Do The BEST With Whatcha Got!

April 13th, 2018

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Can you believe it's already that time again? Time to get the old garden equipment out and get those seeds ready for some serious plantin' here in the country!

Last year we planted our wildflower seeds a bit too late in the season. This year we plan on not making the same mistakes as today we officially finished planting all 15,000 + wildflower and deer forage seeds. We do not hunt nor condone hunting... we believe in caring for all creatures both big and small. Today's Podcast~Blogcast video pretty much shows our love for creating a natural, yet beautiful, habitat for the deer as well many other animals through out the year.



With time and plenty of experience... I continue to do my best moving forward with life. Life may not be what I could have ever predicted it to be with so many unforeseen and unfortunate changes with my health. But I'll be damned if it's going to stop me from doing my best to continue living and enjoying life to the fullest! Amen. I wasn't able to do everything that I would have liked to do in helping Eric with all of the spring planting as we continue making the most happiest place for our little family. But I got up, got dressed and got on my nifty respiratory mask and did the best I can with what I've got!

If I could bottle up all of my super woman determination and sheer mental strength to continue pushing forward through any given situation and every given obstacle... there wouldn't be one single person suffering that would ever think of giving up on life. I can only hope by continuing to share our journey with now videos and photos... that it helps someone else struggling in their own personal journey. 

We can't wait for the beginning of this summer to see all the amazing and quite colorful wildflower and deer forage blooms! Life is what you make of it as we continue to make ours the most happiest yet!


Here's wishing everyone a most B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L, magical and memorable weekend~


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April 12th, 2018

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This video is too gosh darn SCARY FUNNY as I once again get Eric when he least expects it... BOO!!!! Hahahahaha!!

Yep... I am right back at it again with the same old scare tactic shenanigans all for a good laugh or two or three or four depending if you are the scare'er or just plain old SCARED! Eric's facial expression says it all as we are still laughing! Hahahahaha!

20180412_221249.jpgWe were really hopeful to at least get a bit of a break at yesterday's appointment as far as limitations that had been placed over a month ago due to latest medical complications. But there were no breaks nor any changes as I still remain under the care of my critical care specialists and cardiologist. A continued set of rules to abide by for the time being while doing their best to get me stable enough to not be under such strict care. All of the respiratory medicine already leaves me feeling beyond Jazzed-Up so to speak. I still have three more tests to undergo which hopefully they can get me scheduled in with the hospital one and done no later than early next week.

Just when I thought I was reaching the top of this Mammoth Mountain... here comes another obstacle placed in my way before I can get back to somewhat of a normal life... not being under such strict medical care. We have so many amazing plans that were already underway. That includes our final Big Move out west. Yet... here we are once again stuck waiting and wondering.

With so many obstacles that continue to remain in our way... one has to remember that there are things in life that will be out of your hands and out of your control. So in the meantime... I might as well have a little bit of fun while being stuck at home.

Life is far too short so if you can't say something nice... make sure it's either scary or funny.

In Eric's case... SCARY F-U-N-N-Y!


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One Word….

April 11th, 2018

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This video pretty much sums up our hectic and crazy life as this morning we made our way back up to the hospital... again. More appointments, more testing and more bad news that doesn't make things seem very promising.

It's hard to comprehend one organ after another beginning to fail me. It's even worse to find out today that fast-track, maximum course of 3D radiation therapy from almost 2 years ago has caused another complication. Another reason for concern as radiation therapy has now been blamed for causing the lower lobe obstruction. My Critical Care Specialists have now isolated everything as far as two separate issues with my lungs and a connected issue with my heart. This really has been a life long struggle with what they know now as serious autoimmune issues that also play an important role with upper lobe scarring in both of my lungs. My body has continued going after its own organs which has caused a slew of problems when we thought ovarian tumors (cancer) was a big enough concern. We might as well forget gastroparesis because that seems to now be the least of my worries. 

20180408_192955_resized_1.jpgAt the end of the day as I set my cell phone alarm for two additional times to take more medication than I could have ever imagined to be on in this lifetime... just to be able to breathe. I look forward to embracing another good day. Far happier days that mean plenty of smiles and a whole lotta laughter that literally takes your breath away... but in a good way!

It's been another day coming to terms with more unforeseen permanent changes in my life due to medical reasons. Another day realizing why it's so important to embrace the little things in life that bring the most happiness. The little things that we all take for granted.


"The secret to reach the butterflies is not to run after them, the best secret is to take care of your garden with love and patience so that they get to you. Normally the things that have cost you the most to achieve are the ones that are most enjoyed."


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Always Remember What Makes You Smile :)

April 10th, 2018

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Today... not a good day nor a very good start to a troubling week ahead for me. My breathing was the worst yet as I had to once again seek medical assistance to help me breathe. 

I am back at the hospital with cardiology tomorrow morning after having to reschedule so my other specialists could get my breathing issues under control. The worst feeling in the world... when it is so darn difficult to just simply breathe.

