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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 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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Athletic Greens and Zip Fizz

By April 26, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, People Treats, Uncategorized

I have been using this product probably for close to a year.  It is wonderful.  It has like 73 vegetables and fruits in it and if you don’t eat a lot of vegetables it is great.  I haven’t lost any weight from just these, but, I combine them with zip fizz and drink it twice a day.  The zipfizz has lots of vitamins in it and it is really good, comes in several flavors.  I do not drink the Athletic Greens alone.  I always add flavor.   There is a link for the Athletic Greens on the sidebar.  It will take you to Amazon.com and you can either purchase a pouch or the travel packs.  Mine usually last about 45 days.  I don’t drink two every day, but I try to drink at least one.

The zipp fizz is a tube and like I said come in several flavors.  This gives me energy on top of my extra vitamins.  You can get a variety pack or a single box of 30 of any of the flavors.  They do carry the variety pack and some times a berry pack at Costco, but I like the Orange Soda or Orange Dream.  I’ve put a link for that as well on the side bar.

Go check them out.

Alpha Mom

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Tiny Horses

By April 19, 2017 animals, Dogs, Uncategorized

Growing up I had a Shetland pony whose name was Mitzi.  The most I remember about her was being almost kicked in the head.  My grandfather punched her in the jaw.  She wasn’t hurt and neither was his hand.

I’ve been around cows, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, horses and pigs often in my life.  My brat sister currently raises Nigerian  dwarf  goats and they are really cute. I want one of those too!  First Pic is Bucky!  He was her first goat.

I often miss living in the country, not that I’m living in a big city now, but I can’t have any additional animals. 

Yesterday,  as my husband was driving through Kaufman, he took a couple of pictures of some Shetland pony foals.  They are as cute as they can be!  I asked him if he could get one in the truck and was it small enough to use the doggie door!  LOL! 

His response was, “They aren’t as big as Sioux.” Sioux is the second picture.

Anyway, with all the stress that I’m currently going through, Norman, my husband said he thought it might make me smile to see the babies, and it did! 

 Love,

Alpha Mom

 

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Its so Complicated

By April 13, 2017 Crazy Rants, General, Uncategorized

So I’ve only been married 11 years to my husband and we both had children, grown children when we married.  He already had 9 grand children and we really thought that would be it for awhile.  However, my eldest step-son divorced and remarried, and he has a almost 2 year old.

My daughter who got married a year and a month after I did, just had her first child, in July of 2016.  She said she may have one more and I really hope she does, but if not, that gives us 11 grandchildren.

My stepdaughter has two grown children and her son is married and has three children, so even though we don’t see them very often, that gives us three great grandchildren.  My husband comes from a big family with 4 siblings who all have children and all have grandchildren now, I think.  So come holidays it can be a very big event if we join in at my mother in laws (whom I love very much)  I think one year there was 66 there and that was only about 1/3 of the kids and their kids and their kids! LOL..

When we got married he gave me a list.  We have tried to update that list and keep it update, but it is way too COMPLICATED!  We are both genealogist and try to keep up, but it gets harder every year!

Enjoy your family!  Enjoy the time you have!  You never know when that will change!

Alpha Mom

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Bloglovin

By April 11, 2017 Uncategorized

You can now follow my blog on bloglovin!

Just click on the follow button on the side bar or you can copy and paste the link below!

 

Just click on this link:

<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/18839949/?claim=efu7ep8utmk”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

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Welcome to The Litter

By April 5, 2017 Crazy Rants, Uncategorized

Thanks for taking a minute to check out my blog!  Stay tuned for some posts and tasty treats and lots of rants!!!!  Rants will be about everyone and everything that impacts my life and the family!!!  I have a very extended family…

Here’s a picture of a recent visit from a friend!  Better than Fireball!

Why did I start a blog??? Well basically to make some money.  I signed up for the 30 day blog challenge  If you want to learn more, check it out!  30 Day Blog Challenge

See you soon!

Alpha Mom

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