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Bat Country!

I slept! I actually slept!

Not all through the night since I do still have to get up and pee every 2 hours like clockwork (gotta love modern medicine). The tinnitis part of the Meneirs is really driving me batty. I hear crap all the time and I am starting to feel like

Somewhere Around Barstow – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

 Now while I am not ‘seeing’ the bats, I certainly hear them. So, instead of taking the crazy prescription the doc gave me, I got a sound machine. The medicine is commonly used for Menier’s to treat the tinnitus. But, I would be taking the drug for it’s side effect. The drug is actually a 1st generation anti-depressant, so, I think I will exhaust my other options first.

 Moving on.

The boys are up and better. It turns out E-man has gianormous tonsils.

No really, that is why I insisted that my husband take him in to the doctor, even though he was getting better- giant tonsils.

 We did get a freeze, so the garden is done. I need to get to doing something with the last 2 full 5 gallon buckets full of tomatoes and bags upon bags of peppers.

I cut one up yesterday for lunch and the poblano has some heat too it! Hope they do better next year. They were just covered with baby peppers when the frost hit ;(


I joined a group and we are trading seeds! I traded a bunch of banana & cubanelle seeds for purple cabbage, purple pole beans and purple kale.

Yes, I do like purple.

 I am off to deal with the Audiologist today to see what kind of wonky device we can hook me up to to make me hear normal stuff. Darling hubby just got up and informed me he couldn’t sleep at all, because of my sound machine.

That sucks, I guess it is back to the drawing board.

 I am off to work on world domination.

The NEW Super Flu

As anyone with kids can tell you, the ‘Super Virus’ that will eventually wipe out all of humanity, is being bred, right now, in school across the globe.

What an ingenious way of making sure everyone is infected and that the ‘Super Virus’ is as potent as possible!.

Children are a bit gross. Snot oozing and just being flung around. Coughing and then touching of absolutely everything!

Everything! So, sick can’t make it to the bathroom in time, but can touch ever centimeter of surface in whatever room they (sick, germ, spreading minions) happen to be in.

 That being said, Dearest Husband, now has IT. Super mystery virus that I will take them to the doctor’s to check.,I am hearing a bit of a gurgle/wheeze with E-man so I want to make sure he doesn’t have pneumonia or some other suitably nasty secondary crap caused by the first round of crap.

When my lovely and most wonderful husband called late yesterday afternoon, from work, I could hear it in his voice. If you have a husband, boyfriend, brother, dad – whatever, if a male gets a cold- it is the end of the world.

That’s it, it is OVER, order the coffin. Call the Rabbi, Priest, Pastor, Shaman, Best-est drinking buddy, because the End is Nigh!

 So, I took a bottle of Cold and Flu (generic NyQuil type stuff), then balanced a little bottle of that Zinc stuff (that is supposed to keep you from getting whatever) and then balanced a bottle of Generic Robitussin on top of that. Because Some people in the house don’t believe me when I say things like ‘cough syrups don’t work- try honey’.

I am just cool like that.

Meanwhile, it hit me about dinner time, and the doctor’s did say that I ‘may experience drop attacks’ if my allergies get really bad or out of control or if I get a cold/flu, something along those lines.

Now, at no time, did anyone say anything about this completely f’ing everything up!

I was told that I am on of precious few, less than 5%-10% of the population that will have Menier’s in both ears- Awesome.

Which lead me to my next issue. I have meetings this week, phone meetings, where I will need to hear- this cold/flu/misc whatever virus, has turned off about 90% of my hearing. Which sucks immensely.

Anyway, I am off to see if I can get the one non-sick kid to school. I will take my stick too, because, I noticed last night, while I wasn’t hearing (do to the incredibly loud constant noises I hear that no one else can hear) that my balance is all off again.


So on that note kiddos I am off to the bus stop.

There is an upside to all of this. If I can’t hear, I can’t hear the whining. 😉

have fun folks, and please, keep your fingers out of your mouth, nose and eyes. And wash your hands often- Please

Barking Like a Seal

So, last night I got a wonderful call and my most little brother, who is actually much bigger than me but considerably younger, is coming up to visit. No special reason that I know of, but it is nice. I will get to see all the girls too! So, of course everyone wakes up this morning coughing and sounding like barking seals.

