Blogger’s Writer’s Block – My Stuggle Is Real


Blogger’s Writing Block – My Struggle Is Real

I’ve only written blogs lately about products I’ve sampled.  I love writing. I love reading. I haven’t been able to enjoy either for quite a while.  I can’t remember what I’ve read, what I’m doing in the room, not even remembering why I’ve gone to a website.  Writing seems to flow when I’m focused or have a commitment to fulfil.  The struggle is real is a phrase that’s become so frequent from my daughter and her friend’s generation.  It’s a fitting phrase for those with chronic illness because the struggles we have are real.

I have been asked to write a blog post on puppy updates and advise to give other op parents.  I completely misunderstood but it’s a topic near and dear to my heart.  Check out Ranger’s new Squirrel watching pose.  We got rid of the bush so he has a better view for watching.


How have I been? 

I saw my rheumatologist last Thursday and I got the cortisone shots in my hips.  My follow-up kidney functions came back good but I have to get some more laboratory tests this week just to double-check.  Since the shots have kicked in I’ve had a bit of energy every day so I can get something done.  I saw my family doctor last week as well and everything thing I brought up, he said I needed to talk to my other doctors.  It was a pretty frustrating visit for me as I’m still waiting for a referral to the pain specialist.  I can’t get a change in my pain medications until I see that doctor and I’m still waiting for an appointment.  Waiting for a specialist is absolutely crazy.


What have I been doing?

I bought this French Wine box from the LCBO to see how their new home delivery was.  It was $12 and delivered by Canada Post.  I ordered on a Sunday night and had it by Tuesday mid-morning.  The Canada Post guys said that everyone has been saying how fast the shipping was.  Everything was well packed and labelled that it was breakable.  Because I was paying the delivery fee of $12, I grabbed a couple bottles of my favourite wines as well.


The Discovery Box includes Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Reserve Red 2014, Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais 2008, F Lurton Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc Vdf 2010, a set of 2 Ceramic Ramekins, a Cheese Knife Block Set, a set of Ceramic Chalkboard Cheese Markers and the LCBO France-to-Go booklet.  The box also included an invitation to sample the newly released vintage on November 18th.

I’ve been getting some online Christmas present shopping done.  It’s pretty easy now that the kidlets are older.  My daughter asked for her Organic Chemistry book for Christmas, Umm okay then… That’s a first.  My son asked for clothes or a laptop he can actually type on it.

My hubby caught me watching some Christmas movies yesterday.  He commented how its only November but wondered if they had made me cry.  Yep, crying at Hallmark movies, the commercials even make me cry!  I did find that it made me feel more like Christmas is coming that it feels.  It is currently another sunny day and pretty mild for November and I’m enjoying the sun streaming in.  I’ve also found a tv series called The Librarians on Crave TV.  It has Noah Wyle, Rebbeca Ramon and John Laroquette and well it’s the adventures of the Librarians and their saving History and artefacts.  It’s quirky and silly but it’s a fun watch.  I love history and the premise of time travel and even better, in January season three will be airing.

OUT of Spoons

Fibromyalgia, what is it?

My fellow blogger friend, Ness from The Girl With Five Lads wrote a great blog post about what Fibromyalgia is. 

For me Fibromyalgia was an “oh that’s Fibromyalgia in an off-hand sort of way from my previous Rheumatologist explained the non-lupus pain.  The pressure points were like knife stabbing pains as the doctor pushed on them.  My joints hurt all the time but those pressure points were insane pain.  I’m taking Gabapentin in some pretty high doses but my doctor explained that because I can handle it that it can be increased.

I hope you enjoyed my update and my wandering out of hibernation of ignoring my blogging with mush brain.

Journey with me … mini2z

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Monday Musings


Today has me musing:

