Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fibromyalgia Made Me Do It

   I have often wondered why I react in certain ways to textures and why I am finding that I am now seeking out different fabrics for my daily use.  I am also learning that there are actual valid reasons why I prefer to stay in my jammies as opposed to getting dressed for the day.  Like many people with this disease, my skin and body have become hypersensitive.

   Ok, like most women, the moment I walk through the door at the end of the day I want my bra off.  In the past, I could put up with the discomfort of wearing an underwire bra to keep the ladies firmly in place.  Not so much now.  There are days when I can't even stand to put on a bra at all because it hurts and makes my skin itch where it is touching me.  There are other days when I can deal with a bra but only if it is one of the very soft, not underwire know the ones that are more for home use and lounging around.  Now if I was not as "abundantly blessed" in the bust, this would not be a problem but these fourth letter in the alphabet cup sized ladies should not ever go out in public without major support under a shirt or dress.  I just want to either burn or throw away all my underwire bras at this point.

   I used to love flannel sheets but now they hurt my skin.  I need to now use the softest cotton or cotton blends.  No more crisp cotton sheets that I used to love in the Summer time either.  We got a new mattress that requires deep pocketed sheets so I had to buy new sheets for it.  I finally found some that are super soft and was able to order them through ebay.

   I don't like anything form fitting or tight against my body clothing wise.  I want soft, loose and flowy clothing.  Anything that feels a bit rough against my skin will send me into a tizzy. I am also finding that when I get overheated (which happens a lot) my skin gets raw where it rubs against itself. I know that some people with Fibro get cold easily and there are others like me who get really hot. Throw menopause in there too and my inner furnace seems to be on full bore most of the time. My favorite outfits at the moment are soft cotton shirts and pants.  Well either that or soft cotton or silky feeling jammies.  If  I do not have to go anywhere during the day,  I prefer to stay in my soft and loose fitting jammies.   No binding, pulling or rubbing at the waist, just nicely gliding over that area all together.

   All these changes for me have made be want to get rid of lots of perfectly good clothing and bedding that I already have and used to wear and use with no problems and replace it with things that will not drive me nuts or cause me discomfort or pain.  So yes, some of my shopping I can now blame and Fibromyalgia...Fibro made me do it. 😜



Friday, April 21, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 4/15-4/21 2017


   It has been a really busy week for us with lots of good food, family, and recovery from all the happy but hectic getting ready for the baby shower last weekend.  I worked this week, did some thrift store shopping and found some great deals both there and at the grocery stores that will make our Summer BBQs and camping trips easier for us all. 

~We had tons of leftover food, even after giving a bunch away, after the baby shower so I froze quite a few of the treats.
~My mother took Jeff, my cousin Jeremy and myself out to dinner after the baby shower.  I could not finish all my food so I brought that home and had the leftovers for lunch on Monday.
~Sunday Jeff mowed the lawn and worked on some things outside while I crashed on the couch all day.  We had leftovers for dinner.
~We used our hot tub multiple times.
~I made a corn, ham and potato chowder with some of the leftover ham.

~I froze lots of leftover soup and turkey for future meals.
~Our town had a free Spring Clean Up Day where they will take your big items clean out garbage for free.  We took advantage of that!
~I sent my mom home with homemade Turkey soup, homemade Zuppa Toscana soup, some venison, elk and moose meat, and grapes and cherry tomatoes.
~Tuesday I went to Goodwill after I finished working at MOPS and found a few things there.  I love when I can find brand new products in the HBA section that we need and use for a fraction of their retail price.  I spent $2.99 on a hair product that I use on a regular basis that retails for between $14-$16.  I also found some bug repellant spray (that we are going to need going camping next month), a body spray that I love, brand new candles, a shirt, permanent markers, a jar with a chalkboard label and a few other items.

~Wednesday I went to my favorite thrift store to drop off some donations and of course I found some things there too. ;)  With all the weight that I have unfortunately gained, I needed to find some capris that would fit me for this Summer.  I found 2 pairs at $3.47 each, 3 shirts (one was brand new with tags at $2.98 each), a shirt for Jeff on the clearance rack for .10, 2 cookbooks, a gorgeous framed picture, a Costco sized bag of paper cups for .99, a Tupperware divided server with lid for .99, a Bodum French Press large covered tea drinking glass (this will come in really handy for camping and hotel stays since you can also do coffee in it) for .99, a spatula that you use when cooking fish, a sippy cup for the new baby when he is ready to transition from bottles to cups, and a  complete sushi making kit with all the molds for .99.

