Coincidence?

I don’t think so. I’ve probably said before that quite often when I’m talking or emailing or posting about something, it very soon turns up somewhere on line. Example: earlier today I posted a picture of my homemaker in her mallard pants. I just came across this on Tumblr:

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Matthew Gray Gubler attends the Columbia Lounge at The Village At The Lift Day4 on January 20, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Colombia)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 20: Matthew Gray Gubler attends the Columbia Lounge at The Village At The Lift Day4 on January 20, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Colombia)

What?

This is an article about the atomic clock, leap seconds, and google adding a millisecond every so often.

WTF???

All I could think of was, who on earth figured out how to add a millisecond to anything, anywhere, anytime? Those google guys are geniuses. Let’s don’t mess up the servers when the atomic clock people add a leap-second to time, let’s throw in a millisecond here and there to compensate instead. What???? Seriously, WHAT?????

Following through on the quote meme, here is one that seems apt for this post, by my homemaker Traci, about me:

“Your book of knowledge is a different book.”

Here she is. Don’t think she wants her face plastered all over the internet, so cropped picture it is. Those are her world-famous mallard pants.

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I have been challenged

by my friend JT. Here’s one of my favorite pictures by him:
FLy Jukka
Here’s his blog for you: arctic melancholy

Here’s the challenge:

RULES of 3 Day, 3 Quotes Challenge:

1. Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for 3 days in a row.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Pass it on to 3 other bloggers.

Thanks, JT.
I would like to challenge

Little Tin Bird

The English Kitchen

Garden Walk Garden Talk

I didn’t pick anyone controversial. I know. This is so not me, but these are lovely, lovely blogs.

Quote for today:

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the
land. They said, β€˜Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them
we had the Bible and they had the land.

Bishop Desmond Tutu (b. 1931) spiritual leader,activist, writer

Prednisone

lego cakePicture has nothing to do with this post. But I like it. πŸ™‚

Saw my rheumy yesterday, and it went very well this time. He listened and answered my questions well. I to stay on this dose of Prednisone for six more months, and then rethink it.
Meanwhile, I’ve been reading up on it and on adrenal fatigue, which it causes (body stops making cortisol), since after talking with him I understand better what is going on. book cupcakes

Kind of wish I’d never gotten on it in the first place now. It’s not just the bone thing. It causes diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, and weight redistribution. Without gaining any weight right now, my clothes keep getting tighter. This is so fun. shirt cakeAlso, losing weight, regardless of not eating a lot, seems just not to happen. I was doing really well with that before the pleurisy and the Prednisone. I’ve had a lot of meds over the years that cause weight gain but none seemed to completely prevent weight loss after going off them til Prednisone. Oh, he read out the list of meds I’ve taken that didn’t work. There were a lot. Probably because they’ve been medicating me for something I don’t actually have, but since no one seems to actually know what I have, I am an experiment in what will work or not work. Nothing works, people. Nothing, except the Prednisone, it seems, which isn’t supposed to work for what they thought I had. Isn’t medicine fun?meds that don't work

Anyway, getting off it can be extremely difficult, which I’ve found. Most info seems to say that as you taper, your body will adjust and start making cortisol on its own gradually, and I think the problem last time I got off after the pleurisy was he had me taper too quickly. I’m remembering just never getting better though, for six long months, til I went back on it, so body never adjusted? sideeffects

I am conflicted about what to do about it. Not looking for a fix, just putting it out there helps with my brain processing things, I guess, but if anybody has any info to share my email is in the upper right, it’s upper right, or you can just comment here. Yes, there is left/right dyslexia, and I haz it.

I’ve read to try taking the prednisone every other day, but I would talk to doctor before trying it. I really am not thrilled with the changes going on with my body, but I also don’t want to go back to being a non-functioning blob of pain and misery spending my life on the couch.

Right now, I am doing very, very well for me. The biggest problem is the pain from arthritis, which greatly effects my mobility. Doctor is considering cortisone shots for that. It would be great if I could walk more than a few feet or stand more than a couple of minutes without severe back pain. I could walk to the library. That would definitely be a good thing. πŸ™‚ tumblr_nc4oqbf8ZT1qax99wo2_500Doctor asked me what I do for that (the pain on walking or standing). Sit down, I said. Oh, he said. LOLOL Pain stops as soon as I sit down, though.

