I Knew It Was Not Going To Be Anything Simple


You are washing dishes after a simple day of work, and you notice that your feet are asleep.  Then you realize it is not just your feet.  Both of your legs from your knees to your toes feel like they are asleep and are not waking up.  That was August 29, 2014.

Work and life continued, but the symptoms really did not improve.

September the 8th I saw my internist, and after some referrals, x-rays, and lab results, it was concluded that I had something autoimmune brewing in my body.

September 18 I visited with neurologist number 1.  The symptoms had improved a little by then, but still were not completely gone.

It was time for an MRI.

I had never had an MRI, and declined any meds to help me relax because really, how bad could it be?

If you have any medical training, you can easily come up with a million diagnosis with what could be wrong.  It is endless.

I sat in the waiting area and decided to read my Jesus Calling for the day.

It started like this…

September 22:  Trust ME and refuse to worry, for I am your Strength and Song. You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength.

Boy if that is not foreshadowing….

I went into that MRI knowing full well I would not get a clean bill of health.  I knew it the very moment I was washing dishes and my feet went numb.  I knew it every time someone said not to worry, it is probably a bulging disc, a pinched nerve, or a side effect of running.

I knew it.

Another MRI later, and the diagnosis was made.

On October 1, I sat in a doctors office with my husband, and was told I had multiple sclerosis.

I have never been one of those people who thought they were invincible, but this one threw me for a loop.

I Do Not want to be in a wheelchair.

So I have begun to make some big lifestyle changes.  I am scared to exercise, but it has been two months, and if I am going to stay healthy, I need to get moving.  I also have made some big diet changes, and while extreme, may be just the thing to keep me well.

The diet stuff is hard.

Giving myself shots three times a week is hard.

There is a reason why I have this.

I just do not know why yet.

Yet.

So I wake up every morning and go through my day, researching and learning because knowledge is power.

I hope you join me on my journey, because if the name of this blog means anything, it will be a seriously sassy ride!

Happy Wednesday.

 

Once There Was A Cardigan…


There I was walking around the mall, heading to Forever 21 to buy some skinny jeans for my daughter, when I saw this sweater.

Seriously people the sweater!

I need another cardigan like I need a hole in the head.

Look at it in all its animal print glory.

I can see it now with a long simple tee, skinny jeans, and my duck boots.

Or maybe with some yoga pants and a tank when heading to the grocery store.

The point is people I want the sweater.

Problem is I do not need the sweater.

So you see, I am in a bit of a pickle.  I will be at the same mall tomorrow shopping with my sis, and I very well may step into the same store and be tempted to buy said sweater.  That money could be used for a gift for one of my family members or friends.  That money could be used for many different things.

For now I will dream about the sweater, and think about all the cute outfit options I could have.

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Happy Tuesday !

Recently


There has been a lot of home and work going on here the past few weeks at The House Of Kells.  I have to say, I love having a job and I love work.  It keeps my brain active, makes me feel independent, and reminds me I am not only a wife and mother.  Plus, I realized Mr. Kell and I make a great team, especially when we are not picking on each other.

I a taking the time to look nice when I go places these days.  Another little something for me.  Not to worry though, I will still rock the old yoga pants when I go grocery shopping.

I know way to many people that need to read this.  To this day, I will never understand why people can not just be happy for the sole reason that they got to wake up this morning.  It is that simple.

No matter what is going on in life, I will always do Christmas up for my girls.

Days like today I am reminded that I am a mom first, and have to tend to my girls when they have a cold.  P.S.  she cried because she could not go to school.  She loves it so!

Happy Monday!

Not Too Shabby If You Ask Me


I am in no way shape or form a photographer.  I bought a basic DSLR for my blog many years ago.  I have never taken the time to learn anything about it, or photography.

Last week, I had planned to have family pics taken by a friend, and I was so excited.  After 13 years of marriage, and three children, this was going to be our first time to ever have family pics taken.

Well, after an unplanned business trip, and someone shaving his beard off, I did not get my family pics.

So now I wait till the Spring when the leaves are green, and I can wear color yellow, and all the flowers are in bloom.

If he shaves his beard this time, I will most certainly kill him!

Now, things were not totally a bust.  I got my girls to brush their hair, put on some cute clothes, and give me a few smiles so I could have some pics to make a few Christmas gifts.

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013bThere are some lights and shadows where there should not be, and should not have used my 50 mm lens.  All and all, I think beautiful girls make beautiful pictures.

Salmon And Asparagus Hash


When I was younger, I hated when my food would touch.  Nothing could mix together.

Thank goodness, I have evolved.

Now my goal in my cooking life is to try to come up with new and yummy concoctions that are mixed with all sorts of ingredients.

For the past month, I have been working on some life long diet changes due to a new and lovely medical diagnosis.  One in which I am not quite ready to talk about.

Anywhoo, it is very hard to stay on track, but I hope by the beginning of the new year, I will be focused, and will have acquired enough recipes in my arsenal to help.

That is wear this yummy hash comes into play.

Ingredients:

  • One packet/can of salmon (I got mine from whole foods, but any will do)
  • Asparagus (as much as you want)
  • One small potato
  • 3 Brussel sprouts chopped
  • Bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

This is where it gets tricky.

Cook your bacon in a separate pan from your potatoes.  When your potatoes are almost  done, throw in the asparagus and brussel sprouts.  Add the salmon, and when the bacon is done, chop it up and throw it in the pan.  Add salt & pepper to taste, and you are done.

Hash!