An October List

It’s Friday and October, time to get my list on.

It’s dark out there! Keelyody and I are supposed to walk in 15 minutes and we may need a flash light. I think a little daylight savings time will help, but I goggled it and that doesn’t kick in until November 2.  :/

I wanted to take my camera on our walk and show you some pretty things, but I can’t tell what the weather is yet. I was hoping to do that on a sunny day.

As you know, I am all about the Pinterest lately. I found a recipe for streak free window cleaner that I would like to share. 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. I think it could be magic. Of course we have had no actual streaming sunlight since I wiped down my door wall, but it looks awesome anyway. Mousey and I used it on our car windshield too. Once again, looks real good, but need the sun. To be continued with the onset of sun.

It’s getting a little lighter, see some pink, could be a good sign.

Has anyone seen Fixer Upper on HGTV? I am quite liking it.

I am still working on getting my fall wardrobe ready. I am having second thoughts about my brown boots. I kept the B.O.C comfortable ones, and I do love them, but there is a problem. Of course. When I tried them on, put all the pieces together to copy the Pinterest outfit, I realized they are not really the color I need. I wanted more of a caramel color. My boots are sitting squarely in the dark brown camp. I think I need the more caramel color for all the plans I have for the brown boots.

I am going to wait on them and look around in Florida. Wait, do people wear boots in Florida?

Just got back from walking. It was surprisingly warm and windy. Keelyody said she had looked at the weather radar and observed the chances were good of getting get caught in the deluge hurtling our way.

It got increasingly ugly, so we cut off the end loop of our walk. When we were back on her street, the hurtling deluge caught us. Goodness!!

Did I mention that I am also liking Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show on Food Network’s  Saturday morning roster? I can’t remember if I did. She is so cute. I think we could be friends.

Saw this on the Pinterest. Truth and Love.


I apologize Warren.

I am guessing that everyone has heard about some Ebola in Texas?

Is anyone else wondering why this man came home right after helping someone who DIED of Ebola? Did it not occur to him that he could be infected????

Is anyone else wondering why this man was turned away at the hospital when he admitted being in Africa?

Is anyone else wondering why people are living quarantined in his apartment that has not been CLEANED?????

Does anyone remember the kids movie Tiny Tunes Adventures How I Spent My Summer Vacation?

And Hampton’s family put on hazmat type suits so they could clean the public restrooms, and they sprayed disinfecting foam everywhere?

That’s what I would want to do.

I highly recommend Tiny Tunes Adventures How I Spent My Summer Vacation. It was a highly quotable movie. It was memorable.

Is anyone else excited that Gilmore Girls came to Netflix on October 1? I think excited is too strong a word. But I am pleased. I never saw the beginning or the end.

Ok, that’s enough. Be back tomorrow with The Weekly Sy. Have a good Friday.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am happy to greet fall and kiss both its cheeks! The cooler temperatures are quite delicious. We are just seeing some color on the trees up here in The Mitten. A big thank you to our hostess Joyce for gathering us every week to talk about stuff!

1. It’s fall. Y’all. My favorite season of the year! What’s something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it’s officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-‘y’all’?

I do say Y’All!!

Fall is my favorite season also. I feel like that is disloyal to summer, which I also love, but I have to tell the truth. I love the colors, the bright, cool days, wearing some real clothes, the feeling of a new fresh start, even more of a fresh start then the New Year.

I feel like fall is officially here when I put on socks and boots. And jeans. No turning back once you do that.

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?

There was some falling last year. I am hoping it is completely resolved.
3. A song you love with the word ‘fall’ in it’s title?

I goggled it and I guess I will say Free Falling by Tom Petty. That song is not my favorite, but I do like Tom Petty. So there you go.
4. What’s something you’ve recently let ‘fall by the wayside?’

We have let a lot fall by the wayside this summer, Honey’s schedule has been a real killjoy. We had big plans to refinish the deck, straighten out our garage, re carpet the ramp out there, can salsa, and many other things that are not coming to mind. Oh well, no one’s going to prison. I still have hope we may accomplish a thing or two. :)
5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?

One of my favorite television shows was on this summer. I love to watch Who Do You Think You Are?, and I loved watching all the episodes. What fell short was the season was so stinking short! There have been 12 episodes in the past and this season there were only 5! That fell far short for me. I’m still not over it. Call me bitter.

6. Describe a time you said or thought, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree."

I think this all the time about our children! You will observe some quality and you know so clearly where they have gotten it!

