I’m On A Roll

In my last post, I told you that I’ve been more than busy.  I got the bright idea that I should take the tax preparation course for a tax firm so I’ve been deeply immersed in that since the end of September.  I passed and have been been fulfilling education requirements but I’ve got a few days break from that and I feel I can finally breathe.  Whew!

In the midst of all that I’ve been running to Doc appts., having diagnostics done before the new deductible shows up January 1st and trying to get life in order.

I won’t run through all the list because you just don’t want to know!

After finishing up an hours-long Nuclear Stress Test yesterday, I took a ride to Hammond Square.  I’ve been trying to find something DH can buy for my Christmas gift.  We don’t always buy gifts for each other, but this year for some reason….I feel the need.  I’d like a nice but not real expensive piece of jewelry so I went to Zales to see what they have to offer.  I was very interested in a nice cross to wear on a chain so I browsed the store for more than 10 minutes with never a hello from any of the staff.

Those of you who really know me know that I have a 60 second rule for shopping. When I enter the door of a store, 60 seconds is the amount of time you have to greet me.  You don’t have to move away from your customer.  You don’t have to drop what you’re doing and rush over to me.  But you DO have to acknowledge my presence.  All that takes is a simple:


“Welcome to our store”

“I’ll be with you in a moment”

“Please feel free to browse while I finish up here”

That’s not so hard is it?  It must be.  Because it didn’t happen yesterday and they didn’t even look up when I walked out of the store.

So, what did I do?  I went to my friend’s jewelry store.  Even though Yvonne nor George were in the front, I was immediately greeted as soon as I came through the door.  Everyone was super busy.  After all, it’s the week before Christmas but someone took a second to greet me.

I asked for Yvonne and she showed me everything I expressed an interest in.  I’m pretty sure I’d like a strand of fresh water pearls so that’s what I’m asking my personal Santa Claus for.  And it will come from Ibert Jewelry and not from Zales (which by the way sells the same name brand pearls).

So what else did I do?  I came home and sent Zales an e-mail stating my concerns about their lack of customer service and questioned how many like-sales they lose every day due to this.  I’m waiting for a response and I’ll let you know what happens.

That’s not the end of the roll.  I love the New Orleans Saints.  I love them!  I watch practically everything on TV about them. I even record stuff so I never miss anything about them.   For years my favorite TV personality has been Jim Henderson of Fox 8 New Orleans.  I’ve watched him forever, including the years he was at a different station.

I watched his commentary last night and I was absolutely floored by his opening words.  He has always been on target, to the point and predictably correct.  He was mean, He was derisive.  He was hateful.  He stooped to a low I never expected.  Shock is not the right word.  I won’t go into what he said but I will provide the link where you can read them yourselves.

Jim Henderson commentary

So what did I do?  I just could not let this go without speaking my mind.  I sent him an e-mail and this is what I said:

“I almost always agree with you but I must say that I am extremely disappointed in you regarding this weeks commentary.  Everyone knows that Rob Ryan is not in prime physical condition.  That does not have anything to do with his mental abilities as a coach. Paying more attention to his appearance may inspire his players more and could gain him more respect, but it is not up to you or anyone other than his “supervisors” to address his “girth”.

You stooped to a level I never expected.  If your intent was to join the bandwagon of newscasters who sensationalize rather than act as a news professional, you achieved your goal.   It was and is unprofessional to use hateful, personal attacks to make a point. You can get your message across using other means and words.  I will continue to watch you but the luster is gone.  Shame on you.”

So, this is where I am this afternoon.  I will go back to working in Chris’s bedroom so we can get his bed set up in there.  Vanessa and I will pick him up Friday for his first visit home with us since moving to Pinecrest.  We’re excited!


Paleo Anyone Update

Actually, I just saw that you can see a listing of these books without signing up if you scroll down the page when you open the link.   And the sale closes in almost 14 hours….not 13.


Paleo Anyone?

If you’re interested in Paleo lifestyle and have a Kindle or Kindle reader on your computer, you might be interested in this.  TODAY ONLY on Buck Books, there are 15 Paleo titles ranging from 99 cents to 2.99 each.  There are some great books in the listing and I just snagged all the ones I don’t already have.

You have to sign up for his newsletter to get the listing.

Buck Books

Don’t waste time because the special prices will soon be gone!  At the time of this posting there was less than 13 hours left on the sale.


