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Tips & Things.

When I got the cancer/brca1 diagnosis, I of course searched the web endlessly looking for “tips and tricks,” as I’ve always done for anything. (Tips and Tricks, remember that gaming magazine?!?) Hoping to find a handbook on how to get through this whole cancer “thing” or “prepare for death” (though my husband hates that I even thought that, its true, when I got diagnosed, I didn’t know,) ****cancer and its mysterious ****ing ways,” I didn’t know and kinda still don’t know what to expect. What I did find out was, there actually was a handbook, and an enormous amount of useful tips and tricks. I also noticed that there were way too many people with cancer, but comforted to know that many people have been “surviving” this horrible disease.

I asked a couple of friends who I’ve met through treatment to send me over some of their “quick tips” they found useful. One of them is still in treatment, the other is not, both diagnosed with ****ing breast cancer and have been very kind, lovely new friends throughout….I asked a couple of other people, but they took forever to get back to me, so if you all out there in the internet world, have any tips/advice for other people going through this, or for their loved ones, please share.

Yes, I’m actually asking for any useful tips/advice only, but not for people to tell me that chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, radiation, etc. are awful/horrible treatments. I understand that people, generally, have good intentions, but its strange how only those whom are not cancer patients are the ones quick to give definite treatment orders, i.e. YOU HAVE TO GO RAW, YOU HAVE TO EAT GARLIC ALL DAY, YOU NEED TO HAVE PEROXIDE INJECTIONS, YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO MEXICO, etc. There is definitely a balance between modern and natural medicine. Lecturing me on what I need to do, because the decisions “I already made were wrong,” is only going to make me run away from you, or blog about you to warn others. Its all so overwhelming, and I have to admit, the really good advice I’ve received were from people actually going and have gone through it. That’s not to say that other people haven’t been useful, but you know what I mean.

Hope you guys find this useful, I wanted to contribute some information that helped me, and give back the support that I have been given. We’re constantly taking from “the universe” but what are we giving back, what am I giving back? Hopefully I can give love, support and positivity..keeping the good energy ever flowing. 😉

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…here is what I came up with:

Rodene's Short List.(yes, I know its messy, if you have any questions, ask away)

Well, that’s entry two on this whole “cancer thing,” I don’t even know what to call it…but thing will do for now I guess. Hopefully someone out there has found this to be useful. Not sure what I’ll blog about next, maybe on something non-cancery.

Thank you again you guys/gals for being supportive and kind…I’m continually trying to do the same. 😉

Peace & Positivity,

Rodene Jones

P.S. Here are some images from the “handbook” that a nice someone had given to me before I started treatment. I haven’t gone through many of these kind of books, but this one was simple and not overwhelming.

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Succulent Sunday.

The weather is supposed to be cooling here in Los Angeles, so we decided to take a stroll through town to soak up the last of the Summer heat. According to all of the weather reports, we’re expected to have some much needed rain this week, which probably means, a light drizzle. It’d be nice to get some rain, but I hope it skips over Halloween, one of my favorite holidays.

Now that we’ve been in our L.A. home for a couple of years, we’ve learned a lot about diy gardening..mostly what not to do. One of the most important things I have learned about gardening is to plant seeds/seedlings according to your climate/environment & lifestyle. Yes, lifestyle, if you don’t have time to water/nurture something living besides yourself, try a “lucky bamboo” plant, just some water & a “hello” every now n’ then. BUT, if you do want to try your hand at gardening, and live in Los Angeles, a succulent plant would be a good start.

With an array of colors/varieties to choose from, and light watering & sunshine, anyone can pull out their own “green thumb.” The succulents we are growing require little watering and little sunshine, super easy, no excuses, its all good for the environment, right?!? And though we tried tomatoes, corn, beans, cilantro, etc….nothing really lasted as long as they could have, so we’ll stick to easy for now. Too darned depressing when walking through a dead, wilted, unintentionally browned garden, when all could’ve been avoided.

Anyway, we took a stroll and it looked like someone else got it right….they chose lovely, simple colors and textures and made their garden/landscape look great…..yes, kinda jealous, but am taking notes for our next home/garden. 🙂 Just go into your local nursery and try making your own Terrarium, its another good place to start since you’ll be putting it together yourself..you might be more inclined to take care of it this way.

Hope you all had a Sweet Sunday.

xo,

Rodene

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Here’s a shot of me getting lost in the L.A. crowd with my neat, drawn lookin’ travel bag, its from that cool company, Jump From Paper. Such a great design, you can fit your Ipad/tablet and notebooks in there nicely. 🙂

Daily Dose of Goodness.

Daily brunches for us consists of: carrots, apples, peppers, ginger, and sometimes a slice of toast. And if I’m feeling really guilty about not eating enough greens, I’ll go ahead and juice: broccoli, fennel, parsley, mustard greens, kale, spinach, lemon, celery, cucumbers and just about anything. If you can’t stand the taste of “dirt,” then throw in some kiwi, unless you hate that as well, I’d suggest skip juicing, go with steaming. 😉 Also, we drink our juice soon after we’ve made it, I hear that the nutrients in the juiced fruit and veges are sensitive to air, heat, time and light….so the sooner you drink, the better the benefits! Don’t let it slip away.

Breville is my brand when juicing, toasting, grilling, woking, or blending. They are so awesome, hands down my favorite kitchen appliance brand so far. Kinda pricey, but a good investment, for quality & longevity “tools.” I just wish they would clean themselves, it SUCKS bananas keeping these things clean, but maybe I’m just too o.c.d. when it comes to cleaning.

Hope you have fun juicing, don’t get stuck using the same ingredients, making the same juices, mix and match so you don’t get sick of it. Here’s to a long, healthy, happy life!

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xo,

Rodene

Ren Fair Style Turkey Legs For The BF.

I am a pescatarian (bout 6yrs now) who is in love with an awesome carnivore with a huge appetite, though I know one day I’ll be making the switch again. Til THEN, I’ve been gathering and recooking a lot of our favorite recipes, old & new. He’s lucky I’m not strict when it comes to food, because I AM a HUGE CARNIVORE when it comes to my belly but  huge ANIMAL lover at heart. And, because I’ll be eating meat at some point in my life again, aaaand because I love HIM so, I don’t mind cooking him red/white/dark meats. (I do get sad, it does make me whimper for the poor defenseless animals, but what am I gonna do?! I hate to see my bf starve. :/ )

When I was younger, I used to go to the renaissance fairs here in California, and during those days, I happily ate meat. One of my favorites from the fairs were the massive turkey legs! Delicious. (Poor turkeys..) Turkey is a leaner meat than chicken and beef..and pork, and although I love to feed my bf, I do want to keep him healthy.

So, yesterday I ended up brining three turkey legs over night in my favorite seasonings. Then today, for lunch, he finished ’em right down to the bone while I watched in envy, grief, and admiration. They turned out great, according to him, and though he loves me, he’s usually quite honest & open with constructive criticism. He gave me the thumbs up, this one is going down in the books.

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xo,

Rodene