Sunday thoughts

Just like that July is over and August is here. It always surprises me how fast time flies by. Tomorrow we will begin the 8th month of 2022. I guess the positive side is, that summer will end soon, and cooler days are near. Of course, August and September can still be hot in the south, but I am looking forward to days when the temperatures are not in the low 90’s at 10:00 at night. This heat has been awful this year and I do not expect next year to be any different☹. I am hopeful that next year we will have central air in our house, so we will not feel like we are living in a sauna even with window units.

Tomorrow, I have my follow-up doctor’s appointment with my pain doctor. You know the one that forced me to reschedule because I was a few minutes late and two minutes away after driving for an hour and a half a couple of weeks ago! It probably is not a good thing that I am still feeling a little sour about this and I already know they will have me wait for no less than 20 minutes tomorrow. Why is it okay for them to always run late, but when I do one time I have to reschedule, leave work early again, and drive that long drive for a second time within two weeks, especially when gas prices are out of control? This hardly seems fair to me, and it is going to be extremely hard to not let them know how I feel about this!

I think I have mentioned this to you before, but the Gilenya I take for the MS is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because it seems to be keeping the MS at bay and not letting it progress, which I appreciate. It is a curse because one of the main side effects is sinus issues and I have had an evil sinus headache for three days now. If you remember I did post several years ago about stopping the Gilenya and trying something different because I was sick of the sinus headaches. Honestly, there was no way to know that this medication was helping as much as it is. I knew years ago I would have to decide to either deal with the sinus headaches or risk my health, which logically seems like a no-brainer. I hate the constant headaches but would regret changing medications and end up in a terrible situation. This is a catch-22 situation, but I decided a long time ago that I would just endure the sinus headaches.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope your weekend has been full of relaxation and doing what you enjoy. Tomorrow is the start of a new week and a new month, which will hopefully include many amazing new opportunities. I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Not just any kind of Monday

Most of us dread Monday morning, but today is a VERY special day! I do not have the words to explain how happy I am that my mother is getting married tonight. After kissing many toads, she has finally found her prince charming and soul mate in this life. Love is not an easy thing to find and hold on to, but she is happily marrying a man that is kind, loyal, understanding, easy to talk to, giving, loving, loves her unconditionally, and everything else that is wonderful. In all my years, I have never seen her this happy and it is refreshing. Not everyone finds love in their lifetime, but she finally has and I could not be happier for the two of them!

Unfortunately, I am not going to be at this wedding in person as she lives in another state which is over which is over 1,100 miles away. However, we are doing the next best thing and I will be at this wedding via Zoom. I know it does not seem like an ordinary way to watch your mother get married and I can admit it is far from ordinary, but due to COVID still lingering and my weak immune system getting on an airplane was not safe. I am thankful for the man she is marrying, which I have known for over two decades. It is funny how life and love work out, but things like this always work out for the best for everyone!

This afternoon I have a follow-up appointment with my pain management doctor. These appointments always go the same way and are relatively pointless, but I jump through all their hoops and follow what they require. The worst thing about these appointments is driving there because there is WAY too much road construction and too many people cannot drive. Overall, I know my appointment will go well as the Nurse Practitioner listens to what I say and knows I will not be willing to try anything different. Why change something when it works?

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and look forward to hearing from you. Considering I am leaving work early for my doctor’s appointment and I have my mother’s wedding tonight, it might take me longer to respond to comments, but I will as soon as possible. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week begins great. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Five Year Blogging Anniversary

Five years ago, I decided to join the blogging world😊. I have never regretted my decision as it has provided me with an amazing opportunity that I will be forever thankful for. I have always enjoyed writing, so blogging has helped me to broaden my abilities and deepened my skills. This experience has given me a chance to make friends all around the world, which has been extremely interesting. The friends I have made in other countries have been a phenomenal adventure for me and I want to thank everyone who returns to visit my site, and for sharing your wonderful posts!

