Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Big Brothers Birthday Cake

No words can say just how good this was to him!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Squeaky Shoes - The Fix

Okay, it drives me up the wall to walk down the
hall and my shoes squeak!

I put on my black ones
the other day and noticed this sound and again
yesterday I wore them. That was getting on
my last nerve.

I figured I could not be the only person
to deal with this so I turned to my friend...
the internet! I keyed in " how to stop squeaky
shoes"......there was my answer.

It is usually where the material they are made
of is rubbing together that makes that sound.
The fix is to pull up the in sole of the shoe and
sprinkly baby powder in that shoe. Replacing the
in sole.

I have them on today and it works like a charm!
Now everyone can not hear me coming as I
walk down the hall at work!


True Story Tuesday - Hair and Dye

I had forgotten all about this until
yesterday when Deborah and I were
talking about dying hair and it all
came back to me.

Years and years ago when my children
were young we had a season pass to
Opryland Theme Park in Nashville
Tn. It was nice to have cause on
Sunday afternoons after dinner we
could go out to the park, ride some
rides, have some fun and enjoy for
about four hours and then head for
the house. That way, neither the kids
or I got worn out and it was not like
we could not come back the next
Sunday if we wanted.

Now I know you are wondering why
I mentioned hair dye then Opryland
in the same story…….

I have dyed my hair since my mid twenty’s
since I started to get just a few gray hairs.
I was so vain and thinking I was just WAY
to young to have even one gray hair. So
I started covering it up (later in life this
became known as hitting the bottle).
I did not actually cover my hair with
dye when I first started because I only
had a few at the time. Actually before
I started dying them, I would just cut
them out! Yes…I did. But when I did
start to hit the bottle I would pour the
dye into a bowl and put my brush down
in that and run that through my hair.
So this worked for a few years then I
realized that the gray was coming in
more and more, and fast! At that point
in my life I started pouring the dye on
the head instead of the bowl.

I worried about the chemicals and
applying all that stuff to my hair so
I would do the permanent dye then
when the gray started to show at the
temples but not down on the ends of
my hair I would use a rinse to cover it
up. I just did not want to be dying my
hair every month with the really strong s

Now, back to Opryland, one day a couple
of my friends and I were heading out
there, and taking the kids. Keep in mind,
I was one the in between permanent
dying stage and using a rinse! Are you
getting the picture now? On this day
I remember that I had on a white shirt
with blue thin stripes. Shortly after a
rriving the kids wanted to ride
the Flume Zoom.
For those of you who do not know
what this is, it was the log ride….
water, logs, splash!
I was in the back of the log, the area
that seems to get the most water!

We parted the ride when my friend
looked at me and said “Pam, what is
that one your shirt?” I had no clue s
o I sort of pulled the shoulder area
around so I could look at it.
It was my colored rinse!

Well, it was proven that day that
rinse is not permanent and it will
run when wet. All over the back
of my shirt and of course, I had to
wear this for several hours. After a
good laugh I just went on about my
business and TRIED to not it worry me.

After that, I stopped with the rinse
and decided to use the 6-12 wash
stuff between the permanent job.
That holds better and will not bleed
or run when wet.

A year and half ago I stopped hitting
the bottle and to my amazement I
realized that I had a major head
of silver hair. What was even funnier
was that you could see streaks of my
natural color woven in between the
silver. That is one thing that really
amazed me also….I had been coloring
to cover all that and somewhere
along the line I lost sight of my
natural color. I had been covering
with a light brown, sometimes auburn,
sometimes an ash brown, I even went
blonde twice (the color changed with
each coating)! But the natural color
was a dark, almost black brown and
over the years I forgot that.

Attached is a pic of me that was recently
taken so that you can see the silver. The
color that still makes me cringe when
I look in the mirror but everyone
assures me that it is beautiful.

Thanks for stopping in.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Caleb's Cake- He Turned Nine Years Old

Caleb turned nine years old this past Friday.
He is what he considers a big boy now!

