Friday, February 21, 2014

Four Days~

Well, here is the quick down & dirty for the last 
four days.
I have been slack,
 ( to say the least in my writing )
I have been taking the pictures,
just lacking in the delivery.
I had the knife break in my 
That was an interesting out of the 
blue experience.
Wasn't bad, just hurt like...
I decided it was time I took a 
picture with Lynn who is one of 
my favorite WWII Veterans.
I spend many a morning talking with him
and enjoy every second.
I have been working on eating healthier 
and I just love Sushi.
I decided to take a break from the norm 
& find my way to a Sushi bar...
Nom, nom, nom.
This morning,
I went and had Blueberry Pancakes 
at my favorite spot.
Nothing like a stack of 3 to bring a Smile 
back to my face.
what a week.
Ready to sit on the deck 
Already sounds like Spring 
in the back woods.
Going to go commune with nature.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Simple Reminder~

I went to the coffee shop to spend time 
with the Veterans like I often do.
We got on a discussion 
that really bothered me.
I make it a point when I go to see them
that I do not bring in any outside garbage.
When I walk through the door,
I leave all darkness on the outside.
You see,
most of them have already 
seen & lived in Hell.
When I greet them I usually say 
something chipper like,
"Hello Handsome"!
Some willingly accept the compliment
others have a hard time seeing past
the time ravaged outwards appearance.
There is one Veteran 
that I see most every day that 
I am just drawn to.
He was a bomber piolet in WWII.
today he asked me why I waste 
so much time there with all the 
"old guys", listening to their stories.
I told him that I don't see it 
as a waste.
I see the beauty in each one of them.
Even though time and sickness have
taken a toll on many of them,
I can see past all of that.
As we were taking I was fidgeting 
with my bracelet/ hair tie,
then I realized...
It was BEAUTY.
A simple reminder,
there is beauty in everything.
You just have to be willing to look 
for it.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday & Sunday~

The left is Saturday, the craving for something sweet.
That ended up in my hands.
( Only long enough to take the picture )
The Picture on the right is Sunday.
Once again, 
I wanted something sweet, 
but this time I bought the strawberries.
We have choices.
Fake or Real?!?
What are we treating out bodies to?
It is always easier to reach for the left.
I challenge you to reach for the right.
Every day decisions lead to our 
over all health.
If you are going to give yourself a gift,
be it one of health...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hearts & Flowers~

Yes, today is the day that 
most people have rushed out to 
find that perfect gift for a loved one.
Anything from the traditional Candy Hearts,
Stuffed Animals, Flowers & the Hallmark Card
( to express everything that you can't seem to do yourself. )
To the Extravagant gifts of Jewelry, Trips & Vehicles.
( Not that I have the first hand experience with the trips & vehicles, but I have heard it happens. )
I took my first trip to the local mall here in NC.
Had to replace something that met with an 
unfortunate accident.
Once I was done with that.
 I decided to 
"window shop".
I have no idea how this ring jumped onto my 
finger, but there it was.
I admired it for a while sitting on my finger,
then gave it back to the girl behind the counter.
She was all too eager to try to sell it to me.
I just told her...
I would rather get a gift that is given to me for 
"no reason" or "just because" 
instead of because it is a certain date on the calendar.
Maybe it's just me...
I don't begrudge anyone that is in Love 
with Valentines Day or all that it stands for.
Just don't judge me too harshly 
because I don't have hearts in my eyes...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Yum~

 It seems here in my little corner of NC
that the snow effectively shut down the whole area.
So, Spring Cleaning came early to my place.
I managed to wash all of the clothes,
linens & blankets.
Vacuum and scrub the floors.
I took some photos of the 
"Winter Wonderland" 
from my terrace,
because no one wanted to venture
 past the complex.
For dinner,
 I decided to try making my 
own Spaghetti Sauce.
Have to say, 
for my first time...
Not so bad!
Managed to hide some veggies in the 
sauce, while reducing the salt & sugar.
It felt good to make something new
and know that I can make 
a healthier version of it
myself instead of having to 
rely on the store bought alternative.
I still cheated with the crescent rolls,
but baby steps!
Rome wasn't built in a day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thank you~

