It seems no other city gets into Halloween quite like LA. There are always so many parties and everyone really loves getting into dressing up for them. This year Ronn and I started a week early and attend 4 parties total as Clint Eastwood and Bettie Page. Bet you didn’t know those two were a hot item, huh? Clint and Bettie hung out with Elvis, Devils, Angels and Tippi Hedren, who made a very elegant witch. Now that Halloween is finally here, we are so tired that we just want to be ourselves. Our neighborhood has a lot of kids and our next door neighbor always throws a nice party for the adults, while the kids run around getting more candy. So whatever you decide to do this Halloween, please be safe and have a goolish good time! We sure did!
Our rock and roll band, PLAYER, is performing only 2 more engagements at the Cascade Room of the Spa Resort and Casino in Palm Springs. This coming Thursday, October 28, and the following Thursday, November 4th. We’re having a great time doing this gig and the band is TIGHT! Come join us there. Lets have some fun.
Here’s a little snippit of what we did last week. Love ya, Ronn
Grilled bacon wrapped filet on top of steamed spinach and sliced potatoes with a mushroom and pepper sauce was a favorite dinner we had last week. Ronn even grilled them in the pouring rain, which made it all that more special. You can find this along with other recipes in my “Cooking Cajun ” cookbook. Use “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” on all your dishes to add an extra zesty flavor to your dishes. With the holidays around the corner, why not try giving a can as a gift and help the city of New Orleans rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina? I promise you won’t be disappointed with our amazing Cajun spice, so spread the word and the love with “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” today! www.devronn.com
It was an invite only evening for high rollers, press and VIPs at the Cascade lounge and a packed house to see the Classic rock 70s band PLAYER perform hits like “Baby Come Back,” “This Time I’m In It for Love,” and “It’s For You” Thursday night and boy did they rock it. Original band members Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss were joined by Johnny English on Keyboards, Rob Math on guitar and Craig Pilo on drums. The sound took you back in time and made you wish you were in high school again. Of course I’ve heard them rehearse numerous times in my garage and cooked them many meals in the process, but this was the first time I’d seen them perform their entire set in concert and I must say they rocked the house! The cool thing about PLAYER is that they sound just like their album and are all amazing musicians. PLAYER also has great songs of today like “Religion and Wildside that totally kick ass! I really recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to see them in an intimate setting as seats are limited for the next three Thursdays. There is already talk of moving them to a much larger venue and expanding them with a national and International tour in the coming year. So this may be one of only times to get to see them up close and personal. Click here for ticket info and reserve your seats now! PLAYER TICKET INFO
Here are a couple of yummy, healthy and simple appetizers that’s great to have as a snack or at your next dinner party. It great with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning which adds alot of flavor to everything! Simply take a few Roma tomatoes and cut the tops off, scoop out the interior and add fresh crabmeat mixed with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning and parsley flakes for bite size stuffed tomatos! Cut an avacado in half and take out the seed, put in the crabmeat mixture and serve with a nice Chardonnay. Ronn and I had both of these yummy appetizers yesterday and I just had to share it with you! For more recipes visit our website www.devronn.com
Ronn and I now have our own collection of a great California wine, Windsor Vineyards. We have a Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir to choose from. My collection will be part of the exclusive Centerfold collection that will launch next week on it’s website. In the meantime, you may start collecting your wines here 683 and I must say they taste great! We also have a wedding collection of Champagne coming soon! Enjoy these awesome wines as much as we do. They are a great addition to any meal, dinner party or holiday gathering.
PLAYER TICKET INFO Special limited engagement featuring Johnny English PLAYER will perform for three dates starting Oct 21st in Palm Springs. I can tell you first hand the band is mega hot and these guys all rock! Johnny English does a special Paul McCartney/Elton John segment that is really awesome! Rob Math’s guitar solos are not to be missed and of course Ronn and Peter give you that amazing sound that brings you back in time. I plan to rally the troops and be there to cheer them on of course. We are hoping that more dates will follow and a possible upcoming US tour is in the works. These guys are first class musicians and all are super talented and perfectionist in their field. Seats are limited, so reserve them asap and don’t miss this opportunity to rock with PLAYER!
I’m going to get personal and share what has been going on with me for the past couple years as a woman. At first, I thought something was terribly wrong with me. My periods were getting extremely heavy, so much so, that I couldn’t leave my bedroom because I was in extreme pain and discomfort. Forget going to parties or events because I would be down for the count and the bleeding was just enough to make me think I was dying!
My husband, who was then my fiancee’, I know was rethinking if he should indeed marry me. Like clockwork, I would turn into a person he didn’t even know a few days before the dreaded day would present it’s vampire control over my entire being. The kids would put up a cross whenever I walked into a room, as it seemed that I would snap at the slightest remark.
Truly, I was scared. It was getting harder to plan anything social and I was extremely nervous about wearing a wedding dress! I also started to notice that I was overly tired, especially in the afternoon. Dealing with picking up kids from school, cooking and spending time with my fiancee’ was becoming more and more difficult. Plus I was gaining weight in my mid section and it seemed no amount of diet or exercise was getting rid of it!
Then there were the rare times when I had my wonderful amazing fiancee’ all to myself for a date night and found I had no sex drive? I love this man with all my heart and he was feeling neglected because there was just no desire on my part?
