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What I’ve learned from Facebook lately..

ShareTweet   Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge I’ve always said I have a love/hate relationship with FaceBook.  I love gathering with friends, old and new, and tons of extended family.  Its nice to lend a hug when someone is in need and its always nice to receive a hug when my day is not going all that grand.  I love being back in touch with all my cousins, too.  I, also love all my new local friends that i’ve made since I moved to South Carolina.  Its nice to keep in touch with friends we have had to leave behind when we’ve moved. I hate that FaceBook knows things about my family or friends before I do.  I hate that FaceBook wants to know everything.  I hate misunderstandings caused by lack … Read entire article »

Filed under: coupons and dealz, crafting, Education, family and friends, Featured, Feeding the Needz, Foodie Frenzy, Gardening, Health/Nutrition, Inspiration, LowCountry, Personal Protection, politics and religion, Social Media

My experience with Dr. Tavel and Pain Specialists of Charleston

ShareTweet Okay.  So where do I start? I started seeing a Pain Specialist, when my doctor felt that he couldn’t be responsible for my pain management.  After an MRI, One of the PA’s at Pain Specialists of Charleston read the report and freaked out, briefly. Then she immediately prescribed opioid prescriptions for me.  It was like a light went on and they finally realized “oh this must hurt” really? So, then I was faced with the whole SC State Controlled informed consent paperwork. I chose one doctor and one pharmacy.  Along with this, I was introduced with monthly urinalysis. Before I go any further, I want you to know that my monthly urinalysis, is done through this doctor’s office, and billed through them, not through the lab, directly.  This bill is $1150/month.  Per month!!! Because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Health/Nutrition, LowCountry, pharmaceuticals, politics and religion

My personal secret, coming out of my cave to speak about my disability

ShareTweet Hello friends and family, I’m sorry for the distance between my posts. I hope that when new people find my pages, they find enough to enjoy, but I do always wish they had something new to keep them coming back, so I’m working on several new posts to come out in the next few days. Tonight, I want to tell you a little secret that may not be secret to many of you, but I’m going public with it now. I’ve spent the last year, or more, holding down my bed. Literally. My prescriptions total up to 30 now and I’ve gained 100 pounds of my lost 160, from my weight loss surgery, in less than six months. They always say that you gained it slow, don’t expect to lose it slow.. but I didn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: depression, diet, Health/Nutrition, iron infusions, LowCountry, pharmaceuticals, WLS

All in the Life of CarolinaDreamz

ShareTweet Lately, everyday, I want to climb under the covers and hide until it ends.  Or go outside or into a closet and scream. (make sure you are able to utter “i’m okay” to the  minions, that really need you when you are on the phone or on the commode. If you do this. I am not liable for your own decisions. :) ) For those familiar, its a big  Fibro hell. So in the recent past, I’ve survived these: I dropped a whole mostly full bottle of Frappacciino, in the dark,around 5:30am.  This, of course in in a space between the wall and heavy furniture (and the bed) so I can’t get to it to clean it up. (Oh, I forgot to tell you the lid came off and the stuff gushed like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feeding the Needz, Health/Nutrition, LowCountry, Rant, Stand For Something

Finding My New Tribe

ShareTweet I’ve been lost. I was born into a family and raised by a village. But after you grow up, you have to surround yourselves with those that make you feel good and help you put one foot in front of the other.  This is your tribe. I realized I’ve lost my tribe. American journalist and writer Jane Howard is credited with the following quote: “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” I found these 12 steps important. As I look to find a new tribe, I’ve come across many new things: Sisters in Bloom is a Christian Woman Community. (in)courage has a new (in)RL (In real life) and there is a group in Mt Pleasant/Charleston. I don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, family and friends, LowCountry, Stand For Something

Walkers Needed for Team Forever and One More Day Charleston ALS Walk

ShareTweet Please mark your calendar’s now to plan to attend this very short walk in Riverfront Park.  The walk is Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Riverfront Park. ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) took my father’s life, prematurely, and I’d like to walk as a team, in memory. I have a team established in Jacksonville, for their walk in April.  If you’s like to walk that walk, with me, please contact me.. @CarolinaDreamz on twitter. If you’d like to walk, but do not live near these walks, look up where the walk is in your area, here.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: ALS, Forever and One More Day, LowCountry

I’ve been blogging five years now! Amazing..

ShareTweet I began blogging in 2005. It took me a little thought to think of that date.  (Luckily its programmed in the html of the widget.) I never would have thought five years and three laptops later, I’d be at the beginning of a new blogging life.  The big blog hack and crash, of 2010, has had its toll on my patience and some days its hard to remember all the hundreds of posts are not here, anymore. I’ll continue to dig through the back doors, and bring forward some of those lost treasures. As the holidays are in full swing around us, I almost refuse to leave my house, to sit in traffic or wait in any lines. IF I can’t have it easily, I won’t have it at all! I’m thankful for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blog Fun, Creative Chaos, Ephemeral Pursuitz, Featured, LowCountry, Unexpectations

The new form of DeadBeat Parents..

ShareTweet I’ve been wanting to blog about this subject for over a year but it was hard for me to consider that I really might tick some people off by what I’m going to say. Wednesday, I pulled into CVS, next to a car that was running, with rather loud music playing. The ONLY real problem I had about this is there was a child in the back seat, by himself. I want to say he was five or six.. but what is wrong with people? You can’t just leave them to run in and get something at a pharmacy. I’ve, recently encountered a worse situation, outside of Blockbuster and BB’s attitude about the “problem not being their problem” pissed me off even more. Both of these times I didn’t have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing, LowCountry, Personal Protection, politics and religion, Stand For Something, Unexpectations

#ZA Food Storage Deal of the Week ala Bi-Lo

ShareTweet Bi-Lo is having a huge Buy 10 for $10 Sale, mix and match, this week. I happen to still have the bonus $50 in Bi-Lo gift cards, from the promo. Girlie and I set out to see what food storage miracles we could procure on this sale. We found 50 pounds of assorted semolina pasta, 10 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes, 10 – 28 oz cans petite diced tomatoes, 12 – 15.5 oz cans garbanzo beans/chickpeas, 10 – qt bottles Powerade, 6 yellow crookneck squash, 2 unwaxed dental floss, 10 – Betty Crocker 8.5 oz chocolate chip cookie mix, 20 – Martha White 7 oz assorted muffin mixes, 4 – 16 oz sour cream, 8 pints 1/2 and 1/2, 6 – 8 oz cream cheese, and 6 1/2 pints heavy whipping cream. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Creative Domestication, Foodie Frenzy, LowCountry

New ways to earn Fuel Perks at BiLo

ShareTweet There are some exciting new things coming, from BiLo.  Check back for some fun stuff to come. BiLo now includes fuel perks on gift cards you buy in their “gift card mall.” (the full list is here) but we find will be rearranging the way we spend our money, for the following stores: Barnes and Noble Best Buy Cold Stone Ebay Home Depot IHOP JC Penny Kohl’s Lands End Logan’s Restaurant Michael’s Petsmart Regal Cinemas Staples Subway There are many more.  There are two gas stations and an air line on the list. Oh, and Starbucks, too! Fuel Perks is easy to participate in. Other than special bonuses, the general bonus is $.05 in fuel perks for every $50 spent.  There are weeks when they double the bonus, and right now they are sponsoring some special ways that you can get more fuel perks. I do about 1/3 of my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Foodie Frenzy, Frugality, LowCountry

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