Over the five years, I have been doing my blog, I have received 17 awards😊, which were surprising and very much appreciated. The awards that I received were: Awesome Blogger, Entertainment Blogger, Chronically Hopeful Blogger, Disability Blogger, Sunshine Blogger, Mystery Blogger, Liebster Award, and Blogger Recognition Award. I did receive multiples for some of these awards! I never in a million years expected any of these awards, but they did allow me to nominate other bloggers for the awards. I enjoyed choosing some of my fellow astonishing blogger friends for these.

I feel like writing is a fantastic outlet for emotions, which may be positive or negative. There are NO rules and should NEVER be a fear of being judged because we are all entitled to feel the way we do. Of course, we do not all have to always agree on everything but should always remain respectful. One thing I think is extremely important is to build others up, instead of tearing them down. We are all living in this huge world together and may not meet face to face, but we need to not ridicule or degrade another person. This is crucial whether it is online or in person because everyone has feelings.

Unfortunately, in the United States, bullying has become more common. We hear about these issues happening in schools, between ordinary people and in the government, and anywhere else where humans are. The outcome of bullying is never positive and leads to terrible things that should never have occurred in the first place. Why do so many people think it is acceptable, to taunt, harass, belittle, demean, and terrorize others? Why do so many feel like it is well within their right to harm another person? Why have there been an appalling number of mass shootings in the United States? Why can everyone not treat others kindly and with respect? It will never make sense to me because treating others unkind is completely unacceptable!

I started this post talking about my five years of blogging and then started writing about something completely unrelated. One of the many reasons I enjoy writing is because we can write about whatever we want. I hope I have been able to help some of you with the over 1,100 posts I have done so far. It has been one of my goals to help at least one person who is going through a difficult time in life. We all experience struggles in life and even though we might feel alone, there is always someone out there that can relate and offer their assistance!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoyed this post. I appreciate all your support over the years and hope to continue sharing enjoyable posts with y’all. I am looking forward to reading your comments and will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Let It Go Friday

Finally, happy Friday! How was your week? I cannot speak for everyone, but I am so glad it is Friday and we have the weekend ahead of us. I think I have been waiting for today since Monday morning😊! Of course, I always look forward to the weekends, but this week was exceptionally long and slightly painful. There were many twists and turns this week with the unique personalities of people. Yes, many were amazing and brightened my day, but some that would not be happy if you handed them the sun, moon, and stars!

As we are at the end of the week and about to begin the weekend, we need to find a way to let go of any negative emotions caused during the week. Our weekends are already so short, we must be able to enjoy them as much as possible. I love the quote I am sharing with you today and hope you will enjoy it as well. It seems crazy to talk about how short life is when the week feels incredibly long, but life truly is too short to have any regrets. We definitely should not wake up or go to bed with any regrets because we never know what tomorrow or even the next few minutes have in store for us.

Do you have anything planned for the weekend? I am sure no one will be surprised, but I do not have too much planned for the weekend. I prefer to not make too many plans as the weekends are the only time I do not have to do anything. I do not like fighting, but tomorrow one of my favorite UFC ladies is fighting. I think Michelle Waterson is absolutely adorable and seems to have a great personality, plus she has a smile that can make anyone else smile with her. I also did learn there is another writing competition that is going on in September. I am considering trying this again, but must think of something to write about.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quote and what I have written. I hope you have a wonderful, restful, and safe weekend. I am looking forward to reading your comments and will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick-Me-Up Thursday

Of course, it was a “short” week, but it definitely felt much longer than four days. I think one reason it has felt so long is that it has been SO darn HOT. Anyone reading this that has Multiple Sclerosis knows that the heat is our enemy. Thankfully, I hardly leave my house, but we do not have central air in our house and it gets really hot even with the window units. I have been ready for fall since April because it was already getting hot back then and now it is ridiculously hot. It is at times like this that I drink nothing but ice-cold water!

