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Immunocompromised and Illnesses

Hey yall, it’s been a while since my last post. I have been a little under the weather from the latest bug, and it took me a little longer to bounce back than normal.

I bought us a little something while I talked to you.

I had a taste for something sweet. Hope you like it.

If you are suffering from any illnesses or taking medications, please go get your vaccines. I already know you saying “SHUT UP!!” but I almost thought I would have to go to the hospital. That little bug took me out for over 2 weeks, and I am here to tell you it isn’t a game. We had to get tested for Covid, and I went through hell and back. Today is the second day of me holding down food, and I am nervous because I don’t want to be on bended knee to the porcelain throne again.

That stomach bug was a doozy, and I wasn’t able to eat anything. I couldn’t stand the smell of food; I’m trying to get back to normal as fast as I can. I have so much stuff I haven’t done. I feel like I’m trying to get back into my groove, but I’m having trouble finding my beat.

I started making Executive Decisions about life and buckled down to getting my Flu Shot. I can’t go through anything like that stupid stomach bug. I thought I had Covid, flu, cold, allergies, and got hit with the ugly stick.  I have upped my vitamins and trying to hold down as much fluid as I can. I have to go ahead and set up my vaccine appointment. I usually don’t do Flu Shots… yall it really messed me up.

I kept smudging the house with white sage to keep it purified. Yes, I love White Sage, I love everything about it, and I love the healing properties that it possesses.

White sage never hurt anybody.

It can turn negative vibes into positive, and it makes you feel better when you are sick.. it gives off this clean smell. So heads up, if you come to visit me, you may walk into a white sage aroma. Breathe deep, Buttercup!

Oh, and guess what we have headed our way, a hurricane. Yeap, we call him Hurricane Ian, and that little booger is tearing up Florida like a baby eating chocolate. It’s a MESS! If you have a chance, take time and look up Naples, Florida. That’s all I got to say…

On that note, I must get going because we must start preparing for Hurricane Ian. We have to bring in the trash cans, bolt stuff down, and I have to prepare some food, wash some clothes, and do little chores so I won’t have anything to worry about. The last thing someone needs to worry about is clean underwear and filling up your tummy with a hurricane.

Judge Me. I have spoken!

Ok yall, I am sending you the Warmest, Biggest Hug I can give with a Big Ole Smile. I will be blogging more, I know I always say that, and I love you for putting up with me.

Your Friend Always,

Ivey

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Sound The ALARM: Stomach Bug

Stop the Press, Call 911, send a smoke signal, wait a minute Mr.Post Man.. this is not a drill! A stomach bug swept through the house, and I am warning EVERYONE to be on the lookout.

Listen, If you have a family of four, it will take one week to go through the entire house. You can’t prepare for it. All you can do is stay up on your vitamins, boost your immune system, and hope you don’t get it.

The symptoms
  • runny nose/ stuffy nose
  • fever 100 -104
  • chills and sweats
  • headache
  • extreme fatigue
  • muscle aches and pains, especially in the legs
  • earache
  • sleepiness
  • cough
  • nausea/ vomiting
  • brain fog
  • itchy dry throat
The Timeline

 I can give you a breakdown of how it moves through the house. All four family members in the course of a week.

Monday – Madison complained of a headache after school. She told me she was ok until lunch. Lunch is around 11:20 am. She came home and went to bed. By 9:00 pm, she had a fever of 104.

Tuesday – Madison had a fever all day, body aches, headache, nausea, fatigue, chills, and sweats.

Wednesday – Madison is feeling better but now has a cough. She is still tired, but she has no fever, no chills, and she is 90 percent better. Now, I start having a headache. I started feeling tired. I don’t think anything about it.

Thursday – All Hell Broke Loose!! I woke up at 2 am, and I’m sick as a dog. I can’t hold anything down. My head is killing me, and my body hurts so badly I can’t stand it. By 6 am, I’m in bed for good.

Madison goes to school, and she just has this exhausted feeling.

Mackenzie goes to school only to be sent back home.. look at this.

Mackenzie had to get tested for Covid.

Natlie had to get Phatty from school, and when we got this Isolation Notice, she took her back to school to get tested. She DOES NOT have Covid. Yay US!!

Mackenzie slept all Thursday.

Friday – I wake up with the worse headache and body aches. Phatty is doing ok, but she said she just wanted to rest. I kept her hydrated with Gatorade.

Saturday – Natlie woke up sick. She popped a lot of echinacea and Vitamins, but she already caught what we had. She was in bed for the rest of the day. She had a lot of chills and sweat episodes.

Phatty and I started to feel better. For some reason, we developed a slight cough, like Madison.

