Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hot Flashes! It's Either Your Fibro or Peri-Menopause: Who Cares?! I'm Frickin' Hot!

I just knew this day would come!
I turned 50 yrs old this year. My mother had terrible hot flashes so I knew there was a chance I might have them. Hot flashes can also be a symptom of Fibromyalgia.
And of course I would be suffering from hot flashes during one of the hottest summers, on record, in Las Vegas. As, I'm typing this it's 8:22pm and 105 degrees outside! Yuck!
The frequency of the hot flashes have been getting worst for about 2 weeks. It's now an everyday event with my son putting an ice pack on my head when he sees me breaking out in a sweat.

Source: bing.com via Chrissy on Pinterest

I knew I was in trouble when I took 6 showers in one day! So enough is enough! I've cutback on the coffee, increasing the yoga to 5 days a week, and will be purchasing a bottle of Black Cohosh, from my favorite health store. I'm looking at adding soy to my diet. (not a huge fan of tofu)

Source: etsy.com via Megg on Pinterest

Relief cannot be here soon enough!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life ~ How You Decorate Your Dining Room Table/Coffee Table/Side Table

This week, Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life weekly topic is How You Decorate Your Dining Room Table/Coffee Table/Side Table. Here's just a few photos of our pub-style dining table and chairs in 2 apartments. It's not our style to have much on the table.
our dining room table~april 2012
our dining table~october 2011
our dining area june 2009~A view of our dining area from our previous apartment. This apartment was 2000 sq ft. We loved it! Thanks for visiting today.

Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday ~ Make Your Dog a Chair

This was an unused table that the DIYer removed the top and doors, removed all support pieces. After sanding all the rough edges, apply a fresh coat of paint and place a fluffy pillow for your dog. Isn't this just adorable

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Friday ~ My Style

Since turning 50 years old this year I decided it was time to shake up my look. Here's just a few of my favorites from My Style Board at Pinterest.

Source: kiyonna.com via Rona on Pinterest

Betsey Ruched Dress from Kiyonna
This is my official fall look. colorful blazer, big tote, shirt and blue jeans.
a great outfit for a special night out with hubby
my favorite Etsy hat!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Cooking Thursday ~ Southern Grits

I remember having a creamier version of grits many years ago, in a restaurant Wednesday morning. So, I decided that I would attempt to make the Southern Grits, at home. You know what? They turned out creamy and delicious. Hubby love them so much he asked me to make some this morning.
Ingredients 2 cups water 1 1/4 cups milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup quick-cooking grits, not instant (I use Quaker)
1/4 cup butter
Directions: 1 In a small pot, bring water, milk, and salt to a boil. 2 Slowly stir grits into boiling mixture.
3 Stir continuously and thoroughly until grits are well mixed.
4 Let the pot return to a boil, cover pot with a lid, lower the temperature, and cook for approximately 30 minutes stirring frequently. 5 Add more water if necessary.
6 Grits are done when they have the consistency of stiff cream of wheat. 7 Stir in butter.
8 Serve with additional butter, cheese, or red-eyed gravy on top of each portion,

Watch What Happens Next! Joyce Meyer Ministries

I read this on my Facebook page this morning. What a great reminder for us all to give over our worries and fears to the Heavenly Father. Instead of worrying about your problems, worship, sing, praise and give thanks to God. Then watch and see what happens in your life. Joyce Meyer Ministries

FOX5 taking live donations August 9-10, 2012, Thursday, Friday - FOX5 Las Vegas - KVVU

FOX5 taking live donations August 9,-10, 2012, Thursday and Friday - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

FOX5's annual Supply Our Students Drive will take donations of new school supplies live on the air starting Thursday.
NV Energy located at Sahara and Jones will be Thursday's donation location from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Friday's live location will be McDonald's located near Sunset and Eastern, also from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
More information on the S.O.S. Drive can be found here.

