Walmart Sucks


WooHoo- I have physical therapy today~

Just kidding, I would rather not go. I may feel okay when I get there, but I feel like crapolo when I leave.

Mr. B. is wondering if there is a point to going at all.

It is a very good point. The point being to teach me how to stay balanced for the most part, even when my brain gets wrong information- muscle memory.

In theory, it is supposed to work. I have been told I look like I am walking better and not so much like I am in immediate danger of tilting over. Although, I do walk a bit like Grape Ape- if you are old enough to remember him.

Moving on- we have things to do today!

 

Have seen a slight increase in traffic over at the health blog, but not what I had wanted (something about CRT- I don’t know what that means). I guess I will keep plugging away and eventually we’ll get there.

Canned up some peppers for Mr. B, yesterday morning and with my bowl full of extra peppers, a couple of onions and about 6 cucumbers made some cucumber salsa. Which turned out different than I thought it would. I was thinking it would be a light refreshing sort of deal. Some how, it is more than a little twangy and a little bit spicy, but I am not sure why. I only used 4 or maybe it was 6 of the Japanese chili peppers for the whole batch. Whatever, it is still good. A-man liked it but he said it tasted like pickle salsa. I tried to explain that would be called relish. It started a whole deal that lasted about 20 minutes and ended in a draw.

And Doc wonders why I have TMJ- spend a day with me buddy, it will all become clear.

In other news it rained and poured and was awesome!!! Peppers are exploding and it looks like the tomatoes are going for another round.

I am out of Jars again and we bought 2 cases last time. I wonder if I can (pun intended) buy stock in Ball?

P.S. Walmart sucks. Their ‘canning’ jars, suck too. Don’t fit in my rack, the rings are all cheap, and of course made in China. I could have saved about $10 and bought them myself from China directly. Had to reprocess them twice! All of them. Only time that has happened this year. Won’t be buying them again.

So, now I am a canning snob.

In pursuit of more traffic for the health blog’s Facebook page, I just shared One Direction fan page. I apparently have no shame. At least my nieces will be proud of me. Lol

That is about it for now, I am off to go see if I can be all brilliant and whatnot then off for a torture session and finishing off the day with some lab work.

And people say I don’t know how to have fun 😉

 

 


Kung Fu Fighting- Original

Everybody was kung fu fighten-da da da da dah dah

That song has been stuck in my head since my youngest brother made the decision to become a ninja. I want to be a ninja too- but I will skip all that pesky training and go straight to being the uber cool like Yoda dude. I have a staff and everything.

I took Tai Chi once, that should qualify me. I am also really good at telling people what they are doing wrong.

I have also seen every episode of Kung Fu- no not the one with the giant panda (have seen that one too) but the one with late and very great David Carradine

Can we say crush? I think we can. You may notice that there are suddenly links and things to click on the post. Just using ya’ll as guinea pigs- carry on.

I figure that before I go do something on the blogs that we want people to read I will try any crazy stuff here first.

In other news, I was able to get the Sweet pickles and salsa done yesterday. I am so sick of tomatoes! Pickles too. For 3 days, I worked on those pickles and for what? 5 jars. And a ¼ of one that is the fridge. I don’t even like sweet pickles. Processed THE jar of Salsa for my littlest brother (which is sort of misleading- since he may be my physically biggest brother- but he is the baby).

I decided that I would use a whole ghost pepper in his jar. So, I packed up processed it and was in such a hurry to get done, so we could leave- I may have forgotten exactly which one is his.

 

 

Salsa before Hot Pepper Mixture is added.

Salsa before Hot Pepper Mixture is added.

 

 

 

Hot Dill Pickles in the back- pickled sweet peppers front

Hot Dill Pickles in the back- pickled sweet peppers front

 

Southern Sweet Pickles simmering.

Southern Sweet Pickles simmering.

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Doing fairly well, balance wise at least, but I still want a dancing pony. But that pesky pain is still in my left ear and that on/off switch with sound in my right ear is getting pretty annoying. My lip reading skills are improving immensely and I can turn my head in either direction without hitting the floor when I do. Up and down is still not working.