Sunday – Phatty is back to normal, but I still have bouts of nausea and an upset stomach. I blame the immune suppression medication for my issues. It’s a little harder for me to bounce back, but I am doing better. Natlie is in the thick of that stomach bug at this point. All she wants to do is sleep. She says when she sleeps, it doesn’t hurt.

Yesterday/ Monday – Natlie is feeling a little better, but it’s not leaving as fast as it did with the girls. She is exhausted, and she feels like her body feels like lead. She had to take off work. Her head hurts, and she doesn’t have an appetite.

Today/ Tuesday – Everyone is back to their regular schedules, but everyone isn’t bouncing back to the total energy. I don’t know why but you feel tired. For me, I still feel like I have a little body aches still lingering. Not holding down food or liquid isn’t helping, but I am trying to keep ice around me. I can’t afford for my kidneys to take a hit.

Natlie, it’s her eyes. She is pushing herself, but she needs another day to rest.

Madison – she says each day gets better and more manageable, but you have to keep going. She said her legs are always heavy now, and she has an aggravating cough. She said if you cough more than two times in class, people want to give you the Death Stare. LOL! I shouldn’t laugh so hard.

Mackenzie is perfectly fine. out of all of us, the youngest bounced back and is happy-go-lucky.

Ok yall, I had to give yall a heads up. I don’t know what’s brewing around the world; if it is in the schools or workplaces, just know it’s something lurking out there, and it’s not Covid, but it will make you get tested for it.

I want you to protect yourselves. Get your vitamins, and eat your fruit. I thought I was dying, and I don’t want you to go through what we had to.  As always, I’m sending you some Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

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A Week For Myself

Hey yall, how have you been doing? Guess what I’ve been up to? I had a birthday last week. Yes, I Did! I was born on September 7, 1980, at 5:02 am. I am a certified Virgo, and I love every bit of it. I can hear someone right now saying, ” I knew she was a Virgo… I knew it!”

I want to tell you everything, but I got some bad news to share first. It’s easier to get the bad over with so we can relish in the good.

My personal Facebook page has gotten hacked a fourth time, and I will not be fixing it. I have had people get my youngest daughter banned on Tik Tok, and as of late, my hacker blocked my oldest off my page. I could give you a run-down but trust me when I say it is not worth the energy. The biggest lesson I learned is people will show you how they feel after a misunderstanding. Can you imagine me telling these people to PRAY for me when I thought I was dying, just to find out they were PREYING on me? So much has happened with that personal page; it’s like the saying goes, “Out with the Old, and in with the New!”

Now for the Good Stuff

Yall, I had a week full of nothing but good vibes and good times, and I made sure to take photos and videos to share with you.

We gonna party together!!

I really missed yall, and although I know a lot of you are in different countries, I wanted to bring my birthday to you. Usually, I love to have a cookout and have ice cream and cake, but I didn’t want to plan anything. I just wanted to enjoy the week. Sidenote: We have a family tradition we started that we celebrate a birthday for a week because it is our SPECIAL HOLIDAY for ourselves. If we can prepare for Christmas, why can’t we celebrate ourselves similarly?

Put your seatbelt on because I’m gonna take you on a LONG ride.

Sunday, Sept.4, We went to Cracker Barrel. It is an old-time country restaurant and store. I’m from the country, so this place always gives me the warm fuzzy feeling I used to get when I was younger.

 

They have antique memorabilia on the walls, and if you are lucky, they have a checkers table you can sit and play at until your table is ready. When you leave, many people sit in the rocking chairs outside and let their food digest. I am one of those people. I am not ashamed. Check out our breakfast selection.

Monday, September 5, Natlie and I went to Blacow Burger and Sushi Bar. I have incriminating evidence to prove that Natlie doesn’t care about me when she eats chicken wings.

Let me tell you my side of the story. She always ignores me when she eats. I gave her water before we left home, but she didn’t care. She starts smelling the fries, wings, and burgers cooking in the back… all that enjoying the ambiance goes out the window.

Tuesday, September 6, The girls and I went to Olive Garden. We had to get Phatty (Mackenzie) some school uniforms, and then we decided to finish off our little girls’ trip with an amazing dinner.

We had a good time, and Phatty, for the first time ever, ordered a raspberry lemonade. She was so excited over that little drink. I’m telling you, I could see the lights in her eyes flash.

Wednesday, September 7, MY BIRTHDAY

I woke up to text messages from Natlie starting at 12:00 am wishing me a Happy Birthday. Natlie was off work, and she was with me ALL DAY LONG. She even woke up at 7:00 am to run errands with me. Madison still wasn’t in school, so it was a little hectic. By 11:00 am, we were at Phatty’s school, getting her out for the day. We went to the mall, Natlie wanted to take me to do some shopping, but I couldn’t find anything I wanted.  I’m at this place in my life I’m genuinely happy. I just want to experience life and make great memories. She didn’t even know her and the girls being with me on my birthday was the best gift ever. But I did go for ice cream at Ninety’s Milkshake Bar that evening. We walked around the lake, and I enjoyed the sun setting and the colors it made over the water.

