Happy Friday !!

Today I am going to talk about my personal commitment to take better care of my health.

The last few times I have had my blood work done at the clinic, they have wanted me to start taking medicine to lower my cholesterol.  So far, I have staunchly refused.  I finally relented to taking high blood pressure medicine, but I didn’t want to.

I know that some diseases are hereditary, but I refuse to start taking medicine for something which I have the ability to reverse.  Mainly high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

I have read so many articles and books about diabetes.  I have seen the damage first hand that diabetes causes.  My husband has diabetes and we fight it every day.  Until you or a loved one is confronted with the disease, you probably don’t have any idea of the internal damage that diabetes can cause.

Not only does it cause commonly known side effects such as blindness, deterioration of the internal organs (pancreas and others), but in the case of my husband, diabetic neuropathy is the most debilitating side effect we have encountered.

Have you seen the TV commercials for Lyrica?  If you watch TV at all, you most likely have seen the commercial as it is a very common advertisement.  It talks about the pain of diabetic neuropathy, the burning and stinging of the nerves in your legs and feet.  Take it from me, the pain is real, and in most people, neuropathy is probably the one side effect that they pray could be lifted from them.

Diabetes causes your bodies’ chemistry to go crazy and produce oxidation.  In some studies, scientists say that high blood sugar is one of the main causes of high cholesterol.  What this tells me is, if we can control our blood sugar to keep within normal range, we can prevent a myriad of disease.  Did you know that diabetes can be brought on by simply having surgery?  Or that steroid medications can cause you to develop diabetes?  Or did you know that Alzheimers is being called Type III Diabetes (they have found that high blood sugar damages your brain and can cause some people to develop Alzheimers)

The last time I had blood work done, my doctor also said that if I didn’t get a control on my eating (and high blood sugar) I would be on diabetic medicine before too long.  That statement sent a cold chill down my spine.  I have to keep myself as healthy as possible so that I can take care of my husband when the time comes that he needs more hands on care.

You owe it to yourself to investigate high blood sugar complications and to become educated on the subject. I am including a few links to websites that will explain, in easy to understand language, about the dangers of high blood sugar.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post today.  I feel very passionately about diabetes.  I pray that one day they will have a definite cure for it, but in the meantime we must take care of our body.

Can Blood Sugar Raise Cholesterol?

High Sugar Diet Linked to Cholesterol

5 Signs of Oxidative Stress

High Blood Pressure and High Blood Sugar Connection

Diet to Control Your Blood Sugar

Garden Update

Each evening, after supper has been eaten, we stroll out to the garden to see what new things are happening.  I am so proud of our garden.  Most all the seeds and transplants are growing like crazy.  If everything we planted makes a good crop, we will be begging our kids to come and get some !!

This first photo is of a tomato plant with its tiny blossom, ready to make a tomato very soon.

The next photo is a tomato plant right next to the above one.  This tomato plant is Ms. Over Achiever with TWO blossoms

Next is a red bell pepper plant with a dainty white blossom.  Isn’t it without a doubt, a miracle and a blessing to be able to watch how plants grow, make blossoms that turn into fruit, and then eat the vegetables at our tables?

Last but not least, is a teeny tiny strawberry hiding under the leaves of the plant.  After I took the photo, I picked the little baby strawberry and ate it.  It was so good.

I hope you enjoyed the update.  I will be sure to post more photos as I am able to take them and get them here on the blog.

Thankful Thursday

I had the pleasure of having lunch and then visiting with my son and sweet daughter-in-law.  She and I get along soooooo good.  We are both Mother Nature type women.  I just love going to visit their home.  Misty (DIL) has such a knack for decorating.  She can take a vase or curtain or old piece of furniture and make it a feature in a room.  They live in an old frame home and in constant renovation mode.

This day she took me on a tour of her gardens.  She has plants tucked here and there all around her house.  They have an enormous stand of bamboo behind their house.  Occassionally I go and cut some to take home for free posts to use for projects around my house (and gardens).

She showed me their version of a keyhole garden. You can read about the concept here Garden Variety News  I had read about keyhole gardening years ago and thought it was a fabulous design.  I have never implemented one, but she did and here are pictures of it.

Here Misty is explaining how the compost “bin” in the center works.  As you can see from this picture, the structure was made from almost free materials.  They got the wood pallets for free, the cardboard for free, the bamboo posts for free, some of the soil for free from an edge of their property.  There is about a 6″ layer of compost that they purchase for a very low price at an area compost facility.  She said worms naturally come up from the soil into the cardboard which lines the bottom and sides, and then the worms migrate to the compost area.  It is a self fertilizing operation once it gets going !!

