Day 61-What If…Week-I Found Teresa

Howdy folks! That’s what you’ll hear if you come to the state fair starting this week in Texas! I guess lots of people have heard about Big Tex and how he greets all the visitors at the fair taking place for the next three weeks in Dallas, Texas. I do hope we can make it this year, it’s been a long time!

Today marks the 61st day in my quest to post daily for 365 days, yesterday, I had a landmark day as I reached 100 posts here on Kimmy’s Patio.

My what if story for today has to do with my search for my Army buddy, who I lost contact with after my service was over. What if, by writing and sharing this blog all over social media, I was able to find her? It is possible, I suppose, that someone, somewhere reading my words has heard of her or knows her, as I have many blogger friends now, all over the United States and beyond.

I entered the service in 1979 right after high school. That is a long story in itself, however, today I want to talk about my best friend for a few months, who suffered alongside me during basic training, was my partner in crime through that time and later in San Antonio my first time, Teresa Smoyer was her name way back then. I have looked for her ever since, written letters, which never found her, did Facebook searches- of course, if she got married, moved out of the country or, God forbid, passed away, that would explain why I can’t find her.

She hailed from Lansing, Michigan, we were the rockers and trouble makers of our basic training unit in Alabama, constantly getting in trouble for yakking and fooling around during formation, both being made to push the ground to China, giggling through the hundreds of push-ups we were made to do during the course of basic training. If a thread was found on our uniforms, our drill instructor told us they were called “snow snakes” and made us carry them around in a little box. I’m pretty sure we both had one!

Later, in San Antonio, we had many adventures, the one that sticks out being the time we decided we were going to get a tattoo. I ended up getting the flu or something, however, nothing was going to stop me from going with her, I had to see her dream of her very own design, a rose over a heart, being tattooed around her wrist. As I lay on the couch in the shop, moaning because I felt so horrible, I would peek over the top of it to check on her progress. She handled it like a pro and I felt like a heel, not being able to join her and get one myself. It was beautiful, gracing the top of her hand, just around the wrist bone, which must have hurt like hell, even though she said it didn’t-I’m sure I remember seeing the tears in her eyes.

Damn my crappy memory for forgetting the rest, all I know is we were joined at the hip, sharing the process together, the hot hell of basic training and then the liberating freedom during AIT. San Antonio was our playground and became one of my favorite cities, although I have not been back in years, I love that city!

If anyone has heard of her, or if she herself, sees this blog by some miracle, Teresa, I’m looking for you! I have never forgotten you and I want so bad to re-connect. I’m going to share this story with everyone I know in the hope that we find each other again, so we can catch up and reminisce on all the fun we had so long ago. What if I actually found her? What a joy that would be! I’d like to ask everyone who reads this story or follows my blog to also share it on your social media, maybe then, it will reach someone that knew her or knows where she is today.

Oh yes, before I forget, my name back in those days was Kim Robicheaux, Smyth is my married name. Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing and I’ll catch ya later,¬†on the patio. ūüôā

Day 60-What If….Week-Everyone Ate Healthier

Just some food for thought,  what if everyone ate healthier? Would it not change their financial states? Think about it, insurance costs and doctor bills would be significantly lower, because there would not be as much need for trips to the doctor. Why, diabetes and IBS might be diseases of the past. Celiac disease cases would be fewer and high blood pressure would be lower.

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If we all ate less sugar, cancer could not thrive and yeast infections would likely not exist. Sugar feeds both conditions.

Lets put the fast food industry out of business and build more whole food stores, or better yet, go back to growing our own food. It’s already becoming popular to have co-op city gardens and some produce and herbs can be grown hydroponically (only needing air and water). I grew herbs from my Aerogarden for months!

If we all started eating healthier, we’d have the energy to live a more active life, therefore reducing obesity. If eating healthy were the norm instead of an experiment people only try when dieting, it ould be ok to have a “cheat” day occasionally. They would become more special and less aguilty indulgence.

