How About A Little Hodgepodge?

We’re halfway through another week, which means it’s time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Joyce, our hostess, has graciously supplied us with another great set of questions, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

1. The popular saying, ‘All is fair in love and war’ is originally credited to English writer John Lyly. Is he right?

In my opinion, no, but I won’t elaborate on it today.

2. Are you a cereal eater? What’s your favorite kind?

Well, I used to be a cereal eater…before my new healthier way of eating.  My favorites were Cocoa Krispies, Golden Grahams, Trix, and Honey Nut Cheerios.  Unfortunately, all of my favorites have too much sugar, and that’s not even counting the milk.  Cereal is one of the things I miss the most!

3. A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the gun blows bubbles). She did not have the gun with her at school.

A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record. The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts? (If you missed the story click here for details).

Good grief!  In my opinion, the school over reacted–big time!  I don’t blame the child’s parents for being upset.  I would be, too!   I hope the parents are successful in getting the incident removed from her file.

4. Whatever happened to… being able to eat whatever I want to?  

5. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil. Do you like your handwriting? Do you prefer to print or write in cursive? This date was chosen because its the birth date of John Hancock. What’s the last thing you signed your name to?

I used to hate my handwriting, but I’ve come to terms with it over the years.  I prefer to write in cursive because my cursive writing is a lot neater than my printing.  The last thing I signed was a personal check on Friday.

6. Speaking of John Hancock…ever been to Philadelphia? Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love?

I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but I wouldn’t mind visiting– except for the traveling part.  I hate traveling.

7. Share something funny you’ve heard a child say.

Like most small children, our granddaughter, Madison, has her own version of the pronunciation of some words.  A recent one that comes to mind is “Bethlehem”.  Madison calls it “Beckelhem”.  My daughter was shrewd enough to capture a moment.


At some point, I’ll be writing a post about my journey of trying to get rid of candida (chronic yeast), but for now I’ll post a quick update.  I’ve been virtually “sugar and carbohydrate free” for five weeks–this includes no artificial sweeteners, as well as a boat-load of other restrictions.  The only thing I’ve had to drink in five weeks is water–lots and lots of water.  Unfortunately, after four weeks of strict dieting and taking two antifungals, the candida was still with me!

In the meantime,  I’d been researching alternative treatment methods, and found a supplemental program called “Threelac”.  I decided to give it a try.  I ordered the products from a health food store through Amazon, and had them shipped overnight because I was getting desperate!

I’ve been on the Threelac program for 12 days and have already seen lots of improvement!  I’m hopeful that Threelac will be my “silver bullet”.  I’m not out of the woods yet, but I’m the closest I’ve been in seven long months.  I’ve decided to post-pone that referral to the infectious disease doctor.  I’m praying  I won’t need it!

Published in: on January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am  Comments (11)  
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Looking Back and Forward, Too…

I’m a little late, but I didn’t want to get too far into the new year without taking a look back at 2012.  I began keeping this blog for my family, but as the years are quickly passing, I  find myself reading back and remembering, as well.  Some days I think I’ve forgotten more than I can remember…

The year 2012 found Ed and me trying to become more self-sufficient.  In February, we began our first garden adventure.  This adventure is still ongoing!  We planted a spring garden, followed by a fall garden, followed by a winter garden!  (After three attempts, we finally have a patch of mustard greens)  We failed at growing a few things, but had success with so many more.  Most important, though, we found a hobby that we both enjoy doing together–and the food we grow tastes fantastic!

Early spring of 2012, also found us with six baby chicks, in a box, inside of our house.  What an adventure that turned out to be!  The chirping, the feeding, the cleaning, and constant supervision–but it was so worth it!  (Of course, we eventually built a chicken coop and moved our new feathered friends outside.)  If you are bored, and need a little excitement in your life, I highly recommend getting some chickens!  I can not spend any time with the chickens without laughing–or at least smiling.  They’re always happy to see me, and they love me unconditionally.  They also lay lots of eggs.  Over 600 and counting, since July!

2012 was the year I had my first experience with jury duty.  I was chosen to serve, but the case was thrown out before we had to make a decision.  It would be my first and last experience on jury duty.  I received a second summons, about six months later, but was released from ever serving again, per my doctor’s orders.

2012 was also my first time voting in a presidential election.  After years of being complacent, letting others make the decisions, I chose to stand up and let my voice be heard.  2012 was also the first time I ever fasted and prayed during an election–or any other time for that matter.  That self-discipline would prove to be helpful during the month of December.

The summer of 2012 began much like any other summer.  Ed and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, with our usual trip to the beach. We had a great time of celebration, and life couldn’t have been better!  However not long after our anniversary, things changed drastically for our family.

First of all, our daughter and I had a disagreement, and we ended up being estranged for over three months.  Up to this point, we’d always been inseparable and our lives were closely intertwined.  It was one of the most difficult situations either of us has been involved in.  In one way or another, the entire family became involved.  My daughter and I eventually resolved our situation, but we both came away different.  In some ways, the changes were positive, but overall, in the end, something precious was lost.

During the estrangement with my daughter, I became ill.  Now that I’m more educated, I realize that a lot of things were happening in my life, and in my body, which created “a perfect storm”.  It all began with the argument, then a radical hormonal shift, followed by a simultaneous yeast infection/urinary tract infection.  I had blood in my urine, so I was prescribed Cipro, a broad range antibiotic…and thus the cycle of uncontrollable yeast within my body began.

In the meantime, our youngest son and his wife were getting ready to make their move.  After thirty-four years of having all three of our children living within close proximity, on the family farm, one was actually moving away–and it was hard to see him go.  A little piece of my heart went with him on the day he moved, but his happiness is what matters most.

The rest of 2012 came and went in the blur of fighting this “beast” within my body–and it had literally taken over my body, but I didn’t realize it for a while.  Multiple doctor visits, medications, and home remedies seemed to provide a little improvement, but no cure.  I was quickly becoming a woman at the end of her rope.

As a last resort, I was put on a drastic “candida elimination diet”, in December, and I, also, began to do some research.  I discovered just how much this “beast” has invaded my system, and what a strong hold it has on me.  Apparently, there is no quick and easy fix for systemic yeast.  It requires stress control,  the right combination of medications, the right diet, and lots of time to break its strong hold.  It’s an ongoing process.

Christmas!  What a time to be put on a diet of any kind, much less a highly restrictive diet!  The self-discipline,  practiced during the election fast, suddenly came into play.  I shed a few tears over the holidays, but I didn’t give in, despite being surrounded by “sweets”.  I managed to lose nine pounds in December, something I needed to do.

This diet for 2013 brings me full circle, back  to where we started in 2012.  You see, the key to this particular “candida elimination diet” is lots of fresh green vegetables and proteins.  No processed foods, no additives, no sugar, only whole grains, and very few carbohydrates.  What are the chances that we’d have learned how to grow our own garden and acquire chickens last year?  Who knew these things would play such a  pivotal role in the journey to regaining my health in 2013?  Those eggs and mustard greens are now mainstays in my new diet!   It never ceases to amaze me how “all things work together for good”…

Published in: on January 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm  Comments (3)  
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