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Long Time No See

Wow, I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. It is already March and this is only the second post I have done this year so far.

So how have you been doing with your New Year’s resolutions? I heard or read somewhere that a study was done and that most people that make New Year’s resolutions only stick to it for the first two weeks and then give up. So if you are one of those people don’t feel bad you are not alone. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore, because I know I won’t stick to it for more than a few days. I do however make small goals for myself weekly throughout the year, that way I don’t disappoint myself.

Speaking of goals, back in October 2018, I set a goal for myself to start a Twitch channel and I did. Then in November 2018, I set a goal to stream live on a regular basis with a set time every day, I did that. In Dec. 2018, I reached my goal of 20 followers. Now in March of 2019, I have reached my next goal of 50 followers. This may seem like a slow process to some but for me I am very grateful and quite happy with the progress. My philosophy is quality over quantity. Meaning I would rather have a few great people around me rather than just a lot of people.

This process has been fun and quite rewarding in so many ways. I have met some really wonderful people and made some really good friends. I get so inspired by all the artists, crafters and creators that I have met through my channel and on Twitch itself. As an artist/crafter you find inspiration everywhere and in everything around you, but I never imagined this.

Crafting is my passion and I am so thankful that I am able to indulge myself every day with my passion, plus share it with others as well. So if you would like to come join me any time you are more than welcome. You can also meet the wonderful group of people that I hang out with every day. See you there https://www.twitch.tv/ginstb

Now for more family news – Hubby started a new job and is loving it so far. It is something totally different from anything else that he has ever done so it is still new and exciting for him. He is happy and likes the fact that he works for a very professional company that treats its employees with respect and like real human beings rather than $$$ signs or robots.

Jackson has gotten so big (not fat just solid) he weighs about 18 lbs now. He likes to make a daily appearance on my Twitch stream and everyone love him. Jackson also has a “pride” of 12 female stray cats outside that he keeps a close eye on through the front window and garage door all day. On “dads” day off the boys go outside together (weather permitting) and the girl cats all take turns coming up to Jackson and rubbing up against him and a couple of them even touch noses with him. Poor boy doesn’t know what to do with all that attention. He did run off one stray male that came in the yard one time, we have never seen that cat again.

Takara is doing so good with her every two hour feeding of boiled chicken, she hasn’t gained any weight but she is strong and is herself again. We have noticed though that as she is getting older she has become more vocal and very demanding. She has begun carrying around one of Jackson’s toys (that he never played with) this last year. When she is ready to sleep and we aren’t going to bed she will bring us her “baby” and cry until we acknowledge her, if I tell her to put the baby to bed she will put it in her shoe box or lay it on the blanket on the couch, it is so cute. I never thought that you could train a cat like that. Another cute thing that she does with her “baby” is if she is hungry and we don’t feed her fast enough then she will carry her baby around crying acting like the baby is hungry. LOL She really is something, and we love them both so much for their unique personalities.

Well that is about all I can think of right now as far as catching you up on what is going on around here but I would love to hear from all of you about what you have been doing. Let me know what your goal is for this month, week, or even year. If you have reached a goal and would like to share it, I would love to hear about it, so I can be excited with you. If you need help or encouragement in reaching your goal please let me know because I would like to be there for you.

A smile doesn’t cost anything, but it is worth everything to the receiver.

Namaste

Sheila

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Merry Christmas

Today is the day that family and friends spend together celebrating by exchanging gifts and having lavish feasts. But do we really know or remember what we are celebrating? What this day really means? Not just a day off from work for the adults or winter break for the kids.

This is the day that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is also a holy day, a day that we should be generous and kind to one another. I believe that every day of the year we should be generous and kind to one another, but then that is just me.

I love to watch the old animated “The little Drummer Boy” movie, and every year when I watch it I cry. That movie always reminds me that no matter how humble the gift, if it comes from the heart with love, then it is even more precious than all the gold or fine jewels in the world.

What is your favorite holiday movie? Why? I really would like to see your comments below or email me privately if you like.

For the last several years I have a regular routine every Christmas. I wake up and say a prayer of thanks to God. I make pancakes and eggs for my husband and I. We feed the cats their special feast of fancy cat foods and boiled chicken. Then my husband, the cats, and I watch “The Christmas Story”. Then I clean house and get ready for the rest of the week. My husband and I do not exchange gifts anymore because we have everything that we need.

I do have to admit that for several years now I have had the same wish and I am hoping that one day that wish will come true. Other than that I am very blessed and grateful for the life I have.

Christmas is also a day that reminds me of my faith and belief in God and how powerful his love really is. I am not religious, I used to be, but I do believe in God and I do talk to him every day.

God put Jesus on this earth to teach us kindness, love, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and he also gave us the tools and knowledge to heal one another. Some how as a society we have lost our way and His teachings. The only time of year that we see a smidgen of generosity or kindness on a larger scale is at Christmas time.