I’m not perfect by any stretch, but I can say, the last two years of eating healthier have been the most positive experience I’ve had health wise. I lost 25-30 lbs, rid myself of Candida, excercised more (I’ve been slacking in that area but plan to start walking/biking again, now that it’s cooler). Do I have to be strict? Yes, I need incredible willpower some days, but once in the habit, those times are far and few between. When people ask me why I eat this way and deny myself treats like cake and chips, I say because I want to be healthier. I haven’t gotten the flu in I can’t tell you when, I rarely get yeast infections (unless I give in and drink too much or start eating real sugar), I’m super energetic compared to three years ago and my stamina has also improved. When I excercised, I felt even better! I learned about essential oils and how beneficial they are for my body and discovered vegetables I’d never even tried! (Spaghetti squash and parsnips for example)

We all complain about the high cost of medical care but we do little to help ourselves and once we become obese or have a disease, it’s harder to undo. Wouldn’t it be better to try ourselves to become healthier instead of expecting a pill to take care of it? All we have to do is rid our houses of the junk-everything in a box or a bag should be replaced by lean cuts of meat, lots of veggies and fruits and nuts. It really isn’t hard when you think about it, you never need go hungry and the occasional treat, like a piece of quality dark chocolate, becomes that-a real treat!

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The harsh truth is, we’ve become lazy as a nation, and in the process, obesity and heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure is rampant. We could change all that folks, with a few more salads and a lot less French fries. In fact, we can have em, just as long as they’re sweet potato fries! Switch out chips with a few almonds or walnuts. Use lots of spices and make the switch from vegetable oil to olive and/or coconut oil. Have apples with some nut butter for a snack instead of that dish of Blue Bell.

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With just a few healthy swaps, we can start to heal as a nation, no, we won’t put doctors out of business but maybe we can visit them way less and fast food joints might be replaced by farmers markets. What a wonderful world that would be!

For questions on eating healthier or the Paleo lifestyle in general, comment below or shoot me an email. I will help however I can!

 

Day 59-What If….Week-I Got Into Fall

What if I was inspired to enjoy the cooler temperatures and finally acknowledge that fall is here by redecorating my fireplace mantel? I guess it would be a start, and I did that yesterday, going by the local thrift shop armed with my handy dandy $10 off of $20 coupon, to peruse the shelves for autumn decor. I came away with some rust colored, battery operated candles and some fake but lovely fall foliage to grace my shell and glass bead filled vases. Along with that, I purchased two cute little wooden pumpkins to go with the look. In the center is my own candle, the one I light each night in the campaign to Light up Medium, Light up the World. Here is a photo of how it turned out-I hope to add more as the mood (and my pocketbook) strikes me.image

Although I never want summer to end, I am looking forward to all the activity this time of the year brings, festivals and fairs, birthday week for us come October, my dad’s, son’s and best friend’s are all in one week. The same week used to be my Aunt Connie’s and my father-in-law Robert’s, and they will never be forgotten. Then it will be the start of the holidays, kicked off by Halloween and then Thanksgiving and Christmas. Again, we still miss those that have passed on, holidays are hard without our loved ones, most recently my mom, dad-in-law and brother-in-law, however we cherish their memories and try to move on, enjoying the time with family, and friends, making the choice to celebrate life’s new joys like the fact that one of our sons has a new baby due soon, another has a renewed relationship with his girlfriend and my brother has started a new job.

Fall also means it’s time to think about breaking out the boots and sweaters, stoke fires in the fireplace and begin to cook more autumn style meals like soups and stews. (Love my crockpot!) For now, I get to wear shorts for a few more days but it’s coming, that final change in the weather that signals the true arrival of fall.

There will be more people to shop for in the coming weeks with Christmas around the corner because there is new people in my life. I do love shopping and the quest to find the perfect gift, however, sometimes crafting the perfect gift is also a possibility and I am inspired to break out my jewelry supplies, crochet hooks and yarn and whip up something creative. This makes me realize that time is short and I need to get busy, so I’d better start planning and crafting soon!

