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Pondering

Hello All,

currently pondering a great many things.  One of which has to do with this idea of writing!   It is time to write, time to document, a time to share.   My goal is to learn to become a better writer.  An easy task, sure, but, NO!!!  LOL!

To write, to share, to discover together.  To capture your attention with the very words that are written, has always held a certain fascination for me, and am excited about this new adventure that is being embarked upon.

More to come on the writing front!!

You were born in South East Alaska if…

you know you were born in South East Alaska if:

You NEVER use an umbrella.

You wore fleece, wool and down all year around:

People get married in Carharts:

You consider 60 degrees out, “Hot!”

My favorite, “You know what Pilot Bread is.”  All too well.

We call the lower 48, “Down South”

And the people from, “Down South”  Would ask if I grew up in an Igloo?   Which I would tell them I did, a two story igloo, ate whale blubber ice cream and had penguins for pets.

LOL – the last three I did tell my friends in the South, and the last three just simply were not true.   But it was worth the reaction on their faces when that story was told.  Oh also, Penguins don’t grow up in Alaska.

Type 1 Diabetes in the Kids

With two Special needs children, both have type 1 Diabetes.  For me, this has been a big learning curve for me.  A great learning experience an how this all works.

Learning what it means to check blood sugars, what it means Monitor Blood Sugars.  When to administer Insulin and levels.  What the desired target range is for these two, awesome boys!  Learning what Ketones are and what to look for.  What to be on the look out for in the event their BG levels go up to high, or down too far.  How this affects their sleep, if it either too high or two low.  How that affects our sleep as parents as well.  

It is a ballet of BG level management in order to keep these little bodies growing.  I am amazed by the courage of these little guys.  Admitting, was nervous about drawing their blood or administering insulin for the first time, but am learning.

Another great video on Diabetes and to make life a little more interesting is adding being allergic to Gluten on top of having Type 1 Diabetes.

There will be more to come on my new journey.

Special Needs Step Son

Through Marriage to my wife Jill, I also have two step sons.  Both are special Needs children.  Both have Type 1 Diabetes and the older of the two also has Non-verbal Autism.   For the oldest, with the Diabetes and the non-verbal Autism, we have a fund raiser in place, as we need to raise anywhere from $15,000 – $22,000 to cover the cost of the service dog.  Specifically trained to help take care of our oldest.

 Tyler Renfro 4 paws Service Dog Project.

Tyler became vaccine injured at 18 months and lost verbal communication skills. He was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 and developed Type 1 Diabetes at age 5. He also suffers from Myoclonic Seizures, Hemiplegic Migraines and ADHD.  Tyler is now 10 years old.

Despite his challenges, our sweet spirited and gentle boy takes on each day with joy and laughter. He loves being around people, playing outdoors, riding his scooter and bike, and is attracted to anything that moves. His favorite place is the beach with its unlimited sand and water, and of course the warmth of the sun.

Please join us in helping provide him with a multipurpose service dog trained to alert with diabetic highs and lows, bring calm and diffuse meltdowns with behavior disruption through kisses, deep pressure, touch and nuzzling, ability to track him when he runs, assist in his socialization, and provide him a sense of security and companionship.

Thank you for reading Tyler’s story and your involvement and contribution and making a difference in Tyler’s life and development!

Uncertainty

Have you ever found yourself on this trail, we call life, uncertain of what will be in the next chapter of your life?  

Change is the only constant in this crazy place we call life.   And the sooner we grasp that idea, you can learn to go with the flow.   Is it an easy task?  By all  mean, no!  Can it be done!   Yes!  It can be done!  At the moment, many changes have occurred on my own journey, and yes, there is some very real uncertainty that is being faced.   May not know what tomorrow hold, but I know WHO holds my tomorrow.

Life can be an uncertain playing field at times.

Faith

Faith, It’s all about believing, you don’t know how it will happen, but you know it will!

I absolutely love this next quote:

I find myself in the flight school of life once again.   It is time to mount up and learn to Fly in a whole new area of  life.  It is time!  Do I know what that looks like?  Not at all.   Do I know it will happen?  Absolutely!  I am not afraid, and am pushing forward, and not backwards.

Please, Never Give Up!

Don’t Quit!   Don’t Back Down!   Get up, brush yourself off, and get back in this battle!  There are people who need YOU, who are depending on the fight that is placed inside of you!   

