Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week in Photos - 10/21/14

I am blogging from Pompano Beach, Florida this week and then we will be driving down to Key West next week. We arrived last night. It was my first time traveling in awhile and my first without narcotics. I did okay. Did I have pain and numbness? Yup. But, I survived. We packed my wheelchair and I was able to use that for the airport. Our flights were smooth and for that I am thankful. 

Our two bedroom apartment is gorgeous.


The view from our balcony.
We made it down to the jacuzzi & pool today and had the entire thing to ourselves. It was a bit chilly for the pool but we enjoyed the warmth of the jacuzzi for awhile. It is now raining which means reading books & relaxing. 

This past week we went to the library for the first time. I have lived in PA 13 years and finally got myself a library card! I packed 8 books for 10 days. Plus my Nook. 

While we are away, our house is getting a mini makeover. Our front and back porch roofs were sagging quite a bit.


After the ceiling fixes, we have a new roof going on. So exciting! 
 

And one last photo. We found this chair on the side of the road with a "free" sign. I made the hubby stop and pick it up. It weighed about a million pounds. I posted it on the Facebook yard sale site for $25 and it sold immediately. Gotta love free money! 
 

I hope everyone has a healthy week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week in photos (Fall Foliage Edition) - 10/12/14

I didn't take too many photos this week. We were busy but I forgot about the photos. We had friends come over twice, my weekly doctor's appointment and church this morning.

I am blessed to live in a rural part of PA. It is gorgeous in the autumn time. I am trying to forget that we also got our first flurries this week and that a lot more are on the way.








This is the view from the side of our home. How lucky am I???

The incline plane in Johnstown, PA. Sorry for the blurriness. Stupid cell phone camera.
I have only a month to go before I get a new phone.



The back view from our home. 


The hubby and I are taking a trip in a week! It was truly a last minute thing. My hubby's friend has a ton of time share Wyndam minutes. He sells them off for a low price so he can pay down his time share mortgage. We purchased some to stay in Fort Lauderdale for 8 days.  We had enough air miles to book a car and two nights in KEY WEST! I have never been to Key West.

I am pretty excited and pretty nervous. I haven't traveled in quite some time because of the pain. The last time was January and I had a lot of strong pain meds. This time I won't have those and that is where the nervous part comes in. I don't travel well. But, it was such a good deal and we are looking forward to the warmer weather.

We really hope to move to FL eventually. We visit Anna Maria Island every year which is on the gulf side. We have visited the Pensacola area several times. But we haven't really explored the eastern side of FL - the ocean side.

And...someone posted this on Pinterest.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Week in Photos - 10/4/2014

Hi everyone! 

I had a few days this past week where I had more pain than normal. The RSD just seems to be worse some days. But it seems to have calmed back down today and I am so thankful. Just in time to catch my hubby's cold. (Thanks hubby) This is the first time in three years I have had a cold.

I used some of my Young Living essential oils to make cold capsules and I have been taking them twice a day. I am on day 3 of the cold and it is getting better.



A few months ago I was taking many prescription meds. Depression medicine, nerve medicine, sleeping medicine and of course narcotics. My pills nowadays look a bit different! They are all natural supplements. 

This week I also used my essential oils to make lip balms. SO easy to make! 
 

Some of my pain may have been my own fault. I wanted to do something special for the new home owners moving into my father-in-law's home. We finally closed on his house this week. It took three months but it is done! 

Sold!

I put together a Yankee Candle autumn basket and made these cupcakes to match. They were caramel apple with fondant pumpkins. I love working with butter cream fondant. I have missed decorating. 




We had some gorgeous weather this week. It was in the high 70's which is very unusual for the beginning of October. That changed this weekend but I really enjoyed it while it lasted. 



The leaves have started to change. Autumn is my favorite time of year.



Our neighbors were getting rid of a few things including this wagon and light. I made the hubby stop and pick them up. I snapped a photo of each and already the wagon has sold for $15.



We spent yesterday organizing the basement. Well, I mostly sat and the hubby organized. But I am quite good at giving directions. We are officially done with the basement. It has taken about three months but every part of it is organized, labeled and alphabetized. 



And a few ebay sales! I listed just a few items this week.

