Theft in Magnolia

April 6th 2021, 5:30pm news coverage by Kiro 7, on the theft of our bikes. 

On Sunday morning between the hours of 3-4 am, March 28th 2021, we got burglarized. 

They stole three Rad bikes (Chet’s, Merrill’s and Alex’s) and two regular one-speed with custom built details, both Jordan’s along with helmets, battery charger, gloves, glasses, bags, and other accessories, leaving behind a cigarette bud with their DNA on it. Getting a hold of the Seattle police it’s been a headache and I realized quickly we are left on our own, so I guess I’ll start a gun collection. 

The sleaze-balls are not even trying to hide their theft and put Merrill’s white Rad mini bike on Craigslist the very same day they stole it. Unfortunately we only saw the add six days later. I’m sure Chet and Alex’s Rad bikes have been sold by now. I’ll add pictures of the bikes at the end of the post. 

Chet did so well in the interview:) His experience as a cameraman, light and sound specialist and now an editor gives him an advantage in this field. Well done!

On a different note, the stress of the past two months (my mom died, my grandma died, theft, and other personal matters) has brought on a flare-up (joint pain is back, rashes are back, swollen eye lids are back, severe nausea is back, brain fog is back, muscle pain is back, headaches are back, the feel of an inflamed brain is back, food loosing it’s flavor, fatigue more than usual, the threat of seizures, heat intolerance is back, restless nights are back, core shaking is back, left kidney pain, I’m sure I’ve missed one or more symptoms). HOWEVER, and I mean that in the most hopeful way, I know so much more today than I did in the past: what works, what doesn’t, what to do, what not to do that I have an upper hand at handling the situation:) Transfer Factors are a God sent! So is the sun and physical activity in the form of gardening and lawn maintenance. Vitamineral green also is a God sent. The powdery stuff is full of minerals and vitamins the body needs plus detoxification stuff such as spirulina and chlorella. I could do a better job in resting. 

I know there’s some of you our there who may deal with flare-ups and I want to encourage you to keep up the work towards healing, everything is temporary, even the pain. 

My prayer today: Thank you body for the super natural power to heal yourself over and over and over and over again. You’re doing a fantastic job and have been doing a fantastic job for many years now! Thank you God for putting in our bodies the ability to heal if given proper attention (such as the belief in your ability to heal, sun, joy, peace, clean water, veggies and lots of them, hugs, love, humor, and the overwhelming belief that you are a special living being, faith) and thank you for giving us the wisdom to know how to go about doing it. 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” ~ Jeremiah 30:17

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” ~ 3 John 1:2

I close this post with the knowledge that life moves on and it’s up to us how we respond to the tragedies and traumas that come along for the duration of our lives, something I remind myself daily. May God bless all of you today and keep you and your belongings safe, at peace, healthy and sane:) 

God Bless:)

Bunica a plecat la Domnul/ Grandma died

Azi, bunica mea a plecat la Domnul unde o va intalni pe mama mea. Mama si fica se vor bucura impreuna in ceruri unde nu mai este suferinta si durere si ne vor astepta pe restul. Acolo bunica il va intalni si pe bunicu, si sora ei Ticuta, si ceilalati iubiti. In fotografiile de sus sunt ele doua la tinerete si la batrinete. Ma rog ca alinarea care numai Bunul Dumenzeu o poate da sa fie in sufletele copiilor ei, matusile si unchii nostrii (Fanica, Rodica, Dani, Cristi si Simona), precum surorile si nepotii ei, prietenele si toti cei ce au iubit-o.

Ne vom intalni din nou in ceruri draga bunica si draga mamica, ati fost si pururi ve-ti ramane doua femei extraordinare in inimile noastre!

Today my grandmother died. She’ll meet her daughter in the heavens, which happens to be my mother who passed away two months ago. Their suffering has ended. They eternal joy has begun. We’ll meet you both some day and together we’ll rejoice again. The pictures above show the both of them where they were young and older.

Good-by for now, a temporary distance, a temporary pain in this existence. Thank you God for giving us such wonderful ladies we’ll cherish their memories forever. Amen.

Non-toxic beau·ty

Photo by Carmen McKnight from Pexels

Definition of beauty

1: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit LOVELINESS– Merriam Webster

Bellow are two blog entrances from two prospectives I found interesting.

https://2cherish2commend.com/2013/05/09/is-beauty-the-beast-what-does-the-bible-say/

https://writingsofafuriouswoman.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/be-a-lady-they-said/

It’s been a struggle to get back into writing since mom passed away (almost two months ago). I’ll attempt to write this post well, if I fail I apologize in advance.

