Memorial Day Weekend Recap {2016)

Hello lovelies!

First, I would like to take a moment to show gratitude for those who have dedicated their lives to serve our county.  It is because of their sacrifice that we set aside this day called Memorial Day.


For me, this weekend has been a bit of a mental vacation.  When's the last time you had a sleepover? I traveled to stay two days with one of my grad classmates and her kiddos.  It was such a wonderful time filled with chatting and laughing and doing our schoolwork and laughing and kids.  Oh yeah, and eating!

Bright and early on Saturday morning, I heard a whisper from the door, "Miss Libby, are you awake yet?"  That was the 5 year old boy child.  Later that morning, after breakfast, the girl child was like, "Miss Libby, can you braid my hair?"  So, I set forth to tackle the French braid, which I haven't done in such a long time on long, silkier textured hair.  I passed the braid test, so the day started off well.

My grad friend totally helped me satisfy that need for culture by taking me to an Indian buffet restaurant for lunch on Saturday.  Her kids and I literally inhaled everything on our plates.

Naan bread, Saag paneer, Tikka Masala, rice
We walked to a German bakery, but were too stuffed to purchase anything.  Then we went on post (the kiddos' dad is military) and let them play at the park and lake.  It was super quiet of course because of the Memorial Day weekend, but it was so relaxing.  Later, we stopped to an Asian Market
where I bought a new broom for outdoors.  Apparently it's a staple in any Asian person's home.  The next time I visit an Asian Market, I'll check to see if there is a Filipino broom for indoors.  My friend says they are the best.  I believe the one I bought for outdoors is a Vietnamese version.

Sunday and Monday we were anticipating company, but they canceled due to all the stormy weather we've been having so both days were stay-around-the-house days (after church of course).  I purchased some new herb plants and a couple of pepper plants for myself and four tomato plants of four different varieties for my mom.  She wants to try something new this year - growing a vegetable.  I was thinking of doing a container garden on my deck, but my heart was calling for me to fix my cinderblock raised bed garden area that has been left alone for too long.

After being on the phone with Apple off and on all day Monday, I decided to start my garden clean up process while I waited for the iMovie Library to my external hard drive.  (Believe it or not, my iMovie Library was almost 650 GB and I only had 14 GB of space remaining between iMovie's library and my regular files.  Thankfully that is fixed now.)  Anyhoo, I began removing the cinderblocks and becoming an all-around farm girl.

My goal really is to level the land and rearrange the beds.  Through the sweat and humidity, I managed to sort of finish Phase I of one small portion.  The rain ran me out of there and straight to
my car until it subsided enough to gather my materials.  Although I exercised more than I have in apparently 3 years, I felt great!  To be able to think of something beyond work and books and theory and writing (not blog writing - you know what I mean), it just felt great to do something that tapped into my other interests.  Seriously, Sunday night I dreamed about the shovel I was going to use for my garden beds.  Yep, it's that serious.

This is only 1/4 (maybe) of the space.  So much more to go.
Well, I hope I haven't bored you for too long with this lengthy post.  It's just been a long while and I had a lot to say.  :-)

p.s.  My orange day lilies are just starting to bloom.  Yay!

Until next time,

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 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!