At this point in the week, I am sure we could all use a pick-me-up to help get us through the last part of the week. We all go through SO much in life and it can be painfully difficult. Sometimes it may take every ounce of energy and strength we have inside, but we will find a way to survive any challenges we must endure. We may feel broken at times, but we have so much courage and determination that we can conquer anything we decide to and do so with grace, and dignity! Never back down and try to stand up tall with pride!

As the week is coming to an end shortly, how was your week? Do you have anything planned for the weekend? My only plans for the weekend are to rest and recuperate from this past week because it was a crazy week. Although we did have a long weekend, I never slept in and feel incredibly drained today. Even though my plan is to sleep in, I know my cats will never allow this to happen. I love them with all my heart, but sometimes I want to strangle them because they wake me up every day at the same time, which is at 6:30 AM!

Thank you for stopping by my site today. I hope you have enjoyed what I shared and you found meaning in the quote. I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. Something important to remember is, you are important and you deserve nothing but the BEST in life! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Can you tell me why?

People throughout the United States enjoy celebrating the 4th of July. There are parades, fireworks, cookouts, and more that people “should” be able to enjoy. Why was this such an issue over the long weekend everyone was looking forward to? Why can people not enjoy life without fears of mass shootings? Why do some people not leave their homes because they worry about what could happen in society? Why is it so difficult for people to practice kindness and compassion for others, instead of the sick need to shoot innocent people? Why is there so much hatred filling the world? Why can all the people in one country not get along?

The questions I have asked are what evade my mind constantly. There are NO answers that will make sense to me because I feel the need to treat everyone equally. Yes, this might be something that makes me different from many other Americans and that is why I prefer to NEVER be like everyone else. When we desire to get along just to get along and not stand up for our beliefs, it does not ever fix anything! I would like to suggest you listen to this song and please tell me how it makes you feel!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc

When I was growing up, I was taught that the United States is a “free” and “welcoming” country, but this is far from the truth! No one is completely free, especially women as they no longer have control over what happens to their bodies. If everyone is not uniform, behaving, looking, believing, and speaking alike, they are too different and must be stopped. Why else would so many innocent people trying to enjoy the long weekend, going out to dinner, a movie, the grocery store, or anywhere else not in their homes be shot and killed?

For years now, my husband and I have stayed home safely. We never wanted to get COVID, especially due to my weak immune system, and we have been successful. We do not want to go out to dinner to celebrate or have a date night and not make it home because of the insanity in the country, again, we have been successful. I understand how short life is, but we do not want it to be made shorter because of something we have no control over. I know it seems like we are trying to live in a bubble, and this might be true, but there needs to be a massive change in the United States.

Have you ever wondered what other countries think when they see what is going on in this country? I do not have to wonder because I am told by people, I work with that live in Canada. They see the news here in the United States and shake their heads in utter disbelief as to how it could be true. The mass shootings, lies within our government, taking away a woman’s rights to her body, hatred filling our streets, and much more that should never happen! NO country is perfect, but most other countries do not have the damage as the United States does.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know there are going to be many people that disagree with everything I have said and that is okay because you have a right to your opinion. I would love to read your comments and I will respect whatever you have to stay. I hope your long weekend has been safe and relaxing! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Stand up for rights

On June 24th, the US Supreme Court decided amongst themselves and others with the same ideology to overturn a landmark decision made in 1973, Roe vs Wade. As it should have, this incredibly unethical and terribly flawed decision has caused an uprise in the country. We were supposed to be evolving in our lives, not devolving, and creating additional turmoil in a country already overflowing with hatred! The ruling regarding Roe vs Wade was brought into light almost 50 years ago when the thought processes of the people had not advanced to a kinder and more understanding way, which was the way things were in the past.