~Walmart had some amazing markdowns in their gourmet cheese section.  I found both smoked gouda and regular gouda for half off or more.  I bought 2 of each!  They also had Stove Top stuffing marked down to .80 a box.  When I got to the register, 3 of the boxes rang up at .40 each (I had 3 of each of 2 different flavors).  I love to keep this on hand since we use it year round.

~Safeway had some really good deals on toilet paper for their 12 packs of double rolls.  I got the limit of 2 for $3.99 each.  I also stocked up on diced canned tomatoes at .38 each, some marked down green enchilada sauce (we use this a lot), pasta at .68 a box, and picked up some apples and salad that were on sale too.

~Thursday I stayed home to rest and get caught up on laundry (I was exhausted after my outing on Wednesday and did not sleep well that night since my son Chris, who is a police officer, was out trying to track down an escaped prisoner).  I had leftovers for lunch which made it easy and tasted delicious too).
~Two more loaves of bread were made.
~Thank goodness for backup appliances!  My blow dryer has decided to shut off randomly now.  I have 2 extra blowdryers on hand here.  One I was given and the other is a fold up on that I use when we travel.
~We received several more magazines in the mail.  Most of them are ones I got for my son Chris.
~My hubby has his bowling league on Thursday nights so it is just Doofy cat, Caesar dog and I at home.  I made myself a fruit and cheese platter for dinner with some of the smoked Gouda I got on sale, crisp Gala apple slices, some green grapes and some multigrain crackers.

~I got paid on Friday for working on Tuesday at MOPS.  That was fast!
~Jeff and I picked up 3 geranium plants for $2 each.  These 3 plants will fill up the planter that I keep near our front door.  I love being greeted by happy flowers all Spring and Summer long when I either open my door to leave or come home.
~I had leftovers for lunch on Friday.

   This weekend we are hoping to get the garden ready to plant if the weather cooperates with us.  I really want to get my cold weather crops in here soon.  Who knows we may even BBQ some steaks for dinner too.  Be blessed!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rachel and Baby Steven's Baby Shower

   Last Saturday we had a baby shower for our Rachel and baby Steven, who is due in May!  We are all so excited!  My mother made the 5 hour drive over for it and Rachel's mother, sister, cousins and one of her aunts made the 3 hour drive over for the combined family and a few close friends shower.  Our's was the second of three baby showers that people were throwing for her.  She and Jaysn have been so blessed by the outpouring of love for them from their co-workers, family and church.

   We had quite the spread of food!  Do you see that gorgeous cake?  Our very talented Heather made that...yes she did!  We are all urging her to make cakes for family and friends as a side business. ;)  My mother made the all the cookies, I made the brownies, Rachel's mother supplied the macadamia nuts, the decorations and some wrapped candy, and my mom and I made all the handmade candies and chocolate dipped strawberries.


We played games and I surprisingly won two of the games but did not take the prizes but had them give them to the runner ups. ;)  I had supplied the prizes from my gift closet so I definitely did not need any of them.  It was nice to be able to bless someone else with some nice smelling lotions and notecards and not have to break the bank to do it.

   After we played the games, it was time to enjoy that delicious cake and some of the other goodies.  Poor Rachel said the cake was too pretty to cut!  LOL!  The cake was a chocolate with chocolate chips in it too.  Rachel was in chocolate heaven!  She had requested a chocolate cake.  I tell you, those pregnancy cravings are a real thing!

Next came the gifts!  The gift table was filled to overflowing and we had to put some next to and under it.  I wish I had thought about getting a picture of it.  Oh, do you see that floral arrangement in the bottom picture that is next to Rachel's mother Joyce?  The "roses" are actually little baby socks folded to look like roses!  You can click on the picture to make it bigger if you want a closer look.  Cha Cha, Heather's aunt, made that for Rachel.  How cute right?  Oh they were so blessed with many outfits, two diaper bags, a bassinette, baby bath, lots of handmade blankets and quilts, money, baby care items, books, stuffed animals, and so much more.  I really wish my camera battery had not died so I could share more with you.  All in all, it really was a beautiful shower that took so many wonderful family members and friends coming together to plan, set up, decorate, bless and then tear down after the shower.  We had lots of goodies leftover so we gave some Jaysn and Rachel's church where we had the shower to share with their congregation the next morning at their Easter Sunrise Service and also had people that we at the shower fill up goodie bags to take home with them to enjoy later.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 4/8-4/14 2017