I think it’s especially funny when the child realizes that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

I have a way of interacting with people that I know I learned from my Mother, and I see it in each of our children. She might have even learned it from her Mother!

They all three get their love of food, work ethic, and compassion from their Daddy.

Of course, those are some good qualities, I also see some not so good traits they have gotten from our trees. They will remain nameless!

Whether it’s learned behavior or genetic, I cannot say.

7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?

Yes. Monday I worked outside doing manual labor. Tuesday I went to a Bible study at church and did some shopping. No comparison!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Dane saw on the blob that I was looking for a pair of brown boots. I was trying to duplicate this look that I had seen on Pinterest. Or something along those lines.

teacher talk: outfits You'd have to do leggings not tights. Too see-through for the dress code.

She rallied the troops and they went in together to buy me a pair for my birthday! Wasn’t that thoughtful?

Unfortunately, the cute pair she bought hurt my feet because my feet are a giant pain in the rumpus. I went back to DSW to exchange them for some cute, orthopedic boots and these two were about the only pair that met my criteria, didn’t feel like I was standing on a board, didn’t hurt my big toenails, or didn’t pinch, and were brown.

I brought them home to try on with clothes, because as you know, I need options.

The pair on the left I feel are the best looking. My only complaint, and of course there is one, is the top of the boot hits me in a weird place on my kneecap. Like it gets caught there. I look forward to seeing if jeans can keep the kneecap safe.

The pair on the right are SO COMFORTABLE. My only complaint, and of course there is one, is they look very similar to my beloved black boots that I wore the heck out of all winter last year. This brown pair has a bit more buckle-age.


If it comes down to kneecap displacement or similar looking boots, I am going to go for the COMFORTABLE look a likes. I guess I know what I like.

Thank you Kids for one of these pair of cute brown boots! And thank you to The Dane for being so stealthy!

Have a wonderful first week of fall.

List and a Rant

It is Friday, therefore we have a list. With a rant at the end.

We are having a tentative spring here in The Mitten.

It was 69 yesterday!!! I wore sandals!!! I saw something GREEN poking up in the yard!!!

Our lawn no longer looks like a herd of wildebeests wintered there. All the flatness is starting to rise.

We have lost some bushes, that is apparent.

I am beginning to see work out there. Cutting back the decorative grasses, gathering the pesky, remaining leaves. Moving pots around. Bare patches of dirt needing flowers.

I am not ready to physically do any of said work yet. Hopefully soon.

I have come to the conclusion that I am a fan of the Mia Clarisonic Skin Cleanser. The Ab-Cat is as well. She would say that her skin condition is much better because of less breakouts, but I would say she has a healthy glow that she didn’t have before. Maybe exfoliating is the key.

I think they should make one for feet, I could benefit from such a tool. Oh, I guess there is always a power sander.

I used a recipe for baked fish that I saw on a blog. It was truly heinous. Honey kindly said maybe it just needed to be a little more crispy. I said unfortunately that would not help the TASTE.

We had birthday club last Tuesday. As we were leaving Keelody commented that everyone is in the midst of big changes. She is right, it must be our age and life phase.

We don’t really like all the change.

We would like to start walking, that would be a nice change. I am not quite ready to physically do this yet. Hopefully soon.

There are world problems and personal things to solve. We might even find that dang Malaysian plane if we put our minds to it. Might could.

Why are the phones of the passengers still ringing? This plagues me.

Anyone watching American Idol? I am not sure who is the frontrunner or who I would like to win. 

I am sure that the one guy Caleb looks exactly like a young Meatloaf. That’s what we call him, Young Meatloaf.

There are two gals from the Detroit area, that would be fun if one of them won!

Honey always calls the African American fellow Jasper. Consistently, for some unknown reason. His name is C.J.

I read online this morning that a group of parents of autistic children are suing Walt Disney World over their new line waiting policy, supposedly put into place to stop line jumpers. Here is a quote from the article:

“The change in policy follows several cases of where guests were paying for disabled guides or using fraudulent GAC cards to get on rides without the wait.”

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a cop out on the part of the Disney people.

Things have changed in this particular aspect since our days of going to theme and amusement parks. When we started, you could go to the exit of rides and shows (where there were no stairs but they had ramps) and they would just take you in. AWESOME PERK!

They would even let you ride twice in a row because of the difficulty getting on and off a ride.

At some point in our travels, they started with the pass thingy that gives you a set time so you can come back and not have to wait in line in the hot sun for extended periods of time.

