Just Some Ramblings

I’ve been told I love to ramble on, so why not pass along some of my ramblings from this past month.


Summer always reminds me of farming back home in southeastern Missouri. It was hot, it was muggy and life was slow. Usually this time of the year, the crops were in the ground and growing strong. The picture above by midcounty_journal reminds me so much of the back porch at the farmhouse. It wasn’t “magazine” pretty, but it was nice to sit on and watch the goings-on at the farm. Listening to the chicken’s cluck, the smell of honeysuckle growing on the fence, a tractor plowing in the distance, and the smell of an upcoming storm while enjoying a cup of joe. The only thing missing in this picture is a pair of muddy, dirty working boots.


I was recently contacted by The Country Door to see if I would love some new dinnerware to show to my readers. I didn’t have to think long because I truly needed them badly.

Guys!!! You have no idea how happy that made me. The dishes that I have used for 20 years now are chipped, some pieces missing and the color was faded or gone completely.

What cute dishes these are. They are called the 16-Piece Retro Dinnerware Set and I just adore them for my country farmhouse look in my home. Mr. G and I love anything vintage and old looking and this set is just up our alley. They look like old signs. I smile every time I set the table now.

If you have never been to The Country Door and love anything country, give them a look. You can also ask for their catalog too if you prefer those. They have items for the home, kitchen, bedroom, and bath, outdoors, holidays, clothes, and much more. And don’t forget to check out their sales page. Up to 70% off on some items.


Am i or am i not?

Every year, I go to my PA to have blood work up mainly to check my cholesterol, blood sugar and vitamins. I’ve been doing this since I was 22 when my dad had his heart attack and his doctor said it would be a good idea for his kids to see how their blood work is. This was a time when the world was just learning about cholesterol and what it can do to the body.

So, for the next 40 years, I pretty much stayed on a low fat diet. Which meant I could have breads, pasta and sugar. Now, I didn’t go crazy with those foods, but if I wanted a cookie, I would eat a couple.

Fast forward to November 2020 and it’s time for my yearly blood work. A couple of days later, my PA called and said that my cholesterol and blood sugar were elevated just a bit and to eat a lower-carb diet for the next 6 months and then come in for another round of blood work. She didn’t sound concerned and neither was I.

So for the next 6 months, I really watched how much yellow cheese, bread, and sugar I ate. Went back in April and in a few days, my PA called me upset with this news…..STOP ALL SUGAR AND CARBS. YOUR A1C IS SHOWING YOU ARE DIABETIC!!

I freaked!!

My blood work has always been good for 40 years. She also wanted me to do a prick blood test once a day for 2 weeks at different times of the day and come back in two weeks for another A1C test. I pricked my finger every day for 2 weeks and the numbers were low or normal range. Even right after eating. This was really puzzling especially when the April blood test showed my cholesterol and blood sugar normal. But the A1C was 10.5 which is the diabetic range. Normal is about 5.

Two weeks later I go see my PA with my sheet showing my prick test scores to hear what she had to say. She came in the room shaking her head because the A1C just didn’t seem to be correct. She then looked at the sheet with my prick scores of 140 or less and told me that the A1C test couldn’t be correct and that she has never seen this happen before in all her years as a PA. My prick scores would have to be around 250 for me to have an A1C of 10.5.

I am a Medical Mystery, she said. Well, um, ok. BUT AM I DIABETIC OR NOT!!!!!

She had me take the A1C test over and a few days later she called me back and said it was 4.8 and that I wasn’t diabetic. WHEW! BUT, to keep living on a low-carb diet, that it seems to be working for my body. She had no explanation on why that A1C was so high. I guess we will never know. I commend her for trying to figure out what was going on.

So, after all of that, my diet has changed drastically and I need help from you guys.

I would love to know some of your favorite low-carb recipes? Who you follow to learn more about low-carb diets? Or anything else I need to know.

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  1. Thank you for sharing some of the things that happened to you this month. That dinnerware set looks amazing. I love retro and that is something that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy.

  2. These are some cute dishes. I am all about the retro look. I am glad you aren’t diabetic. That would have been scary to hear!

  3. I love the porch with the chickens on it!
    Sorry to hear you need to change up your diet. Summer is a great time to enjoy all the fresh fruits and veggies that are in season!

  4. I was diagnosed with diabetes in September. My A1c was almost 14. I was in shock. I had hovered around 6-7 for years, even with a low carb diet. I got busy, lost weight and last week learned my A1c is 4.3 What a scare.

  5. I am diabetic and my last HBA1c result was a 7.02. My endocrinologist was so happy! She said this is the first time in years that I had shown her a lab result that is less than 7.50. I know it is not yet in the normal range, but after years of having HbA1c results in the range of 9.0 to 13.0, 7.02 is an achievement. I do 6 small meals a day, more veggies and choose low glycemic food. I still have rice and bread, but not as much as I used to. I think what worked for me is to always wear my fitness tracker. I have set 10,000 steps a day as my goal. That must have burned off all the excess sugar in my blood. 🙂

  6. Experiencing this would definitely be hard for you but aside from checking out low carb diets, also consider joining groups who have the same situation for some sort of support system as you go through your diet.

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