  • I hate April.  No really, because the rain that brings the flowers has been all kinds of wet, snow, rain, snow and rain combos.  This rain makes me hurt LOTS more and it also has turned my back yard into a mud pit.  
  • It marks a week since my mommy moved out and in with my gram.  Gram just turned 92 so she needs my mom more than me right now.  My mom originally moved in in 2001 until she found a new place and then six days later I had shoulder surgery.  She never moved out.  She was afraid we wouldn’ let her come back after, but we will.  Don’t worry momma you’re always welcome.
  • I think I like this Zagg Rugged Keyboard case that I ordered from Amazon. I picked it because it could be used four ways, it had lots of reviews and the word “rugged” sold me.  Solid it is and for me the eternal klutz I’m happy to have a cheaper option to have to not buy a new laptop.  I am still getting used to it.  The keyboard itself should stay charged for two years.  I put it on my iPad and my husband wants one.  I went onto Amazon and it’s now $89.99 and I paid $95. His birthday is next month and I told the kidlets to buy him one only I forgot to remove him from our private conversation.  Oops.
photo from Zagg’s website
  • I have only two doctor appointments this week but next week is four I think? Those are written down on the calendar on the fridge, my planner, my phone and not my foggy brain.  
  • I completed my last product review yesterday for the Oz Naturals Super Youth Retinol Moisterizer.  
  • If I put links in my posts I don’t get paid for them, it’s because I want you to see what I’m talking about.  
  • I’m going to be working on a page that explains what happens when I get products to try.  I had the page all set up on my laptop that I believe is completely dead.  Cat, one of my 2nd daughters is going to give it to her brother to look at for me.  I bought it in 2006 and other than needing a new keyboard after a tea incident it was a good computer that had to be plugged in all the time.
  • My pupalups are sleeping in every day and were only up because I woke up early.  Keely is hating the rain, she’s a Labrador that hates water, being wet but she loves snow.  I don’t get her.
My precious
  • I was able to get this awesome Stella McCartney x Adidas black bag from a subscription box I subscribed to.  The box is $150 or quarter and the bag was for their inaugural box.  Sadly I’m going to have to adjust my sizes because the shoes were about half a size too big, the sports bra and capris were HUGE but the packable jacket is my favourite colour and it’s so light weight!
  • I was able to swap the shoes and then the pants and top to two awesome swappers and I’m getting two 1951 clutches and a pashmina in white.
  • Today we are going to Costco basically as a family.  The minions oh I mean kidlets are both going with us because we buy the food and they can shlep it to the car and into the house and then where it needs to be put away.  Even when I go without them with a list I forget something and someone is ticked.  So problems solved you all go with us.  
  • Did I mention it’s Dreary?
  • Outlander came back on last night for season two and it was awesome and that’s just not me being a fangirl but send me back in time.  I still can’t believe my Great x? Grandparents made the journey over with four kidlets and had one on the ship.  That Gr. Grandparent’s brother went with his wife to Australia. They were from Glennelg, Scotland which is near Inverness.  
  • I just received an email that I’ve been accepted into a campaign from the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.  So excited to try this out.  You’ll find out in May what it is.  Through the Chronic Illness Bloggers I will be supplying a prize for World Fibromyalgia Day which is May 12th.  If you have a chronic illness and want to join then send in your application on the CIB page.  

So what are you musing about on this dreary Monday Morning?

Journey with me … mini2z

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Hello, it’s mini2z

Ranger my sweet cuddlebug

It’s been a pretty crappy two weeks.  I think that’s about the last time I wrote something original here.  My nausea and pain are just horrible and I’m finding the slightest spice upsets my stomach and esophagus brutally even wine….

Anyone with Lupus ever use a “SAD light” for therapy?

Yesterday was the Bell Let’s Talk day and I opened up my Twitter account for  the day.  My twitter is the only social media that I keep to me with only close friends and family following and I follow my news on that.  But I stood up for Lets Talk and I’m not ashamed of my depression and the journey I’ve been on.  It’s not defining me anymore, it’s a symptom and I know that it’s going to get better.  My kidlets made me so proud with their tweets and re-tweets that I actually had some tears of momma joy.

I had a doctor’s appointment and went to the drug store after.  I had one of those moments where I remembered something we needed that wasn’t on the list and instantly it was gone.  I actually started to cry right there in the store.  My mom was with me and got me to calm down but when my brain can’t remember simple things it scares the crap out of me.

Today a package arrived and I had no idea what it was because I wasn’t expecting anything.  Well it was my Guided Map that I bought for my Gallery Wall.  I have a general idea what I want and getting my husband to put holes into the plaster will take a lot of convincing.  Here is the photo on Instagram.

The Future Gallery Wall – three on the bottom right I have already – map arrived today

The beautiful Map – it’s a little small – my daughter wants it….


Bad lighting by the opposite wall with my kidlets and paintings from my Europe trip

Monday I have blood tests, x-rays on my hips and then a doctor’s appointment.  I’m just resting as my body tells me to, sleeping a lot and anxiety due to the brain not remembering stuff.  I can say, I have three shelves of the pantry organized, the spices have been moved and my family asks me where stuff is because I keep moving things.

So how have you been?  Did you participate in the Bell Let’s Talk?

Journey with me … mini2z





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