Reaping Rewards and Recovering

Good morning everyone and may I just say how lovely it is to be feeling better today after staying in bed all day yesterday. I was suffering from symptoms of a UTI, which I seem to have flushed out by using my essential oils and drinking tons of water. Want to know which ones I used and how? Just remember, this remedy is not approved by the FDA, nor am I suggesting anyone else try it without talking to your healthcare provider.

I awoke early with that urgent need to pee. Rushing to the bathroom next to the guest room (where I was sleeping due to my hubby’s snoring) I relieved myself….and there it was, at the end of the stream, the old, familiar pain. UGH!!! How did this happen? I can only assume it’s the result of letting my guard down, drinking too much alcohol over the summer and consuming way more sugar than I have since I went Paleo. So, this is what I did:

I drug my bloated, painful belly (and the rest of me) into the kitchen and made my go-to drink for flushing out the germs: 2 T ACV, 2 T pure lemon juice, 2 T raw honey, 1 T Ceylon cinnamon into a small mug of steaming hot water. Drank that down. Then I made my second large glass of water with a drop each of lemongrass and grapefruit essential oils. They work together to kill the bacteria, help ease the pain and reduce the inflammation. The next glass I made I used peppermint oil to try to fight the bloat. See, I don’t want to have to take antibiotics or pay for a doctor’s visit if I can fix things myself with what God intended us to use.

After a light lunch, I put one drop of oregano oil in a warmed mug of chicken broth, held my nose and drank that down. Not gonna lie, it tastes awful but here is what it does:

  • reverses or reduces bacterial infections
  • kills fungal infections
  • kills parasites
  • reduces inflammation
  • kills candida
  • reduces tumors
  • gets rid of allergens

Now, if the compound in oil of oregano, carvacrol can do all that, why should I take harmful antibiotics and risk all those unwanted side effects? In fact, I’m probably going to do it again today, just for good measure and make sure I’ve rid myself of all the potential trouble makers. Studies suggest that oil of oregano can even eradicate E Coli, the very bacteria that is probably reeking havoc on my body. Now, how does it get to your bladder you might ask? Well, I certainly know the rule about always wiping from front to back, every woman knows this, right?! But! There are other ways it can get there because our urethra is so close to our anus.

Urethra is the yellow highlighted part
See how close the two are?

Sorry guys, I should have warned you at the beginning that this was mainly a talk geared for us women, then again, it may help you understand just what your wives and/or girlfriends are going through when they complain about another UTI. I thought maybe the fact that I put on my bathing suit over the weekend without washing it first might have also been a contributing factor. Trust me, it’s clean now!!

Anyway, the point is, I feel so much better today that I once again will get back on the little to no sugar train again because as you all know from my earlier posts-sugar is the devil and no good will come from over indulging in too much. So back to no (or very little) alcohol ūüėĒ, stop with the cheating by eating chips and salsa and go back to my strict ways when I first became Paleo.

One more thing, this is very important: never use just any old essential oil!! Especially if you plan to use them like me. Only use trusted oils recommended by your healthcare provider or aromatherapist. I have used several different brands that I know to be pure, 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. As of late, I have been using a new source from a company that has been around a very long time. If you want to know more about this company, pm me and I will tell you how to get them or order them for you, whichever you choose.

Ok, now for the rewards part of the post. Some of you know I have an aerogarden and I have been growing cherry tomatoes and jalape√Īo peppers this time. Last year I grew Herbs and had basil coming out of my ears!! Anyway, I walked in the dining room this morning and was greeted by this:

Ripening is finally taking place!

I didn’t think they were ever going to ripen, but persistence pays off! (Also pruning) My peppers have not come yet but they did flower. The aerogarden is so simple, just make sure it has water ever day and when the lights indicate it’s time to feed the nutrients, do it. I was hoping that I would have enough tomatoes and peppers to make my own salsa (I can control the sweetener that way) but it looks like I won’t be putting the grocery store out of business any time soon.

Well, that’s it my lovely peeps, I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and I will see you probably on Friday. Please hit me with any questions or concerns by commenting and I will answer you as soon as possible. Drink your water now and have a great day!!