But life... life does go on as I smile and remember all the little things that make me so incredibly happy. 

Today I am stuck resting... more time on my couchbed. But there is always tomorrow.

"Through our greatest struggles comes the deepest appreciation for life."


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Earthy To-Go Snacks… By Little Ole Me

April 9th, 2018

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Tomorrow  marks another start to a bit more serious of a day at the hospital while meeting with my Cardiologist and Critical Care team. Needing to still get the old lungs and heart back on track and finally somewhat stable.

In the meantime...  there's always room to make some funnies!

Today's recipe by Little Ole Me is something quick, easy and a whole lot healthy! An earthy heart-healthy little treat for anyone on the go that needs some extra energy... a little pep to the old step! 

"Earthy To-Go Treats... by Little Ole Me"

There really isn't much to throwing this little healthy mix together. All you need is a few minutes and a couple of plastic or Tupperwear containers. It most definitely beats all the unhealthy stuff that sure isn't good to snack on throughout the day. Gastroparesis for me means a lifetime of trial and error. There are recipes that I have created over the years that actually do pretty well for me! Like this super easy earthy to-go treat. Set your clocks for a few minutes... actually less than five because here's all you need:

2 plastic or Tupperware containers

One box of Very Berry Cheerios

One box of Kashi Organic Blueberry Clusters cereal

One box of Sun-Maid Golden California Raisins

For those wanting extra fiber to help cinch the old waistline during this upcoming bikini season... Kashi Go-Lean cereal pretty much says it all! It will lean you out really quick and then some! Hahahahaha! After last night's episode of both of us trying the Kashi Go-Lean... I think I will stick with the lower fiber content of Kashi Blueberry Clusters Organic cereal! 

All you need to do is get your containers ready and add a little bit of all three ingredients to your liking. Snap that lid on tightly and give it a few good shakes! 

Not only is this a super healthy, high-fiber and low-calorie quick snack on the go... but it's super easy to make and to store in any size container. I personally like to use the smaller containers that fit in my purse.

Bon Appetit and enjoy this funny and informative recipe video to boot! 


"Earthy To-Go Treats"

By Little Ole Me


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Even Hubbies TOOT! ;)

April 8th, 2018

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Last podcast for the evening was just a bit too serious for my liking!

We all know that this gal likes a good ole belly laugh or two or three or four!

Poor Eric... yep! I got em again and funnier than ever! 

Oh come now all you tight britches... even YOU toot! 


**I forgot to mention that our trip to the Middle East had to be postponed until next weekend... stay tuned!


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The Ability To Connect… The Purple Bunny~

April 8th, 2018

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We were planning on taking down the Easter decorations today. However... a little certain someone or some type of energy or whatever whomever you may want to call it decided to make their presence known.

There are times when my gift tends to become a bit silent. Then there are times like this evening where the ability to connect still never ceases to amaze me. More like... amaze us as a huge flashing light flew past us in the hallway and instantly disappeared. I saw it. But the bigger question was did Eric see it. 

Oh yes... he most definitely saw it as if almost literally jumping out of his skin, "Did you just see that?!"

 I have never lived a boring life... I doubt that my life will ever get boring while still being blessed each and every day. Celebrating the gift of life. I take great faith in knowing that one day I will finally have the long awaited answers and the reasons to have been given such a special gift. A gift that had been given to me at a very young age. The ability to connect.

Another time another moment and another opportunity caught on camera. Instead of taking down the Easter decorations. We decided to leave them be for a little while longer. No need to explain this video because there will always be those who believe... and there will always be skeptics.

Our loved ones may leave this earth in the physical sense. However their spiritual connection and love for us always remains in many ways shapes and forms.

A true gift from Heaven. 


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A Great CORE Deal!!

April 7th, 2018

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 We're all about a great deal... especially the healthy kind!

I literally live off of Core Organic beverages so imagine our surprise after seeing this weekend steal of a deal!

50 cents a bottle?! Get outta here!

If you as well drink Core Organic beverages... then you are also well aware that this little healthy organic drink runs close to over $3 a bottle at your local grocery retailers and health food stores. This can get to be Mighty expensive!

This weekend while you are out and about and live near a Big Lots store... I highly suggest making a quick pit stop to stock on up on the good stuff! $0.50 a bottle goes a long way folks! It also leaves extra money in the old pocket book to go towards other major accessories and repairs such as our fourth time around plumbing issues... pffff! 

More of that to follow because we have far more important things to worry about as we trek our way to the Middle East for tomorrow's Sunday Podcast~Blogcast treat...


Enjoy this quick little video and get yourself on out there girl and stock up on the Good Ole healthy stuff! Hehehehehe!


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1 Rude. 2 Nice..

April 6th, 2018

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PLEASE tell me that people are acting a fool' due to this crazy weather! 

