I’m going through withdrawal this week. After spending two weeks of being in charge of our mentally challenged granddaughter, Kristine, this is a change of pace. Her favorite pastime while at our house was watching Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She owns the entire three seasons and liked to have me watch it with her. We spent hours every day propped up on pillows in the master bedroom watching Dr. Quinn. I thought I might end up with bed sores!

Her parents came to get her on Friday in time for lunch. We still had a few episodes to go before we would see the entire series. We managed to work it in between our eating and sight seeing schedules just before she left for home on Saturday evening.

On Saturday morning we took the group to our Mennonite restaurant, Southern Manners. We wanted son-in-law Jason to have the full experience. When I was on my way out of the restaurant I was stopped by a young couple who recognized my picture from the Holmes County Shopper/Hub. Steve and Linda Raber are from Holmes County but have lived in Landrum, South Carolina the last two years. It was nice to meet them, but I didn’t have time to get their full story because the rest of our group had already left and were waiting for me.

We are trying to get back into our normal routine of taking at least a half hour walk around our neighborhood each morning. Sunday we got up early enough to get the walk in before heading to church. Sadly, it was raining but we walked anyhow. Today we made it two days in a row in the cool sunshine. Hopefully we will make it three days in a row but after that we are expecting house guests for several days. It’s always something.

I read an article in the June Reader’s Digest about how to start your day to improve your nutrition, energy and mood. I can’t say I agree with all of the suggestions.

First, it recommended getting up at 6 a.m. I would prefer no earlier than 8 a.m. if possible. It suggested stretching in bed, then getting up and opening the blinds to signal your brain to get up. Then you are supposed to meditate and focus on good memories from the past.

No wonder you need to wake up so early if you are going to accomplish all of this. See, I can get up at 8 a.m., walk to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee and be wide awake and in a good mood.

But it gets worse. The article suggests exercising on an empty stomach, and then taking a cold shower. Yes, cold. That would put me in a bad mood right there. It went on to say you should not put too much effort into your wardrobe for the day, but save your mental energy for important things. I don’t need to "dress for success" most days so that is not a problem.

By 8 a.m. it is suggested to drink ice cold water to boost the metabolism and add some lemon to it for Vitamin C. A study was done that people who drink a caffeinated beverage with sugar before breakfast had a longer attention span and better verbal recall.

I guess my plain, black decaf will not be very helpful it this is true.

The craziest recommendation was to turn your buttered toast upside down so the flavor hits the tongue right away. It suggested this makes it possible for you to use less butter this way.

The last suggestion was to watch some good news on TV. That might be difficult.