Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Unexpected Surprise

In my case, it is the unexpected surprises in life that seem to bring the most enjoyment.Since we bought the mountain getaway a few months ago we decided we wanted a new SUV with at least front wheel drive if not 4WD. The latter being so hard to come by in the deep south that you really have to order it if you want one we decided to look for a front wheel with all the bells and whistles. After spending about two months on line looking at different new cars and all their ratings we decided on the Honda CRV-XLT. Within a 300 mile radius, Pensacola Honda had the car we wanted at the best price. So off we go to Pensacola............

We decided up front we would spend the night on Pensacola Beach in a room facing the ocean!
This was the view from the room...........

Right above the pool........it was very windy and storms were rolling in so both the beach and pool were empty.....

Which made it so beautiful and calming........

Before going to pick up the new car the next morning we decided to ride out to Fort Pickens which is in the Gulf Islands National Park...........

We didn't know much history on the fort but learned that it built in 1829 to protect Pensacola Bay. During the Civil War it was never held by the Confederate Army and it was later used to imprison Geronimo. As it turned out we were there on the 150th Anniversary of the firing on Ft. Sumter which began the Civil War!

We did not take the park ranger tour of the fort but we intend to go back there and spend the day soon and we want to take it, spend time on the beautiful beach and do some fishing. This park is really a gorgeous place!

What we didn't know when we decided to go out there was....on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the awesome Blue Angels from nearby Pensacola Navel Air Station do their practice maneuvers! What a WONDERFUL SURPRISE! Be sure to CLICK the pics for close ups!

We watched for about 45 minutes and it was just stunning!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought this guy was going to come down on us!

They did so many formations and I wasn't sure I was getting any pictures because of the sun.
I would just point and shoot! HA!

After that was over we stopped by Landon Beach Pier on our way out of the park. This is a gorgeous beach with a huge pavilion, showers and rest rooms......a perfect place to enjoy the beach.

This boat was stopped out there doing some fishing..........

I thought this piece of driftwood was pretty..........

We then went to pick up the new car and drive her home. I posted on FaceBook that I needed to go to school to drive this car.....I really wasn't joking! I'm scheduled on Monday to take a class at the local Honda dealer on how to program and operate all those bells and whistles!!


Friday, April 1, 2011

" Physician Heal Thyself - Part 2 "

Hello April.......Welcome Spring! Our garden is in.....and up and I feel SO GOOD !!
If you haven't read PHT Part 1 Please scroll down and read it first ?

I am happy to report that my health is really really improved. On January 24th I went in to my primary care doctor who IS a DO, Not an MD which means she offers you alternative methods as well as pharmaceutical drugs to treat your illness. I was so sick( for the umpteenth time) that we agreed something had to change...soon! I did take the anti-biotic, plus a week of Diflucan since we felt I might have a fungal problem at work however it was clear to both of us that this was a temporary fix to treat the symptoms, not the problem which IS ALL Western Medicine does anyway!
I began an intense study of disease, diet, vitamins and supplements. Being a real southerner, my diet was full of really GOOD comfort food such as fried chicken, hot biscuits, mash taters and gravy, white rice, dumplings...........plenty of white flour,white sugar which = lots of empty carbohydrates! What upset me the most was, every book I read about eating GOOD wanted me to give up MILK and DAIRY !!! What I learned was....it's not the dairy products, it's the STORE BOUGHT dairy products that are harmful to us!

I also learned that " You Really Are What You Eat " and you need to scrutinize EVERYTHING you put into your body. It is not that much more costly to go Organic and if you do your research, there are great brands of Organic Pasta and brown rice that taste just as good as the "white" stuff. Let's talk about the "white" stuff! White flour, white sugar, white pasta all all very bad for you. Did you know that we all have dormant Cancer cells in our body? Did you know that Cancer cells thrive on white sugar?? Did you know that most Arthritis and Osteoporosis are caused from eating white sugar?? Did you know that nearly every processed food on the grocery shelf contains white sugar in the form of "high fructose corn syrup" ?? Check your pantry! WHITE IS OUT around here! We use honey and organic maple syrup as sweeteners now, brown rice and 100% multi-grain wheat bread and Bio-Nature brand organic whole wheat pasta, organic fresh veggies until our own garden comes in and I'm buying organic chicken and pork.
We raise our own grass fed beef that we never give hormones or anti-biotics to and we eat our own free range eggs. I have learned so much about food! Did you know you should NEVER eat meat and potatoes together ?? WHY? Because your body has two different natural en zines to digest food.
One is for meat, the other is for starchy foods, either will digest veggies and fruit. When you combine meat and starch they fight each other and neither can do it's job so you end up with heartburn and indigestion. Serve meat with veggies, when you eat starches serve them with other veggies. Did you know that fruit should be eaten alone OR first ? WHY? Because fruits digest very quickly! If you eat it after a meal, it lays on top of the other food waiting to digest and putrefies! UGH!

In one of the documentaries we watched a nutritionist says a very profound thing...................

" In America we have our priorities so mixed up! We want to live in a fine house, drive a fine car and wear fine clothes yet we NEVER give a thought to the crap we put into our body, our first monetary priority should be what we spend on our nutrition"

So....I've told you that our diet is now a healthy one but we are also taking several vitamins and supplements. We are taking 4,000 units of C a day, 1,000 units of E, a Complete 50 Plus tablet and 2,000 units of Fish Oil. We are taking this Olive Leaf Extract supplement twice a day because it is proven to rid the body of accumulated toxins and helps with many diseases such as Arthritis and Sinusitis.

We are also this Kelp for it's known benefits..............

Since we both have "bad bones "we take this supplement too twice a day...........
AND.........I refuse to give up MILK so I started trying to find RAW Milk to purchase....
Except for buying our own cow and milking it, that was out! However I came across the next best thing! Milk that is pasteurized but not homogenized..................
I am addicted to this stuff !!! The best tasting milk I've ever drank!!

This is the dairy I found close to our home and I am just elated to have found it!
Their business is just snow balling because there are a lot of people looking for this kind of milk!

Have A Great Weekend Everyone! ENJOY A Healthy Meal !!!!!