I think I’ve written about this before. Inspiration. If so, I guess it bears repeating. So bear with me if it sounds familiar, it’s just me,  Just where does it come from and what  can we do with it?

Good question. Inspiration comes from all kinds of sources.  You can find inspiration for writing in blogs (yeah that’s why I write here) or writing for blogs, stories, tv shows, nature, or life itself.  I need inspiration, sometimes, to cook something new or to start a new project.  I get inspired by watching people do everyday things like shopping, walking the dog, or just chatting to someone.  Chatting to someone about how they do the laundry, or pay the bills, inspires me to do things differently then I normally do them.  Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes.  Just look it’s there somewhere, maybe hiding under a rock, a bridge, or even…gasp…under the bed with the dust bunnies (oh..maybe that’s where all the plot bunnies went too!)

This blog was inspired by a friend who just mentioned the word inspiration…hmmmm…see where it got me? It inspired me to post!  Maybe…just maybe…I’ve inspired something in you?



Sugar and heart risks

Added sugar increases heart risks: study | Reuters

I always wondered about this. All my life I’ve been told too much sugar in your diet can cause diabetes. But now a new study shows that a diet high in sugar can cause heart problems?  Wow! Another good reason to cut sugars out of your diets. A lot of our diet these days is a fast paced, convenient foods. High in sodium, high in fats, high in everything that’s not good for you.  So I’ve been trying really hard to cut out that kind of packaged foods. I spend a lot of time at home now, so I can afford to cook good, nutritious meals with all the foods that Mom used to serve us.  If I was working, I’d probably put on the slow cooker and cook something good too. I still like those convenient foods but as someone keeps telling me, all in moderation.  We tend to overdo.  Just like sugar, it’s good, sweet and did I mention good?  Let’s get back to basics: meat, starch(potatoes, rice, pasta) and vegetables.  We really need to do this, and then we won’t have so many health conditions, I’m sure!  Just my 2 cents…


A legacy lives on

30 years ago today, Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in to the Atlantic Ocean to start his Marathon of Hope. Who knew that today, his run, his dream would still be going. His run for cancer ended sadly in Thunder Bay, Ontario when the cancer that claimed his leg, grew in his lung, and ultimately claimed his life. Every year since then, the legacy grew and the money goes to research to the research for cancer.  His family, who come from Vancouver, are still very active in the marathon. Every September, people from all over Canada and many parts of the world take part in the marathon to raise more money.  What started as awareness with one man with a dream is now a legacy, and a hero to all of us.  Please remember this man, and his dream of 30 years ago.  Terry Fox, you’re dream is still alive, I know you’re smiling down at your legacy. :>)

Hey it’s me!

It’s been a quiet week, nothing too interesting or eventful happened this week.  My hard classes are ending this week, and I have 3 left for this semester.  I’m so enjoying this education stuff, even if it does get frustrating at times.  But if it didn’t challenge me, I’d be bored stiff, I’m sure.  I’m flirting with the idea of opening my own business, but I’m not sure if it’s going to make me the money I want at the moment.  hmmmm…decisions…decisions….I’ve applied for parttime jobs and summer jobs, but I haven’t found anything yet.  So in my extra free time I’ve been writing. I’m writing articles, written a couple of “ficlets” and just trying to get ideas. The volunteering is going well still, slowing down quite a bit, but they like to have me come in and “work” learning new and fun stuff like shredding, answering phones, sticking labels on folders…You know real exciting office work.  But I’m thinking this is where I want to stay, helping people on computers, showing them how to write resumes, etc.  I have always liked people, but in big groups, or even small groups, I get really overwhelmed. I think this is why I don’t do store clerking, or bank tellering (hehehe…I made up a new word!  Gotta love that) so I’ll stick where it’s quiet, and people seem to like what they’re doing. This is what I need.  It’s not quite as overwhelming and I’m gaining the confidence I need!

