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 😉

 

 

 

 


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.

101_4968But, it will make the holidays all that more fun and special.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

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