30 November 2011

Working out.

This week I began working out with a personal trainer - he is my husband. I just finished my Wednesday night workout and I'm tired!

28 November 2011

God speaking

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24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the one day of the year when most people concentrate on the food that is piled on their table in stead of the real reason we celebrate "Thanksgiving": to realize how much we have to be thankful for. Besides the normal stuff like a job, a house, your family, your friends,  there are so many little things that happen that often we don't see or realize. Here are a few things that I have noticed in my life: my jeweler sometimes fixes pieces for free, go to get a soda from a machine and there was the money in the change return, a friend gets me to pet sit as much as possible so I can save some money for a trip I would like to take, I can see and talk to my son in Paris through Skype, my younger son lives nearby and gives me massages from time to time, seeing a beautiful sunset like the one I saw last night - it was glorious pink and orange and the river water was purple, being able to "pencil painting" pictures, enjoying each season for its value, having perfume to wear, having hair - lost mine to chemo in the spring and it is growing back! There are so many blessings all around us we just need to look, enjoy, and be thankful.

God bless each one of you and have a thankful day!

19 November 2011

A new work in progress! Now finished!

The other day I was feeling beneath the clouds and wanted a hug so I began  a picture that I then decided to share the picture as a work in progress. Hope you enjoy!

#1 Sketch of picture - took 3 days

#2 Outlined picture - took less than 2 hours

#3 Starting to add color to me and the angel. Love the halo!

#4 Working on wing power!

#5 The Picture is finished!

17 November 2011

1 year honest Survivor thoughts.

It has been over a year since I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and went through the cancer dance of surgery, chemo, and radiation. I think I have done well concerning my attitude and outlook on life since then. But I have noticed the further away from that first day of actually knowing I had cancer things changed. The thought of “cancer” never goes away. I do my best to think only positive thoughts but it is hard to do the latter because cancer is a shadow that sits on my shoulder and whispers softly into my ear ” Cancer. I’m nearby.” Once you have had cancer, you can’t get away from it’s whisper and it is blasted all over TV, the Internet, and even the Radio. It is like having an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other only the devil is the letter “C.” It doesn’t have to say a thing for me to know that it is there but it does like to whisper in my ear when I am feeling happy or self confident and pour a little seed of fear into me. It makes me sad, I begin to get anxious, stress out a little, sometimes get angry, and get real irritated because the voice never goes away.


I know that my cancer grew from feeding off of Estrogen and Progesterone and so I have begun to research what foods (like Soy byproducts) that cause hormones to grow, have begun to eat a vegetarian diet, look for recipes, and exercise whenever I am not hurt. (I am a fighter and impatient so often I over do my exercising or my body is so tight that I twist, strain, or pull a muscle, not to mention fracturing a bone in my foot, yanking a chip of bone off my ankle, or strain my back.)
Cancer is like an alien baby that won’t grow up and go away, it is there for the rest of my life, and I have to carry it around with me always.


18 Nov 2011

Last night my husband read this and said  "You don't have an angel on the other shoulder, you have another C - Christ and He died so you may be healed."  I like that!

15 November 2011

No Soy recipes

I was told by my Dr that I can't eat anything soy because the cancer I had thrives off of hormones and soy causes hormones to be produced. So now I am in search of no soy recipes. Researching how to have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner now!

When shopping always check the ingredients of everything because soy products are in a ton of stuff! I was shocked! Even Veggie Burgers has soy in it!

Quick Pizza Sauce

Vegetarian Times Issue: October 1, 2009   p.60
To avoid possible exposure to gluten from prepared tomato sauces, whip up this easy version that can be made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Ingredient List

Makes 1 cup (enough for 1 12-inch pizza)
  • 1 6-oz. can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. finely minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. red wine or red wine vinegar


Combine tomato paste, onion, garlic, oregano, oil, and wine in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (1/8 cup): Calories: 31, Protein: 1g, Total fat: 2g, Saturated fat: <1g, Carbs: 5g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 21mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 3g

Then we took a whole wheat ready to cook pizza dough, let it sit for 20 minutes.

