Day 83-Free Days-Walk, Bake and Showtime

Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square
Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square

This morning was finally the day for the PKD Walk, put on by the good folks in Southlake and was relatively well attended.  Nothing compared to the walks to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and not as organized, but I was glad to be a part of it. My hubby walked with me, after the balloon release, which was emotional for me. It makes me feel bad that I could have and should have been doing more to raise awareness and money since my mom was first diagnosed. So, I was thinking of her as we released our balloon and her name was on my back as we walked. Not that many were there to see it-my hubby and I were way out in front of the pack the whole way, our pace being much quicker than most. Thanks again to everyone who donated to my “team”, even if that team turned out to be my hubby and me. I also put in my own private donations, although I would have done that online as well, I would have been able to designate part for myself and part as a pledge in my Mom’s name. She passed away two years ago from the disease. As far as I know, I’m the only one of her five children to be diagnosed as well. Anyway, I hope next years Walk is bigger and better, and that the contributions for research keep pouring in.

Later in the day, he took our son Chris to play golf as part of his birthday present. While they were gone, Becky and I secretly baked him a kickass Banana Pudding birthday cake and, just in case he smelled something cooking when he arrived back home, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies so he wouldn’t get suspicious. I got the recipe from http://Www.ambitiouskitchen.com and they are delicious.

My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies
My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies

After all the activity in the kitchen, I subjected Becky to my taped recording of the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake-she wasn’t impressed. Then again, she is so young, she barely remembers the original. We had fun laughing at it anyway. See, I DO remember the original and I appreciated the music of both versions. The soundtrack and of course Tim Curry (the original Frank-n-Furter) made the whole movie. So I was happy to hear all the songs again, even if they weren’t exactly the same renditions as the first. I though the remade Riff Raff was awesome and Victoria Justice was very good as Janet.

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: L-R: Reeve Carne, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW coming this Fall to FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

 

Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter

It was kinda like the creators of this one forgot the whole point, originally, it was so outrageous for a man to be playing a transvestite with over the top makeup-just not the same with a female playing a transgender role.  Although I must say, the acting and singing would have been fine had you never seen the original and had it to compare to.

All in all it was a very good day, and the night is yet young! I can’t wait to see if Becky chickens out on performing her birthday “rap” for Chris’s birthday! Stay tuned, results will be in tomorrow, on the patio 😉

 

 

 

Day 82-Last Chance

Wow! It just so turns out that my Dad’s 82nd birthday is today and I’m also on my 82 post in the 365 day challenge! What a coincidence!

Also, today is the last chance to get a donation in for my team in the PKD walk. Of course, you can always donate or make a pledge, however, tomorrow is the actual PKD Walk, and I’m just halfway to my team goal. I’d appreciate whatever you can do to help me in this effort. And thanks again to the bloggers who have donated so far! I was reading some news today concerning future treatment options for my disease, and there are five new medications in clinical trials! Yea! Would it not be fantastic if me and  hundreds of other PKD patients had the option of stopping the advance of the disease with a simple medication and not have to go on dialysis or have a kidney transplant? That is what we are raising money for, to make medications like this possible and other life saving treatments and research is ongoing in this endeavor.

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Tap on the picture to enlarge it, otherwise, just go to http://Www.walkforpkd.org/northtexas to give in my name for my team.

I know y’all are probably “tired of” me talking about this and pleading for donations, I will soon be giving it a break for a while…til the next walk lol! But seriously, because it is a cause close to my heart, my Mom had it too, I will continue to educate myself and others and do what I can to support this cause. Wish me good luck and pleasant weather on tomorrow’s short walk. Luckily, mine is short, since the old back ain’t what it used to be. A mile ain’t nothin for a stepper though, and my hubby will be with me all the way.

After all that, I will be busy with preparations for the big birthday weekend. My Dad and my son have birthdays two days apart, and my friend’s is the day after my son’s. She is unfortunately out of town on business, so I already put her card and gift in the mail. My son and my Dad will be joining us for dinner Sunday and so far, that’s all I know, lol. Hopefully I get something figured out for their gifts before then. I, for one, think birthdays should be special. I’m sure I will get something worked out. 😉

 

 

Day 81-What R U Tired of Week

                 Bad Traffic Behavior

Bob's personal journey of spiritual growth gets bogged down behind some idiot going half the speed limit.
Bob’s personal journey of spiritual growth gets bogged down behind some idiot going half the speed limit.

