Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 25th, Snow?

May 24th was a glorious, sunshiney day.
May 26th turned out to be just like it!

But May 25th? I think it got lost on it's way to our house, and some sneaky February date waltzed over here instead.

My husband has a big wedding gig on Lake Tahoe next month. Literally, the wedding is on the lake on a boat, and the reception is in some fabulous big home on the lakeshore. We, along with caterers and florists and whatnot, were supposed to meet with the bride and groom at said fabulous lakeside home to get a feeling of what we would need for the sound system, and how to set up the band, things like that.

We knew there was a chance, we knew the weather was iffy, but we were told that snow wouldn't fall until LATER.

THEY were wrong.

We weren't far from home when I saw the first flake. I tried to ignore the fat rain, the slight slushy texture on the windsheild. But then, the pitter patter of rain simply stopped, replaced by fluttering white stuff. We only have front wheel drive. We carry chains, but it wasn't sticking to the ground, yet.
It didn't take much in elevation to make a difference. The farther we went, the more we knew we had to run around. We only made it to 5,000 ft. Donner pass still lay before us at . And the downhill grade from Donner Pass into the truckee area is a dangerous, slippery path.
Thankfull the groom sent us a text and cancelled for the day.
We saw a sign for an exit, but couldn't see the actual road until we had passed it. We were creeping, so Aaron pulled over, and backed up a little until we could cross over to the off ramp. No one had driven on it since the snow started, it was God acting as chains to get us through the snow and across the bridge and back on the freeway with out incidence.

We cheered when the road was just wet again, we gave God praise when the snow turned back to rain. It was truly beautiful to see the snow, to see the mountains once again blenketed. But it is not fun to drive in it in a flatlander car.

We love the foothills where we live. Just enough hills, just enough snow, and a ton of beauty. Perfect.

We will attempt the trip again next week.

Weather permitting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Take a moment.
No matter what kind of day you are having, there is something to be thankful for.

I am thankful for...

Tiffany. Thankful she can relax with me, be real, and have hilarious conversations about life and family.

Quiche. Had some last night from my fabulous friend Chuck. They were so good, and satisfied so many cravings I was having. :)

Clean drinking water. If you ever feel bad about your life, remember how lucky you are to have something basic like drinkable water. Perspective is important.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inventory

The cherry trees are loaded, still green, but loaded. I looked in the cupboard to take inventory. Now that there is new produce on the horizon, I don't need to protect what exists quite so heavily...or do I?

I walked out into the yard to inspect our trees.
There are only 2 apricots on the entire tree, and they don't look healthy.
I am very sad about this. I was looking forward to new recipes with apricots.
Hopefully I can find someone else with a tree that doesn't use up all their own fruit.

One of the peach trees has issues as well. I will be taking a leaf and one piece of fruit down to a local nursery to help me figure out if there is hope for this tree or not.

I had half my garden cleaned out of weeds when the rains returned, and now the whole thing is covered in them again.

I am a little discouraged about this growing season.
But, the benefits are so worth it. Fresh produce straight from the yard is so wonderful.

Any fabulous gardening tricks or tips out there?
I prefer natural solutions over chemical ones.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Biopsy Magic

I had the opportunity to do a happy dance yesterday.

The mole that was removed was indeed abnormal, however the margins were clean and no further action needed. HURRAY!

As for the spots, it's not fungal, it's not psoriasis, it's not cancer.
SO HURRAY! The cream he gave me is getting rid of some of them, but new ones are still showing up.


Doesn't solve the issue why I have them, but you know, saying it isn't cancer or a major skin disease is okay by me!

I now will return this blog to regular themed subject matter, which seems to be pretty random anyway.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Stop for a moment, remember 3 things you are thankful for.
Gratitude is healing, uplifting, and can stop the enemy is his tracks while trying to drag you down.

I am thankful...

1. ...that no matter my circumstances I am loved by my heavenly Father. Doesn't matter what I face, what's going on, or how hard I think it is. He still loves me. He is still worthy of my praise. He will always be there for me.

2. God doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. My attitude changes, my perception changes, but let's face it, we humans can flip our opinions over faster than a fry cook can flip a burger! When the fog clears, when the circumstances are favorable again, I can see the truth. he was always there, and He is always cheering for me. If you perceive otherwise then there is something else clouding your view, but that's a whole other post.

