Day 87- Some Thoughts on Writing

Earlier today, I reblogged a good post about writing from A Momma’s View who listed her various reasons for why she writes. Honestly, I can’t think of much more to add to that except to say that she hit the nail on the head with the part about connecting with all of you guys. If it wasn’t for that, for support and your feedback, I probably would have given up on the whole blogging thing. Sure, I’d keep writing because I like it, it gives me a place to put my thoughts, express my feelings and share my life, but I would not have as cool a place to do that without y’all. So, thanks for being a part of my life!

Now, I’m not making any money yet, but that doesn’t stop me from trying or keep me from writing. I’m even considering the biggie NaNoWriMo like I did last year, as a rebel anyway. I wasn’t trying to write a novel like everyone else, I was participating as a rebel (someone who just wants to write for the practice and to try to meet the word count by the deadline). Like I mentioned on my post on Medium  today, if I did it again it would be the same way because, really the only book I’ve ever considered writing is my own life story and who wants to read that, lol?!! So, I guess if I did it I would journal or maybe practice my story telling to get to the required word count of 50,000 by Nov 29.

Official Site  NaNoWriMo.org
Official Site
NaNoWriMo.org

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and encourages writers to come together, write your novel, network and get support doing it. Just go to the website for all the details.

Still, it dawned on me, who has time for this during the busiest time of the year, the holidays??? I guess it depends on just how driven you are, still, I barely get the writing that I do now done with all my other responsibilities, not sure how I’m gonna fit it in when you add in all the holiday prep there is to do, personal obligations and so on. I kinda wish it was held in the spring or something but maybe that’s part of the challenge. Making time to write. Period. Now, I do have to confess that ALL writing counts during this challenge (as a rebel) so if I blog, it counts. If I post something on Medium, it counts, journaling, counts. So maybe I CAN do this. I’m sure if I decide to commit, you’ll know, because I’ll talk about it non-stop (just kidding) 😉 Pray for me, send me good vibes, whatever you want to do to help inspire me to do this.

Thoughts, ideas and questions are welcome and, maybe I’ve inspired you guys as well! We all love to write, maybe we can support one another in this massive effort. The time to sign up is now!

 

Day 86- Gluten Free Beer?

Omg, have I got a scary story for you all just in time for Halloween!!

Yesterday, Stephanie and I were talking about my husband and how he is trying to stop eating bread but still drinking beer. Wouldn’t it be great if there was such a thing as gluten free beer?

Then I open my email this morning and BAM!! The Whole Journey did a whole blog post about the taste test they did featuring, you guessed it! GLUTEN FREE BEER! It’s like the internet can hear my thoughts-🎶do, do , do, do do, do do. 🎶 Lol.

They talked about several different kinds and then I scrolled down and found the one that got the most comments and likes.

Reader's Favorite-Omission
Reader’s Favorite-Omission

This beer is from a company based in San Diego and is touted as an easy drinking beer for game day. What they do is they treat it with an enzyme during the bottling process that breaks down the gluten and it’s proteins. Sounds like the perfect one for my hubby to experiment with the first time, because,  according to an article on Fox News.com, it would be hard for a regular beer drinker to taste the difference. They did a story called 6 Beers You Need To Try, and this beer was the author’s favorite. It does have minute amounts of barley in it, making them unable to label it as gluten free, but it’s so small an amount, the FDA deems it gluten free. They have three styles, Lager, Pale Ale and IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale which has to do with the history of the IPA, not the country which it came from originally.

This means that people with celiac disease can enjoy beer again, as well as someone like me who follows a Paleo lifestyle. According to the same Fox article, there might be one even I, a non-beer drinker would like called Tweason Ale by Dogfish Head. They said it is made with fresh strawberries and honey and tastes more like a summer spritzer than beer. Yea!

Dogfish Head Tweason Ale
Dogfish Head Tweason Ale

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Another featured beer on the site called New Grist, is a favorite of light beer drinkers due to the 5 ABV and fruity taste which it gets from hints of apple and other fruit. Brewed without wheat or barley, instead it’s made from sorghum, rice, hops, water and yeast.

I can’t wait to test the waters and introduce my hubby to one of these beers! He gave up bread for me (to see if it alleviated his pain) but I can’t ask him to give up his beloved beer! This sounds like a possible solution to the problem to me. I’m going to try one as well, let’s just hope the price is also nice! Wish us luck!

Have you heard of or tried any gluten free beers? Let me know which are your favorites in the comments and I’ll see you tomorrow on the patio 😎🍻

 

Day 85-Family Matters

It’s only Monday and the tone has been set for the next two weeks! Family medical issues became the focus as fast as you can say party time….is over! First, I took Dad in to get his catheter removed, he was so exited to have that done! Tomorrow, however, we go in for some tests to determine if his bladder is just weak, or shot. If the latter, he may have to have it put back in and/or learn how to self-cath. What a bummer. We will get it all figured out, of that I’m confident.

Then, I got news from my beloved, that his week ain’t shaping up that well either. His PSA, prostate specific antigen, which marks for prostate cancer, was a point higher than two months ago. On top of that, he had his consultation with the surgeon that is going to work on his eye. See, he had basal cell carcinoma removed about a year ago from the inside corner of his eye. Sad part is, they didn’t get it all. So, he has to have the rest of it removed. Next Thursday. All day. My sweet Stephanie understands and I’m so glad her family is there to help her when I can’t be. I’m hoping we can get through the surgery on his eye before they want to do a biopsy on his prostate. Please say an extra prayer for my guys, they mean the world to me!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! Luckily, I’m able to help take Dad to appts. and I will be there to take my hubby to get his surgery done. If there is a scheduling conflict, hopefully my oldest son or my brother can help me out. I’m praying all goes well for both my guys, and we can get back to our normal shenanigans around here-you know, knocking back cold ones and playing round after round of pool. If by cold ones you mean iced water with lemon and flavored iced teas that is 😉

In the words of George Micheal and then later Limp Bizquit, you gotta have faith!

Day 84-Free Days-Party Time!

The Birthday Boy-Chris
The Birthday Boy-Chris

Today was the birthday dinner/celebration of Chris and my Dad’s birthday, I thought I’d share a few pics.

My hubby Dave, preparing the meat
My hubby Dave, preparing the meat

Dave smoked a pork shoulder butt and then chopped some for sandwiches and sliced some for non-bread eaters like me 😊

My dad and Becky (Chris's girlfriend) serving themselves
My dad and Becky (Chris’s girlfriend) serving themselves

Everyone made a side to go with the meat and we all enjoyed a delicious dinner-slaw, jalapeño poppers, potato salad and tossed salad complimented the meat nicely.

Then it was time for gifts
Then it was time for gifts

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Funny cards, money and gift cards for Chris in addition to golf lessons his dad bought him to be taken as his schedule permits, plus an on field edition Cowboys cap from his brother Sean. Becky made him a cake and performed a cute little rap for him last night.

Dad got cards, some clothes from us and some wine from our friends Michelle and Kerry.

Funny boy's parting shot
Funny boy’s parting shot
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry

A good time was hopefully had by all, we enjoy preparing and sharing food with friends and family.  Becky and I had fun surprising Chris with the banana pudding cake as well as making it together. I tasted a bite, it was moist and delicious!

Now it’s time to recuperate from birthdays and gear up for the holidays!!