I’ve read- scanned through more accurately- the blogs mentioned above and I’ll only add this: Christianity more times than not made me feel inferior, weak or rebellious as a women, the “world” as christians call everyone other than christians made me feel mostly vulgar, a sex object or unfit one way or another. So what’s the answer for being or feeling worthy? Focusing on ones dreams, caring for others, keeping healthy -health and cure are two different issues I’ll talk about in a future blog- and living peaceful. How do we do that? I’ll tell you how I do it, and hopefully you’ll find your way. I listen to that inner voice far more than I listen to the outer voices and when necessary supply myself with good advise from people who actually prove they care about themselves and others. Sounds selfish, right? Taking care of you first? What happens when you don’t? Slowly you break down, and those needy people find a way to get what they need someplace else meanwhile you may be left alone, in the dust, trying to heal or find a cure. I don’t speak of isolation, without a healthy support system, you’ll never make it. I speak of wisdom, ask questions, read, rest, stop judging, stop fearing, trust wisely, smile, laugh, the world is beautiful. But I digress, I’m here to talk beauty, outer beauty for today, specifically creams:)

I believe that not only those fighting some horrid diseases need to keep their beauty products non-toxic, but everyone should. It’s true- just like all other products- many organic, vegan, non -toxic products may not give you a certain look of a certain celebrity but you should try to look like yourself anyway.

Below are the products which help me along as I walk towards the inevitability of old age.

I LOVE!!!!! creams. I’m not a make-up person, can’t stand the feeling of a cake on my face, or some oily mask I can mess up with one touch or a good cry (laugh-cry). I’m one of those women who cares about the quality of my health and beauty from inside out and when needed I add make-up lightly. I love a natural sun kissed look:) I’ll talk about make-up some other time, it will be a short post for sure:)

1.The cellfood oxygenating skin gel is a new product for me (B-day gift from my in-laws:) but Ioved it right away. Whenever I start with a new product I usually apply it on half of my face to see the difference- if I can see one- and I try to avoid the jokes Chet makes about the possible unpleasant results. This brown looking gel resembling jello consistency made my skin feel like it was breathing RIGHT AWAY. I just got a facial scrub, blood flooding to the surface for few minutes, feel. I don’t use night creams because I believe in letting my skin breath at night, but this one is better during nigh-time. To use it: tap lightly with your fingers the jello consistency as if to wet your fingers –don’t dig in-then rub it in your skin. If you put too much it becomes a mask. https://www.amazon.com/Cellfood-Skin-Care-Oxygen-Highest-Quality/dp/B0015B2RAO/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2OYDUJ1F08LMZ&dchild=1&keywords=cellfood+ox

2.The rose restoring facial serum has a golden oil like look and feel, it comes with a dripper so it’s easy to apply to face and neck. I have a mixed complexion, dry on the edges and oily in the middle, and this will feel a little oily for an hour but eventually it absorbs. I love how quickly it hydrates and makes my skin look even and radiant. It’s also inexpensive:) https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Organic-Restoring-Facial-Organic-Extract/dp/B07X1RJHPB/ref=sr_1_2?crid=58S51J1UXCS3&dchild=1&keywords=dr+organic+rose+serum&qid=1616802359&sprefix=dr+organic+rose+%2Caps%2C339&sr=8-2

3. I love Andalou Naturals brand but not all of their products work for me. The Probiotic+C Renewal Cream Brightening is one I does. I don’t use it everyday, I prefer the first top ones over this one. https://www.amazon.com/Andalou-Naturals-Probiotic-Renewal-Cream/dp/B0052P10P2/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3M0C1WUOGIXJG&dchild=1&keywords=andalou+probiotic+c+renewal+cream&qid=1616798738&sprefix=andalou+probiotic+c%2Caps%2C228&sr=8-5

I love three other products (not pictured here):

4.Avene PhysioLift Smoothing Emultion, just amazing! https://www.amazon.com/Eau-Thermale-Av%C3%A8ne-Physiolift-Smoothing/dp/B0163MIU8W/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1FGJM1HI89009&dchild=1&keywords=avene+physiolift+day+cream&qid=1616801116&sprefix=avene+physiolift%2Caps%2C251&sr=8-6