Every year for his birthday except for one
(his 6th) I have made his cake and
decorated it for him. One year it was a
Sponge Bob cake, a helicopter cake with
toy helicopters on it and a landing pad,
the year before last he wanted a football
cake and then last year I made him a
Spiderman cake.

This year for some reason he wanted a
Camo Cake with Army men on it. Nana
(me) went a bit further on that one and
put a tank and a jeep on it also.

He was very excited over the cake I
was able to produce for him but as
the years go by and he gets older, the
request get a bit more complicated to
produce. I don’t do this for a living and
as a matter of fact I don’t really like
doing it. I just do it for him.

You see I am an artist. I paint with oils,
I do crafts and I do photography so a
couple of years ago I thought I could
do cakes. I had played around with it
for several years here and there so I
took a class. I pretty much realized
that cake decorating was not for me…
really fast!

When it comes to mixing the colors I
have no clue. Now that is funny coming
from me cause I can look at something
and tell you what color oil paints to
combine to get that color….but doing
it with the gels you use to color icing is
not the same. I just can’t get it going
correctly and it’s a lot of trial and error.

Not mentioning the making on the icing!
There’s the mixing and getting it the right
texture for what ever you are doing. One
texture for icing the cake, another for
decorating and another for writing.
When I finish a project like this one I have
usually mess up every large bowl I have,
icing is on the walls and cabinets.
Decorating cakes is just not my thing.

I say that but when I look at the finished
project, I am usually pleased. I do okay
once I get over the making of the
icing and the mixing of colors.

Caleb had a party with family and friends
this past Saturday (his birthday was
Friday) and it makes Nana proud
when he thanks me for his cake and
tells me it is awesome.

My sweet grandson came into this
world with Nana right there watching
him enter and having tears in my eyes.
Being there was special for me and
helped to make the bond that Caleb
and I have. Plus, I helped with the
naming of him. His Dad wanted to
name him Tyler Lee but my daughter
was not pleased with that name. I
told her that I like Tyler but did not
care for the Lee. So I suggested Caleb
Tyler (along with some others), the
next thing I knew, he was going to
be Caleb Tyler. Another connecting
to the bond.

My daughter kept asking me what
the baby was going to call me and I
kept telling her Pam, you see, I was
just 2 weeks over turning 40 when
I found out I was going to be a
Granny. I was way to young! But,
I also liked messing with Amber
when she asked. All that changed
when I was handed that little runt,
my words were “come to Granny”.

As he got where he was trying to talk,
he would come out with what sounded
like Nana so that is what we stuck
with. He decided what he was going
to call me! Sounds younger then
Granny anyway. Plus, my mother
has always been known as Granny
and we did not need to confuse him
with me and his Great Grandma.
So…I became Nana. Thanks for that Caleb.
Caleb and his Mom lived with me for about
5 years. He became his Nana's shadow, following
me around from room to room as I cleaned or
worked on a project. He also became Nana'a
little helper. He learned at an early age how
to scrub the side of a toliet (I am sure there
are laws against this somewhere), he was
stripping wall paper at 3. He can yeild a hammer
or a screw driver better then most kids his age.
He can make his bed, changing the sheets..and
do a really good job of it. Caleb knows how to
dust, sweep, mop and runs a vaccum better then
I do. I a nut shell, he is a Nana's helper and a
Nana's boy. Plus...he loves to do craft projects!
He has helped me on one of my oil paintings
and he is always ready to lend a hand.

A new tradition will be started in a
couple of weeks when Caleb’s little
brother turns one year old, I will be
making his first cake. I think I will
go with cutting a sheet cake in
smaller squares and making them
look like baby blocks. Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping in, please
leave a comment.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hazelaid Necklace

Once again I wish to thank Lauren over at

for the chance to win a Hazelaid Necklance from

I recieved my necklace from Hazelaid yesterday

in the mail. It is very pretty and I love it.

I put it on last night when I got home and

got the mail so as of yet I have no way of

telling any of you if its working or not.

In my package was a business card for

Hazelaid with a handwritten note that

said, "Enjoy the necklace" and it was

signed by Severine Hazelaid.

