Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Busy Sum-Sum-Summertime

I'm home from my weekend in Cincinnati.  Life just is not slowing down any right now.  This is just a time of my life, I guess, when a lot is happening.  Over the weekend, I had a nephew get married, and attended a niece's baby shower.  Good and happy occasions, so a busy life right now is a good thing.  I'm sure the alternative of a nothing happening, boring and empty life would not be a welcome or good thing.  For this I'm happy and grateful. Although I have to admit that there are many moments when I think of that old commercial, "Calgon, take me away"!  As long as I have some days to myself in between all the happenings, and I keep my mind calm, I'm good.  I just don't feel right if I don't have things clean and organized at home, and that gets difficult to keep up with when I'm not here.
Now today I need to work in the yard that's gotten ahead of me and I need to do it this morning because it's supposed to be very hot today.  This afternoon My Bob and I want to head out for an hour and a half drive, one way,  to see the grandkids before they go out of town to visit other relatives for a couple of weeks. 
I have a lot of pictures on my camera, but no time yet to download.  And now, off I go again!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Exciting Life and Times!

Finally, I'm back!  I've been reflecting back on the last month and so much has been going on.  Five weeks ago today (wow, I can't even believe it's been five weeks!) My Bob and I left for Spokane for our son Brandon's graduation from the U.S. Air Force S.E.R.E training.  (See my June 11 post)  We were also very excited to see their new cute little house on base ,that they had just moved into and Dee and Riley are still adorable.
 The following morning we attended a breakfast with the Commander for parents and family.  It was very interesting to hear more details about the intense training that our sons, husbands, brothers all went through.  And now where they go from here.  They are now SERE instructors, but now with 6 more months of training as an apprentice they will then become certified and at that point will instruct on their own.  It's very intense and tough, and as a mother I just cringe. 
Friday was the big day and it was a beautiful day, although not real warm.  The graduates are now awarded their gray berets and their shiny black boots.  Their dress uniform is slightly different from others because of the Special Forces they are in.  Here we are, the proud family of Brandon.

Saturday included a family picnic and we were able to meet some of the other families.  These are all wonderful, bright, nice young men.  It was a pleasure meeting them all.
We came back home on Monday and the following Saturday Brandon, Dee and Riley came back to Pennsylvania for Brandon's one week of leave time.  On Sunday morning they had Riley baptized at our little home town church that was attended by my grandparents , as well as Dee's grandparents, and by both of our families on many occasions throughout the years.  In fact, Brandon and Dee and Dee's brothers attended Sunday school there as young children.  And now their baby was baptized there.  Riley acted and looked like the perfect angel.
What was also just as special that day is that both my sons were there together, both in their dress uniforms, and I could not have been more proud.

Aren't they handsome!!
Give me another moment to brag!
And here they are with their beautiful and pregnant wives.
As you can see here, Melissa, is VERY pregnant.  In fact, the next morning she went into the hospital and little Leanna  Rene was born at 3:41 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19" long.  Just perfect.  With the most head of hair I've ever seen on a newborn!
Mother, baby, dad and brothers are all doing very well.  It was so nice that Brandon and Dee were here to see the baby.  The timing couldn't have been better.  I had to split my time in many different directions for the week, and I have to admit that I was extremely tired by the end of that week, but I wouldn't have wanted anything to have happened differently.
Here they all are on the Fourth of July.  Again, the timing was perfect that I could have my whole family together for this weekend. 
So here are my two newest little Fourth of July firecrackers.
Guaranteed to be more exciting times ahead!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Health and Fitness for Real Housewives - Part 2

I received this in an e-mail from a cousin today.  I think it is very good and I totally agree with it all.  I try to do a lot of what is suggested here, but have to admit that giving up meat and coffee would be hard for me.  I am going to try to cut back, though, after reading this article.
I apologize for the length of it, but I did not want to cut any of it out.  If nothing else, following these tips from Johns Hopkins can't hurt, and would definitely help to make you feel better, look better and probably shed a few or more pounds.
I especially agree with trying to live a stress free, positive and loving life.  So keeping this in mind, it's important to not feel stressed or worried about possibly eating something or doing something that may cause cancer!  So don't worry, be happy, eat well, and stay active. 
Sometimes easier said than done.


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including be an sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen
therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Not Yet

I'm getting there, slowly.  I  have a lot to tell and a lot of pictures to show, but I'm just not up to it yet.  House is pretty much back in order, but I'm still wanting to get a little more caught up on our business bookkeeping and the ironing of My Bob's shirts is wayy behind. 
The last two days have been wonderful.  Bob has been out on the road so it's been calm and quiet.  Got my groceries a day early and it was hair cut day.  I always love hair cut day because someone pampers me for an hour.  Now it's 5:00 and I can't believe how tired I've been getting so early.  I feel like I could lay down and go to sleep.  That's very unusual for me, especially this early.  Besides the need to rest, I'm feeling good. Happy and content.  I just don't feel like writing any more than this right now.
Diana and Riley are coming to visit tomorrow, one last visit before they return to Spokane.  This means there will be more pictures of beautiful Riley and I'm asking for forgiveness ahead of time because I will be showing them all!
Now I'm going to take an early shower to get this humid stickinesss and little hairs off of me, getting jammies on, sitting to knit another baby hat, and watch So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. 
(Oh how I hope Bob isn't hungry when he gets home!!)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'll Be Back

Hey all, did you miss me?  We've had a very busy life these past few weeks.  Here's a quick summary and I'll give details later:  June 16, went to  Spokane to see Brandon graduate from Survival School; Brandon, Dee and Riley came home four days later following us and Riley was baptized on Sunday, June 27; newest granddaughter born to Austin and Melissa on Monday, June 28;  I spent three days at Austin's house to help with the house and the boys; brought the boys home with me on Wednesday to spend the rest of the week; celebrated 4th of July here at home with whole family home for the long weekend; during the last week my computer was attacked by viruses and was in the computer hospital most of the week. 
I have plenty of pictures of it all, but now I'm so behind in everything that I'm so overwhelmed to get it all done.  And my house is a mess from all the activity and house full of kids.  It was very well worth it and a lot of fun, but now I have cleaning, laundry and my computer is still acting up.  Besides that, it's 100 degrees outside and my patience and tolerance is not good right now. 
Tomorrow we'll be going to a funeral of one of our good friends' father and Saturday is a wedding shower for the same friends. 
I'm up for about 3 days of solitude.  Don't see it happening any time soon.  Do you ever feel like locking the doors and not answering the phone?  Just for a few days!  Oh well, I'm just tired and will feel better tomorrow as long as nothing else happens before then.


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