I don’t know what you call this concoction; I know it is a brownie, ice cream, and a cookie. Phatty got a unicorn milkshake. You can see it on the right side with the sprinkles.

Thursday, September 8, Madison FINALLY has her school information.  Listen to this, though, she doesn’t have a bus assigned yet. Yeap… every day, I take her to school until she can get a bus.

Friday, September 9, I won’t lie; I was lazy. It was the first time the girls were both out of the house. I dropped Madison off at her school, came back, and got Mackenzie to the bus stop, and I came home and lay done. YES, I DID. This was the first time in 2 years the house was quiet, and I had a good time. After I got the girls from school, I treated us to Jersey Mikes. It’s a fabulous sandwich shop that makes the best steak and cheese sub.

I was waiting for my sub and decided to take a photo. I forgot to take a picture of my steak and cheese sub. I get the number 43 with extra mushrooms, onions, and chipotle; add tomatoes and lettuce!

Saturday, September 10, Natlie and the girls did a Sour Challenge. I didn’t know that while they were having a good time, they were setting up for a birthday party.

I had to hold back my tears because I didn’t even think they would have done this. It meant so much, and I got cake and ice cream wasted. I even got some of the Birthday Songs for you guys.

Sunday, September 11, I learned how to make tuna croquettes; I will be making a recipe blog soon.

Natlie and I watched football. Her favorite team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and she was yelling and cheering all by herself.  They played the Dallas Cowboys and won 19-3. I sat there enjoying my cake and ice cream. I don’t have a favorite team.

For the football fanatics, I guess you can see why she was so happy.

What do you think about my birthday week? I think it was pretty amazing. I know it’s not as extravagant as most, but I thought it was EPIC. Can you believe I’m 42? I can’t, but I guess it’s because I feel like I’m 25. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

Ok yall, I’m not gonna hold you any longer. I just wanted to share some of my birthday shenanigans with you. As always, sending Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

 

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Slow-Cooked Barbequed Meatballs

Of all the recipes I have made, this barbequed meatball recipe is hands down the easiest one. It takes three ingredients, and you will have a mouth-watering dish in no time.

My mother used to do this for company parties, football games, and holidays. Since then, it has been a fan favorite for my family.

Usually, this recipe calls for grape jelly, but my mom had a thing for marmalade. If you have used grape jelly, you will fall in love with this twist on a classic.

Preparation

Meatballs

Regarding meatballs, you can choose:

  • beef
  • turkey
  • Italian-Styled
  • pork.

Just make sure that it says FULLY-COOKED! 

Jellies

Let your imagination run wild when it comes to a jelly to use. I have used so many different things depending on what is on hand. Try a few of these:

  • Grape Jelly (18 oz) jar
  • Honey (1/2 cup)
  • Maple Syrup (1/2 cup)
  • Brown Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Pineapple slices/diced (2 cups)

Barbeque Sauce

When it comes to barbeque sauce, any kind will do. Just make sure you are happy!!

The best part about this recipe is the barbequed meatballs can serve as an appetizer or as a main course with rice or mashed potatoes.

Enjoy!

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Slow-Cooked Barbequed Meatballs

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 1 slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 32 oz bag frozen meatballs (fully-cooked)
  • 1 12 oz jar Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 1 18 oz jar barbeque sauce

Instructions
 

  • In your slow cooker, add the barbeque sauce and orange marmalade. Make sure to stir well, and then add your meatballs.
  • Stir your meatballs well in the sauce and cover.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW 5-6. Turn the slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.
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First Day of School

Hey yall, it’s the first day of school, and we are back in action. How are yall doing? Are yall taking care of yourselves?  What have you been up to?

I brought us some pancakes and coffee.

Mackenzie has been excited since last week, so she was dressed and ready by 6:30 am.  Madison, on the other hand, is having some issues with her first day. She doesn’t get to go to school right now because they still haven’t transferred her transcript from virtual schooling to public school. You would think she would be happy with the extra time off from school, but she isn’t handling Mackenzie’s absence too well.

This is our first day of school photo. They wouldn’t let us walk her in but stopped us on the curb.

 

She has been all emotional, telling me to go back and get her from school; she misses Mackenzie bothering her. SMH!! She walks past the bedroom door looking like a sad puppy dog them lets out soft whimpers. She followed me to the kitchen, whimpering. I accidentally said the word school, and she got sad all over again.

Madison is a gentle giant. She will be 6’5 but has a heart of a kitten.

I want to throw a pillow at her, but I have to be empathic to her feelings, but deep down, I want to yell, “SHUT UP!”

I AM NOT ASHAMED!!!

