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I have decided to give this blogging thing one more shot. I had one but it was filled with random stuff, not focused and I'd go days and weeks without making updates. Well, I joined a blogging group called Take Up Your Cross and they supply daily prompts, which I've noticed has helped tremendously. Thus far, I've only made two late entries!

Now, I've decided to up the anty, and I want to try the 30-day blog challenge. I've decided to create THIS blog specifically for that purpose! I think, getting daily prompts helps. It serves as a reminder to make a post and it also helps to focus my thoughts onto to something specific and not random things.

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I am a F.R.O.G. this did not happen overnight but was a gradual morphosis that happened over the last 45 years of my life. No, I didn't turn into a brightly colored reptile that hangs out on a lilypad. A F.R.O.G is someone who Fully Relies On God.
It is my hope that my entries in this daily blog will reflect my F.R.O.G personality and lifestyle and maybe, just maybe some of you will decide to become F.R.O.Gs as well!
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May 17, 2023 at 9:38pm
May 17, 2023 at 9:38pm
"Sis, you need to haave a serious talk with YOUR nephew!" When that's the first thing my brother says when I pick up the phone, I know its gonna be a doozie.

Tonight, when they were in church. The children were in the Children's service while the main service was going on. In the middle of prayer no less, my 5 yr old nephew barges into the sanctuary bellowing at top volume MOMMY THAT WITCH WONT LET ME GET JAYLA'S BREATHER!!

His twin sister was having an asthma attack and they had a new teacher who thought Kayla was playing around. When my nephew tried to leave the classroom to get the inhaler from his mom, the teacher grabbed him to stop him.

Did I mention all my brother's kids take martial arts and self defense? Well. My nephew kicked her and head butted her busting her nose. It took both my brother and his wife to get everyone calmed down. Jayla and my sister went to the ER...Jayla needed a double breathing treatment and a shot. My brother had to talk to the teacher and Pastor sent my nephew to his room until he could figure out exactly how to deal with this. His answer......call me!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™„

On one hand, his sister was in real trouble and needed the inhaler. On the other hand busting the teachers nose was a bit much. What is the right punishment for something like that? On one hand, I don't think the teacher should have grabbed him. He over reacted. But he's five years old. And he understands the inhaler helps his sister breathe. Jayla has a tendency to panic when she has an asthma attack which intensifies the attack so he understands you have to act quickly.

I spent a good hour taking to my nephew. He feels bad he made the teacher bleed but not sorry. Funny thing is he IS SORRY he yelled in the main church๐Ÿ˜† I told my brother sending him to his room was punishment enough. I think my sister plans to work with him on staying calm during one of his sister's attacks. Three of the children have severe asthma so they should all be used to what to do.
April 22, 2023 at 3:43pm
April 22, 2023 at 3:43pm
My husband started coming down with a summer cold about four days ago. He had a sinus headache, a cough and just felt blah. I TOLD him to get some cold medicine from the store, to get some cough drops and vitamin C drops. Did he listen? NOPE!

Each day, he's gotten progressively worse. I kept telling him, get the meds. Yesterday, I started coughing. He has been too kind in sharing his germs. This morning he woke with chills and fever. He finally got his butt to the store to get what I've been telling him to get!

According to him, he's dying. He's never been so sick....like a good wife I reminded him of the time he was in the hospital for pneumonia and bronchitis. He just glared at me. Poor guy...he took his meds and is resting. I suppose ill make a pot of chicken and dumplings to help him feel better. If only he'd gotten those meds sooner...๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ™„
April 21, 2023 at 5:50pm
April 21, 2023 at 5:50pm
๐Ÿ’œMonday April 17
Fast Break: Black coffee, homemade biscuit with egg and cheese.
Main Meal: cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios and milk. Slice of whole wheat toast with homemade no sugar added plum preserves. Coffee.

๐Ÿ’›Tuesday April 18
Fast Break: bottle of Boost
Main Meal:pasta salad with spiral noodles, tuna, peas, shredded cheese, bell peppers, green onions, mushrooms, corn, celery, creamy Italian dressing, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and 8 Ritz low salt crackers. Iced tea
Snack: medium apple

๐Ÿ’™Wednesday April 19
Fast Break: one grapefruit, small bowl of corn flakes with one cup of milk.
Main Meal: pork tenderloin pieces roasted with sliced turnips, onions, bell peppers and served with yellow seasoned rice. Unsweetened B angel iced tea.

๐Ÿ’šThursday April 20
Fast Break: cranberry juice, two slices whole wheat toast with peanut butter, one cup coffee
Main Meal: Tyson breaded chicken patty , one slice tomato, 5 pickle slices, one slice of onion, two romane lettuce leaves, homemade ketchuo, baby carrots, bottle of water and one flavor packet, blackberry lemonade.

