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September 30, 2017
Most Importantly...Blessed.
Mood:  lucky
Now Playing: Day 2826-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Talking about a royal PAIN in my booty!

Not only is this blog continuing to experience more crashes than a major NASCAR event...but as well the main Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign website is having one dandy of a time keeping up with the overwhelming web traffic.

Needless to say...there is something else I need to kick into full steam ahead on my already growing 'To-Do list' of a million projects that need to be completed within the next few months. GEESH!

What I had forgotten about over the years is just how difficult and time consuming it truly is when starting a new website. Whether alone...starting not just one. But two online businesses..

It has officially been a little over 11 years since the last time this gal had the ability to work. Physically. Trust me by saying, it has been a long, windy, one HELL of a road to realizing a mere dream that is slowly becoming a reality. Eric is still in total shock that I was able to overturn my SSD case in hopes of another chance to work again. A temporary work permit that will allow for me to work from home. Finally realizing my hopes and dreams that will finally have a name, place and home when it comes to online businesses. I am SUPER EXCITED to see what the future may hold for our ENTIRE little family!

As with any business. You can most certainly expect the unexpected. As with most areas of my life. I am going into two new ventures with absolutely zero expectations. If one works and the other fails...then so be it. If both fail...then as well...so be it. Why do I feel this way? Because at the end of the day. At least I can say that I tried. And trying is only half of the battle when it comes to any new business venture. I believe the other half is the ability to purely be able to step outside of your own shoes. Looking at your business from a clients perspective. And always being your biggest critic! That is a must! Don't worry about the grass on the other side. Set your bar high by always keeping your focus on one person and one person only. Yourself.

Over the past 11 years of not working. Having to physically and mentally leave the work place after receiving a very high, quite prestigious promotion. Working along side the Vice-President of a very reputable sunglass manufacturer. It was during that time over the past 11 years that I learned how to swallow my pride. I have also learned how to appreciate the smaller things in life. In the process, I have learned that in any given second. Life can forever change from what you used to know. Normalcy lost, but never truly gone. Over the years, I have also watched those who run and own businesses that used to be successful. But what happened next unfortunately happens on far too many occasions as greed takes over what used to be quality. Now every bit about...quantity$$$. God knows I never plan on allowing my head to get bigger than my heart. Especially after everything this gal has struggled through physically and financially. Amen.

When it comes to Facebook and other forms of social media. The biggest mistake any business owner can make is mixing business with pleasure. The mere cringe of those who run any type of business and then act like a blatant drunken fool with live social media videos and other live feeds. Worse...are the business owners who use their social media accounts for personal and business pleasure. Nothing looks crazier than when a paying client gets to see the business owners constant rants and raves. Especially when the rants and raves are against their own paying customer(s). What happened to the days when employees feared for their lives when a mere phone call warning meant that the business owner was paying an unexpected visit?. Seems the only time you see that happen in this day and age is when it comes to reality television shows such as, 'Undercover Boss.'

Maybe I see life through a completely different set of eyes from overwhelming and sometimes extremely uncomfortable lessons that needed to be learned. The hard way. At the end of the day... I refuse to be one of today's typical business owners. I refuse to be the norm.

There is so much more to share with regards to my upcoming ventures. There are not enough words to begin to express how truly fortunate I am to have this chance and rare opportunity. Even while still battling the internal war within. I am not only extremely lucky. But most importantly...

Blessed.

 


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September 29, 2017
ONE GIANT STEP CLOSER!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Day 2825-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

How does that old saying go?..

"We've come a long way!"

More like...A very l-o-n-g ways!

I am proud to say that we are down to the very last when it comes to the inside portion of our massive house~flip! The tiny little touches of some quite tricky detailing with the kitchen window and living room fireplace. I was successfully able to finally finish up not only the kitchen and living room. But as well I am on my way when it comes to the final bedroom that sustained the most structural damage due to an improperly installed reinforced wall located below in the basement. Go figure! The room that we anticipated to be the most difficult. Has already started off as the easiest out of the entire upstairs portion of our home.

