Hello Josie!

By July 21, 2017 animals, Dogs

We have a new puppy.  We adopted from the Animal Shelter in Terrell and she is a sweetie.  They think she is Australian Cattle dog/Blue Heeler mix.  She is smart!  She plays fetch, sits, crates and is scared of Calli the cat.  It is very sad!  She peeks around to see where the cat is before she will move to far!  We have had to corral the cat in order to get Josie to walk through the house.  They think she will be six months old in September and we have her scheduled to be spayed, part of our adoption fee!

We are taking her in to the vet to have her checked out and her second shot set given.  I love her to death and she is full of energy.  Our other dogs are moving faster these days to keep up!  Georgie girl is still the established Alpha or Beta since I’m the alpha.

I’ve attached a pic or two!

Enjoy

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A Broken Heart

By July 21, 2017 animals, Dogs

I know I’ve shared pictures of Sioux, my Anatolian Shepherd in other posts.  She was a magnificent dog.  On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, she passed away in our living room, in the late afternoon.   It is difficult for me even as I sit here and write this.  Sioux was such a part of our lives and even though she shed a lot and was sometimes a roadblock where we were walking, I miss her!

One night this week, after I had fallen asleep, I heard her bark!  I sat upright in the bed.  Norman, asked what was wrong.  I said, “Did you hear the dog bark?”  He touched my arm and said I was dreaming.  I know that was Sioux though.  Sioux was 11 in June.  I know big dogs don’t live as long as smaller dogs, but we had just had her checked out in May, mothers day to be exact and she was fine. Some Arthritis, but nothing that should have killed her.

We got a new puppy and Josie is wonderful.  She will never take Sioux’s place in my heart, but she is making her own place.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Alpha Mom

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Monsters Under My Bed

By June 28, 2017 Crazy Rants, General

Growing up, I was scared of the dark.  I didn’t even like being out side at night, playing in the yard with cousins and friends that stayed over.  I’m not sure why I was like that or if something happened to make me scared of the dark.  There are probably a lot of kids that are that way.  Perhaps it is just something genetic inside certain people.  As an adult, I’m not scared of what is in the dark, but who is in the dark.  I walk through our current home in the dark most of the time.  There are night lights placed strategically in the home, but for the most part it is dark.

I dream every night.  A lot of the dreams are nightmares and I wake up screaming or crying out.  My husband has woken me many times from my nightmares.  Sometimes I can remember them the next day and sometimes, I don’t remember any of it.

Often, I wonder if it is because of the books I listen to or read or it is just my vivid imagination that causes the night mares.  Is it because of something I’ve heard on the television or the radio, a piece of a conversation as I walked by someone?  Is there some thing hidden in my memories somewhere that causes me to have those dreams?  Do other people have nightmares as often as I do?

Most people dream, I think.  Sometimes, I dream in color, most times, it is black and white or non descript.  Sometimes my dreams are just people’s voices from my past and I’m reliving something that happened a long time ago.

Water is the common denominator in my dreams or most of them.  The other common denominator lately has been either pregnancy or a baby.  Not sure about the pregnancy or the baby, but I know that the meaning of water has to do with your emotions in your waking life.

Do you dream every night?  Do you dream in color?  Do your dreams have  a common thread that runs through them?  Tell me about your dreams….

Alpha Mom

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It’s Been A While……

By June 28, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

My apologies for not posting for such a long time.  Life has been very busy!  I’m still dealing with back pain, but have started physical therapy and have a procedure schedule for July 6th, where they will inject medicine in to my sacroiliac joint.  The doctor is hoping that will take care of the issue along with the physical therapy.  If that doesn’t fix the problem, then the next step is seeing if there is nerve damage.

Slowly but surely we are getting the house back in good shape and I’ve done some redecorating.  Hopefully, after next week, it won’t be such a chore to do things and I can finish the decorating.

I planted cucamelons and tigger melons about a month ago and they are growing very fast.  I have vines about 18 inches long and can’t wait to see the first blooms.

My glasses broke so I’m wearing some old ones and I’ve cut all my hair off again.  I will update my pic soon.  My granddaughter is growing by leaps and bounds and will be a year old on the 19th.

I’m ready to have free time and for school to start.  I’ve signed up for 7 hours and hopefully will be able to finish my degree by the end of next year.

