Outside my window... The weather has been so nice. We are experiencing our fall. The temperatures range from 65-80 on any given day. We've even had a day of rain. It's beautiful.
I am thinking... I am thinking about how far behind I've gotten in my blog. But. . .life happens and the blog suffers.
I am thankful... I am always thankful for the provision, protection and wisdom of God that he so generously shares with me. All I have to do is ask.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you:
In the kitchen... Salads and baked potatoes from the kitchen today. I may even get hubby to 'cook' for me
A quiche I made last week for brunch with Tonya and her girls.
I am wearing... I am not feeling up to par today. I am still in my nightgown and robe, sitting in my easy chair talking to you all.
I am creating... A few things have been going on in the creating department recently. Maybe not the creating that I have wanted to accomplish. . .
I DID make a few wedding gifts last week. I framed a wedding invitation with a frame I found at the GOODWILL store. I also made a Christmas basket (the basket was from GOODWILL as well)
I need to decorate #2 son's room with maps. The windows around the house need cleaning. I want to go out and attack the front yard with clippers and shovels.
From the learning rooms... Adjectives and verbs, times tables and lots of writing practice.
I am praying... Praying for my health, praying for wisdom. Praying for my newly married nephew and his wife. Praying for my children Maggie and Aaron while Aaron spends the next four months in Virginia at "A" school to receive his training to be an Electricians Mate. (She stayed in Mississippi as the school is a bachelor school.) Praying for far away family.
I am reading/watching... I have a couple books from the library, but they are not worth recommending, just time fillers. I DO have the new Clive Cussler book, The Kingdom to read.
We are watching a 'B' television series through netflix called~
Okovango (The Wild Frontier)
I am looking forward to... We joined a small Baptist church on Sunday evening. Our hearts are happy and rejoicing. It has been a LONG 2 years, without a church family, for us. This church is an answer to our prayers. We're looking forward to serving the Lord and having fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Around the house... The house is presentable. The laundry pile is not too bad. The dishes need put away, the toilets need cleaning.
What's been going on... I had my 'lovely' Dr. appointment on the 31st. My Dr. thought I was going to have a stroke right there on the exam table. She wanted to know why my blood pressure was so high. Had I ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure before? Etc...
Ignoring the fact that I've put off this appointment for over a YEAR. That I hate going to the Dr.'s. I told her it was 'white coat' hypertension. And that it happened before. She was ready to prescribe me medicine right there. Without follow up visits, change in diet, change in excersize etc. So I have an appointment at the hospital on the 27th of Nov. to be fitted with a 24 hour blood pressure monitor.
For the reason I went to her to begin with, was pain revolving around my cycles. She 'thought' she felt a cyst on my right ovary. According to her the ONLY way to get rid of those is to go on birth control pills to shrink them and help with the pain. She doesn't believe in hormone testing. "Contrary to what Dr. Oz says, hormone testing doesn't work." she says. I told her I don't watch Dr. Oz I have an appointment for an abdominal ultrasound, at the hospital, November 20th.
They drew blood to test my cholesterol levels. It was just a tad high.
I came home from the Dr. appointment very frustrated at military medicine. (welcome to OBAMA CARE!) I am frustrated that they are sooo willing to prescribe drugs rather than treat the problem. I wasn't offered a referral to see a nutritionist. I wasn't asked at what doses I was taking my ibuprofen for my abdominal pain. (Ibuprofen raises blood pressure.) I wasn't encouraged to excercize regularly. I wasn't counciled in the correlation to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I also wasn't told that blood pressure medication raises your cholesterol levels!
We started walking as a family. We're doing between 10-15 miles (or more) a week. I bought a juicer and have been doing a modified juice fast. I also bought my own blood pressure monitor and have checking my levels frequently at home. They are all in a good range, go figure!
I tried straight juice for the first few days but ended up with other problems related to not receiving enough fiber. So I drink juice 3 times a day and have a bowl of oatmeal or fruit in the morning and have baked potato or baked sweet potato and salads for lunch and dinner.
I've cut out salt. I've lost almost 10 pounds!
If I don't pass my 24 hour blood pressure test, I will ask for a second opinion and go see a Naturopath. I feel that 42 years old is too young to go on that type of medication . . . for life. And at 42, I really don't want to go on birth control pills either.
Please pray with me that the results from the 24 hour blood pressure monitor will be favorable and that I will finally have answers to my abdominal pain.
A trip to the desert while the temperatures are cooler.
Passing by the Pacific Crest Trail
Waiting on my friends for a beach bonfire.
San Diego sunset.
Fall color in the desert.
Good buddies Tim and Sully.
Ian and Laura
A few plans for the rest of the week: I have no firm plans for the rest of the week.
Not even for sure what we will be doing for Thanksgiving. I think we will spend Thanksgiving Friday with Tonya and her family. Doctor appointment next week.
A peek into my days...
A sampling of family pictures.
Have a great week dear friends!!