BAH! Always the opposite of what you expect!

Sure, we still have some ceiling repairs to deal with before the cold winter months are quickly upon us here in the country. But thankfully the far bigger projects are finally complete. YAYYYY! Talking about a team of two kicking some major repairing, repainting and remodeling booty! We are on a ROLL! And we don't plan on stopping anytime soon! Even if unforeseen issues arise with my health. Yes...I haven't forgotten about the internal war within. But one thing is for certain. I am beyond thankful to have caught a break or two while tackling on our major house~flip. AMEN to that!!

As we have officially taken one GIANT

 step closer to our final move and destination....

~NEVADA


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September 28, 2017
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!!!!
Mood:  rushed
Now Playing: Day 2824-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

The countdown begins!

UNITED GP WALK

2017

WALK-RUN-RIDE

Can you believe this will be our 8th year?!

We are bigger than ever before with all 50 states officially being represented during this years HUGE event!

We also have the following countries showing their Gastroparesis Awareness support:

Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Please don't forget to send your United GP Walk photos to the following: gpawarenessfund@yahoo.com

RAISING INTERNATIONAL GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS ONE PERSON AT A TIME

www.gastroparesisawareness.com

www.gastroparesisawareness.org

www.gpawarenessfund.com

www.gpawarenessfund.com/Kimberly/


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September 27, 2017
A Little Turtle...Ummmm?...
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2823-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Boy oh BOY! Is this blog going to be F-U-N-N-Y!

I'm not sure if we should rate this blog 'G' or...'R?'

'R' for mature over 18 turtle audience!  Hahahahaha!

Yep...just when you think you have seen it all. You never, ever have truly seen it all. Like...rescuing two box turtles that most likely were going to either get run over by bikes on the trail or eaten by prey. Why not do another turtle-friendly deed? Turtle aid to the rescue!

Actually...box turtles.

Unlike the snapping turtles that we rescued over the summer. At least box turtles don't bite. They are 'usually' pretty mellow and have a really bright, colorful shell! These two are actually a male and female box turtle.

So...you know where 'R' for over 18 turtle audience is about to come into play! Hahahahahaha!

Myself and Eric have no clue when it comes to the box turtle mating season. Nor have we ever encountered mating in the process. All 3+ hours of it! How do we know? Because after leaving the trail with them mating. We returned 3 hours later to walk Snoreo one final time for the evening. Over 3 hours later...the turtles were still...ummmm...shell-to-shell. HA!

Oh yes! Not only did we rescue these box turtles who soon enough will have lots of little baby box turtles. But as we made our way back down the trail, these two were...well...coming out of their shells. So to speak! HAHAHAHAHA! We are still laughing at the mere thought of Mr. Turtle literally having more stamina than most likely any other specie from the reptile family. Most likely...more stamina than most humans-huMEN. Minus Viagra. 

 Hahahahaha! Okay. I don't care who you are! That there was F-U-N-N-Y!

So...if they instantly become internet stars and begin profiting from this 'R' rated turtle mating photo. Would it be considered sold as a 'box' set? Hahahahaha! A box turtle set?. BAH! Yep! We just had to go there! Hahahahaha!

On a far more serious note...who really knows much about these box turtles?. Whether alone knowing much about their mating season? We sure learned something new today! A mere rescue of two spunky box turtles that will one day turn into a large box turtle family!

Talk about coming out of your shell! Heeheeheehee!

Box turtles can be very aggressive with their mating. When the male mounts the female he often will try to bite her head and front legs.

The male locks his feet inside the females shell and begins copulating. At this point he flips over in his back.

They stay coupled for up to 3 hours. The female will often drag the male around. Afterwards the male walks off as if nothing happened.

As far as egg laying. Box turtles lay eggs at the end of the summer. The eggs hatch in the fall and the hatchlings over winter in the nest or the eggs hatch in the spring.

Box turtle eggs hatch at 70-140 days. Depending on the incubation temperature. They may stay in the egg shell absorbing yolk for up to 5 days. Most live off the yolk for a few weeks. During this time they show no interest in food.

