Crazy Life


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I have finally started posting on my blog again.  I rediscovered my kitchen now that I am feeling a little better.

The last time I wrote it was about my scary visit to the hospital due to chest pains.  The chest pains h ad turned out to be inflammation due to a Lupus flare.  A few days later I wasn’t able to walk.  A trip to the rheumatologist had the findings of Bursitis in my hip.

Note:  Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae (small sacs) of synovial fluid in the body. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, such as muscles and tendons, slide across bone. Healthy bursae create a smooth, almost frictionless functional gliding surface making normal movement painless. When bursitis occurs, however, movement relying upon the inflamed bursa becomes difficult and painful. Moreover, movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed bursa aggravates its inflammation, perpetuating the problem. Muscle can also be stiffened.

Needless to say, I was sore for several weeks.  It was hard to move around, drive, walk or sleep.  Everything I did was in intervals.  I would need to take two to three breaks in between while washing dishes.  The pain would shot across my back and down my legs.  After six weeks and a cortisone shot I was able to do a little more.  I have finally graduated to being able to wash dishes and clean my kitchen without a break.  Not bad after two months.  :)  It takes several days for me to clean the entire house.  So, basically I am cleaning something every day.

My husband is not only in charge of trash, but graduated to laundry.  Since it was difficulty moving around up and down the stairs, he has been gracious enough to add laundry to his list.

During the hardest time I relied on my family, but my stepson’s mom.  She would come over to clean the house and wash the dishes for me.  Kristie Owens was amazing. made sure we had groceries in the house. :)

I had started a new job on October 14th, but made the determination to leave there during my medical leave.  Bursitis can be caused by long periods of sitting.  So, the call center environment was not for me.

Since my husband’s business is growing exponentially, I have decided to work parallel to him.  He assists people in renewing their drivers licenses and they often times need insurance.  I have decided to become an insurance agent.  He has been referring 100 people per week to three agents that he currently works with and they are unable to keep up.  Be that as it may, I will step up and take on the insurance end of it and build a team to handle his referrals while attracting outside business.

Note:  My husband’s business is Upscale Quest Network, Inc. located at 2145 University Avenue, Suite 205, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114, 651-917-4202.  They even do out-of-state tickets.

See, being displaced by Wells Fargo Company wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It has opened my eyes to other opportunities.  I am in my forties and making a career change that may turn out to be more profitable than even I could manage.  I have decided to join Farmers Insurance.  Next week I begin taking my courses to obtain my license.  Wish me luck.

Do you know I have several drafts of items I want to post?  377 of them to be exact.  I have been so preoccupied with life I haven’t taken the time to finalize all of them.  I have even noticed my writing style has changed since I first started my blog. In the beginning I was energetic and descriptive, now I am just matter of fact.

I apologize to those that read my blog.  I have been not only preoccupied, but in a slump.  Not necessarily depression, but more like a little ship floating at see with no direction.  I find myself not motivated to get up in the morning and become active.  I have been sleeping as much as I can instead of doing the things I enjoy.  I think of how many hours I have slept where I could have been writing, reading, or researching on  Granted I have been unable to sit for longer than 30 minutes in December and January, then slowly started to get better in February, but it has caused a slump.  Loss of motivation.

To break this hump I have decided to make several changes.  The biggest is to get back on a schedule.  I need to go to bed and wake up the same time each day.  No excuses or being lazy.  Especially since I will now be taking my courses online, pursuing self-employment, and wanting to be successful.

There has to be structure to my day.  I will be taking at least 8 hours of online classes throughout the day for the next several weeks.  During this time period I can break it up with some house chores and cooking.  This will keep me from getting too sore sitting behind a computer.

The next thing is to schedule me time.  Time to exercise, read, blog, cook, or research.  Time for socialization and networking.

While doing this I need to find balance for my family.  My son is independent, but he needs to know I am available to him.  My husband works, but he needs my attention and affection as well.

So much to do and so little time.  Now I see why it is easier to stay in bed under the warm, comfy covers. :)

I am still a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.  Since I was having medical issues I had to put this on the back burner.  This month I am back at it with 2 double facials this Saturday.  If you are within an 50 miles of ZIP code 55125, please call me for a complimentary facial:  651-335-2362.  Or you can order from anywhere on-line at  If you would like to try free samples, send me an email at  I am always here to assist.