The necklace which I picked is made with

beads (I picked the black Hematite beads)

and they it has pieces of hazelwood in

between the beads. Very stylish.

If you will run over to

site you will find that their products are

good for a host of problems. Several of

which I suffer from so here's hoping that

the necklace does me some good.

A sheet that came with the necklace states

that the necklace can last for 6 months to

a year depending on how much acid you

have in your body. With my issues (and

acid) I am sure my necklace will probably

only last a couple of days!! LOL.....

Swing by Lauren's site and check her out

and also by the Hazelwood site and check out

what they offer.

This necklace works for me in any way and I

will be purchasing more.

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, October 23, 2009

Chiropractor Part 3 -My Back / Dr. Batson's Office

A loss of motion in my lower back of 42%
was not a good thing to hear. Hearing
that my neck was also off and leaning
to the right was not a good thing to
hear esp. after dealing with the
other health issues that I have had
since the first of the year. But….
after 15 visits so far to Dr. Batson’s
office, I am so much better.

There is no more tingling in my left
toes, no more pain in my right calf,
the back pain is gone and the hip is
improving. I have stretching
exercises and core strengthening
exercises to do. I have come off my
migraine meds and I am eating a lot better.
All by just taking a visit to the

I have had back issues since I
was in high school (a long, long
time ago) but I never had anyone
to explain to me the issues of the
back causing problems with the
nerves that could affect so many
areas of the body. On top of that,
I never even thought about it.
I knew about the nerves that
would be affected that could cause
numbness or tingling but I never
realized that it could affect you
bladder, digest system or my

The staff and doctors at the office
are just great. I am greeted with a
friendly “hi, Ms. Pam,” every time
I enter the office. They answer any
questions I have and they really
seem to care. Every one of the staff
are awesome! Thanks.

According to my progress exam
yesterday, I have gone from 42%
to 2%! I will continue with my
exercises in hopes that I can keep
the core stronger and will not have
to deal with all this pain later in my
life. I have been moved from 3 times
a week, to two for this past week and
starting next week I will be going
once a week.

So if anyone is on the flip side of
thinking that these DOCTORS are
quacks, just back crackers or not
really doctors, I will have to disagree.
Dr. Batson and Dr. Sweeny had
actually done more for me then
I was getting through my regular
doctor and they did it all without
sticking me on another pill. So if
you are having issues contact a
chiropractor in your area and
get help.

Thanks for stopping in and please
leave a comment.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Peek a Boo

Grandson DJ. Soon to be a year old.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

True Story Tuesday - The Elbow Part 2

Last week I told you about the dislocated
elbows of my son, the last one being
put in a green Ninja Turtle cast. He
looked so little with this cast going
up from his wrist to past his elbow.
He wore a sling to support it and to
make wearing it a bit easier.

One day my daughter and I also
wore slings so that Cory would
have company. He had homemade
slings that we wore. Cory thought
that was fun and it was interesting
for us to be a part of what he was
going through also.

You know that we all say things to
our kids that you really don’t think
will stay with them. Just passing
phrase’s we might use from time
to time but you also have to admit
that kids pick up on things that
you don’t expect.

When me kids were young if I caught
them messing with something that
they should not be I would tell them
if they did not stop I was going to
break their arms. Now this was
always said with humor and we
usually laughed after it was said.
But…it apparently stuck in Cory’s mind.

Not just that, but the fact that
when I was out with Cory somewhere
you had to hold on to him tight because
he would wander off fast. He loved to
hide under the clothes racks at stores
or just go off looking at something
else while you were looking at something.
Those arm straps that you use to be
able to buy that attached to their
wrist and yours did not work with
him. I got one and the first 10
minutes that it was one, he
reached down and undid the
Velcro from his wrist. Most times
I usually made sure he wore pants
with belt loops and I would actually
attach a leash to the back loop to
keep up with him. But…before that,
I would just hold his wrist, tightly
because he had a way also of twisting
his hands if you were trying to hold
them so that he could get out of your

Little did I know that grasping his
wrist was the same thing as me
breaking his arm (we are going back
to my phrase I would use on them).
Funny how little ones can combine
things to come up with one.

