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Saturday, November 22, 2014


Boy oh boy, what is going on with my brain??? I take a medication called gabapentin, which is generic for neurontin. It is a seizure medication, but as in my case, it is given for nerve pain. It has some unpleasant side effects, including short term memory loss, dizziness, and brain fog. (some people I know might tell you I have always been a bit dizzy, but just ignore them.)

I have decided to call it my Gabby Brain. There is so much gabbing going on in my brain that one side can't keep up with what the other is doing. It is disconcerting to say the least. However, I did eventually adjust to my previous dosage and I am confident that at some point my body will adjust to this.

When I went for my follow up appointment this past Tuesday, I told my doctor that the cold weather was making my neuropathy worse. He agreed that that happens and offered to increase my dose. I on the other hand was fully expecting him to offer to buy me a one way ticket to Key West. That didn't happen. I just don't know what has happened to the medical profession these days. There just seems to be no real compassion. SIGH!!!

So the reason for all of this sharing, of pretty much useless information, is to explain away why I may repeat things in posts, why I can't seem to spell anymore, and anything else I might possible blame on Gabby Brain. 

For right now, me and my Gabby Brain are going to throw on some clothes (yes, I am still in my jammies) and go outside and see the world. It is 60 degrees and the sun is shining. That may just clear up some of the fog. 

Have a great rest of your day.

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P.S. I pinky swear that I will visit more this weekend.

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Friday, November 21, 2014


In my spare time (not exactly sure when that is) I've been trying to create a few things for my booth at the antique mall. I don't have my sewing machine set up yet so I am hand sewing. I have some great old chenille and cutter quilts that I really want to use so I made these hanging hearts.

I think they would be cute hanging on a cottage Christmas tree, but I also like them for any time of the year in a cottage or country decor. I know I may be repeating some of my photos, but I went to the retina specialist this morning, and as one eye is still dilated and the other one isn't there is no telling what I am posting. 

I also managed to make another wreath.

I know that there are a lot of people who can whip out numerous wreaths in a week, but I think my whipping out days are over. I was doing well to get one wreath and a few hearts done. Otherwise, I might have had to stay up past my it's dusk so now I have to get into my jammies bedtime. There is a lot more beauty sleep required these days.

I did kind of impress myself by making some fabric roses for the first time. I just tore some fabric strips, did some twisting around, and somehow I ended up with roses. 

This one sold right away, so I guess I better pull out some more of that spare time and make some more.

Have a great day, my sweet friends.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


You're behind. You look at your list of To Dos and you know that there are just some things you might not get done. Maybe you feel a bit panicky,

because sometimes catching up can seem overwhelming. So you stop, take a deep breath, and realize that maybe you don't have to catch up. Maybe it is better to start new in this moment. Maybe, just maybe, some of those things that you think are so important, are not really that important after all. 

What will really happen if you aren't able to read every blog on your list today. Will they stop being your friend? If they are your friend, then no, because they know that like them you have times when even if you are thinking of them you might not be able to talk that day. You might be overwhelmed with other things. 

What does worry and stress get us? It gets us more worry and stress, and I know that I personally don't need more worry or stress. So I let go. I forget about catching up. I live in this moment and breathe in its freshness, its newness. It feels like a warm breeze on a sunny spring day. 

Maybe today is the day that you can start to forget about catching up. Just let some of those things go. Enjoy this moment. It is simple and serene living at its best. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Yesterday I withdrew from the internet. I let the emails pile up in my inbox, and then this morning I went in and deleted most of them. I didn't respond to comments on this blog. Sorry about that, but I have read them and I appreciate your concern about my health so much. Your sweet words always comfort me.

To be honest, I just haven't been feeling well, and I was concerned that it was new symptoms related to my neuropathy. 

I love my new doctor. Back in July, on Women Speak, we talked about the problem of finding a doctor who listens to you. You can read that here. I now have that doctor. He was right there in front of me. He is my mom's doctor and he was my daughter's doctor when she was a teenager. He is a knowledgeable doctor who listens and above all really cares, and he takes my insurance. HOORAY!!

I am having problems with the pain from my neuropathy, and he bumped up my medication a bit to see if I can tolerate it. I don't tolerate pharmaceuticals very well and try to use alternative treatments when possible. The other symptoms, however seem to be from an acute sinus infection and fluid behind my ears. So I am on an antibiotic for that. 

The good news is that I have lowered my blood pressure through juicing. A few years ago my blood pressure was really high. Yesterday it was 118/74. Perfect. I have shared what I juice in the past, but I know some of you have asked me about it so I am happy to share it again. I have tweaked it somewhat through research. I use an inexpensive juicer that my younger sister found for me on Ebay. 

Laura's Juicing recipe.

handful of dandelion greens (from Whole Foods)
stalk of organic celery (I just recently added this)
ginger root
turmeric root
one organic apple
half of a lemon

I try to make sure it is all organic, but I definitely never use anything but organic apples, carrots, and celery because of pesticides. 

So today I will carry on with my normal routine as long as my brain isn't too foggy from the meds. The sun is shining and it's warmer. Thank goodness for a reprieve.

Have a wonderful day.

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P.S. For those of you who expressed concern about Women Speak, I will definitely not be giving it up. I may change the day of the week for it and I may do it every other week. I haven't made a decision yet. I am working on some other ideas, too. I will be sharing one of those ideas later this week. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Women Speak is having a snow day. I figure if the schools can take off for a dribble and drab of snow then so can I. I'm thinking about calling the local TV stations and having it crawled across the bottom of the screen. Due to inclement weather, Women Speak is cancelled. I bet there would be a lot of head scratching over that one. 

I can just here old Claude now. "Hilda, what's that Women Speak thing? I hope it's not one of those bra burnin' marches on the courthouse." (Huh, I bet old Claude would be the first one there if he thought a bunch of women were downtown burning their bras)

Okay, the honest truth is that I have a doctor's appointment in the middle of the day today, which means I won't be home and can't respond to comments right away. I like to be here on Tuesdays, but this was the only day I could get in for an appointment. I will probably spend a considerable amount of time sitting there reading a book.

I'm also thinking of moving Women Speak to every other week. I'm trying to revamp the blog a bit and keep things interesting. It is not always easy to find interesting things to post about. Most people really do not care what kind of toothpaste I use or how many hours a day I spend in my jammies. (Believe me, it's a ridiculous amount.)

I will talk about some things that are on my mind about blogging and about how blogging affects women next week. But for today, I hope you will stay warm and safe. I don't know how it is where you live, but here in Kentucky it is a bitterly cold today. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014


A Snippet of Inspiration:

Each Monday is devoted to a snippet of inspiration because a little rain falls in everyone's life.

I don't know about you, but Mother Nature is throwing rain, sleet, and snow in my direction today. It's a great day to tackle some of those things that I have been thinking were impossible. I love this quote, but then again I loved the late Audrey Hepburn.

I woke up this morning full of possibilities. I hope you did too.

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P.S. You can find lots more inspirational quotes here.

P.P.S. More Monday snippets of inspiration here.

P.P.P.S. Don't forget to join us tomorrow for Women Speak.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014


The weather outside is quite frankly unpredictable. They forecast rain, and they forecast snow, but Mother Nature will give us what she wants. She can be very fickle at times. Dropping rain and snow in random ways that only she can understand. 

So I go about my business of the day, knowing that at the end of it I will be ready for whatever weather is thrown in my direction. 

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends.

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P.S. That beautiful pink plaid vintage wool blanket will be heading to ImSoVintage today.

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