Things I Love A – Z

So, here I sit tonight, trying to stay warm. It’s below zero and the house is cold; I’m in my room with the door closed and a heater going to keep the cold to a minimum but in this very old house it’s next to impossible. My pain level is up but not as bad as it was this morning. I can function with pain down to temps as low as 25-30 degrees but anything less is difficult.

I was bored so I thought why not write a post that tells people more about me and my likes. So, an A – Z post is what I came up with!

A – Animals, apples, artichokes, avocados, angels, acrobats, adoption, adventures, and accomplishments.

B – Babies, bacon, butterflies, birds, bonfires, backpacking, bubbles, blogging, and bats.

C – Cats, castles, chocolate, campfires, camping, cheese, crocheting, conversations, and computers.

D – Daughter, Dad, dragons, driving, dusk, darkness, discoveries, dessert, and deer.

E – Evenings, elephants, eagles, education, eggs, encouragement, encyclopedias, enthusiasm, equality, and entertainment.

F – Fall, friends, family, fiction, fireworks, folklore, freedom, friendliness, fruit and frosting.

G – Grandsons, Granddaughters, giggles, giraffes, Google, gadgets, generosity, and grapes.

H – Honey, ham, honesty, handwritten notes, humor, handcrafted gifts, heroism, helpfulness, hobbies, hiking, and hawks.

I – Ice cream, ice hockey, iced tea, intelligence, independence, intellect, Ireland, and information.

J – Joy, journeys, jokes, journaling, justice, and jelly. 

K – Kittens, keepsakes, kindness, and knowledge. 

L – Laughter, love, landmarks, literature, legends, lyrics, lather, and loyalty.

M – Music, musicians, moonlight, monkeys, morals, mythology, mountains, Mexican food, museums, movies, magic, manners, memories, and medieval history.

N – Nature, neatness, naps, nuts, novelties, novels, nutrition, nourishment, nieces, and nephews. 

O – Opossums, otters, objectivity, oddities, opals, Olympics, opportunities, oranges, outdoors, and owls.

P – Pizza, pepperoni, peanut butter, pepperoncinis, pretzels, pickles, puzzles, politeness, peace, purple, psychics, promises, patience, photography, passion, privacy, and a cat’s purring.

Q – Quiet, queens, quilts, and quotes.

R – Rats, roadrunners, rabbits, radios, reading, rain, recipes, roses, rivers, refunds, rest, relaxation, rum, and respect.

S – Son, sisters, Scotland, snow, Spring, shrimp, sweaters, slippers, spicy foods, squirrels, sunshine, scenery, sincerity, sleeping, spirituality, safety, and soup. 

T – Tequila, tacos, trust, treasures, tenderness, theology, thunder, treats, trivia, trout, thinking, thunder, and thoughtfulness.

U – Umbrellas, understanding, uniqueness, unity, and usefulness.

V – Vampires, velvet, vacations, vegetables, value, and vulnerability.

W – Walnuts, writing, winter, walks, weirdness, warmth, whiskers, whispers, wilderness, wisdom, wishes, wit, and words.

X – The xx’s and oo’s that stand for hugs and kisses and sending them to you for getting this far in this ridiculous post! 

Y – Yarn, Yule, and yesterdays.

Z – Zebras, zippers, zeal, and zest.

 

A New Year, A New Start

I’ve not been writing much as of late. I’ve had much to say but no desire to write it down. Maybe that’s for the better. I sometimes feel like that’s all I do is write about my shitty problems. On the other hand, that’s part of why I started this blog. I wanted an outlet to write about the things I love, the things I despise, and things that make me laugh. Writing, or keeping a journal helps a lot of folks, not just me. It’s been therapeutic. It’s been a positive in my life so I’m not about to quit! I must, however, get back to it!