I did find several recipes in one of my endless files of essential oils for a dizziness, peppermint, cypress, basil, lavender, rose, rosemary & tangerine. So, I will play around and see if I can get some relief that way- who knows. I only have peppermint, basil and lavender here, but it is certainly worth a shot.

I am also going to share something from my brand new addiction- infographics!

Enjoy I have to work!

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So Many Blogs, So Little Time


So, somehow, I ended up being elected as president of a local charity, which is fine, but it did add another blog to my already pretty extensive list of blogs I already write for. I just spent the last 2 hours trying to get the Paypal donate button to look right. Put in a text widget they said, easy they said. It doesn’t show up no matter how many times I do it.

Now it could be that I have wordpress in an offline format, so I don’t have to be online to blog. Somehow it screws with the netflix if I am online and someone wants to watch netflix (AT&T Sucks).

So, I give up on the FAAC blog for now, I have other blogs to work on.

 

Speaking of which, I am pulling my hair out with that one! I really don’t understand why it isn’t getting the attention it deserves- the content is good, I am doing everything that is supposed to be done and still, crickets. It really sucks.

I am about to go on there and say the Sooners suck and see if that helps traffic 😉 I bet it would. The Sooners don’t suck by the way and anyone saying that in my presence runs a risk of bodily harm, but I bet me saying it would spark some comments- at least it would be traffic.

People do seem to like the infographics so I will kept trying that.

Feel free to donate if you want, I posted it to see if it shows up later and goes where it is supposed to. If you want to donate to me personally (mental health fund perhaps) just hollar I would be happy to share my paypal address. That donate button above goes to help local animals.

This is a short little post today. Lots to do. Those Southern Pickles aka bread and butter pickles should be ready to process today. One day in Lime and one day soaking in the brine/sugar solution. I don’t like sweet pickles, but all the boys do including Ej- who only likes the ones I make;-)

I made myself some hot dill pickles and put varying amounts of chili peppers in the jars, thinking I would label them after they cooled. I packed the jars too tight and can’t see the red peppers to know which one has which number of peppers. So I have 2 jars ‘AOR’- at own risk. I should give a jar to my littlest brother:)

Off to go take care of those tomatoes,peppers, cucumbers.

I did learn yesterday that I am a lot more steady without shoes on and if I move quick I am less likely to fall down. This should have been a no brainer, isn’t that how most babies do it when they start learning to walk? Barefoot and as fast as they can lol.

I just can’t seem to figure out how to do Zumba but, I will keep trying. Kurtis (physical therapy dude) says that I can re-learn everything, I just have to not trust what my eyes are saying, since they are obviously lying. The theory is my other senses will pick up the slack. Yeah, okay.

Meanwhile, I saw a dancing horse named Marvin on QUBO- That is exactly what I want!!! A zumba dancing horse.

I want a Pony


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Nice, more tomatoes.  And this isn’t even all of them.  this is just a small portion of what I pulled out and washed.

The picture below is batch 3 of the salsa.  Maybe about a med-hot.

 

 

 

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The pic below was of the beautiful sunset last night at the game.

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now that we are done with that.  I am flippin hot!  Hottest day of the year and I am canning.  Not a good combo when dizzy.  But, 1 batch of pickles and peppers and then my experiment with pickled cauliflower and green beans.

Yes, I know that sounds strange, but I had a bunch of the pickling mix made up and didn’t want to waste it  and the resulted in me just pickling whatever was handy.

We will see how it turns out.

Meanwhile, I have a new porch- almost.  Mr. B has been outside all day, ripping up boards and putting in new ones.   So, that is almost done- I really can’t wait!

He also informed me that everything is flowering- Everything.  I guess I will need more jars- among other things.  I used almost 3 gallons of vinegar today.

Last nights’ little trip to the game taught me a few things.

