Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Going Green

So I was diagnosed with Lupus 2+ years ago.  But in reality, I''m pretty sure i have had it for quite some time.

See - I had an endometrial ablation done 7 or 8 years ago.  And when I went to the hospital for the surgery - the doctor didn't really want to do the surgery because I was running a fever (102 to be exact).  But I felt fine so he did the surgery and I didn't think anything of it.

Then 2 years ago I went for routine blood work that I have done every so often because I get my thyroid checked due to a tumor that was removed over 20 years ago.  And the marker came up for Lupus.

And let me tell you - lupus is no fun whatsoever.  I've been lucky so far.  My main complaints are I'm tired, my joints and my bones ache, I have headaches most of the time, my skin hurts and itches and feels like a pins and needles sensation and I run fevers.  Some days the fevers are mild. Other days I'm functioning with a 103 degree fever.

And I can't do the meds.  Mainly because they are so darned expensive.  And with my current situation I don't have $400 to be throwing away on meds.  I did get into a clinical trial for a year which helped.  But that trial is long since over.

I went to see my rheumatologist last week because I had a tick bite and had to be treated for Lyme disease.  And he sat me down and said if I can't or won't take traditional medicine we need to explore other options.  Which involve diet changes, lifestyle changes, watching my chemical exposure and using essential oils for support and medicine.  It was kind of cool listening to him tell me I need to quit do all these things that mainstream media would have you believe are ok but in reality could very well be hurting me and making my lupus worse.

The diet changes will be easy.  No gluten, no processed food, no sugars and no caffeine. My kids won't like it but they do want me around for a while:)

The lifestyle change will be hard for a few more months but doable.  More rest, more exercise and less stress. But I'll try it.

The chemical exposure?  I work in a factory.  Granted, I'm in management and not out on the floor but I still come into contact with the compounds and various chemicals.  So I have to manage this part at home.  No harsh cleaners, detergents, etc.  So I'm making my own cleaners, laundry detergent, etc.  Which truth be told I've been doing that off and on for years.

The essential oils?  I jumped on that bandwagon years ago.  And I must say I use my oils a lot for the minor things - headaches, muscle pain, hives, and the like.  But to hear my doctor say they could alleviate a lot of my symptoms? Pretty cool.

So over the past few days I've made some cleaners, made some laundry supplies.  I'll share more with you over the next few weeks.  And if you want to join my tribe - leave me a comment and I'll be in touch.  I must admit that after just a few days, I'm seeing some improvements in the way I feel.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The epic party

It's over.  I honestly didn't think I would pull it off and get everything ready.  But thanks to family and terrific friends we did it.

It was hotter than hell.  And we were outside Friday night putting up tents and tables and chairs.  And of course, I got no pictures.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early making lemonade, making iced tea and cooking all the food except for the pulled pork.

In between cooking all the food I was running outside to decorate, pick up and arrange everything.

I gave Jessie just a few things to do.  Her pictures and awards she wanted displayed and run to the store for me.  LOL.  She did a fantastic job putting everything out.

We found a 7 foot tall hollow log for the fire.  I wish I had gotten better pictures before it got dark but it was so cool for the bonfire.

I'm just bummed that I hardly got any pictures during the party.  But it seemed like there was always something that needed doing.

My 90 year old grandmother (Jessie and Tyler's great grandmother) gets around very well.  I hope I'm half as active as she is at 90 years old.

I'm really going to miss Jessie and her friends when they all go off to college.  It just won't be the same without them all here most nights.

As much fun as the party was - I'm so glad it's over!  And I didn't have to cook much the week after the party - we survived on leftovers.

Now I'm off to make laundry detergent and all sorts of natural cleaners.  My doctor gave me a stern talking to this last week.  I'll let you know how this goes.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


So my daughter is very opinionated. Thank goodness we share similar taste.  

Last week we were off work Thursday and Friday for the holiday.  So we went with a good friend to Hobby Lobby.  I could get in some serious trouble there.

And most of the decorations are done for her party!  We got some really cute things.  She kept telling us "classy not trashy" was what she wanted.

I think we succeeded.  I still need to dig out a dozen or so mason jars and paint them white.  And get more silk flowers.

I have a wooden box that we will use for the cards.

But so far I'm in love with the decorations.  And they really weren't that horribly expensive.  We do have to make another banner and I'm in the middle of painting a bunch of wood with chalkboard paint.

Hard to believe her party is less than a week away.  And the best part?  I'm putting all this stuff back because I'll have another one graduating in 4 years.  Which makes me feel really, really old.  Lol.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's Party Time

I have a high school graduate.  And I don't feel that old.  But her grad party is coming faster than we may like.  So the kids and I have spent the last few weekends weeding, mulching, mowing, trimming and decorating.  Inviting 200 people to a grad party is a great motivator to get some projects done.

There's still a lot to do but the farm hasn't looked this nice in a long time.  Almost makes me want to get a second job and stay here so I can afford the payments.  Almost.

