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Vitamins 101: Take Two

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Though waves and storms go o'er my head,
    Though strength and health and friends be gone,
  Though joys be withered all, and dead,
    Though every comfort be withdrawn,
  On this my steadfast soul relies,--
    Father! Thy mercy never dies.

Today, I want to talk about how I chose the vitamins that I did. Well, very simply, I assessed what my body needed the most. I knew I had issues with my joints, bones and that my immune system was weakened from all the treatment. I started small and simple, as I began this journey, I kept adding on more vitamins.

Take Magnesium, it is one of the last ones we bought, about a month ago. Yet, this one has done wonders for me. I am giving credit to this vitamin for the great improvement in my mobility in regards to my legs. I still ache and creak, but it is manageable. It is also very inexpensive, selling around 9.99 at Costco. 

Just Share It; Anne Graham Lotz

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                            everyday is a journey.

When to the sessions of sweet, 
solemn thought
summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.
But if the while I think on thee, 
dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end. --William Shakespeare.

I know I have been sharing quite a few of these lately, but I could not miss the opportunity when it came to cancer. We are here or we should, encourage each other daily, especially if we have lived through cancer. So fellow cancer survivors, let's be there mentally and with prayer for Anne Graham Lotz as she goes through her journey with cancer. Everyone has their own story and path to experience. Just remember, the way you went in will not be the way you come out.

What Cancer Can Do
By: Anne Graham Lotz
I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener…Every branch that does bear fruit …

Vitamins 101 Take One

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                                  everyday is a journey.

All my life I still have found,
    And I will forget it never;
  Every sorrow hath its bound,
    And no cross endures forever.
  All things else have but their day,
  God's love only lasts for aye.

Vitamins are not something that we have been taking for years and years. It is something fairly new to us. It seems that the last bout with cancer has left me feeling very fatigued and I tried to figure out how to gain back my energy levels. Also, this past Winter, I've experienced the Winter Blues for probably the first time. I really had a hard time adjusting to the lack of Sun.

Now, we are Costco people here. For us, to buy bulk really works financially. They also have a huge selection of vitamins at a very economical price. We don't select our vitamins bas…

Just Share It: Grandma's Apron

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.                             

Sail fast, sail fast,
Ark of my hopes,
Ark of my dreams;
Sweep lordly o'er the drowned Past,
Fly glittering through the sun's strange beams;
Sail fast, sail fast.
Breath of new buds from off some drying lea,
With news about the Future scent the sea;
My brain is beating like the heart of Haste.
I'll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
Go, trembling song,And stay not long; 
O, stay not long;
Thou art only a gray and sober dove,
But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love. --Sidney Lanier.

I came across the following poem by mistake one day. When  I read it, I couldn't help but think of my own grandma. We all have great memories of our grandparents or at least, we should. The apron brought on another memory for me of my granddaughter Hannah. We bought this apron for her by chance one day as we were shopping. Just came across it and thought it was so cute, …

Another Good Day

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

Thy calmness bends serene above
    My restlessness to still;
  Around me flows Thy quickening life,
    To nerve my faltering will;
  Thy presence fills my solitude;
  Thy providence turns all to good.

It's been a very interesting, but confusing week here for us. Many things have begun to move forward for my little family almost at once. Here nothing happened for months and months, then suddenly here we are. I'm attributing all of it to my decision on a very important matter in my own life. 

Sometimes, I believe we have to take stock of where we are and what we need to take care of or we cannot go any further on our journey. All of us like to postpone the ugly or unpleasant matters voicing all sorts of excuses. Eventually, God stops us where we are and we are almost forced to confront the things we have been avoiding for years. I believe this has happened to me, …

Apartment Life

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Wherever in the world I am,
    In whatsoe'er estate,
  I have a fellowship with hearts,
    To keep and cultivate,
  And a work of lowly love to do
    For the Lord on whom I wait.

Having lived in an apartment setting now for almost eight years, I have noticed that people sure move a lot in life. Our parents and grandparents basically stayed in the same house they bought or maybe moved once or twice. Nowadays, nothing could be further from the truth. People are moving constantly, especially the ones living in an apartment.

I've been in homes for majority of my life. It wasn't until 2011 that we moved into an apartment. For the most part, it has been very satisfying. We no longer have to worry about cutting the grass or shoveling the sidewalk. Who would miss that? 

As the years went on, our opinions have slowly changed. I mean slowly, because as we experien…

It All Began

Everyday is a brand new day,                                                           everyday is a journey.

To heaven I lift my waiting eyes; There all my hopes are laid; The Lord that built the earth and skies Is my perpetual aid. I. WATTS .
It all began when the Company I work for was sold once again. We knew nothing about it and they gave us absolutely no warning that they were even considering it. In fact, the new owners have visited our facility many times, but we were told they were thinking of becoming our clients, not buying us. 

Why would that bother me?

Well, you see, it interferes with my five year plan. According to the Company policy, I could retire under the old rule of 85 points and that means at the age of 57 1/2 years of age. I'm fifty-three right now and that's where my five year plan came into action. 

All my dreams just went out the window. Somehow, I have to come to terms with that and it won't be easy…

Just Another Season

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                     everyday is a journey.