Back2School Shot Clinic~ Low Cost School Immunization Shots for Las Vegas Kids

Excerpt from SNHD press release: Beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the Southern Nevada Health District will offer its first services at its future home, 330 S. Valley View Blvd at Meadows Lane when it begins its annual back-to-school low cost immunization clinics. The health district’s new, main public health center will be open for back to school shots Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Shot record is required!
No other health district services will be available at this time. For information, contact the immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit SNHD for details about special clinics.
Currently, school shots will be the only services offered throughout August at the new location. Back-to-school low cost immunizations will be available from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon., Aug. 13-Fri., Aug. 17 and Mon., Aug. 20-Fri., Aug. 24. Special back-to-school immunization clinics will be available 8 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 at the East Las Vegas and Henderson public health centers.

Natalie Portman, Actress, Wedding Dress: I Like It!

Natalie Portman, actress married Benjamin Millepied, dancer, last Saturday night in Big Sur, California. Her dress was a tea length with high neck and long sleeves. Her veil was worn with a floral crown. I think she looks adorable!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday ~ August 7, 2012

My husband and son at his 8th grade promotion ceremony ~ 2006 , scrapbook page

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Congratulations to This Year's 21 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs

I'm a little late at posting about this but Heathline has composed their picks for 2012 21 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs.
Healthline originally announced the list in June 2012 but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take the time to stop by their blogs and congratulate them!
It's also a pleasure to see one of the blogs that I follow, Faith, Family and Fibro, being amongst the list!
Congratulations to the best!

Should We Chose Amazon Prime Membership?

After I cancelled the cable I decided to look into Amazon Prime Instant Videos. I've seen many Facebook and blogger comments about it so I decided to try the 1-month trial period. Then the cost will be $79 annually.

Source: bing.com via Terry on Pinterest

So far I'm enjoying it. I've been able to watch "NYPD Blue", "Inspector Lewis" and "Foyle's War" episodes, at no additional cost!
My only complaint would be there's no captions, a must when watching British TV programming.

Chrysanthemum Mirror Project: Have You Pinned It Yet?

Here's just another reason this gal loves Pinterest! This craft project is definitely on my to-do very soon list.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ August 6, 2012

I love participating in Menu Plan Mondays. I get so much inspiration from fellow participants. And I love creating delicious meals for my family! Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Mondays.
Pot stickers, carrots
Crockpot BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Spinach
Easy fried rice~ I'm adding chicken and veggies

Source: soc.li via Rona on Pinterest

Quiche

Source: saveur.com via Rona on Pinterest

Spaghetti and Meatballs~I like to pan fry the meatballs. Do you pan or oven fry yours?

Source: food.com via Rebecca on Pinterest

I making banana muffins today!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It's Friendship Day Today! Sending You Hugs!

I appreciate all the good blogging friends over the last 7 years. You brighten my day with your creativity and humor.
Now, I need to make some muffins for my best bud ~ hubby.

Support the Chiari Car Wash in Las Vegas Today!

Christine Smith is hosting the Chiari Car Wash today. As a fellow chronic pain sufferer it's important that we support each other! I pray that they meet their goal today.

Jumping Tandem Sunday ~ Being a Good Wife

Ephesians 5:33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
me and my husband

Social Security Administration Issues New Fibromyalgia Disability Ruling - US Politics Today

Social Security Administration Issues New Fibromyalgia Disability Ruling - US Politics Today

On July 25, 2012, the Social Security Administration released a new ruling that details how they evaluate fibromyalgia in disability claims. For those who have been suffering from severe Fibromyalgia and are planning or currently filing for Social Security Disability this is an important and positive development.

Excerpt from press release: The physician must diagnose fibromyalgia and provide the type of evidence described in the new ruling, and this information must not be inconsistent with other information in the Social Security Disability applicant's case record.

Specifically, the new ruling sets out two instances in which fibromyalgia may qualify as a medically determinable impairment. First, if all three of the following are present:
1) A history of widespread pain -- that is, pain in all quadrants of the body that lasted for at least three months
2) At least 11 positive tender points on the body (there are 18 "tender point sites" on the body, and they are "positive" if the patient experiences pain when the physician palpitates the area)
3) Evidence that other disorders that could cause these symptoms or signs were ruled out
In the second instance, the first and third factors above remain the same, but number two may be replaced by repeated occurrences of six or more fibromyalgia symptoms, signs or co-occurring conditions, chiefly fatigue, cognitive or memory problems, waking unrefreshed from sleep, depression, anxiety disorder or irritable bowel syndrome.