Paint Away

 

I have lived in several homes that were all white or all tan, and they were ok, but I prefer color. My youngest son thinks my decorating style is strange. Well, kiddo I like it strange. Color is cheerful. πŸ™‚

Here are a few of the many paint samples I have chosen over the last couple decades. I like color.Β  I have definitely painted my share of walls. I have more to paint but keep stalling. I am getting tired of painting walls. πŸ™‚

Pineapple = Dining Room(yellow)
Leaping Water = bathroom trim (light sea green?)
Gargoyle = outside projects (grey)
Chicago Sky = basement main room(blue)
Antarctic Ice = laundry room and guest room (light tan/white)
Edge of Night = my creative cave top half of walls (light grey)
Pledge of Allegiance = my creative cave bottom half of walls (medium purple)
Aztec Rouge = kitchen at our Puzzle House in my hometown (red-brown)
Flirtation = kitchen at our Puzzle House in my hometown (blue)

Here are a few examples.

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Top= Edge ofΒ  Night,

Bottom = Pledge of Allegiance

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Chicago Style (blue)

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Pineapple

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I think the most difficult color to paint is red! We painted our hallway a deep red with white trim at our other house and it looks elegant but boy the paint can show brush strokes and such. I think I will stick to accents of red. πŸ™‚

I love the names they give paint. While I look for the color I want, the name tends to pull me to the shade of color. Do you know the names of your walls?

 

 

 

 

 

That Thing…..Health

We all have our issues and if you don’t than you are darn lucky! πŸ™‚ I do have to say for most of my life I have been healthy. The only thing I have broken is my nose, sigh. Glad that is all, just a bit crooked. πŸ™‚

I think I can thank my grandma’s good cooking for my health. I grew up with her and she made me eat 3 meals a day and I took my vitamin everyday since second grade. She cooked everything from scratch pretty much. In fact, I didn’t know what Kraft Mac & Cheese was until college when a friend began to make it. She was shocked I had never had it. Told her my grandma made hers! The best!

I was a big fruit eater. Not so much sugar other than ice cream. πŸ™‚ Pop was a thing once in a while. I drank a lot of tea. I need to get back to that. I carried most of the habits into my early twenties but then I picked up the bad habit of pop. Sigh. I worked in a grocery store and it was too easy to get. Sometimes I would reach for an orange juice but it was normally a pop. Once in a blue moon I would bring water from home but usually I forgot it. I hate spending the high dollar on water, I might as well have a pop. My thinking back then. 😦

Well, some of these habits have created some health issues I am sure. If only there was a time machine and I could go back and redo that part. Darn.

I have had issues for some time with that dreaded woman monthly thing. I would say I began that whole perimenopause around 37, I am now 47. I am so over it. I wish I would have had a doctor that shook their finger at me and said exercise REGULARLY and eat better. Because I didn’t do good on my own.

I have added pounds in my middle area since about 34 I am guessing. I can’t blame the kids, always lost the weight. πŸ™‚ I am beginning to think I was estrogen dominant for a very long time. Things really went haywire about age 41. That monthly thing decided to skip around and do all kinds of weird stuff. For me, it was a shock because I had the greatest monthly since seventh grade that any woman would be jealous of. πŸ™‚

The doctor I had been seeing was trying to figure out what was going on but then hubby retired from the army and they wouldn’t let me keep him for my doctor. They gave me a new one which I was NOT impressed with. I suggested doing hormone levels and he said I don’t do that. Ok. I did have an abnormal PAP that year but he didn’t seem concerned with. OK. So he decided to give me a low dose of birth control pills. Ugh. My tubes are tied I didn’t want this again. I faithfully took them. It made them regular on time but still didn’t solve the heavy problems.

Then they decided to build a clinic off base for those of us in the subdivision, I got a new doctor! YAY! Well, middle son ended up with some health problems, and like all moms I put mine on the back burner. His turned out ok, but it was a scare for a while.