They who on the Lord rely,
Safely dwell though danger's nigh;
Lo! His sheltering wings are spread
O'er each faithful servant's head.
When they wake, or when they sleep,
Angel guards their vigils keep;
Death and danger may be near,
Faith and love have nought to fear.

Another day, another dollar, another errand, another hurdle. Tomorrow we will get up and do it all again. That's how it has been these past few weeks. One step at a time, one hurdle after another. We get through it all, one breath at a time. At the end of the day, we exhale a deep sigh of relief. We made it through.

There are Seasons just like that and the good news is that it's all temporary. It will pass and a new Season will replace the old one. We just have to make it through the rough patches. They are not ea…

An Apology

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Say not, 'Twas all in vain,
    The anguish and the darkness and the strife;
  Love thrown upon the waters comes again
    In quenchless yearnings for a nobler life.

The other day, I was on my blog writing a post when I came across a comment from someone who apparently has been following me since last year. This individual has left many comments that I never responded to and quite honestly, wasn't aware they were made. I felt horrible that this person was writing such beautiful and kind words about my blog. Where was I? 

First, I want to apologize to anyone who has been following me and I haven't responded to the way I should have. I'm sorry. There really is no excuse for bad behavior. 

Secondly, I wondered how I could have missed something like this. I mean, we should be getting alerts whenever  comments are made. Then I remembered that I haven…

Clothes Shopping

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Though heralded with nought of fear,
    Or outward sign or show:
  Though only to the inward ear
    It whispers soft and low;
  Though dropping, as the manna fell,
    Unseen, yet from above,
  Noiseless as dew-fall, heed it well,--
    Thy Father's call of love.

There is nothing more depressing, more stressful than clothes shopping. Emily and I headed out one Sunday after Church for what we thought would be a quick shopping spree. In and out like a bandit. Yeah, right, in what world?

After spending the morning searching through the racks for the appropriate items, we ended up being exhausted, hungry and totally discouraged. One can try on all the outfits, some end up being too tight, too small, too short, droopy, etc. You name it, we experienced it. It's really depressing for a woman's self confidence! 

Just take these three way mirrors that do nothing for o…

Just Share It; Robert Service

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                  everyday is a journey.

He that of such a height hath built his mind,
And reared the dwelling of his thoughts so strong,
As neither fear nor hope can shake the frame
Of his resolved powers; nor all the wind
Of vanity or malice pierce to wrong
His settled peace, or to disturb the same:
What a fair seat hath he, from whence he may
The boundless wastes and wilds of man survey?
--Samuel Daniel.

I cannot help, but feel a certain camaraderie with the following poem. Even though it is speaking of a nomad, a wanderer, I have also felt like I didn't fit in this world. The one place where I feel this the most happens to be my workplace. One could be in a room surrounded by throngs of people and still feel alone. That's me at work. 

Being different is not something new to me. When I was growing up, I was the foreigner, the greenhorn from anoth…

An Important Week

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

None the place ordained refuseth,
    They are one, and they are all,
  Living stones, the Builder chooseth
    For the courses of His wall.

This has been a very important week for both of us. First, Emily has begun training in a new department. I'm totally thrilled! Sometimes, just being moved elsewhere can make a huge change in your career. I'm very happy about this move and hope this turns into a prosperous one for her in more ways than just the financial. 

The new owners of my Company have been here all week. The CEO, the IT, Marketing and the Quality team have been visible on a daily basis as new changes are implicated. Old furniture and just about everything Avon is being removed slowly, but surely. My reaction has been surprising to me. I thought it would be very emotional since I have been there 23 years. I still believe it will be, especially when the s…

Things We've Learned

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                           everyday is a journey.

When the lamp is shattered
The light in the dust lies dead--
When the cloud is scattered
The rainbow's glory is shed.
When the lute is broken
Sweet tones are remembered not;
When the lips have spoken
Loved accents are soon forgot. --Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Whoever said that knowledge is power, knew what they were talking about. We may have stayed put in one spot all year, but we sure have learned a lot during this time. Maybe that was the whole point?

We have learned about our bodies and what it takes to keep them healthy and strong. Each of us needs something different for our body to work properly. Each of our bodies is lacking in something, some vitamin deficiency we need more of than normal. All of it, of course, involves research and experimentation. 

Both Emily and I are on a road of natural, organic and stress free life…

A 4 Day Weekend Pt.4

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Loved the wild rose, and left it on the stalk?
At rich men's tables eaten bread and pulse?
Unarmed faced danger with a heart of trust?
And loved so well a high behavior,
In man or maid, that thou from speech refrained,
Nobility more noble to repay?
O, be my friend and teach me to be thine! --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, my final day arrived. It's been raining on and off the entire weekend and even though the temperatures have been low, the humidity extremely high. Thank goodness for air conditioning. We both arose very early. Emily gets up around 5:45 a.m. just to take a shower. Living in a multi family apartment building and especially when almost everyone works days, showering can be a hassle. One can hear the plumbing working overtime in the mornings. 

Today was to be a day of pure leisure for both of us. It's not often that we are off toget…