I know that this picture and timing of it could 
get me shot, but I am willing to risk it...
Since moving to North Carolina I 
have ( Gasp ) kinda missed the snow.
( I know, I can't Believe I said it either! )
This is the second snow that we have had
since the move & I have to admit,
I really wanted it!
Like a kid on Christmas morning,
I can't wait to get out 
get into the snow
 so I can capture some 
( hopefully ) great pictures.
The boys are excited too!
tomorrow morning
I will be getting up early to see 
what images I can capture.
Thankful for the chance 
to get some more snow pictures.
Prayers are actually Answered...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Perfect Timing~

I did something that I can not take back,
change or alter.
I just have to believe that 
Love is the 
I went to the mail & found this.
It reads:
Love, Faith & Hope...
I will need all 3 of these.
I know why these were made 
the two women that it is meant
to represent.
 I hold that meaning
dear & sacred.
it also holds another meaning 
for me...
timing is everything.

One Week Ago~

It was just one week ago 
that I finally got the answers that I needed.
I sit here pain free 
Thankful that I listened to
my instincts and not the first 
Dr. that "treated" me.
This is just a little reminder
that is hanging around.
It soon will be gone,
but not the lesson 

Sunday, February 9, 2014


I almost did it today...
While we were in the park,
a guy was trying to sell off this little girl.
I was so tempted,
but instead...
I gave her a little lovin'
prayed that she would find a loving home.
Had a wonderful Sunday walking around 
in the woods taking pictures.
What a relaxing way to start the week...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Green Eyes~

14 years ago,
I fell in love with these green eyes.
Not really looking to 
adopt a furry friend at the time,
but knew that I couldn't leave him 
where I found him.
It is amazing how when you 
aren't looking you find
exactly what you need.
Even after all these years,
he still has my heart
I fall in love with him 
all over again,
when I look into his 

Friday, February 7, 2014

3 in 1 Part 2~

it has been an interesting week.
I have spent most of it recovering.
Feel like it has been lots of Liquids,
Cranberries & Sleep.
Over a month ago,
I started to make some healthy changes.
It has been over a month since 
I last drank a soda.
I have introduced gluten free food
 into my diet trying to see if it reduces 
my migraines.
tiny treats...
This amazing little blueberry pie,
I try to make it last two sittings.
You have to enjoy life, 
even if it means somethings 
are done in moderation...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Back in the Jungle~

No rest for the weary...
 it was back out into the jungle.
Taking the boys to school,
running limited errands
then homework.
Have to admit,
I took a few cat naps today.
Drinking lots & lots of 
water & cranberry juice.
Made a phone call back to the 
hospital to inform them of 
my experience on Saturday 
and how I was mis-diagnosed.
Will they do anything or follow up?!?
Who knows,
but at least I did my part by
telling them my story 
they can take it from there.
If I have learned nothing else
in this life...
I have learned that you must 
speak up for yourself.
It is nice if you have someone
that is there and can do it on your
behalf, but if that is not the 
case, make a point of doing it for 
You may not only end up 
saving your life, 
 you might just save someone else's
as well...

Monday, February 3, 2014


Since Friday,
 I have been really quiet.
Trying to take care of myself.
By Saturday night I couldn't
stand the pain any more.
I went to the ER.
 After many 
hours of being left alone in a room,
the "brilliant" Dr. came back 
 to tell me that he thought it 
was a virus & here are some meds,
 come back if the condition gets worse...
I walked into the ER with a temp of 105,
doubled over in pain 
very dehydrated.
How much worse exactly do I have 
to get to come back?!?
In the time that I was there 
the only thing he did was order
a urine test to make sure I wasn't
Walking in, I could tell him I 
but how could I know that 
as a mere mortal?!?
after being given medication
for symptoms that I didn't have.
I came back to the apt & stayed 
curled up until this morning.
After a whole day wasted in the
ER once again.
I Actually had a competent
Dr. this time.
 He gave me a real exam,
blood test & once again urine,
then off to X-Ray.
Got back & was hooked up to 
a rather fast dripping IV.
3 bags of fluid later...
Come to find out I have 
a really bad Kidney Infection.
I could complain,
but what is the point.
Bottom line is,
you have to be your own 
health advocate.
If you feel one Dr. isn't 
listening or treating you properly,
seek the advice of another.
After all, 
it is your body.