Friday, November 30, 2012

What I Have Learned From My Spam Filter

*  Most of the world is either looking to get something implanted into their bodies or looking to sue over getting things implanted into their bodies

*  There are many bored, married women looking to have an affair with me

*  People all over the world are just waiting to send me money in order to shelter it.  Obviously, they've never heard of banks in the Cayman Islands.

*  I may have fathered an illegitimate child when I was about 5 years old, and she now wants to get in touch with me

*  The most important thing to look for in buying a watch is that it is a replica.  Not sure of what, though.

*  There are hundreds of banks just waiting to loan me $1000 and this is something I'm supposed to get excited about.

*  A good chunk of my friends have been mugged and are stranded overseas without anything except, inexplicably, internet access

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Great Greenhouse Experiment

More things are sprouting!  Even though we have a heater in the greenhouse, everything is still sprouting better with my high-tech seedling insulating system:
(a.k.a. "grocery bags.")  I have some spring greens and broccoli sprouting here:
 we have spinach sprouting everywhere, and our little rose is surviving:
Technically, it probably would have survived being put outside, but I didn't take the time to harden it off, and thought the shock of moving outside after being a houseplant most of its life might kill it.  Not that I don't stand a good chance of doing that anyway, but this gives it a fighting chance. 

We're pretty excited, and trying to ignore the fact that the weather is still so mild that we could probably be growing spinach outside right now......

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Random Tuesday

*  One of the few drawbacks to being married is that when one gets a cold, one has passed it on to one's spouse before any symptoms even start.

*  We have spinach sprouting in the greenhouse!  Without a doubt, this is the most excited I've ever been about spinach

*  It doesn't really help to find out just after that maybe my back isn't ready for something

*  That I've finished my 100 books for the year a month early STILL doesn't qualify as a perk of the hip/back thing

*  I'm hoping to be able to do the elliptical machine next week.  I can't believe I'm looking forward to that.

*  I roasted a turkey today, and I am happy to report that NO ONE has needed to visit the emergency room

Monday, November 19, 2012

One Year Ago Today:

*  Wake up at 7:00 after a long Nyquil-induced night which you hoped would relieve the back pain from having thrown your back out the day before.

*  Make your way to the bathroom, only to realize you are about to pass out.

*  With as much grace and speed as one can muster with a sore back, get down to the floor before actually passing out.

*  Realize now that you're on the floor, you can't get back up

*  Have husband hand you 3 Advil tablets to see if you can numb the pain enough to get off the floor, which you now wish you had swept over the weekend.

*  After a while and repeated examinations by both cats, realize it's rather hopeless.  Consider spending the entire day on the floor.  Wish part of the bathroom was carpeted.

*  Admit defeat and allow husband to call for paramedics.

*  Give the neighbors plenty to talk about as both an ambulance AND a fire truck pull up outside your house.

*  Surrender any last trace of dignity you were pretending you might have had when you greet 8 strange men while you're laying on the floor in your crossword puzzle pajamas.

*  When two young men have helped you to your knees, scare them by fainting from the pain.  It's best not to have warned them that you tend to get dizzy if you want to achieve the full effect.

*  Come to on the bathroom rug in time to hear the paramedics discussing how to carry you down the stairs.  Try not to think about how often the furniture got bumped when it was being brought up.

*  Scream loudly in pain each time they move you a bit to get you strapped onto a very cold metal frame--this will help them appreciate what growing old is like.

*  Pray none of the neighbors are around to see you being wheeled out of your home on a stretcher.

*  Enjoy a long ride in the ambulance as it strives to hit every single bump and pothole on the way to the emergency room and wonder why ambulances are constructed without shocks.

*  Realize that trying to downplay how much you are hurting is stupid as A) the paramedic has pain medications he is willing to share, B) he can see you flinching in pain, and C) you have already totally parted company with your dignity anyway

*  Scream repeatedly in pain as the doctor examines you, which will result in you finding out that the number one thing people show up in the emergency room for is indeed back pain, and that there is little they can do except give you prescriptions for drugs.

*  When the nurse tries to move you to a wheel chair to discharge you, warn her you're feeling dizzy.  When she doesn't really take you seriously, faint in the wheelchair.

*  Wake up back in the bed with an I.V. now in the opposite arm, and many new wires attached to you.

*  Enjoy a full battery of tests that go on for several hours, only to be told that the body's response to pain is often to slow down the heart beating, which is probably an okay response except when one already has a naturally slow heartbeat.

*  Take several hours before you can get into the wheelchair without fainting.  This time the nurses leave the I.V. in until they're sure they will be able to get rid of you, as you have run out of arms.

*  Make it home with very funky drugs and where you finally get food almost 24 hours after your last meal.

*  Enjoy a drug-induced sleep, interspersed with wake-up head bumps by a very worried kitty.

*  Find out that the drugs might limit your consciousness, but certainly help with the pain as well.  Wish you'd taken a few less spills on your horse as a child--especially the ones involving splatting into the pole arena fence.

*  Decide aging might beat the alternative, but that is still stinks all the same.......

