Thursday, September 30, 2004

I don't feel good!

Boy, I was at work today at 4:00 and all of a sudden I got nauseaous and dizzy! I sat there for awhile and tried to make it go away but it was getting worse. I left to go home and stopped at the Post Office and almost passed out when checking my mail. I made it back to the car and sat there for awhile then drove home. (Do not try this at home!! STUPID!). Luckily I did not pass out or get in an accident. I got home and made it in the house and sat at the computer and my entire world was spinning like heck. I get Vertigo once in awhile but this seemed worse. I felt like I was going to burst at both ends, and prepared for it, but it just kept up. I went to my recliner and reclined and the world kept spinning. I closed my eyes and it got worse. It's pretty bad when you feel sick and want to lie down and can't!! I took a few antiematics (seasick pills) and fell asleep. I woke up an hour later and still felt bad. It was 6:30 so I thought maybe if I tried to eat something I would feel better. Now if you know me, I am one that think food is a cure for everything!! In fact when I am sick I eat more trying to get better!! My size shows that! I made a grilled cheese (with Velveeta of course) but could only eat 1/2 of it. Now I know I am sick!! I don't have a fever(98.6), my blood sugars are ok 120, and my blood pressure is a little elevated (140/80) but not high. So I think I'll live. (Once an EMT always an EMT)!
I sat back in the recliner after eating the 1/2 grilled cheese and got a big glass of water, my phone & the remote, got all cuddly in the blanket and knocked over my glass of water!! I crawled out and stumbled into the bathroom to get a towel to clean up the mess and finally got it cleaned up then stuggled back into my nest and this time I knocked over the ginger ale I had! Well POOP!! I struggled back out of my nest and cleaned that up then FINALLY got all settled in for another nap!! (I am so dizzy it is a struggle to stand or bend over) I must've been a funny site to watch!!
I hate it when I feel out of sorts!! I get like a little kid wanting her mommy for a hug then I want to be left alone! So I called my sister....HA!! busy....busy....busy!! Either her or her daughter are on the computer. I can never get her on the phone. I told her she needs to tell her daughter to get her own phone line for her computer, but noooooo! She has a cell phone but keeps it in her car.
Well it is 11:00 now and I'm feeling a little better. I don't think I will sleep in bed though because I still feel dizzy. Yes I will go to the doctor tomorrow for a check-up. I get sinus infections alot, and this might be the problem. I have been coming home all week from work and falling into bed for a nap each night, waking up tired and starting all over again!
Ok, I feel better now. I just needed to voice this out and get some sympathy and hugs!!
Now go away and leave me alone to suffer in privacy!!
Friday!! My favorite!!

Thought for the day:
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends,if they're okay, then it's you.

Ichiro only needs 2 more hits in three games to break the record!! Woo Hoo!! Maybe it will happen tomorrow!! I can just imagine the feel of the crowd in the stadium!!
Then we will say good by to Edgar Martinez!! Thank you Gar for giving us a good show!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Stupid cowboy joke

An old cowboy sat down at the bar and ordered a drink. As he sat sipping his drink, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life, breaking colts, working cows, going to rodeos, fixing fences, pulling calves,bailing hay, doctoring calves, cleaning my barn, fixing flats, working on tractors, and feeding my dogs, so I guess I am a cowboy. How about you?"

She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I shower, I think about women. When I watch TV, I think about women. I even think about women when I eat. It seems that everything makes me think of women."

The two sat sipping in silence.

A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian."

Thought for the day:
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Punkin my spoiled rotten cat

This cat does nothing all day but sleep, eat, drink water, use the litter box (thank God), sit in the window and tease the male cats, then sleep, etc. I resent her!

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Third Step Prayer

"God, I offer myself to Thee--to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!"