Then unfortunately, that doctor passed away. I liked him. 😦

Gave me a new doctor, this is now my fourth one in five years. Ugh.

She ended up cancelling our first appointment when I was going to discuss my issues further and renew that dang blasted pill. I decided, I will try without the pill. I was happy to say it began and ended like it was supposed to for the next eight months, just stayed the dreaded heavy stuff. Ugh.

That eighth month I had to have my appendix out! Joy! I actually felt really good afterwards, like better than ever. But lo and behold it messed up my monthly thing. Ugh. It skipped and then it spotted. I thought oh, maybe I’m getting to the end! Yes!

Nope.

By December it was like opening the flood gates! I went to the ER. Found out I was anemic. Gave me some stuff in IV for my racing heart and the doctor got me an ultrasound for that morning, it was in the middle of the morning. No sleep that day. And he also got me a referral with a gynecologist! Yay! But it wasn’t going to happen for almost a month. UGh.

This doctor decided with what he was seeing he would do a hysteroscopy and D&C. Rule out any cancer. Oh relief. Procedure went well. Waiting for the dang results sucked. Nerve wrecking. Came back NO cancer! Yay! I was given options, pill, IUD, and Provera for six months. The pill makes my heart race so no. Heck no to the IUD, read too many bad reviews, plus did I mention my tubes are tied! lol

So I went with the Provera.

Well, the first ten days of taking it I still spotted. Then like it is supposed to after stopping the pill, you get that dreaded monthly. HOLY HELL! Pain, flood gates again…..so frustrating.

I tell you, why do women have to go through this? Not fair! You start out with monthly all over the place when you begin and now you have to do it again! Not fair I tell ya.

I will do it again next month but if there is no change I’m hunting that doc down and saying just remove the damn thing! Just kidding, see what else there is. I know there is a few other options.

In the meantime I am exercising more and eating healthier. Maybe just maybe it will help some.

How are all you other women handling this thing? πŸ™‚

Not a very good picture but that brown dot, not a mole, is where the nurse put my IV for up above procedure. She blew my vein! Talk about hurting. I was lucky that it didn’t bruise more than it did. She made me a bit mad, she was training and the new nurse said my veins were too small and wasn’t going to try. I told her nicely that all other IV’s I have had were done inside of my arm. She wouldn’t listen. GRRRR. Luckily, she put some hot towels on it while I was waiting to go in. It helped a lot. All medical people, what is in those IV’s? The next day I am like full of energy and feeling like my twenties! I think I need my own supply of those. LOL

Oh hum

I can think of many things to do, I just don’t want to. One of those days. I have the Hallmark channel on and chilling in the chair.

Hubby didn’t get to come home thanks to truckers having to use the new electronic logs. He ran out of hours and you can’t fudge those. Sucks. My opinion, as long as they get their eight hours asleep each night they should be able to work the rest. Trucking is not a five day work week with set hours. Some of their time is stuck in traffic, loading, etc. Government doesn’t take that into account. So this will probably mean less time home and less money as well. Government doesn’t always know best.

I believe in safety but one must see the whole picture. My rant for the day. Missing my hubby.

My dryer keeps telling me it’s done. I think I will sit here and think about that. πŸ˜‚

Step Step Step

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I realized my phone app had step challenges, like duh. I am so observant at times. LOL

I began doing them in November. As you can see, I didn’t get quite halfway. I didn’t even get a star! Boo hoo. A few steps were lost due to not charging my watch or grabbing the phone when I didn’t have my watch on, but that was only a few steps. And I rather enjoy sitting on my butt. πŸ™‚

I need to change how I do stuff.

  • More get up and move breaks (my cave is in the basement, water on main floor)
  • Perhaps read while walking on the treadmill
  • Could always clean more (who couldn’t)
  • Go window shopping (that could be dangerous on the pocketbook)
  • Walk down to the mailbox (end of the street, cluster mailboxes)
  • I have 3 flights of stairs I COULD walk up and down

I will have to get creative! πŸ™‚

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Happy to say in December, I did go over halfway!