Ok, I have two request for everyone this coming New Year! 1. Everyday do one kind, or generous, or compassionate, or loving thing, or forgive someone. 2. Pass this request around to all your friends and family so that they can make this their New Years resolution as well. None of these cost you anything (unless you choose to) except maybe a second of your time. In return you will receive a lighter heart, a warmth inside that is immeasurable, a feeling of great satisfaction, and you just might get a kiss or hug in return.

Thank you for reading through my rambling today, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind to write when I sat down, but apparently this is what I am supposed to write because it just all came out rather easily.

Merry Christmas everyone and may you have a Happy Healthy New Year filled with much joy and many blessing!

Namaste

Sheila

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Come Join Me

Got some Christmas shopping to do? You can get it all done in one place, right here at The Big Tin Cotton Gin one week from today.

Here is a schedule of all the shows for the rest of the season.

Big Tin Cotton Gin Flyer 2018 2019

Hope to see you there!

Namaste

Sheila

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Christmas Project Class

You are cordially invited to a Christmas project class at Gather in Casa Grande, on December 18, at 5 pm.

PROJECT 

We will be making two different projects that are quick and easy stocking stuffer’s. All supplies and material needed to complete both projects will be provided. Below is a picture of the projects.

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TEACHER

I will be teaching this class at Gather in Casa Grande.

COST

$ 7.00 per person.

TIME

Class will start at 5 pm, so please arrive at least 5 minutes early to get a seat and settled in.

HOW TO SIGN UP

This class is limited seating, so if you would like to reserve a seat please call Gather at (480) 382-9214 or email them at gatherdiycg@gmail.com. DO NOT email or call me to reserve your seat, Gather is hosting this event I am only teaching.

 

LOCATION

820 W. Cottonwood Ln Suite 8, Casa Grande

 

I am so excited about this opportunity to share with you this new and wonderful DIY Workshop location that we have here in Casa Grande. This is an awesome place for crafty people to gather and create together. They have events almost every day of the week so there is sure to be something that might interest you.

Well, I hope to see you on the 18th, until then I will be working on many other projects and getting ready for Christmas.

Have a wonderful week!

Namaste

Sheila

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Happy Thanksgiving….

Hello everyone, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your families this Holiday Season.

This year I made the mistake of waiting until today (two days before Thanksgiving) to go get everything for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t too bad this afternoon, but patience isn’t my virtue when I am in a hurry. Good thing my husband was with me to make light of everything, which kept me calm.

My husband and I are going to have a quiet dinner together and then he will probably watch his football. I on the other hand have three different orders I got over the weekend that I need to get started on.

Speaking of last weekend, oh my goodness we had so much fun. This last weekend was the November show at the The Big Tin Cotton Gin, and it was beautiful outside. We had a few repeat customers from last month, last season and even met a few newcomers that plan to come back.

I did really well in sales and only have a few Christmas items left so the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy trying to restock everything and make more new stuff. Plus I have three really big orders that have to be done before the first of Dec.. No pressure! Actually I love having this kind of pressure it makes the blood flow and the brain works faster (when you get my age that is really important, it means your still alive), LOL……

Any who, things on the home front have been busy, fun, hectic, and you know just normal for us. Everyone has their own level of normal, so that is why I say “for us”.

Oh, have to tell you this cute story about Jackson. Well you all know about his little “pride” of female stray cats out front, right? There are 11 females that he has in “pride” and they all love him. He actually fronted off a neighbors lab that was running down the street towards them one day, although my husband was right there to grab him and put him in the house before anything happened. It was funny because Jackson just stood in the middle of the street while all the girls scattered, and the dog just stopped in front of him all surprised that he didn’t run too. It actually looked like the dog wanted to play with Jackson but my husband didn’t want to take the chance.

Jackson actually takes his duties of protecting his “pride” very seriously as well as keeping them in line. One night my husband went out to feed the girls and one of the older ones began to hiss at my husband before he even put the food down, Jackson ran over and got between my husband and her and proceeded to chase her away. So she didn’t get to eat with the rest that night, and that female has never hissed at my husband or I again.

Takara is doing really well with her high protein diet and is almost herself again. She just needs to gain a little more weight, but otherwise she is just as ornery as ever. She knows her eating schedule and she makes sure we don’t forget either, every two hours on the dot.

Well that just about covers everything for now. If you want to chit chat with me while I am crafting the next few weeks come on over to my Twitch Channel and say hi. I would love the company and then you can see what I am working on as well. I stream Monday – Friday 3 pm – 11 pm except holidays. I haven’t made any new You Tube videos recently but I still have the old ones listed and I plan to make a couple new ones soon.

