Hi All!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Morning...
Hope everyone is having a good Monday.
I got up with my hubby this morning! What? Really? No I don't enjoy 5:00am. (Not unless I am getting to travel and getting up early to get out of town) But the real reason I got up so early is that we have a five month old puppy. My hubby doesn't actually understand babies of any sort. He thinks that HIS morning routine takes first place to anything. babies don't think that way. Needless to say he woke up kinda mad at the puppy who woke him up licking his face while the older dog whined at the edge of the bed. Of course his alarm was set to go off any second! When ya gotta go ya gotta go. Again their schedule does not compare to his. He gets up, heads to the shower! Geeze he is just a bit stubborn! So I get up and take the pups outside, but not before the puppy peed on the floor for Daddy! he he! I fed them all (dogs and cats) and me and the pups were playing on the bed when my dear husband gets around to coming out of the bathroom! He comes out grumbling and says something about waking up to the puppy...so in my sweetest voice I tried to explain to him about the puppy not being able to wait til he gets out of the shower. "Well why don't you get up and take them out then?" He was just a little more than surprised when I told him I had done just that, and they were all fed too! Then he was upset that they were coming to me this morning...men!!!

This n That!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wow...I went out to two places today and I am pooped! Just went and got some bones for our pups and stopped briefly at Wally's while hubby got some car stuff and I grabbed some pork steaks for dinner and a few odds and ends.

The only reason I am so tired is cuz I have not been doing anything lately. Had some kind of bacterial infection that really got me down and then some heart or blood flow kinda things on top of it. Just haven't been doing anything.

My daughter Melanie from Kate n Kaboodle has been sending me lots of cool links for giveaways. They are fun to do and who knows I may win a cool Arf Natural Dog House from Dog Houses Now for my pups from Mom Spotted or an awesome Vera Wang bed from Serta, courtesy of Born 2 Impress. Have you ever wanted granite countertops and knew you couldn't afford it? Oh my gosh...check out Giani Granite Paint Kit Is this stuff just too cool? The giveaway was brought to us by Angie With 2 I have been having so much fun!!!

A New Member to the Family!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yep, we did it! We now have a new puppy! His name is Tucker and he is almost 5 months old. He is a long haired Doxie. Oh so cute!!! But what a live wire. We are all kinda relatively old in this house. Nothing like a wild hare to stir up the order of your life!

Still alive!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ok now, you can pick yourselves up off your buns! I really am posting on here, no really...I am! Ok so it has been a busy almost year...naw, that's not true! I have been playing games on facebook! There really are other things that have gone on too, like surgery on my knee, having our faithful 16 year old golden retriever put down, and I am sure many other unpleasant things that I don't want to talk about too!

So now I think I need to rant a bit! We have not had any significant snowfall since December (before Christmas, of course). In fact it has been like it was on the verge of Spring ever since. A few flakes of snow every now and then but definitely nothing to write home about (or post about, as the case may be!) UNTIL TODAY!

I live in Northern Idaho. I had to go into Washington for a doctors appointment. ( It's only about 20-30 minutes away) No big deal. We got a few inches (3-4) of new snow last night. Pretty, but still no big deal! Slid a little heading out today but I am not one of the idiots. I know to slow down in this special white poop!

So I get to the stateline and it is like somebody opened a door to a different world. Snow up to the line and then ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Dry as a bone, not a sign of a flake anywhere!

Oh well cool, no worries! On to the doctor! And after his bundle of good news, (you have a bacterial infection somewhere, we don't know where...your Cholesterol is high...lose weight...yada yada yada!) then I head out to do something fun while I am in town anyway! Hobby Lobby it is! Love that place, but only spend about 45 minutes looking thru scrapbook stuff cuz, you know I have an infection and it is kickin my buns. So as I get closer to the checkout I catch a glimpse of employees and some store patrons standing by the big front windows looking out! I thought there was something exciting going on...nope, not exciting! But it has just started to snow these big ole huge flakes, the kind that we have have not really had all winter! So out the door I trudge, only to have a lady in the parking lot wish me a Merry Christmas! It is the end of February, our snow is usually over by this time. Can I help it if it didn't take advantage of the last two months to snow?

Well, I am on the freeway now and the snow is still coming down as I head towards home where we already had about 4" when I left. It only took about 5 minutes and I was on a solid sheet of ice, skating along in white out conditions! Blizzards are not sposed to happen at the end of February! Bah Humbug!

Up here, some if not most of the SUV drivers think they can go whatever speed they like cuz they drive a 4 wheel drive SUV. OK, I will give it to you that you can get around a bit better than most two wheel drive vehicles in this, but can you stop faster? Big lesson to learn there!

