Sunday 11.20.2011

I had to go chase cars in the Haymarket area this morning.  That was good timing because I needed some eggs and I had a craving for some good old fashioned country bacon...minus the chemicals.  I miss not being able to stop by the Buckland Farm Market every couple of days, but now it's out of my way unless I'm chasing something on that end.  It's always a pleasure to stop by and I love how everyone asks where I've been so long and how I'm doing. :)  Sure don't get that in any of the stores that I visit in Manassas.

LOL...this must be a chicken condo?

Some critters munching on some goodies.  Donkey's?

I had a chance to catch up on some reading this afternoon and found 
this, the Field Agent  , it's an IPhone application that pays you.  Now I wish I had an IPhone  instead of my Android.  Would be nice to catch other small jobs while I'm running around chasing cars.  Too bad I won't be getting an upgrade until 2013 with Sprint.   Crap!  I wonder if there is anything I can do about it that would be in my budget.  I'll have to research it.

This is what met me when I got home.

Diana send me an update for "LDN Notes By Diana", look on the top right side.
I love the way she keeps it fresh!!

Friday 11.18.2011

On September 2nd, 2011,  I started my last journey to lose weight at 209.6.  I hit 168.2 pounds on the scale this morning and it's stuck for two days now.  My goal is 155-160, I'm big framed and 5'6".

I have had to re-learn eating all over again.  Not living to eat, but eating to live.  I no longer eat unless I'm hungry.  I eat no sugar, no grains.  No more bread, pasta, white potatoes, rice.  I do eat low carb veggies, coconut oil, lots of spices, some kind of meat or fish and apples and oranges.    I eat NON-GMO, organic or local foods that stay with me during working hours away from home.  Staying away from junk carbs has helped that a considerably.  

I've had to trick myself into smaller portions by using smaller plates and bowls.  

I used to eat myself full before going to bed at night.  Now I eat a little bit of something, sometimes full fat organic yogurt with cinnamon, coconut and a bit of peanut butter...just enough to have something in my stomach before taking my 
5 ml of LDN.  Yes, I'm up to 5 ml now and doing well on it.

I was watching Dr Oz a few minutes ago.  They were saying that keeping your lager size clothes that no longer fit after weight loss, need to be gotten rid of because it gives us an excuse to fail and gives us an option B.  Makes sense to me.  I've always kept my fat clothes on the "other" side of the closet, but now it's time to get rid of them.  I can not afford to gain the weight back, health wise nor money wise!

Good bye, fat pants....hope to never see you again!

T-Jay just took these "after" photos of me.  To me I still look fat except for my stomach.  I guess, I'll always look fat to myself.

Tuesday 11.15.2011

After adding some salmon and avocado, below is what I ended up with yesterday.


I forgot to mention yesterday that that blob on the upper right corner of the pan is frozen chicken stock.


A couple of weeks ago I saw this gadget at the store.  Yesterday, after burning my fingers just one too many times, I went back and bought it.


No more pot holders, that I always forget, for me!


I should have waited for Kymber, because at first I put this sticky mess on some napkins.  Then after she mentioned towels, I picked the seeds out of that sticky mess and transfered them to a towel.  I'm still digging out small pieces of paper napkin.


I think I put them in a cat proof area.  High up on a shelf. :)

I bought a jar of Kimchi at the store the other day.  Last time I bought a jar, it was delicious, but this time not so much.  It was too sour and just too hot.  I think I will make my own next time.  Hopefully next week.  I think I already found the perfect recipe.

Thank you, Pete Belardino 11.14.2011

Last month, Pete introduced me to Kabocha, a Japanese squash.  I've never really been a squash person and have never cooked it before, but I thought I would give it a try.  Pete never mentioned that I would need a sledge hammer to cut this bugger up.

Ever since I cooked it the first time, I have been in love with this veggie and cook it once a week, sometimes combined with other veggies.  

As you can see, there are lots of seeds and 
since I love me some Kabocha, I'm saving them.

Kymber...where are you?  Do I just dry them and put 
them in a safe place for next spring?

Kabocha, broccoli, red onions, chicken stock, 
garlic, sea salt, Braggs vinegar, Braggs Aminos, 
black pepper and rosemary.

15 minutes later....yummy!  Thanks again, Pete :)

In other news, T-Jay made it back from Baton Rouge, safe and sound.  He had a great time while there, but it is good to have him back home.

On the advice of everyone here and on Facebook....from now on I'm checking my shoes for surprises. :)

Sunday 11.13.2011

So at 10 AM this morning, I finished washing and drying clothes and I got myself ready for work.  Since it's going to be kind of warm out today, I put my clogs on.  I kept on thinking that my right toes felt funny and checked my sock to see if there was something in it, but there wasn't.

I went about my business and got to work at noon.  My right foot was still feeling funny and I checked my sock again, but there was nothing.  I was beginning to think there was something wrong with the feeling in my toes.

Finally about 30 minutes ago I again took the clog off.  This time I stuck my hand inside the clog and this is what I felt...

So....which one of these pranksters is responsible for this?

