HOSPITALIZATION 2015

For some time now, I’ve been experiencing stomach pain so severe it immobilizes me. I am in so much pain I end up having dry heaves and I am well familiar with different types of pain and illness. I have RA, osteoperosus, broken fingers and toes and In the early 70’s having a baby via natural childbirth was the popular mode of childbirth, I had two, so yes I do know pain, but this pain is so severe the only way I can describe it is that it feels like someone or something is ripping my guts apart.

This is the second time in the hospital after six months and many episodes of the severe belly pain. I had an episode while in California on our vacation and spent two days in fetal position on the bed. Not the most fun vacation, I can assure you.

I have beat myself in the brain trying to diagnose these episodes. I have asthma and no stranger to allergies but this has really stumped me. Of course the first thing I tried to do was modify my diet. I’m thin already so I needed modification but not limitation of carbs or calories. I’ve always been more conscious of healthy eating because of living with my Grandmother who was into health food when no one knew what health food was. She taught me how to make her homemade yogurt and soy milk.

I began to eat six or more smaller meals very much like grazing. I cut out nuts and anything deemed hard to digest. But nothing seemed to work. I kept my bowels open and did everything I knew and had learned from herbal study classes and the teachings of my Grandmother, but guess what?
Unfortunately, NOTHING I DID MADE A DIFFERENCE AT ALL!

After the first stay in the hospital I did what my General Practitioner told me to do, “go to a gastrointerologist”. Getting an appointment in a timely fashion was just a little harder than one would think, that is unless you live in a retirement resort city.
One said they had nothing until next year!
WHAT A LAUGH!
Well, guess what Dr. Next Year? I was able to get an appointment in just a week and a half to a specialist that had a 100% rating.
WOW! What is this world coming to?
Shame, shame on you, Dr. NEXT YEAR, you don’t have the better of the two ratings so I’m sure you had room for me, you were “Johnny on the Spot” when I had to have exploritory surgery.

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Learning to live with Crohn’s Disease

Before first trip to ER, in  June. Sunny California!
Before first trip to ER, in June. Sunny California!

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“WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS”! I’m on the mend. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND KIND WISHES. 91 pounds has never looked so good. If you could have seen me at 87 and at my usual weight of 100 you would have been shocked. I WAS!!

I’ve been embarrassed by family members, who love me, by asking when I was going to gain some weight, feeling they were judging me as I had judged others not knowing about the debilitation of Crohn’s disease and other illnesses that drain your life force from you. I didn’t know what was going on inside my small intestines, I just knew I was having a hard time maintaining my weight and stamana.

I have been guilty of judging extremely thin people of various self induced things, but never again and I am so sorry for that. I was taught better than to judge other people.

Weight is a very touchy subject no matter what you weigh, the media suggest we all look a certain way but God has created us all unique and different in every way so next time you see someone that doesn’t fit into the media’s design of perfect size give thanks to God for our own unique individuality. Our uniqueness is what makes us SPECIAL.

Summer 2015

Summer 2015 has quickly come and gone. I’ve had one busy summer from hatching baby chicks in incubator to canning a few home grown vegetables. Ive dealt with disabilities I never knew I had, lightning striking appliances in my home, water raining in from the ceiling, new roof, new exterior paint, damaged ceiling, 2 hospital stays, my youngest daughters emergency appendectomy and numerous test while I was in the hospital.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, well I may not be as strong as I thought I was but I am getting there little by little everyday and with the help of my family and friends it makes me just that much stronger.

Soap Making 101

Today I need to make soap. My skin is very sensitive to  soaps you find at the market. A friend of mine gave me a bar of lye soap many years and my face cleared up. I used to take special trips via scenic highway 7 toward Harrison in the Ozarks just to buy lye soap. One time while buying soap the store owner told me I should try the recipe in one of her Ozark cookbooks. I bought the book, all of her soap and headed home. While searching for supplies online I came across a recipe for soap made in a blender. I’ve been making soap for the past20 years.