Everybody, pretty much is going 45 or less on the freeway where it is posted 70 because of the ice, and whiteout, (Blizzard) conditions. MY exit comes up and I would rather do anything but take this exit as it goes downhill. But I have to pick up my antibiotics ( infection somewhere, remember?) so this is the one I have to take. I am barely coasting down this exit and slippin one way and the other. The friendly SUV driver is behind me, of course! I don't know if you are familiar with driving in the snow, but you don't use your brakes if you can help it or you will be getting intimate with the ditch, another car, or the guard rail. So I downshifted and even that sent my car careening sideways in the middle of the two exiting lanes, like you can see the lanes anyway! There is about six cars in front of me that I really didn't want to get to know that well. I mean they had their hands full trying to stay on the road and out of the person in front of them's trunk! So what does the SUV driver do? He decides he has had enough of my uncontrolled driving and while I am sliding who knows where he thinks this makes a great time to try and squeeze past me as I am taking too long for him, while I am praying that the other 6 cars can go before my car decides that that is the direction it wants to go....geeze has he NO BRAIN in his head.

My only vindication was after we had all negotiated the turn at the end of the nightmare exit (without an accident, with God's grace) my little SUV driver lost control trying to slow down in the turn lane and played slip and slide (on flat ground, I might add) and ended up hitting the curb as he turned into the parking lot. I did have to say a little prayer for safety for him as I was still feeling a bit triumphant at has lack of control. But in the next second I knew I really didn't want him to get hurt or even hurt his rig, but hopefully he learned to be more careful and slow down in this stuff.

As of right now we have 9" or more and sub zero weather and more snow coming today. Come on Spring!!!


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Come on America...what are you thinking? Michael? I couldn't believe it when Michael had the lowest number of votes.

I have to thank the judges. They got it right!

A painting we will go...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yes my friends the time has finally come. I have been in this house for almost 12 years and we are finally painting the bedroom.

This project may take awhile as I can't do too much climbing around on ladders etc. with my bad knee. (We have a very high cathedral ceiling in our room) I have figured this out the last couple of days as I was patching holes one day and painting the ceiling of the master bath yesterday. That may not seem like much to you but to me and my knee, it was more than enough! Owwww!

My husband is off tomorrow so I am going to try to get some cutting in done so if he wants to do some painting tomorrow it will be ready for him. He does not like the trim stuff. So if this part is done he may just be tempted to paint or something while I am visiting Mom.

I wanted kind of a sophisticated coastal theme, so the walls are a gray with a brown tint. The ceiling is lighter gray and the accent wall will be a darker gray. Dark chocolate brown looks really nice with it and I found some thermal curtains on sale for $10 a panel. Woo hoo! They kind of have a basketweave design to them. Then I have three nice chocolate brown storage baskets that will be in there also. I am going to accent with off white everywhere to brighten it up and then pops of color in pillows etc. I'm hoping it will be very restful and not come out depressing!

Please pray for my endurance in this and that I don't damage my knee any further. I had surgery the end of December and the doctor said the effects would be temporary. My joint is shot but he says I am too young for surgery (atleast I am too young for something) so I am just trying to lose some weight to improve the chances of not having to have a replacement so soon. Trying is the operative word here.

Hope you all have a great day!

Pseudo Tumor Cerebri Update

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I decided to do an update post on PTC as I have seen a lot of you have come to my blog by doing a search on Pseudo Tumor Cerebri.

When the neurologist first told me that I had PTC, it was actually a relief. He said it was actually very rare. Of course he had already checked for a brain tumor and MS. Hence my relief. Well, I have reason to feel relieved at this point in my life anyway.

See, I am very lucky and my PTC is controlled by taking one Diamox a day. I started out taking three. After a year or two, I went into remission for a year and a half. Even tho I had to start back on the pills it was only two a day this time. The worst thing I have had to deal with is my hands and feet tingling and not being able to drink anything carbonated. As time passed I was able to go down to one pill a day. Sometimes I don't even take one. I can tell when my body is starting to build up fluid real easily now before it can do any harm and a few days back on my pills take care of it.

The way we found out that I had PTC was my left eye was kind of dimming when I was in a bright flourescent room. I mentioned it to my primary care doc the next time I saw him and he didn't see anything and thought I was having occular migraines. Then when I started getting floaters I made an appointment to see him again and he sent me to my eye doc.

The eye doctor really scared me. He told me that my eye was hemmoraging and the most common cause was a brain tumor, and I need to get into a neurologist immediately. My neuro guy had to do a lumbar puncture to actually diagnose that it was PTC. That was not pleasant but it could have been worse.

I know that I am very blessed. My PTC could be alot worse. I have met or talked to several people who are worse than me. Basically all it boils down to be is a buildup of cerebral fluid that causes intracranial pressure that needs to be relieved. It can come out the eyes like mine did and can cause blindness, or build up in the spinal column and cause many problems. When the pills don't work, which are supposed to slow the making of the cerebral fluid, and eliminate some of it with a mild diretic, then there are shunts that are often used. I am not a doctor and don't profess to know all about this disease. I just know what has been my experience and from what my doctor has shared with me as well as what other people I have met with PTC have gone through.

If you have just been diagnosed with PTC, don't panic. There are support groups out there and actually alot of medical information now. Read as much as you can, and find a good neurologist that you trust. Praying that they find what actually causes this and they can figure out how to stop it from happening.