๐Ÿ’œFriday April 21
Fast Break: 1 bottle of Boost, 2_ cups black coffee
Main Meal: Asian inspired meatballs, rice noodles, and broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms in a ginger sesame sauce.
Snack: will drink a bottle of unsweetened cranberry juice.

This concludes my tracking. As I look back over it I see I've slipped back into using some processed food items and I need to tighten back up on that. Time to plan out the rest of the month. Perhaps, for now, ill keep tracking to insure I stay motivated. I DO need to make those corndog fritgers soon!

โ˜• ๐Ÿง€ ๐ŸŒญ ๐Ÿž โ˜• ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿž ๐ŸŒญ โ˜•

April 12, 2023 at 1:51pm
April 12, 2023 at 1:51pm
As I've written in past entries, I've been on a mission to completely change the way I nourish my body. Well, I'm not obsessive with keeping daily logs. They are helpful when just starting out, but then I let up. But, as time goes by, little by little bad choices can creep back into my life. So, it is very beneficial to periodically track a week. Just to see where problems could be sprouting up.

Why do I think now is a good time for a check? A few days ago I sent hubby to the store to "get something cheap but healthy to go with dinner." I made mackerel patties and steamed carrots. Hubby brought home two boxes of macaroni and cheese. I've not bought that in over a year. Its processed so its a no no. But...he made an effort and I just wanted to get dinner done so I made it.

The macaroni and cheese was delicious. Which worried me. The last time we'd had it over a year ago it was overwhelmingly salty! So, have I been letting salt/sodium creep back in?

Now, more than ever, I need to be careful. I no longer have a dialysis port. So, I can't just go get it if my kidneys faulter. So, for the next week or so, I'm going to track my daily intake. Probably boring for anyone who reads this! Also, keep in mind I follow an intermediate fasting routine with a six hour window for eating. So it may seem like I'm not tracking every meal. But on a typical day, I break my fast about 1 with a small, lite meal then a out four of five we have our main meal of the day. So the daily lists may seem short.

The thing I learned is, when you give your body food it recognizes as nourishment, your body needs way less food! Cos it actually uses what your giving it. If your eating stuff with low nutrition your body sees it as toxins and works to get rid of it quickly.... Then tells you its hungry again cos its still looking for what it needs. So you stay hungry.

Ok so I'm done rambling ๐Ÿ˜†Time to start my tracking. I'll edit and update this list daily.
๐Ÿ’šTuesday April 11
Break fast: 1_cup black coffee, 1 slice peanut butter toast.
Main Meal: a slice of spiral cut baked ham (left over from Easter), one fried egg, one slice mozzarella cheese, spicy brown mustard, on toasted sandwich, grapes, celery sticks. Cold water and one zero calorie drink mix of lemonade.
Snack: orange Jello

๐Ÿ’œWednesday April 12
Fast Break: 1_cup black coffee, 1 bottle of BOOST
Main Meal: (going to be) mushroom burgers (mushrooms and onions sauteed in two tablespoons of unsalted butter and seasoned with garlic powder, black pepper and paprika), patties made with ground beef, dried minced onion,parsley flakes, dash of low sodium soy sauce, 1 egg, two diced green onions. Formed into patties and baked in the oven. Natures Own multigrain buns. Spicy brown mustard, lettuce and tomato. Cucumber slices and baby carrots on the side. Unsweetened Bangel iced tea.

๐Ÿ’™Thursday April 13
Fast Break: 10oz bottle 100% no sugar added cranberry juice, black coffee.
Main Meal:chicken sandwich (made with one Tyson grilled chicken patty), lettuce, tomato, dill pickles slices (3),zucchini sticks and raw green beans. (Yes! Raw green beans are delicious๐Ÿ˜‹) and unsweetened regular iced tea.
Tonight, about 8ish we had a bowl of no salt added kettle corn and more iced tea.

๐Ÿ’›Friday April 14
Fast Break: one bottle of boost, one ruby red grapefruit
Main Meal: two egg and cheese biscuits (homemade biscuits made with flour, Crisco, milk no salt),two hard fried eggs, two slices of mozzarella cheese. Real cheese, not processed squares. Sliced tomatoes and cucumber and radishes.
Snack: no salt added popcorn spritzed with vinegar. (tricks your mouth into thinking is salty!)

๐Ÿ’œSaturday April 15
Fast Break: 4 shortbread cookies with a thin tart glaze, black coffee ๐Ÿ™„i know! ๐Ÿšฉ cookies for first meal....bad girl!
Main Meal: I am going to make dirty rice using yellow rice and ground beef. (Not traditional Cajun dirty rice.) Bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and either broccoli or carrots on the side.

