Helping women with chronic illnesses

Winterize Your Body (VIDEO)

Well, I finally made another video. Hopefully nobody is passing out. I know it has been awhile since I made one! Some of you probably thought my video-making days were over.

HINT: Please scroll down just far enough to view the video. If you scroll too far down the post before watching the video, you will miss out on properly seeing my surprise.

If you’d like to see what Hubby got me for my birthday (that’s the surprise), click play:

My Raynaud’s and fibromyalgia can make winter weather an interesting adventure! Gone are the days of me wearing shorts on snowy days. No, my body cannot handle that anymore!

Here is a still shot of my birthday present. (By the way, if you are this far into the post and you didn’t already watch the video, you are officially cheating).

I have a feeling any blogger out there will appreciate this gift. I first saw this shirt on Lee’s blog Perpetual Burn. (Lee designed the layout of the site of Alicia – aka Yaya: Yaya Stuff ). I contacted Lee to find out where she got it and then I planted a seed in Hubby’s head. (He had been asking me for ideas for a birthday gift). Voilà! Now I’ve got a blogging shirt.

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Ratings and comments on videos are welcome. My YouTube channel is defaulting to the wrong view and I haven’t figured out how to fix it. When you pull up my channel, the top right corner has two options, “switch to grid view” and “switch to player view”. To view the channel on what it used to default to and make it easier to see things, simply click on “switch to player view”.

I have yet to figure out why this is happening and have just been flipping it manually myself. If anyone has any tips on how to save the default channel setting to “player view”, please let me know. My channel has been acting up ever since YouTube updated the appearance of all the channels. Thank you.

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1 GyandeviNo Gravatar { 12.29.09 at 5:33 pm }

If I had a blog I would be blogging this. I’m happy to see that Hubby is helping you get dressed now. It sounds like he has been a good influence on you. Then again, you stole his boots last year. So, maybe he is not so thrilled that you are hijacking his winter wear. Jeez, sneakers in the snowbanks? You sound like a Vermonter, you do. Ayup. (That’s Vermont-speak for “yes”).

2 alohamorakatNo Gravatar { 12.29.09 at 5:39 pm }

I love your video! It is so cool! I think you and the other people who have a “I’m blogging this” shirt are going to get a lot of comments! KK

3 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.30.09 at 2:41 am }


You, a Vermonter, would be blogging about winterizing one’s body if you had a blog? Well, I guess we must think alike. Yes. Haha. Hubby was a bit amazed when he and I first met that I didn’t even own a pair of winter boots or that I’d wear shorts outside on snowy days. There were a few years there where that stuff didn’t faze me. (Dress for winter? What for?)

My body has changed… a great deal. Where I used to be hot nearly all the time (especially during years when I was taking hormones for my endometriosis that made me even hotter), now my body is always either too hot or too cold but rarely just right. My body temperature regulation is all out of whack.

So, some of why I dress more reasonably for the weather now is because my body let me know it wasn’t pleased. However, in all fairness to Hubby… he probably did provide some encouragement to wear things like wear winter boots.

I had never had a decent pair of -40 degrees Fahrenheit rated boots before. Last winter, I tried his ancient ones on and was amazed at how warm they were. However, they’d seen better days. (We have the same foot size. So, I have been known to appropriate his footwear).

Anyway, I do have to give him partial credit for me becoming better “winterized”. As far as him being a good influence on me, that depends on the topic. We’ll give him “good influence” credit in the “winterizing” category.

Well, there were some days where he and I were at odds over those boots last year. So, I was thrilled to find my boots on sale recently at an amazing price (far less than they were pricing out at when I scouted online for them). I’m very grateful to have all of this warm winter gear. (I am painfully aware that there are people out there who are homeless in the terribly low winter temperatures – without proper winter wear – and it makes me very sad).

So, I sound like a Vermonter… huh? Well, I shall take your word for that since you would know. Ayup.


