Monday, August 21, 2017

Just being me... on Monday!

It is so HOT outside today I am staying inside and finding lots keep me busy in the cool air. I have been purging my closets, pantry, kitchen cabinets and more.  I loaded three bags to donate and am working on a fourth.
I want to share as others
have shared with me. 

I am in the fall season of my life and my body is changing. With my fibromyalgia, most clothes irritate my skin and cause it to burn, so comfortable cotton clothes is a way to keep pain away. If you are a regular reader then you know my favorite piece of clothing is my white cotton socks.  I wear them every minute that I am home. They work better than a tylenol for my burning skin pain caused by fibromyalgia. It is sometimes called neuropathy and is much worse in my feet and hands. I just put those socks on and my entire body feels better.

Sometimes the answer can be so simple!

I am ready for soups, stews, roasts, chicken noodles home made bread and meat loaf. I am also a sweet eater, it runs in my family, thank you granny (she made the BEST pie crust I have ever tasted). Yesterday I made a deep dish blackberry cobbler from very large berries my Uncle had given to me.  I also have frozen blueberries that my cousin brought back from her trip to Michigan. I have been eating them as a snack, one handful at a time, in my quest to eat better.

Cooking for me, is a way to relax and enjoy my life, it takes my stress away, and sharing these goodies makes my heart feel good.  I buy to-go-boxes from Sams Club in various sizes to share with family and friends.  I get them in small and large sizes for single servings or complete meals. I used to use my plastic bowls (also known as tupperware, rubbermaid, etc) but I got tired of chasing them down and trying to get them returned. My brother is not so good at returning these bowls and in return always buys me several packs for Christmas. Now I don't worry about getting them back and I can even write messages on the lid. 

Sometimes those messages are funny descriptions
of what is inside or just
a sweet reminder of how much
I love and appreciate each of them.

We have been having fun lately, with a couple of trips to watch the Springfield Cardinals play baseball while staying at Kdaughters new home. Her husband is a great cook and professional bass fisherman. He treated us to a meal of fresh caught Crappie with all of the sides. We also have taken several "day trips" into Arkansas allowing me to visit one of my favorite stores Home Goods and eat at some Mom and Pop diners, a rarity these days. We also just got back from Memphis, a trip that is always relaxing and full of laughter.

Laughter is contagious!

I always enjoy reading "Happy Homemaker Monday" on Laura is an inspiration to me. Laura share how she does normal things through her week that help her family budget. Since reading her blog, I have started keeping track of ways I could save money and time. Now it is a regular entry in my daily journal and I have been surprised how my saving has benefited me in many different ways. Her battle with cancer is REAL on her blog. Laura is brave, caring, and a great writer. If you are not a follower, pop over and take a look, and say a prayer for that cancer to be gone from her body and her body to be healed.

This past week we had to say goodbye to our Tater Pie, our cat of 16 years. It was a very sad day, but I just let myself feel sad, shared a few tears, and let the emotions run their course.  I didn't talk on the phone for two days. Talking about it out loud made it hurt more so I didn't. The quiet days actually felt good, grieving her loss gave me some much needed rest.

I still feel sad, so I can't imagine what it feels like to lose a husband as is BJ over at  blog. I pray for her and light a candle for everyone who is living the pain that cancer causes.

Please say a prayer
think a positive thought for those hurting right now.

I have been learning about social media lately too. Apparently my recent surge in questionable followers was coming from Instagram. I am no longer linked to it from this blog and my blog is no longer linked on instagram. I still don't know what happened, but it has stopped, and for that I am grateful. Thank you to everyone who posted comments on my last post about this, your suggestions and encouraging words helped me very much.

Thank you!

Well, the eclipse is over at our house. I made a viewing box from an old shoebox and I watched it from our back patio. The cows stayed sitting in a group under the pecan and walnut trees, the duck stayed hidden in the weeds along the creek, and the cat and birds didn't sway from their normal routine. I even saw a muskrat. So now, I will return to my normal routine too, the dryer buzzer just went off.

Have a grateful Day!


  1. Thanks for the comment about the frying pan I'm glad to know it works. I will pass along the information about the cotton clothing and the White Sox I have several friends that have neuropathy and or fibromyalgia so that is good to know. I watch the eclipse on TV but would rather have seen what you saw the cows under the tree excetera

  2. I'm sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia. I have a friend who has this also and it's painful for her at times. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat also. I am ready for soups and stews and Fall weather too. Your blackberry cobbler sounds Yummy. Yes, it was an interesting day yesterday with the eclipse, and the skies are beautiful today. The muskrat must have been a sight - it would have startled me, as I have a fear of rats.



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