I need to order more mulch - there's lots I haven't gotten mulched yet.  But our local mulch company puts all their mulch on sale after July 1st 50% off.  So Monday I'll order more.

Jessie and I have a 4 day weekend next week from work.  She got a full time job at the same company I work for.  The trade off for that 4 day weeken is we have to work Wednesday, but for 4 days off?  I can do it.

Tyler has been really working hard.  Every day i come home from work and he has something else done.  Whether it's picking up around the barns, weedeating, hauling stuff to burn.

It's taken a few years but my flowerbeds that I have planted are finally filling it.  I still need more flowers but that will come slowly but surely.

It felt so good to decorate outside for Memorial Day.  I haven't done that in a number of years.  I'm starting to find the joy again in what I once loved more than anything.

This weekend is supposed to be hot. 90 degrees plus.  I think we are headed out now to do some work in the barn and then this afternoon I just may paint the kids bathroom inside.  At least it will be cool in the air conditioning.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hello again

I am 1000% sure I get the award for worst blogger ever.  And the kicker is I love sharing what we are doing in this little space.  The last 3 or 4 years have been pure hell.  And its still rough around here but maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  But I remember how therapeutic it was to visit this space quite frequently, and visit all of you so I thought I need to make the move and come back.

A lot has changed over the last few years.  We still live here for now.  Soon it will be the kids and I alone here til the place sells and then we will find somewhere else to make ourselves a home.  I'll tell you my story one of these days. I'm still fighting through the feelings, the thoughts and the anxiety about our future.  But I know without a doubt we have more ahead of us, and more importantly, we deserve more.

In the meantime, the last few years have been a rat race.  Jessie graduated high school (!?!?) and is off to college in the fall to become a vet tech.  She is still showing her animals and has added animals to her show string.

Tyler will be a freshman next year.  He still loves his animals but is now obsessed with basketball and football.  And did I mention he is 15 years old and 6' 4" in his socks?  He's been playing on a AAU travel team the last 3 years and this year is playing JV/Varsity for our school.  I'm excited to watch him do his thing over the next few years.

And me? I've had some health issues and have taken to seriously using essential oils and I love them and have days where I feel amazing.  I'm still gardening, cooking, cleaning, quilting and knitting as time and funds allow.  I'll share more over the next few days about our life and the changes.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Hello?  Anybody still out there?  Yes, a number of years have gone by...life happens, right?

The kids are growing, and I mean growing up info their own individual selves.  Although some things don't ever change - they still love their animals, Tyler is over 6 feet tall at 12 years old and Jessie turns 16 next weekend.

Todd was involved in a serious farming accident almost 2 years ago. On Friday December 13th 2013.  He's still alive and kicking thank the good Lord.  I'll share our story here before too long.

All in all its been a roller coaster. Our foundation has been shaken but not our faith.  We have grown, each of us individually and as a family.  And I am so incredibly thankful for the blessings we have received throughout the years.

I'll be back!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Well hello there!

I think I should get the award for worst blogger ever - but what can I say?  We've been busy!

And me and my OCD must do everything and get everything done and do it well..... there you go.....

The last 7 months or so we have been incredibly busy and ...incredibly blessed.

Jessie played volleyball for the 7th grade....and basketball for the 7th grade....and then got on a AAU travel basketball team with an incredible coach.  Coaches really do make all the difference!

this was her first "3 point shot" that she has EVER made....
I think she made a total of 11 over the course of 7 tournaments.....

Tyler played flag football in the fall.....then he played Rec basketball throughout the winter....and now baseball is winding down......wow.

Our old buckeye barn/storage shed that was never in very good shape to begin with.....we tore it down and brought a new one to put in it's place....must get some landscaping done in a hurry and get the yard picked back up.  And let's not forget - I need to finish hauling all of the stuff that was stored in the old one from the basement to the new shed and organizing it and putting it away.....

Ignore the weeds and the dirt....I'm working on it slowly but surely......

Both kids have pigs for Wayne County Fair.  Me?  I'm excited that we will have bacon in a few months (2 of the pigs were a little large when we brought them....so they are being put on self-feeders this weekend and pushed)....At least they are "pretty pigs"....

The calves are growing this year!  We had 10 babies this year....We will keep 2 or 3 as replacement heifers and sell the rest.  And since we ended up with only 3 (?!?!?!?!?) bull calves, we will have to buy the kids their steers this fall.....

And what else have I done?  Our kitchen is in the final stages of being mostly remodeled - still have a new floor to pick out which will happen sometime this summer/fall - but since I'm not 100% sure what I want, I'm taking my sweet old time to get it done, our bedroom, the living room and the computer room have all been cleaned and painted.  It is OCD when I have a "painting schedule" on my phone to tell me what rooms I painted when, the colors I painted them and what year I plan on re-painting them.......

I've got so many plans for the house, the barns, the yard and flower beds....but I'm enjoying this busy season with the kids....baseball will be over this weekend and then it's gearing up for the county fairs in August and September.....