Saturday, 11.12.2011

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Friday 11.11.2011

Looks like the temps will make it up to 51 today even though we have wind gusts between 15 and 29 mph.  The tree in the backyard is almost bare again.  I usually sweep up all the leaves into beyond my fence, but this time I will just leave them on the dirt.  Maybe the decomposed leaves will add to the little soil that I have.

My co-worker was sick yesterday so I worked  9 hours instead of my usual 6 during the  week.  So today, while I had the time, I cooked  some  meat for the next couple of days.  I still have kabocha and cauliflower that I cooked the other day.  Saturdays I work 11 hours, so there is not much time to cook and I sure don't feel like it when I finally make it home.

This is diced up chicken with onions, garlic, ginger, pepper, sea salt, braggs aminos and home made taco seasoning.  I ended up with a nice brown gravy and will probably put it over some Miracle Noodles.

When I weighted myself this morning, I was down to 171.2 pounds...will I ever reach 160?  I sure hope so!!

One thing I've noticed is that the more weight I lose the less tolerant I am of cold.  Last night I was freezing at work and my feet were ice cold.  Time to get out the Bates Boots.  I'll be damned if I'll freeze my tootsies off tonight!

I hope that everyone has a great weekend.  Here's a 

little something to put  smiles on your faces.

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

Hump Day 11.09.2011

I had to go take care of an inspecton in Middleburg yesterday morning.  Since I didn't want to get on the interstate, I set Gloria Pain Spencer (GPS) to avoid all highways.  I went off of the main road onto Bust Head Rd.  Perfect name, it was 5.5 miles of one lane, gravel, potholes trying not to hit bottom road.  Bust Head Rd dead ended on Halfway Rd, which should have been named Awesome Allway Rd, brand new asphalt and smooth as a baby's butt.

View from Halfway Rd.  Yesterday was one of those days where I could have just driven on and on until my tank ran dry.

After I left Middleburg, I went to hug my mom's neck.

View from my mom's back yard. :)

After losing 40 pounds, my last bra kicked the bucket, so it was time to do the thing I hate more than for bras.  Three years ago I was in a size 36B.  I measured myself this morning at 34 inches and went to three stores.  So tell me, how is it possible that now I wear a 38C?  WTF?  Are the manufacturers screwing with us?  After three and a half hours, I came home with 3 new bras.  What an ordeal.  I don't even want to think about having to go buy jeans and that's coming up next.  I hate clothes shopping!  I'd rather wash dishes and clean windows.

T-Jay made it safe to Baton Rouge yesterday afternoon.  What a relief that was.  He did remind me that it wasn't his first time driving there, but that doesn't really matter.  I'd still worry about him driving all the way through even if he did it hundreds of times.

Monday 11.07.2011

Lately lots of stuff seems to be getting on my last nerve and you know what that means....I have to make it go away.  Titles on top of my blog post day after day...getting on my last nerve.....

T-Jay won't be leaving until tonight.  I hope he is asleep right now...that's a long drive...18 hours, and he wants go straight down to Baton Rouge, stopping only for fuel and food.   I can tell you, I sure will be glad to get that text from him telling me that he made it okay.  I'm going to be a nervous wreck.

I've got an assignment in Middleton, VA tomorrow.  I will take care of it really early in the morning since I don't have to contact anyone once I get there.  Afterwards, I'm going to stop by my mom's and hug her neck.  I haven't seen her in a couple of weeks.

Today I was almost late for work after getting a really exciting piece of junk mail from one of the credit card companies, especially one that I owe money to.  I always open them so that I can shred them, but this one had a self addressed and stamped envelope inside.  I thought they might be interested in some of the other junk mail that I get, so I neatly folded up one of those door hangers from a new pizza joint in town ....along with some other junk mail I had laying around, the original envelope that they mailed the ad in and put it in the envelope to send back to them.  I inserted a note thanking them for the ad and told them that they might be interested in some of mine.  I'll be mailing it later tomorrow...the envelope will be mighty thick and heavy.  Rat Bastards!

Sunday 11.06.2011

Ha, the breakfast of champions.  Sauteed wild salmon and snow peas with garlic, ginger salt and pepper.

Then it's off to work.

The boil has all cleared up and once again, I am a happy, happy woman. I'm down to taking only LDN and some basic vitamins.  Hopefully it will be another 7 months or longer before I grow one of these rat bastards again!!!

My weight is stuck at 171 it seems, but I'm okay with that for now.  At least I'm not gaining anything back. Keeping the loss is always the hardest part for me.  Since I am still keeping away from sugar and junk starches I am not having any weird cravings and haven't been tempted to go on a eating binge.  It's bizarre how I always have to con myself into eating small portions. It  has gotten much easier ever since I got myself some smaller bowls and plates.

Tomorrow starts the worrying.  T-Jay is going to drive to Louisiana and stay there for a week.  I'm happy for him, but on the other hand I'm going to be worried until he gets back.  I do hope that he makes it there safely and that he has a great time!

I'm leaving work a few minutes early to see Jenna so that she can do something with this head of hair of mine.  I'm trying to grow it out again, but am in the in-between stage and it's getting on my last nerve.  I had the scissors in my hand twice yesterday morning, which is not a good thing.  Jenna has been cutting my hair for the last three years.  She gets off at 5 today, but she is staying late because I won't get off until five.