1. Dragon software, version 13. I purchased this on QVC. QVC was selling two of the same software for $80. I only needed one copy and so I sold the second. It brought $65 which means I paid about $15 for my copy!

2. It Cosmetics foundation brush. I purchased It Cosmetics foundation on QVC for $40 and the purchase included this brush. I already had a foundation brush and didn't need this one. It sold for $23.50. I love selling items like this since it brings the cost of my foundation down.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week in Photos 9/27/14- Photo Overload

Happy Sunday! Today our friends got married. We attended the ceremony where my hubby sang. Then he drove me back home and went back to sing at the reception with his band. 

Lots of rollers! It takes two sets of rollers to cover my head.



I found this Calvin Klein green dress at Goodwill for $4.99 over a year ago. I don't really have black flats and so I broke out the heels. I am still limping and so I just limped in heels instead of flats. I knew I wouldn't be walking far.




The hubby! He has such musical talent and it was a privilege to hear him sing, play guitar and play piano. Even the pastor of the church commented of how well he played. 
 


Here are just a few of the 200+ photos I took of the ceremony. 
 





I have no idea of how this darling little boy was but he was adorable!



So, my Dollar Tree had a ton of these Essie nail strips. I decided to get some. They were not even worth $1. They fell off within an hour of putting them on. Nope. I am sticking with my Jamberry.



Here is my recent Jamberry pedicure. These things stay on for. ever. My last set lasted over 2 weeks and they would have stuck longer but I was tired of the design. Ha. But I am in love with the Rose Gold Sparkle.



I am putting together a "welcome home" basket for the people purchasing my father-in-law's house. It has taken THREE months to close on this house. Hopefully everything will work out and closing will be on Tuesday. 


With my RSD, I get odd coloring on my leg. The coloring doesn't hurt. It isn't really a rash since there are no hives. Sometimes it is in unique designs...
 


And sometimes it is in a big blob area. I had two this morning on my left leg.



In addition to the weekly treatments at my doctor's, I am trying a few other things. One of those included a medical massage. One of my neighbors recommended a masseuse who lives out of state. However, the lady was coming to PA this weekend.

After speaking to her about RSD and my pain, we made an appointment for Saturday. She gave me the address and the hubby drove me the 45 minutes. We realized very quickly that she was at a dog arena. And I am quite allergic to dogs. Oops. She was great about it and moved her table into another room.

I am glad to have tried something different. The massage actually made the pain worse. We aren't sure why. I am hoping it is a thing where it gets worse before it gets better. Not sure. 




Another thing I have been trying is essential oils. This week I made a pain treatment out of coconut oil, Valor, Helichrsym and Frankincense. I really like the smell.


The hubby and I (mostly him though) worked a bit more on our basement. It has been three months since his dad passed away and we moved a TON of stuff into our basement. 


Every bin has a label and is now in alphabetical order. 


 The work out area now has a rug. 

We built this little shelf and it fit in perfectly.


And this is the non-organized area... It will take us another few weeks but we will get there. 

A few projects that will be started this week (hopefully) include: 

1. A new backsplash. My mom had these gorgeous subway tiles which she GAVE us! Aren't they so pretty?!? (Thanks Mom!)

Here is our current backsplash. We had picked up glass mosaic tile from a guy on Craiglist years ago. We had our contractor/friend put it up and we realized it was green. It looked more blue off the wall. Our home is not green. And so we painted it. It will be nice to have a real backsplash.
 


2. A new bathroom floor. This is a full bathroom but it is narrow and only has about 40 square feet of floor. This is the ONLY room in the house which doesn't have new flooring. The blue linoleum was fine in my book. It is still fine honestly but we have our contractor/friend coming and once he leaves it is hard to get him back. 

The hubby found this fun white tile at Home Depot and the cost was about $100. We could probably put them down ourselves if my health was better. Our grout will be pure white as well. We are boring like that.


We try to update the house when we can at a low cost. The new backsplash and new bathroom floor with raise the home value more than we have spent. If we go to sell it, hopefully it will sell faster with those updates.



Soda! Our Mennonite/Amish roofer said he likes Mountain Dew. He will be starting on our roof in October and we wanted to make sure his crew had a lot of choices. 



 I hope everyone has a great week!