In AA we work the twelve steps, and
The first step is admitting we are powerless over alcohol (or drugs or whatever),
The second step is Coming to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
The third step is "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Sometimes you just have to pull the reigns and stop the path you are going and give it to God.
I have found myself getting on my pitty-pot a little too much lately and I don't like it!
I find myself worrying about my health, worrying about my job, worrying about my friends, worrying about my family, worrying about....well you get what I am trying to say. It is time for me to quit worrying and give it to God to worry about and get a good nights sleep. God is up all night so he can deal with it and give me what he thinks I can handle. I do like to give Him a suggestion once in awhile but tell Him I accept whatever He decides to give me. I am a very fortunate person that I got in the AA program when I did, and that it stuck with me. Some people struggle with the program and go back to drinking. AA is not for everyone, but it sure helped me through the rough times. I just had to search around to find the right group.
The Third step was the hardest for me because I have always been taught that I am responsible for everything I do. Now I am told to give the power to God and accept what He gives to you. I understand now, but it was hard for me to understand that concept. I still make decisions at work and in my life but now I accept the things I cannot change and have the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!

Thought for the day:
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Day is Done!!

Ahh, the day is done, all went well!!
I got home around 4:00 and laid down for a nap at 6:00 and woke up at 7:00. Well I'm up for the night now!!
We had 80 people show for the Luncheon today and everyone was pleased!!
Thanks for the slaps everyone, but I will do this again next year now that I know how much fun it was and how pleased everyone was!! I know what to delegate and what I need to do and when to do it. It is simple really!!
Hannah spoke and got some tears in people's eyes. She will be 89 in three weeks. She probably won't be here for the Luncheon next year, but you never know!!
It's funny how people's moods go in cycles. I felt like isolating early in the week, and a few gals came up to me and told me they felt like they were in a funk of a mood and really didn't feel like being there, but glad they came! I told them the moon is getting full and it is an "isolation" moon. The moon goes in cycles. When I worked on the ambulance, it seemed like there were broken legs one month, car accidents another, heart attacks another, suicides another. Weird how it goes, but this month it is "isolation".
Well I guess I better get my chores done now so I can play tomorrow!

Thought for the day:
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced
enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)
If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is
produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
(Now that's more like it!)

Friday, September 24, 2004

I had a Rough Week!

I had a rough week!
Work went ok but hectic, my back got really inflamed again on Wednesday and I had to stay at home taking pain pills and sleep, a dear friend of mine had a really serious health scare with her daughter and spent two days in Children's Hospital, (she's ok now we think...they are running some tests) and tomorrow I am putting on a Women's AA Luncheon that usually 20-30 people show up for and I have 86 reservations already!! During this I have to take a van and pick up my friend Hannah in her wheelchair and get her to the luncheon.
All I really want to do is sleep in and forget it all! But Nooooo, I have to be the responsible person and get everything done right!! (she says really sarcastically). Next time anyone hears of me volunteering to do something, just reach in the computer and grab me by the hair and slap the shit outa me!! Ok? Please?
I'm gonna go eat some popcorn and finish watching Third Watch!
Have a drink for me will ya?

Thought for the day:
Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Words cannot say what this picture says!

Mary Lou wanted to see how to post under the picture so now I have to finish this post and I have absolutely nothing to say. This kitty looks like he is turning himself inside out to get a scratch!
I know how he feels!!

Thought for the day:
If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Ya ever feel like this?

Sometimes I just feel like poop, and want to say "BITE ME"!!
I dedicate my life to helping people and will drop anything if I get a call in the middle of the night to help someone with a problem But sometimes I feel "used" and unappreciated. This is very seldom but nevertheless, I get overwhelmed at times. This has been one of those weeks and I was getting "into myself" and feeling "used" and "abused". I was ready to pull the curtains and just hibernate and shut out the world.
In AA that is a very dangerous feeling but it does come on once in awhile.
I woke up this morning in total pain again. The cold in my system settled in my hip area again and could not get out of bed!! I took a pain pill and went to the recliner to hibernate. My sister called and told me that Carol C gave me quite a rave on her web site!
I went over to her site and read what she wrote about me. It brought tears to my eyes and made me feel VERY appreciated!! Thank you Carol. I needed that about now. I know now that it is worth every minute if I helped one person!! Especially if the person needs help with the drinking problem.
It is not about me any more. It was like a vitamin shot today Thanks!
I sometimes think it would be easier if I kept my mouth shut and not have told anyone that I go to AA.
Now I know it was worth it! Ya got a problem? email me!!
Love ya all!!