All of this was just too confusing for me to understand, so I decided to speak to my OBGYN who was a female. I figured we were close in age, perhaps she would be able to figure out what was wrong with me? She decided to have me do a ultra sound to see if I had any cysts or fibroids, which are very common for most women in their 40s.
The results came back negative and she said she couldn’t understand what my problem was? I explained that I was planning my wedding and wearing a white dress was truly making me anxious. So she put me on a birth control pill called, “Seasonique.” This pill sounded great, no period for four months! I was sold on the spot!
I figured why not try it and at least get through my wedding. My wedding was in September and I started taking this pill in May. The first month seemed pretty good, a little spotting and I had no period! Then all of sudden I started bleeding, which my doctor said spotting was normal.I didn’t have quite the heaviness or the pain, but it lasted almost a month. All of a sudden huge blood clots the size of Texas were coming out of me! I felt like I was dying again and called my doctor who said to come in right away! As embarrassed as I was already, she said she had to exam me while I was gushing all this blood! She went on to explained that I was lucky not to have an emergency DNC to stop the bleeding and told me I had to multiply taking these pills in hopes that the bleeding would stop. She explain that I would feel nauseous, but that this was my only solution.
The wedding was one month away and I was desperate at this point, so I began taking multiple birth control pills so that I wouldn’t bleed. Three one day, two for a few days and then down to one. If I started to bleed, I would repeat the process. I was also taking iron because I was extremely tired all the time and I felt like a big cream puff from all the swelling around my belly.
Forget having a honeymoon! That would have to wait a while, just get me through the wedding were my only thoughts. I guess the stars lined up for me on my wedding day because it was the most amazing day of my life and everything seemed to just come together, in spite of all the health issues.
We had out of town relatives visiting and staying with us from Australia and everything then started to really take it’s toll on me after the wedding. I stopped taking the pills and immediately started bleeding again. This time it gradually became heavier until I was completely hemorrhaging in the bathroom of a restaurant!
I called my OBGYN after hours and got her father. You see my OBGYN works in the same office with her father, so they are a father and daughter team. He instructed me to go to the emergency room of the nearby hospital immediately!
Two weeks after my dream wedding and I’m in the emergency room of a hospital filled with people down with the swine flu! They check me in, make sure I have insurance and then put me on a cot hooked up to an IV of morphine while I continued to bleed!
Every half hour of so a nurse would come in to check my vitals and after a couple hours, another doctor came in to exam me. I was told that my doctor would be there shortly. A bed pan was brought in and I continued to disburse liver size blood clots. “I’m dying for sure.” “This is it for me, how could I bleed this much and live?”
Finally after about 4 hours, my doctor and her father appeared together and proceed to tell me that they had to do an emergency DNC to stop the bleeding. The hospital was completely full and I would have to wait my turn for this procedure. So I bleed for another 3 hours before I went into surgery at midnight. I asked my doctor just before they wheeled me into that cold sterile room, “What is wrong with me?” She replied, “Honey, you just have one of those uterus’ that we would have said hysterectomy to years ago, now there are less evasive things and I really think we will have to eventually ablate you.”
A uteral ablation is when they remove the lining of the uterus completely. The next thing I knew, I was signing a bunch of papers, being given what seemed to be my last rites by the anethesiologist as a milky white fluid flowed through my vein. I later learned that was prophidole, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson!
45 minutes later I awakened to a nurse asking me if I wanted her to call my husband. The next day my doctor called me to see how I was doing. She explained that I should stay on these pills because she thought the bleeding would come back. I said no way! These pills seemed to make me worst not better and I didn’t feel she was trustworthy after that. Why would she want me to stay on these pills? It just didn’t sense, especially at my age!
My husband encouraged me to give it some time and see if my periods would get better off of the pills before giving into a possible surgery. I started researching finding another OBGYN that could maybe help me with my problem when a girlfriend started talking to me about bio identical harmone replacement creams.
She explained, that she had all the same symptoms I had and also thought she was dying! It was a blessing from the universe to know I wasn’t alone and there was a possible solution. She also said she lost 20 lbs the first month she did the creams and got her sex drive back!
My husband was sold on exploring this and I was getting excited at the thought of feeling normal again! Although my periods were better after the DNC, I still felt tired most of the time.
I found a great OBGYN who actually works with famed bio identical expert, Prudence Hall. My new OBGYN had my blood work done and got my records back from my old OBGYN and found that I had a cyst the size of a small plum in my uterus. I was never told that! Although, cysts are commonly the reason for heavy period bleeding, my old OBGYN didn’t even tell me I had one, much less the size of a small plum!
Now I must have another ultra sound tomorrow morning to see if this size has increased from two years ago! My blood test came back and showed that I have almost no progesterone which is why my libido is almost non existent and my estrogen is high, although not as high as it would be if I were going into menopause; so that explains the weight gain. She recommended I see Prudence Hall for the bio identical topical creams.
I feel optimistic that I may have a solution to this problem now and wanted to share this personal experience with any woman who may be going through the same issue, as I now know there are many. I’m hoping to make some progress soon with this issue of mine and wish you love and light if you are going through the same thing.