During the time the rest of the yolk sack is absorbed. At around 10 days they come out and start exploring. Hatchlings begin eating in 1-4 weeks. They are strongly attracted to movement. In the wild, 60% or more of their diet is composed of animal matter. some of the 'animal' matter they eat in the wild includes: slugs, snails, worms, grubs, caterpillars, beetles, pill bugs, sow bugs, centipedes, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, flies, crawfish and carrion. Essentially, if they can catch it, they will eat it.

The normal clutch size is 1-7 eggs per nest.

The average life span of adult box turtles is 50 years, while a significant portion lives over 100 years!


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September 26, 2017
Snoreo...The World's BIGGEST Baby! :)
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Day 2822-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

What do you call a 93-pound German shepherd-husky pup that is only a mere 3 years young?

Why of course! Mr. Snoreo!

The world's biggest baby

We aren't quite sure where his German shepherd side is hiding?. But clearly it's not from his Mom, Sooki. Or his Dad, Ozzie. Snoreo tends to be a bit scared of anything and everything! Maybe putting on this huge mask didn't help matters...or the fact that Eric did so while hiding in the garage until Snoreo got a glimpse of him peering through the window. Heeheeheehee! Talking about not being able to run fast enough across the hard wood floors! We both never laughed so hard in our entire lives!! Hahahahaha!

So much for the guardian and protector of our household. BAH!

We always wonder why some folks will literally walk around us at the trails along the river. Frightened at just the mere thought of how ferocious looking Snoreo is with two different colored eyes! Most of the time...we are the ones who look puzzled when others along the river trails either turn around or literally take the time to find an alternate route in hopes of avoiding contact with Snoreo. Hahahahaha!

Clearly his true intentions are to 'look' scary like a German shepherd. But this big baby is anything...but scary. In fact, we learned this afternoon just how much of a scaredy pup Snoreo truly is after coming in contact with a few members of the scarecrow family!

Notice...a quite frightened 'you-know-who' standing off to the side. As we attempted to literally drag him past the scarecrows in order to open the gate. But it seems even the scarecrows were far too scary for Snoreo. So...instead of playing Frisbee. We had to settle for walking the trails. Heeheeheeheehee!

Life has never been the same since welcoming this big baby into our home. A mere...3 years ago. Not only did he provide happiness and companionship for our beloved Littleblue. But as well to our entire little family.

So...maybe he might not make such a great guard pup. But we love him all the same. The world's biggest baby!

Our Snoreo


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September 25, 2017
Home :)
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Day 2821-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

There certainly seems to be a change in the air!

Not just with fall weather soon on the way. But as well within our entire house. There sure seems to be an awful lot of energy that has been surrounding us during the final indoor phase of our major house flip.

Hmmmmm?....

We are jumping a bit ahead of ourselves when it comes to the final room. A bedroom with some major damage from prior owners having work done to the basement by a friend. A support wall that wasn't installed property which left for some major damage. The most visible damage seems to be with the third and final bedroom that we have been waiting to begin until the bitter end. Why not leave it for the very last?. This way we can put all of our house flipping skills to the ultimate test! HA!

By the looks of this photo...which only shows a slight portion of the bedroom damage that we began repairing. We are in for quite a treat! Most appropriate for next month, Halloween. Trick or Treat?. Hmmmm....I dare to guess.

Lately not only is the house undergoing final repairs. But the entire house itself has gone from dark and depressing. To bright and cheery! The overall feeling has changed within the entire house. Like today when the energy is thick as molasses! Nothing quite like feeling as if you are not alone. Because in all actuality...we are never truly alone. Especially with those whom decide to pay us a visit.

My gift that started at a young age...is strong as ever!