Sunday Happenings on a Monday Morning

Morning everyone and how are you on this stormy Monday morning? At least it was storming when I woke up, but it has since moved on east of our area. Right now it’s a pleasant 73 degrees yet soon it will be a sweltering 97 with a heat index of 105! Thank you humidity! ;( ¬†I wouldn’t mind so much if it was accompanied by a lovely ocean breeze!

Yesterday we attended church and then ran our errands to get our food for the week. After cleaning out the fridge of older food, we cooked dinner and prepped our food for the week. I made my oatmeal “muffin” size servings by cooking a batch of steel-cut oats, then spooning it in lightly greased muffin tins. I had so much left over I put that in a container in the fridge. When my servings were frozen, I just popped em out and put them in a gallon freezer bag to be used for this week’s breakfast. When I’m ready, I’ll just pop a couple into a microwave safe bowl and add my toppings, like nuts and butter (the oatmeal has cinnamon and maple syrup added during the cooking process) and I have a quick breakfast! Of course, I use Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats because they just taste the best!

Individual portions for quick breakfasts

After that, I made David’s portable breakfast-Egg Cups! Kind of made in the same method, I just scramble up some eggs, broccoli, bacon, orange bell pepper, shredded cheese and sliced up cherry tomatoes. I then ladle that mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. We let them cool on the stove before bagging them and he¬†takes one or two along with his fruit and yogurt for a quick and healthy breakfast. Hey, during the week we try really hard to eat well, it’s the weekends that we fall off the wagon so to say. ūüôā

Easy to make and portable too!

Once all that was done and supper was prepared, we invited Dad over and together we enjoyed fresh green beans, grilled pork chops and baked potatoes (Dad and I ate sweet potatoes). It was delicious and then Dad and I played several games of pool. When I had been beaten enough (the old man has still got it!), I asked him if he would like to try my take on Almond Joy Paleo ice cream. He agreed and it was pretty good, even though it had not frozen solid enough yet. I got it off of Pinterest (of course) and it was easy peasy using only 7 ingredients! Bananas, coconut milk, almonds, vanilla, maple syrup, toasted coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips. I didn’t even need an ice cream maker!

All of the stuff I talked about here can be found on my Everything Paleo board on my Pinterest page. Let me know if you have questions or try anything, I’d love to hear about it!






Weekend Update

Last night we enjoyed a visit from friends Michelle and Kerry as well as our son Joshua. We sat on the patio, listening to music, everyone talking at once-it’s a miracle I understood anything that was said! Our friends had not seen Josh since he got back from Ohio so they had much catching up to do.

Friday morning I finished the weeding and the bed is looking pretty good. Now I just have to liven up the wall hangings…another gift from the previous owners. You really have to stay on top of the weeding, especially considering all the rain we’ve had.

Today, after running some errands and taking Josh back to the friend’s house he is staying at right now, we went downtown and had lunch. It had been some time since we went there and there were many new things to see. I got a great shot of Bass Hall which isn’t new but still beautiful. Then we had a “snack” at Mi Cocina after walking out of Razoos. We had sat there ten minutes without so much as a glance from a waiter. We enjoyed our experience at Mi Cocina and it was a well designed and ¬†decorated space as well.

Returning to the parking garage, we suffered some tense moments as Dave tried to negotiate the truck back out, the luggage rack on top of the already lifted vehicle made it too tall to comfortably pass under the support beams. Somehow we made it just barely and decided that was never a good idea again!

Rain was in the area Friday but none for us.
One of two angels at Bass Hall
See the building through the window downtown at Mi Cocina
My honey Dave getting ready to enjoy a snack at MiCocina
The bed after weeding and the yard looks good after mowing

Later on we went to see the movie Dunkirk and came out to rain and intense lightening. Where we went was north of our area though and when we got home it had barely rained. Oh well, at least the sprinklers ran this morning! I hope your weekend is shaping up to be a good one.

PS: I’m happy to report that my job was accepted and I earned some money. It won’t start going into my Paypal account until I reach $10, but now that I know what to expect, I will keep working and earn more by doing several in a day. The faster I get, the more I will be able to do and if I get no strikes, the types of jobs will improve. For now, its product descriptions until I excel at that, all of it gives me experience I need and can use in the future.

Watering, Weeding and Writing-How I Spent My Morning

Good morning everyone and how are you doing today?

