A Daily Walk


I’m still committed to this teaching ….. are you?
What ARE your priorities?



This applies to men as well!

Whatever life rules you choose to live by, KNOW who you are.  Remember the saying “know what you believe in or you’ll fall for anything.”  There is so much nonsense going on in the world today on all levels of our lives.  It almost seems inescapable, doesn’t it?

In terms of our relationships ….. know what you believe is and isn’t an acceptable behavior.  Of course if you are already married and one day wake up thinking “who is this person in my bed?” …… well that’s another blog topic.  The point of THIS blog is …… pay attention to nonsense as defined by you and you alone.

On Loneliness


I’ve heard people talk about loneliness a lot lately ….. both men and women ….. statements like “I’m so lonely I can’t stand it” or “I’m so lonely being by myself” or “I’m so lonely without someone to love” and usually followed by tears or sobs.  Of course I have a few thoughts  about that!

First, I know folks and I used to be one ….. who are married and still complain about loneliness  so having a partner or roommate doesn’t necessarily cure the ailment!

Second, I don’t know about you, but at the end of a long workday …… coming home to peace and quiet is a welcomed gift from the craziness and stress of the world we all live in every day.  If your home isn’t your haven, what could be done to make it so ….. declutter?  New paint job? Rearrange things a bit?  Add some candles, pillows, throws?

Third, what thoughts occupy the voids in your mind when you are home alone?  Do you focus on your blessings or on your mistakes and/or misfortunes?  Do you consider solutions or do you prefer staying stuck in your own muck?

Fourth, what about hobbies and/or interests?  Go for a walk in your neighborhood and say hello to your neighbors …… maybe even make a new friend.  Do something for exercise.  Get a second job if you have too much free time on your hands.  Volunteer to help an organization that serves the elderly or needy.  Try a new recipe and invite a friend over for dinner.  Read a book or take up a new language or open your Bible.  Teach yourself to meditate.  I know you could help me think of more, ideas, right?

Fifth, opening your heart to a four-legged friend could be the best decision of your life if you go about it with the idea that it’s a forever commitment.  I’ll say it again ….. only if you’ll be the animal’s forever home!

Finally …… remember you are not alone.  As long as you are out and about every day you are always surrounded by other people.  To what extent you engage is your decision.  Don’t compare yourself to others because most people have something going on in their lives they wish wasn’t going on ….. know what I mean?  So turn your loneliness into productive time for yourself in this journey you are walking.  Being a one man/woman show usually doesn’t last forever.


Just Because!



I’ve always been a queen of just-because statements, and these are good ones too!  How about this one from Joel Osteen this morning:  “Just because our body ages doesn’t mean our thoughts and attitudes have to.”

So ….. Are you withering away as the years go by OR how do you keep yourself young at heart?

Facts vs. Emotions



As long as we have people in our lives in any capacity (and who doesn’t), drama and conflict are inevitable.  When we face relationship adversity, I can’t help but wonder if life could be so much more simple and happier if we merely remember “just stick to the facts and not to the emotions.”

How might you imagine the outcomes of any stressors in your relationships might be different if you did?

Life After Simvastatin


This is the final entry on my story about Simvastatin (part 11).


Day 1:  A couple of hours into the day I noticed I had less leg pain and thought “This is a remarkable difference in pain level.”

Day 2:  Half way through the day I noticed even less leg pain and thought “This is a significant improvement.”

Day 3:  A minimally painful day … more than yesterday but not as much as usual.

Day 4:  WOW!  Am I almost walking normally vs. my usual-of-late waddle/hobble/limp?  But wait … this new hip pain … maybe I need to lower my shoe lift and I did (from 10 mm to 8).

Day 5:  I can’t believe this … just an ache.  I’ll take a couple of Advil instead of 8.  Think I’ll try a good walk with the dog, and I did.

Day 6:  New hip pain when I walked the dog, and it hurt so much I had to stop and lower the lower lift from 8mm to 6.  Voila … pain gone!

Day 7:  Am I starting to sleep better?  I think I actually fell asleep promptly without dizziness and though I awoke mid-night … I did fall back to sleep rather quickly.  Minimal leg pain today.  Somebody at work told me I looked pretty today.  I thought “Gee … makeup and hair the same.  Wonder why today?”

