and sometimes just stuff…..

Something for everyone to think about…..

On My Heart

One of the oldest struggles for Christians . . . has been a concept called “theodicy.” It’s the tension of believing that God is all-powerful and loving, and yet seeing a world where horrible evil is allowed to occur. How does the God who loves us allow policemen to be ambushed? How does a loving God allow ISIS extremists to decapitate Christians who refuse to recant their belief in Christ?

When Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler were in power, the whole of Europe & Asia had every reason to ask these questions, and they did.  When we learned the details of the concentration camps of Germany, when we learned about the POWs’ experiences in Vietnam, when we learned about the atrocities during the gulf war, it shook people.   “How could a good and loving and powerful God allow these things to happen?” they asked.  We still ask the same question.

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Savor every moment, give thanks and never take anything for granted…..your life can change in an instant…..

On My Heart

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a really interesting movie that focuses on the acquisition of Life magazine and a person who has frequently zones out in daydreams about adventure and heroism.  The movie returns frequently to the motto of Life magazine, boldly depicted on the walls of the atrium of the company:

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

Life used pictures to capture world events and to express them in such a way that they demanded your attention.  Last week on the beach, I had one of those Life moments.

Early one morning as I was sitting on the beach, I saw a tall, stocky man walking in the soft sand toward the shore.  His walking was labored because he was carrying something.  Draped limply across…

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Benefits of Almond Oil

Hey everybody!  Happy Friday!!!

I just read this blog and thought I’d share it with you!  It has great info about the benefits of Almond Oil!  Check it out!!!

“Carrier oils provide the backbone for many DIY creations. Choosing one that suits you best may seem intimidating, but I promise it’s worth the effort. The right carrier can make the difference between a newly made product that is good and one that is AMAZING. We’ve done a few posts previously on the benefits of various carrier oils, which you can find here:

This time we thought we could focus on the benefits of just Almond oil, as well as provide a few ideas for how you can make the most of the various uses for Almond oil. We all know how important it is to choose a carrier oil that is suitable for your skin type. Almond oil can be a wonderful choice for nearly everyone, making it the perfect option for those who want a great multi-purpose carrier to use in their projects and for blending. Almond oil is a light carrier oil that absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. This spotlight (below) can be clicked and printed so you can add it to your essential oil binder!”

Please click the link below to continue reading………… 😀

Source: Benefits of Almond Oil

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day! 😀

Happy Thursday everybody!

Today I need to get on my soapbox, I just can’t keep my mouth shut another minute!

So, here goes……….but remember, this is only MY opinion and I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, nor make anyone mad.  You can do whatever you want with your life, this is just how I prefer to live mine.

What ever happened to:

Modesty………  Has anyone besides me noticed that girls/women of all ages wear less and less to cover themselves?  From young, and I mean elementary age, to 60+, I’ve noticed scantily clad females.  Why?  Do they feel they need to do that to be attractive?  Do that not realize that they can be just as attractive, if not more, when they cover up?  I know this is only MY opinion and I’m not perfect, I did wear mini-skirts and shorts that were not as short as they wear them now, but they were shorter than they should’ve been, luckily I only did that for a couple of years and mostly just wore jeans.  The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized that it’s not only not necessary, it’s embarrassing for me to see girls/women like this.  Women already have problems thinking they aren’t tall enough, short enough, pretty enough….and then when they see what THEY think is what they want to look like and what they think is attractive to others, that’s how they dress, and then they let their little girls dress that way too.  It just breaks my heart……  I personally think I need to lose 30 lbs., look younger, and many other things, but my husband says I’m perfect and beautiful, to him, and THAT is what should matter to me.  It’s very hard, but I do try to listen to him.  I also don’t wear short skirts or shorts, nor do I run around scantily clad.  The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve observed out there in the world, and I don’t like what I’ve seen.  I wish, oh how I wish that all those young girls and women would have more respect for themselves…..

Morals……..  Has anyone besides me noticed that cursing/cussing, whatever you want to call it, has become a part of everyday language, for all ages?  That is just wrong.  If you just remove whatever bad word you were going to say and replace it with a non nasty word, you’ll come to realize, you really didn’t need to say it in the first place.  It’s not needed, it’s tacky, it’s rude, and to me, it’s just downright disrespectful to use those words in public, to your elders, peers, it used to be a ticketable offense to do that around women, and it’s especially appalling around kids.  It’s just NOT ok.  I don’t even want to be around people that talk like that, and generally I will walk away, or make sure I don’t have to be around that person very often.  I can’t say I’ve never used a bad word, but I don’t use several specific words and I know you know which ones they are.  They’re disgusting and so very unnecessary.  Another things about morals.   Why do we allow all the TV shows and movies to have sex and/or naked people in them.  That too is NOT necessary.  The story would be just as good without all the sex, naked people and curse/cuss words.  Really!  I think the world would be a much better place without all that junk.  Whatever happened to good old wholesome TV and movies?

