Monday, March 25, 2019

The weekend where I got to enjoy a needle-free Saturday!!!

Ahhh... this is what a weekend is supposed to be....

Not having to get up early & drive back downtown for the 6th day of the week...
Not having to get my veins poked with needles...
Not having to sit in a sterile room for hours on end...
Not feeling bad for the rest of the day & worried that some sort of reaction is happening that can turn really bad, really fast...

I'm glad to feel how lovely Saturdays can be, thats for sure.

We kicked it off right too.

I had suggested to Ricky that we celebrate it with a date day & he was all for it.

So Saturday, around 7am, I get a nudge & hear a whisper, "you up?  You Up?   YOU UP?"... OK, I can take a hint.  I was up.

We ended up snuggling with the dogs for an hour & then got ready super fast. I can beat Ricky getting ready every time.  His attention gets shifted so much getting ready & I'm done in 15 minutes & waiting by the door when he's still trying to figure out where  his shoes are at... even before knowing what he's going to wear for the day.

But I was rearing to go... so excited... DATE DAY!

We headed to our little local breakfast place & had the yummiest breakfast - ran into some friends... & then found out SOMEONE paid for our breakfast. WHAT? 

Ricky & I dont do well with someone treating us.  So we ended up turning around & paying for our friend's breakfast too - haha.... We were so thankful for the hearts of people that are so kind & thoughtful to treat us our breakfast though.  But you want to REALLY upset Ricky, treat him to dinner or any meal - he can't handle it. It literally eats at his soul to know someone put out money for him. Seriously, he freaks out. Loves it - but hates someone would be out any extra money out of their pocket for us.  We had a friend who paid for our dinner one time about 5 years ago & Ricky is STILL to this day trying to find a way to get 'even' with him - sneak & get his dinner somehow, some way.

Anyways - we left there indeed feeling blessed by the kindness of others... & then headed out to the movie theater.  The GOOD kind - the one with leather recliners.  & loved that they have movies that start SUPER early. Like their first movie is at 9:30am - NICE! We are morning people so that works out well for us. We actually got to the 10:00 movie - to see Captain Marvel.

OK - who has seen this?  Because I am in love with it.

I'm schooled & lectured on all super heroes by Ricky but Captain Marvel is just not one I'm really familiar with.  So I think I went into this movie with no expectation on what it would be about or the story line - just ready to enjoy a girl super hero....

MAN OH MAN - I just loved this movie so much. Talk about GIRL POWER!  I even got teary eyed at one point in the movie... It really does rank up there in my top super hero movies!!!!

We got out of the movie around noon (NICE) & headed out to Sam's Club to pick up some things we needed for the house...

& of course had to make a Starbucks trip & even topped off the day with some cake pops...

& then we had to get home because UK was playing .... perfect time for me to sit outside in the sunshine & read my book - steering clear of all the basketball drama that I could hear screaming & pacing down the hall.

GO BIG BLUE - made it to the Sweet Sixteen. Or so I heard - I'm not allowed to watch such games, lest I jinx anything ;) haha

We headed over to my mom's so Ricky & my brother could clean out the stalls & put down new bedding, while me & my mom & SIL sat on the porch & swung & talked.  My nieces came & went - helping in the barn, then coming up to pick on their aunt....

I was just happy to see Baby out enjoying the weather. We still have to get her acclimated to being with Cochese on their own & make sure our fencing is OK for her little mini horse body... she looks so tiny out of her stall & in the big world.  So fluffy too. Time to loose that thick winter hair.

Sunday, our HSM is having a different program for 2 weeks with it being Spring break around these parts... so I ended up just deciding to stay at home & relaxing - taking advantage of this first weekend of no infusion.  Loving every minute of it.

I ended up spending most of my morning with 2 cups of coffee, some yarn & catching up on shows like This is Us, Good Girls & then I binged the show on Hulu Shrill... which I had no idea it was based on a book... I need to check that out now!

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& then started another new show on Hulu about that mother that had her daughter convinced & then play along with all the health issues.... SO DISTURBING!!!!!

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Ricky & I headed to do the horses again & my momma was sleeping so I went down to love on Baby while Ricky did all the heavy lifting... & then back home to finish the weekend loving on the dogs.

Man... I can get used to weekends like this...

How was your weekend?

Have you seen Captain Marvel yet?

You watching all the March Madness games?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Jewelry

Bee Brave Stacker Ring
Be Brave....
I love this ring so much!!!

Favorite Toy

Little Pilot Pretend Play
Do you remember using big cardboard boxes to play in growing up?
Well tell me how awesome this is for kids - the ultimate refrigerator box!!!

