Verse of the Day

Monday, January 26, 2009

Introducing "Janie in MN"—My . . .

my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ... wonderful hubby... 3 sons who have grown into wonderful men of God, who gave me 3 beautiful daughters, and are planning on giving us precious & unique grandbabies!!... our grandson, Ethan... great neighbors... awesome support group... new online buddies!!
living with "severe" life-threatening & disabling NRLA (natural rubber latex allergy) and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) has been a life-changing/altering event... had to quit work (teaching rubberstamping techniques, piano instruction & admin assist.)... change what can wear (only 100% cotton)... adjusting to food restrictions is ongoing (there are MANY latex-cross-reactive foods!! can no longer eat my favorites—Mexican & Italian)... loss of activities (can no longer rubberstamp, go biking, dine out, shop or spend time with friends, no grocery shopping (DH does ALL of it!)-- any other shopping is severely limited due to use of latex balloons & gloves in stores (latex proteins get airborne), dust from people/store traffic (rubber-soled shoes, tires, etc.), hazards of being out of house (fragrances, latex-cross-reactive pollens, other chemicals..), etc.
reading, cooking/baking, collecting (ie, fonts, DIGI-SB FREEBIES!!, bears, lighthouses, etc.), internet research, fishing, nature walks & scenic drives, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, viewing wildlife in their natural habitats, bird-watching (especially along the Mississippi River & the rivers in this area... Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Great White Pelicans, Great White Egrets... all the birds are big and have "great" in their name!), flowers, TALKING ON PHONE WITH MY MOM & KIDS!! web-caming with family!!... shopping online... emailing family & friends... learning new things (ie PSE 5, digital scrapping!...
organization, advanced pianist & vocalist, jewelry design, watercolor artist (beginner), scrapbooking, computer "stuff"!, and "professional puttzser!"
colors—Autumn, especially forest/hunter green, shades of gold, orange & red, deep rich mauves, blues...
graphics—hearts, snowmen, bears
food—organic when can—garlic! blueberries, baked oatmeal with dried cranberries, brownies with dried cranberries & toasted pecans...
restaurant—Pei Wei (usually have to do take out), it's the casual version of PF Chang's... Red Lobster & Olive Garden... Oma's Pizza in Saratoga Springs NY (where we lived when we 1st got married—2 sons born here—this was over 25 years ago & we still compare all pizza to Oma's!). . .

Isaiah 40:31

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