oops, time lost and not found…

Is it me or does life get in the way of what little free time you have these days. My free time in the past 6 months has been taken up by work when we became short staffed by two people that quit within two weeks time. One without any notice, and the other one gave us like a weeks notice. We were already a bit shorthanded, so I went from being a part-time worker to working over 40 hours some weeks.

Now that might now be bad for some of you, but for someone with chronic health issues that isn’t good. I suffer with arthritis in my left knee, (right knee was replaced but still has arthritis in that leg itself), in both my hips, my back and my hands, and a bit in my right shoulder. I also have sciatica issues which really sucks when you stand all day and cannot sit down at your job. Add high blood pressure to that and acid reflux makes for fun times. The stress was not fun for me for several months.

Then in late October, my moms health was declining and I took her to urgent care. I was working so much that I wasn’t noticing that she was getting really thin, that she was not telling us she had fell more than she really was. That her muscle mass in her body was diminishing. Urgent care looked her over briefly and told us to head straight to the ER.

As we are heading there, she smoked a cigarette before we left Urgent Care parking lot, but she says to me in the car, “aren’t we going to stop and get my cigarettes before we go?” I was like “nope, let’s see what the docs say first.” Well mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, and she had suffered from several mini strokes as well. That was why she was having trouble with her balance and stuff.

The doctors were like we are keeping you a few days and running test, because at that point they only knew she had high blood pressure and untreated diabetes and cholesterol was out of whack. She replies, “but I don’t want to,” I started laughing and was like “if you want to get better you really don’t have a choice mom.” The ER doctor told me they were going to transfer her to another hospital and run more test as well there. I was like okay, and talked to her a bit and headed home to get the stuff she wanted for the next few days. Then to find out which of the two hospitals they were sending her to.

She came home after 3 and half days in the hospital, but she was a fall risk, we needed to get her a cane and find my old walker. She couldn’t take the steps so her bedroom became the living room. We had to buy new foods for her and us, we needed to change the diet of the household to some degree. New medicines, new schedules, Physical therapy appointments, doctors appointments, follow up with stroke doctor. My days off became days running errands and playing taxi driver. I cut my hours at work a bit to do this, but we were still short staffed. Mom started getting better, and is now doing much much better. But it took like 4 months, and she still isn’t 100% but is much much better.

Meanwhile while taking care of her, I let my health slide as I was always worried about getting her medicines picked up and her stuff, that I would forget to take some of my meds. I wasn’t going to the doctors because when we lost the employees and I started working more, I lost the medical insurance that I had that covered my visits and my prescriptions. I suddenly made too much money for it, but still couldn’t afford the health insurance state affordable programs that they have.

So I didn’t go to the doctors, until less than a month ago I had to go to the ER because my inner thigh, near the groin area was numb and the occasional nerve shooting pain in my leg. My leg buckled before work shift and I was like I am done, going to the ER. I was diagnosed with Meralgia paresthetica. Was told some exercises to do, gave me a few days off to relax it and that it should works itself out with in a few months. It is still numb, and still there.

Then I had an abscess develop behind a tooth and was developing a sore throat as well, went to the ER. The doctor thought I was just getting bronchitis and it was still early, he wasn’t believing me about the pain on the left side of my mouth and that the access kept shifting around behind my tooth, to the glands under my tongue and back and forth. Until I went a few days later to another one and she seen the swollen gland behind the tooth and was like it is probably just fluid, it doesn’t look like an abscess.

So I was like go ahead and poke it with a needle, I am fine with that. (I have had abscesses previously when I had loads of teeth issues years ago) So I knew that this was one even though they didn’t believe me. She and a nurse made sure I kept my mouth open and tongue out of the way. She was like I can’t numb you, so please don’t bite my fingers. I was like I have tattoos, I think I can handle you stabbing with quickly with a needle. She poked it once and was like nothing yet, and then poked another spot and was like, oh boy, you were right and they started shoving gauze into my mouth to soak the stuff up. I was like with my mouth open and them trying to get more gauze out and ready, I was like, “I told you all so, and the other doctor.”

