I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a Christian. I am a great grandmother.
I thought I would write a short post on who I am. I am really basically a “normal” person. Ok, down to the nitty gritty here. I titled my page living life with lupus because, well, I am living life with lupus. I have had the disease for over 25 years and yes, it has impacted my life in many ways. However, while I may at times moan a bit about the disease, remember this… I have lupus but I am not defined by lupus. I make the rules here. Lupus is not going to control me if I can help it.
I try to be a positive person and I am most of the time. I have down days but I try to find good in each day, no matter how I feel. I did a daily mindfulness of gratitude for several years and it truly does help you to focus on the positive things when it is the hardest to do it.
I am a blogger. I have a ton of information on it about not only lupus but many other autoimmune diseases as well. Feel free to go take a look. This blog is an outlet for me to learn more about things related to autoimmune diseases as well as life in general.
I am a homesteader. I live in Kentucky and while I rent the home we live in, I garden and grow whatever I can. My landlord told me that I could make the whole property a garden if I want to. Cool, huh?
I am a canner. I put up 18 dozen jars this year just from my little garden. I made spaghetti sauce, salsa, jellies, jams, pickles, relish, stewed tomatoes, green beans, carrots, potatoes, apple pie filling, apple sauce, apple butter, cinnamon apples, ketchup and a bunch more. I also can meats, including pork, beef, chicken, hamburger, beef stew and soups.
I am a dehydrating diva…well, not a diva but I am in that group on facebook. I am learning how to use my new dehydrator to make powders for easy soups and veggies. I use my lemon and orange powders to add to baked cakes and pies. I make banana chips for my grandchildren when they visit me. Fruits, veggies and all that good stuff is what I dehydrate. I learn new things daily and it sure is fun! I bought an excalibur dehydrator and love it too.
I am a gardener. My garden was 20 by 20 feet this year. It will expand a bit this year though. I am doubling the size of the garden and growing a lot of new things this year. I already have most of my seeds because I learned to seed save this year. I am so excited and I am growing new things too. I already planted my garlic for spring so one thing down. We use a lot of garlic and onions in or cooking. Herbs too. I get excited just thinking about gardening next year.
I am a crafter. I crochet, knit, scrapbook, paint, quilt, sewing and love to learn new things too. I save most of my crafting for winter because I am indoors more then.
I am a family history researcher. I have been working on my family’s genealogy for years and it fascinated me so much. Now that I live in Kentucky, I can do more research because my family is from Kentucky and this state has great records online and locally. I am trying to get as much as I can online so future generations can see their history too.
I am a firm believer that food is medicine. I am learning how to do lactofermentation among other things so that I and my husband can feel better and hopefully live longer too. Part of that process means removing most processed foods from our table. Now, I could say we are doing great in this department, but I confess, I am hooked on the duds, milk duds that is. We make efforts to work harder at learning more and putting it into practice daily. An occasional milk dud is ok.
I am a practicing naturopathic. I do not have a degree. I do research though. Lots. More on this later. It is an important part of my journey in life and lupus. I used to think those with lupus who used natural medicines were lying about how great they felt. I found the opposite to be true though and I am fine sharing the things I learn. However, please always consult your doctor when starting new things.
This is just a sprinkling of who I am. If you stick with me, you will learn so much more. I love learning new things so please feel free to share your own experiences as well. I love hearing from you!