Over the past month we have experienced some quite odd occurrences. I have also been able to pick up on more than ever before with those that surround us. Even...neighbors. In between picking up on someone that had passed within our neighborhood. That even left Eric speechless. To having someone connect with me that ironically was a beloved parent of an individual involved in Eric's court case. Then of course the typical visits from those who like to chime in when least expected. Eric's grandmother and Aunts whom I have never met nor should I know what is clearly being shown before me like an old time movie projector. I have always considered my ability to connect as a gift. A special gift. There are some that have made their presence known to the point of literally speaking over myself and Eric when least expected.

This evening while sifting through garage sale boxes in the basement. We were discussing ideas on how to repair the third and final bedroom. When out of nowhere someone cleared their voice and then said, "Excuse me." Myself and Eric have seen and heard first hand many unexplainable things over the years. Especially while visiting historical sites around the great USA. Most of the time when things like this evening happen. We usually just stop, look at each other and then go about our own business. I guess you can say that we have grown used to the visits and visitors. But this time it was a bit different. Only because whomever was talking most definitely not only wanted to be heard. But wanted their presence as well to be known. It was as if someone was interjecting their opinions or ideas about the final bedroom makeover as we were making our way up the basement steps. Their voice was the loudest yet!

Since purchasing our home. We have encountered so many remarkable, yet unexplainable occurrences. After what our neighbors told us last week regarding the history of our home and it's prior owners. We are finally able to make sense of everything. Even times when myself and Eric have seen shadows of cats playing around the house with our fur children. Last month we literally saw 3 cats standing at the bottom of the basement steps which scared the you-know-what out of both of us! It takes a lot to surprise us when it comes to connecting spiritually. But after hearing about the prior owners from our neighbors. I will never again second guess my ability to connect spiritually with those who visit from heaven. It wasn't the prior owners whom we purchased the house from that needed a major overhaul from the inside-out. But instead it was stories about an elderly couple that were the original owners of the house. We were told stories of the couple who rescued over 12 cats that all lived inside the home as one big family. The saddest part was hearing about the couple's family that would never visit. One neighbor mentioned that due to the couple having no help as their health quickly declined. They also lost the inability to care for their home and beloved cats.The entire story was extremely sad and beyond shocking. Because clearly this couple and all of their fur children are still very much alive and present within our home.

Now...this entire house, from the inside out, makes total sense.

In all actuality. All this house needed was some TLC and lots of love! We now actually believe that maybe things were just meant to be. Maybe the elderly couple that visits were just upset with so many changes we were making in order to restore the house to a much happier place for everyone to live. Clearly this evening, they once again made their presence known. The energy that surrounded us was one of pure happiness and delight! As if whomever was with us only wanted to help with the final repairing, repainting and redecorating decisions. After hearing the voice so loud and clear. Along with the clearing of the throat as if to say, "Hey, I am still here." We got a few pieces of our ITC equipment out and brought it downstairs to the basement. It only took a mere moment for all of the equipment to come to life. At the exact same time an image appeared next to Eric on the camera's screen. As Eric asked for whomever to let us know if they were okay and approved of our changes to their home. The figure on the screen walked right up to Eric and stood as if to listen. Then proceeded as if to shake his hand in acceptance.

This isn't the first for us. Nor do we anticipate it to be the last. But at least now we have validation from neighbors regarding not just the prior history of this house. But as well those who still reside in our place they forever visit.

A place they still call...home.


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September 24, 2017
STEELERS-BENGALS...OH SUCH RIVALS!! ;)
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2820-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

OOPS...I did it again...

It's STEELERS COUNTRY time!

Then of course...Eric is still stuck in Cincinnati...BENGALS!

OH such RIVALS! HAHAHAHAHA!

For those who assumed the immediate families post of a Sunday tradition of getting together for dinner. Included a long time coming table and chair for everyone. The Hatfield's & McCoy's saga did not end today. It did not include us. No...there wasn't a meeting of the minds to work through 6 years of pettiness. We aren't invited to immediate families Sunday dinners.

They can't handle all of my AWESOMENESS!

Myself and Eric still, as always, extend our hand to immediate family to work through issues and problems. But we can't extend our hand forever. We have only 6 months left before our next move.

NEVADA! YAYYYYYY!