Self-respect……..  Where did that go?  You should strive to be the best at whatever it is you do.  But do it with class and a little pride.  Wear appropriate clothing (guys too), speak properly and articulately (it’s ASK, not AKS……kit-ten, not kih-in or kih-un), do not say bad words or talk trash about other people or around other people….when you do a job, do it right the FIRST time…..just doing these things will gain you more respect from others and maybe even a raise or promotion.

Respect for others……..  Why?  Well, hello…..if you give others respect, maybe, jussst maybe you’ll get more respect from them.  Follow the golden rule in all things.  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Not only is this something you have probably heard allll your life, it’s also written in the Bible (Matthew 7:12). Just because you don’t agree with someone, or like what they’re wearing, what they look like, what they drive, what they eat, and anything else you come up to not like, does not mean you should not treat them with respect.  They might feel the same way about you.  We should just agree to disagree, and get on with life.  There is nothing wrong with a healthy debate about a subject, but be respectful.  Who knows, maybe you’ll change their opinion….or maybe not.  Be happy, love one another and let judgement be left up to God where it’s supposed to be.  It’s NOT your job.

Something else you should do, anytime you get a chance and without needing a pat on the back…..do something nice for someone.  It doesn’t have to be anything big, just meaningful.  No one even needs to know about it.  Become a “secret, random act of kindness” person and see how good it makes you feel.  No one needs to know about it but you, and maybe the person you did it for, should you choose for it to not be a secret.  Try it…..it COULD change your life!

Thank you for listening to my rant today.  I have been needing to get that out for a while. Whew!  I feel better already!  Whether you agree with me or not, does not matter.  I just hope that maybe, jussst maybe you’ll think about it and jump on the let’s make this a better world band wagon.  If YOU don’t help it change, who will?  I have heard this before and I like it…… “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  I know that no matter what, I will continue to plant seeds (make people think about stuff), and hope they grow (and change for the better) and that people realize that things could be better for future generations if only……

Thanks again!

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day!!!❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sucralose…..good? or bad?

Happy Monday everybody!

Soooo, we all know that Sucralose is man made, but did you know that it’s another name for Splenda?  It’s produced by chlorinating sucrose, which is plain old white table sugar.  So basically it’s just chlorinated sugar, which is a chlorocarbon, and chlorocarbons are poisonous.  Even though our bodies do a great job of detoxing most things, it can still build up over time, which can be detrimental to our health.

The government says that it is safe and 98% pure, but that leaves us with 2%.  What is in that 2%?  Well, according to an article I found ( https://www.downtoearth.org/articles/2009-03/68/sucralose-dangerous-sugar-substitute ), it contains things like lead, arsenic, methanol, and many other dangerous things.

Side effects of consumption of sucralose have been reported by many:

  • dizziness
  • migraines/headaches
  • bloating
  • rashes
  • tinnitus
  • acne
  • respiratory issues
  • joint pain/aching

and this is just SOME of the many side effects.

I try very hard to limit the consumption of processed foods, but on occasion, it does happen.  I try to be a careful and thorough label reader and buy the healthiest choice that I can.  If I can’t find one, and/or cannot make it from scratch, it generally just doesn’t get purchased.  What about eating out?  Just try to make informed healthy choices.  No croutons, oil/vinegar dressing on the side or a dressing you KNOW doesn’t have any of the dreaded and possible hidden additives, steamed veggies, nothing fried, no bread.  No sodas, no sweetened tea.  I know, I know, I can hear you from here!  Sweet tea is a staple here, but I order it unsweetened and carry my own stevia with me for sweetening.  You can  too.  I know, I’m no fun.  ha Your body will thank you for it, if you’re diligent in your choices.

If you’d like to learn more about the dangers of sucralose and other artificial sweeteners, here are several websites for you to peruse:

You can also read my previous blog about sugar, sugar substitutes and natural alternatives for more information:

Are there other choices besides refined white sugar and artificial sweeteners?

I hope I have given you all something to think about.  Over the last few years I have seen soooo much in the health industry that just scares the dickens out of me.  Doctors prescribe meds for the side effects of other meds and then you start seeing even more side effects and the next thing you know you have a new disease or even worse, you’re dead.  Did THAT get your attention?  I hope it did.  Please, please, PLEASE think before you eat and/or drink anything!  Do you really need that man made chemically filled food/drink that could possibly, eventually, even kill you?  Think about it…………..TRY to start making better choices.  Baby steps will get you there.  Yes you CAN do it, if you really want to.  The next time you eat/drink something, I hope you’ll remember reading this and remember to make a healthier choice. Thank you for listening to my rant for today!

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Juice Cleanse/Detox

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day everybody!

Sorry I’ve been such an absent blogger.  I will try to be better this year!

To start off the year, I’ve decided to do a juice cleanse/detox.  I’ve written before about Detoxifying the body a couple of years ago.