Please allow me to explain more about the way I feel about what has taken place. I am not pro-abortion, but I am pro-choice and believe women have the right to decide what happens with their bodies. Not all pregnancies were meant to go full-term, and it is not necessarily murder. Sometimes deciding what is best for the unborn child and a mother may seem unconventional and cause disagreements, but it should remain a choice. If a mother knows she does not have the means to provide a good and happy life for a child, why should the unborn child have to endure a difficult life? It is already challenging enough for people to survive this unpredictable and demanding life without dealing with hardships that could be prevented.

If the United States was truly a “free” country, there would not be a question or argument about a woman having the right to decide what happens with her body. Clearly, this is not the case because of the Supreme Court. It does not matter anymore if the pregnancy was from rape, incest, or merely an accident, abortion is now the choice of each individual state. I am an empathetic person and do not feel any woman or child needs to suffer the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. A child’s life does need to be valued, but can they be loved unconditionally if they are the product of rape or incest? Are those that are making an abortion difficult going to care for a child of incest and possible birth defects this may cause?

Unfortunately, there are people out there that do not have the means to afford birth control or to see a doctor to obtain birth control. What about the men involved? Why do they not have to suffer any consequences and why do some men think all they had to do was one small thing to become a father, but they do nothing else with a child’s life? Sex does not make them a father but being there and helping does! It enrages me that some men have unprotected sex one time, which causes the woman to be pregnant, but they do NOTHING to support the mother or child. If a woman’s right to abortion is compromised, why should men get off free?

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. There was NO reason why this should have been an issue in the first place. Love is love and should NOT matter if it is the same sex or opposite sex, as it does not cause anyone any harm. Seven years later, some within the Supreme Court want to change this again and make same sex marriage and relationships illegal. I do not understand if these individuals fear what they do not understand or maybe they prefer the same sex and are afraid of what people will think. Again, if the United States is a “FREE” country, what gives anyone the right to say who one should love or not?

What does love mean? Is there anything in the definition of love that says you can only love someone of the opposite sex? I have never seen this in any definition and think that love is love. Who cares if someone loves another that is the same sex or opposite sex? The problem with people that want to put restrictions on love is, that they do not understand what it means to love and probably lack love in their hearts. Of course, so many want to quote the bible, which I think is a weak and ignorant person’s way out of understanding. Again, if this is a free country, why does it matter who someone marries? Just as long as love is involved, no one is getting harmed!

Considering this is “supposed” to be a “free” country, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but should those opinions weigh in on the choices people make for their lives or what they are able to do with their bodies? Of course, when something is harmful to the lives of other people, there should be laws in place to prevent and protect it. I realize some people believe abortion is murder. With that said, what is worst for an unborn child to be born into a life where they will not be safe, offered food, and a room over their head, OR to have an unwanted pregnancy terminated? Why should a woman that is raped be forced to carry her rapist’s baby for nine months and go through delivery, and either keep the baby or give it up for adoption?

These topics are controversial, and I am sure what I have said will cause people to be angry, but if my views cause you to be angry, please explain to me why. I want to understand why anyone thinks anyone’s life should be controlled, especially when they are not harming anyone. I understand abortion can be viewed as harming an unborn child, but their life might be worst if they are born. And what harm does someone cause by loving someone of the same sex?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read this post. I do understand that not everyone is going to agree with anything I have said, and I do know you have the right to your opinions. I am just a firm believer in equal rights and do not think anyone’s right should be ignored. Life is so short, and we only get one chance, so why can we all not be considerate of others? Why should anyone be forced to change who they are or why should a woman not get to decide what happens to her body? Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes.

Always, Alyssa

The count down!

I have been counting down the days until June 10th for several weeks, heck for many years. The next two days might feel longer than normal, but on Friday I am meeting someone I never thought I would get the opportunity to. I have been a HUGE fan of James Patterson for years and on Friday, I will get the chance to meet him and hopefully shake his hand and get a picture with him. As y’all already know, I enjoy writing and dream to write a book someday. I admire James Patterson’s writing style and logically I know that even if I do write a book anywhere near as great as his have been, a girl can dream though!

