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MacKenzie’s Talents!

I am posting pictures of my daughters first layout in a magazine. She has been an alternative model for a while now, but what makes this even more awesome is the fact she is not only a model, she also does her own SFX makeup.

She has always been an awesome artist, starting out with our walls when she was 2-16. Yes, even at 16 she was still drawing on my walls! She then moved onto tattooing and drawing.

Well she was awesome at tattooing but she didn’t stick with it for too long before she discovered her talent with SFX.

And one of the most awesome things about her is how she does these things to her own face. I can’t imagine doing all that to someone else. That would be hard enough in my opinion. But doing it on yourself really blows my mind away!

She is also a dancer and a pole instructor in Indianapolis. So check her out at one of the links I will be sharing below. And check back as I will post more on her progress into the world of SFX! Along with new pictures or videos she posts!

Please help share any pictures or videos you may like to help get her face and name out there for the world to see!

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Pictures of her winning one of the pole competitions up in Indianapolis. pictures of Mackenzie modeling as an alternative model.

The pictures below are from Mackenzies 5 Page layout in the October 2018 Elan Vital Magazine

They are a little hard to see because of the plastic I have over them to protect them.

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The Journey Begins

I was paralyzed a little over 5 years ago from the waist down. This happened to me because I was a heroin addict. I started on regular pain pills and gradually went to roxycodone. When the governmment started cracking down on controlled substances I then moved onto becoming a heroin addict because of how much cheaper and how much easier it was to acquire.
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It  was an airborn infection from the needle I used that got me. It is like a 1 in a million chances of this happening. Pretty crazy odds I know, but it happened to me. My body did not fight off what it was supposed to fight off while I was injecting myself.  So this infection started taking over my entire body. It eventually lodged itself into my spinal cord. I woke up one day and could not move my legs.
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Right after I got out of my spinal cord surgery which left me paralyzed from the waist down.

I was then taken to St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis where they performed emergency spinal cord surgery on me. Which left me paralyzed from the waist down. I was very lucky to have not lost my life actually. If the infection had reached my heart there would have been nothing they could have done for me. My Dr’s did not actually say that I would never walk again, but they told me and my family not to get our hopes up. They told us this because of the amount of infection they had to remove from my spinal cord.

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Me in my wheelchair at my youngest daughters high school graduation above.

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I am not only walking again, I am walking unassisted. I do not have to even use a cane to walk. (Though it does help me walk better and not look like a drunk at times) I have also been off of the needle for over 3 years. I have no desire these days to use opiates. Even though I am now in way more pain than I ever was before this happened to me. I have been slowly trying to change my life around. It is very hard to change who you are after you have been that person for longer than you can remember.

But it is possible! And it will not happen overnight. And you are not going to become a perfect person. You will still make mistakes. But you have to learn to forgive yourself for these mistakes and move on. Especially from all those mistakes and feelings of guilt from your past. If you don’t, then you will leave yourself open to being pulled right back into that old behavior and lifestyle.

I want to help others, but I don’t even pretend to act like I have all of the answers. And I am not perfect and will never be perfect. But I do know addicts and their behaviors. And I know what type of hell you live through as an addict. All the prejudisms that people have toward addicts. How they are treated by society. The government wants to treat addicts like they are criminals and punish them if they cannot control themselves with their drug of choice.

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Well addiction is a disease. Do you get treated like a criminal for being a diabetic? Do you have to go live in a cage with murderers, child molesters, and other criminal types for not controlling your diabetes?

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So forgive me for not feeling as though this is the answer or the way to help the problems this country is facing concerning addiction. Check out Netherlands Free Trade  they have going on. And what type of results they have had from doing this.

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I will post next time all about what it is for anyone who does not know what I am talking about or cannot find it.

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Vining Tree Stump

So what I did with this project was I took a tree stump that I got from a friend and I hollowed it out. I went about 6-8″ down into the stump and about 7″ across. Well I guess it would be 7″ by 7″ I went across the top.

Sorry I am not the greatest at figuring out how to say the measurements. I am ridiculous actually when I start a project. I will just jump in there and start doing it and I rarely use a tape measure for anything. It sends my boyfriend into a tizzy every time he sees how I work outside. I will be in sandals with no tool belt. While he will have on a huge tool belt, knee pads, gloves, and maybe even a pair of safety goggles, depending on what he might be doing.

