Walk For PKD Soon Approaches!

Afternoon everyone, how has your Monday been?

I have been busy with errands, decorating my new coffee bar, and searching for writing jobs but before I did all that, I made my donation to the PKD foundation and I hope you find it in your hearts to do the same.

The Walk for PKD is coming up on the 21st of this month and 100% of each donation funds life-saving PKD research. Find a local walk or donate to help my team at walkforpkd.org.

Last year your support made it possible to fund $2.5 million for research, advance projects involving 5+ potential PKD treatments now in clinical trials, and walk the road with thousands of patients and families in 60 local U.S. Chapters.

I made my donation in honor of my mother, who passed away in 2014 from complications of the disease after 18+ years on dialysis. She was a trooper and followed all of the rules, yet still succumbed to the disease. Some of you may know that I found it in myself when I went to be tested to give her a kidney, which is just one reason why I am such an advocate for fundraising today.

PKD is a fatal disease of the kidneys, short for polycystic kidney disease and affects 600,000 people in the US annually.  Close to half the people diagnosed with PKD will end up with end stage renal disease or will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.  It can affect anyone but research shows females inherit it more than males and Caucasians inherit it more than African-Americans. Also, if you inherit the disease, your child has a fifty percent chance of having it, so they need to be tested at some point as well. Just make sure they have insurance first!

The hope is that once they figure out how the cysts in the kidney form and experiment with drugs that can inhibit or block that formation,  that a cure will be found. Please get yourself tested if this disease runs in your family will you? The sooner you know, the sooner the doctors can monitor your progress, like they do mine.  Thankfully all I have is too many cysts to count,  yet they aren’t so big they interfere with kidney function.

This is what the donation page looks like

To donate in my name, go to support.pdkcure.org and search for my name. I am only $200 away from my goal, so if every one of my generous readers/followers only donated $5…well, you get the picture. I know there are many causes that need our attention this year, it has been a frightful year with all of the natural disasters that have taken place on top of the many people struggling with these and other diseases. Donate where your heart tells you and really, I do understand. Thanks in advance if you choose to donate to PKD. You can also donate in memorial of someone you knew that passed away or someone that is currently struggling with the disease.


Tomorrow I will have the MRI of my neck (on an unrelated issue) and I will keep y’all posted on that outcome as well. I’m hoping I can put the surgery off until after the holidays, but we do what we have to do right? Just keep me in your prayers and I will appreciate it. Y’all have a wonderful night, enjoy the cooler weather (if you have it) and I will see you next time on the patio! 


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Banner Days and Fall Ways

Yesterday was a banner day as the dogs BOTH used the doggy door and ended up in the pool room together. Let me explain. I have been using this week to not only work my butt off on my freelance goals but to train my dogs to use the new doggy door my husband installed. Which means they have to unlearn where they used to go out and learn to go through the game room/pool room/man cave. Luckily, the doors can be closed so what I do is put them outside (through the doggy door) and then after putting their water and food and a snack in the room, I shut the doors and go on about my work. Well, Wednesday, Whiskey finally “got” it and came in by herself with no coaxing. Not Brandy though. 😦

It’s tough going but they will eventually get it together. I think my youngest is on to something when he says they know how to do it, they just want our attention. They want us to get up and show them where to go, which is what I was trying to avoid, that and getting up and down at night letting them out to go potty!

Wednesday was also a good day with Dad. We ate lunch and I took him to the bank. When we got home, instead of heading straight to the pool table, we went out front and picked two bags of pecans. It seems like all it took was one cool night and they started falling. Now I have pecans to use and/or share with more on the way. His entire front yard is covered in pecan trees!

Dad picking pecans

After a while of picking, you know the good ones from the bad just by the weight of them in your hand. The squirrels and bugs have had a go at them so many of them are bad. And when they still have “jackets” on, they are usually bad.

One bad pecan

Pecans on the ground

I love picking pecans because it takes me back to my childhood when we picked them from my grandparent’s orchard every Thanksgiving at the family reunions. All of us cousins in a friendly competition to see who could please Grandmother by picking the most. Oh, and there was the dime a bucket she gave us also.

I’ve been so busy around the house and office I have not taken the time to decorate the mantel, I really need to change it up for Halloween/fall. I thought maybe I might do the front yard this year also…we will see. (I get tight with my money this time of year, birthday week is coming up, then Christmas arrrggghhhh!) I’m never ready.

I felt so productive yesterday but not in the area of writing. I got lots of other things done. Of course yesterday I could rattle them all of and it was a list as long as my arm, today I remember one thing, I made my oatmeal “muffins” that aren’t muffins at all. They are individual servings of oatmeal, frozen and ready to pop in a bowl, heat up and eat.

They turned out pretty, no? It’s because I used the silicone cupcake liners like I use when I make egg cups. Seriously, they make everything so easy, they just pop right out! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze! Work smarter not harder right?!

I also attended a webinar by Dr Axe. It was good, but I’d heard most of it at the seminar I recently attended. Anyway, the bottom line was, he wanted to sell me on becoming an essential oils coach. I can’t afford that school right now and honestly, I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. I need to concentrate on one thing at a time here and my plate is already pretty full.

Later, I got hungry and had this, my favorite lunch: half a granny smith apple, with cashew butter (my newest love) and some sweet potato chips. Yum!

My favorite snack/lunch

That’s a little over a teaspoon, so creamy and delicious. Not much sugar either, two TBS have 3 grams and I barely had a teaspoon. Not crazy about the fact that it’s made with safflower and palm oils, but I’m not gonna stress about it either. It also has 4 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs. Plus, it’s a healthy fat. I believe this is pretty healthy eating on a basic level. (not a hamburger right?) So, today maybe I’ll have a smoothy made with the bone broth protein I bought from Ancient Nutrition and feel even better about myself, lol!

Sorry I have not been doing the flash fiction Friday thing, hopefully I get back in the groove soon. Have a great weekend everyone!



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Ever Had a Plantain/Pumpkin Waffle? They’re Delicious!

Okay, first off I want to say that while I’m working from home again, don’t get used to me blogging every day…I just had something interesting to say two days in a row. 🙂

While many of you have probably seen my previous post on this plantain/sweet potato waffle I did in the past, this morning’s experiment may have produced something delicious, yet potentially toxic. Let me explain.

The recipe is one I adapted from Paleohacks from one of their 7 Divine Sweet Potato Recipes. However, I had no sweet potatoes cooked, I was hungry, so I subbed some pumpkin puree. Thing is, it had been in the fridge for a while, in a sealed container, I should be ok, right?!

The next thing I did was use a plantain that was not ripened much, meaning it was so hard, for a sec I thought it was frozen!! So there might have been a few un-mixed pieces of it floating around in the batter. Still, I’ll be ok, right?!

Plantain/pumpkin waffle with 100% maple syrup and a slice of bacon

Guess what? I ate it and it was delicious! Warm and slightly sweet with a pat of Kerrygold grass-fed butter…Yum!

I’ll let you know tomorrow if I didn’t die from my creation, lol!

Are you game to try it? Let me know in the comments.


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