I felt much better after without all the pressure on my mouth and some pain medicine and numbing mouth wash. She gave me stronger antibiotics too. Still need to schedule a dentist appointment but I am feeling better finally.

But with all this going on, I am behind with taking pictures of stuff, and writing of course. I have slacked on this blog and my other one.

I did finally cut my hours at work to give myself a bit more rest and get healthy again. Meanwhile trying to get health insurance again, get to dentist and get to feeling 100% again. I am also going to be hard core looking for another job as I can’t keep working on my feet much longer, it is just making my issues worse. So I need to go get a new SSN card, as mine has disappeared in this house since we moved in. I have looked everywhere and no card. So wish me luck on that one.

I know that was a long one but I wanted to explain my disappearance. Family and health issues have taken up my time. Plus I still play taxi to part of the family, and some of my family always needing a helping hand from us and makes for tight money issues too.

Now some makeup goodies.

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Finally a few months back I bought the real JH palette, as I had previously gotten one on Amazon and after when I received it realized it was a fake. It was alright but the half the shades were slightly different. So I bought the real one and then also bought her new Vault collection too, but two here and then one and then the last one. I should have gotten them all at once. I will find the pics of those and post them soon.

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The Fire and Ice Collection from Wet n Wild. Free brush, Fire Zodiac highlighter and Siren’s Jewel from Midnight Mermaid collection. I love Wet n Wild. So affordable and great products for drug store brands.

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Totally exhausted

For some reason as soon as I made it home today. I relaxed a bit with a book and I started falling asleep. I woke up, took my meds and have been watching a You Tube video or two and then was going to do makeup and do my hauls, but I can’t seem to keep my eyes open tonight. I don’t know what is going on. So I will be off schedule this week with what I had planned to do. I might get my stuff together and write these out and start my schedule as of next week. Seeing as I am already behind this week.

So sorry to my followers as this is not what I intended this week. I hope that I am not coming down with something. Ugh. Thank you and will be writing these out and releasing them on the correct days starting next week.

Late Hauls and Buys post

I received five packages on Tuesday and then was wiped out and had to nap. Ran to grab son from work, he worked late and then was grocery shopping for a bit. Home late and tired.

I need to download the pictures of the stuff that arrived. It was two Influenster Voxboxes and one Crowdtap package. The other two were bought: my refills on something and a value buy fro Ipsy.

So I am either redownloading the WordPress app to phone so I can write and download the pics to my blog or downloading them to my laptop. So posting tomorrow right after work.

I will also post my Wednesday post, but later in the evening for that one.

Satisfaction of Clean Brushes

I bought one of those electrical wands with bowl that you stick the brush into the holder, then dip the brush in and out of water, then let it spin for 10 second above water. Let me tell you it does a pretty fab job at cleaning them and it takes less time to wash them and loads of less time to dry them.

Now I still have to clean my beauty blenders and my two sided brushes by hand and that is fine. I am just happy to not take forever to clean my brushes anymore. My oldest grandson Adrain was helping me tonight, he thinks it is fun to clean the brushes and this new machine made it even more fun.

I was hesitant about using this and think that is why I hadn’t used it even though I bought it over a month ago. I was thinking what if it doesn’t clean them, what if the rubber holders don’t fit my brushes correctly and whatnot. I was overthinking it, and I should have tried it earlier to make sure that it worked too. I did remember to put batteries in it when I first got it and knew that the wand at least spun around.

I am so happy and thankful for whoever invented this first one and that they make them from several manufactures and brands. This is a life saver to every MUA out there and to all makeup enthusiast, and every brush hoarder as well.

Declutter Coming Soon

I am doing a major declutter for this upcoming Fall. I am decluttering my craft space, my basement that has random stuff and my excess clothes as well. I am also going to be going through my makeup and decluttering some too. Now I will be possibly giving some to a few friends of mine that appreciate makeup. I know that I have too much and need to give some away, throw a few things away and some unused sell or do a giveaway on my IG, as I have over 2000 followers and am doing the Giveaway to try and get myself up to 2500 or 3000 followers. I have some goodies saved for the giveaway already.