Free Kindle Book

I’m still here but am knee-deep in alligators right now.  I’ll fill you in about things in a few weeks when I have time to come up for air.

But….some things are good enough to take a minute for.  Most of you know that I get newsletters about what’s free at Amazon for Kindle.  Today, there is a book that I think everyone should read.  I’m getting a copy and plan to read it.

I knew that Walgreen’s is a handicapped worker friendly company but I didn’t know a lot more than that.  It’s because a senior vice president has a son with autism.  The free book I recommend for today is this one:

“No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement” by Randy Lewis.

Even if you don’t own a Kindle you can read their books by downloading their app to your phone or to your computer.  There’s a link on the page with the book.

Get your copy today!


Women’s Gluten Free Health Summit Day Two

Before I talk about the summit, I want to catch you up on my Grain Brain challenge.  I made it through the day of fasting with flying colors……until about an hour prior to the end….and I wanted to eat everything I saw.  It was a real struggle.  Since then, I’ve gotten side tracked (as usual) so I haven’t been following the plan but I do intend to get started again (minus the day of fasting).

Now for what I think about Day Two of the WGFHS.  I’ve only listened to one lecture so far but it was amazing!  It was “Understanding Organic vs Non-GMO labels on Foods”.   The other interviews today deal with Leaky Gut, IBS, and understanding Gluten-Free labeling. 

Jennifer has also left up Day One interviews for an extra day due to a link glitch so you can still catch those topics as well.  I am SO GLAD I signed up for this!


Women’s Gluten Free Health Summit Day One

If you haven’t signed up for this free health summit, give it another thought.  I just listened to the first interview and was impressed.  It’s about thyroid function and how gluten and other foods as well as life situations can affect the health of our thyroid gland.  This interview was less than 30 minutes and well worth my time.  Every now and then I would pause and go fold a few clothes, put clothes in the dryer, fix myself a glass of tea and then come back to it.

There’s even a free e-book you can get by signing up for Dr.  Kalish’s newsletter.  He’s the first interview.  There may be other freebies on the schedule page. 

I’m getting ready to listen to the next interview for today and I’ll have some pretty mindless knitting to work on as I listen.  Double tasking at it’s finest!

You can read my previous post about this summit here. An important thing to know is that the interviews are only available for that day.

There’s also another summit available free that started today.  It’s called Evolution of Health Summit.  You may also want to check it out.

Whew!  Lots of great free info and I’ve got to find a way to fit it into my day.  I got behind on my daily Bible reading but I’m catching up.  Yay!




Since going grain-free, I can’t believe how different I feel in so many ways.  I never paid a lot of attention to gluten free diets in the past but I really think I am gluten sensitive.

I get all sorts of healthy lifestyle messages every day.  If you’re gluten intolerant, have celiac disease, or know someone who is either….you may be interested in this free online event.

Womens Gluten Free Health Summit

It’s hosted by Gluten Free School

Did I mention that it’s FREE?????

I’ve already signed up.  It starts September 8th. 

I’m finishing up the book Grain Brain and am going to do his 4 week plan.  I started this afternoon with a 24 hour fast.  Don’t worry, I can drink all the water I want and I can make 24 hours without food with no problem at all.  That’s the beginning of the 4 week plan. He details it all in the book.

I decided that if I started this afternoon, it would seem like a shorter time period because I’d have a few hours to do it today, then sleep all night, and finished up by 4pm tomorrow….in time to have dinner with Don.

Disclaimer:  I’m not telling anyone to follow any diet plan or trying to coerce anyone into doing things they don’t want to do.  If the info is interesting to you….then that’s great.  If not, just disregard please.  :-)



A Challenge For Some of Us

Last year we watched the entire series “The Bible” and loved it.  I even have it saved on my DVR so we can watch it whenever we want.  Then we saw “Son of God”  by the same producers of “The Bible” and loved it also.  I’ve got “Heaven is for Real” on my Kindle reader and it’s a wonderful book.  We missed seeing the movie.  A large portion of the books I get for Kindle are religious.  My spirit continuously needs to be filled.

One of the blogs I subscribe to (More Than Four Walls)has issued a challenge to read the Bible through in a year and it starts Monday.  I just signed up for it and I’m excited about it.  I’ve gotten reminders from different sites that host the reading but it’s not the same as being part of a group where we’re all at the same level.  Danielle even has a Facebook group where we can discuss what we’re reading and interact with each other.  That’s a real plus for me.

