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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 9:58:05 PM PST
4Nbahu says:
I deleted the post because I just remembered I would have to make wish list public. I wish I wasn't so private. Wishing all of you a great Secret Santa.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 10:08:10 PM PST
I missed your post before you deleted it, but if you'd like to participate in the Secret Santa Exchange but are concerned about making your Wish List public there is a solution. I also have had a private wish list, but I discovered that I could make a second wish list and transfer a few of the books over the the new one expressly for the Secret Santa Exchange. Also make sure that your real name is changed to your forum name on your profile when your wish list is accessed. Just a thought if you want to join us. If you click on my profile you will see I only have about 8 items on the public wish list that I created for this. My real wish list has more than 100 books on it as well as other items that I want to remember.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 10:16:19 PM PST
Lyn says:
Thanks LOB
I had done that but I think copying yours will be easier and certainly up to date in case I missed an "update".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 10:25:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 10:26:48 PM PST
Many thanks to everyone who joined us today for free books and lots of conversation. It was fun and I appreciate all your kind words regarding The Orange.

I'm going to turn you over into Ribbons capable hands for what looks to be another of his exciting adventures. I'll see you all there.

My pleasure Robb. I'm looking forward to you're Magic Carpet Shuttle Adventure. I missed the last one because I had that crud that is making its way around. ;-)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:04:59 PM PST
Lyn says:
Thanks LOB. Get some sleep :)

Please join us for the new day of FB&C ........

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 2:16:57 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
Ok I've sent my email to join. Now I just have to make a public wish list.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 3:02:42 AM PST
I suffer from depression and SAD as well. I love my sun lamp (happy light)...when I can remember to turn it on. I expect that is the ADD kicking in. Interestingly enough, I wasn't diagnosed with the ADD until after I had been taking meds for the depression for more than 5 years. My theory is that the depression meds lowered my ability to use any coping methods I had developed over the years for dealing with the ADD.
But...anyway...the SAD light is a great idea and works for me :)

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 7:24:09 AM PST
LKS says:
Thank you to all of the friends, for posting your results from your SAD or "happy light".
I'm ordering mine today.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:36:05 AM PST
JudyD says:
@OregonDreaming of a Dry Christmas - I can only relate to a Christmas-time visit to in-laws in Chicago. Until I was there, I really was not able to conceptualize what it was like to not have the sun up until about 10 a.m., and by 3:30 it was waning, and the days could be either sunny, snow filled, or just plain dreary. Too spoiled here by so much sunlight, that the rainy season is welcomed by the time it gets here, and usually that is for a quick thunderstorm, except during hurricane season, when a tropical storm or hurricane can sock us in for 3 or 4 days. It is still not the same as when you life where you do, or in other parts of the country (and world) where it can be dark and dreary for extended periods of time.

I think trying the light would definitely be on my list of things to do, if I were to move to a part of the country that had this type of weather and I found myself in this position. Good feelings to all who are suffering this time of year with this condition, and the holiday blues that can come from missing loved ones who are no longer with us.


Posted on Dec 14, 2012 9:18:50 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
I've battled bouts of depression off and on for years. Sometimes mild, sometimes really bad. I've considered a light box several times. After hearing others talk about them I think I'll get one for myself. No sense in not trying something that could help and is relatively inexpensive. And it can't hurt anything, so why not.

OregonDreamer, bet you never thought there were so many of us hanging around. Sometimes it feels very isolating. Which is partly the depression itself and partly feeling that you're the only one. My mom doesn't understand depression-at ALL. Her advice to me, or anyone else, is: "Just think happy thoughts and refuse to give in. Move on." Thanks, Mom, that helps!! She'll never get it, so why fight her. (who has the energy when you're depressed anyway) When things are good you can actually laugh at her advice, since you know she comes from a place and time where it is "just a mood".

Hope today is a little easier.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 10:21:21 AM PST
Cluny says:
The important thing for anyone getting the SAD lamp/lights is that you sit within parameters specified for at least the minimal recommended amount of time. I usually put it on high on the nightstand next to bed as I sit and watch tv or read at night for a few hours.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 10:35:41 AM PST
Lyn says:
It is amazing how many people think they "are the only one" (fill in the blank).
Right now I have to battle mine as well as the SO's. I am not used to that. It is not quite like Elf's mom with happy thoughts, her attitude is more "fake it until I make it". And she is having a hard time faking it at the moment. Is on antidepressants but...the good news is that a couple of her doctors are checking to see if they can find a good therapist.