๐Ÿ’›Sunday April 16
Fast Break: 2 cups black coffee, grapefruit, 6 jimmy dean breakfast nuggets
Main Meal: (will make) Asian glazed pork loin, rice noodles, broccoli and mushrooms.pork loin seasoned with low sodium soy sauce, 5 spice Asian seasoning and sesame seeds. Mushrooms and broccoli sauted in two tbs unsalted butter and minced green onion and garlic podwer.

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April 8, 2023 at 7:49pm
April 8, 2023 at 7:49pm
Looks like we will be going with plan B tomorrow. Plan A was to fire up the grill, but not only are we supposed to have showers โ˜” but the dollar store with in walking distance does not have charcoal.

Plan B is putting the honey butter spiced ham in the oven. Going to have baked sweet potatoes, corn casserole, and curried deviled eggs and lime Jello salad, which is a vintage recipe from the 60's.Mom used to make it every Easter.

You need two boxes of lime jello, one box of cream cheese, half a cup diced pecans, half cup of shredded coconut, and one cup of mini multi colored marshmallows, and a small bowl of cool whip.

Boil two cups of water and dissolve the yellow mix. Add the cream cheese and use a blender on low to mix until the cheese is melted and well incorporated. Add two cups of cold water. Pour into a casserole or cake pan. Sprinkle all the goodies in and gently mix.Finally, gently mix in the small bowl of cool whip. Chill until firm.๐Ÿ’•

I made it the first year I met Fred and he's asked for it every year since! His friend from down the street and his friends brother are both coming over to share the meal.

In all, its a simple, low key celebration and those tend go be the best ones.

Our puppy is a wild mess. In an attempt to train him, I take a teaspoon and a scoop of peanut butter and call him to me. Annie comes to. She sits and stares at her brother. I hold the spoon over his head, out of his reach...and say Sit. As soon as his rear hits the floor, he gets to lick the spoon. Then Annie gets a turn. If he gets up, he looses a lick! Once he sits again, he gets to lick. If he tries to bite it....I say No, Easy! And he licks it. When he masters this, ill do what I do with Annie...and let him lick it off my finger. But he's got to stop biting first!๐Ÿ˜† Hubby bought two tennis balls. Dan had his chewed in half within a few hours! Annie hid hers in the bed. HE also likes chewing the rubber wheels on my walker and chewing the window ledge. Puppies are a handful๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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April 6, 2023 at 6:47pm
April 6, 2023 at 6:47pm
I've always wondered who exactly named the Friday Jesus Christ was murdered GOOD.

Pretty sure it wasn't Mary, the mother of Jesus
, who went through the crushing misery of watching her child, her baby boy, be beaten, whipped, mocked then witnessing Roman soldiers pounding nails the size of railroad spikes into his hands and feet. Watched as he slowly suffocated hung on the cross. Nope, don't think she'd think the word GOOD would cross her mind in connection with that day.

Highly doubt it was the disciples. As that day progressed and they saw Jesus dying on the cross...their leader, their companion, their beloved, they watched as all their hopes, their dreams...shattered. The ministry, everything was OVER, as far as they knew. All hope was gone. They definitely didn't think anything about that day was GOOD.

When Jesus was finally dead, the Holy Bible AND historical documents say the day became dark as night and the earth shook, and a loud mighty noise was heard. The people who experienced those things were terrified! They thought the end of the world had surly come. GOOD? Not to them!

Even Lucifer, Satan, or whatever you wanna call him. He was gleeful for a split second, then, imagine the sheer blood chilling horror he felt when Jesse Christ decended into Satan's fiery lair and, snatched by force the keys of death out of Satan's sweaty hands! Imagine the humiliation, the horror he felt realizing his master plan was a majorly epic failure!That day was far, far from being GOOD.

Jesus probably didn't think it was so good either. He was physically, mentally and spiritual crushed. We can never fathom the true extent of the sheer agaony or the true depth of love he simultaneously endured...and yet, even then...in the depths of such dispare he cries out asking Father God, why have you forsaken me? Yes he knew it was Gods plan, yes, he k we what the results would be, yes he did what he did willingly out of his great love for us. But I doubt even Jesus would call that day GOOD.

The ONLY ones I can think would consider that day GOOD, would be the Roman soldiers, the pharacies, and saducies. (even my auto correct isn't spelling those two words correctly.) And their triumph only lasted until Sunday when news of Jesus being alive was spread far and wide!

