Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Happy Memorial Day!! How blessed we are to live the land of the free!
Aren't we blessed to serve God? You know, he was the same God when this country was established and he is still here and always will be whatever kind of condition this country is in! Praise His name! Freedom isn't free though is it, I mean really, think on it for a minute.
So many give their lives for us to have freedom, what a blessing that is!
So thank you to our past, present and future soldiers! Please join me today in praying for them and their families!
John has to work today but the boys and I will be talking about our country and eating bbq and tonight we will have more ice cream, bbq and fireworks too!
What are your Memorial Day plans for the day?
Whatever they are I wish you and yours a day of happiness and fun, health, wealth and blessings!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Meeting New Neurologist

Yesterday I met with a new neurologist. The migraines have been off the charts and I have had a headache now for weeks and weeks. They were just getting worse. So I got wo shots in the new (a combo of cortisone and predisone). Yes, it hurt and quite badly. Then he started me a preventive and well as a new drug combo (Aleve and Reglan), he also gave me the same migraine med I have been taking to use if necessary (Treximet) and then two drugs to help me rest if needed (when all else fells) Vistaril and Phenegran.

I used the ones xceot the last two yesterday to "break" the headache cycle, yesterday and it worked!!! I started the prevenative last night as well. And guess what???? I am headache free!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!

My headaches are caused by so many things. Here is the list as I know now; smelling cigarette smoke (like just walking by someone smoking in front of a store), excess amounts of caffeine, certain aged cheeses, certain spices (cloves and some others), not drinking enough water, constipation, humidity (change in the pressure outside), stress, hormonal changes (around my cycle), nitrates (found in processed meats) and msg (susally found in chinese food).

I had tried some herbal remedies and nothing had worked. I have used every migraine ecedrine and other over the counter migraines pain relievers known. I have also used other prescription migraine meds.

When the neurologist looked behind my eyes he told me he could not believe the amount of pressure back there. He asked me how much pain I wa in and I told him not much, it was not as bad as it gets. I could still talk and carry on a converstaion like normal and I had driven myself the hour there. He said unbelieveable, that most people cannot function when he sees that much pressure there.

I am so glad to have something that works. I will keep a headache calendar for a month and then see the doctor again then. Please pray that this keeps working!!!

Do you have migraines? What causes yours? What meds do you use?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Garden Tidbits

The garden has been in the ground for awhile now and we are so excited! We also are picking our first variety of plums (MayRipe). We have had squash coming in for almost 3 weeks as well and a few cukes here and there. Today Daddy went over the 660 okra plants and got a mess to fry. It won't be long now!!! How's your garden growing? What do you have coming in?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let's Try This Once More

Today is a new day, today is the day I begin the rest of my New Life. Today I am working out and do something for me. I hope to lose weight, maybe lose inches but most of all I want to be healthy! 31 pounds is my goal to loose. So, say a prayer for me and there I go!


Monday, May 17, 2010


Well, there has been much but little to go on around here. We are just living life and to some that is just boring. Nothing outstanding has happened, just enjoying life with family and friends and my precious children.

I am doing well, very well actually! We had quite a scare a few weeks back thinking that I might have cancer, thankfully it was one really BAD infection that had taken a toll on my body and white blood cell count. I am much better and looking forward to the harvesting season!

The bys are still fighting allergies and it is bad enough they are using prescription meds and eyedrops. They haven't had any nosebleeds in a few weeks now and we are so thankful for that. AT one point they had 18 between them in a 36 hour period. The boys are growing and thriving so well! the peds office was so excited to see us for their well visit in march. The longest they have ever gone without seeing the doctor was 4 months and that was the four months prior to their well visit! John is now 35 pounds and 41 1/2 inches tall. Mason is 40 pounds and 41 inches tall! We are so blessed by them, everyday! They started back to "school" today at the center where they go while I work.

Hubby is doing well except for the allergies too. He is working 6 days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday he works from 8-8, Wednesday 4am-8pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. To bad he is not paid by the hour! ;)

The garden is going all just fine. We planted over 6,000 plants this time. There is 6 varieties of tomatoes, okra, cantaloupes, various types of watermelons, eggplant, various tupes of peppers, cabbage, different types of cukes, cauliflower, broccoil, zuchinni, yellow squash and other things I know I have forgotten. The peaches and all tree crops look very well for the minute as well!
I picked the first yellow squash Saturday before last and the first cukes this morning.

Two years ago we lost my mother-in-law to cancer at the age of 64. My father-in-law is 82 this year and now we have loearned that he also has cancer. We are waiting to see the oncologist the 27th of this month. We not know any details, not even where it is located. They found it in routine blood work. Please be in prayer for my husband and his Dad.

I hoep you all are haivng a great Spring and are looking forward to the Summer!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Strawberry Pie & Pics

My Mom and I took the boys to pick strawberries yesterday! We had a good time the boys were great helpers! Her are some pics below! I also am putting up the recipe for my strawberry pie (aka Shoney's Strawberry Pie). This recipe make 2 pies. Hope you enjoy!

1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c boiling water
4 level Tbsp. cornstarch
1-3oz. box strawberry jello
2 cooked, cooled pie shells
2 cartons fresh strawberries, washed and sliced

Mix sugar and cornstarch well; add boiling water to mixture. Dissolve well and cook on medium heat until mixture becomesclear looking and thick. Add jello. Cool. (Sit opt in ice water in sink). When cool, add strawberries. Pour into pie sheels and refrigerate. Can serve with whipped cream. Yield: 2 pies.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Candied Pork Chops

I make these a good bit and they are always a hit!

6 pork chops
3-4 apples, sliced with cored removed (I also peel mine)
Brown sugar
1 stick of butter

Heat oven to 350*. In bottom of 13x9 baking dish place apples. Sprinkle apples generously with brown sugar. Dot with thin pats of butter. Lay pork chops over apples. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes; remove from oven and baste with juice from apples and brown sugar. Return to oven and bake 30 minutes longer.

Serve while warm. I like green beans and chicken rice a roni (sounds strange but it delish together!).