My Not So Great Christmas…

Lexington Medical Center is my local community’s amazing and highly ranked hospital.  I blog for their “Every Woman Blog” website twice a month.  I’ve been doing this since August, 2018.  I reblogged my Thanksgiving post (#7) a couple of weeks ago.  I decided to reblog my other posts as well.  In the Spirit of the Christmas season, this is my latest one (#8) published today.  I will share post 1-6 from LMC in the near future.  Of course, I will continue my “alternate” true life stories as well.  I appreciate your support in reading them!

Every Woman Blog

By Marianna Boyce

This blog post was initially going to be about delightful Christmas memories.  When I walked up the sidewalk at Salon on Main for my hair appointment before Thanksgiving, I knew I had to change direction.  Maybe I’ll reminisce about my childhood another year.

The statement on my salon’s marquee outside read, “Where God Guides He Provides.”  Of course, this sent my brain firing on all cylinders.  I could hardly wait to pen my thoughts onto paper.  Their messaging was great!  The memories it stirred?  Not so great!  Just stay with me a minute y’all.

My two adopted granddaughters, now ages 11 and 13 came to mind.  Their young lives have not always been merry and bright. Seven years ago, God saw fit to remove them from the hellish situation they were living.  Even though they now have all the love, care, and attention any child could ever…

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Maria to the Rescue! Part I

It was October, 2016... After a somewhat uneventful flight back to South Carolina, I walked into my house regretting not giving it a good cleaning before our departure to Arizona.  I had never NOT cleaned my house before any vacation, except for this one trip. I am what most people would refer to as a … Continue reading Maria to the Rescue! Part I

A Day Trip – Bisbee, Arizona

It was mid-September, 2016 and we were enjoying our short stay with our daughter and her family.  We felt like Arizona USA was our second home.  I believe my husband would move there today if we didn’t have close family in South Carolina and Georgia. Our daughter Tiffany and her husband Bill planned a day … Continue reading A Day Trip – Bisbee, Arizona

Treasured Traditions…Fire It Up & Pass The Biscuits!

This is my latest post for Lexington Medical Center’s Every Woman Blog. Since it is Thanksgiving week, I wanted to share it for my My Alternate Universe followers as well. Let us not only be thankful one day this week, let’s make a choice to be thankful everyday of the year! I hope you enjoy!

Every Woman Blog

By Marianna Boyce

It’s that time of the year when many of us may experience feelings of nostalgia.  I love reminiscing about holidays past.  pic 2On Thanksgiving Day, rest assured, my Daddy will be outside raking and burning leaves in his brick fire pit.  (He will probably also be sporting a tie!)  I adore watching him stand there stoically with his hands propped up on the rake while he watches the leaves burn.  It always sparks great conversation when my son and I smell a fire off in the distance in crisp autumn air.  I’m thankful God has blessed us with another year for Daddy to light his traditional Thanksgiving bonfire.

I also need to introduce you to my maternal grandmother (Maw).  She was the only one of my grandparents that I remember.  She was no bigger than a minute but she owned a large personality.  She passed away many years…

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The Answer to All of My Questions?

“I doubt that very seriously Honey, but thanks for calling to let me know...” So there I was...laying on my daughter’s living room floor nearly 2000 miles from home.  My phone was “silent” on the floor beside me.  My Apple Watch alerted me of the incoming call.  It was my doctor’s office in South Carolina. … Continue reading The Answer to All of My Questions?

Arizona or Bust!

It was September 8, 2016, and excitement started building in my very being.  It had been quite some time since I was excited about anything, so it felt strangely foreign to me. With a very important flight planned to Arizona USA just ten days away, it was difficult not to be excited.  You see?  My … Continue reading Arizona or Bust!

Who Me? Part II

I was recently nominated for the “From the Heart Award” by Crushed Caramel as you can see in her recent post. I wish that I could thank her in person but she is across the pond, so our little blogosphere will have to suffice.  Thank you Caramel for your vote of confidence and all … Continue reading Who Me? Part II

Could It Be?

