Day 220-Throwback Thursday-School Records

Did any of you have one of those cute little school records books when you were growing up? You know, the kind with a pocket for each page for storing your pictures, report cards and other important memorabilia? Lucky for me, I did. Since I have such a horrible memory, it is good for me to have something with names and dates that cannot be disputed on it.

I was thumbing through mine this morning and decided to pick a grade and see what was in the pocket. I discovered an invitation to a birthday party at my friend Donna Dilks house, all of my report cards and my pertinent information on the pocket cover, written in my own hand. Without that, I would not have remembered my height, weight and age in the 7th grade…would you?

School memory collage

I also noticed by checking out my report cards that (as I figured) I excelled in reading, spelling and choir, but not so great in the other subjects. I held a steady C in Tx history, B+ and C in math, B+ in English and mostly S’s across the board in conduct, but what is really sad is that I don’t remember my teachers except for choir-maybe if I saw a picture. I remember jr. high being a transition period. Not a baby anymore, but not yet mature enough to be considered “worthy” or credible. It was an awkward, scary time…but fun too. I started making friends (and one enemy-that I know of), found out girls can be bullies and other girls will always have your back.

I couldn’t tell you what happened in each class or each grade of jr high, but having my little record book may help jog another memory or two. Do you recall your school years with clarity? I’d love to hear your stories. I’m going to be turning 56 this weekend and the fact that my memory is so awful already has me wondering if I permanently damaged my brain when I was younger and spent a couple of wild years in the Army, if I have early onset Alzheimers or just poor recall. I think there are some kind of exercises you can do to sharpen your recall, I may just have to look into that. What I have heard that helps is rosemary, I should go get my bottle and take a whiff, or go pinch some off of my plant on the patio, maybe it would help! You can get some from Veriditas online or wherever they sell it in retail stores.

Well, I hope you all have a great Thursday, I have been working on my story for the next in the series of Angels of Arvada, I will see you all tomorrow, on the patio!

Day 19-EO's Week-Rosemary

I’m trying to remember everything I need to pack for my trip-Oh! I know, I’ll go snip some Rosemary off my plant on the patio, since it is great for improving memory. Just take a few of the “needles” and rub between your fingers and inhale the wonderful scent they produce.


Rosemary is an evergreen but is actually part of the mint family. It has been used since ancient times to cook with, improve memory and soothe digestive issues. Recent studies have uncovered new uses as in, hair thickener, and for healing prostate problems. Hmmmm, that gives me some ideas. Unfortunately, some of the closest men in my life, my dad, brother and husband, are plagued by these issues and this could be the answer to their problems. I need to buy each of them their own bottle! My go-to sources for essential oil knowledge, say that by using a few drops of rosemary mixed with a carrier oil (such as coconut) rubbed under the testicles will heal the prostate. The chemical in Rosemary responsible for halting cancer growth is  carnosol, and has shown promising results.

Rosemary is also awesome for cooking, I recently used it on a pork roast I baked and it was awesome.


Here it is featured with a sweet potato and a small serving of black beans. It was moist and delicious, with no overpowering strong taste like I thought it would be. Seems like I remember tasting some Rosemary potatoes in the past and wasn’t a fan. This pork however, was a hit.

So, however you choose to use it, you can’t go wrong with Rosemary, the benefits are just too good! Cancer killer, memory booster, flavor enhancer and more! Go get a quality, Theraputic oil or grow your own, make it a part of your routine.

Believe it or not, I’m almost packed and ready to head out tomorrow! Can’t wait to be back in Port Aransas, our prime vacation spot. Six years since we’ve been and I hope the weather feels more like summer, here at home, it feels like fall! Rain and 80 degree temps are great for the patio, however, I want sunshine and clear skies for the beach!

Well, y’all enjoy your week, I know I will! Until tomorrow, see you later from the patio! 😉