My Friday Finds

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Friday afternoon, as I was getting ready to go on the fishing trip I spoke of yesterday, I walked onto my patio to check my plants and let the pups out for a pee break. As I was checking my ivy I was greeted by this cute little baby lizard. He now graces my Instagram feed, I think he makes it look more tropical. In my mind, my patio is a tropical paradise anyway so….

Before the foray onto the patio, I had visited one of my favorite health food stores, Sprouts, and picked up some new items I’d never tried before. I was getting near to running out of probiotics, but instead I opted to try this yummy chocolate snack-it has your probiotics in it!! How cool is that! On top of that, you can eat a half of the bar to get your daily dose (not that I could or did) and it’s very low in sugar-7g per serving-but I only ate 1/4 of that. It was super delicious as well and is a good source of calcium, iron, and fiber. Each serving also delivers 4g of protein. I only agreed to try this snack because of all that and the fact that it is dark chocolate 72% cacao, the only kind I eat is that or higher (usually 85% or greater).

To wash all that down, I grabbed this yummy French soda by Diabolo that was dragonfruit/plum flavored. I threw away the can before I nabbed all the pertinent info, however, I do recall it was only 30 calories per serving (the whole can). This is the second time I’ve scored well trying new snacks at health food stores. I hope that makes up for how bad I was this weekend, here lately I’ve been less than good on the weekends.

I ould love to know your “healthier” snack ideas and suggestions. Comment below or shoot me an email. For now, goodnight from my personal paradise, see you tomorrow on the patio.

A Very Productive Trip

image This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to go with my brother-in-law and his wife on a five hour fishing trip. Last night we checked into motel hell, which was next to the grill/bait shop/check in spot for booking the trips. This place was bad enough to mention it to our wonderful fishing guide Jarod later in the day, who told us he wished he would have known, he would have recommended different accommodations. Oh well, live and learn right? Anyway, upon deciding to retire for the evening, we peel back the bedspread (I knew it was going to be bad when I noticed the sheets underneath were visibly wrinkled) only to find live ants crawling around on the sheets! After a vigorous shaking did not seem to make the filthy things much better, we pulled the spread back up and slept on top of it under two blankets we found in the “closet”. It’s a wonder we fell asleep worrying about whether ants would decide to crawl in our ears but somehow we managed it.

image This morning, a short walk to the dock revealed a beautiful sunrise and I just knew right then it was going to be a good day. Turns out, it was a great one! After loading up, we headed out on to the lake and got ready for an epic day of fishing hybrids. Hybrids are a cross between sand bass and striper and proved to be a blast to catch.

image Our trusty guide Jarod was so friendly, capable and personable, he made the trip very enjoyable indeed. He put us on fish at our very first stop and the action started immediately with yours truly netting the first catch (but certainly not the last) of the day!

image image Soon, there were more to follow, and at one point we had 3 in the net at one time. In five hours we caught our limit plus several throwbacks, including catfish and sand bass.

image image Here, my sister-in-law is working the pole with Jarod patiently waiting to scoop that baby into the net. Not sure who’s fish he’s holding in the next pic because I lost count of how many each of us caught, although I believe I had somewhere between 8-10 caught (not every one a keeper though) and Connie caught the largest one and couldn’t be beat all day long, although I gave it all I had trying!

image Of course, there was plenty of down time as well but I tried to take advantage of these times by taking cool pics like this one showing the sun on the water and a pole just waiting for the next victim to strike it. After it was all said and done, we went back to the dock where he was kind enough to clean and fillet our cooler full of fish. As the guys were watching and waiting to pay him, thank him and tip him for a fantastic experience, Connie and I took a walk down to the water to see if there were any treasures to be had. She is famous for finding things she can use in her crafting like old pieces of driftwood, shells or even old rusty hooks and such. One never knows when such items will come in handy, either for decoration or crafting purposes. Trust me, I have picked up a fair amount of shells in my day as well. Not today though. We did spot this pretty marsh plant complete with a butterfly and she kindly shared the pic with me.

image Aside from not having the best eating experience that we’ve ever had, the awesome fishing made the whole day worth every penny we spent. All of the sun and a tasty beverage from hours ago (the best part of lunch btw) have got this girl beat, so this here angler needs to leave the heat of the patio and go find a comfy couch and some boxed air.

image I almost forgot the best pics of the day!!

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Relaxing, No-Necessary, Yes

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Yesterday I was looking forward to a much needed massage, after two days of writing, hunched over the keyboards and too much sitting. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening! Instead of being a relaxing, wonderful massage, it was more like a torture session and I had to wonder if the guy was taking his frustrations out on me! Gone were the thoughts of peaceful relaxing music accompanied by some luxurious smelling oils to delight my senses. Instead, I got to hear stories of his problems finding a house, funny anecdotes of women customers who don’t know better than to get naked on top of the sheets, and ladies who think he is their private sexual therapist (when he is the furthest thing from that).

