Posted by: Stacey | October 3, 2008

Seasons change…

Sometimes growing older is just plain hard. 

It is so hard to see my grandfather bury his brother… knowing that inevitably, the time comes for each of us. My heart breaks for my grandparents that they have reached the age where they go to many funerals. Family, friends… The anguish I see in my grandmothers face that she will most likely not see her great grandchildren get married or have their own children. It is life, but when you love someone so much… you don’t want to miss any of those special moments. 

Is this what they call “growing pains”?

My husband’s grandmother is looking at most likely being placed in a nursing home. It is so sad to watch a family torn apart as important decisions are made. A precious lady who has spent her entire life serving her family and worshipping her Savior… left unable to speak or carry on regular daily activities. 

Man, all I can think of today is the song from the old Toys R’ Us commercials….

 

I don’t want to grow up…

Posted by: Stacey | October 1, 2008

Sassy is… well… Sassy again.

Yay! So glad to not have a sick dog again!

 

She is on the mend and acting true to her name. 🙂

 

Me, on the other hand… well, I hurt all over. I think it’s time to finally go back to the doctor. 😦 

 

That makes me so sad because so much of what was wrong is better but I have constant pain running down my left leg and some pain in my left arm. Darn the Harris back! It’s gotten all of us at one time or another!

 

Eek!

 

Must take care of my back… must take care of my back…..

Posted by: Stacey | September 29, 2008

Sick doggy…

Well, it’s been a long weekend. 

 

Sassy, our Shih-tzu has been sick since Saturday evening. 

 

I didn’t realize how time-intensive taking care of a sick dog is. 

 

I have had tons of laundry because she keeps having bloody diarrhea on her bed/towel, whichever I have down for her. 😦

I am even becoming a doggy chef… making her rice and boiled chicken to settle her stomach. 

Hopefully, after a shot and 3 different medicines today at the vet… she will be her spunky self again soon!

Posted by: Stacey | September 25, 2008

Fall traditions

Life is good. 

I feel good. 

Not completely free of complaint, but overall really good. 

(I doubt many of us are truly without complaint.;))

Anyways, it’s a warm fall here but the leaves are turning and cooler weather is in the forecast. I’m thrilled. I love fall. It’s my favorite time of the year. I think it’s my favorite because it doesn’t linger long enough for me to get tired of it. 😀

Cooler weather brings a love for comfort foods. Hot chocolate. Hot tea. Oatmeal. Yum. 

I bought everything to make my mom and grandmother’s chicken casserole next Tuesday. 

Chicken Casserole

1 bag Pepperidge Farm Dressing (I use the cornbread)

1 stick butter

1 can chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken

1 can cream of celery

 

I don’t remember the exact recipe, and I usually just wing it anyways…. I boil the chicken and then cut into chunks. Put into a 13×9 baking dish. Then mix together broth and soups and pour over chicken. Then, put the dressing (mixed with the melted stick of butter) on top (almost an entire bag but be careful to not get it too dry). Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until it’s all browned and crunchy on top. 

 

I am going to serve it with green beans and the new Steam N Mash potatoes from Ore Ida. I had a coupon for a free bag and am excited to try them out. 

Oh, I can’t wait. (Where’s a licking your lips smiley?)

I am still on my wellness kick, too. I am doing yoga several nights per week. I find my back hurts less and my foot hurts less if I stay stretched out. I am trying to run/jog/walk 3 times per week and follow that run with an Epsom salt bath. I am also using my neti pot daily and continuing my supplements. I also found a wonderful Women’s multivitamin by Rainbow. 

That’s about it. 

What are your fall traditions? I would love some new ones to add in. 😀

Posted by: Stacey | September 18, 2008

Sweet sunshine

Beautiful blue skies.

Cool, refreshing morning. 

Finally did week 1, day 1 of the Couch to 5k program and loved it. It was challenging but not, “think I’m going to die and not make it back to the van” challenging. 

Invigorating. 

Home for Epsom Salt bath. (Part of my self-prescribed detox)

Supplements (Olive Leaf, Calcium, Acidolphilus and make-me-wanna-gag Organix Flax Seed Oil

Quick trip to Rite Aid for cards.

Pick up little one

Quick trip to Kroger for a few items. (Little one cried the entire time.:()

Now, home resting. Laundry going. Dishes washes. Floor swept. Eating a nice salad with Chick-peas and Balsamic Vinaigrette. 

Yum.

Overall… a very nice day. 

I am refreshed by my body’s ability to heal and improve daily.

Posted by: Stacey | August 27, 2008

Nothing like a health scare…

to motivate you to do better. 

