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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Wisdom ~ How to Fall Off a Log Gracefully





For almost the entire time I have been blogging, I have wanted to do a feature on wisdom.  I mean I am as old as dirt and have been around the block a couple of times while falling off the wagon and digging myself in deeper than I should.  {too many cliches? bare with me}

So here goes:


Wisdom comes with experience; age, if you will.   When I was young I thought I was so smart.  I did.  Man!  Looking back, I knew nothing.  In actuality, I was dumber than a bag of hammers.  I must have figured out how to 'act' or 'seem' to know what I needed to know, or I possibly faked it til I made it but I honestly don't know how I have lived this long and have succeeded this far at life as I have.

Case in point:
I titled this post "How to Fall Off a Log Gracefully"  - or in other words, how to keep this crazy life balanced, supportive and purposeful without really falling off of your hopes and dreams and yet you do indeed eventually fall off.

I know!
You don't get on the log in the first place.  You don't place yourself into a vulnerable life style of unrealistic choices.  That is where wisdom comes in.

We create our lifestyles, our ways of choices or what we want our life to be.  Perhaps others don't.  I think there are about 25% of society that just lets life happen to them.  The other 75% have wisdom beyond there years, have plans and they work their plan.  In the past, I tended to fall into the 25% slot.  Not sure exactly why that happened but I think it had something to do with my Dad.

He influenced me greatly.  He as a good man.  He was blonde and blue eyed.  A very tall man, 6'4" with very long legs; long straight and strong legs.  I trusted him  COMPLETELY.  My parents had courted for about 9 months or so when my Dad asked my Mom to marry him and she said, "no, you are only in love with love".  What?  This tall, slender. blonde man was shut down in his first attempt?  Man, I would have jumped at a chance to marry a man like my Dad.  I think that is where things went wrong for me.

I was in love with every tall, blond kid that walked the planet in my little home town.  My home town was little at the time but now is a thriving city of over 110,000 people.  I thought every man / boy was like my Dad.  See duffous from the get go.  So I married when I was 23 to a guy I had only known for a few months.  The closest resemblance to my Dad was hair color and slender.  The rest of my first husband was NOT anything near to be like my Dad. I made a wrong choice. We divorced after 10 years.

That is hard to admit but that is where wisdom comes in.  You learn from your mistakes.  You learn that you make a wrong choice.  You try to be smarter the next time around.  You listen to your brain a bit more than just your heart or hormones.

I think prayer has a lot to do with wisdom.  How?  In that it helps you think things through more.  Well is works for me anyway.  I have definitely learned to rely on prayer since I was told I had cancer.  I have felt your warmth here in Blogland, from your prayers, well wishes, hopes and cheers.  I like to think there is a correlation between prayer and wisdom. Or perhaps it is the prayers of forgiveness and guidance help wisdom do it's thang! 

Perhaps one learns their lessons early.  Perhaps others learn them too late.  Either way, wisdom comes forth and aids in the rest of our lives, if we let it.



Have you felt wisdom is on your side in your life?



Is this 'Wednesday's Wisdom' a thing you would like to see from me each week?
I WILL DO SOME FASHION WISDOM FEATURES TOO, OCCASIONALLY.  RIGHT NOW IT GIVE ME A CHANCE
TO SPEAK IN MY BLOG WHILE MY ENERGY WANES ELSEWHERE.
 






AND BELIEVE ME, I DON'T HAVE 3/4 OF THE ENERGY NEEDED TO POSE LIKE THAT THIS YEAR.
MY HOW TIME FLIES ...WHEN YOU WISH YOU DIDN'T HAVE CANCER AND YOU CAN'T BELIEVE YOU POSED 
OUTSIDE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.  


Monday, July 28, 2014

Hooray for ...



NOT!!!!

hi Everyone! Since I had a very roller-coaster weekend again {chemo won't stop buggin' me}, I decided I would share the best I can.  I literally can not believe how much chemo drains me.  I will be feeling fine, ambitious and dreaming of great ensembles {well in my humble opinion} and by the time I get two items on me, I am drained; can't stay standing and feel like I am going to faint.  Sometimes even sitting at the desk will be too much and I have to stumble to my bed before my legs give out on me.  So it is "Hooray for chemo!"  Lets give it three cheers:  rah ...rah ...rah.