Now the story really gets interesting.
Shortly after Cory being put in a case
for his elbow that would not stay in
place, him and I were at the grocery
store. Remember, Cory liked to wander
off, so I had a grip on his wrist to prevent
him from getting away from me.
He started to move away from me
and I just tightened down on the wrist
while I tried to shop for a couple of
items (Cory did not want to ride in
the buggy). As I began to tighten the
grip I had on him, he looks up at me
and says “Mom, don’t break my arm
again”! This coming from a child no
bigger then a minute that is standing
there wearing a cast on his other arm
and looking up at me. Oh my gosh, I
looked for a clearing under the shelves
to see if I could crawl under them. I
looked up and down the isle to realize,
that goodness, that there was no one
close enough to hear him.

You want to talk about turning red, I
had it covered. I could have died thinking
about how this little man thought that a
tight grip on his wrist was related to the
phrase “breaking your arm”, and how
that comment had to come out in public
shortly after him having a cast put on
his arm.

Kids! Out of the mouths of babes.

Thanks for stopping in.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - The Look Of Innocence

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hazelwood Necklace...I won

Last week Lauren from
was offering a give away for a Hazelwood Necklace. I entered with
a post, putting her on my blog and my facebook page. I got a shout
out from her yesterday on my blog that I had win. How neat is
that. I am so excited. Check them out at Hazelaid website

They are suppose to be really good for all sorts of
health issues, several mentioned that I fall into.

He is an insert from Lauren's blog.

Therefore, if you suffer from…
* Rheumatism, arthritis, osteoporosis
* Dental cavities, gum bleeding
* Acid reflux, heart burn, ulcers, constipation
* Cracking at the corners of your mouth
* Skin problems such as acne, cold sores, eczema
* Sinus problems
* Ear infections
* Bronchitis
* Headaches and migraines
* Anal itching or burning
* Sciatic nerve pains
* Muscular pain
* Lack of energy, fatigue, depression
* Irritability and nervousness
* Sleep problems.…
it is highly probable that you are suffering f
rom an acidity imbalance. And pure hazelwood
necklaces may be able to help you alleviate these
symptoms in a natural way.

I am so excited to see if this works in anyway. Will keep
you all posted when I recieve it and am able to use it.

Thanks again Lauren.
Thanks for stopping in.

True Story Tuesday - The Elbow

When my son was less then three years
old (now 22) he dislocated his elbow
while him, my ex and I were playing in
the backyard in the pool. My ex was
sitting on all fours when Cory decided
to flip over his Dad’s back. Now keep
in mind that this was not a large pool
just one of those 3 footers. When Cory
went to flip he landed on his wrist and
started screaming. We got him out, dried
him off and noticed that he would not
let anyone look at his wrist, not a good sign.

Shortly after taking him in the house,
while I changed clothes, he fell asleep
in his Dad’s arms. He slept for about
20 minutes only to wake up crying
and holding his wrist. He would not
let either one of us really look at it.

Off to the ER to find out after x-rays
that it was not the wrist but he knew
that if he held it still it would not hurt
further up his arm. He had dislocated
his elbow. After feeling around and
talking with Cory, the doctor popped
it back in place. Poor child yelled out
then there was silence; the pain was
gone just like that.

Course you have to keep in mind that
when you take a child into the ER
with an injury there are a lot of
questions at which time I did not
have a problem answering. But that
was to change with the next ER visit
just few months later.

Cory and my daughter, Amber was in
the fenced in back yard playing and
running and having a great time. I
was in the kitchen cooking and looking
out when all of a sudden Cory tripped
and started screaming….again!

I went out to pick him up by putting
my hands under is armpits and lifting
him. He had tripped in a small hole in
the yard; one that my ex dug to hit golf
balls into and never covered it up later.
This hole was big enough for Cory to
get the top of his foot caught in and
down he went.

Another trip to the ER while my ex
was at work. This time was bit different,
since it could not be popped back in place,
also it was the other elbow this time.
It required a cast. At that time the little
man was into the Ninja Turtles so he
wanted a dark green Ninja Turtle
colored cast!