   I'm sorry I am so delayed in posting this but we were really busy getting ready for the baby shower on Saturday and visiting with family every night she was here.  It was a lot of fun and Rachel and Jaysn were so blessed with wonderful gifts for baby Steven. 😇 My mom left to go home Sunday and I spent the day on the couch.  I'm still tired but actually did get some good sleep last night.  Yes, I had some flares and crashes, but nowhere near how bad I thought it might be mainly because my husband, mother and rest of the family were very good about making me rest when needed.  I also got some closure on the difficult family situation and my mother was wonderful helping me talk through some things and her being very supportive.  I love my mom!  Anyway...onto the savings!

~Jeff and I finally got my hair cut.
~I have been wanting a new lighting fixture for the dining room so we stopped by the Habitat Resale Store and found a fixture there for $5 and bought 3 glass shades for $1 each. He already had the long electrical cord here that he added to it to make it reach the power source so he wired that in himself.
~Goodwill yielded light bulbs, a massager (that is what I went in looking for) and a DMI cable so we can hook the computer directly up to the TV and stream TV shows that way.

~I wrapped all the gifts for Steven's baby shower in recycled gift bags and tissue from the Dollar Tree.
~I fixed one of my favorite windchimes using clear fishing line.  I always keep some of that on hand because you can use it to fix so many things.  Did I mention that I also got it as a freebie?
~I froze the rest of the split pea soup that I had made earlier for some future meals.
~PinchMe let me get in on the free samples a bit early!  Yay!
~We hot tubbed several times to ease sore muscles.
~I used my credit that I earned mostly through Swagbucks at and got $95.25 off my
order.  I opted for free shipping for the entire thing.

~Breakfast for dinner is a favorite around here.  We meant to have it last week but did not get around to it.  This week we did.  Homemade pancakes with homemade syrups along with some Linguica sausage.  YUM!
~Banana peels were put around the rose bushes to help fertilize them.  Roses love banana peels.
~I watched some more TV shows online.
~Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day so I took advantage of that.  I washed Caesar's bedding and hung it out on the line to dry along with two fabric activity books that my mother had made for Jaysn and Josh when they were little (I already gave Chris his years ago for his boys).

~Two more loaves of bread were made.  I let them rise outside on the top of the hot tub cover to take advantage of the heat coming up from that and of the sun coming down through the hot tub enclosure roof.
~Going through my pantry, I found a multigrain salad mix so I cooked that up and added some quartered cherry tomatoes, diced celery and some diced red bell peppers to it.  Delicious and healthy!
~I watched several videos on YouTube about how to grow fruit trees from seed.
~The refrigerator got a good cleaning and I found some things that needed to be used up ASAP along with some things that just needed to be tossed. :(

~I used an old toothbrush to help get in the cracks and crevices of some kitchen appliances that I was cleaning.
~Wednesday morning I had coffee with a dear friend at the little coffee shop here in town.  Priceless to be able to get caught up with each other again. 😁
~Wednesday I did the grocery shopping and found some great deals on strawberries ($2.88 for 2 pounds), crackers ($1.49 a box), butter ($1.49 for your first 2 pounds), hams and turkeys.  Since the turkey was .59 a pound and a great national preseasoned brand, I bought it and changed my menu for this week.
~I cooked up the turkey when I got home from the store, got it all sliced up and ready to go for dinner on Thursday night when Chris, Heather and the boys were coming over to have dinner with us and my mom and then I made a huge stockpot full of Turkey Noodle Soup with the carcass.  It came out so thick and lovely!  I did however have to stay up pretty late so the soup could cool down enough for me to get it all put away. I was exhausted and really sore after doing all that but it saved me time and energy while my mom is here and we had the kids and grandkids over for meals

~My mom brought some of her silver serving trays over for us to put goodies out on at the baby shower.
~I skipped going to the thrift stores while I was in town to do the grocery shopping.  I did not have the energy to do that and get the shopping and cooking done.  Saved me some money.  Haha!
~I worked my points programs as much as time allowed.
~My mother and I made a Unicorn Cheesecake pie, peanut cluster candies, chocolate dipped strawberries and mint chocolate chip brownies.

