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Who’s That Doggie in the Window?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Zip in the Window

Zip in the Window ~McEown

At this very moment as my fingers tap the keys, ZIP is looking out the window in the door.  It is raining rather vigorously and the squirrels and cats are not out and about right now, but he is hopeful.  I have to admit when he starts to bark sometimes it is just startling and loud causing me to jump and bound nearly out of my chair.  Now he is racing to the other end of the house to check out the possibility of deer on the orchard side of the house, and the neighbor has company so he will soon race upstairs to survey her driveway for activity.   He is vigilant.

He naps often.

I often spend my time on the computer looking at artist’s work, it is my favorite part of Friday afternoons.  I like finding blogs and making the connections.   I have highlighted my friend Jane’s  local sketches and also asked Terrill at Creative Potager to share her work on my site.

Zip by Keith Palmer  February 2011

Zip by Keith Palmer February 2011

Then into my inbox came a wonderful drawing of ZIP done by Keith Palmer of North Pennine Gallery’s Blog.

Keith’s work often captures my imagination and makes me wish I could head back to UK and see the countryside that he shares; the sheep in pasture, the stiles, and the pubs by the sea.  His drawing of Edinburgh just drew me in and I could remember walking that mile and the crush of people.

So thank you Keith Palmer for my lovely rendering of ZIP.   I am adding a copy to the gallery wall going up the stairs to my bedroom…the whole family hangs out there.

Say hello to DORIS  (Keith’s Westie) for me!

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Pain Relief – the ZIP METHOD

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
ZIP trying to empathize

ZIP trying to empathize

Pain Relief has been a hard commodity in my life this summer.  Ever since I had to give up Yin Yoga and have been attempting to keep at it by myself, little aches and pains have been emerging until in June uninvited arrived the Plantar Fasciitis experience which has proven to be extreme.

Pain Relief was a high priority when I arrived at the Doctor’s office and the Internet told me all about acupuncture.    Vitamin B shots in the heel were helpful, acupuncture was extremely helpful, as was a massage, and the specific healing method of  stretching my healing team knew about and I downloaded from the internet.   Everything worked for hours and then days, but nothing took the pain away.

Apple Cider Vinegar was helpful as was Olive Oil and Ginger Tea.  I rubbed Caster Oil on the skin, and iced, elevated, and warmed it up.   Tense muscle spasms would invade my shoulders, face, elbows, left leg and knee, and I do not know how to describe the referred pain in my back and beside my spine.

I needed to get the inflammation in my system down and get rid of the pressure.

I cannot take Ibuprophen, acetaminophen, aspirin, and my lovely Feverfew was working overtime.

I stopped walking as that truly irritated the outcomes.

To the rescue came Acupuncturist – Healer Fred.  He gave me a good talking to within his spiritual healing format and told me to get out the Miracle Balls making healing my only priority.  He also gave me some powerful Chinese Herbs based on Turmeric.  I switched to hot foods – Well Chicken and Rice soup full of my good organic veggies; we all know how healing chicken soup is to the whole body.

Miracle Balls and Book

Miracle Balls and Book

I took 4 days off from everything else except healing.  And it was during this period that the ZIP METHOD of healing was developed.


After doing the stretching for the heel pain, one proceeds to get out the Miracle Ball system and the instruction booklet.    As soon as one places these objects on the floor the ZIP Method begins.  ZIP my nearly year old puppy gets so excited that he cheeringly races all around the room while I lower my body to the floor and lay flat.

As you roll to place the ball under the hips, a small ZIP nose will sniff my nose and tickle the end of it before applying pressure with the tongue.  As the breath is released slowly, that busy nose will breathe in the expelled air and render a diagnosis.

ZIP will continue to make sure the ball is in the right placement with each move.  He offers hand and foot massages with his tongue while the body remains relaxed in position.   During the rest moments, he will climb upon my chest, lie down and make reassuring eye contact.

Next pain relief exercise, off ZIP goes to find his ball.  We call it “alien guy” and today he tried to carefully place it in my left ear while I was working on my left knee.  Change sides and ZIP moves alien ball to the other side also.

alien guy ball

alien guy ball

Miracle Ball exercises set aside and out comes a yoga mat so my bare feet can get traction and ZIP dashes off to the office to bring his meditation bed and carefully settles it on the forehead and hair; then flops down.   This keeps one anchored and does not allow drifting off while you hold the pose for 5 full minutes.  Morning nap is completed between the legs to keep the extended foot warm while forward bends are completed.

ZIPs meditation bed with toys

ZIPs meditation bed with toys

I have spent 4 hours a day for the past 7 days doing this routine.  ZIP has not missed a session and has added some very endearing maneuver each session that just makes me laugh.  Laughter is a well known healing principle.

This program is bringing relief and I am most happy to write those words.  We are not 100% and I needed a dentist appointment in the midst of it all, but even there, I could tell a difference.

Because it is working, I can highly praise and make light of the ZIP METHOD of Pain Relief.

What gives you the most pain relief in your life?  Do you have a ZIP METHOD of Pain Relief? What do you want to say?  I am listening and looking forward to your comments.

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