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I start by measuring distilled water into a tempered glass container. You should only use glass or stainless steel when working with lye. Never ever put the water into lye. Always measure your water and add lye to the water while slowly stirring.

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I always mix in the kitchen sink. Use a long handle spoon. It’s a good idea to use protective gloves and mask. The lye water is very caustic at this point. Avoid any splashing, stir gently until lye has melted. The lye water will be extremely hot at this point. Leave it to cool down.

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Next it’s time to measure oils. I use Olive oil, coconut oil and vegetable shortening. I also use nothing but essential oils and finely ground herbs. This time I’ll be making Patchouli with dried Calendula petals finely ground. I use a coffee grinder to grind the dried herbs.

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I use coconut oil for the wonderful lather it gives. This time I’ll be using vegetable shortening that contains soybean oil and Palm mental oil. Always make sure which oils are in your shortening so you get the exact amount of lye to fat ratio.  I usually figure the oils in shortening are 1/2 of each oil if two oils are in the shortening. The shortening and coconut oil will need melting you can use pan and stove top or microwave. Which ever you choose is just fine. Please watch carefully heat slowly. We don’t want a grease fire. This website http://www.thesage.com has a calculator that’s easy to use.

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When the oils are melted add the rest of melted oil to the blender. I also add 1 1/2 teaspoons essential oil and 1 teaspoon dried herb. Next you want to have your molds ready.

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This recipe usually make nine 3 oz. bars of soap. Now it’s time to pour the lye water into the blender. Cover with lid and blend on high until it’s the consistency of runny pudding.

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Pour into molds. Be careful not to splash the mixture as its still very caustic at this point.

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At this point I allow to harden a bit then cover with towel and allow to set for 24 hours. After that I put in freezer and allow to freeze for another 24 hours. At this point you can pop the soap out of the molds. Make sure they are popped onto glass, stainless steal or wood. Cover with towel and turn over every few days. They will be completely cured by 2 weeks. When you can touch your tongue to a bar and there is no tingle or burning sensation, your soap is ready.

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This is the recipe I use. You can find this on the website above. I use 9 oz. water, 3.6 oz. lye, 6 oz. Coconut oil, 6 oz. Olive oil, 12 oz. oil in Crisco or other vegetable shortening.

TINY HOUSE

Some people would feel cramped in a small house but after 30 years living in a large home in Hot Springs, I was more than ready to move to the country and build a home small enough that didn’t take an entire day to do my house cleaning. I wanted acreage and a garden spot. My tiny house was built in 2007. It originally was 420 square feet with barn style roof on concrete block foundation. In 2013 we added a 14×15 bedroom which gave us an additional 210 square feet. Last year Darrell built a beautiful deck attached to our bedroom. I love our TINY HOUSE. The upkeep is minimal which gives me more time for things I enjoy doing.  Our Newest Addition

In the meantime we’re giving our house a facelift with a new coat of paint. Photo shoot after we’ve finished.

Well we’re not quite finished with painting but I couldn’t wait to show you how we are coming along. First with a formal introduction without going overboard with the entire process which I sometimes am prone to do.

Road to Dunn House

This photo was taken last fall. We did have pretty colors in our neck of the woods.

Dunn HouseSay hello to Dunn House our tiny home. This was the color of our house. We didn’t get too far from our original colors, but we did change the trim. After we had gutters installed we decided the color of the gutters really complimented the color of the house so we chose to go with that color for the trim.

IMG_0642This is the back of the house after Darrell finished building the deck.

Below is after first coat of new paint.

IMG_1635Going to bed but more to come……

Tomorrow Tomorrow, I Love ya Tomorrow

Today has certainly been a much better day. My grand children 9 and 10 came to spend the night with hubby and me. We ate at DeLucas pizzeria in Hot Springs then took them shopping. We have all had a great time  I love my Grands! Sweet Dreams to All.
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