I do have to admit that his way is probably the much better and much safer way of doing things. But I was brought up in the country and I watched my dad work around our place for years while never wearing a tool belt or gloves half the time. So I guess I picked up a lot from my childhood in those regards. Though I will admit that I have been trying to remember to wear gloves lately because of the damage it has been doing to my hands. And mother nature is doing a fine job of aging me so I really don’t need to help speed up the process by doing dumb things that I could have prevented is the way I am looking at it these days.

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So I ended up using a hammer drill with a large drill bit to hollow the stump out. This was after trying everything from a Sawzall to a mult tool. Neither did anything more than basically wear me out a little bit more than I was with very little results!

Finally I found my hammer drill which is actually a corded drill. The hammer drill I have featured is a cordless type. I know that most people are more fond of using cordless tools these days. So I start to drill into it and make a bunch of different holes thinking that I could then take my multi tool and cut the stuff out.

I found out however that all I had to do was to start turning my drill bit as I was drilling and go sideways and up and over, basically just move it all different ways and it started just chewing all of the wood up like it was nothing. I was very impressed by how quickly the rest of the project went by after I discovered this way of doing it. I had been out there for hours for a couple days prior to this discovery doing it all different types of ways and had no major results. I even had 2 different men working at it with their hammer and chisels. Saying that would be the best way at hollowing out a stump that tough.

It took a little bit of a battle to convince the boyfriend to try it my way because he was swearing by the chisel and hammer being the only way we could clean it out properly and quickly. But I won in the end when I showed him how quickly I was clearing it out. I was just worn out by that time and my hammer drill arm had went capooey! So being right at the end of my project I had him come over and finish clearing it for me.

Even with how quickly the progress does come along with the right bit and a hammer drill, if you are not used to holding a hammer drill for a long period of time it will take it right out of your arm!

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So the great thing about these Tree Stump Planters is that you can plant whatever type of plants you want in them. I chose the vining plant my daughter had given me for mother’s day this year because I had no where else to put it really, and I thought that it would do well in the environment of the tree stump. Especially with it coming with it’s own little trellis.

So I drilled out 2 small holes and used my hot glue gun to glue the trellis legs down in the holes. Now my trellis is much more stable. So I guess we will see how it goes from here. And another plant that I am figuring might do very well in a tree stump would be hens and chicks as shown below.

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These plants as shown above are very awesome plants! They are perennials, which means that they will come back year after year. And they spread out like wildfire. Not only that but they will grow almost anywhere, and with very minimal amount of soil. So this would mean that you do not have to hollow your tree stump out quite as deep as you would for other types of plants or flowers.

Now if you just really want this look for your yard and you are not into the whole going out and getting your own tree stump and carving it out, there is always the fake tree stump planter, that you can buy at amazon for relatively cheap.

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Controlled Substance Scheduling

Well I decided that I just had to share my opinion of this little drug fact that has to do with Xanax. Or you may know them as alprazolam. Same thing basically. One is just a generic form. Now if you are reading any of my blogs here then you probably already know that I used to be a very bad heroin addict. And I have been addicted to almost every type of drug at one point in my life. I was paralyzed about 5 1/2 years ago from the use of needles. I contracted a bad infection that was all on the inside of my body and so no one could tell there was anything wrong with me. Until it was too late. I woke up one day and the paralysis had set in. And I couldn’t move my legs.

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So make long story short I had spinal cord surgery and I was paralyzed from waist down. I now relearning to walk and a lot has changed in my life since that dreadful day. So anyway let’s just say that I know my shit when it comes to drugs!

And yes I was also addicted to Xanax at one point. I got them from my Dr. Along with my Lortab 10’s every month I was prescribed 4 a day for many years before I ended up getting myself cut off from the Dr.

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So while Xanax was never my drug of choice I most definitely would take it to get my buzz on, or to bring myself down from the cocaine stupor I had been on for 5 days or so.

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So enough about me and I will move on to my point of the story here, since you are probably wondering why the title of this article is about scheduling of narcotics, and here I am bellowing on about my life as an addict.