~We watched the movie "Pete's Dragon" on Netflix with my mother since she had never seen it before.
~My mother, being the generous woman that she is, brought us over more of her homemade jams, jellies and fruit syrups.
~I cooked up the ham for dinner Friday night and served that with sliced baked sweet potatoes, salad and the Unicorn Cheesecake pie.

   Even with so much activity going on, I still managed to save a lot of money this week and am pretty darned proud of myself.  I have lots of leftover turkey and ham that will be used in other meals and some frozen too.  I love having all that cooked meat in the freezer!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peter Pan and Wednesday Morning Thoughts and Plans


   When my alarm went off this morning, I found myself in that strange place, you know the one.  Remember that line in Peter Pan where as Wendy and her brothers are going home she asks Peter where she will find him again and he says something to the effect of between sleep and waking up? That is where I am right now.  Somewhere between sleep and waking up.  Not a bad place to be honestly.

   The world is waking up and I can hear the cooing of the Mourning Doves along with the songs of the other little birds.  The sound of Mourning Doves takes me right back to my childhood and is so comforting.  It reminds me that I have a brand new day ahead of me and I get to choose to make of it what I want.  

    The rain is just beginning to gently fall and the sound of it pattering on the metal roof is another sound of comfort for me.  I was finally able to coax Caesar back up on the porch and out of the rain with the promise of some treats.  He, Doofy and I are slowly getting a start on our day and easing into it.  I think we are all happy to have the outdoor furniture set up again so we can all be out here together even if it is currently 48F.  Thank goodness for soft, fluffy and warm robes and hot coffee to sip on to keep me warm. 😉

   My plans for today are to meet a dear friend for coffee here in town in about 45 minutes.  We are meeting at the little coffee shop that one of my sweet neighbors owns.  Donna and I have not had a chance to get caught up in ages and I miss her.  We homeschooled our kids together for 9 years, taught at the Homeschool Co-op that we helped organize, our kids were in a Praise and Worship band together and we even took a vacation and bonded over tetanus shots after stepping on rusty carpet tacks.  We've been there for each other as our children grew up, got married (not to each other), two of our children got divorced, devastating miscarriages, joyful births of grandchildren and both of us with major health issues.  We are the kind of friends that can months or even years without seeing each other  but will pick right back up where we left off.  We are also the kind of friends that would drop just about everything to be there for each other if needed.  Those kinds of friendships are rare and I treasure mine with Donna.

    Well I see that I have 2 minutes before I need to hop in the shower and get ready to go.  I'm looking forward to spending time with Donna and then it's off to get the shopping done so that I have everything I need for Steven's baby shower and to feed my crew that will be here starting tomorrow when my mom arrives.  I love knowing that soon most of my loved ones will be here together again. Hopefully it will not be that long before my dad and brother Fritz an come for a visit also. 😊  Be blessed!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Doofy is Excited to See His Tutu Later this Week

      Doofy was busy "helping" me get the guest bedroom ready and the bed made for my Mom's visit later this week.   He refused to get off the bed so I could make it until I told him that Tutu was coming.

   He promptly hopped up in the window and began looking for her. 😁  He then looked back at me as if to say "Liar, my Tutu is not out there".  Poor baby has no concept of time and does not realize that this Thursday does not mean now.  Tutu is one of his very favorite people and they have a sweet and close relationship.  He loves to cuddle and sleep with her (abandoning me) when she is here.  We do have to check and make sure that he is still here after she leaves because I have a feeling she would take him home with her if her cat would be nice about it and that he would be more than happy to go with her. ;)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 4/1-4/7 2017


   I keep a running list throughout the week for this weekly wrap up and add to it daily.  It's funny because with my lovely brain, I frequently forget what I have done all week long.   I have to say, despite having a rough week healthwise, I did get a lot done and saved us money in the process.

