Monday, February 3, 2014

You Better Redneckognize

Dear Friends,
<== This.

Last week I was exhausted, I completely forgot to call my wedding coordinator to finalize our date, was so angry at W I didn't speak to him for 2 days (for what I am really not sure), cried three times for no reason, slept maybe five hours the whole week, I could literally feel my irritability, and didn't seem to check anything off my to do list.

Then, Friday afternoon two things happened nearly simultaneously: 

2. I received this email from a long-time gal pal =>

I literally stopped and laughed out loud. LK, you are STRESSED! I could check off nearly every one of the symptoms of caregiver stress, but because I was so immersed in my bubble of stress - I couldn't recognize what was happening to my brain. 

It dawned on me that maybe our semantics around "caregiver stress" are wrong. What if you don't self-identify as a caregiver?

So many people come up to us at various events as say, "It wasn't until many years later that I realized I was a caregiver. I didn't know to reach out for help, because I didn't think of myself as a caregiver."

Does recognizing you are stressed out solve your problems? NO WAY! 

Does recognizing your stress help you cope with everything that is going on in life? YOU BETCHA!

Friday afternoon I was able to take a deep breath, clear my head of all of the gunk that was feeding my stressed out brain and tackle the things I could control and release the things that I couldn't. 

So don't miss the message just because you don't think you are a caregiver. 

Caregiver Stress = STRESS



  • Sweetheart Luncheons: The Charleston and Parkersburg Early-Stage Alzheimer's groups are hosting Sweetheart Luncheons on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to get connected to this supportive group of people! For more information call, 800.272.3900
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Game Day Bacon Wrapped Venison 
A friend that we tailgate with makes these delicious little devils every game-day weekend. So when a package of venison tenderloin tumbled out of W's over-stuffed freezer and landed, painfully, on my foot on Sunday - it was like a sign from heaven.

You can sub in beef (stew or stir fry cut) if you don't have venison on hand. The venison is cut into "jerky" strips (processor word not mine!). The key to this recipe is the marinade. If you have time to marinate overnight, that is best - but if not 2 hours at least. 

For the marinade (approximations, feel free to add or take away):
  • 3-4 tbs of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Rice Wine Vinegar or white wine
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbs sriracha or other chili sauce
  • 1 tbs ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of water
  • dab of Dale's Sauce
Place the meat and the above ingredients into a gallon size bag, then place in the fridge over night. Soak toothpicks in water. Cut your bacon in half. To prepare: roll a strip of tenderloin into a ball (like a fruit roll up), take a piece of bacon and wrap around the tenderloin, then poke a toothpick through to hold. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes or until cooked all the way through and the bacon is crispy. You can also prepare in a hot skillet, but it gets a little smokey - which is not idea for friends coming over to watch the big game. 

Devour while you watch your life-long favorite team get completely destroyed in the biggest game of the year. Maybe next year Broncos. :......(

Until Next Week! 
Laurel K. 

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