Well it’s all relevant I promise. And things I need to let everyone know before I start spouting out my big Xanax story.

How do you take a drug as dangerous as xanax and give it a scheduled 4 classification when you have drugs such as marijuana in a schedule 1 classification?

I will give you the definition of these classifications so you know exactly what I am talking about here.

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Here is the definition and the drugs that are currently in the schedule one classification:

SCHEDULE 1 DRUGS 

Schedule 1 drugs have no accepted medical use in the United States, and using schedule 1 drugs can put a person at a high risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs assigned a schedule 1 class include: 

Now here is the definition and the list of drugs that are in schedule 4 classification:

SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS 

Drugs that are classified as schedule 4 are often prescribed medications, and when a person uses schedule 4 drugs, they are at a very low risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs in the schedule 4 class include: 

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Ok so I am blown away by the way they have these drugs scheduled. I will say that I have known many people who have overdosed because of them mixing xanax with another drug.

I also know many people who have went to prison because of mixing alcohol with Xanax and they woke up the next day with no knowledge of what they had done but facing some serious legal charges.

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I know that there are supposed to be only 2 drugs that can actually kill you coming off of them cold turkey. And this would be xanax and alcohol.

When I went to jail in Wayne county years ago I remember the nurse asking if someone could bring me my xanax because they were going to give them to me and ween me down from them. That is how serious this drug is. You don’t have jails hardly ever giving out any type of controlled substance to the offenders unless they absolutely have to. She also told me that when you come off of them cold turkey and have a seizure like I actually had once when I came off of mine, that it does a lot of damage to your heart.

So there it is. I am just dumbfounded by the way our government would classify these drugs. And I realize that it’s been many years ago when these drugs were classified. But I would think that maybe they should be updating some things!

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I mean marijuana to be put in with heroin? When you can’t even overdose on it? They have never even proven that it’s physically addicting. And I have never been a fan of marijuana. I do not smoke it now and I didn’t smoke it back years ago when I was really bad on drugs. But it is what it is. And so I just wanted to share my opinion with whoever chooses to read this. And spread some knowledge with anyone who may not have known this information.

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DIY Altered Sweater

Well this will be One of my first postings in regards to do it yourself projects that I have actually done. I am posting a Sweater this time that I have altered. I took some of the before and after pictures so I could show everyone in case it turned out decent.

My transformed winter sweater into a summer sweater.

So what’s a little bit original with this sweater is how I kept the long sleeves on it. Though it appears to be more of a tank top when first looking at it, it actually has its sleeves still on it.

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I decided that I had liked the long sleeves with the shoulders out. But on the other hand I really liked the cool look of spring/summer.

So I left the sleeves inside of the sweater while I tried it on for alterations and I decided to try and keep them in the sweater so as that I could wear it either way.

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I have been a self taught learner with my sewing so far. So while I love it and am eager to learn more and get better at it, I will not be starting my own clothing line anytime soon lol! But I love to sew the things I can and love to give things a new life you could say. Doesn’t matter if it’s a person, a dresser, or an old t shirt. I love to take something that is a hot mess and make it look better!

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Well I will quit rambling on and explain the rest of my sweater. I then took the long sleeves and pulled them to the outside of shirt and sewed them up into pockets.

I love the idea of pockets on everything! I am constantly filling my pockets full of screws and different things as I go around my place doing different projects. If I wear something that has no pockets I feel lost! So it actually worked out well on this one. Except for the fact I can not find the before pictures I took.

So anyway the sweater was altered in me cutting the neck out and pulling the long sleeves inside the shirt and then pulling the ends of the sleeves to the outside and sewing them onto the outside into pockets.

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Concrete & Shells On Bathtub

So the picture above is of the front of my bathtub. I know that it is a little out there. Most have probably never seen anything like this DIY I have going on here. I am not even sure where on earth the idea came from. I just know that one night I was sitting in my bathroom trying to pee and thinking about cement projects I had seen on youtube, and next thing you know I had cement and shells all over the front of my bathtub.

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So I will tell you right off the rip, that this project is a little messy, and a little bit hard to do! It took me a while to figure out what I needed to do in order to get the concrete to stay on the bathtub and then to actually stay on the bathtub and hold the seashells I was trying to add to it. So you live and you learn. That is for sure!