~We don't get regular network TV and my hubby wanted to watch the Final Four Basketball game on Saturday.  Luckily we are taking care of our neighbor's home and pets while they are away so we were able to watch it there (with their permission of course) and spend time giving lots of love and attention to the fur babies.  Go Zags!!!! ☝
~Saturday I cooked up 6 venison burgers and popped open a jar of my cousin Jeremy's homemade tomato chutney to put on my burger.  OMGoodness that stuff is delicious!  I also had some of my homemade squash pickles with it along with some grapes.  The hubby decided that he just wanted to have 2 cheeseburgers and call it good. 😉

~Sunday Jeff sorted through and purged our pantry again.  In the process, he found lots of things that I knew I had but could not find since he had moved things around since the last time I organized it.  He is of the mindset of "if it fits, it sits" where I am more of the "let's keep similar things together so I can find them easily" kind of person.
~While sorting through and purging our pantry, we set aside some canned goods for our oldest son and his wife since we know he loves the canned stews and we no longer eat them.
~Jeff built some more shelves for me in our pantry with materials that we already had on hand.
~Sunday Jeff and I ran into town and I treated him to dinner after all his hard work cleaning out the pantry.  We went to Taco Time and got their $5 deals that had 5 items including a drink.  We brought home one of the burritos and Jeff had that Monday.

~While in town we also stopped at Goodwill.  I was looking for one of those big glass jar drink dispensers or another glass pitcher to use at the baby shower.  Low and behold they had another pitcher that matches the one I already have and it was brand new with all the tags still on it.  I did pay $5.99 for it but it is something that I will be using again and again.  I also found a few other things there that I had been looking for including some Wilton small treat bags.  I use these to package up homemade treats for the holidays.
~We watched a movie we borrowed from the library.
~I cashed in at Swagbucks for another $40 in gift cards.
~More supplements and vitamins were ordered through Vitacost going through the link at Swagbucks.  I was also able to find 2 codes that knocked an additional $10 off my order and I got free shipping.

~I was able to snag a free subscription to Bowhunting magazine for my son Chris.
~Monday I got some split pea soup going in the crockpot about mid day using some of the split peas my hubby found while redoing the pantry over the weekend.  I knew I had some split peas somewhere. ;)  This was perfect because I found myself dealing with low energy and sore muscles so much so that Jeff helped me get the carrots peeled.  I needed to be really careful and rest since I was scheduled to work Tuesday morning.
~Jeff continues to part out his old car and get the parts stored away to use on his newer car when needed.

~I was able to find the Gonzaga vs NC National Basketball Championship game streaming live online Tuesday. 👍
~Tuesday I worked in the morning and then went directly to my oldest son's place after that.  I resisted the urge to stop and get lunch on the way over.  I just skipped lunch and enjoyed my visit with our Rachel and her sister and later my son. :)
~I've been doing more research online about way to help with my CFS and Fibromyalgia. I also research who had the cheapest but still quality supplements that I needed at the best prices.
~We are trying to eat out of the fridge, freezer and pantry as much as possible.

~I cooked up some more of those free Chicken Fried Steaks that we were given.  This is one of my hubby's favorites.  I served it with mashed potatoes and some free to us green beans.
~Jeff picked up some more movies and books from the library for us.
~Thursday I made 2 loaves of Oatmeal bread and 3 loaves of Banana bread.  I gave one of the loaves of banana bread to our neighbor who had a medical procedure the day before.
~We hot tubbed to ease our aching muscles.
~I watched more TV shows online.

~We received some free samples and magazines in the mail.
~Jeff moved our cars to the far end of the driveway away from the big tree just in case the high winds knocked down some branches or the entire tree.
~I was so tempted to just order something from the tavern for dinner on Friday but we decided to just do a snacky type dinner instead and save the money.
~Swagbucks and MyPoints were worked as much as I could this week.

   As I finish up this post on Saturday morning, we are having a rain/snow mix outside.  This is typical weather for this time of year but I was really hoping to be able to get outside and work in the garden today.  Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be better and we can get started on that.  I really want to get my spinach and peas in.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DITL During a Mild Fibro and CFS Flare


   I thought I would share how a day in my life when I am having both a mild Fibro and CFS flare is like.  Now mind you, this is a minor flare where I am able to get a few things done, even though I am tired and hurting all over. When I have a major flare, I am completely useless and even getting out of bed or off the couch is a major undertaking that wears me out and really hurts like the dickens.  *I just had to retype that last sentence because of brain fog and my dyslexia kicking in.  The words were all there, but they were a bit jumbled.  Maybe I should have just left it the way it was so you can get a glimpse into how my brain's scary in there. 😋  **I just wanted to add that I am in pain every day, flare days are just days where the pain is worse.