As for what was cookin' on our stove for a few rival football games in the making?. Why of course! A festive veggie dish with all the spicy seasonings that one can handle! YEEEE~HAWWWW! With a kick! Eric now has enough food once again to last him over the next few days. That means another cooking break for this gal so we can finish up the living room starting next week. Today we worked on the kitchen. Although we had hoped to be finished with both rooms. The repairing, repainting and redecorating once again took longer than we anticipated. But the end result will be more than worth it!

With temperatures still forecasted well into the 90's come early next week... Tis plenty of time to focus on what's left to finish up indoors in the nice, cool, air conditioning....AHHHHHH....

Regardless if both of our teams lost today.

This gal will always be a STEELERS fan at heart!


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September 23, 2017
Big Brother-Gastroparesis-Questions Answered.
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2819-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Can you believe it?!

The 2017 United GP Walk, Walk-Run-Ride for Gastroparesis Awareness is almost a week away! Right around the corner!

Can you also believe that the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign has already hit over 110,000 server requests in less than a month?! Over 110,000 visitors from all around the world! INCREDIBLE! AMAZING!

We are still honoring shirt orders for the 2017 United GP Walk, Walk-Run-Ride. However we can not promise specific delivery dates of the shirts or other gear from the printing company. As always...United GP Walk shirts and other gear will continue being sold at cost. I made a promise over a decade ago when starting the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign that it will remain a not-for-profit organization. Over a decade later...I still stand by my word.

Over the past month. I have been receiving so many emails that honestly...I would never have the time to read nor answer regarding this seasons hit television show, Big Brother. If you are a fan of Big Brother, then you might have watched a fellow GP'er, Raven who is a Gastroparesis patient. I can not begin to tell you how many emails we have received regarding a little bit of this and a little bit of that when it comes to not only the show, but questions regarding the contestants Gastroparesis and gastric pacemaker. Even some asking questions of other health issues that may or may not have come to light either on the show or during the Big Brother after hours program. Live stream/24-7.

I will be very honest by saying that I do not feel it is within my position to answer questions regarding another patient. I also will not be answering personal or private questions regarding another patients lifestyle. As with any medical condition. We all must understand that each and every patient is unique. Each and every medical case is different in how the patient handles day-to-day symptoms. Also each patient is truly unique when it comes to possible complications. While some patients may be diagnosed with a mild case of Gastroparesis. Meaning the stomach still may have a fairly good percentage of gastric emptying left to help digest food. As compared to those who have severe Gastroparesis with little to no gastric emptying. Some Gastroparesis patients may as well have progressive factors associated with their condition such as intestinal motility issues. Even some patients progress to a point with secondary GP complications such as with other gastrointestinal organs.

Each and every Gastroparesis patient is truly unique. Especially when it comes to their daily diet. What they may or may not be able to consume with their Gastroparesis.

While some may have seen Raven eating what they felt where 'non-GP foods.' Foods that some patients could only dream of consuming if they were diagnosed with a severe case of Gastroparesis. While maybe other patients who suffer with a mild case of Gastroparesis saw no problem or concern with what Raven had been eating while under the Big Brother roof. Regardless of which side you are on. What I have unfortunately read is far too much judgment. Folks being far too critical towards Raven. Even those who as well have dealt with their own Gastroparesis for years. Some...even for decades. Those who should already know that each and every GP patient is truly unique in the first place. Yes, some patients can still eat solid foods and do very well with even consuming red meat. Yes, some patients can even still consume alcohol beverages. As you see...we are all unique and so is each diagnosed case of Gastroparesis. Same as with any other medical condition. Even breast cancer, lung cancer, bone cancer, ovarian cancer or any other cancer is not going to be one and the same.

We must also understand that with regards to the controversial gastric pacemaker. You first must have at least a required percentage of gastric motility still left in your stomach before you are considered to be qualified for the gastric pacemaker. I know this oh-to-well due to being denied the gastric pacemaker many years ago. My stomach motility is less than 1.5%. So as you can probably safely guess. This is why my diet consists of mainly liquids. Yes, you can still live on liquids. What you can't live without...is water.