Guess what happened last week to me?  My amazing kidney doctor has taken me off one of my medications called Amlodipine. It was given to me for my heart. It helps relaxes the blood vessels, and my heart was able to beat at a slower pace. I’m doing so well. My heart doesn’t need help anymore. I have been able to be taken off the medication completely and successfully, and although I’m still in the withdrawal stage, I feel like pieces of the old me are mending back together.

Ok yall, I have to start my day, but I had to bother you with the first day of school shenanigans. As always sending you big hugs and warm smiles.

Ivey

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Creamy Coleslaw with Tomatoes

My mother would often make this coleslaw recipe during the summer and for the holidays. It is something about the way the tomatoes compliment the cabbage that made me become a fan of coleslaw.

This coleslaw recipe is not dry but very moist due to the tomatoes and creamy because of the mayo. You are more than welcome to adjust the ingredients as need be.

Preparation KEynotes 

Cabbage

Choose any size or color cabbage you like. Some people like green and some people fancy red cabbage! Just remember raw red cabbage has a peppery taste, and raw green cabbage is sweeter.

Try and make sure when you shred the cabbage, you get out the big pieces.

Tomatoes

You are welcome to use any tomato you see fit.

  • 1 Better Boy tomato
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes
  • 7-8 Heirloom tomatoes
This is a Better Boy tomato! I hulled out the inside.

When cutting the tomatoes, cut them in half and take out the inside. You don’t have to, but depending on your tomato, it will be extremely juicy.

Vinegar (optional)

What is your favorite vinegar? I have always used apple cider vinegar, but you are more than welcome to use white vinegar.

I add my vinegar to the cabbage and tomatoes first, then add all the other ingredients.

Mayo

I mostly use Duke’s Mayo, but I have used Miracle Whip. If you use Miracle Whip, do not add sugar, it will make it too sweet.

Sugar

Only use white sugar, no substitutions!!

LET IT CHILL

Make sure you let it chill for at least 30 minutes. This is a recipe the longer you let it chill, the better it will taste.

Enjoy!!

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Creamy Coleslaw with Tomatoes

Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large cabbage (any size)
  • 1 big tomato
  • 1/2 cup relish
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Take your cabbage and cut it into four squares. Remove outside leaves and rinse off. Use a grater using the medium size part and grate all your cabbage up in a large size bowl.
  • Get your tomato(es) and dice them to the size you want. Add your diced tomatoes to the bowl.
  • Next, add your seasonings to the bowl, and mayo, relish, and apple cider vinegar. Stir it well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
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A Tale of Two Feats

Hey yall, how are you doing, and what have you been doing since the last time we talked? I got so much to tell yall.

Let’s eat at the park! Are you hungry? I hope so!

So the last time we talked, I told you that I had to get the girls registered for school. So much has happened in such a short amount of time. Put your seatbelt on for me.

Monday – I won’t lie, I was lazy Monday, but I did it. I got up, and by 12:00 pm, I had both girls registered and ready for school. Yes, I did!! I even ordered their lunch totes for school. Natlie got a little sick, so I was on nurse duty giving Tender Loving Care.

Tuesday – Mackenzie had a dentist appointment at 10:00 am. She was having tooth pain, and I had to get her in there. Needless to say, she has cavities.

Go Ahead And Fuss. I already beat myself up about it. I should have taken her sooner. I should have practiced better oral care. I know this, but go ahead and let me have it. I feel guilty, and the added criticism may do me justice.

She was nervous.

Wednesday/ Yesterday – Mackenzie got two baby teeth pulled, and she got three fillings. We got there at 7:06 am for a 7:30 appointment. I like to get to places early, I don’t know why. Mackenzie was a little nervous, but she got back there and handled it like a warrior.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a place for me to sit, so I had to go back to the waiting room. Madison came with us, she was all emotional after I told her what would happen. Less than 45 minutes later, Phatty (Mackenzie) came out, and we were headed home.

I went to the grocery store and got her some ice cream and Children’s Motrin (doctor orders). Soon as I got her home, I gave her the medicine so when the numbing medicine wore off, she would be ok.  She was outside playing by 3:00 pm.

She has no swelling, and I have her on soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, ice cream…

Next Wednesday we have to go back to the dentist, yeap! She is getting more teeth pulled. I think one, but I don’t know because I thought she was only getting one pulled yesterday, and she came out looking like a jack ‘o lantern; only on one side, and it’s the molars.

The dentist explained it would be more feasible to pull the baby teeth than fill them since the adult teeth are coming in anyway. It’s not as great as letting nature take its course, but overall it will be more beneficial for Phatty.

Ok yall, you know I had to tell you what’s been going on. I will talk to you sooner than later. Mommy duty calls and just been really busy. Big Hugs and Warm Smiles Always!

Ivey