Wednesday, February 21, 2018

My Girl

My Girl and her David

Sunday, February 18, 2018

MIni Me But Not

When you know you've influenced your child,
but they have their own twist on it. 
I've mentioned what a great cook Ben is and today he sent
me this photo of his organized flours.

I had to laugh, as of course they were in jars,
just as I store most of my pantry items.

Now I would have DYMO labels on mine,
but I prefer his quick taping - his sense of humor is grand.

Notice the Gluten- Keep out of LA
The arrow on the Masa is actually a tortilla press
and of course flour in Italian.

This is a man who loves to cook,
and he loves a woman who loves to cook!
 For now, I'm too far away 
to frequently reap the benefits, but some day soon
I can at least visit and grab a good meal.
Happy Sunday!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Good World

All is not right with the world
but there is good.

The new Gerber baby Lucas
has Downs Syndrome.
Whether from conscience or PR goodwill 
Go Gerber!

from Gerber

Nancy Pelosi
broke the record after 8 hour DACA speech 
on the House floor.
Go Nancy!

Thanks to Google
I learned a lot about an artist
Paula Modersohn-Becker

Drake gave a boatload of money to folks.
Go Drake!

George W
says Russia meddled in our election.
In your face #45
Would have preferred the W to mention
#45 in his talk but hey..
Go George!

The wind was sent 

This said it best
from NY Magazine

It was the worst hair day of what has been a bad hair life. And it may seem cheap and low to mock Trump’s absurd efforts to conceal his hair loss. But Trump is a man obsessed with image in ways that go beyond the normal human concern with looking presentable. Image is Trump’s moral code. He dismisses his political rivals for being short. He sees his succession of wives as visual testament to his own status. He selects his Cabinet on the basis of their looking the part. He conscripts the military as a prop to bathe himself in an aura of presidential grandeur.
Trump’s absurd hair is of a piece with his lifelong attempt to market himself as a brilliant deal-maker and stable genius. So yes, it is okay to laugh when the ruse is exposed.

 I received this great Get Well card
from brother Scott and SIL Crystal
Their friends who came with them 
to Vegas last Spring also signed it!
Means the World to me

These two couples are in love, happy,
and my world.

Now it's 
aw not so bad.

My tank and I visit occasionally 
but are no longer symbiotic.

If I'm sitting being calm and still,
I'm off O/2 a good bit.

Still use concentrator all night, 
and time to time throughout day,
and portable to go to market but 
I'm weaning. 
I hope to be untethered by April

It's in the 70's here- don't hate us

I am ever grateful for my blessings

Good World


Saturday, February 3, 2018


My constant companion
I might have gone mad without him
 these past 8 weeks.
He does snuggle very close at times,
and often brings a friend, this time Mr Chipmunk.
He disapproves of my reading when I could be petting.
That weird plastic cord you see is my 25 foot
tether to the oxygen concentrator.

Yep, I'm still on O/2 and still at a loss
as to what is the answer. 
Now they're going to start looking at my heart.
Fingers crossed they're wrong about that!

To think this all started with my sewing too much.
One medication begat another and another and another,
and as one ER Dr remarked, "you're on a merry go round 
that won't slow down for you to get off.

I'm weary of it all my friends
and the bills keep coming.

I took my tree down today.
I cannot believe it. 
In all my years the latest was always New Years Day.
We do what we can do, and can't
beat ourselves up with what we cannot do. 
At least not right now.
Lessons are being learned around here 
believe me, reinforcing my need to purge 
on an even grander scale.

That picture equates to 16 boxes of holiday I purged.
I'm telling you. I'm on a mission.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Warning Not A Fun Post, But It Improves

The first week of September this saga began.
It's not over.
I'm still on oxygen.
Still having setbacks.
They still don't know.

I have a list of specialists I could/should see.
If I could afford to.

Since I was here last, I had another emergency
run. My Dr had prescribed symbicort for me on 
Monday morning 2 weeks ago.
My first dosage Monday evening, had me
feeling a little nervous.
Tuesday was 2 more doses, each one increasing
the nervousness and now I have a monster headache,
that continues for about 12 hours.
Wednesday's dosage gave me tremors,
scary, panic attack tremors that went on for hours.
So back to emergency.

I'm profoundly allergic to it.

Emergency doc says
"You should stop using" 

My entire life I have avoided meds 
because of sensitivity,
and now I have various Drs prescribing this, that,
 and everything in their arsenal
to try and relieve symptoms.
I like the Drs, but no one knows exactly
 what is going on, so we're playing russian roulette.

Nearly 5 months now
I cannot care for my yard
I cannot clean
I see no one, go no where.
I've had to sleep on my couch for nearly 2 months.
I have yet to take down my Christmas tree!!!
For those who know me, follow me,
you know how organized I am, how tidy I am,
you know I'm miserable just looking around.


Now having said that, there are many
in the world truly suffering from horrific trials.
So I slapped myself upside the head,
took off my self pity mask,
and decided 
to don a positive beret.

Due to the craziness of the holidays I had not done
my annual donations. To be honest, I just plain
forgot due to my focus on me. Not good

I corrected that today.
10% of my income (which granted, is small)
each and every year.
You cannot help everything and everyone,
so you have to make tough choices.
Here's what I decided a few years back.
I select five from five groups.

Medical Research/ Facility
Positive Political Action

Deep breath, yes, I can still do those.

My world is back in balance
It does not matter that this is the growing pile
of items to be sold. It is 7 columns deep.
I drag my portable O/2 out to the garage
 for five minutes and grab boxes, close my heart to 
the doubt and throw on the pile.

Sale in March

BTW Any American Girl collectors out there?
I have the retired Christmas tree/ornaments in orig box for sale.
Hannah never set it up, she didn't even open all the packages.
None of my local gals desire, so leave me a comment,
and I'll get back to you with pics and info.
I'm selling for half of the prices listed on E-bay.

It's all good 
Well no, there is a lot VERY wrong
in our world but just for now,
focus on the good, and do some good.

Later Gators


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This Too

Talented Tom

Standing Rib Roast with Brussels and Bacon 
Ben's first Yorkshire Pudding
He would have preferred making 
something else challenging but he knows
it's mama's favorite Christmas dinner 

Ben's first Fresh Mozzarella
We'll be making this again for sure!

(Looks like a bra cutlet hehe)

Happy New Year Chickadees!
I dragged my o2 tank to the market today.