I hope you are all planning to tap into your crafty side as well, share your ideas and projects if you’d like, and comment below about what you like best about fall and the upcoming holiday season. Also, don’t forget to vote! We can’t complain, or improve the situation if we don’t choose to vote. Please also remember to light your candles and join me and hundreds of others in the campaign to shed light into the dark and end the madness that has been going on all over the world. Please check out all the fabulous stories on Medium discussing the subject and see how powerful the words are that are being written. Just go to Medium.com and look for the Light It Up campaign.

I’m off to spend time with my dad on this glorious, sunny day-enjoy your day and I’ll see you all later on the patio! ūüėé

Day 58-Post #2-Correction Needed

Well, folks, as usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. A correction to my earlier post is necessary since today is actually DAY 4 of the Light Up Medium, Light Up The World campaign. Now that that is out of the way, here is my light for the day! Now, go light yours peeps!

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Day 58-What If….Week-I Played With Graphic Design?

Today I wanted to take my lesson on graphic design and illustrate some of what I learned. 

I also wanted to speak on yesterday’s post, I was one day late in the Light up the World challenge started by Tre on Medium, but no matter-I’m in it now. So, today is actually day 3.

image My image for today, representing day 3, unity and joy. What could be sweeter than jellybeans? I wish all the candles were lit, but at least there are three. Multicolor candles and jellybeans for unity.

Light up Medium, Light up the World! Tremaine L. Loadholt

Please remember to light your candle tonight at 7:11 for at least 17 minutes, take a picture and post it all over social media. 

Check out Tre’s original post on¬†Medium¬†and follow along will you?

As you can see, I’ve used a few tricks to

Illustrate some very basic graphic design

Underlining, italics, bold, margins, media

With more practice I’ll get better. AND I still created the content¬†

I wanted, by continuing on the quest to Light. It. Up. I’ve also started writing some on Medium myself, and hope to be published in The Weekly Knob where the writing prompt for the week is “candle”. So far, nothing I have written goes to that yet, this is all part of the campaign to get millions of people to light a candle in unity to stop the madness going on in the world and gear the conversation towards peace, love and hope.

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Day 57- What If…. Week-

Today I decided to turn back to creative writing this week because of a seemingly brilliant idea that came to me just as I was falling asleep last night, I thought of having a week of scenario type stories focusing on What if…..

I had a lovely story almost written in my mind, then I fell asleep-and you know what they say. That is a disaster, now I can’t recall the particular story except the very beginning, or what my point was, or the direction it was supposed to go. Lesson here, always keep a notepad by the bed to jot these ideas down, but what if my husband is asleep? I don’t want to wake him once the light is off, so some ideas that I had to remedy this was to use a lighted pen, or a small flashlight, or at the very least, I could get up and take my iPad into the other room.

Why I can’t fall asleep on Sunday nights is a mystery to me, maybe because the weekend is over and I know I’m working Monday, so I start mentally preparing myself with to-do lists or writing projects come unbidden into my head. I had 3-4 of these such projects back to back racing in my mind last night, now I can only recall bits and pieces.

But now I have an idea.

After reading the word prompt on Medium for this week’s edition of¬†The Weekly Knob, I am inspired to write a little on the subject of ¬†Light up Medium, Light up the World. The word prompt is “candle”, ¬†while I can’t write the same story in the both places, I can write a “what if” story. So here goes:

What if we, as a nation, lit a candle every day at a certain time in solidarity to end the madness and bring some positivity and light into the world? What do you think it would change? Would we be so busy lighting candles and thinking of our individual reasons for doing so that we would forget the hate and negativity going on in all the dark corners of the world today? Would we for once, get caught up in the action of doing something as a group to bring happiness and peace to the world that we ignore all the ignorant and inane things in the mainstream media today? What if we also said a prayer for peace and unity every time we lit that candle? Would the nation be healed? Maybe not, maybe so, I bet we’d have more of a fighting chance by coming together in this action than not. I say we try it for a week. I say, if the nation lit a candle and prayed everyday for a week, say, at 7:11, the healing would begin. What if we shared the news we were doing it, like we do every other insignificant thing we plaster all over Facebook and Instagram and Twitter? Spread the news, make it happen. Don’t you want the madness to stop? All the shootings, the press about the shootings, the riots, the protests. Light. It. Up. Light the candle, say a prayer and spread the word. I’m going to, because I really do. I want it to end and light to come back into the world. The light of Jesus. The light of God. The light of peace. I pray you do too.

