Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thank You


Thank you for your comments, suggestions and concern.  I am pretty shell shocked.  For awhile now I have been eating a whole foods diet so there are not a lot of “goodies” I need to do without.  There is a wealth of information on the internet, but it is going to take some time to learn it.  I saw Doctor #2 today and she drew blood for a number of tests.  I was amazed to learn the she is also gluten intolerant (just like Doctor #1 from yesterday) and so is her Mom.  She gave me great advice and pointed me to some helpful stores in the area.  One store even gives classes on living Gluten Free. She also told me she felt exactly the same way at first.  And she was afraid to eat anything for fear it might be the wrong thing.  Now she’s an expert – it does get easier as you learn.  Just like anything else. The soy part is going to be the hardest.  Thank God for the internet.  I have already found some recipes I will need to make mayo or salad dressing, etc. 

I am trying to keep a positive attitude.   I have felt so poorly for so long.  If this really makes me feel better – well, that’s exciting and is worth whatever it takes.  And of course losing weight is a big bonus :)  I’ll believe that when I see it!

And, on a brighter note, Trap Shooting is on Sunday afternoon!!!  Woohoo!  I can’t wait.  I ordered a modified choke for my shotgun but it hasn’t come in yet.  Darn.  But truly, full choke or modified, I don’t care.  I just want to shoot my shotgun at those flying targets! :)




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Doctor Said it Was Great News


     “ You are allergic to Soy and  you’re Gluten intolerant. 

     On the Gluten sensitivity scale of 1 to 6 you scored a 23.” 

This is good news because???? 

     “Because it is going to change your life!  You are going to feel so much better!”

     “And you are going to lose weight too!”

Well, that IS good news.  But do you realize that everything has soy in it?

     “Yep”.  “Gotta read the labels – all the time, every time.”

I think I’m going to starve to death. 

At least I’ll be skinny.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What’s Blooming








What’s still to come. . . .



Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Willamette National Cemetery


Today we went to visit Tim’s brothers gravesite at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.  The cemetery was beautiful and very busy.



It took 1,000 Boy Scouts a full week to place over 140,000 flags on the graves for this day.


The traffic into the cemetery was routed one way and we got a bit disoriented at first.


We had to take the long way around, but it was worth it.


There were people and cars everywhere.  Family gatherings around a gravesite were common.


Veterans were in abundance. God Bless them all.


140,000 is a big, big number.

Brad's headstone

This is Brads headstone. I blocked out the name and location out of respect for his widow and daughter.  Brad was Tim’s oldest brother.  He served in the Air Force from the day he graduated High School until he retired in 1994, with his whole life still ahead of him.  He served four Presidents and when Clinton was elected to his 2nd term, Brad said enough is enough.  He told us Hillary Clinton was a terrible bitch (his words) and treated the enlisted people like trash.  He couldn’t take another four years of her on Air Force One.  (His favorite First Lady was Barbara Bush. He said she had a genuine heart.)

Brad was killed in a small airplane crash in 1998.  A day we will never forget.  His wife and 2 year old daughter were in the plane with him.  He was the pilot.  He stayed alive long enough for the other two to be rescued. Although he was unconscious the whole time, when the paramedic told him his wife and child were safe, he squeezed the paramedics hand and then left for Heaven. 

We’ll see him there.