Wednesday, April 27, 2016

i failed

yesterday.  I was exhausted and even though the roast was ready, the potatoes weren't and I just didn't have enough energy by dinnertime to make them.  We had Chili's.  (sigh...)  You have to admit though, in yesterday's post, I did talk a good talk.  Hopefully we'll have that roast tonight.

So everybody's still talking about Prince.  I'm still watching the videos and listening to the Prince tribute station on the radio, just like the rest of them.  There have been a lot of covers and performances in his memory but here's one I actually liked.  Let me set this up...

First, there's this guy.  Chris Stapleton.  I was doing a lot of talking a while back about liking his cover of this song.

Then there's this song that Prince wrote but this version was popular in the 90's.

Now here's Chris Stapleton's version of this song.

And you know what?  Nothing compares to making a quick trip to Chili's to pick something up... except using Waitr and having it delivered, which won't happen because Chili's isn't on their list of options.  So yeah, going to pick up Chili's was a lot better than making the sides to go with the roast.  I'm going to let yesterday's oops slide.  I deserve it.

On a totally unrelated note, I was worrying that my computer was close to seeing its last days.  It was dragging and just being the WORST.  I finally updated to El Capitan and it's like it got its second wind.  It's amazing what a little upkeep can do for things.

Now I'm going to find where I left my tea and work on getting my first wind to TCB on today's to-do list.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

for about two

minutes this morning I was considering commenting on a political-ish fb post.  I decided today's not the day for a stroke from self-inflicted drama.  So I'm sitting here trying not to play it out in my head and calm down from the possible reactions to the would be post, while I'm guzzling my Diet Dr Pepper so I can hit the hard stuff... Coke.  That's why I don't like to get involved in stuff.  I get way too worked up.  Shocking, I know.
Yep, that's me.  100%.

And then there's the day I dream of, the day I've been waiting for, the day that's come SO CLOSE but just hasn't made it, the day I've pretended was here just hoping it would actually turn into that day...

 On a more pleasant note, I tried a new recipe yesterday.  It's a pound cake and goes really well with the strawberries and whipped cream I cut up and whipped earlier.

The whole less eating out thing has been going pretty well.  Well, don't ask Eric because he thought Sunday's "go find something to eat because I'm having a bowl of cereal" was unacceptable.  But guess what.  He found something to eat and I enjoyed my cereal.  Now I just have to stick with it.  I've had a few weak moments, picking up dinner a few times, but I've also talked myself through a few other weak moments and here I am today with a roast already in the crock pot.  But what am I going to have for lunch?  Maybe I should go pick something up...

Oh, I was so caught up in stuffing my face, I almost forgot to mention I did an actual post on the website.  It's HERE.

Now I'm off to go get find some lunch.

Monday, April 25, 2016

the local paper

had a poll in one of their sections last week.  They want to know everybody's favorites.

What's your favorite boutique?

What's your favorite place to get a margarita?

What's your favorite Mexican food?

What's your favorite salon?

What's your favorite place for an oil change?

Who's your favorite fire fighter?

Who's your favorite cop?

Who's your favorite chiropractor?

You get the idea, right?  It's all the basics.  And then there's this one.

I think it might be my favorite just because it's so, I don't know.  Odd?  It makes you stop and say "wait, what??".  Who really goes around and asks who someone's favorite funeral home is?  The sad thing is, I have an answer.  I haven't mailed it in and honestly, I probably won't.

Speaking of death, The Dead Files is a show we dvr on The Travel Channel.  It's a retired cop and a medium.  They go separately to a location.  She goes through the house and feels out all the ghosts and junk while he researches the history and talks with the homeowners.  It ends with everyone getting together and the medium letting everyone know what she saw, the cop tells everyone who that probably is and why and then the medium tells the homeowner how to get rid of the ghosts.  So, Saturday's episode was a house in Lake Jackson.  I found out the Jackson family who had the plantations there was one messed up family.  The father, Abner Jackson, was basically a shyster and his sons didn't sound much better, with one killing the other.  I also learned this house is a gateway to Hell and these people were advised to get out now and save their souls.  I'm really having my doubts about going back to Lake Jackson.  I know I'll have to sooner or later so... if I start acting weird and creepy, call an exorcist ASAP and let them know it's Lake Jackson's fault.  In the meantime, I'll load myself down with protection.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

i found a recipe on

Pinterest for a small batch of biscuits.  I decided to try it this morning.

