My Brother Said My Blog Title Sucked

Yeah, he did tell me that cbrandon50 was a sucky title for a blog.  So, I told a friend what he said, secretly hoping to illicit some sympathy, the conversation went like this:

Me:  You know what, my brother told me that my blog title sucked.  Can you believe that?

Angie:  What is the title?

Me:  CBrandon50

Angie:  That does suck.

As you can see, sympathy didn’t happen. Now, I have changed the title.  Since this blog is so very random and has no focus…kind of like me…the new title, as you may have noticed is:  The Best Thing I Ever…

The tagline is: Ate, Did, Saw, Read, Experienced, Etc. (or some form of that).  You will find that the best thing I did today will probably not be the best thing I ‘did’ tomorrow.  Anyway, the title is changed and I like it!  I do hope that you will find some enjoyment in the random posts that are to come.

And of course, you can visit my other blog: for herbal info and other nice things!

Have a wonderful Saturday!


The Books That Changed My Life

Anyone who knows me knows I love to read! One of my favorite niches is self-help. Never miss a chance to make yourself a better person. This year there have been 2 such books that I feel compelled to sing the praises of:

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

I actually found this gem at a flea market for about twenty-five cents! The book seemed to call to me and I simply could not leave the building without it. I am so glad that I followed my intuition and purchased the book.

Ms. Hay guides you through the areas of your life, showing you how to overcome self limiting beliefs. She provides exercises that help keep you on track for healing. Once you learn where you need to change, she shows you how to change. You Can Heal Your Life covers every area of life: your past, your relationships, your career, and your physical health.

This is, by far, the most helpful book I have ever been fortunate enough to read. Within the pages of You Can Heal Your Life, I found the key to self-acceptance and how to love myself. I truly feel that my whole life is changing for the better!

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise

This little ebook is priceless! We all set goals, right? Then we break those goals down into ‘more manageable’ steps, right? Then when we fail to make through a step, we feel, well, like a failure. Ok, so maybe you aren’t one of those that give up easily. I am, and I found this book to be a wonderful tool for helping set up the very tiniest steps and succeeding!

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results delivers what the title promises. A great big Thank You to Stephen Guise for sharing his formula for success!

If you are looking to improve your life, I highly recommend either or both of these reads. They have changed my perspective and my life, I believe they can help anyone!



Coventina is the goddess of water.  She protects and presides over streams, pools, lakes, rivers, etc.  Coventina calls us to purification. Her oracle card states, ‘It is time for a cleansing detoxification of your body and mind.’   


We all need detoxification from time to time.  We can detoxify our bodies through consuming detoxifying foods and through detoxifying baths.  We detoxify our minds by focusing on positive and uplifting thoughts and actions.


With Coventina’s help we can make lifestyle changes that our own intuition has been prompting us to make.  This is a great time to begin to purge our cabinets and bodies of refined sugars, flours, and processed food.  Maybe your individual change involves breaking an addiction.  Coventina can help with that!


Purity in all forms is good for each of us, whether it be in our food or in our thoughts.  I encourage you to take some extra care this week in what you eat.  Help your body to become a little cleaner and healthier just by making small changes in your diet.  Also, do some meditation and fill your mind (by what your read, watch, or think) with positive ideas, and influences.


Later in the week, I will be featuring posts that will give you ideas on how to detox the body and mind.  So, tune in again and let’s get purified inside and out.


Bright blessings….


Shatavari – My Hot Flash Friend!



The very name of this ‘herbal remedy’ conjures up thoughts of an exotic land. Of course, Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, is native to Sri Lanka and the Himalayas. This herb is a very common staple in Ayurvedic medicine as an overall health tonic, but especially for women’s issues.


It is said that Shatavari strengthens the uterus and eases painful periods. With this in mind, I made a Shatavari tincture with my daughter and granddaughter in mind. During the course of my study of this amazing herb, I came across information about menopause and Shatavari. Now, this I could really relate to in the here and now!


So, in the midst of a hot flash, I ran to the cupboard and grabbed the Shatavari tincture, took a dropperful and almost immediately the hot flash subsided. Wow! What a relief! Now I was left to wonder, was the hot flash over anyway, or was this a Shatavari miracle? So far, I have not been able to come up with an answer for those questions. I have, however, made Shatavari a part of my herbal regimen. Since then, my menopausal symptoms have literally vanished. Yes, I love this stuff!


