Random Pianist at the Library

At the library, of all places, I heard very loud music playing once.  Piano; probably a Beethoven piece.  It was so loud that I almost asked the librarian while checking out my books, since when does the library play music?  Loud music at that.  But I was enjoying the sound really; It was beautiful to listen to.  Whenever I stepped out of the library doors and into the lobby, I realized the source of the music.  A gentlemen was properly sitting at the piano that the library has stuffed into a corner on the far back wall.  Barely noticeable unless someone is playing it. 

But there he sat, pressing vigorously against the keys, a very angry and intense piece.  Every note played perfectly; at least to my own untrained ears.  How lucky–I felt–to witness such a random thing.  I haven’t heard a musician play publicly since my visit to New York City. 

Ever since that day, I’ve wondered if I would ever see this man playing again, and today I received my answer.  I could already hear him playing before I even reached the doors this time.  After handling some business within the library, I decided I would record a snippet of him on my cell phone without disturbing him.  Watch it below if you would like.  Fair warning though: it’s a terrible video and very shaky.  My picture on the front has nothing to do with the video, btw, I just figured it was better than a picture of my feet that it was using, haha! 

I wish I would have stuck around and listened.  Usually you have to pay to listen to such things these days. : )

My Son Has 8 Food Allergies and 4 Non-Food Allergies

Like most children with food allergies, you won’t find out they are allergic until they eat it.  Likewise, it was with us. (You can read that story here

Oddly enough, I always had this weird, motherly instinct, if you will, when he was born that he would be allergic to peanut butter.  What I didn’t realize is that he would be allergic to much more than just PB.  So after his Emergency Room visit and his initial blood test revealed he was allergic to Eggs, Milk, Peanuts, and Dogs, the doctor seemed adamant that he would outgrow his egg allergy by age 1.  That has not been the case for our story; so we have treaded carefully until he could have a full panel administered. 

I say “carefully” because at his age, he can’t tell me that he has a metallic taste in his mouth or that his throat is swelling shut.  Because he already seemed to be allergic to nuts, we avoided any sort of nut products until he was able to receive this test.  This included packaging that says this product “uses the same machines as those with nuts.” 

It really narrowed down what he could and couldn’t eat.  His diet became extremely simple.

There is A LOT to know about one food allergy let alone multiple food allergens. What does one do in an emergency? how does their diet work? how do you eat at a public restaurant?

With that in mind, I’ll be posting a lot of information that the doctor gave to us.  I do so just in case there are other parents out there who have friends or family members who want to be sensitive and aware.  This is especially good for our “real life” friends & family members, too.


First things first!

What did they test for?

As you can see from the pictures above, the specialist numbered Scout’s back etc, and then pricked a needle with different substance into his skin.  How his skin reacted is how the doctor analyzed Scout’s allergies.

The doctor tested for these common allergies:

Seeds, Nuts, Trees, Grass, Weeds, Inhalants, Foods, Shell Fish

The doctor also did another blood draw to see if he continued being allergic to eggs and milk.

Here are the results:

Sesame Seeds – EXTREMELY allergic. This means no sesame anything: oil or seeds, no sesame hamburger buns!

Brazil Nut – HIGHLY allergic.  Stay away from it.

Hazelnut – SLIGHTLY allergic.  No hazelnut spread.

Pistachio – SLIGHTLY allergic.  Don’t eat it and he’ll be fine. 

Black Walnut – EXTREMELY allergic.  He may NEVER EVER EVER touch or eat this nut.  He tested very high on the reaction test.

Peanut – EXTREMELY allergic.  Same rules as the walnut.  No peanut oil either!

Oak Trees – HIGHLY/EXTREME allergic.  He should just stay away from them if possible.

Egg Whites – SLIGHTLY/HIGHLY allergic.  He can have some baked goods that include eggs, however, he cannot eat egg by itself.

Milk – SLIGHTLY allergic.  Affects his skin mostly.

Dog hair – EXTREMELY allergic.  It affects his respiratory, will break out in hives, and swell.

Cat hair – EXTREMELY ++ allergic.  Cat hair is worse for him than dog hair.  Have to keep the cat outside! 

Dust Mite P – SLIGHTLY allergic.

Linking this post up with Casey.



Another time, I guess.

My version of what to do on a Wednesday and my husband’s version of what to do on a Wednesday are not the same.  You see, when I woke up this morning I thought to myself,  …what a perfect day to do nothing except read.  just bounce around from magazines to blogs, then books.  But my husband woke up and thought to himself, …what a great day to paint the walls in my house.  Now, obviously my idea is just an illusion.  There is no way that will ever happen anytime soon.  But still, I didn’t expect to find my husband and Nathan painting our dinning room and hallway after my hour at the gym. 

The house is an absolute wreck because of it all, and as I took in the view I wondered where in the world all the stuff came from!  That, of course, lead to me tossing this and dumping that.  It felt satisfying and as for the walls…we’re never going to get our deposit back.  Ha!

In all of the mess, I managed to make a couple of loaves of bread.  I kneaded the dough between school books and a stack of bills I wish I could poof away and books that I wish I were reading instead.  Another time, I guess.  I kept dinner as simple as a dinner can get, and doubles as one of our favorites: bread and gravy.