Favorite Bag

Blue Q Bags, Coin Purse, You're Basically Broke

haha... my dad would appreciate me having this

Favorite Book

I think I need this & could read this... every day of my life!!!!

Favorite Dress

Promising review: "It's a tad see-through but not a problem with tan underwear. Honestly, this is one of the most comfortable dresses I've worn and got so many compliments on it." —Carly OstmeyerGet it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S–XL).
So for me, this is too short, but I'd totally wear some leggings under it
- maybe even with some skinny jeans
& I love the shape of it...& the color

Favorite Face Mask

... because I already know I'm Belle, but this way, I can let the world see it too :)

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

I want Adventure Beauty and the Beast Disney Shirts- Disney Shirts for Women - Glitter Disney Shirt

Favorite Funnies

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.... when Michael Jackson is back in the news

GIPHY! ( November 3, 2016 at 03:27PM

... every time I get done watching a new documentary

GIPHY! ( August 5, 2016 at 04:57AM

.... when the dogs come to me first over Ricky

GIPHY! ( March 14, 2019 at 07:49PM

... when the line at Starbucks is 3 times as long on a Monday

GIPHY! ( April 13, 2017 at 06:26PM

.... me after the hot mess of The Bachelor picking Cassie

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.... me at 4:30pm today

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cream & not gray, I'm outta there & of course... nachos....{Thankful Thursday #213}

This week I am Thankful For:

Fever broke
Friends of ours got in touch with us to pray for their baby boy.... he had the flu & his fever got up to 104!!!  They were heading to the ER & we all were praying for that sweet baby.  It went down & he was OK & after a few days, he was back to being a toddler running around. Whew!!! So thankful for the resilience of little ones.

Reached 70
It was a fluke & one day only before the cold came back - but man, what a spark of hope to know Spring is near - & to remember how wonderful 70 degrees feels.

Lunch with friends
I met the most awesome young man through my job.  He wasn't there but maybe 10 months after I started because he left the job there to go into full time ministry - how awesome is that?  But I love he still comes up & goes to lunch with our 'lunch gang' ... a group of us that always just enjoy lunch together talking about life & relationships & our faith.  I'm grateful he still takes the time to come talk with us so we can stay connected.

Safe during storms
GOODNESS - we had a mega storm roll through last week.  It left behind some tornados in its wake & some big time damage with a lot of downed trees & power lines.  Luckily, Ricky was home from work to be with the dogs & I made it home safely through the worst part of the storm. It was CRAZY - flash flooding is no joke!

Driving down my road... look at all the flooding - there shouldnt be water on the sides of the road like that!

Keep Electricity
I thought for sure we'd loose power & was SOOOO glad we stayed on the whole night.  Especially when a WHOLE TOWN nearby was out for quite awhile. Whew!

Dinner with my Jesus Sisters
I honestly could laugh & cry with these ladies every chance I can get. They just make my heart so happy & my spirit so much lighter.... plus, there was nachos. How can you not be thankful for nachos?

Friday night look
YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! (for now anyways)

First nurse - last nurse
I'm so glad that my very first nurse was also my last nurse. She was just so kind & sweet & everything you want in a nurse.

Crock pot chili
There really is nothing better than throwing things in a crock pot early in the morning & having a delicious dinner at night without having to 'cook'... plus, aren't left overs from a crock pot the best?

$5.00 tshirts
I was in some serious need of spring/summer tee's for work & was so excited to see them on sale at Target for $5.00 ... I loaded up on all the colors.

Reading friends
It makes me so happy when my reading friends send me a message to check out sales on Amazon.  My sweet friend Shannon sent me a message Sunday that had TEN - yes TEN books - all fairy tale based!!!!! - on sale for 99 cents!! Not 99 cents a piece - 99 cents for all of them! & even better?  I had a Kindle credit, so it was free.  Reading friends are the best friends!!!!!

Car clean!
I'm still in shock my car is clean. I nearly walked by it the other day because I didnt think it was mine.  My car, I thought was a grey tone... who knew it was actually cream color when all the dirt was washed off.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring is in the air.... {Wednesday Medley}

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Doesnt winter always feel like the longest season of them all?
It may not FEEL exactly like Spring just yet, but to know that we have made it out of the gloom of winter.... I just want to lift a Hallelujah & throw some pollen in the air for good measure!