Ain’t nobody got time for that! Insert Sweet Brown remix here.

Anyway, if nothing else the house will get a good dusting & vacuum, Even though I am allergic to cats, Pixie is really, really allergic so I need to try and de-Mama the house lol

She has been spending her days lounging on either the couches or the princess chairs and while I know the rule was supposed to be ‘no animals’ on the furniture, it had to be modified to ‘No Dogs’. Otherwise, the boys wouldn’t be allowed to sit on the couches either, and to be honest, everyone is too afraid of Mama to make her move.

This spring will make her about 24 giver or take a few- years old, I think- if the vets were correct when we first got her. Or she got us. But they said she was between 8 and 10 years old then and that was 2001, when she wandered up and dumped kittens on us. I wouldn’t trade her for anything though and I am glad she is as remarkably healthy as she is.

Boy, I really got off track there! So, with visitors coming, I am fairly certain they don’t know about the Menier’s yet, so I suppose we need to have a little talk. Joy, I am just so much better on paper, talking- not so much.

Which makes me come off as rude. Which I am not trying to be, but with my hearing working like an on/off switch, phone conversations are interesting and pretty annoying on my end.

Yes, I am well aware of the relay service I could get. But, I don’t want to do that. Just like I have a really handy, dandy walking stick that is customized for me and how I walk and while it makes a world a difference in making me more confident that I won’t simply fall over, I have yet to take it outside the house.

Since, when did I become so prideful that I care, what people think? I think I have always had issues with not wanting people to think I am weak or incapable of something and while I can’t exactly point to the reason why I am like that, I probably don’t want to know anyway.

So, any and all apparent walking /hearing aids will be avoided at all costs .

Unless it is a pony, or donkey. Do they have service ponies for hearing?

But, I am not in the middle of an ‘attack’ right now, just the normal BPPV- slightly off-kilter balance, so all in all pretty good. I will stop complaining and be happy for what I do have. Besides, today, I am going to make sun dried tomatoes 😉





How Bizarre

Have you ever had one of those nights where your dreams are just remarkably bizarre?

Between bouts of getting up to pee- lovely side affect of new med to keep the tilt-a-whirl, tilting less, I had weird dreams of vikings in my doctors office and then Sam – the dog- talking to me about how she doesn’t appreciate the lack of trust and she promises not to break any more windows, the kennel is just not necessary.
That was just one, I am getting up about every 2-3 hours, so each one was more crazy.
Really weird is after the dream about Sam lecturing me, she comes in the bathroom, sits down in front of me and then winks at me.
I think I need therapy.

So, I was doing some research on service dogs and I can’t seem to find one that is both a hearing and a balance dog. But, there are quite a few people who are deaf because of Meniere’s, so what is up with that? I refuse to be trapped at home and never leave because I will fall over or because I can’t hear. My left ear works pretty good for now.
But, from what I was reading, the preferred dogs for balance are Great Danes or Labs- the reason, from what I was reading was you need a strong dog. Duh, but I have two very strong dogs and Sam is really smart, but she isn’t as big as Kenya who is pushing the scales at a very stout 72 pounds of Staffordshire terrified.
Sam is only 48-50 depending on how much running she does. So, while Kenya would be the stronger, she doesn’t have the temperament – Sam does have the brains and the temperament- but not the build.
Then there is the issue of training.
Moving on.
Took a break to take the boys to the bus stop. Longest trip ever! First off I did take the cane, the boys wanted me to take my Gandolf staff, but for now I will only use that in the yard. Anyway, so every can see me with the cane – embarrassing. Plus, when anyone would ask what happened- one of my lovely sons, was very happy to shout out that ‘mommy kept falling when she was making pear jam’. Thanks buddy.
He is running for Student Council and has aspirations of politics. We should probably have a discussion about ‘need to know’, ‘over sharing’,and ‘TMI’.Also, the walk home took flippin’ forever, brick sidewalks.
Off to work now, for as long as I can stand the tilt-a-whirl, if my computer monitor would hold still, things would be much easier lol.