Considering I have been looking forward to Friday as much as I have, I have refused to allow anything to ruin this experience for me. No amount of stress, pain, frustrations, or anything else will destroy this for me. On Monday, something I dealt with over 20 years ago is trying to return, almost like a nightmare, optic neuritis. I am not 100% sure it is optic neuritis, but it has been a reminder of the past. My right eye has been incredibly painful, to the point I am unable to wear my contacts. Thankfully, I do have glasses, so I can see to work and read James Patterson’s autobiography before Friday!!!

I have dealt with pain for over 20 years, so this is not something new to me. Plus, optic neuritis is how I was diagnosed all those years ago. Thankfully, I have not lost my vision and only have to endure the additional pain. Again, no matter what and no matter how much additional pain I have this week, it will not diminish my excitement for Friday. I have picked out two outfits to decide between and yes, I know no one but me cares what I wear. I am also planning what I am going to say in the short time I will get to speak to James Patterson!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know I have written too much about Friday, but I am extremely excited and feel this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I hope your week is going well and you are staying as stress-free as possible, believe me, I understand stress and know that all it does is make matters much worse. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick-Me-Up Thursday

I think looking at today as Thursday, makes it feel like the week is not almost over. This is why I prefer saying it is Friday Eve! My week has been exhausting and it is not over yet. Thankfully, I was able to talk with one of my co-workers yesterday that was in training with me and she said she was feeling just as discouraged as I have been feeling. I hate that someone else feels this way, but it does make me feel better to know I am not the only one. I was starting to think it was just me and maybe I was not understanding something.

We do still have at least one more day left of this week and we could all probably use a pick-me-up to make us feel happier. We try so hard in life and sometimes we might feel like it is not enough, but as long as we are trying it is plenty. We will never be perfect because perfect does not exist, but we can still be happy! I believe perfection is just an illusion and can never be reached. All striving for perfection is going to do is drain our energy and self-esteem. The only thing we are able to do is be our perfectly imperfect self😊!

Of course, my week has been long and a little frustrating but I am thankful to have a job working from home. Although I do deal with aggravating and demanding people a lot, I do get to talk with some really great people. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to talk with two great people. The last lady told me I have made her experience much better and it made her want to do further business with my company! The funny part is, I was just honest and myself with her. I am always upfront with customers because I believe that is the way business “should” be!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and the quote helps you through the last part of this week. I know it is not easy, but try to not allow anyone to bring you down. Most people that have a negative attitude are angry with their own life and want to bring others down. You know what they say, misery loves company, but that is not the company you want part of. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Massive Dizzy Spells and the fall

For many years dizzy spells have been a common challenge I face. I have been able to find ways to shorten the duration of these spells, such as sitting down immediately or focusing on a still object, which works about 75% of the time. Unfortunately, on Tuesday evening nothing was helping and when I “attempted” to sit down on the floor, I somehow ended up hitting my head, arms, and legs on a hard object.

I am not 100% sure what happened because I was in a daze, scared, and extremely confused. If I had to guess, I would say my head hit the corner edge of the nightstand and while trying to catch myself and prevent the fall, my arm was collateral damage and hit the nightstand as well. It is obvious my head hit something rather forcefully because I have a bruise and swelling on my forehead. Also, my bottom lip is swollen with a nasty laceration. I do have sore areas on my scalp, which made washing my hair very painful.

I had to work the day after this exciting event and was unable to focus. There was not one part of my body that did not hurt. It is not easy working when in the amount of pain, I was in, but I am new with the company and refused to call out sick. I mean, I work from home, so I do not have to go anywhere or see anyone, so why call out? The entire day, I had two speeds, slow and stop, which ended up being stop for much of the day! YES, this made for an extremely LONG day!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope your week is going well and you are taking care of yourself. Never forget, YOU are important, and you cannot take care of others if you neglect your health. Yes, this is something I am awful with. I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa