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The Road Before & After Surgery
October 3, 2017
Everything Is Always....SCARIER...In The Country! ;)
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2829-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

With having a few days before needing to be back at the hospital. It's time for some serious R&R...

Time to take it easy and enjoy a little bit of fall fun too! Well...why not?

It is OCTOBERBOO!!

Everything and I mean...EVERYTHING is always bigger in the country! Ask Eric, he will tell you that everything also tastes a million times better in the country when it comes to food! It might be due to 'less is more,' when it comes to a large city population vs. a far less populated area in the country. Less crowds, less supply and demand means fresh food! It might also mean weight gain...but it's fall folks! Nothing wrong with making sure you have a little extra warmth for the upcoming winter months! We are quite the opposite though when it comes to our weight. We struggle with keeping the pounds on through out the entire year. Eric...mainly due to a very high metabolism. Myself...the need to stay on liquids. What my body can handle and has proven over the years to do best with when it comes to gastroparesis. If I didn't have to worry about what I can eat...this would be the most ideal little, lazy, river town to eat to my hearts content! Restaurants, fast food, festivals and far too much access to all sorts of tasty goods~OH MY!

What we also continue to realize when it comes to living in the country...EEEEEEYIKESSSSS!!

Yep, even some things are far better NOT bigger in the country! Hahahahaha! 

With Halloween quickly on it's way! The scares are hands-down BIGGER here in the country! Compared to back in Ohio, living within a big city. I may not be much for scary stuff, but who can't resist building a little country scare or two?.

BOO!


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October 2, 2017
R-o-l-l-i-n-g With The Punches...
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Day 2828-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

What I have learned the most out of life?

Expect the unexpected.

Sometimes...even the best executed plans...don't always go as planned.

As we anticipated my second surgical round this morning. Something else decided to also rear it's ugly head on the big screen. We were told to expect things to once again come full circle after one failed attempt after another with oncology treatments. Even the maximum dose of radiation therapy failed to work in my favor. That was a little over 15 months ago. My oncologist told us to expect things to get worse over time...a period between 12-24 months.

Over the past 15 months. What I have learned to be most thankful for are the good days! Days when I have a chance to escape my reality. Time to be free from any and all restraints in front of me...medically.

I have learned a lot over the past 15 months. Maybe sometimes...a bit too much. What I have also learned is that those who will hurt you the most...are usually and unfortunately...family. What we have learned is the undeniable kindness when it comes to strangers. Even friends who never falter. Regardless of how much things can sometimes feel beyond monotonous. What we have also learned over the past 15 months is the power that comes with letting go...even with family. What does not serve you well. Will always be replaced with people who will love you unconditionally. Family is made up of those by your choosing, it doesn't need to always be bound by blood. Family...is family.

I have learned more than the cyber world can allow to write as far as this blog. I have lived, learned, grown and matured by the struggles we have endured. I have learned to even embrace what can never be defied. If I had a choice. I would much rather choose breast cancer over ovarian cancer any day of the week. Needless to say...I wouldn't expect anyone to understand. Unless you took a walk in my shoes. Our shoes. It hasn't been any easier on Eric through out this rollercoaster ride of a journey.

Somehow...someway...we still continue to weather the storm. Doing so...together.

If things couldn't had gone more the complete opposite of what was planned during this second round at the hospital. Imagine my face when we were told that I would have to undergo round 3 later this week. Ummmm...this week?!? Here's the problem with carefully planned events that involve major life changes. Like...an already scheduled date for a major television show taping. Ummmm...like having to be on the plane by later this week.

This is where always remaining pessimistic most definitely comes into play! It's one thing to anticipate ongoing issues with my health. But to have it happen during all times...this week. Was most definitely not expected. It's a good thing we were handed the news while I was still tanked from the good stuff filtering through my veins. Bah!

 Thank goodness for a production manager that already understands the uniqueness when it comes to my health. Thank goodness for having another chance at a later date to start this new chapter in my life! Another show taping and airlines booked for two at a later date. Thank...YOU!!!

For now...I have hit another huge hurdle that I must jump when it comes to existing issues with my health. This means time to do everything that I possibly can to get back on my feet. It's a good thing that I can honestly say...been THERE! done THAT!

Time and time and time and time, again.

 Lucky, is being the strong gal that I am enough to understand that things like today do happen. God willing, we got a second chance to open the door to an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We just have to wait a little bit and work a lot harder than most. But things happen. Life happens when least expected.

  As long as you keep rolling with the punches...everything will be a-l-r-i-g-h-t~


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October 1, 2017
THE OFFICIAL KICK-OFF BEGINS!! :)
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Day 2827-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

YAYYYYY!

THE OFFICIAL KICK-OFF BEGINS!!

What a magnificently most B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L day to begin this years huge Gastroparesis Awareness event! Beautiful partly cloudy skies, perfect fall temperatures and even a gentle breeze in the air...PERFECT! PERFECTO! It doesn't get any better than this folks when it comes to the start of our month-long Gastroparesis Awareness event!

The final shirt orders have been filled and successfully on their way to those who will be walking, running and riding for Gastroparesis Awareness. Talking about PERFECT timing! YAYYYY! From a small idea that began over 8 years ago. To now a HUGE annual event!

Thanks to YOU! Thanks to EVERYONE who will be participating during this years United GP Walk-2017!

YOU! Yes...YOU have made this another successful year raising Gastroparesis Awareness one person at a time!

It's official! As of today, October 1st, the OFFICIAL KICK-OFF for international Gastroparesis Awareness begins!!

Please don't forget your cameras during your Gastroparesis Awareness event and send all shared photos to:

Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Org.

gpawarenessfund@yahoo.com

 


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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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