Ever have those days? Despite your best efforts to be nice, not curse at bad traffic or the behavior of some folks on the road, you fail? I’m sure we all do, whether it’s a jam, someone cutting you off, or just idiotic behavior you notice-someone on the phone, eating and driving, reading and driving, going too slow or too fast, weaving all over the road, heck, I’ve even seen someone doing their nails!!! We have all dealt with it, maybe even been guilty of a few things ourselves.

 

That’s why I’m a fan of newer cars that offer hands free, Bluetooth enabled vehicles. No excuse to have the phone to your ear anymore. Like the one my hubby surprised me with yesterday! (Sorry, had to brag a little, its a beauty!)

My new ride- a Dodge Challenger
My new ride- a Dodge Challenger

Actually, my last car,  Chevy Impala, also had it and many cars made in the last three or so years do. Why, then do we continue to see people with the phone glued to their ears? I have literally counted the cars for a certain stretch of time that had someone doing something more than driving. It’s no wonder there are so many accidents and road rage occurrences. Distracted drivers are the number one cause of all traffic accidents today.

We all need to be safer on the road, not to mention considerate of other drivers on the road. Can we all just slow down, be polite and less distracted? We will all get to our destinations, even if it takes a little longer-at least we arrive alive!

What bad traffic behaviors are you tired of? What other improvements do you see car companies making to remedy the problems? Let me hear from you in the comments.

I’m off to watch the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, who’s with me?!! Later Janet!

Day 80-What R U Tired of? Week-Minor Annoyances

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I’m so glad I blogged early yesterday because I spent most of the day in agony with muscle spasms in my back. I wore my Dad’s back brace that he kindly loaned me on a separate occasion last week! I’m sick of dealing with my stupid back, if it isn’t one thing-my hip out of joint-it’s another, like these too frequent back spasms. The pain goes right over my kidneys, making me worry that it’s them hurting and not my back, except for the fact that I felt the exact moment when it happened. I was reaching for the soap while in the tub when….like a lightening bolt of pain, one second was all it was, resulting in a long day of pain. Same thing happened last week while I was helping Stephanie with her stretches. All I did was bring her legs back up on the bed, the action of the muscles in my back resulted in another spasm so bad I had to sit down and work on getting breath into my lungs. I tried ice, which helped temporarily. Yes, I know I should probably go see a chiropractor but that’s an expensive and time consuming bother right now at this very busy time of the year.

Yesterday afternoon, I could take it no more and finally went to Walgreens and got some Percogesic, an OTC medicine with a pain reliever+mild muscle relaxer.

Surprise shopper at Walgreens yesterday
Surprise shopper at Walgreens yesterday

(seeing this funny sight at Walgreens yesterday slightly lifted my spirits)

It helped, but I’m still sore this morning. Personally, I think all this is stemming from my couch, which wasn’t cheap by the way, and while it fits our space perfectly, it is impossible to sit comfortably on. We are constantly shifting positions, trying to fluff the deep seated cushions, moving the oversized pillows, nothing helps. Anyone want a huge couch that seats eight people-albeit, tall people, “comfortably”? Anyhoo, I’m currently writing this blog from my husband’s old recliner, which may or may not be a better seating alternative. I’ve got my coffee and the diffuser going with some orange, lemongrass and bergamot essential oils, and it smells heavenly in here! By the way, here is in the game room where the recliner is and right now, the minor annoyance is the sun coming through the blinds and right in my eyes! -sigh-

 

Day79-What R U Tired of? Week-This Election

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Ready-for-it-to-be-over!!!

Yall with me on this? Me too, I got you Boo!

Seriously, is it time to vote yet, cause I’m over it already. Whether you choose a side, vote for the lesser evil, don’t vote at all, just get it over with! I’m sick of the smear ads, the comical debates, the sad truth that SNL’s portrayal is wildly more popular than the real thing, I’m just done with it. I want voting day to just be here already so we can put an end to it, and get on with the suffering. Cause I mean, really, that’s what we’re in for-four (at least) more years of suffering under the guidance of either a tyrant, or a bully, depending on which side wins. Four more years of promises that never come true, agendas that congress won’t approve and media coverage ad naseum of how bad the new pres is making all of our lives. I can’t wait! 🙄 At least the waiting for Election Day will be over though, right???

