Hi peeps... How's it going?? Well, in my last post I mentioned I was going to take the weekend to get lots of rest. That's just when life happened and rest was the last thing I got. My sweet baby you see there passed away on July 3rd. It was sort of sudden and it sort of wasn't. He had a severe case of a genetic type of heart disease, which we just discovered in May. I notice EVERYTHING, so he was obviously good at hiding his feelings from me for all these years. Thanks to heart meds, the good days started to outweigh the few bad days. I was so hoping that I would have a lot more time with him. But July 3rd was his last bad day. He's no longer uncomfortable and I have to be grateful for that. The companionship and unconditional love he gave me will be unforgettable, and I'm grateful for that, too. Anyway, that's the main reason for the silence here last week. To say that I was obsessed with my little guy is an understatement, so I was hysterical when it happened and for a few days after that. Then I was exhausted from being hysterical. Then I spent some time with my family and finally got some much needed rest. I've only needed a few tissues while writing this (as opposed to half a box of tissues in one sitting), so things are slowly getting easier. I'm just taking it a day at time. But life goes on and here are a few moments from life lately...

These are my mom's fiddle fig trees! Aren't they amazing?? They are easily the biggest real ones I've ever seen. I asked her how she got them to grow that big and here is what she said...

  • Re-pot them as soon as you buy them in a pot that is double the size of the original pot. Be sure the pot can drain.
  • They need to be in bright light most of the day.
  • Water larger plans with 1/2 gallon of water once a week. Water smaller plants with 1/4 gallon of water once a week. 
  • Feed it Miracle Grow once a month. No feeding is required during the winter months. 
  • Give them a half-turn once every other week to ensure they grow evenly and get even exposure to the sun. 

These slides have been my go-to shoes on the weekends as of late. They are SO comfortable and they go with so many things... 

I'm still on my crazy strict diet, which means I cook a lot, which means I'm always thankful when someone else does the cooking! My mom made this shrimp bowl for me and it was delish! She just sautéed some organic squash, zucchini, onion, Brussels sprouts, and garlic in olive oil. She seasoned it with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. She added some wild shrimp to the pot at the end. I put the vegetables and shrimp on top of some sweet potato noodles that were sautéed in garlic oil - and done! So good. 

Also, I got some really great news regarding my Hashimoto's diagnosis earlier this week, so the diet and lifestyle changes are working!!! THANK GOD because this has been so tough... I'll share more soon!
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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty.

    Do you have to take medication for your Hashimoto's diagnosis? I hear so many friends complain about some of the same symptoms. Thank you for sharing and please continue to post about the changes you made. :)

    1. I am not taking any medications right now. I'm trying to calm my immune system down with diet and lifestyle changes first. It seems to be working for now, but will be open to meds if things change down the road.

  2. Oh Tiffany, I am so very sorry about your sweet fur baby. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things, they are always there for you and you feel so heart broken when there is nothing in your power to help them. I said a little prayer for you this morning when I got your blog post and hope that things will ease soon. Just know that he is in a better place. Hugs T

    1. Thanks so much for your prayers, T! This has been so hard, but I agree that he is in a better place. So hard! Hope you are doing well!

  3. So so sorry to hear the news the sweet friend! It is so hard when we lose a pet as they truly are family to us. Will be keeping you in prayer.
    Glad to hear the new diet is working for you. Elie is doing better now that she too has made some adjustments. Katie is still waiting for her food tests, and I need to talk with my new doctor next week and make some changes as well now that we've learned more. I have to agree with you that it is soooo hard, especially when you are living with a loved one that doesn't have a problem. He's a good sport, but he does love to eat out as well. I would love for you to share some of your meals. While we eat GF, mostly Paleo for dinner, it's breakfast and lunch that are killing me!!

    1. Thanks for thinking of me friend! Glad Elie is doing better! I will be sharing a few simple recipes hopefully starting next week!

  4. So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful cat but glad you had many wonderful years to love him.

  5. That shrimp bowl looks to die for and I'll definitely be making that sooner rather than later! So glad that you got good news. I'll be watching to hear a positive update! Welcome to the other side of healthy :)

  6. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful little boy cat. I know how very difficult the loss of a beloved pet is. Please be comforted in knowing that he had years of happiness with you.

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