Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
made my last tuition payment & submitted my final exam for my gardening and landscape design course this afternoon! got a 90% on the exam (cause i marked the wrong spot for 1 answer ~ dang it! the other i just plain got wrong!), so my overall gpa for the course is 93%!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A beautiful end to the day! The wind finally died down, the clouds skeedattled, the sun came out fully and it got up to 62 degrees around 4pm! Sounds like there is another brush fire down the highway from here - firetruck and first aid sirens are screaming from every direction around here! Only gets like this when there is a brush fire. Hubby is over at the high school for computer class. I dont usually sit on the front porch, but this is where all the sun is at this time of year so its still too chilly to be out back. Ive been feeling a little restless and wanting to be outside lately! So here I am, sitting on the front porch amongst my pots of flowers which are just beginning to wake and turn green! Also lately the idea of living with less has been on my mind. Ive been going to the library to save $ and at 1st thats why I stayed away from the thrift shop, but I realized Im more aware of what and how much Im bringing home and I want to get rid of excess stuff at home!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
i woke with a cold coming on today & i'm so very tired, but, things are actually going to be ok now! i'm so very thankful! you have no idea!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
i sent an email this morning to a local soup kitchen, that also provides clothing & other necessities, asking if they would take used books and let the patrons go through them & take what they like ~ my only conditions are that patrons are asked to return books they don't want to keep so that others can read them if they wish and that none of the books are thrown away by the soup kitchen! if they wish to stop having them or if some of the books remain a long time while others are taken, they can contact me and i'll take those books back and find another place to bring them to (maybe the local senior housing). i hope i get a positive response! otherwise, i'll figure out something else!
tomorrow is not only the 1st day of spring, but holy thursday for catholic's & christians! followed by good friday and then sunday is easter! already! and since we've already had the the daylight savings time change (on 3/9), april is looking like a pretty un-festive month this year!
last night i started trying to sort through & figure out what's going on with my female main character from a novel i started toying around with in 11/2006. the idea had a very distinct direction in the beginning. now, not so much! but, i need to buckle down and get cracking on it if i'm ever going to make something of it!
see, we saw a friend at a foodstore over the weekend, who's a very young widow. she's not much older than i & younger than hubby. 2 years ago, her husband passed away from cancer after years long, horrendous battle with the illness. she's done amazingly well since and she's been able to take care of herself and their home on her own as well. now, i don't know anything about whether or not he had any type of life insurance and that's not what i'm talking about.
seeing her brought home to me again the fact that i really need to do something with myself & for myself in case anything happens to hubby, so that i can take care of myself and be on my own if i have to be. or, as in the case with my sister-in-law, become the main income earner (my brother-in-law had a massive stroke & congestive heart failure the year before last and is no longer mentally or physically able to work at all).
now, i recognize the fact that this isn't easy for me with having health problems! i can't work in a traditional type of job or setting, i know that without a doubt. who knows if i can make a living at writing, but i've really got to try!
but, whatever i end up doing to make a living won't just benefit me in case anything happens ~ it will benefit both hubby and myself regardless!
Monday, March 17, 2008
and a beautiful day it is!
yup, i'm wearing green! i had 2 slices of irish soda bread, toasted w/ a little butter & jelly, for breakfast! (bought at acme foodstore & i'm quite impressed because it's delicious!) and i've got the st. patty's day parade from nyc on the tv!
just before 1pm i started the corn beef brisket in the crock pot! i've never made it before, so i hope it comes out good! about an hour before it's done i've got to add the potato's & maybe carrots and a half hour before it's done i have to add the cabbage & onions.
i'm feeling rather festive today! not sure why. i miss my nana a lot around st. patty's day! she was irish and growing up i thought today was as important to her as any other holiday!
*my 1st corn beef, cabbage & potato dinner was a success! hubby & mom both liked it! (i thought it was pretty good too!) i've decided it's now going to be a tradition on this here day! (i didn't add the carrotts i mentioned above!) tomorrow i'll post the recipe!
during the parade, they switched coverage to the swearing in ceremony of ny's new governor, david paterson, and let me tell you, i am so glad i watched it! that man is an AMAZING speaker! i wish he were running for president!
anyway, after dinner, hubby & i watched a short documentary about the history of celtic music then watched the documentaries on our "the quiet man" dvd ~ a john wayne & maureen o'hara movie, set in ireland, made in the early 50's. (we've seen the movie a lot, but never watched the dvd extra's!)
hubby's sleeping now & i think i'm going to climb back into bed as well!
just think ~ easter begins with holy thursday, this thursday! only 3 days away!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
i did a bit of hunting around out in cyber space and found that vitamin d deficency has been linked to all kinds of things like depression, autoimmune diseases like lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and others! i was surprised to learn this as i’ve had a "compromised" immune system for about 15 years or so (that’s when i started getting sick at least) and not 1 doctor i’ve ever been to ever mentioned that 1 of the possible causes could be vitamin deficency! but, it made sense to me!
more recently, i read an article in the january/february edition of mother earth news magazine that vitamin d(3) has helped patients of 1 of the doctors interviewed with their pain & swelling levels!
at some point before the end of 2007, i was sick (again) and fell off the vitamin taking bandwagon for a couple of weeks. after about 2 weeks, i noticed that my pain & swelling levels sky rocketed! not to mention that my mood tanked big time! i thought it may have something to do with my not taking the vitamins!
well, i’ve been off my vitamins again for about 2 weeks after being sick & trying to recover and a couple of days ago, my pain level started going through the roof again! and now my swelling is starting to get bad as well. my mood has been in the toilet! overall i’ve felt like crap! last night, i started taking my vitamins again!
hey, if it works for me, great! i need all the help i can get! but, i’m definately a firm believer now!
(ps ~ i take the following: 250mg/magnesium, 1000iu/d(3), 500mg/200iu/calcium&d(3), 1000mg/c&rose hips, 200iu/e and 10,000iu/a ~ i take the d(3), calcium & c twice a day ~ if i’m not getting sick to my stomach & queasy, i take the c 3 times a day when i’m sick with a cold, bronchitis, strep, tonsilitis, etc..)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
(i've still got a ways to go on my interior design course! i started it in 2007).
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
speaking of my dr's appt on monday, my obgyn says everything's fine ~ no fibroid tumor and no miscarriage. the double periods are from the birth control pill i'm on. (i sure don't remember him telling me that when he prescribed it 3 years ago!!!) i have an appt with my rheumatoidologist next wednesday & my next iv treatment on friday, 3/14.