Needless to say, I was worried about my
son, stressing since I was the only one
there and I felt like I was getting the
third degree. Same ER doctor was on
call that was there the first time…enough
said. They questioned me, they questioned
my son and they kept questioning.

The doctor asked Cory what happened
and he said he fell in a hole. The doctor
thought it was a big hole and he asked
how he got out. Cory told him that
Mommy picked him up. At which time
the doctor wanted to know how I picked
him up. I let Cory do the talking and he
said that I reached down and lifted him
up by putting my arms around him. Bless
you child! This seemed to appease
the staff at that time and although
I know they were doing their job,
I was offended to think that they
thought I would hurt my child.

All was well after that. We did make
another trip a year later to the ER
again cause my son did not understand
the concept of not walking in front of
someone swinging a bat at play! Stitches
that time but at least I can say the same
doctor was not there.

Next week, the story of my son and his
cast and the comment that almost
caused me to crawl under the shelves
at the grocery store!

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leave a comment.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

This week is going to be a busy one. I have Octoberfest this coming Saturday and Sunday. This will be the first time I have ever had a booth and tried anything like this. On top of that tomorrow I have a play to attend to at my grandson's school. But with all the stuff going on I still managed to purchase some nice things.
These two were purchased for 1.49 each at Goodwill. They are original Home Interior but these were beat up a bit so they needed a new look.
With primer and paint applied and let dry, I then took sandpaper to them to give them that old look. I personally like this look but not sure if anyone else does.

These candle holders were picked up here and there for less then .50 each. The brown ones I think are also Home Interior, but I am not sure.
They got the same treatment as the above items.

The next candle holders are metal. I did not pick these up but I my Mom did at a yard sale or flea market. I think she gave a $1.00 for the set. Cute, but it needed a different touch to it.
So...what do you think of this?

Then also at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago I purchased these two insulators for .49 each. Not sure why I thought I needed these, I have several already but it was a good buy and I like them.

One more Goodwill buy, a wooden black cat. This item was .49 cents. Have a friend at work that loves cats and the saying is "cats rule". So I thought of her when I made this purchase. It sits on a shelve in her office and instead of calling it Pancake cause its flat, she calls it Pam-cake !!

Thanks for stopping by....leave a comment so I know you
were here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Okay, this is the 3rd week of eating differently,
and I am now down 12 lbs. I can really tell the
difference in how I feel.

The back is still an issue, but I am still seeing the
Chiropractor. Hip is better so I know that things
are slowly working back in place. No more tingling
in the toes and the numbness is gone. That is a plus for sure.

Last Monday on my visit to the Chiropractor while
adjusting and feeling around on the neck the suggested
doing xrays of that area. So Wed. we did that and he
wanted me back in there the next day so that we
could go over them.

Test had already been done in the office enough
to know that the neck was not vascular but that
it had to do with the nerves and things being off.
During the adjusting I noticed that the doc kept
concentrating more on the right side, apparently
with good reason, it is off and leans to the right.
The bones have also rotated. The good news is
that it can all be fixed. There are no bone spurs,
the disc is pushing out a bit but it is not as bad as
it could be. My neck being out of alignment is at
a 6, a 10 is considered major.

There again the best news with all this is that
with the adjusting that is being done on the neck,
it should very well stop the migraines. I have
already weened off the preventative meds so I
am looking forward to not having headaches or
having to take meds for them.

The plus side of all this is that I right now feel better
then I have in a year. With my sleep apnea and all
the other crap that has happened since January it
is really nice to feel good again.

Now, I saw my new regular doctor last week and
she listened to me, listened to my issues (something
my other doctor stopped doing). She has me going
back in for an ultra sound on the liver. It appears
that I have fatty tissue around the liver, that could
be what is not allowing the liver to filter correctly
and that making my blood sugar rise. So....ultra
sound next week to see where we stand on
that. My new diet will improve that issue also.