I guess that is it for now!  Just wanted to reach out and say, “Howdy!”  Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Love Alpha Mom!

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Hidden Illnesses

By May 29, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

Sometimes when a person is sick, there are no outward signs.  So when someone says, “You don’t look sick,” don’t get upset or hurt by what they say.  Simply smile and walk away or just walk away.  I know how hurtful it is and how hard it is to explain.

I have two autoimmune diseases and there is no outward signs.  They have progressively gotten worse in the last year and on top of this, I have something wrong in my lower back that is making it very difficult to walk or stand or sit for very long.

There are no cures for the two diseases I have but there are ways to lessen the symptoms but it takes a long time for you to see any kind of relief.  I have Epstein Barr Syndrome – which is chronic fatigue and  I have fibromyalgia which is where the nerves are overactive and sensitive through out your entire body.

In the last few days I have start a detox to clean my body of toxins and an autoimmune protocol diet to see what I can change to help at least with the fibromyalgia.  There is a link on the right hand side of my blog for Super Green Juice. That is what I am drinking to detox.  I’m still drinking my athletic greens and my zip fizz for the vitamins and vegetables/fruits.  I’m eating at least one meal a day and maybe a snack.

I know there are drugs on the market to help with pain and symptoms, but I no longer want to mask the symptoms, I want to control the disease instead of it controlling me.

Besides the detox and the diet change, which is not really a diet, I’ve started using some homeopathic remedies to help with the pain.  We are switching from processed foods to organic or as close to organic as we can get.  It has taken over a year for me to be convinced that drugs and processed food are not helping but making things worse.  Just in the last week, I’ve discovered that wheat, cheese and pasteurized milk are things I cannot eat with out major pain.  I believe that potatoes are another issue so I’m cutting those out as well as tomatoes and anything else from the nightshade plant area.

I developed allergies to some foods after my gastric bypass but have always just said that depending on how bad I want them, I can deal with the outcome.  Not so any longer.  So no more shellfish, ranch dressing, or chocolate.

My goal is before our cruise next June (2018), I have this all worked out and will not have to worry about pain and fatigue from disease.

Be mindful of people that say they are sick or don’t feel good!  Just because you can’t see the disease or the sickness doesn’t mean that they aren’t really sick.

Have a great day!

Alpha Mom

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Cruising – 2018

By May 11, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

So in 414 days, Norman and I will be boarding the Freedom of the Seas for another cruise.  Royal Caribbean is an awesome cruise line.  This will be mine fourth cruise with them, and his third.  We are doing a Southern Caribbean cruise this time.  It sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico and goes to 4 different island, none of which I have been too.  I’m beyond excited.  We still have to book airfare, but that is okay.  I plan to do that in a couple of months.

 

With this being said, this gives me a little over a year to get my back repaired and get my weight down.  I’ve been slowly changing my habits and as I change things it takes a few days for my body to adjust.  My biggest adjustment right now is the raw milk, but my body has finally adapted.  I already buy organic meat from Zaycon Fresh or as close to organic as possible without the expense.  I’m increasing my protein, lowering my carbs, and after the doctor next week, hope I can go back to working out.

Anyway, there is a plan in place and action has started.  Have a great day!  Leave a comment and let me know what your vacation plans are for this year and next!

Alpha Mom

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Where would you like to visit?

By May 9, 2017 Crazy Rants, General

So I posted about where I’ve been and I do still have quite a few places that I want to visit.  Mostly in Europe and the Carribbean, maybe Africa and couple of places in South America.

So here’s my list:

  1.  Hawaii
  2. Virgin Islands (all of them)
  3. Ireland
  4. Wales
  5. Kenya
  6. Tanzania
  7. Austraila
  8. New Zealand
  9. Peru
  10. Aruba
  11. Bali
  12. Austria
  13. Japan
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Vermont
  16. New Hampshire
  17. Maine
  18. Montana
  19. Idaho
  20. Nevada
  21. Utah
  22. Oregon
  23. Belize
  24. Costa Rica
  25. The Great Pyramids, Egypt

This is not a bucket list and it is not in any particular area.  We are suppose to go to Hawaii this year or the Carribbean, but nothing is set in stone.

