Health for days journey – May 30th (Staying away from oatmeal edition)

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

Is everyone happy and okay? I hope so.

I’m back to my normal life after yesterday’s adventures. Still not knowing what might suddenly kill me if I touch it. I’m exaggerating a bit (Am I?). I’m still staying away from oatmeal and will only try to eat it on Saturday and Sunday, when hubs is at home and can save me if I need rescue from my allergic hell. It was the weirdest situation ever. I’ve never been allergic to a single food or product, I touch detergents, cleaning stuff, plants and weeds and dirt with my bare hands and I’ve never had an issue, aside from the usual rose-bush that decides to stab me. I’ve been known to use hand cream on my face and have no issues. So, I have no idea. It was even weirder because it was all hot (literally) and heavy for about an hour and then vanished, on its own, not becoming life threatening. I thought they were going to draw blood, maybe do an allergy test and so I was thinking “please don’t be gluten” all the time. That would really complicate my life and make my grocery bill very expensive. They didn’t do shit but I have eaten gluten since which makes me think that it isn’t the culprit. Should I pay a very expensive allergy test elsewhere (that some people say it’s useless) because of an isolated event? Still deciding if it’s worth it. Now I’m on some allergy meds that make you fat because they have cortisone. Cortisone makes you retain fluids and bloat. I only have to take it for 4 days so, hopefully, I won’t gain any weight from it.

Do I have a to-do list? Sure. Whatever I was planning on doing yesterday:

  • I’m going to focus on the kitchen. I haven’t washed any dishes since about Thursday or Friday, so everything is a huge mess. So, in the kitchen I should:
  1. Wash the enormous pile of dishes;
  2. Clean the microwave, wash the microwave plate;
  3. See what has spoiled in the fridge (and then slap me on the face because my goal for 2017 is not to waste food), clean the shelves, above the fridge, behind and under;
  4. Clean the shelves and everything that is on them because it gets dust;
  5. Clean the coffee machines;
  6. See if my bunch of watercress is still possible to save and make a soup;
  7. Take out the trash;
  8. Clean the table;
  9. Clean the counters;
  10. Vacuum and mop the floor;
  11. Make some jello;
  12. Cook dinner;
  13. Maybe bake some cupcakes? I have a new decorating kit!!
  • Second point of focus in laundry. It was raining so I’m a bit behind but today the weather is good;
  • I should also change my sheets;
  • I would like to plant some flower seeds and do some gardening but I’m not sure I’ll have the time because Rui is coming home at 4.30 and we’re going grocery shopping and to a gardening store because I want some more seeds and some rubber gardening gloves (better safe than sorry, right?);
  • When it comes to blogging, today you can expect “The Perfect Party blogging series”, featuringΒ Elsie. It should have been up by noon but I didn’t have time to prepare it yesterday. I’m usually so organized and like to plan things ahead but, apparently, when it comes to blogging, I’m a bit more spontaneous and do things on the day they’re being published or the day before (very rare). So I’m sorry, but I’m going to publish it later.You can also expect my challenge posts from yesterday and today, which are the final ones! The month is over.

I’ll leave you with a photo dump of pictures that I took yesterday, to show you my garden, my plants and the outside of my home.

Our gate from the inside. If you look closely you can see our garage door on the other side and the gate to our vegetable garden.
Just a pretty bush. Have no idea what it’s called. Does anyone know?
On my desk πŸ™‚
My gigantic succulent
No idea what this plant is, but you can see my little plants growing on both sides!
My hydrangeas are finally blooming this year. I think regular watering and the fact that Rosa has stopped messing with them helps.
Another little (but growing like a weed) succulent on my bathroom sink. The pot used to be a mason jar.
Closer look at hydrangeas
Just love this tree that goes above our door
Little outside table is full of plants.Β 
This one is one my vanity, by my bedroom window
Two little succulents on my vanity table
The beautiful tree I was talking about


Our second bedroom window and a little outside storage
Used to hate this plant and its flowers. I love it now that I’ve taken care of it



More plants: Thyme, chrysanthemum and daisyΒ 
Two beautiful trees that meet
The previously hated plant again
Better look at our little outside table: Rose bush (green pot), succulent, bonsai (back there), three plants I have no idea and a vine (bush?)
Some bindweed I don’t know what to call
My dressing table succulents once again
Rosa photobombing
I really need to find out what this bush is


Our big pine tree. That’s our kitchen window


Parsley looking gorgeous!
Where our trees meet


My bathroom chrysanthemum. He loves it there. Maybe the moisture?Β 


Better look
Our kitchen/front door
Rose tree
My little plants growing (I think these are my sunflowers, I’m dumb and forgot what I planted in each bed)
Our cute mailbox
Front/Kitchen door




Our spearmint

These photos were taken with my phone and have no editing. I think they look good and even pretty. I hope you like taking a look at our little yard that we love so much.

See you later.

P.S Plant people, help me with the bush!! (sorry, that sounds bad)







24 thoughts on “Health for days journey – May 30th (Staying away from oatmeal edition)

  1. Hey Cheila!

    Great post! I just thought I’d let you know that I’ve started a blogging project! I wondered if you’d be interested in getting involved? The details are all on my blog if you want to check it out!


    Btw, did you get my email?

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  2. That is the cutest photobomber. You have such a lovely house, Cheila. That contrast of white and electric blue and then the bougainvilleas. Total love. I have missed a few of your posts but shall catch up slowly but surely. I hope the oats have left you truly alone by now or you have since they have been naughty! xx


  3. LOVE THE PHOTOS!! Even Rosa photo bombing them :). The tree above your door is gorgeous, I need one! You have such a green thumb, my plants seem to die. It is quite sad.

    Glad you stayed away from the oatmeal until Mr R is there! We need you safe!!

    Sending you all the love from Ohio and take care!! ❀️❀️


  4. Look at all the pretty greenery you have all around the house and yard. I have no idea what that bush is but it’s pretty and green. :): Does it look like it has any buds on it? I agree the tree above the door is amazing. But then again I love me a door and that blue trim around yours is oustanding!


  5. Sorry about thatπŸ˜” I know it must be annoying. I’m allergic to nickel metalπŸ˜’ so certain jewelry and belts will break me out, my stomach especially so i don’t like showing it. I don’t know if I have an allergy to a food but who knows. On a brighter side, All of the pictures do look pretty! They look really nice I agree. I want to come over lol! Your views always look good and all those pretty flowers and plants growing. Do you ever write outside?


  6. Those plants look great! With regards to the allergic reaction, I would keep a log. When my oldest sterted solids, he had some pretty intense reactions which we figures out were caused by dairy and flaxseeds. His reactions got worse every time he consumed something that had dairy in it. Once we finally figured out daury was a culprit (thanks to an extensive food log) things got easier (though his allergist still prescribed an epipen just in case- scariest time of my life). Thankfully, he grew out of the allergy and we never had to use the epipen. Anyway, here’s to hoping you figure out what made you react.


  7. Ahhh I am so sorry you are going through that! Seriously.. detecting a certain allergy can be such a wild goose chase :/ Keep us updated, ok?! Also these pictures are incredible, and your pup is the stinking cutest. Sounds like you have been super productive despite a couple set backs. You go girl!

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