A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  – Proverbs 17:22

The Great Physician prescribes a cheerful heart for what ails us.  Who are we to question that divine advice?  Today is all about cheer – laughter – positivity.  Disclaimer:  These images may prompt responses that require you to open your mouth.  Please swallow the beverage you’re drinking before looking at them to avoid spewing, which could mess up your computer.  Don’t ask me how I know that.  No, seriously – don’t ask. 

Grab your coffee and let’s look at some pictures.  I’m drinking coffee from my heart mug today.  ❤


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.  Here’s your dose of happy for today.

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TL APRIL IS PHYSICAL WELLNESS MONTHIf it was easy everyone would be a size 2…  that’s what everyone says.  Nowhere in the Bible do I see a verse in the Beatitudes that says, BLESSED ARE THE HEALTHY, FOR THEY SHALL LIVE FOREVER.  Life comes with challenges – some are emotional, some are mental and yes, some are physical.

I’m facing the challenge of my life.  I recently got my A1c checked – it’s a 3 month average of blood glucose levels.  It’s gone up again – now I’m at 8.3.  It should be under 7.  My doctor asked questions about my eating habits and I admitted my love of fruits and vegetables.  I like goldfish crackers and have little pouches which provide portion control.  I don’t eat more than one a day – honest.  But those little golden beauties are 28 g. of carbs so I can’t keep eating them every day.  I have to give up many fruits that I love – and can’t have fruit juices, even low sugar brands.

The thing that my doctor emphasized to me was that no matter what dietary adjustments I make, the most important thing I can do to regain my health is EXERCISE!

UGH…  the dreaded “E” word again…  but I hate it – I hate to exercise!  I’d so much rather get up in the morning and waddle to the bathroom and make a beeline for the coffee pot.  Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 – go straight to the coffee pot.  🙂

It’s no longer an option – it’s a necessity.  I keep wishing I had a partner in crime…  somebody to say COME ON, LET’S GO!  Some enthusiastic voice beside me, saying, LINDA, YOU ARE WORTH SAVING AND HERE I AM TO HELP YOU – TO WALK WITH YOU AND TALK WITH YOU ALONG THE WAY.

I’m taking the largest dose of Metformin, Glipizide and 40 Units of Levemir every night.  I have to bump up the amount of insulin, which means I’ll have to buy pens sooner – and that is hitting my budget in a BIG way.

I’ve hit the proverbial brick wall – head on – this is it – I have to decide if I’m going to do this or if I’m going to pay out upwards of $400 a month for insulin.

Note to self:  SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!  You have absolutely no choice.  Get out of this bed and put on your walkin’ shoes – get out there!  It’s a beautiful day – and yeah, you’ll walk alone, but you have no choice.  You just gotta do it.

So…  from now on, my routine will be get out of bed, waddle to the potty, waddle to the closet and put on my walkin’ clothes and head out the door – get it done while I’m still half asleep, right???  When I get home I can then waddle to the kitchen, fix breakfast and brew the coffee!

I can do this…  I CAN.  I WILL.  🙂



How much government control can we stand?  Sometimes the FDA does things that make me crazy.  Case in point – the product formerly known as OUTGROW, for the treatment of ingrown toenails.

I suffer with ingrown toenails.  They are painful and frankly make me a little cranky (okay, really cranky big time).  The FDA required the maker of Outgrow to change its name to Outgro, and it was required to remove the active ingredient tannic acid and start using the same ineffectual ingredients of other competitors because the tannic acid made for unfair competition against other companies not using it.  Now all products have 1% sodium sulfide (which does nothing to relieve the pain or harden the surrounding skin).  Without tannic acid, nothing works.

Let me get this straight…  there once was a superior product – one that worked SO much better than the rest…  but the good ol’ FDA stepped in and made the manufacturers jump through a bunch of hoops because their product was SO much better than the rest???  Excuse me…  say WHAT???  That’s perfect sense – let’s take the only product that worked effectively and make it just as ineffective as all the other products so the playing field will be more fair in the marketplace.  Oh brother!

Why couldn’t the FDA require all of the products to include tannic acid instead of forcing OUTGROW to remove it???  That is just maddening to me!

As I kept researching this, the FDA suspected that folks were assuming that the name OUTGROW meant that their ingrown toenail would magically begin growing back out if they use the product.  Speaking as a consumer, I never made any such assumption, but I did buy more than one bottle of it – because (and follow me here)…  IT WORKED!

But now there are no effective products on the market to treat ingrown toenails.  No, we are forced to live in horrible pain or run to the doctor for treatment.  Have you ever gone to the doctor for treatment?  I hope I never have to do that again.  They numbed my big toe and cut along the whole side of the toenail.  As a result of that surgery I had several complications.  Sigh.

If only I would have had my old OUTGROW.  But no – the FDA, (bless their sweet little gizzards), in their infinite wisdom, saw fit to steal my OUTGROW and leave me with OUTGRO which is like putting nothing on an ingrown toenail.  Sodium sulfide – BAH!

Here’s the deal…  the tannic acid in the old Outgrow was effective because it hardened the skin around the affected area.  It made the pain go away, which, if I’m not mistaken, is sort of the point of treating it.  Correct me if I’m wrong.

I’ve read that it’s possible to make your own potion with liquid tannic acid, but nobody has posted a “recipe” for this medicine – and I need to know what to mix together and how much.  If any of you have that information, please leave it for me in the comments.  Thanks!

Here’s my letter to the FDA:

Dear FDA,

Please let OUTGROW be OUTGROW, not OUTGRO.  Please… I want the original formula to be allowed back on the shelves of pharmacies everywhere.  That would make everybody in my village very, very happy!  Thank you!  – Linda

I’m also praying that somehow the Lord will lead someone with influence at the FDA to see this post.  God can do anything, right?

I just wish the federal government would stay out of my medicine cabinet.  😦







What will you forget today?  Well, don’t forget to take your medicine or exercise or anything else you need to do to stay healthy.  I have a list of things I will forget today and I’m going to share it with you.

  1. I forgot to get angry when the jerk in the SUV cut me off in traffic.
  2. I forgot to hang on to the hurt feelings I first felt when someone said something mean to me.
  3. I forgot to be negative when I was told I made a mistake.
  4. I forgot to stick my tongue out at the guy who stole the newspaper from our front yard.
  5. I forgot to be impatient with the lady standing in line ahead of me at the grocery store.
  6. I forgot to keep the extra change the clerk gave me at the book store.
  7. I forgot to break the pool stick across my knee when I lost the game.
  8. I forgot to worry about what will happen tomorrow.
  9. I forgot to be jealous of others who seem to be getting ahead in life.
  10. I forgot to get discouraged when circumstances were less than desirable.

Today I want to encourage you to hang on to God’s promises and trust Him for your future.  He is the one who knows best.  You may have a plan for your life, but remember that His plan is best.  If there’s a hiccup along the way, thank God because it probably means that He’s protecting you from something bad.

Don’t forget to water your olive tree…  LOL!!!

We don’t know the future – and that’s a good thing.  If we knew how things would go, I wonder if we’d have the courage to get out of bed every day.  It’s a challenge to wake up and get out of bed and face whatever lies ahead in life, but with God, ALL things are possible!   🙂