Do I sound snarky?


What do you think chemo would feel like, if you could describe it?
NOPE, WRONG, NOT LIKE THAT.  OH YA, YOU CAN'T  DESCRIBE IT UNTIL YOU HAVE FELT IT 
AND EVEN THEN IT IS A PARTICULAR WAY FOR EACH PARTICULAR PERSON.












PS.  SARCASM IS TAKING OVER FOR NEXT FEW WEEKS, I FEAR.  I KNOW CHEMO IS NECESSARY AND I WOULD PROBABLY BE DEAD IN A YEAR WITHOUT  IT,  BUT I SURE GET DOWN REALIZING IT'S EFFECTS ON ME.  I GUESS I AM JUST SAYING YESTERDAY WAS SO ICKKY WITHOUT GOING INTO THE DETAILS.  SURE LOVE YOU ALL.  SURE DON'T LOVE CHEMO.  WE NEED A CURE FOR CANCER!!!





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Thank you to all for joining in on "Fashion item Friday" again.  We always hit right around the 50 mark which I think is super duper being that practically every week since it started I has been dealing with cancer.  I appreciate your support so much.  It is physically impossible for me to type something to each of you but I do click the heck out of your post!  Yay!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Fashion item Friday" #36 ~ Something Turquoise




We will be talking about this "item" (turquoise)
but first...


our

"Fashion item Friday"



C0-HOST


is


the



STATE OF UTAH

(or more specifically)

Pioneer Day






Utah is my home.  I've lived here majority of my days except for four years in the Seattle area.  I've lived in three counties in Utah:  Salt Lake County; where I was born and raised,  Utah County; while attending college and currently Davis County; the best!!  Feel free to click on the "Pioneer Day" lavender title to be taken to various websites about Utah and it's heritage and customs.

Yesterday was the State Holiday; "Days of '47" / "Pioneer Day" /  "24th of July".  It goes by any or all of those terms.  In 1847 the Mormon Pioneers first saw the Salt Lake valley/ or county.  As the population grows, there are more and more non Mormons, migrating to the state so Pioneer Day is a more well rounded term and of course my favorite "the 24th of July".  There is the 4th of July and the 24th of July here in Utah.  Works for me.

On the other hand, I was too weak to participate in any festivity yesterday but it was on my mind all day long.  On the 4th of July I slept through all the fireworks.  Yes, there are fireworks on the 24th, too.  As I prepare this post, I can hear neighbor kids shooting off legal fireworks, in celebration!



HAPPY 24TH of JULY to Utah
  (a day late)



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If you are interested in being a 
Co-Host 
on 
"Fashion item Friday"

please let me know via my email:
renae{at}simplesequins{dot}com



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Yuppers, this "something turquoise" is my silver and turquoise tear-drop diamond angled earrings.  They are fantastic and they were only $5 from the Paparazzi Jewelry line {see more about them HERE}  I think I have worn these earring on a post once a week for the past year.  I just love them.  Each time I come upon Paparazzi stuff, I can not find another pair similar.  This sounds like I am doing a review for them, ...but no.  I am just stating that I love these earrings.  They are just a touch of turquoise that I love.  Oh and the Utah state stone is not a turquoise, but it should be.  It is THIS stone of which I have zero knowledge or concern really.   So I'll just continue loving my turquoise earrings!









PS.  PLEASE PARDON MY LACK OF ATTENTION TO EACH OF YOUR BLOGS.  WHEN CHEMO RULES I HAVE TO OBEY.
I AM FEELING SLIGHTLY BETTER SO PERHAPS I WILL BE ABLE TO BE AROUND MORE OF YOUR POST TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND.
(crossing fingers)

OH AND PSS.  WILL YOU PLEASE FOLLOW ME ON GFC, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, 
YA KNOW JUST TO BOOST MY MOOD AND SUCH.  I'D GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.  I'VE BEEN STUCK AT 779 FOR FAR TOO LONG.
thank you!
(♥)




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Now it is your turn to join in the Hop!