This is from a different angle.  She has tiny tomato plants that she grew from seed scattered around.  At the bottom right corner of the photo, that is a lavender plant, and my oh my, the leaves are so fragrant.  She also has marigold planted as a companion to the tomatos.  She told me that they just throw vegetable and fruit scraps into the compost area.  Since it is surrounded by soil, the worms can migrate to the lower section and feed on the scraps.  I think the whole thing is just fantastic. I get a little excited about gardening.  Can you tell?  Big smile.

These next two pictures are of a Chenille plant.  You can read about them here Chenille Plant and here is a post done by another WordPress garden enthusiast at Flutter & Hun Double Whammy Bloom Day, but here is Misty’s plant


Just one more picture and I have to go, but here is an old bench they have on their front porch that they renovated.  It is soooooooooo nice, I told her if she ever decided to sell it, please let me know first.


Our Garden is Flourishing

Here are some pictures from around our place that I took yesterday.  We started getting torrential rains last night that didn’t stop until this morning.  I only hope it didn’t wash away our pinto bean seeds that we planted Sunday.

These first two pictures are sunflowers that are growing below the bird feeder.  We put a mixture of black oil sunflower seeds and then tiny seed too.  The birds knock the seed out and it falls in my flower pots and on the ground.  It grows !! The third picture down is wheat (?) that is growing from knocked out birdseed too.

The next picture is one of our strawberry plants with a blossom.  Hopefully a strawberry will be ready for picking soon.  We only planted 3 plants.  We really don’t expect more than a few strawberries per plant.  I will save them as they as harvested, put in a ziplock back in the freezer then have them with some whipped cream one night.

Watermelon is next in the photo gallery.  Watermelons are supposed to grow really well in sandy soil, so they should make a bumper crop here !

Next is a zucchini plant and we all know that they will make so many you have to force people to take some.  Big smile.  We DO love zucchini here at our house.

One last picture of one of our tomato plants.  We bought a few different varieties such as Beefsteak, Big Boy and then cherry tomatoes.  I will use my dehydrator to dry and store excess tomatoes in the freezer.

That’s it for today.  Hope you enjoyed.

#veggiegarden #vegetables #growyourownfood #homegrown #diy #countrylifestyle #greenliving #urbanfarm #texasgarden #gardenchat #growyourownhappy

Basics of Rhonna Design

Hi and welcome to my first follow along tutorial explaining Rhonna Designs.  You can find her videos on her website, http://www.rhonnadesigns.com, or you can find them on Vimeo.  Search for Rhonna and there they are !!

I started with the video Getting Started with the Rhonna Designs App.  Everyone has a favorite way to learn new information.  Videos are good, but to me, I treausre written instructions.  That is what I am attempting here…written instructions with photos to complement her videos.  Let’s get started.

After you have downloaded your Rhonna Designs app, open it up. This is the first screen you see.

The screen will keep filling up with recents projects that people have hashtagged with #rhonnadesigns, #rdmagic, #upliftandinspire and #rhonnafarrer. See the three boxes on the bottom?  The Heart opens a screen with four choices “Send Love” which allows you to rate Rhonna Designs, “Report an Issue” which sends an email to support at Rhonna Designs for help, the third is “View Video Tutorials” which takes you to the Rhonna Designs website where you will be able to view the tutorials after you have signed up for the newsletter, and the fourth option is “Cancel” which takes you back to the app. This is a photo of the just described screen.

Now we are ready to start exploring the other two buttons to the left of the Heart.  If you press the first button on the left, you get a screen that looks like this.   You get to pick a background from the groups displayed.  See that my phone has three Backgrounds options, a Rhonna Collage option (another Rhonna Design app that I have on my phone, IG (Instagram) Backgrounds, and your Camera Roll where you can pick a photo to add text too.  That is for a later tutorial.  Right now we are going to work on the Backgrounds options.  So, if I click on Backgrounds 1, this is the screen I see.

                                                                                         If I press on Backgrounds 2, this is the screen I see

 and if I press on Backgrounds 3, this is the screen I see  Notice that all of the 3 background options are shown.  We are going to pick one of the backgrounds to work on.  I am picking the very first option. This is the screen I am presented with Down at the bottom, notice that the “Original” box is shaded blue.  If you were to decide to save this graphic just as it is (which I will show you how to do in just a bit), you get three options to save the image size I always pick the first one as I usually plan on sharing my graphics I have created on my IG account.  We are not going to save this graphic just yet, so click Cancel and it will take you back to the original screen.  Now we are going to add some text.  Up in the top left hand of the screen, click on the T. This is the screen you see. Now I will be honest and tell you that I have had my Rhonna app for several years.  Here and there, I have purchased a font packs.   They are VERY inexpensive.  I am not sure what your screen will show if you have just downloaded the app.  But irregardless, you will have a choice of fonts to choose from.  I chose one and this is the screen I see Note that down at the very bottom you have choices of a variety of fonts to choose from.  You can sroll to the left and see all the choices.  Just above that you see the Color Line.  Again, there are color choices here.  Scroll to the left and choose which color you like.  I chose Black.  Then I double tapped on the text in the middle of the graphic to add some text AND emojis.  I really like that you can add emojis.