Spray pizza pan with extra virgin oil spray, sprinkle brown rice flour over the pan, knead the dough and spread it out.

Put pizza sauce on it the start adding whatever you want on it (non meat products:
baby spinach salad leaves
cherry tomatoes
sweet corn
soy cheese
pine nuts
white beans
black eyed peas
black olives
and more

Cook for 15 - 20 minutes.

Wow, was it great!!!!!!!

Stacked Enchiladas

[Normally I used Taco Sauce (mild) but I didn't have any in the house to check the ingredients so I improvised]

~9x12 inch pan
~ Aluminium foil
~Light Ragu sauce (No sugar added, Tomato and Basil - has no soy)
~defrosted mixed veggies (I use a lot to make it look like meat sauce)
~Whole wheat burrito shells
~Low Fat cheese ( 8 oz)
~Cumin to taste
~Minced Garlic to taste
~Add any other spices you want

~Heat oven to 350 degrees F and place a long cookie pan on bottom shelf in case of boil over.
~Mix sauce, spices, garlic, and veggies in a frying pan. Cook on medium low heat and stir occasionally to keep from burning.
~Add a layer of sauce to the 9x12 pan.
~Add shells to cover sauce.
~Sprinkle a half of bag of the cheese over shells.
~Repeat two more times, make sure the sauce is on top. If you don't think there is enough sauce left then add a small can of tomato sauce to what is left and stir it up. Sometimes I just add some water.
~Cover pan with aluminium foil.
~Cook for 25 minutes.
~Take foil off of pan and let sit for 10 - 15 minutes so it can thicken and cool.

This is soooo good! ( I am making this for dinner tonight, in fact it just finished cooking and the house smells wonderful!)

If anyone wants to add no soy recipes here it would be greatly appreciated!

Hair Update

I have not cut my hair once since my hair started growing in after I finished Chemo back in the late Winter early Spring... take a look:

07 November 2011

Faeriecon 2011

Just got back from Faeriecon 2011, I have to let my impish side go out and play sometimes. I had a great time people, er, faerie watching - gosh I can't believe some of the costumes I saw! Totally elaborate! Anyhow, here are some of the pictures I took:

This is me with my 'Lil' sis Linda Biggs.
We are identical twins only I was born 5 years before her! LOL

This was some crazy faerie that visited my room.

These three ladies and I kept bumping into each other and we couldn't remember each others names!

 And now some of my other friends:

This faeries parasal reminded me of the jelly fish I once swam with by accident...

Wish they had glowed like that before I took that swim!

No Flash

With Flash 
This dude was 6 foot 6 inches without the boots!

I found these dudes serenading in the corner of a hallway...

Sweet little faerie

Bad Faerie

I love the way she glows when I  used the flash on my camera!

And now "Melissa Mermaid!"

02 November 2011

November already

Remember when we were kids and time seemed to go so slow and we became very impatient when there were things we wanted to do - especially when we were teenagers? Ach! Well, now I am finding that time has turned the speed on the Merry-go-round to fast and time is just a blurr. Makes me dizzy when it does that because I sometimes can't keep up.

Take for instance right now, I am going on a trip to Faeriecon in Maryland (by myself - it is one of those exercises of sorta facing a fear which is taking a trip alone, the last time I did this I was driving through the mountains in Pennsylvania going towards UpState NY and suddenly driving up a mountain side the accelerator broke. Eventually someone stopped and jerryrigged it for me. Then about a half hour later my car overheated! so the rest of the trip i had to keep stopping and adding water to the radiator Now that was definitely a "Face your fears" trip!) Anyways, little by little I have been creating costumes for the Balls, I've decided not to dress up during the day. Things have been inching forward and my emotions have been been all over the map. I know I have to go because I payed for the trip out of "my own Bucket List money" - can't waste one penny!

So tomorrow I will be heading out on my adventure to Baltimore. I am hoping to enjoy this Faeriecon better than I did last year because last year I had the diagnosis of Breast Cancer hanging over my head and everything I did was in a fog. This year I am a Survivor so hopefully I will be able to concentrate, relax, and enjoy the faerie dust! 

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