A-Excited children make terrible balance aids

B- I need to either get a balance, train one of mine or use the damn cane consistently.

C- I am much better without shoes on.

I chose not to take the cane yesterday, because I was feeling pretty good yesterday, not so wobbly and instead of full on vertigo it is just more of everything seems to be moving just a bit faster than I am- a lag time sort of deal.

That is until I went to physical therapy, where I am learning to fake having my shit together ( which I do rather well any).  So we did our little balance training exercises until I felt like complete crap- good times, we are going to go for two days next week!

Going up and down the normal size bleachers (which seemed like Everest to me) was not fun.  Next week I believe that the boys can go enjoy the game and I will stay home and do something less challenging (like watch the game on the computer)

The doctors ( we have added a few new ones to my otherwise obnoxious number of medical advisors)  all again with me having Menier’s and along with my other issues may result in my being at least somewhat dizzy all the time- outside of a Menier’s episodic attack.

If I bleach my hair I can be a dizzy blond- har har

Aside from the dizzy, which can be amusing.  The hearing in my right ear just goes on and off- like someone is flipping a switch.  That could also be convenient occasionally.  But it does mean that if I were to go the service dog route I would need a hearing/balance dog.  When I mentioned that Great Danes are the most recommended for balance dogs, he said- why not just get a pony.

Which is a very good point.  Why can’t I get a pony?  They can be trained.  They do have very good hearing and my floors are already messed up because of the dogs, I don’t see hooves doing any more damage.  Plus, think of the fertilizer people!!!! FREE  and organic.

Just think of the possibilities!

 

 

The Tomato Fairy Strikes Again!


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I am officially out of usable jars. Not a jar in this place that could be used.

Not one. Nada. Zip

Which means, my weekend – will again be a weekend of canning. Also, ran out of vinegar and garlic.

I am really not complaining about having to do the work, I am complaining about not being able to do it when I want to do it.

So, there.

And to think, Mr. B was so upset that out of the 30+ tomato plants he started only about 26 survived, all roma.

Since I had used up every single tomato he had already picked in the last canning, I thought that I would head out and get one for lunch yesterday.

I took my basket, because I was going to see if my dill was dry enough, and if so I was going to bring it in. It is hanging on the trellis for the peas.

There was no room for the dill. That basket (see above pic) is what I got and I could have filled it up 10 times. But, even with that basket I had to kneel down to get it and that was just two plants, so someone else needs to finish picking them.

Not quit so off balance today, but I spent a good portion of last night wonder how to even describe what is going on, at my appointment tomorrow. Sort of like everything else has moved just a bit and I haven’t caught up. That sensation you get with new glasses and you put them on and leave the doctor’s office and take that very first step off the curb. Which winds up, not being where you thought it was.

Or what this really feels like, is the sensation you get when you are in an F-15 (in the back seat of course) when it takes off and goes straight up and that slight out of body experience. Which is very cool don’t get me wrong, but I would like to get off the ride now.

 

But, for some reason, I don’t think that using that description with my (maybe) 25 year old physical therapist is going to do any good. Even if he knows what an F-15 is, I doubt he has ever been in one, he doesn’t look military at all.

But, all in all less wobbly today and the pressure in my right ear seems almost gone, but now it is in my left.

I wonder if I will start tilting the other direction now?

Will let you know, off to the bus stop. If anyone asks me again, why I have the cane- I will bop them with it. It is solid wood.

A service dog is sounding better every day.

I didn’t take the cane and that was a big mistake, I am sure anyone who saw me thought I was drunk on this bright and beautiful morning.

I guess that means, I need to keep it with me.

There was not a tip on it and I thought that I could make one with hot glue. B said it wouldn’t work it would just come right off. So, the other evening, I turned on the hot glue gun and made myself a custom, clear tip for the cane. It is still on.

Take that Mr. B!

🙂 Who has taken this latest development in stride. I have take complete advantage of him and told him, it would help me not to fall down if he held my hand more often when we are out and about. His reply, ‘okay’ and he does. How awesome is that! Mr. No public displays- Ever- is after 15 years, holding my hand in public.