I didn’t make it because I had my grandson here so I had to play with him on the floor! LOL Good excuse huh? πŸ™‚Β  By the next time I see him, he may be walking, then I will have steps galore! πŸ™‚

Look, I did get one star bonus for achieving the steps in a certain amount of time. Yay me!

So far this month, I am doing great! I am going for all the steps! I have achieved a star, missed the second one by only a few steps. πŸ™‚

I definitely feel better and the challenge gets me up and moving more so that is great!

Do you use a step watch or app or both? πŸ™‚

I am amazed how many steps the top people get. Crazy but a good crazy! Goals are good to keep one motivated! Stay tuned!

 

 

Reflection

My mind has been a jumble of nothings. I have wanted to write a blog for the last month at least. Many things I could have written about but seemed on the boring side. I need to set up a voice recorder in my car, thoughts always happen the best there.

Go figure.Β 

Then I think surfing the net will help spark a thought or two and all it does is sidetrack me.Β  πŸ™‚Β  I am going to try hard to not surf as much until I write something whether it is a blog post or on paper from now on.

Goal #1. (It is not even the new year! LOL )

I just realized the year my youngest graduates High School, in 3 years,Β  I will be 50 years young! Wow!

Where the heck has the time gone?

What have I accomplished?

I have enjoyed my life. Some bumps and some boring parts but for the most part it has been good. It definitely hasn’t went like I thought it would. But I would not have liked it if it had because that means I would not be spontaneous. Right? Who wants to know their future? Not me.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Mine was good for a day.

The rest of the weekend was rather….not what I wanted. I guess 16 years of marriage can cause a few hiccups. Nothing terrible, the other half chose to do his own thing for a couple of days away from us. He is already gone during the week, so it surprised me. He always spends his time off with us. This was a first.

It wouldn’t have been a big deal if he was home all week. I could totally understand getting away once in a while. Usually, if I can’t go, then he stays.

It confused me to say the least.

As I ponder about it, it really wasn’t a bad thing.Β  I hope it doesn’t mean more of it will happen, then we might have a problem which will result in a swift kick in his butt! πŸ™‚

Do you always spend time with your other half? (other than when they have work)

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Art Eases The Stress

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I have been playing in Illustrator the last few hours. I learned a bit more about the Transform Tool. Pretty cool. Mine didn’t turn out like the video but isn’t that what art is about, creating your own flare. πŸ™‚ LOL

Transform Geometric 1

I love playing with colors and gradients. My main love in High School was coloring geometric designs. Still love to color them but Illustrator is even more fun. πŸ™‚

Have an awesome weekend everyone! Praying for all those in the hurricane areas and the fire areas. Wish the stuff wouldn’t happen. Hugs to all!

 

Back To School

1502912444754 My two teenagers this morning before school! Time is flying! I have to steal pictures anymore for school days. That is ok, makes for some interesting poses. πŸ™‚ They are both in High School now. I hope their day went well.

IMG_20170816_084332 This was my day this morning! Celebrate with donuts and a Pepsi! I actually didn’t drink much of that Pepsi. I’m getting to where a Pepsi is not tasty in the mornings. Now, I do enjoy my afternoon one. πŸ™‚

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Happy to say I did go to the YMCA today and exercised! Now, my treadmill didn’t look like that but that would be kind of fun. πŸ™‚ It felt good to get back. I failed during the summer going. I thought the kids would go with me a lot, nope. Strive for next summer. I am going to stay on track, yes. Yes. Yes. Keep telling myself that. πŸ™‚

IMG_20170816_125815 When I left the YMCA I headed to the supermarket to get me a chef salad and Fiji water! It was yummy. I think that makes up for the donuts and pop this morning, right? πŸ™‚

A pretty good start to my return of a school routine! πŸ™‚

Have a great day! πŸ™‚