Archive for June, 2009

Posted: 06/30/2009 in life

i will be writing a new post – a real post – really soon! in the mean time, i’m reading a book a day from my mom! oh how i love warm summer (rain-free) days!!!!

{hey all!}

Posted: 06/19/2009 in life

we’re awful busy around here…decided to take a break for a bit!  signing off for now. be back in a month or so.

gall what?

Posted: 06/16/2009 in health, me

so it looks like it’s gallstones… wow seriously. all this time.

i can remember the first time it was really really bad. i was pregnant with liz and trying to sew diapers and i realized the pain was getting worse and worse under the right side of my rib. i could remember something strenuous i had done prior and thought i must have pulled a rib out! it never got better… it just stopped. not even sure when. sometime, not long, after having lizzie…

i remember having pains between my shoulder blades for years and i’ve always had enzyme and digestive problems and a sensitive stomach…

yet, in the last 6 months it seems to have been slowly increasing. nausea, inability to eat – lose of appetite, sensitivity, weakness, headaches… (see lists below)

this morning i just mentioned something to my sister and we did some quick researching while we were on the phone and she started listing these symptoms to me.

  • Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side
  • Pain between shoulder blades
  • Stools light or chalky colored
  • Indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Burping or belching
  • Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
  • Diarrhea (or alternating from soft to watery)
  • Constipation
  • Headache over eyes, especially right
  • Bitter fluid comes up after eating
  • Frequent use of laxatives

then she sent me a link to this website: and i read these:

  • Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage
  • Pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder
  • Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic)
  • Nausea
  • Queasiness
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Burping or belching
  • Attacks are often at night
  • Attacks often occur after overeating
  • Pain will often but not always follow a meal with fats or grease
  • Pain may be worse with deep inhalation
  • Attacks can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours

i believe this is the point i started crying… i know, i’m dramatic. but the relief was overwhelming. i wasn’t going to die. i wasn’t going to have to live with all of this forever. i was going to be able to eat again and have more children and help eric build our house. i am going to be able to pack our house and move us a few car loads at a time myself… i could keep going but i won’t.

don’t judge me. after 6 months of these symptoms you would think you were dying too!

so are you wondering why i’m telling you this?? i’m wondering myself… maybe because i’m excited for a new phase in my life of eating and playing with my daughter… maybe because i believe this is curable without surgery… or maybe just cuz i couldn’t think of anything else to blog about today and i was in the mood to blog.

here’s what was recommended to me to do.

Gallbladder Cleanse

If you have blood sugar problems, don’t start this cleanse until after 2:00 p.m., and eat a good amt. Of meat earlier in the day, especially in the morning.

1. Magnesium citrate capsules and/or disodium phosphate with simply real apple juice to help round off gallstones

2. Drink apple juice all day long (fast on it).

If you have blood sugar problems, eat lots of meat protein for the first 2 meals of the day, then begin the apple juice fast after 2 p.m.

3. Mix 3 Tbls organic cream w/ 3Tbls 100% real lemon juice, drink it just before bed.  Lay on right side for 30 minutes, then go to sleep.

4. The next day, repeat step 2 and 3

today is day 1… shall i keep you posted? hmm  passing stones, maybe it’s not blog worthy… 😉 i imagine i’ll do some gallbladder support herbs and remedies after this cleanse too…  i suppose if you don’t hear me whining and complaining and you start seeing me in public again, you’ll know it all worked! 😀


i’d just like to say…

Posted: 06/15/2009 in fun, pictures

i think this is totally UNcool! that you can google “how to train your woman to obey you videos” and come up with MY blog! duuuuuuuuuude!

yes, someone googled this and they came here… i know this cuz my stats page told me so…

(the last one in this screen capture photo…)Picture 4


Posted: 06/15/2009 in homemaking, pictures

i don’t think i’m alone in finding great pleasure in GIVING a gift! i absolutely love it! i like to spend quite a bit of time on it and if i don’t i feel guilty!!! 🙂

i had fun with mary catherine’s gift!

homemade laundry detergent!

homemade laundry detergent!

the recipe

mc and pat had a pretty big day yesterday… i’m disappointed that i didn’t have my camera glued to me. i really struggled taking pictures though. it was very dark and my weeny digital camera flash just couldn’t handle it. not to mention, i had a hard enough time keeping track of my bouquet. 🙂 it ended up being a gorgeous day weather-wise and i hope it was the best day of their lives. 😀


(thanks marie for a some GREAT photos :))

pencil man

Posted: 06/12/2009 in creative, hubby, pictures

he carved me himself on his break at work…


Posted: 06/11/2009 in life

do you consider yourself {green}?

what do you do that makes you resourceful… efficient… all things “green”?


i finally caved yesterday morning and decided not knowing was not giving me the security i needed anymore.

i enjoy denial… sometimes… and this was one instance. don’t judge me.

we won’t be monetarily penalized if we aren’t able to finish the house by jan. 1st due to the weather.


what a relief!!!!!!!!!

although, my emotions about this bit of info are mixed.

i still want to live upstairs by christmas. i’ve got one holiday that i find a big deal – that’s christmas. would you want a christmas tree in a styrofoam basement with no rooms? didn’t think so. don’t judge me. i’ve been dreaming of christmas in my OWN house for years. is it what christmas is all about – nope – would i feel like i could make it more special for my family – yep.

i still want to be out of here SOON and in my new house SOONER!

but after spending the day convincing myself that we aren’t slowing down or taking any more breathers than the rain is giving us – that this bit of info isn’t an ‘out’ and we will be in as soon as we can. now that i believe those words, we will be in as soon as we can. i find this bit of information a HUGE relief.

although, my husband still says his goal is for us to be  in by thanksgiving… i know what planet is he from???!!! but half of me believes he won’t sleep until it’s done when he can start. so it kinda scares me he would literally kill himself tryin…


my mother in law got me a subscription to family fun magazine. i really like it!

yesterday i was sitting outside in the sun trying to get a bit sun-kissed in some areas for this wedding saturday and found some great ideas!!!

the first one is this adorable book shelf stuffed with stuffed animals. i fell in love with this immediately! stuffed animals are my LEAST favorite toy. they take up so much space! this is fabulous and i can’t wait to do it!



here’s how:

along the shelve’ edges, mark spots to attach the elastic bars, spacing them 4-5 inches apart. with a drill make pilot holes to match your screws.

measure the height of the zoo enclosure, then cut strips of 3/4 in wide elastic that are 1 1/2 in longer than the enclosure.

fold under one end of an elastic strip and cut a 1/4 in slit through both layers with a craft xacto knife. slip a finish washer onto a 1 in wood screw (We used # 8’s) insert the screw through the slit, and attach it to the top shelf with a screwdriver.

fold and make a slit in the bottom of the elastic and secure it as you did the top, then insert a final screw to secure the middle. repeat until all strips are attached.

this is how to make a “cage”.

i think lizzie faith will even LOVE stuffing her animals in their cage!