Joining in today with my precious blog buddy Terri for her weekly link up... appropriate all about Spring today

1.  The first spring flowers are usually daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris. and lilacs. Which one of those choices is your favorite?  Have you seen any yet?
Oh yeah, everything is starting to pop up around here.  Daffodils are everywhere & I love it. I need to remember to cut mine & bring in to put in a vase.  I've done that the past few years & I love the pop of yellow in my home.
But Tulips are ALWAYS my favorite. I just love how classic & beautiful they are.
I'll always take any flower though.  My home could use some spring lovely scent from lilacs. I feel like I need to take a trip to the floral department now.
2.  What is your least favorite thing about spring?
The ONLY thing I dont care about Spring - the allergies.
I know its coming... we had one warm day last week & I went out to walk for about 15 minutes & my throat instantly closed up.  My eyes started watering.  I could feel the vice start to grip around my head.... but then cold weather came back & it eased up.
But yeah, I know the bad allergies are right around the corner. It's a price I'll gladly pay.
Remind me I said that in a few weeks when I'm moaning & groaning about how awful I feel.
3.  Okay, what puts a spring in your step?
I could just make a full page post on this one...
dogs.... good weather... sunshine....library books.... yarn.... nice walks.... free time to relax.... flowers blooming... more daylight in the evening.... Fridays.... Saturdays.... music.... Homemade Pie Kitchen.... fresh fruit.... things that make me laugh.... FEELING PAIN FREE!!!!
Seriously - I could really go on & on.....
4.  What is your favorite springtime song?
Spring time song? Never thought of it... a song for Spring?
I guess my mind goes automatically to Spring Break....
& my Senior year, me & some friends went with her mom to a business trip that happened to be near Myrtle Beach.... I can remember that trip like yesterday - all the details of it.
But that's when Pretty Woman came out & we watched it in the theater... & I can remember "It Must have been Love" by Roxette.... & also remember from that same time, "Without You" by Motley Crue.
Can you tell we met some guys on this trip & it was full of teenage angst in saying goodbye to them? haha... Seriously... why is everything so dramatic when you're a teenager?
But I do think of those two songs during Spring break time....
1990... what a memory maker

5.  What really says spring to you?
Easter... Easter is my favorite.... That & Halloween are my two favorite holidays!  
But I love that Easter is really about NEW LIFE... NEW BEGINNINGS... NEW STARTS...
Just what Spring is all about....Bring it Jesus!!!  He makes ALL things new!!!

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6.  Tell us something random about your week

I aint gonna lie... I feel like everybody & their momma is on vacation for Spring Break, going on vacation, planning a vacation, scheduling a vacation.... & I'm all over here like, "We got a new HVAC unit"... & no plans on anything but work.... Not saying I'm a little jealous....

... ok... let's say a LOT jealous.

If you're going somewhere soon, or you just went somewhere recently... good for you... send me a postcard :) haha

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Be sure to stop over at Terri's page & see all the people joining in for this SPRINGY Wednesday Medley

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Help a Girl Out.... EYES!!!

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So I loved the last one of these I did - so many recommends on hand lotion!

Do you know I made the longest list & ordered some from Amazon & strolled down Target's aisles & bought a few to try.  It was awesome having your suggestions.  Thank you for that!

I had to laugh because some of you mentioned a hand cream that I hadn't heard of ... & then when I went to my mom's house to help her order some groceries, I look on my dad's night stand & he had 2 jars of the stuff sitting right there that he used....

So for everyone who suggested this.... you made me smile thinking you were on the same wave length as my daddy....

& this month, I want to hear your suggestions on something new.... something I'm having some BIG TIME ISSUES WITH!!!

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OK.. something no one tells you about is when you get older, your eye lashes aren't as good as they used to be. Somehow they get all stubby & not as long & not as full.... it's really depressing actually.

& to top it off, I'm constantly getting the RACCOON eyes all day long...

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I dont feel like I'm rubbing my eyes - maybe I am... but its like my eyes have an oil on them or something & my eyes constantly are running....

I used to try a primer on my eyes & have since stopped... is that the issue? Do I still need to use the primer?  What is the one you use?

I also use a liquid eye liner for my top lases... could that be streaking?

Is it the mascara I'm using?

So help a girl out.... tell me your eye tips.

Is there a mascara that you swear by ... & remember, once again, I'm cheap - I'm not spending more than $25-$30 TOPS on a mascara... I prefer a drug store brand... but if its the magic grail of mascara, I'll fork out some more....

Do you have tricks you do to keep your eye make up in place all day long?

Is there an eye liner that is just smooth as butt'a?

Do you have a trick to take your make up OFF that is just great for your eyes?

Anyone else over 40 that is having issues with thinning or 'less than lucious' eye lashes?

Let's hear your secrets...with the warm weather coming up & allergy season, I really need to get ahead of the game of the smeary eyes....

Thanks as always for HELPING A GIRL OUT!!!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

The weekend I finished in BEAST MODE!!!!

& friends... that's a wrap!!!!

My infusions are all done!  ... for now anyways.
I go back in 3 months to see where my levels are at... if they are staying up... or if infusions will be a new normal for me every few months. Oh geez.  Fingers crossed & prayers lifted.... I really want to never do that again.

Let me back up...

Friday started off good.  First, Fridays are just always good - right?  The finish line of the week.

But this Friday, I stopped at the library on the way home & got the BEST library haul!!!! So many books I've been wanting to read. I was nearly skipping out of the library with my stack of books!  Good thing we just had "Show Us Your Books" last week because I found a couple of reads from that that I wrote down & was able to put on hold.

I got home just in time to turn around & go out to dinner with some friends. 

So this picture is the funniest to me because I was trying to get a video for my 1 second a day app & leave it to me to mess it up - I ended up not getting a video - but a snap... & the funniest snap caught in action.  But this perfectly describes us getting together - lots of animated talking.... add in lots of laughter & always some tears & just lots of love.

We ended up getting there at 6:30 & do you know we were there at nearly closing - 10:45.... & we STILL didnt get around to everything we wanted to talk about.  I love my Jesus Sisters!!!

Then it was time.  I was pumped up to get in & get this infusion done.  I even dressed for the occasion... going in with a BEAST MODE attitude!

I told the nurses that I almost brought confetti to bring & toss in the air when I left.... but I didnt want to have to have anyone to clean it up. The nurse I had was the best (she was actually my very first nurse!!!!) & she said, "Oh honey, we would have tossed it WITH you & been so thrilled to clean it up - we love when people are done needing to come here" - how sweet is that???

& this infusion went super fast to me because I actually fell asleep!  The first time I've ever done that.  I was reading one of my new books & next thing I know, I'm getting woke up by the beeping of my machine.  That's how you pass the time away!

I was so excited when I left, I called Ricky & told him I was going to Target to celebrate....

... & then pushed myself too hard.

I felt AWFUL half way through the store. AWFUL.... I had to get out of there. I was having hot flashes & dizzy spells & feeling sick.... It almost threw me in a panic attack.  I pushed myself way too hard.  So I just jetted out with what I had in my cart & had to get home.... except I had to make one more stop....

... yep... had to get an iced coffee.....

Except that made me feel even worse because I ended up getting stuck in the WORLDS LONGEST LINE & was there for over 25 minutes... for coffee. I nearly was coming out of my skin by the time they handed me my coffee.  I mean, this is how bad it was..... I finally got to the window & they had my iced coffee ready, but they didnt have my other order... & I had to wait an extra 5 minutes - FOR AN AMERICANO... AN AMERICANO .. how hard is it to make that? That's basically just COFFEE in a CUP!!!!  I dont know what the issue was in there that day....

After that - I just wanted to get home & get in bed... that was where I stayed the rest of the day.

Luckily - I had made some quinoa sweet potato chili before I left for my infusion in the morning so we at least had a yummy supper Saturday night.

& as the night went on, OF COURSE, I had some side effects. Always something new - & awful. This time around?  I had a temp - as usual - but then my chest had these red streaks all over it - like someone had scratched  me up & down... it was kinda terrifying.  When I got the in shower, they got even worse - BLOOD RED.  We said if they didnt ease up after I got out of the shower, we were going to the ER.... but they faded a little after a few hours & then went away by midnight. Geez.

& of course, I think this puppy love helped heal me.

True to form, Sunday, I felt great.... steroid kicked in once again.  & by steroid, I also mean no sleep ... so frustrating. But it does make me feel decent on Sunday.

Got to go to HSM, & then back to Target to finish my shopping I needed from my jet out of there quick trip & then I was on a mission - to get my car clean!!! I honestly have not cleaned my car in the longest time... like, would it be horrible & embarrassing to say it may even be longer than  a year that I've washed my car - much less vacuumed it?  Oh man.. that is embarrassing... but true to life. I'm all about honesty.

It took me a hour to clean my car - got my dashboards all cleaned & shiny... drove to take it through a car wash - & even pumped in the quarters to get the vacuum going.  I nearly gagged getting under my seat.  All the rocks & straw wrappers... & french fries. I dont even eat a lot of french fries so that's REALLY scary.

But I feel like I'm riding in a new car now. 

& do you know that less than an hour after I got it cleaned... a bird pooped right down the front of my windshield.... THIS IS MY LIFE Y'ALL!!!!  I literally just had to laugh.

Got my bills done.... read some in the sun.... played with the dogs... & yes, I wore green for St. Patrick's Day....

... & here we are in another week.  It's a busy week (again) ahead... but ready to tackle it - I mean, I'm all pumped up full of iron now, right?  PRESSING ON!!!