Well, I started my morning literally “in the weeds” but that’s not a bad thing. I spent 30 minutes watering and weeding while it was relatively cool¬†before the sun was up, and only made a little progress before I was sweating like a hog and slightly nauseous. See, I’m having a bit of trouble with my right eye (my contact eye) so I decided to see if I could wear my glasses for a day. Sadly that will be a no go if I’m to feel nauseated all day. Maybe little breaks without my contact will help but I realize that I just need to go see my eye doctor and get this straightened out.

My overgrown bed
A slight bit of progress

The turtles are not my thing, they were gifted to me from the previous homeowners (along with many, many other things). So, after a bit of hoeing around, lol, I came inside to the cool air and a nice cup of coffee.

I’m also happy to report that after signing on with Crowd Content, I have completed my first assignment for a client and am now waiting for an approval from the editor. I’m nervous because there are lots of rules you have to follow and certain infractions cause you to get strikes and so on, but I will learn how to work with clients and editors this way. What it is, is a place to get paid (albeit a tiny wage in the beginning) per word for your writing by doing small jobs for different clients. They may need product descriptions, blog posts, posts for their social media, etc. As you prove yourself and have successful jobs with no strikes, your pay increases per word. There is even¬†the opportunity¬†for bonuses! My first assignment was just a 20-60 word pd¬†(product description) and yet I’m sure I did something wrong. We will see, I will keep you posted. Eventually, if I get the hang of this and move on to bigger projects, I can start writing those white papers that I took that other course for. That is a real juicy project with a real earning potential. In one way I feel I’m going backwards as long as I have been writing and now I apply for a job making pennies, yet at the same time, ¬†I’m glad I waited until I learned to write daily, and quickly because all that will help me do many assignments per day eventually. The more you do the faster you climb the ladder and make more money.

Would any of you, as bloggers, be interested in how to make money this way? (I’m not getting anything in return for your interest, just trying to help I promise) If so, just check out Crowd Content by clicking the link and read the writer’s guide, rules and regulations. Give it a go and let me know how you get on! Have a great Thursday everyone and I’ll catch you later, on the patio.




Are Opossums a Welcome Visitor at Your House?

Mr opossum, patiently outwaiting my shorkies who had him frozen on the fence

This was the scene at my house Monday morning as I went outside to see what all the ruckus was about. The girls had “cornered” this opossum¬†on my back fence and were going crazy trying to catch him. Again, shorkies are a terrier mix, they are vicious little hunters and won’t stop trying to catch and kill vermin until you make them. I’m also pretty sure that it was this guy or someone in his family they had on the ground a few nights before until I pulled them away and made them come in the house. All I saw without the benefit of my contact was a furry, gray ball, wedged between my wooden deck and the back wall of our house. The next morning I went to see if he was dead (I saw Brandy give him a good shake before I pulled her away) and he was gone! I guess he was “playing possom”

Now, before you freak out like I used to do before I was educated to the facts, let me tell you why opossums make good visitors.

  • Great for pest control- they eat snakes, insects, snails, slugs, eggs, mice, rats, fish, frogs, crayfish, and carrion.
  • They never stay long in one place
  • Only seen in the daylight when food is scarce
  • Not dangerous unless cornered
  • Clean and well groomed like a cat
  • Extremely rare for them to carry rabies

So whatever you may have heard, they are not bad to have around and may even help you get rid of rats (we do see less now by the way) but if you want to minimize the chances you will have them visit your house, do these things and they might just move on to the next neighbor:

  1. Secure under deck, house eaves and chimney access points with sturdy mesh wire
  2. Keep your pet’s food inside
  3. Secure compost piles (animal secure compost bins are available commercially
  4. Clean outdoor barbeque grills and grease catch cans
  5. Keep garbage cans tightly closed
  6. Don’t leave bird food out at night

It is not a good idea to feed them or any other wildlife, this may lead to your pets getting parasites they may not have previously come in contact with.  Although they are resistant to many animal diseases such as distemper, if you are scratched or bitten, it is best to clean the wound thoroughly and go see your doctor.

So they may not be the most handsome animal, but they are really nice to have around for a while. Don’t worry, they won’t attack your pets, chew your electric wires or dig up your flower bulbs. He will hang around as long as there is a food source and then he will move along.