Allergies Suck

Call me Capt’ Obvious but allergies do really suck.  And sadly, I believe we have pretty much done this crap to ourselves.  Chemical this and chemical that in everything.

If you read much that was written (non-fiction) way back before or even during the beginning of the industrial revolution, people just didn’t talk about allergies much.

Why? they probably didn’t have them.

Why? They ate local food and used natural sweeteners, like, oh- local honey.

And studies show that local honey, if you actually eat the honey that is from your local area- over time you will see a decrease in seasonal allergies.

We over clean. No comments here from my clean freak brother with a touch of OCD, who can’t get things clean enough – ever. (I sometimes deliberately don’t clean stuff so he will get all freaked out when he comes over!)

Not, really true, I just don’t have the time and there are too many dogs, cats and boys running amok to really keep this place spotless. If I do clean the place, in 10 minutes you can’t tell anyway.

By the way, I am allergic to anything with fur or feathers, probably scales, most likely rocks as well, but you don’t see me kicking them outside.  And even though I did grow up on a small farm, critters were not allowed in the house. My house if a freaky zoo.

But, with our food and the stuff I clean with I do try to avoid chemicals, especially with what we eat. Which explains all the gardening and canning going on here.

Chemical Shit storms are just not my idea of fun. Saying chemical shit storm is.

I have wanted to use that phrase for a while now but I am fairly certainly none of my clients would go for that.

Speaking of which, I have a slight conflict of interest thingy going on.

One of my clients- who to be really honest is not worth me working for, but I continue to out of misplaces sense of loyalty since he was one of my very first clients back when I started the whole freelance thing, asked me to do a post for a blog- and said it would mean so much if they got the client, please, please.

So, I did. But, the site to me looks like a direct competitor of the other health & wellness site that I write/work for, which I do enjoy. If client A does get the job, then he will expect me to do the posts.

Money is nice, since I am quickly racking up the bills with this menier’s thing and I am fairly certain that I am getting very close to needing some adhesions cleaned out.

Things that make you go hmmm.

More than likely I will tell client A – NO unless I get to keep the byline. In that case it may be worth it, then I might be able to leverage traffic from client A to client B, if that makes any sense at all.,

Probably not.

I do tend to rattle on, when I am avoiding the bigger issue. Had the talk about the Meneir’s disease with Mr. B yesterday morning and he took it surprisingly well. So, he is either being super supportive or he didn’t hear a word I said 😉

But he did say I could get a cane with a gun, I want one with a sword- because they way cooler, and when my littlest brother becomes a ninja I want to be ready~

I should be fairly caught up with work so I can go play guinea pig this morning.

But, will still need to work through the weekend to stay that way. Dr. says the TMJ is from clenching my jaw & to wear a mouthpiece when I sleep. I clench my jaw when I am awake a lot so maybe that is when I should wear it, I hope they have hot pink or neon orange.

That being said, my computer just informed me that I have a few articles to submit before, we head out.

You people have fun.

Meniere’s Disease- Really?

Meniere’s Disease- Really?

So, not to be neglectful, which I have been , we’ll do a quick update, before I start bitching.

So, the Amelia festival was wonderful!  I loved having a houseful of kids running and acting crazy and just being surrounded by people I love!- it was wonderful- will do again next year.

Other than that, I haven’t been posting because, I am just way to busy posting on other people’s blogs to even have a moment for me. That being said, I do enjoy what I am doing and I actually feel like I might actually be making a small contribution to society, tiny, but still.

Now, let’s get to the bitching part, because the boys will be home shortly and I have to go be brilliant for other people and the veggies are piling up and massive canning needs to be done.

As a bonus prize to the last round of nasty ragweed that went around, I got a massive ear infection.  Which I still have, which made me dizzy and led to slicing a nice size chunk off my thumb the other day as I was using a mandolin to slice  a cucumber.  It is remarkably hard to type without a thumb.  Super Glue is a marvelous thing.