Thought for the day:
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Storms a comin

This is what our beaches look like during a storm.
I took off the canopy from my gazebo in my yard anticipating the Fall storms coming.
On Columbus Day October 12, 1962 we had the remnants of a hurricane blow through here knocking out power and taking roofs off houses. It was a devestating storm.
We have some doozies in October and November. Usually a good Thanksgiving Day storm will blow through knocking out the power and make people scramble around looking for ways to finish cooking their turkeys!
We had 18 inches of snow on Thanksgiving around 1983 or 1984. I'm actually looking forward to the storms. I love them as long as we are all safe in our houses. I'm sure the people in Florida or in the Southeast will think I'm crazy about now, but I can't help it.
I was in Connecticut from 1976-1979 and lived through the big storm in the Summer that knocked out the power in New York City. It was a powerful storm and you could smell the electricity in the air. Then the Blizzard of 1978 came through and I was all excited about that!! A real Blizzard!! WOW!!! We only get flurries here and then it melts. The wind is what we get. Well it is supposed to be nice for a while so I guess I will just go through my supplies and be sure I have everything ready just in case we get the big storm!!
It would be a good idea if you all did that!! Get a disaster kit ready and handy!

Thought for the day:
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Great Blue Heron

Imagine my surprise when my phone rang last Summer and my 88 year old neighbor was whispering for me to look out my kitchen window! I looked out and this huge bird was staring right at me! He was about 15 feet from my window. I got all excited and ran out to my car and ran back into my kitchen and took a bunch of pictures. I have seen these birds alot but never this close to a house! He stayed there for a couple of hours then flew away.
We have Eagles here, Great Blue Herons, Canadian Geese, Mallards, Perrigrine Falcons, Hawks, Kingfisher, Coyotes, Raccoon, Red Fox, Possom, Beaver, lots of wild life! I love this Island. I wish it could stay the way it is, but I am afraid that progress will take over and we will lose the quaintness of it. It has changed so much in the past 20 years, I am afraid of what the next 20 years will bring. Oh well I'll enjoy it while I can.

Thought for the day:
If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

This Squirrel adopted me at my campsite last May. I put the top on the trailmix and left for an hour and when we returned the top was off and he was in it!! There were little teeth marks all around the lid to the jar! Smart little critter, huh?
My camping buddy!!

Punkin is so rolly-polly that she can't reach her butt to clean it without making it look so unlady like!
Aren't we glad we don't have to do that?
"Punkin" My dainty kitty

This was taken on Feb 4th 2004 during the fires in Canada.
Made such a great sunset!
sunset at Ebey's Landing

Saturday, September 18, 2004


Well go figure!!
I very seldom have a TV show that I watch weekly. I used to love to watch "North of 60" on the Canadian Channel but they took that off. Now "Third Watch" and "ER" are my favorites.

Friday night is my night that I go to AA meetings and then shop and come home around 11:00PM.
Third Watch used to be on Monday nights, but last year they changed it to Friday nights at 10:00PM.
Well ok, I would rush home and get home just in time to watch the show. Now this season they decided to put Third Watch on at 9:00PM!! That is not good!! Ok, I have a new VCR/DVD player so I can tape it. Sure, how the heck do you work it? I got it to record, but don't know how to set it up, so I turned to the channel and pressed record and left. I figure I can fast forward to the place where Third Watch comes on.

I got home around 11:00 and when I got home the tv was off, the VCR tape was ejected and rewound!! HUH??? What's with that? I put the tape in and pushed play, and nothing but snow came on!! Well heck, that isn't good!! I missed the season opening!! I started to cry and throw a fit but decided I will just forget it and sleep on it and tomorrow I will try again. I went to bed and first thing this morning I tried playing the tape, and again nothing but snow!! I don't understand, I was testing it last night and it worked then. I taped about 5 minutes then rewound it and played it back and it worked. Why doesn't it work now? I got the manual and it said to press menu and follow the prompts. I pressed menu and nothing happened!! WHAT??!! I just hate feeling helpless!! I read...pushed buttons...then decided to wait until someone comes over to help me. My sister-in-law came over and she tried to see what was wrong and she couldn't figure it out either. I was ready to pack it up and return the contraption! I got a different tape to see if it was able to play, and it didn't either. Sherri said it should be on channel 3 to play a tape. DOH!!!! I switched to channel 3 and sure enough the menu button worked, and the tape worked!! HOOORAY!! Now I can sit and watch the season opening!!

