you today is “What makes you happy?” Maybe that is the wrong question. “What makes you feel joy?” I believe that there is a difference between being happy and being filled with joy.

What is it that brings you joy? Joy for me would be time with my children and grandchildren. Joy would be waking up to a good cup of coffee and drinking it on my back porch with my husband. Spending quality time with at my parents. Thursday evening’s with my Women’s Bible Study Group. Making pancakes and treats for my grand youngins. My list is compiled of everyday things that are sometimes taken for granted and often pushed to the wayside in our business.

Life does not need to be without JOY. Take a few minutes to think about what actually brings you joy on this day.


Do you know about essential oils? The health benefits that they support? We will take a look at different oils, their properties and health benefits to help you to understand them better.

I have always been intrigued by natures healthy influences on the the body as a whole. There are plants and plant extracts that help with things from minor aches to mental instabilities. We are truly blessed to have these oils as alternatives to or even in addition to medicines for better health.

OILS: one at a time.

Peppermint, Lavender, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang etc.

Peppermint

Stay tuned in!

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