Chaos, Silverwood, a Diet, & Making our Farmhouse Blossom!

  • By Brenda Buckingham
  • 13 Jul, 2012

The last few weeks have been very busy and, truth be known, a bit chaotic.  When Ron’s Step-Dad passed away unexpectedly, we knew it was important we jump in with both feet to help his Mom.  Not only did this mean being here for her through the funeral and grief, but also helping her make some major changes in her life.  She is now living at a beautiful lake property she is renting on Deer Lake, North of Spokane.  It has an amazing lake view and is very peaceful.  She has also done some major downsizing and that has taken lots of time to help her move and sort everything.  Today, as I write this blog, we just returned from spending the day at her old place, sorting through the shop with the other relatives.  Ron is currently driving out to her new place, delivering another sofa and a truck load of other things.  We are happy to be able to help her and be there for her.

The Entrance into Silverwood Theme Park

We have had lots of Ron’s family in town visiting lately as well.  On Friday, we went to Silverwood Theme Park for a day of fun and relaxation.  There were 19 of us!  It soon became clear there is no way for that many people to do the park as a group, especially when half of the number is young children.  So we split up and had a homebase where we would all come together for a time of visiting.  

The Corkscrew at Silverwood Theme Park
Timber Terror at Silverwood Theme Park

Tremors at Silverwood Theme Park
Aftershock at Silverwood Theme Park

If you have never had the chance to go to Silverwood, it is a fun place to spend a day.  It is really a cute place . . . the buildings are done up like  cute little mining and railroading town, there is a great old steam engine train that takes you through the nearby countryside . . . this ride alway includes a train robbery, of course! 

The cute little “town” of Silverwood
Lindy’s Restaurant at Silverwood Theme Park
This antique steam engine is constantly giving rides at Silverwood

There are darling signs throughout the property and amazing flowers planted in old mining cars, wagons and more.  I spend half the day just looking at how cute it all is!  I am not very into carnival rides (I guess I don’t see how being terrified is considered fun! LOL!) and Ron doesn’t do well doing very many of them, as he gets sick on any of the motion rides.  But it is great for those that do enjoy roller coaster and gravity defying rides.  There is the parks first roller coaster, the Cork Screw, which originally came from Knotts Berry Farm and it is now dwarfed by three other huge roller coasters, Tremors, Timber Terror and After Shock.  Our kids love these, but they have stronger stomaches than Ron and I do! 

Love the Lazy River . . . but watch out for that water spout!
Another view of the Lazy River . . . Love this!!!
Boulde Beach Water Park at Silverwood Theme Park

But, we love the water park part of the park.  There are wave pools, waterslides and more.  My favorite is the Lazy River (not sure what that says about me, when my favorite part includes the word Lazy!  LOL!).  You just bask in the sunshine an inner tube and float the river.  Normally, I would get a virgin pina colada at their bar you can float up to, but I couldn’t this year.  Why?  Well, here is the thing I haven’t mentioned in my blog so far. 

Drum roll  please . . . Ron and I are starting our third week of a detox diet.  No meat.   No dairy.  No sugar.  No wheat.  No preservatives.  It has been one of the hardest things we have ever done.  What led us to do this extreme of a diet is Ron’s high blood pressure.  It had gotten to the point that it was dangerous.  He didn’t want to go on medication, but doing nothing basically left him as a walking time bomb.  So I convinced him to do this diet with me.  It is called, “Get Healthy through Detox and Fasting” by Dan Colbert, MD.  It is basically a “Daniel Diet”, based on Daniel in the bible who got very physically fit and healthy eating only fruits, veggies and grains.  It is a 28 day program, with the last week being just juice.  I have to admit I am a bit nervous for that last week.  It has been hard, but so worth it.  Ron has lost 9 pounds and I have lost 6.  Not significant numbers, but losing weight was not our main goal.  Being healthy is.  Ron’s blood pressure is steadily coming down and he is now sleeping great through the night.  Prior to this diet, he would wake up each night with heartburn and acid reflux.  That has completely stopped.  I am also happyto report that his snoring has almost completely stopped.  This is a huge blessing, as in the past it has gotten bad enough that one of us would end up sleeping on the sofa in order to get some sleep.  Now we both sleep happily through the night, side by side.  So it is a great plus for our marriage!  My sinus issues are also improving and I am noticing my energy level has increased.   My complexion is clear and I have no stomach or indigestion problems.

When deciding what type of program we should do, I knew we didn’t want one that required milk shakes or suppliments that you need to rely on.  They are costly and many of them have chemicals that are not natural in them.  We wanted it to be something natural and healthy.  Dr. Colbert’s plan is totally fitting the bill.  Since I don’t think either of us will be at the ideal goal weight we want by the end of this 28 day cycle, we will continue on with it next month too, but this time we will allow an occasional cheat so we can still do dinner out with friends and family, etc.  Our goal is to embrace a healthy lifestyle in general.  Dr.Colbert recommends having 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, so we are learning to think of them as our “main course” rather than things like mac & cheese and lasagna.

What an amazing variety of vendors we have.  There is such an array of styles and creativity.  I am so looking forward to seeing it once all the booths are set up . . . I know it will be incredible.  This show is my “baby” and seeing her come to life is really exciting.  This first year will be the hardest, but I know it will be worth it in the end and the show will only become better and better in the years to come. 

This morning, prior to going out to Ron’s Mom’s, I spent a couple hours working in my flower beds.  As I looked out over our beautiful wheat fields, still green and vibrant, watch our silly kittens romping and wrestling nearby and listened to our rooster crowing, I stopped and thanked God for the life I get to live.  Is it busy?  Yes . . . but it is filled with love and blessings.  I have a husband that loves me and tells me so multiple times everyday.  I have three boys that I know love me, even if they don’t always say it.  I love them so and am so proud of them.  I have my old farmhouse, tattered though it may be, I have a gorgeous location and a faithful old dog named Tilley.  My life is full of amazing friends and wonderful family.  I am blessed and I pray I will never forget this, even on the busiest and most chaotic of days.  I am thankful, even in the chaos.

Take a moment to step back from the busy chaos of your life and look at the blessings you have.  We all have problems and issues in our life, but if we focus on the blessings instead, we realize how much the Lord has given us and can trade our dissatisfaction for gratefulness instead. 

With Hugs & Blessings,
Brenda

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