Although some may still have their opinions. Some even still remain skeptics on whether Raven did a good job or did not do a good job as a face behind Gastroparesis. We all must understand that the casting requirements for Big Brother do require contestants to pass mental and physical mandatory testing. This is a requirement for every single contestant. Remember...this is a television show. What is cut in the editing room is done so for the highest viewer ratings possible. And of course...It's a game folks!

So...we may not agree with everything that everyone does in life. But what we all can agree on as fellow GP'ers is that we still have no cure.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But at the end of the day. At least someone got on a hit television show and finally got enough folks to talk about Gastroparesis. Good publicity OR bad publicity. In my book...It's ALL good! It's publicity for Gastroparesis. Now maybe the public will take the time to research and educate themselves on Gastroparesis. In hopes of one day finding a cure. It only takes one scientist to crack the code!

And...there's my long answer to everyone's Big Brother-Raven questions. Tis no further need to say more.

Now let's all join together! Get those walking, running and riding shoes ready!!

Let's get out there and spread Gastroparesis Awareness!

 


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September 22, 2017
Silly~Sassy~Selfie...Because I Love Myself~Saturday! ;)
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: Day 2818-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Why not have a silly~sassy~selfie....Because I love myself~Saturday!Hahahahaha! Come on! Who can really take themselves seriously when striking a pose for a selfie?! BAH~Hahahahaha! Yep...today was finally a good day for me!

Can you also believe that we braved the great outdoors today? A little daily exercise while walking the river trails at a hot-as-hell...94 degrees!

Crazy? YOU BET! More like...SWEAT!

HA!

Thank goodness Eric finally has his rotating weekend off from the county! We are down to finishing up the last two rooms before taking a long awaited break from projects inside the house. Hopefully if Mother Nature plays it cool by next week...we should be celebrating more fall-like weather! Time to take the next round of house flipping projects outdoors for a change. Hopefully as well we can breathe in some brisk, cool air....ahhhhhh...much welcomed! Snoreo has been a champ walking the trails in this heat. Thankfully most of the trails are shaded with hundreds of trees. We also bring cool rags, bottled water and a small bowl for Snoreo to enjoy in order to keep him cool. Actually...make that for ALL of us to stay cool while walking the trails! Exercise is not only good for the heart. But good for the soul! I would go nuts or most likely be dead if I sat around 24/7. That includes a very strict diet that I have also proudly stuck to over the years. There are always going to be days when it isn't easy. But I am determined as hell to keep fighting as long as my body allows! Can you believe this gal will be turning 47?!?

OOPS! I mean...27 Heeheeheeheehee!

Once we got home from getting a good sweat. It was time to get crackin on the living room and kitchen! We still have quite a few final touches. Our goal is to finish both rooms up by this weekend. Although it could go into early next week. Just depends on if we run into any additional little hidden gems. As of this evening. The fireplace is now officially finished! YAYYYYY! We both think it really turned out amazing! Make that...quite a few friends that we sent a text photo to that gave their high approvals! A job well finished! Some feel that maybe I have another new hidden talent that has surfaced from this entire house flipping project. No thanks though...one house flip has been plenty! Heeheeheeheehee!

By the end of fall. We should be ready to work on few other new projects. Eric has another lawsuit to file with regards to this house. It's an unfortunate situation with a major bank screw-up on their end. Nothing against Eric. But he has to file with the courts instead. As for myself? I plan on making good with my temporary work permit blessing. I am doing everything within my power to successfully jump over this latest medical hurdle. Then it will hopefully allow for a clear road of opportunity ahead of me! Possibly...permanently. Financially...it will help out our entire little family. I also want to be able to cut two checks if god willing! One to those whom were kind enough to help with medical expenses. The other to the sibling who threw a one-time GP benefit back in my face time and time again. I haven't forgotten nor will I ever forget. Having the opportunity to throw a check back to that sibling for not having their heart where there wallet is instead will be beyond gratifying! Personally...it has been a dream of mine to dip my feet into starting two separate online businesses. Sure, it's a quite bold and very gutsy move with medical odds stacked against me. But look so far what I have accomplished with this blog and the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign website! Both were started on a blank slate. A blank webpage. All created, designed and marketed by little ole me. Look how far they both have come from just a little idea in the making! I plan on taking everything I have learned over the years and apply it towards two separate businesses. Running them both from home. With a little help behind the scenes...