I will also be seeing a specialist about remove
to sisk on my fingers. One I have had for 20
years and a larger one that popped up a few
months ago. They don't hurt unless you hit
them but the one on the thumb bothers me
cause it sticks out....I want it gone.

In a nut shell, I am getting my health back on
track. I feel better, I don't feel like I have one
foot in the grave now just waiting for someone
to push me the rest of the way in and cover me up.

With all that, I thank my Chriopractor, Dr. Batson.

Thanks for stopping in,

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In July of 2008, I bought my Nikon
D40 camera. I got it for a hobby.
That hobby has turned into more
in the past year. I now have two
wedding and three senior individual
class photos done, with my niece
(a senior) and another one already
booked. Yes, this hobby has already
paid for that camera!

This past Saturday I was able to photograph
my first senior girl. You can do so much
more poses with a girl then you can a
guy. I was so excited about this one.
But…weather kept getting in the way
of the first two bookings, Mother
Nature was pouring out the rain for
two Saturday’s that we tried to get
together. Lucky for us, this past one
was really pretty and nice.
I not only did the senior, I got some
of her and her sister, some of just the
sister and some of the Mom with the
girls. It all worked out so nicely. I was
very pleased with how they all came out.

I shot at the community park, we had
trees, benches, swings, a creek… all
worked to fit right into the photos.

Take a look and let me know what
you think.
Thanks for stopping in.


Lindsey - Senior

Elizabeth, Linda and Lindsey

Lindsey and Elizabeth


These are just a few that I like...there are so
many more but I did not want to fill this
blogs page up with all pics!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hazelwood Necklace

For any of you out there that is looking for
natural ways to heal, prevent and aid in
some type illness, check these sites out. The
first one is a blog that I found today because I
read a post of hers talking about eczema. I have
lived with this skin illness all my life.
This next site is the site that actually sells the
product that the blogger was talking about.

If you have been reading my blog lately you
will see that I have some health issues that
I am working very hard on. If a necklace like
this would help with the skin issues and some
of the other things might just
be worth looking into.


True Story Tuesday-POP/Vaseline

Been a few weeks since I posted a
True Story Tuesday but here goes.

I went to work for Photo Services
for the State of Tennessee just a
few weeks short of the youngest
photographer. Phil made the move
to that area so much easier since he
was so easy going and a lot of fun.

Our offices were divided by those make
shift, about 8 foot walls that lock together.
That height allowed for privacy as well
as keeping the noise from the other
offices down to a very dull roar.
But……..when all was quite you
could almost hear a pin drop.

Shortly after moving to that department
I was sitting in my office and I kept
hearing this popping noise, the kind
you hear when someone sticks their
finger in their mouth and hooks the
cheek as they pull it out making that
POP! It would come and go and it was
not something that went on and on
but it was enough on a given day that
it would begin to bother you, mostly
because you did not know what it was.
I would walk into the guy’s (photographers)
room and it would not happen so I
was at a loss.

Finally after several weeks of working
there I walked in the guys room just in
time to see where the noise was coming
from. Phil, who has big round fingers
was sticking them up in the holes on
the arm of his chair, they apparently
fit snuggly. He would then pull them
out and there was that POP! I had to
laugh cause he was doing this as he
waited for images to download to the
computer and was not even aware
that he was doing it.

Okay, so I had to ask, nicely, if he would
stop. That sent up that flag for him, he
knew then that it got to me so he would
continue, and even would do it just
when I walked into the room! Brat!

Those of you who have read my blog
or who know me, knows that this is
not something that I will let go lightly,
war was on!

So what to do to him to get him to stop
and get the brat back for messing with
me……Vaseline! Yep, I did. We had an
intern named Lane that was working
with us that summer so I told her
what I was doing, she jumped right
on the wagon with me. We watched
and waited until he went off down the
hall and we sprung into action. She
took one side and I took the other and
we filled those holes on the bottom of
the arms of his chair with Vaseline.

