The inspiration of a grandmother

My grandmother taught me so much in her lifetime many lessons I will never forget.

We called her Mama Dot and she taught me to appreciate the little things in life, be grateful for what you have and never be materialistic.

She taught me how to enjoy working in your yard and making it beautiful. Then you can stand back and look at what you created.

I have several things in my yard that came from hers. Now I know the reason she always shared things from her yard was so she could always be remembered. 

She loved listening to the birds sing and feeding them. I think that is one reason I love doing this.

She spoke from the heart and was never fake she did not believe in sugar coating anything. I guess that is where I get the guts to voice my opinions and speak from the heart.

Today so many people sugar coat everything they say and they are just so fake.

Mama Dot was very special to me and I knew I could always count on her whenever I needed some advice, a hug, or just a friend. I knew I could count on her inspirational words of wisdom.

Her unconditional love for me meant it was a real love with no strings attached her love was genuine.




Two years ago | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Two years ago today September 1, 2014, my dad passed away from adenocarcinoma. He had esophageal cancer.

It seems like yesterday when I was taking him back and forth to his chemo and radiation appointments. Taking him to the hospital for testing, going to the hospital to see him.

Even though they say time heals all wounds I do not believe that. I think the loss of a parent is hard no matter what your age is.

One day you wake up and realize you will never see your dad again, never get to say goodbye and most of all never get to say ” I love you” again. This is a day you will never forget because your life is changed forever.

The memories are all you have now. I love you Dad and I will never forget you.

Miles and miles

This is my latest badge from Fit Bit that I received this past week. I love it that you get badges for your accomplishments.

I have walked 736 miles since December 14th. which is when I purchased the fit bit. I try to walk 4 to  5 miles a day, of course, some days are a little less and some days are more.

I recently learned I have venous insufficiency my CEAP is Class 4.  I get the throbbing, heaviness and skin staining at this time. When I am walking it hurts sometimes but I still walk because of my determination to get healthy.

My veins involved are the small and great Saphenous Veins. During surgery, they can only do one vein at a time so this will involve 4 surgeries my first one is later this month. I am not looking forward to doing this at all but I know if I do not do it then it will only get worse. The next stage you can develop skin ulcers and I do not want to deal with that.

Varicose veins are pretty much an inherited trait but some people have them and do not know. Not all varicose veins can be seen sometimes you just have the symptoms. You can get an ultrasound and this will determine if you have vein disease or not.

Surgery has come a long way since my grandfather was in the hospital to have the vein stripping done many many years ago.

I will be having out patient surgery this will be Laser Ablation of 4 Saphenous veins and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of multiple veins.

They say this will not affect my walking, in fact , they encourage you to get back to your exercise routine the very next day.

Daily exercise is so important to our health and well-being, and walking is something most of us can do. I actually enjoy walking whether it is outdoors or on my treadmill while watching tv.

When you start out walking take it slow and work your way up then you will find it much easier to keep up with.

There is a saying ” if you don’t use it you will lose it”.