ctlss's Journal, 14 February 2013


It is sunny and 53 degrees already today. In the words of Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing!" I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee, with some coconut oil added. It has so many wonderful health benefits and I have been neglecting to add it.

February is not generally a good month for me. Some bad things have happened in my life during the month, which makes it not one of my favorite months. On Valentine's Day, 1999, at 5 in the morning, the smoke detectors started screaming. I didn't hear them (yes, I do sleep that soundly, which is a scary thing at times), but, thank God, Dan did and he woke me saying the house was on fire. I rounded up the kiddos, told them to grab all the animals, and get out to the van, start it up and get the heat going. It was 12 degrees outside. They did exactly what we had practiced and talked about. They stayed calm and got out of the house. By this time I had discovered that the fire originated in the garage. I grabbed the fire extinguisher, but it was too far gone. The whole attic was on fire. Thank goodness we had a fire wall between the garage and the house. The fire department put the fire out, but the damage was pretty extensive. It took almost 4 months and over $100, 000 to put the house back to rights. For a long time, Valentine's Day led to nightmares about that fire. The fire department told me that if Dan hadn't heard the alarm and awakened me, we all would have been beyond saving in the next five minutes, due to the chemicals in the smoke. It really scared me. We now have smoke detectors in every single room in the house, and a heat sensor in the garage. They are hard wired with battery back up.

February 16th it will 25 years since we lost our daughter Jessica. I have journaled about this before, and have decided that I won't do that this year. She was my sunshine and I miss her. Enough said.

Last night we went to mom's after running our errands. She was a bit under the weather with a nasty headache, but I gave her some medication, fed her, and after a bit she said the headache has lessened. We finished the Rummy game from Saturday (I won) and played another (Dan won), then played 2 games of Yahtzee (mom won both). We got home about 9:45.

Food was good...exercise...meh...

Well, that's all the news that's fit to print from my corner...hope all is well in yours!

Have a great Valentine's Day, and remember to let the important people in your life that you love them!



Diet Calendar Entries for 14 February 2013:
1163 kcal Fat: 88.95g | Prot: 65.53g | Carb: 34.16g.   Breakfast: coffee, horizon heavy whipping cream, coconut oil, chicken, Seasoned Low Carb Breading, Cream Cheese and Bacon Jalepeno Poppers. Dinner: lettuce, celery, cucumber, green onions, buttermilk, carrots, celery, peas, mushrooms, chuck roast. Snacks/Other: Terra Mediterranean vegetable chips, almonds, simms beef snack sticks, carb smart ice cream bar. more...
2409 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 16 hours. more...
on diet The Primal Blueprint  


I can understand you dreading February. Am hoping this February will break that trend. And I will direct you to read the last line of your journal - we are so blessed!  
14 Feb 13 by member: BuffyBear
Yes, Buffy, we are blessed. Have a great Valentine's Day. HUGS! 
14 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
I lost my mum on the 17th... So understand how you feel (although nothing is worse than loosing a son or daughter). Hope your mum gets better soon..... Coconut.... Mmmm I have been neglecting it too. I did by coconut oil for cooking... And used to put a little in salsa and salad dressing yummy.... Must get some more.... Thanks for the reminder 
14 Feb 13 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Oh yeah I can relate to the months of disasters too...the 28th a year ago is when I lost my MIL..she was a good friend as well..March 12th 5 years ago I lost my own mother..April 16th also 5 years ago I lost my precious poodle..But like you said sweetie...we are very blessed...Love and Hugs my friend...:O) 
14 Feb 13 by member: BHA
So sorry for your Feb tragedies. Here's hoping the month improves now and going forward. Happy Day, XOXO 
14 Feb 13 by member: ZippyDani
Wow, Stef, you guys all do a good amount of the card winnings. LOL. Stef and Bren, so sorry for your losses. Thoughts and prayers to get you through the weekend, Stef dear. Hugs. 
14 Feb 13 by member: Helewis
We all have those times of the year when it's not our favorite for one reason or another. I hope this Valentine's was good for you! I hope the 16th brings you happy memories of your daughter. Prayers for you! 
14 Feb 13 by member: skwhite
Thank goodness for Dan and his good sleep-hearing! Scary to think about how quickly life can change.. Happy Valentine's day to you! 
14 Feb 13 by member: erika2633
Sometimes it is good to say less. My thoughts and prayers have been with you this month ... as always!! We had a house fire once too and I know exactly what you are talking about. Scared the bejebbers out of me. No one was hurt but the smoke damage was horrendous and it took a long time to repair what had been burnt. Ours started in the week hours of the morning in January. Mom heard what she thought was rain which of course doesn't happen in January around here. The whole back porch was in flames. Apparently the fire started in the outside wall, a wiring problem. She yelled FIRE!!! That's how we woke up and fortunately by the time the fire department responded our neighbors were already at the house and we had it basically put out. Still, sometimes when I drive home, I wonder if the house will still be standing. If mom hadn't heard the fire we would have been toast, and our two doggies. Anyway ... have a great day Stephanie ... may God's peace reign in your heart. 
15 Feb 13 by member: madaboutmoose
Such a scary story, can't even begin to imagine what that was like for you. Needless to say, I am thankful all survived & there is the blessing in that. Words can't describe the loss of Jessica. Life is short, live today for today with as much joy as you can. 
15 Feb 13 by member: gg-girl
Pam, this has been the easiest February for me since Jessie died. I miss her terribly though. I hope your month isn't too difficult. The coconut oil is so awesome. I do love it in my coffee...gives it an almost velvety texture. Have a great weekend! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Oh, Bren, I know that the first anniversary is the worst...I will be praying for you and your DH. Love you, sweet friend! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Thanks, Dani! Have a wonderful weekend! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Heather, we do kind of share it around. DH beat me by 5 points! lol Thanks and have a great weekend...take care of you! HUGS! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Thank you SK..it was a good day...we didn't do a darned thing! lol Have a great weekend! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Erika, I know! I slept right through it and I have also slept through a tornado and the warning sirens and weather radio! Funny though, a baby crying will wake me in a heartbeat! lol Have a great weekend! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Carol, yes it is...I have worked out the negative for the most part with blogs, journals, and here on FS. The deep pain is more a dull throb these days. A house fire is such a scary thing. Ours started with the cats knocking a fishing basket off a shelf onto the boat batteries. The metal basket landed on all four posts and they short circuited, melted, and caught fire, which caught the shelves on fire, and that led to the attic. It was HUGE!! Have a good weekend my sweet friend, and know that I love you! You are awesome! 
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss
Thanks Steph..your a sweetie...:O) 
15 Feb 13 by member: BHA
Dar, it was scary, but it could have been so much worse. And yes, life is short...Have a great weekend! HUGS!!  
15 Feb 13 by member: ctlss


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