An opossum with her young

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced a visit from one of these gentle animals? Let me know in the comments. Have a great Wednesday and I will see you later, I’ll keep on studying for now (for my job at Crowd Content) on the patio. ūüėČ



How Are You The Most Comfortable?

Morning everyone, I’m coming to you straight from my office where I’m sitting atop my exercise ball, in my loosest pair of shorts, no bra yet, and my favorite tie-dye tank top. Flat yet bejeweled flip-flops adorn my feet, and I have not yet bothered with makeup. This is how I’m most comfortable, how about you?

I like to look decent when I leave the house, but at home, I like to be comfortable, especially when I’m writing. I would look rather silly all decked out just to sit in my office writing all day, wouldn’t¬†I? No heels or platforms, no long pants or dresses-not while rolling around atop this ball anyway, lol.

Friday night we had a visit from Dave’s brother and his significant other, the guys planned on sitting by the pool enjoying beverages and catching up and Connie and I went inside so she could use me as a guinea pig to practice her nail jobs on.

Fingernails by Connie

I think she did a fantastic job, by the way, believe it or not, those nails match lots of clothes I own, like the shirt I’m currently wearing! Anyway, since I had been in the pool earlier, I would normally have stayed in my swimsuit since that is how I’m comfy in the summer months much of the time. However, it was freezing in the house, now that I was damp from swimming earlier and I just had to go change. What I changed into looked more suitable for the fall, sweat pants in a long short form, and a big floppy t-shirt normally used to sleep in that I inherited from Miss Stephanie.

(note the electric fly-swatter in the background of the picture. That is for also annihilating mosquitos!)

The method Connie used to paint my nails I’ve actually tried myself. I’ve been painting my own nails for 40 years and only get them done outside the house for a treat. She took a makeup sponge in the wedge shape, painted the 3 colors in stripes on it, then rolled the sponge across each nail. After that, she added all the decorations and finished with a gel clear coat so they all stay on. Unfortunately, my hands were in water much of the next day, what with all the food prep and dinner making the next day. I’m missing a couple of gems, but I can replace them later.

So how do you get comfy? I’d love to know, just leave me a comment or drop me an email. Til next time when I see you on the patio.

Flash Fiction Friday-Date Night

Back by popular demand, (ok it was just one special person) I have decided to bring back Flash Fiction Friday, temporarily anyway. ūüôā Without further ado, I give you- Date Night Originally, this was going to be a poem, but I’ve since slept, and therefore¬†cannot remember it.

Kendal and Cindy had decided that their relationship was suffering from the proverbial rut, so over a matter of a few weeks, deemed a certain¬†night of the week date night. It didn’t always fall on the same night, yet the last few times they went out seemed like it was always Thursday night. One thing they discovered was, Thursday is a busy night for eating out. If they got to a place early enough, they found themselves enjoying a drink and hors d’oeuvres rather quickly. If their timing was off, just by five or ten minutes it seemed, they might have a twenty-minute wait.

It was just such a night that they happened upon a little drama unfolding in the bar area of their favorite Mexican food restaurant, Abelitos. As they approached with their required pager¬†block which would alert them when their table was ready, Cindy noticed an attractive lady dining on that night’s special, prime rib, alone at the bar. First off, Cindy thought it was very accommodating¬†that the bar would serve patrons food, thereby reducing or removing that person’s wait for a table if that suited them of course. Secondly, what made this woman attractive was the shock of salt and pepper hair she had perfectly coiffed and done in a way that half was salt and the other half pepper. As soon as they had secured their beverages and a barstool, Kendal stole an opportunity to ask if the prime rib was any good. The lady looked at him conspiratorially¬†and shook her head as if to say, “Don’t bother.” ¬†That was all Cindy needed to see, she knew then that would not be her menu item of choice.

Soon, the pager went off and as it turned out, they were seated at a table right there close to the bar area. Kendal remarked that he could have just¬†left Cindy there at the bar had he known. Once their orders were in, they happily sipped their beverages, a delicious frozen margarita with a sangria swirl for her and a Coronita for Kendal, and noshed on chips and three kinds of salsa. That was one of the things they liked about this place, it was a bit more upscale than the places they frequented on the regular. Normally, they were lucky to get a basket of stale chips and one type of salsa that was refilled whenever the waiter got good and ready to. Not this place though, their waiter was working so hard he was literally sweating. After a bit, they got the food they ordered and while savoring the delightful dishes that had been prepared for them, Cindy noticed a stranger sit down next to Miss Salt and Pepper. A conversation ensued between the two and Kendal said to Cindy it appeared she¬†might be “trolling” for a date. Cindy being the diplomat she was said she didn’t think that was the case at all, she was probably just being polite and making conversation with the guy. She knew that had been the story countless times before she was ever married, and a few times since.

