Daily Reflections From My Window

March 2, 2021 Tuesday Hula Hoop Day


“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

Thomas Sowell

Isn’t this sunrise beautiful? I love to be up in time to see it. I am grateful for this view. I spent last week with my sisters in law chasing after sunsets (yes, it was me!). It occurred to me; why? That’s the END of a day. A sunrise celebrates the beginning and a new start.

So what do the quote by Thomas Sowell and the scripture in the picture have to do with anything today? If you know me, then you know that I have had a bout with Grave’s disease. It’s a hyperactive thyroid and I had mine irradiated, so technically, I don’t have one and take a thyroid replacement. My thyroid was running at 72 when your thyroid should be around 7. It’s like being a hummingbird. I ate and ate and burned calories. I never felt the cold and my heart beat at such a pace that Jay thought it would burst through my chest. It causes infertility and a host of other side affects. It took my doctors 3 years to figure it out even though my mom had it. I’m not sure if hers was Graves, but she had her thyroid surgically removed. For years, after mine was diagnosed, almost 20 years ago, I took Synthroid and accepted that that was the only treatment. Recently, I learned that it wasn’t. Also if you know me, you know that I believe in “Godwinks”- messages from God through what you may call coincidences. Back when the world was open and we were traveling, I ran into several people who told me the wonders of Armour thyroid hormone-without me even asking-it just came up in conversation, on their initiation. It comes from a pig and addresses all parts of the thyroid, where synthetic hormones don’t. I asked my doctor if I could try it and he told me that if he prescribed it for me that it would be akin to him committing malpractice. I love my doctor and he has been so good to my boys, but he misses the boat with women, so I started looking for a new one and once again, God led me to an integrative doc in Jeannette. I liked him immediately. To make a long story short, he gladly switched me to Armour thyroid, ran lots of tests and found that I was also very deficient in many common vitamins and minerals and prescribed a protocol to get me back up and running and out of my lethargy. This all started around last February when we were all pretty much running scared from Covid and the world was locking down. I’m not sure how much of my lethargy was just feeling stuck. All of my fiber shows were canceled, Macaroni Kid was sold and the climate changed. I wasn’t doing any events. I wasn’t seeing people anywhere. I felt adrift and without purpose. I guess I’m more of a people person than I ever imagined. I’ve been pigeon holed my entire life as shy and introverted. So interesting.

Back to what the above quotes have to do with today. I’m taking bio identical hormones too because apparently I’m depleted there as well. Women of a certain age lose those along the way and they help with bone loss, brain function and a lot of other things we need. We’re still working on the dose. A few weeks before this sisters trip, my doc adjusted the combination. I started with just a small intro dose of the combination of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, then they adjusted it to a little more testosterone (which we women need.) I haven’t started to grow hair on my face yet or chest, but I can tell you that I think I need to back off a bit. It is making me VERY impatient, short tempered and filterless. I’m just blurting out what I really think to people and hurting them. BUT, what if things need to be said? Don’t worry, I’m getting my fair share of truth, but this doggone stuff makes it roll off my back. It is so not me.

I really love the quote by Thomas Sowell. It’s so true. Who do we help when we tell the truth and who do we hurt? I apologize if I’ve hurt any of you. As Jay says, I used to be much more diplomatic and could say what needed to be said with grace. He’s also telling everyone to be on the lookout if he shows up with a black eye! Last night I took a lower dose. Let’s see what happens.

So yesterday, I used the extra testosterone to move LOTS of alpaca manure. It is heavy and wet and I only got about 1/3 moved out. This week is supposed to be dry and THAT will really help. As will Jay’s tractor.

Let’s see what else I did. Oh! I took 3 of my sewing machines up to Kenny’s to be tuned up and was hoping to have my embroidery machine repaired. I’ve had it for as long as Jack has been alive (27 years!) and at the time it was state of the art. Now, there are no parts to repair it and I’ve fixed it myself a few times. Donna showed me the brand that they are selling now because the brand they used to sell, Babylock (the brand I bought from them) insisted that they only carry $15,000 embroidery machines. Crazy. But they were so busy and that was nice to see. People are rediscovering the wonderful world of sewing. She showed me the new line she is now carrying and said that she hadn’t played with it yet. I’m eager to hear how she likes it. I brought my embroidery machine home (leaving my regular machine and serger to be tuned up) and will try to sell it for parts. We’ll see. It’s a Babylock Esante and I have all of the accessories. Here’s a picture of the one she is testing out. Anyone have one? I love the large embroidery field and how it comes with so many hoops.

I made some dryer balls last night. Tutorial to come. I soaked them overnight and will give them a run through the washing machine today.

I know that this is a really long one, but I had a lot to say today. The snow is melting, thank goodness! More poop removal today and a visit with the grand dog is ahead. Busy day.

And hooping tonight! I can’t wait!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!