Then back to my office we went, just
in time for him to come back to the
office. We sit and waited. About 20
minutes later while we worked at my
desk I hear “ Yuck, Pam what is this”?!
Now go figure there were two others in
that office why would he think I had
anything to do with it? Don’t answer
that question, I was being silly even

Later that week he tried to get me by
coating my phone with the same jar of
Vaseline but lucky for me I grabbed it
and did not get it to my face before I
realized what was going on.

It’s a good thing that Phil and I remain
friends to this day, I pulled several
things on him through the two years
that we worked together. Like taping
his mouth shut, newspapering his
office and just messing with him daily.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Helpful Hints~~

On the box of a roll of plastic wrap or
aluminum foil there are two tabs.
One on each end. If you push those
in your roll will stay within the box
without slipping out. Makes for the
removal of the item a lot easier. I did
not know this one until about a year
ago when I read it in an email! Who s
ays that emails can’t be full of knowledge!
I have tried this since reading that and
YES, it works.

Peroxide will remove blood from an
article of clothing. I know this one from
taking my dog (fell out of the car) to the
vet with a white shirt on. The tech at
the vet told me about it. So when I went
home, I tried it and it worked great. I
still wear that shirt. I would not
recommend putting it on color but
for whites it works great.

I found, by accident that the Mr. Clean
Magic Eraser’s are great! I have tried
the Easy Off brand and I did not care
for them as well as Mr. Cleans. They
will take rust from the bottom of a
white plate (left sitting in a cast iron
skillet with a touch of water in it…yes,
I know this is not good to do), clean
stains from the sink and cabinets with
such ease. I love these things.

I use to be a pine sol user. Swore by
that stuff, love the clean smell too.
But a few years ago I found Mr. Clean
Citrus Smell cleaner. I can’t say it cleans
any better then any other cleaner…..but
oh I love that smell. You can clean with
it, leave the house and when you return
that citrus smell meets you as you enter
the room.

Did you know that if you boil eggs and
crack them and sit them in a pan of cold
water for 10 minutes or so that the shell
will peel off so much better? I have
always done this, but recently I found
that if you boil them and sit them in
the fridge for a while they come off even
better. I am into making life a bit easier
and if I am shelling eggs that I want to
present as stuffed eggs later, I like them
to be nice looking.

Okay…these are all I can come up with
for now. Maybe as I think of this stuff
I will post more helpful hints…..

Or maybe you could leave a comment
to tell me one or more of your helpful
hints….like I said, I am into easy!


Chiropractor - Part 2

(Part one

If anyone is out there that read last
week’s blog at the above link, you
will know what all I have been going
through with my back. And anyone
that has had lower back problems
will be able to relate to the pain, and
let me stated right here and now, I
have done it with only Tylenol, nothing

My issues did not just start with my
back, my health had been going downhill
since 2005 (actually before) when I discovered
from seeing my doctor for on going
migraines, that I had sleep apnea. Like
I said, it has been a slide from that. Weight
gain, migraines, walking around like a
zombie, hurting for almost a year like I
had the flu and relating it to the weight,
digestive issues….its been one issue right
after the other. All that and more was
blogged about at this time

I have a weight issue, and no matter what
I did I could not lose it. In March I did a
low fat, low sugar diet for 2 months and
2 weeks, walked 30 min. a day, parked
away from the buildings when I went
somewhere so I had to walk even more,
taking the stairs at work, drinking water…
being so good, and lots ~~ 0 lbs~~…
go figure. But at that time I was dealing
with the apnea being out of control.

With that said, it took me throwing my
back out and having to see the Chiropractor
for that to learn a lot of other things about
me and my body. I did not realize that your
digestive system or muscles should not
show up on an x-ray. Did you? I have two
muscles that lead down from (who knows
where) the top of my body, one of each
side that was so tight it showed up on the
xray. Those muscles would be pulling
me forward, arching the back and causing
all that to draw up. The digestive system
is an issue with acid reflux (since 98)
and IBS in the last two years.

My Chiro Dr. has explained a lot about
eating to me as far as sugars, starches
and processed food. He changed my way
of thinking, and in turn my way of eating.
Last week I reported that I lost a total of 10 lbs.
at that time. This past week, yikes, no clue
what happened but I only lost .5 lbs.
Eating the way I am, I don’t understand
that but I will just have to try harder this
week. That gives me a total of 10.5 lbs.