So. WHY DO WE CALL THE DAY BEFORE EASTER GOOD? It seems to me, it was anything but GOOD. Just something that runs through my mind this time of year. To those who believe, Happy Resurrection Weekend. Happy Easter to everyone, you are deeply loved๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’
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April 5, 2023 at 10:03pm
April 5, 2023 at 10:03pm
P9. Rant about annoying situation(s) that keep happening

I'm really not one who rants or complains a lot but I've kept silent on this particular issue but whoever wrote this prompt opened the door๐Ÿ˜† And, spilling my feelings here is a lot better than me losing my temper ...which is where I'm headed.

Before we even moved in here, we made it clear I needed a wheelchair accessible apartment. The one we got is not. It took almost a year for them to add a small ramp at the door and one o e the curb going to the parking lot which is also the only way my wheelchair can exit the apartment complex.

There is sti!l a step going from the porch to the sidewalk. Not a huge deal because I can go a Ross the porch and access the sidewalk from there. However, for over a year part of that portion of the sidewalk had crumbled, making it very difficult to get my chair over it. So it is very hard to even get to the parking lot.

They put in a ramp but never made it a no parking place and my upstairs neighbors absolutely insists on parking ON TOP of the ramp. By doing that, not only can I not use the ramp, it has now begun to break.

In the last two years, the ONLY time I've left my apartment was by ambulance and even they complained and threatened to make a report at having to get me over a step and curb.

Every time my husband pays the rent or sees the manager, he me tions the ramps and asks when its going to be fixed. The manager assures us he's working on it. Next month will be TWO YEARS since we moved in.

I did try talking to the neighbor but he's very combative and said he would not stop parking there. He gets very snarky and rude if I tell him I need to use the ramp and if he could move just until I get back. So far, I've just gone with the flow and waited for the manager to do his job. Nothing seems go be happening and I'm slowly getting to the point of losing my patience.Thank you for listening to this rant๐Ÿต๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ–‹

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April 3, 2023 at 11:39pm
April 3, 2023 at 11:39pm
Starting with this post, and the next 7 posts, will be in keeping with Andrea's April blog challenge.

For this post, I'm going to share some exciting, great news! It is now official. I AM OFF DIALYSIS!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰Last fall I was going to the ER once a week for dialysis while waiting for .y insurance to find a clinic for treatments. Anyway, the good folks at the ER started acting like I was wasting their time. Then, blood tests started indicating I wasn't in emergency need of dialysis. Doctor insisted I still needed it tho. Then, when I actually did vet accepted back, I was told by the technician doing the dialysis treatment I was only borderline.

Then, in October the non-emergency .medical transport I depend on to get me to the ER for dialysis came and the two parametrics checked me over as always and strongly encouraged me NOT to go to the ER. They said I didn't show signs of kidney problems and Houston had a spike in COVID and the ers were overflowing all over the city. I stayed home!

Fast forward to December when I landed in ER for an infection and pneumonia. I mentioned I had not had dialysis for a few months. They tested my port in my chest and it had clogged from not being used. They wanted to replace it but I had them remove it.

So far, my body has acted fairly normal! Of course, in January of 2021 I made some huge changes in my diet and health. I think between all of that, all the prayers and God's great mercy, my kidneys are healing! Its been 4 months the now since the port was removed. So far, everything is working as it should!๐Ÿ˜€
February 26, 2023 at 1:38pm
February 26, 2023 at 1:38pm
Never again will I tell my husband to "surprise me" when he asks what I want to drink. Normally, this isn't a problem. Normally he brings me a ginger ale, sprite or even an orange soda. I only allow myself one 12oz can of soda per week. So, its a treat.

This morning however, my hubby returns and proudly hands me a 20oz bottle of limited edition PEEPS PEPSI. ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐ŸคThat's right someone actually thought marshmallow flavored Pepsi was a good idea. Against my better judgement, I took a sip. It was like drinking liquid cotton candy. I managed two sips and gave the rest to hubby who actually likes it.

I married a weird man! ๐Ÿ˜‚
February 19, 2023 at 8:54am
February 19, 2023 at 8:54am
Yesterday my husband was a hero and really worked his butt off for me. We completed the last bit of spring cleaning which included boiling water and scalding the floor, cleaning the windows inside and out, hanging my spring curtains, gathering up all my whatnots in the kitchen so k could wash them (dusting is good but every few .months I like to give them a good wash down), he took out the trash and scrubbed the oven. He even went to get groceries (probably to escape the cleaning) and helped make dinner.

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ Today is reward day, only he doesn't know it yet. He knows I'm sending him to the store shortly when they open and I've given him a choice. Pizza or nachos...he is to get shat we need to make one of those. I discovered they are playing ALL THREE of his all time favorite movies today. Smokey and the Bandit one, two and three! While he's at the store, I'm going to set up the popcorn popper and Ive got a homemade banana pudding ready for him. All he has to do this afternoon is kick back in the couch and watch Burt and Sally with me๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

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