Alright.  It’s time for lights out.

Linking this post up Blythe!



Sometimes I like to jot down the little things that are just for me (us!) on here.  This is one of those times.  It won’t seem like much to others who read it, but it will be a cute moment for Bubba and I to roll our eyes about one day.

Earlier today, while Bubba was enjoying his bowl of ice cream, I grabbed the sheet of paper that had been left from when the kids were coloring.  I picked up the blue map pencil and scribbled, “I Love You!” across the paper.  Then I held it up for him to read it.
He smiled, casually took the paper and map pencil, and jotted down, “Dido.”

I couldn’t help but crack up laughing.

I said, “It’s D-i-t-t-o, not Dido. You spelled it wrong!”

We laughed about it, cause we are dorks like that.

A Walk

Lately, all I have wanted to do is get out and about.  I don’t care where or when, I just want to do something that will break up our daily routine.  And that’s just what I’ve been doing.  Last week we revisited Reed’s Gold Mine (post coming soon)  and treated ourselves to a hole-in-the-wall hamburger joint.  It was so gooood. 

But, after the church sermon was over and the kids already becoming restless, I decided to take us for a stroll to our downtown area.  It was difficult to take pictures with two little ones in tow.  I assure you that the downtown area is actually very pretty and not just dirty alley ways, ha!  I just wasn’t able to stand on the sidewalks and safely take photos with the kids.  I could only let go of their hands in front of the courthouse and the alley.  

Any hoo…

I think it was a nice change of scenery that we all needed because the kids were little angels for the rest of the day.  Hallelujah. 🙂

Btw: the little kiddos were freaking out a little because of a very loud motorcycle that was driving by, hence their expressions.

at night

Tonight, I emerged from my four walls and treated Nathan and I to a movie. The movie theater that is. It is the first movie I have ventured out to see since the first Thor came out—like two years ago.   Anyway, I chose“Noah”, thinking it would be action enough for a 12 y/o boy along with a good dose of biblical history. To bad the biblical history wasn’t so accurate. I contemplated leaving during the middle of it, but I figured since I paid 10 bucks to sit there—then I was going to sit there and get my $10 worth. Actually $16.50 since I paid for both of us. It’s not to say that the movie didn’t have its moments, but I was disappointed.  It wasn’t my taste both on a Christian level and a regular movie goer level.

It was to late to do anything after the movie (10pm) but I did take the long way home so we could enjoy the night drive.  Simplicity can be nice.  : ) 

What is the last movie you went to see at the theater?

…an oh life reminder

Have you ever heard of Oh Life?  It’s pretty cool, but I’ve been lazy about using it lately.  Naturally, I received an email today saying that 176 days ago I had written this:

// Wouldn’t you know it, my pen ran out of ink while in the midst of writing a letter to Peggy, and of course, I only managed to find a bright green pen to use for the rest of the letter.

It’s been a rough day today, so I don’t really want to talk about it. I just want to pretend it didn’t happen. Ha! I’m sure I will by tomorrow. Or maybe tomorrow will be much worse and I’ll wish to relive this day instead. It can go either way. //

I never claimed I had an exciting life! Haha. 🙂  Here’s to a great weekend everyone! 

winter | please stay

I’m not eager to let winter go yet.  I wish it would stick around longer.     

I’m aware this statement just caused a rampant amount of foul language under the breaths of my northern friends who are still sitting in ceiling high piles of snow drifts and wearing two pairs of pants just to chip ice off their cars:  but…I can’t help it.  The summer months in the south are long (6 months), humid, and sweaty.  Even in the air conditioner I sweat because it is so humid.  It’s ridiculous! 

In fact, I was scolded yesterday for having the air conditioner running.  I couldn’t help it!  It was 74 degrees in the house and if you know me, anything that surpasses 70 is cause for a fan or air conditioner.

My entire neighborhood emerged from their winter holes this weekend too.  We all had squinting eyes from going awhile without the sun last week.  This is a tell-tell sign that the south has told winter to move over and welcomed spring in its place.  

With that being said I suppose it’s time for me to wave farewell to winter.  The longer days and the already ten degrees hotter than average weather says spring has arrived.  

But a girl can always wish. 

Here’s to a toasty 76 degrees today!

I’m Leaving Blogger

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This is a somewhat official announcement of my departure from Blogger.  I’ve mulled over this idea for the last two years, never taking the leap for this reason or that, but usually my reasons were due to finances and a lack of experience on my end with coding.  However, I think it is time to move on.  Blogger has served as an awesome beginner platform, but I’m ready to move on and leave the quirks that come with Blogger behind.  I don’t have a specific date for when this move will actually happen, but expect it to be very soon!  As in within the next month or even week. 

If you’re curious, I’ve chosen to use Squarespace as my host.  They offer a free two week trial that I may just “try”.  I’m nervous to leave the security blanket that Blogger has become, but like I said, I am ready to move on.  Bear with me as I work on this blog in the days to come, and stick around to see the finished site!

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