MittensSillyKitty_450x800_.jpgWe have officially set a record of what feels like 6 months of winter weather with just a few warm days here and there over the past few months. You know what this means right? Crazy foolish people are out and about today folks! Especially here in the country where people not only may be walking around in a bad mood... but as well have no qualms about letting you have a taste of it.

 I've been to New York once during my last interview with the company I worked for and had planned to retire with being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside the vice president. Of course... I hid my medical issues that had later came back to haunt me as I started becoming too ill to work while getting sick on the job. Back then I thought people in New York and New Jersey were bold and brazen. Now I've come to realize... they sure ain't got nothing on folks here in the country! LORD HAVE MERCY!

I've been through my fair share of counseling and learning the art of how to take things people say or do with a mere grain of salt. But nothing could had prepared me for the extremely loud and snappy rude woman that made a wrong choice to yell on top of her lungs a few curse words at us in front of a few young gentleman. Of all people to yell at today when I am not in the mood and this weather is making my breathing 10 times worse as if walking around with a bag over my head. So then again... I would like to think that I have learned enough by great counseling that sometimes as I've been told time and time again... if you don't take time to acknowledge and correct those that treat you wrongly... you are only allowing that person to continue their behavior to the next person in line and so on and so on.

To the woman in medical scrubs that had the audacity to literally yell curse words at us for parking in a handicap spot. Clearly she didn't see the handicap tag on my plate nor the blue placard. To do so yelling curse words while I am on the phone with my specialist and having to mute the call. Well... one should not expect me to not have a response once the car is in park. All this... just to pick up prescription medication at Walgreens... YEP.

If your day is that horrible and you have to be so bold and brazen to take it out on people for no good reason whatsoever.... then clearly you should just stay home. Also you need to reevaluate the next time you go off cursing at someone saying they are not old enough to use a handicap spot so the whole parking lot can hear you including two young gentleman.

I am not the same person as I was yesterday. I am not even the same person as I was last week. Let's be honest by saying... I am not close to being the same person I was last year either. With good counseling... nah... with GREAT counseling you learn how to respond to rude folks such as this woman we had the unfortunate opportunity to cross on our path today.

But such as with life... everything happens for a reason. 

In my case a really great reason because my response was a bit shocking for this woman in medical scrubs as I got off the phone and slowly made our way out of the car. All while this woman still insisted on rolling some words off her lips while now gaining the attention of a few others. My response... direct, clear and to the point.

"I don't appreciate the choice of taking your bad day out on me with such rude, childish behavior. To have such a bad attitude out in public and take it out on anyone... especially me is the wrong person to take it out on because I have been through a lot in my life lady and dealing with you is the least of my worries."

As a gentleman nearby started clapping after hearing my response. All I could hope for this bitter woman is that next time she decides to hastily pass judgment on others for no good reason... she reconsiders letting it roll off her lips. I am clearly no longer the person that's going to take listening to anyone chastise, belittle or put me down. Especially a stranger. I've earned this backbone and I'm not afraid anymore to use it.

I believe in respect. I also believe that respect is earned by the way you allow people to talk to you and treat you. Especially in today's society where people like this woman in of all things, medical scrubs, do not think twice about how they treat strangers while out in public. LORDIE do I ever feel for her patients! 

1 rude. 2 nice..

Instead of letting a mere stranger ruin the rest of my day when I was already not feeling well. I decided to instead respond differently as we walked into the pharmacy. I took the time to pay a sincere compliment to the woman at the register. I also made the decision to take a $10 rewards coupon and instead of using it towards our purchase. I decided to give it to someone else. You know why? Because that's what we all should be doing in this world. We all should be taking the time to pass positivity, kindness, compassion and a smile to one another. There are so many ways to spread the love... not the hate.


I hope you enjoy today's super cute and funny video! A smile from me to YOU! 


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Feeling… Comfy!

April 5th, 2018

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1. comfy - providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal); "comfortable clothes."

The above describes me perfectly... especially today! 

OldcomfyshortsHA2.jpgThe attached is totally what a bit too much of that comfy feeling looks like over a decade later... HA! My favorite pair of comfy shorts that need a bit of stitching TLC this weekend. Oh come on now... we all have that one article of clothing that still stands the test of time. Even with now built-in waist air holes to boot! HAHAHAHAHA!

Eric absolutely hates these super comfy shorts of mine that I refuse to part ways with in this lifetime. It's no wonder he earned today's Podcast~Blogcast video! Hehehehehe!!

These are my ultimate go-to comfy shorts! My single one comfy clothes item that means my a*s ain't going nowhere today... literally! Hahahahaha! Unless... I plan on sharing the color of my drawers! BAH! Eric said one of these days they're going to magically disappear... POOF! But I say, "No way!" These shorts are here to stay!

There's nothing wrong with keeping a favorite article of comfy clothes that hopefully will last for a lifetime if you take good enough care of it.

For me... it's my SUPER comfy shorts! Just in time to add my big fluffy sweater and plug in my electric blanket to watch the first episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation... YAYYYY!



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