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Day 56-Free Days-One Lovely Blog Award

My blog has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award, thanks to Anuradha over at Aromas of my Kitchen for the lovely nod, check out her awesome blog, and discover recipes and beautiful food photos.

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The rule are as follows:

  1. Post to accept the nomination

  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

  3. List 7 things about yourself.

  4. Link to the blogs you nominate.

  5. Notify the recipients of their award.

  6. Post the rules!

Seven things about myself-

  1. Although I’m only 4’9″, I spent 4 1/2 years in the Army as a lab technician and medical assistant, the first few months as a combat medic.

  2. My favorite pleasure reading is the horror genre, particularly Stephen King books.

  3. I’m a pretty good pool player.

  4. My favorite clothing store is New York & Co. because I can wear pants off the rack without needing to hem them.

  5. I love hard rock music (think Korn, Stone Sour, Alice in Chains)

  6. I used to be a member of the Sweet Adelines Barbershop singing group.

  7. I switched from smoking to vaping 2 years ago and never had another cigarette.

I would like to nominate the following blogs:

1. Mehrling Muse

2. Recipe in a Bottle

3. Http://ladybuggz.wordpress.com

4. Hearts Everywhere

5.¬†Izzie’s Kitchen

6. The Beachy Quilter

i would like you to know that you can decline the nomination if you want to. I love reading your blogs and would love others to do the same, however, it solely depends on what you want.

Happy blogging!

Day 55-Free Days-Fall Festival & Bunco!

Today was a busy one around the Smyth house, we got an early start with Dave heading out to play golf at 7:30 in Dallas and I went to help out with the Fall Festival at our church.

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There was sporadic shoppers, plentiful of goodies and crafts galore! Hopefully they did well, the jewelry I donated wasn’t selling when I left but was going to the craft store if it never did. Maybe it will do better for them there.

When Dave got home, we went to lunch-spoiler alert-I had a major¬†cheat day because we were trying the new Pancho’s Mexican Buffet on Rufe Snow. This place was iconic since childhood, ¬†they had all closed down around here until this new one popped up, and I just couldn’t help myself from having a couple of hot, buttery, flaky delicious soapapillas with honey. Mmmmmm! I’ll get back on track Monday. It was soooo worth it.¬†

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Everything tasted just the way I remembered it, and there is no “health” food there. I tried to be good, choosing the verde stew, baked chicken and 2 small flautas. Turns out they were made from flour tortillas and tasted like heaven. Another cheat, lol. Not to mention the small cheese enchilada-yeah, MAJOR cheat meal.

Then we were treated to a visit from my son and his girlfriend, whom I promptly dragged off to play my first ever game of Bunco! OMG, I don’t know what I was so nervous about. What a fun and easy game, we had a great time and Becky even won a nice prize. I will be anxious to play again next month, and luckily everyone was so nice and many of the ladies seem to live close to me. Here are a few pics from the game.

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Actually, I didn’t think to take pics until people were winning prizes at the end. It was great fellowship, food and fun and I’m so glad I went. You can’t go wrong with a room full of rowdy women, lol. This group is a mix of people that are friends of a girl my brother went to school with, that’s how I got invited. I was unaware there was an entry fee, and someone in the group (Tina) was kind enough to pay my way in and made Becky and I feel welcome and wanted.

All in all it was a great day and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the visit with my kids.

Have a good night and see you tomorrow when it’s likely to be raining on the patio. ‚õą