Cindy and her man had been married for over thirty years and they were still the best of friends. Still, sometimes they got so caught up with work drama, family crisis’s and day to day life, they forgot what it was like to have romance and excitement in their relationship. Thus the need to spice things up a bit and get off the couch once a week and enjoy free and easy time with each other. Cindy felt happy and lucky that Kendal loved her enough to make the effort. His desire was for them to grow old and wrinkly together, so they better at least enjoy the ride.

As they ate and drank, Cindy focused on her meal and her own date and lost sight of what took place at the bar until Miss Salt and Pepper got up to leave. Since they had engaged in a few friendly words at the bar, she must have felt like they were privy to her situation because as she turned to go, she looked directly at Cindy and gave her a wink before exiting the bar area. Cindy looked around but could not find the gentleman she had been talking to, so she decided they¬†had hit it off and therefore were rendezvousing somewhere else together. Maybe he saw that she was enjoying a glass of white wine and asked her to join him for another. Whatever it was, she liked to fantasize that he was a perfect gentleman and only wanted to provide the lady some company for the evening. Not everything had to have some ugly connotation attached to it, she surmised. She looked at Kendal then and said, “Looks like Miss Salt and Pepper may have found love everlasting.” He just winked at her and said, “That’s my little romantic, always the dreamer.” “I’m no dreamer,” she replied, “I wasn’t dreaming when I found you!” It must have been the tequila for then she could have sworn she saw his eyes tear up. Guess he was more of a romantic than she gave him credit for. Even after thirty years, they could still surprise each other. This date night thing might just be what the doctor ordered!




What's With This Weird Weather?

It’s August in Texas, the rain has been coming down since sometime before the sun came up and the temperature is 72 degrees currently. What the what??? This is NOT our typical summer day, in fact, I can’t remember a time when it was cool and rainy on the second day of August, however, I’m sure there’s a weatherman out there who would dispute my sketchy memory.

I took a pic out in the backyard and it looks more like a fall day than the dog days of summer, but hey, I’ll take it! I’m sure we will be back to sweltering soon.

A gloomy but cooler day


Yesterday I took yet another course, this one from Udemy since it was an offer I couldn’t refuse, $10 for a course on how to write White Papers. (Normally $90) Now, I don’t know about you guys that are writers, but I’m not crazy about the prospect of crafting an 8-10 White Paper, especially if it’s a technical one, but then I read how much you can make and I decided…ok!

The cool thing is, they are different than any other job a copywriter does in that you get to become an “expert” on a subject you know nothing about sometimes. Therefore, they are the most interesting of all our projects. Yesterday, for the exercise the course asks you to do, I had to do research on how companies profit by the use of mini-videos. I learned a lot but realized I knew a lot too, due to the rabid popularity of U-Tube and Instagram videos, not to mention the crazy 6-minute “vine” videos you sometimes see on Facebook. Business ¬† owners are realizing the huge potential of marketing this way, according to studies, and that was what my project was about.

I have not yet completed it because I am waiting for feedback on a question I asked the instructer. Unfortunately, my favorite teacher at Udemy passed away, you still get the course delivered by him since it was previously recorded, but now his mentor answers your questions. His name was Len Smith and he had this wonderful English accent and such a unique way of teaching, I will miss him dearly. That was my third course on a copywriting subject that I’ve taken with him as the instructer.

The next thing I did was to join Crowd Content and apply for some jobs writing and editing. I sent off my first submissions and now I have to wait until they are approved by the staff. Say a prayer please that I am accepted, then I can start bringing in a little bit of income for my writing. Thank you ahead of time!

Well, I’m off to take my Dad for his check-up with his cardiologist, following that brief hospital stay a few weeks ago. I’m sure he is fit as a fiddle now, but he likes to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I will keep you all updated, if you have any questions about anything I’ve talked about here, let me know in the comments.