Day 8:  Feeling like I can walk again, and so I head out with the dog.  OOPS!  Short leg is too high again and I lowered the lift to 3 mm.  Am I noticing greater clarity and brightness in my vision today?

Day 9:  Went to a happy hour with ladies I haven’t seen in a while.  They told me I looked “glowing” and my eyes appeared clear.  They asked if I had a new man in my life and of course I chuckled at that one!  I am walking soooo much better without pain although I still have to manually lift my leg to cross it.

Day 10:  Feeling some pain today which was resolved with a couple of Advil.  I also decided to try reducing the shoe lift again to not using one to see if that might help as well.

Day 11:  WOW!  Just an ache on the side of my thigh … praise God because I think He has put me on the track of restoring my health and wellness!

Day 12:  TODAY!  I am sleeping better and feeling better when I get out of bed in the morning.  My wobbling at that time takes only a few steps to resolve.  NO MORE KNIFE-LIKE STABBING PAINS IN MY THIGH, and I am walking normally without shoe lifts (glad I didn’t toss my flip-flops prematurely).  I can cross my left leg slowly with focused intent with some tightness and ache but definitely without pain.  My blood pressure numbers are good and my morning fasting glucose numbers have dropped 20-30 points.  I haven’t had a dizzy or drowsy spell nor a leg cramp since off Simvastatin.  Naturally my mood has improved, and I am looking forward to starting other projects I have been thinking and talking about for a couple of years.  All this is just 12 days!  God is good, and I thank Him for the dizzy spells that took me to the cardiologist who let a light bulb go off in his head to help me.  I’m continuing to hope and pray that I am one of the lucky ones who will not suffer with Simvastatin side effects for the rest of my life.  Thanks to my friends who have prayed for me because now I think I’m off that “long black train”!


There is no doubt Simvastatin and all statins (according to the research) saves lives.  There is also no doubt that the side effects can cause death (according to the research) for some people.  Don’t just believe me.  Do your own research.  Take charge of your own health.  Doctors are great and to be respected; however, they are also human and therefore imperfect.  I’m probably going to fire the first 4 physicians I consulted during these past couple of years about my leg pain.  I’m also going to research supplements to help me maintain my own health issues without resorting to statins in the future.  So far I am learning a lot from mercola.com and drsinatra.com … both renown physicians in the field of health and wellness.  Any suggestions from readers of this blog are welcomed!


This is my story, and I’m sticking to it!  HA HA!  As for YOU … never make decisions to change or stop your medications without first consulting your physician.


I wish you all health and wellness in your lives, and remember to share what I’ve posted with others you know who have a decision to make about cholesterol medications called “statins”.





A Cholesterol Drug Called Simvastatin (Start Here)



Call your doctor at once about maybe stopping Simvastatin if you have:

“unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness; confusion, memory problems; fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine; pain or burning when you urinate; swelling, weight gain, little or no urinating; increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss; or nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

headache; joint pain, mild muscle pain; constipation, stomach pain or indigestion, mild nausea; mild skin rash; sleep problems (insomnia); or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.”

From emedicinehealth.com

You will find this information on MANY medical sites just by googling “side effects of Simvastatin”.  Wish I had done it sooner.

My story will follow SOON!


Storms In Our LIves



No matter how stormy the clouds (in our lives) may be …

they don’t hover forever!





How ‘can my weight be up 2 lbs. in just a few days?  I mean GEEZ … Turkey and/or beef sandwiches on gluten-free bread and salads all week … Oh wait … Could it be the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark cheesecake … NO because I made it last 4 days … UGH!  Do you think I’m fooling myself?  Can you relate?



Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I luv ya’ll so much I’m gifting you with a fave dessert recipe … In case you LUV pumpkin anything as much as I do and yet might also be tired of traditional pie by now … LOL. Enjoy your traditions on this glorious family day.







Silence Is OK



My internet and cable connections are OUT again tonight … UGH! Initially I actually thought about those parties I was invited to, and then decided to find out how I will survive without Charter. Well guess what? I’m LUVing just hearing the sounds of wind and my cat purring/snoring next to me and I have actually started reading a book! I’m ok with myself … Are you?




May 30

Sometimes the task before us is so huge it feels overwhelming … We’ve all been there about something in our lives. Don’t let that sense of “overwhelmed” turn into fear and thus cripple you …