I guess able bodies riders were upset about all those disabled, and their families, just cutting in front of everyone.

In their case, autistic children have limited ability to wait for long periods. In the case of the physically handicapped, it is more often the risk of dehydration, sunburn, or inability for a multitude of other reasons.

I can remember telling Abby that the perks of Disney World might just be the very best thing about being handicapped. Seriously, if people knew the ins and outs of travelling disabled, the disappointments of not being able to do so many things, the indignities of the rudeness and carelessness of others, just the logistics of getting around, there should be NO grudges held about a little first class service.

And if you think that the families of the disabled are somehow not entitled to the perks? Cry me a river, because those people have their entire lives disrupted plenty, they don’t need to be separated from their own people all day, waiting in lines at the happiest place on earth. We are family, we are doing this together!

I am not sure when we noticed that they were clamping down, but we did start to notice that large groups of people, with park rented chairs and minimally handicapped guests, might have started causing them to change all the rules.

I am not saying that there are not reasons for people to use park rented wheelchairs. The elderly, broken legs, recovering folks are just as deserving. You can’t always determine the health of someone at a glance. But I do think some were just renting the chairs for the pass and the perks that came with it. Disney obviously did too.

I believe that is called taking advantage. Or playing the system.

I have long maintained that if you arrive at the park in your own, custom made wheelchair, you are really handicapped, and not just trying to get out of waiting in line.

I am sure the parents of the autistic children would be glad to bring you a note from their doctors saying the exact same thing.

All that to say, don’t put more rules in place for the handicapped, GO AFTER THE LINEJUMPERS AND ABUSERS OF THE PASSES!!!!!!!

That is the end of the list and I will now, thankfully, step down from my soapbox.

Have a good weekend.

A List For Friday

I have a list today, which is no surprise, but really all my poor half medicated mind can manage.

I don’t know what it is like in your neck of the woods, but we are not having any spring here in The Mitten.

Not even a little, Michigan did NOT get the spring memo.

The majority of the snow has melted leaving UGLY brown everything. And HUGE pot holes.

Actually, I am campaigning for a little more snow to break a state record from 1880 or something. We only need an inch or something ridiculous like that. COME ON, make this winter count for something!!!!

I have begun to slowly wean myself off the couch and CSI Miami.

I went to BSF on Wednesday, completed my first post surgical haircut and went to Sam’s with Honey. I did not lift anything heavier than the specified 10 pounds. I might have ruined myself when we ran into some old friends and stood around talking for about an hour. My side was a paining me greatly when we left.

But it was SO nice to see the old friends!

I went back to BSF on Thursday and per the don’t lift anything over 10 pounds rule, felt useless. But those loverly gals treated me affectionately, like a well loved pet, present but without expectation.

Jip the Farm Dog chauffeured me both days because, seriously, I am not ready to be unleashed on the roads.

After Jip dropped me back off at home I had a 2 1/2 hour nap. Slept like a stone. I am a preschooler, apparently.

I am happy to say that I was finally able to shave and exfoliate my legs last night. My inner lizard was trying to break out.

Tomorrow is the last ABC’s in the D for the season. They have a fun party for the kids with food and a magician. It is feeling a little bittersweet because Abby and I are both praying about whether or not we will be returning.

The Girls and I finally watched Frozen. The Girls had been saying that their friends had all been raving that it was awesome and better than the Disney movies of their youth. We all agreed that it was very good, but they did not agree that it was better. Mousey said it was no Lion King. Simba, you have set the bar high!

Honey and I saw American Hustle. Hated it. I read about the plot, while watching the stupid thing, and I STILL didn’t know what the heck was going on. Plus, all that yelling, swearing and screaming gets on my last nerve.

Tell me what you all have been up to.

Have a hustle free weekend.

Monday List aka M-ist

Hi Guys, how is everybody doing with that turn the clock ahead stuff? I woke up at 7:30! I don’t mind this clock change so much, I dislike the one in the fall more. 4;30-5:30 is annoying.

I have a list for you. I blame the lingering head fog from the vacation cold. Feeling MUCH better, but clear thinking, smell and taste are still for the most part avoiding me.

The Ab-Cat hit the jackpot this week with movies from the library! It was like an Oscar roster!

We watched Gravity, Rush, and Twelve Years a Slave.

Gravity. Abby and I had seen this at the big movies with The Boy and The Dane over Thanksgiving. They didn’t like it but we did. I think I might have liked it even better the second time. There was a lot to see in that movie and I guess I looked at different things this time. I said to Honey when it was over that I was glad it hadn’t been me up there. I wouldn’t even have gotten the first hatch open!

