5 Things I learned from my trip to Florida, as a person with a chronic illness

Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

Some of my regular readers will know that I have recently been on a two week holiday to Florida with my family – my two kids, my husband and my parents.  It was a long awaited trip (the kids have been asking every week, ‘how many days is it until Disney?’, for the past year), with the plan being that we would stay two hours from Orlando on the beach and take a few days out for the Parks.  I had been looking forward to the trip with a mixture of excitement (my first long haul trip since my wedding 11 years ago!) and trepidation (how will it be for me, as a relatively newly-disabled person?).

Well, the holiday was fab; I am now one shade darker than milk-bottle white and had a lovely, relaxing time (for the most part).  Watching our kids have fun, spending most of their time…

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Getting away is good for my soul.

Lucky Otter’s Haven!

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pine_islandI couldn’t have asked for better weather since I’ve been here in Florida.    Everything about this trip has been perfect.  I have so many pictures, but I won’t upload them all here right now because it takes so long.   Most of them have been posted on my Facebook, but when I return home I might share the rest here.   Today is my last day.  I’ll be leaving very early tomorrow and spending most of the day driving.

The pictures posted here were taken yesterday evening in Pine Island — I can’t get over the beauty of the sunsets I’ve been seeing.

There’s an additional benefit to going on vacation.  I haven’t followed the news AT ALL!   In fact, I’m oblivious to what’s been going on in politics this week — and I’m fine with that.    This is not only a vacation from the daily grind…

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Food and Drink

I would like to introduce you to Fearless: Jo Ann Maxwell!!

Fearless

The holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are typically a time when people overeat or at least eat things that they normally don’t eat. There’s a big turkey dinner, eggnog, cookies galore, special desserts, family gatherings, more big meals, football games, and any other celebrations that people can think up.
Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I’ve tried to really watch what I eat. I try to eat more fruits and vegetables, such as eating the rainbow. I try to limit my white foods, such as sugar, flour and white potatoes. During this time of year it’s even doubly hard to watch what I eat. Too many cookies, too many pies, and just a lot of good sweets. Since each of those white foods is inflammatory, I know that if I eat too much, my legs and feet spasm and cramp more than they usually do.
Since moving to the…

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“Family Style”

Who’s My Favorite Today? is one of MY favorites!!

Who's My Favorite Today?

My cute mother enjoying all this food!

“Family style” does not mean that my family has style – we don’t.  It has to do with specific dining experience.  I don’t know what this is called in other parts of the world, or even if this is done around the world.  But in the South, this means eating at a restaurant where you are served food much like you would eat at home with your family.  Each person does not order a specific dish.  Instead, there is a menu for the day and all of the items on the menu are brought to your table with enough for each person at your table.  Its also all-you-can-eat!

We visited The Daniel Boone Inn recently in Boone, NC and were served “family style.”  If you ever have the chance to go — GO!  I am not a foodie, but the food here is…

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Christmas Traditions

A Merry Christmas wish from MSnubutterflies!

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This time of year you can’t help but reflect on life, how things have changed, and all of the wonderful memories.

I was thinking about my kids today and how things have changed. Now that they are grown Christmas has changed. That’s not a bad thing. They have work, other family to spend time with, and their own traditions to make.

It’s just another chapter in life and one I’m enjoying!

As I was reflecting I thought why not share a few of our Christmas traditions that created memories to last a life time.

Our first Christmas tree started out pretty bare. We decorated it with lights, ribbon, and a few home-made decorations. We didn’t buy ornaments to fill it. Instead every year we bought only one ornament for each of us. Put our names and the year on them. So our collection of ornaments grew with us.

We put…

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You are a gift – In Between Moderation

Since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I wanted to take a moment to stop and express my sincere gratitude to each and everyone of you who read this blog. This year you have been my sounding…

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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

It’s a Merry Christmas post on Lucky Otter’s Haven!!

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Here is my favorite Christmas TV special ever. I’ve watched it almost every year since I was a small child. I always felt like I could relate to Charlie Brown–self doubting, a worrywart, a little avoidant–basically an introvert who tries hard to be liked. He’s never mean to anyone but often seems to be the butt of jokes and pranks, the same way I often was.

Charlie also sees all the commercialism around him every holiday season (yes, it was bad even in the ’60s, when this was made) and yearns to know the true meaning of Christmas. Linus, always the philosopher and deep thinker, has the answer.

It’s refreshing that the story of Christ’s birth is central to this movie, which has been shown every year since it first aired in 1965.

So here’s my Christmas gift to my followers. Enjoy! (This isn’t the entire show, which can’t be…

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A Happy Start to Christmas Weekend!

This is Life Experiment Blog!!!

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

It’s the Friday before Christmas…and what am I doing? Well, blogging at the moment. LOL But besides that, I’ve been cleaning like a squirrel on crack for the past 2 days. Seems like I got my energy back. Yay! And when I say cleaning – I mean cleaning! Scrubbing lamps, walls, windows – the whole shebang. And it’s festive 😀

Although I am usually quite conservative about the amount of holiday decor I put out, this year, I have completely lost my mind and it’s been a blast! It began with a small tree and a string of lights on a tree outside. It’s mutated into lots more lights everywhere (and in every window) with Christmas candles burning & Christmas tunes blaring – around the clock. I even put on a potpourri simmer today.

I don’t know why but there’s something about a 7 hour spotify Christmas…

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Nature’s Arena

This is In the Arena!!

In the Arena

Come dance with me

in the shadows of

this bright and

starry night…

I’ll hold in my arms

and keep you safe

til mornings light…

Photo credit: greatnorth_mtl

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Irene’s Choc-Chip & Pecan Nut Biscuits

Recipe Hunter has another great one!!

The Recipe Hunter

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Ingredients:
250g butter/margarine
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp caramel essence

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