Thursday, March 19, 2015

My littlest sunshine

It's been a hard week so far (yes, I know, first world problems)...finding out I sprained my neck in accident and perhaps pinched a nerve and being told by doctor to go down to 30 hrs/wk (from 45-55). Lots of pain from overdoing it the past three days.

Then I found out the guy that caused the accident was not insured. He took out a policy, but didn't make a payment so it was cancelled. This is actually good because my benefits under State Farm are better than they would have been under his. But my car is still not fixed because they keep missing spots and it's been over two weeks that they have had it for minor work.

And then when I got home yesterday after my first 6 hrs day turned into 7.5 hrs and counting, this was waiting for me. Suddenly all the other stuff just faded away, and I remembered its all about joy. I dare you to look at my littlest sunshine, Alyssa Jane, now 8 months, and not smile!
You're welcome. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crash, slide, crash!

So, I have always said when we get our "inclement weather" here that it doesn't matter if you personally know how to drive in it or's all the crazy yahoos that don't.

In their defense, they don't get much practice as this happens maybe once a year. But all us northern folk know the number one rule: fight your instinct and do NOT slam on your brakes. Ruben V in his red car didn't get the message and slid right into me. I'm just VERY glad I was in the left most lane and so I didn't slide into another car, I hit the guardrail.

The car doesn't look that bad. My neck/shoulders head are a bit different. Excuse the crude drawing below. This same triangle has been a sore spot for 11-12 years since car accidents back then that never healed right. This time, I re-injured the same area and added a new symptom: tingling fingers. It's very uncomfortable, but I know it could be a lot worse. My medical massage therapist/HHP is helping me and the goal is to get this all under control soon.

After dealing with the body shop and two different rental car companies today, let me just say that customer service is a lost art!

Tonight we are getting freezing precip again, so I know someone that will not be eager to get on the roads for the potential to wreck a car registered to Enterprise!

Be careful out there, everyone!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 21

So, it never dawned on me that there would be "an app for that" to fix the issues I was having being unable to post from my iPad!

There is quite a bit to catch up on, but the most significant is this...I have been gluten free for 21 days. After the initial withdrawal symptoms, my headaches have been a lot better. I have been casein (milk protein) free for several months and that has helped as well.

I was inspired to try gluten free because a number of people I know had done it and had found relief from their migraines. The biggest reason is that my HHP recommended it. Also, my cousin (whose migraines land her in the ER because the symptoms are indistuishable from stroke) gave me this book to borrow. This neurologist had migraines and stumbled on this diet that is similar to Paleo and Trim & Healthy Mama, from what I understand. This book helped me understand so much about headaches and how our bodies process food.

Because I am on so many different prescriptions for different things, I am trying to be very scientific about the changes and so my first step in this ancestral diet Dr. Turknett recommends was removing gluten. It has been a big step, but it has been good. The next step will be sugar, but that will be harder and I've learned I need to time the initial withdrawal period so that the reaction happens at a time when missing work wouldn't stress me out a lot. So I'm thinking next month.

In any event, the biggest thing of all is that with this and some other work I'm doing for my overall health, my attitude towards food in general is changing and that is huge! 

This book is a quick read and I recommend it to anyone with headaches!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So, this happened...



Since my computer - even the Dell - will no longer load any pictures - I cannot show you the very clever graphic of how they have designed "National" so that the capital "A" is an "8" because we (Ohio State) has won in our program's history, now 8 national championships.  However, because this was the first ever College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, they are also showing graphic of "OH1O" State where the "I" in Ohio is changed to a "1".

I wish I could load the graphic.  Instead, here are the links to the shirts I ordered.  I always order the morning after the game for maximum availability and then I return the ones I don't like.

"OH1O State"


I also liked this one:

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by my team.  We have this uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as my father would say!  We turned the ball over to Oregon four times and yet still won.  The number one rule in football is hold on to the ball.  The number two rule is refer to rule number one!  We typically get up on these national stages of huge bowl games or something and then roll over and play dead, or another team comes out in our uniforms (or costumes as a 7 yr old I know calls them!) pretending to be us!

However, we did beat Oregon and we beat them by 21 points, so that is decisive.  And I can't wait until my box of shirts comes so I can pick out the ones(s) I'm going to keep.  This is the one I kept from my Sugar Bowl champs order:


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Great promises for a New Year

So, I hope the one or two of you that read this had a great time celebrating our Savior's birth. 

I would post more often, but I can't post from my iPad, and I can only post on the work computer because Blogger doesn't seem to like to find pictures from the iPad, and what is a post really without pictures?  :)

I am working on a cross-stitched picture for my youngest niece, Miss Alyssa Jane.  For her sister, Kaelynn, I did the priestly blessing in Numbers 6.  For baby Alyssa, I chose one of my favorite verses, Zephaniah 3:17. 

Of all the times and in all the translations I have read this verse, it never really dawned on me that this verse is a promise.  I have finished the below and needed to move the hoop (that keeps the material taunt so the stitches are even and smooth).  I looked at what was there and thought, "wow, I'm so glad He is."

Then after I had been working a couple days more, I saw the actions - The Lord..He is...He will..He will...He will".  Our God is not passive-aggressive.  He is a God of action.  Sometimes it might seem like He's letting a situation fester, or the evil win out, but the Bible is clear in other places that He is righteous and holy and vengeance is His.

I think maybe that's the best promise we could have for 2015: The Lord is with us (Emanu-El).  Facing tough job decisions?  The Lord is with you.  Health concerns?  The Lord is with you.  Relationship issues?  The Lord is with you.

He is with you.
He is for you.
He will take your hand,
He will quiet your heart,
He will never leave.
He will. He will.  He will.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What it's all about

One of our traditions in the M family is that my Dad would read the Christmas story from Luke's gospel on Christmas morning before we would open our presents. I just came from the first Christmas Eve service I can remember where my Dad wasn't there, because he was in too much pain to sit that long. (He had spinal fusion surgery in April.)

It's been a hard year. But praise God, He cares about Dad, about you, about me. The first glimpses of that in human form came in the form of a helpless baby. Here it is, what this season is all about...

1 At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 3 Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.4 Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. 5 He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, 6 and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. 7 She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.The Shepherds and the Angels8 There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. 9  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, 10 but the angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. 11 This very day in David's town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord! 12 And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!”15 When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. 17 When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. 18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. 19 Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. 20 The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.--Luke 2:1-20 | GNT

Merry CHRISTmas!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, K!

So this goofy Cinderella Ballerina, with this face, has gotten me through the past few hard weeks:

Whenever she is asked to hold her sister's hand, she actually holds her tiny arm, right above the hand, like this (notice the same face; no idea where this came from - haven't seen it before or since - but it's made my day many times!)

Then, this past weekend, she had her THIRD birthday party. Her day is actually the 28th, but that's a holiday weekend, so I think they went with something easier to get the friends and family out to.  Here is the guest of honor posing for Mommy:

Then here she is, walking down the sidewalk to her party.  I just love the look of wonder and joy on her face:

Happy 3rd birthday, sweet goofy K.  You have weathered this past year and all the big, big changes, very well and Aunt Sarah is so proud of you.  You are a very good big sister and are such a big girl - no more be-be (pacifier) and no more diapers! You are in a big girl bed and are in the big girl classroom at school. 
Time goes by so quickly.  It seems like just the other day you were as little as "baby 'Lyssa" (as you call her).  I hope you always approach life as you do now - 100% full speed ahead, ready for any and all adventures! I love you so much!  You were my very first favorite redhead! (shhh!  Don't tell Mommy!)  :)

Aunt Sarah :)