Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Fall

I need to tell you a story.... it's a real story about me. And if any of you know me personally. I'm just not real graceful. Or athletic for that reason.

This has been a condition that I've had all my life. When the only boy who would play with me during recess in Kindergarten was Kevin and he liked Barbie Dolls. And that same year I fell asleep in the back of the bus and I woke up at the bus garage. Or everytime I was picked last for Red Rover.

I don't like to consider myself a victim...but often Providence wills it and it is the path I must follow.

So on to the story.

I planned to go trail riding with two new acquaintances and their horses, to trails I was unfamiliar with and so was my young mustang Kiele. I had took a quick look at the map of the trails and also printed out a copy, but I forgot to bring it. 

Not good.

Especially when the trails are not marked well.

So as the story goes... We arrived at not only at a horse trail, it was an Equestrian Center. And it looked beautiful. There were young girls riding, jumping and all that rich girl stuff that you do when you own a horse trailer in the triple digits.

So any who,  I saddled Kiele (western style) and felt really weak... little did I know I was suffering from my tick illness. But felt that I could be the good cowgirl and fake it. And for awhile I was enjoying myself and thankful to be out in the woods with my horse and enjoying God's beautiful scenery. Then it happen, I felt my right foot start to go to sleep and this isn't uncommon for me because I had reconstructive surgery on it about 2 years ago and they had to fuse and put a screw it.

So after a while we weren't sure where to go, no signs. Nothing. We then see these three guys riding their horses and holding beer cans. And out of desperation we asked them for directions. Come to find out, they didn't know where they were going either (even though they acted like they did) and we went on our way. By this time my foot is so asleep/numb that it's really hurting.... and we realized we should have probably not taken directions from three drunk guys. But hey, we were desperate. Finally I take out my phone which has a GPS and was alarmed when I saw that we were not going back to the trailer... we were going farther away. Darn (d-a-r-n) drunks, I said to myself!

So we decide to back track and I'm in a lot of pain and I've not told anyone. So you see, getting on my horse without using the horse trailer, a tree or a large building is really hard for me. That right fused foot only gives me about 2 inches of spring. But often my trusty steed will lean over and change his balance to accommodate me.

So we ride back and for some reason the two riders I'm with, ride ahead of me. This makes Kiele a little nervous because he likes, groups, herds, and all horse buddies. But he's looking around and watching all the action. I finally realize that if he decides to cause some ruckus and decides he wants to be a jumper, that I'll have no control with that right foot which is now numb to my knee. 

So I decide to get off.

May I state a warning here. Be careful, Be very careful when the leg you're dismounting off is asleep.

As I brought the right leg around the back of the horse, it dragged around Kiele's back side and I though Oh NO! I have no control of this leg! 

And then it happened, I so gracefully landed and just kept going. The result was me laying in a clump on the ground. As for Kiele, he just dropped his head and started eating grass right next to me. I'm sure if he could talk, he'd say. Oh, don't worry... she does this sometimes.

And then I looked up to see at least one hundred people looking at me, while they were eating there lunch. I didn't realize it, but I dismounted between the rich girls jumping and the people watching the rich girls jumping. I started to laugh and laugh which I often do, because I am who I am and I've learned to embrace that fact.

As for my two riding companions. I have not heard hide nor hair of them. 

And probably never will.
Oh, well.

You have yourself and Java Day,
JG



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tick Guard

My recent tick blog generated some emails that asked, What is this Tick Guard? 

So I thought I better blog on this wonderful product!

There's not DEET and only natural plant extracts are used.
It's made by Botanical Solutions, Inc. in Southampton, NY 11989. 

Another questions was asked... How do you put it on your pets?

Simply, spray the product on your hands, rub hands together, then rub over the animal. I use two sprays for cats and about six sprays for the dogs. We do this first thing before we let them out the door in the morning.

For us humans, I just spray all over my body, especially in your hair.