I got my coffee and sat down all ready to watch it, and fast forwarded through Evening Magazine & Dateline, up to Third Watch. In the opening they showed what happened last season in the closing episode and a gunman came into the ER where the cops were and opened up with machine gun fire and when the shooting subsided one of the cops started screaming and holding her friend who I couldn't see who it was, then the tape stopped!!!!!!! WWWHHHHHHAAAAATTTTT????!!!!!
It only taped two hours????? Now I have NO IDEA WHO WAS SHOT OR WHAT HAPPENED!!

I now know how to set up the VCR and programmed it to tape from 9-11 every Friday night, and I programmed the VCR to SLP speed. Is that the speed I want for 6 hours?

It isn't the end of the world, but it sure made a crappy Friday night!!
I didn't drink over it, although it sure would've been a good night for it!!

Thought for the day...
I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks,
so I wondered what do................Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Tender points are specific places on the body—on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities—where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure.
Although fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis related condition, it is not truly a form of arthritis (a disease of the joints) because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person's ability to carry on daily activities. Also like arthritis, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition.
You may wonder what exactly rheumatic means. Even physicians do not always agree on whether a disease is considered rheumatic. If you look up the word in the dictionary, you'll find it comes from the Greek word rheum, which means flux—not an explanation that gives you a better understanding. In medicine, however, the term rheumatic means a medical condition that impairs the joints and/or soft tissues and causes chronic pain.
In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience
*sleep disturbances,
*morning stiffness,
*irritable bowel syndrome,
*painful menstrual periods,
*numbness or tingling of the extremities,
*restless legs syndrome,
*temperature sensitivity,
*cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as "fibro fog"), or
a variety of other symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome rather than a disease. Unlike a disease, which is a medical condition with a specific cause or causes and recognizable signs and symptoms, a syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause. all that!
I need now to concentrate REALLY HARD on LOSING WEIGHT!! My weight is not making my condition any better at all! If I lost about 100 pounds the pain wouldn't be so bad. (I hope)!! I'm sick of myself anyway!! The problem is Diabetes!! I started putting on weight really bad in my late 40's and that is when they diagnosed me with Diabetes. It was inevitable that I got it. Dad had it, his family, my sister, and now my 49 year old brother is borderline. We all live different lives and eat differently. My sister loves carbohydrates, I love protein! I was a health nut in my 40's but it didn't help. My doctor told me to quit blaming myself, that there was no escape. I ended up on insulin, and that made me gain even MORE weight! 60 pounds in a year!!
My doctor apologized and told me it does that. I want to get out and do my three mile walks again but can't because of my back! Well I am now going to put myself on a strict regime and DO SOMETHING!! If it doesn't work, then at least I tried!!
Okay, Leslie...I'll diet if you quit smoking!!

Thought for the day:
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong ,
enough sorrow to keep you human
and enough hope to make you happy.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hump Day!

Well today I went to the Neurosurgeon in Bellingham to see what he can do about my back. I was told three years ago that I might end up with surgery because I have degenerative disc disease with bone spurs that aggravate the muscles when inflamed. At times the pain is so excrutiating that I cannot get out of bed and walk to the bathroom without screaming in agony. Last month was one of those occasions, and I ended up at home for a week taking narcotic pain pills! (They are great, but not really what I should be taking with my addictive history) The inflamation subsided and now I am just in everyday pain. It is not going to improve. I have to learn to live with it.
The doctor nearly cried with me. He said the pain does not sound like nerve damage but muscular. In other words, "Fibromyalgia" as people like to call it today. I get sickly and exhausted and then the pain sets in and I am down for at least a week. I am going to a specialist in Anacortes who specializes in sports medicine rehabilitation. If I can't beat it, I might as well try to learn to live with it and do something about it! I have 11 more years to work before I can retire, and I cannot become a disabled person!! I REFUSE!!!! He told me that if I could get access to a swimming pool it would be a great way to exercise. We have a pool 10 miles away but I work, and the hours are just not compatible to working folks.