Many, many thanks for reading this post, for following me and for your feedback. I really do appreciate all of you who have stuck with me these last few years and all my new followers. I love you all and wouldn’t be as inspired to continue this site if it weren’t for all of you. Thank You!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Please say an extra prayer this Thanksgiving for all those in California that have lost a loved one, all those that lost their homes, the people that are helping the displaced, all the firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. These fires were devastating and now they are going to have the rains to contend with.

 

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Obstacles

Today it actually looks like fall, so it has gotten me in the mood to finish up a couple more fall projects for the arts and antiques sale in a couple of weeks. I have been able to get pretty much everything done for the show in the last couple months. I won’t panic until next week when I am down to the last minute, and then it is really going to be freak out time…maybe not!

Things seem to have come together quite well for the show this year, despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in our way . I totally recommend prayer because it really does work!

Speaking of obstacles our most recent one has been saving the life of our 11 year old girl fur baby. The last couple of weeks we have been taking turns feeding her by hand and giving her fresh water all day. We almost lost her and the only way we were able to bring her back to life was to feed her a high protein, high calorie diet.

Two and a half weeks ago we took her to the vets for her follow up on her hyperthyroidism and the medication she was taking for that. They weighed her and she had lost weight again. They wanted to test her urine again and do another blood test, so we agreed.  They took her to the back and when she came out she was all hunkered down and putting her butt on the table, she was traumatized. She didn’t do that the last time we were there 30 days earlier when they did all those same tests. I knew something was wrong from the minute I saw her, but they kept saying she was fine that she might be like that for a few hours, but she would be fine. She wasn’t because for the rest of the day she hid behind the couch and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

That night she began to bleed out her back end and soaked the bath mat in our bathroom. She wouldn’t even move after that. I called the vets but they were closed and they don’t have an emergency hospital here. We did call the nearest veterinary hospital an hour away and they said to bring her in immediately, but when I told the girl how far away we lived she kinda hesitated. She finally said the best thing is to bring her in but under the circumstances if we could keep her alive until morning and take her to her vet first thing in the morning. I immediately went into survival/emergency mode. No time to fall apart now I had to keep her alive.

Needless to say I was up all night with her giving her water with an eye dropper and praying. She did stop bleeding shortly after we got off the phone with the Veterinary hospital. By morning she hadn’t improved, so I called the vet first thing. The Dr. said her tests showed her liver was shutting down and she had protein in her kidneys. The Vet wanted to put her on an IV, medication, do surgery, more follow ups, more medication, hospitalize her, etc., etc.. I fell apart!

All I could think about as the Dr. was talking is the trauma our fur baby would go through not understanding what was going on. Being away from me she would have gotten worse not better. She is Tonkinese and I belong to her. She doesn’t do well when I am not around her for long periods of time, ever since she was kidnapped a couple years ago. She is very leery around strangers now.

I did not like the idea of surgery or all the medication. We try to give our cats the most natural, healthy food, chemical free environment and healthy lifestyle. We try to live our lives that way, so shouldn’t our cats be living that way as well?

Another big factor is that my husband and are not financially wealthy by all means, and all that would have cost a lot more than we could afford. So, I asked the vet for a more natural alternative and cost effective way to helping our fur baby get back to herself. She said that we would have to feed her foods high in calories and vitamins like kitten food, and feed her like every hour. But she still wanted us to bring our fur baby back in for more tests and to give her a new thyroid medication.

My husband went to PetSmart and asked one of the workers for help. He said that he had three different people assisting him when he told them why he was there. They were so attentive and each person was knowledgeable about the items that they handed him. He came home with a feeding syringe, four cans of kitten food, and this awesome miracle gel food that I believe saved her life. That Booster Gel was the miracle that turned our fur baby around. After only a couple feedings we could already see the life back in her eyes.

The process has been long, but our fur baby is almost back to her old self again. She has been eating on her own for the last week, about every two hours now, and drinking water regularly.

She only gets fresh meat that I cook (or the rotisserie chicken my husband picked up at Sam’s Club) and prepare for her. She still likes her High Calorie Booster Gel as a snack/treat. She gets half a can of kitten food that she munches on all night and she has started to eat a little bit of her crunchy food in the last couple of days.

I will forever be thankful for the employees at PetSmart for helping my husband that morning and treating him with dignity, respect and compassion. Yes, our fur baby is an animal. Anyone who has a pet knows that they are just as much a member of the family as all the humans. So when they get sick, injured or die it still hurts the same as if they were a human family member. Those employees at PetSmart saw that and understood that when they were helping my husband.

Thank you for reading through this long post. I am sorry for not posting anything the last couple weeks, but as you can see we have been kinda preoccupied. Here are some pictures I took of our fur baby yesterday.

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Namaste

Sheila

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Old Fashion Letter From Grandma

Hello and welcome,

I hope you all are ready for an old fashioned letter from grandma! This idea came to me as I started to write this blog, it reminded me of the monthly letter we would get from my paternal grandmother.

