Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diabetes and me........ ....sigh.....

I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2001.  I was at the doctor's office because I had not been feeling well, to say the least.  I had been feeling really crummy, in fact.  The doctor drew labs and did an EKG, and told me the only thing wrong with me was that I was diabetic.  That's all he told me.  Literally "You're diabetic.  Go on a diabetic diet."  No referrals, no information on what a diabetic diet was, no handout, just "Go on a diabetic diet."  Not even how many calories a day!  He did write me a prescription for Actos, but that was it.  The Actos was not good for me.  My blood sugar dropped a lot.  We later tried Starlix, which, again, was not good for me.  These are both great meds, but they didn't work for me.  Later, a different doctor put me on Glucovance, which is a combination of Metformin and Glyburide.  This worked pretty well for me for a while.  Now, I am Insulin Dependent.  It is a journey.  It is a journey that will not end any time soon.  It is frustrating and sometimes downright hard.  I hate Diabetes.

 What has frustrated me the most about this journey is the lack of information I came up against.  This was 2001, fairly early in the internet game.  I could just plug something into a search engine back then.  Not everyone had internet.  Not only that, I am of a certain age.  In 2001, I was forty, and learning this whole internet thing was a challenge.  I didn't grow up in the internet generation.  The doctor said "Go on a diabetic diet."  What, exactly, is a diabetic diet.  Is there just one?  How do I know whom to trust?  Who do I call for this information?  And how do I frankly afford the information?  I was a stay-at-home mother with very, VERY limited resources.  I looked for a book, and found a couple that were very little help.  Where could I turn?  

So here's what I'm going to do.  I am going to share all the information I have found.  I am going to search out more information.  I am going to use this blog, among other things, to share this information.  I will read books, look online, meet with nutritionists and diabetic educators, and found out everything I can about how to deal with diabetes.  Then, I will post it.  Follow me in my journey.  Maybe we can all learn something together.  And feel free to comment, and share and information or sources of information, or questions you may have.  I'll try my best to find the answer.

November, come to find out, is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Who knew?  I didn't know. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What a wonderful son I have....

This is my sweet son, Jon.  He was about six here, I believe.  He's a kind, considerate young man.  He loves to help others.  Jon at twenty is the same kind, giving young man he was as a little boy.

I'm remembering a story about that little boy today.  We were at a park, and the kids were swinging and sliding, doing all the things little boys do.  I was sitting on a little hillside watching them.  There was another little boy in the playground area, and another mother a few feet away from me on the little hillside.    Suddenly that other little boy started crying.  Jon grabbed him by the hand and said, "Here, go to your Mommy."  The other mother said, "No, don't come to me!  Go play!"  Jon stopped in shock, and you could see it all over his sweet little face.   That's okay, though, he quickly recovered, and just changed his path, saying "Go to my Mommy.  She'll help you."  I kind of looked at the other mother, because I didn't know if she would object.  She went back to whatever it was she was doing.  I soothed both boys. 

I just remember this as one example of my son's kindness.  He's always sharing what he has.  That day, he shared his Mommy.  It was, to me, an example of how Jon reaches out to others.  He does it easily, without thinking.  

Another day not so long ago, Jon and I were at Barnes & Noble when a young man with a trolley full of books did something that made him spill the books.  Jon and I were talking close by, but Jon jumped right in to help that young man pick up all those books, stacking them nicely on the trolley.  

This just illustrates how wonderful my son is.  I know God is going to use Jon in a mighty, mighty way some day.  I can't wait to see what that is. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Since I have last been blogging regularly, I have moved to Houston.  I was in the Austin area, then I thought I wanted to move back to Nashville, but that didn't work out.  My sons stayed in Texas, and I just didn't want to be that far from them, so here I am.  Funny thing.  I really like Houston, even more than Austin, though I like Austin.

 I love the beach!  Galveston is just a little over an hour drive from my home, so I go on a whim.  There's more than just the beach in Galveston, but the beach is the big draw for me.  There's another quieter beach down the road, too, called Surfside.

Houston has great parks, and a lot of them.  It's also a great city if you happen to play PokemonGo. Ha!

Houston has great museums, and you can get in for free on Thursdays.  These  were taken at the Museum of Fine Art.

I went and saw Wicked at the Hobby Center a few weeks ago.  It was fabulous!

And, of course, it's the fourth largest city in the U.S.  There is shopping, entertainment, anything you want  or need.  Yes, I really like Houston.  It's a great place to live.

I've discovered a new hobby.


    I'm a crafty person. By that, I mean I love crafts. I like to try new things.  Craft stores are some of my favorite places to shop.  