Well it is Sunday, am wondering what to do on this nice day, maybe write some more, we’ll see.  My eyes are behaving themselves, but still have some pain in my right eye which absolutely drives me nuts.  Nothing can be done except heal the symptoms and hope it goes away on it’s one.  Yeah, that’s fun, never knowing if this will be the last attack or not. I try to keep a stiff upper lip but sometimes it’s hard not to whine and complain. BUT I have to remember there are people worse off than me.  I’m lucky, I still have my sight and I thank God every day for that.  Okay enough whining. Need to smile, and be happy.


A window into the past

This morning a friend posted this on the WD in the valley, and I just had to share.  This is a very unique look into the past, one that has never been seen before. I’m going to share what she wrote about this video and you can see for yourself what an amazing find this is!

San Francisco, 1906

This film was “lost” for many years.  It was the first 35mm film ever.  It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car.
The amount of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. (I’m also wondering … how many “street cleaning” people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!)

This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).. It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing.Amazing but true!

Great historical film worth watching.


Uveitis and Me

Uveitis.  Just what is it anyway, and will it ever go away???  Apparently not, this is my 4th year of dealing with this crap and I’m really getting sick of it.  Uveitis, or iritis is an inflammation of the iris. It’s quite painful, makes your eyes light sensitive, and I don’t mean just a little, I mean a lot.  I’m a sufferer.  And there are lots of us. I’ve researched this condition, and there is no cure for it. It’s a condition that can be caused by an auto immune disease or in my case, they can’t find a cause other than the marker gene, HLA-B27. This gene is a marker for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoid , lupus , scleroderma , Behcet’s disease , anklylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and B-27 disease. I haven’t had any of these, thank goodness, but it’s would be comforting to know why I’m getting these attacks so often.  I don’t mean to whine or complain, but why can’t they find a cure?  All they can do is treat the condition with eye drops, (steroid drops), eye injections (oh doesn’t that sound like fun???) all of which can lead to glaucoma and cataracts.  Is this what my life is going to be like?  I know my ophthalmologist by his first name and all the staff. You know have been going there a lot, when they look at you and say, hi Leona, how are you? as soon as you walk through the door.  Yep.  I think I’m going to figure out a way to raise awareness, to raise money for research, and to get the word out there, that this condition is just as important as anything else. Sight is important!  For more information on this check out this site:


As for me, I’m having a better day, but after the pain I went through this weekend, I am glad.  I just want this episode over and done.  I’m tired, grumpy and just want my life back to the way it was.  Since that can’t be done, I’ll try to smile and carry on. Pick myself up and say..there are worse diseases out there.  Suck it up, girl, you can do it.  :>)


It’s sunday, and not sunny rather foggy and dreary. The last day of the Olympics, I’ll be watching the Gold medal game between the U.S and Canada..GO CANADA GO!  (he he..couldn’t resist)  In my mind, the Olympics have been a great success minus the bad beginning but we seemed to have pulled together to make a record breaking sporting event..no not event..competition! They are great!

I’m going to take minute here and  reflect a bit on our friend, Linda.  I am the kind of person who keeps things inside, who doesn’t like to talk about how I feel unless I write it down. Ask my husband, he’ll tell you, I’m too withdrawn at times for my own good.  Linda knew this, and she had a way of drawing me out and letting me vent anytime. She was special that way. Her love for animals, especially dogs and horses, just spilled over and you can’t help but love them too.  I will always miss her gentle ways, but for now, I will grieve, pull out the wonderful memories and read her replies when I feel low for they always picked me up.  I will not close off the link to her blog, her last happy post will be there for me to smile and know that at least she was appreciated for the love of writing and the West she loved so.

Shannon will be here for a week, it’ll be nice to see her.  She hasn’t been well lately, pregnancy, morning sickness, and just nerves taking its toll on here. I feel the need to take care of her right now. So to have her here will be great. My cat, on the other hand, will not like it because of her cat will be here too. Can anyone say territorial rights?  I have a feeling there will be scrapping, hissing and growling..hehehe. There’s lots of excitement around here this week.  Anyone want to join in the fun?  LOL

This is it for today. Needed to write and write I did.  I am smiling despite the tears that flow, and soon it’ll slow then stop, the tears, not the smile. :>)