Since I was typically a healthy person, I had never googled anything as far as my health was concerned.  Before June of 2016, there was no need to do this.  I always imagined if I did, I would certainly be six feet under in a matter of days.  I would eventually toss that thought aside.  Curiosity … Continue reading Could It Be?

An Angel in the Midst…Part II

For this post, I need to take a quick trip back to my high school days.  If any of my high school friends are reading this, don’t worry...I won’t tell on us! This quick trip immediately brings to mind that great divide between the popular kids and unpopular ones.  I personally hung out with a … Continue reading An Angel in the Midst…Part II

An Angel In the Midst…Part I

I do not recall all the intricate details of this pivotal day in September 2016.  I do remember the critical events that led me to the moment that gave me a small glimmer of hope.  A shimmering light in the distance was God’s answer to my prayer. *** I also vividly recall the never-ending pain! … Continue reading An Angel In the Midst…Part I

Remember When?

I love rainy days!  I get that from my sweet mama!  It is so relaxing sitting on my back porch listening to the sound of the rain aimlessly falling from the sky.  Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm for South Carolina, so I  am also enjoying hearing the rustling leaves on the … Continue reading Remember When?

Stand Up! It’s Finally Here!

  In a recent post, The Fun’s Just Getting Started…  I mentioned a conversation between me and my manager about a stand up desk.  You may remember, in that post, I was chasing “squirrels” but I finally got to this transformational conversation. Fast forward to now.  Have you ever heard of Christmas in September?  Me neither, so … Continue reading Stand Up! It’s Finally Here!

Who Me?

I would like to thank Crushed Caramel for recently nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  In following her blog, I gather that she lives in the UK.  With me residing “across the pond” in the Palmetto State of South Carolina, our unlikely paths still crossed.  (The beauty of blogging!) The rules of the award: 1. Thank … Continue reading Who Me?

It’s Time to “Exercise” the Demons

Helplessness. was not in my nature, so it was time to act!  It had been two full months since my unhinged roller coaster began.  I had already been to Doctor #1 and Doctor #2.  Until I received the results from the lab, I decided to take control.  I could no longer sit idly by feeling … Continue reading It’s Time to “Exercise” the Demons

The Fun’s Just Getting Started…

  It’s so funny how I plan to write about one thing, and it suddenly turns into a story about MANY things.  Some may call it chasing rabbits, I say, “SQUIRREL!”  Bear with me!  It was August 19, 2016 and I didn’t say a word to my periodontist about the horrendous joint pain I had … Continue reading The Fun’s Just Getting Started…

Surprise, Surprise…Just What I Needed!

Who doesn’t love surprises?  I did, but at this point, living in an alternate little universe, I’d have to say I really hated them!  I get it!  Hate is a strong word, and yes, my sweet mama taught me better than to use such harsh language, but I had incredibly strong pain to match exactly … Continue reading Surprise, Surprise…Just What I Needed!

This Is a Test

Today I created a public “My Alternate Universe” Facebook page for all future personal blog posts.  I will also share the posts I write for Lexington Medical Center’s “Every Woman Blog” twice a month.  I did this in an effort to reclaim my private Facebook page for my normal life...whatever normal is! I enjoy writing … Continue reading This Is a Test

“Love Is Not a Feeling…Love Is Action” (Part II)

It was a chilly morning just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, 2004. We were standing at the ticket counter at our local metropolitan airport. There was no one beside, or behind us. My son was a junior in high school.  He was flying to Washington, D.C. for a leadership conference being held in our nation’s … Continue reading “Love Is Not a Feeling…Love Is Action” (Part II)

My Million $$$ Body Armor

It was painful trying to lie still after moving around, but equally painful to move around after lying still.  I was living my life in a paradox. My body was screaming for help and my brain didn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders.  Where was a flux capacitor when you needed one?  I couldn’t … Continue reading My Million $$$ Body Armor

Emily’s Story…Her Invisible Disease

INTERVIEW WITH A JRA WARRIOR Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis ~ A type of arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in children aged sixteen years or younger.  It affects approximately 50,000 in the United States alone. I have been looking forward to introducing sweet Emily!  She is my niece and is … Continue reading Emily’s Story…Her Invisible Disease