On the Road Again

I’ve always been a traveler…well, until about 14 years ago. Up to that point, I had been to 42 states, but since then I’ve been hardly anywhere. Today that changed. Sam and I have set off on our first cross-country road trip in a long time. We crossed the Mississippi for the first time in 14 years, and Sam’s friend Seth, who is traveling with us, saw the Mississippi for the first time ever.

Despite our excitement for this long-awaited trip, today was a less-than-ideal travel day. Still, I have several reasons to praise God, and here are a few of them:

  1. We made it safely to our destination, which is Seminole, Oklahoma.
  2. It didn’t rain ALL day. During the few non-rainy hours, the weather was as perfect as possible for traveling.
  3. I was the one driving when we blew a tire, no one was hurt during the incident, Sam and Seth were able to get the spare tire put on, and it happened during one of the few times when it wasn’t raining.
  4. Sam was able to drive some, allowing me to not have to drive all the 932 miles myself. He’s a good, safe driver, so the rest of us were able to relax while he was behind the wheel. In the photos below, Seth was conked out in the front seat, and McKenna was sprawled out on the back seat, squeezing me into a little corner between him and the door.



McKenna was a source of both frustration and humor. He kept trying to get up front to sit on either Seth’s head or my lap. Since my car is a wagon, I thought he would enjoy lying down in the back area behind the back seat; but he couldn’t seem to decide whether to sit back there or on the seat. So, quite often, as I would look in the rearview mirror, I would see him in a position like the one in the  first picture below, undecided about whether to sit on the seat or go all the way to the back. Finally, toward the end of the day, he calmed down enough to sit still for quite some time, just looking out the window.




Traveling Buddy

If you followed my old blog, you may remember my post “Meet McKenna” in which I introduced the newest member of our family, a bona fide mutt. At the time of that writing, he was only six weeks old. Now, he’s nearly a year old. Although he is technically still a puppy, he is large. And…he’s going on our roadtrip with us. This should be fun!

I took the photo on the left to show how much he has grown since we got him. Since a picture cannot capture his personality, I’m also including the video below. McKenna is usually a total sweetheart, but he hates to be reprimanded. He cuts me off with barking so I cannot continue getting on to him because he knows he is completely in the wrong. As you enjoy the video, image what it’s going to be like traveling across the country with this brat for a week. 😉

Back to Blogging

Last year, I stopped blogging for a while. Then, I started this new blog, but my heart wasn’t in it. After only a couple posts, I stopped writing. Well, I’m back!

In one week, Sam and I will be taking off on a roadtrip, something we haven’t done in quite a while. As exciting as that prospect is, the most exciting thing to me is that it will be our first trip west of the Mississippi since we moved to Bristol 14 years ago. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here that long without making a westward trip.

Since I’m expecting this trip to be epic, I intend to chronicle it here in my blog. To that end, I’m trying to get back in the practice of writing. Stay tuned for some interesting (I hope) posts in the near future!

Christmas Time = Cookie Time

2013-11-23-01-16-32For the past several years, Christmas for me has been all about cookies. I have a cookie shop on etsy.com (accessible by clicking here or on the banner to the right). I also have my own website, which is still a work in progress, but which you can visit by clicking here. I have tried to make my cookie shop a year-round venture, but so far, there hasn’t been enough interest in it outside of the holiday season.

This year, while I’ve been recovering from a serious illness and not yet released by my doctor to return to work, my cookies have been my lifesaver. I wasn’t planning on having my shop open this Christmas, but all that changed with my illness. As much as I have hated being sick, I’m glad it worked out for me to be able to sell cookies again this year. The work has been theraputic, and the income has come in handy.

If you are interested in purchasing cookies from my little shop, feel free to use coupon code BLOG10 to receive 10% off your order. (This code works on my etsy site only. I do not have coupon codes set up on my website yet.) If you want them in time for Christmas, be sure to get your order in by tomorrow!

First blog post

This is, by no means, my first blog post. It is merely my first post on this particular blog. I found it necessary to stop posting on my old blog and start this new one. I’m not sure yet how many people are going to follow me here; only time will tell.

I meant to start this post months ago, but life happened, as it so often does. Actually, I have been very ill….close to death ill. On October 22, I was admitted to the hospital with sepsis, which they determined was caused by strep throat. There were two very odd things about it. First, it came on suddenly, which sepsis rarely ever does. Second, strep does not often cause sepsis.

I was in the hospital for five days but should have been in there longer. Unfortunately, that hospital (the one here in Bristol) is not in the same network as my insurance. It is my doctor’s opinion that they kept me until they were “reasonably sure” I wouldn’t die at home.

After I was discharged, I saw my doctor several times. I wasn’t getting much better, and then November 19, I started getting worse again. Since I wasn’t running a temp higher than 99.5 at that time, I decided to try to wait to do anything until my doctor’s appointment on the 23rd. I almost made it. The night before that date, my temp shot up, and I let Sam take me to the emergency room (this time in Johnson City, since that hospital is in the same network as my insurance).

As I suspected they would, they admitted me. I was so sick they tested me for everything: strep, flu, pneumonia, meningitis, even MRSA. Everything came back negative. The hospital doctor determined that my sore throat was due to a yeast infection from all the antibiotics I had been on for the sepsis, and my severe headache was a migraine.

While I was in the Johnson City hospital, I saw several specialists. The Infectious Diseases specialist suspected that I may have some sort of immune system disorder since it’s not common for adults to get as many infections as I have. He ordered a lot of blood work to rule that out, and as of yet, I have not heard the results of any of them. My regular doctor is setting up an appointment for me follow up with him since he is more qualified to interpret the results than she is.

After lying in a hospital bed for two weeks out of six weeks, I’ve lost a lot of my strength and stamina. I am slowly regaining them, but whenever I start to feel better, I tend to overdo it and end up feeling worse again for a couple days.

If you are interested in reading more details, you can click here and read all the updates.