No matter WHAT happens this week, I'm already having a better Thanksgiving than I did last year.  And I will be thankful that I am just a bit sore from overdoing it this weekend and NOT in the ER.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Good Pain v. Bad Pain

My physical therapist has turned me loose, though I have 30 days to go back without having to get a prescription for it.  (Which I find it really odd to have to get a prescription for physical therapy, but that's another story)  So, my assignment now is strength-building and exercise, but without overdoing--which I managed to do in less than 24-hours.  I'm allowed to push a bit, and we discussed "good sore" versus "bad sore."  "Good sore" is just tired muscles or stiffness.  "Bad sore" is swollen back muscles (which I've only managed to do once) and/or strain or sharp pain.  Yesterday I sort of fell between the two, so if one looks at it a certain way, I've only half overdone.  That's something. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Little House On The Prairie, The Play-At-Home Version

My day:
pressure canning my first original canned soup recipe: curried beef soup with vegetables.  Also known as, "we need the freezer space" soup.  The pressure canner continues to scare me just a bit, but I basically combined two "approved" soup recipes and used the longest of the processing times required, so we're still on the safe side.  My back is sore, but not in the "uh-oh, shouldn't-have-done-that" type of way.  Just in the "this-is-really-exhausting" sort of way, which is progress, especially since that's probably how I'd feel if I weren't injured anyway.  18 pints of soup are now cooling and I'm feeling ready for winter.

Andy spent his day working on:
a permanent greenhouse!  After the fabric one had the fatal rototiller accident, we decided that we really would like a permanent one, even though we actually never got to use the fabric greenhouse.  Mercifully, there isn't a zipper anywhere near the new one, so nothing can get ripped apart by big winds.  The damage I can do while actually growing things, of course, remains......

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Little Farming Humor............


I think I speak for most people--
 and cats--

when I say THANK HEAVENS THE ELECTION IS OVER!!!!!!  In their election night speeches, both Romney and President Obama called for a joining together and moving forward, but I am not too optimistic, largely because of this:

Snopes articles about President Bush
Snopes articles about Romney
Snopes articles about President Obama

Not counting anything listed as "half true" or anything except false, there were

9 untrue rumors circulating about Romney
17 untrue rumors about George W. Bush, even though he spent 8 years in office
85 untrue rumors about President Obama

That level of hate that it takes to generate so many false stories and to circulate and believe them is just not going to go away or compromise.  Whether or not one likes a candidate, to automatically believe anything no matter how "out there" is really just a matter of determined hate.  I remember when the rumor first surfaced that President George W. Bush knew about the 9-11 attacks ahead of time but let it happen anyway, and while I didn't care for him as president, I still didn't believe it and sent out the Snopes links to people who did.  There can be dislike without hate, but I think when one opens their heart to hate, I don't know that one can ever stop, and I don't know that our nation will ever heal--and it makes me even sadder because so much of this is because President Obama tried to help the uninsured in America, which is a cause I truly believe in and a cause I firmly believe humanity requires.  Since Obama was elected, I have been called a lot of names for supporting him, and have chosen to not put an Obama sticker on my car because here in Idaho, it's a fast way to get one's car keyed or otherwise vandalized, I firmly believe that helping others is something we should fight for, not against, and I will never believe otherwise. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Just as I was starting to enjoy NOT being flooded with election emails, the Black Friday ones begin.  Why yes, after the one day a year truly dedicated to stopping and appreciating everything in our lives, getting up at 4:00 AM to trample others to buy myself cheap electronics made by people in foreign countries who cannot possibly be earning a liveable wage and which I don't need REALLY is how I would like to kick-off the season of giving and good will toward all.  On what other day of the year can we completely trash the meaning of TWO holidays simultaneously?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Whatever--I'm Moving On To Christmas

This has been a long, looooonnng year.  Between my hip/back problems, Dad's illness, and the divisiveness of the election, I'm ready for some serious happiness and goodwill.  I didn't put up fall decorations this year and I'm sort of missing them.  A friend very sweetly offered to come put them up for me, but this year I have decided to move on to Christmas early.  Usually, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this year I think ALL of the U.S. could stand to move on to the spirit of giving and goodwill (or at least those who believe that Christmas isn't about the stampede of greed), so I am going to wrap gifts today and there may WELL be a tree going up this weekend.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm Making A List..........

Since I'm supposed to be taking it slowly with my back and I'm pretty much incapable of that most of the time, I'm working to find activities that I'm generally sure are safe.  Today was updating our gift list--which I think even I am safe with.

It sounds like I'm a complete dweeb, but I keep our gift list on a spreadsheet.  I didn't used to do so, but once in a while I'd forget whether I'd already given someone something or not, so I resorted to a list.  Usually it helps keep me on top of things as well, though this year I think almost every gift so far has been late.  It really just hasn't been my year. 

This is the BIG overhaul--adding people to the list, bumping some of them off.  Call me a grouch, but I demote people pretty quickly to "just a card" when they can't bother to thank us for a gift.  You can chalk that one up to my mother (who has now sent us TWO thank-you gifts for her stay here during Dad's illness) who was very insistent on thank-you notes.  As an adult, I can certainly see why.  If someone is thoughtful enough to send you a gift or acted as hosts or done something nice for you and you can't be bothered to say "thank you," you really don't deserve their kindness.  Call me a grouch, but maybe I just know enough terrific people to be spoiled on this point, and I'd rather spend my time and energy on those whom I know appreciate the effort versus the ones who are too lazy to even EMAIL a thank-you.  So the Gift List Overhaul happens every year, and honestly makes me very excited about gifts for the people who remain on the list--or who have just been added.  I love gift-gifting, and it's nice to know that it's appreciated.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dear Back Muscles:

Dear Back Muscles:

I realize I was perhaps a bit over-exuberant yesterday with the exercises.  I can see know that double the number of the new exercises was, indeed, maybe a mistake, and that maybe starting with just half an hour of pool walking might have been a better way to start than a full hour.  I see that.  But in the future, when I'm overdoing it a bit, if you could just let me know at the time so I could cease doing whatever it is rather than waiting until 3:00 in the morning, it would be greatly appreciated.


Toni and the newly taken half tablet of Valium

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