My back and hip are still in recovery but
doing so well. Saturday was a bit hard on
both since I had a photo shoot to
photograph a teen girl’s senior pictures,
outside in a park. But even with that, I
was still feeling pretty good. Yesterday,
I had to result to ice for a bit. I lifted my
1 yr. old grandson and that was not really
a wise thing to do.

On a visit last Wednesday to my doctor I
was told that I was healing really well,
better then expected. I was not even
anywhere near the end of my treatment
and I was doing this well, that I would be
a new woman when all was said and done.
Okay, my reply to that was that I was not
sure the office could stand me then!!
LOL ….I have been on a row with the
humor and the just feeling better in
general. Keep in mind, its been over
a year since I have felt this good.

Then again on Friday I was told that
my body was healing like that of a 20
year old body! YES!!!! Now if he could
just arrange to give me that 20 year old
body I would be REALLY happy. See,
he is telling this to an almost in a few
months 50 year old.

I think he is pleased, I know I am with
what he is doing for me. How I feel,
its improved my sleep, the eating….yes,
I am pleased. I think I failed to also
mention that when the test were done
in the office on my first visit and this
was evaluated, the significant findings
(I told everyone I was in bad shape)
were 42% loss of motion in the lower back.
That is a significant loss, one of the worse
he said he had seen. Keep in mind to, that
this did not happen over night, I have dealt
with lower back issues and it working out
of line since I was in high school ( you
do the math, I already told you I was
almost 50)! LOL
That is a lot of years with it slipping in
and out and wearing on the disc and bone.
The flip side, they can and have helped me.
I am into my second week starting today
of my 4 week ritual of going 3 times a
week. After that, 3 weeks of 2 times a
week. I will be so ready to dance and
twist around then!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hocus Pocus - The 3 Witches

AKA ~ the 3 secretaries!

Pam (me) ~ Nickname: Tink, short for

Tinkerbell. There is a whole long office
story that goes along with this nickname
that has to do with one of our co-workers
taking his family to Disney World, and me
not letting the event that took place that
he came back and made the mistake
by telling me about! To long to get into
but lets just say that Richard and his
“fun” day at Disney World will not die
in this office so long as Tink is around.
Thanks to Cindy for some reason, she
felt I needed this name.

Cindy ~ favors Cindy Woo Lou on the

Grinch that Stole Christmas! But let
me tell you with what she has been
dealing with in her life lately (hormones)
there is a little devil within her…NO
ANGEL! Although she has been trying
so hard lately to lose the horns, the
tail and the pitch fork from her magnet
of the office board and claims that she
now is earning her angel wings!
Explained in this blog:

Deborah ~ The Big HAIRED Lady!

The woman that believes the bigger
the hair the closer to Heaven! Never
have I seen Deborah with a hair out
of place but to my surprise I have
once seen her without makeup! If
you need a fast makeup fix or a quick
spray or “back comb” Deborah is the

Let me say that we are three pretty

equal in humor and in throwing out
one liners. On a given day if one of us
is slacking or not on our game you can
bet that one of the others will be
picking up that slack and running
with it. But on the flip side of things,
we each bring something different, a
different outlook, different kind of
humor to the conversation and work

Now with all this lead up to the actual

story, last year I purchased individual
small pumpkins for each one of us,
painting a face on each one of them to
sit on our file cabinets just at the
entrance of our office. This year I
purchased us some witches! Oh….
Hocus Pocus!

We could not leave it alone with just

3 cute witches hanging outside the
entrance of our office we had to embellish
them! I personally am still at a loss
(yes, me) as to what to do with mine
but here is what I have done so far.

Cindy’s was followed by her remark of
earning the halo and wings. I had to up
in on that one and do what I could to
work with that when she was not
around. From that, Deborah had to
jump in and give her witch the
Deborah look! I love it.

Take a look and enjoy our version of
Halloween in our office!
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