While we are still in the editing phase of our graphic, you can change the font. Do you see the “X” at the far right of the text bar?  This saves what you have already typed and takes you back to the editing screen. I chose a different font and kept the same emojis.   Now we can do some more cool things before we save this graphic.  Up at the top, click Done.  This is the screen you see. Up at the top on the left hand side, see the starburst button (right next to the T button)?  Click on it.  This is what you see next.

Now you get to choose Stickers !!  Each different one you click on will have several choices to choose from.  Again, you get to pick the color you like too !

This is one that I chose.  Now I am ready to save this graphic.  To do that, click up in the far right hand corner, the three horizontal lines.  This is the screen you see.We are going to click on the very bottom one, Share. This is where you are given the choices of Image Size.

Pick Instagram or one of the others. This is the next screen you see.

You are given many choices how you want to save your graphic.  I always save mine as “Save Image”.  Your phone may have different options.  But generally, the choices will be pretty much the same.

Now that you have saved your graphic, you can share it on Facebook, Instagram or wherever you like.  If you would like your graphic to possibly be featured on the opening screen of the Rhonna Designs app, add the hashtags given at the beginning of this post.

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this introductory tutorial on Rhonna Designs.  I will be back in a few days with another tutorial.  In the meantime, be sure to find Rhonna Designs on IG, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.  Also be sure to sign up for her newsletter from her website.

Rhonna Designs – Mastering Dazzling Graphics

Rhonna Designs This is a series of posts about mastering the mobile app Rhonna.  I love to use Rhonna and have made some really nice graphics with it.  I have been thinking of something I would like to teach people to do and this very nice app with a definite feminine flair is one of my favorites.

You can find Rhonna listed under your app store on your smart phone.  It is free to sign up and you can do incredible designs with the free version.  I highly suggest going to the website here http://rhonnadesigns.com   Just the first page will mesmerize you (or it does me) with all the available activities she has going on at this website.

Scroll down a little and you will find a free download for a print, video tutorials, a workshop that will show you how to create graphics that highlight your family and your history and most of all be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

Here are just a couple of graphics I have created on Rhonna.  Now I will learn along with you, how to create dazzling graphics that make your heart feel happy.


#justartinspiration #graphics #designgraphics #beautifulgraphics #creative #artworks #graphicsdesigner #graphicsapp #rhonnadesigns #blogger #blog

Introducing our Gardens

I’m going to show you some pictures today of our vegetable garden and my version of a fairie garden.  I always wanted a fairie garden!  This is my first attempt at having one.  First, I’ll show you my Texas Fairie Garden

This is Mr. Cowboy Rain Guage.  My husband and I bought him several years ago in Queen City, TX at the annual Cullen Baker Festival.  This is Mr. Cowboy when he was almost brand new.  This next picture was taken just the other day.  He is hanging out with Ms. Lovely Rose.  He needs a new neck handkerchief.

Next, are photos of the Texas Fairie Garden as a whole.

  I have more photos I will share in another post.

Now on to the veggie garden.  This is our first year putting in what we call, a large garden.  We have 5 100-ft rows of peas and beans.  We have two rows of purple hull peas, one row of speckled butter beans, one row of pinto beans and one row of Kentucky Wonder green beans.  We have SEVERAL tomato plants, zucchini and yellow squash.  A few bell pepper plants, strawberry, cabbage and cantaloupe.  We have VERY sandy soil.  We will definitely be planting cover crops this fall to till under and build up the soil. Plus I am searching for someone local that has a few cows that I can obtain manure.

 Oscar tilling up the soil !

 This is a purple hull pea just sprouting out of the ground about 4 days or so after planting.

 A photo from yesterday.  They are growing good !  If I can keep the dogs out of the garden.  Trixie, our 8 month old Border Collie mix, loves to walk aroumd in the soft dirt of the garden.  Gah, she doesn’t understand why she can’t play out there.  Big smile.

 Trixie with Miss Betty, our not quite so miniature Dachshund.  She is a sweetheart.  And last, but not least, our Pomeranian mix, Peanut Butter.  Can you believe that he was dumped out on the roadside of a country dirt road?  Luckily one of our sons found him and brought him home.

 Isn’t he handsome (and adorable)?

That’s it for today.  I am off to the post office to officially send our IRS returns in, certified mail of course, and mail my Avon VIP customers some samples and goodies.  I love to pamper my Avon customers.

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