Feeling Nostalgic

Feeling Nostalgic

So, my wife, Jill, was going through some old boxes yesterday and came across this gem.

A Walkman!
A Cassette Player, AM/FM Player,
Walkman!

Who remembers having one of these?  This one is great because it has the extra Bass button.  WOW!  Technology has come a long way since these were created!

No longer do we need cassette player, or even CD’s, as we can now stream music, ANY music.

We have places like: Spotify

Spotify

We have Amazon Music:

Amazon Music

There is even iHeart Radio:

iHeart Radio

But the walkman!?   Wow!   What an absolute blast from the past.  Who remembers having the stack of Cassette tapes, of music that we purchased.  Or listening to the radio, in hopes that your favorite song would come on and you might be able to record it onto a cassette tape.  Or listening to America’s Top 40 on Sunday’s and wait for your favorite Song(s) to come on and try and record, so you can take it with you on your walkman!  

Man, those were the good old days!

Yes, feeling nostalgic today.    

How about you?

Letter To Be Shared

My wife was busy going through an old box of material, collected over the years.  She is a writer, and very very creative.  

She found a letter, that I am going to post on here.  It is called, “A Letter from God”

A Letter From God

It was one that I just really wanted to share with you all.

Enjoy.  🙂

Live With A Passion

Live with a Passion

One of the many things that have been great life lessons for me, on this journey we call life, is simply this, when you do something, anything in life, do it with Passion!  

What are you Passionate about?

Some of things that I am passionate about.

Aviation

One of the first Planes I learned to fly in.  The Cessna 172
Many of the Seaplanes I flew in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Back in the 80’s.   
Temsco Airlines

Skywest Airlines.  The EMB-120.  Used to go to work in that bird everyday for many year. 

My Favorite Private Jet Aircraft.  The Fastest Corporate Jet in the World.  The Citation X.
She is a beautiful aircraft.

Discover what you are passionate about.  And just make it happen.   Another area of passion that I have in my life is that of cooking.

Cooking

Cooking with FRESH ingrediants!  The best!

One of the fun things about cooking, is taking simple ingrediants and creating a meal that is so delicious.   And great thing about cookins is you have a chance to share the experience with your family.

Teaching your children about healthy foods and creating a chance on a life skill, and 
how to eat good foods!   Great experience.
Cooking is alot of fun!  
Try it!   Get in that kitchen, create a meal!  🙂

One of my Favorite Quotes on the Subject.

Now is the time to discover what you are passionate about.  Chase after it.  Make it happen.  It can be a great journey to experience.  

Tell me, what is your life passion?

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai!

Now that is a catchy title indeed.

Lihue, Kauai.

Also know as the Garden Island.

Lihue, Kauai

There is so much to do on this little Island.

Has a small Mountain Range:

Kauai Mountains

Has Many Beautiful Beaches:

Kauai Beaches

Has a Major Airport:

 

 

Many Hotels and Resorts to choose from:

Hotels and Resorts

We stayed at the Aqua, Kauai Beach Resort.

Kauai Beach Resort 2018

A beautiful Property, with multiple swimming pools.

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A great property, right on the ocean.  Had three restaurants on site as well.

Several Lu’aus to choose from.  A recommended one would be, “The Smith Family Lu’au”!

smith-family-luau 2018

excerpt from the family site:

https://www.smithskauai.com/garden-luau/

Aloha! Over 50 years ago, Grandpa started our family business in this sacred Wailua River Valley. We created our tropical paradise to celebrate the Hawaiian spirit of aloha that he loved and lived by. Today, four generations of my family continue to honor that tradition with the most famous of Hawaiian celebrations, the luau. Come share the traditions of our island home and become part of our ‘ohana.

Of course, the heart of any luau is the pa‘ina, the feast, and we’ll make sure you don’t go hungry. Kalua pig roasted in the earthen imu oven. Cousin Gary’s secret recipe for teriyaki beef. Ono mahimahi and tasty chicken adobo. Our family bowl of poi (which Grandma insists you try). We’ll even get some of you up on stage to try some hula moves as dinner winds down.

Food may be the heart of a luau, but music is the soul. Our Hawaiian ancestors preserved their history by passing down songs and chants called mele. At our luau, we celebrate these traditions, as well as the songs and dances from other cultures that live in our tropical paradise. The lyrical sway of the Hawaiian hula, the colorful precision of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance all speak deeply of the people who have come to call Hawaii home. We proudly share this rhythm of aloha with you.