How do you all feel about it? Do you really think either one will make a good president and change anything for the better? Let me know your thoughts (good or bad) in the comments below. And if you’re sick of this, wait til Election Day, when we start hearing about how the voting was rigged blah, blah, blah. It’s going to be a circus, I’m sure. That’s only my unsolicited opinion though, I want to hear what y’all have to say. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my next post, story or article on the patio 😉

Day 78- What Are You Tired Of? Week

You know those annoying commercials they play over and over again, like certain car ads or some service company, to the point of nausea? Yeah, those. I’m sick and tired of them, even though I know they are the reason we get to watch the programs we watch.

Here where I live, there are some companies that can evidently afford to show them about 100 times a day, not even kidding! Local company Baker Brothers shows their ad, there may be a different ad play, then theirs shows again!! This happens all day long, and I know what you’re thinking-I watch too much tv or how would I know that. Not so fast! I watch the news in the mornings while getting ready for work. During this hour or so, I hear the commercial about 8-10 times. Then, when I get to work, her mother has the tv on all day and if I’m in the room, I hear it another 8-10 times throughout the day. And that’s just one local company. There are two more that make the same loop-Milestone Electric and All Seasons Pest Control. They play them so much, I know all the tag lines, stupid jingles and what their script is.

Whatever happened to the good old days when you looked forward to the funny commercials they showed during the Super Bowl, or better yet, hardly any commercials at all? It’s no wonder we all want to record programs so we can fast forward through them all. I just haven’t learned to do that for all programming. On the days that I’m off, I rarely turn the tv on. Of course that’s because I’m busy doing other things like writing or housework-I’d rather just have music in the background. Or quiet, peace and quiet!

Its enough to make me want to scream, how about you? This week, I’m going to talk about all those little things that annoy us or that we are tired of. What are y’all sick of? Maybe I’ll use one of yours on my blog. Meanwhile, I’ll be searching for some ad free time on the patio 😬

Day 77-WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Local (Sunday)

Posing with an icon outside of Lupe's
Posing with an icon outside of Lupe’s

This photo was taken back in July of this year outside of one of the many local Mexican restaurants- a favorite of ours-Lupe’s Tex-Mex in Keller. Five minutes from my North Richland Hills home, with over five 5 star reviews on Yelp, what makes this place different is the flavorful black bean dip you get with your traditional chips and hot sauce. Delish!

Admittedly, I’m late to the photo challenge party and had to come up with something outside my own home, which evidently is what local means to me. (Since most of my pics are from my own back yard) So, in that spirit, here’s my favs from this summer.

My lizard buddy inside my ivy plant on my patio
My lizard buddy inside my ivy plant on my patio
My corner garden, set up by the previous owners, enjoyed by me
My corner garden, set up by the previous owners, enjoyed by me
My own coleus plant which resides on my front porch
My own coleus plant which resides on my front porch

If “local” meant just to Texas,  I’d have many more pics to share, but local means close to home, so this was what I had on file. Maybe I’ll do better with next week’s prompt!

 

Day 76-Free Days-Happy News!

I am very exited to share something with you guys today! It’s a baby step in my creative  writing efforts, yet a step in the “write” direction (hehe)! I have been writing on the platform Medium for a few weeks and they have a publication called The Weekly Knob.  Every Monday, they give you a new prompt and you then craft a story featuring that prompt. Last week’s prompt was “broom” and my story-That Witchy Season was published today!! Yea! I love this platform because you also get “recommends” instead of “likes”, and creative feedback, support and love from the Medium writing community. I know the story could have been better, I probably could have changed the title as well, however, I feel validated that my story was accepted and then published and I just wanted to share this news. I also could spend hours reading all the other wonderful stories featured by an extremely talented pool of writers, if I didn’t have so much else to do. Maybe I can read more of them tonight, and I encourage all of you to check them out as well.  Just go to medium.com/theweeklyknob/ ThatWitchySeason on Medium,  if you’d like to read my story. There’s even a Medium app, which makes it all so much easier to navigate.

In other news, we layed more of the flooring today and now have the hallway and laundry room finished!

Hallway to the master bedroom
Hallway to the master bedroom
At the halfway point in the laundry room
At the halfway point in the laundry room

Tomorrow, we’ll install the doors and trim and then we will be one step closer to (horror of all horrors) the kitchen. Shudder! I am not exited about my kitchen being destroyed so close to the holidays!!! It has to be done though, if we expect to have floors by Thanksgiving. I’m so proud of my husband and his handiwork! (I get credit for the layout) I’m his helper, cleanup girl and designer, and we make a great team!