5.Aroma Actives Lift and Firm Skin care. https://www.amazon.ae/Aroma-Actives-Serum-Fluid-Ounce/dp/B01MXJ29AM

6. Om Pur Pomegranate Vitamin C repair serum. This one is my favorite. I love the smell and the feel of radiant skin this product gives me but it’s hard to find:( I hope Om Pur will start production soon as all their products are out of stock.

http://shopompur.com/store/pomegranate-vitamin-c-repair-serum.html (not available at the moment, I do hope they’ll start making these products again:)

The Elimination Diet: Remove anger, regret, worry, resentment, guilt, and blame. Then watch your health and life improve. -Charles F. Glassman

God Bless:)

Beating Lyme Documentary Coming Soon.

Production work on our new documentary “Beating Lyme” took a small break after mom died. Now we’re ready to start shooting again. We hope to have this documentary done by summer of 2021, until then have a good day void of pain if possible, if not smile through it as you dream of the day you’ll no longer hurt.

God Bless:)

Wha’t you doing? I am grieving.

Photo by Pixabay from PexelsCopy

At the moment I was both smiling and grieving. I wasn’t faking it. I wasn’t pretending.

Our family was celebrating Alex’s 18th B-day and in our smiles, laughters, hugs, humor and jokes, love vibrated all around. Gratitude for this wonderful young man’s life filled my heart, alongside my grieving the loss of my wonderful mother whom God gave us the privilege to have, love and belong to for a little while here on this earth.

Yes, lately I seem to cry a lot yet still capable of making a joke, laughing and smiling, celebrating the good moments life offers along the people I love. But what pulls me out of that gut wrenching hole that’s so easy to get trapped inside of is thinking of someone else’s pain. My pain recedes and I focus on the details of helping another. I do not abandon my own grief- that can be dangerous in the long run, it can come back and bite or even kill in the form of a disease- but I travel through this grief unhurried, patient, but aware of its traps. I think of other’s pain, like that of my own father who lost a brother two weeks before losing his own wife, or my aunt Olga who also lost one of her brothers two months ago, or my uncle Fanica, aunt Rodica, aunt Simona, uncle Dani and uncle Cristi who lost their sister, or my friend Dana who also lost her mother not long ago and her husband Tibi, who lost his father today, or my siblings who became half orphans overnight, or… the list is long… on it there’s dear ones like Elizabeth, Aaron, uncle Marcel, uncle Elisei, Simona, Mirela, Brigitte, etc… there are so many of us who grieve. So many of us walking that same road, stopping to breath now and again, leaning on each other when we need comfort, but still moving forward. It’s important to move forward for the sake of those still with us.

I thank God for Chet, for Merrill, Eleen, Meleah, Jordan and Alex, they’re my rock now, my mother-in-law who always has a few lines of comforting words in her e-mails and for your wonderful words of comfort:) How can’t I be thankful being surrounded by such wonderful and strong people. I’m thankful to God for holding hard onto me right now. I’m also angry with Him. He could’ve… but I hear another’s prayer: “God please take me home! This pain is too much! Please take me home!” They are the cries of my mother while in pain and it stops my anger, it calms my sorrow. What about her? What about her prayers? What about her pain? God answered her prayers, not mine and I’m glad he did. She’s no longer suffering, no longer in pain and I’m not longer angry that God didn’t answer my prayer. I’m thankful, in fact. Thankful while still grieving.

God Bless:)

Transfer Factors

I highly recommend this book for those of you interested in strengthening your immune system.

I’ve began taking transfer factors supplements January 5 or 6th of this year and have noticed a huge improvement in my energy, not to mention that my latest IV bruising was gone completely by day five -originally would take about a month to heal- also increased ROM in my right frozen shoulder which it’s been locked now since October of 2019. I take the Source Naturals brand from Amazon selling for $18.08 for 60 caps. I take two in the morning and one or two in the evening on an empty stomach. I’m allergic to milk but these don’t bother me at all. Always start slow when introducing something new in your treatment and check with your health care provider before mixing it with other medications, but according to the book the side-effects are next to none.

Anyone fighting Lyme Disease knows that relapses are the dreaded possibilities and now grieving the loss of my mom I know how trauma decreases the immune system which is dangerous. I keep these transfer factors supplements in my daily routine like a God sent help.

But what are transfer factors?