Nice and golden.

Nice and flat.

Maybe I need new baking powder.  Maybe I need to give up on biscuits and keep buying the frozen ones.

Other than the fact these looked more like scones, they were fine with syrup... I guess.
fancy biscuits call for a fancy plate
Speaking of looking like scones, I bet these would've been good with dried blueberries or cranberries in them.  Maybe next time.  If there is a next time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

a couple of weeks

ago I mentioned some painting things I wanted to try out.  They failed.

Here are my first attempts.

 This one was a little more of what I wanted to see but it wasn't as drastic as I'd hoped.
I wasn't going for anything special to hang on a wall, I was just wanting to try a few things out to see how they'd mess with the paint.

Here's a third.

I wasn't impressed so I put a pair of gloves on and smeared the paint all over the canvas.

Then I just stuck my hands on the floor to leave prints because I was that bored and underwhelmed with the results.

Nothing worked the way I'd planned.  I haven't given up on it but I haven't had any desire to try again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

i did it

again... just let everything else jump to the top of the to-do list, pushing the blog down a notch each time.

Houston's had a lot of rain so today we're on the second day of no work and no classes.

This picture is from the news this morning, talking about yesterday's flooding.  The building to the right of the bayou is one of the buildings of Eric's school and just next to Spaghetti Warehouse (the white building on the left) is a parking lot.

Here it is zoomed in on the school.  That's the third floor.

It had gone down a lot by this morning but more rain is in the forecast so class was canceled.  Cosme, on the other hand, was on his way to work when his supervisor sent a text saying he couldn't make it in so turn around and come back home.  So here we are again, another day of lounging around watching tv.  I haven't heard any complaints yet.  And now it's raining again.  Sounds like a good time for a nap.

Monday, April 4, 2016

it was a busy weekend

full of visiting and dancing and it was a lot of fun.  A friend came to town from Austin and we hadn't been out dancing since 1992.  Anyway, a group of us headed to Houston and spent four hours on the dance floor.  My knee is still in recovery mode.  So we went dancing Friday night, had an early Mexican food lunch on Saturday morning and then hung out around the house on Saturday night, all trying to stay awake after only four hours of sleep.  We had high hopes but didn't last very long.  Let me put it this way, everyone who knows anything about me knows I'm an early bird.  Sunday morning Cosme finally told me, "Melanie, it's after 10:00.  Are you going to sleep all day?"  I didn't but I probably could have.  Oh, and when there wasn't dancing, visiting or napping going on, I was deep into an Outlander marathon.  Long story short, it was pretty much a perfect weekend.

I didn't get enough Mexican food on Saturday so Sunday we made carne guisada, rice and beans.  It was EXCELLENT.  I could use another plate right now but since we're having the leftovers for dinner tomorrow, I'll hold off.  On our quick trip to the store Sunday, I decided I needed fruit.  All the prepackaged fruit packs they sell in the produce department are loaded with melons.  Yuck.  I made my own with grapes, clementines, apples, strawberries and raspberries.  I only forgot pineapple.  And I probably should have sprinkled a little sugar on the raspberries before mixing them in.

I've been snacking on it ever since.

Speaking of healthier decisions, I decided to go for my walk this morning even though it's garbage day.  I hate taking walks on garbage day.  Some neighbors aren't very considerate and turn the sidewalks into trash paths.  See what I mean?

Now, me on the other hand, I'm a little more considerate.  When I put my can out, I put it where the red X is.  When I have bags, I put them where the blue X is. 

That just seems like the obvious and courteous thing to do.  That's just me though...

Thursday, March 31, 2016

while i haven't

been the best at getting on the computer and typing anything, I have thought about the blog while I've been out doing my thing.  So much so, I have a few pictures from my time off.

Last week or so we went to Top Golf.  I had to make a stop in the bathroom.  This just seemed odd to me.  (I know we don't all like to just drop our pants and go in the middle of a golf course... not that I've ever done that...)

Sure, golf clubs are expensive and I could understand her not wanting to leave them behind but it still seemed odd.  I half wondered why she didn't just use the big stall and take them in with her.  Oh well, maybe that's standard procedure.  Maybe it's an American Standard.  Get it?  American Standard? The brand of toilets?  Never mind.  And don't even get me started on her towel touching the floor.