My paternal grandparents had six kids and 15 grandchildren, so to save time I think my grandmother spent one afternoon a month typing out the same letter over and over (they didn’t have in home printers or copy machines back then) and then sent them out to all her kids. I guess now days it would be called our monthly family news letter.

For me when I was little I loved when grandma’s letter came. She would always fill it with information about what all her kids and grand-kids were up to, and her own opinion on everything. That part of the letter was fun because all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived in different states, all across the United States, so we rarely ever saw one another. The funny part of the letter was always when she would talk about grandpa, which was only about one sentence. Then she would go into all her ailments, what the doctor said about this or that and normally this part of the letter took up about a quarter of the letter. Then she would always end her letter by saying her and grandpa were doing fine otherwise.

We never lived close to my father’s side of the family, so I never really got to know any of my cousins or aunts and uncles, just what grandma wrote about them. So those letters were a way for my grandmother to keep the family connected. Even through the miles , she brought us all together once a month through her letters.

So, for me to connect with all of you my Ginger Street family, and carry on grandma’s tradition in a more technical way. I have started a You Tube channel and am posting weekly videos. I will be doing a new post on my website every week. And last but not least, I am going to be starting my monthly news letter for subscribers only, more details on that later.

For now lets get started with this months update.

Three weeks ago I took Takara (our Tonkinese cat) to the vet because she has lost so much weight, she started throwing up after eating, she wasn’t sleeping, and then for three nights in a row she just howled all night up and down the stairs. The vet said she has Hyperthyroidism and began her on medication she has to take once a day until we go see the vet again Sept. 13.

The first day was the worst because she threw up like four or five times, and she would go hide because she just wanted to be left alone. She is a very social cat and is always in the same room as me, if she isn’t in my lap, so her isolating herself was very hard to take because it meant she really wasn’t doing well. The next morning she was like a whole new cat. She was right back to her old self (except for still being skinny), she was all up in my face and being lovey, playing with Jackson, and eating without throwing up.

We have had a few days where she was very clingy and all I could do was sit with her and hold her to keep her calm. She has thrown up a few times and had a bit of a fever one day, but all in all the medicine has been working because she has been eating,  and sleeping,  her urine and bowl movements are normal and her coat is nice and silky soft again.

Jackson has gotten so heavy, but not fat just solid. He doesn’t realize how big he is, so when he plops himself down on top of something he actually smashes it now. I really have to be careful when he comes in my work room because he will walk or lay on whatever is in his way. I have tried keeping the door closed but if I do then he sits outside the door and just cries until I open it again. We call him big baby boo when he has his crying fits, but then he gets even louder. You can’t tell me these cat’s don’t understand what we are saying.

My husband loves his job, now that he is past the hardest part – the training. When my husband started his job with this new company he was only supposed to work four consecutive 12 hour days and have three days off. He was one of only four people in the entire facility that knows how to do what he does. This last week my husband found out that there are going to be only three of them doing what he does, because one guy is leaving. So as he says “job security and more overtime”. I love his positive attitude!

On the 28th of August I went to see my Dr. for my three month check up. I had gained a couple pounds, so I need to exercise more. I have the eating routine, portion size and the good for me foods down pat. They did all my blood work and I got the results back on the 5th of September…. I am doing excellent, my A1C is below the diabetic mark which means I am normal, all my liver, kidney, etc., test are normal. He wants me to continue on the oral medication I take twice a day, and still lose the 20 pounds plus the couple pounds I recently gained. I have six months before I see him again, if all goes well I will be medication free and it will be the last visit for my diabetes.

I have loved all the doctors, PA’s, and nurses I have had this last eight months, working with me to reach my goal. It will be a sad but very happy day when this journey of my life is over. But I am looking forward to the next journey and new goal.

Well, hubby should be home from work soon so, I need to sign off and go get dinner started.

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Tuesday Blues

Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do is stay in bed all day with the covers up over your head so as to block the world out, just for one day?

This morning I woke up with my husband, I fixed breakfast, then I packed his lunch and sent him off to work. As we were eating breakfast he asked me what my plans were for the day and I told him this long list of things I needed to get done today.

  • Do blood check
  • Make breakfast
  • Pack lunch
  • Do dishes
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean downstairs bathroom
  • Sweep floors
  • Call vets and make appt. for Takara
  • Write post
  • Check emails/respond
  • Check on orders/deliveries
  • Walk and Yoga
  • Do blood check
  • Eat lunch according to blood sugar
  • Work on Junk Journal embellishments
  • Walk
  • Do blood check
  • Eat dinner according to blood sugar
  • Get stuff ready for live YouTube video tomorrow
  • Bedtime/night Yoga

I was actually really enthusiastic and very focused in on tackling these tasks as soon as I sent hubby off to work. Right away I got a few things done, but then Jackson wanted to play fetch so I got off task, and now I just can’t seem to get back in line and focus on what to do next. All I want to do is crawl back in bed and sleep the rest of the day.