I’m glad you enjoyed the video! I would not be surprised if that blogging T-shirt generates some attention. I know it grabbed my attention when I saw it! 🙂



4 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 12.30.09 at 3:44 pm }

Your skin color is lovely, such alabaster perfection. You are a winter!

And I am a summer.

I wish I’d had boots like those back when I worked as a lumberjack. I might still have all my toes.

LOVE the tee. Can I get that in midnight blue, with sparkles?

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..I Stenciled A Doll Trunk! =-.

5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.30.09 at 11:22 pm }


Why thank you… I think. My dictionary defines alabaster as either “a translucent white or tinted gypsum used especially for carving” or “a translucent, often banded variety of calcite” (from the Greek root alabastros).

Soooooo, the saving grace that prevented me from thinking you were likening my skin tone to that of a ghost was the word “perfection” tacked on at the end.

Whew! That word kept me from thinking the worst… (i.e. that you think I look like some sort of an apparition). Granted, I am a bit starved for sunshine these days. You might recall what that’s like from your “pre-Texas-living” days as a Canadienne.

You know… the more that I think of it, even if you hadn’t slipped that “perfection” word in there, I would have known that you meant no offense – because you don’t have a mean bone in your body and would never say anything hurtful to me.

So, I think I will take that as a compliment Ms. Summer… umm… I mean Ms. Funster. Your golden hair summons up visions of sunshine as does your sunny singing voice on your award-winning CD, I Need Man. So, yes, I would have to agree that we should call you “a summer”.

Yes, I’ll bet you do wish you had boots like that for back in your lumberjack days. I am assuming you must have had something fairly comparable “back in the day” when you were splitting wood and milking cows on the Canadian farmland, though, no? It seems you would have needed some steel-toes to protect your little piggies. Oh, I’m sorry. That’s right. I had forgotten you had mentioned having some lumberjack accidents. That is most regrettable.

Speaking of wood, are you shipping me some more? You see… I used up the beautifully seasoned wood you sent me last year. Kidding. Only kidding. I am not asking for any more wood. (It was worth a try, though, you know?) Honestly, I wouldn’t want you to injure yourself further. I was just engaging in some Funsterment…. I mean merriment.

I know! I LOVE it too. No, ma’am. I am afraid that shirt is not available in blue with white snowflakes to match your blog’s background. Of course, your blog background is more of a turquoise blue than a midnight blue. It sounds like you were looking for using a range of colors from the blue family. Alas, they do not carry what you are looking for.

All I know is that I will be wearing my shirt quite a bit. Everyone who stops me with questions about blogs will get to learn about the blogosphere via my perspective. Explaining blogs and blogging to people who have never read a blog in their life can be a wee bit challenging but I will give it the good old college try… or something like that.


6 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 2:06 am }

My roommate, Alanna was the one who turned me onto “having colors done” in college. She had that same pretty complexion as you , you look great in pure white, black, royal purple , royal blue, and the lightest of greys, to name just a few.

I look best in winter white, medium pinks, seafoam greens and you guessed it — midnight blue!!

More wood will be on it’s way to you.


so sleeeeeeeeeeepy here.
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..I Stenciled A Doll Trunk! =-.

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 2:23 am }


You’re too funny. I was just messing with you with my little riff on alabaster.

It’s funny. It have heard about the whole “having colors done” thing and have never done it but if you looked in my closet you’d find an awful lot of those colors you mentioned! Aren’t I supposed to be a “cool color” person or something? Must be my gut instincts told me what colors to pick. Haha. I’m really big on hot pink too. Is that one of mine? Jade green too.

Aha! Your real desire for the midnight blue has been revealed. Alas, black with white lettering is it. They don’t carry winter white, medium pink, sea-foam green, or midnight blue in that T-shirt. Black is it, I’m afraid.