Here's another thing from last week.  I needed a new pair of scissors for the kitchen, or, kitchen shears.  Whatever.
Notice anything?  I needed scissors to open the freaking scissors.  Why?

And then I made butter but probably should have whipped it a little longer.

And last, but not least, the day Dodo went to the hospital (the first time) and Cindy and I went back to the nursing home with her, I took this painting from her room.  I've always liked it and I knew I wanted it.  Now I have Dodo's take on The Lone Cypress hanging right here.

I need to order a new light for it, I think.  I don't have a bulb but even if I did, the cord looks a little jacked up.  I guess the cord could be replaced but then I could just get a new light and feel better about everything.  I also need to shop around for something different to place on the buffet.  This whole setup doesn't speak to me.  Something's just not right.  It needs a little more height and maybe a little less variety.  I don't know.  I do know the more I look at it, the more I know it's wrong.

My phone just let me know I need to be at the church in an hour to count so I guess that's where I'm off to now.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

one of the things

I've been working on lately is eating out less.  (Yes, I'm on that kick again.)  Anyway, I picked up blueberries the other day and tried a new muffin recipe.  It pretty much sucked.  They were bitter and had too much cinnamon.  When butter didn't help, I went and bought margarine.  Sometimes, after all, a blueberry muffin calls for margarine and this wasn't that time.  I tried to eat them and not let them go to waste.  I threw them out yesterday.

Next time I'll stick to the recipe I always use.

And on the not-eating-out menu tonight?  Hot dogs, plain for Eric and me and Chicago style for Cosme.  Hey, I didn't say it was anything fancy.  Well, at least I'm planning on hot dogs, Whataburger or Chili's might happen at the last minute.

For now though, I'm off to try some stuff with paints.  I'll share later if it doesn't flop.  Well, I'll probably share even if it does flop.

Until then, just say no to bitter, cinnamon-doused blueberry muffins.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

i've been missing

for a while.  Not because there's been anything major going on but mainly because I haven't been on the computer.  I will take a minute and share a few pics though.

I posted this on Instagram a few days ago.  The photo challenge was hands.

Sometimes it takes more than one try to get a picture... especially when there's an animal involved.  Here are a few I ended up with in the process.

Strat really doesn't understand my goal.

Or that light saber.

Or this little man.

But he does want to taste it.

And it was after his taste, as he pulled his face away that the happy-accident I shared yesterday on FB came about.  I thought this picture was great.  It really looks like Luke just fought him off.

*No cats were injured in the making of this picture.

My goal is to be back tomorrow.

Monday, March 14, 2016

last week i made

chicken fried steak.  Before I mixed my egg-dip mixture all up, it looked back at me.

And last week the cats continued to camp out in the laundry room.

On Friday we took the dogs for lunch to McDonalds.  Even though I said they shouldn't be able to eat meat since we couldn't, Cosme got them burgers anyway.

They enjoyed the burgers and then wanted some of Cosme's fish sandwich.

Yesterday I woke up with news that the nursing home took my grandmother to the hospital because she was unresponsive and might have had a stroke.  I took the hour long drive with my aunt to find out my grandmother's test results were all normal and she was being released and returned to the nursing home.

When I got home, Eric went with us for Mexican food and then Cosme suggested we go to the local beach.  Those are three things I never saw happening yesterday.

We enjoyed the beach so much though, we've decided to rent a beach house for a week this summer and now I'm waiting on a lady to email me a list of what's available.

Since yesterday's events distracted me from laundry and cleaning, I've been trying to get all that done today... on top of all the grocery shopping I'd planned on doing.  Now I've got to go start a dessert to go with all the strawberries since I loaded up again.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

i've taken classes

on print transfers to figure out ways to combine photography with drawing and painting.  A while back I took a picture of myself to make a photography version of a painting I did.  It didn't turn out great because I couldn't get the makeup to run the right way down my face.  Anyway, I took the print and tried something else with it.  That's what this is all about.

I just added more paint to it.  It's pretty much one of those things I have hanging in front of me and whenever I get an idea for it, I try it.

I tried something similar with a picture of Cosme.  I'm not crazy about it but there are a few details I like.  Now I have it hanging so that if I ever come up with a way to fix it without ruining those details I like, I'll be happy.

Sometimes I forget about the photography and just use paints, like the other day when I was in a foul mood.  I came into the front room, left the door open enough for the cats to get through, brought a Coke, grabbed my headphones, put a canvas on my new easel and worked on my mood.  That's what this is all about.
It also seems to be one of those things I keep adding to but it was a lot easier to work on when I was in a bad mood.