All those negatives that I sent away got developed.  I'm still going through them.  Quite a few are of my son when he was just weeks old.  It sure brings back some memories.  I did delete one set that I accidently included....mainly because the negatives were so small that I couldn't tell what was on them.  Anyway...they were of my ex husband when he was in New York many years ago.

I have a box of old photos to go through besides the ones at GoPhoto.  After I sort out any duplicates, I'll start the long process of trying to scan them and put them in some sort of order.  I did try out my scanner a couple of weeks ago with an old photo and the quality was excellent. I haven't decided yet what I will do with them, one thing is for sure, they won't be in a physical album.  They'll be on a CD and some place online.

Update on the Boil 11.03.2011

This was yesterday morning.  Believe me, the photo doesn't do it justice.  The blueish colored areas are scars from previous boils.  The red area around it was hot to the touch and by the time I got home last night it reached all the way down to my knees.

This is what I took the night before last beside my dose of LDN.  It includes 1 antibiotic and 5 capsules of Turmeric three times a day.  I also added Vitamin C and Zinc.

Then I covered the boil with Tea Tree and Oregano Oil over night.  I didn't get much sleep due to my Miss Silly, my cat.  She was cold and wanted to get under the covers with me.  Every time I raised the cover to let her in, the smell of the oil was so powerful,  she took one sniff and hauled butt from under there.  Ha, talk about some broken sleep!

Then last night Diana suggested making a paste out of Xylitol and to put that on the boil.
"In rats, xylitol has been found to increase the activity of neutrophils, the white blood cells involved in fighting many bacteria. This effect seems to be quite broad, acting even in cases such as general sepsis."  So, that's what I did last night.

This morning when I removed the dressing, I had a small hole in the boil.
Kathy, had told me a couple of weeks ago how her grand father had taken a glass jar, boiled it in some water, cooled it down a bit and had put it over the boil.  When the air inside the jar cooled, it would create suction and force the boil to drain.  Well, I thought, I would do it a little bit different.  So I emptied out this wide mouth plastic bottle that had been in the fridge for months.  After I cleaned it out, I attached it to the boil after squeezing the bottle together.  Then I let lose and you wouldn't believe all the crap that came out of that little hole.....damn what a relief it was!!!!!   :)

The swelling went down immediately.  I put a couple of drops of Iodine in the hole, slapped on a band-aid and I was good to go. 

I'll keep taking the tinctures, vitamins and antibiotics for a couple more days...just in case.

Nesting 11.01.11

Mmmmhhhh....chicken bone broth cooling early this morning. :)

Here you go, photos of my warmer room :)  You're right, taking down those white curtains and replacing them with the red ones made a world of difference.

I blocked my make believe closet with this cabinet.

Ha...that's all for this nesting period.  Knowing me, I'll get restless again in a month or so and change it all around again.  I don't know why I like to do this.  My mom has the same problem with liking to change things around.  It always makes us feel so good when it's all done.

When I get home, I've got some major doctoring to do.  In the last 24 hours I have managed to develope a huge boil on the inside of my thigh.  It's getting really painful and to the point where I can't bare to have anything touching it.  It feels hot and is red all the ways around the center. The area is the size of a dinner plate.

Last night I started popping turmeric capsules like there's no tomorrow. So far it's not getting any worse.  I'm also taking antibiotics.  When I get home I'll cover it with tea tree and oregano oil, take some Vitamin C, Zinc, Milk Thistle & Dandelion, Astragalus and  Echinacea & Goldenseal....finishing it off with my nightly dose of LDN.  I've got my fingers crossed that this will take care of it.  I don't want to go to the doctor....they won't be able to do anything for me, except for what I'm already doing anyway.  Ha, the doctor will actually do LESS for me....write me a script for pain and antibiotics.

I have a feeling that what I have is called Hidradenitis Suppurativa.  I've had this for 12 years now, but this is the first time since February that it has flared up.  Probably a stress related flare....I hope!

The only thing that has changed in my diet lately is that I added milk back in to put in my coffee.  I'm still not eating any starches, grains or sugars.

I'm sure glad that I've lost this 38 pounds.  If I hadn't, I would have had to stay home from work due to not being able to walk because of my thighs rubbing together.

I've decided not to  fix the central heating for now.  I just can't see spending another 200 to 400 bucks and still not having a guarantee for it to be fixed.  Since I have upgraded this townhouse with new windows, doors, siding, and roof, it is really well insulated now.  A few added little heaters should take care of us for now.

This is what I've got so far...

I will get another heater like the one in the middle next week.  This should keep us warm this winter.  It might even cut down on the electric bill since all the heaters won't be on all the time, but just when and where we need them.

Oh, before I forget.  If you look on the right side of this page, in the LDN section, you will see a page called "LDN Notes by Diana", with a date next to it.  Diana has been kind enough to keep her notes updated almost daily.  She is awesome!!!  I received an update from her earlier today, which I'll replace it with in a few minutes.

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