   One of the main problems that both CFS and Fibro share is trouble sleeping.  With CFS, you are exhausted but you frequently can't get to sleep, stay asleep or get back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night.  With Fibromyalgia, the pain, restless legs and shooting pains in your feet (and sometimes hands too) along with a stiff neck and not being able to find a comfortable position to sleep in keeps you awake.  Both were happening last night to me and I finally dozed off around 4 a.m.   I knew I was in trouble before I finally fell asleep. Even the cat curled up next to me hurt and the heat coming off his body were throwing me into hot flashes.  My husband got home around 6 a.m. from work and that woke me up.  I dozed off and on for another 1 1/2 hours and then got up since I had a friend coming over.

   As I slowly got up out of bed, my body ached all over but especially my back, arms, neck and my rib cage.  I have a very comfortable bed, so it is not the problem, my Fibro flare is.  I got the coffee going and took my probiotics, let the fur babies out on the back porch (the dog did not want to go out in the yard at that point) and planned out my day.  I sipped on coffee, laid down on the couch for a bit and then got busy working on my points programs.  That is where my friend found me when she came over.  She could tell I was in pain, so we had a short but nice visit and I told her that I was going to try to get some Banana Bread made later to bring to her son who had a major medical procedure done yesterday.

   About an hour later, I got up off the couch and got 2 loaves of Oatmeal Bread dough going in the Kitchenaid.  Halfway through adding the ingredients, my mind went blank and I had to retrace my steps and pray that I could recognize exactly what I had and had not added to the mixing bowl already.  I finally got that done and rising and then started on the 3 loaves of Banana Bread.  I did not have the strength to lift the flour bucket and bring it into the kitchen, so I made multiple trips back and forth and lost count of how many cups of flour I had already added.  I was also doubling the recipe and forgot how to do simple math apparently but finally got it all figured out (I regularly double the recipe but today I could not do the math in my head).  I got that done and popped it into the oven while the Oatmeal bread dough rose on the pellet stove.  By this time I was really sore so I did some stretches hoping that would help.  It only made the pain worse and I got nauseous  and I had to sit down again for awhile.

   I thought the hot tub would help with the pain so I went out to adjust the chemicals and get it heating up.  Lifting the lid to do that was a major undertaking (it is an easy one to lift but when I am flaring, everything is hard to do).  I finally got all that done just in time to get the Banana Bread out of the oven and pop the Oatmeal Bread in.  I grabbed some leftovers for lunch and heated those up and got the meat all cut up in the kitchen since I knew there was no way I could do it with my fork since I was now at the point of losing what little strength I had left in my hands.  My son Josh called while I vegged out on the couch and we had a nice visit.  This is where Jeff found me at 1:00 p.m. when he got up.  Every muscle in my body was stiffening up by this time.

   Right before I was going to go and check to see if the hot tub was ready, I got a phone call from a former guest of the resort that my father managed for years in Hawaii.  The resort was heavily damaged and shut down after the tsunami that hit it about 6 years ago now.  It finally has new owners that want to repair and revitalize it and bring it back to the way it once was. This particular guest is working with the new owners gathering information on what it is that made it such a special and unique place that was unequalled anywhere else in the world.  It was nice to talk to him and he remembers me from both our childhood cool is that?  He told me he was now a writer and after we hung up, I Googled him.  Turns out he is has had 2 best sellers.  I'm very happy that he has found that kind of success in life.  And no, I won't share his name...I still protect the privacy of the guests as I was raised to do and was one of the things that made the resort unique. 😉

   Jeff and I hot tubbed and it did help with my aching muscles for awhile.  Chris then called, and we had a nice visit.  Jeff and I got out the calendar and planned his vacation time and got that called into the office of the company he works for.  Jeff then headed out for his bowling league and our neighbor came over to get his banana bread that I made for him.  I worked on my points programs and read some blogs, commented on some and updated my own.

   The last few hours before I headed to bed was to watch some videos on Youtube.  I love the diversity of the videos that I can watch there.  Praying that I get some sleep tonight and that the cat will calm down.  Right now the house is his personal racetrack.  Spring Fever is real!    

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Catch Up and a Bit of This and a Bit of That

    I'm still in the midst of a CFS and Fibro Crash but I am feeling better than I was.  Today I have gone backwards a bit, but I pushed myself too hard yesterday and the weather has changed to being stormy and that always affects me.  My sweet hubby brought me some ibuprofen and water to me in bed this morning because my head hurt so badly and my body was aching.  That allowed me to go back to sleep for another 2 hours, which was desperately needed.

