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Friday, March 27, 2015

Wisteria Bloom

It's show time here in the South.

This stuff just grows wild and it is the greatest gift
Mother Nature could give us after the winter lull.

The air is thickly perfumed and luckily,
some vines have flowered low enough that
we've snipped a few clusters to bring inside.
Wisteria is truly a beautiful flower with a beautiful scent.

You can't help but be happy when you step outside and breathe.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Spring Crowning

"Your crown has been bought and paid for. 
Put it on your head and wear it."
~Dr. Maya Angelou


She is awakening from her restful slumber
and the jewels are methodically
showing their appreciation.

It's going to be a beautiful show
and I'm looking forward to capturing as
much as possible.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's Wrong With Me?

Hey girlfriend! Do you have time for a cup of coffee? I want to share a personal story with you but I promise, you won't hurt my feelings if you'd rather pass. I know we like to follow blogs for upbeat and pretty inspiration but today, I just feel compelled to share something else with you.  I consider you a friend, and as friends, it is our duty to look out for each other, right?

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 I know that we sometimes put ourselves and our own well being at the bottom of the list because it is our duty, as moms and wives, to care for everyone else.
I know that, because I am guilty of it myself. 
Well, I became selfish and put myself on the top of the list because I just couldn't take it anymore.

{I had an abdominal hysterectomy on Monday.}

 And WHY on earth would I announce that out loud?
Because if me blurting out my insane TMI story gets one mom slash wife slash bottom of the lister, to put herself first, it's worth it to me to air my dirty laundry. 
Because when there is an issue in your body, it affects SO much more than you think. Because maybe one of you have something going on and can't quite pinpoint what it is and you want to ignore it because you just don't have the time to deal with whatever it is. 
 Trust me, just go to the doctor and get checked out.

 Our bodies are amazing pieces of equipment and if things aren't running the way God intended, you risk other issues to follow suit. 

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I have always been a healthy, fit person. I've never had issues with weight, have never dieted, never have been a smoker or drinker nor have had any other health issues, whatsoever. 
In my 20's, I was told I had fibroids but they weren't anything to be concerned with since they were "common". Common by whose definition, I am not sure, but just like so many others,
I passed that as acceptable since a "doctor" told me so.

Today, I will tell you those nasty things have caused me more issues than "nothing". And they definitely mess with pregnancy!

I skipped a year of any doctor checkups after we moved. I excused myself because of the move, trying to find a new doctor was daunting and frankly, I just never made the time. All good reasons, right? Sure, but they're nothing but lazy excuses

Well, in just one year, I knew things were getting wacky.
My energy level had drastically diminished and regardless of how much sleep I got, I was always tired. I had intentions of doing all these great things but my drive was completely gone. 
  It was really depressing but I could not snap myself out of it. Nothing I wanted to do ever fell into place and I felt like a loser. And a liar. 
Physically, I noticed I started bruising way too easily and I just never felt good. My monthly cycle had gotten unbearable and I could not leave the house for two days each month. I knew there was a problem but I didn't think that everything else that came with this, was linked. I became reclusive and when I did go out, I'd muster up enough b.s. to smile my way through visits and small talk. It really sucked. It still kinda does because I'm not through all of this yet. At least I have the why now because all of this right here, is so not me.

I finally had enough and made an appointment.
I found a great doctor and they took great care of me.
I immediately found out that I was extremely anemic.
My blood pressure was high, which was due to my anemic salt cravings and I was low in vitamin D.
I was eating jar upon jar of pickles and pickled okra. The saltier, the better. 
I got a referral to a GYN so I could talk to him about my fibroid friends.
Guess what? Everything linked back to those damned things.
At this point, ultrasound measured my clustered tumor as the size of a large grapefruit weighing between 6 to 7 pounds. 
We talked through all the options but I knew
where we were headed and for me, that was the only solution.
Get it out. ASAP. NOW.

My new doctor assured me that once we took care of this, my other problems would repair themselves.

So we did it. On Monday.

Given my physiology, I wasn't a candidate for the fancy new robotic ways of removal so I had an old fashion abdominal procedure. I'm not vain so I could care less.
Besides, I have a c-section badge of honor already so it wouldn't be anything new.

And that was that. Out she came.
I no longer have to worry about dying every month, no longer have to worry about cervical cancer and I will  regain my old energetic self back. I know it's gonna take a while but I am going to welcome that girl back with open arms. I've missed her so. 

So if you've procrastinated on your own health or put yourself at the bottom of the list for whatever reason, stop it!
We have more worth than we give ourselves credit for.
Taking a little time to get healthy, rejuvenate and get some fresh air in our lungs is a must for our well being. 
If we aren't good, how can we expect to be good for others?


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

(Im)patiently Waiting.

She's almost here.
When these start to bloom, she'll be here to stay for a while.

It won't be long now.

See you soon, Spring.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Let's get NAKED!

Ahh.... just a little tease on words.
I'm the last person that is an exhibitionist, trust me!

I'm talking about the beautiful twist on decorated cakes:
Naked Cakes.

*all photos sourced from Pinterest  (link below) unless watermarked.

This will be the last post on anything
having to do with F.P.H. Bakery., I promise! 
I just could not help myself with this one.

I am infatuated with these beautiful cakes
mainly because, not being the patient soul, I 
don't do over the top frosted wedding cakes or party cakes.

These little Nakies are my speed and to me,
they are gorgeous.
Wanna see more?
Click HERE.

I just love how the cake flavor is the star, 
along with the beautiful fruit or flowers.
I love the Rustic feel of them but also depending how you
finish it out, it can be extremely romantic and classy.
We'll be working on display stands again, like we
did when we were Black Rooster Cottage. I 
gotta keep the Mr. involved somehow!

So what do you think?
Are you a traditionalist or do you like to go Naked?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Email and Test!

Alright cowgirls,
Momma has a new email address:
so, please add me to your contact list if you receive
my blog posts via email!

We will see how this goes.

Can you please do me a favor?
Just reply back to let me know you've received my post.
It's hard to tell when I'm sitting on this end.

Thank you!

I'll save you a slice of yummy....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blogging Comments and Failed Delivery

Going to my serene place in the country because technology
can be so frustrating at times ....

I just want to throw out there that
I do visit other blogs and comment,
really I do! And I love receiving updates in my inbox.

But, as of late, I have been constantly receiving (with every comment I send)
a return email saying Fatal Delivery Error or something scary like that.
Well, I've done some digging around and found that
AOL, which I use for all of my email, is the culprit (for me).
Apparently you cannot use AOL email for "business" purposes
and because I own a domain name, I must use my own email address 
linked to that site. So stupid!
SO, I will be working on that fun stuff and switching over.

I am posting because I know others
are experiencing similar issues. My problem and solution
may or may not be the same as yours but at least it's something
to look into.

Now I think I need a glass of wine!