I hate not knowing what to do. I just want my life back, you know? I have been ill eighteen years in September, with the last three or four being filled with being barely functional most of the time, and lots and lots of pain and miserableness. I’d like to get better. Really, I would.gardening

Also, twenty years ago the day after Father’s Day, my husband left. I am hoping not to have any psychological issues because of the anniversary. I mean, my life is much better now anyway, except for being ill.
It appears to be a rambling day. Done now.
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Facebook

Moss facebookI really do not like Facebook, not as much as I don’t like Twitter, but enough. What an invasion of privacy, one we cheerfully allow because…well, I’m not sure why. Today on this blog I follow:

BIll Mullins Tech Blog

was this:

“Beyond Facebook:

Presently, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Everyday I go down the street and tell every passerby what I have eaten, how I feel, what I did the night before, and what I will do after.

I give them pictures of my friends, my family, my dog, and me gardening and spending time in my pool.

I also listen to their conversations and tell them that I love them.

It works.

I already have 3 people following me – 2 police officers and a psychiatrist.”

Apparently, It’s Donut Day

Looks good, eh?

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I’m not actually a big fan of donuts, except for cider donuts in the autumn with hot apple cider (I love New England), and least of all do I like Dunkin Donuts donuts. Today on Fooducate, they published the ingredients for a Dunkin’s glazed donut. Tell me, do you keep these ingredients in your kitchen? Do you cook with them at all, ever, in the history of cooking? No. Me, neither. Ewwww.

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Whey (a milk derivative), Skim Milk, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Defatted Soy Flour, Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Enzyme, Colored with (Turmeric and Annatto Extracts, Beta Carotene), Eggs; Glaze: Sugar, Water, Maltodextrin, Contains 2% or less of: Mono and Diglycerides, Agar, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Artificial Flavor.

Lines

petpeevesAnother pet peeve. I have a lot of those, don’t I? Anyway, there’s a little bit on Digg about what kind of lines are better,
Digg

and at the end, there’s this:

“Yes, you wait IN line, and not ON line, because you are IN a line of people and not ON them.”

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This drives me batty, like ‘span’ instead of ‘spun’, and ground when they mean floor and vice versa.

The Brain…

human-brainShe needs work. I am checking over my crossword puzzle to see if I missed anything, when my eye catches ‘dueto’. ‘Doo-et-o’, I say to myself. I’ve heard of trio, not dueto. Check the clue. It’s ‘due to’. Duh. A friend and I were playing Big Kahuna once, before we figured out how it makes words, which I won’t spoil for you if you haven’t ever played it, and it came up with ‘tintypes’. ‘Tinty peas’, we say to ourselves. Took a minute before we realized it was ‘tin types’. Duh! We still laugh over that years later. I love Big Kahuna, but I can only ever get four or five letter words when I play by myself.

smileylSpeaking of crosswords, does anyone know where I can get a subscription to the New York Times crossword puzzle books. The place I used before doesn’t seem to have them anymore, that I could see, anyway. I’m on my last book. Oh, the agony. I need my crossword books. It’s not the same online. I use a pen, and either am very, very good or wind up with holes in the page because I’ve gone over the wrong letter so many times. But I like using a pen. No sharpening needed.

big kahunaSpeaking of Big Kahuna, too, we both are looking at the exact same thing on the screen, and yet we see very different things. She will make a word going one way, and I see the same word, but going a different route. See ‘elan’ two ways in the picture. She tends to see up and down, and I tend to see side to side. Very interesting. Makes for some laughs, too. Laughing is good. Big Kahuna is good. I have a ton of games on my pc, but I rarely play anything but Big Kahuna with my friend, or Bejeweled Twist or Zuma’s Revenge on my own. I like shooting things and making things go boom, apparently. LOL Oh, I love Mahjong games, too. And Cubistry on my Nexus. Cubistry takes no brains at all. It’s a good game for me. LOL

Well This IS Interesting

Huerfano_Butte cinder coneHuerfano_Butte Colorado cinder cone

Was talking to a friend yesterday about how in school, we read about volcanos, but there weren’t really any erupting that we were ever aware of (that we remember, anyway), and now there are volcanos erupting everywhere. volcanoBut Arizona? Kind of close to Yellowstone there. Relatively speaking. β–Ά 6/03/2015 — Arizona Dormant Volcano Erupts plumes @ Sunset Craters – Visible on Satellite Imagery – YouTube.volano 2

Speaking of yesterday, out to lunch with my friend Tess. We ate at the Mexican restaurant up the road (Mexican food. Yum.) Trader Joe’s, dentist, Dairy Queen for dessert. Fun day. I have the best dentist ever anywhere. I so lucked out when I found him. As close to pain-free as it is possible to get, and very pleasant surroundings, as well. Almost (Just almost. I am not crazy.) look forward to going. I am all done with the work now, which was very minor. Just regular cleanings from here on out. Yay me.