I have been talking to my oldest son almost every night this week.  They reduced the cost of the calls to $.21 per minute.  That is much better than what they were charging.  It is good to hear his voice.  He is expected to be released from Hutchinson State Prison on August 6, 2014.  I am hoping he will come home, but may stay in Texas due to the opportunities afforded him.

Don’t freak that he is in prison.  It was a freak accident, literally.  My son is an awesome kid and extremely intelligent book wise, but a little short on common sense.  During a traffic stop on his birthday he got nervous, he accidentally knocked his car into neutral.  The car rolled into the police cruiser and bumped the officer with his mirror.  Texas considers it felony assault of a peace officer with a punishment up to 99 years.  Fortunately, he was only given 2 years.  Yes, if my son didn’t have bad luck, he would have none at all.  He had a few difficult moments, but nothing major.  My son’s personality attracts friendships, so it hasn’t been too hard on him.  Plus, he got caught up on some reading.

I also have a crazy 17 year-old who thinks he is an adult, yet can’t totally take care of himself. Gotta love him.  He has taken to smoking marijuana much to my displeasure.  I had gotten so frustrated I had a meltdown, searched his room, destroyed all paraphernalia, and cut off his cell phone.  He was not too happy with me and proceeded to punch holes in the walls and broke a cabinet door.

Ugh!  What do you do?  He is too old to spank (although I wanted to beat him senseless), yelling wouldn’t do any good and probably would result in more damage.  The only other options were restrictions or call the police.  For obvious reasons, I am not too thrilled about calling the police on my son.  It left me with restrictions.  We had already tried treatment once and it worked for a few months.  However, he has now made a conscious decision that he will continue to smoke marijuana, whether he is in treatment or not.  His main argument is that it is legal in Colorado.  I had to remind him that it was for people dying from cancer.  At that point in their life they should be able to do whatever they want.  The argument fell on deaf ears.  Open to suggestions.

No wonder I don’t write, my life is exhausting now that I am reading what I wrote.  I am even trying to rekindle the love with my husband.  During my illness, we were unable to be romantic.  We are slowly adding that back into the relationship.  My hips are so stiff it isn’t so pleasant at the time, but I do cherish the closeness and bonding.  I love my husband very much.  He has been gracious and I love him even more for thinking of my needs first.  Marriage is not just based on sex, but companionship.

On that note, it is time for me to put my plan in place and go to bed.  Good night.


Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls


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My last recipe discovery my not have been awesome, but I am not giving up on trying new things.

I LOVE cabbage rolls. I have a confession: I never made them, but enjoyed everyone else’s.

Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Among many other health benefits. It is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer, especially colon cancer. It is a very alkaline forming food.



1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.


While the meat was “browning” I cut up my head of cabbage. The preparation for this meal is simple, which is always a plus for me.


Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.


Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.


Everyone said the house smelled awesome with this dish cooking. I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

The outcome was fantastic. This is definitely a repeat recipe. I have to admit, it could have used a little more salt an pepper and another can of tomato sauce or flavor. I think the next time I make it, I will double the salt and pepper, add another can of the tomato sauce and leave out the water. Moisture accumulates because of the lid anyway.

Recipe from Unstoppable Farm Woman.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower

Since my last discovery that turned out delicious,  I thought I would give another one a try.


2 lbs of Brussels Sprouts …cut in half or thirds if they are big…
1 lb of cauliflower….sliced thinly
1 small onion sliced thinly
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1lb of bacon cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

I have never, knowingly ate a brussel sprout, so this will be interesting.

My hubby cannot say there is not any meet because we have bacon.


The preparation wasn’t as time consuming as I tought it would be.  While I fried the bacon, the vegetables were soaking in cold vinegar water.


As the bacon cooled,  I started to cut the vegetables.   The larger brussel sprouts into 4 pieces and the smaller ones in half.  I hope we like this dish as much as the last one.


In a large bowl toss the brussels sprouts, cauliflower and onion with the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Put on a greased cookie sheet and Roast for 20-25 min. or until veggies are tender.  


Right before you serve it add crumbled bacon and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette… toss well.


Unique in flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite.


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