It is very nice.

I finished up a bunch of contracts yesterday and let a few others go. So, I am down to 6 clients and it is a little strange, not scrambling to meet deadlines or stressing about not getting this or that done in time to get this or that other thing done.

But, maybe, just maybe this balance thing is a good thing. It certainly does make me slow down considerably and drives home the point that I can’t do everything. At some point, everyone needs to admit that, even me.

 

I did learn a long time ago, that worrying about things I have no control over, is pointless, so I don’t. All I can do is figure out how to deal with what I do have control over and my attitude about it.

I don’t plan on changing much, or giving up things I like to do. I just have to figure out how I can do keep doing them. And there is always a way. Although, losing my hearing will be a major pain pain in the ass.

On that note, I am off to see if I can’t figure out how to get traffic to a blog – not this one, of course. The one that needs traffic actually has relevant and helpful information that everyone needs ;-0.

 

 

 

 

Up To My Eye Balls In Tomatoes


Fresh from the Garden

Fresh from the Garden

With the combination of that late snow in May, the garden has been very slow to produce, so has everyone’s. But, once it did, it has not stopped or slowed down in the slightest!.

B- went a bit crazy with the tomato plants this year and from February to late May, one room up stairs was turned into a nursery for tomatoes and pepper plants.

We only planted Roma and grape tomatoes and 4 kinds of peppers; Poblano, Cubanelle, Bell and Banana. All of which are now producing more than I can keep up with.

B- had decided that with so many tomatoes plants we wouldn’t have room for green beans- so he planted them along the outside of the fence (before we bought the lot, but it was still on our property). Two very long rows of green and yellow beans. Which didn’t do so well until recently. The sun and the rain have made them take off. I think so far I have put up 20 + pounds of beans.

In mid July, I found some old cucumber seeds and let the boys have them and then forgot all about them. I have never had much success, but apparently they have the magic touch, I have a lot of cucumbers all of the sudden.

So I have pickled and canned and spent a good amount of time on the kitchen (sometimes on the floor) discussing philosophy with the dogs or Mama Cat, who ever happens to be hanging out.

I have figured out that I need a rolling cart, something along the lines of rolling butcher block, so that I am not turning so much when I can. B said he can make one of those, he is very handy to have around 😉

Today, I am going to try out a Cucumber Salsa recipe, before I post it on the health-recipes-fitness site. I did find a recipe like it, but it called for almost 2 cups of sugar to 4 diced cucumbers- can we say sugar shock!

So, I have tweaked it a bit and we’ll see.

The pressure is almost gone in the right ear, but now it feels like it is building up in my left. Sort of like the pressure you feel when you fly on a plane- that pressure that makes you want to pop your ears, except I can’t pop them.

So, all I can really do is work around it and try and focus on those clients that are important to me and farm out the rest- which is probably a very good thing in the long run. I really want to devote more time to the health-recipes blog and with so many clients, I just don’t feel like it is getting the attention it truly deserves.

Besides, there is just no reason now for me to work for people I don’t like. Which sadly means that I will be down to only Australian, Canadian and one single American client (although, I think he may actually be a Canadian that just lives in the US. Lol

I do have to go back to PT on Friday. The cane does help me feel a bit more confident about walking but, being the paranoid person I am, I don’t like not being able to look around or behind me. Maybe I should start training Sam, if she can learn to not pull, she would be fine to walk with.

I am off, to go see if I can find something that will send the HRF blog into viral status, finish up my social media marketing project and another little town in Montana.

At some point, I have about 8-10 pounds of green beans to put up and cucumbers to do something with, so I guess that means this session of therapy is over!

I need a small army of minions:)

P.S. Even though I don’t like discussing politics, I would like to say that I really don’t think we should give weapons to cannibals- just a thought. Even though I do understand the psychology behind ancient practice of ingesting part of your enemy to ‘absorb’ their strength’, I think we should be a little more civilized by now.