3. I am on a journey. The closer I get to my real destiny, the harder evil works to keep me from it. So I will curl up in my heavenly Daddy's lap, and be safe. I will sing and dance in freedom while praising Jesus, and I will be comforted by the Holy Spirit when things are tough. I am not perfect. I will try and control my issues and circumstances. I will try and move a solution along faster. I will be human, but I will remember to put my eyes back on Him, and that's exactly where I need to be.



May you feel His peace today, no matter the circumstances of your life. May you find freedom there, and may you remember to be thankful.

$100 Reminder

Do you love good food?
SERIOUSLY GOOD FOOD.

My friend Tiffany, whom I actually know in the real world, is an amazing cook. She has a passion and a gift for feeding people, which is a good thing in a family of 7!

She is also a blogger. Her new food blog , My Crowded Kitchen is full of delightful family friendly, real food. Beautiful photography, yummy recipes, and Tiff is a funny woman, and isn't afraid to show you blunders, or share funny moments. SHE IS THE REAL DEAL.

She is also giving away $100

To enter go HERE.
Click on her FOLLOW button.
LIKE her on Facebook (not just a post, but her actual FB page)
And leave a comment on the original $100 giveaway post

And tell a friend.
She won't give it away until she has 100 followers! She is trying to build a readership. Trust me, you'll enjoy it, she has great ideas on what to cook for dinner. Fast recipes for those tough nights and seriously, everything is so good. I have personal experience. I have been in that crowded kitchen, many, many times.
Share it on your page as well! It won't get you another entry, but the faster she gets to 100, the faster you might win $100!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Symptoms Vs Cause, A Soap Box Moment

I have always been fascinated, drawn to, and otherwise interested in the healing arts. At one time I thought maybe I'd be a doctor, then I had my twins. When I became a single mom I thought maybe I'd go back to school and become a nurse. Specifically a surgical nurse. My plans were changed by a large earthquake, but that's another story. I did finish massage therapy school(as well as a BA in Organizational Leadership), so I could still help people feel better, relieve tension, and help them know what causes it to try and avoid it if possible.

I am absolutely disgruntled, however, with the way scientific medicine simply wants to treat the symptoms and not the cause. I don't understand it. Why just mask something instead of getting to the reason it's happening? Anyone with me on this? I understand there are many, many things that have no explanations yet, but that doesn't stop people from simply handing out prescriptions and band-aids and saying "all better", when clearly we are not.

We live in a society obsessed with quick fixes. The standard American diet is filled with chemicals and non-food ingredients. Our bodies don't know what to do with that stuff, it can't digest it, it can't easily metabolize it, so it "sticks" it somewhere. Perhaps the liver, or other tissue, and we wondered why we are unhealthy.

Okay enough.
I will climb off my soapbox for now.
i was simply really frustrated when I paid a lot of money out of pocket to have someone be in such a hurry to give my spots a name that means he doesn't know what they are and a cream that will not cure me, but just mask the spots.

And that's my 20cents. (inflation)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Moving On...To Another Possibility

Well, for anyone following me for any amount of time, it wasn't Lyme Disease, and it isn't fungal. I am more and more covered in spots each day. I am getting leopardy. Consulted a Dermatologist. I have one less mole now...and a biopsy of a spot in the lab.
I find it all rather odd.
This Dr, while professional and polite didn't have the time to explain what he thought I might have. I had him write it down. He gave me a few options. One literally means "spot from an unknown cause".
So you know, that was really helpful.
He was however amazingly quick at the removal and biopsy. Seriously.
Biopsy results come back next week.

Oh, and my computer seems to have bitten the dust.

But I am not here to complain or spread fear. NOPE.
I am here to remind you of the hope that exists, and what gratitude can do for your life.

I am thankful for the warm days we experienced this week.
I am grateful for the rain we are expecting this weekend.
I am thankful for unexpected extra gigs for my husband.
I am thankful for small round latex free bandaids.
I am thankful for steadfast friends
and a mighty prayer team, ready.
I am, thankful for Sozo. (prayer)
I am thankful for forgiveness.

I am thankful for a local guy that can fix my dead car, even if it might take a week.
I am thankful that my daughter has a laptop I can sometimes use, even if the V sticks.

AND
I am thankful that God has a plan for me, one that is good, not to harm me, but to give me a future and a hope.

May your weekend be full of happy times and gratitude!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Who Wants $100??!

My friend is running a give away on her blog. She is a fabulous cook and has created a cooking blog showcasing many of her wonderful recipes. She is trying to build a readership....

and she is giving away $100.

Follow her, like her on facebook, and leave HER a comment on this post:
http://my-crowded-kitchen.blogspot.com/2011/05/10000-gift-card-giveaway.html

Enjoy.