Unfortunately, my knots had knots and really needed the deep tissue massage I recieved, and he is very good at what he does. That will teach me to go more often, drink more fluids (other than wine) and improve my posture. Thing is, he really is a nice guy and even checked in on me today to make sure he didn’t hurt me too bad. Not many therapists I know do that. I assured him I was sore but fine and will reschedule soon. But not too soon. 😉

So…the Crackers

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This is my breakfast from today. This is how I normally eat, homemade, whole foods for the most part. Lately however, maybe because I feel good and I’m at a healthy weight I think it’s ok, maybe because I’m giving in to some cravings, I don’t know, but I’ve been enjoying some snacks from Van’s brand foods. I know, here come the Paleo police, but, hang on! In moderation, I don’t see the harm.

My favorite of these delicious treats are the crackers they call The Perfect 10. Normally gluten free snacks taste like unsalted cardboard to me but not these, in fact, everything I’ve tasted from this company tastes awesome! I’ve tried about 3 different flavors of cereal and a couple of cracker flavors. These Perfect 10 crackers though, these are the bomb!! Hey, at least I eat them with guacamole, a healthy dip, or hummus, another healthy dip! Thing of it is though, they are fantabulous all by themselves!!

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I actually wrote an entire article about them today-when it’s published I’ll send you the link, but the short of it is, they are made from grains and seeds and they are gluten free, non-GMO, they provide fiber, vitamins and nutrients so….they aren’t the most evil snack, just enjoy them in moderation! Now, when I was more of a Paleo purist, I wouldn’t touch them with a 10 ft pole. Only because I was taught you don’t eat anything from a box or a bag. Which is true, if you want to lose weight (which I don’t anymore) or if you have celiac or gluten issues (but these are ok for those people too!)

So, the “skinny” is, these crackers get my vote for a once in a while treat!

Now it’s your turn, what’s your favorite healthy snack? Got a comment or want to share some (friendly) advice? You know what to do! Talk to ya later, next time I’m on the patio!

Reflecting and Relaxing

Tonight, while sitting on the patio waiting for some rain that never came, I was trying to calm myself after yet another failed attempt at designing my writer’s website. I was going to try to follow along as Bamidele teaches us how to Earn Your First $1000 as a Freelance Writer, however, my website is frozen at the moment-possibly due to a security issue. Anyway, long story short, I’m at my wits end with it now.

Earlier, although it has been Africa hot here, the clouds helped lower temps to the point that being on the patio with the fan on was actually comfortable. Now that I’m finally relaxed with a glass of wine, I figure I’ll deal with all that other stress tomorrow, or whenever the security issue gets fixed. The website has been in place since March after all, and has yet to be designed. It can wait another day or two.

I’d rather talk about my other writing I did today, like how I submitted a poem I revised to Eskimo Pie, in hopes that I’d be published somewhere. Yeah, I know, it’s not my usual thing, but I like to write creatively as well as for business. I’ve written short stories and dream of writing a book someday too. All of this writing is good practice for would-be copywriters so….I don’t feel guilty at all. I also wrote a 50 word story for a mag that takes those but can’t submit until after the 1st of the month. Annnnd, I sent a query for yet another piece I wrote, asking if they would even consider it for their site. I need to have more productive days like this, it gives me a sense of accomplishment that maybe I’m getting somewhere, slowly but surely. I’ll let you all know how I got on, in the meantime, what is your hope and dream for your writing? I hope you all had a good day and feel good about what work you got done.

And to think, I was originally going to talk about my newest favorite snack cracker! What evs., this felt so much better! Writing is therapeutic! The more you do it, the better you feel. If you really want to know what that cracker is, join me tomorrow, from the patio! Nite! 😴

Delightful Decor

Another stage of development is complete, now that the wood wall is up in our master bedroom. Thanks to my son and husband who put in hours of work on it this weekend. I’m loving the look, and it hasn’t even been stained yet! Good grief, I could have made the bed before I took this pic! Ugh, sorry!

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Soon, it will be a room comparable to the comfy cottages we frequently visit at the coast. I’ll be posting progress as we make it! Until then, goodnight and peaceful dreams.

Family Day

Whether is my church family, regular family or both, Sunday has become family day. I love having Sunday dinners at my house and having the family come over for food and visiting. We all eat and/or swim and talk about the week’s goings on and maybe watch some sport on tv or play pool together.

I usually try to attend church as well and have found that my week goes so much better when I do. Today I visited a different church because I was invited to attend by my new hairdresser. I’m not sure if I will go again, but it’s nice to have experienced something different. I’m a Methodist and this church identifies with a Pentacostal view. It was quite lively and I did enjoy the music. The pastor was well spoken and extremely knowledgeable about the bible. However, I personally feel that what you give and how you serve are between you and God and should be your choice. I feel this church put too much emphasis on both of these points and that is why I was glad I was merely a visitor.