For those who aren’t fans of Facebook…I’m not so much either.  I have friends on FB but I don’t regularly follow timelines.  I do however enjoy the many groups on FB that I’ve found.  They work much like the groups on Yahoo but I actually like them better. 

I’ve made a commitment to myself to do this.  Will you join me?


I Would Be in Meltdown Mode

if I were a parent buying school supplies these days.  I’ve heard parents talk about the things listed on their children’s list of required school supplies and I am flabbergasted.

What in the world will a student do with this amount of these things during a school year?  I know the answer to that.  They’re not just purchasing supplies they individually will be using.  What I believe happened is this:  teachers got together and calculated how many parents from the total pool would actually buy what’s listed and divided up their projected class needs through the entire school year among that number.  Those parents are being held responsible for purchasing supplies for all the students whose parents do not buy supplies….and for the teacher.  No, I do not believe the teacher should have to buy her own classroom supplies.  The teacher supplies should come from the school’s general fund. And no, I don’t want to debate how much school funding has been cut by state budgets.  And don’t even tell me about how each student’s name goes on their supplies.  They don’t get the surplus back and I believe it’s all thrown in a community pile.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not a hard hearted person but this sort of thing just purely pisses me off.  No one told people to have children they can’t afford.  We refused to accept public assistance for Chris as long as he lived with us even though we could have due to his disabilities.  We always felt he was OUR responsibility.  In many ways, he still is and we don’t regret a minute or dime spent with and on him.

I don’t expect people to agree with me but I do expect people to respect my right to believe the things I do so don’t flame me.  It’s not debateable.

Take a look at the items listed below and then check it out for yourself at this link:

School Supply Lists Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

There’s just something plain wrong with this.  And this does not include the numerous “fees” associated with different classes.

8 packs #2 pencils at a middle school—-what?????

4 boxes 24 count #2 pencils at an elementary school

2 packs black ink pens at the same middle school

1 pack red ink pens at the same middle school

6 Dry Erase Markers (Expo brand chisel tip—-they have to be brand specific???) at the same middle school

2 Dry Erase Markers Erasers at the same middle school

6 boxes 24 count “Crayola” crayons at an elementary school—what is a kindergartner going to do with 6 boxes of crayons?   Melt them down to make candles?

2 packs “Crayola” washable markers at same school

10—–count ‘em- Elmer’s glue sticks at same school—Give me a break!

2 packs dry erase markers at same school

6 packs colored pencils at same school

8 wide rule spiral notebooks in specific colors at same school

6 rolls paper towels at same school

6 boxes kleenex at same school

If the parents who are expected to purchase all these supplies do so, what are they expected to use for funds to purchase clothing for the child to wear to school?

I could go on ad nauseum but I won’t.  This just does not make sense.  What’s wrong with students having a minimum number of supplies on hand at school and parents replenishing those through the year?  I know the answer to that too….but I probably should keep that to myself.

And for one last thought.  Do teachers and school officials want to know why students no longer have respect for them?  Maybe it’s because they (figures of authority)  no longer wear professional attire and conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Ankle cut, low waist jeans with crop tops and flip flops just don’t cut it.

I didn’t intend this to become a rant but I guess it has.  I should probably feel better after venting but I’m not sure I do.  I don’t think our school system cares what the public thinks of them.  What a shame.






Sweet Tooth?

So you have one?  I sure do and that’s one of the things I battle every day during this journey of mine.  Especially chocolate and fruit….almost any fruit.

I remember Don trying to keep me from buying a chocolate bar when I was pregnant years ago.  My answer to that was to move out of my way and no one would get hurt. 

I’m exploring several different nutritional lifestyles right now.  I don’t want to use the word “diet” because I want whatever I come up with to be a way of life.  A healthy way of life.

The recipes I find on Paleo sites interest me because right now I’m not eating any “added sugars” or grains.  I found a site called “The Civilized Caveman” and signed up for his blog posts.  I got a post from him today that I jumped at.  He’s giving away his Paleo dessert cookbook right now and asked that his readers share the link so everyone can get a free download.

So far the recipes look tasty and do-able.  Here’s the link so you can get your own:

Civilized Caveman Desserts Cookbook

Check it out and let me know what you think about it and which recipe you think I should try first.


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