Monday, August 30, 2010

Amazing, but true!

Well, those of you who know me know that I've been struggling with my weight for the past year or so.  I've been really diligent about what I eat since moving in with Eric.  In addition, despite not exercising at Slimmons, I've had a lot of physical activity just unpacking boxes.  My weight has gone down 6 pounds, but deep inside I thought that it just wasn't good enough.  Not given my calorie intake and my daily exercise.

I saw Dr. Bluestone last week about the swelling in my legs, intense fibromyalgia pain, and the fact that we could not move forward with my experimental infusion until all of this was under control.  It turns out, unbeknownst to me, that Advil is not just bad for my GI issues (which had grown intensely worse since the pain began because I was popping it many times a day despite the fact that I knew it was bad for me), but also it causes water retention.  Hence the amazing swelling of my legs and arms to a lesser degree.  Dehydrated and water retention all at the same time!  With the change in medication, my legs have been slowly going down,and despite a large home infusion of fluids, my weight has remained steady for the past several days.

But today was the absolute kicker.  During our appointment, Dr. Bluestone drew blood.  The results came back Friday and we played phone-tag all afternoon.  We finally spoke this morning.  And the diagnosis?  Every overweight person's dream.  I have a SLOW THYROID!

OMG!  Not only does that explain a lot, but it also gives me yet another pill, taken legitimately, that may help me get these pounds back off again!  Who wouldn't be happy about this development?  I'm dancing with glee at the moment.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pick Up Lines

Hey Baby, if I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?

What's your sign? 

I got wheels and cash in my pocket.  Looking for a good time?

Baby you can drive my car.

Helllllloooooooooo BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at the size of my feet!

I'm Bond.  James Bond.

"Operation Write Home" Home Grown Pride!

Last Memorial Day, Adele hosted our family (although we weren't living together yet) and her own for an Operation Write Home card making party.  Adele learned of Operation Write Home through a pen pal of hers who was stationed in, I believe, Iraq and had come home intact only to suffer a massive car accident with life changing injuries.  The woman became very involved with this organization because she knew first hand how much it meant to our service people stationed overseas.

Many of them would like to use traditional pen-and-paper to communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.  After all, while e-mail is a fabulous tool, there is nothing like a letter received in the mail sent with good thoughts and care to make you feel good.  But the problem was there was not an ample supply of stationary in Iraq for our service people to write on.  Without the resources to provide it to them, they went without.

Ergo, Operation Write Home.  In essence, it is a grass roots organization that is spreading across the country.  The premise is simple.  Volunteers create cards in various categories and ship them to central points where they are sorted, packed, and sent to various military posts around the world.  They provide the envelopes, we provide the card-making materials, the creativity, and the fun.  Every card is signed by it's maker so that our men and women in leading roles know that the cards were made just for them, and not mass produced.  How special is that?

At any rate, Adele hosted her card making party, I took photographs, she shipped the cards off to wherever it is she sends them, and we moved on.  (I note that Adele has taken this enterprise to the next level, organizing a scrap booking meet-up group that she belongs to into making cards once a month and also sponsoring card making parties with various family members and friends.  I think her latest shipment of cards numbered over 500+.)

Operation Write home is an extremely organized group with an extensive web site, details about the cards and how they are to be made (no glitter that might come off on uniforms and give away positions and night, for example), packed, and sent.  Addtionally, they encourage sponsors to write "Any Hero" cards; letters of support to our heros who might not be receiving mail from home or might need an emotional boost.  I would encourage you to visit them, and see what they are about and up to.

But one feature that especially caught our attention is their Blog.  It is a regular publication which we receive via e-mail.

Now keep in mind that I have not been good about keeping up this blog because of too much work to do, but imagine our surprise when this particular blog showed up at the beginning of the month:

(Click on image to enlarge)

Well, if you looked at the pictures I provided the link for above, you might recognize this particular card.  It was made by Miles!  We were flabergasted...  Miles was suddenly famous.  But the organizers did not know who the card was made by; they simply came across it in a group of pictures that "Sandy" had on file and thought it was cute enough to feature.  Adele brought it to our attention before we had even seen it ourselves, and Eric immediately contacted Operation Write Home to let them know the origins of the card.  The next day, this appeared in their blog:

Yup!  That's the picture of Miles holding the very card that he made that suddenly catapulted him into fame!

Of course, Miles wants to know where the money is now that he is famous.  He and I are talking about Karma a lot lately; how when you do good things with no expectation of a reward, other good things come back to you.  He's seen it in action as we've fitted out his very first bedroom alone and have been looking for items that we know he'd enjoy.  He's also seen it in action as he is having all sorts of other good things and love bestowed upon him.  And now another chance to bring in good Karma is coming.

Adele has set up two more card-making parties over the Veterans Day holiday.  On September 11, one of them will be held right here in our new home.  We are especially excited about this one as it's dedicated to "Any Hero" cards in which we will write our own messages of support.  I can hardly wait to see what we all come up with.  More pictures to follow...  and maybe we'll make some small picture print-outs of Miles (and the rest of us) to attach to the back of our cards for our service people to enjoy along with his (our) art, just so they know exactly who they are receiving their notes from.  I'm thinking maybe this photo would be a good one of Miles to bring a smile to their faces:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good Morning, I"m Back...

At least in a minimal way.  Things have been ultra-crazy since joining forces with Eric & his family; our new home, while absolutely fabulous, has a lot of issues to be addressed aside from - ahem - a somewhat shady past.

Some of the kids are more cooperative than others; none of them really know how to help appropriately.  We're working on that.

There is going to be a lot to tell both here and on my Marriage Blog over the next few weeks; hopefully I'll have the time to start writing again.  But just for today, I'm going to start back up with a commitment to one of my artist's community and tell you about a shop of fine alpaca fiber crafts.



This weeks Featured Artisan is MoonSong Ranch! Beautiful Creations by a very talented Artisan!

Moonsong Ranch Handmade Alpaca Fashion products include felt nuno scarves, western style hats, purses, cases, knitted scarves and many other unique gift items




You can Find MoonSong Ranch at:


I hope that you enjoy looking at this shop and I'll make every attempt to put something up tomorrow more personal.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Evolution of Time

... and they said that aging was not a good thing ...

Sometimes I'm still amazed at the changes in my life.


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