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THE RULES 
{never fret, they are simple}
*  LINK UP EACH FRIDAY AND TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS, FELLAS AND FASHION GALS ALL ABOUT IT!
* SHARE YOUR FASHION ITEM OR YOUR WHOLE ENSEMBLE OR WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO POST 
ABOUT BY LINKING HERE.  THOSE INAPPROPRIATE, WILL BE DELETED,  ...SO PLAY NICE.
* ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU LINK MY POST TO YOUR POST BY EITHER ATTACHING THE BUTTON OR  
'MY POST TITLE'  TO YOUR POST IN WRITTEN FORM 
AND LINKED BACK TO MY SITE / POST! 



 EVERYONE LINK & ENJOY!!!
 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short





hi Everyone!  Definitely a day late and hence the money can't catch up. The Drs determined at the hospital the other night that my blood gases drops when I am horizontal. So I must oxygen whenever I am resting in my bed and being flat.   I love it.  I wake refreshed.  Everyone of you have been so nice and patient over the past two weeks while my chemo symptoms run- a- muc!  Six more weeks and counting til chemo will be out of my body and never coming back {with the last fusion on 8/8}.  

But what else is coming back  or never going away is our "Fashion item Friday"  blog hop this Friday of course!  Please feel free to participate, get to know others and perhaps even follow me on GFC.  yes, I'd love that. (if you haven't already).  ♥








the pic?

Oh, just for the heck of wanting to look simply like this so dang badly.  
(six more weeks --- Yay!)




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TRES-CHIC FASHION THURSDAY



THE HOME 
OF

IT GOES PUBLIC  TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME.

  
Everyone is invited!

 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

With Friends Like That Who Needs Enemas?


hi Everyone!   Sunday afternoon I was rushed off to the hospital with a sharp and binding pain in my left rib cage.  Could have been one of three things; heart attack, blood clot or bowel blockage.  The pain started in my rib cage but quickly radiated up into my shoulder and across my shoulder blade.  There are many clinics or hospitals near by me but I wanted to be seen at the Huntsman / U of  U Hospital.  The  medics gave me something that knocked out the pain but we still had to see what was causing it.  

The doctors ordered many tests; heart ekg, ct scans, blood labs, ex-rays etc. etc.  They said my blood showed I had blood clots somewhere in my body.  But the ct scans were out of focus so they decided to keep me overnight and see if the pain was better by morning and then run the ct scan again.  They repeated the ct scan on Monday morning but found zero clots in my lungs

Happily, I can report that the pain was gone by morning.  It was grand and I mean GRAND, case of constipation.  Enema to the rescue!  (seriously) 

I got home on Monday afternoon and decided to take a nap.  

You guys ! = I fell asleep at 6:30 pm after texting my family and neighbors.  I woke up at 3:30 am and had to rush to the potty (I had to do #1).   I had slept nine hours!  What the HECK?  I realized I needed to take my bedtime pills, did so and zonked again until 7 ish am.  I was in my bed sleeping for over 13 hours.  Ya, tired!!!!

So once again a strange event related to dear chemo/ breast cancer!  I felt like I had been at the Huntsman all weekend; there for chemo on  Friday, there for the nuelasts shot on Saturday and then there again on Sunday to be evaluated and on Monday for the victory --- the enema.  

Do you recall the infection I had last week? (fever of 101.1?) Well the antibiotic they prescribed made me nauseated so I took a stronger pill causes binding constipation.  I had been constipated for days but they had to rule out the heart and the lungs first because they are more serious organs.  MY GOSH YOU GUYS,  I have just about had it!!!

I'm ok now,  The yeast infection in my mouth - GI tract is back so that is fun and games again.  Just know that chemo is so difficult and it has so many avenues.  I think I have had enough for a while.   Next one is August 8th and I can NOT wait to get it over with.   Then it's adjacent 21 days are going to be counted down to, let me tell ya ==== VICTORY!!!!!!!








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I need to apologize for my absence on "Fashion item Friday".  I am so pleased that so many of you come so faithfully and work with our Co-Host when I am mysteriously absent.  I want to thank our Co-Host, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka-dots for her strength while I was "no - where man".    I love our little blog hop and that we are getting bigger and better every week.  It keeps me hopping and motivated when chemo dominates my life.  "Fashion item Friday" is my escape from dealing with reality of cancer and crud.   Thank you!