Gads, I feel like the Hurricane is coming ashore here! I have been watching the news and anticipating the storm and have the lanterns ready and water jugs filled! Oh, I always have that stuff! Oh well it is always good to be prepared for any disaster!! I pray nobody gets hurt or loses their homes!

I don't have any funny things or anything interesting to say so I will close with this
thought for the day:

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Autumn is here

I know we all have posted about the season changing, but today seems to be one of those wonderful Fall days! It is 53 degrees, breezy and raining! It seems gloomy and it is only 5:30.
I LOVE this weather!! I like to sit in a cozy house and crochet listening to the rain hit my metal roof.

I have a pet door in my kitchen and my cat "Punkin" that I have had for 4 years has just discovered it!!
She thinks she is so smart!! I was in the kitchen the other night when it was raining, and heard a tap tap. I looked around and shrugged my shouldders. I heard it again and looked at the pet door and saw a white paw sticking through! I have a board that blocks the door from being used, but it doesn't cover it completely. I lifted the board and she came in!! I watched her, and she would leave going out the front door but enter using the pet door.
Well ok, that is fine. If I leave her out by mistake she can get in through the pet door. I was in bed the night before last and felt Punkin jump on the bed around 4:00AM. I reached down to pet her and she was soaking wet!! Well I know for a fact that she doesn't go swimming in the toilet, so it only means one thing!!! She discovered how to go OUT the door too!! Well I blocked it today. I don't want her outside in the middle of the night to be taken by a night owl. I let her go in and out while I am here, but I keep her in while I am away or at night.

I am off tomorrow to go to the doctor in Bellingham and find out what is wrong with my back.
Hopefully he can tell me how to miracuously fix it so I won't be disabled in my senior years!
I'm afraid I know what he will tell me, but we'll see.
Until tomorrow.....

Thought for the day:
Don't go for looks; they can deceive.
Don't go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,because it takes only a smile tomake a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile.

A day like this brings me back to my childhood before I went to school. Mom would send Mary Lou off to school and mom and I would have cinnamin toast and tea! She would make some tea and put cream and sugar in it and a cinnamin stick to sip it through. Then she would make the toast in the oven. Toast one side of the toast under the broiler then flip it over and spread butter on it and sprinkle sugar on the butter and shake cinnamin on the sugar then put it back in the broiler until it bubbles. Ahhhhh!
What are your comfort food memories?
(and why do we associate things with food)?

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Well.....That was fun!

Well here it is Sunday night, 7:10 pm and tomorrow I go back to work!
Where ever did it go??
My house isn't near as clean of what I wanted it to be, but I had some prime time with friends and family, and that is what it is all about! A day with my brother driving over the mountains, a day with my sister to Burlington shopping, a BBQ at my house tonight, and my Niece Donna and one of my Nephews Galen came. What more can you ask?

I'm still glued to the Weather Station watching the advancement of Hurricane Ivan. I pray it loses strength and stays away from Florida! And Louisiana for that matter!

I don't have any wise words or comments today. Maybe someday I will come up with something. Probably during a storm. That is when I get all excited!

Time for me to get the kitchen cleaned and head to the bathroom to shower and get ready for bed!!

Thought for the day:
The latest sign on a church in Arizona is very clever. It says:
Warning: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning

Time to get ready for Monday!!
Might as well get it over with!

Saturday, September 11, 2004

In Rememberence

This is a somber day in rememberence of the Terrorist attack on the US 3 years ago!
Although it happened on US soil it was an attack on the entire world!
Life as we knew it before the attacks no longer exists. We no longer feel as safe as we did traveling.
At work we have classes on pre-tripping the buses before we take them out.
We now look for "suspicious things" under the buses.
At the Ferries there are State Patrol searching the cars and trucks.
Thousands of people died on September 11, 2001 right before our eyes!!
My sister called me in the morning and told me to turn on the news. I did and saw the horrific sight of the first tower burning. I then saw the second plane hit the second tower, and people jumping out of windows to their deaths to escape the horrific pain of burning to death! I was glued to the television all week watching it all!!