Oh well, I guess I'll go off and enjoy my good mood... maybe paint some smiley faces? 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

and then there

was yesterday morning when the dogs had a squirrel stuck up in the tree with no way to escape.  The barking started and lasted for an hour and a half.  I'm not kidding.  I finally let them in so the poor guy could get down and run off.

After that was all settled, I went to run some errands.  In this errand running, I found strawberries on sale at HEB... so I bought 2 pounds.  When Eric was about 3, and didn't care for strawberries, I ended up buying a bunch after somebody at work bought a couple of flats from a local strawberry farm.  Anyway, along with bringing home more strawberries than I knew what to do with, I had a recipe for a strawberry pie that I also got from work.  (That's one thing a job at the county was good for: collecting recipes.)  So I brought the recipe and strawberries home and made the two pies the recipe produces and from that point on, Eric loved strawberries.  I was hoping he'd like the pie but he LOVED it.  When I came home from HEB with 2 pounds of strawberries yesterday, I found out that pie recipe is GONE.  I've looked everywhere.  I even looked online but couldn't find it.  Instead of making one of the similar recipes I found, I decided to make a totally different one.  The other involved cool whip and had a fluffy texture.  What I made was just a plain strawberry pie with crust on top and bottom like any other fruit pie... more specifically, the apple pie I made last week.

The reviews said it was a somewhat runny so I added more flour and it still came out a little runny.  You know what though?  That doesn't matter because we ate it anyway and enjoyed it.  Then I had some for breakfast too.  It's thicker today after being in the refrigerator all night and cold strawberry pie is awesome for breakfast.  I just look it as a homemade Pop-Tart.  Makes sense, right?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

it seems like a lot

of the neighborhood dogs have been getting out lately.  There are always pictures being posted on our neighborhood's fb group page, showing which dogs have ended up at which house.  Last week somebody had a good idea and everybody has been posting pics of their dogs with names and addresses to the page.  It's created almost like a pet directory for the next time a dog or three come wandering up to your house.  Here's our directory photo.
Maggie always looks like she's smiling for the camera.  Most of the time, Archer just barks at the camera.  I didn't include the cats since they don't get out.

Speaking of Archer, my legs have bruises all over them because of him.  It's not like he does it on purpose, he's just strong and plays a little rough.

When I went out the other morning to take their pictures, Archer was being a little bad.  I was getting really angry and I don't know if Maggie sensed it all or what but she had to (what I'm considering) get onto him for me.  After her second time of pinning him down and growling, she followed him around while he sulked and then he straightened up.  That "good deed" makes up for the other day when I caught her in the front bathroom... digging in the cats' litter box. ugh.

Also, I got this picture the other day.

I guess she's just reminding him who's in charge.
Clearly it's her and not me...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

i've got a little

more motivation today than yesterday but I also have a little help with the housework today.

In honor of yesterday being my official No Motivation Monday, here's a video of Strat eating his lunch... in slow motion.

Do I know how to have a wild time or what?  Now if the quality was a little better, that'd be awesome.  Although, I guess me not wanting to do anything about it fits into my A Little More Motivation Than Monday, Tuesday.

Monday, February 22, 2016

it's nasty out

today, I have zero motivation to do anything and blah... just blah.

I've been on the computer trying to mess with a picture from my sister's wedding back in November.  I'm no Photoshop guru and never really use it for anything too technical and that's where I'm having problems.  I was lying in bed the other night thinking about it and had an idea and have been working on that this morning.  Overall, it seems like it would be a good idea but again, I'm no Photoshop guru so it's definitely not going as well as it could.

I think I'll go bring the garbage can in before it starts raining again.  I guess that crumb of motivation is better than none.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


now and Friday morning, I need to find a remedy for some knee pain I'm having while and because of running.  Back in the basketball days I had tendinitis so it's not like knee pain is anything new that I can blame on being 43 and out of shape... but yeah, there's that too.  (Tendinitis looks wrong but Blogger is telling me tendonitis is wrong.  Whichever it is, I had it.)  My next step is to look for a couple of knee braces and maybe some cushiony insoles and another bottle of ibuprofen.

Speaking of running, yesterday I did my week 2, day 2 of c25k.  I tried another day today but stopped and just walked it because of my knees.  Anyway, after yesterday's go at it, I came home and iced my knees and took some ibuprofen.