Where do you want to go and why?

Alpha Mom

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Where have you traveled?

By May 9, 2017 Uncategorized

I’ve been to a lot of places in the United States.  I still have a lot of states I would like to visit, but traveling by car is more fun to see some of those places as opposed to flying.  I’ve never traveled by train and sometimes I think that would be fun.

Regardless of how you get there, getting there sometimes is most of the fun. I was born and raised in Texas and have traveled most of the state.  It will always be home.

So here are a few places I have been:

  1.  Scotland
  2. Barbadoes
  3. Martinque
  4. Antingua
  5. St. Maarteens
  6. St. Thomas
  7. Puerto Rico – just to catch a ship
  8. Miami, FL, just to land
  9. Louisiana
  10. Mississippi
  11. Georgia
  12. Alaska
  13. North and South Carolina
  14. Alambama
  15. Tennessee
  16. Kentucky
  17. Indiana
  18. Missouri
  19. New York
  20. Virginia
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Kansas
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Nebraska
  26. South Dakota
  27. Wyoming
  28. Colorado
  29. New Mexico
  30. Arizona
  31. California
  32. Pennsylvania
  33. Washington D.C.
  34. Washington
  35. Arkansas
  36. Canada
  37. Cayman Islands
  38. Cozumel Mexico
  39. Jamaica
  40. Illinois – just to catch a plane

Respond to my post and let me know so of the places where you have gone and maybe what was your favorite and why.

Alpha Mom

 

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At War – My Brain and My Body

By May 9, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

It is definitely no secret that I have been overweight all my life.  Even when i had lost 165 pounds, my fiance at the time, made fun of my weight.  He didn’t last long in my life.

Lately however, all I can think about is losing weight and getting fit.  I’ve tried to not count calories.  I’ve tried to let it go so that it will happen as I eat properly.  I’ve been getting rid of the bad food and adding the good nutrient dense foods.  I’ve cut down my portion size.  But other than 12 pounds that I lost from January 4 to the end of February, no success.  My body is at war with my brain.  They no longer communicate!  They need to reconcile so that I can concentrate and do the correct thing!  My body just wants to sleep and my brain never shuts down.  I hate this feeling.  Part of it to is that I have 3 compressed discs in my lower back and I need to alleviate the pain.  To do that, I have to go see a spine specialist.  I DO NOT LIKE DOCTORS!  Anyway, I know that will help some.

When I feel like I’m not in control of my surroundings, I get very agitated and I guess a little depressed.

And yes before anyone asks, I’m taking my hormones!  LOL!  However, those do bad things to my body.  My feet swell, my sugar gets out of whack and I gain weight.  So do I want to take them, no!  I haven’t found any way to replace the hormones with out taking medicine.  Believe me, you want me to take them!  Just ask my co-workers, my daughter and my husband!  I went bat shit crazy about a month ago, after I stopped taking them for 3 months.  It wasn’t fun!

I’m not exactly sure what my point was with this post other than I feel like my body and brain are fighting and I don’t know how to make them stop!!!!

Have a great day!

Alpha Mom

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Cucamelons – Have you seen?

By May 2, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, People Treats

Okay so twice now on Facebook  I’ve seen pics of these little miniature watermelons.  The first time I saw them, I thought that maybe someone had just crossed a cucumber with a watermelon and got this cute little thing.  Not so!  You can actually buy seeds and or plants.  Supposedly they taste like cucumbers with a hint of lime.  I’m always looking for new fruits or vegetables to try because I’m trying to make healthy life changes.

Today, my husband, Norman, tagged me in another Facebook post about these little cuties.  I was reading the article and low and behold! you can order them on Amazon.com.  I spend a lot of time on Amazon as I’m a prime member and I have a firestick from Amazon and I have an Echo.  Yes I know.  Eventually my house will be a smart house.

 

Anyway, So I purchase 10 plants of these little cuties as well as some seeds for something called tigger melons.  These little melons look like orange watermelons on the outside and maybe cantaloupe on the inside.  

 

So in about a week, I will have my latest purchase from Amazon.  I’m really excited about growing these and actually eating them.  I love melons, just not much on watermelons because they seem really messy.  These are small enough, no messiness implied.

Have a great day!

Alpha Mom

 

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