The house is quiet, the cats are peacefully sleeping, it’s hot outside, nice and cool inside, I got eight of the most important tasks done already and the bed is calling me.

No, this is the time that I have designated to get work done, so that is what I am going to do. Right now I am going to finish this very short post and then I am going to go walk for half an hour and do Yoga for half an hour that will get me motivated again.

Right now as I am typing this post I am watching out my window the poor AC repairmen putting in a new AC unit at the neighbor house. Right now it is 106 degrees outside and it is supposed to get up to 110 by the end of the day. Yeah, yeah I know “but it’s a dry heat” never the less those guys out there working in it are still very hot.

One thing that I am very thankful for, is that when my husband and I bought our first house together. The guy that did our house inspection gave us one very important piece of information that we have always done and it has saved us. He told us to always have our AC unit serviced twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In the Fall to have it cleaned and serviced, because after all the monsoons/haboobs the unit will get all kinds of dirt and debris that can clog it up. Then in the Spring so that it can be serviced and prepared for the summer months.

The unit we had on our old house was about 22 years old by the time we had it replaced. Now at this house the AC unit was replaced by the previous owners only six months before we bought this house and the house was only eight years old at that time. So I don’t know if, when they built these houses (this development was started about 12 years ago), they used cheap AC units to begin with or if AC units aren’t built to last long, like everything else now days, or if people just don’t know how to maintain their units with the twice a year check ups. But this is the third house in our neighborhood this summer that has had an AC unit replaced.

Ok, so a tip for those of you that own your own home and have an AC unit and really rely on it during the summer months like we do here in Arizona. Make sure you have your AC unit serviced twice a year – once in the Spring (March or April) and again in the Fall (October or November). By doing this you will help your unit last a lot longer and then you won’t have to worry about being without AC during the hottest days of the year.

If you have reached this point of my post then I give you mucho kudos for getting through all my rambling.

Oh, before I forget…..Please come check out my YouTube live video tomorrow at 11:00 am. I will show you my three new Junk Journals I put together over the weekend and I will be embellishing them with you.

Have a great day and go be the best you that you can be!

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

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Jackson Keeping Watch

It has been a long time since I have done an update on our handsome little man Jackson, so I thought that I would take some pictures of him today and share them with all of you.

This is where Jackson has been all day and still is right now this evening. It’s a good thing I decided to just do stuff on the computer today because there isn’t much room for me to do any crafting up here that’s for sure.

Here is a picture I took of him just now.

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Doesn’t he look so peaceful?

He is a very big boy, not at all fat just muscular and tall. He actually towers over Takara now and is quite a bit stronger than her now. Since she taught him how to fight, he is now ninja fast and sneaky just like her. Sometimes when they are playing she will get mad at him because he hasn’t learned the safe word yet, even though she is yelling it at him very loudly.

We have always given him time outs when he is bad (like picking relentlessly on Takara), or he starts throwing a fit by tearing things up that don’t belong to him (my head bands, hair ties, any of our papers left out) or getting into things he knows he shouldn’t (my house plants, or the trashcans in the house). Usually time out is only five maybe ten minutes but when we open the door he is always just waking up and just looks at us like “what? is it time to come out already, I just went to sleep?”

Now, just recently, I have caught him putting himself in time out a couple times. Once when Takara really walloped him during one of their playing sessions and the second time just the other day when I got on to him and told him he was being a bad boy. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize he had gone to his room until about half an hour later when I was looking for him (because it was so quiet), and there he was sleeping on his blanket by the window.

Maybe this means he has learned that the women of the house rule. Or maybe he is just going through a growth spurt and he needs his rest. But then again my husband has been taking him outside the last few mornings before it gets too hot, so he can air out his furry little britches. That could be why he is a little sluggish in the afternoon.

I think since we have raised all our cats from tiny babies, that they learn our habits, the different tones in our voices (if not actual words we say), they know our routine and they know how to manipulate us to get what they want. So that is why we treat them more like human/kids.

Oh, gotta tell you this, almost forgot.

The other day my husband was going out front so he decided to take Jackson with him. Well, we have a few stray cats that live in our neighborhood that are about the same age as Jackson. A couple of them have decided to take up residence on our front porch during the day because it is shaded and cool (plus we have been putting water out there for them). My husband went around the house to the front door to get the water dish (because he didn’t want Jackson drinking out of it) with Jackson in tow.

As Jackson came around the corner he saw the kittens and they saw him, immediately all the tales got fluffy but no one got aggressive. The one kitten took off and went and hid under the tree and the other one kinda hissed and then got in a submissive position in front of Jackson. Jackson sniffed the other cat for a minute, then he relaxed and then they just sat next to each other by the Oleander Bush/Shrub.