I am finally starting to feel better. Not 100%. But better and that is all I asked for. 🙂

First, I learned that women need calcium. If you are female… go buy some Caltrate (it has Vitamin D in it that is necessary for your body to absorb the calcium) and take it daily. You can get the chewables and they aren’t too bad at all. If Lyme disease hadn’t caused pain in my hips that led to an x-ray… I would have never known that my bones were already showing early signs of bone loss. I am so blessed to be able to correct this and prevent further damage before it’s too late.

Stretch daily. Seriously. Along with muscle pains and just feeling poor… I have sat around enough that my muscles are SOOOOO tight. This is causing back pain and on and on and on… If you sit most of the day, you especially need to stretch. Tight muscles can lead to a lot of problems, plus stretching helps speed lymphatic drainage and that helps keeps you well. Do it first thing in the morning still warm from bed or do it in the evening while watching tv. Just do it. You won’t regret it. It’s a life habit that we should all keep. 

Eat better.  You don’t have to be competing for a body-building contest to benefit from eating better. When I eat junk all day, I feel sluggish and my body suffers. Not only that, but it helps me to put on the pounds and that makes me feel bad physically and mentally. You don’t have to obsess over food. I still eat chocolate and cheetos, but I control the portions and I don’t do it daily. (OK, not for weeks on end anyways.;) If you need some help starting healthy eating habits… check out the food list at http://www.bodyforlife.com. It has a lot of great suggestions. My favorite power meal (breakfast actually) is oatmeal with a teeny, tiny bit of brown sugar or honey to sweeten, a handful of blueberries and some slivered almonds. It seriously fills me up for a long time. I also discovered the double dark chocolate Zone bars today and they are pretty good for a decent snack.

Exercise. Regularly. I have always been an on again, off again exercise junkie. I can not believe how out of shape my body is. I went walking today with two friends and they totally kicked my butt and we only walked! Had I been exercising more regularly before getting sick, I would be bouncing back much quicker.  I plan to create a lifelong habit of exercising so that this never happens to me again. My body deserves it and the physical appearance won’t hurt either. 😉 If you need help starting, pick up a book with exercises in it. I am currently using The Body Building Bible for Women. It has lots of routines and helps you to know what to do each day and how much of what. It only requires dumbells. Cardio is as simple as getting out and walking, or running if you are in better shape than I am. 

Take your vitamins. I have had various doctors tell me over the years to take certain vitamins. I’m a terrible patient. I would take them for a week or two and slack off. I wouldn’t die or go into a coma, so I’d stop taking them. Lyme has made me WANT to take supplements because I felt so bad. I am taking Magnesium, B12, Folic Acid, a multivitamin, Calcium, Vitamin C and Olive Leaf Extract. I feel so much better and it started several days after taking my vitamins religiously. My body needed them. Processed foods that lack the nutrients we need as well as poor eating habits rob our body of what it needs. Feed it well and it will be kind to you.

If you are looking for some sort of panacea… you may want to check out Olive Leaf Extract. As some of you know, I have had Shingles before. It was the final straw in going to the doctor to find out what was wrong this summer. Olive Leaf Extract fights all kinds of viruses, including all of the Herpes family (that includes the virus that causes Shingles and the Epstein- Barr virus that causes Mono). It also fights bacteria and protozoa, which is what Lyme is. On top of that, it is reported to give an overall feeling of well-being and energy. Who doesn’t need that? It tastes bad but I’ve tasted worse. That’s my only complaint. It doesn’t taste bad enough to keep me from taking it twice a day, though. 

Sleep. Your body needs it. If you have trouble sleeping, your body can’t repair itself, your hormones don’t reset and you will have trouble losing weight. Yuck. If you can’t sleep… try a Benadryl. If that doesn’t work… ask your doctor for prescription formulas or you could always try a homeopathic remedy if you are into that sort of thing. 🙂 Whatever you do, try to get your zzz’s. 

That just about sums it all up. That is what I have learned. I am fighting with everything I have to get well. Being well is something I have taken for granted and having it robbed from me changed my perspective. Wellness is something that you need to work at and can help improve by living well.

Posted by: Stacey | August 19, 2008

Summer’s Bounty

If you live near a farmer’s market… I urge you to check it out. You won’t be dissapointed!

 

I am fortunate enough to have a good friend who’s parents have a farm. They grace our farmer’s market weekly with beautiful vegetables and delicious homemade breads, relishes and jams. They are precious and their food is wonderful.

