RA, Fibro, & CFS! OH MY!

I finally woke up feeling half way decent today. Not as much pain as yesterday and my head is clearer. Let’s see how long this one holds. I might get some cleaning done today… or not. 🙂

RA and Fibro are the strangest animals (especially when combined with CFS).


Fibro Pain 2

Imagine waking up one day and you have the flu. You are achy, tired, feverish, sick, headaches, etc. Then, a few days later you wake up, and you can feel the flu “break.” You have a little energy, your mood is better, and your pain is a little lower. Each day after you feel a little better, and pray like hell you don’t go through that again anytime soon.

Well, RA is kind of like the flu, except, it comes back over and over. Not only that, but RA makes Fibro flare up really bad, and the only thing you wish to do is lay in bed with ice packs and heating pads, eating soup and crackers.

Ughh…. It sucks so bad because you never know when one of those down times are going to hit or how long it will last. The constant changing weather certainly doesn’t make it any better.

Putting together RA, Fibro, and CFS, is like getting the flu, after being run over by a truck, beat by a baseball bat, dropped from a bridge, and being forced to stay up for 72 hours, all while on fire, then being forced to participate in life with a smile on your face…… while on fire.


Fibro Pain 1


I’m not sure who has my VOODOO doll, but I swear whatever I did to piss you off, you can stop poking me now, and stop it with the fire already! DAMMIT… while you are pulling at my hair, at least take the time to scratch my back…. yea… a little to the left…. oh yea baby, Right there!


Voodoo Doll Pain 1


As always… Be safe, be kind, and always be happy!

Spring time has arrived (March 20, 2016) … but no one told Mother Nature

Here we are in the Good Ole Rocky Top state with Spring finally on us. We are cleaning our yards and preparing our gardens, but Mother Nature has not kicked Jack Frost out of bed yet. Jack Frost is like a bad date. He showed up one night when Mother Nature was having a weak moment, she fed him ate breakfast, and months later, even when the conversation has become strained, he will not leave. He has icicles everywhere, even hanging in the shower, the cat is not happy about the cold belly rubs he gives her, and honestly, any intimate time with a man who can break at any moment, has becoming tiring. How many times can he sing jack Frost songs anyway?!

Well, Mother Nature, it’s time to hand Jack Frost an iced cup of coffee, his bags, and a muffin (because we aren’t animals, are we? ) and show him to the door. He needs to find somewhere else to reside and cause chaos for the next 6 months. I hear the snow ladies in Antarctica are looking for a cool guy to hang with for a few months. I’m sure ole Jack will do just fine living in the snow caves  and bring them lots of stories of his time in the Northern Hemisphere. So, off you go Jack, see you next year.

Back to our Spring and Mother Nature. Come on lady, get it together. There are plenty of men who would love to pollinate your flowers and tumble in the hay. You just need to warm up that cold heart and let us live!

I really need for you to wake up! I’ve got tomatoes which are calling my name!

This is what we are supposed to look like now…..


Spring time is here!


I’m saddened to say, this is actually what we look like! Our wonderful Mother is very confused with what date it is. Someone needs to let her know I do not want to freeze on Easter Morning!

Spring in TN is confused

I love the sunshine! I’m like a flower! I need sun to blossom and become bright and cheerful again! I don’t want any more cold days!!

I’m routing for you Mother Nature! You can do it! I need you! We need you!! Everyone needs you!! Show us your sweet face and your touch of grace!

My old bones are counting on it!


As always… Be safe, be kind, and always be happy!



Retire to the Philippines – Become an Expat

With the elections in the US, and unrest throughout the world, many people are looking for a new adventure or even a new place to call their permanent  home.

One of the great places to retire is the Philippines.

The Philippines offer’s great medical service, including Veteran’s care for the US military.

There are many wonderful beaches. With more than 7000 islands, you can spend your day swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, hiking, or just relaxing.

Banking isn’t an issue. You have plenty of ways to process money from one country to the other.

Housing is modern and built with storms in mind. Plus, there are many neighborhoods specifically designed for Ex-pats. The homes will include a variety of all the modern conveniences we have in the United States, to include AC, Heat, internet,  and cable TV. But who is going to be home all the time, when you have an entire new country to explore. Fishing, swimming, and late night family parties are normal activities.

If you are craving some night life, there are plenty ways to have a great time in the cities and shop in local malls.

If you wish to learn more about moving and living in the Philippines, or going for an extended holiday, be sure to contact my friends; Mary Rose  and Eli van Ingen.

My friend and her husband are Retirement Ambassadors for the Philippines. If you want to know more, she can help you get the paperwork you need.

Here are the photos of them at the recent International Retirement Conference held in Berlin.



These two are Travel GURUS. They travel the world and have become experts on airlines, hotels, trips, and where to retire for your future.

If you are serious about retiring to the Philippines,  please contact them at their various social media pages.  She enjoys introducing new people to her home country.

Here is her page directly dealing with Visas and Requirements —


Here is her official Retirement Ambassador Page.



As always… Be safe, be kind, and always be happy!