Shatavari is sometimes loosely translated ‘able to have 100 husbands.’ Well, thankfully, you don’t have to have any husbands to use this herb unless you want one. What that really means is that it has such a wonderful healing effect on the female reproductive system. Shatavari is considered the go to herb in Ayurveda for fertility and to promote lactation. It must be mentioned, also, that Shatavari is healing and rejuvenating to male reproductive tissues as well.


The popularity of Shatavari in Ayurveda stems from its ability to strengthen the immune system and to support digestion. It is particularly helpful in the healing of digestive diseases, such as, colitis, heartburn, and ulcers.


If you suffer from any of these maladies: PMS, menopause, or digestive disorders, my suggestion is Shatavari. I would almost say that you owe it to yourself to try Shatavari! It is a wonderful herb to have handy. My preferred way of ingesting Shatavari is a tincture. This can be taken with tiny bit of water or mixed with a spoonful of honey.


I do have a few bottles for sale in my Etsy store. You can find it at this link: or look for it at your trusted natural health product distributor.

Holiday Traditions



The holiday season is a time of traditions. Traditions are as wide a varied as there are people. One tradition at our house is getting set for the Yuletide season. Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day to put up the tree and transitioning the house from fall décor to Christmas.


Usually, putting up the tree involves my daughter, her 3 children, and myself. However, this year, 2 of the children are not here with us. And, my daughter has to work today. So, it is up to the oldest granddaughter, my husband, and me to get the season in order. We are going to try to hold off on the tree until Amanda gets off work.


In the meantime, Gerald will be getting the decorations out of the attic and Trinity and I are going to do a cooking lesson. One of her favorite foods is potato soup….and…I happen to be pretty good and making it. Today, she will learn the secrets of making perfectly delicious potato soup. The temperatures here are destined to drop quite a bit today so, this is the perfect day for soup!


Unfortunately, traditions do not always turn out as we hope. This was one of those times for us. We did get the house done up for the Christmas season, even though Amanda could not be with us. Gerald only had to do 2 light runs…yep, our lights that we bought at yard sales 10 years ago just stopped working.


With this one behind us, we will look forward to the next. I hope that your holiday season is all that you want it to be!



Are You True to Yourself?

A few days ago, one of my brothers posted on Facebook a quote by Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” I love logging on to Facebook every day to see what my very clever family members and friends have posted. By the way, YOU GUYS ROCK! This quote, however, got me to thinking about being true to oneself and what it means to do so.

What does the term being ‘true to yourself’ mean to you? How do you define it?

Does it mean to follow your heart even if your heart takes you to scary places? Or does it mean to simply accept who you are?

Looking forward to reading your responses!! So, please respond.

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.–Dolly Parton
Dolly just kinda sums it all up.

Oh, Those Pesky Little New Year’s Resolutions

There is nothing like an awesome New Year’s resolution made in the heat of the moment to make one feel like an utter failure.  If you are brave enough to let your really good friends know what your resolution is, you can bet that not only will your fell like a failure, they will let your now, without a doubt, that you are.  This usually occurs sometime around the second or third week of January.

Well, I have a plan.  I think I finally have this resolution thing figured out.  Kudos to those of you who figured it out way before that 50 year mark!  Make those awesome and grandiose resolutions, but make sure you word them correctly to insure success.

Weight Loss – I resolve to lose all the weight that I possible can in the New Year; possibly without going on a strict diet.

More exercise – I resolve to get more physically active.  I will park one space further from the entrance to work.  Ta Da! Exercise level jacked up four steps instantly.

Quit Smoking  – I resolve to not start smoking in the New Year.  This one may be a  little tricky.  I quit smoking several years ago and have no plans or desire to go back to that habit.  However, one never knows what stresses will come our way tomorrow.

Save more money – I found a nickel in my coat pocket…if I can hang on to that, my resolution will stand!

Seriously, though, make those resolutions and set goals for the New Year.  You never know what you may accomplish if you plan for it!  It is my hope that your New Year’s resolutions will come to fruition.

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!