Dave and Chris got another project close to completion today with the installation of the wood wall in the master bedroom. It was so nice to have our son with us all weekend and he was a huge help to his dad on this project. So in two weekends they got the room painted and got the wall up. Next is crown molding and staining the wall, and then they will build the headboard, which will be a beachy looking wood like old fence panel or pallet boards that have been painted, stained or distressed to look that way.  I can’t wait for it to all come together, my vision is for it to look like a beach cottage like we stay in when we visit Port Aransas. My entire house has little touches of ocean love here and there, from my dolphin collection to shells I’ve gathered through the years, I always like to insert my love for the beach into the decor somehow.

Although it has been a fun and full day, it’s time now to rest and recover so I’m ready to face a new day. Goodnight all, see you tomorrow, on the patio!

Sharp Cuts and New Do's

This was the week for new do’s. Stephanie got her hair cut and colored and I liked it so much, I had her hairdresser work her magic on me. Stacy is a very special lady and I really  appreciate how she works to accommodate Stephanie and me. Today it was my turn, excuse the bad pic of me, however, the cut is awesome. I’m sure it will be easy to maintain, with or without products and too much effort.

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My lack of makeup and age was showing, that’s alright-it is what it is. I’m one happy customer and I give Stacy and all the girls at Sharp Cuts a glowing endorsement. Salon services at very reasonable prices, respectful treatment of all clients and they are super down to earth ladies.

Today I just got cut and styled. Can’t wait for it to be color time! I need to do a little bit towards strengthening my hair, other than that, they will be ready when I am. I not only look forward to that, but to the day someone invents a wax for super sensitive people like me, so someday, I won’t have to pluck these brows any more. Last time I let someone try it on me, I looked like Rocky after a boxing match saying, “cut me Mick!” Before you advise, I have also done the threading thing, not much better, but tolerable. Luckily, due to my age and my hormones, my hair doesn’t grow as thick or as fast as it used to. My nails, now that’s a different story! See y’all tomorrow, on the patio!

Let's Talk Topics

imageAs the month is quickly coming to a close, I’m trying to decide if I like the added pressure on myself to write every day. Sometimes, I don’t have a subject in mind (ok, most days) and sometimes, at the last minute, I get a great idea. I have been proud of myself so far for keeping it up but I need a better system. I should either be part of a challenge of some sort, start using an editorial calendar, or open the floor up to you guys for topic ideas. This is, after all, ” The place we can talk about anything” so do you want to do, say a month where you all give me topics to talk about? If we go that route, that’s fine, just be aware….I don’t discuss subjects I’m not educated enough on, like politics. Sure, I have an opinion, but that is all.  So, before I start a new month and decide to have a more structured blog (topic wise anyway), let me know what you think of the idea. We can talk about food, family, vacation spots, work, you just let me know what topics you want to see covered here and I’ll tackle them. I hope y’all hit me up with some great ideas! Maybe I will like one enough to make it a theme for all of next month! Or maybe we will just discuss certain topics back and forth, I like that too. For example, someone may ask me how I go about food prep for the week and I will answer, then you all share your thoughts and so on. It doesn’t have to be that boring, I was just giving an example of the first thought that came to mind. So, you tell me. Until then, have a great night-see you tomorrow on the patio!

Whats New With PKD and Me

Some of you may know from reading my old blog that I have PKD, a genetic disorder I inherited from my mother. Well, I came across an email today inviting everyone to attend the Summer Fun Day with the North Texas Chapter, which is really an event for The United Way. I wasn’t even aware there was a North Texas Chapter for PKD. That’s how out of touch I am with what’s going on in PKD news. I was aware there’s an upcoming walk for PKD in October, only because a couple of months ago, I became a member of the foundation so I might learn a little bit about the latest research for a cure. In any case, the Chapter will have a table there so people can sign up for the walk, or just learn more about the North Texas Chapter. I should probably get more involved myself, however, since I’ve been diagnosed, I am asymptomatic and honestly have not thought too much about it. I am at a certain stage and I’m managed by a doctor, I just try not to think about it much. Maybe I should. It would be nice to have a support group, meet other people with the same issues so I can someday relate, but since I’m not sick, it’s hard for me to want to be reminded of everything my mom went through. Is that wrong for me to feel like that? I realize I may be in the same boat someday, but I’m healthy right now and that’s the way I try to manage it. By eating the way I do, keeping my doctor up to speed and taking my medications. I also do some things in the alternative health realm, like using essential oils and getting flax and chia in my diet.

Anyway, I feel like I should at least try to bring awareness to a disease that a lot of the population deal with on a daily basis, so I’m going to share the flyer and the info. Maybe I’ll even go to the event or the walk. At the very least, maybe more people will learn about it and want to help. Maybe getting that email was a sign, maybe this could be the start of something new, a way for me to learn more and help others with the same problem. I could do some research and write some articles to better familiarize myself with my own disorder. What a novel idea! My wheels are starting to turn, who knows where this could lead. So, go check out the event, grab a dog or a frozen drink, heck it might even be a fun way to grab a quick lunch and get educated in the process. Let me know what you think, maybe I’ll see you there!

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Have a pleasant evening, hope we talk again tomorrow!