Year One: A case of lemonade’s

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 was a shocking day for us. Robert has to quit his high-paying job and take an unpaid medical retirement. His Ankylosing Psoriasis Arthritis was out of remission and brought his health down. His symptoms included Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Our financial picture was okay, or so we thought. Until reality sunk in. We cashed our savings and 401K in and final bonus. We paid to get rid of the truck and payment of $751.00 monthly. We bought a used truck for $7100.00 and had to make $2500.00 in repairs in September. We were ushered into the … Continue reading Year One: A case of lemonade’s

Managing Stress

Stress is normal. We are born feeling stress if only in the birth process and procedures entering our new world. Abnormal stress is normal, too! It’s how we handle abnormal stress that affects our way of life. Some people eat junk food- i.e. carbohydrates or sugary sweets to cope. The momentary high off the sugar is enough to keep them coming back for more. Some people go for over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, or smoking and vaping as it is referred to now. They know the risks associated with the behavior but ignore them. Some people go for the emotional outlet screaming … Continue reading Managing Stress

10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE BABIRUSA

THE CREATURE FEATURE Article found at: https://www.wired.com/2014/05/the-creature-feature-10-fun-facts-about-the-babirusa/BABIRUSAS ARE NO ordinary pigs. Found in the swamps and rainforests of Indonesian islands, babirusas have barrel-shaped bodies balanced on delicate, deer-like legs. The most well-known species of babirusa is distinguished by its naked body and massive, curving tusks. Read on to meet this strange and charismatic oinker. 1. Babirusas are native to the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula, and Buru. Humans first colonized Sulawesi approximately 30,000 years ago and soon began hunting and eating babirusas. It’s thought that humans introduced babirusas to Sulu and Buru — although given the babirusa’s swimming prowess, it’s also conceivable … Continue reading 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE BABIRUSA

Robert’s reflections of 2018

Robert Challis 6 hrs · now that we are on the last day of 2018 I have reflected on the past year for me had a heart attack had heart surgery my lupus flared up due to being off my medicine during the time I had surgery and 6 weeks afterwards retired hardest thing I ever did 5.sold as much property and items as I could to cover medical bills spent much more time with grandkids spend more time at church helping where I could spent more time with my wife and girls played Santa for the schools and church … Continue reading Robert’s reflections of 2018

Happy New Year 2019

2019, is full of promise. We will be selling our home in the city suburbs and moving to the country. We have seen some really nice land parcels with houses and barns on them. We are thinking of brand names for our farm. the lazy cs= u~ farm or double cs =ccs farm both derivatives of challis-smith or something creative like double K farm, the twinkling brooke, RK’s cabins, it will be interesting to find out what the name will be and how far off I am from it. We are going to wait one year so we can gauge … Continue reading Happy New Year 2019

Thanksgiving 2018

It could’ve been worse! 2018 brought perils of its own in the New Year. Robert’s health declined, and he had to quit his job on Feb. 06th. March 20th he had a widow maker heart attack at the hospital emergency room and was taken into surgery where stents were used; the hospital wanted $18 thousand down to do the heart surgery- the emergency heart attack made them forgo the requirement and admit him into the hospital. We had to make some hard and fast decisions about our finances liquidating assets to survive on while keeping our home. We don’t have … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2018

An Ode to Alcohol

You let me say whatever I thought, you gave me courage when I fought, you came before relationships that I sought, and even food when I bought. You lied to me when you said you were my friend, You couldn’t see the pain on their faces that you caused, Or smell the alcohol on your breath as you cursed and blamed and shamed yourself. You were my everything, and now my body is wasted and my enlarged heart is very small as I take my last breath while drinking you- alcohol.   I           Continue reading An Ode to Alcohol

3 Bones About It

Reba McIntire said, “You need a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone” to be successful. My wishbone is telling me that I want my family to happy, healthy, and wise, spiritually and physically. If I could wave a magic wand and wish all my bills paid, good health, and mental wisdom, I wouldn’t use it. It is bad that allows us to see the good. It is not the struggle that defines us, but the result of the struggle.  I would prefer to have a wisdom all the time, but there is something good to be said about exploring an … Continue reading 3 Bones About It

Seasonal-affective-disorder

Seasonal-affective-disorder (SAD) is the pits.  I have the fall version of SAD and it is difficult to function. Having Bipolar (schizoaffective-disorder) and Major Depressive Disorder is making my symptoms worse. I have depression that ranges from sleep deprivation to excessive sleeping.  Last Sunday, I slept all day- getting up to take a shower after my daughter thoroughly made me angry about being SAD.  She goes through this every Fall with me and see’s me sink into depression and apathy.  So she deliberately goaded me trying to get me to snap out of it.  Well, it worked… after I got over … Continue reading Seasonal-affective-disorder

More to Consider – October 2018

October 2018, I have reached 100 blog posts this month. My advocate job finally played itself out to nothing. However, I have been busy taking classes for a Masters Degree and doing quite well at it.  The ministry Loving Embrace has really started to get busy. Creating original art and sentiment can be time-consuming but well worth it to those who receive a card from me.  I’m not boasting. There are hurting people and they deserve to be acknowledged in a time of illness and grief that they are not all alone, someone cares about them.  God receives the harvest … Continue reading More to Consider – October 2018

It’s Mid-term Scholarship Time, again!

Thousands of hopeful students apply for the same scholarship every semester but only one is chosen as the winner. Am I a winner, will it be you, or someone else that is celebrating free money to help pay for college?   Below is a sampling of a question asked on scholarship applications.  I copy the question in Word, then answer it… moving text around to make it sound more purpose driven.  These questions can also jump-start you on writing your entrance essay for college. The scholarship website I go to is reviewed at https://fastweb.com or https://www.fastweb.com/login. Q: When you feel stuck … Continue reading It’s Mid-term Scholarship Time, again!

One’s Faith the substance of belief

Faith, you can’t see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it with ordinary senses; bit you know it exists and that it is real. The holy bible tells us in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is a faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” I’ve been asked recently to trust and have faith in God for the healing of my mind and body. What would that look like to me? It would have to be supernatural for someone to … Continue reading One’s Faith the substance of belief