Rush. I usually like a Ron Howard film. The actual story here was ok, but all the race car driving was….a bit too much for me.

Twelve Years a Slave. Is it possible to enjoy a movie like this? Enjoy is not the right word. Man, it was a hard movie to watch. I thought the actors and the director did a very good job reflecting all the emotions, unfairness and uncertainty of the situations. The prevailing attitudes about slavery were horrifying. The fact that the slave owners used the Bible to justify their behavior is mortifying. Solomon must have been haunted for the rest of his days by the sight of Patsy as he was being driven away to freedom.

Those are heavy thoughts for a Monday morning.

We are on break from BSF this week. It would seem like I should have lots of extra time, but I seem to have filled the hours more than usual.

It has been a pleasure to see the sunshine lately. And that melting that has ensued.

Clear driveway and roads have been most welcome!

Of course, now we are exposed to the bare pot holes in ALL their glory and monstrosity.

One more complaint. Why do bloggers highlight the links in such light colors? Highlighting, by its very definition, says look at me! So why make the colors so difficult to see???? The light pink, light aqua and light yellow need to be jettisoned! My old eyes can’t take it!

Here is something my old eyes can take! The Dane sent these pictures of Seymour, the Grandcat.

I guess I am biased because he is the cutest Grandcat EVAH!




Looking a little teenager-ish here.


The Boy and The Dane are visiting this coming weekend. Sadly, Seymour will not be with them. He is refused bus passage because of his nationality. Seems discriminatory.

I should git, have a pleasant Monday.

***Thank You God for…..***

…breaks in the eternal winter that help us to remember that spring always comes, eventually.


…abolition of the abomination that was slavery.

Florida, Freezing, Feeling Better, Fired Up and Figs

I have a post vacation list here.

The seventh of March, well time keeps on slippin’, slippin’ slippin into the future now doesn’t it?

We heard that song when we were in Florida. Since we all have different musical tastes, the station we could all agree on was the classic rock one. I felt the need to share how old I was, or what I was doing, if I had seen that band in concert, if I owned the album or 8 track tape, or some other trivial nugget of information on many of the songs. I don’t think I wore out my welcome doing this.

Don’t judge me on the 8 track. I only had 3 and there was no tape deck in my ultra cool, brown 1972 Hornet.

By the way, the above mentioned song was Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band. It was HUGE in my freshman year of high school and no, I never saw them live.

Our Girls did not know of my extensive knowledge of Led Zeppelin, due to a high school, plus a year or two, relationship with a former boyfriend. I was not aware of their extensive like of the band. Kind of funny really. And no, I never saw them live either. We did have tickets to The Pontiac Silverdome to see their tour in 1980, but that concert tour died with the death of John Bonham. Literally and figuratively.

I have always liked Foreigner. The Ab-Cat thinks they are the cheesiest band EVER. Never saw them.

We all like Journey, saw them!!

We are divided on AC/DC. Never entertained the thought of seeing them.

We all like U2. They were the ones we always wanted to see but never got around to.

I has been under 25 degrees here for the majority of the week, and frequently under 10.

I heard a rumor (from Heiffer Lynn, just sayin’) that we were going to see 58 next week!!!! We are going to have some MELTAGE!!!!!!!

Honey had a truly heinous head cold in Florida. I succumbed next, then Ab-Cat, and finally Mousey fell victim of the plague.

I feel a little better every day. Today I am fully breathing out of one chapped nostril, with limited taste and smell.

The Girls are still in the suffering phase.

Does having a cold mess with the hormonies? I have been flashing all over the place, especially at night! Oh my word, is THIS what you all have been complaining about??? For goodness sake, what a nuisance!!!! You will just be sleeping peacefully and then spontaneously comBUST!

We found out last night that a nearby Bennigan’s is closing its doors on St. Patrick’s Day after 30 years. It made me sad. I am not surprised, but sad nonetheless.

Anyone watching American Idol? Anyone have a favorite?

We are having Caregroup tonight for the first time in a month! I miss those guys!

BSF Bible study has been convicting lately. Well, mostly always. This week was all about wearing the fig leaves of religion but bearing no actual figs. I don’t want to be a lush leafy fig tree with no fruit.

Prayer and fruitfulness are the way to know God, not through ritual.- Joni McCarthy

I need to do what He wants me to do, not what I want to do. Capri K

May your weekend be leafy AND fruitful.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Valentines week! If you would like to join up with the Hodgepodgers, click on the square below and head over to Joyce’s to link up.

