One year ‘Blogiversary’!

Happy Blogiversary to Jen over at Tripping Through Treacle!!

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I can’t believe it, but a whole year has gone past since I first started blogging.  I initially started writing as I was (and still am!) dealing with a lot of struggles and emotions in regards to my multiple sclerosis.  I am pleased to say that blogging has not only become very cathartic for me, but it has also given me the opportunity to ‘meet’ others who also enjoy writing, some with chronic illness, and to follow fabulous bloggers with stories to tell.  Here’s to the next year!  Please find a link to my very first blog post, below, for anyone interested in having a quick read.

MY FIRST BLOG POST – March 2016

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The guys guide to female communication: what she says vs. what she means

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In today’s age of gadget driven communication, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to social and physical cues to decipher the message. There are countless books out there which tackle this message, but sometimes its so blatantly obvious that one must chuckle at the inability to take a hint. *Guys, ladies hint… A LOT!

As my significant other has sucked me into the world of youtube, I have witnessed some absolutely cringe-worthy tutorials on what women want. (Usually by young men who have not had the life experience required to even take a guess)

So, I figured we’d have some fun and I would write my own little list of  what she says (does) vs. what she means. I hope you either have a good giggle, or maybe get that codex in your head once and for all 😉

*When you ask what she wants for dinner, what…

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Surgery

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Hi all 🙂

Today’s post is a short one, as I’m just coming to my senses after major surgery.  Since I complain on the regular about people blogging after a few drinks, I don’t want to be a super hypocrite by blogging while waayyy heavily medicated.

Just wanted to let you guys know that so far, so good. The operation seems to have gone well and the doctors are keeping a close eye on things. I’ll be in the hospital for at least the next several days, but I will be checking in via cell. Promise!

A cool thing happened today. When I opened my eyes, I saw this beautiful red rose next to my bed.  I asked the nurse where it came from  (I’m not even in my own space yet), and she told me the hospital had roses sent to every female patient that’s temporarily residing here in…

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Last night’s anxiety dream.

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I don’t have that many anxiety dreams anymore, but when I do have them they are doozies and tend to be extremely vivid.

The one I had last night bordered on being a nightmare.    It was nighttime (for some reason, in these dreams it’s always late at night) and I was in a vast subway system (like New York City’s) and had no idea where I was.   I was trying to make it home, and kept taking the wrong sets of stairs and getting lost on the wrong platforms.  I’d go and ask people where the platform I should be on was to get home, but no one seemed to be able to answer me.    I was becoming frustrated and upset, and was on the verge of crying.

Then the strangers I asked for directions began to make fun of me — somehow knowing I was originally…

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A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realise how blessed you are.

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Have a blessed day all. ❤

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Depression – “Was A Sunny Day”

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I love Paul Simon’s music. While this particular song has no connection to what I am going to be talking about, the title is a great way to start.

Today is a nice sunny day. It is still a little cold, but I love brisk sunny days. It is supposed to get even colder tonight.

So, why the category of depression? It is ironic that I worked for almost 2 weeks on promoting awareness about mental illness and directly after I go into a medium depression. Or maybe it isn’t.

I have been housebound for most of the winter, I have been fighting chest, sinus, and other infections and have been going through many very harsh pain flares. And even though the work on the awareness was not strenuous but a labor of love, it did take a bit of a toll on me as well.

Reading the stories of women…

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Where are You Going? Here’s to Strong Women

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May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

With all the turmoil and sickness plaguing us these last few weeks, I want to take a moment to celebrate my daughters’ January birthdays.

If we were having coffee today, I would invite you in for a hot beverage of your choice (coffee’s ready!) and perhaps some virtual birthday cake.

Today is my oldest daughter’s 32nd birthday. My younger daughter turned 29 on the 21st. They spent many of their childhood and teen birthdays with just me, when I was a single mom raising them with little financial help.

There is something about our children’s birthdays that incites reflection.

Two years ago I wrote a reflective piece when my oldest turned 30, a milestone birthday for the both of us. Here is that post, Where are You Going, My Little Ones.

Through the grace of God, some luck and sheer grit, I raised these incredible women to be strong and…

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Spicy Rice Noodle Salad

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I love simple recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. Packed with flavor and it’s one you can make ahead and go about your day.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Rice or Soba Noodles
  • 2 stalks of Celery chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup shredded Green Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded Red Cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded or finely chopped Jicama
  • 1 1/2 cups of Zucchini
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Bell pepper
  • 1 Habanero pepper
  • 3 T Sriracha sauce
  • 1 T Thai Pepper Paste
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 3 T Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Turmeric
  • Juice of 1 lime or 1 T Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 T Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C sliced Green Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro or Basil
  • Crushed peanuts, pine nuts, almond…

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