If I can't find a remedy for the knee pain, I might have to bow out of c25k and stick to walking.  It's not that I'd be totally bummed because let's face it, c25k pretty much sucks.  But, I'll say it here because I know Cosme won't read it... you know how people always say, "Oh, it's hard but you'll feel better after you do it"?  Well, it's a little true.  So even though the process of c25k sucks, it does feel a little nice when I finish.  (And not just because I reward myself with a large tea from Sonic.)

Monday, February 15, 2016

last monday i

started C25K.  I'm driving to Brazoria every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and doing it through Garden Acres.  I made it through the first week but today's session was rescheduled to tomorrow morning.  Anyway, the first week is a rotation of walking for 90 seconds, running for 60 seconds, walk for 90, run for 60, etc.  This goes on for 20 minutes.  Considering I've NEVER been a runner, that's a lot of work and a pretty big accomplishment to say I finished the first week.  During that week I decided that even if I get stuck doing the first week for a while, I'm still better off than I was.  Anyway, Cosme came home early on Friday and we went to a park across the street and did it.  You know what?  It's a lot harder to do in the warm afternoon than it is in the cool morning.  That was torture.  Plus, Cosme's more like a drill sergeant than an exercise buddy.  He even took my phone away because I kept looking at the time and whining, "making it harder on myself" according to Cosme... whatever.  I ended up making it and went home without passing out.  Sunday morning we went back to the park and did another round since I wouldn't be doing it this morning.  I did a lot better than I did Friday.  When we finished he gave me my phone back and without letting me know in the beginning, we advanced to week 2, walking for 90 seconds and running for 90 seconds.  I did it.  I ran for a WHOLE 90 seconds each round.  Compared to someone like him, who can run miles, my 90 seconds might not be much but for me, that's kind of a big deal.  And today, my legs aren't even sore... for today.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

let me talk about

last Friday.  I went to bed Thursday remembering that I was supposed to make baked goods for a lock-in the church was having.  I had stuff for rice krispie treats so I decided that's what I'd make.  I found a new recipe on Pinterest for treats a little gooier than some of the treats that are too dry and not as tasty.  Anyway, I made a batch at 6:00 Friday morning.  It was a flop.  Sure, they tasted REALLY good but they were sticking to the foil.  Anyway, I washed my pot and headed to Walmart for more ingredients.  I came home and started on the next batch and realized the first batch only had half the cereal that it should.  (It's amazing how much better things work out when you grab the correct measuring cup.)  Anyway, the second, third and half batch after that turned out fine.  (I sampled to make sure.)  I was done and dropped them all off at the church, leaving the first batch for us to peel foil from and snack on.

Yummy, gooey goodness.
I was also able to make my appointment at the car dealer for my first scheduled maintenance visit.  No biggie, just a routine oil change, tire rotation, fluids check, wash and all that sort of stuff.  My appointment was at 12:00 and I'd told them I'd wait (when I scheduled the appointment AND when I checked in).  I was given a tour and taken to the waiting area and told they'd be there as soon as they finished, probably in about an hour.  TWO hours later, I was getting restless.  I was looking around on my phone and luckily, I decided to check my email.  Sterling McCall sent an email 30 minutes earlier letting me know my vehicle was ready to be picked up!  WTF?!?!  Nobody bothered to come tell me.  I went up to the front desk and she let me know they were bringing it around so I stood and waited.  I saw one car and thought it was mine but then doubted it.  Let's face it, most of the cars looked alike.  One silver SUV was pulled around and I almost walked out... until I noticed the handicapped placard hanging from the rear view mirror.  I then realized the first car I saw, that had been sitting there all along for who knows how long, had my neighborhood sticker on the windshield.  Again, WTF?!?!  I told the valet and he told me I'd need to get my keys from the desk... you know, the girl who just said they were going to bring my car around.  OMG.  Anyway, I finally got to leave and pulled out onto the 59/69 whatever feder in front of an oncoming car and got honked at.  I was thirst and hungry and had a vicious headache.  I made it to Five Guys in Pearland and ordered.  I was filling up my Coke while lunch was cooked.  By the time I got the lid on my drink, it had fizzled down to only being half full.  I went back to the machine and pushed for more Coke, not realizing the lid had slid back over, causing Coke to spray everywhere.  I finally got my food and dealt with the slow traffic and got home.  My headache went away but I snacked on more rice krispie treats that evening and went to bed after having ginger ale and crackers for dinner. 