I've discovered a new hobby.  For years, I've admired my sisters' art talents.  It seemed that was a gift that had passed me by.  Then one day, I was out shopping and saw a shop called "Painting With A Twist".  Have y'all heard of these ?  They're all over. I looked them up online, and I got to thinking I might could do this.  After all, a few years back, I painted some Christmas ornaments, and they were pretty cute.  I mean, you don't have to  be Picasso.  When I look at some of the artwork on my walls, they're not advanced artwork, but they look really nice.  So I thought I'd give it a go.  
This pretty lady above is my version of a painting I saw online, I believe she was a project at one of the Painting With A Twist shops.  She's darling, I think.  She's ready to go out dancing.  I haven't decided where I'll hang her yet.
 This pretty dancer was another something I saw online, and I think it was also something that had been done at Painting  With A Twist.  I tried her, and I really like the way she turned out.  I like pictures of dancers.  They always look so joyful.

This little birdie was inspired by a plate  I saw at Hobby Lobby.  Cute, yes?

So I'm really enjoying this!  Maybe I have a little talent.  Or heck, maybe anyone can paint!  

I'm telling you, I have found a lot of great teachers on youtube.  I watch a lot of videos.  Look up theartsherpa, Painting With Jane, Ginger Cook, Clive5Art.... those are just a few.  They give good lessons for beginners and more advanced artists.  I like Giner so much I joined her online academy. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Castle! I've found me a castle!

I spend a lot of time on, because I dream of buying a house.  Sometimes I dream of a million dollar house, sometimes I dream of something more affordable for someone like me.  You know, a working class single lady.  Whatever. This house caught my attention today.

It's a castle, I do declare!  It's a castle.  I mean, look at it.  See that round tower on the side?  I mean, how castle is that?  All it lacks is a moat, right?  I mean, this is Houston.  How hard would it be to catch a couple of alligators?

  Now see here.  You walk into your castle you look to the left.....  yep, that looks very castle-y.  Maybe even a bit dungeonesque.... 

Uh-huh!  The queen is in the counting-house, meeting with the royal lawyer, counting out her money.  She sit's in her throne.  She has her choice.  There is more than one.

 The balcony.  How very Juliet.  That's right.  That's me.  Juliet. 

I included this picture only because, well, it's interesting, isn't it?  The stools, well, zebras.  The cabbage on the walls.... well, there you have it.

The breakfast room.  Pretty, yes.  For eating bread and honey.  Biscuits.  With honey.  Whatever.

This is a closet for a queen, no?  Jules would love this closet.

Very, um, interesting.  I like it.  I do.  I like it.  It's in the castle.

This. Is where you cook outside.  Very... very, yes?  I might be overwhelmed by this.  I could handle it, though.

There you go.  The pool.  Because you have to have a pool.  For royal bathing, you know?  It's hot in the summer.  The pool boy will make sure the royal alligators stay out of the pool. 

Now.  Don't you want this?  And get this.  This castle costs a mere million dollars.  Oh, yes, you read that right.  Just a million.  One.  One million.  For a castle.  Grab your  checkbook!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


I've made this hat a dozen times, I think. It's from the book "In All Caps" by Drew Emborsky. Y'all know him, he's the Crochet Dude, and we all love him. I've moved recently, and  I've lost that book. No matter, I can make this hat by heart now. I mean, I need to get that book again, but I can make the hat. Ha!

I also lost my tree skirt, which was totally one of my favorite things I've ever made. I lost a lot of things, but no use crying over spilled milk. I'm moving on. I'm making a new tree skirt. The last one was made from I Love This Yarn Red Sparkle, but this time I'm making it from Lion Brand Vanna's Choice. I'm already unhappy because this yarn has half the yarn of a regular skein, but oh well. I need to get to Hobby Lobby more, but I haven't lately. Ah well. Hope I can get this tree skirt done before Christmas. It's called The 7-Hour Tree Skirt, but I add a little to it, so we'll see, because I work full-time. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hello? Remember me?

Goodness, I haven't been on here in forever!  I confess, when I could no longer get on blogger in Internet Express, when I had to download Chrome, I got flustered, and quit coming.  Only thing, I missed it.  Dang it, I don't like it when circumstances beyond my control make me change things up.  Well, I'm ready to give Chrome a go, and get back to blogger.  I think it's going to take me forever to catch up, but ah, well.

I've done a lot of crochet in the, oh, well, anyway.............  Right now, I'm kind of starting a red, white, and blue afghan, just a couple of squares on it, and I'm working on the back of a beautiful cushion. Of course, I can't find the picture of that cushion right now.  It's just the front that is done.  I'll find it for my next post, I guess.

I do love my granny squares, and I completed this pretty one for my teal bedroom.  I'm working on trying to develope a good sense of how to arrange color.

Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnddddd............. my son is trying to teach me how to build a website.  Ha!  We'll see how that goes.

And how the heck are you?