   Speaking of CFS and Fibromyalgia, I have been doing more research and am adjusting my diet, trying to reduce stress in my life and I ordered some other supplements that have been shown to help some people with these two conditions.  I'm back on good probiotics and am hoping that helps get the Chronic Yeast Overgrowth back under control again.  

   As for the stress level, the extended family drama reared it's ugly head yet again over the weekend and early this week.  What surprised me was my reaction to it all though.  Instead of getting majorly worked up about it since other family members had been hurt and one of the stunts was also designed to hurt us, I found myself feeling bad that the others had been hurt but as for me, I just didn't care anymore.   I've only reached this point a few other times in my life where someone who used to mean so much to me has hurt me to the point where I just want nothing to do with them and write them off. It takes a lot to get me there since I am a person who gives you chance after chance.  It's sad that it has come to this but it honestly came as a huge relief to know that I am finally to the point where I can walk away without feeling any "obligation" or guilt. 

   My March Grocery Challenge to myself went really well. 😊  I managed to keep us at about $170 for the month and that was with stocking up on coffee when we found it at a fantastic price.  I'm trying again this month to keep things low if at all possible.  Given that the salad greens have been really expensive and not of good quality at the stores for the past few weeks, we have cut that out of our budget for now saving us about $30.  I can't wait to be growing salad greens here at home again.  I am going to try and get some started here in a pot this weekend since if is too early to start them out in the garden which still needed to be weeded and turned over anyway.  Jeff went through our pantry and we purged big time.  Some things had to be tossed out and other things, that we will not eat are being given to friends and family that will or donated to a food bank.  I now know where things are and it is better organized that it had been.

   Our son Chris called me this morning and was excited to tell me that he got to scratch something off his "bucket list" early this morning.  Chris is a police officer and is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT who is well trained.  He has been able to help save lives multiple times and this morning, he got to help bring a new baby boy into the world.  The mom was in active labor and he helped deliver the baby, catching him as he made his grand entrance into the world.  I could hear the excitement and passion for this in my son's voice and I am so happy that he had this experience.  Chris is a father of two sons who were delivered by c-section so this was a whole new experience for him.  I am so proud of him! 😊

   Yesterday I stopped by Jaysn and Rachel's after I left my work with the MOPS program.  Rachel's sister Michelle came up on her Spring Break (she is a teacher) to help get the nursery ready for baby Steven.  The girls were busy getting ready to paint the bedroom a really pretty sky blue color when I arrived.  They had me "supervise" while they painted. 😉  They are so cute and protective of me and knew I was still "flaring".  We had a great visit and got some things figured out for the baby shower in 1 1/2 weeks.  My oldest son Jaysn got home from work and we had a short visit before I had to leave.  He is putting in lots of overtime trying to get money socked away since Rachel will be home to get ready to have the baby and will be staying home after that until she can find a part time job where she and Jaysn will do what Jeff and I did working different hours so that someone can be home with the kids and not in daycare full time.  I looked at my son who was clearly tired but determined and who was out changing the lightbulb in his car's headlight (something that his father has always done for him in the past) and was filled with such love and pride for this soon to be daddy.

   We also have had some wonderful visits via phone and SKYPE with our son Josh who is quickly becoming the liaison between his new Air Force flight squad and the Army. building relationships there so they can do some joint exercises together.  He did some exercises with the Army the other day learning more about what they are doing and their emergency tactics.  He loved being able to fly over the Capitol in the Blackhawks again seeing the beauty of all the cherry trees in bloom at the National Plaza from a completely different view.  I am so happy that he is getting those experiences and further building more connections with other people who have chosen to serve our country as he has.  Proud Air Force mom here. 😊

   Jeff and I have been looking at our calendar as it quickly fills up for the next few months.  To be perfectly honest, most of our weekends are getting booked up and I think we need to sit down and decided what we can cut out.  I know that I will be overwhelmed with so much activity and Jeff will not get enough rest.  I want us to be able to enjoy life and our kids and grandkids and not be torn in too many directions, even by good things.   Time to start saying "No" to good things as well as bad. That is not an easy thing for me to do but it is one that needs to be done for both our sakes.  Yes, I am learning, albeit slowly.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 3/25-3/31 2017


Green beans (free) and BBQed pulled Pork (sale pork loin) on hamburger buns (free).