1.What makes love last?
Faith in the Father, fun, family, faithfulness, friendship and a lot of grace. Oh heck, I don’t know. I have some loved ones who are now alone and I am sure they thought they had all that. I am just thankful that Honey and I still like each other. We have been through a lot of trials during our marriage and the odds were not always in our favor. The statistics for weathering a marriage when there are seriously ill or disabled children involved are staggering. I take no credit, it was all God’s mercy and grace. Plus we can make each other laugh, I can’t stress that enough.

2 The Beatles made their US debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite Beatles tune?

I used to be a raging Beatlemaniac in high school with my friend Suzanne Suzanna Danna. Her favorite was John, mine was George. I still have WAY too many Beatle facts and information stored in my brain. I could really use the space for other things now. While I no longer regularly listen to them, I will always be nostalgic about The Fab Four. They are my favorite category in Quiz Up. I have earned the level The Walrus. Goo goo ga joob.

I have many favorites but they would not be the ones typically heard on the radio. Some include Blackbird, Abbey Road side 2, Dear Prudence, Mother Nature’s Son, Two of Us, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and I sing I Will to all babies I rock.

3. Valentine’s Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?

Honey and I don’t usually celebrate. I do usually get the kids a little something. I have some ideas already! I am not expecting anything.
4. Steak or burger…you have to choose. Now that that’s settled, how do you like it?

Steak please, medium.
5. The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying, ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power.‘  Do you agree? Why or why not?

Some folks can’t manage either. It is probably a good test of integrity to see if power changes a person. They start thinking they are all suchy muchy. I guess everyone has to stand adversity, but some do it with more grace than others.
6. Honest Abe’s image is featured on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I’m wondering…what do you do with your pennies (or your country’s equivalent)?  It’s been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been introduced proposing just that, but neither were approved. What say you?

I usually put pennies in the laundry room. Stored in a pottery cup painted by Mousey when she was about 3 or 4. I guess if we had a ton we could take them up to Krogers and throw them in Coinstar. I have no hard opinion about the penny.
7.  Do you think pop culture deserves serious study?
Oh I don’t know. Our pop culture has become a sad state of affairs. It seems like the majority of pop figures don’t really have anything meaningful to say. Sometimes you feel stupider after listening to them! I guess we could study them to find out what went wrong.

8. Insert your own random thought here

I don’t know about you guys but I am glad they made Bob Costas step away from the world wide, Olympic camera! The first time we were watching I was all what is up with Bob’s eye? And my People were all, what’s wrong with his eye? They then decided that, oh yeah, there is something going on with his eye. It was becoming painful to watch and then the OTHER eye starting to look all joofered up It was making my eyes water just looking at him!

I have heard pink eye tossed around but I don’t know. I have three children and extensive experience with pink eye and it never lasted this long!

God bless Matt Lauer for stepping in and saving us all from another evening of squinting and rubbing our eyes. And God bless Bob and I am saying a prayer for healing right now!

Have a clear eyed week.

Love Story

Canadian two time Olympic gold moguls skier Alex Bilodeau. Favorite story of the Olympics so far.


Alex and Frederic.

Throw Another Log On The Fire

Greetings from The Arctic Mitten.

You know, I have lived here for the majority of my life and while I don’t love winter, I endure it. What is the point of complaining for half the year about something that will be back in half a year?

But PEOPLE, this is a lot of winter!

For goodness sake. The Girls and I were conversing at lunch after church, and marveling at the fact that we were so happy when the thermometer hit 30 degrees. Which was not, by the way, this weekend. No, it was –5 on Friday night and struggled valiantly to hit the 20s yesterday. The sun was out though!

Things we are not taking for granted: our gas fireplace, throw blankets, GLOVES, clear roads, clean cars, fixed potholes. That last one is on the wish list. This is Michigan, they don’t fix no stinkin’ potholes.

Capri Deb and her honey BFG just came back from a delightful Florida vacation on Friday. They did not bring any decent weather with them. We are expecting to be back in the deep freeze all week and that is a rude way to welcome them home Michigan.

In other news, The Ab-Cat started her new and improved medication containing more antihistamines than can be purchased over the counter and has seen nary a hive since!

In other news, her body has decided that she shall never sleep again. I have heard rumors that antihistamines cause people to be sleepy. She is not one of those people.

I have a hectic evening schedule this week.