I taped the documentary of the events that was shown in March 2002.
Engine 7 Ladder one was the first to arrive at the scene of the twin towers and there was a cameraman with them taping a documentary of a rookie firefighter on the job. The documentary was taped inside the towers and with the firefighters on the job. It was by accident that they were taping that day, but it was incredible footage!! As a firefighter myself, I can see some mistakes made but under the circumstances, we all would just go about our business and save as many people as we could not thinking of our own safety!
My prayers are with the survivors and families of all the heroes of that day, along with all the innocent people that went to work that morning unaware of their fate and ultimately died!

I cannot imagine witnessing that in person!!

I pray this will never happen again! Ever. Anywhere!!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Friday already??!

Well time certainly zips right on by when you are having fun, huh?
I went to Burlington with my sister on wednesday and got home pretty late and today I did some chores and went to visit my friend Hannah.
I planned on staying home and doing nothing but laze around and nap the entire week, and I didn't nap once!!
Tomorrow I visit a gal I sponsor in AA and go over her second step then we go to the AA meeting. I get home at 10:00pm. I guess Saturday will be the day of doing nothing! Sunday I am having the family over for a BBQ for my brother's birthday. Then back to work Monday.
I did get alot accomplished though so it was a well planned week.

I watched the weather channel most of the day. That hurricane Ivan has turned out to be the horrible one after all!! It killed alot of people and turned into a category 5, and heading towards Jamaica now!!
Maybe it will bypass Florida this time, but I doubt it.
Refill your water bottles and brace yourself again folks!!

Ok, I can't help it. I got the cutest email today and want to share it. click here and have a giggle.
Oh....and turn the sound up!!!

Thought for the day:
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Well I am off to Twisp in an hour.
It is about a 4 hour drive through the Cascade Moutain range, and this time of year should be pretty.
My brother is going with me, so I am buying his lunch. It is Senior discount day at the Casino $2.99 buffet.
WooHoo I am an exciting date, huh?
I have been looking for a new kind of camping trailer to trade mine in on. I have a pop-up tent trailer and it is easy, but for me and my arthritis and back problems, I am not eager to go camping anymore because it is hard for me to set up camp. By the time I am all set up, I am exhausted and in pain.
I don't need anything huge, so I am looking at the "teardrop" style trailers. Does anyone have any experience with them?

Thought for the day:
Dream what you want to dream;
go where you want to go;
be what you want to be,
because you have only one life
and one chance to do all the thingsyou want to do.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Slow Down!!

Whoa Nellie, Slow Down!!
It seems like yesterday was Friday, now it's Monday!! Vacations just seem to FLY right on by!!
I woke up at 7:30 this morning and couldn't sleep any more so I got up.
I plan on staying home all day and do chores and putz! It is 10:00 already!!

Not much to Blog about. I am taking my brother to Twisp (just over the mountains) tomorrow to visit a friend of mine. It is a beautiful drive this time of year. My sister wanted to take a drive over the mountains, so I called my friend and asked what day would be good for her, and Tuesday is the only day she has free, so I told her I was coming. Well go figure....Mary Lou is busy that day!! So I called my brother and he jumped at the chance to go for a drive!! We are a very forttunate family that we live close and we all love each other and stay in touch!! Of course they have no choice, I make sure of that!! hahahahahahaha
Next Wednesday I have a doctor's appointment in Bellingham so Mary Lou and I will go to Mount Baker after that.
My neighbor friends (the gremlins) have been gone this weekend and it has been nice and quiet. They came running over about 1/2 hour ago. They were at their father's house. I enjoy the little buggars, but they do wear me out when they arrive in force (all 5 of them). It makes me feel warm inside when kids feel comfortable to come visit me. Except when Stephanie (9 years old) gets close to me and says "what are those?" pointing at my skin tags on my neck. I tell her it is old lady skin. She goes eeeyyyuuuu!! Then she giggles and says "you have some hair on your chin!" I say "GET THE HELL OUTA MY HOUSE YOU LITTLE BRAT!"!! No, really I just said "well that is more old lady stuff!" Then she points at me and says "you're wearing a bra!!" I said " and you are so lucky I am!! Kids say the darndest things, don't they?
Well they just came back so I better go protect my territory!
GADS!!! It is 11:00 already!!