I remember now why I never use that damn thing. 

I thought that the ear infection was making my vertigo worse, which it is to a point.  And rather than go the route of sucking down another antibiotic I opted not to take an oral one.

Reason:  I am allergic to so many antibiotics that now only the heavy duty ones work and with my history of staph infections, I will try and save them for after surgeries or when I might die without them, just a thought. So, we are doing ear drop antibiotics, Yippie, can’t hear out of my right ear and I swear my ear drum is going to pop any second.

Went to the doctor, who assures me it won’t be the end of the world if it does pop- but it probably won’t.  He thinks the sudden increase in pressure is something else entirely, since the infection seems to be clearing up.  However I am still running a fever. The ear infection/vertigo diet is a success though, I have lost 5 pounds over the last 5 days. Nausea works wonders for appetite control.

So, what do I have?  He thinks it is a combination of Meniere’s Disease and TMJ.

WTF?  Really?  Although I do clench my teeth a lot, but if I didn’t my mouth would run rampant- and we just can’t have that.

So, physical therapy on Friday to see if they can’t help with the vertigo.

Doctor handed me a sheet and said, ‘now, you need to be careful with your diet!”

(No, this was not my regular doc, he was out today)  Low salt, lots of water, limit caffeine- you know a basically healthy diet.

I already do all that- any more of a healthy diet and I wouldn’t have anything left to eat.

Okay done bitching, back to work.

I have way too many clients to have any issues right now, plus, it looks like I will be canning tomatoes & peppers this weekend – again!

I need  clone



Getting Ready for Amelia



So, for those playing along at home, this week is the famed Amelia Earhart festival.  Since, she was born here, up on a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mo, it is a pretty big deal.  Tourists come from all over the world to pay homage to her.  Our population seems to at least triple for a day. 

As much fun as heat exhaustion and spending way too much money on carnivals rides is, I am more excited this year because it marks a one year anniversary.

Last year on Amelia, I met my youngest living brother (side note always of – that we know of), and he stayed for fireworks, which I have heard rival the disney fireworks shows.

So, I am thrilled that this year, he is coming up with his family and my house will be overflowing with kids and noise and chaos and happiness, or at least I hope so.

My dearest, and oldest friend, who has recently moved to a nearby town, will also be coming up with his family.  So, we will have a bunch of kids!  I am so excited, I may actually clean!  Actually, I am pretty sure I will- my youngest niece the Pixie is allergic to cats and even though Mama is the only one in allowed in the house during the summer, I want Pixie to have fun, not have an allergy attack.

In other news, we doubled our land by buying the lot next door- Finally!  The weather didn’t cooperate so the garden is just now starting to produce.  26 tomato plants, 10 pumpkin, too many green beans, peppers and tons of herbs.  No lettuces, those late freezes killed everything.  

That’s it for now, I have to get back to work. Which is going really well.  I am finally able to be more selective with the projects I choose, so at the moment, I only have clients I like, and jobs I don’t mind doing.

Learning how to say ‘No’ is still something I need to work on, but I think I may just like the rush of having 8 projects do on the same day lol.  Right now I have 14 clients with projects in progress my alter-ego is still the career guru and churning out 10-20 articles a week, still have the Montana projects – Love those! my favorite Canadians and I added to my ever growing list of Australian clients! 

I am starting to get a bit of a complex- it kind of seems like only Canadians and Australians like me ;-o

Not that I am complaining, I seem to have issues working with my fellow Americans (rude, hateful, unwarranted sense of entitlement, poor communication and unwillingness to pay on time), I really don’t think that I should have to send remind someone 10-20 times to pay me- just saying.  Never had an issue with Canadians or Australians wonder why that is?  Manners?  Work ethic?  hmm.

On that note, I do like being busy and even though I just don’t seem to have the time to post on here as much as I was, I am way to busy with other peoples blogs lol.  I am loving what I do, making enough to justify not leaving the house and getting a real j.o.b. 

So, as Pete the Cat would say- Its All Good