“Transfer factors exist naturally in the body. They’re made by white blood cells in the immune system and carry information about how to recognize cells infected with viruses, mycobacteria and cell-wall deficient forms of bacteria such as Lyme. They’re immune messengers who treat and prevent viral and bacterial infections, boost overall the immune system and combat certain types of autoimmune conditions… They are small strands of amino acids and bits of RNA that help white blood cells located stubborn infections and heal them. Their presence after infections prevents re-infection. In other words, they play a direct role in creating immunity.”-copied passage from the book mentioned above.

Beside white blood cells they’re present in the mammalian colostrum and bird eggs. For in depth information read the book, it’s worth it, especially for those who love medically related reads. It may be a little hard to understand for those not interested in the ever-expending medical knowledge. It sure gave me hope after I began taking them and noticing a great deal of improvement. Be wise in your own healing process, research, ask questions and press on. But after seven years of fighting Lyme disease with multiple co-infections which left me nearly dead, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. The process is long, patients is needed (easier said than done) and active participation in every stage. These are not the only supplements I’m taking. If you read my past posts you’ll get the idea of the long and complicated road to recovery. With Lyme that process is not a simple 1,2,3 steps towards recovery but more like a 2378, 2379, 2400, steps towards recovery and some set-backs.

I do hope this information will help some of you while others may have known about it for a while. Keep fighting, keep moving forward and I pray you’ll find complete health and recovery soon!

God Bless:)

My mother, Lidia.

For the English speaking friends and family.

My mom, Lidia Damean, died on February 02, at 2:30 pm European time. Her heart stopped due to complications from covid treatment.

My mom was the strongest person I have ever met. Period. She had sixteen children, twelve living until 2002 when we lost Fanu. Eleven remain. She’s suffered more than any one of you will ever know, despite that she always had a smile on her face and those cute dimples made her absolutely adorable. She always encouraged, ALWAYS, anyone going through hard times and had a funny realistic way of looking at life. She made you feel strong and cared for anytime you talked to her and ALWAYS reminded us that God, above all, is worth following and believing in. God gave her the inner strength otherwise I can’t explain her endurance. To say that we lost a monumental treasure is poorly put and I pray that God gives me a fraction of my mother’s strength and wisdom. She was so beautiful, so utterly beautiful! Smart, yet simple.

I smile often when I think of her, because she came to me few days after she died In a younger age, my age in fact, with no wrinkles on her face, and although she never spoke one word, the radiance and constant smile on her face spoke louder than any words ever could. I know she’s no longer in pain. I know she finally met Jesus, whom she dearly loved and I know one day, when I shall leave my body behind, I’ll see both her and my little brother. Until then I remember her smile and radiance, a radiance words could not describe. This image helps me pass the sad moments easier.

We miss you mom! Always will! We love you! And one day we’ll meet again. Until then I’ll remember your words: “Don’t cry for those that left this earth’s problems. They’re with God. Cry for those who remain behind, they’re still in the midsts of the battle.”

Farewell, dear mom, sweet angel.

Mama


Temporar e Doamne crucea grea                               
Temporară este dar și viața mea.
Temporar e și destinul meu,
Temporar e tot ce duce înspre rău. 


Pentru cel căzut și amărât
Cum acuma și eu sunt
Mângăierea este slabă pe acest pământ
Doar puterea Ta, Isuse, ne ridică din ăst greu frământ.

Un război există pe acest pământ
Între trup firav și sufletul plăpând
Și toți știm că trupul ăsta ca un vânt
Va cădea-ntr-o zi într-un mormânt.


Dar cu sufletul vom merge mai departe
Cu Isus vom râde de aproape
Vom uita noi iute viața pământească
Mult zidită printre lacrimi. Nu o să se mai potrivească.


Parcă-aud cum mama iară-și zice:


“Hai, copii iubiți! Nu prinde-ți frică!
Este-un loc departe de mormânt
În prezența celui Sfânt
Unde sufletele se ridică 
Și în pace, fără suferință și intrigă
Vom trăi cu El. O ce câștig!
Nu mai plânge-ți, nu mă mai compătimi-ți
Mai degrabă rămâne-ți uniți,
Că în viața voastră pe pământ,
Vin dureri, atacuri fără legământ.
Eu am terminat a mea umblare
Cu Isus zâmbesc. V-aștept.
Și-mpreună vom da slavă pururea
Celui viu, Slăvit să fie El în veci! Amin! Aici voi încheia.”  -De Carmen McKnight