Shark Tank anyone? Yep! Just wait till you see what's ahead!

*HINTHINT*

 


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September 21, 2017
Looking Forward To Some Warm...Desert...Sand :)
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2817-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

This would be a great week and upcoming weekend to stay indoors!

92+ degrees for the next several days...UGGGG..

d-r-a-i-n-i-n-g

I can't believe that we are starting off the first day of fall with tank tops, shorts and flip-flops?. Forget the big, comfy, clothes! Looks like it's back to the summer attire...again. Even Dairy Queen down the road from us decided to stay open another week. Why not?! With the hot, humid temperatures here to stay, at least another week. Who wouldn't keep their ice cream stand open to profit from some cold, tasty treats!

Even our window contractor was hoping for a much cooler day to install some new screens. But instead of me assisting him. Eric had to help him after receiving an unexpected phone call. Yep...I never, EVER answer the phone if I don't recognize the number. However...we were anticipating my specialists call back in Ohio which was suppose to be after their last appointment of the day. Boy! OH BOY! Was answering the phone to an unrecognizable number a big mistake!

NAH!

More like...A HUGE mistake! HA!

Yep, this is pretty much us. After first of all not being able to hear the person on other line. Then secondly getting disconnected by the person on the line more than a few times. Then hearing a constant...BEEP.BEEP. Please remember, it's against the law to tape record someone without their knowledge. We only say this because clearly the call was beyond a bit sketchy. It absolutely made no sense. Let's just say as myself and Eric both agree...there must be a puppet master somewhere among immediate family. An individual who dictates who and when to orchestrate a family member to contact us out of the blue. Usually from either a private number or like today...a number not recognizable to myself or Eric. Let's also say that it usually never ends on a good note of any sort. In fact. The ridiculous phone calls of irrational, poor, condescending, heartless behavior from those on the other end of the phone doesn't end very pleasantly. In fact. I have lost track of how many times I have been hung up on by immediate family members because they can't handle the truth. Trying to speak some logic into those who either put the phone down while you are trying to talk, yet alone, communicate is one rude fact. Then there are those...like today...who literally can't handle the truth and just instead hang up the phone on you time and time again.

Why bother contacting us if you can't be a mature, articulate adult enough to handle a full conversation. Better yet...here on out if anyone in the immediate family wants to talk to us. It will only be allowed at a table for all. Because everyone has a chair at the table to explain themselves and their rude, cold, heartless, bully mentality ways they have treated other family members. Please, don't mistake our kindness for picking up the phone or text messages as another way to feel you are going to walk all over us. Time and time and time again. We have had our limit. It won't continue happening over and over and over again. 6 years is far too long. We regret not slamming doors shut for good, valid, justifiable reasons many times over again. And who could really blame us when once again another immature, condescending, rude-as-hell phone call is taken from another immediate family member. Again.

Honestly...I had to chuckle. Yet in reality. We are still shaking our head. Because who calls their only Aunt on their Mother's side to let them know that they called because they were told to call. Due to their Grandmother being upset. Why? Because they need to tell us that myself, Eric and our stepson are not invited to their wedding. Ummmm...Boo bear...Sherlock Holmes kinda figure that out...like...two bridal showers ago. Maybe even graduations ago...baby showers ago...births of children ago....holidays ago...family dinners, birthdays, other weddings and the list goes on and on and on. If your intent was to throw another sword in our back. Your Aunt, your Uncle and a stepson you refuse to even meet. It didn't work. You see...when you are adult enough. Mature enough and have enough love and self respect enough. You wouldn't had to make a phone call in the first place. An invitation would had shown us where your heart is instead.Your phone call which you should had not even bothered since you stated you as well did not invite even your own fiancés Aunt. Reason? Because that Aunt and their Sister do not talk. Remember the ole saying? Be an adult, smile and suck it up buttercup! It's called being the bigger person. Sounds like another dysfunctional family problem. Mind you...I am sure that Aunt is as well tickled pink and mighty proud of their nephew and his fiancé for not being invited to their wedding... So why bother to had called us? Do yourself a favor. Don't bother. Especially when you didn't want to call in the first place. Another orchestrated phone call from someone dictating it behind the scenes. This isn't the first time this has happened. But we will make sure this will never, ever happen again.

