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An Old Wive’s Tale

March 6, 2011

This past Monday, I walked into the office and started getting ready for the day.  Dr. Whittington, my boss, came in and asked if I had heard about what the weather was supposed to be like for that day.  Not having television, I don’t often check the weather, so I said “no”.  We were supposed to get a terrible storm that afternoon.  Dr. Whittington informed me of an old wive’s tale that I hadn’t heard of before.  He said that the tale goes “if it thunders or lightens during a winter storm, there will be snow in the next two weeks.”  We both laughed it off as it has been in the 60s and 70s here in Asheville the last few weeks.

Well, I think there might be something to that logic.  Here is what I am looking at right now:

I know the picture isn’t too clear with how huge these snowflakes are.  They are the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen!  Granted, none of them are sticking, but I love the way it looks with snow falling outside.



Lazy Day

March 5, 2011
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Today has been a very lazy day.   We have had no plans for this weekend (which is a first in quite some time).  I wanted to do nothing but lay around the house in my pjs all day long.  We did get up and go to the gym this morning.  It was quite a work out.  The workout was difficult with 50 pull – ups, 1 mile run, 200 Slam Balls, and 100 Bench Presses (half your body weight).  Lucy put us into teams (lucky for me, Tyler was my teammate).  After this workout I can honestly say, Tyler and I make a great team.  We finished all of this in 27 minutes!  Then we came home.  I made homemade BBQ (because Ingles had their boston butts on sale) the way my grandmother makes it.  I made homemade baked beans following this recipe, leaving out the beef brisket.  With this recipe, you end up making your own BBQ sauce.  Talk about yummy.  I have one very happy husband now.

An Alternative to Medicine and other Home Remedies

February 28, 2011

Here is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  I have this strong desire to learn all I can about herbs and natural ways of healing rather than pumping myself and my family full of medicines of which we cannot even pronounce.  I feel the children of America are grossly over-diagnosed and over-medicated.  As we leave winter and enter into spring, I have started researching herbal remedies for our common aliments.  Here is what I found.

Chiropractors are incredible.  There are so many articles that can be found that support the work of a chiropractor.  Even though I work for one, I am stating this as a consumer.  Look at this webpage for a breakdown in the difference in benefits between chiropractic care and medicine.  There is even a study that concluded that as many as four out of ten cases of wheezing and severe asthma in teens may be linked to Tylenol.  It’s sort of scary to think that we are giving children (and ourselves) medicine that might have a lasting impact on our health.  Here’s a quote from a man we all would deem smart, Thomas Edison: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

A blog post found on caught my eye this week.  It was a guest post by Katja Swift.  I love that there are herbal remedies for the common colds and flus.  It makes me feel better knowing that there are other options I can try first before needing to go to the doctor to get an antibiotic or steroid.

In the above mention blog post, Ms. Swift mentions that are is an organic solution that one can use to sterilize your home instead of using the common bleach to disinfect.  This got me thinking about what other “at home” remedies we have in the cleaning department.  One article I found talked about using baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice as cleaning agents.  I must say, my grandmother has always told me to use vinegar for laundry and baking soda for cleaning those hard to reach stains (i.e. coffee makers).  I always knew she was smart!  This article explains what we have in our home that can be used as cleaners and what each thing is used for.  It also goes into what to mix with what and the ratios for each solution.  For those of us who want to clean our house in an environmentally friendly way, this is a website that we should all bookmark.  It has everything one would need to know on how to clean our house without the harmful effects and deadly chemicals.

I hope you have enjoyed looking through these articles as much as I have.  I will continue to post the information I find as I search for alternative ways to a healthy lifestyle.

A Change in Purpose

February 23, 2011

Hello all.  There will be a change in the purpose of the blog that was previously posted here.  Yes, this blog will still serve as a way to keep in touch with our families and friends.  However, I really want to start focusing on the things that mean a lot to Tyler and I.  Healthy eating habits, exercise, herbs, work, life in general will be among the new topics covered.  Though we like to think we are still on our journey to a simple life, the path we thought we would take has changed.  So stay with us, we will figure this new path out.  In the meantime, enjoy the new findings, crazy experiences, and life as we know it.

A Visit with Andrea

February 19, 2011

Today we went to have lunch with Andrea at a restaurant in Flat Rock.  It is one of our favorite restaurants to go to, and it is nice that it is half way between the two of us.  It was so nice to be able to catch up on what has been going on in our lives.  When we got ready to leave, Andrea handed me a present.  Inside was a tunisian crocheted scarf that she made (gorgeous!), a coupon to Earthfare (I love coupons!), and a jar of homemade apple sauce.  You don’t know what applesauce is until you have tried her applesauce!  It’s AMAZING!  All in all, today was a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday from Iraq

February 17, 2011

Today I received a very special birthday wish.  I received an email from my father-in-law.  He is stationed in Iraq right now, but took time out of his day to email me.  I know he is incredibly busy, so it means a lot that he remembered my birthday!

A Valentine/Birthday Cake

February 14, 2011

Today I came home to this:

Tyler has made this day so special.  We wen to the gym this morning.  (I’m starting to get the hang of it.)  Then I went to work. At lunch time, I ran home, hoping I would have time to make lunch, because I was running out of time.  I got home only to find that Tyler had made my lunch for me!  (He’s such a sweetie!)  When I came home from work tonight, Tyler met me at the door and hold me not to look into the kitchen, because he was putting the finishing touches on my surprise.  🙂 🙂 🙂  (I LOVE surprises)  When he finished, I slowly walked in to the kitchen, with his guidance, since he made me close my eyes.  When I opened them, I saw my cake!  Now let me explain why it is bone shaped.  My family’s nickname for me is “Sam-bone.”  When Tyler and I started dating, he shortened it to just “bone,” hence the bone cake.  It is strawberry cake with butter cream icing!  YUMMY!