Java Girl

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I Hate Ticks!

Today I crawled to the computer in hopes of maybe, possibly blogging. You see... I have so much to share and so many cool things I've got to do this summer, but I've have not felt like myself for about a month. I thought I was getting pneumonia again and was getting treated for it. But while I was at the doctors she tested me for three tick borne illnesses. 

You see, I've been bitten about 5 times this year and really didn't think about it a whole lot, but I did have a spot on my back that itched and would not heal.

When the blood work came back yesterday, the doctor told me I have Ehrlichiosis (a-lick-y-o-sis) which comes from a deer tick. 

So with D#1 getting treatment for Microplasma (also a tick borne illness) and now me with my licking diagnosis (just kidding)... I sent Daughter #2 to the doc to get tested right away.

Since we moved here we've had two cats die of Cytauxzoonosis (tick borne illness) and now all this. I begging you to be careful when you're outdoors where ticks are present. 

Do tick checks! 

I also have been using a great product on our pets called Tick Guard... it's homeopathic and works great as a supplement to their regular flea and tick routine.... little did I know we should be fervently using it on us humans.

So if you are feeling weak, have a on and off hot spell, food doesn't look too good and you don't know why you don't have any energy. Please go see the doctor to rule out any tick borne illness.

Java Girl




Thursday, August 16, 2012

Love this Juicer

I bought this juicer the other day and we couldn't wait to get it out of the box. 

It's an Omega J8004 Commercial Juicer and boy does it work!

Cucumbers, strawberries, apples, grapes, kale, carrots, peppers, garlic, ginger and lemon mint are not safe to even come near this contraption. 
And the health benefits of juicing are remarkable. The juice or micro-nutrient in which it's called is easily digested and so you get the pure nutrient.

Last night I had a grape, kale, apple, red pepper, cucumber drink and it tasted so good.

One thing though, I wish it came with a little person to do all the chopping. I now feel like that's all I do.

But I feel better.

So if you're reading this think that I'm absolutely crazy for juicing... try it next time you have a chance. Wholefoods has a juice bar, where you can order your own custom made juice.

Here's to you kid,
Java Girl 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dutch Wax Cups

I love TJ Maxx and while I was there the other day, I found these cool large cups. 
Don't you just love the design inside the cup?

I do.
There made by Dutch Wax and they came in four different designs.

They also have cute teapots too.

Check them out at Amazon or Ebay.

Gotta go make some coffee to put in my cup,
Java Girl

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Just Need to Share

As many of you know... my oldest daughter is receiving treatment for Lyme Disease. It's been a little over a month and the treatment is hard... really hard. Yesterday was one of those unusually heavy day's when I couldn't fix her state. 

And it made me think of Job and all that he went through.

On top of that I have a dear friend who has suffered for many years of neck and back problems. And as I type this, she has just been wheeled into surgery for her neck.

Why do these things have to happen while we are on earth. And why do I see God's people suffer the most.

Easy.

Well all I know is what God tells me in His word. That everything He allows has a reason and purpose behind it. 

His ways are not our ways.

But then, if we can't sit across from God and ask Him.. Why? Which is what I've always wanted like many Christians want. To just have a person to God talk. 

I get overcome by all the stimulation around us. Cell phone, cats wanting out, neighbor coming up the drive and in all that I still need to fight for that time with Him. I often feel that Satan's distractions are the strongest when I am my weakest.

But today I sat down for my morning devotions and was taken back that my mighty God can break through all those distractions and still not be angry with me because I can't.

So with my daughter and my friend today, that's all that's on my mind... healing, health, newness of life, prospering...

And the scripture that went to my devotion today was:
Psalms 42:7-11
Deep Calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

And I stand amazed that God can still orchestrate that my devotion and scripture for today, is exactly what I need for August 8, 2012. 365 devotions and the one I read is the one I need for the day.

Who says God doesn't still come and sit and talk with me?