Today's funny:
Three mice aresitting at a bar after the funeral of an Ontario mouse killed by aneighty year old lady with a broom, trying to impress each other abouthow tough they are. The Manitoba mouse throws down a shot of bourbon, slams theempty glass onto the bar, turns to the Alberta mouse and says, "When Isee a mousetrap, I lie on my back and set it off with my foot. When thebar comes down, I catch it in my teeth, bench press it twenty times towork up an appetite, and then make off with the cheese." The Alberta mouse orders up two shots of tequila, drinks themdown one after the other, slams both glasses onto the bar, turns to theManitoba mouse and replies, "Oh yeah? When I see rat poison, I collectas much as I can, take it home, grind it up to a powder, and add it tomy coffee each morning so I can get a good buzz going for the rest ofthe day." The Manitoba and Alberta mouse then turn to the Saskatchewanmouse. The Saskatchewan mouse finishes the beer he has in front of him,lets out a long sigh and says to the two, "I don't have time for thisbullshit. Gotta go home and have sex with the cat."

Thought for the day:
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one enjoys it?

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Sunday....Day 2

Well it looks like the most part of Eastern US will get part of Hurricane Frances!! Whew, what a huge storm that is, and Ivan is still forming and heading this way! Fill up your water jugs and pack your car!

I got this today in an e-mail and thought it was great!

Road Rage:

An honest man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on abusy boulevard.Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He didthe right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten thered light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection with him. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake.You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car."

Thought for the day.......
If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Saturday...Day one

Nine whole days off!! No Plans, and I'm not sick!!
I woke up at 7:00 then rolled over and got up at 9:00. Ahhhh, just knowing I don't have to get up makes me feel relaxed! I sprayed my gravel and bricks today because there is a whole bunch of tiny green stuff starting to grow on top of the gravel and bricks!! What's with that?! My neighbor said it is chick weed that blows in on the wind. gads, you don't even need dirt to grow a good crop of weeds here!! I wonder if I let it grow if I could harvest it and eat it? hmmmmm, chickweed salad? Tossed with a homemade vinagrette?
My goodness, I am watching the weather channel to see what Hurricane Frances is doing, and they said there is yet another storm forming called Ivan, and in 5 days it will be by the Bahamas. Will it be "Ivan the Horrible"?
What a horrible thing to happen in Russia. Those poor people standing back and watching helplessly as they lose their loved ones in the explosions at the school!! What cowards that pick innocent children to capture, torture and murder!! Yes they tortured them by not feeding them and keeping them in fear of dying. They are nothing but the lowest cowardly animals!! My prayers are with their families. God bless them.
Well I am taking my friend Hannah to lunch today. That takes most of the day because she is in a wheelchair, and I take her with the Paratransit bus.

Thought for the day:
"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance".

Dancing away.....later folks!!

Thursday, September 02, 2004


Wow!! I woke up this morning to the heater going!! I thought it was turned off until November, but just checked and I have it at 62 degrees. The temperature outside is 45 degrees and a few dark looking clouds out there. I guess Fall is here!! I'll take this weather any day thank you very much!!
I feel for the people in Florida preparing for yet another huge destructive Hurricane heading their way!! It is getting scarey. God's weapon of mass destruction!!

I am so looking forward to tomorrow! I have all next week off with NO PLANS!!! My main plan is to turn off that blasted alarm clock and leave it off !!

I watched the Republican convention last night and was rather shocked at a Democrat voicing his dislike against Kerry. And then Cheney did the same. I will be so glad when the elections are over with!! They did have a few good things to say but my overall feeling of the speaches were hate Kerry, and not what Bush can do for us. Name calling....what a good thing to show our youth, huh? Sheesh!!

Time to drag myself to work!