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So anyways I will have to say that it does actually look better than it did when I first started out on it. You have to remember that mine is a fixer upper trailer. And my bathroom definitely needed some fixing up! The bathtub was in dire need of an updo. And I kept on trying all kinds of different ideas to cover up the front of it where it looked so bad.

But nothing ever worked all the way with making it look better and making it look right with whatever I was trying on it. Until the concrete and shells. I don’t know why exactly but it actually fits in there and I do actually like it. Well on most days I like it we will say. Then there are some days when I am looking at it again and thinking in my head, what could I do to make it look better tban it does? Or should I just possibly try and get a whole new bathtub?

The story of my life however. I love doing new projects around my trailer, and I love taking something that looks bad and turning it into something that now looks good or at least halfway decent! I have to admit that I have a bad habit of getting bored with things around me, whether it be the trailer rooms, the backyard, or even my hair. I will get tired of the same old thing and decide that I have come up with an idea to make whatever new project it is better.

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Though this bad habit of mine will definitely keep me a stressed out mess at times with new projects happening all over my small trailer, it also has it’s good points too. I am getting better when it comes to home decor and my construction skills have improved immensely since I moved into my little fixer upper trailer a little over 3 years ago.

So have fun with this if anyone out there gets brave enough to try this on their own possessions. A couple of tricks to get it to work better is to

1. hold your concrete in position until it gets a little bit of a form.

2. Make sure your concrete is a little more thick rather than thin.

3. And I actually sifted my concrete through a strainer I had to get all of the rocks out of it. I then used all of the little pebbles to other projects and in my house plants.

to make them look nicer.

hole new bathtub you know?

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Kenzie’s Life With The Pole

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Following Up With Spyware, Porn Sites, And More!

Well I am running a bit behind on posting this. I have been having really bad neck pain lately and will probably have to go to the er soon if it doesn’t stop. So it’s put me behind that is for sure.

So I wanted to talk a little bit on what I have found besides just the screws that I have thought were cameras. I do believe some of these screws I have found in my home are actually cameras. A lot probably are not. I will elaborate a little more on why I thought that there might be cameras in my home in the first place.

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A couple of years ago I had a friend who warned me on the fact that someone might be watching me on camera’s. And actually taking the footage from these cameras and putting them on porn site’s. Basically making money from me and my boyfriend without our knowledge. So I was not too thrilled with this info and he was very sketchy with his info he gave me.

Basically just giving me an idea and a lot of worries in my head on something that I don’t know crap about. And didn’t have the first clue as to how to go about finding out who was doing it, where these camera’s were hidden in the trailer, or where to look online to find out if there were videos of us out there.

So I stressed and nothing ever came of it. I didn’t know where to look. And didn’t even know for sure if it was real. My friend was not like quoting something to me that he could completely stand on. This was his opinion I guess from what he had heard from someone else.

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So anyway I somehow got to the right porn site this time with my investigating behind the scenes. Because I found some very interesting videos on there that I can’t swear to it on whether it is me and him or not. Sounds crazy I know. But when it comes to homemade porn or the hidden cam porns, quality is definitely not what you are getting! And in many of them they keep the faces out of the feed. Then they also can change your background, and change how you look even.

Now I am not good enough at video editing to do these things, but I know that many people out there are. I can do it on photos. I have changed all types of things in some of my still pictures. But video I have never done.

So I am trying to figure out how to get through about a billion things of porn to find the ones that I am suspicious of. And I think that whoever is doing it is taking some of the videos off as I am trying to find them. Because a couple of the videos were yanked right when I started looking into them a little more.

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I guess I could be just paranoid lol. And I am not swearing that the videos are of us. I can only say right now that a few I have found were very suspicious to me. The body language is the thing that is making me look into them a little more. You can change a lot of stuff but you can’t really change a person’s body language.

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So whether I am paranoid or possibly someone has been spying I thought it would be a good idea to post this just for awareness. For there may be some people out there who are unaware of how crazy it has gotten these days when it comes to spyware. The stuff just gets tinier, easier to use, and cheaper to get. So I would definitely recommend for those of you who might be thinking that someone knows a little more about your whereabouts than they really should know, to check into it a little deeper.

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