If you read my last post before this one, you know that it has been a rough two weeks for me health wise and that really took a toll on my emotions too.  I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me, prayed for me and who encouraged me.  It really meant so much to both my husband and I.  That being said, I did not do a lot to save money this week other than stay home for the most part.  There were things I had planned on doing, but did not have the energy or strength to do and that's ok.  I am going to give myself grace.  I am hoping to get to them this next week.

Jeff changing the brake pads on his car.

~Jeff worked on replacing the brake pads on his new car.  He took the good brake pads off his old car (since they had been replaced shortly before the car died) and used those.  I am so glad his new car and his old car are the same model so that the parts can be taken off the old one and used on the new one.
~I put a lot of time into my points programs this week.
~I gave Jeff a much needed haircut on Monday.

A loaf of homemade banana bread.

~We have lots of elk and venison burger in the freezer that needs to be used up.  I went through the refrigerator and found some tortillas that were nearing the end of their "usefulness".  I made a sour cream enchilada type casserole using plain yogurt in place of sour cream.  Very good! 😀
~We watched the movie "Mr. Church" that we borrowed from the library.  If you have not seen it, you really should!
~Winco had a great deal on their pork loin for $1.39 a pound. I bought a package of two.

Pulled BBQed Pork.

I cooked up the pork loin roasts in the crockpot with some BBQ sauce and shredded it.  I froze half of it for another meal later.  I had made enough for 3 meals total but my hubby decided that it was just too good to have to wait for a second meal. 😉
~Three loaves of banana bread were made.  I gave one of the loaves to our sweet hanai sister Shannon.
~We borrowed some more movies and a book from the library.
~Two more loaves of oatmeal bread were made.
~Our volunteer work was this week.  Jeff went down and did it for us on Thursday because I am still in a tailspin emotionally and physically from this Fibro flare.  We got lots of free groceries too.
~I was missing my childhood home and the beauty of the music and sea which has always been healing for me.  I found this music and "movie" of Hawaii on YouTube and have been watching it.  It has helped calm and renew my soul.

Music and scenes from Hawaii to sooth my soul via YouTube.

~Sometimes a girl just needs comfort food.  Artichokes are that for me and I found a great deal on a 4 pack of them at Trader Joe's.  I finally cooked them up and enjoyed them both hot and cold.
~Shannon gave me some Starbuck's specialty coffee.  Nothing like a good cup of coffee!
~With this latest Fibro flare being so bad, I have been doing more research on it from a supplements, nutrition and gentle stretching and yoga standpoint.
~More homemade Zuppa Toscana soup was pulled from the freezer and eaten for dinner one night.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana pulled from the freezer and reheated for dinner on a night when I was way too tired and sore to cook.

~A dress that I had at a local consignment store finally sold.  That was a $22.50 profit.  I'll take it!
~We stopped at Safeway to get some Halo mandarins that were on sale and that I also had a coupon for.  I spent $2.49 for 3 pounds of mandarins.  While we were there I also found a huge bag of Safeway's house brand of dog food for half off so I bought that since we will need more here soon. In addition to that I bought some corned beef from the deli that was marked at half off.  I had been craving a good corned beef sandwich and had the rye bread at home in the freezer.  This was I will have several sandwiches for half the price I would have paid for one sandwich at a restaurant.
~Jeff and I are both craving burgers so I pulled some venison burger out of the freezer to thaw.  I'll make burgers for dinner Saturday night using some of the free hamburger buns that we got.

Books and movies borrowed from the library this week.

~I spent one day this week with my grandsons.  I had not seen them in about 2 weeks and it was so nice to be able to play, read with, do school with  and just spend time cuddling with them both.
~While in town on Friday to deposit Jeff's paycheck, he asked me if I wanted to go to the thrift store and I told him no.  We have a bunch of our bills that come in quarterly coming out of this paycheck and that makes money a bit tight.  I have done a lot of thrift store shopping over the past 2 weekends so I am good for now. ;)
~I cut a bunch of coupons that I got out of the free ads paper.

   So there it all is, not a huge list this week or huge savings but every little bit counts.  I am planning on taking more things to the consignment store to sell since Spring is now here and I have some more dresses and a few purses that I am hoping will sell.  We shall see.  It doesn't cost me anything to try. ;)