Health for days journey – June 28th (update)

Good evening dear friends,

It’s time to update you on my day and my to-do lists.

I need to start by telling you I had another allergic reaction. Oh yes. This time I was prepared and didn’t go to the hospital. I’ll take a proper allergy test soon. It was after taking my meds and my multivitamin, which is weird. Could it be the multivitamin? I’ve been taking the same meds for ages, I didn’t have any seeds today. The redness focused mainly on my face, ears and elbows. My left elbow was really bad. I have no idea what’s causing it. Is this similar to something you have seen?

My main priorities for today were:

  • Drink 2 l of water; – I think I got about 1,5 l. But I’ll drink more today.
  • Eat well – protein, 5 portions of fruits and veggies, avoid sugar and cut carbs to about 1/3 of what you use to eat; – Yes, I was good today.
  • Take your meds on time; – Done;
  • Take your multivitamin; – Done;
  • Walk 1000 steps, at least. I’ve downloaded a pedometer and that is the first goal, just 1000. I plan on walking around my neighborhood until I reach my goal; – Rui and I went for a walk and I walked 1112 steps.
  • 10 minutes of guided meditation; – Will do before bad.
  • 30 minutes of reading; – Yes, read Harry Potter.
  • 30 minutes of adult coloring; – I did.
  • 20 minutes of yoga; – Will do now.
  • 20 minutes of listening to music; – I did. Relaxing music.


And my tasks – non priorities, were:

  • I really need to do some gardening. There are weeds to pull out, seeds to plant and plants that need to be trimmed (can I say that for plants?). I need to give them some fertilizer and water them. The garden also needs to be swiped a washed down with the hose and some bleach where Rosa usually poops; – I had forgotten the Portuguese soccer team was playing today, so I spent my gardening time watching the game. I obviously watered the plants.
  • I need to do a few loads of laundry; And put them away immediately, before they pile up; – It rained a little so I didn’t touch it.
  • I really need to find a way to trick Rosa into giving her parasite medicine and cleaning her ears and teeth. I bet I won’t, she’s sneaky. – Forgot about this one.
  • Empty Betty and fill her up again; – Will do now, before yoga.
  • Clean all floors; – I swiped the living room and kitchen. 
  • Read and comment blogs; – I did, not as much as I wanted. I’m always behind.


What else can you expect today?

  • My Perfect Party Series on Gracie from A Light In The Darkness– Posted.
  • 2 posts on Instagram; – Posted.
  • 2 posts on twitter; – Posted one. 
  • 1 post on Facebook; – My posts go there automatically. I didn’t write anything other than that.
  • My “What’s Up Wednesday” post (didn’t happen last week); – Done.
  • A poll!! I have 4 pairs of shows I was thinking on giving away. I’m not so sure now. tomorrow, I didn’t have time to take the pictures. You guys will help me decide if I keep them or donate them;
  • An update tonight; – Here it is.

So I will post this, fill the washer up, do my yoga, have a shower, go to bed read and then listen to my guided meditation.

What I managed to do in 30 minutes. I suck. Can you see how many times I’ve painted outside the line?
This is what I listened on Spotify. Relax and Unwind.
A bit of my walking path
My shitty camera. 

See you guys tomorrow?






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”, featuring 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 🙂
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. 
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 daisy 
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? 


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)