I exchanged emails with Lee (the person who helped me discover this shirt) tonight and we were joking about how we should get referral fees from the company that sells these shirts since we’re sure that we’re about to set the blogosphere on fire with these blogging shirts getting oredered. Haha. 🙂

Now, as far as the wood is concerned, I was just JOKING. Again, I don’t want any more toe injuries. I would never be able to live with myself. So, relax. Your lumberjack days are over. Like you said, you aren’t equipped with the proper footwear for the job anyway. (The axe is too big for Blue Bunny to wield it. So, don’t get any ideas. Virtual blogging bunnies have their limits)!! 🙂



Sleepy? Why? You’re time zone is earlier than mine and I’m as awake as an owl. Oh, that’s right… I’m the abnormal one with sleep habits! Blame the sleep apnea. Though we just got my CPAP headgear working again! YAY!!!

8 Dorothy StahlneckerNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 8:58 am }

Good idea, and I love the shirt, as it says it all..
Dorothy from grammology

.-= Dorothy Stahlnecker´s last blog ..New Years Resolutions =-.

9 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 9:29 am }

Yesssss!! Even your colors for Chronic Healing reflect what your eye knows is you. Hot Pink for you– exactly!!! Uncanny, frannie!!

Now who’s joked the jokestress??? You really get me going sometimes but I’m getting wise to your wise-cracking ways– boy- howdy- doo-day,am I!!!

Now what was I saying??
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..I Stenciled A Doll Trunk! =-.

10 Boxing BagsNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 12:03 pm }

Great video I am originally from Australia but have lived the last 20 years in the Northern Hemisphere – I used to miss the warm weather now my body has changed so much that I can’t take the heat anymore!

11 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 1:56 pm }


Yes, I love that shirt. Isn’t it great? 🙂


12 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 2:20 pm }


I must have been a color expert in a past life. Haha.

Joked the jokestress, huh? If you’re the ex-Canadienne comedienne, what does that make me? I’ll leave the naming conventions up to you. Just be kind when naming me, please. 🙂 I get you going? Goodness. That makes it sound like I’m picking fights with you. I hope people reading this will know that you mean I get you going with my wise-cracks to you. Speaking of which… My wise-cracking ways? Who me? Samantha Serious? Did you say Howdy Doody? That’s before our time, Jannie. I do believe. Howdy do do.

What were you saying? You were saying funny, silly things as usual… of course! What else would you be saying?

Readers, we are very lucky to have Jannie here so often. You know… they say “laughter is the best medicine”. I don’t know who “they” is but “they” are right. Laughter IS the best medicine. So, every comment from Jannie represents a tangible piece of healing being deposited right here on this very blog.

Thank you, Jannie… for bringing good spirit and cheer here! I think my blog was getting too serious before you started making your fun-filled visits of humor and mirth. Chronic illnesses and chronic pain are serious topics, to be sure. So it’s especially helpful to have some occasional levity. The last thing I need is for blog to turn into a big downer.

So, thank you for bringing your gift of Funster magical fun on by. It’s hard to remember blogging life pre-Jannie. Fortunately for me, there wasn’t very much blogging life before you came along. I have been blessed with your bright light for quite awhile, as has anyone who reads this blog. I love you, Jannie!


13 JeanneNo Gravatar { 12.31.09 at 7:23 pm }

Boxing Bags,

Wow! Thanks for all the comments. Welcome! I have never been to Australia but it sure looks beautiful. Isn’t that funny how the body can adjust to a temperature change like that? I can’t handle heat myself. With my heat intolerance, I don’t think any amount of time in a warm climate would enable me to adjust to the heat. Passing out on hot days is no fun at all. I’ll take the snow. 🙂


14 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 01.02.10 at 3:15 pm }

I LOVE YOU TOO, Jeanne!!!

And I hereby dub thee…

Wildflower Wise One

will that work??

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..“Doll Bed With Wine,” “For A Dear Friend” & “Kelly’s Korner, About Two Hours Ago” =-.

15 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.02.10 at 5:21 pm }



I knew if I left the naming conventions up to you that you’d name me kindly. Aren’t you sweet? Yes, you are more than welcome to call me Wildflower Wise One. 😉

Hmm. Does this mean it’s my turn to name you?



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