Getting outside even in the rain and going for a 10-20 minute walk is beneficial. Even if you aren't seeing or feeling the warm orb in the sky.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 10:38:54 AM PST
Cluny says:
having a four legged friend who depends upon you and for whom, you must get out of bed also is helpful if your living situation allows....Ribbon, I agree on the walking suggestion

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 11:18:24 AM PST
I know that there have been days when the only thing I get out of bed for is the cat. Once I'm up to feed him, I figure I might as well go to work.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 12:44:43 PM PST
Pruney Toes says:
My first episode of clinical depression and OCD happened when I was about 7 yrs. old. I am still fighting it at the age of 69. It gets better and worse, but this is always my worst time of year. Being a Christian, I also deal with a lot of guilt about being so down at Christmas. I enjoy the real reason for the season, but have real problems with the commercialism. I have always struggled with money which makes the holidays even harder.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 1:36:44 PM PST
 nospin  says:
((Pruney toes))

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 1:45:06 PM PST
@Elf Keeper, Cluny, Ribbon, 8 nights of light in ME, and pruney toes.

Thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. It all helps and is very much appreciated. I'm putting all the suggestions into a special file in my head and am mulling them all over. Many can be incorporated into my life easily... taking a walk (which I would love to do) is an activity that contributes to the problem. I can only walk very short distances and since dragging the walker everywhere I go is such a pain in the **tt, I try to stick to stores that have scooter available. Riding my recumbent bike helps some for the exercise portion of "walking" but I really miss the sights, sounds, and smells of walking outside. Even miss the feeling of rain. I have not given up... maybe someday my back will allow me to take short strolls.

Thanks again... and I am doing a bit better today. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 2:03:54 PM PST
Pruney Toes says:
Glad to hear you are doing some better. Hang in there!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 2:05:34 PM PST
 nospin  says:
I so know what you mean, Marilyn.


Posted on Dec 14, 2012 4:15:46 PM PST
JudyD says:
Glad you are all sharing such wonderful ideas. I have a close friend who battles with depression all year around, and has it in her family, having had a sister who committed suicide when very young. She finds walking, swimming, or dancing each day for at least a half hour helps. She injured her knee and was unable to do those things, until she finally gave in and had the knee fixed. Now she is working back up to walking and swimming at the Y, and is doing better. She must stay on meds all year 'round, and is a pleasure to be with. I see where Oregon Dreaming.... is using a recumbent bike but that does not give the outside experience that is so uplifting. Was wondering if getting some of the free Kindle + free Whispersync offerings and listening to a good book while peddling would be a helpful way of working through the boredom? The reason I ask this (not only because I like audiobooks), but because I know some of the new gyms have TVs attached to their equipment where you visualize and the bike changes programming as if you were outside going up and down hills, traveling through different countries, by the sea, etc. Obviously we could not afford that type of setup in our home, but perhaps another experience of some type added to the cycling might help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:16:51 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
(((Pruney Toes)))

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:30:06 PM PST
When I ride my recumbent bike I put my iPad on the front and play my music. You could do the same with an iPod or any MP3 player. I play fast upbeat music that helps me to ride faster and longer. Music is also very healing and can help if you are feeling down. Put on something upbeat and it does help.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 4:57:06 PM PST
Lyn says:
This part of the thread is taking on a life of its own. :)

It is good to see so many sharing.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 8:09:34 PM PST
Thanks for all the great ideas everyone.
I have my bike set up to watch videos on the laptop or listen to music. I am such a "nature freak" that I listen to a mountain stream all night ... every night and have water music in my living room from the outside pond next to the patio. Of course that is louder when the windows are open. lol When I need a sniff of rain or the feel of the wind, I just take my walker out on the porch until the cold runs me back in. So you see, I do still have a lot of things to be thankful for. I just stepped off the deep end for a little while and how I am able to grasp the side.

Thanks again... :)


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:41:33 PM PST
Lyn says:
When you are really really on the cliff remember that a gratitude journal can help too.
I am grateful for my DH
I am grateful that I can still tie my shoes
I am grateful that the internet is up today.

Try for 3 things a day. As far as I am concerned they can be the same 3 things. When you are low, read the journal. We have do with real rain or a cd for the sounds of water. Can do the porch thing though. :)
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