Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | September 6, 2009

Bless the beasts but not the snoring

Are you feelin’ Sunday?  We hope so.  We’re at the end of our rope with Spike’s snoring.  Lack of sleep is causing the beauty of Joyce to fade like the precious summer days.  We’ve got the sound machine blaring ‘rain’ or ‘waterfall’ all night long (8/14 post) and as a result we’ve developed a bladder infection.  Spike’s been practicing the didgeridoo (8/22 post) for several weeks now and the only benefit is that he’s earned a little spending money when passersby throw coins in his tin cup.  Out of total desperation we’re now turning to the Snoring Solution:

AG Deluxe III Adjustable CPAP / Sleep Apnea Chin strap

It’s like a jock strap that you sling around your head.  Spike will look like an idiot, but it’s supposed to work like a charm.

Dear Snoring Solution,

Please work your magic.  Our beauty depends on it.

Lots of love, Joyce  xo

Joycelanders–how do you creatively solve the snoring problem? 

Spirit Sunday

Today we received an e-mail from The Universe.  Sometimes it happens like that in Joyceland.  It’s like . . . boom . . . there it is in our inbox.  We thought it had such a great message that we’d pass it on for Spirit Sunday:     

Dear Joyce:  Do you know why dogs are so quick to wag their tails and cats are so quick to purr?  Even the ones that have been lonely, abused, and betrayed?  Because, as is true of all animals, they were instilled with the distant awareness that no matter what the world shows them, they’re still deeply loved and needed, that their presence alone has made a difference, and that in just the shake of a leg, seemingly without reason or rhyme, everything can FANTASTICALLY change for the better.  This is true of all people, except sometimes they tend to forget.    Purrfectly, The Universe 

So today we send a blessing to all dogs and cats with thanks for the lessons they teach us.  We give thanks for Fred and Ethel who like to goose the ladies (9/22 post).  And for Casanova, the charming black puppy, who was so sassy last night and bit everyone just a little.  And for Wendy who weighs 100 pounds and has to sleep with you.  And . . . for Keyboard Cat: 

How do your pets keep you in Joyceland?  It’s Spirit Sunday—so keep it bowlin’! (9/1 post)




  1. Dear Joyce,
    I know snoring is horrible! When we go up north with my whole family, my mom’s snoring shakes the whole cabin and keeps everyone, except my sister awake (she harmonizes with mom, as a matter of fact). I was right there with them, until my husband at the time started sleeping another room because he couldn’t sleep. I chose to have my soft palate “shaved.” Right there in the ENT’s office. It took 10 minutes–he even shaved off my uvula and made me a new one! It didn’t bring my husband back to bed, however; that was the beginning of the end…just an excuse on his part. (The things we do to keep our spouses happy.) Spike sounds like a tough guy, perhaps he’d consider the $300 investment? Also, what about the nose things that the football players and people with colds wear? Has he tried that? That may be a better place to start before the cauterizing of the soft palate. Good luck! NJ

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