Tonight I am getting multiple things done to my hair in an effort to relieve myself of myself of my seemingly continual skunk stripe. Things involving hi-lights, a powwow at the beauty supply with my friend Connie, and a new, lighter, semi permanent color with 10 volume peroxide that she has had great success with before on others. Redken Shades EQ has been very, very good to me but it has kicked me to the curb and left me with few options, not to mention exposed grey.

On Tuesday night there is Birthday Club! What is not to love about not cooking dinner and chatting with loverly women?

And then the rest of the evenings are consumed by our grueling Olympics schedule. Also known as the event that comes every four years when Honey burns the candle at both ends even more than usual.

In a word: HOCKEY.

In two words: men AND women.

In another two words: Canada AND USA.

Like it’s his second J.O.B.

For some reason he also watches curling.

It’s like every four years he removes the blue from his flag and returns to his Mother Country.

O Canada, he stands on guard for THEE.

It’s kind of cute actually.

Did anyone else think that USA’s opening ceremony sweaters were a bit….much?


Hi Guys!

Slow blobbing week for me. The headache is 80% better, and for that I am THANKFUL. I am not sure if it was caused by the barometer or the hormonies.

This has been the coldest, snowiest winter we have had in a looooong time. Even for us seasoned Michiganders, this is a lot of winter.

I believe that I mentioned that Honey fell outside the other day. Flat on his back in our snow covered driveway. He said he looked around to see if anyone had witnessed his ….feat, then breathed a sigh of relief. He was alone.

There seems to be a trend going on in our family.

Last week, Mousey came home from work rubbing her backside saying that she had wiped out at the pool. Unlike Honey, she did not take her spill in private. She said her co-worker, while laughing hysterically, asked if she was ok because all they saw were legs up in the air!!!

When relating these two tales of woe to The Boy on the phone, he confessed that he too had wiped out while crossing the street in Chicago! And he evidently had quite the audience!

I joined the club yesterday. I was walking past a table covered with a long tablecloth at BSF yesterday, and in a move I could probably never duplicate again if I tried, my feet got tangled up in that long tablecloth and I timbered down like a giant redwood. My first thought was what the heck, followed immediately by I hope no one saw that!!! Mercifully, no one was around.

I was telling The Girls about the situation when I got home, knowing that they would enjoy hearing about my moment of mortification, when The Ab-Cat volunteered that she too had fallen last week when transferring  from her wheelchair to the throne!! Now don’t get all excited about her falling, it happens and she usually lands safely with no harm done, she is a tough bird. But she was alone, as you usually are, and she had a good laugh all by herself!!!

Anyone else secretly in our club?

Speaking of The Ab-Cat, she is having a bit of trouble. She has become plagued by hives. For no darn good reason that we can see.

They started about mid December, and have never gone away. She has taken Benadryl, Clariton, and a course of steroids, and while these keep the hives and itching at bay, they always come back, like the plagues of Egypt or hungry children.

Lately, they have started affecting her face, which I am sure you can imagine is delightful for a young lady.

She said she wakes up in the morning feeling like Quasimodo on good days,

and an Orc from Lord of the Rings on a bad days!

She doesn’t look that bad!!!!! But she does have some swollen eyes!

When her upper lip swells she DOES look like Bart Simpson, that I will admit!


And the itching, good heavens, she is uncomfortable!

She went back to the doctor on Wednesday who suggested she go and see a dermatologist, which we did yesterday.

The weird thing about these hives is they come and go and move around her body in no particular order. Sometimes it’s her legs, other times her scalp, trunk or arms, lately the facial involvement. Her eyes were all puffy a couple hours before her appointment along with many other parts.

As her appointment drew near, they inexplicably were going away.

NO!!!!!!!. We wanted her to see the doctor in full blown hive attack, in all her hival glory, looking like an ORC!!!!!!

Sometimes warmth draws them out, so we had her sitting in front of the fireplace, wrapped in a down throw, trying to lure them back out. Nothing.

But God, in His infinite wisdom, knew we would have to wait in the warm waiting room for FIFTY MINUTES with our coats on.

By the time we got back there she was itching like she had on hair shirt!

Big old welts, very attractively displayed for the doctor. He did not like the looks of her and really did not like the facial involvement!

He gave her two prescriptions for stronger antihistamines, another for amoxicillin because her lymph nodes were not quite right, an order for much lab work and wants to see her back in two weeks. He said he is going to suppress those hives until they DIE.

We will just be here all weekend, falling, scratching and watching The Olympics. What will you be doing?

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