It was so cute to see our boy making friends, but we do not encourage him to hang out with the outside cats. That is why one of is always outside with him and mostly only in the backyard because the kittens (we call them kittens even though they are the same age as Jackson, they are half his size) are in the front yard.

Well Takara is telling me it is time for bed so I guess I should listen. The boy has toddled off somewhere, so this is a good time for me to wrap things up and bid you all a good night until next time.

Namaste

Sheila

 

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Happy Tuesday

As I sit here to write this post I am in a quandary. I have a gazillion things I need to get done yet I’m just not feeling it today.

Here are a few of the reason I have come up with so far.

  1. It is overcast and looks like we might have a nice monsoon/haboob storm.
  2. I was working on my computer all day yesterday and I used a lot of my brain power so today the brain is in shutdown mode.
  3. Since I had to work on my computer all day yesterday, I had to stay up late to finish a couple craft projects.
  4. Takara (my furry, four legged, beautiful baby girl cat) keeps jumping up here on my desk and just plopping herself down in front of me wanting to be loved. Now I can’t deny her my attention and love!
  5. My blood sugar was a little high this morning so I walked on the treadmill for 15 min. before breakfast. For breakfast I had a poached egg, 1 cup of beans I made yesterday, and 10 raspberries. I know it sounds awful but it is filling and there are no carbs just protein.
  6. Plus hubby is at work so I have all day to get stuff done, no need to rush (at least not until the last hour before he comes home) right?

Well, all the above are great excuses not to get my butt in gear, and maybe if I didn’t have a deadline to get some of these projects done then I could take a day off and be lazy. October is just around the corner and I don’t have half the projects done that I had planned on having completed by now. It is crunch time for me right now, so no being lazy!

Nice pep talk but still not feeling it yet!

Takara is still purring away laying across my arms as I type. I love when she is like this because it’s like she can’t get or give enough love fast enough. She is Tonkinese so tends to be quite demanding, very affectionate when she wants to be, playful when she want to be and quite vocal at times. She has definitely been my cat from the day she showed up on our doorstep 11 years ago as a tiny kitten.

I have read that the Tonkinese life expectancy is between 11 and 14 years, I sure hope that the figure is wrong. Awww…So see another reason I need to just sit here and hold her as long as possible. Every minute is so precious with her and I don’t want to take that for granted.

Oh, I almost forgot. This past weekend was my husbands birthday and a while back I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said “nothing, except maybe some good bar-b-que.” meaning his favorite BBQ place. So on his birthday we went up to the city and I took him over to his favorite BBQ place and they were closed because of cooler issues so they wouldn’t be open until maybe the next day if they could fix the problem. Needless to say we were both disappointed. I took him to his next almost favorite place but I could tell he wasn’t as excited.

I was very upset because everything I had planned to surprise him with this week fell apart. So I felt that his birthday was a complete disaster.

This man loves his “techy toys” and has just about everything he wants as far as that stuff goes. He is also an artist (like the drawing kind) so he has all the art supplies that he needs and wants for now.  He doesn’t do any kind of woodworking or carpentry so he doesn’t need any tools. He is good at taking care of the yard and maintaining the plants but doesn’t really have the time now that he is working all these crazy hours.

So as a surprise on Tuesday July 17, I had called a landscaper/gardener to come trim the tree and clean up the bushes out front and fix the irrigation system for him. The lady said that she would call me right back with the day and time later in the week that they could come out, but she never did. I called a couple other places the next day but they were going to charge extra for coming out of town (they were out of my budget anyway). That was a failed gift for my husband.

Now do you see why I was so upset? I really felt like crying because I had nothing else planned to give him.

Low and behold as we pulled into our driveway, after coming back from the city on Friday, there were two people in our yard just finishing picking up the debris from the tree and bushes. Our yard was totally transformed, it looked so good and we were both surprised. It was the lady I had talked to on Tuesday and her husband. The husband had fixed the irrigation system and then showed my husband what he did and how to repair it on his own. They were awesome and very reasonable in price.

Thank you Lord for once again answering my prayer!

It turned out to be a good day after all and no tears were shed.

Ok, after a few interruptions (phone calls, cats fighting, dryer stopping/ folding clothes and potty breaks) while writing this post it is now lunch time. So I must go and do another blood check and then eat accordingly.

Thank you for sticking around with me as I rambled on this morning. I do feel better and like I will get most of the stuff on my list of thing to do today done. Thank YOU!

Have a great day and do something positive today.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. No storm yet but still semi-overcast and ugly looking outside.

 

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Memorial Day

Well I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and paid tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedoms in this great country of red, white and blue.