I am sorry to some if we sound brash, harsh or even a wee bit rude. But enough is enough. We are entitled to our feelings. We are also entitled to our opinions. We even have an immediate family member who states that it is perfectly fine to talk about us and our son in a group setting. As they said, "As long as it's not online." Ummmm...you don't talk about your adult children in the first place. A parents roll and responsibility is to love their child or children...unconditionally. Talking poorly about your adult child only causes mistrust and destroys any type of relationship. It should never happen. If you need to do so, how about not using names instead.

For any niece to contact us. To let us know that they decided not to invite their Aunt, Uncle and their son to an important life time event. Their own wedding. Speaks VOLUMES about not just that niece, but the rest of the entire immediate family. It also speaks volumes about any grandparent that puts the grandchild up to calling us which is their own daughter, son-in-law and grandchild. So they can let them know they aren't invited to their wedding? Who does such a rude thing?!?. We found out today. The stranger on the other line. A niece.

Boo bear...Why bother?.

You see...there really is a silver lining in every misfortunate thing in life. That phone call was really a blessing. Because myself and Eric have truly got to see how cold, rude and cowardly immediate family can really be when it comes down to it. Who looks really cold, heartless and ridiculous is when those who get married do not invite their own immediate family. Then immediate family members are seen by many others laughing, smiling and taking more pictures for the camera. Making it known to everyone that those nothing absent family members means nothing to them. Blind to reality of those who are missing. Treating us like we are dead already is the epitome of what isn't family. No one would put up with that kind of rudeness from a stranger nor any type of friend. Whether alone put up with it from immediate family. We think not. For a niece to tell us on the phone that they did so because..." I haven't spoken to you." Sorry, but that is a lousy excuse. Try again. For anyone to think this kind of behavior is okay. Needs to think again.. Hey Boo bear...it takes calling us to speak to us. But when you are too busy calling us crazy to many back across state lines in group, social and family settings. Maybe you should had instead taken that time to extend a chair to sit down and work out issues as a family. But that takes being an adult and not being a coward. It takes facing your problems head on. Instead of running and hiding. You can open a million businesses, run a trillion miles, take a million trips. But you can't out-run your problems. And we all have a conscious inside us...somewhere. In time, that too will most definitely catch up with you. So when you treat others as less of humans. When they should be treated as family members. Think with your heart first. Instead of the ego in your head.

This is what happens when others have far too big of an ego. It takes a real adult to sit down as a big adult. At a table with a chair for all immediate family. To sit down, work through problems and issues as an adult. As a family. Myself and Eric have extended that offer out to immediate family far too many times, that has only, once again, fell on deaf ears. Their excuse, once again; "We are too busy." Yea....r-i-g-h-t... Even text messages to immediate family fell once again on frozen hands and deaf ears. One grows tired of trying to have a civil, adult round table discussion to work through family drama, family problems and the far more serious issues and matters at hand.

As we continue moving forward in our life. HAPPILY. Because we most definitely deserve it. AMEN. We have far more important matters for us to address at hand. As a change of address in less than 6 months. Nevada and the final stretch of this long moving process. There awaits for us a new adventure and friends who will be helping us with our final transition. A new home. A new life. Who has time for today's drama?.

Not myself. Not Eric. Not the warm desert sand.

 


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Updated: September 23, 2017 5:59 AM EDT
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