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A Break From Blogging

Happy summer everyone! My dear hubby gets a few weeks off from school before summer classes start, so we’ll be catching up on quality time together. My blogging will probably be scarce – if I have something really cool to share, I will! Meanwhile, you can always check out what’s new on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/230622362213, (we’ll also list new items soon in our etsy shop: http://buymelove.etsy.com) or read our other blog: http://patientsvoicewhocares.blogspot.com.

I hope you’re all having a safe, sunny week!

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Whatever Weekend – New Blog! And Other Random Stuff We’re Doing.

Hi everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday here in Texas, and I have plenty to keep me busy.

First is a new blog: http://patientsvoicewhocares.blogspot.com/. It’s a combined effort between my aunt, my mom and me. We’re writing about our (and others’) experiences in healthcare: what went wrong, what went right, and things you can do as a patient, friend, or caregiver to make a situation a little easier. When you visit, be sure to take part in our survey to the right of the page – “How do you feel about your current doctor/specialist?”

Next, I’ve been trying my hand at painting, which I’ve always enjoyed, but it’s never been my art of choice. I was asked by a pregnant friend if I would paint letters (that spell out her baby’s name) to match the nursery. He has a vintage sports themed nursery, so I copied the style of the bedding to match:

Letter painting attempt numero uno!

After posting this picture on Facebook, two more of my pregnant friends asked if I would paint some for them! I figured the letters could be my baby gifts to them, so I’m working on a Texas Rangers themed set (6 letters) for a friend who’s due any day now. The other couple decided to wait on letters until their little girl can decide what she wants on her own. The momma got an IOU and a nursing necklace at her baby shower. 🙂

In other news, I have some housecleaning to do. Boring.

I’ve also been working on our costumes for the ren faire next weekend! The base of my fairy costume is complete, and the wings are halfway done. I’ve still yet to find cello wrap for a decent price. I may have to suck it up and go back for the $5 roll. Tom’s pirate costume is complete! (Unless we find something that will work as a cool vest.) I found unlined khaki color linen pants for about $4 at a thrift store, and a large women’s matching linen tunic for $3 at another thrift store. I cut the pants legs jaggedly just under the knee, and I’m going to muddy/stain them and the shirt. We added his black and white checkered bandana (it’s huge – turban sized – he got it in Afghanistan,) his own worn leather belt, a sash made from dark grey Halloween netting, and various pieces of jewelry like shell necklaces wrapped around his wrists, hoop earrings, extra rings, and a feather in his hair (made by – who else? Mom!) Plus, we have a fake “bottle o’ rum,” with a skull on it, and he has a wooden waster (sword.) It’s all about the details. Here’s what it all looks like now:

Things you'll find in a fairy's closet.

I don't think most pirates have closets ...

Oh! One more thing – this is a cool site to check out the walkability of your city/neighborhood: walkscore.com  Our city doesn’t rank very high, but our neighborhood is 80% walkable!

Hope you have a fatastic, safe, and relaxing weekend!

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Thoughtful Thursday – FMS/CFS/ME Awareness Day!

Wearing purple (and telling people why) is one way to help promote awareness.

I don’t blog about this too much here, since this is our business blog, but both my mom and I have Fibromyalgia. We are also both epileptic, and my mom has lupus and other secondary health problems in addition to FMS. If you know someone with Fibro, Chronic Fatigue or Myalgic Encephalopathy, be sure to give them lots of gentle hugs!

FMS/CFS/ME are invisible, chronic, and can be debilitating. Often, they accompany one another, along with a host of possible symptoms: widespread pain, fatigue, muscle spasms, weakness, brain fog (similar to chemo brain,) flu-like symptoms, anxiety, depression, weight gain, sensitivity to light, sound, heat & cold, sensation of swelling, nerve pain, and the list goes on … Women tend to suffer from FMS/CFS/ME more often than men, but I can say first hand that men suffer from these diseases, too! My dad also has Fibro.

Please, educate yourselves and others about these syndromes. There is no cure, and very few healthy treatment options are available. Most people begin exhibiting symptoms in their early to mid 20’s, and while these diseases are not considered degenerative, symptoms can increase in severity due to weight gain and inactivity.

To learn more: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffmcfsme.com%2Fdocuments%2Ffmcfsme_factsheet2011.pdf&h=08a26

If you suffer from any of these syndromes, there’s comfort in numbers. Joining an online or in-person support group can do wonders. For support and other resources: http://fmcfsme.com/ 

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