 

I was lucky enough to purchase an entire box of Purple Hull peas today. (15 pounds if you are wondering. ) I have been shelling until my fingers are sore. Luckily, I have two little helpers. 🙂 I also picked up some green beans and fresh corn to go along with it. I had okra from my parents garden. It made a delicious supper. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

 

Thank you all for your well wishes in regards to my last post. I am still feeling frustrated with the limitations of my body. I am not accustomed to feeling so weak but I am confident that God is with me in this trial and I will recover. I am lucky to have an appointment with a specialist next week and I am pumping my body up with lots of supplements and what exercise I can manage. I have always been very against using bug sprays but my opinion has been reformulated. I am an OFF lover now and urge you all to use it if you are going to be outside in warmer weather. Shoot… I’d use Frontline now if it were safe for humans… just so I never, ever get sick like this again!

Posted by: Stacey | August 7, 2008

You have to be kidding me…

Some of you know that I haven’t been feeling too well this summer.

I’ve been cranky, tired, sore, achy and battling horrible headaches.

I finally went to the dr. two weeks ago and they took an insane amount of blood to test me for every condition known to man. 😉

The initial reports were great. No hypothyroid, no liver problems, yada yada yada… everything looked fine. (Excluding the osteopenia in my hip– that’ll be another story, another day.)

I was shocked to have a message today to call the Dr.’s office.

I call and find out that I tested resoundingly positive for no only Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever but ALSO Lyme Disease.

How lucky am I?

Ugh. Just thinking about it gives me a headache! LOL!

Thank goodness, I was put on antibiotics “just in case” and I have been feeling better. One more week of antibiotics and hopefully those little boogers of bacteria in me will be totally gone!

Moral of the story… if you feel bad. Don’t feel guilty. There might be something causing it. 😉

Posted by: Stacey | August 5, 2008

What I learned in the last week…

1.) Beth Moore is the same in person as on DVD. She’s that good.

2.) God speaks in so many ways.

3.) My husband, kids and home can survive 36 hours without me.

4.) Vitamins are important and when doctors tell you to take them, you should do what they say.

5.) I am a chronic over-sharer.

Tomorrow is the first day of school for my oldest. Next Monday is the first day of preschool for my youngest. It will be the first time in a looooong time that I will have some me time 4 consecutive days per week.

I *heart* preschool.

In preparation for school starting… we have:

— new clothes laid out.

— lunch box packed and waiting for cold items in the morning.

— clean kiddo along with freshly painted toenails and fingernails.

— cartoons on to unwind before turning in early since school starts at the crack of dawn.

It will be a bittersweet week, but I am so blessed to have a daughter who is so stinkin’ excited for school to start that I can’t be anything but happy for her. She loves to learn and her teacher this year is precious plus her grandmother is her bus driver once again. Sounds like another great school year!

Posted by: Stacey | July 22, 2008

Tagged

It has been a long, long while since I have blogged.

It was a refreshing break and I have a new perspective on this crazy world of blogging. How better to break a siesta than to be tagged?

10 years ago I was:
Home from Murray, finishing an EMT class, passing boards and preparing to start Paramedic class. It was actually 10 years ago this month that I first met Shawn. I was walking in for my interview for acceptance to the Paramedic class and he was standing on the stairs with Scotty. Little did I know that he would be my future hubby.

Five things to do today:
1.) Finish and put away laundry.

2.) Mop kitchen again. I mopped yesterday and it’s sticky again. Yuck. (check)

3.) Cook supper

4.) Run to the store to buy H some cookies and hubby some baggies to take lunch to work in.

5.) Finished my Bible studies for today, so hoping to add some Bible reading to the to do list.

Snack I enjoy:
Hmmm… I have met few snacks that I don’t enjoy. I am trying to shed some weight, though… so lately, it has been fresh fruit and Special K cereal bars. On my non-watching my weight days… I love anything baked, anything chocolate, and anything really bad for you like huge frappuccinnos or chai lattes from Starbucks.
Things I would do if a Millionaire:
Pay off all our debts and tithe a percentage to my current church and the church I grew up in. They are looking at the possibility of closing the doors because they are out of money. I wish I could give enough to make that a distant memory. Now, on to fun things… build a new home. One that we could entertain and open up to others from out of town who need a place to stay. I’d also like to set up college funds for the girls and help my family members out. 🙂

Places I have lived:
Born in Hopkinsville, KY. Lived there until getting married except for my time in a dorm at Murray, KY. Got married and moved to Greenville, KY and have lived here ever since.

That was painless. 🙂

Thanks for the tag Misty! So sorry it took forever for me to do it!

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