This was truly a fun experience.  To see the passion in the people that put this event together was incredible and very heart felt.  I was moved by the whole thing, to learn of the culture of the beautiful people in the region.

Zip N Dip

Zip N Dip.

Picture is the final ride, known as King Kong!  We were able to have our picture taken, while holding hands, right after jumping off the ledge!

Another fun event that we participated in was zip lining.

We did the Zip N Dip!  A 9 line zip line tour!   Halfway through the adventure, we at lunch in this ravine and got to go swimming in the river, as our lunch was being put together.

Zip Line Tour

Yes, we got to walk over this bridge, that was very high over the stream below, and there was quite a bit of space between each step, and it was a suspension bridge, so the whole rocked and rolled, as you walked over it.  Yes, it was a great adventure.

I would highly recommend this event.

This is the company we chose for this event.

Princeville Ranch

Another great thing to do is head to the South West side of the island.

And go see Waimai Canyon.

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Absolutely stunning views at this canyon.

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Waimea Canyon Lookout

This really is a must see!  It is amazing, beautiful, breathtaking.  Simply awesome!

There really is alot to do on this island.  These are just a few of the highlights we experienced while visiting this region.

 

Why Juicing and Smoothies will make you question EVERYTHING!

Why Juicing and Smoothies Will Make You Question Everything!

Well, there really is ALOT of truth to this statement!

TRUTH

So, what is there something to this “Juicing and Smoothie” Craze that seems to be hitting big across the world?

Well, you will have to decide that for yourself.

A number of months, I made a life changing decision.  One that has affected me, and I believe for the rest of my life.  The decision was made to begin eating smoothies.  Which consisted of “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”   That my body was indeed a temple and really, was doing a horrible job at taking care of this temple.  So, in a positive moment of self talk, said, “Self, you need to change how you do everything.  Including what you eat!”  “No one else is going to do it for you, you have to make this happen, now!”

Up until this point, my body was overweight by like 60-70 pounds, was on high blood pressure meds and medicine for my heart.  Yeah, this was not how my life was suppose to end up.  So, my journey begin.  So, like many other people in this world today, I “Googled, Smoothie Recipes!”  Wow!  That was amazing!

closeup photo of strawberry shake

There were so many different recipes to choose from!

kiwi fruit beside drinking glass filled with kiwi shake

Some for weight loss and others for, general, over all well being!   At first, I sought the ones for weight loss.  Then began to realize that this, these are all good.  Then ran into someone on the same journey and they pointed me in the direction of a guy, and many others now, who are on the same journey.  His site has changed my life:

Juicing for Weight Loss

https://www.rebootwithjoe.com/

Please take a moment to visit his site, as there is a wealth of information there that may change your idea about what Juicing and Smoothies are and they help your body!  The amount of help it brings to your body is incredible.  You will begin to understand the difference between fresh, processed and ultra processed foods are, and how they help or hinder your system.

Fresh Processed Ultra Processed

For me, the discovery of fresh fruits and vegetables are the best thing for your system.  I began my smoothie journey, and found recipes on Pinterest:

pinterest

Found ALOT of great and helpful recipes.  Began this journey as my body was not in a very good place, health wise.   Was overweight, dealing with high blood pressure as a result.  So, a light came on in my heart one day, and thought, better do something about this, now.  So, I took action.  And a very close friend shared a sight with me:  http://www.rebootwithjoe.com.

Joe Cross was obese and sick with a crippling autoimmune disease. He chronicled his 100-pound total weight loss*,along with his 60-day juice fast,in his film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” He called his diet a “Reboot.”

And as stated before, this was an amazing discovery for my Journey.

Alaska wait what

Juicing, smoothies, fresh fruits and vegetables?  Really, this is the answer?

Alaskan head scratch

Yes, this was the answer.   Since this journey began for me, I have lost over 50+ pounds, the doctor has removed me off of, one of four, blood pressure medications, and the goal is to remove me off all of them, by years end.  (2018).

 

 

yeah printed white board

Yes, seeing what processed foods have done to my system, and how OUR bodies are not designed to process these foods, foods that are full of sodium and chemicals and preservatives, instead do damage to our body, for me, was a very big eye opener.

So now, it is fresh fruits and vegetables:

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Cooking with fresh foods:

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I encourage you to visit the idea of Juicing and doing smoothies in your life.  You may be very excited to see the results of this decision.