So, here I sit. So many things that have plagued my life over the last few months now seem less bothersome. Except for one thing: My pain issues. I have over the years tried many things to alleviate the pain, from OTC meds, creams, lotions, and patches to natural herbs and essential oils. I have purchased several items for exercise that I have either not been able to use or they just didn’t help. Last year, I purchased a recumbent bike because I was at the beginning of a weight loss journey that resulted in a 60 lb. loss, but even after the weight loss was still not able to use the bike! I was disillusioned and just plain pissed off! I couldn’t even use the floor peddler I had had for several years. I use to use it every day but when my knees got worse, it became more difficult and the pain would be increased by using it.

In December, I stumbled across a fantastic machine called an Air Walker. I watched a video of it being used and I realized that since I wouldn’t have to bend at the knee to use this machine, I’d have to purchase it and give it a try. I’m so very glad I did! I feel like my leg muscles are getting stronger just since I started using it at the beginning of the month. It has helped me kick-start my diet again and I’m back to losing more weight while making my legs stronger.

With any luck at all, this will be the year I get my knee surgery that I so desperately need to live a productive and quality life. I feel like the last 11 years of my life have just been wasted. Going from doctor to doctor, trying to get help, ANY help has been some of the most wasted time I have ever spent! I know that I need to do the work, that’s a no-brainer. No one can lose the weight for me. No one can exercise for me. It’s on me, I know. It would have been nice, though, to find a doctor who was willing to provide guidance and information, rather than the normal “fat-shaming” that does nothing but tear a person down!

So, I am creating a new me. I finally see a little light at the end of the tunnel. A real light, my own light! Not the fake light I thought I was seeing mid-2017.

Here’s to the new me! Here’s to 2018! Wish me luck!! 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you, Novus Lectio, for the nomination! Please check out her blog at the following link: https://novuslectio.wordpress.com/

Rules of the Award:

Put the award logo/image on your blog.

List the rules.

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

Answer the questions you were asked.

Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify.

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

Three things about me:

I am very empathic.

I despise fake people.

I am a good friend.

 

My Answers to Questions Given to Me:

Tell something about yourself and your word press identity?

My identity “Aunt Debbie” is pretty much ME. I have several nieces and nephews and I’ve been called Aunt Debbie for so long that it seemed the appropriate title for my blog, “Being Aunt Debbie.”

Views about trying different foods

I pretty much stick to what I know. If there’s a new dish from another land I haven’t tried, I might try it. It just depends. I love spicy foods, pasta, pizza, chocolate, veggies.

What kind of buyer are you? (cheap or expensive)

I am neither cheap or expensive really. I put a lot of thought into my gifts. Normally I create something myself; maybe jewelry or something crocheted, maybe some other handcrafted item. Sometimes that might cost a lot, sometimes it might be very inexpensive.

Do you believe in the global warming?

Yes. There are many scientific studies on climate change and I think scientists know much more than I.

Do you consider yourself young or old?

My mind is still young but my body feels old; very, very old.

 

My Questions for Nominees:

If money was no object and you could travel anywhere in the world for 2 weeks, where would you go?

What is the worst job you ever had?

What do you wish you knew more about?

If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?

 

The nominees:

https://dickbishop.wordpress.com/

http://bensbitterblog.com/

https://dattaragurl.wordpress.com/

http://damngirlgetyourshittogether.com/

http://seagulldreaming.com/

http://herbmamaswords.blogspot.com/

https://simplesoapariesoap.wordpress.com/

https://icedteawithlemon.wordpress.com/

https://thejoyofmenopausemyarseblog.live/

http://megspot.com/

https://simplyjessicaruth.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIP Korn, My Bubbers

My heart is breaking, yet again. On Wednesday, I said goodbye to my 15-1/2-year-old, Korn. He had kidney disease and arthritis in his back legs. He was not the happy cat he once was. His health had been declining since they were all sick last February. I knew it was just a matter of time before he would be suffering, so I made the difficult decision to let him go. I had been agonizing over it for weeks.

This is an older pic of him when he was younger and happy. I hope he knows how much I love him and will miss him. I hope Korn and his bud, Fuzzy have met up and are swapping stories about how they chased rabbits together or how they drove me nuts wanting out and coming in again, over and over.

 

 

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RIP Korn January 10, 2018