Having been an Army brat and now married to a Marine (yes, I know. But I couldn’t resist the Dress Blues), this is a very special weekend in our house. We spent the weekend talking about and remembering my husbands uncles, great uncle and his dad who all served in different wars at different times. My husband also likes to watch Band of Brother’s, Generation Kill, and The Pacific every Memorial Day weekend, they are really good movies.

I know many people just look at this long weekend as just an extra day off from work or getting a good deal on all the sales that the stores are offering. But Memorial Day is actually the only day out of 365 days that is actually set aside for us to pay respect to those who voluntarily gave their lives serving this country.

Here is a clipping from timeanddate.com that gives the background of the holiday.

Background

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

Every year one of our traditions my husband has always done on Memorial Day, as long as we have been together (20 years), is buy a couple poppy’s from one of the Veterans raising money for the local American Legion. Many have forgotten the significance of the Poppy over the years, so here is a wonderful blog post by Cassandra Crosby that gives the reason and significance of the Poppy on Memorial Day to all veterans.

by Cassandra Crosby

My office is filled with art work depicting poppies. When I first started working here I thought how appropriate it was, remembering as a child when I would go with my grandfather to sell poppies for people to wear on Memorial Day and raise money for the local chapter of the American Legion. Some of the younger people I know, however, didn’t realize the significance of the poppy and what it means for Veterans around the world. Since this event was always so important to me, selling poppies with my grandfather, and I hate to see traditions get lost, I wanted to do a blog on the significance of the poppy to our Veterans.

After World War I, a day of remembrance was set aside by the Commonwealth of Nations member states to memorialize the fallen from all the countries that had fought in what was then known as The Great War. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is held on November 11, memorializing the end of hostilities, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” This is a familiar date to all of us in the United States. While it is still called Remembrance Day in Great Britain, it is now known as Veteran’s Day in the United States.

However, in the United States, we have our own Memorial Day. After the Civil War, women’s and religious organizations started the formal practice of decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers and in 1865; the federal government began creating military cemeteries for the Union dead. This practice evolved into the Memorial Day we celebrate today and was merged with the wearing of poppies in the 1915 after the publication of the poem, In Flander’s Field, by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, , following the second battle of Ypres. A copy of the poem can be found at the end of this blog.

The poppy, in Europe and the United States, quickly became a symbol of the fallen military after the publication of In Flander’s Field. The opening line refers directly to the sight Lt. Col. McCrae witnessed as he, a physician, walked among the crosses laid out to mark the site of so many who died for their counties. While the poppies grew among the graves, they are also a resilient flower. The poppy is able to lay dormant for many years in the soil only to reappear in great numbers, covering fields which had lay bare for many years previously. This also held significance for Lt. Col. McCrae as he wrote of the heroes who appeared in great numbers to come to the aid of others against oppression and tyranny during this Great War, and who would lie dormant until their call was heard again.

In 1918, Moina Michael wrote another poem that was a tribute to Lt. Col. McCrae’s accounting of the death on Flander’s field. Her poem, together with her promotion of using the poppy as the official symbol for the remembrance of the fallen, created what is now an iconic symbol of history that many do not know the story behind. Poppies, due to her enthusiasm became the symbol of the American Legion and funds were, and still are, used to help support the needs of disabled veterans.

My grandfather was a veteran of WWII who fought in North Africa and Italy and lost his leg after being shot the day before VE day. Even as an amputee and after 60+ surgeries, he still took me every Memorial Day to stand on that corner of the local department store with the poppies in my hand to pass out as he collected money for his “band of brothers.” It is a memory that I will cherish and one that my children and their children, because of his service, and the service of all veterans, will hopefully never have to know.

In Flander’s Field
By Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Lt. Col. John McCrae is buried in Wimereux, France after succumbing to pneumonia in 1918.

“We Shall Keep the Faith”
By Moina Michael
Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders field

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that you wrought
In Flanders field


Cassandra Crosby is a Veteran’s Claims Advocate for Hill & Ponton. She has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profits programs specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Victim Services. She is currently focusing on research and reviewing files for evidence that can be beneficial to disability claims. Cassandra is especially versed in helping with mental health issues but she has great knowledge in an array of areas including chemical exposure cases and individual unemployability issues. She is a Florida native and is also a full time student working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post and I hope that you have a great rest of your week.
Namate
Sheila

 

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Recovery Update

Yes, I know it has been a while since the last “Recovery” post and that is why I am updating you today.

Eight weeks ago I completed my weekly check in with my after care Dr. for the incisions on my back, from the surgery. It was actually a bitter sweet day because I had gotten to the point where I enjoyed the challenge of the weekly weigh in to see how much I had lost from week to week. Plus all the staff in the office were just great, I really liked all of them and even got to know them all by first name.