That was my Friday.  On the plus side, the rice krispie treats were wonderful... until I overdosed.

I'm not even going to read over this.  Thinking about it is giving me another headache.  I'm sorry for any out of place words or punctuation that might have happened in the typing of this post and reliving of Friday.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

i tried something i found

on Pinterest.  It's grapes but they were called Sour Patch something-or-other, kind of like the candy.  Anyway, it's grapes and Jello.  Not prepared Jello, just the powdery mix.  I picked cherry because even though I don't like cherries, I love cherry flavored things.  Of course they're not as pretty as the Pinterest version but they are tasty.

And also, there is no sour, just sweet and I can't stop eating them.  I am using a toothpick though.  Could you imagine how my fingers would look by now if I wasn't?  And another thing, I also found a way I like to eat Jello.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

yesterday was

the type of day where you just want to sit around, eat lunch and sit around some more and visit.  So that's what I did.  I went to Brazoria, picked up lunch and sat around with Mom.  Today... not so much.  It's 10:30 and I've started my sixth load of laundry.  Today's the type of day where you keep busy and think about what a chill day yesterday was.

Friday, January 29, 2016

good morning

These early morning pictures make me wish I was with Cosme and Eric on their road trip.  I'd find plenty of things to fill up card space with in San Antonio.  Oh well, that's the price I pay for living in a zoo.

On the bright side, the animals are fed, the litter box is clean and nobody's complaining... except for Archer who's found something in the back to bark about.  What else is new?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

yesterday was a chilly

day.  I claimed the front room for my hobbies a while back and since I'm always a tad colder than everyone else, I keep a little heater in here.  Anyway, I was on the computer and Eric walked past, making me turn around.  That's when we noticed that Strat was apparently feeling the chill too.

We're both hoping today will be a little warmer.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

i killed two

birds with one stone today.  Literally.  Just kidding.  Not only do I have terrible aim, there never has been much power behind one of my throws.  Not that I'd throw a stone to kill birds anyway... unless I was in a horrible situation and needed them to survive.  And in that case, I'd only do it if I had a fire to cook them on, which I probably couldn't do that either.  Lesson here?  I shouldn't put myself in a situation where my life depends on any sort of survival skills.

But really though, what I'm getting at is the photo challenge today turned into an Imperfect366 so I'm posting it here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

let me fill you in

on the backstory here.  Years ago I was a miserable county employee.  After working there for several years, I got a dry patch of skin on the top of my foot that itched like crazy.  I tried every ointment I came across.  I went to a dermatologist and that was a waste of time money.  (I can't call it a waste of time because it got me out of several hours of work.)  Everyone I talked to said it resembled psoriasis.  I researched it and that's definitely what it sounded like.  During this time I also started having stomach issues.  I won't go into to too much detail but it sounded a lot like IBS.  I went to a few doctors and started taking acidophilus.  That helped some of the issues but there were still others I couldn't fix.  Along with these two ailments, I would also get a TON of canker sores.  That wasn't too uncommon because I've always gotten those.  But, those few years, I got them ALL THE TIME.  At one point I had seven in my mouth at once.  I also tried everything for those, from gels to old wives tale remedies.  I even went so far as to collect cigarette ashes from my friend and pack those on them.  It didn't work.  A few years after it all started, and a couple of years after I quit my job, everything went away.  I'd still get the occasional canker sore and stomach issue but for the most part, everything was good.  Although I usually joke and say it's all because I'm allergic to work, I'm pretty sure it was triggered by stress and anxiety. 

Lately, it seems like little symptoms have started coming back here and there.  This time though, I'm taking a different route.  Young Living Essential Oils are my weapon of choice. 

On Sunday I woke up with a canker sore and another one coming along.  By the end of the day, that second one hurt like a big dog.  After doing some researching and putting all my past symptoms together and reading that those all happen to be symptoms of certain things dealing with immune system issues, I first though of Thieves oil.  I brushed my teeth before bed with my Thieves toothpaste and guess what.  Where canker sores usually stick around for a week or so, mine were practically gone.  Seriously.  They lasted one day.  One day!  I also remembered some capsules I bought but never took.  So yesterday morning I started on the Inner Defense supplement.

I'm excited to see how all this plays out.  I'm also feeling pretty optimistic.