I have also started to make a little progress on the baby blanket I’m crocheting for Taylor’s soon-to-be-born little one. Did I tell y’all the theme for the nursery is Nightmare Before Christmas? I thought it sounded odd until I went on Pinterest and literally found hundreds of pins with the decor and all sorts of other great ideas with the theme. The colors are black, white, lavender and lime green. Although I picked a very basic pattern, I’m proud of how it’s coming along so far. I’ll post a pic when I get to the halfway point.

So that’s it, plus I have three upcoming birthdays to think about and prepare for and of course the holidays are creeping ever closer. Just a few of the things on my mind (and plate) but nothing I can’t handle. I realize this time of year is busy and stressful for everyone, the way I handle it is one bite at a time, somehow it all comes together. Just try to relax and breathe! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Day 75-Open Topics Week-Friday Family and Friends

 

I forgot to post til now, so I am just going to share what the patio looks like tonight, with friends and family having dropped by! It officially turned into a party! 🎉

Hope your Friday night is as festive!

Day 74-Open Topics Week-What is Kombucha? and PKD Walk update

As some of you know, we are nearing the homestretch! Only 9 more days till the walk for PKD.  Thank you to my fellow bloggers who have helped so far in my effort to reach my team goal (now reduced to $150), I’m halfway there! This is in addition to my own personal donations I’ll be making day of the walk. Please consider a small donation to help us find a cure for this potentially fatal disease. Additionally, if anyone reading this post is in the area, we can always use more walkers and this year, you can bring your kids and dogs in costume, or wear one yourself! All the info can be found at http://www.walkforpkd.org/northtexas I appreciate all of you!

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Ok, now on to my next subject: What is kombucha? Well, it is a great tasting way to get your daily dose of probiotics, for one thing! The one I’m sampling today by Kevita is the Tart Cherry flavor, and it has 4billion CFU’s of lactobacillus rhamnosus, and bacillus coagulans (LactoSporeMTCC 5856) live probiotics.

Kevita brand Kombucha in Tart Cherry
Kevita brand Kombucha in Tart Cherry

Probiotics are necessary for optimum health of your digestive tract. We all have good and bad bacteria in our systems. Taking a good probiotic and eating (or drinking) foods that include more probiotics, can only do a body good. Different strains and species of bacterias provide different health benefits. Some of those benefits include preventing and treating diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotics, fantastic immune system function and soothing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Studies have shown they may also aid in lowering cholesterol and helping one drop body fat as well.

 

The actual definition of Kombucha is “a beverage produced by fermenting a sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria.” The culture used in the fermentation process is called a “SCOBY” and it can be home made or purchased at health food stores like Sprouts. I prefer to leave it to the pros and get mine pre-made and I have tried a few  brands. Kevita brand is very good and comes in all kinds of flavors. If you don’t like the taste of vinegar or beer, it might take a few times or a couple of different flavors to get used to it. What I found is to start out with just a cup or so a day until you get used to it. Now I like it (and I HATE beer) and have tried many different flavors. I like fruit flavors the best, although you can also get flavors like ginger and lavender.

A typical bottle contains two servings, so you can make it last a couple of days, which is good since they are a bit pricey. A typical bottle goes for $2-$5.  I drink it AND take a probiotic and that way, I can be sure I’m covered. I don’t know about you, but I did not get the flu shot this year and I want to do everything I can to stay healthy. On top of being incredibly good for you, it is also low calorie, low carb and surprisingly low sugar-8 grams a serving. It also packs 10% each of 6 different b vitamins and folic acid per serving. The one I’m drinking today is sweetened with organic cane sugar, however, some kombucha is sweetened with honey or fruit.

Besides the probiotic benefits drinking kombucha provides, it is naturally energizing and can help with inflammatory ailments like arthritis and help with fatigue, hypertension and constipation. It has been around for 2000 years but has recently gained popularity among folks looking to better their health.

I say don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, and try it you should! My favorite flavor is Mystic Mango but this tart cherry is quite nice as well. Let me know if you’ve tried it, made it and which flavors you like! Comment below or shoot me an email please and don’t forget to donate to the walk if you can. Tomorrow may be Friday night, but ill be blogging for ya on the patio! 🙂