What Does the Future Hold?

About 99% 100% of the time I have no idea what's going on in my life.  Well, even when I think I know, I realize the truth is, I still am not sure.  I know God has a plan for me.  I believe that even when things don't seem to connect, it's highly probable that they actually connect even if it's somewhere down the line.  I'm hopeful that my dots will connect one day in a way that I can understand...even just a little bit.

I've been staying with my mom for a while and one day I came home from work and discovered that she had left a book for me on the bed.  A $0.50 thrift store find.  What does it mean?  Maybe nothing, but then again...it could be the start of something beautiful.  :-)

Happy Friday,

The Battle of "Los Dientes"

It's no secret.  I have soft teeth.  So, what does this mean?  I don't know the medical description, but I can only tell you what my personal experiences have been - no matter how diligent I am with my teeth, I always get cavities or need some continual dental work.  Having had braces has added to the attack on my teeth because the molars that had the bands on them have not lasted.  So many fillings in the same teeth lead to root canals.  Failed root canals lead to extractions.  So goes my dental life.

Last year I lost a tooth and therefore had it extracted.  Fast forward to the present, by not choosing a partial replacement, a bridge, or an implant, the bone and gum caved in there and made the area not a candidate for an implant (after being advised by the endodontist after my last trip there to check on another tooth - ack!).  Then, I mentioned to the dentist a slight pain I was having off and on, only to have the x-rays reveal that yet another tooth (get this, that same molar on the opposite side of my mouth) that it was going to need to be extracted.  The root canal got skipped on this one because of having short roots.  Apparently having short roots means that a root canal is futile.

All of this just means a trip to an oral surgeon.  Someone to tackle just about all of the fixing up of my mouth.  I'll skip all the aches and pains along the way and get straight to the day I finally got some relief - April 28th!

On April 28th, I had oral surgery.  On one side, I had a tooth extracted and an implant installed.  On the opposite side, I had to get bone grafting to give the gums and bone a chance to regenerate so that in 3 months I can go back and have an implant installed there.

I was out of work for a couple of days, stayed in the bed for a few days after that, and tried to wrap up my semester in the process.  I'm feeling a lot better than I have in the past month or so but to survive, I ended up having to ask for an incomplete in one of my courses.  So here I am, desperately trying to finish up last week's work.

I can eat but it's awkward being that I'm missing a very important molar - times 2.  Ice cream, yogurt, and cinnamon applesauce have been my friends.  Yesterday I managed a couple of slices of pizza (I'd been dreaming about it for too long), but I'll be sure to follow up with a salt water rinse.  Hopefully at my follow up everything will be right on track.  A friend joked me that if a potential beau finds me that I should at least have as many teeth as possible (even though it will cost an arm and a leg).  lol

So that's it, my friends, for now.  If you know of any great natural remedies or treatments for soft teeth, please tell because all my coins are going to the dentist.  :-)

Happy Tuesday!

Fresh Juice, Eco-Friendly All Purpose Cleaner, & More Eco-Friendly Ideas {For Less than $4}

Aldi's is one of my favorite stores.  I've have enjoyed buying produce there for quite some time, and as the times goes by, the store gets better and better.  Recently they had pineapples on sale for $0.99 and a bag of navel oranges for $2.49.  I had nothing in particular in mind, but I purchased them both.

Fast forward to most recently, I decided to blend my own juice.  I have an BLACK+DECKER Citrus Juicer and I used that to juice 3 of the navel oranges.  Then I used my Pampered Chef Pineapple Wedger Corer to remove the fruit from the core and the prickly skin.  With the help of my Nutribullet (since my regular blender has decided to give up the ghost), I blended the navel orange juice with the pineapple and created a super tasty juice.  Then I poured it all into a half gallon Mason Jar.

As the juice settles, it will become thick from the pineapple pulp.  I just drank it with a wide straw because I typically don't like pulp.  The next day, I juiced the remaining 3 navel oranges and added that to the juice to thin it out.  Just delicious!

View the short video below to see the making of the juice and other eco-friendly ideas for the fruit remains.  Truly a no-waste product.

Happy Juicing,