I will take some pictures of each category of my makeup and show you folks what I am getting rid of. I will also take some pics of craft space and what I am donating to Children’s Hospital and what I am selling. I have some paper pack collections that are no longer available and can get some money from them. Plus selling one of my electronic cutting machines and the cartridges.

I plan to donate my extra clothing to a woman’s shelter and family shelter. My grand daughter has some clothes we are going to try and sell to a co-signment shop but what they don’t take will be added to my pile for the shelter. I will probably also add some makeup and beauty products to this as well for the shelter.

I know my hubby and son will be happy as can be if I make room in the basement and our bedroom so we have more floor space and shelve space. Hubby is just mad that there is no room to add more POP collectibles in the room. He is a total geek and loves his Marvel and DC stuff. Ugh, what can I do. He puts up with my collections and I put up with his.

This is just a few pictures of either my collection when I first started, but eat bottom row and the second from the bottom on the right are some shopping hauls. I so need to do this declutter. This pains me with the makeup the most. I love my precious babies. hehe. I am being a smart ass, but it will pain me. I love makeup and shopping.

 

Luck changes as fast as a Rainbow disappears…

WP_20141003_002Not often that I catch a rainbow with my camera, this one I almost didn’t catch a few years back. I pulled off the road and took a picture before it disappeared. Before I caught this, it was a double rainbow but the other had faded away before I caught it.

Reason why I decided to post this picture was to remember to take the time to enjoy the basic things in life. Not to look for happiness with the latest and newest items. Be happy with what you have and that you have enough. Remember there are those that have much less than we have.

I am getting ready to do a declutter of stuff, some will go to the thrift stores. But I plan to find a few shelters that I can donate items to as I want to help those that really need these items. Having a nice outfit to wear to an interview can make a drastic change in ones life.

I can remember when I had most of my belongings in a storage unit and was stuffing with friends or family until I was able to find a place years ago. All because I let my apartment go and moved into a house with a best friend and her new hubby only to be kicked out when he decided he wanted to move his friends in and kick me and my family out. Hard lesson learned.

Anyways, I remember being pregnant, jobless and down. I brushed my butt off and went job hunting and didn’t take all the No’s as I would never find a job while pregnant as people to didn’t want to hire someone that would be taking a 6 week break sometime down the road. Someone finally took a chance on me and that made a drastic difference.

I knew even though I was pregnant and looking for a job that I needed to dress business casual while job hunting. I was lucky to have some roomier pieces that helped me with this. I also recalled that others had things worse than me and that when I got on my feet and down the road I would give back to others.

I have tried to do that at least once a  year with decluttering, but other times I do it more than once. I am a softie and I do once a month usually give money to someone I see that is down and out, because you never know when that could be you. I may have never been truly without a roof over my head, but briefly living in a place with no electricity or heat wasn’t much fun in the fall. Plus it was barely a roof over the head, thankfully other family members took us in and we were blessed in that aspect. I know one bad decision can screw up your life and it takes a minute to get back on track.

So remember to slow down, take time for yourself before making major decisions. Weigh the pros and cons. Never make rash decisions when mad. Make a list if needed to help with decision making. Don’t feel guilty to pamper yourself every once in a while. Give yourself a gift for a job well accomplished. Give someone a compliment each day, you will be amazed how good it makes you feel. If you are able, do something small for someone you care about just because or do something big. Its all on you. Enjoy nature and reconnect with the Earth, it is a living and cherish it.

Okay, now off to make a list of what I need to go through to start my decluttering. Books, clothes, makeup, shoes, crafting items. A few bigger items I will put up for sell on FB groups and put that money up into savings. Every little bit helps, hope to take a weekend trip with hubby down the road, a little mini honeymoon even if belated.

Coming Soon…

Updated pictures of my professional kit and my personal makeup. Now some of my eyeshadows are professional only and some personal only. But some are both, as I disinfect my palettes before the shoots and after I get home as well.

I know that now my bed couldn’t hold all my makeup that is in my personal or professional kits. I have put myself on a no buy of lipsticks, glosses, highlighter palettes, eyeliners and limited on buying shadows.

I will take pics this week and download them to this laptop and post them here. I will post the before pic of when I had smaller collection and now. I have a buying issue, this I know.

Colorful pictures to come soon.

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