Here’s the link to refresh your memory:  My personal opinion of body detoxification and stuff…

Anyway, if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll know that I had to have major back surgery in 2014, and then I had my sacroiliac joint fused in 2015.  Between not being able to exercise properly, having all those toxins put into my body (anesthesia, medication, etc.), it has really done a number on me.  Enough so that I’ve been back on blood pressure meds for almost a year.  Well, I’ve had enough and I want off the chemical meds and get my body back on its proper journey to being the healthiest it can be.

That’s where the Juice Cleanse/Detox comes in.

There are lots of benefits of doing cleanses/detoxes, and the one I have chosen to do is also a fast from solid food.  You can do this for a day, a week, or longer.  I do NOT recommend doing more than a few days unless you are VERY familiar with fasting.  I DO recommend following directions TO…..THE…..LETTER!  Ok, now that we have THAT out of the way.  Some of the benefits of doing the one I have chosen include:

* the huge influx of healthy nutrition/vitamins from the fresh squeezed fruits and veggies.

*giving your digestive system a break, which your body will thank you for.

*doing a cleanse of this type is cellular, not just your tummy/colon.  It’s everything.

*You COULD actually lose a few pounds, which is always a plus in my book.:)

*Helps do away with cravings and promotes will power to say no!

There can be side effects from doing fasts/cleanses/detoxes, and can be different in everyone.  A few are:  light headed, acne, diarrhea, muscle aches and pains…..just pay attention to your body.  Make sure to always ALWAYS drink lots of water!

These are just a few of the many great reasons for giving it a shot.  I tried 2 days last week as a sample, to see if I could actually do it, and I started a 5 day today.  I had fresh juice delivered this morning, and they’ll deliver more fresh juice on Thursday.  If this week goes well, I’ll do more from time to time.

As always, I’m here to help, so if you have questions, just send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

Until next time……Have a Happy Healthy Day!!!!!😀

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September 1st was definitely one of the hardest most devastating days of my life…….rewind a bit…….many of you have read my previous post about Gabi and her cutaneous vasculitis.….well, she has had her ups and downs, relapses from time to time, but generally doing pretty well for the last 4 years since her original diagnosis.  In April of this year, I took her and her siblings in for their checkup which at the time was a glowing report of health for all of them.  I made an appointment for Gabi to have a dental the next week.  She’d been having some issues with a molar off and on, so I asked them to check that out too.  Well, they ended up removing it, which was fine.  Anything to make her feel better.  About a week later I had to take her back in for a checkup because she was still oozing from the extraction (or so I thought).  They told me it could just still be healing and to give it a bit of time.  I had to give it about 3 more weeks because I had to have major surgery again (sacroiliac fusion) and was on crutches for 3 weeks due to no weight bearing for all that time.  So, I did my best to keep her mouth rinsed and such, hoping it was just taking extra time to heal because of the vasculitis.  Once I was allowed to be mostly normal again, I decided to take her in again because she was still oozing and it wasn’t a bit better.  They did a culture and a biopsy.  The wait for the reports was horrible, and it got worse….  She was diagnosed with untreatable cancer in her jaw.  Hence the oozing.  The extraction had actually healed, but I guess since her immune system has been so utterly out of whack the last few years that it gave the cancer a chance to take hold and do its worst…..and do its worst it did.  From then (June 12th) until Sept 1, she went from being our doing great with her vasculitis, to an almost skeletal, the cancer won…..  She fought a hard battle.  She was such a strong hearted girl…..not giving in to that blasted vasculitis, but couldn’t fight off the cancer.  We did the best we could, but decided at 12 years old, she’d been through enough and just needed to be happy until she was ready for her angel wings.  I took her off all her meds, other than pain pills.  She quit eating anything except canned chicken, which she wolfed down in 10 oz. cans 1-3 times a day!  She couldn’t keep her weight on though, she just kept getting smaller and smaller.  It was sad to watch her wither, but I had to wait for her to tell me she was ready to go, and I knew the very moment that it was time.  They always tell you when they’re ready.  You’re NEVER ready, but you have to let them go.  I held her as she took her last breath and for a bit after.  The vet was wonderful and gave me all the time I needed to say goodbye to her.  Even though it’s been a little over 3 weeks since she earned her wings, it still seems like it was today.  I’ve never had a bond with an animal like I have had with her.  I still have 2 other dogs, and I love them immensely, but I just don’t have that bond with them.  She’s no longer suffering, nor is she in pain….for that, I’m grateful.  She took a part of me with her when she left, but I know in my heart I will see her again when God decides it’s my time to go……it doesn’t keep me from missing her though, nor does it keep my from crying a lot these days…..like now.  I have many wonderful memories, and they made me a paw print plaque keepsake of her paw, which I will treasure.  She was a very well traveled dog, and we saw many many states together over the last 10 years.  We gave her the best life we could and spoiled her as much as we could, and are still spoiling her siblings, that are missing her like crazy, especially her sister Sassy.  I know that as time passes, I won’t cry near as much, but I’ll never stop missing her……..dang but it’s hard to type when everything is blurry from the tears streaming down your face…………….Until I see you again my dear baby girl…..

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