So, with that said my back is all healed up and I’m back to “normal” as they say. I am still dealing with the diabetes, but the PA. and I had worked out an eating plan and I designed my strict daily routine (with approval of the PA) in order to achieve my goal of being diabetic free in one year and losing 52 lbs. I will list my daily routine below, if you are interested.

In the following few weeks my husband got a new job and in the process found out he had high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for that. Wow, we really make a pair! I guess all those years of my clients telling me that after 50 everything starts going south and breaking down, they were right.

My husband loves his job and they have been really great to him. They wanted him so badly that they held his position for him for three weeks while he got this blood pressure situation under control. The job is very physical and mentally challenging, but he loves that so he is happy. Another plus for him is that he knows one of the managers here, they used to work together at their previous employment. Only thing is this manager wasn’t a manager over there and my husband had more seniority over him. So you can only imagine what they are like with each other over here, pranks all the time.

Ok, back to me, (you know “I wanna talk about me” like that Toby Keith song) LOL…. Four weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new primary Dr., the one I have to see to monitor my diabetes. All my daily blood sugar tests looked good, we went over my goals,  my daily routine and my eating plan. He said that he agreed I could be off all my meds if I lose 40 lbs and be diabetic free by Jan. 2018, if I truly stayed strict to this daily plan. So talk about incentive…

That same day the Dr. took me off my insulin and gave me this pill called Glimepiride it was supposed to replace the insulin. I was still suppose to take the Metformin, but he also lowered the dosage of that as well. The Dr. also ordered some blood work that day and told me at the next visit in two weeks we would go over them or if there were any discrepancies he would give me a call. So as you can imagine I was so excited I got off the insulin a whole month earlier than I expected/projected and the Metformin dosage was lowered which I didn’t see coming until maybe Oct. or Nov.. Woooohooo! That was a good day.

Well, the news was good and the elation last all through the next day which was Friday. By Saturday mid morning I was so sick it was coming out both ends (sorry if that was too graphic for you), my head felt like a vice was on the inside trying to push out my skull, I was so dizzy I didn’t even want to move and eating was not even happening. I knew this was the side effects of the new pill Glimepiride so I figured I could give it a couple days for my body to adjust. By Monday it hadn’t let up and I didn’t feel like it was getting any better. Tuesday morning I did not take that tiny pill and that day I did not feel nauseous, but still had a little dizziness, headache and diarrhea. It actually took me until that following Saturday to feel “normal” again.

One week ago today I went back for my follow up with the Dr. and told him what happened and what I did to resolve the problem. He looked at my daily blood sugar tests and said that he agreed with my decision and said that he saw no reason for me to take anything other than the Metformin at the same dosage. We went over all my blood tests and guess what? Everything was excellent, my kidneys, my liver, my cholesterol, and my A1C was at 5 (6-7 on the A1C is considered borderline diabetic, anything over 7 on the A1C is considered Diabetic). I still have 40 lbs. to lose to be completely off the Metformin, and my goal of 52 lbs. so I can be happy with myself.

SET BACK #2 – Now for the last week I have been dealing with a tooth ache, which I found out two days ago is being cause by what the dentist thinks is either from a major sinus infection or nerve damage. So currently I am on antibiotics for the next ten days to clear up the infection and then we will go from there. The pain is still there but the energy level is not. If this is what being in my 50’s is going to be like, then just put me to sleep and wake me up when I turn 60.

I am so sorry for ever laughing when my clients used to say they had to schedule their days around their Dr.’s appointments, NOW I get it!

Well, thank you for  sticking with me through all this babble, but now you are caught up.

Oh, yeah my Daily schedule.

  • 4 am – 5 am – make husband breakfast, pack his lunch and see him off to work
  • 5 am – 6 am – meditation
  • 6 am – 7 am – yoga
  • 7 am – 8 am – do a little house work (we have 2,400 sq. ft. so I have something to clean every day)
  • 8 am – 9 am – breakfast, meds, vitamins,
  • 9 am – 10 am – shower and get ready for the day
  • 10 am – 10:30 am – Mid morning snack
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 pm – make phone calls if necessary, check emails, take care of household business.
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm – take a nap
  • 12 pm – 1 pm – lunch
  • 1 pm – 1:30 pm – walk outside or on treadmill
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm – cool down, stretch, drink water and take a break
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm – mid afternoon snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm – I work on my blog, crafts, cards, etc..
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – yoga
  • 5 pm – 6 pm – dinner, night meds.
  • 6 pm – 7 pm – shower and get ready for hubby to come home.
  • 7 pm – 8 pm – visit with hubby
  • 8 pm – bed time.

Yes, it seems like a very boring day, but believe me it has been a challenge making sure that I get everything on my schedule done every day. To be honest, this last week since I have had this tooth ache and sinus issue, I haven’t done much but sleep. I am hoping to be back on schedule next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe…

Namaste

Sheila